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Richard Champernoun

Male 1344 - 1419  (74 years)


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  1. 1.  Richard Champernoun was born 29 Jun 1344, Suddon, Somerset, England (son of Thomas Champernoun and Eleanor Rohaut); died 20 Jan 1419.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: Wincanton, Somerset, England
    • Alternate birth: of Modbury, Devon, England
    • Alternate death: Aft 26 Feb 1419

    Notes:

    "On the Sunday following his baptism, his great-grandfather and godfather, Sir Richard Lovel, held a feast at la Mersh, by Wyncaulton for all who attended to bear witness to this event. He was a knight by 27 May 1379 and served as Sheriff of Devonshire 1368-69, 1381-82, and 1387-88." [The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, citation details below.]

    Richard Champernoun was the direct ancestor of several well-known adventurer-explorers.

    Ancestor of Sir Walter Ralegh:

    Richard Champernoun (d. 1419) = Alice Astley
    Joan Champernoun (d. 1419) = John Courtenay (d. <1406)
    Philip Courtenay (1404-1476) = Elizabeth Hungerford (d. 1476)
    Philip Courtenay (1430-1489) = Elizabeth Wonwell (1432-1482)
    Margaret Courtenay (d. 1527) = John Champernowne (1458-1503)
    Philip Champernowne (d. 1545) = Catherine Carew (d. 1546)
    Katherine Champernowne (d. 1594) = Walter Ralegh (1505-1581)
    Sir Walter Ralegh (1554-1618)

    And of Sir Humphrey Gilbert, a man loathsome even by the standards of imperialist chancers:

    Richard Champernoun (d. 1419) = Alice Astley
    Joan Champernoun (d. 1419) = John Courtenay (d. <1406)
    Philip Courtenay (1404-1476) = Elizabeth Hungerford (d. 1476)
    Philip Courtenay (1430-1489) = Elizabeth Wonwell (1432-1482)
    Margaret Courtenay (d. 1527) = John Champernowne (1458-1503)
    Philip Champernowne (d. 1545) = Catherine Carew (d. 1546)
    Katherine Champernowne (d. 1594) = Otho Gilbert (d. 1547)
    Sir Humphrey Gilbert (1537-1583)

    And ancestor of Francis Champernowne and his father Arthur Champernowne, both of whom were associates of Sir Ferdinando Gorges in his early efforts to settle and develop the coasts of what are now Massachusetts and Maine. Gorges was married to Mary Fulford, sister of Arthur Champernowne's wife Bridget Fulford. Francis settled permanently in Massachusetts in 1637.

    Richard Champernoun (d. 1419) = Alice Astley
    Joan Champernoun (d. 1419) = John Courtenay (d. <1406)
    Philip Courtenay (1404-1476) = Elizabeth Hungerford (d. 1476)
    Philip Courtenay (1430-1489) = Elizabeth Wonwell (1432-1482)
    Margaret Courtenay (d. 1527) = John Champernowne (1458-1503)
    Philip Champernowne (d. 1545) = Catherine Carew (d. 1546)
    Arthur Champernowne (1524-1578) = Mary Norreys (d. 1570)
    Gawen Champernowne (1554-1591) = Roberta d'Orge
    Arthur Champernowne (1580-1650) = Bridget Fulford
    Francis Champernowne (1614-1687)

    It's notable that the Champernoun family was rich, and rich for a long time. In the direct male line, the earliest known individual, Jordan de Cambernon (d. >1172), married a granddaughter of Henry I. His 3XG-grandson Richard de Champernoun married a granddaughter of King John. So why did Arthur Champernowne and his son Francis involve themselves in the risky, high-stakes business of financing fishing colonies in Newfoundland and on the coast of Maine? The answer is, because their line of Champernowns had lost all their money.

    Arthur's maternal grandfather, remarkably, was Gabriel d'Orge, count of Montgomery, who at a joust in 1559 accidentally killed Henri II, king of France. Despite the dying king's forgiveness, so traumatized was the count by this -- and so immediate and complete was his exclusion from French courtly society -- that in due course he converted to Protestantism and became a leader of the Huguenots. He was one of the few Huguenots to escape the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, from which he fled to England. The queen mother, Catherine de Medici, demanded his extradition, which Elizabeth I refused. In 1573, d'Orge raised a fleet in an unsuccessful attempt to relieve the siege of La Rochelle. The next year, he tried to raise an insurrection in Normandy but was captured and executed. Just before his execution he was told that all his property and that of his children would be confiscated and all their titles stripped.

    (All of which sounds remarkably like a Dumas novel, and in fact a novel about Gabriel, The Two Dianas (1846-47) was published with Dumas' name on it, albeit mostly or entirely written by his friend and collaborator Paul Meurice.)

