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~1190, Helias born in England, s/o 47280424. Elias Giffard
& 47280425. Maud fitz Harding de Berkeley.
Aft. 1195, Elias’ father died.
Elias 1st married Isabel Musard.
5/27/1199, John crowned king
1201-02, Elias a minor in the
custody of William Marshall, earl of Pembroke.
1202, Elias Giffard, a
minor, owed 20s for the scutage of Wales, and 18 marks for that of Scotland, for
his father in the time of Richard I. William Marshal received acquittance from
Geoffrey fitz Peter. (S) Transactions – Bristol and Gloucester, V12, 1888, P269. 1204, Elias Giffard fined 27
marks on 9 fees in Gloucester. (S) Studies in Taxation under John and Henry III,
Mitchell, 1914, P59.
1210, Elias served in the
king’s army in Ireland.
1212, Elias Giffard returned
9 knights’ fees. Elias married 2nd Alice, d/o John Mautravers.
1216, Helias joined the barons against King John.
1216, Helias’ lands in Wilts, Northants, Gloucester, Somerset,
Dorset, Oxford and Berks given to Bartholomew Pecche.
10/28/1216, Henry III, age 9, crowned king of England.
3/11/1217, Helias’ lands restored by King Henry III after he
1220-26, Elias witnessed a grant of Thomas de Berkeley to
Osbert Gyffard. (S) UKNA.
1221, Elias Giffard of Brimsfield sued by the abbot of Cirencester
for erecting a gallows at Brinsfield, which the abbot claimed to be his
liberty. Elias stated a certain Osbert Giffard, his ancestor, who came at the
Conquest of England, had held the manor of Brimesfield, with a right of
gallows, ahd had hanged thieves there, and after him Elias his son had had the
same liberty, and after him Elias the son of the said Elias, and the father of
1226, William de Huntercombe sued Osbert Giffard for a fourth
of a knight’s fee in Ispedene, Oxfordshire. Osbert Giffard called on Elias
Giffard of Brimsfield to warrant, stating that Elias Giffard, grandfather of
Elias, had given the lands by deed to Richard Giffard, a grandson of Elias and
Elias married 3rd Yseud ?.
By 1229, Comfirmation by Elias Giffard, lord of Brumesfeld, for
the health of his soul and of the souls of Ysabel and Alice and Yseud his
wives, … of the grant to the hospital of St. Bartholomew between the bridges of
the land of Hullittemed within his manor of Brumesfeld made by Osbert Giffard,
his brother. Osbert’s grant for the souls of William de Bruere [died 1226] and
of Helias Giffard and of Maut Giffard, mother of the said Osbert, and for the
souls of Osbert and Ysabel is wife, … [Gilbert Giffard a witness.]
5/11/1229, Elias Giffard granted to his brother Osbert lands in
the manor of Winterburn, co. Dorset.
1229, Walterus de Dunstanvill, Robertus Mauduit, Elias Giffard,
… constituti justiciarii ad assisam nove dissaisine capiendam apud Wilton … (S)
4/28/1230, Concerning fines for crossing overseas: Elias Giffard
[gives] 50 m. for the same, of which he is to render a moiety at Michaelmas in
the fourteenth year and the other moiety at St. Andrew in the fifteenth year.
Order to the sheriff of Gloucestershire. (S) FRsHIII.
~1230, Grant from Sir Elias Giffard to Nicholas of Cayleway,
son of Elias of Cayleway, of all his land of Grofruge in his manor of
Brumesfeld. Witnesses: Sir Gilbert Giffard, … [Elias’ sister Berta married Elias
12/17/1233, Pledges for W. bishop of Exeter … Elias Giffard for
20 m. (S) FRsHIII.
8/4/1235, Confirmation of alease for ten years made by Elias Giffard to William de Kent of the
manor of Stokes … (S) CPRs.
~1237, Elias’ brother Osbert died.
11/5/1241, Wiltshire. Godfrey de Scudamore gives half a mark
for having a precipe concerning an agreement against Elias Giffard [to
remove a plea] from the county court of Wiltshire before the king. (S) FRsHIII.
1242, Elias Giffard paid 35 marks for 9 fees. (S) Studies in
Taxation under John and Henry III, Mitchell, 1914, P230.
1247, IPM of Osbert Giffard and Alice Murdac: Theaumes manor,
Somerset; Acton town, Gloucester; both held of Elias Giffard. (S) CIsPM.
1248, Elias Giffard; Wiltshire: Winterbourne manor [seat of the
barony], Sherrington (Sernton) manor, and Ashton (Ayston) manor died. (S) UKNA.
IPM of Elias Giffard: Winterburne manor (extent given) held of the king in
chief as the head of his barony. Sernton manor (extent given), held of the king
as pertaining to the said barony. Ayston manor (extent given) held of John
Mautravers in free marriage. (S) CIsPM. [Alice, wife of Elias, sister of John.]
(S) A Genealogical History of the Dormant …, Burke, 1866, P231.
(S) New England Historical Register, V75, 1921, P62. (S) Calendar of the
Records of the Corporation of Gloucester, 1893, P120.
·Elias’ father is sometimes incorrectly referred
to as “Thomas”. The 1221 suit makes no mention of an ancestor named Thomas.
Children of Helias and ?:
i. Matilda Giffard, born ? in England.
Matilda married Godfrey Scudamore [1 son Peter.]
ii. Isabel Giffard, born ? in England.
Isabel married Thomas le Tabler [1 son Guy.]
iii. Mabel Giffard, born ? in England.
Mabel married Richard Dansy [1 son Richard.]
Child of Helias and Yseud:
i. John Giffard (11820106), born by 1230 in England.