William de Charneles
(-After 1325)
William de Charneles
(-After 1343)
William de Charneles


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William de Charneles 1

  • Marriage (1): Joan 1
  • Died: 24 Jun 1349 1 2

   Another name for William was William de la Carvail.


• Manorial Estate, 1343-1349, Holdenby's Manor, Earls Barton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN6, GB. 1 A second manor in Earls Barton called HOLDENBY'S and later SPENCER'S MANOR was held in the latter half of the 13th century by the Charneles, or Carnail, (fn. 27) family. In 1247 Agnes de Carnail conveyed her lands in Barton to William de Carnail. (fn. 28) In 1275 William de Carnail was presented for having encroached on the high road in Barton, (fn. 29) and in 1285 he, with Seman de Stokes (guardian of Simon de Thorpe), (fn. 30) held a knight's fee there. (fn. 31) Another William, presumably his son, in 1325 held ¼ fee in Barton. (fn. 32) In 1343 William and his wife Isabel transferred the manor to their son William and his wife Joan. (fn. 33) In 1346 William held fees in Earls Barton. (fn. 34) William de Carnail died on 24 June 1349, when the Black Death was raging in this district, leaving as heir his daughter Maud, then 1 year old, (fn. 35) in ward to John and Thomas de Carnail, brothers of William. (fn. 36) In 1362 an inquisition was made concerning the age of Maud, who had married Robert de Holdenby. (fn. 37) Robert and Maud in 1392 granted certain lands out of their manor to the nunnery of Delapré. (fn. 38) Robert de Holdenby was succeeded by John; after whom the manor descended to his son John Holdenby and his wife Joan. Their son William (fn. 39) in 1456 granted to his mother certain lands in Barton for her life. William's son William, who in 1490 granted to his mother Agnes Nevill for life certain rents out of his manor, (fn. 40) was the last of his family to hold the manor; from him it appears to have passed to the Muscote family.

27. Frequently printed as 'Carvail'.
28. Feet of F. Northants. 31 Hen. III.
29. Hund. R. (Rec. Com.), ii, 12.
30. See above, n. 12.
31. Feud. Aids, iv, 17. In the return of the fees of John de Hastings in 1313 what is apparently this quarter fee is said to be held by Michael de Halughton, possibly during a minority: Cal. Inq. p.m. v, 234.
32. Cal. Close, 1323\endash 7, p. 433.
33. Add. Chart. 21522.
34. Feud. Aids, iv, 447.
35. Cal. Inq. p.m. ix, 321.
36. Exch. Accts. bdle. 10, no. 25.
37. Chan. Inq. p.m. 36 Edw. III, i, 144.
38. Add. Chart. 21525.
39. Ibid. 21528.
40. Ibid. 21529.

• Manorial Estate, 1349, Old Manor, Old, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN6, GB. 3 The half fee held by William of All Saints in 1235 had passed by 1245 into the hands of William Gaugy, who in that year granted it to his son John, retaining a life interest in it. (fn. 34) Possibly Walter St. Leger had acquired this fee and it was this, and not the St. Leger half fee, which he leased to William Gaugy, as already mentioned. Roger of All Saints, son of William and Christiane, was claiming a half fee here in 1260 against William St. Leger, (fn. 35) and his grandson (fn. 36) Ralph still held land in the parish in 1330. (fn. 37) From John Gaugy, who was holding in 1284, (fn. 38) the half fee apparently descended to Philip Gaugy, in 1332. (fn. 39) This may be the half fee held of the Earl of Oxford by the heirs of Thomas Carnell in 1360, (fn. 40) and by the heirs of William Carnels in 1371 (fn. 41) and of William de la Kervell (sic) in 1428. (fn. 42)

William de la Carnail, died in 1349 seised of 40s. worth of land and rent in Wold held of the Earl of Oxford. (fn. 43) His daughter and heir Maud was then aged 1 year. Eventually she married Robert Holdenby of Holdenby, who held the 'manor' in 1375. (fn. 44) On his death in June 1411 he was succeeded by his son John, from whom the manor passed to his second son John. He was succeeded by his son William, (fn. 45) whose son William died seised of a sixth of a knight's fee in Wold held of the Earl of Oxford in July 1498.

34. Feet of F. Northants. file 46, no. 810.
35. Assize R. 616, m. 17 d.
36. Ibid. 633, m. 81.
37. Ibid. m. 60.
38. Feud. Aids, iv, 2.
39. Cal. Close, 1330\endash 3, p. 498.
40. Cal. Inq. p.m. x, p. 518.
41. Chan. Inq. p.m. 45 Edw. III (1st nos.), 45.
42. Feud. Aids, iv, 33.
43. Cal. Inq. p.m. ix, no. 321.
44. Feet of F. Northants. 49 Edw. III, no. 675.
45. Baker, Hist. Northants. 196.

• Inquisition: Post mortem, 11 Aug 1349. 2 321. WILLIAM DE LA CARVAILL.

Writ, 11 August, 23 Edward III.

NORTHAMPTON. Inq. taken at Earl's Barton, 16 August, 23 Edward III.

Earl's Barton. A messuage &c., 60a. arable, 12a. meadow lying on the bank of the Nene, a several pasture called le Hay and before this pestilence (pestilenciam istius seculi) there were 106s. 8d. rent and a pair of spurs, or 6d. yearly, held of the heir of Laurence de Hastynges, late earl of Pembroke, a minor in the king's wardship, by knight's service. The said William, seven years ago, granted to his sons Thomas, John, and Robert, for their lives, in survivorship, 60s. rent yearly from all the aforesaid lands, &c.

Wolde. 40s. land and rent held of the earl of Oxford by knight's service.

He died on Wednesday, the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist last. Maud his daughter, aged one year and more, is his heir.

C. Edw. III. File 102. (8.)

William married Joan.1


1 A History of the County of Northampton, Vol. 4 pp 116-122.

2 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 9 (Edward III): 275-289.

3 A History of the County of Northampton, Vol. 4 pp 200-204.

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