12/2/1313, James born in Kneesal, Nottinghamshire, England, heir & s/o 11820932. Sir Nicholas de Audley & 11820933. Joan Martin. [Kneesal a dower right of his mother.]
1/7/1314, James baptized, his cousin James de Audeley his godfather.
~1315, Joan born in England, d/o 1249358. Earl Roger de Mortimer & 1249359. Joan de Geneville.
11/28/1316, James’ father died.
12/9/1316, Grant to Roger de Mortuo Mari of Wygemore, king’s kinsman, for his service in Ireland, of the marriage of the son and heir of Nicholas de Audele, tenant in chief, a minor in the king’s custody. (S) CPRs.
1322, James heir to his great uncle, Sir John Giffard, 2nd Lord Giffard.
1322, James’ mother died.
3/8/1321, Writ from Edward II to Henry Lescrop and his colleagues, justices … James [Daudeleye (Audley)], son and heir of Nicholas Daudeleye; Nicholas Daudeleye (Audley); (S) UKNA.
4/1/1324, Safe conduct … sheriff of Southampton, appointed to conduct Joan, wife of Roger de Mortuo Mari of Wigemore, [to the castle of Skipton in Cravene, co. York] … Joan the daughter to the priory of Semplyngham, co. Lincoln, …. (S) CPRs.
1325, James’s wardship had been given to Ranolph de Camoys
1326, James coheir to his uncle William Martin, inheriting the barony of Barnstaple, Devon, and the castle and lordship of Newport, Pembrokeshire.
2/1/1327 at Westminster, Edward III, age 14, crowned king of England.
5/1328 at Hereford, James married to Joan in a double ceremony, with Beatrice Mortimer marrying Edward de Brotherton, a grandson of Edward I. Queen Isabella and her son Edward III were present. [Note that James and King Edward III were of the same age and likely close friends.]
James married Joan.
6/13/1330, Grant to James Daudele and Joan his wife, in fee tail, with remainder, … surrendered by the said James to the king, namely, the castles of Helegh, Rougechastel and Lannendevery, the manors [13 listed] … a moiety … and houses and rents without Aldregate, London, with knights’ fee, advowsons and other appurtenances. (S) CPRs.
1330-31, James, son of Nicholas Daudele, who is under age, states that the king delivered his wardship to Roger de Mortimer, formerly Earl of March, who took him to Chancery and made him make a recognisance to him for 10,000 marks. Because of Roger's forfeiture, the Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer are having this sum levied from his lands and chattels. He requests a writ to the Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer to discharge him of this sum, as he was under age when he made the recognizance. (S) UKNA.
7/1333, James with Edward III at the defeat of David II and the Scots at Hallidon Hill in Scotland.
9/12/1335 at Edinburgh, Whereas James Daudele during nonage … in the custody of Roger de Mortuo Mari, late earl of March … made a recognizance of 10,000 marks … the king in consideration of the premises and also of his great and costly labours in his company in the war of Scotland, has pardoned the said 10,000 marks. (S) CPRs.
11/17/1335, James “Daudele” granted a fair at Llandovery, Wales to be held at the manor. (S) Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516.
1337, James Daudelegh (Audley). … requests that he can enfeoff Brocton and Egemondon with his manors of Blagdon and Torrington and that they are able to re-enfeoff Audley and his wife, … Joan [Daudelegh (Audley)], wife of James Audley. (S) UKNA.
1340, James in Scotland as Governor of Berwick and Justiciar of Edward’s lands in Scotland.
By 1342, James married 2nd Isabel Malbank, d/o William. [4 sons, 1 daughter] (S) Notes and Queries, 1869, P44.
1343, James hier to his aunt Eleanor Martin, widow of Philip de Columbers, to the barony of Barnstaple.
1343, James went overseas on the King’s affairs with his cousin the younger Hugh, Earl of Gloucester.
1345, an account of the wages of the men-at-arms and others in the retinue of James de Audley with Henry, Earl of Derby, in Guienne and Gascony. The account is for 197 days, from April 26, when they started from Iord Audley’s castle of Helegh, co. Stafford, until the last day of November following, each knight receiving 2s. per diem, each squire Is., and each mounted archer 6d. In the list of squires occur the names of John de Swynerton and John de Whitmore, with those of other tenants round Newcastle, … ; and the evidence shows that they returned in safety to Staffordshire, where they received their wages of war. … James de Audley being their mesne or mediate lord. (S) Antiquary, Walford, 1896, P288.
7/12/1346, James with King Edward landed an invasion force of 10000 in Normandy, which marched north plundering the countryside. King Philip VI, with 8000 horsemen and 4000 Genoese crossbowmen pursued.
7/26/1346 at Caen, capital of Normandy, Edward’s forces captured the city; and Raoul, Count of Eu, Constable of France, and Jean de Tancarville, Grand Chamberlain of France.
