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Friday, August 28, 2020

Lord Theobald le Botiller & Dame Roesia de Verdun

 94559106. Lord Theobald le Botiller & 94559107. Dame Roesia de Verdun

~1195, Theobald born in Ireland, s/o 189118212. Theobald Fitzwalter & 189118213. Maud de Vavasour.

~1200, Rohesia born in Ireland, only heir and d/o 189118214. Nicholas de Verdun & 189118215. Joan de Lacy.

By 2/1206, Theobald’s father died; Theobald’s wardship given to Reginald de Pontibus.

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

1219, Geoffrey de Mariscis, justice of Ireland, became the guardian of Theobald.

1221, Theobald of full age.

1222, Theobald had livery of his father’s lands.

9/4/1225, King Henry III wrote to Roseia and her father recommending she marry “his beloved Theobald le Botiller”, Honorary Butler of Ireland. (S) CloseRoll, T.L., 9 H.3.p.2.

[––Theobald & Roesia––]

1225, Theobald married Roesia. [Theobald was granted 20 knights’ fees in Honectath in the sourth part of Armagh, held by homage and service, by Roesia’s father Nicholas, granting him ‘toll, team, infangentheof, judgement of water and iron, pit, gallows and duel’.]

1/1226, Theobald Walter [aka le Bottiler] suing William Pantulf and Hawise his wife for Norborough manor, Leicester; and suing Fulk fitz Warin [his stepfather] for Edelinton manor, Yorkshire.

10/26/1229, Theobald summoned to attend the King in Brittany.

7/19/1230, Theobald died at Poitou, France; buried in Arklow abbey, co. Wicklow.


1230, Rohesia’s father died.

8/11/1230, Order to the sheriff of Lancaster that, by the view of coroners and other trustworthy and law-worthy men, he is to take into the king’s hand all land formerly of Theobald Butler, who is dead. (S) FRsHIII.

10/23/1231, Rose, daughter and heiress of Nicholas de Verdun, made a fine of 700 marks for her relief that she might have seizing of her father’s lands and might not be constrained to marry. (S) FRsHIII.

4/24/1233, Rohesia given possession of her father’s lands in Ireland. [Clementia must also have died.]

5/1233, Rohesia de Verdun attorns Robert de Everdon … 2 carucates of land in Ricardefeld, … (S) Cal. of Doc’s. Relating to Ireland, 1875, P302.

11/21/1234, Staffordshire. Rose de Verdun [has made] fine with the king by 10 m. so that she is quit of sending one knight to his army etc., and for having her scutage from one knight’s fee . (S) FRsHIII.

1235, Hugh de Lacy, in consideration of £200, quit-claimed lands in Ireland for life to Roesia.

7/17/1235, The abbot of Millifont attorns Nicholas fitz Joseph … against Rohesia de Verdun, plaintiff, of 3 carucates of land in Tauliban, … (S) Cal. of Doc’s. Relating to Ireland, 1875, P338.

7/6/1236, Rohesia de Verdun having fortified a castle in her own land against the Irish [Roche castle], which none of her predecessors was able to do, and having proposed to raise another castle near the sea for the greater security of the K.’s land, … to cause her to have the K’s service of Meath and Uriel for 40 days for this purpose. (S) Cal. of Doc’s. Relating to Ireland, 1875, P347.

5/5/1238,  Ralph Basset gives the king 2 m. for having 4 justices to take the assize that he has arraigned against Rose de Verdun . Order to the sheriff of Staffordshire to take security. (S) FRsHIII.

1240, Roesia, living nearby, gave the manor of Belton in N. Leicestershire to found a monastery of Austin nuns, “Grace Dieu”; confirmed in 1242 by the Bishop of Lincoln. It was to house a Prioress and 14 nuns, and their servants. [This is sometimes incorrectly attributed to her grandmother.]

10/28/1241, To M. fitz Gerald, justiciar of Ireland. The king informs him that he certainly wishes that he hands over his manor of Louth at farm to Rose de Verdun by the same farm at which he is best able to hand it over to another. (S) FRsHIII.

10/1242, Roese de Verdun, John Fitz Alan’s mother-in-law, was sued by John’s executors.

10/22/1242, Rose de Verdun gives the king 5 m. for a writ that she be not distrained for the monies which the executors of the testament of John fitz Alan exact from her until it is declared whether the aforesaid monies were owed to the abovesaid John or to John, son of the abovesaid John, who took to wife Rose’s daughter. (S) FRsHIII.

1242, Rohesia took the vows of a nun. By so doing, her property could not be touched by a court of law for a specified legal period, by which time her son John would have reached maturity and inherited his lands.

1244, Roseia issued a charter witnessed by Robert de Quatuor Mare.

2/10/1247, Roseia died; buried initially in the Grace Dieu chapel, in a tomb with a life-size effigy, and an “eternal flame” paid for out of land fees. [In the 16th century “dissolution” the tomb was moved to Belton church.] (S) The Antiquary, Walford, 1904, P39.

(S) A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Colonial Gentry, Burke, 1891. (S) A View of the Legal Institutions, Honorary Heredity Offices …, Lynch, 1830. (S) The Coucher Book, V2, 1847, P415. (S) The Verdun Family in England, Mark Hagger, Thesis for PhD, Univ. of St. Andrews, 1998.

Family notes:

·         The de Verdun families descend from this line when some sons took the surname of their mother Rohesia de Verdun, heir and d/o Nicolas, who kept her name after her marriage.

Children of Theobald and Roesia:

i. John de Verdun (9994760), born 1226 in Ireland.

ii. Maud de Verdun (47279553), born ~1227 in Ireland.

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