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Ralph VII de Toeni, of Flamstead

Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Flamstead, Hertfordshire, England
Death: May 27, 1295 (41)
Gascony, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Roger de Toeni, V and Alice (Cecilia) de Bohun, Lady
Husband of Mary de Bohun
Father of Countess Alice de Toeni, Countess of Warwick and Robert de Toeni

Occupation: Lord of Flamstead, Earl of Flamstead
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Ralph VII de Toeni, of Flamstead

[alternate places of death provided by Geni users include:

  • Auch, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées, France
  • Gascony, Mont-Saint-Aignan, Seine-Maritime, Upper Normandy, France
  • Gascon Le Luy, Seyresse, Landes, Aquitaine, France]

Ralph VII de Toeni / Tony

Served in Wales

Assembly at Shrewsbury, 1283

Served in Gascony, 1294

Taken Prisoner at Risonces in France, March 31, 1295, and taken to Paris. Died, presumably as a prisoner, before 29 July 1295 in France. Died testate in Gascony 27 May 1295, according to Douglas Richardson (Plantagenet Ancestry).

From Douglas Richardson, http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/GEN-MEDIEVAL/2009-08/1251749561:

RALPH DE TONY (or THONY, THONEY), Knt., of Flamstead, Hertfordshire, Brinkley, Kirtling, Long Stanton, and Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, Carnanton (in Mawgan), Cornwall, Walthamstow, Essex, Garsington, Oxfordshire, Painscastle, Radnorshire, Newton Toney and Stratford Tony, Wiltshire, Elmley Lovett, Worcestershire, etc., son and heir by his father’s 1st marriage, born about 1255 (aged 22 in 1277). His marriage and the custody of his lands were granted to Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford and Essex, and to Edmund, the king’s son, respectively, in 1264, but both were afterwards re-granted to Richard de Brus 8 Aug. 1265. In 1275–1276 an assize of novel disseisin was arraigned by Roger de Moeles against Richard de Brus and Ralph de Tony [his ward] touching a tenement in Stanton, Cambridgeshire.

Ralph married before 1276 MARY _____, possibly a daughter of Robert de Brus, Knt. (nicknamed the Competitor or the Claimant) (died 1295), Lord of Annandale in Scotland, and Brucebury (in Kempston), Bedfordshire, Hartlepool, Durham, Writtle and Hatfield Broadoak, Essex, Conington, Huntingdonshire, Bruces (in Tottenham), Middlesex, etc. (grand nephew of William the Lion, King of Scotland), by his 1st wife, Isabel, daughter of Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford.

They had one son, Robert, Knt. [Lord Tony], and two daughters, Alice and _____ (espoused to Robert Tybotot in 1295).

He was actively employed in the Welsh Wars of 1277, 1282–3, and 1287, and fought in Gascony in 1294. In 1274 he claimed the assize of bread and ale, free warren, gallows, weifs, and strays in Little Cressingham, Norfolk. In the period, 1281–1284, as “Ralph de Tony son and heir of Roger de Tony of Kyrklynge [Kirtling],” he released to Richard de Chigewelle, of London, a rent payable by the said Richard for shops in Old Fish Street in the parish of St. Nicholas Cole Abbey, London. His wife, Mary, was living in 1283. He was going beyond seas with his cousin, Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford and Essex in 1285. In Michaelmas term 1291 an assize came to make recognition whether Ralph de Tony, Roger de Burghill the elder, and others unlawfully disseised Maud widow of Roger de Mortimer of her free tenement in Bridechurch, Disserth, etc., Herefordshire.

SIR RALPH DE TONY was taken prisoner at Risonces in Gascony 31 March 1295. He died testate in Gascony 27 May 1295.


