Robert '' le Chaucer (c.1282 - 1315)

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Birthplace: Lynn, Shropshire, England
Death: Died in Lynn, England
Occupation: Wine merchant
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  • 'Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer By Geoffrey Chaucer
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=69hZxL_6et0C&pg=PR10&lpg=PR10&dq=John+Chaucer+1310&source=bl&ots=LzJuRK9s3G&sig=j5MJM9Qvz6s02Z6Cd45_ZJAxHKI&hl=en&ei=SN0wTYKtKom6sQO9gfGCBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCQQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=John%20Chaucer%201310&f=false
  • Pg. x.
  • 2. 'Robert Le Chaucer. The earliest relative with whom we can certainly connect the poet is his grandfather Robert, who is first mentioned, together with Mary his wife, in 1307, when they sold ten acres of land in Edmonton to Ralph le Clerk, for 100?. On Aug. 2, 1310, Robert le Chauncer was appointed 'one of the collectors in the port of London of the new customs upon wines granted by the merchants of Aquitaine.' It is also recorded that he was possessed of one messuage, with its appurtenances, in Ipswich; and it was alleged, in the course of some law proceedings (of which I have more to say below), that the said estate was only worth 20 shillings a year. He is probably the Robert Chaucer who is mentioned under the date 1310, in the Early Letter-books of the City of London.
  • 'Robert Chaucer was married, in or before 1307 (see above), to a widow named Maria or Mary Heyroun, whose maiden name was probably Stace; and the only child of whom we find any mention was his son and heir, named John, who was the poet's father. At the same time, it is necessary to observe that Maria had a son still living, named Thomas Heyroun, who died in 1349.
  • 'John Chaucer was born, as will be shewn, in 1312; and his father Robert died before 1316 (Close Rolls, 9 Edw. II., p. 318).
  • 3. Richard Le Chaucer. Some years after Robert's death, namely in 1323, his widow married for the third time. Her third husband was probably a relative (perhaps a cousin) of her second, his name being Richard le Chaucer, a vintner residing in the Ward of Cordwainer Street; respecting whom several particulars are known. ...............
  • Pg. xiii
  • From the above particulars I draw the following inferences.
  • The fact that Mary le Chaucer claimed to be nearer in relationship to the heir (being, in fact, his mother) than the Staces, clearly shews that they also were very near relations. We can hardly doubt that the maiden name of Mary le Chaucer was Stace, and the she was sister to Thomas and Geoffrey Stace.
  • In Dec. 1324, John le Chaucer was, according to his mother's statement, 'under age'; i.e. less than fourteen years old. According to the Staces, he had 'completed the age of twelve before the suing out, &c.' We may safely infer that John was still under twelve when the Staces carried him off, on Dec. 3, 1324. Hence he was born in 1312, and we have seen that his father 'Robert married the widow Maria Heyroun not later than 1307'. She was married to Richard in 1323 (one year before 1324), and she died before 1349, as Richard was then a widower.
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Robert le Chaucer's Timeline

1282
1282
Lynn, Shropshire, England
1303
1303
Age 21
Of, Lynn, Shropshire, England
1305
1305
Age 23
Of, Lynn, Shropshire, England
1307
1307
Age 25
Of, Lynn, Shropshire, England
1309
1309
Age 27
Lynn,,Norfolk,England
1312
1312
Age 30
London, Middlesex, England
1315
1315
Age 33
Lynn, England