Robert de Vere of Twywell and Addington
Robert de Vere of Addington and Twywell
(-Between 1250)
Baldwin de Vere of Thrapston and Addington, Northamptonshire
(Bef 1251-1277)


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1. Margaret de Segrave

Baldwin de Vere of Thrapston and Addington, Northamptonshire

  • Born: Bef 1251 1
  • Marriage (1): Margaret de Segrave 1
  • Died: 1277 1


Manorial Estate: Thrapston Manor, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14, GB. 2 There is no mention of a pre-Conquest tenant in THRAPSTON, but in 1086 Oger the Breton held 2 hides. (fn. 10) In the following century 2 hides and 1 virgate were held by his son Ralph fitz Oger of the fee of Bourne in Lincolnshire. (fn. 11) The honour of Bourne passed to the Wakes and Baldwin Wake granted his holding to Robert de Vere, in the latter half of the 12th century. (fn. 12) The overlordship was held by the Wakes, until 1350, when it passed to Margaret, Countess of Kent, (fn. 13) sister and heir of Thomas Wake. On the death of her son John, Earl of Kent, it went to his sister Joan, the wife of Sir Thomas Holand, (fn. 14) but Elizabeth, the widow of John, held it in dower till her death in 1411. (fn. 15) In the interval four Earls of Kent had died, (fn. 16) and in 1424 Joan, daughter of Thomas Holand and Joan, above mentioned, died seised of the rent of 50s. from half a knight's fee in Thrapston. Her property was divided amongst her six sisters or their descendants (fn. 17) and the overlordship probably disappeared after this. In 1481 Roger Wake, of Blisworth, was stated to be the overlord, (fn. 18) and in 1493 Edward, Earl of Wiltshire, (fn. 19) but both statements were probably due to a confusion with the tenure of other property.

The manor of Thrapston was granted by Baldwin Wake to Robert de Vere, and followed the descent of Great Addington (q.v.), where the Veres lived, until the 18th century, when Thrapston was sold. In 1335 during Ralf de Vere's tenancy an extent of the manor of Thrapston shows there was there a capital messuage with two gardens, 100 acres of arable land in demesne, 10 acres of meadow, 10 free tenants, 10 native tenants, 10 cottages, a water mill, and a market and fair. (fn. 20) Alice, widow of John de Vere, in 1386 had her dower in Thrapston, including the profits of the market and fair, the common oven and a cottage in 'le Draperie.' (fn. 21)

12. Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 500; the charter is given in Halstead's Succinct Genealogies, 1694, p. 256.
13. Bk. of Fees (P.R.O.), ii, p. 937; Cal. Inq. ii, no. 439; Cal. Close 1272\endash 79, p. 259; Year Books (Rolls Ser.), 18\endash 19 Edw. III, pp. 246\endash 264; Cal. Inq. ix, nos. 219, 234.
14. Cal. Inq. x, no. 46.
15. Cal. Close, 1349\endash 54, p. 553; Chan. Inq. p.m. 12 Hen. IV, no. 35.
16. Ibid. 20 Ric. II, no. 30; G.E.C. Complete Peerage.
17. Ibid.; Chan. Inq. p.m. Hen. IV, file 66, no. 43.
18. Chan. Inq. p.m. Edw. IV, file 74, no. 11.
19. Exch. Inq. p.m. Ser. ii, vol. 673, no. 2.
20. Drayton Ch. 91; Cal. Close, 1337\endash 39, p. 144; Halstead, op. cit. 268.
21. Drayton Ch. 45.

Baldwin married Margaret de Segrave, daughter of Gilbert de Segrave and Amabil de Chaucombe.1


1 Robert Edmond Chester Waters, <i>Genealogical Memoirs of the Extinct Family of Chester of Chicheley</i>, 2 volumes (London: Robson & Sons, 1878), 1: 50-51.

2 William Page, editor, <i>A History of the County of Northampton</i>, 3 (N.p.: n.p., 1930), 3: 139-142.

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