~1295, Robert de Erpyngham born in England, s/o 30422760. John de Erpingham & 30422761. Beatrix de Reppes.
7/7/1307, Edward II succeeded Edward I as King of England.
By 1315, Robert’s father died.
1315, Robert de Erpingham, knight, lord of Erpingham, son of John, held a quarter of a fee here of Walter de Berningham.
1317-18, Grant by Robert de Erpingham and Ralph son of John son of Simon de Erpingham, … (S) Ancient Deeds, [Norf.], V2, 1894, C.2545.
10/28/1320, Enrolment of grant by Robert Walkefare, knight, … co. Norfolk. Witnesses: Robert de Erpyngham, … (S) CCRs.
1324, Robert in possession of Erpingham manor.
4/6/1324, Robert de Erpyngham, knight, acknowledges that he owes the abbot of St. Albans 40 marks. CCRs.
12/26/1325, Commission to array all the men, appoint deputies, and see that beacons be erected … John Haward, Robert de Erpyngham, John Curzon } Norfolk. (S) CPRs.
9/2/1326, Mandate to John Haward, Robert de Erpyngham, John Curzon, arrayers in Norfolk, to select 500 menand lead them to Erewell, co. Suffolk, … to stay there at the king’s wages. (S) CPRs.
3/2/1334, To the sheriff of Norfolk. Writ for payment to Constantine de Mortuo Mari and Robert de Erpyngham, knights of that shire, for their expenses in coming to the parliament at York. (S) CCRs.
6/3/1335, Writ for payment to Robert de Erpyngham, knight of the shire of Norfolk, for expenses on coming to parliament at York. (S) CCRs.
1336, Creditor: Sir Robert de Erpingham [held half a fee in Wickmere and in Erpingham, South-Erpingham Hundred, Norfolk], knight. Amount: £14. (S) UKNA. [3 similar loans made in 1336-7].
10/1/1337, Protection with clause volumus, … going with Robert de Ufford, earl of Suffolk, beyond the seas on the king’s service … Robert de Erpyngham. … (S) CPRs.
11/1337, King Edward, claiming the throne of France through his mother, began the 100 Years War with the battle of Cadzand, a Flemish island. An attack by sea. The locals and soldiers saw them coming. The French attached the ships with archers. The English landed with battle axes, sword and lances. Wryneck, Earl of Derby, s/o Henry of Lancaster, was wounded. The English archers then decimated the French. More than 3000 French soldiers were killed.
5/10/1341, Exemption, for life, of Robert de Erpyngham from being put on assizes, juries or recognizes, … mayor, sheriff, coroner, … against his will. (S) CPRs.
7/20/1344, Commission of peace, … statutes of Winchester and Northampton, to John Howard, Robert de Erpyngham, … in the county of Norfolk. (S) CPRs.
1345, Sir Robert, holding Erpingham, paid aid towards making the king’s eldest son a knight. (S)
7/12/1346, King Edward landed an invasion force of 10000 in Normandy, which marched north plundering the countryside. King Philip VI, with 8000 horsemen and 4000 Genoese crossbowmen pursued.
8/26/1346, Robert and his son John at the battle of Crecy in the retinue of Robert de Ufford, earl of Suffolk.
8/26/1346, The Battle of Crecy, north of Paris. Edward III vs. Philip VI, heralded the rise of the longbow as the dominant weapon, and also saw the use of the ribauldequin, an early cannon, by the English. The English longbowmen could fire much more quickly than the Genoese, with a killing range of 250 yards. A decisive victory, a third of the French forces lost [mainly to arrows] to less than 100 Englishmen, this started the decline in importance of the mounted knight, and the rise of England as a European power.
9/4/1346, The English began the year-long siege of the port of Calais.
9/20/1346 at Calais, Pardon for good service in the war of France … Robert de Erpyngham, ‘chivaler,’ by K. and testimony of the earl of Suffolk. (S) CPRs. (S) Crecy and Calais.
8/1347, Calais fell when King Philip failed to support their siege and retreated.
1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].
10/3/1350, John de Ratilsden, going on pilgrimage, nominating Robert de Erpyngham, chivaler, … (S) CPRs.
12/30/1350, Feoffment by Nicholas de Snyterle, rector of the church of Matelask … Witnesses:—Sir Robert de Erpyngham and Sir John his son, knights, and others … (S) UKNA.
6/11/1351, Robert de Erpyngham a keeper of all ports and of the sea shore and of all maritime land of Norfolk. (S) CCRs.
6/24/1351, Commission of oyer and terminer to …, Robert de Erpyngham, 'chivaler,'… (S) CPRs.
7/21/1352, Quitclaim by John Bardolph lord of Wormegay, …, Robert de Erpingham, … messuage in Lynn called Berrystede.
10/3/1352, Robert de Erpyngham, 'chivaler,' had letters of protection for going beyond the seas.
1355, Grant by Sir William de Calthorp, knight, [Norfolk] … Witnesses:—Sir Robert de Erpyngham, Sir John de Colby, knights, … (S) Ancient Deeds, V1, 1890, C.1766.
5/14/1356, Grant by Sir William de Calthorp, knight, … Witnesses: - Sir Robert de Erpyingham, … (S) Ancient Deeds.
1357, Robert witnessed a grant of custody of the minor Thomas de Reppes.
7/8/1357, Commission … to make inquisition in the county of Norfolk … that … and Robert de Erpyngham, lately appointed by the king's commission to select in that county 100 archers to be brought to him at his summons and their under-arrayers and ministers exceeding the commission levied divers sums for bows and arrows and for the clothing of the archers, which they had not power to do, and detained the money in their own hands.
4/1/1360, Commission to John Bardolf of Wirmegeye, …, Robert de Erpyngham, … and Hamo Lestraunge, arrayers of men at arms and archers in the county of Norfolk, … commanded them to go in person with as many men at arms, armed men and archers … ordained to go upon the sea for the defence of the realm towards the north, with the said Robert … in those ships on the king's service, … Robert and John frivolously refused to be intendant to them, to go in the ships or to deliver any men of their array.
1363, Sir Robert de Erpingham, Knight, John de Berneye, and Robert Bulour of South Wutton enfeoff Sir Robert de Causton, Knight, Sir Thomas de Felton, Knight, and others of the manor of Little Riburgh called "le Wodehall," [Norfolk] (S) Muniments of Edmond R. Wodehouse, 1892, App.A, No.270.
1370, Robert died, buried at Norwich priory, church and cloister, Conisford. (S) Index Nonasticus, Taylor, 1821, P43.
(S) Ess. Tow.’s Topo. Hist. of Norfolk, V6, 1807, Erpingham.
· “Orate pro animabus Roberti Erpingham Militis, et Agnetis Uroris sue quorum animabus propicietur Deus Amen.” At the church at Erpingham. [John his son is buried nearby.]
Child of Robert and Agnes:
i. John de Erpingham (7605690), born ~1325 in England.