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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Sir Robert Chalons & Blanche Waterton

 3802614. Sir Robert Chalons & 3802615. Blanche Waterton

1369, Robert of Challonsleigh, born in England, s/o 7605228. Robert Chalons & 7605229. Joan Beauchamp.

~1373, Blanche born in England, coheir & d/o 7605230. Sir Hugh Waterton.

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

1384-85, Robert and his father Robert Chalon, esq., in the service of Edward, earl of Devon.

3/1387, Robert serving at sea under Richard, earl of Arundel, in the Earl’s retinue.

3/24/1387, The fleet of Admiral Richard Fitzalan off Margate, defeated a combined Flemish, French, and Spanish fleet, taking no less than 100 ships, great and small, all laden with wines, comprising 19,000 tons.

1387, Robert retained by Henry Bolingbrook, earl of Derby, [future Henry IV] for £4 yearly.

9/1391, Robert on a crusade to Prussia, in the Baltic region, with Henry, earl of Derby [Henry’s 2nd trip]. There were no major operations, so Henry decided on a pilgrimage to the Holy lands.

By 6/1392, Robert’s father died.

1392-93, Robert with Henry, earl of Derby, on a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands via central Europe and Venice.

[––Robert & Blanche––]

1393, Robert married Blanche, Earl Henry granted the couple an annuity of 20 marks assigned to the duchy of Lancaster manor of Brecon . [Her father a retainer of the Earl of Derby.]

1398, Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford, and Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, to undergo a duel of honor. King Richard II stopped the duel, and banished both men. He also disinherited Henry.

7/4/1399, Henry Bolingbroke [1st cousin of Richard II] landed at Ravenspur; then proceeded through the Lancastrian lands in the north and took York. [Henry IV invaded while Richard II was in Ireland.]

9/29/1399, Richard II, a prisoner in the Tower, abdicated his crown to Henry.

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

10/12/1399, Robert knighted on the eve of the coronation of King Henry IV.

10/18/1399, King Henry granted Robert the forfeited estates of Sir John Cary, the chief baron of the Exchequer who had suffered banishment to Ireland. [Included were the castle of Great Torrington, 4 and a half manors and 1000 acres of land in Devon, Somerset and Cornwall, with a total value of £230 yearly.] (S) CPRs.

2/16/1400, Robert the justice of the peace for Devon.

1400, Raiders, broke into Robert’s property at Torrington and Cockington, and carried off 5 horses worth 40 marks, cut down trees, and took away goods worth £200, as well as £60 in money.

1401, Robert sent over seas by the king as an emissary. [Due to the nature of his rise to power, King Henry sent emissaries to multiple kingdoms to justify his claim to the throne.] (S) CCRs, 11/24/1401.

8/16/1401, Commission to Edward Curtenay, the younger, * chivaler,' John Coniewaylle, ' chivaler,' Robert Chalons, ' chivaler,' John Arundell. ' chivaler,' John Treverthyan, ' chivaler,' William Hankford, 'chivaler' and Thomas Reymond, … to cause the coroners of the county of Devon to come before them … (S) CFRs.

11/24/1401, To the justices of assize in Devon. Writ of supersedeas in respect of taking an assize of novel disseisin concerning tenements in Aulescombe and Bokerelle, by Ralph Chalons, William Fortescu the younger and Elizabeth his wife arraigned against Robert Chalons, who is over sea in the king's service. (S) CCRs.

1/14/1402, To the sheriff of Somerset. Order to put John Wadham (3802560) and Joan his wife again in possession of the manor of Hardyngton, … they were thrust out; as in a cause in chancery between them and Robert Chalons knight … (S) CCRs.

12/12/1404, Commitment to Francis de Court, ' chivaler,'—by mainprise of Robert Chalons of the county of Devon and Ralph Rochford of the county of Lincoln … (S) CFRs.

