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Piers de Mauley, II

Also Known As: "Peter de Mauley", "Baron of Skeltoon & Danby & Sheriff of Northamptonshire"
Birthplace: Flamborough (Bridlington), East Yorkshire, England
Death: before July 16, 1279
Hazelwood, Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Piers de Mauley and Isabel de Turnham
Husband of Joan de Brus and Second wife of Peter de Mauley
Father of Joan de Brus; Piers de Mauley, III; Robert de Mauley; Katherine Constable; Stephen de Mauley and 2 others
Brother of Peter de Mauley; Hillaria de Mauley and Stephen de Mauley

Occupation: Sheriff of Northamptonshire
Managed by: Harald Tveit Alvestrand
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About Peter de Mauley, II, Sheriff of Northamptonshire

  • Piers de Mauley, 2nd Lord Mauley, Sheriff of Northampton1,2,3
  • M, #33690, b. circa 1226, d. before 15 July 1279
  • Father Pier de Mauley, 1st Lord Mauley d. b 22 Dec 1241
  • Mother Isabel de Turnham d. b 22 Jan 1238
  • Piers de Mauley, 2nd Lord Mauley, Sheriff of Northampton Piers, 3rd Lord Mauley, from unknown second wife. He was born circa 1226.2 A contract for the marriage of Piers de Mauley, 2nd Lord Mauley, Sheriff of Northampton and Joan de Brus was signed on 27 September 1237; Both parties were under age.4 Piers de Mauley, 2nd Lord Mauley, Sheriff of Northampton died before 15 July 1279.
  • Family 1 Joan de Brus d. b 13 Oct 1243
  • Child
    • Joan de Mauley+2 b. c 1243
  • Family 2
  • Child
    • Sir Piers de Mauley, 3rd Lord Mauley+3 b. 22 Jul 1249, d. 6 Sep 1308
  • Citations
  • [S10487] Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. VIII, p. 558/9.
  • [S40] RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 65.
  • [S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VIII, p. 559.
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  • A Genealogical History of the Dormant: Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct ... By Sir Bernard Burke
  • Pg.362
  • The first mention of this name and family occurs shortly after the decease of King RICHARD I , when his brother JOHN, Earl of Moreton, to clear his own way to the throne, employed Peter de Mauley, a Poictovin, his esquire, to murder his nephew, Prince Arthur of Britanny, and in reward of the foul deed, gave to the said
  • PETER DE MAULEY, in marriage, Isabel, dau. of Robert de Turnham, and heiress of the Barony of Mulgrave. This Peter, throughout the whole reign of King John, adhering to his royal master, obtained considerable grants from the crown, and was esteemed amongst the evil advisers of the king. In the height of The baronial war, most of the prisoners of rank were committed to his custody, and he was constituted (18th JOHN), sheriff of the cos. of Dorset and Somerset. In the 4th HENRY III., upon the coronation of that monarch, Peter de Mauley had summons to assist thereat, and to bring with him the regalia, then in his custody at Corfe Castle, which had been entrusted to him by King JOHN; and the next year, being again sheriff of the cos. Somerset and Dorset, he delivered up the castle of Corfe to the king, with Alianore, the king's kinswoman, and Isabel, sister to the King of Scots as well as all the jewels, military engines, and ammunition there, which the late monarch had formerly commit to his custody. Soon after this, he was made governor of Sherburne Castle, co. Dorset, and dying in 1221, was s. by his son,
  • PETER DE MAULEY, who giving 100 marks for his relief, had livery of his lands. Amongst the causes of discontent avowed by Richard Mureschall in his contest with HENRY III. was, that the king by the advice of foreigners, had dispossessed Gilbert Basset, a great baron of the time, of the manor of Nether-Haven, co. Wilts, and conferred it upon this Peter de Mauley. The king, nevertheless, continuing his favour to Peter, constituted him govenor of the castle of Devizes, and the next year (20th HENRY III..) made him sheriff of Northamptonshire. Moreover, in 1239, he was one of the godfathers, at the baptismal font to Prince Edward (the king's eldest son), and in 1241 he accompanied William de Fortibus, Earl of Albemarle, and divers other noble persons to the Holy Land. This feudal lord m. Joane, dau. of Peter de Brus, of Skelton, and d. in 1242. Upon his decease Gerard le Grue paid 500 marks for the ferme of his lands, and had the custody of the castle of Mulgrave; maintaining his widow with necessaries, keeping the buildings in repair, and not committing waste in the woods. Peter de Mauley was s. by his son,
  • PETER DE MAULEY (commonly called the 3rd), who doing his homage in the 31st HENRY III., had livery of his lands. ln the 42nd of the same reign, the Scots having made a prisoner of their King ALEXANDER III. (son-in-law of the English monarch), Peter de Mauley received summons with the other northern barons to fit himself with horse and arms for the relief of the Scottish prince. He m. Nichola, dau. of Gilbert de Gant, son of Gilbert, Earl of Lincoln, and had issue,
    • PETER, his successor.
