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Steward John Mautravers & Milicent de Berkeley

 5910508. Steward John Mautravers & 5910509. Milicent de Berkeley

1291, John Maltravers born in Lytchett, Dorset, England, heir & s/o 11821016. Sir John Mautravers & 11821017. Eleanor de Gorges.

~1295, Milicent born in England, d/o 1249354. Maurice de Berkeley & 1249355. Eve la Zouche.

2/25/1308, Edward II crowned king of England.

[––John & Milicent––]

~1310, John married to Milicent.

1312-13, John Mautravers, junior, querent, and John Mautravers, senior, deforiciant, of the manors of Wickhampton, Langeton and Wolecumbe in co. Dorset and manors in co. Wilts and co. Gloucester. (S) Full Abstracts of the Feet of Fines Relating to the Co. of Dorset, 1896, P321.

5/16/1313 at London, Debtor: John Maltravers the elder, and John Maltravers the younger. Amount: 25m. (S) UKNA.

6/24/1314, John taken prisoner at the battle of Bannockburn fighting against King Edward II.

6/24/1314, Battle of Bannockburn, Scotland, a victory for the Scots, unusual in that it lasted for 2 days. The Scots, commanded by Robert Bruce, were laying siege to Stirling castle, held by the English. As the English attacked across the brook, Robert counter-attacked along a 2000-yard front. Edward attempted to flank the Scot’s left with archers, but they were driven back the Scot cavalry. The English front broke against the Scottish spearmen. It was the largest loss of English knights in a single day. This was the battle in which organized foot-soldiers [primarily pike men] defeated heavily armored mounted knights.

4/18/1319, Commission of oyer … on complaint by Aymer de Valencia, earl of Pembroke, that … [many listed] John Mautravers the younger … broke his park at Payneswyk, co. Gloucester, and hunted therein. (S) CPRs.

10/8/1319 at London, Debtor: William de Fauconberg. Creditor: John, the son of John Maltravers {Mautravers}. Amount: £15. (S) UKNA.

3/7/1320, Thomas de Berkeley, his brother Maurice, with John Mautravers, the younger pardoned for arresting the king’s coroners in Gloucester. [On the same date all of these listed as going with Maurice de Berkele, the elder, to Gascony on the king’s service.]

1320, Maurice de Berkeley, Seneschal of Gascony, traveled to France with his sons Thomas and Maurice, and with son-in-law John Mautravers.

6/1320, King Edward travelled to France to perform homage for his French lands in Gascony and Ponthieu to his overlord and brother-in-law, King Philip V.

8/8/1321, John son of Osbert Giffard acknowledged that he owed £2,000 to John Mautravers the younger. (S) Complete Peerage, Cokayne, 1926, P653.

7/1321, Humphrey de Bohun appeared in London with a large force and took the lead in denouncing King Edward’s favorites [the Despencers, who were forced into exile.]

5/3/1321, The earl of Hereford, Sir Roger de Mortimer, the nephew, Sir Roger de Mortimer, the uncle, Sir Roger Damory, Sir John de Moubray, Sir Hugh Daudele, the father, Sir Hugh Daudele, the son, Sir Roger de Clifford, Sir John Giffard of Brymmesfeld, Sir Maurice de Berkele, Sir Henry le Tyes, Sir John Maltravers, and many others allied themselves together by oath and writings to pursue and destroy Hugh le Despenser. They came to Neuport in Wales with 800 men-at-arms, with the king's banner of his arms displayed, and with 500 hobelers, and 10,000 footmen, in order to enter the lands of the said Hugh le Despenser, the son, in Wales to destroy them. They besieged his towns and castles, and took them by force. (S) CCRs, 5/8/1322.

9/15/1321, John Mautravers, the younger, pardoned of anything done against Hugh le Despenser, the son, [and father] … (S) CPRs.

12/6/1321, Writ of aid for Oliver de Ingham and Robert Lewer appointed to seize into the king’s hands all the lands and goods of Roger Dammory, Hugh Daudele, the younger, … Henry le Tyes, … John Mautravers, the younger, … and Bartholomew de Badelesmere in the counties of Oxford, Berks, Wilts and Gloucester. (S) CPRs.

