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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Lord Ralph de Gorges & Elena de Morville

 67112072. Lord Ralph de Gorges & 67112073. Elena de Morville

10/28/1216, Henry III, age 9, succeeded John as King of England.

~1222, Ralph born in England, s/o 134224144. Thomas de Gorges &134224145. Joan ?.

1223, Elena born in England, d/o 134224146. Eudo de Morville & 134224147. Isabel de Wrokeshale.

1234, Ralph’s father died.

1236, The King gave “a handsome allowance” to one of Joan’s sons, Ralph, and “maintained” the other son, Thomas, at University.


1236, Thomas of Bayeux carried off the king’s ward Ellen, d/o Ivo of Morville and married her. Thomas was “outlawed”, and coming before the court adjudged as not married because Ellen was an “infant” [not of age 14], and not bound by marriage. Ellen was returned to the custody of Ralph de Gorges.

[––Ralph & Ellen––]

10/17/1237, The king has granted to Ralph de Gorges the marriage of Helena , one of the daughters and heirs of Eudo de Morville and Isabella, his wife, and has committed to Brother Geoffrey, almoner, and Aymer de St. Amand a moiety of the lands formerly of both Eudo and Isabella to keep to the use of the same Ralph [a minor] and Helena … Order to the sheriffs of Somerset, Dorset , Gloucestershire and Hampshire that once the aforesaid lands have been partitioned …, Brothers G. and A. to have full seisin of one moiety, and Matthew de Columbariis and his wife [Maud], another of the daughters and heirs of the aforesaid Eudo and Isabella, of the other moiety, … (S) FRsHIII.

4/13/1238, To Margaret late the wife of Roger son of Payn. The king has assigned 100 marks a year for having the custody of the lands late of her said husband to Robert de Monasteriis and his fellows, who were of the household of Thomas de Gorges, for their maintenance on the king's service; and to the use of Joan late the wife of the said Thomas, who takes 5 marks a year out of the said 100 marks with the manor of Purstok which has been assigned to her for the maintenance of her and her children [Ralph and Thomas]. (S) CPRs.

1238, Matthew de Columbars paid a fine for livery of the lands of the inheritance of Isabel, mother of his wife Maud [sister of Elena.] (S) Dormant and Extinct, Banks, V1, 1807, P142.

[––Ralph & Ellen––]

~1239, Ralph married Elena while she was still a minor. [It appears Elean was with child.]

1/16/1241, Appointment during pleasure of Bartholomew Peche and Joan de Gorges [Ralph’s mother] to the custody of the lands of Ralph de Gorges and Ellen his wife. (S) CPRs.

10/1/1241, Writ of liberate … to pay to Ralph de Gorges … 100s. … and at those terms £10 a year, for the maintenance of himself, his wife and children, until further order. (S) CPRs.

9/7/1242, at Bordeaux, France. Mandate to W. Cantilupo to assign as soon as possible to Ralph de Gorges £10 yearly of land in escheats or wards which the king has granted for the maintenance of him and his wife. (S) CPRs.

By 1245, “Rauf de Gorges, roele d’argent et d’azur.” (S) Roll of Arms, Nicolas, 1829, P17. (Another coat of arms in the same list: “Georges, Arg. a whirlpool az”.

4/10/1249, The king has granted to Ralph de Gorges that, of the 10 marks which he owes to Solomon of Marlborough, Jew, he may render … Order to the justices assigned to the custody of the Jews to cause him to have the aforesaid terms. (S) CFRs.

4/23/1252, Because Ralph de Gorges has not yet received £10 … of his annual fee of £20, which the king granted him … for which the treasurer and chamberlains received a writ of liberate, … William de Guuyz has delivered 10 marks to the same Ralph upon his aforesaid fee …. By the king. (S) CFRs.

9/6/1252, Ralph, with King Henry and Queen Eleanor, arrived at Wark castle, Scotland on a visit to see their 12-year-old daughter Queen Margaret [who King Henry believed was being mistreated]. Margaret entrusted Ralph with a letter to her mother Queen Eleanor. Ralph delivered the letter and was rewarded with a gift of 20 shillings.

5/30/1253, Protection for the following going with the king to Gascony, … Ralph de Gorges, knight … (S) CPRs.

8/6/1253, King Henry left for Gascony from Portsmouth with 300 ships.

10/23/1253–1254, King Henry’s army in camp in France at Benauge, Bazas, Meilhan, Bordeaux.

9/10/1254, at Bordeaux, France. Charter granting to Ralph de Gorges and his heirs free warren in his demesne lands which he has at present in Dorset. (S) CPRs.

11/20/1254, Henry’s retinue in camp at Orleans, France.

1/1255, King Henry returned his forces to England.

8/12/1255 at York, Exemption, for life, of Ralph de Gorges from being put on assizes, juries or recognitions. (S) CPRs.

1256, Elena’s brother John died. The manor of Knighton passed to Ralf de Gorges though his marriage to Elena, who possessed the manor in her right, and “received the homage of his tenants at Bradpole, in Dorsetshire.” (S) Hist. Topo. And Antiquities of the Isle of Wight, Adams, 1856, P111. [Elena’s father was Eudo/Ivo as shown by previous records and was deceased when she was an infant. The “John de Morville”, deceased, must be her brother …, not her father.]

