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Eudo la Zouche, Lord of Cantelou

Also Known As: "Eon", "Eudes", "Ivo de Cantilupe"
Birthplace: Ashby la Zouche, Leicestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: April 28, 1279
Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Roger La Zouche and Margaret Annora Bisset
Husband of Milicent de Cantelou and N.N. wife of Eon la Zouche
Father of Eleanor la Zouche; Eva la Zouche, Baroness Berkeley; Sir William la Zouche, 1st Lord of Harringworth; Elizabeth la Zouche and Elizabeth la Zouche
Brother of Sir Alan la Zouche, I; Loretta de Saunford; Alice la Zouche and William la Zouche
Half brother of William de Ashby

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About Eudo la Zouche, Lord of Cantelou

Eudo was a professional soldier; late in life he married Millicent de Cantilupe (d.1299), one of the two sisters and co-heiresses of Sir George de Cantilupe (1251-1273), 4th feudal baron of Eaton Bray and Lord of Abergavenny, from whom he inherited several manors including Eaton Bray, Calne and Harringworth and by whom he had three daughters and two sons. Their elder son William la Zouche was summoned by writ to Parliament as Baron Zouche of Haryngworth, on 16 August 1308. []

Who were his children? Cawley in Medlands, calling him Eon, lists three children:

  • 1) William la Zouche, Lord of Harringworth
  • 2) Eve la Zouche, married Maurice de Berkeley Lord Berkeley
  • 3) Eleanor la Zouche, married John de Harcourt

If he had three daughters and two sons, that still leaves one son and one daughter. Those vying for claims to those positions include two Elizabeths (one who married Oliver de Ingham said to have been his daughter by an unnamed first wife, one Elizabeth who married Nicholas Poyntz said to be by wife Milicent), a Lucy who married Thomas de Grene of Boketon, a Roger of Lubbesthorpe, and many others.


The question of Eudo's parentage has been much debated, particularly as to whether he was the brother of Alan de la Zouche (and thus the son of Roger) or if was the son of Alan, since he is much younger and his birth falls between generations.

At this time, both Cawley of the Medieval Lands Project and Douglas Richardson on soc.gen-medieval position him as a son of Roger and brother of Alan. See sources below.

soc.genealogy.medieval › C.P. Affirmation: Eudes la Zouche was not the son of Alan la Zouche and Ellen de Quincy

Douglas Richardson 8/17/10

Dear Newsgroup ~

Complete Peerage, 12 (2) (1959): 937–938 (sub Zouche) has a good account of the life of Sir Eudes la Zouche, of Harringworth, Nothamptonshire (died 1279) and his ever popular wife, Milicent de Cantelowe, commonly known as Milicent de Mohaut. Complete Peerage identifies Sir Eudes' parentage as follows:

"younger brother of Alan la Zouche (d. 1270), of Ashby, co. Leicester, etc., both being sons of Roger la Zouche, of the same, by his wife Margaret ..." END OF QUOTE.

In making this statement, Complete Peerage curiously upended all previous historical works including Dugdale, which works placed Eudes la Zouche one generation later in the the Zouche family tree, that is, as a younger son of Sir Alan la Zouche and his wife, Ellen de Quincy. Here is just a few sources which adopted the position that Eudes la Zouche was the son of Sir Alan la Zouche:

1. Kennett, Parochial Antiq. Attempted in the Hist. of Ambrosden, Burcester & other adjacent Parts 2 (1818): 465–466 (identifies Eudes la Zouche as son of Alan la Zouche, by his wife, Hellen de Quincy).

2. Baker Hist. & Antiq. of Northampton 1 (1822–30): 563 (Beaumont- Quincy-Zouch ped.) (Eudes la Zouch of Harringworth identified as son of Alan la Zouch and Ellen de Quincy).

3. Desc. & Hist. Guide to Ashby-de-la-Zouch & the Neighbourhood‎ (1831): 7–12 (author identifies Eudo [Eudes] la Zouche, ancestor of the Zouches of Harringworth, as a younger son of Alan la Zouche, lord of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and his wife, daughter of Roger de Quincy, Earl of Winchester).

