Matthew (Stawell) de Stawell
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Matthew (Stawell) de Stawell (abt. 1339 - abt. 1379)

Sir Matthew de Stawell formerly Stawell aka de Stowell
Born about in Somerset, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1368 in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Englandmap
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Biography

Named in the Inquisitions Post Mortem following the death of his parents: Matthew de Stowell his son, aged 22 years, is his heir. - Matthew de Stowell son of the said Geoffrey and Juliana, of full age at the time of his father's death, is heir of Juliana.

"Richard Lyffe, who was styled 'of Currypool', where probably he resided : his seal was four eaglets displayed. Having married Margery the daughter of Sir Matthew Stawel, knt. he became father of two daughters whom he left his coheiresses, Amicia the wife of sir Baldwin Malet, and Joan the wife of Walter Tilly; the former of them had this manor [Charlinch], which continued in the family of Malet for some years."


He is mentioned in the Inquisitions following the death of his father in-law, Richard de Mertone: - Matthew de Stowille knight and Eleanor his wife.


20 Apr 1365, Westminster Licence for Thomas Cheyne to grant to Thomas Kaignes, clerks Richard de Merton, 'chivaler,' William de Bughbrigge, clerk, and Matthew de Stawell, a messuage, two mills, a carucate of land, 6 acres of meadow, 40 acres of wood, 40 acres of furze and heath, in La Wode in the parish of Chepyngtoryton and a fifth part of the manor of Chepyngtoriton, held in chief, as is said, to hold to them and the heirs of the said Richard, with the knights' fees and advowsons of churches, rents, services, wards, marriages, escheats, fairs, markets, views of frank pledge, and other liberties and free customs pertaining to the lands and fifth part. Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edw. III, vol. 13, p. 120


2 Dec 1379, Westminster Commission to Peter de Veel, knight, Edmund de Bradeston, knight, William Style, escheator in the county of Somerset, Thomas Laurence, escheator in the county of Gloucester, John Stanshawe and Henry Warenner, to enquire whether Matthew Stowell, knight, deceased, who held the manor of Frompton, co. Gloucester, of the late king in chief by knight service, alienated it to John Hydon in fee by licence, and, whether he died seised in demesne as of fee of two parts of the manor of Stowell, co. Somerset ; also whether any tenants of the manor of Frompton did not attorn in his lifetime by virtue of the said alienation in respect of some parcels (particulis) thereof, and therebythe custody both of the said parcels and the said two parts, together with the marriage of his heir, became of right the king's, and to certify the yearly value, the names of the tenants and of the heir,whose body is to be taken into the king's hands. Calendar of Patent Rolls, Ric. II, vol. 1, p. 422

After his father's death, Matthew succeeded to Norridge, and sold it in 1368 to John Lye, subject to a life interest which Sir Peter Scudamore held, apparently by lease.

It is stated in the "Baronagium Genealogicum that he was seated at Cothelstone in 1371. He is shown to have had in the same year, livery of one messuage, fifty acres of land, ten acres of meadow (twenty shillings rent), and three water-mills in the manor of Frampton Cotell in Gloucestershire. Risdon says that Sir Matthew Stawell of Cothelstone was a knight of Somersetshire in the reign of Edward III , and that his arms were "Gules, a cross of lozenges, argent."

In the year 1371, Thomas Chaumpnoun, escheator in co. Devon, was "commanded to receive the fealty of Matthew de Stowille, who married Eleanor, one of the daughters of Richard de Merton, deceased, and of John Bamfile, who married Joan, another daughter of the said Richard, of their pourparties of the Castle of Chepyngtoriton, advowson of the church there, and of two parts of five parts of the manor and vill of Chepyngtoriton, which are held of the king by knight service."

Sir Matthew Stawell and Sir Baldwin Malet, knights, were witnesses to the purchase by Sir Thomas Fichet, knight, of the manor of Edington, along with Richard Lyff, Richard Cokyr, Sir Thomas Trivett and others in 49 Edw. III. (1375) (Ref: Publications, Vol. 68, Somerset Record Society, publ. 1968.)

Death and Burial

2 Dec 1379 - Commission to Peter de Veel, knight, Edmund de Bradeston, knight, William Style, escheator in the county of Somerset, Thomas Laurence, escheator in the county of Gloucester, John Stanshawe and Henry Warenner, to enquire whether Matthew Stowell, knight, deceased, who held the manor of Frompton, co. Gloucester, of the late king in chief by knight service, alienated it to John Hydon in fee by licence, and, whether he died seised in demesne as of fee of two parts of the manor of Stowell, co. Somerset; also whether any tenants of the manor of Frompton did not attorn in his lifetime by virtue of the said alienation in respect of some parcels (particulis) thereof, and thereby the custody both of the said parcels and the said two parts, together with the marriage of his heir, became of right the king's, and to certify the yearly value, the names of the tenants and of the heir, whose body is to be taken into the king's hands.

