Henry of Lancaster Earl of Lancaster
(Abt 1281-1345)
Maud de Chaworth
(1282-Bef 1322)
John de Mowbray 3rd Baron Mowbray
Joan of Lancaster
(Abt 1312-1349)
Blanche de Mowbray


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1. Sir Thomas de Poynings 2nd Baron Poynings

Blanche de Mowbray

  • Marriage (1): Sir Thomas de Poynings 2nd Baron Poynings 1
  • Died: 1409 1

  General Notes:

BLANCHE Mowbray (-1409).

m firstly (1349) JOHN Segrave, son of JOHN de Segrave Lord Segrave & his wife Margaret Ctss of Norfolk (1340-before 1353).

m secondly ROBERT Bertram, son of ---.

m thirdly THOMAS Poynings, son of ---.

m fourthly JOHN Worth, son of ---.

m fifthly JOHN Wiltshire, son of ---. 1

  Noted events in her life were:

Manorial Estate, 1369-1375, Poynings Manor, Steyning, West Sussex, BN45, GB. 2 The manor of POYNINGS was probably identical with 8 hides held in 1086 of William de Warenne by William son of Rainald, who may be identified with Rainald de Poynings son of Reiner.

[...] Adam de Poynings and his wife Beatrice were holding land at Poynings about 1140. They had a son Adam. In 1242-3 Thomas de Poynings held Poynings and its members as 10 knights' fees, and was succeeded by his son Luke, who was holding Poynings in 1284-5, and died in 1294. Michael son and heir of Luke died in 1316, in which year his widow Margery was holding Poynings. In 1339 Thomas, Michael's heir and first holder of the barony of Poynings, created in 1337, died seised of the manor, which descended to his son Michael, who died in March 1369. His widow Joan held the manor as dower till her death a few months later, and it passed subsequently to her son Thomas who died in 1375 having settled the manor on his wife Blanche for life. It does not, however, appear among her possessions at her death in 1409. Thomas's heir was his young brother Richard, who held the manor until 1387. His widow Isabel held as her dower until her death in 1394. Richard's son Robert died in 1446, and since his only son Richard had died in 1430, the manor passed to Richard's daughter Eleanor, wife of Henry Percy son and heir of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland. Subsequently the lordship of Poynings became merged in the earldom of Northumberland.

Inquisition: Post mortem, 10 Jul 1375. 3 190. THOMAS SON OF MICHAEL DE PONYNGGES, knight.

Writ, 10 July, 49 Edward III.

SUSSEX. Inq. taken at Craule, 1 August, 49 Edward III.

Chyntynge. A messuage and 80a. arable, held of the king in chief by service of finding the cost of a third part of a hobelar in the king's army in the king's war in Scotland. Long before his death he granted the same to John Lyntot, his servant, for a term of 50 years at a yearly rent of 40s.

Ponyngg, Pengeden, Great Perchyng, Hangelton, Slagham, Crawle and Twynem. The manors, held of the earl of Arundel, as of his honor of Lewes.

Waldern. The manor, held of Thomas de Sakvyll by knight's service.

Ifeld. 6 marks rent, held of the lord de Moumbray by knight's service, as of his castle of Brembre.

Little Perchyng. The manor, held of Robert de Bayvill by knight's service.

Long before his death he divested himself of the last four items in favour of Arnold Savage and William de Elyngton, knights, John Newmarche, William Tauke, Roger Dalyngregg, Hugh Waterton and John Baker, chaplain, to hold for their lives and the life of Blanche his wife.

He died on 25 June last. Richard de Ponyngg, his brother, aged 16 years and more, is his heir.

KENT. Inq. taken at Osprenge, Saturday after St. Bartholomew, 49 Edward III.

Terlyngham and Newenton Bertram. The manors (extents given), with the advowson of the church of Hastynglegh and a moiety of the hundred of Fulkstane, except a moiety of a windmill, of a farm of 7 quarters 4 bushels of palm-barley, and of rents of 32l. 19s. 11 3/4d., 88 hens and 300 eggs in the manor of Therlyngham, and a moiety of rents of 14l. 16s. 8 3/4d., 60 hens and 300 eggs in Newenton Bertram, which windmill, farm and rents are of gavelkind tenure and so were divided between him and Richard de Ponynges, his brother, who survives, after the death of Michael de Ponynges, their father. The entire manors are held of the king by service of maintaining a moiety of a chapel and hall in Dover castle whenever they need repair, rendering to the king 2s. 6d. at the end of every 27 weeks for great ward of the said castle, and 15d. at the end of every 28 weeks for little ward of the same, and 10s. for sheriff's aid for farm of the moiety of the hundred of Folkstan. The extent of the manor of Therlyngham includes a several pasture called 'Northcroft.' The pleas &c. of the court of Therlyngham and the moiety of the hundred of Folkstane are worth 20s. yearly. Part of the aforesaid moiety of the rent of 14l. 16s. 8 3/4d. in Newenton Bertram is payable by tenants in Donemersh and Newenton.

