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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sir Benedict de Blakenham & Joan de Hastings

8443466. Sir Benedict de Blakenham & 8443467. Joan de Hastings

~1245, Benedict de Blakeham born in England, s/o §Benedict de Blakenham & Roseia ?.

1253, Joan born in England, heir & d/o 16886934. William de Hastings & 16886935. Isabel ?.

2/23/1253, Benedict de Blakenham [the father] granted free warren in his demesne of Blakenham, Lackford, Chelsworth and Stanningfeild [for a mark of gold].  (S) CChRs. (S) FRsHIII.

Aft. 3/6/1256, Bennet’s father died. (S) CPRs. [See Family notes.]

5/1259, Suffolk. Benedict de Blakeham gives 1 mark for taking an assize before William le Breton. (S) FRsHIII.

1263-65, Primarily young knights and lords, led by Simon de Montfort, sought to overthrow King Henry III, who had been king since 1216.

8/4/1265, Lord Edward defeated Montfort at the battle of Evesham in Worcestershire, freeing his father [Henry III], who had been wounded; ending the revolt of Simon de Montfort.

1267, A fine levied between Benedict de Blakeham, and Edmund de Illeigh, and Joan his wife, the manor and advowson of Stanningfield were granted to Benedict for his life. (S) Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute, V3, 1863.

10/13/1267, Because it is testified before the king by Philip Basset, Benedict de Blakenham, John Gravenel, Robert Malet and others, adherents of the king during the late disturbance, … (S) CPRs.

5/5/1268, Admission into the king’s peace … will behave faithfully and stand to the award of Kenilworth … Hugh de Culeworth by mainprise of Benedict de Blakeham of the county of Suffolk, … (S) CPRs.

1268, Benedict de Blakeham made restitution under the Dictum of Kenilworth of lands which formerly belonged to a member of the previous rebellion and granted to him by the crown.

1269, Roesia de Blakeham (mother of Benedict) made a grant at Rackheath Magna, co. Norfolk.

[––Benedict & Joan––]

1/18/1271, Commitment to Benedict de Blakeham of the honours of Boulogne, Peverel London, Releye, Hagenet and Relevet, to keep during pleasure, rendering at the Exchequer as much as William Giffard, the late keeper, did. (S) CPRs.

1271, Benedict married Joan; William de Hasteng giving in frank marriage the manors of Southrop and Thormerton, co. Gloucestershire.

11/9/1271, Grant to Benedict de Blakenham, steward of Queen Eleanor, of £20 a year, so long as he stands in that office. (S) CPRs.

11/16/1272, Edward I ascended to the throne while on crusade.

1273, Benedict and Joan with her father William de Hasteng, levied a fine for the lands given in marriage back to William for life.

1273, Benedict holding Rackheath Magna, when Simon, abbot of St. Edmund’s released all charges reserved to the monastery out of Lackford.

7/5/1273, Eleanor, the queen mother, chartered St. Katharine’s hospital near the Tower of London; witness Sir Benedict de Blakenham, steward of the Eleanors’ household. (S) CCRs.

8/19/1274 at Westminster abbey, Edward I crowned king of England.

1/12/1275, Agreement between Eleanor, mother of the king, and Humphrey de Bassingburn … witnesses, Sir Bennet de Blakenham … (S) CChRs.

1275, Benedict claiming assize of bread and ale in Lackford.

5/2/1275, Edmund de Hemegrave, Benedict de Blakeham, William de Kirketor, Robert de Valeynes, the younger, and William de Giselham acknowledge that they owe to William de Aete £30. (S) CCRs.

5/14/1276, Exemption, for life, at the instance of Eleanor, the king's mother, of Benedict de Blakenham from being put on assizes, juries, or recognisances, or being made sheriff or other bailiff. (S) CPRs.

1278, Joan, wife of Bennet, heiress of her father William of Eton, co. Berks, Thormerton and Suthrop, co. Gloucester. (S) CIsPM.

7/13/1278, IPM of William de Hasting’. Berks: Eton. The manor, … Joan his daughter, whom Sir Benedict de Blackeham married during the life of the said William, aged 23 and more, is his next heir. Gloucester: Thormerton and Suthrop. The manors, …  were given by the said William 7 years ago to Benedict de Blakeham in free marriage with Joan his daughter and heir, who held them for almost 2 years until he demised them to the said William for life. (S) CIsPM.

1278, Benedict did homage for the lands of his wife Joan.

1/20/1280, Alianor, the Queen-Mother; mandate to the bishop of Agen, and Guycard de Buigo and Master Adam de Norfolk, constable of Bordeaux, to admit as her attorneys Guy Ferre and Benedict de Blakeham, her knights. (S) CPRs.

1282-84, King Edward I to John de Bohun: he is to keep an agreement made with Benedict de Blakenham. (S) UKNA.

1282, Benedict summoned to service in Wales. [King Edward set up residence at Rhudlan castle, Flintshire, where he held court.]

1284, Benedict died; his son and heir was put in the wardship of the queen Mother.

7/16/1284, Grant to Eleanor the king's mother of the custody, during minority of the heirs, of the lands late of Benedict de Blakenham, tenant in chief, together with the wardships, reliefs, escheats, knights' fees, advowsons, dowers; saving to the king the custody and marriage of the heirs. (S) CPRs.

(S) Antiquities of Suffolk, Gage, 1838, P34&35. (S) Ess. Tow’s Topo. Hist of Norfolk, V10, 1809, Rackheath Magna.

Family notes:

·         7/8/1253, Protection with clause for the following, crossing with the king to Gascony, so long as they be in those parts … Benedict de Blakeham … (S) CPRs.

·         3/6/1256, Exemption, for life, at the instance of Ebulo de Montibus, of Benedict de Blakenham from being put on assizes, juries, or recognitions, and from being made sheriff, coroner, escheator, forester, verderer, agister, regarder or other bailiff of the king against his will. (S) CPRs.

Children of Benedict and Joan:

i. Alice de Blakenham (4221733), born ~1272 in England.

ii. Benedict de Blakeham, born 1276 in Chelsworth, England.

1277, Benedict gave proof of age, 21 years old.

2/6/1297, Order to cause Benedict de Blakenham, son and heir of Benedict de Blakenham, to have seisin of the land that his father at his death held. (S) CCRs.

11/11/1299 at London, Debtor: Benedict de Blakenham {Blakeham}, of Berks. (S) UKNA.

Benedict died, no surviving heirs. (S) Archaeological Journal, V26, 1864.

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