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  • ID: I22855
  • Name: John de BRUS , Lord of Conington & Exton 1
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: John /Bruce/, Lord of Conington & Exton
  • Birth: 13 JUN 1317 in Exton, Oakham, Rutland, England
  • Death: BEF 10 MAY 1346 in Conington, Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, England 2
  • Note:
    Manor of Conington, Huntingdonshire:

    Shortly after 1242 Robert de Brus and Isabel his wife, sister and co-heir of John le Scot, gave the manor of Conington to Bernard, their younger son, to be held of the honour of Huntingdon. Here Bernard apparently built a house. He joined the Barons against Henry III and his lands were forfeited after the Battle of Evesham in 1265. He died before August 1266. Conington, however, had been settled on his widow Constance de Morteyn, who was holding it in 1276-1286. Their son Bernard probably redeemed it from Robert de Brus, his overlord and uncle, as he redeemed Exton in Rutland in 1280. He was holding Conington in 1295, and died in 1301. A little while before his death he granted the manor of Conington to his son Bernard (III), and in 1303 Agatha, his widow, was holding dower there. Bernard (III) was holding in 1316 and settled the manor in 1325 on himself and Agnes his wife, with remainder to their son Bernard (IV), who was then apparently about to marry Maud, daughter of Ralph de Crophull. The manor had fallen in value about this time owing to the meadows and fens having been drowned by the great inundation of waters. An earlier settlement had granted further remainders to John and Edmund, younger sons of Bernard and Agnes. Bernard de Brus (III) died in 1330 seised with Agnes his wife of the manor and advowson of Conington, leaving Bernard (IV) his son and heir. Bernard (IV) did not long survive his father, and left as his heir his brother John. His widow Maud, who afterwards married Bennet de Fulsham, appears to have had some interest in Conington, under a settlement, until her death in 1350. John de Brus settled the manor in 1342 on himself and his wife Margaret and his heirs, and in the same year, as Lord of Conington, was called upon to answer the Abbot of Ramsey for disseising the abbey of lands in Walton. He died in 1346 and left Bernard, a posthumous child who died within a year of his birth, and four daughters. The custody of the heir and afterwards of the co-heirs was granted to John de Grey of Ruthyn in 1347. The wardship and marriage of the four sisters were sold by John de Grey to John de Verdon and by him to Master Simon de Islip, afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury. Islip sold them to John de Wesenham, a wealthy merchant, who married Agnes, the eldest daughter, to Hugh de Wesenham his son, and in order that he might take the whole inheritance, the other three daughters Joan, Elizabeth and Helen were, in 1347, placed in monasteries. Joan went to Nuneaton at the age of about nine, and Elizabeth and Helen, aged respectively about seven and five, were sent to the Priory of Bullington in Lincolnshire, and were professed there within a year. Agnes was married to Hugh de Wesenham about 1353. In 1358 she was declared the sole heir of her brother, the whereabouts of Joan, it was said, being unknown, and the two other sisters being professed nuns. Hugh and Agnes entered into possession of the whole estate, but their right was almost immediately challenged by Nicholas Grene, husband of Joan, who apparently had left Nuneaton Priory and married. A good deal of litigation followed. Hugh pleaded that Joan took the habit of religion when she was eleven, and continued to wear it until she was over sixteen. According to the rule of Fontevrault, of which Nuneaton was a cell, if any woman over twelve wore the habit of the order for a year, she was deemed to be professed. Upon this point an inquiry was made by the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, by whom it was found that Joan was not professed up to 24th June 1358. It was eventually adjudged that the inheritance should be divided equally between the two sisters, and a partition was made in 1359.

    By the partition the houses at Conington and Exton in Rutland were to be divided for the accommodation of each sister and her husband, and at Conington a new doorway was made for Agnes's use, and Joan and her husband were to have access to the chapel. In 1361 Nicholas Grene and Joan settled their half-share on themselves in fee tail. In 1368 both sisters and their husbands received quitclaims as to their holdings from Athelina or Alana, daughter of Bernard de Brus of Thrapston. After this date the whole manor seems to have passed to the Wesenhams, although the Grenes retained a moiety of the advowson.

    Father: Bernard III de BRUS , Lord of Conington & Exton b: ABT 1275 in Exton, Oakham, Rutland, England
    Mother: Agnes b: ABT 1280

    Marriage 1 Margaret de HARDRESHULL b: ABT 1325 in Hartshill, Atherstone, Warwickshire, England
    • Married: BEF 1342 in 1st husband 1
    1. Has Children Joan de BRUS , Heiress of Exton b: ABT 1344 in Exton, Oakham, Rutland, England

    1. Title: VCH - Huntingdon,
      Media: Book
      Page: III:144-51
    2. Title: VCH - Huntingdon,
      Media: Book
      Page: III:144-51
      Text: 1346
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