Sir Anketil Mallory, II, Lord of Kirkby Mallory

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Anketil Mallory, II

Also Known As: "Anketil Malorie", "Anketil Malory", "Anketin", "Anthony", "Antoine", "Sir Anketil Mallory"
Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, England
Death: Died in Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Anketil Mallory I, of Kirkby Mallory and Thomasina Mallory, Lady
Husband of Wife of Anketil Mallory and Alice Mallory
Father of Clementia Mallory; Margery Morton; Thomas Mallory, Sir Knight; Clemence Mallory; Sir William Mallory, Lord of Papworth and 2 others
Brother of Beatrice Eglina Bagot and Ala Mallory

Occupation: Knighted in 1347. Residence: Kirkby Mallory, Leics, England
Managed by: Patricia Norton Chong
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About Sir Anketil Mallory, II, Lord of Kirkby Mallory

Sir Anketil Mallory II was born in 1335 in Kirkby Mallory, Leicester, England. He married Alice De Driby [in 1378]. Anketil died on 26 Mar 1393. Alice De Driby was born in 1340 in Wakefield, Berkshire, England. She died on 12 Oct 1412. She was also married to Ralph Basset and Robert Tuchet.


It is exceedingly unlikely that he was not married before Alice. This was a time when men and women were encouraged, if not outright required, to marry early and procreate often. Some sources say that he was a "widower" when he married Alice de Driby at age 43.


Do not use John G. Hunt’s article “The origin of two bishops” in Genealogists’ Magazine 13 (1960):172 for documentation: it is utterly unreliable.


         Villages in mediaeval times often took their name`s from eminent local landowners and Kirkby Mallory was no exception. References to the Malory ( or Mallorre), family date back to the reign of King Stephen in the early 12th century. The first known "Mallory" was Richard living in about 1100. It is believed that the family originated from France and possibly came over with William the Conquer. One of several documents relating to the family and referred to in Farnham`s Medieval Village Notes is shown below. It concerns a descendent Thomas Mallorre confirming his families connection with the village.
        Hastings MSS.           Dated 1299 on the ascension 27 Edward I.         Charter by which Ralph de Esseby granted to Thomas Mallorre Lord of Kyrkeby and his lawful issue, an acre of land in Kyrkeby which the grantor had bought from Thomas de Cherlecote. Witnessed by .....William Motun of Peckleton,  Richard de Shelton, Richard de Caleby,  Simon de Dersford   and others.
       The above text gives us the status of Thomas Mallorre as being that of "Lord " of the village of Kyrkeby. Note the witnesses association with other nearby settlements, ie. the present day villages of Cadeby, Shilton and Desford. 
       An earlier distinguished Mallory descendant was Ankital Malory, who was keeper of Leicester Castle, he Died in 1187.
       The Mallory families connection with the village was to last for several generations, as indicated in this next extract dated 1345 , again indicating a Mallory as being "Lord of the Manor ".

Hastings MSS. Charter by which John Mallorre, son of Robert Mallorre the elder, of Kykeby Mallorre, granted to Ala Brocket, his mother, 3 acres of land in Kykeby Mallorre which the grantor had of her gift, for the term of her life, with reversion to the grantor. Witnesses, Sir Anketil Mallorre, Lord of Kykeby Mallorre, Sir William Motoun of Peckleton, Knights, John Scot, William Ward, Thomas Leman, all of Kykeby Mallorre. Dated Kyrkeby Mallorre on Sunday after the Translation of St. Cuthbert, !9 Edward III 1345.

In the rein of Edward 3rd. 1361 or thereabouts the administration / ownership of the village changed and control was transferred to the Abbot and Convent of St. Mary in Leicester. Nichols, Vol. IV informs that Sir Ankitell Malory sold the manor of Kirkby Mallory to William Clowne, abbot of Leicester . A document setting out the details of this transfere is shown in part below, but no mention is made of the Malory family ?? .

