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Thursday, December 15, 2011
G25: 30420930 Saint John
30420930. Lord John de Saint John &
30420931. Alice Fitz Peter
~1240, John born in England, s/o 60841860. Robert de Saint John
& 60841861. Agnes de Cantelupe.
~1250, Alice born in England, d/o 121688160. Sir Reynold Fitz
Peter & 60841863. Alice ?.
6/29/1256, Whereas Robert de Sancto Johanne, with the king’s
consent, has given To Reynold son of Peter the marriage of John his son and
heir, to the use of Alice daughter of the said Reynold and has married the said
John to Alice, the king confirms the said marriage … (S) CPRs.
1266, John succeeded his father as Governor of Porchester
1267, John’s father died; John holding lands in Hampshire,
Herefordshire, Berkshire, Warwickshire, Kent and Sussex. Seated at Basing, had
held 4 manors near Chichester, Sussex.
6/4/1267, Commitment during pleasure to John de Sancto Johanne
of the castle of Procestre, … in the same manor as Robert de Sancto Johanne,
his father, answered … with mandate to the tenants to be intendant to him. (S)
6/28/1270, Protection with clause volumus … for four years for
the following crusaders … John de Sancto Johanne … (S) CPRs.
10/16/1270, Confirmation of a grant by John de Sancto Johanne,
knight, to Philip le Taylur, citizen of London, and Sabina his wife, of the
manor of Erde, co. Kent … (S) CPRs.
3/12/1272, Simple protection without clause, until
Midsummer, for John de Sancto Johanne, going beyond seas. (S) CPRs. [Apparently
John did not attend the crusade.]
11/16/1272, Edward I ascended to the throne while on
1/23/1276, Protection with clause volumus … for 2 years for John
de Sancto Johanne, going beyond seas. (S) CPRs.
11/1276, John one of the barons present at the council of
Westminster when judgement was given against Llewelyn, Prince of Wales.
2/27/1277, Protection with clause volumus … for the following going
to Wales on the king’s service … John de Sancto Johanne … (S) CPRs.
5/14/1277, Inspeximus of a writing whereby John de Sancto
Johanne, knight, granted to Nutus Fulberti, citizen and merchant of Florence
and Mary his wife, for the lives of both … his whole manor called Sottewelle,
co. Berkshire, … (S) CPRs.
7/17/1277, Protection … going to Wales on the king’s service … William
de Gorges, gone with John de Sancto Johanne. (S) CPRs.
8/7/1278, Order to cause Roger de Mowbray, imprisoned in that
castle [Windesore] for certain trespasses …, to be delivered to Maurice de
Berkley, … and John de Sancto Johanne, who have mainperned to have him before
the king. (S) CCRs.
1282, John part of King Edward’s invasion of Wales.
1283, John summoned to the Shrewsbury parliament.
7/10/1284, “Richard Fitz Aleyn, who is under age and whose
lands are in the King's hand during his minority, complains that John de St
John has encroached on various liberties, rights and customs belonging to the
honour of Arundel.” (S) UKNA.
4/26/1286, John received letters of protection for 1 year on
going abroad with the King.
5/16/1286, John named Thomas de Basing, clerk, as his attorney
1286-89, John attended the King in France.
10/1288, John a hostage handed to Aragon to secure conditions
on which the Prince of Salerno had been released.
By 2/2/1289, John had returned to England.
5/1290, John attended parliament.
10/29/1290, John received letters of protection for 1 year on
going abroad with the King.
1/8/1291, John appointed his attorney in England.
10/1291, John traveled to meet with Pope Nicholas IV regarding
“the tenth” to support the next crusade.
3/1292 at Tarascon, John part of the mediation between Sicily
John returned to England.
11/1292, John in Scotland attending the King.
7/1293-3/1294, John the king’s lieutenant [Seneschal] in
Gascony, with 2,000 livres tournois annually. (S) UKNA. John spent his time
strengthening and provisioning the fortified towns and castles.
2/3/1294, Esmon [Edmund, Earl of Lancaster (11819892)], filz du
Roy Henri d'Engleterre, a son chier cousin [to our dear cousin] mon sire Johan
de Seint Johan chevaler, tenant en la duchie de Guyenne, le lieu de nostre
treschere seigneur & frere, mon seigneur Edward, par la grace de DIEU, Roy
d'Engleterre, seignur d'Irland, & due de Guyenn' & a sire Johan de
Havering chevaler, seneschall de la dite duchie, & a tous les autres
seneschaus du dist nostre seigneur le Roy & duc, es parties & es terres
de la mesme duchie, saluz. – John was ordered by the Earl to deliver seisin of
Gascony to its overlord, King Philip the Fair (5909698). John admitted the
French into the castles, sold the provisions and stores, and returned to
7/1/1294, King Edward appointed his nephew John of Brittany as
lieutenant of Aquitaine, with John as his seneschal and chief counselor.
