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William Danvers of Bourton & Tetsworth
(-Bef 1246)
Matilda Talemasche
(Abt 1205-After 1246)
Robert Danvers of Bourton, Epwell and Chiselhampton
(Abt 1225-After 1305)
Alice Ipswith
(Abt 1243-)
Simon Danvers of Bourton, Epwell and Chiselhampton
(Abt 1270-After 1327)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Alice

Simon Danvers of Bourton, Epwell and Chiselhampton 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: Abt 1270
  • Marriage (1): Alice
  • Died: After 1327 5 6

  General Notes:

Robert Danvers was succeeded by his eldest son Simon, who, in his grandson's charter to Eynsham Abbey, is called 'son and heir of Robert,' and we find Simon at this period taking Robert's place. Thus in the Rolls of Parliament,A.D. 1316, he is summoned to military service as one of the Lords of Bourton, Tetsworth, Swalecliffe, Ipswell, Wickham, Drayton, and Stodham; and in the same year, 1316, he confirms to the canons of Chaucombe the rents of the lands and tenements which they held of him in Bourton. We have also the authority of Vincent for this succession, and he gives Simon's armorial bearings (but, unfortunately, not the tinctures) - four bendlets, in chief three escallops; and this, we may remark, is the shield which we find given to Simon's grandson Richard in a charter which will be mentioned presently.

We have several other authentic notices of Simon Danvers, as, for instance, on the last page of the register of Thame Abbey, where a list is given of the tenants holding lands in the Danvers and Thalmasche fiefs in Ippeswell and Tetsworth. In the Danvers fief, Simon Danvers is the principal tenant, and next to him Richard Danvers. Roger and Agnes Danvers have also holdings. In the Thalmasche fief, Simon Danvers, Roger Danvers, and the heirs of Richard Danvers hold land.

Then amongst the Oxford fines we find two in which Simon Danvers makes arrangements regarding his property." In the thirteenth year of Edward II, Simon and his wife Alice settle an estate for life, in Parva Bourton, on a certain William Danvers junior, but it does not appear what relationship William bore to Simon. However, after the death of Simon and his wife, the ownership was to pass to Simon's son and heir John and his wife Elizabeth. In fine No. 22 of the following year (14 Edward II), Simon gives lands to Geoffrey de Stokes and Alice his wife, with remainder to their son Geoffrey, while to William de Eufford and Isabel his wife an estate is also given. There can be little if any doubt that Alice and Isabel were Simon's daughters. Geoffrey de Stokes belonged probably to the Wicham family, old allies of the Danvers, one of whom, Robert de Wicham, the colleague of Robert Danvers, was also known as Robert de Stokes. No small source of difficulty to genealogists is in the difference in the names which in these early times were given to the same person thus in one deed Simon Danvers may be called Simon de Bourton, while in another he may be called Simon de Tetsworth.

The last authentic notice that we have of Simon Danvers is in the year 1327, when he appears in an Oxon Lay Subsidy Roll as of Parva Bourton, and he probably died within three or four years of that date. Simon lived through a memorable period of English history, for, born about the time that the first Edward came to the throne, he lived through his reign and that of his unhappy son, and died in the early part of the reign of Edward III.

[p. 68 omitted]

Whether Simon Danvers was at the fall of Berwick, and was amongst the English knights who were there captured and held to ransom, we cannot say; yet the necessity for selling estates to pay a heavy ransom would explain the clearly marked difference between the poor estate of Simon's son and heir and that of his wealthy grandfather, Robert.

[Memorials of the Danvers Family]

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Great & Little Bourton, Oxfordshire:

The mesne tenants of both the Chacombes and Seagraves were members of the Danvers family from Auvers in the Cotentin, whose fortunes originated in kinship and service to Alexander, Bishop of Lincoln. Simon Danvers is the first of the family known to have held land in Bourton, though an ancestor Robert witnessed a grant of the advowson of the nearby Aston-le-Walls (Northants.) before 1222. Simon is recorded as a tenant of Bourton land in 1272 and Robert Danvers was holding the Seagrave manor in 1279. Another Simon Danvers of Bourton occurs from 1316 to 1333 and held the Seagrave manor or a part of it as fee in 1325. John Danvers of Bourton occurs in 1339 and held the fee in 1346; his son Richard held land in Little Bourton in 1369 and his grandson John held part of the fee in 1428. This John, son of Richard Danvers, also held a moiety of the former Vipont manor in Great Bourton. Part of his grandfather's fee, however, had been alienated, for in 1428 the priors of Chacombe and Clattercote held lands in Little Bourton which were said to have been held by William (rectius John) Danvers.

From: 'Parishes: Great and Little Bourton', A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 10: Banbury hundred (1972), pp. 175-184. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63800&strquery=dan vers Date accessed: 26 April 2013. 7

  Events

Title: Lord of Bourton, Tetsworth, Swalecliffe, Ipswell, Wickham, Drayton and Stodham, 1316. 1


Simon married Alice. (Alice was born in 1262.)


Sources


1 Francis Nottidge MacNamara, <i>Memorials of the Danvers Family of Dauntsey and Culworth: Their Ancestors and Descendants from the Conquest Till the Termination of the Eighteenth Century</i> (21 Old Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, London, GB, Hardy & Page, 1895), p. 66.

2 Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups - google.com, Richard Cochran, 3 Jan 2001.

3 Francis Nottidge MacNamara, <i>Memorials of the Danvers Family of Dauntsey and Culworth: Their Ancestors and Descendants from the Conquest Till the Termination of the Eighteenth Century</i> (21 Old Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, London, GB, Hardy & Page, 1895), 66.

4 Victoria County History of Oxfordshire, VII:147-60, see notes for Aucher Chevauchesul.

5 Victoria County History of Oxfordshire, X:175-184.

6 Francis Nottidge MacNamara, <i>Memorials of the Danvers Family of Dauntsey and Culworth: Their Ancestors and Descendants from the Conquest Till the Termination of the Eighteenth Century</i> (21 Old Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, London, GB, Hardy & Page, 1895), p. 67.

7 Francis Nottidge MacNamara, <i>Memorials of the Danvers Family of Dauntsey and Culworth: Their Ancestors and Descendants from the Conquest Till the Termination of the Eighteenth Century</i> (21 Old Buildings, Lincoln's Inn, London, GB, Hardy & Page, 1895), pp 66-67.

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