See photo of tomb in exhibits. A lion is under the feet of Sir Matthew; two squirrels are under the feet of Eleanor.

Sources

  • Celtic Casimir
  • A Quantock Family: the Stawells of Cothelstone and their descendants, by Col. George Dodsworth Stawell, publ. 1910 by Barnicott and Pearce, the Wessex Press, p. 35
  • '[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 34, Ed. 1, Tree #1536, Date of Import: May 28, 2000]
  • 'A Quantock Family" The Stawells(Stowell's) of Cothelstone and Their Descendants, The Barons Stawell of Somerton, and The Stawells of Devonshire and the County Cork. Compiled & Edited by Colonel George Dodsworth Stawell

Taunton (Barnicott & Pearce, The Wessex Press - Published 1910 in England.

  • From "The Heralds' Visitation of Somersetshire" of 1623 gives the following generations" 1. Sir Raphe, 2. Sir Pagan, 3. Sir Raphe, 4. Sir Pagan, 5. Sir Leonard, 6. Sir Henry, 7. Sir Nicholas, 8. Sir Nicholas, 9. Sir Adam, 10. Sir Matthew, 11. Sir Geoffrey who married Joan, daughter and heir of John de Columbers & 12. Sir Geoffrey who married Juliana, daughter of Walter Gastelyn.
  • http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jhmjr&id=I15955


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In the biography it is written that his daughter Margery married Richard Lyffe. Yet she is not shown as a descendant. Could she be added?
posted by Erin (Brown) Schmidt
Hi Erin, if you would like to research the daughter Margery and provide reliable sources along with vital information, she can be added. The EuroAristo project is the largest on Wikitree, yet we only have a few dozen people that actively work on these profiles. As such, interested parties are welcome to add information using reliable sources. For those without Pre-1500 certification, you can provide information & sources here in the comments section. Thanks.
Margery is named as his daughter, plus the wife of Richard and mother of Amice (Amicia) in Visitations of Somerset at page 45. Is that enough to get a profile started for her? I also don't have pre-1500 certification yet. Guess I'll have to start working on it so I can work on this branch of my tree. :) Thanks!
posted by Ashley Jones JD
edited by Ashley Jones JD
Hi Ashley, we need sources with dates and more research done on the family. When was Margery born (approximately)? How do you know? Also, Richard Lyffe has a profile Richard Lyffe (bef.1360-). He's shown as being born before 1360 with daughter Amicia born c 1375. She's married to Baldwin Malet (born bef 1344). So the dates aren't working. I don't at present have the time to research this line. If you want to research the line and try to correct the dates from analyzing extant records, you can post to G2G with your information and sources, tag it with Medieval, England, and Pre-1500, and hopefully attract the attention of one or more project members that can assist.
Thank you, Darlene. I'll dig around and see if I can firm up this line any. I think the only one there's a solid birthdate for is her great-grandson, Thomas, in 1428. The rest look like estimations, so there's definitely wiggle room in the dates. Just need to figure out how much. I'll make a G2G post with it when I get there. :)
posted by Ashley Jones JD
Hi Ashley, for many (if not most) Medieval profiles, all we can do is estimate dates. Many times we will have a better idea of death date, and in that case it is better to not try to estimate birth dates. If you manage to figure out a general timeframe for the various generations and locate sources to support at least one date (since Wikitree requires at least one date), that would be a big help and much appreciated. Thanks for your interest. If you get interested in Medieval genealogy, you may want to join the England project. They have a great group of leaders and are well organized. You start out on the Orphans Team, and the work you do on that team will help you learn your way around Wikitree and sourcing and writing biographies. Then you can join another team and learn more. Through this, you may gain the knowledge and desire to obtain pre-1500 certification. Then you can come have fun with the Medieval Project!
posted by Darlene (Athey) Athey-Hill
edited by Darlene (Athey) Athey-Hill
Yes, I definitely want to do the England project soon. That seems to be where the bulk of my pre-1500 ancestors are, like Matthew here. I've just been prioritizing getting my more recent tree shaped up before I move on to more difficult things. :)
posted by Ashley Jones JD

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