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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Lord Brian Fitz Alan & Matilda ?

 60845410. Lord Brian Fitz Alan & 60845411. Matilda ?

~1235, Brian born in England, s/o 121690820. Sir Alan Fitz Bryan & 121690821. Agnes Fitz Henry.

1267, Brian took part with several kinsmen in the forcible abduction of Hugh de Nairford from the manor of Melsonby.

1268, Brian, son of Alan, patron of the church at Melsonby.


Brian 1st married Muriel ?.

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

5/17/1276, Brian’s father slain in self-defense by Payn de Keu.

1/24/1277, Protection for the following going to Wales on the king’s service against Llewelyn … Adam de Walkingham, going with Brian son of Alan de Bedale. (S) CPRs. [Thomas de Roston also going with Brian, who was granted £20 yearly for his services.]

1277, King Edward was in Chester where he cleared a road through a dense forest, and started construction on the castles of Flint and Rhuddlan. King Edward made forays into the Welsh lands of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, prince of Wales, capturing Snowdonia and the isle of Anglesey.

9/15/1278, Sir Brian son of Alan, witnessed a charter of the Earl of Richmond. (S) Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, V18, 1905, P164.

10/6/1278, Sir Brian son of Alan, witnessed a charter of Robert de Nova Villa. (S) CChRs, 3/30/1310.

1279-80, Quo warranto, Brian summoned to answer by what right he claimed to a park at Bedale and Cotherston, and free warren of the same. [Granted to his ancestors by King John.]

Aft. 5/15/1280, IPM of Peter de Sabaudia: … Lincoln … Biker and Gryby. ⅓ and ¼ fee held by Brian son of Alan, rendering 5s. 10d. (S) CIsPM. [Multiple records various counties.]

~1280, Matilda born in England.

4/6/1282, Brian summoned to the king’s service in Wales with horses and arms against Davydd, brother of Llewelyn at Hawarden castle.

12/11/1282, King Edward’s forces defeated Llewelyn ap Gruffydd at the Battle of Radnor in eastern Wales. King Edward received the head of Llywelyn at Rhuddlan castle. [Aka Battle of Orewin Bridge.]

5/1/1285, Brian, about to go beyond the seas on pilgrimage, has Letters of Protection for two years. (S) CPRs.

2/15/1286, Licence for the alienation in mortmain by Brian son of Alan to the abbot and convent of Jervaux … land in Estwytton and Bedale. (S) CPRs.

6/14/1287, Brian summoned to a military council at Gloucester [on july 15th] about problems in Wales. [Rex dilecto et fideli suo Briano filio Anlai, salutem.]

1287, Brian summoned to the king’s service in Wales.

8/15/1287, Edmund, earl of Cornwall’s force of 4,000 joined up with an army of 6,700 at Rhys ap Maredudd’s castle of Dryslwyn, Wales, and began a siege. They built a trebuchet to attack the castle. [The castle fell Sept. 5th; but Rhys escaped.]

1287, Sir Brian son of Alan witnessed a charter of Ranulph de Nevill (60845648). (S) CChRs, 3/30/1310.

1290, The Maid of Norway died and immersed Scotland in crisis. There were 14 competitiors for the crown [d/o Queen Margaret of Scotland, sister of King Edward I.]

11/8/1290, Brian founded a chantry at Bedale to pray for the souls of Patricia, late countess of Richmond, Alan, father of the said Brian, Lady Agnes of Bedale, his mother, Muriel his late wife, and Thomas, Robert and Theobald, his sons, all deceased.

6/13/1291, Brian, in scotland with the King, appointed a guardian of Scotland.

9/20/1291, Brian son of Alan had license to strengthen with a wall of stone and lime and crenellate his house at Kilwardeby, co. York. (S) CPRs.

12/27/1291, John de Thornhull, staying in Scotland on the king’s service with Brian fitz Alan. (S) CPRs.

9/20/1291, Edward I to Brian fitz Alan: masses for the late queen of Scotland; the fealty of the men of Aberdeen; an inquest into the tenure of Jedburgh Castle, which is to be held as it was in King Alexander III's time; stores for Roxburgh and Jedburgh Castles. (S) UKNA.

10/1292, Brian present at the council of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

11/28/1292, Edward, by the Grace of God, King of England, …, to his beloved and trusty Brian son of Alan, Governor of the castles of Forfar, Dundee, Gedworth, and Roxburgh, greeting. Whereas John De Baliol, lately in our Parliament held at Berwick-on Tweed, came before us and petitioned that we should assign him the foresaid Kingdom of Scotland, …, as being nearest heir of Margaret, daughter of the King of Norway, Princess of Scotland, and deceased grand-daughter of Alexander, last King of Scotland; …, we have found the said John De Baliol is the nearest heir of the said Margaret …We  have  therefore delivered to same the Kingdom of Scotland, …

5/1/1293, Commission of oyer and terminer to Reginald de Grey, Brian son of Alan, … (S) CPRs.

7/17/1294, Grant by Thomas de Richemund, lord of Burton Conestabil, ... Witnesses, Brian son of Alan, Hugh son of Henry … (S) Yorkshire Deeds, V50, 1914, P57.

9/29/1294 at York, Creditor: Sir Brian Fitz-Alan [of Bedale, Hang Wapentake, N.R.Yorks] Amount: £16 10s. (S) UKNA.

6/23/1295, Brian 1st summoned to parliament by writ “Briano filio Alani”.

7/10/1296 at Brechin, Brian a witness to John de Baillol’s abdication of the crown of Scotland; and appointed the king’s lieutenant in Scotland. [Brian offerred a retinue of 9 knights and 50 armed horsemen, and wages of £1128, initially declined the appointment. (S) Book of Wallace, V2, 1889, P297.]

