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Lord Robert Hull Esq. & Lady Isabelle Fichet

 738676. Lord Robert Hull Esq. & 738677. Lady Isabelle Fichet

~1365, Robert born in Somerset, England, s/o 1901288. Sir John Hulle & 1477352. Dyonisia Durburgh.

6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, succeeded Edward III as King of England.

3/11/1382, Isabel born in Halton, Cornwall, England, d/o 1477354. Sir Thomas Fychet & 1477355. Ricarda Ingepenne. (Joan Mewy was one of her godmothers.)

Bef. 4/1387, Isabel’s father died in Spain.

1/1388, Ricarda, who was the wife of Thomas Fychet, knight, in the mercy for several defaults. … if Thomas should died within age, then Nicholas granted to the aforesaid Ricarda the wardship of all the lands … with the marriage of Isabelle, sister of Thomas, the son of Thomas, … (S) Year Books of Richard II, 1914, P114.

1394, Robert nominated as an attorney for Sir William Sturmy.

8/1395, Isabel’s brother Thomas died as a minor.

8/29/1395, The king by letters committed the custody of Thomas Fychet’s lands held of the heir of Richard de Ponynges to John Hulle and Robert Hulle, his son, with the wardship and marriage of Isabel. (S) Intro. To Greek and Latin Palaeography, Thompson, 2013, P545. [“Ricardus dei gracia Rex Anglie … commisimus Iohanni Hull et Roberto Hull filio suo custodiam omnium terrarium et tenementtorum cum pertinenciis que Thomas Fychet … etatem dicted Isabelle una cum maritagio eiusdem absque desparagacione, … Teste me ipso apud Suthwell xxix die augusti anno regni nostrie decimo nono.”]

11/11/1395, IPM of Thomas son of Thomas Fichet, knight. Somerset: … He died on Thursday before St Peter’s Chains last without heir of his body. Isabel wife of Robert Hulle, aged 12 years on the eve of the Annunciation last is his sister and heir …

[––Robert & Isabel––]

3/25/1396, Writ for proof of age of Isabel, wife of Robert Hull, son of John Hull, sister and heir of Thomas, son of Thomas Fychet, knight, deceased. Cornwall:  She was born at Halton and baptized in the church there on Saturday the eve of the Annunciation, 6 Richard II, and is aged 14 years and 2 weeks at the taking of this inquisition. John Cory, mayor of Launceston, aged 50 years and more, knows this because he was in the church when the said Isabel was baptized and held a candle by the font. … (S) CIsPM.

1396, Robert Hill of Spaxton, Somerset, married Isabel, d/o Thomas Fichet. (S) Hist. and Antiq. Co. Somerset, V1, Collinson, 1791, P244. (S) Judges of England, V4, Foss, P328.

1397, Robert purchased the manor of Hemborough in Dittisham, Devon.

4/14/1397, Order to take the fealty of Robert son of John Hulle, and to give him and Isabel his wife seisin of the lands of Thomas Fychet knight her father, … which were taken into the king's hand by death of Thomas Fychet and by reason of her nonage; as the said Isabel, being sister and heir of Thomas son of Thomas Fychet knight, has proved her age. (S) CCRs.

9/1397, Robert, who had already “incurred many ... costs and expenses to save the inheritance” of Isabel; and considering that he would lose the sharing of Isabel’s estates [9 manors including Spaxton, …] if she died without having children, made an agreement with the next heir, Sir John Devereux, for £50, that he was permitted to retain the property for life in the event of Isabel’s early death.

10/1397, Robert a commissioner to assign dower in Somerset and Dorset.

7/1398, Robert on a commission of inquiry of wastes in Somerset.

4/28/1399, Robert the Steward of the estates of the bpric. of Bath and Wells.

7/1/1399, Robert Hull of Spaxton, and Isabella his wife, daughter and heir of Sir Thomas Fychett, knight, complained to bishop of Exeter Edmund Stafford that some unknown persons had carried off deeds and documents affecting her inheritiance. The bishop excommunicated the robbers. (S) The Register of Edmund Stafford, 1886, P139.

9/30/1399, Henry IV succeeded Richard II as King of England.

2/1400, Counterpart of demise by Robert Hulle and Isabel his wife, lords of Shirveton, to Adam Knap, and Juliana, his wife, … [Somerset] (S) Ancient Deeds, V5, 1906, A.11504.

1400-01, Parties: Robert Hill and Isabel his wife & Walter Caux and Alice his wife; Place or Subject: Shurton (Sherev[esto]n) [in Stogursey]. County: [Som]. (S) UKNA.

6/16/1401, To the sheriff of Gloucester. Order, …  divers men of Gloucestershire and Somerset, which are arrested by Robert Hille, son of John Hille knight, and by Thomas Baker of Baunewelle servant of the said Robert, by reason of the late disturbance (rumoris) in Wales. (S) CCRs.

