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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Baron Miles de Stapleton & Lady Isabel de Bellew

 60845256. Baron Miles de Stapleton & 60845257. Lady Isabel de Bellew

~1260, Sybil born in England, d/o 121690514. Sir John de Bella Agua & 121690515. Laderina de Brus.

~1265, Miles de Stapledon born in England, s/o 121690512. Nicholas de Stapleton & 121690513. Margaret Basset.

11/16/1272, Edward I ascended to the throne while on crusade.


Isabel 1st married William de Stopham.

Aft. 1275, Grant by William, son of the late Sir Robert de Stopham, to William his son and Isabella daughter of the late Sir John de Bella Aqua, his wife, of a rent of 5 marks p.a. from Wadyngton. (S) UKNA.

[––Miles & Sybil––]

By 1284, Miles married Isabel [also called Sibyl in IPM of her father.]

1290, Miles heir to his father.

1291, Miles served in Scotland under Roger de Mowbray.

1293, Miles in a writ of Quo warranto called upon to prove his title before Hugh de Cressingham and the judges at York.

10/16/1294, Order to permit Miles de Stapelton to enter and hold 16 acres of waste in Hovyngham near Wath … (S) CCRs.

1294, The Gascon War began between England and France, lasting 9 years.

8/20/1295, Order to deliver to the wife of Miles de Stapelton some suitable houses in that castle [Richmond] wherein she may dwell with her household … as Miles is shortly going to Gascony in the king’s service. (S) CCRs.

1295, Miles served in Gascony.

1296, After the death of Edmund of Cornwall, Miles named Seneschal of Knaresborough Castle and Steward and joint Constable of Knaresborough Forest.

9/11/1297, Miles at the battle of Stirling castle, Scotland with Prince Edward.

9/11/1297, John, Earl of Surrey, and Hugh de Cressingham [Treasurer of Scotland] were attacked and defeated by William Wallace crossing the forth near Stirling. John had ordered his forces to cross a long, narrow bridge. Wallace waited until about 5000 had crossed the bridge, and the rest were bunched up on or behind the bridge. Wallace ambushed the vanguard forces with his superior force. Hugh was killed, and an estimated 6000 English slain or wounded in the loss, known as the Battle of Stirling Bridge. [William Wallace was knighted for this success and put in sole command of Scottish troops.]

7/22/1298, Miles at the battle of Falkirk, serving under Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln.

7/22/1298, King Edward defeated Sir William Wallace (Braveheart) at the battle of Falkirk, Scotland. The Scots defensive position was strong, but based on spearmen with support of some cavalry and archers. Edward’s armored knights were repulsed by the amassed spear points. King Edward brought up his Welsh longbowmen. They cut gaps into the Scottish ranks through which the mounted English knights could charge. The Scots were routed, but Wallace escaped.

3/28/1299, Miles established a chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas in North Moreton Church, near Wallingford, in Berkshire.

1300, Miles summoned to the siege of Caerlaverock. [Not mentioned in the famous poem, but his banner is described.]

7/9/1300, Siege of Caerlaverock castle in Scotland began.

10/9/1300, Protection for Miles de Stapelton to accompany the Henry de lacy, earl of Lincoln, to the Papal court in Rome. (S) CPRs.


Bef. 1301, Isabel died before her father.

1301, Sybil’s father died.

8/18/1301, IPM of John de Bella Aqua alias de Belbwe. York: … Nicholas, son of Sibyl daughter of the said Laderana and sometime the wife of Miles de Stapelton, aged 15, and Joan another daughter, the wife of Aucher son of Henry, aged 24 and more, are next heirs of the said John and Laderana. … Petition to the chancellor from Miles de Stapelton, father of Nicholas de Stapelton, complaining that the knights’ fees &c. assigned to Aucher son of Henry are worth double or more those assigned to the minor, who is in the king’s wardship, and praying for redress. (S) CIsPM.

Miles married 2nd Joan ?. (S) See son Nicholas, 9/23/1314.

12/6/1301,  Grant by Henry le Scrope to Sir Miles de Stapelton, of his land with a parcel of wood and waste, namely that land with wood and waste which lies adjacent to the manor of Sir Miles at Kirkeby … (S) Yorkshire Deeds, V50, 1955, P113.

7/11/1302, To Miles de Stapelton, constable of Knaresburgh castle and keeper of the king’s manor of Borough Bridge. Order to cause the king’s mills and ponds to be repaired. (S) CCRs.

4/19/1303, Licence by fine by Miles de Stapelton in frank almoin …  in acres in Middelhathesleye for 9 acres in a meadow. (S) CPRs.

11/27/1304, To Miles de Stapelton, constable of Knaresburgh castle and keeper of the king’s forest there … to cause the king’s works in the castle to be done … (S) CCRs.

10/15/1305, Order to John de Insula, whom the king appointed with Miles de Stapelton, constable of Knaresburgh castle, to make inquisition in the county of York touching the evildoers. (S) CFRs.

