Henry de Tracy, Lord of Barnstaple

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Henry de Tracy, Lord of Barnstaple

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Barnstaple, Devon, , England
Death: 1130 (62)
Barnstaple, Devon, England
Immediate Family:

Son of William de Tracy, of Barnstable and Rohesia De Conteville
Husband of Cecily de Rumilly, Lady of Skipton and Hawise ? de Tracy
Father of Sir Oliver de Tracy, III
Brother of Turgisus Ii de Tracy; Gieva de Tracy, concubine #12 of Henry I of England and Rohais Campo Ernalda

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About Henry de Tracy, Lord of Barnstaple

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HENRY de Tracy of Barnstaple (-[1164/65]). “William de Tracy" donated property to Mont Saint-Michel on becoming a monk there by charter dated 1110, signed by "…Guillelmi de Traceio, Rohes[ie] uxoris sue, Turgisi filii sui, Henrici filii sui, Gieve sororis sue”[175]. “Henricus de Traci…cum filio meo Olivero” donated property to Barnstaple Priory by charter 1146[176]. The 1164/65 Pipe Roll records "Oliverus de Traci" owing ".D. m p parte sua de Honore de Barnestapl" in Devonshire, maybe indicating the recent death of his father[177].

m firstly HAWISE, daughter of ---. Her marriage is confirmed by an undated charter which confirms that her grandson "domini Henrici de Tracy" requested a daily mass at Pilton St James, for the souls of "Henrici de Traci avi sui et Oliveri patris sui et Hawysiæ avæ suæ"[178].

m secondly (after [1130/35]) as her second husband, CECILY de Rumilly, widow of WILLIAM FitzRanulf, daughter and heiress of ROBERT de Rumilly [Romilly] of Skipton & his wife ---. Domesday Descendants notes that Cecily de Rumilly married as her second husband "Henry de Tracy of Barnstaple", without citing the corresponding primary source, but adds that "there is no evidence to suggest that she was the mother of Henry de Tracy’s heir Oliver".

Henry & his first wife had one child: 

i)OLIVER de Tracy of Barnstaple (-after 1203). “Henricus de Traci…cum filio meo Olivero” donated property to Barnstaple Priory by charter 1146[180]. The 1164/65 Pipe Roll records "Oliverus de Traci" owing ".D. m p parte sua de Honore de Barnestapl" in Devonshire, maybe indicating the recent death of his father[181]. The Red Book of the Exchequer refers to "Oliver de Tracy xvii l x s" in Devonshire in [1167/68][182]. The Red Book of the Exchequer records enfeoffments in the duchy of Normandy in [1172], "Oliverus de Tracieio" with one knight "de vicecomitatu de Cerenciis" and four knights in his own service[183]. The 1176/77 Pipe Roll names "Oliverus de Traci…pro parte sua de honore de Berdestapl" in Devonshire[184]. The Red Book of the Exchequer, listing scutage payments in [1194/95], names "Olyver de Tracy" among those granted delay in payment "per brevia" in Devonshire[185]. The Feet of Fines records an agreement 28 Jan 1196 settling a claim by "Will de Breosa" against "Oliver de Traci" for "medietate honoris de Bordestapl", tracing the alienations made by "predicto Olivero vel Henrico patre suo"[186]. "…Will de Traceio, Oliv de Traceio" both paid rent on land in Normandy, dated 1198[187]. "Oliver de Traci" paid a fine for "heritanda baroñ Willi de Traci" in Devonshire, dated [1199/1200][188]. The Rotulus Cancellarii records "Oliverus de Traci" owing in Devonshire, dated [27 May 1201/26 May 1202][189]. "Lucia de Moon […terre de Moon]…Will de Traceio…versus Oliv de Traceio" all paid rent in "Ballia Constancien" in Normandy, dated 1203[190].

