~1275, William born in England, s/o §§Sir Hugh de Bernake & Maud de Woodthorpe.
~1280, Alice born in England, heir & d/o 47280218. Sir Robert de Dryby & 47280219. Joan de Tateshall.
1/4/1296, English forces left from Plymouth, arriving in Gascony in March. 3/28 they began an unsuccessful English-French siege of Bordeaux.
12/30/1296, Protection … for the following going beyond seas on the king’s service … William Bernak. (S) CPRs.
[––William & Alice––]
1306, William de Bernak and Alice his wife v. Johanna the wife of Robert de Tateshale, senior [Alice’s uncle], … of the manor of Hedersete. (S) Feet of Fines, Norfolk, V1, 1885, P169.
7/7/1307, Edward II became king on the death of his father.
1309, Alice’s grandmother Joan died.
4/1310, William of Bernake brought the “quare impedit” against Robert of Montalt and said that Isabella [Daubeny], who held the manor in dower as of the right of Robert of [Tatishale] … (S) Publications of the Selden Society, V20, 1905, P58.
1312, King Edward II summoned Sir William de Bernak to show cause whe he hindered him in presenting to the church of Atleburgh … of the inheritance of Hugh de Albany, earl of Arundel … (S) Ess. Tow’s a Topo. Hist. of the Co. of Norfolk, Blomefield, 1739, P342.
6/6/1319, Commission of oyer … on complaint by William de Bernak that … and others broke his close at Blatherwyk, co. Northampton, felled his trees, and carried away the trees and other goods. (S) CPRs.
2/24/1320, Commission of oyer … on complaint by William Coleman that William Bernak and John his son, … broke his close at Sugbrok by Carleton, co. Lincoln, abducted Juliana, his daughter, and without his consent gave her in marriage, carrie away his goods, and assaulted his servants. (S) CPRs.
1320, Robert de Welle to John his brother. … Witnesses: William de Bernake knight, … (S) UKNA.
1323-24, Joan (47280219) late the wife of Robert de Driby to settle the castle and manor of Tattershall, …, on herself for life, with remainder … in New Buckenham, Old Buckenham, Attleborough, and Ellingham, … to William de Bernak, Alice his wife, and the heirs of their bodies; and as to the castle and manor of Tattershall, …, to Robert son of the said Joan for life, … the manor of Bredon to John son of the said Joan for life, ….
8/1/1324, Commission … to certify the king of the number of horse and foot to be armed with steel armour, and of the residue of the fencible foot of that county … William de Bernak } Norfolk. (S) CPRs.
3/16/1325, Constantine de Mortuo Mari, William Bernak, Roger de Kerdeston, and Geoffrey de Wych, appointed to choose 1,400 footmen in co. Norfolk, excepting the city of Norwich and the towns of Lenn and Estiernemuth, and to cause them to be armed at the charge of the towns … (S) CCRs.
7/19/1325, By fine of 50 marks, Joan late the wife of Robert de Driby to settle the castle and manor of Tattershall, and messuages and rent in Boston, the manor of Bredon (Leic.), messuages, land, and rent in New Buckenham, Old Buckenham, Attleborough, and Ellingham, the third part of the manor of Wymondham, and the eighth part of the manor of Buckenham, with the advowsons of the church of Tattershall and Kirkstead abbey, on herself for life, with remainder … to William de Bernak, Alice his wife, and the heirs of their bodies; … (S) CPRs, (S) UKNA.
2/1/1327 at Westminster, Edward III, age 14, crowned king of England.
7/18/1327, John de Bernak acknowledge that he owes to William de Bernak and Nicholas de Bernak £20. (S) CCRs.
11/30/1327, … Witnesses : William de Bernak, James de Roos, James de Biroun and others. (S) Maunscripts of Lord de L’Isle, V1, P171.
9/20/1334, Order to the king's clerk, escheator in the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge, Huntingdon, Essex and Hertford, to deliver to William Bernak and Alice his wife, daughter of Robert de Driby, sister and heir of John de Driby, tenant in chief, the lands late of her said brother, William having done homage. (S) CFRs.
11/10/1334, Charter of William de Bernake and Alice his wife confirming to Robert their son for life all their lands in Baston which came to them by the death of John de Dryby. Witnesses: Sir Nicholas de Cauntelow, Sir William de Grey and others.
4/18/1336, Order to cause Adam de Fyncham to be discharged and released of the issues of the lands delivered to Adam de Clyfton, William Bernak and Alice his wife as their purparties, … the issues of the purparty of John de Orreby, a minor in the king's wardship … lands which Joan, late the wife of Robert de Tateshale (gs/o, 94560390), tenant in chief of Edwar I., who died while a minor in the said king's wardship, held in dower with the assent of Adam de Clyfton (11820048), kinsman and co-heir of Robert, of William Bernak, who married Alice, another co-heir, and of Geoffrey le Scrop, to whom the king granted the custody of the lands which are of the inheritance of John [de Orreby], third kinsman and co-heir of Robert, to hold until John came of age,... (S) CCRs.
4/6/1339, William of Hethersett, knt., died; buried at Hethersett; seised of third parts of Wymondham and Buckenham manors, and a third part of Plassinghall in Attleburgh.
4/23/1339, Order to the escheator on this side Trent to take into the king's hand the lands late of William de Bernak, deceased, tenant in chief. (S) CFRs.
6/13/1339, Charter of Alice, widow of Sir William de Bernake, confirming to her son Robert the lands in Baston.
7/16/1339, Licence for Alice, late the wife of William de Bernak, knight, to grant for life to Hugh de Bernak, parson of a moiety of the church of Hedersete, … held in chief. Norfolk. (S) CPRs.
8/23/1339, Order to the escheator on this side Trent to take into the king's hand the lands late of William de Bernak, deceased, tenant in chief. (S) CFRs.
4/12/1341, Alice died.
4/30/1341, IPM of Alice, late the wife of William Bernak. Norfolk: Bukenham. A fourth part of a wood called ‘le Park’ … Besthorp called Plassys. A third part of the manor held as dower … A third part of the manor, whereof she was enfeoffed jointly with the said William … Hedersete. The manor held jointly … by the gift of Joan late the wife of Robert de Tatishale … John their son, aged 32 years and more, is next heir of the said William and Alice. Sussex: Walderton. A third part of 50s 9d yearly rent, together with the profit of a third part of a free court to be held there every 3 weeks, held of her own inheritance … Bargham, Bebynton, Gretham, Elmere and Tordynton. A moiety of 5 fees … Chilgrave. A quarter of a knight’s fee, … Hertyngg, Chedehurst and Polbergh. 3 fees, … Lhirditon. A knight’s fee … Grave. A fortieth part of a knight’s fee … Bulsham. A quarter of a knight’s fee, … (S) CIsPM.
(S) Memorials of the Parochial Church, the Collegiate Chantry …, Barrett, 1848, P182. (S) Lincolnshire Notes and Queries, V6, 1901, P35. (S) The Ancestor, Iss7, 1902, P3.
· Maud de Woodthorpe, d/o §§Sir William de Woodthrope.
Child of William and Alice:
i. John de Bernak (11820054), born 1307 in England.