Botetourte of Mendlesham, Suffolk, England
Guy de Botetourte [a] b abt 1240, of Ellingham, Norfolk, England, d aft 1312. He md Ada abt 1262. She was b abt 1245.
Child of Guy de Botetourte and Ada was:

Sir John de Botetourte [b], Lord Botetourte, b abt 1265, of Mendlesham, Suffolk, England, d 25 Nov 1324. He md Maud/Matilda Fitz Thomas [c] abt 1284, daughter of Sir Thomas Fitz Otho and Beatrice de Beauchamp.
Children of John de Botetourte and Maud Fitz Thomas were:

  • Thomas de Botetourte b abt 1286. See LINE A
  • Sir Otho de Botetourte b abt 1295. See LINE B
Thomas de Botetourte [d] b abt 1286, of Mendlesham, Suffolk, England, d 1322. He md Joan de Somery abt 1305, daughter of Roger de Somery and Agnes.
Child of Thomas de Botetourte and Joan de Somery was:

Sir John de Botetourte [e], Lord Botetourte, b 1318, of Worcestershire, England, d 1385. He md Joyce la Zouche de Mortimer bef 31 May 1347, daughter of Sir William la Zouche de Mortimer and Alice de Toeni.
Child of John de Botetourte and Joyce la Zouche de Mortimer was:

Joyce de Botetourte b 1347/48, d 12 Aug 1420. She md Sir Baldwin de Freville 1367/68, son of Sir Baldwin de Freville and Ida de Clinton.

Sir Otho de Botetourte b abt 1295, Mendlesham, Suffolk, England, d 1345. He md Sibyl abt 1320.
Child of Otho de Botetourte and Sibyl was:

Sir John de Botetourte b abt 1330, Mendlesham, Suffolk, England, d 1377. He md Katherine de Weyland abt 1352, daughter of Sir Robert de Weyland and Cecily de Baldock.
Child of John de Botetourte and Katherine de Weyland was:

Joan de Botetourte b abt 1362, Mendlesham, Suffolk, England d aft 1428. She md John Knyvet, Esquire, abt 1378, son of Sir John Knyvet, Lord Chancellor of England, and Eleanor/Alianore Basset.

a. The original theory of paternity for John de Botetourte was that he was "stated to be" an illegitimate son of King Edward I, and while this has been seen with scepticism by numerous genealogists, it has only recently been disproved. Douglas Richardson, citing F.N. Craig's article in The American Genealogist, gives compelling evidence that father of John de Botetoure was Guy de Botetourt, who held the manor of Ellingham in Norfolk, which manor was eventually settled by his son, John, on Sir John Wysham, husband of John's daughter Hawise. Additionally Hawise and her husband also held the manor of Shelsley Beauchamp in Worcester, which was part of her mother's Fitz Thomas inheritance.

b. A distinguished soldier, he served as Gov. of St. Briavel's Castle, Gloucester in 1291, Gov. of Framlingham Castle in 1314, and as Admiral of the Northern Seas 1294-97, and again in 1315. He was among those Barons who signed the letter to the Pope in 1301, and was summoned to Parliament from 13 Jul 1305 to 13 Sep 1324, whereby he became Lord Botetourte. He joined in the rebellion of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, and fought at Boroughbridge 16 Mar 1321/22, for which he was fined 1,000 pounds, and was pardoned the following October.

c. She was a minor when married, and sister and heir to Otes Fitz Thomas. She was still living 28 May 1329.

d. Son and heir apparent of John de Botetourt, he died v.p. in 1322, two years before his father's death.

e. Grandson and heir of John, Lord Botetourte, aged four years in August 1322, aged seven years in Dec 1324, he had livery of his mother's lands, though still a minor, 16 Jul 1338, and livery of his grandfather's lands in 1341. He distinguished himself in the French Wars, and was summoned to Parliament from 25 Feb 1342 to 3 Feb 1385. His first wife was Maud, daughter of John de Grey of Rotherfield, and he married secondly, bef 31 May 1347, Joyce, daughter of William Zouche, formerly Mortimer.

f. Ancestral Roots shows Joyce to have been born 1367/68, but this is clearly impossible as her son Baldwin III de Freville's birthdate is shown as 1368. Her parents are shown as marrying in May 1347, so this would appear to be the case for this error.

CP: Vol II[233-235]; AR: Line 216[29-32], Line 216A[29-32]; SGM: Douglas Richardson, William Addams Reitwiesner.

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