[––Brian & Matilda––]

1297, Brian married 2nd Maud, and endowed her with all his lands. (S) IPM of Brian.

7/2/1297 at Alverton, Anthony, bishop of Durhan, granted to his bachelor, Brian son of Alan, knight, and Matilda his wife, the manor of Belestre in Tyndale, an escheat by reason of the war between Edward, king of England, and John de Balliol, king of Scotland, to hold by services due. (S) CPRs, 10/20/1339.

7/12/1297, Brian appointed Captain for the defense of Northumberland against the Scots.

8/18/1297, At an annual grant of 2000 marks a year, Brian appointed a Keeper of the realm and land of Scotland. (S) CPRs. [Which he had turned down the month before.]

1/6/1298, Brian summoned to the King at Salisbury.

7/22/1298, Brian a banneret at the battle of Falkirk. [‘porte barre de goules et d’or de viij peces.]

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.

11/16/1299, Protection for the following going to Scotland with the king … John de Sothill, going with Brian son of Alan. (S) CPRs.

7/9/1300, Siege of Caerlaverock castle in Scotland began. Brian a banneret at the siege. [The handsome Brian Fitz Alan, Full of courtesy and honour, I saw there his well adorned banner, Barry of gold and red.]

2/12/1301 at Lincoln, “Brianus filius Alani domins de Bedale” a signer of the barons’ letter to the Pope.

8/1/1303, Commission of oyer and terminer to Brian son of Alan and Hugh le Louthre … (S) CPRs.

3/16/1305, Commission of oyer and terminer to Brian son of Alan … (S) CPRs.

5/7/1305, The king, believing that Brian son of Alan was dead, had his lands taken by the escheator. (S) CPRs, 11/1/1306.

6/1/1305, “Brian being then alive, ….” (S) CPRs, 11/1/1306.

1306, Brian, Lord of Bedale, Richmondshire died; buried at Bedale church, Yorkshire.


10/4/1306, IPM of Brian son of Alan. The king has granted to Henry de Lacy, earl of Lincoln, the wardship of the lands &c. … are in the king’s hand by reason of the minority of his daughters and heirs, … Lincoln: Biquer. … the manor of Belestre in Tyndale, whereof Maud was enfeoffed jointly … Northumberland: Belestre and Someryard in Tyndale. The said Brian and Maud were enfeoffed jointly in the manor …, 9 years ago [1297], … (S) CIsPM.

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

1307, Plea between Matilda, lately the wife of Brian fitz Alan and Adam fitz Jordan.

8/11/1308, IPM of Brian son of Alan. Lincoln: Byker. A capital messuage &c. a water-mill, … His daughters, Maud [Agnes] aged 8, and Katherine aged 6, are his next heirs. He dowered Maud his wife at the church door when he married her of all the lands &c. aforesaid with others in other counties. (S) CIsPM.

8/9/1310, Robert de Bures states that the King's father gave the manor of Bellister and vill of Plenmeller, … justices of the Bishop of Durham, have deprived him of these lands by means of an assize of novel disseisin, held at the suit of Maud, widow of Brian Fitz Alan. He requests a remedy. (S) UKNA.

5/10/1317, Writ of certiorari de feodis, &c. of Brian son of Alan. York: [6+ knights’ fees.] (S) CIsPM.

8/10/1317, Simple protection for one year for … Matilda late the wife of Brian son of Alan. (S) CPRs.

1321, Maud late the wife of Brian son of Alan to grant a messuage and land in Rockeby, with the advowson of the church, to the abbot and convent of Egglestone [York]. (S) Lists and Indexes, Is17, 1904, P376.

2/26/1325, Protection with clause volumus for Maud late the wife of Brian son of Alan. (S) CPRs.

5/19/1333, Lady Matilda de Bedale, widow of Lord Brian , son of Alan, lands and watermill in Soulby, …

8/15/1333, Matilda widow of Brian son of Alan to Richard, son of Nicholas Musgrave and to Richard’s brothers and 
sisters if no heirs male: Isabel , John, Christians, Joanna; all the Lands which Richard had given her.

4/10/1340, Licence for the alienation in mortmain by Matilda late the wife of Brian Fitz Aleyn, to the abbot and convent of Egleston … for her good estate in life, … the souls of John de Grey of Rotherfeld and the said Brian … ancestors and heirs … (S) CPRs.

Matilda died.

(S) Early History of Bedale, McCall, 1907. (S) Siege of Carlaverock, Nicolas, 1828, P221.

Family notes:

·         Brian’s seal was not heraldic, but a whimsical collection of animals: rabbit, bird, stag, pig and boar; with the motto: TOT CAPITA TOT SENTENTIE [So many heads, so many opinions. – seal on the letter to the Pope.]

·         Brian’s effigy indicates that he attended the crusade of 1270.

Children of Brian and Maud:

i. Agnes Fitz Alan (30422629), born 1300 in England.

12/15/1317, Order not to intermeddle further with the purparty of her fathers’s lands falling to Agnes, daughter of Brian son of Alan, wife of Gilbert de Stapelton, … Agnes proved her age before John de Evre, late escheator beyond Trent. (S) CCRs.

ii. Katherine Fitz Alan (30422705), born 1302 in England.

5/12/1306, Grant to Henry de Lacy, earl of Lincoln, the king’s kinsman, of the custody, during the minority of the duaghters and hiers of Brian son of Alan … the marriage of the 2nd daughter [Katherine.] (S) CPRs.

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