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Alan la Zouche

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  • Name Alan la Zouche  [1
    Born of Molton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth Bef 1217  of Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Alternate birth Abt 1217  of Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6
    Died 10 Aug 1270  [2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
    Alternate death 12 Aug 1270  [8
    Person ID I8764  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB, Ancestors of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 12 Oct 2018 

    Father Roger la Zouche,   b. Abt 1175, of Black Torrington, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 14 May 1238  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Mother Margaret Biset,   b. of Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 15 Aug 1232 
    Family ID F1615  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ellen de Quincy,   b. Abt 1222, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 Aug 1296  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married Bef 1242  [2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
    Children 
    +1. Roger la Zouche,   b. Abt 1241, of Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 15 Oct 1285  (Age ~ 44 years)
    +2. Oliver la Zouche,   b. Abt 1250, of South Charford, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1316 and 1327  (Age ~ 66 years)
    +3. Margaret la Zouche,   b. 1251, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F1494  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Constable of the Tower of London.

      "His first taste of high office came in 1250 when he was appointed justice of the county of Chester and the Four Cantrefs (the district of north Wales east of the River Conwy). He paid 1000 marks for the post, allegedly outbidding the current holder of the office. He flaunted the wealth he raised from the district, and boasted that the whole of Wales was now reduced to obedience. But his high-handed and insensitive behaviour provoked royal investigation, and fuelled the resentment in the area against the English, which led to the violent overthrow of English rule in 1256. By then Zouche had entered the service of the Lord Edward (who had been given the royal lands in Wales, Ireland, and Chester in February 1254), and acted as his justiciar in Ireland from June 1256 to October 1258. With the onset of civil discord in England in June 1258, Zouche was given ample opportunity to display his unflinching loyalty to the king." [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

      Subsequent offices include steward of the royal household, Oct 1261 - Jan 1263; sheriff of Northamptonshire 1261-4; justice of the forests south of Trent Jun 1261 onward; constable of Rockingham Castle 1261-4 and Northampton Castle 1261-3; warden of London and constable of the Tower, Jun 1268 - Apr 1268.

      "Taken prisoner at the battle of Lewes (14 May 1264), Zouche escaped to Lewes Priory, where he disguised himself as a monk, but he was recaptured and imprisoned. In the aftermath of the king's victory at Evesham (4 August 1265) he played an important part in the pacification of the country: he was one of the twelve arbitrators appointed to arrange the terms of the surrender of Kenilworth Castle in 1266, and was one of the justices appointed to hear the pleas of the disinherited." [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

      "During an altercation in Westminster Hall on 1 July 1270, [John de] Warenne and his men assaulted Zouche and his son in the presence of the royal justice and the chancellor. Zouche suffered wounds from which he died on 10 August 1270." [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

  • Sources 
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    2. [S1016] Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell by Carl Boyer III. Santa Clarita, California, 2001.

    3. [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.

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

    5. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.

    6. [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., place only.

    7. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing).

    8. [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.

    9. [S977] The Blackmans of Knight's Creek: Ancestors and Descendants of George and Maria (Smith) Blackman by Henry James Young. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 1980.