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Sir Thomas de Camoys 1st Baron Camoys
(Abt 1351-1421)
Elizabeth Louches
(Abt 1350-Bef 1386)
Sir Richard de Poynings 3rd Baron Poynings
(1356-Between 1387/1387)
Isabel FitzPayn
(1357-1394)
Sir Richard de Camoys
(Abt 1378-1416)
Joan de Poynings
(Abt 1380-After 1421)
Eleanor de Camoys
(Abt 1408-Bef 1485)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Sir Roger Lewknor

Eleanor de Camoys

  • Born: Abt 1408
  • Marriage (1): Sir Roger Lewknor before 1426 1
  • Died: Bef 1485

   Another name for Eleanor was Alianora de Camoys.1

  General Notes:

Alianora: born 1408, co-heiress of her brother Hugh, married Sir Roger Lewknore, Knight, who bore "azure, 3 chevron argent." 1

  Noted events in her life were:

Manorial Estate, 1426, Bevendean Manor, Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1, GB. 2 Another estate in BEVENDEAN was held with land in Barcombe of the barony of Lewes and in 1439 formed 1 knight's fee. The overlordship descended with that of Barcombe (q.v.) to the Dukes of Norfolk after 1439 but its later history is uncertain, although it was still owing suit at Lewes in the early 17th century.

Bevendean was sold by Master William de Pierpoint in about 1242 to John de Gatesden. After John's death in 1262 his widow Hawise had the manor of Bevendean as part of her dower until in 1264 it was seized by the overlord, Earl Warenne, on the pretext that she had joined the rebels against the king. The land was restored to Hawise and descended with the manor of Camoys Court in Barcombe (q.v.), being divided in 1426 between the two sisters of Hugh de Camoys, Margaret wife of Ralph Radmylde and Eleanor wife of Roger Lewknor. William grandson of Ralph Radmylde appears to have been holding his portion in 1493-4. He died in 1499, without issue. Sometime before 1503 this land passed to John Covert of Slaugham and Hangleton who died seised of a manor of Bevendean in that year. It descended in the family of Covert with Benfield in Hangleton (q.v.) and Twineham-Benfield (q.v.) and in 1639, as 'the farm called Bevingdeane', was settled by Thomas Covert on his wife Diana, daughter of George, 1st Lord Goring. In 1664 Diana Baynham, their daughter, was holding it. This estate, apparently, by the early part of the 17th century included also the Lewknor portion and was described as half the manor of Bevendean, the other half being the property of Edward Culpeper.

The part of the manor held by Roger Lewknor and Eleanor was conveyed in 1538 by their grandson Roger Lewknor and Elizabeth [sic] his wife to Sir John Harcourt and Giles Foster, probably for a settlement. In 1559 William Morgan and Katherine his wife, a daughter of Roger Lewknor, conveyed the estate which was part of Katherine's inheritance to Thomas Walsingham after the expiry of the life interest which Anthony Stapley, husband of Mabel Lewknor, held. By the beginning of the 17th century this part of the manor had passed into the possession of Sir Walter Covert, owner of the Radmylde moiety.

Manorial Estate, 1426, Camoys Court Manor, Barcombe, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8, GB. 3 The manor of CAMOYS COURT alias BARKHAM CAMOYS, lying partly in Barcombe, but also in Ditchling and Newick, was probably represented about 1198 by land held by Maud de Bercamp. The overlordship descended with the rape. In the division of the barony in 1439 the 1 knight's fees formerly held by John de Gadesden, in which this land was included, were divided. Half a fee in Ditchling was assigned to Elizabeth, Lady Bergavenny; one fee in Bevendean and Barcombe went to the Duke of Norfolk. In 1543, however, Camoys Court was held of the joint owners of the barony, and it still owed suit at the court of Lewes down to 1835 at least.

