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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lord Robert Fitz Roger & Margaret de Chesney

19989910. Lord Robert Fitz Roger & 19989911. Margaret de Chesney

~1164, Margaret de Kesneto born in England, heiress & d/o 39979922. William de Chesney & 39979923. Albreda de Poynings.

~1165, Robert born in England, s/o 39979820. Roger fitz Richard & 39979821. Alice de Vere.

Bef. 9/1174, Margaret’s father died; Hugh de Cressy given possession of her father’s lands.

[––Margaret & Hugh––]

Margaret de Cayneto 1st married to Hugh de Cressi. [1 son – Roger, see family notes.]

1175, Hugh owed £190 on Margaret’s father’s debts.

By 4/1178, Roger’s father died, the crown holding Warkworth during minority.

1185, Alice of Essex [Robert’s mother] is at the King’s disposal, and is 60 years old; and is aunt to Earl William (of Essex) and sister to Earl Aubrrey (of Oxford), and she has 2 sons, knights, and 1 daughter married to John, constable of Chester. Aynho, which is her manor, and which she holds of Earl William, is worth £30 a year . (S) Transactions – Essex, 1889, P244.

1189, Hugh de Cressy died. (S) English Historical Review, V35, 1920, P491.

[––Robert & Margaret––]

1189, Robert married Margaret.

7/6/1189, Richard I succeeded Henry II as King of England.

1190, Robert fitz Roger of Clavering holding for 2.5 knights’ fees the manor of Almoner, Norfolk. (S) The Boarstall Cartulary, 1930, P314.

4/16/1191, King Richard granted Robert the lands of Eure, Buckinghamshire. (S) The Register Booke of Inglebye Iuxta Grenhow, 1889, P-XLI.

1191–92, Robert sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk in right of his wife.

1196-97, Robert son of Roger an itinerant justice in Norfolk. (S) Pipe Roll Society, V65, 1952, P-XV.

1197, William de Redham granted his right in the rectory of Limpenhoe by fine to Robert fitz Roger. (S) Ess. Tow’s … Co. of Norfolk, Blomefield, 1775, P20.

1198, The abbey of Walsingham, near Loddon, founded by Robert fitz Roger de Clavering for Premonstratensian canons. (S) The English Cyclopaedia, Knight, 1867, P1011.

4/6/1199, John succeeded Richard I as King of England. [Richard made his brother John his heir, but previously had named Arthur of Brittany, who was next in line.]

1199, Robert son of Roger obtained a grant to enlarge his house at what became Warkworth castle. (S) Military Architecture in England, Thompson, 1912, P194.

1199-1200, Robert obtained confirmation from King John of the grant of the manor of Clavering. (S) Notes & Queries, 1897, P437.

1201, Robert fitz-Roger sheriff of Northumberland and constable of the castle of Newcastle.

5/5/1203 at Porchester, King John specified the details of Queen Isabel’s dower lands in England and Normandy; Robert Fitz Roger a witness.

3/8/1204, King John granted the manor of Rothbury [Robire] and its forest to Robert son of Roger, to be held by 1 knight’s fee. (S) A History of Northumberland, 1940, P344. [The grant included the original rights of the manor, including the power to apprehend and try malefactors, and to hang them; an assize of ale and bread; and a tumbril and a pillory. Roger could also claim all stray cattle and lost property. Anyone found hunting in the forest were fined £10 to the crown, while Roger could keep the horses, harness, and dogs.]

5/5/1204, Charter of the Lady the Queen I. on her dower. John, by the grace of God, … Attesting, the Lords … G. Fitz-Peter, earl of Essex; Earl Roger le Bigot; W. Earl of Arundel; A. de Veer, Earl of Oxford; Henry de Bohum, Earl of Hereford; W. de Braosa, Robert fitz-Roger, … (S) King John of England, Chadwick, 1865, P192.

1204, Robert, sheriff of Northumberland.

1204-5, Robert granted the manor of Corbridge, Northumberland, by annual service of £40.(S) Gaz. of Markets and Fairs. [Included Thropton, Snitter, and Newtown.]

1205, Robert completed construction of Warkworth castle.

10/15/1205, King John sent a letter to the Barons of the Exchequer to “compute” with Robert fitz Roger for the farm of the manor of Rothbury, which he had given to him. (S) History of the Berwickshire Naturalists’ Club, V4, P67.

1209, Robert paid £20 for is manor of Robire.

1209, Robert fitz Roger and ambassador to the King of the Scots. (S) History of the Berwickshire Naturalists’ Club, V6, P233.

By 1211, The chapel of St Mary Magdalene with a garden, 40 acres of demesne and pasture rights were granted by Robert son of Roger, lord of Warkworth. (S) Durham Cathedral, Piper, 1989, P200.

By 1213, Inspeximus by Almaric de Luci of the following grant of Richard de Luci his great grandfather: … Richard de Lucy (79958684) … Almaric confims the above grant as to the moiety thereof that Roheisia de Doveria (19989671) his kinswoman has granted them. Witnesses: Sirs Robert son of Roger (19989910), … (S) UKNA.

1213, Robert, lord of Warkworth, lord of Clavering, Essex, died; his son John a minor.


1213-14, Margaret paid £1000 for seisin of Robert’s property, the right to not be distrained to marry, and that she might be quit of her father’s debts to the Jews. (S) The Judges of England, Foss, 1848, P71.

1217, Jordan de Sackvile [Margaret’s brother-in-law], and Vitalis, son of Richard Engayen [Margaret’s nephew] released their right in Ling to Margaret. (S) Ess. Tow’s … Co. of Norfolk, Blomefield, 1775, P406.

By 1/7/1230, Margaret died.

(S) An Historical, Topographical, … Co. of Northumberland, V2, 1825. (S) Northumberland Families, V1, 1968, P15. (S) Upper Coquetdale, Dixon, 1903, P367. (S) Memoirs Chiefly Illustrative, V2, 1858, P189.

Family notes:

·         Reign of King John: “Robertus filius Rogeri tenet in capite de domino Rege manerium de Wercwrth.” (S) Archaeologia Aeliana, V25, 1904, P153.

·         Robert founder of the monastery of Langely, co. Norfolk.

·         Margaret’s son Roger de Cressy married Isabel de Rie and had 4 sons, who all died without issue, so the barony of Horford, Norfolk, eventually fell to the heirs of Margaret.

Children of Robert and Margaret:

i. Alice Fitz Robert (9994955), born 1190 in England.

ii. John fitz Robert (486765192), born ~1192 in England.