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Isolde de Audley (le Rous)

Also Known As: "Isolda", "Isolde", "Iseult", "Isolt"
Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Wigmore, Hertfordshire, England
Death: 1328 (54-62)
Stratton Audley, Oxfordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Roger Le Rous and Alianora de Avenbury
Wife of Sir Walter de Balun, of Much Marcle and Hugh I de Audley
Mother of Hugh de Audley, 1st Earl of Gloucester and Alice de Audley, Baroness Neville
Sister of John Le Rous, Knight

Occupation: Lady Audley
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About Isolde de Audley

Roger le Rous settled the manor of Eastington on Walter de Balun and Isolde in June 1287:

8 June 1287, 15 Edward I, Gloucester. One week from Trinity. Walter de Balun and Isolda his wife, querents, by Walter de la More in Walter de Balun's place, Roger le Rouse (Rous), deforciant. The manor of Eastington (Esteneston). (Covenant.) Right of Roger, as in demesnes, homages, advowsons of churches, rents, services of free men, villeinages with the villeins holding them and their families, wards, reliefs, escheats, woods, meadows, pastures, waters, ponds, mills, and all else. For this, grant to Walter and Isolda. To hold to them and Isolda's heirs. Feet of Fines: CP 25/1/75/33, number 100. C. R. Elrington, ed., Abstracts of Feet of Fines relating to Gloucestershire, 1199-1299, Gloucestershire Record Series, 16 (2003), 183, no. 890.

A Common Pleas record dated 1289 proves that Isolde was the daughter of Sir Roger le Rous [died 1294].

Below is an abstract of this lawsuit:

In 1289 Isolde daughter of Roger le Rus sued Reynold de Balun in the Court of Common Pleas regarding the manor of Eastington, Gloucestershire, which she claimed as her right. Reference: Court of Common Pleas, CP40/78, image 650f (available at

See discussion at soc.genealogy.medieval

Isolde married Walter de Balun, (it is said that he died after an accident at a tournament on his wedding day while at Southampton waiting to go to the Holy Land with Henry lll). No children from this marriage.

Isolde also married Hugh I de Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Stratton, about 1290. They had at least three children:

  • Hugh II de Audley, 1st and last Earl of Gloucester, who married Margaret de Clare, daughter of Gilbert de Clare and Joan of Acre
  • Alice de Audley, who married Ralph de Neville, 2nd Baron Neville of Raby, the son of Ralph de Neville and Euphemia de Clavering
  • Sir James de Audley

Note: According to Effigies and Brasses her effigy is in the Church

Aug. 1. 1303 Arbroath
To Walter de Glouc[estria], escheator beyond Trent. Order to restore to Hugh de Aldithele and Isolda, his wife, a third of the manor of Great Markeleye, which is held of the king in chief, together with the issues received from it since it was taken into the king's hands, as they have shown the king that whereas they have long held the said part in her dower of the free tenement of Walter Balun, her first husband, and they have now acquired the right and fee of the said part to them and to Hugh's heirs from John de Balun, kinsman and heir of Walter, to whom the said part ought to have reverted after her death, without obtaining the king's licence, the escheator has taken that part into the king's hands by reason of the acquisition aforesaid, and the king wishes to show favour to Hugh for the good service rendered by him and his ancestors and because he is with the king in his service in Scotland. The part is to be held by them in form aforesaid until further orders. By p.s.

'Close Rolls, Edward I: August 1303', in Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward I: Volume 5, 1302-1307, ed. H C Maxwell Lyte (London, 1908), pp. 47-51. British History Online [accessed 15 January 2018].

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[ISOLT de Mortimer (before 1273[212]-after 1336). According to the Complete Peerage[213], Isolt was the daughter of Edmund Mortimer and his wife Margaret de Fiennes. However, this is chronologically impossible if Isolt gave birth to her son Hugh Audley in [1289][214]. It is therefore assumed that Isolt was Edmund Mortimer's illegitimate daughter, although no proof has been found that this is correct. Another possibility is that she was Edmund's sister[215]. Her first name suggests a Welsh origin. Edmund Mortimer gave her and her first husband the manor of Arley, Staffordshire[216]. m firstly (before 1287) Sir WALTER de Balun of Much Marcle, Herefordshire (-after 1287). m secondly (before 7 Jan 1293) HUGH de Audley, son of JAMES de Audley of Heleigh, Staffordshire & his wife Ela Longespee ([1267]-[Wallingford Castle] [Nov 1325/Mar 1326]).

Sir Hugh de AUDLEY Lord Audley [Parents] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 was born 1267 in Heleigh, Staffordshire, England. He died Mar 1326 in Wallingford, Berkshire, England. Hugh married 10 Iseult de MORTIMER on 1289 in Stratton Audley, Oxfordshire, England.

Iseult de MORTIMER [Parents] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 was born 1262 in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England. She died Aug 1338 in Stratton Audley, Oxfordshire, England. Iseult married 9 Sir Hugh de AUDLEY Lord Audley on 1289 in Stratton Audley, Oxfordshire, England.

