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Robert Knyvett (abt. 1365 - 1419)

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Robert Knyvett aka Knyvet
Born about in Southwick, Northamptonshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married before 1392 [location unknown]
Husband of — married after 1400 [location unknown]
Husband of — married before 1411 [location unknown]
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Died [location unknown]
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Robert Knyvett is in a trail badged by the Magna Carta Project to surety baron William de Huntingfield (see text below).

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Biography

Robert probably was born in the middle of the second half of the 14th Century, the son of Sir John Knyvet, Lord Chancellor of England, Chief Justice of the King's Bench, and Justice of the Common Pleas, and his wife, Eleanor Basset, the daughter of Sir Ralph Basset, Lord Basset of Weldon.[1][2]

First Marriage and Son of that Marriage

Robert married Joan Castelayn, a daughter of John Castelayn, Esq. and his wife, Isolde or Iseult Belhouse. She brought him Stanway (which she had inherited from her uncle Sir Thomas de Belhouse when he died in 1374/5[3][4], Down Hall and Whatley (both in Rayleigh), and Ramsden-Belhouse, all in Essex; Groton in Suffolk; and Newington Belhouse, Newington (which had previously been known as Belhouse, and came to be called Newington Belhouse during his tenure[5]) in Kent, making him a wealthy landowner.[1][2]Robert is recorded as holding Stanway in 1392[4], so the marriage must have been before then. He and Joan had one son:

Land Transactions of 1400 and 1401

In 1400 Robert quit-claimed Stanway to John Doreward, who was to become father-in-law of his son Thomas,[4] for £100. The following year, Robert received the Manor of Shenefeld also known as FitzWauters {sic} from the same John Doreward for the same amount. Shenefeld was to be held by Robert and his heirs.[6]

On 1 November 1400, Robert served as a witness to the contract in which the Abbot of St. John's sold the land of Adburtone to the Prior of St. Botolph's.[7]

Second Marriage

After the death of his first wife, Robert Knyvet married Elizabeth Carew, daughter of Nicholas Carew, Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex, and his wife, Isabel de la Mare. Elizabeth had been married to Roger Lewknor, who had died on 15 March 1400.[8][9] Elizabeth died on 25 September 1410 and was buried at Beddington, Surrey.[2] No children are known to have come from this marriage. She brought him properties at Broadhurst and elsewhere in Sussex, South Mimms in Middlesex, and Stoke Doyle in Northamptonshire.[1][2] Elizabeth died on 25 September 1510.[1][2]

Third Marriage

Robert Knyvet subsequently married a woman named Ellen. Douglas Richardson dates this marriage to before 1411[1][2]: that would mean they wedded within weeks of his second wife's death, and it is possible that Richardson means before the regnal year 1411/12, which started on 30 September 1411. They had a son:

Lands Held in 1412

In the year 1412, Robert held the following lands:[10]

Property CountyValue
Dounhall Essex100s
Watlegh Essex£10
Stanwehall Essex£20
Shenefeld Essex100s
FolstanKent£20
MymmesMidlesex£40
Stoke DoillyNorthampton£7
BradherstSussex£33, 6s, 8d
SelmestonSussex£13, 6s, 8d
ItefordSussex£13, 6d,8d

The properties in Sussex were owned jointly with William FitzRichard, and Robert is listed as an Esquire in the Middlesex listing.[10]

Death

Robert died on 10 January 1419.[11] His estate was probated in 1419.[1][2]