    • Edmund, a very eminent person in the reign of EDWARD I and II., and greatly distinguished in the Scottish wars. He had a grant of the manor of Seton. co. York. He was successively governor of the castle of Bridgenorth, of the town and castle of Bristol, and the castle of Cockermouth. He fell at the battle of Banoockburn, and dying s.p., his estates passed to his nephew,
    • Peter de Mauley.
  • He was s. at his decease by his elder son,
  • PETER DE MAULEY (called the 4th), who, in the 7th EDWARD I., doing his homage, and paying £100 for his relief, had livery of all his lands, which he held of the king in capite by barony of the inheritance of William Fossard (whose grand-dau. and heir, Isabel de Turnham, was wife of the first Peter de Mauley). This feudal lord having been engaged in the Welsh and Scottish wars, was summoned to parliament as a Baron by King EDWARD I., 23 June, 1295, and he had regular summons from that period to 12 December, 1309. In the 25th EDWARD I. his lordship was in the expedition then made into Gascony, and in consideration of his good services there, obtained from the king a grant of the marriage of Thomas, the son and heir of Thomas de Multon, of Gillesland, deceased. For several years after this he was actively employed in the warfare of Scotland. His lordship m. Eleanor, dau. of Thomas, Lord Furnival, and dying in 1310, was s. by his son,
  • SIR PETER DE MAULEY, 2nd baron, summoned to parliament from 19 December, 1311, to 15 March, 1354. This nobleman was for several years actively engaged In the wars of Scotland, and was a commander at the battle of Durham (20th EDWARD III.), wherein the Scots, under their king, DAVID BRUS, sustained so signal a defeat, the monarch himself being made prisoner. His lordship m. Margaret, dau. of Robert, Lord Clifford, and dying In 1355 waa s. by his son,
  • PETER DE MAULEY, 3rd baron, summoned to parliament from 20 September, 1355, to 7 January, 1383. This nobleman, in the 30th EDWARD III., shared in the glorious victory of Poictiers, and in three years afterwards he was in the expedition then made in Gascony. In the 41st of the same reign he was joined in commission with the bishop of Durham, Henry, Lord Percy, and others, for guarding the marches of Scotland ; and again, in the 3rd RICHARD II., with the Earl of Northumberland. His lordship m. 1st, in the 31st EDWARD III., Elizabeth, widow of John, Lord Darcy, and dau. and heir of Nicholas, Lord Meinill, without license, for which office he paid a fine of £100, and obtained pardon. He m. 2ndly, Margery, one of the daus. and co-heirs of Thomas de Sutton, of Sutton in Holderness, and had issue (by which wife not known),
  • Peter, who m. Margery, one of the daus. and co-heirs of the Thomas de Sutton, Knt., and dying in the life-time of his father, left issue,
    • PETER, successor to his grandfather.