1/5/1322, Commission to William de Engelby to arrest John Mautravers le fitz, … and Edward Mautravers. (S) CPRs. [John for siding with the Earl of Lancaster in the Despenser War.]

3/16/1322, John fought for Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, at the battle of Boroughbridge, northwest of York. King Edward defeated the forces of the Marcher lords and Thomas of Lancaster.  The royalist forces were defending their position with dismounted men-at-arms and archers against an attacking calvary. John’s lands were seized and he escaped overseas [where he would join up with Queen Isabella.]

1322, Milicent living.


7/1325, Apparently in a raiding party or a scouting party, John was back in England for an attack on the royal manor of Kyngesbury by Shirburn, Somerset. (S) CPRs. John Mautravers son of John Mautravers, a rebel, returned to the continent to meet up with the forces of Queen Isabella.

9/1326, John returned to England with the forces of Roger de Mortimer and Queen Isabella; rising to high favor.

1/7/1327, Parliament deposed Edward II.

1/13/1327, The lords mentioned came to the Guildhall, and in the presence of the Mayor, Aldermen and a great Commonality to the oath to safeguard Isabella, Queen of England, and Edward, eldest son of the king of England and heir-apparent, in their cause against Hugh le Despenser the younger and Master Robert de Baldock, … Earls: … Barons: Roger de Mortuo Mari, … John Mautravers, … (S) CPRs.

2/1/1327 at Westminster, Edward III, age 14, crowned king of England.

3/21/1327, Thomas de Berkeley, and his brother-in-law John Mautravers, received charge of deposed King Edward II from Henry of Lancaster. Removed from Kenilworth, Edward was taken to Berkeley castle.

3/27/1327, Grant to John Mautravers, for life, for service to queen Isabella and the king abroad and at home, of the manor or Wynterburne Bitton, co. Dorset, and a messuage and land in Sutton Maundevill, co. Wilts, late of High le Despenser, … (S) CPRs. [Other grants followed soon afterwards.]

4/2/1327, Thomas de Berkeley and John Mautravers, by indenture, received joint and equal liability for deposed King Edward II who was imprisoned at Berkeley castle. John and Thomas were to be given £5 a day for expenses [the annual expenses for most knights.] [Adam Murimuth, a chronicler living at the time, stated that King Edward was moved each month, alternating custody between Thomas and John. This may be why John was never charged in the King’s death as he was at Berkeley castle with Thomas.] (S) Parliament Rolls, 2005.

5/15/1327, Berkeley and Mautravers were given £500 for Edwards needs. [They were allocated £5 daily.] (S) Edward II, Warner, 2017, P237.

9/21/1327, King Edward II [supposedly] murdered at Berkeley castle. [Interestingly Thomas and John continued to be given £5 a day for expenses while looking after the body. It may be that neither Thomas nor John were actually at the castle during the “murder”, although expense records indicate that Thomas was there; and that John was in Dover.]

9/1327, John received £258 from Berkeley for his expenses in keeping Edward II.

3/1328, John appointed as Steward of King Edward III’s household.

6/14/1328, Commitment to John Mautravers of the keeping of the king's stannary in the county of Devon for 7 years. (S) CFRs.

1/25/1329, John summoned to parliament by writ.

[––John the younger & Agnes––]

Aft. 2/5/1329, John married 2nd Agnes Bereford widow of John Dargenteym. [No children.]

2/22/1329, John appointed to served as Steward of King Edward III’s household. [The appointment lasted 18 months, and was instigated by Roger de Mortimer to spy on the young king.]

4/14/1329, General pardon to John Mautravers. (S) CPRs.

6/29/1329, Commitment to John Mautravers, steward of the household, the wardship of the manor of Wynterbumstok, late of Hugh Wake, tenant in chief, and in the king's hand by reason of the minority of the heir, to hold until the lawful age of the said heir, … (S) CPRs.

8/16/1329, John Mautravers, warden of the forest south of the Trent, to deliver …, the stewardship of the forest of Essex. (S) CPRs, 3/15/1344.

9/24/1329, John appointed Constable of Corfe castle, replacing Sir John Pecche of Warwickshire.

