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Thomas de Poynings
(Abt 1202-Bef 1272)
Ela de Aguillon
(Abt 1210-Bef 1251)
Luke de Poynings
(Bef 1231-Between 1293/1294)
(Abt 1233-1299)
Sir Michael de Poynings


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1. Margaret Bardolf

Sir Michael de Poynings

  • Marriage (1): Margaret Bardolf
  • Died: 24 Jun 1314, "Battle of Bannockburn", Bannockburn, Stirling, Scotland, FK7, GB

   Cause of his death was killed in battle.

  General Notes:

SIR MICHAEL DE POYNINGS, (presumably son and) heir, was summoned in 1294 to attend the King on urgent matters. In October 1295 and June 1297 he was preparing for service in Scotland, under Earl de Warenne. In 1296 he was enrolled for defence of the coast, as a non-resident knight of Sussex; in 1297, having lands and rents valued at 20 and more a year in Sussex and Surrey, he had a double summons, both direct and by the sheriff, for service overseas. In October 1299 he was going abroad with Henry de Percy. He and his wife were summoned to the Coronation of Edward II. M.P. for Sussex, 1312/3. He married some time before 8 June 1298, Margery (----). He is probably to be identified with the Miles [sic] de Ponynges killed at Bannockburn, 24 June 1314 (i). His widow was living in February 1333/4.

(i) In Mar 1315/6 his widow was holding dower in the Poynings' lands in Sussex and Suffolk. He had a younger son Michael (Michel de Ponynges le Uncle), who was going to France in his nephew's company, June 1340, and was killed on Good Friday 1347, when his sister Margery was forcibly carried off from the manor of Beams, near Reading, by Sir John de Dalton. The matrimonial history of this lady is very fully recorded in the rolls of the King's Chancery.

[Complete Peerage X:659, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

  Noted events in his life were:

Manorial Estate, 1243, Poynings Manor, Steyning, West Sussex, BN45, GB. 1 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.

Michael married Margaret Bardolf, daughter of Hugh Bardolf 1st Baron Bardolf and Isabel de Aguillon. (Margaret Bardolf was born after 1286 and died between 1333 and 1334.)


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

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