    The count's daughter Roberta had married the Devon squire Gawen Champernowne, father of Arthur, and Gawen had become a close ally of the count. Now their branch of the family was substantially penniless. It's little wonder that Arthur and Francis looked to the potential riches of the New World, despite the risks involved.

    Richard — Alice Astley. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Joan Champernoun died 1419.

    Richard married Katherine Daubeney Bef 13 Aug 1394. Katherine (daughter of Giles Daubeney and Eleanor de Wilington) was born , of South Ingleby, Lincolnshire, England; died Bef 1419; was buried , Dodbrooke, Devon, England. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. John Champernoun was born , of Inceworth in Maker, Cornwall, England; died 2 Jun 1449.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Thomas Champernoun was born Abt 1317, of Modbury, Devon, England (son of Richard Champernoun and Lucia le Bret); died Aft 1384.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 12 Nov 1387

    Notes:

    Sheriff of Devon in 1362-63 and 1367-68. Escheator for Devon, 1369-71.

    Thomas — Eleanor Rohaut. Eleanor (daughter of Roger Rohaut and Eleanor Lovel) died Bef Apr 1369. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Eleanor Rohaut (daughter of Roger Rohaut and Eleanor Lovel); died Bef Apr 1369.

    Notes:

    Or Rohant, Rohart.

    Children:
    1. 1. Richard Champernoun was born 29 Jun 1344, Suddon, Somerset, England; died 20 Jan 1419.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Richard Champernoun was born Abt 1285, of Modbury, Devon, England (son of Richard de Champernoun and Joan de Cornwall); died Bef 26 Nov 1338.

    Notes:

    Knight of the shire for Devon, Oct 1324 and Sep 1331. Fought at Boroughbridge.

    Richard married Lucia le Bret Abt 1315. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Lucia le Bret (daughter of Adam le Bret).
    Children:
    1. 2. Thomas Champernoun was born Abt 1317, of Modbury, Devon, England; died Aft 1384.

  3. 6.  Roger Rohaut was born , of Aston Rohant, Oxfordshire, England (son of Henry fitz Alan and Rose Bigbury); died Aft 1340.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Kimcote, Leicestershire, England

    Notes:

    Or Rohant.

    Roger married Eleanor Lovel Bef 1327. Eleanor (daughter of Richard Lovel and Muriel Soules) died Aft 1360. [Group Sheet]


  4. 7.  Eleanor Lovel (daughter of Richard Lovel and Muriel Soules); died Aft 1360.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Bef 1369

    Notes:

    CP on Sir Richard Lovel d. 1351 says that his "daughter, Eleanor, was wife of Roger Rouhaut (of Aston Rowant) in 1326". VCH Oxfordshire, volume 8 ("Parishes: Aston Rowant") says "Henry [Fitz Alan's] son Roger, known as Sir Roger Rohant, married Eleanor the daughter of Richard Lovel of Wincanton (Som.), and in 1326 entailed Aston manor on his heirs male. He was still alive in 1340 when he again put the manor in trust. In 1360 a Lady Eleanor Rohant, presumably his widow, was administering the estate. Rohant's property passed to his daughter Eleanor and her husband Thomas Champernowne. Eleanor also had died by 1369, when Thomas Champernowne, lord of Modbury (Devon), quitclaimed his rights in certain of Eleanor's estates to Richard Champernowne their son, described elsewhere as great-grandson of Richard Lovel."

    Children:
    1. 3. Eleanor Rohaut died Bef Apr 1369.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Richard de Champernoun was born , of Inceworth, Cornwall, England (son of Henry de Campo Arnulphi and Dionisia English); died Between 1287 and 1290.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Modbury, Devon, England

    Richard married Joan de Cornwall Bef 1281. Joan (daughter of Richard of Cornwall, King of the Romans and Joan) was born Abt 1262; died Abt 1316. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Joan de Cornwall was born Abt 1262 (daughter of Richard of Cornwall, King of the Romans and Joan); died Abt 1316.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 1315
    • Alternate death: Bef 1319

    Notes:

    "[A]lias Joan Okeston, legally the daughter and heiress of Sir Alexander Okeston of Modbury, Devon." [Wikipedia]

    Children:
    1. 4. Richard Champernoun was born Abt 1285, of Modbury, Devon, England; died Bef 26 Nov 1338.

  3. 10.  Adam le Bret
    Children:
    1. 5. Lucia le Bret

  4. 12.  Henry fitz Alan was born , of Aston Rohant, Oxfordshire, England (son of Alan fitz Roland and Matilda de Goldingham); died 1318.

