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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Lord Philip de Belmeis & Matilda de Rumilly

 39979730. Lord Philip de Belmeis & 39979731. Matilda de Rumilly

~1105, Philip born in England, s/o §§Walter de Belmeis.

~1110, Matilda born in England, d/o §§William fitz Ranulph Meschin & Cecily de Rumilly. [William of Skipton-in-Craven, Yorkshire.] (S) FMG.

Aft. 1112, Philip’s father died. (S) FMG.

1/16/1128, Philip and his brother Richard (d.5/4/1162) heirs to their uncle Richard de Belmeis [Richardus Beauveis, Bishop of St. Pauls’s London], Philip de Belmeis became Lord of Tong and Donington. [Philip inherited the church at Betton Abbots in Shropshire, which would involve him in lawsuits during his entire lifetime, because his uncle renounced his right to the church on his deathbed. (S) The King’s Bishops, Crosby, 2013, P129.]

~1130, Philip married Matilda.

5/1133, Most of London including the church of St. Paul the Apostle was destroyed by fire.

12/22/1135, Stephen of Blois succeeded Henry I as King of England.

8/1138, Philip de Belmeis with King Stephen at the siege of Shrewsbury witnessed the king’s charter confirming the foundation of Buildwas abbey.

1138-39, Philippus de Belmeis … et Matilda uxor mea donated terram quæ fuit Selferi de Rochelai to Buildwas abbey. Witnessed by Philippi de Belmeis, Matildæ uxoris eius, Philippi filii eius, R. filii eius. (S) FMG. [Philip, Maud, and sons Philip and Ranuph.]

1140s, Philip de Belmeis, identified as the nephew of Bishop Richard de Belmeis, and Roger of Shrewsbury attested a charter of Bishop Roger de Clinton. (S) The King’s Bishops, Crosby, 2013, P129.

4/7/1141, Empress Matilda claimed the throne of England. [Time of civil war.]

[Undated] Philip granted a piece of land ‘for the foundation of a church in honour of the Holy Mary, Mother of God’ bounded by the ancient Roman Watling Street on the north, and eastwards by the rivulet, which flowing north to south supplies Tong Mere. [Known as ‘the Grange.’] Philippus de Belmeis founding Lilleshall Abbey, Shropshire,  witnessed by Philippus filius Philippi de Belmis … domina Matilda filia Willielmi Meschin uxor prædicti Philippi de Belmis. (S) FMG.

1152-55, Philip died holding lands in Shropshire, Sussex, Leicester, Stafford, and Cheshire; his son Philip his heir.


By 1155, Matilda married 2nd Hugh de Mortimer, s/o Ranulph.

Matilda died.

(S) Shropshire, It’s Early History, Anderson, 1864, P40. (S) Journal of Brit. Arch. Assoc., V17, 1861, P141.

Family notes:

·         9/1112-6/1113, King Henry I confirmed the possessions of St George of Boscherville, including the donation of land by Walterus de Belmes. (S) FMG.

·         11/1221, Roger la Zouche (9994932) was involved in a long suit over presentation at Tong; previously held by his brother William. Roger claimed to be heir of Philip de Belmeis (39979730) as the successor of his son Philip was Ranulph, Philip’s brother, then to Alice (19989865), Ranulph’s sister because Ranulph died without issue, then to Alice’s son William, his (Roger’s) brother, then to him the litigant.

Children of Philip and Maud:

i. Philip de Belmeis, born ~1130 in England.

1138-39, named in grant of parents.

1152-59, Philip son of Philip de Beumes confirmed land to Lilleshall, witnessed by Radulf de Belmeys my brother. (S) FMG. [Philip’s paternal uncle Richard, archdeacon of London, also a witness.]

By 1159, Philip died, his brother Ralph his heir.

ii. Ranulph de Belmeis, born ~1133 in England.

1138-39, named in grant of parents.

Ranulph served in Wales under King Henry II.

By 1167, Ranulph died without issue, his sister Alice his heir.

iii. Adelicia de Belmeis (19989865), born ~1145 in England.

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