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Richard Lovel

Male Abt 1276 - 1351  (~ 75 years)

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  • Name Richard Lovel 
    Born Abt 1276  of Castle Cary, North Cadbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth of Wincanton, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Alternate birth of Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 31 Jan 1351  [1, 6, 7, 8
    Person ID I2139  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of LDN, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2020 

    Father Hugh Lovel,   b. Bef 1243, of Castle Cary, North Cadbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 21 May 1291  (Age < 48 years) 
    Mother Eleanor,   d. Aft Mar 1298 
    Family ID F1655  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Muriel Soules,   d. Feb 1318 
    Married Bef 1307  [6
    +1. Eleanor Lovel,   d. Aft 1360
    +2. Joan Lovel
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F1184  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • 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.

  • Sources 
    1. [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.

    2. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here., place only.

    3. [S142] Royal Ancestry by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013., place only.

    4. [S777] The Victoria County History of Oxfordshire. Portions online, linked from

    5. [S2338] Bruce McAndrew, "The Collective Memory in Scottish Heraldry: Fiction, Fact, and Fancy." Foundations 10:62, 2018.

    6. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here.

    7. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008.

    8. [S789] The Wallop Family and Their Ancestry by Vernon James Watney. Oxford, 1928., year only.