Westwode. The manor (extent given), except a moiety of 100a. arable, of 100a. pasture, of 7a. salt meadow, and of 13l. 4s. rent, which arable, pasture, meadow and rent are of gavelkind tenure and so were divided as above. The manor is held of the king by service of rendering 3s. 4d. at Dover castle at the end of every 24 weeks. The extent includes a rent from tenants of Newecourt. The 100a. arable are held of the abbot of Faveresham by service of rendering 63s. 7 1/4d. yearly; and the 100a. pasture and 7a. salt meadow are held severally of the archbishop of Canterbury, the prior of Christ Church, Canterbury, Sir Nicholas Loveyne, knight, and William de Makenhad, by service of rendering to them 20s. 6 1/4d. yearly, but in what proportions the jurors know not.

Estwell. The manor (extent given), with the advowson of the church, except a moiety of 63a. land, of 11a. meadow, and of rents of 4l. 13s. 6d., 59 hens and 200 eggs, which land, meadow and rents are of gavelkind tenure and so were divided as above. The entire manor is held of the king by service of maintaining a certain house in Dover castle when it needs repair, and rendering to the king at the said castle 20s. yearly on 27 April. He also held 52a. pasture, held of the king by service of leading two greyhounds in a leash so long as a pair of shoes worth 2 1/2d. will last in the business of leading them; 40a. land in the field called 'Otirplayesfeld,' held of Sir William de Say by a twenty-first part of a knight's fee; 7a. meadow, held of the abbot of Battle by service of rendering 12d. yearly at his manor of Wy; 4a. meadow, held of the abbot of St. Augustine's, Canterbury, by service of rendering 2s. 6d. yearly; and 5 marks yearly rent receivable from the manor of Asshmersfeld.

Hosmynden. The manor (extent given), held of William le Vaus, as of his manor of Chicsell, by service of a fourth part of a knight's fee. Long before his death he divested himself thereof in favour of Arnold Savage, William Tauk and William de Elyngton, knights, John Newmarche, Roger Dalingregge, Hugh Waterton and John Baker, chaplain, for the life of Blanche his wife, who survives, reserving the reversion to himself and his heirs.

Date of death and heir as above.

(Writ missing.)

SUFFOLK. Inq. (indented) taken at Northhales, Monday after St. Luke, 49 Edward III.

Wrantham. The manor called 'Northhall,' held of the earl of Arundell, service not known. Long before his death, to wit, in 46 Edward III, he gave it to William de Elington, knight, for life, and the said William still holds it.

Heir as above, aged 17 years and more.

NORFOLK. Inq. (indented) taken at Norwich, Monday after SS. Simon and Jude, 49 Edward III.

Wylton. The manor, and 100a. land in Westbradenham, held of the earl of Arundel, service not known. Long before his death, to wit, in 46 Edward III, he gave them to William de Elyngton, knight, and others. William is still seised of them.

Heir as above.

Writ to Robert Bealknap to certify the king in the Chancery touching the tenor of the enrolment of an indenture whereby the said Thomas granted certain manors &c. to Arnold Savage and William Elyngton, knights, and other feoffees. 14 October, 49 Edward III.

Copy of the enrolment of an indenture dated at Slagham, 26 May, 47 Edward III, whereby Thomas de Ponyngges, knight, lord of Terlyngham, granted to Arnold Savage and the other feoffees mentioned above (Sussex inquisition) his manors of Ponyngges, Pengeden, Great Perchyngge, Little Perchyngge, Hangelton, Slagham, Crawele, Twynem, Westdene, Walderne and Ashecombe, with all his lands and rents in Preston and Ifeld, co. Sussex, his messuage in Suthwerk, co. Surrey, his manor of Horsmonden and rent in Donemersshe, co. Kent, and his manor of Wylton and rent in Fouldon and Bradenham, co. Norfolk, to hold for their lives and the life of Blanche his wife, with reversion to himself and his heirs. Warranty clause.