Clutterbuck, Hist. & Antiqs. of Hertford 1 (1815): 354 (Tony pedigree). Year Books of Edward I 1 (Rolls Ser. 31a) (1866): 146– 149. Maclean, Parochial & Family Hist. of the Parish of Blisland (1868): 64–66 (Tony-Beauchamp pedigree). Maclean, Hist. of Trigg Minor 1 (1876): 62–66. Carthew, Hist. of the Parishes of West & East Bradenham (1883): 126. Annual Report of the Deputy Keeper 45 (1885): 316. Chandler, Five Court Rolls of Great Cressingham (1885): xxix. Desc. Cat. of Ancient Deeds 2 (1894): 276–286 (B.2238). Feudal Aids 1 (1899): 138, 139. Report & Trans. Devonshire Assoc. 2nd Ser. 4 (1902): 588–592. C.C.R. 1288–1296 (1904): 432. Moilliet, Abberley Manor, Worcestershire (1905): 29–37. VCH Hertford 2 (1908): 194. C.P. 2 (1912): 358–360 (sub Brus); 12(1) (1953): 773 (sub Tony); 12(2) (1959): 94 (sub Tybotot). Lloyd, Hist. of Wales from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest 2 (1912): 758. VCH Worcester 3 (1913): 106–107. Cal. Inqs. Misc. 1 (1916): 323. Farrer, Feudal Cambridgeshire (1920): 48–50. VCH Worcester 4 (1924): 332. Sayles, Select Cases in the Court of King’s Bench 2 (Selden Soc. 57) (1938). VCH Sussex 4 (1953): 171–174. VCH Oxford 5 (1957): 138. Paget, Baronage of England (1957) 530: 4. Sanders, English Baronies (1960): 117–118. Tremlett et al., Rolls of Arms Henry III (H.S.P. 113-4) (1967): 134 (arms of Robert de Brus “the Competitor”: Or, a saltire and a chief gules). VCH Essex 6 (1973): 253–254. Rees, Cal. of Ancient Petitions Rel. Wales (Board of Celtic Studies, Hist & Law 28) (1975): 369. VCH Cambridge 6 (1978): 136–137, 265; 9 (1989): 226. Mason, Beauchamp Cartulary Charters (Pipe Roll Soc. n.s. 43) (1980): lx (Tosny pedigree). VCH Wiltshire 15 (1995): 146. Brault, Rolls of Arms Edward I (1272–1307) 2 (1997): 417 (arms of Ralph de Tony: Argent, a maunch gules). National Archives, SC 8/75/3747, Petition dated 1295 from the executors of Ralph de Tony, and Robert son of Ralph de Tony, to the King. Places mentioned: Gascony, [France]; Wales. Nature of request: The executors of Ralph de Tony state that the although Ralph de Tony died in Gascony on the Friday in Pentecost week last [27 May], the news of this only reached England at the quinzaine of St John [9 July]. The escheator immediately entered his lands, and wishes to levy the money that Ralph’s attorneys had paid to his creditors, at Ralph’s command, in the period between his death and the news reaching England. They request the King’s grace, that they might not be charged for that period (abstract of document available online at http://www.catalogue.nationalarchives.gov.uk/search.asp). Online resource: http:// perso.numericable.fr/~briantimms/rolls/ lordmarshalsLM02.htm (Lord Marshal’s Roll – arms of Ralph de Tony: Argent a maunch gules).

source: http://www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/cp/tony.shtml

Volume 12, part 1, page 773:

Being sum. for service in Gacony, 1294, he [Ralph de Toeni VII] was taken prisoner at Risonces, 31 Mar. 1295, and sent to Paris.(f) ... He d., presumably as a prisoner, before 29 July 1295 in France.(i)

Note f:

Sub arcta custodia recludend[us] (Bé, Roles Gascons, vol. iii, nos. 2219, 2222, et passim; Rishanger, Chron., Rolls Ser., p. 149; Knighton, Chron., Rolls Ser., vol. i, pp. 344-45; Hemingburgh, Chron., ed. Hamilton, vol. ii, pp. 51-52).

Note i:

Cal. Fine Rolls, vol. i, pp. 355, 359-60. The King refers, 21 Sep., to "the laudable service rendered to him in Gascony by Ralph ... [who] died in his service there" (Cal. Close Rolls, 1288-86, p. 432).

Ralph's executors stated soon afterwards that he had died in Gascony on the Friday in Pentecost week [27 May] and that the news of his death reached England at the quinzaine of St John [8 July] [abstract of an ancient petition (SC 8/75/3747) in the National Archives online catalogue].


RALPH DE TOENI VII, son and heir, was born 1255. His marriage and the custody of his lands were granted respectively to the Earl of Hereford and Essex and to Edmund, the King's son, 12 May 1264, but both were granted to Richard de Brus, 8 August 1265. He had a protection, going to the March on the King's affairs, 18 November 1276; was summoned for service in Wales, 1277, 1282, 1283 and 1287, and to the Assembly at Shrewsbury, 1283; and nominated attorneys, going beyond seas with the Earl of Hereford and Essex, 10 May 1285. Being summoned for service in Gascony, 1294, he was taken prisoner at Risonces, 31 March 1295, and sent to Paris. He married, before 1276, Mary, who was living, 1283. He died, presumably as a prisoner, before 29 July 1295 in France. [Complete Peerage XII/1:773, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

Per: de Toeni of Normandy and Flamstead, Hertfordshire, England

Sir Roger V de Toeni [l], Lord of Flamstead, b Sep 1235, of Flamstead, Hertfordshire, England, d bef 12 May 1264. He md [1] Alice de Bohun bef 1255, daughter of Sir Humphrey V de Bohun, Earl of Hereford and Essex, and Maud d'Eu; and [2] Isabel aft 1255. Child of Roger de Toeni and Alice de Bohun was:

  • Sir Ralph VII de Toeni [m], Lord of Flamstead, b 1255, of Flamstead, Hertfordshire, England, d bef 29 Jul 1295, Gascony, France. He md Mary abt 1280. She was b abt 1258, prob Scotland.

