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Arnold [II] de Bois
Emma de Houghton
Arnold [III] de Bois
Arnold [IV] de Bois


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Arnold [IV] de Bois

  • Marriage (1): Alice de Tubney
  • Died: 25 Mar 1277 1


Manorial Estate, 1277, Houghton Grimbald Manor, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN7, GB. HOUGHTON GRIMBALD. Maud married Robert Grimbald, and he (or his father) was called Grimbald de Houghton in about 1155. Robert, like his father, was sewer of the Earl of Northampton and sheriff before 1155. He, with the consent of Maud, gave to St. Andrew's, Northampton, a moiety of the church of Little Houghton before 1168, the probable date of his death being about 1161. Maud, with the consent of her son and heir Simon, confirmed the gift to the priory. By 1176 she had married her second husband Richard del Peak who then joined her in granting to St. Mary 'de Voto' near Cherbourg all their land at Arville at a rent payable at Houghton. Simon de Houghton and William Grimbald, the son of her first husband and afterwards called by Maud her heir, were witnesses. By her second husband (who died in 1196) Maud had apparently an only child Isabel, who married Hugh de Waterville. In one charter, before 1166, Maud says 'with the consent of Simon my heir and of my other heirs', which suggests the division of her inheritance between her sons Simon and William. Simon evidently died without issue and William received Little Houghton. Their mother is last mentioned in 1201 when Anketil le Lou (Lupus) sued her and her sister's husband for 6 virgates of land here.


Arnold de Bois II, who maried Emma younger daughter of Payn de Houghton, belonged to a family connected with Bois-Arnault in France and Thorpe Arnold in Leicestershire. At the request of Emma he gave, with his body, half Little Houghton Church to his father's foundation of Biddlesden Abbey, Bucks., with land in Great Houghton, and, before 1166, their part in Little Houghton mill. His son Arnold III was with the rebels in 1216 but returned to great favour. Arnold de Bois IV died seised of the manor of Brafield in 1277, leaving a son and heir John (younger brother of another Arnold), who held the one knight's fee of William Grimbald in Little Houghton and Brafield in 1284. He died in 1295 and his brother and heir William in 1300 enfeoffed Milicent de Monhaut of a moiety of these manors for Milicent to grant them to himself for life with remainder to Maud daughter of his sister Isabel by John, Lord Lovel, and her husband William la Zouche of Harringworth, Milicent's son. These two moieties henceforth descend with Harringworth (q.v.). By 1376 the Zouche family alone was returned for the two vills.

Inquisition: Post mortem, 12 Apr 1277. 1 222. Arnold (Ernaldus) de Bosco.

Writ to Ralph de Sandewyco, the king's steward, 12 April, 5 Edw. I.

Gloucester. Inq. Sunday after St. George, 5 Edw. I.

Ebriston. The manor with its members, held of the heirs of the earl of Winchester of the fee of Leicester with other manors, by service of 12d. rent and a brachet.

He died on Thursday in Easter week in the abovesaid year. John his son, aged 23, is his next heir.

Berks. Inq. Tuesday after St. Mark, 5 Edw. I.

Tubbeneye. The manor held of the abbot of Abbendon by service of 1 knight, mark for the guard of Windsor for 17 weeks to be paid to the abbot, quarter of winter wheat as church scot (churicshetti), suit at the king's hundred (court) at Uck, 12d. hidage there, and quarter of winter wheat as kingescorn.

Date of death as above. Heir as above, aged 23 and more.

Writ to Richard de Holebrok, the king's steward, 12 April, 5 Edw. I.

Northampton. Inq. (undated.)

Branfeld. The manor (extent given) including a wood in the chase of Jordele, and a free fishery, held of Grimbald de Houton in chief by service of knight, which is worth 5s. yearly.
Blacolvisle. 30 virgates land, held of the said Arnold by William de Sancto Johanne by service of knight's fee, and he had there view of frank pledge worth 5s. yearly more or less.

John de Boys his son, aged 23 and more is his next heir.

Warwick. Inq. and extent, Tuesday after St. Mark, 5 Edw. I.

Weston. The manor with members (extent given), held of the heirs of the earl of Winchester in chief, by rendering yearly a hound called a brachet and 12d. for all services, as well for lands &c. held in cos. Warwick and Leicester as Gloucester.

Folkeshul. carucate land with a capital messuage, meadow and pasture, held of the heirs of Robert de Montealto, the prior of Coventre, Walter de Langele, Robert de Stoke and William le Botiler, rendering 23s. 6d. yearly.

Heir as above, aged 24 at the feast of SS. Peter and Paul, 5 Edw. I.

Leicester. Inq. and extent, Saturday the feast of SS. Philip and James, 5 Edw. I.

Thorp Ernaud. The manor with members (extent given), held of the heirs of the earl of Winchester in chief by the services abovesaid.


Esynton. 1 carucate land with a messuage, held of the king in chief by service of knight's fee, of which Ida late the wife of Arnold de Bosco son of the said Arnold is dowered. He held nothing of the king in chief in co. Leicester.

Heir as above.

C. Edw. I. File 17. (5.)

Arnold married Alice de Tubney, daughter of Henry de Tubney and Joan.


1 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 2 Edward I: 133-141.

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