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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sir Ralph de Willington & Olympias Franc

19962464. Sir Ralph de Willington & 19962465. Olympias Franc

~1175, Ralph born in England.

~1185, Olympias born in England, heir & d/o 39924930. William Franc.

6/8/1191, King Richard arrived at the siege of Acre.

1191, Ralph at the siege of Acre with Richard the Lion Heart.

1198, Ralph married to Olympias.

1199, Ralph named in 2 Gloucester lawsuits.

1200, Ralph made fine to have the question of his obligation to Stephen de Turnham, a royal justice, judged by the Justiciar.

1205, Robert de Evercy granted half the vill of Aston to Ralph and Olimpia.

1206, Ralph made payment to the Crown to receive control of half the manors of Yate and Ablington, co. Gloucester, and White Ladies Aston, co. Worcester; granted to him by Robert de Everci, to whom his wife was heir. [Some genealogies have Robert as her father. See Footnotes 1179-1205.]

1208, Ralph had seisin of Robert de Everci’s lands including Yate manor.

3/1215, Walter Gray, Bishop of Worcester, recovered from Ralph de Wilington the manor and advowson of Aston.

1216, Ralph de Wylington and Olimpias his wife filed a suit with regard to the tenancy of 3 hides of land in Side. (S) CCRs.

1216, The sheriff was ordered to restore the manor and advowson of Aston to Ralph.

10/28/1216, Henry III, age 9, crowned king of England.

2/1217, Ralph ordered to conduct a prisoner from Philip Marc to the Earl Marshal.

1218, Ralph with the consent of his wife Olimpia granted the manor and the advowson of the church of Aston to Silvester of Evesham, Bishop of Worcester. Cecily de Evercy, widow of Robert de Evercy, released all her claim to a third of the manor to William of Blois, who succeeded Silvester as bishop.

1218, Ralph granted a weekly market at Yate manor.

9/9/1218, Dorset. Ralph Monachus has given the king surety by Walter de Verdun, Ralph de Vernay, and Ralph of Williton … (S) FRsHIII.

1219, Ralph represented the Earl of Gloucester in a lawsuit.

1220, Ralph the constable of Berkeley castle.

1220, Ralph and Olympias claim she is the heir of hides in Imber, Wilts as she is the heir of her grandfather Humphrey Franc.

1221, Ralph had custody of the heir of Annore de la More, widow of Robert Bibois. (S) A Hist. of the Co. of Warwick, V5, 1949.

1222, Sussex. — In an assize of last presentation to the Church of Thoringe, brought by Ralph de Wilinton, as guardian of Geoffrey, son and heir of Hugh de Felcinton. (S) De Banco Roll.

1222, Ralph, lord of the manor of Sandhurst, and his wife Olympias gave money to erect a chapel in honor of the Mother of our Lord. (S) The Dean’s Handbook to Gloucester Cathedral.

1224, Ralph de Wylington and Olympias, his wife, erected a small chapel whose architect was Helias the Sacrist, a monk of the Gloucester monastery. (S) The Cathedral Church of Gloucester, Masse, 1898, P79.

10/8/1224, Ralph appointed Constable of Bristol Castle, home of Eleanor [imprisoned 40 years], sister of Arthur of Brittany, who had been designated as successor to the throne of England and its French possessions by King John’s older brother Richard the Lionheart [who recanted on his deathbed.]

10/8/1224, The king appointed Ralph de Willington to the castle and berton of Bristol. (S) History of the Parish of Bitton, in the Co. of Gloucester, Ellacombe, 1881, P168.

9/15/1225, Order to the sheriff of Gloucestershire to place in respite, until upon his next account at the Exchequer of Michaelmas in the ninth year, the demand of £26 12s. 10d. that he makes by summons of the Exchequer from Ralph of Willington for the issues of the king’s barton of Bristol , because Ralph will answer the king for them by his hand when he renders account to the king for the expenses incurred in Bristol castle. (S) FRsHIII.