    • Constance, m. 1st, William Fairfax, s. p., and 2ndly. Sir John Bigot, ancestor by her of the Bigots of Moulgrave.
    • Elizabeth, m. to George Salvaine, Esq. "The present heir-general of the said Elizabeth Salvaine" (we quote COURTHOPE's Historic Peerage), "and consequently one of the co-heirs of the barony is Charles-Frederick-Ashley-Cooper Ponsonby, Lord de Mauley, son of William-Francis Spencer Ponsonby, Lord de Mauley, by Lady Barbara. dau. and sole heir of Anthony, 5th Earl of Shaftesbury, by Barbara, his wife, dau. and heir of Sir John Webb. Bart, by Mary, sister and eventually sole heir of Thomas Salvaine, Esq., the heir male and heir general of the above-mentioned George Salvaine, and Elizabeth Mauley, his wife."
  • His lordship d. in 1383, seized of the manor and castle of Mulgrave, the manor of Doncaster with its members, and a moiety of the manor of Helagh, all in the co. York. He was s. by his grandson,
  • PETER DE MAULEY, 4th baron, who making proof of . his age in the 22nd RICHARD II., had livery of the lands of his inheritance, as well as those derived from his grandfather, as from Thomas, his uncle. This nobleman was made a knight of the Bath at the coronation of King HENRY IV., and was summoned to parliament from 18 August, 1399, to 12 August, 1415. His lordship m. the Lady Maud Nevil, dau. of Ralph, Earl of Westmoreland, but d. in 1415, s. p., when his sisters (refer to
  • Pg.363
  • issue of 3rd baron) became his heirs, and between those the Barony of Mauley fell into ABEYANCE, at it still continues amongst their representatives. In the distribution of the Mauley estates, Leland says, "Bigot had the castle of Maugreve, (Mulgrave), with eight tounelettes therabout the se cost longging to it, whereof Seton thereby was one. Saulwyne had, for his part, the Barony of Eggeston on Eske, not far from Whitby; also Lokington-Barugh, not far from Watton-on-hull ryver, Nesseark, and the lordship of Doncaster."


  • Peter de Maulay or Peter de Mauley[a] (died 1241) was a nobleman and administrator who was one of King John of England's "evil counsellors".
  • Maulay's parentage is unknown, but he originated from the Maulay region in Poitou.[1] He appears to have had a younger brother named Aimery, who possibly was the same as an Aimery de Maulay who owned lands in Quinçay and La Rochelle between 1218 and 1259. In a monastic chronicle, Peter is said to have relinquished his lands in France to Aimery in 1204.,[2] after the overlordship of the lands passed from King John of England to King Philip II of France.[3] .... etc.
  • .... He married in 1214 Isabella, the daughter and heiress of Robert of Thornham.[1] Thornham had died in 1211, so through his wife, Maulay acquired the Barony of Mulgrave in Yorkshire.[6] Maulay paid the king 7000 marks as a fine for the right to marry Isabella, one of the highest fines paid for the right to marry under John.[7][b] According to the medieval chronicler Ralph of Coggeshall, Maulay was the murderer of John's nephew Arthur of Brittany.[8]
  • .... etc.
  • Maulay had vowed to go on crusade in 1220, and in 1241 he finally set out for the Holy Land, along with Richard of Cornwall. He died later in 1241, probably while still in the Holy Land. His wife died before him and his heir was his son Peter de Maulay.[1] Maulay had endowed a chantry at Meaux Abbey in Yorkshire in memory of his wife. He also confirmed grants of lands to Eskdale Priory, a Grandmontine house founded by Isabella's father.[39] Maulay was also a benefactor of the Knights of Saint Thomas, a military religious order for Englishmen.[40]
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  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 37
  • Mauley, Peter de by Charles Lethbridge Kingsford ?