11/3/1329, Association of H. bishop of Lincoln, Roger de Mortuo Mari, earl of March, and John Mautravers, baron, with Henry le Scrop and his fellows, … (S) CPRs.

3/1330, John Mautravers with Bogo de Bayouse and John Deveril  captured Edmund of Woodstock, Earl of Kent [who was executed by Roger de Mortimer.]

3/21/1330, Oliver de Ingham and John Mautravers appointed to discover the adherents of Edmund of Woodstock, Earl of Kent.

5/4/1330, Grant, for life, to John Mautravers, steward of the Household – in consideration of his agreement to stay always with the king – of the manors of … formerly belonged to Hugh le Despenser … (S) CPRs.

1330, King Edward III granted John the honor of Elston, formerly held by John Giffard, 2nd Lord Giffard.

10/19/1330, Roger de Mortimer and Queen Isabella captured. [Some evidence points to John being at Nottingham when they were captured and riding to Gloucester to inform Thomas de Berkeley.]

10/23/1330, John summoned, but did not attend, parliament.

11/29/1330, After the fall of Roger de Mortimer, John was condemned in parliament for his part in the entrapment and execution of the Earl of Kent, and sentenced to hanging. (S) Parliament Rolls, 2005.

1330-31, John escaped to Flanders.

1330-31, Petition requesting that the king's justices be ordered to proceed with a case of novel disseisin … Nothing to be done, because Maltravers is a felon and out of the kingdom. People mentioned: John Maltravers; Agnes, wife of John Maltravers … (S) UKNA.

1/6/1331, Order to sheriffs, constables of castles, keepers … to be intendant to … whom the king has appointed to survey tho possessions of Roger de Mortuo Mari, earl of March, Simon do Bereford, John Mautravers the younger, Thomas Gourneye, …, in the counties of Hereford, … and to enquire etc. to value and to be present at the sale of the residue of the goods and chattels. (S) CFRs. [Multiple other forfeitures.]

3/26/1331, Agnes, wife of John, granted 200 marks worth of land at the request of Queen Philippa. (S) CPRs.

5/15/1331, Sale for a fine of £40 to Agnes wife of John Mautravers, … of all the corn sown by her said husband in the manors of Great Wymunddeye and Little Wymunddeye, co. Hertford, Meldeburn, co. Cambridge, Wyset, co. Suffolk, and Shotesham and Therston, co. Norfolk, which com came to the king's hands by her husband's forfeiture ; the king having assigned to her the said manors for her maintenance. (S) CFRs.

7/15/1331, A commission of oyer and terminer was ordered against men of Mousehole, Cornwall, because they “aided John Mautravers and Thomas Gurneye, rebels, to pass beyond seas ... that they afterwards supplied them with corn, armour and victuals, and that they still render them continual assistance.”

1332, Agnes granted a license to go on pilgrimage [but instead likely visited her husband.]

1334, “…  John Mautravers was condemned in parliament so that Nerford brought an assize against Anneyse Mautravers who has answered that she holds the tenements by assignment of the king …” (S) UKNA.

5/23/1334, “the king on learning lately that John Mautravers the younger [his father was still alive], lately banished because he withdrew from the realm for certain causes, was desirous to reveal to him many things concerning his honour and the estate and well-being of the realm, has charged William de Monte Acuto to speak with the said John on his behalf and to report what he learns to him.”

11/1/1334, Grant to Maurice de Berkeley of the custody of the castles, manors, and lands in England and Wales lately held by John Mautravers of the inheritiance of John Giffard of Brymesfeld, deceased, which came into the king’s hands by the forfeiture of the said John Mautravers, … (S) CPRs.

1335, John “the king’s enemy” returned to England early in 1335 and met, among others, his brother-in-law Edmund Bereford, the Abbot of Malmesbury, Thomas and Maurice de Berkeley, William Montacute, and John Moleyns.

1337, “Agnes Mautravers (Maltravers), wife of John Mautravers … John Mautravers (Maltravers), husband of the petitioner; John Dargentein, first husband of the petitioner.” (S) UKNA.

1339, Petition to parliament by John Mautravers … requests that the sentence of banishment imposed on him in the parliament of 1327 be reviewed and lifted as it was made without him having the right to answer, and that the king will grant him safe-conduct to come into the kingdom and make answer. (S) UKNA.