4. Burke, Hist. of the Commoners 4 (1838): 227 (sub Whatton) (author identifies Eudes la Zouche, husband of Milicent de Cantelowe, as “the second son of Sir Alan de la Zouch, baron of Ashby de la Zouch, constable of the Tower, and Helen his wife, daughter and co-heiress of Roger de Quincie, Earl of Winchester).

5. Banks, Baronies in Fee 1 (1844): 469 (sub Zouche of Ashby), 469–471 (sub Zouche of Haryngworth) (identifies Eudes la Zouche as son of Alan la Zouche and Ellen de Quincy).

6. Foss, Biographical Dictionary of the Judges of England (1870): 791 (biog. of William la Zouche) (identifies Eudes la Zouche as son of Alan la Zouche).

7. D.N.B. 63 (1900): 414–415 (biog. of Alan la Zouche) (identifies Eudes la Zouche [died 1279] as younger son of Alan la Zouche and Ellen de Quincy).

8. Procs. of the Suffolk Institute of Arch. 29(1) (1962): 34–66 (Naunton ped. dated 18th Cent.) (Eudes la Zouche, husband of Milicent de Cantelowe, identified as son of Alan la Zouche and his wife, Ellen de Quincy).

Besides the above sources, I've elsewhere found that the Quincy arms were included among the quarterings of Sir Eudes la Zouche's later day descendants by at least three different sources. The Quincy arms were presumably included in the belief that Sir Eudes la Zouche's mother was Ellen de Quincy, who was an heiress.

1. Topographer 1 (1789): 197–204 (list of heraldic quarterings for Zouche family of Harringworth taken from Glover’s Barona e, No. 1160, Harleian MSS in the British Library includes the arms of Quincy, Leicester, Grandmesnil, Galloway, Chester, etc., which set of arms respresents the ancestry of Eudes la Zouche’s mother, Ellen de Quincy).

2. Clive, Documents connected with the Hist. of Ludlow & the Lords Marchers (1841): 305 (list of heraldic quarterings of Edward, Lord Zouche of Harringworth dated temp. Queen Elizabeth includes the arms of Quincy and Leicester).

3. Miscellanea Gen. et Heraldica 1 (1868): 158–159 (Saunders ped. dated ?1618 which includes the quarterings of Saunders family arms, including Zouche of Harringworth, Quincy, Cantelowe, Brewes, etc.).

Reviewing the above, it appears that before 1900, it was commonly believed that Sir Eudes la Zouche was the son of Sir Alan la Zouche (died 1270).

The question thus arises: Was Complete Peerage correct in 1959 to place Sir Eudes la Zouche as the son of Sir Roger la Zouche (died 1238), or were all the other earlier sources correct in placing Sir Eudes one generation later in the Zouche family tree as the son of Sir Alan la Zouche (died 1270).

The answer to that question is not as easy to find as one might assume. After sifting through a lot of sources, I've finally determined that Complete Peerage's version is correct and all the earlier sources are in error.

Here is the evidence:

Cal. Patent Rolls, 1258-1266 (1910): 238 specifically states that Eudes la Zouche was the brother, not son, of Alan la Zouche:

Date: 1262. 25 Dec.

"... the king is sending Alan la Zouche, justice of the forest on this side of Trent, to the said march for the preservation of the peace and the defence of those parts, he commands the justice to deliver the castles of Edward, the king's son, to wit, Chester, Beeston and Shotwik to Eudo la Zouche, brother of the said Alan, without delay ..." END OF QUOTE.

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Complete Peerage shows that Eudes la Zouche was continuously active from 1251 to 1279. This chronology would not permit him to be a younger son of Sir Alan la Zouche (died 1270).

As for Eudes la Zouche's wife, Milicent de Cantelowe, Complete Peerage tells us very little about her first marriage to John de Mohaut, except to say that she married (1st) John de Mohaut before 1254 [see Cal. IPM 1 (1904): 92].

