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Nicholas de Moels

Also Known As: "'miles strenuissimus et circumspectus.'"
Birthplace: Cadbury Manor, Cadbury, Somserset, England
Death: Died in Cadbury, Somerset, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Roger de Molis and Roesia de Molis
Husband of Hawise de Newmarche, Heiress of Cadbury
Father of Agnes de Moels; Maud De Lorti; James De Moels and Sir Roger Moels, of Cadbury & Maperton
Brother of John de Mules; NN de Mules and Iseult de Mules

Occupation: High Sheriff of Devon and Yorkshire, Constalbe of Winchester, Haverford West, Cilgerran, Tenby, Rochester, Canterbury and Corfe Castles, Governor of the Channel islands, Keeper of Oxford Castle
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About Nicholas de Moels of Watlington & Cadbury

Nicholas de Moels, Seneschal of Gascony, led the English force that had a signal victory over King Theobald I "the Troubadour" of Navarre in 1244.

Nicholas appears to have been from an early age in the court of King John. He was granted the manor of Watlington "for his sustenance in the king's service" in 1217. He was made Sheriff of Hampshire, and governor of the castle of Winchester, and he continued in this office for four years after 1220.

After 1220 Nicholas possessed in right of Hawise, his wife, the lordships of Cadebury, Saperton, and other manors in Somerset and the neighboring counties, thus becoming one of the greater landowners before September 1231. He also had the islands of Guernsey, Jersey, Serke, and Aureny (Alderney) committed to his care after 1220.

He was appointed a second time as Sheriff of Hampshire.

He was sent to Poitou on an embassy from the King in April 1223. He served in the King's expedition into Wales circa July 1223. He served at the siege of Bedford in 1224.

He was again sent to Poitou on an embassy from the King in January 1223/24.

He was sent to Cologne as an ambassador to treat of a proposed marriage between King Henry III and a daughter of Leopold VI, Duke of Austria, in January 1224/25.

Nicholas was granted the land of Little Berkhampstead in July 1226.

He was on the King's service in 1227 at Gascony, France. He was charged with negotiations as to the truce with France in March 1228.

Nicholas was a plenipotentiary, as miles noster familias, to treat of peace with Louis IX of France in April 1229.

Nicholas was pardoned the 8 marks yearly due from him for debts of his father-in-law, James de Newmarch in September 1231.

Nicholas was at the Coronation of Queen Eleanor, and along with Richard Siward, he carried the two royal sceptres.

Nicholas held the office of Sheriff of Yorkshire before 1240.

He was deputed with Ralph FitzNicholas, ambassador to France, for the purpose of denouncing war against the king of that realm in 1241.

He was appointed seneschal of Gascony circa 1242 in France.

Following the action in Navarre, Nicholas participated in the Welsh wars in 1245. He was constituted governor of the castles of Caermarthen and Cardigan circa 1246.

Nicholas was appointed constable of Dover Castle and warden of the Cinque Ports after 1246 in Kent. He was made Sheriff of Kent, and governor of the castles of Rochester and Canterbury in March 1247.

Nicholas was our ancestor through two distinct descent lines--through his daughter Maud and through his son Roger, each of whom was independently our ancestor,

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De Moels served as High Sheriff of Hampshire (1228–1232), High Sheriff of Devon (1234), and High Sheriff of Yorkshire (1239–1242) ; and Constable of Winchester Castle, Pembroke Castle, Haverfordwest Castle, Cilgerran Castle, Tenby Castle, Rochester Castle (1247), Canterbury Castle (1247) and Corffe Castle. He was also governor of the Channel Islands.[4]

In 1244 he won a victory over French forces at Navarre, returned to fight in the Welsh wars and was made governor of the castles of Caernarvon and Cardigan. In 1246 he was then made Constable of Dover Castle, High Sheriff of Kent in 1247 and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports in 1258. [4]

He died sometime after 1264 but sometime before 1272.[5]

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Nicholas de Moels of Watlington & Cadbury's Timeline

Cadbury, Somserset, England
Age 30
Cadbury, Somersetshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 31
Cadbury, Somersetshire, England
Age 37
Cadbury, Somerset, England
Age 59
Kingskerswell, Devon, England
Age 77
Cadbury, Somerset, England
September 16, 1994
Age 77
May 5, 1995
Age 77