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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Lord John Darcy & Baroness Elizabeth de Meynell

 7605028. Lord John Darcy & 7605029. Baroness Elizabeth de Meynell

1317, John Darcy born in England, s/o 15210056. John Darcy ‘le Cosyn’. (S) See son Philip.

1/24/1327, Edward III, age 14, succeeded Edward II as King of England.

1331, Elizabeth born in England, heiress & d/o 15210058. Nicholas de Meynell.

11/25/1337, William, son of Roger Heyroun, and Isabel, his wife, querents, by William de Presfen (15210062), … deforciant. The manor of Ford' and the advowson of the church. John, son of John Darcy the cousin (le Cosyn), puts in his claim. (S) Feet of Fines, Northumberland, CP 25/1/181/12, number 52. [William’s granddaughter Elizabeth would marry John’s son Philip.]

1341, Elizabeth’s father died.

7/4/1344, Reciting that Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas de Meynill, tenant in chief, a minor in the king's ward, has recovered a moiety of the manors of Wollouere, Hethpol, Hedereslawe, Lowyk and Belford, as daughter and heir of the said Nicholas, by virtue of a fine levied thereon in the court of Edward II before his justices of the Bench, against John Darcy ‘le Fitz,’ tenant … appointing commissioners to take the moiety into the king's hand and to keep it safely until the said heir's lawful age. (S) CFRs.

5/30/1347, John’s father died, John age 30.

1347, John Darcy of Knaith to grant the advowson of the church of Knaith to the prioress and convent of Heynings, retaining the manors of Knaith, Keisby, Upton, and Southorpe. Lincoln. [And] Receipt by Nicholas Gower, Deputy to John Darcy of Knaith, Keeper of the manor of Burstwick, to Peter de Grymesby, Receiver of the manor, for 10 marks as his fee for a year. (Yorks, E.R.). (S) UKNA.

4/6/1348, Commitment to John Darcy of Knaith and John de Kyngeston, by assent of the proctor of the abbot of Lire in England, of the keeping of the abbot's lands and possessions in England and Wales, to hold during the war with France … which keeping the king by letters patent dated 15 December, 16 Edward III , committed to John Darcy, 'le cousyn,' now deceased, … in part satisfaction of a yearly sum previously granted to him by letters patent … as of the value of £130 yearly. (S) CFRs.

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

[––John & Elizabeth––]

By 1348, John married Elizabeth.

1348, Elizabeth, wife of John Darcy, had seisin of her father’s barony and lands.

1348, John Darcy of Knayth created a knight banneret.

8/1/1349 at York, Debtor: John Darcy of Knaith, knight [held half a fee in Knaith, Well Wapentake, and elsewhere in Lincs]. Creditor: Ralph de Neville of Raby, knight. Amount: £50. (S) UKNA.

1349, Receipt by John Darcy, lord of Knaith, to Peter de Grymesby, the King's Receiver of the manor of Burstwick, for £30  being his fee for keeping the manor for a year. (Yorks, E.R.) (S) UKNA.

1349, John Darcy of Knayth made Keeper of the Tower of London. [John regranted it to John de Beauchamp of Warwick.]

1353, John settled the manor of Yarm, North Riding, on himself and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas de Meynell. (S) Hist. of York North Riding, V2, 1923, Yarm.

5/30/1355, The Abbot of Lire petitioned the king saying that he could not meet the £130 yearly due to John Darcy [see 4/6/1348.] (S) CFRs. [The king changed the arrangement with the Abbot.]

1355-56, John Darcy given custody of the Tower of London for his life.

3/5/1356, John Darcy, 2nd Baron Darcy de Knayth, died, buried in the Church of the Friars Minor, Doncaster, co. York.


