~1290, Geoffrey de Vylers, born in England, s/o §§Sir John de Vilers.
6/11/1318, Mandate from Thomas, earl of Lancaster and Leicester to Geoffrey de Viller, constable of Bolingbroke. (S) UKNA.
Geoffrey’s father died; his brother Francis succeeding.
3/16/1322, Battle of Boroughbridge in Yorkshire. Thomas, Earl of Lancaster and the Marcher Lords, against King Edward II and the Dispensers. The rebel forces of about 700 knights and men-at-arms, against about 4,000 in in the royal forces. An effective use of longbow against calvary. [Rebeling barons lost and retreated to Tutbury castle.]
3/17/1322, To John de Leek, late steward of Thomas, earl of Lancaster, of Bolyngbrok, and to Geoffrey de Vilers, the earl's late receiver there. Order to inform themselves fully of the jewels, corn, oxen, horses, cows, plough-oxen, sheep, plough-horses, foals in store, the money by tale, and the debts to be levied. (S) CCRs.
5/20/1324, To Geoffrey de Villers, receiver of the issues of certain lands forfeited to the king in co. Bedford. (S) CCRs.
1/24/1327, Edward III, age 14, succeeded Edward II as King of England.
1329, The prior and convent of Laund to retain messuages and lands in Frisby-on-Wreak acquired of … Geoffrey de Vilers, … (S) UKNA.
10/16/1329, Order to allow to Geoffrey de Vylers, in his account of the issues of the lands forfeited to the late king in co. Warwick, whereof he was receiver, what they shall ascertain that he paid out of the issues in execution of the late king's order to him … (S) CCRs.
4/1/1343 at Nottingham, Debtor: Isabel, who was the wife of Robert Daft of Nottingham [Notts]. Creditor: Geoffrey de Vilers of Brooksby [Leics.]. Amount: £14. (S) UKNA.
1347, Geoffrey succeeded his brother Francis to the estate of Brooksby, Leicestershire.
7/20/1348, Commission to Henry de Notingham, 'chivaler,' and Geoffrey Vilers of Brokesby to collect a levy in cities and towns in Leciester. (S) CFRs.
1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].
10/26/1348, Geoffrey de Vylers of Brokesby acknowledges that he owes to Thomas de Clopton, treasurer of the king's wardrobe, and to Robert de Asshebourn, 'le fitz,' £300; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in co. Leicester. (S) CCRs.
7/20/1350, Commission to collect the 15th and 10th in Leicester: … Geoffrey de Vilers … (S) CFRs.
1/2/1351, Commission to Edmund do Appelby, Geoffrey de Vilers and the sheriff of Leicester, to purvey 200 quarters -of wheat, 300 quarters of peas and beans, 800 quarters of barley, 300 carcases of beeves and 400 bacon pigs in the county of Leicester, and to take them to the ports of Boston and Kyngeston-upon-Hull. (S) CFRs.
3/28/1351, To … Geoffrey de Vilers and the sheriff of Leicester. Order to supersede the levying and collecting of wheat and other victuals beyond the number of 200 carcases of oxen and 200 bacon hogs … (S) CCRs.
1353, Geoffrey a Knight of the Shire for Leicester.
(S) A Genealogical and Heraldic History, Burke, 1844, P547.
· Geoffrey de Villers, knight, of Rethelois, France, was prominent in Burgundy in the 1100s.
· Geoffrey had a sister Margaret: 7/18/1311, Grant, at the request of queen Isabella, to Odin Bronard and Margaret daughter of John de Viliers, her damsel, between whom a marriage is arranged, of £300 for their sustance, to be received out of the custodies and marriages which shall first fall in. (S) CPRs.
Child of Geoffrey and Alice:
i. John de Villers (3803088), born ~1325 in England.