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Roger le Rous

Male - Bef 1294


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  • Name Roger le Rous 
    Born of Harescombe, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 31 Aug 1294  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Person ID I20455  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of DGH, Ancestor of DK, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of LMH, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2018 

    Father Henry le Rous,   b. of Harescombe, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1240 
    Mother Hawise,   d. Aft 16 Oct 1268 
    Family ID F461  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eleanor de Avenbury,   d. Aft 1312 
    Children 
    +1. Isolde le Rous,   d. Bef 4 Aug 1338
    Last Modified 17 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F302  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Sheriff of Gloucestershire, 1278-79. Sheriff of Herefordshire 1293-94. Knight of the shire for Gloucestershire, 1283. Knight of the shire for Herefordshire, 1290.

      Regarding his service at parliament in 1283, a footnote to the article excerpted below observes that "it is singular that this particular return is supposed to be the only existing record of those present at that Parliament, which met at Shrewsbury, 30th Sep. 1283, one of its results being the execution of Prince David." The other significance of the parliament of 1283 is that following the execution of Dafydd, Parliament removed a few miles south to Acton Burnell, home of Edward I's chancellor Robert Burnell, and there the "knights of the shire" made the constitutionally-consequential decision to sit in a separate gathering alongside the town burgesses, and separate from the aristocracy. Many historians point to this as the origin of the modern houses of Commons and Lords. It is perhaps also significant that the law actually passed by this gathering was a measure empowering the mayors of London, York, and Bristol to take actual against defaulting debtors without involving the national government.

      From "Harescombe: Fragments of Parochial History" (citation details below):

      Sir Roger le Rous (the father of Alianora) appears to have been a personage of considerable influence and activity in the reign of Edward I., which may be the result of his position as one of the knights enfeoffed by the Earl of Hereford, as well as of the King's personal favour, although upon one occasion he seems to have fallen under his displeasure. He held of the King in capite, as of the manor of Berton Regis, three virgates of land at Brockthrop, which he formerly held of Humphrey de Bohun, but the king ousted him, and compelled him to redeem the lands by payment of fifty marks down and half a mark annually.

      He was appointed one of the assessors of the subsidy for this county granted in 3 Edw. III. In the same year he performed military service, due from Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford and Essex; muster at Worcester in eight days after the Feast of St. John the Baptist. The register of Malmesbury Abbey names him as one of the witnesses of the settlement of a dispute with the abbot concerning common rights in the wood of Flusrugge, claimed by the Earl of Hereford's men at Wockeseye (Oaksey); he also witnesses a release to the abbey of the marriage of the heir of John le Breth, son of Richard le Breth, of Weston, by Alan de Plokenet for 15 marks of silver (40 marks previously received), together with John Giffard, Walter Heliun, Adam de Monte Alto, John Giffard de Twyford, Ralph de Albyniaco, and Robt. de Panes, Knights. The wardship and marriage so released were sold to Ralph de Leycestre, Archdeacon of Wilts, for 70 marcs of silver.

      In the Lanthony Register, he witnesses divers grants: viz., from William de Waleys de Husmerley: "Rogo Ruffo de Harscombe," with Will. de Parco, Walter de Salle, and Robt. de Coverle; also from John de Bohun of half an acre, near to the Court at Haresfield, for the soul of his father, Earl Humphrey, and his mother Matilda; also, from Laurence de Chandos of all his Court of Brockworth, with buildings, gardens, curtilages and vineries, and all appurtenances, in the field called Westfield. He witnesses also a grant from Alexander de Mattesdon to Philip de Mattesdon, and Isabel, his wife, of all his rights in that vill, contained in the Abbot's Register. He was Sheriff of Gloucestershire in Edw. I. (1278). In 1283 he was returned as one of the knights for the shire, as "Dominus Rogerus le Rous."

      In 1285, in the time of Rich. Swinfield, Bishop of Hereford (whose judicial rights within his fee the turbulent citizens of Hereford had disputed), we meet with him as Commissioner on an Inquisition held on the day of St. Dionysius. In 1290 we find him Knight of the Shire for Hereford. His name is of frequent occurrence in the Registers of St. Peter's Abbey as a witness to grants of lands, &c.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1522] Douglas Richardson, 17 Dec 2017, post to soc.genealogy.medieval.

    2. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    3. [S1522] Douglas Richardson, 17 Dec 2017, post to soc.genealogy.medieval., year only.

    4. [S1524] Rev. John Melland Hall, "Harescombe: Fragments of Parochial History." Transactions of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 10:67, 1886.

    5. [S1523] Douglas Richardson, 20 Jan 2002, post to soc.genealogy.medieval., year only.

    6. [S1526] The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, Wife of Reverend John Owsley, Generations 1-15, Fourth Preliminary Edition, by Ronny O. Bodine and Bro. Thomas Spalding, Jr. 2013.