Edward stopped at Crecy and took up defensive positions.
8/26/1346, James at the battle of Crecy. [The next year James gaves testimony about the death of a knight of Arundel in the battle.]
9/1346, James at the beginning of the siege of Calais. [Lasted until 8/1347.]
5/1347, James was, with some 30 other commanders, on the English side of the Channel looking to replace dead horses.
8/9/1347, Commission to James Daudeley, William Pypard, … under testimony of John de Stonore, chief justice … (S) CPRs.
1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].
10/2/1348, James heir to his Longespee cousin, Alice de Lacy, Countess of Lancaster and Leicester.
3/1350, James summoned, with a dozen of his rank, to advise the King on the safety of the country.
4/20/1353, James officially exempted from attendance at parliaments and from military service, so long as he still provided fighting men in the numbers his estates warranted, and led them himself if England was threatened. (S) CPRs.
1353-4, James de Audeleye, lord of Heighley [in Audley, co. Stafford] to The King: Quitclaim of the manor of Winkleigh: Devon. (S) UKNA.
11/20/1354, Whereas James Daudekey, knight, lord of Heleygh, indicted of some trespasses, extortions, … in the counties of Gloucester and Somerset, at Bristol submitted to the king’s grace and made fine with him by 2000£ … made oath … pardoned 1000£ … and because James and Nicholas, his son, have made a recognizance before him … aquits the said James and his mainpernors of the said fine of 2000£. (S) CPRs.
12/2/1354, General pardon to James de Audeley of Helegh, knight. The like pardon to Nicholas son of James de Audeley of Helegh, knight.
9/26/1356, King Edward sent his son Prince Edward, the Black Prince, on a raid into the heart of France. At the battle of Poitiers, James was injured and the Black Prince came to him in the field where he was laying bleeding. The English captured King John II of France and killed 2000 French knights. (S) Journal of the British Archaeological Association, V2, 1896, P226.
11/12/1357, Commission of peace … James de Audeleye of Hele, … Devon. (S) CPRs.
10/1359, James with King Edward’s army again invaded France, eventually taking Saint-Florentin and Tonnerre. Edward nearly reached Paris before turning back.
7/8/1360, Commission of oyer and terminer to James de Audelegh of Heylee, … (S) CPRs.
7/13/1360, Pardon, for good service done in the war in France in the company of James Daudele, to … Richard Fraunkelyn of Cherleton. (S) CPRs.
3/8/1364, Commission of peace … James de Audeleye of Hele, … Devon. (S) CPRs.
5/10/1366, Commission of peace … James de Audeleye of Helegh, … Devon. (S) CPRs.
1369, James’ famous cousin James, 10 years younger, Knight of the Garter, and close friend of the Black Prince, died of disease in Poitou.
By 1374, Isabel died.
5/15/1374, Whereas the king lately granted licence for James de Audelegh of Heleye to enfeoff certain persons of the castle and lordship of neuport in Camois, held in chief, … to regrant the same to him and Isabel, his wife … James has surrendered the same … to grant the premises to Nicholas de Audeleye and Elizabeth, his wife … (S) CPRs.
1375-6, James Daudeley (Audley) of Heleigh … Daudeley requests that right be done to him concerning the custody of the heir of Raleigh which came into his hand after the death of Raleigh who held by knight service from Daudeley in Devon and Somerset. (S) UKNA.
7/13/1377, Richard II, age 10, crowned king of England.
7/20/1377, Association of Richard Sergeaux, Thomas Peverell, … James de Audelee, Roger Lestraunge of Knokyn, … commission of array for the county of Cornwall. (S) CPRs.
8/4/1377, Lord James de Audley of Heleith summoned to the 1st parliament of Richard II.
1385, James wrote his will, his only surviving son was Nicholas: “I, James Audley, Lord of Roug Castle, make this my last will and testament in the 9th year of King Richard II, 1385. … My body to buried in the quire of my Abbey at Hilton, before the high altar, if I die in the Marches, but if I depart out of this life in Devon or Somersetshire, …” (S) Journal of the British Archaeological Association, V2, 1896, P226.
4/1/1386, James, 2nd Lord Audley died at Heleigh, Staffordshire; buried at Hulton Abbey.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P33. (S) The Barons Audley of Heley Castle And Hulton Abbey, Lancaster, North Staffordshire Field Club, Transactions 1993-4.
Children of James and Joan: [2 sons, 2 daughters]
i. Nicholas de Audley, born ~1328 in England.
Nicholas, 3rd Lord Audley, married Elizabeth Beaumont, d/o Earl Henry Beaumont & Alice Comyn.
1391, Nicholas died childless.
ii. Joan de Audley (2955233), born 1332 in
iii. Margaret de Audley, born ? in England.
Margaret married Sir Roger Hillary.