From Maud de Bercamp the holding passed to her son Ralph de Pierpoint; but William de Pierpoint, who held demesne in Barcombe in 1235, had sold his land there by 1242 to John de Gadesden or Gatesden who was then holding 3 knights' fees in 'Bercompe'. John married Hawise Savage, widow of John de Nevill, in about 1246 and died in 1262. Hawise died about 1269. The marriage of John's grand-daughter and heiress Margaret was granted to Robert Waleraund. In or about 1279 Margaret married Sir John de Camoys but deserted him for William Paynel, whom she married after Sir John's death in 1298. Margaret died about January 1311 and her son Ralph de Camoys was holding land in the vill of Barcombe in 1316. On his death in 1336 his lands passed to his son Thomas, who died without issue in 1372 holding the reversion of the manor, after the death of William de Mallynge, jointly with his wife Margaret. She was still holding them in 1386. Sir Thomas de Camoys, his nephew, succeeded him. In 1412 his lands in Barcombe were worth 5 a year and in 1428 were assessed as knight's fee. He died in 1421, and was succeeded by his grandson Hugh, then aged seven, on whose death in 1426 the Camoys property descended to his sisters, Margaret, wife of Ralph Radmylde, and Eleanor, wife of Roger Lewknor of Trotton. Ralph Radmylde survived Margaret and died in 1443, when her half of the manor passed to their son Robert, then aged 18. Robert was succeeded in 1457 by a son William, a child of 6, but this part of the manor appears soon to have passed to Roger Lewknor, in whose family the whole manor descended. At this date the manor was still known as Barcombe, but later it acquired the name Camoys Court.

Inquisition: Post mortem, 16 Aug 1426. 4 THOMAS DE CAMOYS, CHEVALIER

723 Writ mandamus. 16 August 1426. [Wymbyssh]

Regarding lands held of Henry V .

BEDFORDSHIRE. Inquisition. Bedford. 25 September 1426. [Hay]

Jurors: William Faldo ; William Elyot ; John Brunne ; Richard Scaryale ; Alexander Freloue ; William Taillour of Goldington; William Brunne ; Roger Wylde ; Simon Malcote ; John Stable ; Richard Lane ; and John Crumme of Goldington.

He held no lands or tenements of Henry V in demesne or service but he held the manor of Honeydon in his demesne as of fee of Laurence Cheyne by service of performing suit to Laurence's three-weekly court at Eaton Socon. Annual value of the manor 6, namely the site, worth 6s. 8d. yearly; 80 a. arable, each acre worth 4d. yearly; 12 a. meadow, each acre worth 10d. yearly; 36 a. pasture, each acre worth 4d. yearly; 32s. 4d. assize rents of free tenants; 13s. 4d. rents of tenants at will; and a small enclosed meadow containing 2 a. lying next to 'Chalsterne', each acre worth 12d. yearly.

The escheators have occupied the manor and taken the issues from the time of his death and answered to the use of the king.

He died on 27 March 1421. Hugh Camoys was then his kinsman and heir as son of Richard his son and was then aged 5 years and more. Hugh died on 18 June last. Margaret wife of Ralph Rademelde, esquire , and Eleanor wife of Roger Leukenore, esquire, are Hugh's sisters and next heirs, Margaret is aged 24 years and more and Eleanor 18 years and more.

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724 Writ melius inquirendo. 2 September 1426. [Wymbyssh]

Regarding the terms at which a specified payment of service is made and the identity and age of his next heir on the day of the earlier inquisition.

HAMPSHIRE. Inquisition. Odiham. 20 January 1427. [Assheley]

Jurors: Henry Serle ; John Harewell '; Robert atte Halle ; John Moury ; William Frye ; John Laurence ; Nicholas Carter ; William Peller ; John Tyler ; Robert atte Den '; Robert Knaptoft ; and Richard atte Nasshe .

As specified in the writ it was found in the inquisition [not found] held 9 January 1422 before William Wayte, escheator , that he held a messuage, a garden, 50 a. arable and 40 a. wood in Lasham in his demesne as of fee of Henry V in chief by service of 9d. paid yearly to the castle of Winchester at Michaelmas and suit to Odiham hundred.

After his death Hugh Camoys , now deceased, was his kinsman and next heir as son of Richard his son and was aged 5 years and more on the day of that inquisition.

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725 Writ melius inquirendo. 2 September 1426. [Wymbyssh]

Of whom and by what services specified lands and tenements were held and the identity and age of his next heir at the time of the earlier inquisition before Thomas Compworth, escheator , [CIPM XXI, no. 749].

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE. Inquisition. Towcester. 23 September 1426. [Compworth]

Jurors: William Bobeton ; John Bobeton ; Thomas Smyth ; William Turnour ; John Whittellessey ; Henry William ; John Boys ; John Warde ; John Sebright ; William Carter ; William Goodryght ; and Robert Colyns .

