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Adam de Audley
(Abt 1147-After 1203)
Emma
(Abt 1150-)
Ralph de Mainwaring of Warmingham, Cheshire
(1155-After 1210)
Amicia of Chester
Henry de Audley
(Abt 1175-Bef 1246)
Bertrade de Mainwaring
(Abt 1196-After 1249)
James de Audley of Heleigh
(Abt 1220-Abt 1272)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Ela Longespee

James de Audley of Heleigh 1 4 5

  • Born: Abt 1220 1 2 5
  • Marriage (1): Ela Longespee in 1244 1 2 3
  • Died: Abt 11 Jun 1272, Ireland, IE aged about 52 1 5

   Cause of his death was broken neck.1

   Another name for James was James de Alditheley.

  General Notes:

JAMES Audley of Heleigh, Staffordshire, son of HENRY de Audley & his wife Bertred Mainwaring ([1220]-[11 Jun] 1272). He died by "breaking his neck".

m ELA Longespee, daughter of Sir WILLIAM Longespee & his wife Idoine de Camville (-before 22 Nov 1299). The Book of Lacock names "Guill Lungespee tertium, Ric´um, Elam et Edmundum" as the children of "Guill Lungespee secundus" & his wife, adding that Ela married "Jacobus de Audele". Inquisitions after a writ dated 25 Dec "11 Edw I" following the death of "William de Auditheleye..." name "Nicholas his brother is his next heir and of full age...Ela his mother...Lucy late the wife of Henry de Audethele".

James Audley & his wife had six children: James, Henry, William, Joan, Nicholas and Hugh.

[FMG/Medieval Lands]

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James of Aldithley, 1st or 2nd son and heir, b. about 1220. Keeper of the castle of Newcastle-under-Lyme 30 Oct 1250. He joined in a letter of the Barons to the Pope in 1258. Witnessed, as one of the King's sworn Council, the confirmation by Henry III of the Provisions of Oxford, 1258; Lord Marcher; Sheriff of Salop, and co. Staffs, 1261-2 and 1270-1; Justiciar of Ireland 1270-2. He took an active part on the King's side against the Barons, being in arms for the King on the Welsh Marches in 1264, and engaging in the Evesham campaign in 1265. He m. in 1244, Ela, daughter of William Longespee (who d. 1250), son and heir of Ela, suo jure Countess of Salisbury, by Idoine, daughter and heir of Richard de Camville. She brought him the manors of Stratton, afterwards called Stratton Audley, and Wretchwick, Oxon, in frank marriage. He d. about 11 June 1272, in Ireland, by "breaking his neck". Writ for his Inq.p.m. 16 July 1272. His widow d. apparently shortly bef. 22 Nov 1299. Inq.p.m. 1325-6.

[Complete Peerage I:337-8 XIV:50]

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Salop. Giles de Erdington appeared against James de Alditheleg in a plea that he (James), accompanied by a multitude of armed men, had come into his lands of Soubiri, Wethiford, and Befford, and taken away or consumed his hay, oxen, and other cattle, and detained them at his castle of Redcastle, &c. James did not appear. The Sheriff is commanded to distrain him, and to produce him at three weeks from Easter.

[From: 'Plea Rolls for Staffordshire: 1266-68', Staffordshire Historical Collections, vol. 4 (1883), pp. 160-169. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=52393&strquery=gil es erdington Date accessed: 04 May 2012.]

