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  • ID: I27705
  • Name: Osbert (Osbern) III GIFFARD , of Winterborne, Sir 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 10 JUN 1234 in Winterborn Houghton, Blandford, Dorset, England 1
  • Death: AFT 20 AUG 1297 in Standlake, Witney, Oxfordshire, England 1
  • Note:
    SIR OSBERN, or OSBERT, GIFFARD, of Winterborne Houghton, and Langham in Gillingham, Dorset, Egg Buckland and Hooe, Devon, Standlake and Deddington Oxon, Pitchcombe, co. Gloucester, Forscote and Elm, Somerset, and Astwell, Northants, son and heir of Sir Osbern GIFFARD, of Winterborne Houghton, &c. (who died shortly before 17 October 1237), by Isabel, daughter and heir of Sir Alan DE BOCLAND, of Egg Buckland and Hooe: which last named Osbern was a younger son of Sir Elis GIFFARD, of Brimpsfield, co. Gloucester, by Maud, daughter of Sir Morice Fitz ROBERT FITZ HARDINGE, of Berkeley, in that county. He was born 10 June 1234. At first he was an adherent of the baronial party, and was on that side at the battle of Lewes, 14 May 1264. But at the battle of Evesham, 4 August 1265, he was in the royal army, and with Reynold fitz Piers was specially appointed, 26 December following, to subdue those still holding out in Kenilworth Castle. On 27 April 1266 he was deputed to keep Oxford and its vicinity against the King's enemies, but was relieved of the duty in June following, as he was engaged on arduous business for the King. In consideration of his strenuous services at the battle of Evesham, he received, 10 July 1266, a pardon for all former trespasses, and remission of the King's indignation against him for adhering to Simon de Montfort in the conflict at Lewes. He had licence, 12 June 1267, for life, to hunt, with his own hounds, the fox, hare, badger, and cat, in the forests of Northants, Bucks, Oxon, Wilts, Dorset, Somerset, and Hants. On 10 March 1267/8 he received a pardon for all trespasses committed by reason of non-observance of the Provisions of Oxford. He was about to go to Wales on the King's service in July 1277, and again, in Oct. 1294. Being, together with his son Osbert, imprisoned at Ilchester for trespass of venison in Selwood forest, they were ordered to be released on bail, 12 April 1280.

    In 1284, as though unmindful of his salvation, he abducted (violenter cepit) a certain nun of Wilton, and took her beyond seas and detained her there against her will (so the record), to the peril of her soul and the scandal of many, and contrary to the King's peace. Wherefore, on 14 November 1284, sheriffs were ordered to take his lands into the King's hand. But before he thus crossed the sea he had given the custody of all his lands to Osbert his son, to hold till he returned to England, the son binding himself to pay his father 700 a year in the meantime, and Osbert the son had seizin. Nevertheless the King had the lands taken into his hand, being unwilling that Osbert the son should find anything for his father's support on account of the latter's offence (delicti) against the King's peace. Afterwards Osbert the son sought to have livery of the lands by reason of the said enfeoffment. And the King took his homage for the manor of Deddington and gave him livery of that and the other manors. And he held them for a year, when the King again disseized him, and the premises remained in the King's hand till the latter's return from Gascony [12 August 1289]. On 9 February 1289/90 the King restored the premises to Osbert the father, on condition that he should not sell nor alienate the same in any manner, aliqua arte vel ingenio, to the disinheritance of his heir's. Less than two months afterwards, Osbert the son died, and Sara, his widow, recovered, in the King's Court, on the quinzaine of St. John the Baptist 19 Edward I, her dower in Astwell and Deddington, from Osbert the father, by reason of the said enfeoffment. In Hilary term 1291/2 the custody of the premises was claimed on behalf of the King: when, after a lengthy inquiry (post multas altercaciones), in pursuance of the King's writ, dated 6 May 20 Edward, it was agreed that Alice, daughter and heir of Osbert the son, should have, after the death of Osbert the father, 50 librates of the land which the latter had bought in Standlake, that Sara should retain her dower in Deddington, and have 60s. of land and rent in Standlake in lieu of the dower assigned to her in Astwell, with reversion to Osbert the father for life, and remainder to the said Alice in fee. By a fine, levied on the morrow of All Souls 25 Edward I, Osbert Giffard conveyed the manor of Winterborne Houghton to himself for life, with remainder to John his son, in fee: but by his charter, dated Monday after St. Gregory 30 Edward I [19 March 1301/2], he enfeoffed Sir Hugh le Despenser of this manor, for 50 a year, to be paid him or life: afterwards, Saturday the Translation of St. Edward 30 Edward I [13 October 1302], he released Hugh from the said rent. On Friday after St. John the Baptist 26 Edward I [27 June 1298] he gave the manor and advowson of Deddington to John his son, in fee tail, but after a year and more disseized him, and gave the advowson to Hugh le Despenser, and in 1304 granted the manor to John Abel and Margery his wife, and the heirs of their bodies, with remainder to the right heirs of John Abel. He was summoned for Military Service from 12 December 1276 to 1 March 1300/1, to attend the King at Salisbury, 26 January 1296/7, and to a Military Council, 20 August 1297, by writs directed Osberto Giffard. He married Joan, who was living 16 November 1289. Nothing further is known about him. [Complete Peerage V:649-53, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

    Father: Osbert (Osbern) II GIFFARD , of Winterborne b: ABT 1188 in Winterborn Houghton, Blandford, Dorset, England
    Mother: Isabel de BOCLAND b: ABT 1211 in Egg Buckland, Plympton St. Mary, Devon, England

    Marriage 1 Joan b: ABT 1235
      1. Has Children Maud GIFFARD b: ABT 1254 in Winterborn Houghton, Blandford, Dorset, England

      1. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
        Page: V:649-53
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