10/1/1294, John, and John of Brittany and the expeditionary
forces, left from Plymouth.
10/28/1294, The expeditionary force reached Gironde.
10/31/1294, The expeditionary force captured Macau.
The expeditionary force captured Bourg and then Blaue; and then
sailed up the Garonne, but failed to take Bordeau. Continuing upriver, they
captured Rions, Podensac, and Villeneuve.
Going back to Rions, and then leaving from there, John
commanded a small force traveling by river and sea to Bayonne [where he was
1/1/1295, The citizens of Bayonne opened the gates to John. The
French forces held the castle for 11 days before surrendering. [These successes
caused many Gascons to join in support of the English forces.]
Charles of Valois, brother of King Philip, invaded Aquitaine
and retook many of the towns along the Garonne valley.
4/1295, Due to the loss of nearby towns to Charles, John of
Brittany and John decided to abandon Rion.
1296, Edmund of Lancaster arrived to take command of the
expeditionary forces. [He died the same year at Bayonne. Henry de Lacy, 3rd
earl of Lincoln, then arrived to take command.] During all of these leadership
changes, John remained the seneschal.
1/28/1297, John, with Earl Henry, marched to Bellegarde to take
provisions. The town was being besieged by Robert, Count of Artois. Near the
town, they split into 2 divisions, John commanding one of them. John was
attacked by much larger French force. Earl Henry did not engage the forces.
That knight the Gascon forces deserted. The next day, John was captured with 10
other knights and taken to Paris.
6/1299, After the treaty of L’Aumone, John was ransomed.
[Possibly by the King of Castile.]
3/11/1299, In order to pay his ransom, John had to pledge 4 of
his manors for 16 years to the merchants of the society of Buonsignori of
1/3/1300, John named as the king’s lieutenant and captain in
Cumberland, Westmoreland, Lancashire, Annandale, and the other marches west of
6/1300, John, commander of the 4th division,
entrusted with the protection of Prince Edward [on his 1st campaign]
at the siege of Caerlaverock. “John de Saint John Was everywhere with him, Who
on all his white caparifons Had upon a red chief two gold mullets.”
2/12/1301, John, lord of Halnaker, at the Lincoln parliament,
signed the baron’s letter to the Pope.
1301, John the warden of Galloway and Sheriff of Dumfries and
4/1301, John appointed with Earl Warren and others to treat at
Cantebury a peace between the English and Scots.
7/22/1301, Sir Ralph de Gorges, 1 knight and 6 horsemen, being
part of the retinue of John de St John in the forces of Edward, prince of Wales
1301-2, “Petitioners: John de Seint Johan (St John); Thomas de
Lucy … Seint Johan and Lucy request that they be rented the soil as they hold
the wood and the covert in their holding of the wood of Allerdale and a great
part of the wood of Inglewood with all that pertains to the manor of
Cockermouth.” (S) UKNA.
7/12/1302, John with the king at Westminster.
8/30/1302, “Writ of Edward I to John de St John, sending him
the transcript of a petition presented to parliament.” (S) UKNA.
9/6/1302, a Thursday, John, knt., Lord of Basing, Hampshire,
Halnaker, Sussex, … died at Lochmaben Castle; Alice surviving. (S) UKNA.
6/25/1305, Grant for Alice, late the wife of John de Sancto
Johanne, staying in England, … her attorneys in Scotland. (S) CPRs.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P646, P235. (S) A Genealogical
History of the Dormant …, Burke, 1866, P466. (S) The Roll of Arms, of the Princes,
Barons, and Knights who attended King …, Wright, 1864, P18. (S) Dictionary of
National Biography, Smith, 1973, P147.
·There is some confusion with John de Saint John
of Langham, s/o Roger – an adherent of Simon de Montfort, an Oxfordshire house.
This John was summoned to parliament in 1299, died in 1317, leaving heir a son
John, age 40, who died 4/8/1349.
·7/13/1305, Pardon, at the request of John de
Sancto Johanne, when he was alive, to the heirs of the said John, Adam de
Kereseye and John Burghman, for [killing Simon Fot who had escaped custody in
Children of John and Alice:
i. John de Saint John (2498700), born 1274 in England.
ii. Agnes de Saint John (15210465), born ? in England.