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G23: 4997416

4997416. Baron Maurice de Berkeley & 4997417. Isabel de Dover

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1218, Maurice born in England, heir & s/o 9994832. Thomas de Berkeley & 9994833. Joan de Somery.

1221, Thomas de Berkeley granted to William Briwerre the marriage of his son and heir Maurice, on condition that he would be married to the daughter of Richard FitzRoy & Rose of Dover.

~1230, Isabel born in England, d/o 9994834. Sir Richard Fitz Roy & 9994835. Rose de Dover.

Bef. 1242, Maurice “the Resolute” knighted.

5/1242, Maurice give a gift of 20 marks [to be paid], 20 marks to buy a horse, and paid 5 marks in hand, to outfit himself to sail with King Henry III to Gascony.

7/1242, Maurice at the battles of Taillebourgh and Saintes against the forces of the Count of Poitou and King Louis IX.

By 4/1243, Maurice returned to England.

12/14/1243, Maurice took livery of his father’s lands, paying a fine of £1000.

12/24/1243, Maurice at Windsor castle with King Henry III did homage for his lands.

12/27/1243, “Abbot William [Long] and the abbey of St. Augustine's; … confirmation by Maurice, son and heir of Thomas de Berkeley, of the grants made to the abbey.” (S) UKNA.

5/12/1244, Covenant for lease from Dom. Maurice de Berkele to Perte de Wike … excepting the portion of land which belongs to his mother, Joan de Berkele, by right of dower. (S) Desriptivie Catalogue of The Charters …, Berke, 1892, P95.

1244, Joan de Berkele and her sister Margery sought an assize of novel disseizin at Gloucester against her son Maurice.

1246, Maurice arranged with the Exchequer to pay his debts at £40 a year, being pardoned £24 because of his recent service in Wales.

Bef. 7/12/1247, Maurice married Isabel [the King’s niece]. Isabel’s marriage portion was Essex manor of Great Wenden, worth £45 a year. (S) UKNA, Berkeley Castle Muniments.

1250, at Est-hay in Devon, Maurice defended a land issue in trial by battle, overcoming the champion of William de Fourd.

Maurice traveled with the king to Gascony.

11/11/1250, The king has pardoned to Maurice of Berkeley, son and heir of Thomas of Berkeley, the scutage … for the last army of the king in Gascony, in which Maurice was with the king by his order. (S) Fine Rolls of Henry III.

11/18/1251, Maurice of Berkeley and Isabel, his wife, as plaintiffs and William of Wilton and Rose, his wife, as impediments, a carucate of land in Great Wendon was assured to Maurice and Isabel and their heirs. [Rose, remarried, the mother of Isabel.]

8/2/1252 at Woodstock, Grant by Hen. III. to Joan de Berkeley, for life, and Maurice de Berkeley her son, of free warren in their manors of Wotton and Kamme, a weekly market at Wotton on Fridays, and a yearly fair of three days. (S) A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds: V1, 1890.

5/30/1253, Protection for the following going with the king to Gascony … Maurice de Berkele … (S) CPRs.

8/6/1253, King Henry finally left for Gascony from Portsmouth with 300 ships.

1254, Maurice borrowed 60 marks from the king to furnish himself to travel with the king into Gascony.

8/1255, Maurice entertained King Henry III at Berkeley castle, after which he was exempted from demesnes taxes.

8/23/1257, Protection with clause … on the king’s service in Wales … Maurice de Berkele … (S) CPRs.

1257-60, Maurice in lord Edward’s expedition into Wales; fighting for 3 years against Llewellyn. Maurice ordered “to attend to the safety of the Royal Person.”

1258, “Sir Maurice de Berkeley and Robert le Herde. … Maurice has granted to Robert a ditch with the watercourse of Dover', between Maurice's pasture called Oxenlese and Coulese and the land of Robert.” (S) UKNA.

1258-61, Maurice served in the Welsh wars of Henry III.

3/25/1261, Maurice summoned to attend the king in London, with all his power of horse and foot; retained to be of the King’s household at 40 marks a year. (S) CPRs.

6/22/1261, The king has pardoned to Maurice of Berkeley the 100s. at which he was lately amerced before Gilbert of Preston and his associates, justices lately itinerant at Bristol, for the escape of a thief from his prison of Radeclyve. (S) Fine Rolls of Henry III.

8/10/1261, Out of compassion for the poverty of Isabel, the wife of Maurice of Berkeley, his niece, the King assigns to her, for the support of herself and her children, the manors of Harietsham and Trottiscliffe.

5/29/1262, Maurice granted a charter of free warren for his lordship of Wendons Ambo, Essex; with a weekly market and annual fair. (S) Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516.

1263, Maurice, returning from beyond the sea, was charged by the king with taking prisoners [of men at arms and foot] to the castle of Gloucester.

5/1264, After the capture of King Henry at the battle of Lewes, Maurice lost his lands.

7/12/1264, King Henry III [under the control of Simon de Montfort] granted Isabel the manors of Harrietsham and Trottiscliffe, Kent; which had been seized because of the recent disturbances. (S) Fine Rolls of Henry III.

10/1265 [after the battle of Evesham], Maurice restored to his position with the King.

12/25/1270, Acknowledgement that Maurice de Berkeleye, … collectors of the twentieth in the county of Gloucester, … (S) CPRs.

1271, Maurice obtained a royal pardon for joining the rebellion of Roger de Clifford for a fine of 20£.

10/11/1271, “Maurice de Berkeley and Elias le Butiler … all the land which Thomas de Berkeley, Maurice's father … Witnesses: Sir Richard de Berkeley, Maurice's brother, …” (S) UKNA.

1273, Maurice paid his Esquires at Berkeley yearly: a horse and boy, meat and drink, 2 robes, and 8 shillings.

Bef. 1276, “Joan de Berkeley [Joan de (Somery), widow of Thomas Lord Berkeley … Joan has quitclaimed to the abbey whatever she has in the manor of Oslewrth … Witnesses: Sir Maurice de Berkeley, Joan's son, …” (S) UKNA.

1276-7, Isabel died; buried at St. Augustine’s, Bristol.

1278, Maurice paid a fine of 300 marks to acquire the rights of Henry de Berkeley, Lord of Dursley, in the manor of Berkeley.

11/12/1280, Grant by Edward I to Maurice de Berkeley of free warren in Berkeley Herness and in Portbury. (S) A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds: V1, 1890. [Maurice granted 4 bucks, and son Thomas granted 2 bucks.]

4/4/1281, Maurice, knt. of Berkeley, Gloucestershire died; buried with Isabel.

(S) Plantagenet Ancestry, P96. (S) The Great Governing Families of England, Sanford, P219. (S) Berkeley Manuscripts: Abstracts and Extracts, Fosbroke, 1821.

Family notes:
• Maurice served 16 times in military service with 3 knights.
• Maurice altered the course of the river Doverte to bring water into pools around the castle. He also added walks and gardens outside the castle.
• Maurice and his mother Joan were engaged in more than 40 lawsuits.
• There is convincing evidence that Thomas was the eldest son.

Children of Maurice and Isabel: [4 sons, 1 daughter]

i. Thomas de Berkeley (2498708), born 1251 in England.

ii. Maurice de Berkeley, born ? in England.
1279, Maurice killed at a joust at Kenilworth.

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