11/1401, Robert on a commission of counterfeiting in Somerset.

1402, Robert the steward of the estates of Joan, Lady Mohun of Dunster.

1403, A deed of Robert Hill has 2 seals: 1 with the arms of Hill, the other with the altered family of Fichet. The inscription “Sigillum Roberti Hulle”. (S) Hist. of Taunton, Toulmin, 1822, P49.

10/1403, Robert associated with Sir Peter Courtenay in retaining 20 men-at-arms and 50 archers from Somerset and Dorset to be assembled at Dunster for the defence of Carmarthen castle.

10/1404, Robert on a commission of assaults in Dorset.

3/1408, Robert on a commission of concealments.

6/24/1408, Robert’s father died. Robert inherited the manors of Heath St. Mary and Halscombe, and property in and near Exeter, Devon, and the manors of Houndstone, Kingston Pitney and Yeovil, in Somerset.

11/15/1408, Robert appointed Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset.

1409, Robert started his cartulary of his properties.

10/1410, Robert the Bailiff of Bp. Bubwith’s hundred of Winterstock, Somerset.

9/1411, Rental of Spaxton manor, Robert Hyll, and Isabel his wife, being Lord and Lady thereof, for the purpose of effecting an exchange with Thomas Coblyng.

1/1412, Robert on a commission of contributors to a subsidy.

1412, Robert assessed £140 for his properties in the subsidy.

11/3/1412, Robert appointed Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset.

10/22/1412 at Kyton, John Latymer (950556), firstborn son and heir of Sir Robert Latymer (1901112) knight of Dorset, to Maud (1901289) who was wife of John Hulle (1901288) knight and is now wife of the said Robert. Confirmation with warranty of her estates in the manor of Deuelysshe [Devon] … which Humphrey de Stafforde, William Hankeforde knights, Robert Hulle (2097260) the elder, Robert Hulle (738676) of Spaxton, William Poulet the younger, … by charter granted to Robert Latymer his father and to her … Witnesses: Hugh Courtenay (1901308), … (S) CCRs.

3/20/1413, Henry V succeeded Henry IV as King of England.

6/20/1414, Robert Hyll, Esquire, Lord of Spaxton, presented Robert Brown to the church of Spaxton.

11/1414, Robert a MP for Somerset.

1415, Robert a MP for Somerset.

12/14/1415, Robert the escheator for Devon and Cornwall.

1/1416, Robert Hylle presented John Sowthewood to the church of Spaxton.

3/1416, Robert a MP for Somerset.

1415, Robert fined £3 at the Exchequer for having refused to take knighthood.

12/14/1415, King’s writ issued for the administration of the oath as Escheator in Devon to Robert Hill of Spaxton. (S) The Register of Edmund Stafford, 1886, P139.

8/16/1416, Robert the escheator for Somerset and Dorset.

1419, Robert a MP for Somerset.

11/23/1419, Robert appointed Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset.

5/1/1422, Robert appointed Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset.

8/31/1422, Henry VI (an infant) succeeded Henry V as King of England.

10/1/1422, Robert Hille of Spaxton ; commitment as Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset. (S) CFRs.

Isabel died before Robert.


4/1423, Robert wrote his will, naming his brothers and sisters: … to his son, John, the white silk hangings in his oratory, together with 6 books and a Bible … he also bequeathed his furniture and effects at Spaxton … 5 books to Spaxton church … to his daughter, Elizabeth, a marriage portion of 200 marks which was to be kept in a chest at the convent of Minchin Buckland until she found a husband … Jewellery and cash were given to Hill’s brothers and sisters.

4/25/1423, Robert died, buried in the conventual church at Buckland, ‘before and under the high altar near the middle of it, near the place where my wife was buried’.

[––Post Mortem––]

4/28/1423, Writs of diem clausit extremum, after the death of Robert Hille of Spaxton; Devon and Cornwall; Somerset; Berks. (S) CFRs.

11/5/1423, An inquisition … Robert Hille of Spaxton on the day of his death … held by the courtesy of England after the death of Isabel late his wife a third part of the whole manor of Hylton, the manor of Halton … [lots of properties] … that John Hille, son of the said Robert and Isabel, is the next heir of Robert and of Isabel, and 21 years of age and more, to cause the said John to have full seisin of the said third part of the manor of Hylton, as the king has taken his fealty. (S) CFRs.

(S) Hist. of Parliament, Roskell, 1993. (S) Rpt. of Dep. Keeper, V8, 1847, P153, Spaxton.

Family notes:

·         Contemporary is Sir Robert Hull (2097260), judge of the Common Pleas.

·         Robert left a cartulary which decscibed the circumstances of his marriage.

Children of Robert & Isabelle

i. John Hulle (369338), born 1397 in England.

ii. Elizabeth Hulle, born ? in England.

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