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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Lord Thomas Bonham & Katherine Knottingley

 3802198. Lord Thomas Bonham & 3802199. Katherine Knottingley

~1360, Thomas Boneham born in England, younger s/o 7604396. Nicholas Bonham & 7604397. Edith ?.

~1365, Katherine born in Wiltshire, England, d/o §§John Knottingley & Elizabeth ? of Bathampton Wylye, Wilts.

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

4/12/1380, Thomas a surety for his older brother John, who farmed the Wiltshire estates pertaining to the alien deanery of Mortain. (S) CFRs.

5/8/1382, Thomas Bonham and Nicholas Bonham appointed justices of the peace in Wiltshire, as well as justice of oyer and terminer, keepers of the statutes of Winchester. [Later, according to Thomas, “no estreats came into their hands.” For several years this will be a problem for Thomas after the decease of Nicholas.] (S) CCRs, 5/14/1387.

5/6/1385, Commitment to the prior of Watton,—by mainprise of … and Thomas Boneham of the county of Wilts, … (S) CFRs.

 [––Thomas & Katherine––]

By 1385, Thomas married to Katherine [By 1392 acquiring the manors of Hanging Langford, Deptford and Bathampton Wylye, Wiltshire.]

1385, Elizabeth wife of John Knottingley, held the estate at Bathampton for life with reversion to Katherine, wife of Thomas Bonham. (S) Hist. of Wiltshire, V15, 1995, Steeple Langford.

5/26/1386, Thomas a JOP for Wiltshire.

1386, Thomas’ father wrote his will. John, the eldest, inherited the manor of Bonham; Nicholas acquired more scattered properties, and Thomas himself received a moiety of the manor of Great Wishford, subject to the life interest of his mother.

9/25/1390, Commitment to John de Chitterne, clerk,—by mainprise of Thomas Bonham of the county of Wilts … (S) CFRs.

11/1391, Thomas a commissioner to sell wood for repairs to royal lodges, Wilts.

By 1392, Elizabeth’s father and mother deceased.

1392, Thomas, Sir Thomas Hungerford [and others] in making a grant of land in Wiltshire to Edington priory.

7/20/1394, A subsidy on all cloths for sale to be taken from the seller in addition to the customs due thereon, … that any person of the realm may make cloths of ‘kerseys’ other cloths of such length and breadth as they please, and expose the same for sale and sell them on payment of alnage, subsidy and … that no one shall sell any cloths or expose them for sale until they have been measured by the alnager … Thomas Bonham appointed analger in the city of Salisbury. (S) CFRs.

11/1394, Thomas appointed to adminster Shaftesbury abbey.

7/1/1394, Thomas a JOP for Wiltshire.

1394-5, “Richard Pany to retain a messuage, mill, and land in Crookham acquired from John Frome, William Stourton, Thomas Bonham …” (S) UKNA.

1395, Waltham, bishop of Salisbury, in his will left Thomas 10 marks.

Katherine died;


~1395, Thomas married Alice ?.

11/9/1395, Commitment of the county of Wilts to Thomas Bonham during the king's pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff. (S) CFRs.

5/10/1396, Writ of supersedeas omnino in respect of any process against Thomas Bonham, or against the heirs or tenants of the lands of Nicholas Bonham deceased, both appointed with others justices of the peace and of oyer and terminer in Wiltesir, … (S) CCRs.

2/6/1397, Commitment to Baldwin Bereford, knight,— by mainprise of John Drayton, ' chivaler,' of the county of Oxford, and Thomas Boneham of the county of Wilts, … (S) CFRs.

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

11/28/1399, Thomas a JOP for Wiltshire.

2/4/1401, Thomas appoint as the Steward of the estates of the duchy of Lancaster, receiving £22 yearly [held for 8 years.]

5/1402, Thomas appointed to make proclamation of Henry IV’s intention to govern well.

10/1402, Thomas appointed to organize repairs to duchy of Lancaster property, Hants, Wilts., Berks., Dorset, Oxon.

4/4/1403, William Besyll was notified by Westminster, after the deaths of Sir William Asthorpe and King Richard II, with Humphrey de Stafford, knight, William Stourton, Thomas Bonham, and the sheriff of co. Wilts. to, “inquire concerning the information that much waste, ruin, dilapidation and destruction has many times been committed as well in the castle and barton or manor of Marlborough.”