7/27/1405, Grant to Robert Chalons, … of Charryng of pavage for 2 years in aid of the repair of the common way between Seyntemarystronde and Charryngcrosse. (S) CPRs.

6/1406, Robert was owed £21 6s. 8d. ‘by reason of the wages of the Household’ of the King.

1407, Blanche given the wardship and marriage of a duchy of Lancaster tenant.

5/4/1408, Blanche’s father died.

11/4/1409, Robert appointed sheriff of Devon.

2/28/1410, Writ for IPM of Thomas son of John Beauchamp of Ryme Intrinseca. Devon: He held nothing in Devon [of the king]. He died at Dodbrooke on 13 Sept. 1401. Robert Chalons is his next heir, now aged 41 years. (S) CIsPM.

3/1410, Robert a commissioner of inquiry of the estates of William Beaumont.

1410, Blanche allowed an annuity of £20 payable from the cloth subsidies collected in Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Essex.

1410, Blanche received a 400 mark annuity as her share of her father’s goods and chattels, with part of the manor of Eaton Tregoes, Herefordshire.

1412, Robert’s Devon estates worth £44 yearly.

7/1/1412, Parties: Robert Chalons, [knight], …, querents, and John Seyntaubyn (1901306) and Katherine, his wife, deforciants. Property: The manors of [Arallys], Broungolowe, Reswyn, Treswynen, Trenhale, Seyntgerans, Trebell' and Penlen in the county of Cornwall and [the manor] of Combe Ralegh' in the county of Devon. Action: Plea of covenant Agreement: John has acknowledged the manors to be the right of Robert Chalons, … of his gift. (S) Feet of Fines: CP 25/1/291/63.

9/1412, Robert a commissioner of oyer and terminer.

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

1413, Blanche’s annuity of 1410 renewed.

4/1415, Robert going to France with King Henry V, providing a contingent of 3 men-at-arms and 9 archers, and was granted provisional licence to dispose of a gold cup and 2 bowls, and a basin of silver gilt, delivered to him as security for payment of £45 6s.10d., the wages of his force for the 2nd quarter of the year.

7/24/1415, The K. pledges jewels as security for the second quarter's wages due to sir Robert Chalons. (S) Rymer’s Foedera, V9, PP283-298.

8/13/1415, King Henry V’s force of 12,000 landing at the mouth of the Seine at Harfleur.

9/22/1415, English capture Harfleur after a siege. Robert stayed in the garrison holding Harfleur under command of Thomas, earl of Dorset, while the army continued to the Battle of Agincourt.

1415, Blanche’s annuity of 1410 renewed.

1418, John Colshull, Knt., holding Huish manor and Stowford of Robert Chalons, knight, of his castle of Great Torrington by knight service, annual value 5 marks.

11/1419, Robert to raise a royal loan in Middlesex.

12/11/1419, Commitment to Robert Chalons, knight, … of the keeping of 2/3rds of the manor of Tregony, co. Cornwall, late of John Seyntaubyn (1901306), esquire, who held of the king in chief on the day of his death, the same being in the king's hand by the death of the said John and by reason of the minority of Joan and Margaret, his daughters and heirs. (S) CFRs. [Joan and Margaret are Robert’s granddaughters.]

2/1420, The King’s nephew, John Holand, earl of Huntingdon, granted Robert and Blanche, and their male heirs, the manor of Flete Damarle, and a 4th part of Holbeton in Devon.

11/16/1420, Robert appointed sheriff of Devon.

1421, Robert again in service in Normandy as a member of the royal entourage.

3/22/1421, English at the battle of Beauge in Anjou, France. A major defeat for the English in the Hundred Years war under the leadership of Thomas, Duke of Clarence, s/o Henry V.

7/1422, Robert a commissioner of oyer and terminer.