The following lands and tenements in Tansor of which he died seised in his demesne as of fee, are held of Anne countess of Stafford of the honour of Gloucester by 1/4 knight's fee: a virgate called demesne land, paying 13s. 4d. rent at Lady Day and Michaelmas in equal portions, a several fishery in the river Nene extending from 'Gotherstokeflowdegatespyt' as far as a willow called 'Anyswelogh' at the end of the stank of the mill of Perio, 2s. assize rents at the same terms by the hands of Thomas Tue, a messuage and a toft and 2 virgates which John Warde holds at will, a messuage and 1/2 virgate and 1 1/2 a. meadow which Robert Mason holds at will and pays 12s. 4d. at the same terms, a quarter-virgate which John Balle lately held and paid 40d. at the same terms, 13s. 4d. annual rent at the same terms from 2 messuages and 1/2 virgate that William Petyt holds at will, and a quarter-virgate that Henry Mason holds at will and pays 40d. at the same terms.

Heir as in 724.

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726 Writ melius inquirendo. 2 September 1426. [Wymbyssh]

Regarding the services by which a specified manor was held of Henry V [CIPM XXI, no. 753; Nicholas Caltecote, escheator ].

HUNTINGDONSHIRE. Inquisition. Huntingdon. 21 September 1426. [Burgoyne]

Jurors: John Banbury ; John Marham ; Thomas Bushop ; Ralph Smyth ; William Plumbe ; John Decon ; John Andrew ; John Clerke ; Thomas Punt ; John Correour ; John Style ; and William Iue .

He held a manor in Great Stukeley, called 'Camoys manere', in his demesne as of fee of Henry V in chief by service of performing suit of court to the king at his castle of Huntingdon annually the Monday after Michaelmas.

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Inquisition: Post mortem, 3 Sep 1426. 4 HUGH CAMOYS SON OF RICHARD CAMOYS, CHEVALIER , SON OF THOMAS DE CAMOYS, CHEVALIER

727 Writ devenerunt. 3 September 1426. [Wymbyssh]

Hugh is the kinsman and heir of Thomas who held of Henry V .

HAMPSHIRE. Inquisition. Odiham. 12 February 1427. [Assheley]

Jurors: William Graunt ; Richard Lynchere ; Robert atte Dene ; William Frye ; Simon Webbe ; Stephen Monstede ; Richard atte Nasshe ; Thomas Prat ; John Spycer ; John Laurence ; John West ; and Robert Knaptoft .

Owing to the death of Thomas de Camoys, chevalier , and the minority of Hugh, the following lands and tenements in

Lasham came into the hands of Henry V and are in those of Henry VI: a messuage, worth 6s. 8d. yearly, a garden, worth 3s. 4d. yearly after enclosure, 50 a. arable, each acre worth 4d. yearly, and 40 a. wood, each acre worth 12d. yearly. They are held of the king in chief by service of 9d. paid to the castle of Winchester at Michaelmas and suit to Odiham hundred.

He died on 18 June last. Margaret wife of Ralph Rademelde, esquire , and Eleanor wife of Roger Leukenore, esquire , are his sisters and next heirs, Margaret is aged 24 years and more and Eleanor 18 years and more.

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728 Writ devenerunt. 28 January 1427. [Wymbyssh]
As 727.

BEDFORDSHIRE. Inquisition. Dunstable. 5 February 1427. [Manyngham]

Jurors: John Hardyng ; John Baldok ; John Mason of Stanbridge, senior ; Nicholas Boyun '; Thomas Hankyn ; John Agas ; John Frankleyn ; John Carpenter ; John Morys ; John Person ; Thomas Holenden ; and William atte Well '.

For the same reasons as in 727, the manor of Honeydon came into the hands of Henry V and is in those of ?Henry VI. It is held of Laurence Cheyne by service of performing suit to Laurence's three-weekly court at Eaton Socon. Annual value and extent as in 723, with the free tenants' assize rents and 3s. 4d. [sic] rents of tenants at will both paid at Michaelmas and Easter equally.

Date of death and heirs as in 727.

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729 Writ devenerunt. 3 September 1426. [Wymbyssh]
As 727.

HUNTINGDONSHIRE. Inquisition. Huntingdon. 21 September 1426. [Burgoyne]

Jurors:as in 726 with surname variations for Thomas Bisshop , John Dekon , John Clerk and John Curreour .

For the same reasons as in 727, a manor in Great Stukeley called 'Camoys manere' came into the hands of the king.

The manor is held of the king of the honour of his castle of Huntingdon by service of performing suit to the king's castle court annually the Monday after Michaelmas. The site of the manor is worth 20d. yearly. The following pertain to the manor: villein tenants who hold severally between them 11 1/2 virgates and between them pay 5 1/2 marks at Easter and Michaelmas in equal portions; a several pasture, worth 2s. yearly; 180 a. arable, each acre worth 4d. yearly; and 10 a. wood, worth 3s. 4d. yearly.

Date of death and heirs as in 727.