1226, William de Munceaus, constable of Pevensey, was ordered not to exact heckage from Ralph de Wilinton so long as he should be employed on the king’s service. (S) Sussex Archaeological Collections, V49, 1906, P4.

7/4/1226, Mandate to Ralph de Wyliton to permit Geoffrey de Mariscis, justicary of Ireland, to take venison … in the forest of Ralph’s bailiwick … (S) Cal. of Doc’s Relating to Ireland, P215.

5/27/1227, Grant to Ralph de Wilinton, and his heirs, for homage and service of . . . 2 hides of land in Wallehop, …, paying a sore sparrow-hawk yearly. (S) CChRs.

1228, Henry Foliot, Archdeacon of Gloucester, entered into an agreement with Ralph de Wylington and his wife Olumpias respecting the chapel of St. Mary. (S) Cathedral Antiquities: Salisbury, Britton, 1929, P15.

7/6/1229, Grant to Ralph de Wylinton of the moiety of Norton, which Ranulf de Hurnle had of the bail of King John of the lands of the Normans, …, to hold as the Norman holder held it, until the king restore it to the previous holder or his heirs of his free will or by a peace. (S) CChRs.

1231, Ralph de Wilington made Governor of Bristol Castle with the wardenship of the forest and castle of Rainsham, obtained for his support in the king’s service, and made Governor of the castle of Exeter.

1232, Ralph escheator of Gloucester.

6/1232, Radulfus de Wylinton' et Olimpias uxor ejus et Walterus le Escot attornaverunt Ricardum de Gersinton' versus Matillidem Gyffard', … (S) CCRs.

1233, Ralph de Wyliton and Walter de Godarvill ordered to destroy a house of Gilbert Basset at Festerne, and the house of Robert Musard at Musarden. (S) The Hist. & Antiq’s of the Tower of London, V2, P282.

7/6/1233, Ralph de Wyliton appointed Keeper of the town and castle of Devizes [Wiltshire]. (S) CPRs.

8/1233, Ralph ordered by the king to attack the properties of Gilbert Basset and Richard Swiard, opponents of the king.

9/28/1233, Ralph appointed by the king to guard Hubert de Burgh, earl of Kent, in Devizes castle. [Ralph de Williton and Walter de Godavill are commanded to keep Hubert in a vault … 3 pairs of iron rings on him, no person to have speech with him, … have necessary food.

10/1/1233, Ralph summoned to the king to discuss his prisoner. [Some of the king’s supporters wanted Hubert murdered.]

2/28/1235, Pardon … for a fine, of the king’s rancor and indignation against him for trespasses … Ralph de Wylinton. (S) CPRs. [Hubert de Burgh had escaped from Ralph’s custody, but was later recaptured.]

5/1/1236, Exemption for life of Ralph de Wylyton from being made justice of assizes, or justice in eyre for all pleas, or justice for pleas of the forest, and from being put on assizes, juries or recognitions. (S) CPRs.

Bef. 8/1242, Ralph died.


1242, Olimpia was holding one knight's fee of the Earl of Warwick in Poulton, co. Gloucester.

7/11/1244, Order to the sheriff of Gloucestershire to cause the crop … of 11 acres of land in Sandhurst that Olympia of Williton held, and to hand them over to aforesaid Olympia, having accepted security for having the aforesaid land with the crops. (S) FRsHIII.

Olympia died.

(S) A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain, Burke, 1838, P526. (S) Hist. of Worcester, V3, 1913, White Ladies Aston.

Family notes:

·         William Franc born in England, s/o §John Franc & Wymark ?.

·         1179-1205, Wymark, widow of John Franc Chevaler, gave lands to St. Peter's Abbey, Gloucester, for the souls of her husband and her son William, with the consent of her son Robert and of Olimpia, daughter of her son William. This gift was confirmed by Ralph de Wilington and his wife Olimpia.

Child of Ralph and Olympias:

i. Ralph de Willington (9981232), born ~1215 in England.