10/25/1305, Pardon to Miles de Stapelton, constable of Knaresburth castle, of what belongs to the king for the evasion of … from the gaol of that castle. (S) CPRs.

5/10/1306, Grant to Miles de Stapelton of the marriage of the eldest daughter, a minor in the king’s custody, and one of the heirs of Brian son of Alan, … (S) CPRs.

4/1/1307, Order to … enquire touching divers trespasses done in the king's chace and parks of Knaresburgh, … to take fines or ransoms from the prisoners detained now for 2 years in the prison within Knaresburgh castle for such trespasses, … Miles de Stapelton, constable of the castle, to have the prisoners before them. (S) CFRs.

7/7/1307, Edward II became king on the death of his father.

8/21/1307, Commitment to to Miles de Stapelton of the manor of Brustwyk and the town of Kyngeston upon Hull. (S) CFRs. [Miles held Kyngeston upon Hull until 10/25/1308.]

10/27/1307, Miles de Stapelton the bailiff of Horderness. (S) CPRs.

1/2/1308, Miles, Steward of the King’s household, traveled with King Edward II to Boulogned for the king’s marriage. (S) CPRs.

6/15/1309, Commission of oyer and terminer to Miles de Stapelton and Henry de Scrope, … (S) CPRs.

1310, Miles settled North Moreton, Berkshire, on his son Gilbert.

10/1/1310, Licence for the alienation in mortmain by Miles de Stapelton … in Westhathelsay … (S) CPRs.

1311, Miles summoned to Roxburgh against the Scots.

5-6/1312, 5 barons involved in the capture of Piers Gaveston [favorite of King Edward], besieging him at Scarborough castle.

6/1312, Miles summoned under pain of forfeiting all he had, to join the king immediately at Battlebridge with all the horses and arms he could muster.

6/19/1312, Piers Gaveston, sometime Earl of Cornwall, King Edward’s favorite, was executed at Blacklow Hill, Warwickshire, by the earls of Lancaster, Hereford and Arundel. [Piers, apparently a good soldier and administrator, would be replaced by “favorites” who were vicious and power seekers – the law of unintended consequences. 7 Earls would be executed in a short 18 year span  – the last English earl having been executed 236 years before.]

9/12/1312, Licence for Nicholas de Stapelton to demise to Miles de Stapelton, for his life, the manors of Carleton by Snaithe and Kentemere. (S) CPRs.

1/8/1313, Miles summoned as a baron to parliament. [Summoned 2 more times the same year.]

10/1313, Having lost property to Piers Gaveston, Miles with his wife and 3 sons, in a long list of adherents of Lancaster who were pardoned for the murder of Gaveston.

1314, Miles called to muster in relief of Stirling.

6/24/1314, Miles slain at the battle of Bannockburn; buried at Langley Abbey, Norfolk.

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. King 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.

[––Post Mortem––]

9/14/1314, IPM of Miles de Stapelton alias de Stapulton. Surrey: ‘The mershe’ by Suthwerk within the liberty of the bishop of Winchester. A capital messuage, 9 cottages, and gardens … Nicholas his son, aged 25 and more, is his next heir. Berks: Northmorton. The manor held for life … by fine … granted to the said Miles for life with remainder to his son Gilbert and the heirs of his body … York: Esthathelsay. The manor … Carleton by Snayth. The manor … Wath in Rydale. The manor … (S) CIsPM.

12/23/1314, The Bishop of Durham granted 11 days pardon for the souls of Miles de Stapelton, knt. and Cecilia [Sybilla] formerly his wife.

(S) Chronicles of Yorkshire, Chetwind-Stapylton, 1884. (S) Hist. of Berkshire, V3, 1923, North Moreton.

Child of Miles and Sybil:

i. Nicholas de Stapleton, born by 1285 in England.

6/22/1303, Order to the escheator on this side Trent to take into the king's hand the lands late of Roger de Burton, deceased, tenant by knight service of Nicholas son of Miles (Molonis) de Stapelton, kinsman and one of the heirs of Laderana late the wife of John de Bella Aqua, tenant in chief, a minor in the king's ward. (S) CFRs. [Many high-ranking noble’s sons were sent into the king’s wardship for knightly training. This property was his by inheritance of his deceased mother.]

7/16/1306, Order to the escheator beyond Trent to take into the king's hand the lands late of Robert de Ponte Fracto of Wyvelesthorp, deceased, tenant by knight service of Nicholas de Stapelton, kinsman and one of the heirs of Laderana late the wife of John de Bella Aqua, tenant in chief. (S) CFRs. [Nicholas no longer a minor.]

9/23/1314, Order to the escheator on this side Trent to deliver to Nicholas de Stapelton, son and heir of Miles de Stapelton, tenant in chief, the lands late of his said father, he having done fealty; saving to Joan late the wife of Miles her dower. [9/20/1316 Joan living. (S) CFRs.]

1343, Nicholas died.

Son: Miles (d.1372), his son Thomas (d.1373), his sister Elizabeth his heir.

ii. Gilbert de Stapleton (30422628), born 1291 in England. [2nd son]

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