Sunday, July 31, 2011

G24: 11820370

11820370. Alexander Comyn & 11820371. Joan le Latimer

Search for Wife and Widow in Medieval England

~1255, Alexander born in Scotland, 2nd s/o 23640740. Alexander Comyn & 23640741. Elizabeth de Quincy.

~1270, Joan born in England, d/o 15208896. William Latimer & 15208897. Alice Ledet.

7/13/1285, Alexander de Comyn of Buchan, witnessed his brother John’s quitclaim of rights to half of Wygglesmer. (S) POMS.

1289, Alexander’s father died.

1292, Alexander Comyn of Buchan, sheriff of Dingwall. (S) Medieval Scotland, 1998, P178.

4/27/1296, Alexander [and his brother the earl] captured at the battle of Dunbar, Scotland, by King Edward, and imprisoned in the Tower of London.

7/27/1296 at Elgin, Alexander with King Edward of England.

9/4/1296, Joan Comyn, of the king’s [of England] special grace, to receive 200 marks of land in Tyndale for her sustenance. [A week later she was granted permission to transfer he household to England.]

9/29/1296, Protection in Scotland for Alexander Comyn of Boghan in Scotland and in England. (S) CPRs.

6/6/1297, Oath by Alexander Comyn of Buchan to serve Edward I against the French. London. (S) UKNA.

1297, Alexander sealed a document with a seal bearing “S’ALEXANDRE CVMYN D’BVC”. (S) Scotland’s Historic Heraldry, 2006, P44.

1297, Alexander’s brother, earl John, turned against England, but Alexander remained loyal.

8/1299, Sir Alexander Comyn was burning and devastating the district beyond the Firth of Forth. (S) Robert Bruce, Barrow, 2005, P141. [William Wallace, John Comyn and Robert Bruce had stirred up rivalries and war in Scotland.]

1303, Sir Alexander Comyn, sheriff of Aberdeenshire when King Edward I of England visited.

1304-05, Alexander Keeper of Urquhart and Tarwedale castles.

1304-05, Alexander the sheriff of Aberdeen. (S) Medieval Scotland, 1998, P178.

1304, King Edward give custody of Aboyne castle to Alexander. [Later suspended because of a protest of the earl of Athole.]

1305, Alexander Comyn of Buchan makes 4 requests: 1) He states that the King gave him the shrievalty of Aberdeen to hold at pleasure, which he has held during war and peace without receiving any allowance for his expenses in his account. He requests a reasonable allowance for his costs and expenses. 2) He asks the King to vouchsafe to him a fee of £20 annually, which he was granted by Alexander III, in consideration of his good behaviour and his damages. 3) He asks that he might be quit of a ransom, as he has never left the King's faith since he did homage to him at Berwick. 4) He states that some people whom he had annoyed in time of war by what he did for the King's benefit are harrassing him now, in time of peace, and he requests a letter to the Lieutenant that he should not be harrassed for things done in time of war. (S) UKNA.

1308, Alexander died. [Possibly at the battle of Inverurie. His daughters would be heiresses of his older brother John, earl of Boghan, in 1311.]

11/27/1308, Robert de Wauton brought charges against Alice Latimer [widow of Joan’s brother William] and Joan Comyn. (S) CPRs.

1313, Joan granted custody the manor of Flaxfleet, Yorkshire.

2/24/1314, Protection for one year without clause for Joan Comyn. (S) CPRs.

7/30/1316, Joan granted the manor of Malton, Yorkshire by the king for her sustenance, allowing her to take 50£ yearly from its issues. (S) CPRs.

10/24/1319, Commission … on complaint by Joan, late the wife of Alexander Comyn of Bouham, … carried away her goods at Malton, co. York. (S) CPRs.

1320, Joan granted safe conduct to go to Scotland with 1 knight, 6 squires, 6 men of office, and 10 grooms to seek restitution of her lands in Scotland.

6/2/1323, Joan granted protection to travel to Scotland on business. (S) CPRs.

3/27/1327, Joan granted £40 yearly from the issues of Yorkshire. (S) CPRs.

4/24/1328, Order to pay Joan Comyn of Boghan 20£ out of the issues of the bailiwick of the sheriff of York. (S) CCRs.

10/19/1329, Order to pay Joan Comyn of Boghan 20£ out of the issues of the bailiwick of the sheriff of York. (S) CCRs.

10/1/1340, Joan living.

(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P61. (S) Chaloner’s Treatise of the Isle of Man, App. D. (S) Records of the Sheriff Court of Aberdeenshire, Issue 28, 1904. (S) Wife and Widow in Medieval England, Walker, 1993.

Family notes:
·         Alexander Comyn of Badenoch was contemporary to this Alexander. Both appear in rolls of 1296.

Children of Alexander and Joan: [2 daughters]

i. Alice Comyn (5910185), born ~1290 in Scotland.

ii. Margaret Comyn, born ? in Scotland.
7/14/1311, Grant to Henry de Bello Monte, who has married Alice, one of the nieces and co-heiresses of John Comyn, of the custody of the manor of Whitewyk, co. Leicester, during the minority of the heirs. Master William Comyn surrendered to the kin this manor, which John Comyn his brother, sometime earl of Boghan, had held in chief, … it is the inheritance of Alice and Margaret, the nieces and co-heireses of himself and his late brother. (S) CPRs.
Margaret married John de Ross, s/o William the Earl of Ross.

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