   Other marriages:
       BALUN, Walter de Knight

They had the following children:

  • M i Sir James de AUDLEY Knight was born 1290 and died 1324.
  • M ii Sir Hugh de AUDLEY Earl of Gloucester was born 1294 and died 10 Nov 1347.
  • F iii Alice de AUDLEY was born 1302 and died 12 Jan 1374.

ISOLDE7 DE MORTIMER (Edmund6, Roger5, Ralph4, Roger3, Hugh2, Hugh1) of Wigmore, daughter of (8) Sir Edmund6, was born circa 1265, and died between 1336 and 1340[29]. She married of Wigmore, (CC-4) BARON HUGH DE AUDLEY, son of (CC-2) Sir James and (PN-39) Ela (LONGESPEE), who was born circa 1267[29], and died circa 1325[29]. [32, 9, 39, 46, 27, 21, 1] Weis, Roberts, Langston & Buck, and Buck & Beard all list Isolde as daughter of Edmund, son of Roger.

Richardson lists Isolde as sister of Edmund, and daughter of Roger, but cites multiple sources for each of the two possibilities, and the majority of them list her as daughter of Edmund.

Weis lists her as daughter of Margaret de Fienes in Magna Charta Sureties, but as the daughter of an unknown wife in Ancestral Roots. [43, 32, 9] Children: See (CC-4) Baron Hugh de AUDLEY

He [Edmund, Baron Mortimer] also had a daughter Isolt by his first wife [Margaret de Fiennes]. Isolt m. (1) Walter de Balun, (2) Hugh Audley, Lord Audley (Complete Peerage, 14:488). However, this is chronologically impossible if Isolda was the mother of Hugh de Audley, born 1289. She might have been Edmund's illegitimate daughter.

Edmund was a cleric in the church (Canon of Hereford Church, Prebender of Salisbury, Treasurer & Clerk of York) until 24 Nov 1282, when he inherited his father's lands, resigining his positions in the church. Thus Edmund is not likely to have had children at an early date. He gave the manor of Arley, (Staffordshire) to Isolda de Mortimer and her first husband Walter de Balun.

Douglas Richardson and Paul Reed argue that Isolda Mortimer was Edmund's sister, not his daughter (soc.genealogy.medieval).

Isolt de Mortimer was the daughter of Sir Edmund de Mortimer, 1st Lord Mortimer and Margaret de Fiennes.1,2 She married, firstly, Sir Walter de Balun before 1286/87.1 She married, secondly, Hugh Audley, 1st Lord Audley (of Stratton Audley), son of James of Aldithley and Ela Longespe, between 1288 and 7 January 1293.1 She died after 1336.1

    Isolt de Mortimer was also known as Isolde de Mortimer.3 From before 1286/87, her married name became de Balun.1 From between 1288 and 7 January 1293, her married name became Audley.1 She brought her second husband the manors of Eastingdon, Gloucestershire and of THornbury, Herefordshire.1 As a result of her marriage, Isolt de Mortimer was styled as Lady Audley on 15 May 1321. On 12 April 1326 she had livery of the manor of Arley, Staffordshire.1

Children of Isolt de Mortimer and Hugh Audley, 1st Lord Audley (of Stratton Audley)

   * Sir James Audley+4 b. b 1289, d. b 1 Mar 1333/34
   * Hugh Audley, 1st and last Earl of Gloucester+5 b. c 1289, d. 10 Nov 1347
   * Alice Audley+ b. c 1304, d. 12 Jan 1373/74


  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 I, page 347. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  2. [S2] Peter W. Hammond, editor, The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda (Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing, 1998), page 52. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage, Volume XIV.
  3. [S125] Richard Glanville-Brown, online <e-mail address>, Richard Glanville-Brown (RR 2, Milton, Ontario, Canada), downloaded 17 August 2005.
  4. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 348.
  5. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 346.

Hugh Audley [Parents] was born about 1250 in Staffordshire, England. He died in 1325. He married Isolde De Mortimer in 1285 in Hereford, England.

Isolde De Mortimer [Parents] 1, 2 was born 3, 4 about 1265 in Wigmore, England. She died after 1336. She married Hugh Audley in 1285 in Hereford, England.

   Other marriages:
       De Audley, Hugh , Ambassador To France
       De Greystoke, Ralph , Sir

They had the following children:

     		M 	i 	Hugh Audley.
     		F 	ii 	Alice Audley.
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Isolde de Audley's Timeline

Wigmore, Hertfordshire, England
Age 19
Stretton Audley, Oxfordshire, England
Age 34
Hadley, Staffordshire, England
Age 58
Stratton Audley, Oxfordshire, England
June 17, 1933
Age 58
June 17, 1933
Age 58
June 29, 1938
Age 58
June 29, 1938
Age 58
August 12, 1971
Age 58