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Earl Geoffrey Fitz Piers & Countess Beatrice de Say & Lord William de Munchensi & Countess Aveline de Clare

 189118338. Earl Geoffrey Fitz Piers & 189118339. Countess Beatrice de Say & 47280412. Lord William de Munchensi & 19909643. Countess Aveline de Clare

~1150, William de Monte Canisio born in England, s/o 94560824. Hubert de Munchensi & 94560825. Agnes Fitz John.

12/19/1154, Henry II succeeded King Stephen of England.

~1160, Beatrice born in England, d/o 378236678. William de Say.

~1161, Geoffrey born in Northampton, England, s/o §§Piers de Lutegareshale & 378236677. Maud de Mandeville.

1166, William’s father died; his brother Ralph succeeding. (S) FMG. [William ‘filius Huberti de Muntchensi’ held 1 knight´s fee from the bishop of Ely in Cambridgeshire.]

~1170, Aveline born in Kent, England, d/o 79958112. Roger de Clare & 79958113. Maud de St. Hillary.

1177, Beatrice’s father died.

12/1179, William de Munchensi received possession of Gooderstone.

[–––Geoffrey & Beatrice–––]

By 1180, Geoffrey married Beatrice.

4/5/1181 at Chinon, Geoffrey fitz Piers attested a royal charter to the abbey of St. Martin at Marmontier, near Tours.

9/1183 at Gorham, Maine, Geoffrey fitz Peter attested a royal charter confirmation to Henry de Marisco.

10/1183 at Lyons-la-Foret, Geoffrey fitz Peter attested a royal charter in favour of Croxden abbey, Staffordshire.

1184, Geoffrey, sheriff of Northamptonshire, accounted £4 10s for the Ferm of Kniver.

1184, Beatrice’s father died.

1/25/1185 at Melkesham. A fine levied which divided the inheritance of the two daughters of William de Say, viz. Beatrice, wife of Geofry fitz Piers, and Matilda, wife of Hugh de Bochland. The settlement was made in the King’s presence.

1185, Geoffrey fitz Piers held pleas at Northampton; and Forest-Pleas in Sussex, Surrey, … [12 counties.]

By 1185, William de Munchensi knighted.

1185, William recorded in a deed with his mother Agnes, older brother Ralph [a knight], and younger brother Hubert [a clerk.] (S) Complete Peerage.

 [–––William & Aveline–––]

By 1186, William married Aveline.

1186, Geoffrey fitz Piers held Forest-Pleas in Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Hampshire.

9/14/1186 at Marlborough, Geoffrey fitz Piers attested a royal charter in favour of the Carthusian priory of Whitham, Somersetshire.

1187, Geoffry Fitz-Piers the Chief-Justice of the Forest, holding pleas in Cornwall, …

2/11/1188 at the Great Council at Geddington, Northamptonshire, Geoffry fitz Piers attested a royal charter to Bungay Nunnery, Suffolk.

6/14/1188 at Gaitinton, Geoffry fitz Piers present for a fine between the abbot of Lilleshall and William de Boterell, and Ysabella his wife.

9/1188 at Rouen, Normandy, Geoffrey fitz Piers attested a royal charter to the abbey of St. Mary, Cormeilles.

1189, William de Munchensi succeeded his brother Ralph.

1189, Sir William de Monte-Caniso, knight, gave 100 marks to have seisin of the manor of Winfarthing. (S) Essay – History of the County of Norfolk, Blomefield, 1805, P185.

1189, Geoffry fitz Piers held Pleas and Conventions in multiple counties.

9/3/1189, Richard I succeeded King Henry II of England.

1189, Beatrice’s cousin William de Mandeville, earl of Essex, died without heirs. Beatrice and her uncle Geoffrey de Say (39979668) were the heirs.

12/1189, King Richard named Geoffrey fitz Peter as 1 of 4 justices to whom he committed the charge of the kingdom. (S) Report and Transactions, V18, 1886, P352. [The others: William Brewer, William Marshall, Hugh Bardolf.]

1190, Geoffrey founded the Shouldham priory. He paid a 3000 mark fine to take possession of Beatrice’s lands.

1/23/1191, Confirmation to Geoffrey fitz Piers and Beatrice, his wife, and next heirs, of the lands of Earl William de Mandeville. (S) Ancient Charters – Royal and Private, 1888, P32.

