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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thomas Fitz Otes & Lady Beatrice de Beauchamp

4997458. Thomas Fitz Otes & 4997459. Lady Beatrice de Beauchamp

1231, Thomas son of Otto born in England, s/o 9994916. Otes Fitz William & 9994917. Matilda de Say.

~1235, Betrice de Bello Campo born in England, 4th d/o 9994918. Sir William de Beauchamp & 9994919. Ida Longespee.

1257, Thomas’ father died.

6/24/1261, Thomas, age 30, heir to his older brother William Fitz Otes receiving 1 knights’s fee in the honor of Boulogne, 2 hamlets held of the earl of Gloucester by 1 knight’s fee, and land held of the heir of Ralph de Hodeng. (S) CIsPM, 1904, P136.

[––Thomas & Beatrice––]

By 1264, Thomas married Beatrice. (S) Magna Britannia, V1, Part 1, 1813, P46.

1265, Thomas petitioned the Court of Exchequer for the broken dies of the mint.

8/24/1265, Johannes de Bello Campo killed at the battle of Evesham in Worcestershire. John de Beauchamp died leaving his 3 sisters, Maud, Ela and Beatrice, as co-heirs. The manor of Shelsley Beauchamp was assigned to Beatrice. (S) Hist. of Worcester, V4, 1924, Shelsley Beauchamp.

1266-7, Beatrice coheir to her niece Joan, d/o Sir Simon de Beauchamp, inheriting a third of Bedford.

12/5/1266, Remission to Robert de Ver, earl of Oxford, of the king’s indignation … on the mainprise of Guy de Brione of the county of Devon and Thomas son of Otto of the county of Essex for his future good behavior … (S) CPRs.

1267, Thomas Fitz Otto, hereditary coiner of the Mint in the Tower of London, claimed the scrap iron from the broken coining dies; a family heritage to the time of King Henry I.

11/16/1272, Edward I succeeded Henry III as King of England. [While on crusade.]

1274, Park Hall held by Thomas fitz Otto, of the earl of Gloucester, as 2 carucates in Gestingthorp and Gosfield, by the service of one knight's fee. [Previously held by his uncle William in 1260, and his father in 1256.] (S) The History and Topography of the Co. of Essex, Bk2, Ch5.

1274, Thomas died.


3/23/1274, Writ for IPM of Thomas son of Otto. Essex: Belchamp in the hundred of Hengford. The manor with the advowson of the church … Otto his son, aged 10 at the feast of St. Michael, 2 Edw. I, is his heir. Gestingthorp in the hundred of Hengford. The manor with the advowson … Huntingdon: Hamerton. The manor … Heir as above, aged 9½. Gloucester: Wodemonecote. 2 carucates land … Bedford: Delewik manor. Kerdinton. Ronhall. Bruham … Buckingham: Lincelade. £10 rent. All held, of the inheritance of the said Beatrice … Worcester: Sceldesleye Beucamp. The manor … of the inheritance of Lady Beatrice late the wife of the said Thomas. (S) CIsPM.

3/28/1274, Writ of plenius certiorari, on the complaint of Beatrice late the wife of the said Thomas, that the escheator had taken into the king's hand certain lands which are of her inheritance. (S) CIsPM.

4/23/1274, Beatrice given the advowson of Mendlesham and Beauchamp Parva, co. Essex, as part of her dower. (S) CCRs.

1/23/1275, Order to the subescheator in Essex to deliver to Hugh son of Otto [brother of Thomas, (S) CPRs, 6/8/1274] the keeping of the lands late of Thomas son of Otto, deceased, tenant in chief, during pleasure. (S) CFRs.

10/28/1275, Grant to Beatrice de Bello Campo, late the wife of Thomas son of Otto, tenant in chief, for a fine of £100, that she may marry whomsoever she will in the king's fealty. (S) CFRs.

By 1278, Beatrice married 2nd Sir William de Munchensy, holding Hamerton manor in dower. (S) CFRs.

6/26/1278, Writ from the King … assigned … to Roger de Munbray [Mowbray], John de Steyngryve and Ida his wife, …, and William de Mountchensy (de Monte Caniso) of Edwardeston and Beatrix his wife, heir of William Beauchamp (de Bello Campo) of Bedford, their reasonable shares which fell to them fro the inheritance … which Amicia, William Beauchamp’s widow, lately deceased, held in dower. (S) Yorkshire Inquisitions of the Reignes of Henry III and Edward I, 1902, P10. [This William, brother of Beatrix de Beauchamp, died 8/1262, leaving as his heir his brother Simon, William’s wife Amicia holding dower. Simon left a daughter Joan that died 1266-7. Joan having no heir, the estates were distributed under the Dictum of Kenilworth.]

1/6/1280, The king has granted to Hugh son of Oto—in recompence for the custody of the serjeanty of the dies of London and Canterbury, which belonged to Thomas son of Oto, deceased, … lately granted to the said Hugh during the minority of Thomas's heir and which Hugh has now restored to the king … (S) CCRs.

1281, Beatrice died.

6/28/1281, Writ for IPM of Thomas son of Otto. Essex: Belchamp (de Bello Campo). The manor with the advowson of the church, … His three daughters, Joan aged 14, Maud aged 11, and Beatrice aged 8, are his next heirs … Gestingthorp. The manor … Gosfeud. The manor … Huntingdon: Hamerton. The manor … (S) CIsPM.

7/12/1281, Grant to High son of Otto of the custody, during the minority of Otto the son and heir, of the manors of Hamerton, co. Huntingdon, … which Beatrix, deceased, late the wife of Thomas son of Otto, held in dower. (S) CPRs. [William continued to hold some of her lands until his death in 1302.]

[––Post Mortem––]

10/4/1284, IPM of Isabel late the wife of Simon de Bello Campo. Bedford: Wottone. …  are parceners of the inheritance with the heirs of the body of Beatrice sometime sister of the said Simon. This Beatrice was married first to Thomas son of Otto, who had by her a son named Otto, now deceased, and a daughter named Maud now aged 26 years and the wife of John Botetourte: after the death of the said Thomas she was married to Sir William de Montecanyso of Edwardestone who had by her a son named William who if he survives, as the jury believe, is 12 years of age and more. (S) CIsPM. [By the records William the son could not have been born before 1277.]

(S) Plantagenet Ancestry, P135. (S) The Numismatic Circular, V16, 4/1908. (S) Numismatic Chronicle and Journal, V13, 1893, P145.

Children of Thomas and Beatrice: [1 son, 3 daughters]

i. Otes Fitz Thomas, born 9/29/1265 in England.

6/10/1280, Otto son and heir of Thomas son of Otto, tenant in chief, a minor in Hugh's wardship by the king's commission. (S) CCRs.

By 1281, Otes died without heirs, and left his sisters as his heirs. (S) See 6/28/1281.

i. Joan Fitz Thomas, born 1267 in England. [Eldest daughter]

Joan married Guy Ferre, Lord of Benhale.

ii. Maud Fitz Thomas (2498729), born 1270 in England.

iii. Beatrice fitz Thomas, born 1273 in England.

Child of William and Beatrice:

i. William de Munchensy, born 1277 in England.

By 1281, William died.