  • MAULEY, PETER de (d. 1241), favourite of King John, was a Poitevin noble, who left his inheritance to his brother Aymer, and entered the service of King John. .... Hemingburgh states that he was rewarded for his share in Arthur's murder with the hand of Isabel, heiress of the barony of Mulgres, and daughter of Robert de Turnham. Turnham's lands were granted to Mauley on 25 April 1214 (ib. p. 113). .... It was probably he, and not his son, who supported Randulph Blundevill, earl of Chester, in 1224 (Matt. Paris, iii. 83), was one of the sponsors for Henry's son Edward in 1239, and in 1241, going on the crusade with William de Fortibus, earl of Albemarle, died in the Holy Land during the same year. He built Mulgrave Castle, near Whitby, and was a benefactor of Meaux Abbey, where he endowed a chapel in memory of his wife. He left a son Peter, who succeeded him, and was followed by six others of the same name. Peter III (d. 1309) was summoned to parliament in 1295, and served in the wars of Edward I in Wales, Scotland, and Gascony. His brother Edmund, who was killed at Bannockburn, was steward to Edward II and a friend of Piers Gaveston (Chron. Edw. I and II, i. 215, 272–273, ii. 42, 183). Peter VIII succeeded his grandfather, Peter VI, in 1383, and died without issue, when the barony fell into abeyance. The present Lord de Mauley is of a modern creation, though he descends from the old barons in the female line.
  • [Matt. Paris; Walter of Coventry's Memoriale; Annales Monastici; Chronicon de Melsa (all in Rolls Ser.); Dugdale's Baronage, i. 733; other authorities as quoted.]
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  • Mulgrave Castle refers to one of three structures on the same property in Lythe, near Whitby, Yorkshire, England. One of these, known as the "old" or "ancient" castle, was by legend founded by Wada, a 6th-century ruler of Hälsingland. The second castle, (54.4935°N 0.7055°W) caput of the feudal barony of Mulgrave, was of Norman construction and remained active until destroyed by order of Parliament in 1647. The third is a country house (54.5012°N 0.6922°W) which was constructed by Lady Catherine Darnley and passed in 1718 by marriage into the Phipps family, when her daughter Lady Catherine Annesley married William Phipps. The Phipps family later held the titles of Baron Mulgrave, Earl of Mulgrave and Marquess of Normanby.
  • .... etc.
  • A second castle, which occupied the entire width of the ridge, seems to have been Norman, presumably constructed by Nigel Fossard (d. about 1120), who obtained the property after the Norman Conquest.[1] Fossard is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as a tenant of 114 manors, all in Yorkshire, including under Robert, Count of Mortain of "Grif", identified as Mulgrave in the hundred of Langbaurgh.[2] He became himself a tenant-in-chief of the king in 1088, and a holder of the large feudal barony whose caput was at Mulgrave, hence known as the barony of Mulgrave, which according to the Cartae Baronum return made in 1166 comprised 33 1/2 knight's fees.[3] The main approach was located on the west, with two stone towers overlooking the entrance.[1] Moats prohibited approach from the east and ensured that western approach was by means of a drawbridge.[4] Differing levels of land surrounding the containing walls caused the wall to bulge outwards, which required buttressing.[1] Some of the bricks used in the structure are clearly Roman.[1]