The Inquisition ad quod damnun file 339, 8 taken at Kirkeby Mallore Friday after st.Denis, 35 Edward III 1361. On the oath of John de Stapulton, William Marchal of Stapulton, John Ward, William de Ward, John de Belton, Thomas Andrew, John de Bitmeswell, Ralph de Walcote, Nicholas Freeman and others, jurors, who say it will not be to the damage or prejudice of the King or others, if the King gives leave to Simon Pakeman of Kirby, Thomas de Rippele, clark, and Richard de Leycester to give and assign the manor of Kirkeby Mallore, to the abbot and convent of St. Mary of The Meadow of Leicester, to hold to the abbot and convent and their successors to pray for the good estate of the same Simon, Thomas, and Richard, while they live and for their souls when they shall have died, in the said abbey for ever, and that the abbey may appropriate the said church to their own uses. The manor, messuages, mill, lands, rents and advowsons are held of William of Bavaria and Maude his wife, of the inheritance of Maud of the honour of Leicester, namely the manor and advowson by service of a knights fee.


The following was posted by Hikaru Kitabayashi on 16 November 2007 on and appears to be his own historical research.

Sir Anketil Mallory II (ca. 1340 - 1393)

Sir William Mallory's father Sir Anketil (or Anketin, or Anthony, or even Antoine, as he sometimes appears in the records of the time) was the born around 1340. He had at least one sister, Ala, from 1360 the first wife (and, perhaps only wife) of Sir Thomas Greene who, with his younger brother Sir Henry Greene, were, having the confidence of the king, at the center of things during a large portion of Richard II's reign. They were second cousins of Sir Anketil's father (also another Sir Anketil). The father (Sir Anketil I) and the Greene brothers benefitted by appearing (as well as I can reconstruct things) to all three be second cousins of the King's only siblings, his two half-brothers. This opened the door to a series of royal pensions and various positions at court and in their local government areas.

Interestingly, the grandfather of the Margaret Burley I mentioned earlier, though himself, undistinguished, had two brothers who were members of the Order of the Garter and childhood heroes of the king.

Anketil II's wife, Alice de Driby had been married two times before, once in the mid to late 1360s, to Sir Robert Tuchet, who basically only remains known to history because he was her first husband. Her second husband was a peer, Ralph Basset, the baron Basset of Sapcote. He was much older than Alice and had a daughter married to the head of a closely allied family to both the Bassets and the Mallorys, the Motons of Peckleton. It was probably Ralph Basset's son-in-law by his first wife who introduced Anketil II to his young widowed stepmother in the late 1370s.

Alice de Driby had a daughter Elizabeth by her second husband. Realizing he was soon to die and in order to keep his youngest daugher out of the dangers of a wardship by a stranger being assigned by the King on his death to manage his daughter's inheritance (and, more importantly, possess the legal right to determine who she could marry), Ralph Basset married his daughter to the heir of baron Grey of Codnor when the girl was officially only seven years old. As a married woman, she could not be assigned a ward. Seven years was the legal minimum a woman could be married, but women married so early were allowed to annul their marriages upon becoming capable of having sexual relations. In practice, he most likely lied. Elizabeth's inquisition post mortem would indicate she had only been four years old at the time of her father's death. She lived a long life, though, and apparently was more than satisfied with the husband her father had chosen for her, a man who turned out to be a war hero during the first decades of the 15th century.

As a widow's dower Alice received Castle Bytham and other properties from her second husbands estates. This, combined with her own sizable inheritance from her father and mother made her one of the wealthiest women in England. Castle Bytham, in fact, was chosen as a place for the mother's mother of the future Henry IV to raise him and his siblings after his mother died.

Sir Anketil I lost most of his family possessions in 1361 and he and his son were living off royal largess throughout the 1360s and 70s. They were extremely well-connected and Alice de Driby was rich. Anketil II was young, being roughly the same age as Alice, and, judging from her request in her will for prayers to be said for the souls of all three husbands but for her body to be buried as closely to Anketil's as possible, there must have been a true romance between them.

