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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
G24: 9994832 Berkeley-Somery
9994832. Thomas de Berkeley & 9994833. Joan de Somery
~1175, Thomas born in England, s/o 19989664. Maurice FitzRobert FitzHarding & 1998966.
Alice de Berkeley.
11/3/1189, Richard I crowned king of England.
~1190, Joan born in England, d/o 973530512. Ralph de Someri & 973530513. Margaret Crassus.
5/27/1199, John crowned king of England.
10/28/1216, Henry III,
age 9, crowned king of England.
1219-20, Witnesses: Sir Nicholas Poinz, Sir Hugh his son, Sir
Adam son of Nigel, Sir Thomas de Berkeley, … (S) UKNA.
5/1220, Thomas heir to his older brother Robert.
8/9/1220, Thomas of Berkeley, brother and heir of Robert of
Berkeley , owes the king £100 for his relief of the lands formerly of Robert,
and he has given the king surety at Oxford for the relief. (S) FRsHIII.
1220-43, Thomas de Berkeley, at the request of Thomas de Tyringeham,
has granted to Hugh his freedom, … For this Thomas de Tyringeham has given to
Thomas de Berkeley 3 marks and a measure of wine, and to Joan his wife 4s. (S)
1221, Thomas with the King Henry III at the siege of Byham
1221, Thomas 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 and Rose of Dover. Rose was a granddaughter of Briwerre; she
brought the barony of Chilham to FitzRoy. [This settlement was because Thomas
had previously agreed to marry one of William’s daughters.] It was also agreed
that Briwerre would acquit Thomas of 200 marks which he owed to the king, and
that Thomas would make over to Briwerre his manors of Portbury and Arlingham
for a term of 15 years.
1222-3, Thomas granted livery of the castle of Berkely and the
town. The King had as “pledges” [aka hostages], 2 of Thomas’ sisters sons “soe
that by it noe damage should arise to the King.”
1224, Thomas received 20 marks annually as Keeper of Berkeley
1224, Thomas came to an arrangement with the Exchequer to repay
the debts of himself and his late brother at £80 a year.
Bef. 1230, Thomas recovered 3 Somerset hundreds from his cousin
Maurice de Gaunt.
9/20/1230, The king has committed the hundreds of Bedminster,
Hartcliffe and Portbury , which Maurice de Gant held of Thomas of Berkeley , to
William [de] Putot. (S) FRsHIII.
11/2/1233, To Thomas de Berkele. The king is sending into his
parts Emericus de Sacy together with some other knights to keep the peace of
those parts … (S) CPRs.
11/10/1233, Mandate to Thomas de Berkele to deliver his castle
of Berkele to Emericus de Sacy and his fellows. (S) CPRs.
Aft. 1/18/1234, Thomas received the dower lands of his brother’s
5/26/1236, Sir Thomas de Berkeley and St. Augustine's Abbey. Settlement
of suit between them concerning the tithes of pannage, fisheries and mills, and
concerning the manor of Arlingham, the land of Bray, the land of Lorewinge, …
Witnesses: …, Sir Henry de Berkele, Sir William de Berkeley, Maurice son of
Maurice de Berkeley, … (S) UKNA.
1236, Thomas at parliament when the issue of inheritance of
children born before marriage was addressed.
7/26/1236, From Thomas of Berkeley , of his fine for licence to
make concord with the abbot of St. Augustine’s, Bristol , 50 m. (S) FRsHIII.
1238, Thomas de Berkelay, son of Sir Thomas de Berkeley, … Thomas
has granted to the abbey all his wood in the manor of Symundeshale, …; doing
the services to Sir Thomas de Berkeley, his father, as in his charter to Thomas
the younger, viz. 8d. at Christmas each year for the souls of Thomas his father
and Joan his mother. (S) UKNA.
11/29/1243, Thomas “the Observer” died; buried at St.
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, Lady of Watton [her residence] and her sister
Margery sought an assize of novel disseizin at Gloucester against her son
7/29/1252, Joan of Berkeley gives the king 20s. of gold for a
charter to have a warren, market and fair, which she is to pay in his Wardrobe …
Later, she paid those 20s. of gold in the king’s Wardrobe at the aforesaid term
and is quit. (S) FRsHIII.
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.
7/8/1253, Simple protection for seven years, for Margery de
Sumery [Joan’s niece.]. The like for Joan de Berkele. (S) CPRs.
1255, Joan and her son Maurice entertained King Henry III at
1256, Dosthill, here first called a manor, was held in dower by
Joan de Berkele of the inheritance of Robert de Grendon as ½ knight's fee. (S) A
History of the County of Warwick, V4, 1947.
3/23/1274, IPM of Thomas fitz Otto: Gloucester … All the
service which the said Thomas owed … are assigned to Dame Joan de Berkele in
the name of her dower. (S) The Index Library, V30, 1903, P90.
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.
(S) Plantagenet Ancestry, P96. (S) Berkeley Manuscripts:
Abstracts and Extracts, Fosbroke, 1821. (S) UKNA, Berkeley Castle Muniments.
·Thomas was a witness to multiple charters of
Child of Thomas and Joan: [6 sons , 2 daughters] i. Maurice de Berkeley (4997416), born 1218 in England.