Margaret Annora Bisset

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Margaret Annora Bisset

Also Known As: "Margaret", "de Biseth", "Biset", "Bisset"
Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
Death: January 28, 1232 (49-57)
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry Bisset and Albreda Bisset
Wife of Sir Roger La Zouche
Mother of Sir Alan la Zouche, I; Loretta de Saunford; Alice la Zouche; William la Zouche and Eudo Eon la Zouche, Lord of Cantelou
Sister of Henry Biset; Albreda d'Aubeney; William Biset; Amabilia Biset and Lord John Bisset

Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Margaret Annora Bisset

Roger la Zouche's wife, Margaret, was doubtless the daughter of Henry Biset (died 1208), of Kidderminster, Worcestershire and Rockbourne, Hampshire, by an unknown 1st wife. It appears that Margaret had a substantial maritagium on her marriage. In 1220 the king specifically reserved to her both her maritagium and dower, at the time her husband, Roger la Zouche, was going on a pilgrimage to Santiago in Spain [Reference: C.P.R. 1216–1225 (1901): 246 (“… salvis Margarete uxori ipsius Rogeri maritagio et dote sua.”]. Margaret’s maritagium appears to have included the manor of North Tidworth, Wiltshire, a nown Biset family property. Sometime in the period, 1199–1227, Margaret joined with her husband, Roger la Zouche, in granting a virgate of land in North Tidworth to Maiden Bradley Priory in Wiltshire [see Hatton, Books of Seals (1951): 128–129; VCH Wiltshire 3 (1956): 296]. Maiden Bradley Priory was a hospital for leper women, and was founded in 1164 by Henry Biset’s father, Manasser Biset, steward [dapifer] of King Henry II [see VCH Wiltshire 3 (1956): 295–302; Notes & Queries 10th ser. 2 (1904): 69–70].

Margaret la Zouche was likely the Margaret la Zouche, lady of Farleigh, who was an early benefactor to Wintney Priory, Hampshire [see Dugdale, Monasticon Anglicanum 5 (1825): 722]. Farleigh appears to have been the manor of Farleigh Wallop, Hampshire, which manor was afterwards held by the descendants of Roger and Margaret la Zouche’s younger son, William la Zouche [see VCH Hampshire 3 (1908): 364–366]. This manor was presumably also part of Margaret la Zouche’s maritagium, as the Biset family is known to have had extensive estates in both Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Sometime in the period, 1269–1285, Roger la Zouche (grandson of Margaret) confirmed his father, Alan la Zouche’s gift of a rent of 100 shillings in North Tidworth, Wiltshire to Maiden Bradley Priory, for which the convent granted a chaplain to celebrate the souls of Sir Alan la Zouche and his wife, Ellen [see VCH Wiltshire 3(1956): 296; Desc. Cat. of Ancient Deeds 3 (1900): 526]. Research further indicates that Roger and Margaret la Zouche had a younger son, Henry la Zouche (his existence was hitherto unknown), who was likelynamed in honor of her father, Henry Biset [see Jenkinson & Formoy, Select Cases in the Exchequer of Pleas (Selden Soc. 48) (1932): 80–81]. Margaret la Zouche herself was presumably named for her father’s sister, Margaret Biset, who built herself a house in the court of the hospital of Maiden Bradley Priory [see VCH Wiltshire 3 (1956): 295–302]. The elder Margaret Biset is recorded as having saved the life of King Henry III from an assassin at Worms in 1238, when the king went to Germany for the marriage of his sister, Isabel, to Emperor Friedrich II [see Notes & Queries 10th ser. 2 (1904): 69–70, citing Matthew Paris, Hist. Angl., ii 380, 412, 413; Annales Monastici iv. 431]. The elder Margaret Biset died at Bordeaux in 1242 ["obit quoque mulier sanctissima apud Burdegalim Margareta Biset"].


Born: ABT 1182, Ashby, Leicestershire, England

Died: BEF 14 May 1238

Notes: for his fidelity to King John, had a grant from that monarch of the manors of Petersfield and Maple Durham, co. Southampton, part of the lands of Geoffrey De Mandeville, one of the rebellious barons then in arms. In the next reign he was Sheriff of Devonshire, and had further grants from the crown.

Father: Alan La ZOUCHE

Mother: Alice De BELMEIS

Married: Margaret ? ABT 1204


1. Alan La ZOUCHE (Sir Knight)

2. Lora La ZOUCHE

3. Eudo La ZOUCHE (b. ABT 1207)

4. William La ZOUCHE

5. Alice La ZOUCHE

Margaret was recorded as living in 1220 and in 1232.

Margaret was our ancestor through two distinct descent lines--through her son Eudo and through her son Alan, each of whom was independently our ancestor.

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Birth: 1187 in Kidderminster, County Worcestershire, ENGLAND Death: 28 JAN 1232 in North Molton, County Devonshire, ENGLAND Event: Parents Information Henry Biset of Kidderminster & Rockbourne b: 1158 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England

Margaret (died in or after 1220 or even as late as 1232 or after. [Burke's Peerage] (Dcrdcr4) [Douglas Richardson] posted to on 26 Mar 1999 Subject: Re: SIR ROGER LA ZOUCHE: "This is based on original research not found elsewhere in print. Margaret, wife of Roger la Zouche, was the daughter of Henry Biset, of Kidderminster, county Worcester and Rockbourne, Hampshire, benefactor of Hospital of Maiden Bradley. He married (lst) Aubrey, daughter of Richard Fitz Eustace (ancestor of the Lacy family), with whom he had land in Emsal, Marton, Plumtree, and the whole town of Harworth, county Nottingham in frank marriage. They had three children, William, John and Margaret (above). He married (2nd) Iseult Pantolf, daughter of Roger Pantolf, of Abkettleby, county Leciester, widow of Walter de Tateshall and Hugh de Montpincon. He died shortly before 11 Dec. 1213. His widow married (4th) Amaury de St. Amand of Bloxham, co. Oxford."

Father: Henry Biset of Kidderminster & Rockbourne b: 1158 in Kidderminster,Worcestershire,England

There is a growing consensus that Margaret, wife of Roger la Zouche, belonged to the Bisset or Bissett family, but some uncertainty remains as to just where in that family she belongs.

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Margaret Annora Bisset's Timeline

Worcestershire, England
Age 24
Ashby-de-la-Zouche, Leichestershire, England
Age 32
North Molton, Devonshire, England
Age 34
of North Molton, Devonshire, England
Age 35
King's Nympton, Devonshire, England
January 28, 1232
Age 53
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England
Age 53
Ashby la Zouche, Leicestershire, England
November 19, 1934
Age 53
November 19, 1934
Age 53