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Alexander de Villiers (Villiers)

Birthplace: Newbold, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: Nottinghamshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of William de Villiers and Mrs Petronell de Villiers
Husband of Cecily Seis
Father of William de Villiers, of Kinalton; Sir Payn (Paganus) de Villiers of Kinoulton and Richard de Villiers

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About Alexander de Villiers, Lord of Brooksby

From History of Nottinghamshire

Paganus de Villers was a great Man and had many Sons. He gave his Son William, Newbolt. Petronilla, who had been Wife of William de Vilers, 13 H. 3. c. claimed against Alexander de Vilers four Bovats of Land, and the third Part of one Bov. and three Tofts., with the Appurtenances in Newbolt as her Dower, .d. John, Son of William de Villers, held a Knight's Fee in Neubold of Lancaster Fee.


From The Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Females:

ALEXANDER DE VILLIERS, of Kinalton, in the county of Nottingham, and Lord of Brooksby, in Leicestershire, was grandson of Pagan de Villiers, by his fourth son Pagan. By his first wife, Cicely, daughter of William Seis, of Donington-super-le-Heath, he was father to Sir Richard de Villers, a renowned warrior, who, in 1268, following Edward I. into the Holy Land, relinquished his paternal coat of arms, sable, three cinquefoils, argent — in allusion to the cinque-foils, the ancient arms of Beaumont, Earl of Leicester, from whose grant this family became possessed of lands in Leicestershire— and in lieu thereof, assumed the Crou of St. George, the patron of England, and five escallop-shells on it, denoting the cause of his expedition.* He married Maud, daughter and coheiress of Sir John Hyde, Knt., of Hyde Hall, in Sawbridgeworth, Herts, by Elizabeth, daughter of John, Lord Sudley, and widow of Thomas Joscelyn, Esq., ancestor of the Earl of Roden, in Ireland ; by whom he had five sons ; of whom, Sir John, the second, continued the line at Brooksby.


From Peerage of England:

ALEXANDER de Villiers, of Kinalton, com. Notts, was Lord of Brooksby, [1] in Leicestershire, [2] and by his attorney appeared against Gilbert de Glen, chaplain, in a plea against him, that he should [3] pay eight marks, the arrears of an annual rent of four marks then owing. This Alexander, by Ciceley, daughter of William Seis, of Donington super le Heath, was father to Sir RICHARD de Villers, of Brooksby in 1254, a renowned warrior, who, in 1268, following Edw. I. into the Holy Land, relinquished his paternal coat of arms, viz. Sable, three Cinqurfoils, Argent, in allusion to the Cinquefoils, the ancient arms of Beaumont, Earl of Leicester, from whose grant this family became possessed of lands in Leicestershire, and instead thereof assumed the Cross of St. George, the patron of his country, aadfive escallop shells on it, to shew the cause of his expedition, being ancient badges of those Croissades.

By his wife, Maud, daughter and coheir to Sir John Hyde, of Hyde-Hall, in Sabridgeworth, Hertfordshire, Knight, (by his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Sudley, Lord Sudley) and widow of Thomas Jocelyn, Esq. ancestor to the Earls of Roden, in Ireland, he had five sons, first, Sir Hugh de Villiers, who died s.p.; second, Sir John de Villiers, who continued the line at Brokesby ; third, Nicholas de Villiers, of Traford in Sussex, for whom there is an handsome monument at Downe-Ampney, com. Glouc. placed there by the Knights Templars, to whom he had given the impropriate tythes of that parish.

Sir JOHN Villiers, of Brooksby, 24 Edw. I. to 6 Edw. III. wai father of, First, Sir FRANCIS de Villers, who served Ed. II. and Ed. III. in their wars, and died without issue, leaving Agnes his wife surviving, whom Edw. III. in consideration of the services of her husband (styling him Franciscus charae memoriae) recommended to the abbess of Barking to provide for.

Second, GEOFFFERY succeeded his brother in the estate of Brokesby, in 20 Edw. III. and in the 26th year of that Kings reign, was one of the knights for the county n of Leicester, ia the parliament held at Westminster. His wife was Alice His son, Sir JOHN de Villers, 31, 35, 36, 42, and 4/ Edw. III. had two wives; first, Joan, one of the three sisters and coheirs to Simon Pakeman, of Pakeman's-Place in Kirby, in com.

Footnotes: [1] About1210 Gilbert de Seis occurs as tenant of Rrooksby to the priory of Charley; " and this," says Mr. Roper, " was the Seis, whose heir was married to Villiers, by which match he had Rrookesby." Nicbols's Leic. vol. iii. p. i89. [2] In 1235, he paid one mark for half a knight's fee, which he held under the Countess of Chester in Rrooksby, towards the marriage of the King's sister to the Emperor of the Romans. He was buried at Kinalton in i245, and bore for his arms,' Arg six lions rampant; Gules, armed, Azure, as appears by his tomb engraved in Nichol's Leic. vol. ii. p. 155. [3] De Banco. Hill. 25 Edw I. Rot. 96.

Sources: 1.Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval Publication: at groups - Date: 27 May 2007 Page: Mardi Carter, 18 July 2001 2.Title: History of Nottinghamshire Author: Robert Thoroton Publication: J. Throsby Text: Original from the New York Public Library Digitized 16 Mar 2007 by Google Books Date: 1797 Date: 4 Aug 2008 Page: 155 3.Title: The portrait gallery of distinguished females Author: John Burke Publication: Bull Text: The portrait gallery of distinguished females: Including Beauties of the Courts of George IV, and William IV, Date: 1833 Date: 5 Aug 2008 Page: 48 4.Title: Peerage of England Author: Arthur Collins Publication: F. C. and J. Rivington Text: Original from the University of Michigan v.4, Digitized 5 Jul 2007 byGooglebooks Date: 1812 Date: 27 Jul 2008 Page: 763 5.Title: The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester,4 vols Author: John Nichols Publication: Nichols Date: FROM 1795 TO 1815 Date: 6 Aug 2008 Page: vol. ii. p. 155

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Alexander de Villiers, Lord of Brooksby's Timeline

Newbold, Nottinghamshire, England
Age 27
Kinalton, Nottinghamshire, England
Age 39
Nottinghamshire, England