    Notes:

    Also called Henry Rohaut.

    Henry — Rose Bigbury. [Group Sheet]


  5. 13.  Rose Bigbury (daughter of John Bigbury).
    Children:
    1. 6. Roger Rohaut was born , of Aston Rohant, Oxfordshire, England; died Aft 1340.

  6. 14.  Richard Lovel was born , of Wincanton, Somerset, England (son of Hugh Lovel and Eleanor); died 31 Jan 1351.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1276, of Castle Cary, North Cadbury, Somerset, England

    Notes:

    1st baron of Castle Cary. Constable of Gloucester & Bristol castles. Knight of the shire for Somerset, 1324.

    From Complete Peerage VIII:205:

    Richard Lovel, s. and h., was a minor at his father's death, and the wardship of his lands and person was granted to a Scottish knight, Sir John de Soules. When the latter took part against Edward I in 1295, it was transferred to William Martin. On 10 June 1297, the King having received his homage and given him livery of his lands the preceding day, Richard took oath at Canterbury to serve with horses and arms according to his power in the war against France. Holding lands or rents to the value of £40 p.a. or more, he was sum. for service against the Scots in 1300 (when he offered the service of four men instead of personal attendance) and later.) He was present at the tournament at Stepney in 1309. The manor of Old Roxburgh, part of the inheritance of Richard's wife, having been taken be Edward I in connection with the defence of Roxburgh, the manor of Winfrith Eagle in Dorset and other manors in England were granted them in Jan. 1310/1 as compensation. He was given custody of the Templars' lands in Somerset and Dorset in 1311. In May 1313 he was going beyond seas in the King's service. He lost eleven chargers in the Scottish war, and appears to have been captured at the battle of Bannockhurn, for John de Soules in 1314 had a safe conduct on going to Scotland to secure his release. In 1315 custody of Cranbourne Chase, &c., was granted to him during the minority of the Earl of Gloucester; and in the same year the custody of Corfe Castle and Purbeck was given to him and Muriel his wife. In 1317 he had licence to make a settlement on himself and his wife Muriel. In Feb. 1319/20 he was under orders to accompany the King to France. In Apr. 1320 he was appointed constable of Gloucester Castle, and in May 1321 constable of Bristol Castle. He was on the King's side in the dispute with Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, and in Feb. 1321/2 was appointed joint commissioner to array the men of Somerset and Dorset against the rebels, and later to try two of the traitors at Bristol. He was going to Scotland with the King in the following July. In May 1324 he appears in the Sheriff's list of knights of Somerset whom he had summoned to attend the Great Council of prelates and peers at Westminster. In 1329 and later he was appointed on commissions of the peace, array, &c., in Somerset. On to Jan. 1341, as Richard Lovel, banneret, he was named one of the Justices to inquire into extortions in Devon and Cornwall. After Bannockburn the barony of Hawick and other Scottish possessions (including his late wife's moiety of property in Eskdale) had been lost to the Lovels, but when, at Nevill's Cross, 17 Oct. 1346, the Scots were defeated and King David captured, Richard claimed their restoration, and in 1347 a jury in Scotland found that he and his ancestors had possessed the barony of Hawick from time beyond memory. Old Roxburgh was accordingly restored to Richard and James Lovel. Sir Richard Lovel was sum. to Parl. from 20 Nov. 22 Edw. III to 25 Nov. (1350) 24 Edw. III, by writs directed Ricardo Lovel, whereby he is held to have become Lord Lovel. In Nov. 1350, as Richard Lovel, chivaler, he had licence to alienate to Stavordale Priory certain lands in Somerset. He m., before 1307, Muriel, da. and h. of Sir John de Soules, his first guardian, by Hawise sister of Sir James FitzAlan, Steward of Scotland. She d. in 1318, claiming lands in France. He d. 31 Jan. 1350/1. [...Footnote (o):] There are inquisitions for Midx., Dorset and Somerset. His daughter, Eleanor, was wife of Roger Rouhaut (of Aston Rowant) in 1326.

    Richard married Muriel Soules Bef 1307. Muriel (daughter of John de Soules and Hawise Fitz Alan) died Feb 1318; was buried 25 Feb 1318. [Group Sheet]


  7. 15.  Muriel Soules (daughter of John de Soules and Hawise Fitz Alan); died Feb 1318; was buried 25 Feb 1318.

    Notes:

    "A piece of Lucca cloth was sent from the King's Wardrobe into Somerset, to be laid upon the body of the wife of Sir Richard Lovel on the day of her burial, 25 Feb 1318." [Complete Peerage]

    Children:
    1. 7. Eleanor Lovel died Aft 1360.
    2. Joan Lovel