Child of Ralph VII de Toeni and Mary was:

  • Alice de Toeni [n] b abt 1283, of Flamstead, Hertfordshire, England, d bef 8 Jan 1324/25. She md:
  • [1] Thomas de Leyburne,
  • [2] Sir Guy de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, Knight, 12 Feb 1309/10, son of Sir William de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, and Maud Fitz John, and
  • [3] Sir William la Zouche de Mortimer, Lord Zouche of Mortimer, bef 25 Feb 1316/17, son of Robert de Mortimer and Joyce la Zouche.


ROGER [VI] de Tosny

  • (29 Sep 1235-[10 Jun 1263/14 May 1264]). 
  • A writ dated 18 Jun "48 Hen III", after the death of "Roger de de Tony alias de Thony", lists his manors but does not name his heirs[149].
  • m firstly ALICE de Bohun, (http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/ENGLISH%20NOBILITY%20MEDIEVAL.htm#AliceBohunMRogerVTosny)
    • daughter of HUMPHREY de Bohun Earl of Hereford & his wife Mathilde de Valence (-bur Llanthony Priory). 
      • A manuscript which narrates the descents of the founders of Lanthony Abbey names “Matildis..Alicia” as the first two of the four daughters of “Henricus [mistake for Humfredus] quintus de Bohun comes Hereford et Essex et constabularius Angliæ et dominus Henricus de Bohun” and his wife “Matildem filiam comitis de Ewe in Normannia”, adding that Alice married “domino de Thonye” and was buried at Lanthony[150]. 
    • A manuscript in Aske’s collections names “…the Ladi Alice of Tonny daughter of Humfre of Bohum the vth…” among those buried at Lanthony Priory[151]. 
  • m secondly (before 1255) ISABEL, daughter of --- (-after Feb 1265). 
  • Roger [VI] & his second wife had one child: 
    • i)  RAOUL [VII] de Tosny (1255-before 29 Jul 1295).  m (before 1276) MARY, daughter of --- (-after 1283). 
      • Raoul [VII] & his wife had three children: 
        • (a) ROBERT de Tosny (Thornby, Scotland 4 Apr 1276-before 28 Nov 1309).  He was summoned to parliament in 1299, whereby he is held to have become Lord Tosny/Tony.  m (contract 28 Apr 1293, after 2 May 1293) MATILDA of Strathearn, daughter of MALISE Earl of Strathearn & his wife Agnes Comyn (-[1340/48]).  A charter dated 2 May 1293 records the recognisance of "Radulpho de Tony…versus Malisium comitem de Stratherne" (respecting his marriage, although the document does not specify that this is the case)[152]. 
        • (b) daughter .  m ([1 Mar 1295]) ROBERT Tybetot, son of --- (-[1 Mar 1295/1 Mar 1297]). 
        • (c) ALICE de Tosny ([1282/85]-[7 Nov 1324/8 Jan 1325]).  The will of "Guy de Beauchamp Earl of Warwick", dated 28 Jul 1316, bequeathed property to "Alice my wife...Maud my daughter...Elizabeth my daughter...Thomas my son...John my son"[153].  m firstly THOMAS de Leyburn, son of --- (-before 30 May 1307).  m secondly ([12 Jan/28 Feb] 1310) GUY de Beauchamp Earl of Warwick, son of WILLIAM de Beauchamp Earl of Warwick & his wife Matilda FitzJohn ([1270/71]-Warwick [28 Jul/early Aug] 1315, bur Bordsley).  m thirdly ([26 Oct 1315/25 Feb 1317]) as his first wife, WILLIAM La Zouche Lord Zouche of Mortimer, son of ROBERT de Mortimer of Richard’s Castle, Herefordshire & his wife Joyce la Zouche (-28 Feb 1337, bur Tewkesbury Abbey). 


  • [149] Inquisitions Post Mortem, Vol. I, Henry III, 588, p. 188. 
  • [150] Dugdale Monasticon VI, Lanthony Abbey, Gloucestershire, II, Fundatorum progenies, p. 135. 
  • [151] Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica, Vol. I (1834), XX, p. 169. 
  • [152] Stephenson, J. (ed.) (1870) Documents illustrative of the History of Scotland from the death of King Alexander the Third to the accession of Robert Bruce 1286-1306 (Edinburgh), Vol. I, CCCX, p. 398. 
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Ralph VII de Toeni, of Flamstead's Timeline

December 25, 1253
Flamstead, Hertfordshire, England
April 26, 1284
Age 30
Herefordshire, England
Age 32
May 27, 1295
Age 41
Gascony, France
July 1295
Age 41
Age 41
Flamstead, Hertfordshire, England