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730 Writ devenerunt. 1 November 1426. [Wymbyssh]
As 727.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE. Inquisition. Oundle. 1 December 1426. [Compworth]
Jurors: Walter Radbourne ; William Clerk ; John Gardyner ; John Fesaunt ; Robert Roo ; William Mortymer ; John Littester ; John Tr [unclear: angrs] [ms soiled]; Simon Eydon ; Richard Couper ; John Halywell '; and John Carter .

For the same reasons as in 727, the lands and tenements in Tansor, as detailed in 725, came into the hands of ?Henry V? and are still in those of ?Henry VI, with the additional information here that the fishery is worth 12d. yearly and the messuage, toft and 2 virgates that John Warde holds are worth 18s. 8d. yearly (and the two 40d. payments are given as 3s. 4d.). Margaret widow of Hugh de Holt has 20s. annual rent from these lands and tenements at the same terms of Annunciation and Michaelmas, of which Hugh de Holt and all his ancestors were seised time out of mind.

Date of death and heirs as in 727.

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731 Writ devenerunt. 3 September 1426. [Wymbyssh]
As 727.

OXFORDSHIRE. Inquisition. Dorchester. 7 October 1426. [Danuers]

Jurors: Peter Shotesbroke ; John Warfeld ; Thomas atte Hyde ; John Dyer ; John Courteour ; Walter Bocher ; John Kyng ; William Hethe ; John Forde ; Thomas Honchyld ; Roger Webbe ; and Nicholas atte Nasshe .

For the same reasons as in 727, the following manor, lands, tenements, rents and parcel came into the hands of ?Henry V? and are still in those of ?Henry VI.

Combe, 'Great' Chilworth and 'Little' Chilworth, a messuage and 2 carucates, held of the king in chief by service of 1/2 knight's fee, annual value 100s., that is, the site of the messuage with garden worth 6s. 8d. yearly; of the 2 carucates, namely 200 a., each acre is worth 4d. yearly; 10 a. meadow, each acre worth 12d. yearly; and a several fishery in the river Thame, worth 6s. 8d. yearly.
Wheatley, a manor called 'Camoys maner', held of the abbot of Abingdon by knight service, annual value 100s., that is, the site with garden worth 3s. 4d. yearly; 90 a. demesne land, each acre worth 4d. yearly; 10 a. meadow, each acre worth 16d. yearly; 60 a. several pasture, each acre worth 6d. yearly; 3s. 4d. rents of free tenants at will [sic]; and 20s. rents of tenants at will.
Toot Baldon, 2 messuages and 3 carucates, of which a messuage and 2 carucates are held of the king of the honour of St Valery by service of 1/2 knight's fee, n731_001 and the other messuage and carucate are held of John Willecottes, knight , of the manor of Headington by service of 1/4 knight's fee. The messuages and carucates are worth 10, that is, the site of the messuages with gardens is worth 10s. yearly; of the 3 carucates, namely 300 a., each acre is worth 6d. yearly; and 20 a. meadow, each acre worth 2s. yearly.
Great Milton, a manor called 'Camoys maner', held of the bishop of Lincoln by knight service, annual value 20 marks, that is, the site with garden worth 2s. yearly; 180 a. demesne lands, each acre worth 4d. yearly; 20 a. meadow, each acre worth 20d. yearly; 20s. rents of free tenants; and 11 marks 4s. 8d. rents of tenants at will.

He died on 13 August last. Heirs as in 727.

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732 Writ de partitione facienda. 17 February 1427. [Wymbyssh]

Escheator of Huntingdonshire to partition lands in 2 equal parts between Ralph Rademelde, esquire , and Margaret his wife, one of the sisters and heirs of Hugh Camoys son of Richard Camoys, chevalier , son of Thomas de Camoys, chevalier , and Roger Leukenore and Eleanor his wife, other sister and heir of Hugh Camoys , for the shares of Margaret and Eleanor according to the partition made by the Oxfordshire escheator [CFR 1422\endash 30, p.167].

[Partition not extant.]
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Eleanor married Sir Roger Lewknor, son of Sir Thomas Lewknor and Phillippa Dalyngrudge, before 1426.1 (Sir Roger Lewknor died about 1478.)


Sources


1 John L. Kemmis, <i>The Family of Kemmis</i>(http://www.kemmisfamily.info/TheKemmisBook/kemmis00.html).

2 <i>A History of the County of Sussex</i>, 8 (London: Victoria County History, 1953), 7: 223-227.

3 <i>A History of the County of Sussex</i>, 8 (London: Victoria County History, 1953), 7: 80-83.

4 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 22.

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