Name: Thomas ABBERBURY , of Donnington 1 2 2
ALIA: Thomas /Adderbury/, of Donnington
Birth: BEF 1271 in Adderbury, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England 1
Death: 1307 in Shaw cum Donnington, Newbury, Berkshire, England 1 2
In the time of Edward the Confessor Toti held Donnington of the king, and at the time of the Domesday Survey he had been succeeded by William Lovet. In 1166-7 Gervase of Salnerville was holding it, and in 1215 Gilbert son of Rayner had been holding land here, but, apparently, not the manor. In 1229 Philip de Sanderville, perhaps a son or grandson of Gervase, was holding the manor,and was also holding manors at Enborne and South Morton, which had belonged to William Lovet at the time of the Domesday Survey. In 1229 a suit was brought against Philip de Sanderville by Richard de Coupeland and Joan his wife, who received a grant of land here, probably the manor, from Philip in 1231-2. A little later Richard was holding the manor, and in 1287-8 Alan de Coupeland, who seems to have been his son, sold it to Thomas de Eadburbury. He may, perhaps, be identified with the Thomas de Abberbury who received a charter of free warren here in 1292. Thomas died in 1307 seised of the manor, which passed to his brother Walter, then aged thirty. Walter was living and in possession of the manor in 1308-9, but by 1315-16 he was dead, and the manor had passed to Richard de Abberbury, who was probably his son. Richard died in March 1333 seised of this manor, when his heir was his son John, then aged sixteen. John seems to have died without issue before 1353, when Richard de Abberbury, probably his cousin, was holding the manor. In 1387 Richard received a grant of this manor, or some further rights here, and in 1388 or 1390 he was expelled from the court by the discontented nobles on account of his loyalty. In 1415 he sold the manor to Thomas Chaucer, who is thought to have been the son of Geoffrey Chaucer the poet.
From: 'Parishes: Shaw-cum-Donnington', A History of the County of Berkshire: Volume 4 (1924), pp. 87-97. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62687&strquery=donnington berkshire Date accessed: 15 April 2013.
NOTE: According to the VCH article on Souldern, Oxfordshire, which seemed to have more details, the Richard who was "expelled from court" in 1388-90, d. 1401, and his brother Thomas's son Richard was the one alive in 1415, who would have been the one to sell the Manor to Thomas Chaucer.
Father: Roger ABBERBURY , of Adderbury b: ABT 1248 in Adderbury, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England
- Title: VCH - Berkshire, vol 4, www.british-history.ac.uk
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Page: VI:301-12, see notes for Thomas Adderbury, d. >1399