2/16/1192, [John, count of Mortain, had joined with King Philip of France against his brother King Richard] Letter commanding Hugh, bishop of Lincoln, to impose excommunication against … William Marshall, Geoffrey fitz Peter, William Brewer, Hugh Bardulf, … Gerard de Camville, the earl of Salisbury, … Henry de Vere, … Hugh Bardulf is excepted if he warns William de Stuteville to hand over Scarborough castle, Yorkshire, and Westmorland without delay. (S) English Episcopal Acta, Karn, 2006, P211.

9/1193, Geoffrey Fitz-Piers acounted for £35 sterling for £140 of Anjou, late of Simon de Wahull, which were found at Woburn.

1195, Geoffrey owed £4 4s for the market at Lydford, Devon. (S) Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs.

2/6/1196 at Westminster, Final Concord before Hubert, archbishop of Canterbury, Godfrey of Winchester, … Geoffrey fitz Piers, … Justiciars of the Lord the King … between Abbot Hugh … and Theobald Walter, plaintiff, … (S) Final Concords, 1899, P2.

9/1196, 29 fees of scutage assessed in equal moieties on the Countess of Hereford [Cecily, William’s aunt] and William de Munchensy. (S) Complete Peerage.

Bef. 4/19/1197, Beatrice died “in childbed”; buried in Chicksand priory, later transferred to Shouldham priory. (S) Medieval English Ancestors, Boyer, 2001, P87.


1197, Geoffrey Fitz Piers the accountant for a whole year’s ‘ferm’ of Kenefare. (S) Antiquities of Shropshire, V3, Eyton, 1856, P162.

1198, William de Munchensi and his maternal aunt Cicely, countess of Hereford, tendered a fine to have their right in Ludelawe, Wibelay and Ewias. (S) Antiquities of Shropshire, V5, Eyton, 1857, P243.

7/1198, King Richard appointed Geoffrey as Chief Justiciar for the deposition of Hubert Walter, archbishop of Canterbury.

1198, Geoffrey, Sheriff of Yorkshire [until 1200] and Staffordshire [until 1204], and Constable of London & Justiciar of England [until he died], defeated a Welsh army at castle Maud.

1198-99, Thomas de Erdington deputy-sheriff in Staffordshire under Geoffrey Fitz Piers.

5/1199, At a council at Northampton William Marshall (94559174), Hubert and Geoffrey fitzPeter stood surety for Duke John in the face of many barons that remembered how John had betrayed King Richard.

5/27/1199 at Westminster, Geoffrey at the coronation of King John where the king made him Earl of Essex.

4/22/1200, Geoffrey Fitz-Piers witnessed a royal confirmation to William de Stuteville Bramham. (S) Memoirs Illustrative, Royal Arch. Inst., 1848, P119.

6/1200, King John wrote a letter to Geoffrey, Chief Justiciar, informing him that Amuari had been made an Earl. (S) Earldoms in Fee: A Study in Peerage Law and History, Ellis, 1963, P21.

10/20/1200, Geoffrey fitz Peter granted a 50 mark fief. (S) English Historical Review, V110, 1995, P282.

Bef. 1201, Jeffrey Fitz-piers founded Shouldham priory. (S) History of the County of Norfolk, Blomefield, 1775, P151.

6/29/1202, Geoffrey Fitz Piers commaned to cause to be delivered without delay the chattles of Gilbert son of Adam. (S) Magni Rotuli, Stapleton, 1844, P-CCXXII.

1202, Geoffrey resigned his justiciary post.

1202-03, William de Monte Canisio puts in his place William de Caldecot' against the Hospitallers touching a plea of assize, and against Richard de Pauilli touching a plea of assize of novel disseisin. (S) Earliest Northampton Assize Rolls, Stenton, 1930, P40.

1203, Geoffrey Fitz Piers, the Justiciary, called to warrant at the Stafforshire Assizes. (S) History of Staffordshire, V10, 1907, P218.

1203, Constancia, widow of Simon de Criketot, sued William de Munchensy for her dower in the village of Blythford. (S) History and Antiquities – Suffolk, V2, Suckling, 1847, P163.

1204, William de Munchensy died; his son William succeeding.


5/15/1204, Geoffrey, earl of Essex, granted a market at Folkestone, Kent. (S) Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs.

1204, Geoffrey fitz-Piers, sheriff of Northampton, by writ to receive £40 to discharge the king’s expenses at Brug. (S) Shropshire, Anderson, 1864, P16.