  • Nigel Fossard's son Robert died c.1135, Robert's son William I d. c. 1170, leaving a son William II who died in 1195 leaving an heiress Joan, who brought the barony and castle to her husband Robert de Turnham (d.1211). Their only surviving child and heiress was Isabel de Turnham who brought the barony and castle to Peter de Mauley (or Maulay) (d.1241) to whom she had been granted in marriage by King John on the escheatment of the barony. De Mauley was a native of Poitou, whose marriage to this wealthy heiress is said to have been his reward for having murdered in 1203 Prince Arthur, the son of John's elder brother who threatened his succession to the throne.[5] He was governor of Corfe Castle in Dorset where he acted as jailer of Eleanor, Arthur's sister.[6] Peter I's heir was Peter II de Mauley (1226–1279), who married Joan de Brus (d.1243), one of five sisters of Peter III de Brus (d.1272), feudal baron of Skelton, Yorkshire, who was his brother-in-law, having married Hilary de Mauley, Peter II's sister.[7] In the time of Peter II the barony was held by knight service of supplying two knights in time of war in the king's presence for 40 days per annum.[8] Peter II's heir was Peter III de Mauley (d.1308), who married Nicole de Ghent (d. before 1302), sister and in her issue co-heir (in a 1/3rd share) to Gilbert V de Ghent (d.1298), feudal baron of Folkingham, Lincolnshire.[9] Peter III was summoned to parliament by writ dated 23 June 1296,[10] creating him the 1st Baron de Mauley.[11] Peter III's seal can be seen as one of 72 appended to the Barons' Letter, 1301 to the Pope"[12] sealed at the Parliament of Lincoln in January 1301, and shows him on the reverse in the usual pose for early seals holding sword and shield astride his galloping war-horse, with the tails of his surcoat swept back by the wind. His arms within a heater-shaped escutcheon show a bend with a field diapered with scroll-work, which are blazoned as borne by him on the Falkirk Roll (1298) as: Or, a bend sable.[13] His heir was Peter IV de Mauley (d.1348).[14] Camden states that the first Peter was succeeded by 7 others bearing his name.
  • The castle passed to Sir John Bigot (c.1376-1426/7) of Settrington, Yorks.,[15] on his marriage to Constance de Mauley (c.1385-15/12/1450), eldest daughter & co-heiress of Peter VII de Mauley (d.1378), whose son Peter VIII had died in 1415 without issue, when the Barony de Mauley by writ became extinct. Bigot was 5th in descent from Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk (d.1225).
  • .... etc.
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PIERS DE MAULEY the Second, son and heir. On 27 September 1237 his marriage contracted with Joan, eldest daughter of Piers de Brus, received the King's approval. On 24 May 1242, he being under age, his father's lands were granted to Gerard la Grue for a yearly payment of 500 marks. On 13 October 1243 his marriage, and in case of his death that of Robert his brother, was granted to the Archbishop of York. On 15 October 1247 he did homage to the King for all his father's lands. In 1251-52 it was found to be to the King's advantage to commit to him the wood and moor in Wheeldale, near Egton, in fee-farm for 10 marks. On 1 October 1253 he had letters of protection while on the King's service in Gascony. On 9 February 1253/4 he and his heirs were granted free warren in his demesne lands in various places, including Doncaster, and a weekly market and a yearly fair at his manor of Lythe. On 12 March 1255/6 he had letters of protection until Midsummer in respect of his absence at Pontigny. On 30 July 1257 he had licence to let the manor of Doncaster at farm for 5 years, to do the service due to the King for the expedition to Wales, and on 5 November his lease of the manors of Bainton and Neswick for 4 years was confirmed. In 1263 he had acquittance of the common summons in Essex.

He married, 1stly, Joan, eldest daughter of Piers DE BRUS. She apparently died before 13 October 1243. The name of his 2nd wife is not known. He died before 15 July 1279. [Complete Peerage VIII:558-9, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]


Hugh, Kendall P. History of the Old Castle of Mulgrave. A. Brown & Sons, Ltd., Hull. 1948. pp. 31-36.


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Peter de Mauley, II, Sheriff of Northamptonshire's Timeline

Flamborough (Bridlington), East Yorkshire, England
July 22, 1249
Age 20
(Present Sandsend, Whitby), Yorkshire, England
Age 22
Mulgrave Castle, Whitby, Yorkshire, England
Age 26
Flamborough, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
July 16, 1279
Age 50
Hazelwood, Yorkshire, England
Age 50