Elsewhere in a note in G. Herbert Fowler "Tractatus de Dunstaple and de Hocton" in Publications of the Bedfordshire Historical Record Society, vol. 19 (1937): 92, John de Mohaut [husband of Milicent de Cantelowe] is identified as the son [probably eldest] of Roger de Mohaut, by his wife, Cecily, daughter of William d'Aubeney, 3rd Earl of Arundel. John de Mohaut was living in 1257 [see Cal. Close Rolls, 1256-1259, pg. 157], and is recorded to have died in 1258 [see Ann. Cestr., 77, 78].

I assume therefore Milicent de Cantelowe married (2nd) Eudes la Zouche about 1260. They were definitely married by 1273.

Mr. Fowler further notes that at Milicent de Cantelowe's death in 1299, she held the manor of Foleshill, Warwickshire of her former brother-in-law, Robert de Mohaut. The above author assumes this property was probably Milicent's dower of the Mohaut marriage. However, Foleshill was held by the Bois family as subtenants under the Mohaut family [see VCH Warwick 8 (1969): 57-70]. Before Milicent died, various Bois manors were transferred to her on the marriage of her son, William la Zouche, to Maud Lovel, then heiress apparent of the Bois family. As such, the possibility exists that Milicent was holding Foleshill in trust at the time of her death for her son and daughter-in-law and that she had no dower rights at all to this property.

In summary, it is clear that both Eudes la Zouche and his wife, Milicent de Cantelowe, were of the age to be contemporaries to Sir Alan la Zouche (died 1270). As such, it is absoutely impossible that Sir Eudes la Zouche was a younger son of Sir Alan la Zouche. Moreover, there is no evidence that there were two Eudes la Zouche's in successive generations in the Zouche family. Rather, there appears to have been one Eudes la Zouche at this time. He occurs continuously in contemporary records from 1251 to 1279. His wife, Milicent de Cantelowe, similarly occurs continuously in the records from 1254 to 1299.

Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah


ROGER [I] la Zouche (-before 14 May 1238). "Rog La Zuche" made a fine for "terra que fuit Wille fratris sui" in Devonshire, dated 1199[1143]. The Rotulus Cancellarii records "Rogerus la Zuche…pro terra Willelmi fratris sui" owing in Devonshire, dated [27 May 1201/26 May 1202][1144]. “Willielmus la Zouche, filius Rogeri la Zouche” confirmed donations to Swavesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire by “Rogeri patris nostri ac…Alani Zouche avi nostri quondam comitis Britanniæ” by undated charter[1145]. The Red Book of the Exchequer records "Rogerus la Zuche" holding "Normanitone" in Devonshire in [1210/12][1146]. Henry III King of England granted "maneriis de Mapeldureham et Petrefeld" to "Rogero la Szuche", as granted by King John except for the dower of "Milesentie que fuit uxor comitis Ebroici", dated 14 Mar 1217[1147]. The Testa de Nevill includes a list of landholdings in Devon, dated 1219, which includes "Rogerus de la Suche" holding "Blaketorrintun…in hundredo de Blaketorrintun" in Devonshire[1148]. A document dated 15 May 1227 records, among thirteen other donations, the donation “of Roger la Suche, a half-virgate in Tudeuurth...” to Maiden Bradley priory[1149]. An order dated 14 May 1238 ordered inquisitions into “terre Rogerus de la Zusch” to identify “propinquor heres eius”[1150]. m (before 6 Aug 1220) MARGARET, daughter of --- (-[after Aug 1232]). Henry III King of England granted letters of conduct to "Rogero la Zuche eundi peregre ad Sanctum Jacobum" [Santiago de Compostela], noting that he had agreed to donate revenue from his lands for one year, except that from "Margarete uxori ipsius Rogeri maritagio et dote sua", dated 6 Aug 1220[1151]. No primary source has been identified which confirms Margaret’s family origin. [The wife of Roger was alive 15 Aug 1232 when “uxori Rogeri la Suche” was granted two deer “in foresta de Wauberg”[1152]. It is not known whether this was a Margaret or an otherwise unrecorded second wife.] Roger [I] & his wife had five children:

a) ALAN [II] la Zouche (-killed in battle London 10 Aug 1270). An order dated 16 Jun 1238 records the homage of “Alani filii et heredis Rogeri la Zuch” for lands in Devonshire and Shropshire[1153].

