la Zouche
Alan la Zouche [a], b bef 1133, d 1190, prob North Molton, Devonshire, England. He md Alice de Belmeis abt 1160, daughter of Philip de Belmeis and Maud le Meschin.
Child of of Alan la Zouche and Alice de Belmeis was:

Roger la Zouche [b], Sheriff of Devonshire, b abt 1172, North Molton, Devonshire, England, d bef 14 May 1238. He md Margaret Biset abt 1194, daughter of Henry Biset and Albreda Fitz Richard. She was b abt 1178, d prob aft 1232.
Children of Roger la Zouche and Margaret Biset were:

Sir Alan la Zouche [c], Lord of Ashby, b abt 1204, North Molton, Devonshire, England, d 10 Aug 1270, London, England. He md Helen/Elena de Quincy bef 1242, Winchester, Hampshire, England, daughter of Sir Roger de Quincy, Earl of Winchester, Constable of Scotland, and Helen of Galloway.
Children of Alan la Zouche and Elena de Quincy were:
  • Sir Roger la Zouche, Lord of Ashby, b abt 1243.
  • Margery la Zouche b abt 1251, Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire, England. She md Sir Robert Fitz Roger, Lord Fitz Roger, abt 1265, son of Roger Fitz John and Isabel.
Sir Roger la Zouche [d], Lord of Ashby, b abt 1243, of Ashby-de-la-Zouche, Leicestershire, England, d 15 Oct 1285, Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire, England. He md Ela Longespee bef 1267, daughter of Sir Stephen Longespee, Justiciar of Ireland, Seneschal of Gascony, and Emmeline de Ridelisford.
Child of Roger la Zouche and Ela Longespee was:

Alan la Zouche [e] b 19 Oct 1267, North Molton Devonshire, England, d 25 Mar 1314, Brackley, Northamptonshire, England. He md Eleanor de Segrave abt 1285, daughter of Sir Nicholas de Segrave, Lord Segrave, Knight, and Maud de Lucy.
Child of Alan la Zouche and Eleanor de Segrave was:

Maud la Zouche b 1289, of Ashby, Leicestershire, England, d 31 May 1341, Brackley, Northamptonshire, England. She md Sir Robert de Holand, Lord Holand, Knight, abt 1311, Winchester, Hampshire, England, son of Sir Robert de Holand, Knight, and Elizabeth de Samlesbury.

Eudo la Zouche [f] b abt 1208, of Harringworth, Northamptonshire, England, d bef 25 Jun 1289. He md Millicent de Cantelou bef Oct 1273, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales, daughter of Sir William II de Cantelou, Lord of Abergavenny, and Eva de Braose.
Children of Eudo la Zouche and Millicent de Cantelou were:

  • Sir William la Zouche, Lord of Harringworth, b abt 1273; md Maud Lovel bef 15 Feb 1295/96.
  • Eva la Zouche b abt Jan 1278/79, Harringworth, Northamptonshire, England, d 5 Dec 1314. She md Sir Maurice de Berkeley, Lord of Berkeley, 1289, son of Sir Thomas de
    , Lord of Berkeley, and Joan de Ferrers.
  • Lucy la Zouche b abt 1287, Harringworth, Northamptonshire, England, d 23 Oct 1326. She md Sir Thomas de Greene 23 Oct 1312.
William la Zouche b abt 1212, of King's Nympton, Devonshire, England, d abt Feb 1271/72. He md Maud de Hobrugge abt 1235, daughter of William de Hobrugge and Agnes Picot. She was b abt 1220.
Child of William la Zouche and Maud de Hobrugge was:

Joyce la Zouche b abt 1254, of King's Nympton, Devonshire, England, d abt Mar 1289/90. She md Robert de Mortimer abt 1270, son of Hugh de Mortimer.

a. Also seen as Alan la Coche, he was younger brother of Eudon (or Eon), Vicomte of Porhoet, and assented to his brother's charter to the Abbey of Marmoutier in 1153. He first appeared in England in 1172, and there are many references to him in law suits from 1175-90. As Alan la Zouche of North Molton, he was fined in Devon in 1185. He married Alice, daughter and eventually heir of Philip de Belmeis.

b. He succeeded to his brother's lands in 1199, the year in which said brother, William de Belmeis died s.p. He was in Brittany when his English lands were seized before 1204, due to the war in Normandy, but he made payment to regain possession that same year. He served in Poitou 1204-05 and 1214, and was in Ireland in 1210. He swore support to the Barons who were enforcing Magna Carta in 1215, however he soon joined the King, as he witnessed a Royal charter in Jun 1216. He was rewarded by John, as well as in the succeeding reign of Henry II with numerous grants of land, including Black Torrington and King's Nympton in Devon, to recompense him for lands lost in Brittany in the King's service, and also Swavesey and Fulbourn in Cambridge, Mapledurham and Petersfield in Hants, and Costessey in Norfolk. He was going to Brittany with the King's leave in May 1228, and was Sheriff of Devon 10 Nov 1228-Apr 1231. He was among those present to witness Henry III's confirmation of Magna Carta at Westmorland 28 Jan 1236/37. He died shortly before 14 May 1238. His wife, Margaret, was still living in 1232 when she received a gift of two stags from the King. She has been identified as Margaret Biset.

