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Margaret Dennis (Corbet)

Also Known As: "Margaret Dennys", "Margaret Denys", "Dennis", "Dennys"
Birthplace: Alveston, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1398 (42-50)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Corbet and Elizabeth Corbet
Wife of William Wyriott, of Orielton and Sir Gilbert Denys
Mother of Joan Gamage
Sister of Wiliam Corbet and John Corbet

Managed by: Kira Rachele Jay
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About Margaret Dennis

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Oct. 25. 1382. Westminster.
Licence, for 10l. paid to the king by Gilbert Deneys, for him and Margaret his wife to enfeoff William Deneys and Robert Daldene of a third part of the manors of Alveston and Erdecote and hundred of Langeley, held in chief, and to grant to them the reversion, in fee simple, of the other two-thirds, held by William Canyngus as his free tenement by demise of William Cheddre the elder and John Canyngus, who held them with other lands by virtue of a recognisance for the sum of 320l. made to them before Walter Frompton, late mayor of the staple of Bristol, by William Corbet, brother of Margaret (whose heir she is), until they should be paid the said 320l. and their expenses, and then the premises were to revert to her; and for the said William and Robert to re-grant the premises to the said Gilbert and Margaret, in tail male, with remainder to her heirs in tail, and final remainder to the right heirs of Gilbert.
Source: Calendar of the Patent rolls preserved in the Public Record Office: Edward III. 1327- 1377. Page 213

From Wikipedia,_knight#Marriage_to_Margaret_Corbet

In about 1379 Gilbert Denys obtained the hand in marriage of a Gloucestershire heiress, Margaret Corbet, and became thereby a man of wealth and influence. Margaret had been born a triplet in about 1352, and both her brothers had died young in succession, leaving her the sole heir of the large Corbet landholdings in Gloucestershire and elsewhere. John the eldest had died in 1370 and William in 1377. Their father William, husband of Emma Oddingseles, had died while his children were young, predeceasing his own father, Sir Peter Corbet(d.1362). The manors held by Sir Peter Corbet on his death in 1362, which descended to his grandchildren in succession, John, William and Margaret were as follows: Hope-juxta-Caus, Shropshire, a remnant manor from the great Corbet honour, or virtually autonomous lordship established under William I at Caus Castle. Lawrenny in Pembrokeshire, (held from the Carew family) remnant of the family's large Welsh holdings, most of which had been earlier settled on Corbet male lines. The Corbet lands in Gloucestershire were as follows: Siston, held from the Bishops of Bath and Wells, and Alveston and Earthcott Green, both held in chief from the King. The possession of these tenancies-in-chief meant that should they ever descend into the hands of a female heiress, the King could repossess them and install his own favoured tenant who would thenceforth owe royal knight service and would be obliged to become a local administrator of the royal government. Margaret had been married off to a Pembrokeshire man, William Wyriott of Orielton, probably with the intention of consolidating Lawrenny with the Wyriott lands. Yet in 1379, only two years after her brother William's death aged 25, her husband William Wyriott died also, leaving Margaret as a female tenant-in-chief, a very precarious position for her. She could only re-marry by royal licence, effectively giving the King the right of veto over her free choice or she could relinquish her family manors to live with a husband of her choice, probably in relative poverty and social obscurity. Within a short time after Wyriott's death, Margaret had accepted Gilbert Denys as her husband. The two were contemporaries, and the marriage proved on a personal level to be successful, as Denys asked in his will to be buried next to Margaret. The marriage, like most of the period, is unlikely to have been the result of a romance but rather arranged by some powerful figure at Court who wished to see Denys rise in the world. Insufficient evidence exists to identify who this patron of Denys might have been, but pure speculation might suggest John of Gaunt.

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Alveston, Gloucestershire, England
Age 46
Age 46