Name: Thomas le DESPENSER , of Arnesby & Burton 1 2
Birth: ABT 1159 in Burton-on-the-Wolds, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England
Death: ABT 1207 in Arnesby, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, England 2
The following is excerpted from a post to SGM, 31 Dec 2003, by John Ravilious:
188.8.131.52.2 Thomas le Despenser
Death: ca 1207
of Burton on the Wolds, co. Leics.
'dispensator' of the Earl of Chester (possibly in succession to his uncle Geoffrey)
'Thoma dispensatore', witness together with Elias, 'his brother' of the gift of Ivo de Alspath, 'ca. 1160', of a virgate of land to Monks Kirby (PRO, Meriden (Alspath) [DR10/524].
See text from PRO, below.
'Thoma dispensator'; or 'dispensarius'; [also 'Toma';], witness to numerous charters of the Earls of Chester, ca. 1178-1207 (charters #192, 194, 203, 261-2, 265, 272, 288-9, 302-3, 313, 316, 321, 334, 341, in G. Barraclough)'
acquired Arnesby and Loughborough, co. Leics. on the death of his brother Elias:
' The successor of Ellis was Thomas Despenser, who was amerced 1 mark in 1166 for a default in Leicestershire. This Thomas was amerced 40s. in 1176 for forest trespass in Leicestershire.... he was presumably the donor to [Garendon] abbey of 10 bovates in Burton on the Wolds, Leics., of the fee of Asketil de Berges,...' [ Farrer, HKF II:58, citing Pipe Roll 12 Hen II, p. 70; 22 Hen II, p. 185; and Cal. Chart. Rolls iv. 475]
~ the grant of land in Burton on the Wolds, co. Leics. to Garendon abbey reads:
'the grant of the same Asketil of the gift of Thomas Dispensator of ten bovates of land in his fee, in the same town' - CCR IV:475 Thomas obviously held his lands (or at least these 10 bovates) in Burton of Ansketil de Berges (elsewhere Ansketil de Prestwold); these may have been either inheritance from his mother, or devised by his father, but were evidently therefore held of his elder brother.
' Honors and Knights' Fees ii:58 etseq. gives Ellis Despenser enfeoffed of Loughbourough by Hugh de Beauchamp after 1158. Ellis succeeded by Thomas, living 1166. This Thomas donated 10 bovates in Burton on the Wolds, Leics. of the fee of ASKETIL de Berges.' (the cite by Farrer references CCR IV:475)
'Thomas Dispensator gave to Stephen de Segrave with Roese his daughter in free marriage a rent of 2s in Burton', to them and the heirs of their bodies' (CP Vol IV, p. 259n)
'Thomas Despenser', witness to charter of Ranulf, Earl of Chester to the burgesses of Coventry, ca. 1199-1204 (this is included in Barraclough, Charters]
Refs: grant to St. Nicholas, ca. 1160
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office: Gregory of Stivichall [DR10/468 - DR10/970], Warwickshire -Meriden (Alspath)
date: c. 1160
'Gift from Ivo de Aellespat to the monks of St. Nicholas of Kirkebi [Monks Kirby] of a virgate of land in Aellespet which belonged to Godwin and his heirs, to hold in free alms for the soul of the said Ivo, his ancestors and successors, and for the deeds committed by the said Ivo on the lands of St. Nicholas during the civil war.
Witnesses: Thomas steward (dispensatore), Elias, his brother, Richard cornmonger (frumentino), Robert, his son, Gilbert, son of Pichot, Roger, his son, Nigel de Amundavilla, Thomas de Bikenhulla, William Brittone, Roger reeve (preposito), William reeve (preposito), Adam, son of Godwin.’
~parentage [now discounted as unlikely] previously theorized for Thomas le Despenser indicated in Eynsham cartulary (reference from Monasticon Anglicanum, provided by Douglas Richardson): 'Vol. 3, pg. 25 Charter for Thomas filius Hugonis Dispensatoris. No date. Mentions land which his father ("pater") formerly held of Waukelin Harang his uncle ("avunculo"). '
This evidently is another family, based in Oxfordshire. The charter of Thomas 'filius Hugonis' of a virgate of land to Eynsham abbey is dated [1213-28] by Salter (49:149)
Children: Thomas (-<1218)
Sir Hugh (-<1238)
Father: Hugh de BERGES , of Burton-on-the-Wolds b: ABT 1129 in Burton-on-the-Wolds, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England
Rohese de FOIX b: ABT 1165 in Foix, Ariege, Midi-Pyreneees, France
- Rohese le DESPENSER , Heiress of Burton b: ABT 1188 in Burton-on-the-Wolds, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England
- Hugh le DESPENSER , Lord of Loughborough, Sir b: ABT 1190 in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England
- Muriel le DESPENSER b: ABT 1191 in Lougborough, Leicestershire, England
- Geoffrey le DESPENSER , of Martley b: ABT 1200 in Martley, Worcestershire, England
- Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
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