- see below.

b) WILLIAM la Zouche (-before 3 Feb 1272). “Willielmus la Zouche, filius Rogeri la Zouche” confirmed donations to Swavesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire by “Rogeri patris nostri ac…Alani Zouche avi nostri quondam comitis Britanniæ” by undated charter[1154]. A writ dated 3 Feb "56 Hen III", after the death of "William le Zuch", confirmed that "the manor of Hobrugg" was held by him "of the inheritance of Maud sometime his wife" the mother of "Sir John de Trailly [who] is the next heir of the said Maud"[1155]. m as her second husband, MAUD, widow of --- de Trailly, daughter of ---. William & his wife had one child:

i) JOYCE (-bur 13 Mar 1290). Her parentage and marriage are recorded in the Complete Peerage, which does not cite the relevant primary source[1156]. Eyton says that William Zouche was "alleged" ancestor of "Zouche of Mortimer", which suggests there is some doubt about Joyce’s parentage, but does not explain his comment[1157]. On the other hand, the Complete Peerage states that "William’s identity is proved by the descent of the manor of King’s Nympton, Devon, which was granted to him by Roger his father in 1237/38 and was held by his grandson and representative Hugh Lord Mortimer…at his death in 1304"[1158]. m ROBERT de Mortimer of Richard’s Castle, Herefordshire, son of HUGH de Mortimer & his wife --- ([1251/52]-7 Apr 1287, bur Worcester Cathedral).

c) ALICE la Zouche (-before early 1256). A manuscript relating to Ranton Priory, Staffordshire records that “Willielmo de Harecourt” married firstly “Aliciam la Zouche”[1159]. Her parentage and marriage are confirmed by a writ dated 18 Feb "7 Edw I", after the death of [her son-in-law] "Henry de Penebrigg" which notes Tong manor (Shropshire) “held by Alan la Souche of the honour of Brecheynoc without service because it was of free marriage, and he gave it to William de Harcourt with Alice his sister in free marriage...”[1160]. m as his first wife, WILLIAM [II] de Harcourt, son of RICHARD [I] de Harcourt & his wife Orabilis de Quincy (-[1270/19 Apr 1271]).

d) LORA la Zouche (-after 18 Feb 1279). Her parentage and marriage are confirmed by a writ dated 18 Feb "7 Edw I", after the death of [her sister’s son-in-law] "Henry de Penebrigg" which notes Tudeworth manor (Wiltshire) “held by Roger la Suche of John Biset, and he gave it to Gilbert de Stanford with Lora his daughter in free marriage, and the said Gilbert being dead, the said Lora gave the same to [her niece] Arrabilia late the wife of the said Henry and to Fulk their son”, and “Northtudewrthe” (North Tidworth, Wiltshire) held of “Lora de Saunford”[1161]. Her daughter married Robert de Vere Earl of Oxford[1162]. m (before 1238) GILBERT de Sanford [Saunford/Stanford], son of JOHN de Sanford of Great Hormead [Hertfordshire][1163] & his wife --- (-[1250]).

e) EON la Zouche (-[28 Apr/25 Jun] 1279). m (before 13 Dec 1273) as her second husband, MILLICENT de Cauntelo, widow of JOHN de Mohaut, daughter of WILLIAM [IV] de Cauntelo of Calne, Wiltshire & his wife Eva de Briouse (-before 7 Jan 1299). The Chronicle of Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire names "Georgius" who died childless and "Johanna nupta Henrico de Hastings et Milisannt de Monte-alto…uxor Ivonis de la Zouch" as the children of "Willielmo de Cantilupo" and his wife[1164]. Inquisitions following a writ dated 4 Nov "1 Edw I" after the death of "George de Cantilupo" name “Milisanda the wife of Eudo la Zuche of full age and John son of Henry and Joan de Hastinges who is under age and in the king’s wardship are his next heirs...the said Milisanda and Joan being sisters of the said George”[1165]. Eon & his wife had three children:

i) WILLIAM la Zouche (Harringworth 18 or 21 Dec 1276-11/12 Mar 1352). He was summoned to parliament in 1323 whereby he is held to have become Lord Zouche (of Harringworth).


