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Joan de Brus

Birthplace: Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Yorkshire, England
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Daughter of Peter ll de Brus, of Skelton and Danby and Hawise de Lancaster, Heiress of Kendal
Wife of Peter de Mauley, II, Sheriff of Northamptonshire
Mother of Piers de Mauley, III; Robert de Mauley; Stephen de Mauley; Sir Edmund de Mauley, Lord of Ascot in Oxfordshire; Sir John de Mauley and 1 other
Sister of Lucy de Brus, of Skelton; Margaret de Brus, Heiress of Kendal; Peter de Brus, III and Ladereyne de Brus

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About Joan de Brus

  • Joan de Brus1
  • F, #61492, d. before 13 October 1243
  • Father Sir Peter II de Brus, Baron Skelton1 b. b 1201, d. bt 7 Sep 1240 - 7 Sep 1247
  • Mother Hawise de Lancaster b. c 1205
  • A contract for the marriage of Joan de Brus and Piers de Mauley, 2nd Lord Mauley, Sheriff of Northampton was signed on 27 September 1237; Both parties were under age.1 Joan de Brus died before 13 October 1243.1
  • Family Piers de Mauley, 2nd Lord Mauley, Sheriff of Northampton b. c 1226, d. b 15 Jul 1279
  • Child
    • Joan de Mauley+2 b. c 1243
  • Citations
  • [S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VIII, p. 559.
  • [S40] RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project.
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  • Mulgrave Castle refers to one of three structures on the same property in Lythe, near Whitby, Yorkshire, England. One of these, known as the "old" or "ancient" castle, was by legend founded by Wada, a 6th-century ruler of Hälsingland. The second castle, (54.4935°N 0.7055°W) caput of the feudal barony of Mulgrave, was of Norman construction and remained active until destroyed by order of Parliament in 1647. The third is a country house (54.5012°N 0.6922°W) which was constructed by Lady Catherine Darnley and passed in 1718 by marriage into the Phipps family, when her daughter Lady Catherine Annesley married William Phipps. The Phipps family later held the titles of Baron Mulgrave, Earl of Mulgrave and Marquess of Normanby.
  • A second castle, which occupied the entire width of the ridge, seems to have been Norman, presumably constructed by Nigel Fossard (d. about 1120), who obtained the property after the Norman Conquest.[1] Fossard is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as a tenant of 114 manors, all in Yorkshire, including under Robert, Count of Mortain of "Grif", identified as Mulgrave in the hundred of Langbaurgh.[2] He became himself a tenant-in-chief of the king in 1088, and a holder of the large feudal barony whose caput was at Mulgrave, hence known as the barony of Mulgrave, which according to the Cartae Baronum return made in 1166 comprised 33 1/2 knight's fees.[3] The main approach was located on the west, with two stone towers overlooking the entrance.[1] Moats prohibited approach from the east and ensured that western approach was by means of a drawbridge.[4] Differing levels of land surrounding the containing walls caused the wall to bulge outwards, which required buttressing.[1] Some of the bricks used in the structure are clearly Roman.[1]
  • Nigel Fossard's son Robert died c.1135, Robert's son William I d. c. 1170, leaving a son William II who died in 1195 leaving an heiress Joan, who brought the barony and castle to her husband Robert de Turnham (d.1211). Their only surviving child and heiress was Isabel de Turnham who brought the barony and castle to Peter de Mauley (or Maulay) (d.1241) to whom she had been granted in marriage by King John on the escheatment of the barony. De Mauley was a native of Poitou, whose marriage to this wealthy heiress is said to have been his reward for having murdered in 1203 Prince Arthur, the son of John's elder brother who threatened his succession to the throne.[5] He was governor of Corfe Castle in Dorset where he acted as jailer of Eleanor, Arthur's sister.[6] Peter I's heir was Peter II de Mauley (1226–1279), who married Joan de Brus (d.1243), one of five sisters of Peter III de Brus (d.1272), feudal baron of Skelton, Yorkshire, who was his brother-in-law, having married Hilary de Mauley, Peter II's sister.[7] In the time of Peter II the barony was held by knight service of supplying two knights in time of war in the king's presence for 40 days per annum.[8] Peter II's heir was Peter III de Mauley (d.1308), who married Nicole de Ghent (d. before 1302), sister and in her issue co-heir (in a 1/3rd share) to Gilbert V de Ghent (d.1298), feudal baron of Folkingham, Lincolnshire.[9] Peter III was summoned to parliament by writ dated 23 June 1296,[10] creating him the 1st Baron de Mauley.[11] Peter III's seal can be seen as one of 72 appended to the Barons' Letter, 1301 to the Pope"[12] sealed at the Parliament of Lincoln in January 1301, and shows him on the reverse in the usual pose for early seals holding sword and shield astride his galloping war-horse, with the tails of his surcoat swept back by the wind. His arms within a heater-shaped escutcheon show a bend with a field diapered with scroll-work, which are blazoned as borne by him on the Falkirk Roll (1298) as: Or, a bend sable.[13] His heir was Peter IV de Mauley (d.1348).[14] Camden states that the first Peter was succeeded by 7 others bearing his name.
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Joan DE BRUS [593],[2793],[8306]

  • Born: Abt 1226, Skelton Castle, Yorkshire, England
  • Married: 27 Sep 1237, 1st wife - contract date [2793],[8305]
  • Died: Before 13 Oct 1243 [8306]

General Notes:

He [Piers de Mauley] married, 1stly, Joan, eldest daughter of Piers DE BRUS.

  • She apparently died before 13 October 1243.
  • The name of his 2nd wife is not known.
  • He died before 15 July 1279.
  • [Complete Peerage VIII:558-9, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)] [593],[2793]

Marriage Information:

  • Joan married Piers II DE MAULEY Sheriff of Northamptonshire on 27 Sep 1237 in 1st wife - contract date [2793],[8305].
  • (Piers II DE MAULEY Sheriff of Northamptonshire was born before 1226 in Mulgrave Castle, Sandsend/Whitby, Yorkshire, England [8146] and died before 15 Jul 1279 in Nether Hallam Manor, West Riding Yorkshire, England [8146].)


593. Jim Weber < at>, WorldConnect at Rootsweb:

2793. Jim Weber < at>, WorldConnect at Rootsweb:

8146. Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000, VIII:558-9

8305. Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000, VIII:558

8306. Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000, VIII:559


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Joan de Brus's Timeline

Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
October 13, 1243
Age 17
Yorkshire, England
Age 17
Flamborough, Yorkshire, England, (Present UK)
July 22, 1249
Age 17
(Present Sandsend, Whitby), Yorkshire, England
Age 17
Mulgrave Castle, Whitby, Yorkshire, England
Age 17
Flamborough, (Bridlington), East Yorkshire, England