Research Notes

First Wife

Most sources name Robert's first wife as Joan and describe her as niece of Sir Thomas de Belhouse. One old source, Thomas Wright's 1836 The History and Topography of the County Essex, names her as Margaret.[3] W H Ireland's 1829 A New and Complete History of the County of Kent[12] and Edward Hasted's 1799 The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent[5] say she was the daughter of Sir Thomas Belhouse: this represents confusion with a daughter of Sir Thomas, also called Joan, who died in infancy in 1375.[4]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), Vol. II pp. 509-510, KNYVET 8
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013, Vol III, pp 449-450, KNYVET 12 and 13
  3. 3.0 3.1 Thomas Wright. The History and Topography of the County of Essex, London, England: George Virtue, 1836, Vol. I, pp 400-401, Internet Archive
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 'Stanway: Manors and other estates', in A History of the County of Essex (Victoria County History of Essex), Volume 10, Lexden Hundred (Part) Including Dedham, Earls Colne and Wivenhoe, ed. Janet Cooper (London, 2001), pp. 263-266, British History Online, accessed 12 August 2019
  5. 5.0 5.1 Edward Hasted. 'Parishes: Newington', in The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 8 (Canterbury, 1799), pp. 197-210, British History Online, accessed 12 August 2019
  6. Feet of Fines for Essex, Essex Archaeological Society, 1929-1949, Vol III, pp. 234-235, Nos. 24 and 30, Internet Archive
  7. S A Moore. Cartularium Monasterii Sancti Johannis Baptiste de Colecestria, London, England: Chiswick Press, 1897, Vol. II, p 504.
  8. Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 17, LEWKNOR 8
  9. Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 571, LEWKNOR 13
  10. 10.0 10.1 Inquisitions and Assessments Relating to Feudal Aids, vol. VI, London, England: The Deputy Keeper of the Records, 1920, pp 444, 470, 491, 500 & 526, Internet Archive
  11. James Orchard Halliwell (ed.). The Autobiography and Correspondence of Sir Simonds d'Ewes, Bart., London, England: Richard Bentley, 1845, Vol. I, p 336, Internet Archive
  12. W H Ireland, W. H. A New and Complete History of the County of Kent, London, England: G. Virtue, Vol II, 1829, p 185, Internet Archive
  • Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. Salt Lake City: the author, 2011. See also WikiTree's source page for Magna Carta Ancestry.
  • Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013. See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry.

Acknowledgements

Magna Carta Project

Magna Carta ancestry
Robert Knyvet is in a trail from Magna Carta Surety Baron William de Huntingfield to Gateway Ancestor William Clopton that was approved for the Magna Carta Project on 6 September 2019 by Michael Cayley. This profile was developed in accordance with project standards (by a former Gateway Guardian of William Clopton). See Base Camp for more information about Magna Carta trails.
If you are interested in being a Gateway Guardian, or joining the project (or both), please post a comment to WikiTree-36, answer "yes" to the project's G2G "join" post (to join the project), or contact me. ~ David Douglass
Magna Carta Trail
  1. William Clopton is the son of William Clopton
  2. William Clopton is the son of Walter Clopton
  3. Walter Clopton is the son of William Clopton
  4. William Clopton is the son of Richard Clopton
  5. Richard Clopton is the son of Thomasine (Knyvet) Clopton
  6. Thomasine (Knyvet) Clopton is the daughter of Thomas Knyvet
  7. Thomas Knyvet is the son of John Knyvet
  8. John Knyvet is the son of Thomas Knyvet
  9. Thomas Knyvet is the son of Robert Knyvet
  10. Robert Knyvet is the son of Eleanor (Basset) Knyvet
  11. Eleanor (Basset) Knyvet is the daughter of Ralph Basset
  12. Ralph Basset is the son of Joan (Huntingfield) Basset
  13. Joan (Huntingfield) Basset is the daughter of Roger Huntingfield
  14. Roger Huntingfield is the son of William Huntingfield
  15. William Huntingfield is the son of Roger Huntingfield
  16. Roger Huntingfield is the son of Surety Baron William (Huntingfield) de Huntingfield
Robert Knyvet is also potentially the descendant of William d'Aubeney, Lord of Belvoir Castle. His descent from these two Barons is directly from his mother, Eleanor Basset. The potential trails can be inspected at Ten Surety Barons.


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On 1 Oct 2019 at 15:12 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

"Profile of the Month" in the Magna Carta Project's September Newsletter.

On 12 Aug 2019 at 15:27 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I have now finished my review of this profile for the Magna Carta Project, and also edited the profiles of his wives and children.

On 10 Aug 2019 at 15:30 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I will be doing a little work on this profile as part my review for the Magna Carta Project of the trail from William Clopton to Surety Baron William de Huntingfield.

On 17 Sep 2016 at 17:52 GMT Andrew Lancaster wrote:

On 17 Sep 2016 at 16:51 GMT Andrew Lancaster wrote:

The Bellshouse family (this one skipping the Castelayns) http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-kent/vol8/pp197-210

On 17 Sep 2016 at 16:38 GMT Andrew Lancaster wrote:

Richardson spells the first wife's surname Castelayn (useful info for searches)

Robert is 17 degrees from Thomas Edison, 27 degrees from Nikola Tesla and 21 degrees from George Westinghouse on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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