John Corbet, last Baron of Caus

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John Corbet, last Baron of Caus

Birthplace: Caus, Shropshire, England
Death: before 1347
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Son of Peter Corbet, Baron of Caus and Alice le Wafre?
Brother of Alice Harcourt
Half brother of Peter Corbet, 2nd Lord Corbet of Caus and Thomas Corbet

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About John Corbet, last Baron of Caus

Not the same as John Corbet, of Binweston & Leighton

No known wife or children


Notes for Sir Piers Corbet Lord Corbet m. (1) Joan de Mortimer, (2) Alice le Wafre

His and Alice son John was the last baron of Cause, and who was b. 25 Mar 1148 and d. bef 1347. Johns heirs were his aunts Alice m. Robert de Stafford and Emma m. Sir Bryan de Brampton - see CP.


Feudal barons of Caus and their descendants
In the Domesday Book of 1086, Roger FitzCorbet and his brother Robert were listed as some of the most important tenants-in-chief of the king and also of the powerful Marcher Lord Roger, Earl of Shrewsbury[4][5] Roger is generally believed to have been the first feudal baron of Caus in Shropshire, which was a barony within the marcher lordship of Roger de Montgomerie (died 1094). He was succeeded after 1121 by his son Robert FitzCorbet (d. pre-1155). He was succeeded by Roger FitzCorbet, who himself was succeeded by Robert (died 1222), who left a son Thomas who died in 1274. There followed his son and heir Peter Corbet (died 1300) who left a son Peter Corbet (died 1322), who died childless. The barony then passed to his half-brother John. Although the family soon died out in the senior line, when the barony was lost, cadet branches spread out and thrived.

From page 39 of Antiquities of Shropshire, Volume 7 By Robert William Eyton

A Writ of August 10,1300, announces the death of Peter Corbet himself. An Inquest, held at Caus on August 28th, found the following facts as to the Manors of Binweston and Yokethull, viz. that Thomas, eldest son of the deceased, had married Johanna, daughter of Alan Plukenet, and died without issue; whereupon, that is, on November 11, 1295, Peter Corbet had, without license from the King, given Binweston to his son's widow in dower. ...
Peter, the second son of Peter Corbet (I.), was, as we have seen, born in or before 1270, and was probably another son of Joan. But John the third son of Peter Corbet (I.), may well have been his son by a second wife, for he was not born till March 25, 1298, as we shall see in the sequel. ...
John Corbet, the last Baron of Caus (if such a title can be assigned to one who never enjoyed his paternal estates and was never summoned to Parliament), died while yet his sister-in-law was seized of his Barony. His legitimacy has been questioned,11 without, as I believe, the slightest foundation. He was living after the accession of Edward III. (1327), and was still prosecuting a claim on the Valletort estates, of which he was the coheir in right of his Grandmother, the wife of Thomas Corbet. Those estates, which Peter Corbet (II.) had already claimed, were never recovered. They had been settled by the last Baron Valletort in a way which was intended to exclude his collateral heirs, Corbet and Pomeray, that is, on Richard, King of Almagne and Earl of Cornwall, and the heirs of his body. It is true that the heirs of the Royal Earl failed in 1300, and that the next remainder was to the right heirs of Roger, last Baron Valletort; but the King had interest in the matter, as being heir to the general estates of the Earls of Cornwall, and the exertions of Corbet and Pomeray availed nothing against the Crown. Thus was John Corbet, the last rightful Baron of Caus, reduced to a position of comparative beggary, by the legal artifices of his own kindred on the one hand, and by barefaced injustice on the other.12 He died without issue before 1347. ....
... There was also a John Corbet, who by grant of Peter Corbet (II.) and his wife, Beatrix, had a grant of Binweston for the life of Beatrix. I greatly doubt whether this John of Binweston was identical with John, son of Peter (I.). Unfortunately it does not appear what was the status of Binweston on Beatrix Corbet's death in 1347 (Iaqnis. 21 Edw. III., No. 55); but there was a Sir John Corbet of Binweston living in 1356, and then proposing to settle that Manor (which was his only estate) on his son John, and on Joan, his son's wife, and their issue. (InquU. 30 Edw. III., 2nd Nos., No. 15.) ...

From page 356 of The Montgomeryshire Collections, Volume 27

The direct ancestor of our sheriff was Sir Grifiuith Vaughans eldest son, David Lloyd, who held the manor and lands of Leighton, near Welshpool, as early as 1469,under his kinsman, Sir William Brereton of Brereton, Cheshire. The manor of Leighton came to this Sir William through the marriage of his father, William Brereton, with Alice, daughter and eventual heiress of John Corbet of Leighton. This \Villiam Brereton died in the service of Henry V at Harfleur, predeceasing his father Sir William. The latter also served in the French wars of the same King, and, three years after the death of his son, witnesses a deed of Sir John Bromleys at the Castle of Dompfront. Sir Williams I nquz'sitz'o post mortcm is dated the 4th Henry VI, 1425-6.2
Alice Corbet, the heiress of the conjoint manors of Leighton and Binweston, by I nquisitio post mortem 0f the 10th of Henry IV, 1409,1 was found to be sister and heir of her deceased brother, Richard Corbet of Leighton. The Salop Heraldic Visitations2 make them fourth in descent from John Corbet of Leighton, the last rightful Baron of Caus, reduced to a position of comparative beggary by the legal artifices of his own kindred on the one hand, and by barefaced injustice on the other."

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John Corbet, last Baron of Caus's Timeline

March 25, 1298
Caus, Shropshire, England
Age 48
January 6, 1994
Age 49
January 6, 1994
Age 49
January 21, 1994
Age 49
January 21, 1994
Age 49
February 10, 1994
Age 49
Leighton, Montgomery, Wales, United Kingdom