1256-57, Ralph summoned to march against the Welch.

1/20/1257,  Exemption, at the instance of Ralph de Gorges, king’s yeoman, of Herbert de Spineto from being put on assizes … (S) CPRs.

1258, Henry of Bratton appointed to hear assizes in which Ralph de Gorges was concerned. (S) Bracton’s Note Book, V1, 2010, P100.

10/28/1259, Of those who are  crossing with the king to France and have protection, with clause, so long as they are in his service in these parts … Ralph de Gorges … (S) CPRs.

1260, Ralph de Gorges summoned to service in Wales. (S) Extinct and Dormant, Burke, 1841, P222.

1/4/1261, Hugh de Trubleville of Cornwall gives 1 mark for having a writ of record at the Bench. He is to pay that mark in the king’s Wardrobe … by the pledge of Ralph de Gorges, the king’s valet. (S) FRsHIII.

3/25/1261, at the Tower of London, Grant to Maurice de Berkele of 40 marks a year at the Exchequer … The like to the following in like terms of the following yearly fees … Ralph de Gorges, £20. (S) CPRs.

1261, William de Berkeley alienated 3 of the manors of his wife, Avice de Blackford, to Ralph de Gorges, intending to deprive young John de Blackford of his inheritance. (S) UKNA.

12/1261, Ralph de Gorges gives 1 mark for a writ ad terminum. Order to the sheriff of Devon. (S) FRsHIII.

7/12/1262, Grant to Ralph de Gorges of 40 marks a year at the Exchequer, until the king provide for him more bountifully in wards or escheats. (S) CPRs.

4/12/1263, Simon de Montfort returned to England to lead a rebellion of young barons. The French relatives of Queen Eleanor, the primary target of the rebellion, secretly returned to France.

6/15/1263, Commitment, during pleasure, to Ralph de Gorges of the castle of Schyreburn. Mandate to Philip Basset to deliver it to him. (S) CPRs.

1263, Ralph with King Henry III at Bristol, from which the king and queen left for France. [Ralph apprently accompanied them.]

9/23/1263, King Henry and Queen Eleanor were in Boulogne, France at the request of King Louis. [King Henry returned to England without the Queen.]

12/18/1263, Ralph de Gorges witnessed a grant by the king to Roger de Mortuo Mari. (S) CPRs.

1/1/1264, Protection with clause … Ralph de Gorges, … going with the king beyond the seas … (S) CPRs.

1262, Henry of Bratton appointed to hear assizes in which Ralph de Gorges was concerned. (S) Bracton’s Note Book, V1, 2010, P100.

3/20/1264, Mandate to the knights and freemen of the counties of Somerset and Dorset … to come with horses and arms and their whole posse to Oxford by Mid Lent to give their counsel and aid, and the king will pay their expenses … R. de Gorges with the sheriff … to induce and if necessary compel them by every means to come. (S) CPRs.

5/14/1264, King Henry, son Richard, and son lord Edward, and Henry of Almain captured by Gilbert de Clare at the battle of Lewes, “at the Mill of the Hide”. An estimated 2700 died.

1264-65, Simon de Montfort effectively ruled England.

8/7/1264, Simple protection, without clause, until Michaelmas, for Ralph de Gorges, king’s yeoman. (S) CPRs.

10/22/1264, Protection until the Purification for Ralph de Gorges. (S) CPRs.

5/28/1265, Lord Edward escaped captivity.

6/11/1265, Simple protection until Michaelmas … Ralph de Gorges … (S) CPRs.

8/4/1265, Lord Edward [future Edward I] defeated Simon de Montfort at the battle of Evesham in Worcestershire, effectively ending the barons’ revolt.

8/18/1265, Simple protection until the Nativity of the Blessed Mary … Ralph de Gorges … (S) CPRs.

9/1265, Ralph de Gorges appointed High Sheriff for Devon.

11/21/1265, The king has committed custody of the castle of Exeter with appurtenances to Ralph de Gorges for as long as it pleases the king, such that concerning the issues etc. (S) FRsHIII.

1266, Ralph, lord of Litton, Dorset [a fief of 3 knights held of the Honour of Chewton], died holding Poorstock for his life. (S) Magni Rotuli Scaccarii, Stapleton, 1844, P247.


8/12/1272, Mandate to Matthew de Columbariis [Ela’s brother-in-law] and Ela late the wife of Ralph de Gorges to deliver the son and heir of Thomas Maudut, who held in chief, … (S) CPRs.

8/18/1272, Because the executors of the testament of Ralph de Gorges have done surety to the king by Elena de Gorges, Ralph de Gorges de Abuere, William de Dun and Walter de Rumbrig' for rendering the debts, if any, which the aforementioned Ralph de Gorges deceased owed to the king on the day he died, … permit the aforesaid executors to have free administration … (S) CFRs.

8/29/1272, Because the executors of Ralph de Gorges have made security to the King by Eleana de Gorges, … for the debts if any, the aforesaid Ralph de Gorges deceased owed to the King in the day which he died … executors of the said will touching the goods taken into the King's hands … to have free administration and to make execution of the same will.

Elena died.

Child of Ralph and Elena

i. Ralph de Gorges (33556036), born ~1240 in England.

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