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Joan Whalesborough (Raleigh)

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Nettlecombe, Somerset, England
Death: circa 1436 (44-60)
Nettlecombe, Somerset, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir John Raleigh, Esq. of Nettlecombe Court and Ismania de Burghersh
Wife of John Whalesborough, Esq. MP and Sir Thomas Pomeroy MP
Mother of Elizabeth de Hampton; Ismayne Whalesburgh; Thomas de Whalesborough, Sheriff of Cornwall; John Whalesburgh, (? died young); Lady Anne Whalesborough, Baroness Moleyns and 4 others
Sister of Simon Raleigh
Half sister of Maud Chaucer and Margaret Arundell

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About Joan Whalesborough (Raleigh)

  • Jane Raleigh1,2,3,4,5
  • F, #32627, b. circa 1372, d. before 1436
  • Father Sir John Raleigh2,3,4,5 b. c 1325
  • Mother Isamina Hanham b. c 1351, d. 9 Sep 1420
  • Jane Raleigh was born circa 1372 at of Nettlecombe, Somersetshire, England.5 She married John Whalesborough, Esq., Justice of the Peace for Cornwall, son of John Whalesborough and Margaret, before 1399.3,4,5 Jane Raleigh died before 1436.
  • Family John Whalesborough, Esq., Justice of the Peace for Cornwall b. c 1369, d. 10 Jan 1418
  • Children
    • Elizabeth Whalesborough+ b. c 1402
    • Isamina Whalesborough+6,3,5 b. c 1403
    • Anna Whalesborough+2,4 b. c 1405, d. 1 Mar 1487
    • Alice Whalesborough+ b. c 1412
  • Citations
  • 1.[S10045] Unknown author, The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, by Ronny O. Bodine, p. 29.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 504.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 107.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 153-154.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 514.
  • 6.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. XI, p. 507.
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  • WHALESBOROUGH, John (c.1369-1418), of Whalesborough, Cornw.
  • Family and Education
  • b.c.1369, s. and h. of John Whalesborough (d.1382) of Whalesborough by his w. Margaret. m. by 1399, Joan (d.1435/6), da. of Sir John Raleigh† of Nettlecombe, Som., 4s. 4da.1
  • Offices Held
    • Commr. of array, Cornw. Dec. 1399, Aug., Sept. 1403, July 1405; to collect a subsidy Mar. 1404; of inquiry Jan. 1406 (unlawful assemblies).
    • J.p. Cornw. 14 Mar. 1403-Feb. 1407.
  • Biography
  • Whalesborough’s father died while he was still a minor (aged about 13), leaving six manors and three advowsons in Cornwall, all of which were settled on his widow for life should she not remarry. However, she did marry again and a dispute over the wardship of the lands and heir ensued. At first committed to the widow and her second husband, they passed in June 1383 to William, Lord Botreaux, with whom they remained until Whalesborough proved his age in June 1391. According to an extent made the previous year his inheritance was worth £31 6s.8d. p.a.2 Whalesborough seems to have increased this property, for by his death he owned seven manors and extensive lands in Cornwall besides receiving rents at Berrynarbor, Devon. With great care and forethought, and in some detail, he settled these estates for the benefit of his wife and family, beginning in 1401, when Sir John Grenville*, his neighbour at Stow, and other friends acted as feoffees of Tresidder and Lancarffe. Subsequent transactions in 1403 (regarding the manor of Whalesborough) and 1411 (that of Lamellion) provided his wife with a jointure. Then, in July 1417, two further settlements were made for his sons, John and Robert, and finally, in December that year, Perranuthnoe, Trerose and Halwyn, along with three advowsons, were put into the hands of trustees, headed by (Sir) John Colshull II*, presumably in the interest of the heir, Thomas.3