[–––Geoffrey & Aveline–––]

Bef. 5/29/1205, Aveline married 2nd Geoffrey FitzPiers, Earl of Essex.

1205, Aveline, countess of Essex, wife of the justiciar, gave 300 marks for the wardship of John de Wahull and his land.

7/24/1205, Richard de Belhus to deliver Aveline’s daughter to her to be the wife of John de Wahull [died 1216.].

1205, The King confirmed to Geoffrey Fitz-Piers, earl of Essex, 55 acres of meadow … vill of Alconbury, Hunts.

10/21/1205 at Reading, The King to the Sheriff of Lancastre, … witness by Geoffrey fitz Piers. (S) Lancanshire Inquests, Farrer, 1903, P1.

2/13/1206 at York, Geoffrey Fitz Piers witnessed a royal pardon to Hugh de Gournay.

1206, Geoffrey granted the whole of the manor of Berkhampstead with the castle, for his heirs by Aveline, rendering £100 yearly.

10/1/1207 at Winchester, Geoffrey Fitz-Piers  witnessed a grant to Hugh de Gournay.

7/16/1208 at Beckley, Geoffrey Fitz-Piers witnessed a writ in favour of Hugh de Gournay.

1209, Geoffrey participated in the Welsh campaign with Ranulph de Blundeville, s/o Hugh de Meschines.

6/6/1210, King John launched successful attacks in Ireland with 700 ships. Geoffrey’s retinue had 10 knights [of his 98 fees held.] (S) Studies in Taxation, Mitchell, 1914, P97.

1211, Geoffrey Fitz-Piers gave 30 marks and 2 sound and whole Norway goshawks that …

1213, Geoffrey, Justiciar, and the bishop of Winchester left to govern England when King John invaded Poitou.

10/14/1213, Geoffrey died; buried at Shouldham priory, Essex. (S) The Colour of London: Historic, Personal, & Local, Loftie, 1907, P120. [King John, who hated and feared Geoffrey, proclaimed “By the Lord’s feet I am now for the first time King and Lord of England.” Matthew Paris lamented, “After his death England was like a ship in a storm without a navigator.”]


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

1224, Aveline died.

(S) Lay Subsidy Roll, A.D. 1603, for the County of Worcester, Amphlett, 1901, P-XII. (S) Dictionary of National Biography, Stephen, 1894, P209. (S) CH&I.H.II.. (S) Record of the House of Gournay, Gurney, 1845, P243-4. (S) Royal Charters and Letters Patent, 1897, P14-16. (S) Honors and Knights’ Fees, Farrer, 1925.

Children of William and Aveline:

i. William de Munchensi, born ? in England.

1204, William succeeded his father.

5/7/1204, King John confirmed ‘custodiam terre et heredum Willelmi de Mutkanes to Willelmo com Arundell’, as well as ‘maritagium Aveline que fuit uxor ipsius Willelmi’. (S) FMG. [William, earl of Arundel, the 2nd husband of Warin’s paternal grandmother.]

1207, Cecily, countess of Hereford, died childless. Her heir was William de Munchensi, grandson of her sister Agnes [a coheir of Pain fitz John] who had married Hubert de Munchensi. [This William soon died, his next brother, Warin, a minor, in the wardship of the Earl of Arundel.] (S) Collections for a History of Staffordshire, V1, 1880, P236.

By 1212, William died, his brother Warin his heir.

ii. Warin de Munchensi (23640206), born ~1192 in England.

Children of Geoffrey and Beatrice:

i. Maud FitzGeoffrey de Mandeville (94559169), born 1180 in Warwickshire, England.

ii. Amicia fitz Geoffrey de Mandeville (378246162), born ~1182, in England.

iii. Earl Geoffrey de Mandeville, born ? in England.

1213, Geoffrey succeeded his father as Earl of Essex.

1214, Geoffrey married 2nd Isabella of Gloucester, d/o William FitzRobert & Hawise de Beaumont.

iv. Earl William de Mandeville, born ? in England.

William succeeded his brother as Earl of Essex.

1227, William died. [His sister Maud succeeded him.]

Children of Geoffrey and Aveline:

i. Hawise Fitz Geoffrey (486756385), born 1205 in England.

ii. John Fitz Geoffrey (9954822), born ~1208 in England.

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