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

9/1426, Richard ap Harry, Robert Chalouns and his wife Blanche Chalons claim that …, executors of the will of Hugh Waterton [Blanche’s father], unjustly detain a certain chest containing charters, writings, and other muniments. … the late Hugh Waterton was seised of the manor of Eaton Tregoz, Herefordshire  in his demesne and as of fee, and died do seised of this manor and the aforesaid chest containing charters etc. relating to the said manor. …, ought to have passed from the late Hugh Waterton to Richard ap Harry and Blanch Chalouns …, because Blanch Chalouns is daughter and one heir of Hugh Waterton, whilst Richard ap Harry is the other heir of Hugh Waterton; Richard ap Harry himself being the son of Elizabeth the other daughter of Hugh Waterton. Robert Chalouns, Blanch Chalouns, and Richard ap Harry have often requested the aforesaid chest with charters etc. but executors John Leventhorp and William Britby will not give it to them, and so damages are claimed at £200. (S) CP 40/663, rot. 138. [They were awarded the chest, holding 57 sealed charters, …]

2/3/1428, …, querent, and Robert Chalons, knight, deforciant. Property: The manor of Bokerell' and 35 messuages, 2 mills, 200 acres of land, … in Oulyscombe, Wrotteseys and Loderton'. … Robert has acknowledged the manor and tenements to be the right of William, as those which he has of his gift. For this: William has granted to Robert the manor and tenements and has rendered them to him in the same court, to hold to Robert and the male heirs of his body, of the chief lords for ever. In default of such heirs, successive remainders (1) to Thomas Chalons and the male heirs of his body, (2) to Joan Beauchamp', the wife of William Selman, and the male heirs of her body and (3) to the right heirs of Robert. (S) Feet of Fines: CP 25/1/46/81, no. 54.

2/1429, Robert a commissioner of inquiry for murder.

11/5/1430, 4 marks paid for trespasses in settling a moiety of the manor of Eton … on Richard de Puston son and heir of Elizabeth … one of the daughters and heirs of Hugh de Waterton, knight, … remainder to Blanche wife of Robert Chalons, knight, the other daughter and heir … (S) CPRs.

1434, Robert took the oath designed to prevent maintenance of those who broke the peace.

12/13/1434, Robert Chalons, knight, nobleman, of the diocese of Chichester, and Blanche (Blanqua) Chalons his wife, noblewoman, received an indult to have a portable altar. (S) Cal. of Papal Reg’s, V8, 1909, 326.

9/3/1437, Blanche died.


11/7/1442, William Stowe of London 'gentilman' to Robert Chalons knight. General release of all actions, suits, plaints, demands and appeals. (S) CCRs.

2/6/1445, Robert died, his heir his grandson John, who died in 1447. John’s heirs were the 2 daughters of Katherine.

2/8/1445, IPM of Robert chalons, Knight. Devon: Challonsleigh, the manor … Buckerell, the manor, … Awliscombe, the manor … Broadridge, the manor. … Flete, the manor, … He died on 6 February last. John Chalons is his kin and next heir, as the son of Henry, the son of Robert, and is aged 22 and more. (S) CFRs, (S) E-CIPM 26-318.

(S) Hist. of Parliament, Roskell, 1993.

Family notes:

·         Sir Robert Chalons owned a copy of ‘Vegetius’ [A trestise on warfare]. (S) Medieval Gentry, Mercer, 2010, P47.

Children of Robert and Blanche:

i. Katherine Chalons (1901307), born 1394 in England.

(S) Complete Parochial Hist. of the Co. of Cornwall, V2, Poluse, 1868, P385.

ii. Henry Chalons, born ? in England.

Son: John Chalons (b.1422). 1446, John killed Louis de Bueil in a joust in Tours. (S) Medieval Gentry, Mercer, 2010, P47. 1447, John, died without issue, his sister’s daughters his heirs.

iii. John Chalons, born ? in England.

1422-23, John Chalons sqwere, sonne of Roberte Chalons knyght of Ynglond, fowth in France with the lorde Boyles brother, and John Chalons slew hym in the felde. (S) Chronicle of the Frey Friars, V53, 1852.

John died before his father.

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