  • Only a few other traces of Whalesborough’s activities have survived. He received an episcopal licence for oratories at any of his manor-houses in December 1391, and he and his wife and William their son received a similar one specifically for Whalesborough in June 1400. In 1405 the Crown unsuccessfully disputed Whalesborough’s right to the patronage of the church at St. Mawnan. His land evidently gave him some considerable status in the county. For instance, he was asked to act as arbitrator in a local dispute, and five of his feoffees (Colshull, Grenville, John Arundell II*, Nicholas Broomford* and John But*), at one time or another sat in Parliament. He himself participated in the Cornish elections held in October 1411 and April 1413 at Launceston and Lostwithiel, respectively. Moreover, the connexion with the noble family of Botreaux, begun during his minority, was always maintained.4
  • Whalesborough died on 10 Jan. 1418. Custody of his lands and the marriage of his heir, then aged 13, was granted out by the Crown for £100. His widow took as her second husband Sir Thomas Pomeroy*, while one of his daughters married Thomas, Lord Scales, and another William, Lord Moleyns.5
  • Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
  • Notes
  • Variants: Walesbrewe, Whalisbreu.
  • 1. Reg. Stafford ed. Hingeston-Randolph, 282; CPR, 1381-5, p. 194; 1416-22, p. 217; CCR, 1413-19, pp. 421-3; Some Som. Manors (Som. Rec. Soc. extra ser. 1931), 81, 370; Som. Feet of Fines (ibid. xxii), 176.
  • 2. CPR, 1381-5, p. 194; 1388-92, p. 10; CFR, ix. 302, 342, 369; x. 40; CCR, 1389-92, p. 380; SC6/822/12.
  • 3. C138/28/51; CCR, 1413-19, pp. 421-3; CPR, 1416-22, p. 212.
  • 4. Reg. Stafford, 204, 282, 320; Reg. Brantingham, 739; CAD, v. A10484; CFR, xii. 119; CCR, 1413-19, p. 115; C219/10/6, 11/1; Huntington Lib. San Marino, Hastings ms HAM box lxxiv.
  • 5. CFR, xiv. 196; C138/28/51; CPR, 1416-22, p. 217; Som. and Dorset N. and Q. xxviii. 120-1; CP, ix. 42; xi. 506-7.
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  • POMEROY, Sir Thomas (d.1426), of Combe Raleigh, Devon.
  • ?s. of Robert Pomeroy of Sandridge, Devon. m. (1) 1388, Joan (d. 14 Dec. 1422), da. of Sir James Chudleigh* of Ashton and Shirwell, Devon, by Joan, sis. and coh. of Sir John Pomeroy*, wid. of Sir John St. Aubyn and Sir Philip Bryan†, 1da. d.v.p.; (2) Joan (d.1435/6), da. of Sir John Raleigh† of Nettlecombe, Som., wid. of John Whalesborough* of Whalesborough, Cornw. s.p. Kntd. 1400.1
  • etc. ....
  • After Sir Thomas’s first wife’s death in 1422, he was permitted to retain the Pomeroy estates ‘by the courtesy’, they having had issue, a daughter named Isabel. She, however, died before her father’s death, which occurred on the feast of St. Laurence (either 3 Feb. or 10 Aug.) 1426. Pomeroy’s scheme to bring the family inheritance to his cadet branch failed, for Edward Pomeroy was quick to take possession. In fact, no more was heard of any claim by Joan and Margaret St. Aubyn, the grand daughters and next heirs of Sir Thomas’s first wife. Shortly before his death he had married the widow of a Cornish landowner. She died some time between 20 Nov. 1435 (the date of her will) and 18 Jan. 1436 (when it was proved).7
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Joan Whalesborough (Raleigh)'s Timeline

Nettlecombe, Somerset, England
Age 16
King's Lynn and West Norfolk District, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Age 19
Age 21
Age 21
Cornwall, England
Age 22
Whalesborough, Cornwall, England
Age 32
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Age 52
Nettlecombe, Somerset, England
Age 52