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Monday, August 22, 2011

Sir Giles de Astley & Dame Alice de Wolvey

15211084. Sir Giles de Astley & 15211085. Dame Alice de Wolvey

Aft. 1288, Giles de Estleye born in Astley, Warwick, England, s/o 30422168. Andrew de Asteley & 30422169. Sybil ?

~1290, Alice born in England, d/o 30422170. Sir Thomas de Wolvey & 30422171. Alice de Clynton.

1301, Giles’ father died. Giles’ older brother Nicholas, age 24, succeeded.

1305, Alice’s father died. (S) Effegy, Church of St. John the Baptist, Holar, 1670.

7/7/1307, Edward II succeeded Edward I as King of England.

2/25/1308, Edward II crowned king of England.

2/3/1314, Grant by Henry de Erdington to Katherin, his daughter, … Witnesses ­– Sir Thomas de Clynton knight, Sir Giles de Asteleye knight, … (S) Report of the Manuscripts of the Late Reginald Rawdon, 1928, P75.

6/24/1314, Nicolas de Astley and his younger brother Giles at the battle of Bannockburn, Scotland, against Robert Brus. Nicholas was taken prisoner, Giles was killed in the battle. (S) St. John Baptist Church, Wolvey.

6/24/1314, Battle of Bannockburn, Scotland, a victory for the Scots, unusual in that it lasted for 2 days. The Scots, commanded by Robert Bruce, were laying siege to Stirling castle, held by the English. As the English attacked across the brook, Robert counter-attacked along a 2000-yard front. King Edward attempted to flank the Scot’s left with archers, but they were driven back the Scot cavalry. The English front broke against the Scottish spearmen. It was the largest loss of English knights in a single day. This was the battle in which organized foot-soldiers [primarily pike men] defeated heavily armored mounted knights.


1315-16, Warwick. Henry de Erdynton and Joan  his wife, and John de Cave and Matilda his wife, sued Alice, formerly wife of Giles de Asteleye and Thomas her son for 5 messauges … in Wythbrok, as the right of the said Joan, Matilda, and of one Alice daughter of Thomas de Wolfneye, and Thomas son of the said Alice. Alice formerly wife of Giles appeared by attorney, and also the said Thomas by the said Henry, his custos, … unless the said Alice, the coparcener of the said Joan and Matilda (Alice’s sisters), was included in the plea. She is therefore summoned. (S) Collections for a History of Staffordshire, V9, 1888, P52.

1326, Nicholas, older brother of Giles died, leaving Giles’ son Thomas as heir.

2/1/1327 at Westminster, Edward III, age 14, crowned king of England.

5/24/1340, Licence for the alienation in mortmain by Thomas de Asteleye (son), knight, … souls of him, Elizabeth his wife, Alice his mother, … (S) CPRs.

12/23/1341, Licence of the alienation in mortmain by Thomas de Asteleye, knight, … for the good estate of the said Thomas, Elizabeth his wife, Alice de Wolveye and Andrew de Asteleye, for their souls when they are dead, … (S) CPRs.

5/6/1343, Licence for the alienation in mortmain by Alice late the wife of Giles de Asteleye … to celebrate devine service daily in the chapel of St. Mary in the parish of Wolvey for her good estate, for her soul when she is dead … (S) CPRs.

1/18/1344, Grant by Alice, late the wife of Giles de Asteleye, for the health of herself, Sir Thomas de Asteleye (7605542), her son, the lady Elizabeth (7605543), his wife, and William (1477514), their son, and of her children Sir William de Asteleye, Sibilla Basset, Alice de Herthulle, Joan de Langeton, Alice de Burneby and Margery de Asteleye, and for the souls of Sir Thomas de Wlveye (30422170), her father, dame Alice (30422171), late his wife, Sir Giles de Astleye and Sir Thomas de Clynton (15212296), [and] of Nicholas de Asteleye and Alice de Asteleye, her children … Witnesses:—Sir William de Clyntone, earl of Huntyngdon, Sir Thomas de Asteleye, … (S) Ancient Deeds, V5, 1906, Warwick, A.12138.

Child of Giles and Alice:

i. Sabilla de Astley, born ? in England.

Sabilla married Ralph Basset of Sapcote.

ii. Alice de Astley, born ? in England.

Alice married Richard de Harthill.

Alice died, buried in Polesworth Abbey churchyard, North Warwickshire Borough.

Daughter: Elizabeth, heiress, married Sir Edmund Cokayne of Ashbourn, Derby. (S) FMG, Lords of Derbyshire. [s/o 1477564. Sir John Cokayne of Ashbourn.]

iii. Thomas de Astley (7605542), born ~1310 in England.

iv. William de Astley, born ? in England.

8/26/1346, Sir William de Asteleye at the Battle of Crecy. (S) Crecy and Calais, Wrottesley, 1898.