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William de Mordaunt
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Roger de Bray of Silsoe, Bedfordshire
Robert Mordaunt
(-After 1346)
Joan de Bray
Edmund Mordaunt


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1. Ellen Brok

Edmund Mordaunt 2 3

  • Marriage (1): Ellen Brok before 1355 in Clifton, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17, GB 1
  • Died: 24 Oct 1372, Turvey, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43 7, GB 4

   Cause of his death was drowned while insane.4

  General Notes:

EDMOND de MORDAUNT flourished in the Twenty seventh of Edward the Third, at which time we find several transactions that past between him, Sir Henry of Brussels, and others, about the Lands that came unto him in Right of his Wife. But in the Twenty ninth of this King, there hap|pened a memorable dispute between this Edmond, and one Roger Cooke of Newton Blosmavile, that is at this day upon Record in the Court of Exchequer, which I have seen there and taken a Copy thereof under the Hand of the Keeper of those Records; Edmond de Mordaunt was Attach'd to Answer, in the Term of St. Michael, unto this Roger Cooke, upon a Plea of Trespass, by Bill, and thereupon the said

Roger came in his own person, and complain'd, That our Edmond, upon a certain day, in the Twenty Ninth of the said King's Reign, had come into his House, and had taken away by force (the words are, vi & Armis, scilicet gladiis, &c.) a large proportion of Wooll, Carpets, and Linen Cloth, and Forty Shillings in Money. Whence he expresses himself to have been damnified in the Sum of One Hundred Shillings; and thereupon produces his Sute. In order whereunto, Edmond Mor|daunt comes likewise in his own person, and defends the Force and the Injury. Al|ledging, That the aforesaid Roger, unto his Bill, ought not to be Answered; Be|cause (he said) he was a Native of him the said Edmond, of his Mannor of Tur|vey in the County of Bedford: And that his Ancestors from time without mind, were, and had been seized of the Ancestors of the said Roger, as of their Na|tives of the Mannor aforesaid: And likewise, the said Edmond had been seized of Roger himself, as of one of the Natives of his said Mannor. And he desired Judgment, Whether the said Roger were for these causes to be answered unto his Bill; And Roger could not deny, but that he was a Native of the said Edmond's. Therefore it was concluded, That Roger should receive no advantage by his Bill, but remain at the mercy of Edmond Mordaunt, Pro falso clamore suo.

Helena de Broc was the Wife of Edmond Mordaunt, unto whom she was Married the Twenty seventh of Edward the Third. She was the Daughter, and one of the Heirs of Sir Ralph de Broc, who was a Knight of a most Antient Descent, and Lord of very fair and large Possessions. All his Lands were, upon his Decease, divided between Helena Mordaunt, and Agnes, another of his Daughters, the wife of Sir Henry de Brussels. There did accrue to Edmond Mordaunt, for the part of Helena, his Wife, in Cambridgeshire, half the Mannor of Mallots, with several Lands in Cambridge, Treversham, and Fulborne; in Buckinghamshire, diverse Lands in Elsburgh, Bridsthorne, Hardwick, and Wedon, Chesham and Aumundsham, with sun|dry other in Hertfordshire, and the entire Mannor of Shephaell. She was a Noble Inheritrix; and besides her Lands, brought into the House of Mordaunt both the Blood and Arms of the Pirots and the Argentines, two successions, which fell unto her Family by the Heirs of those Names; the first being Elizabeth, the Daughter of Sir Ralph Pirot, who was Wife to Laurence de Broc, her Grandfather; the other the Mother of the same Elizabeth, named Cassandra, the sole Heir of Sir Giles of Argentine.