2/1/1339, John received a grant of £100 yearly for bringing Flanders to the English side against the French. [This suggests that he had been working with and for King Edward III, while officially banished.] (S) CPRs.

Bef. 9/7/1342, John’s father died.


2/15/1342, Agnes granted a license to “stay with her husband in Flanders for such time as she shall please, notwithstanding that he is banished from the realm of England.” (S) CPRs.

8/5/1345 in Flanders, John submitted himself to King Edward requesting a trial.

1345, King Edward III granted John’s request for a trial. [John’s son was rising in favor with the court.]

7/10/1346, Commitment during pleasure to … of the keeping of the lands in the county of Berks, … which are in the king's hand … and lately came to the king's hand by the forfeiture of John Mautravers. (S) CFRs.

1/20/1347, John Giffard, of the retinue of John Mautravers, and about to go to the king beyond seas to stay there in the king's service in the company of the said John Mautravers. (S) CFRs.

1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].

12/14/1348, John heir to his brother Roger Mautravers. (S) IPM of Roger, 9/1/1351

5/26/1349, After the death of his son, John appointed Keeper of the Channel Islands.

1350, John and his wife made a pilgrimage to Rome.

6/20/1351, John given a full pardon for all offenses associated with the death of the Earl of Kent.

11/15/1351, John summoned to parliament.

12/10/1351, Mandate to John Mautravers, keeper of the islands of Jerseye, Gerneseye, Serk and Aureneye, … (S) CPRs.

2/8/1352, John’s lands and honors restored. (S) CPRs.

3/10/1352, Protection with clause volumus, for 1 year, for John Mautravers, ‘chivaler,’ going on the king’s service to the islands of Jerseye, Gerneseye, Serk and Aureneye. (S) CPRs.

3/14/1353, To John Mautravers, keeper of the islands of Jereseye, Gerneseye, Serk and Aureneye … (S) CCRs.

1356, John, Lord Mautravers, held the manor of Winterbourne Stoke.

7/15/1356, John Mautravers, the elder, staying in England, … nominating … in Ireland … (S) CPRs.

8/4/1357, Licence, … for John Mautravers of Lichet to enfeoff … of the manors of Sharnton and Codeford … and of … the manor of Eliston, co. Wilts, … which Gwenllian late the wife of John son of the said John Mautravers holds for life; and for them to grant the same to him and Agnes, his wife, in tail, with remainder to … and Eleanor daughter of John son of the said John Mautravers and the heirs … (S) CPRs.

10/1360, John heir to his kinsman, John Mautravers the younger. Limeridk, Ireland: Rathgell. The manor, held for life by demise of John Mautravers the elder, to whom and whose heirs the reversion belongs. (S) CIsPM.

2/16/1364, John, 1st Lord Mautravers, died; buried at Lytchett Mautravers, Dorset. [John’s son and grandson Henry had predeceased him; his heirs were his granddaughters Joan and Eleanor.]


2/18/1364, Writ for IPM of John Mautravers, knight. Wilts.: Sharnton. The manor, held in joint feoffment with Agnes his wife, who survives … Codeford. The manor, … Stapelford. A moiety of the manor … Boyton. The manor, with the advowson … Corton. The manor, … He died on 16 February last. Joan the wife of John de Kaynis, knight, aged 22 years and more, and Eleanor the wife of John son of Richard earl of Arundel, aged 19 years and more, are his kinswomen and heirs. Dorset: He held the following in joint feoffment with Agnes his wife, … Est Mordon. The manor … [7 manors and parts of 2 others] … Gloucester: Kyngestanlegh. The manor … Stonhouse. The manor, … Stoke Giffard. The manor, … Walles. The manor … (S) CIsPM.

5/2/1365, John de Thorpe to Agnes who was wife of John Mautravers knight. Recognisance for £100. (S) CCRs.

7/22/1375, Agnes died, John de Argentem, knight, her son, aged 50 years and more, is her heir. (S) IPM of Agnes, 7/27/1375.

(S) Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica, 1840, P339.  (S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P9.

Child of John and Milicent:

i. John Mautravers (2955254), born 1310 in England.

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