ii) EVE la Zouche (-5 Dec 1314, bur Portbury, Somerset). m (1289) as his first wife, MAURICE de Berkeley Lord Berkeley, son of THOMAS de Berkeley Lord Berkeley & his wife Joan de Ferrers of the Earls of Derby ([Apr 1281]-31 May 1326, bur Wallingford, transferred to Bristol St Augustine’s).

iii) ELEANOR la Zouche . A manuscript relating to Ranton Priory, Staffordshire records that “Johanni de Harecourt” married firstly “Elianoram la Souche”[1166]. Her parentage is confirmed by Kirkby’s Inquest for Yorkshire, probably dated to [1284/85], which records Bingley as held by “Stephanus Waleys”, who held it from “Elienora de Zuche” who held it from “Milisanta de Monte Alto matre sua”[1167]. m as his first wife, JOHN de Harcourt, son of RICHARD [II] de Harcourt & his first wife Margaret Beke (-before 2 May 1330).


Eudo (Eon) la ZOUCHE (1244-1279) [Pedigree]

   b. ABT 1244
   r. Ashby, Leicester, Eng.
   r. Haryngworth, Eng.
   d. Jun 1279
   d. 1279

Married Millicent de CANTILUPE (1250-1298)


Eva la ZOUCHE Baroness Berkeley (-1314) m. Maurice "The Magnanimous" BERKELEY 3rd? Lord Berkeley (1271-1326)

Ellen la ZOUCHE (1273-1344) m. John de HARCOURT (1277-1330)

William la ZOUCHE 1st Lord Zouche of Harringworth (1276-1351) m. Maud LOVEL (-1346)

Lucy la ZOUCHE (1279-) m. Thomas de GREENE (1292-)

References: [GENSERV],[AR7],[MCS5]


Born: ABT 1244, Ashby, Leicestershire, England

Died: AFT 1273

Father: Alan La ZOUCHE (Sir Knight)

Mother: Ela De QUINCY

Married 1: ¿?


1. Elizabeth La ZOUCHE

Married 2: Millicent De CANTELUPE (b. ABT 1250, Calne, Wiltshire - d. BEF 7 Jan 1298/99) (dau. of William De Cantilupe and Eva Braose - sister and heiress of George De Cantilupe) (w. of John De Montalt) BEF 1273


2. Eleanor La ZOUCHE

3. Elizabeth La ZOUCHE

4. William La ZOUCHE (1º B. Zouche of Harryngworth)

5. Roger La ZOUCHE of Lubbesthorpe

6. Lucy La ZOUCHE

7. Eve La ZOUCHE

8. Joan La ZOUCHE (b. ABT 1281)

9. George La ZOUCHE (b. ABT 1283)

10. Eudo La ZOUCHE (b. ABT 1284)

11. Emery La ZOUCHE (b. ABT 1286, Winchester, Hampshire, England)

12. Phillip La ZOUCHE (b. ABT 1290)

13. Thomas La ZOUCHE (b. ABT 1292)

Married 3: Aghata De FERRERS Lic 1254

Son of Margaret and Roger

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Eudo la Zouche, Lord of Cantelou's Timeline

Ashby la Zouche, Leicestershire, England
Harringworth, Northamptonshire, England
Harringworth, Northamptonshire, England
August 1, 1275
Ashby, Leicestershire, England
December 18, 1276
Harringworth, Northamptonshire, England
Harringworth, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
April 28, 1279
Age 41
Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire, England
Age 41
November 26, 1934
Age 41