Their Issue,

Robert Mordaunt, their only Son. 2

  Medical Notes:

"He killed Ellen his wife at Turveye while insane, and on the same day drowned himself while insane in a pond at Turveye." Inq. PM


• Manorial Estate: Mordaunts Manor, Ellesborough, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17, GB. 5 The reputed manor of MORDAUNTS in the parish of Ellesborough was held as a sub-manor under the Cauntlows, and so belonged to the honour of Dudley. In 1274\endash 5 Lawrence de Brok died seised of 6 marks rent, which he held of Nicholas Cauntlow. (fn. 107) His son and heir was Hugh de Brok, (fn. 108) who held the same rent in 1284\endash 6. (fn. 109) Hugh died before 1300, when his widow Isabel granted away certain lands and rents in Ellesborough for the term of her life. (fn. 110) Another Lawrence de Brok, her son, held tenements in Ellesborough, (fn. 111) the rents and services from which he granted to John de Bykton for fourteen years, and in 1309 made a settlement of 100s. rent in Ellesborough on himself and his wife Ellen. (fn. 112) His lands descended to his granddaughter Helen, (fn. 113) who married Edmund Mordaunt. (fn. 114) The latter died seised of rents in Ellesborough in 1374, (fn. 115) which were held of William Cauntlow; he was succeeded by his heir Robert, then a minor. The Mordaunts presumably held this rent in Ellesborough uninterruptedly during the 15th century, and in 1504 or 1505 Sir John Mordaunt held land in Ellesborough. (fn. 116) He was raised to the peerage as Baron Mordaunt of Turvey, and was succeeded by his son and grandson in turn. (fn. 117) In 1560 (fn. 118) their possessions in Ellesborough were described as the manor of Ellesborough, and this name was again used when Lewis the third Lord Mordaunt sold it to William Hawtrey in 1571. (fn. 119) It afterwards became known as the manor of Mordaunts, and from the time that it passed to the Hawtreys was held with the manor of Chequers (q.v.). (fn. 120)

107. Cal. Inq. p.m. Edw. I, no. 110.
108. Ibid.
109. Feud. Aids, i, 86.
110. Harl. Chart. 46, F. 51.
111. Ibid. 46, G. 5.
112. Feet of F. Bucks. Trin. 3 Edw. II.
113. Harl. Publ. Soc. xix, 41; Visit. of Bucks. 1566 (ed. Metcalfe).
114. Ibid.
115. Chan. Inq. p.m. 47 Edw. III (1st nos.), no. 27.
116. Exch. Inq. p.m. v, no. 2.
117. G.E.C. Complete Peerage.
118. Recov. R. Mich. 2 & 3 Eliz.
119. Com. Pleas D. Enr. Bucks. Trin. 13 Eliz.; Feet of F. Bucks. Trin. 13 Eliz.
120. Ibid. East. 16 Chas. I.

• Manorial Estate, 1372, Turvey Manor, Turvey, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43 7, GB. 3 At the Survey of 1086 eight entries occur with regard to land in Turvey, of which one only describes the property referred to as a manor. This estate of TURVEY MANOR, sometimes called MORDAUNTS MANOR, was held by the Bishop of Coutances. Three sokemen had owned it in the preceding reign, and it consisted of 4 hides worth £6. (fn. 6) The overlordship is subsequently found attached to the barony of Trailly (q.v.) and was attached to the honour of Gloucester, the descent being the same as that of Biddenham (q.v.). (fn. 7) The last reference to the overlordship is in 1612, when James I granted to John Eldred and others the rents of assize belonging to the honour of Gloucester, lately held by the Duke of Buckingham in Turvey. (fn. 8)

There is no mention of a tenant holding in Turvey in 1086, but the family of Mordaunt is found holding this manor from the early 13th century. Halstead, the authenticity of whose early charters is doubtful, claims in his Succinct Genealogies that Eustace Mordaunt acquired this manor by marriage with Alice sister and co-heir of Hugh de Alneto, and that Sarah, another sister and co-heir, married Robert de Ardres, thus leading to the formation of the two manors of Mordaunts and Ardres held conjointly for some time. (fn. 9)

