Name: Nicholas DRURY , of Rougham, Esq
Birth: ABT 1339 in Thurston, Suffolk, England
Death: AFT 1393 in Rougham, Suffolk, England
SIR NICHOLAS DRURY, knight, son of JOHN DRURY of THURSTON, succeeded at Thurston, and was the first of the family to live at Rougham where the Drurys were to continue for eleven generations. The first mention of him is in an abstract of a deed 1339 purchasing land in Thurston.
"A deede 13 Edw. 3 (1339) Mentioninge that Symon Faber of Thurston sould lands To Nicholas the sonne of John Drury of Thurston etc."; and in the same year a Writ of scire facias was directed "to the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex to inform the heirs of John late Archbishop of Dublin and the tenants of lands which were his within their bailiwick on Saturday in the Quindene of St. Martin 6 Edw. II (1312) and (to inform) Nicholas Drury or his heirs and the tenants of lands which were his within their bailiwick that day, if Nicholas was dead, that they be here in the quindene of Easter to show why l 100 (which the said Archbishop and Nicholas acknowledged in the court of Edward II coram Rege on that Saturday that they owed to Hugh le Despenser the elder, and ought to have paid on the faist of All Saints next following, but have not yet paid) should not be raised from their lands and paid to the King by reason of the forfeiture of the said Hugh."
On 31 July 1358 he was named first on the panel of the inquisition held at Sudbury to enquire into the lands of Michael de Bures, and again Nov. 1359 at Poslingworth on a similar enquiry as to the lands of Robert atte Park.
There was a pardon to Nicholas Drury of Thurston of his outlawry in the County of Suffolk for non-appearance before William de Notton and his fellows, justices of oyer and terminer in the said county, to answer touching an indictment taht he with John Straunge of Tymworth and others, conspired at Thurston, on Monday after Michaelmas ( i.e. Sept 7) 33 Edw III (1359), that John would act so that no execution of right by plaint or otherwise shold be done in the Abbot Of St. Edmund's hundred adjacent to the town of Tymworth and that Nicholas would, do the like in the eight towns of the hundred adjacent to Thurston.
Nicholas Drury, with Thomas Pakenham, had letters of protection 4 February 1369/70 on going to Ireland with William de Wyndsore to stay there on the King's service, and again on 20 September 1373. A commission to him was enrolled as follows:
Limerick, 3 Sept. 49 Edw. III (1375). - The King assigns Nicholas Drewry and Walter Padeley to buy and take all hawks and tercels which they shall be able to find in the counties of Tipperary and Waterford, causing them to be appraised at a reasonable price by oath &c: to the use of the King, and to certify by indentures between themselves and the sellers to the Governor of Ireland touching the number and value of them, so that due payment may be made upon the consideration of the said Governor; and commissions to all sheriffs &c. that they may aid the said Nicholas and Walter in executing the things aforesaid.
Again Nicholas Drury of Rougham who is about to go to parts beyond the seas in the King's service has letters general of attorney from the King. Witness the King at Westminster 26 Ap. 3 Ric. II (1380).
At Easter 1382 Nicholas Drury of Rougham, co. Suffolk, was sued in the King's Court by John Scorfeyn, citizen of London, but did not appear and the Sheriffs of London returned that he had nothing within their jurisdiction. 27 May 1384 he was appointed, being then a Knight, a collector of a Subsidy for the county of Suffolk. He was joint executor of the will of Sir William de Rushbroke, knight, 18 Dec. 1381, and was witness to a grant of Elizabeth widow of Sir John Gildesborough, knight, of lands in Great Whelnetham, Hawstead etc., co. Suffolk, 25 Jan. 1393/4. His will dated at Rougham 1383/4 is no longer in existence.
Father: John DRURY , of Thurston, Sir b: ABT 1319 in Thurston, Suffolk, England
Mother: Amabilia de NEWTON b: ABT 1320 in Newton, Sudbury, Suffolk, England
Agnes de SAXHAM b: ABT 1340 in Little Saxham, Suffolk, England
- Roger DRURY , of Rougham, Sir b: ABT 1356 in Rougham, Suffolk, England