3/1404, Thomas the collector of taxes in Wiltshire.

2/1/1405, Thomas appointed the Steward of the bishop of Salisbury.

1406, Thomas a MP for Wiltshire.

1406, Thomas involvement in the foundation of a chantry in the abbatial church, his role being that of a feoffee of property in Shaftesbury.

11/9/1406, Commitment of the office of the escheatry in the counties of Southampton and Wilts to Thomas Boneham during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer for the issues thereof. (S) CFRs.

11/2/1407, Thomas the escheator for Wiltshire.

3/1408, Thomas on a commission into concealment of land forfeited by John, earl of Salisbury.

1408, Thomas licensed to to hear mass in an oratory in his manor house. (S) Hist. of Wiltshire, V15, 1995, Great Wishford.

5/6/1409 at Great Wycheforde, John Lambarde, … to Thomas Bonham, his heirs and assigns. Quitclaim with warranty of all lands, woods etc. in Bathampton Wyly, Taddehangre, Derneford, 'Stepullangeforde,' 'Hanggynglangeforde,' Depford, Fyssheton by Wyly and New Sarum, co. Wiltesir. (S) CCRs.

2/8/1410, Commitment to the abbess of Shaftesbury and Thomas Bonham of the keejnng of 8s. of rent issuing from certain burgages in the town of Shaftesbury. (S) CFRs.

12/10/1411, Commitment of the county of Wilts to Thomas Bonham during the king's pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff. (S) CFRs.

1412, Thomas’ estates and properties in Salisbury valued at £45 yearly.

3/15/1413, Robert Lovell to Maud his mother and John lord Lovell her son … Witnesses: Walter Hungreforde, William Cheyne knights, Thomas Chaucer, …, Thomas Bonham. (S) CCRs.

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

1/16/1414, Thomas a JOP for Wiltshire.

4/30/1414, IPM of William Stourton. Hampshire: … Jointly with William Wymond deceased and John Clyvedon and Thomas Bonham, who are still living, he held 13 messuages, 100 a. arable, 4 a. meadow and rents of 8s. and 1 lb. cumin in Hyde, Redbrook and Frogham … (S) CIsPM.

11/1414, Thomas a MP for Wiltshire.

1415, Thomas a MP for Wiltshire.

12/1415, Thomas holding  assizes of novel disseisin.

7/1418, Thomas on an inquire into the lands of Sir John Oldcastle.

10/28/1418, Commitment to Thomas Bonham of the county of Wilts of the keeping of all the lands late of Henry Thorp … until the lawful age of Thomas, Henry's son and heir, together with the marriage of the said heir … paying for the keeping and marriage £100 … (S) CFRs.

3/1419, Thomas on a commission of array in Wiltshire.

10/4/1420, Thomas of Great Wishford, Wilts, died, one of his heirs was his grandaughter Alys, wife of Robert Mompesson.

10/28/1420, Order to the escheator in the county of Wilts to take into the king's hand and keep safely until further order all the lands in his bailiwick whereof Thomas Bonham who held of the king in chief was seised in his demesne as of fee on the day of his death. (S) CFRs.

(S) Hist. of Parliament, Roskell, 1993. (S) The Bonhams of Wiltshire and Essex, Kidston, 1948.

Family notes:

·         1386, Bathampton settled on John of Wylye for life, subject to rent of £5 if he survived Elizabeth (wife of John Knottingley). [John apparently Elizabeth’s son by a first husband.] (S) Hist. of Wiltshire, V15, 1995, Steeple Langford.

·         1392, John Knottingley held a “half knight’s fee in fee farm” in Bathampton,  Wilts. (S) Wilts. Arch. & NH Mag., V2, 1855, P266. [Both John and Elizabeth deceased by 1392.]

Children of Thomas and Katherine:

i. Elizabeth Bonham (1901099), born ~1395 in England.

Children of Thomas and Alice:

ii. William Bonham, born aft. 1400 in England.

William died before reaching majority, his brother Thomas the heir.

iii. Thomas Bonham, born ? in England.

10/12/1435, John Westbury to Thomas Bonham esquire, son of Thomas Bonham. Quitclaim of the manor of Bonham, and of all lands, reversions, rents and services in Bonham, … (S) CCRs.

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