[m firstly ---. No primary source has yet been identified which confirms this supposed first marriage. However, if Eva was his known wife, and she had children by her first marriage who had not reached the age of majority by [1218/19] (see below), it is unlikely that she was the only wife of Oliver who was already old enough in 1146 to suscribe a charter with his father.]

m [secondly] [as her second husband,] EVA, widow of THOMAS de London, daughter of [FULK FitzWarin [II] & his wife Hawise de Dinan] (-after [Jun] 1222). The Testa de Nevill includes a list of landholdings, dated 1219, which includes "Eva de Trascey" holding land "in Esgarestona…in hundredo de Launburn" in Berkshire and "Bovy" in Devonshire[191]. The parentage of Eva, and her relationship to the main Tracy family shown above, has not been traced. She could have been the widow of Oliver de Tracy. The king ordered the sheriff of Berkshire to "take into the king’s hands" the lands of "Fulk fitz Warin and Eva de Tracy and her sister on account of the son and heir of Thomas de London, who they detain from the king", dated to [1218/19][192]. This document suggests that Eva was closely related to Fulk FitzWarin [III], maybe his sister. Her first marriage is confirmed by an order to the sheriff of Devon to take "the daughter and heiress of Thomas of London [if] found in his bailiwick" and "if she has been abducted out of the bailiwick" to confiscate the lands of "Eva de Tracy her mother", dated to [1218/19][193]. "Eva de Tracy" paid a fine for "having a weekly market…at her manor of Bovey", dated 23 Oct 1219[194]. "William Crassus the first-born" paid a fine to marry "the daughter and heiress of Thomas de London", dated to [Dec] 1219[195]. "Eva de Tracy" made a fine for marrying "Hawise her daughter…without licence", dated [Jun] 1222[196]. The Pipe Roll 1223 records “Eva de Tracy...quia maritavit Hawisam filiam suam sine licencia R. que fuit de donatione sue” owing in “Nova Oblata” in Devon[197]. The following document indicates that Hawise was Eva’s daughter by her first marriage: “Paganus de Cadurcis filius et hæres dominæ Hawisiæ de Londonia” donated land to Whiteland, Carmarthenshire, for the souls of “dominorum Thomæ de Londonia, Patricii de Cadurcis, Will. et Mauricii de Londonia, Warini de Bassingburne, dominæ Evæ de Tracy, Aleys et Gundre defunctorum”, by charter dated May 1270, witnessed by “dominis Patricio et Hernico militibus, fratribus nostris”[198]. Oliver & his second wife had one child:

(a) HENRY de Tracy (-before 21 Aug 1274). An undated charter confirms that "domini Henrici de Tracy" requested a daily mass at Pilton St James, for the souls of "Henrici de Traci avi sui et Oliveri patris sui et Hawysiæ avæ suæ"[199]. "Henr de Trascy" is named among the guarantors for a pledge of "Roberti de Ferariis" for a fine for "hnda fil Willelmi de Boclaund cum hereditate sua", dated [Oct] 1216[200]. An order dated 2 Apr 1219 records "Henry de Tracy" repaying part of a debt[201]. The Pipe Roll 1223 includes land of “Henricus de Tracy...de dimidio feodo quod est in manu R. de feodis Oliveri de Tracy” in Devon[202]. Inquisitions after a writ dated 21 Aug "2 Edw I" following the death of "Henry de Tracy" name “Maud daughter of his daughter whom Geoffrey de Caunville lately took to wife aged 31 at Christmas in the said year is his next heir”, adding that “he had a daughter Eva married to Guy de Bryane from whom was born Maud whom Geoffrey de Caunvile lately married” and list the deceased’s properties in Barnstaple and numerous other places in Devonshire[203]. m [MATILDA [de Briouse], daughter of [WILLIAM [IV] de Briouse & his wife Matilda ---]. Drake, in a short Braose pedigree, records that “Loretta countess of Leicester” [daughter of William [III] de Briouse, see above] granted “the manor and advowson of Tawstock, co. Devon” to “her niece Matilda and the heirs of her body”, citing a writ dated 1391 and adding that the same document confirms that William [IV] de Briouse was the grantor’s brother[204]. He also states that Matilda, the grantee, married “Henry de Tracy Lord of Barnstaple, ob. 2 Edw I (1273-4)”, but does not cite the primary source which confirms that this marriage is correct. However, he does record the manor of Tawstock (presumably Tavistock) was later held by the second husband of Matilda, daughter of Eva de Tracy and heir of Henry de Tracy according to the inquisitions quoted above. From a chronological point of view, the proposal appears possible..]

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Barnstaple, Devon, , England
Age 62
Barnstaple, Devon, England
Barnstaple, Devonshire, England