They rather quickly had four children. Their oldest son, Sir Thomas was not yet a teenager will Sir Anketil II died, so Alice raised her children on her own. As Thomas was due to inherit his mother's personal wealth (as opposed to her widow's dower which return to his half-sister and her much older half-sister), before his death, though, Sir Anketil II arranged for his grandmother's first cousin, the elderly Sir William Papworth to entail Papworth St. Agnes on his second son, rather than Sir William Papworth's heir under law which would have been the first son of Sir Anketil. As all of his property had been his only by right of his wife, all he left in his will were his personal effects, two suits of armour to be divided between his two sons, and his body which he asked his wife to bury at a designated location in a church they apparently had both decided on.

I will stop now, but in the next continuation, I will be approaching, but may not reach, the point where it seems likely the Studley Royal Mallorys appear to have branched off from the main line, which the Papworth St. Agnes Mallorys represented.

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  • 'Sir Anketil Mallory1,2,3
  • 'M, #11011, d. 26 March 1393
  • ' Sir Anketil Mallory was born at of Kirkby Mallory, Leicester, England. He married Alice de Driby, daughter of John de Driby, Esq. and Amy de Gaveston, between 17 July 1378 and 1382; They had 2 sons (Sir Thomas; & William) & 2 daughters (Margery, wife of Sir William Moton; & Beatrice, wife of Sir John Bagot).2,3 Sir Anketil Mallory left a will on 17 August 1390; Requested burial in the Church of the Black Friars, Stamford, Lincolnshire.3 He died on 26 March 1393.3 His estate was probated on 16 April 1393.3
  • 'Family Alice de Driby b. c 1340, d. 12 Oct 1412
  • Children
    • Thomas Mallory+4 b. c 1373
    • Margery (Margaret) Mallory+2 b. c 1379, d. b 1444
    • Sir William Mallory+ b. c 1380, d. 1445
  • Citations
  • 1.[S2814] Unknown author, Ancestral Roots of 60 Colonists by F. L. Weis, p. 22; Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants, Vol. II, p. 24.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 419.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 417-418.
  • 4.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, SLC Archives.
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  • 'Anketil Malory
  • M, #322614
  • Last Edited=28 Nov 2008
  • ' Anketil Malory was Sir.
  • 'Child of Anketil Malory and Alice de Driby
    • 1.Sir William Malory+
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  • 'Alice de Driby
  • F, #322613
  • Last Edited=5 Dec 2008
  • ' Alice de Driby is the daughter of John de Driby and Amy de Gaveston.
  • 'Child of Alice de Driby and Anketil Malory
    • 1.Sir William Malory+
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  • 'Sir Anketine Mallory1
  • M, #117013
  • Last Edited=29 Feb 2004
  • ' Sir Anketine Mallory married Alice Derby, daughter of John Derby, between 1379 and 1412.1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 8. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
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He was also known as Sir Anketil Mallory. Lord of Kirkby Mallory, but sold it 1347. Knighted in 1347.

Charts	King Edward I Plantagenet Descendants

Richard Tonsing's Ancestors Birth* circa 1340 (?) Mallory was born circa 1340.1 Marriage* (?) Mallory married Alice De Driby, daughter of (?) De Driby and Amy De Gaveston. Birth of Son circa 1363 His son William Mallory was born circa 1363. Family Alice De Driby b. circa 1340, d. 1412 Child

   William Mallory+1 b. circa 1363, d. 1445

Last Edited 31 August 2010 Citations

   [S200] "Rebecca Chaky (1904 Cloud Croft Dr., Friendswood, Texas, e-mail address) to Richard Tonsing", 2000. Held by Richard Tonsing (4742 Bamboo Way, Fair Oaks, Sacramento County, California, USA).
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Sir Anketil Mallory, II, Lord of Kirkby Mallory's Timeline

Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, England
Age 33
Hilton, Staffordshire, England
Age 44
Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, England
Age 45
Bradley, Durham, England
Age 46
Age 47
Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
Age 51
Shawbury, Shropshire, England
March 26, 1393
Age 58
Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, England