¶The cartulary of St. Neots certainly furnishes evidence that the de Alnetos preceded the Mordaunts in Turvey, for their name constantly recurs as benefactors to the priory. On one occasion there is mention of three generations when Hugh de Alneto (brother of Alice) confirmed the grants of Hugh his grandfather and William his father of land in Turvey. (fn. 10) Therefore it seems likely that an intermarriage did take place, especially as in 1225 an assize of mort d'ancestor was summoned between Eustace Mordaunt and Robert de Ardres and John Trailly their overlord concerning 3 carucates of land, of which each was awarded 1½ carucates. (fn. 11) The heir of William Mordaunt, son of Eustace, held this property in 1278\endash 9. (fn. 12) William Mordaunt, probably the heir referred to above, received recognition of his right to land in Turvey from Thomas Wood in 1313\endash 14. (fn. 13) He was living two years later, but by 1346 had been succeeded by his son Robert Mordaunt. (fn. 14) The next lord of this manor of whom mention has been found is Edmund Mordaunt, probably a son of Robert, of whom it is stated in an inquisition taken in 1372 that on the Sunday before the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude in that year, being seized with homicidal mania, he killed his wife Ellen and drowned himself on the same day in a pool in Turvey. (fn. 15) Robert, his son, who according to Halstead united in one the hitherto separate manors of Mordaunts and Ardres, died some time before 1397, (fn. 16) and was followed by his son Robert Mordaunt, who was 'during the Civil Broils of his own Country, an assertor of the Claim and Interest of the House of York.' He died in 1448 after having considerably impoverished the family estates, (fn. 17) and his son William Mordaunt together with his wife strove 'by a provident and frugal proceeding to repair those breaches the over-liberal ways of his Father had made in the Fortunes of his Family. Their endeavours did succeed, and as an approbation thereof, and a blessing thereupon, Providence sent them to enjoy the Fruits of their worthy Cares, Three Children, whose merits from their Natures and Good Education, made them all have (as well as deserve) excellent Fortunes.' (fn. 18) Of these Sir John Mordaunt the eldest succeeded to Turvey Manor about 1475. He was wounded on the Lancastrian side at the battle of Barnet, and was one of the commanders at Stoke in 1487. He was made king's sergeant in 1495, and is said to have been instrumental in arranging a marriage between Margaret daughter of Henry VII and the King of Scotland. (fn. 19) He died in 1504, and his son John Mordaunt rose high in favour at the court of Henry VIII. He was knighted in 1520, and the same year accompanied Henry to the Field of the Cloth of Gold. In 1533 he was created Baron Mordaunt of Turvey. (fn. 20) He received Anne Boleyn at the Tower when she came to be crowned, and took part in her trial three years later, and in 1537 carried the banner at Jane Seymour's funeral. He died in 1562, when his son Sir John Mordaunt succeeded to Turvey Manor. (fn. 21)

6. V.C.H. Beds. i, 225b.
7. Testa de Nevill (Rec. Com.), 248b; Hund. R. (Rec. Com.), ii, 332; Chan. Inq. p.m. 46 Edw. III (2nd nos.), no. 6; 38 & 39 Hen. VI, no. 59; Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 79.
8. Pat. 9 Jas. I, pt. viii, m. 1.
9. It must be remembered, however, that the connexion of the de Ardres with Turvey dates from Domesday (cf. History of Ardres Manor).
10. Cott. MS. Faust. A iv.
11. Cal. Pat. 1225\endash 32, p. 449; Feet of F. Beds. 16 Hen. III, no. 21.
12. Hund. R. (Rec. Com.), ii, 332.
13. Feet of F. Beds. 7 Edw. II, no. 7.
14. Feud. Aids, i, 17, 30.
15. Chan. Inq. p.m. 46 Edw. III (2nd nos.), no. 6.
16. In which year his widow Agnes married Thomas de Fotheringay (Halstead, op. cit. 397).
17. Ibid.; Feud. Aids, i, 40; Beds. N. and Q. iii, 246.
18. Halstead, op. cit. 397.
19. Feet of F. Div. Co. 12 Hen. VII; Dict. Nat. Biog.; Halstead, op. cit. Halstead gives transcripts of letters from Richard III and Henry VII to John Mordaunt.
20. a J. H. Round, Peerage Studies, 337, 349.
21. Dict. Nat. Biog.; Halstead, op. cit.; Exch. Inq. p.m. (Ser. 2), file 54, no. 6.

• Inquisition: Post mortem, 29 Jun 1373. 4 270. EDMUND MORDANT.

Writ of precipimus, 29 June, 47 Edward III.

CAMBRIDGE. Inq. taken at Cambridge, 5 July, 47 Edward III.

Hynton. A moiety of a toft and 50a. land, whereof 3r. are meadow, held of the son and heir of the lord de Moubray of Axholm, a minor in the king's wardship, by knight's service, a rent of 7s. 2d. yearly, and suit of court twice a year.