3/12/1356, Writ for IPM of John Darcy of Knayth. Derby: Ekynton. The manor … Nottingham: Kyrkeby. The manor … Stretton. The manor … John his son, aged 5 years at the Nativity of St. John the Baptist last, is his heir. Northumberland: Haddeston. The manor … Swyneburn and Collewell. The towns …  to him and Elizabeth his wife and the heirs of their bodies … Lincoln: Knayth. The manor (which cannot be let because it is ruinous and the land sandy) … He died on 5 March last. York: Notton. The manor … Agnes de Notton, who survives, holds for her life by grant of John Darcy ‘le piere,’ deceased, a messuage and two bovates of land in Notton, with reversion to the said John and his heirs. … The deceased and Elizabeth his wife, who survives, by fine levied in the king’s court gave the castle of Wherleton and the manors of Wherleton, Aldewerk and Yarum, with the knights’ fees and advowsons thereto belonging, to Thomas de Swynford and John Charteray, who by the same fine gave the said castle and manors to the said John Darcy and Elizabeth and the heirs of their bodies, with remainder to the king and his heirs. … (S) CIsPM.

5/1/1356, Order not to intermeddle further … taken into the king's hand by the death of John Darcy of Knayth, delivering any issues thereof to Elizabeth late his wife, as the king has learned by inquisition … John at his death held the castle and manor of Wherleton, the manor of Aldewerk, with their members, and the manor of Yarm with the knights fees and advowsons pertaining to those manors, jointly with Elizabeth. (S) CCRs.

7/4/1356, Order to assign dower to Elizabeth, late the wife of John Darcy of Knayth, tenant in chief, of all the lands which belonged to her husband at his death … Elizabeth's oath that she will not marry without his licence. (S) CCRs.

Elizabeth married 2nd Peter de Malo Lacu, ‘the 6th’.

7/2/1368, Elizabeth died.

7/28/1368, Writ for IPM of Elizabeth late the wife of Peter de Malo Lacu, ' le sisme'. Northumberland: Belford. A moiety of the town … Lowethre. A moiety of the town, … [Wollore]. A moiety of the town, and a moiety of Chyvyot, … Philip her son, aged 15 years and more, is her heir. York: Jarum in Clyveland. The manor and the lordship of the town, with the mill, toll, fairs, markets, perquisites of court and other appurtenances … Aselby in Whitbystrand. The manor and the lordship of the town … She held the following of her own inheritance, as daughter and heir of Nicholas de Menyll, knight, of the archbishop of Canterbury by knight’s service. Querlton. The castle, and the towns of Querlton and Swaynby. The extent includes a park with deer, … Hothwayt and Qwerlton. Free tenants … Carleton. Free tenants, … [many properties and tenants] … She died on 9 July, 42 Edward III. … Sum total, £353 2s. 3 1/2d. (S) CIsPM.

(S) Hist. of Nottingham, V2, 1790, Kirkeby, and Woodhouse. (S) Hist. of York North Riding, V2, 1923, Whorlton.

Family notes:

·         In ‘biographical’ records ‘John Darcy of Knaith’; John Darcy ‘le fitz’; John Darcy ‘le piere’; and John Darcy ‘le Cosyn’ are many times confused. But, from CFRs, CCRs, and CIsPM it is clear that these are 4 distinct persons. A detailed  reading of the records can be used to differentiate each by timeline, marriages, ancestors, …

Children of John and Elizabeth:

i. John Darcy, born 6/24/1350 in England.

John died after his father and before his mother, ‘within age’. (S) CCRs, 1/24/1374.

[Philip’s older brother John identified in Philip’s proof of age.]

ii. Philip Darcy (3802514), born 5/6/1352 in Yorkshire, England.

5/9/1377, Pursuant to a charter whereby the king granted to John Darcy 'le cosyn,' then steward of the household, now deceased, and the heirs male of his body, the reversion of the manors of Temple Neusom and Templehyrst, co. York, … the countess by pretext of the said grant attorned to John in respect of the reversion and is now dead, and that Philip Darcy (3802514), knight, son of John Darcy (7605028) the son of the said John Darcy (15210056) 'le cousyn,' is kinsman and next heir of the latter, and of full age. (S) CFRs.

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