The scattered ruins of Red Castle stand amidst Hawkstone Golf Course. They date to the 13th century. In 1227 one Matilda le Strange sold the land to Henry de Audley who received a licence to crenellate for "his castle of Radeclif". In 1283 it was in good condition, but was most likely abandoned after the death of James, Lord Audley in 1386

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James de Alditheley was a great favourite of Richard, Earl of Cornwall, at whose coronation as king of Almaigne he assisted. This nobleman had livery of his lands in the 31st Henry III [1247], and was constituted in two years afterwards consta ble of Newcastle-under-Lyne. Being one of the lords-marchers he was actively employed for some years against the Welsh and was appointed governor of the castles of Salop and Bridgenorth and sheriff of the counties of Salop and Stafford. In the 47th of Henry III [1263] he was made justice of Ireland; and in the same year, upon the misunderstanding between the king and the barons regarding the provisions of Oxford, being referred to arbitration of the monarch of France, he was one of the noblemen who undertook for the king therein. The next year we find him with Roger de Mortimer and the other barons-marchers giving battle to Llewelyn, Prince of Wales, and afterwards joining the Earl of Gloucester at Evesham in rescuing the king, who had become captive to the Earl of Leicester at the battle of Lewes. In the 52nd of Henry III [1268], his lordship performed a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James in Galicia, and the following year embarked in the Crusade. His death, occasioned by breaking his neck, occurred soon afterwards (1271). He had a dau. Joan, who m. John, son of Robert de Beauchamp, to whose child, prior to its birth, the said John then being deceased, his lordship was appointed guardian. He had also five sons, the youngest of whom, Hugh, is supposed to have been the Hugh Alditheley who had summons to parliament 15 May 1321, and whose son became Earl of Gloucester. His lordship was s. by his eldest son, James de Alditheley, who d. s. p. in 1272, and was s. by his brother, Henry, who d. without issue in 1275, and was s. by his brother, William, who d. without issue is 1275, was s. by his brother, Nicholas, who died in 1299.

[Sir Bernard Burke, Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage, Ltd., London, England, 1883, p. 15, Audley, Barons Audley, of Heleigh]

NOTE: John Burke, History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. IV, R. Bentley, London, 1834, p. 757, Stansfeld, of Burley Park, names two additional sons, William, Lord of Blore and Grindon, co. Stafford, and Sir Adam, surnamed FitzWolfric. 1

  Events

• Inquisition: Post mortem, 16 Jul 1272. 6 788. James de Aldithele alias de Audithele.

Writ of certiorari, 16 July, 56 Hen. III, on the complaint of Ella, late the wife of the said James, that the escheator had taken into the king's hand the manors of Stratton and Wechewik, which were of her free marriage of the gift of her father William Lungespei. Inq. (undated.)

James his son, aged 22 and more, is his heir.

Oxford. Stretton and Wrechewic manors, are held of the fee of Henry de Laci, and were given in free marriage with the said Ella to the said James.

C. Hen. III. File 41. (1.)

• Inquisition: Post mortem, 12 Sep 1272. 6 789. James de Aldeleye.

Writ of certiorari, 12 Sept. on the complaint of Alice de Bello Campo that the escheator had taken into the king's hand the manor of Herdewyk, which she bought of Ralph de Audely. Inq. Monday before St. Michael, 56 Hen. III.

Oxford. Herdewick manor was bought by the said Alice of Ralph Daudeley, sometime lord of the same, and is held in chief of Sir Maurice Daudele by one knight's fee. It was seized (into the king's hands) by reason of the death of James de Audele, but he never had any seisin there, and it may be restored to the said Alice without prejudice to anyone.

C. Hen. III. File 41. (2.)


James married Ela Longespee, daughter of William Longespee 2nd Earl of Salisbury and Idoine de Camville, in 1244.1 2 3 (Ela Longespee died before 22 Nov 1299 1 2 3.)


Sources


1 Charles Cawley, <i>Medieval Lands</i>.

2 Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, William Ryland Beall, <i>Magna Carta Sureties 1215: the Barons Named in the Magna Carta, 1215 and Some of their Descendants who Settled in America during the Early Colonial Years</i> (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1999), 143-3.

3 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), I:338.

4 Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, William Ryland Beall, <i>Magna Carta Sureties 1215: the Barons Named in the Magna Carta, 1215 and Some of their Descendants who Settled in America during the Early Colonial Years</i> (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1999), 143-3, 150-5.

5 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), I:337-8.

6 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 1 Henry III: 261-273.

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