Letter from the king of Castile and Leon, duke of Lancaster, to Sir John Knyvet, chancellor, praying him to receive in the Chancery William Bateman and Thomas Blast, whom the lady de Ponynges has appointed in the duke's presence as her general attorneys to sue for her dower and do all her other business. Manor of la Sauvoye, 13 October. French.

Writ to the escheator in Suffolk,'97in pursuance of a petition from John de Worthe, knight, and Blanche, his wife, praying the king to order that assignment be made to them of Blanche's reasonable dower of the manor of Wrantham called la Northall,' seeing that Thomas de Ponynges, formerly her husband, was seised thereof in his demesne as of fee long after he married her, and afterwards granted it for life to William de Elyngton, knight, with reversion to himself and his heirs, and that after the death of the said William it came to the king's hands by reason of the minority of the heir of the said Thomas, and is still in the king's hand,'97to enquire whether the manor was so held by Thomas, what estate the said William had therein, whether the manor came to the king's hand as above, and of whom and by what service it is held. 16 February, 1 Richard II.

SUFFOLK. Inq. (indented) taken at Bekles, Saturday before St. Benedict, 1 Richard II.

The statements in the petition referred to above are correct. The manor is now in the hands of Adam Wygemer, clerk, and Thomas Ikham, by the king's commitment, until the lawful age of Richard de Ponyngs, knight. It is held of the earl of Arundel, as of the honor of Lewes, by service of one knight's fee and a fourth part of a fee.

Writ to the escheator, in pursuance of the above inquisition, to assign dower of the said manor of 'la Northall' to the said John de Worthe and Blanche in the presence of Adam Wykemer, clerk, and Thomas Ikham. 21 March, 1 Richard II.

SUFFOLK. Assignment of dower made at Wrantham, 21 May, 1 Richard II.

Wrantham. Various rooms, outhouses, parcels of land and meadow, and rents.

Place-names mentioned:'97Le Haicch, le Estpark, Bredele, Schortacre, Pykedacre, Roumerlond, Northcroft, Aylewynistoft, Routyngeslond, le ij. Wendus, Sheldemannesbreche, Lemerescroft, Twelfe acre, Hungurdoune, Blowestoft, le Shortebreche, Gilbardustoft, le Northwende, le Southwend, Wakelynes Bosevyle, le Wynchull, Wakelyns, le Herberescroft, Melestude, le Westbreche, Upper (superior') Wend, Lower Wend (inferior' ibidem), third Wend, Southfelde, Apleton pasture, Coldham pasture, Shortwode, la Lee wood, Wakelin's meadow, Tallyard meadow with Hardens, Northale.

Free tenants named:'97Thomas de Wrantham, Ralph Valeys (?), Geoffrey Hull, Richard of the Church, William Nigel, Robert son of Henry, John Bakere, William Crask, Robert Blobbere, Thomas Crowe, Alan Luftan, Robert Sayene, Joan Bertelot, Thomas Wenon, Walter Tayllyard, John Wough, Avelina Babbe, Geoffrey Herman, Geoffrey del Hil, Martin Godefrey and Henry Osgot.

Bondmen named:'97Walter Boloyne, John Wought, Geoffrey Marayle, Hugh Godemak, Robert Wought, Alan Boloyne and Robert Harrewere.

Bondmen without land named:'97Edward Brounyng, John Deye, Walter his son, and Richard, Walter's brother.

Bondmen in Atherton, co. Suffolk, named:'97William Payn, Robert Lumpe, John Smyth, Edelina Parmenter and Henry son of John.

Tenants liable to carrying-service (avermanni) named:'97John atte Lee, Hugh Godmak, John Boloyne, John Wouth, Geoffrey Marayle, Robert Millere, John Prince and Richard Holley.

C. Edw. III. File 251. (8.)

Blanche married Sir Thomas de Poynings 2nd Baron Poynings, son of Michael de Poynings 1st Baron Poynings and Joan.1 (Sir Thomas de Poynings 2nd Baron Poynings was born on 19 Apr 1349 4 and died on 25 Jun 1375 3.)


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

2 <i>A History of the County of Sussex</i>, 8 (London: Victoria County History, 1953), 7: 208-212.

3 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 14: 193-214.

4 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 12: 380-392; Thomas his son, who will be 20 years of age on 19 April next, is his heir; Inquisition post mortem for Sir Michael de Poynings, father.

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