Robert le Fauconer
(-Bef 1302)
John le Fauconer
(Bef 1274-Abt 1320)
(-Between 1321/1324)
Henry Fauconer
(Bef 1320-1364)


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Henry Fauconer

  • Born: Bef 1320 1
  • Marriage (1): Unknown
  • Died: 20 Jan 1364 1 2

   Another name for Henry was Henry Michelgrove.1


Manorial Estate, 1364, Michelgrove Manor, Clapham, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3XG, GB. 1 The manor of MICHELGROVE was perhaps represented by the two hides belonging to Clapham manor which were in the rape of Roger de Montgomery in 1086. It was recorded as held of the honor of Bramber in 1242 and apparently always later. In the 1190s, together with Heene manor, it was disputed between John of Coombes and Robert Falconer. The same Robert or a namesake had held Wootton in Folkington in 1175. Robert Falconer had been succeeded by his son Robert by 1203; in 1201 Beatrice daughter of Hugh of St. Denys conveyed her right in Heene and Michelgrove to one or other of them. The Falconer family continued to hold Michelgrove by knight-service thereafter. Robert's son Godfrey succeeded between 1239 and 1244. A Godfrey Falconer held Michelgrove in 1248 and 1268 and died in 1279, being succeeded by his son Robert (fl. 1291; d. 1302), who was succeeded by his son John (d. 1320). John's son and heir Henry was a minor, but the manor was restored to John's widow Lettice in 1321, since she had been joint tenant. In 1324, however, the king again had custody. From the mid 14th century the Falconers adopted the alternative surname Michelgrove, and later used it exclusively. Henry Michelgrove alias Falconer (d. 1364), perhaps the same as the heir of John (d. 1320), was succeeded by his son John, collector of various taxes in Sussex (d. 1393), and John by his son Henry (d. 1395). When Henry's son John died a minor in 1398 he was succeeded by his father's brother, another John, who fought at Agincourt in 1415, but had died by 1439. His son and heir John was a knight of the shire in 1445. He died in 1459, and was succeeded first by his son John who died later in the same year, and then by John's daughter Elizabeth (b. 1460), who married John Shelley in 1474, thus bringing the Michelgrove family estates to the Shelley family, with which they were to remain for three centuries.

Inquisition: Post mortem, 12 Feb 1364. 2 585. HENRY FAUCONER.

Writ, 12 February, 38 Edward III.

KENT.Inq. taken at Canterbury, 26 February, 38 Edward III.

Faukenereshurst. The manor, held of the king in chief by service of keeping a falcon when the king shall please. It is let at farm for 6l. 18s. 4d. a year.
He held no other lands &c. in the county.
He died on 20 January, 37 Edward III. John Fauconer his son, aged 26 years, is his heir.

SUSSEX.Inq. taken at Estbourne by Peven', 7 March, 38 Edward III.

Wodeton. Tenements so called, held of the king in chief by service of keeping a falcon of the king's. These tenements are parcel of certain tenements in Faukenershurst, co. Kent, which are held so as aforesaid. They were let at farm by the deceased before his death for 6l. a year.
He held no other lands &c. in the rape of Pevensey.
Date of death as above. Heir as above, aged 26 years and more.

SUSSEX.Inq. taken at Stenyngge by Brembre, 9 March, 38 Edward III.

Clopham. A messuage called Micchegrove and 2 carucates of land, held for life by gift of John Swyft, parson of the church of Clopham, and Richard Tomys, parson of the church of Sulyngton, with remainder to John his son and Margaret, the latter's wife, and the heirs of their bodies, by a fine in the king's court. The premises are held of John Mumbray by knight's service, for how much unknown.
He held no other lands &c. in the rape of Brembre.
Date of death and heir as above.

C. Edw. III. File 181. (12.)

Henry married.


1 , 8 (London: Victoria County History, 1953), 6 Part 1: 10-21.

2 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (London: n.p., n.d.), 11 (Edward III): 438-452.

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