He died on 24 October, 46 Edward III. Robert his son, aged 15 years and more and unmarried, is his heir.

Ever since his death William de Lewmes of Hynton has had possession of the premises and received the issues.

BEDFORD. Inq. taken 24 August, 47 Edward III (place not given).

Turveye. A messuage, 92a. land, 10a. meadow, 8a. pasture, 40a. wood, and a water-mill, held of John Trailly, knight, by knight's service; two-thirds of a toft and 53 1/2a. land, held of William Mordant by knight's service; a dovecote and 60a. land, held of Thomas de Reynes, knight, by knight's service; a messuage, a dovecote, 2 cottages, and 14a. land, held of Elizabeth Latymer by knight's service; and 30a. land, held of Emery de Sancto Amando.

He died on Sunday before SS. Simon and Jude last. Heir, aged 18 years and more, as above.

The said lords have had possession of the premises since his death on account of the minority of his heir.

BUCKINGHAM. Inq. taken at Great Missyngdene, 1 October, 47 Edward III.

Chesham. 6l. rent, held of the prince by suit to the court of Wallyngford twice a year, of William de Mulsho by a rent of 40d. yearly, and of Elizabeth Latymer, service not known.

Eselburgh. 5 marks yearly rent, held of William Cauntelowe by knight's service.

Briddesthorn, Wedon and Whitchirge. 4 marks yearly rent, held of John de Kentwode, knight, service not known.

The said lords have had possession of the above rents ever since his death by reason of escheat.

Checchele. Half a knight's fee, held of John Buttetourt, knight.

Lavendene. 2 pieces of meadow and 2 pieces of pasture, held of Thomas Peyvre by knight's service and a rent of 18d. yearly.

Date of death and heir as last above. C. Edw. III. File 234. (7.) E. Inq. P.M. File 35. (1.) (Cambridge.)

BEDFORD. Inq. taken ex officio at Turvey, 8 November, 46 Edward III.

On Sunday before SS. Simon and Jude in the said year he killed Ellen his wife at Turveye while insane, and on the same day drowned himself while insane in a pond at Turveye. He held:-

Turveye. A moiety of a manor (extent given), held of John Trailly, knight, by service of a fourth part of a knight's fee, except a messuage and 3a. land held of William Mordaunt, services not known, and a cottage with a pightle of 1/2a. land held of the prior of St. Neots by payment of 16d. and a capon yearly.

Heir as last above. John Trailly has possession of the wardship of the said heir.

The said Edmund had goods worth 17l. 16d. in the hands of William Mordaunt, the particulars whereof appear in a paper &c.

E. Inq. P.M. File 35. (1.)

Edmund married Ellen Brok, daughter of Sir Ralph Brok and Elizabeth Hussey, before 1355 in Clifton, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17, GB.1 (Ellen Brok died on 24 Oct 1372 in Turvey, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43 7, GB 4.). The cause of her death was Killed by her husband while insane..4


1 Robert Halstead, <i>Succint genealogies of the noble and ancient houses of Alno or de Alneto, Broc of Stephale, Latimer of Duntish, Drayton of Drayton, Mauduit of Westminster, Green of Drayton, Vere of Addington, Fitz-Lewes of Westhornedon, Howard of Effingham and Mordaunt of Turvey justified by publick records, ancient and extant charters, histories and other authentick proofs, and enriched with divers sculptures of tombs, images, seals, and other curiosities </i> (London, GB: W. Burrell, 1685), 21, 394-5.

2 Robert Halstead, <i>Succint genealogies of the noble and ancient houses of Alno or de Alneto, Broc of Stephale, Latimer of Duntish, Drayton of Drayton, Mauduit of Westminster, Green of Drayton, Vere of Addington, Fitz-Lewes of Westhornedon, Howard of Effingham and Mordaunt of Turvey justified by publick records, ancient and extant charters, histories and other authentick proofs, and enriched with divers sculptures of tombs, images, seals, and other curiosities </i> (London, GB: W. Burrell, 1685), 394-5.

3 Victoria County History of Bedfordshire, Vol. 3 pp 109-117.

4 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 13 Edward III: 240-255.

5 William Page, editor, <i>A History of the County of Hertfordshire</i>, 4 (London, GB: Victoria County History, 1912), 2: 331-338.

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