c. He served in Gascony 1242-43, and was appointed Justice of Chester and of the four cantreds in North Wales in Jul 1250, continuing as Deputy under Prince Edward Feb 1253-54 to Oct 1255. In Ireland in the service of Prince Edward early in 1256, he was Justiciar of Ireland from about Jun 1256 to shortly before 21 Oct 1258. He stood with the King during the Barons' Wars. He was Justice of the Forest South of Trent, Constable of Rockingham Castle and Northampton Castle, and Sheriff of Northants. In Dec 1262, he was hurriedly sent to defend the march of Wales against Llewelyn, and was appointed Keeper of the counties of Devon, Somerset, and Dorset in Dec 1263. Some sources report that he was taken prisoner by John Giffard at Lewes 14 May 1264, but escaped and was recaptured in the garb of a monk. He was one of the 12 commissioners appointed who were responsible for the Dictum of Kenilworth in Oct 1266, and was Warden of the City and Constable of the Tower of London from Jun 1267 to Apr 1268. He married, before 1242, Helen, or Ellen, third daughter and coheir of Roger de Quincy by his first wife, Helen, second but first surviving daughter and coheir of Alan, Lord of Galloway. In the course of a lawsuit with John de Warenne, Earl of Surrey, he and his son, Roger, were violently assaulted by the Earl before the Justices in Westmorland Hall on 1 Jul 1270, from which he received wounds which caused his death the following Aug. His widow died shortly before 20 Aug 1296.

d. He was present in Council in Nov 1276 when judgment was pronounced against Llewelyn. He was summoned for service against the Welsh, 1277, 1282 and 1283, and also in Jun to attend the Assembly to be held at Shrewsbury 30 Sep 1283. He married, before 1267, Ela, daughter of Stephen Longespee, sometime Seneschal of Gascony and Justiciar of Ireland. He died shortly before 15 Oct 1285, his wife having predeceased him.

e. Born at North Molton, he was in Gascony with the King Oct 1288, being one of the hostages given by Edward I to Alfonso of Aragon for the fulfilment of certain agreements. He was in Scotland in Jun 1291 in the King's service, and served in Gascony 1295-96, being present at the action outside Bordeaux in Mar 1296. He was summoned for service in Flanders 1297, and also against the Scots 1297-1313, fighting in the vanguard at the battle of Falkirk 22 Jul 1298. He was summoned to Parliament from 6 Feb 1298/99 to 26 Nov 1313, whereby he became Lord Zouche. He was present at the siege of Carlaverock in Jul 1300. In 1304, he alienated his paternal manors of Ashby-de-la-Zouche, Swavesey and Fulbourn, and also Treve in Sussex to his kinsman, William la Zouche (formerly de Mortimer, son of Robert de Mortimer and Joyce la Zouche) of Richard's Castle, subject, however, to his own life interest therein. He was Constable of Rockingham Castle and Keeper of the forests between the bridges of Oxford and Stamford 3 Feb 1311/12- to Feb 1313/14, and was going overseas with Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke 3 May 1313. He is said to have married Eleanor, daughter of Sir Nicholas de Segrave. He died s.p.m. shortly before 25 Mar 1314, aged 46, when his three daughters became his coheirs. These were Elizabeth, youngest daughter and aged 20 in 1314, a nun at Brewood in Staffordshire; Ellen, aged 26 in 1314 and then wife of Nicholas de Saint Maur; and Maud, aged 24 in 1314, then wife of Robert de Holand.

f. Younger brother of Alan la Zouche (d 1270), he was granted the marriage of Agatha de Ferrers Feb 1253/54, however he transferred her marriage to Hugh de Mortimer of Chelmarsh before 24 Jul 1255, whom she married before 1258. He was going with the Queen to join the King in Gascony 3 May 1254, and witnessed charters of Prince Edward at Southwark 24 Mar and at Lambeth 28 Dec, 1257. In Dec 1262, he was ordered to take over the Prince's castles of Chester, Beeston, and Shotwick, to hold them against Llewelyn, and was summoned to come to the King at Windsor with horses and arms 17 Oct 1263. He presumably supported the Crown during the Barons' Wars. He was summoned against the Welsh 1 Jul 1277, and had a protection, with his wife, for two years in Ireland 28 Apr 1279. He married, before 13 Dec 1273, Millicent, widow of of John de Mohaut, and sister and coheir of George de Cauntelo, Lord of Abergavenny (who died s.p.). He died between 28 Apr and 25 Jun 1279, and his widow Millicent, who obtained as her pourparty the manors of Harringworth and Bulwick in Northants, Totnes in Devon, and considerable estates in Bedford, Somerset, and Wilts, died shortly before 7 Jan 1298/99.
CP: Vol XII/2[930-938]; AR: Line 31[28-29], Line 32[29-30], Line 39[26-30], Line 53[29-30], Line 60[29], Line 98[31]; SGM: Douglas Richardson.

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