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Sir Bryan de Stapleton, Sr.

Also Known As: "Brian /De/ Stapleton/"
Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Carleton, Yorkshire, , England
Death: June 25, 1394 (69-77)
Wighill, Yorkshire, England
Place of Burial: Helaugh, Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Gilbert de Stapleton, Knight and Matilda Agnes FitzAlan of Bedale
Husband of Alice Stapleton
Father of Margaret de Stapleton; Brian Stapleton, Jr. and Sir Miles de Stapleton, Kgt.
Brother of Sir Miles de Stapleton of Bedale; Avice De Stapleton; Katherine Stapleton; Nicholas Stapleton and John Stapleton

Occupation: Knight of the Garter, Knight
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About Sir Bryan Stapleton, Sr.

Bryan Stapleton

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Sir Bryan Stapleton KG (c. 1322 – 1394) was an English medieval knight from Yorkshire.


He was the younger brother of Sir Miles Stapleton and the third son of Sir Gilbert Stapleton (died 1321) and his wife, Agnes (or Matilda; 1297/8–1348), daughter and coheir of Brian, Lord Fitzalan (died 1306), of Bedale and several other estates in the same county. As a result, he was a great-grandson of Dervorguilla of Galloway, mother of John Balliol, King of Scotland, and a descendant of the Bruces by Laderia, daughter of Peter III de Brus of Skelton and grandmother of Sir Gilbert.

His first campaign must have been King Edward III's expedition to France in 1340 and the siege of Tournai - he stated this himself during a heraldic dispute involving his friend, Richard, Lord Scrope of Bolton. In his own words, he fought in all the great battles and expeditions of King Edward's reign, including the battle of Crécy and the siege of Calais in 1346-7.

Bryan served under the banner of William Montagu, earl of Salisbury, in France in 1359-60 and, very likely, before that date as well. In 1369, he joined Edmund of Langley, earl of Cambridge, and John Hastings, earl of Pembroke in the expeditionary force sent to relieve Edward, the Black Prince, in Aquitaine. In 1372 he witnessed a truce with the duke of Brittany but in 1373 he sailed with Salisbury in the fleet that raided the coast of Brittany and defended Brest. In February 1380 he was appointed Captain of Calais Castle and in 1381 - captain of Guînes.

Stapleton was made a knight of the Garter in 1382; in the following year he and Salisbury escorted King Richard II's young bride, Anne of Bohemia, to Calais; and in 1383 he held a muster there of the troops led by Henry le Despenser, Bishop of Norwich for a campaign in Flanders. He participated in the following negotiations with embassies from France and Flanders, leading to the truce of Leulinghen. He served on the Scottish border between 1386 and 1388, when he was both a commissioner to take evidence and a witness in Lord Scrope's dispute with Sir Robert Grosvenor mentioned above.

In 1376 Stapleton bought Wighill, where he died on 25 July 1394. His will, written in French, was dated 16 May the same year, and is published in Testamenta Eboracensia (i. 198 sq.). He directed that his body should be buried at Helaugh Priory, beside his wife, who had died before him.[1] Family[edit]

He inherited Carlton[disambiguation needed] and Kentmere from a cousin.[1]

Before 1360 Stapleton married Alice, widow of Sir Stephen Waleys of Helaugh and daughter and coheiress of Sir John de St. Philibert. He left two sons, of whom, the elder, Brian, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Aldeburgh, and was the ancestor of the Stapletons of Carlton, died before him; the younger, Sir Miles (died 1400), was the ancestor of the Stapletons of Wighill.[1]

Brian Stapleton, his young grandson, succeeded him, and fell near Alençon in 1417, fighting in the retinue of Thomas Montagu, 4th Earl of Salisbury.[1]


Rawcliffe, Carole. "Stapleton, Sir Brian". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/26299. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.). The first edition of this text is available as an article on Wikisource: "Stapleton, Brian de". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.


1 "Stapleton, Brian de". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.


Originally submitted by klvollmar to Stebelton Family Tree on 25 May 2007

The Head of a sarazon is part of the family crest due to Sir Brian. It is the result of Sir Brian slaying a sarazon in the midst of battle. This event was witnessed by the kings of England, Scotland, and France (The kings of Scotland and France were prisoners in England between 1347 and 1364). Evidently it was a one-on-one tournament battle, held for the prisoner kings' entertainment. It is referred to as a "faith for faith" battle, and Sir Brian prevailed, beheading the "heathen champion". For this accomplishment, he was granted the honor of displaying the sarazon head in his family crest.


  • 'Sir Brian Stapleton1
  • 'M, b. circa 1325, d. 25 July 1394
  • Father Sir Gilbert de Stapleton2 b. bt 1289 - 1290, d. b 23 Jun 1321
  • Mother Agnes FitzAlan2 b. 1298, d. b 3 Nov 1348
  • ' Sir Brian Stapleton was born circa 1325 at of Carlton & Wighill, Yorkshire, England; Age 60 in 1385.2 He and Alice de St. Philibert obtained a marriage license on 16 January 1353; Date of Papal Dispensation. They had 2 sons (Brian & Miles).3,2 Sir Brian Stapleton left a will on 16 May 1394.2 He died on 25 July 1394 at Wighill, Yorkshire, England; Buried at Healaugh Park Priory, Yorkshire.2 His estate was probated on 26 June 1395.2
  • 'Family Alice de St. Philibert d. b 21 Dec 1384
  • Children
    • ◦Sir Brian Stapleton+ b. c 1363, d. c 1391
    • ◦Sir Miles Stapleton+4 b. c 1365, d. 6 Feb 1400
  • Citations
  • 1.[S3229] Unknown author, Burke's Commoners, Vol. II, p. 208; Burke's Dormant and Extinct Baronetcies, p. 504.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 682.
  • 3.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 633.
  • 4.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 682-683.
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Sir Bryan Stapleton, Sr.'s Timeline

Carleton, Yorkshire, , England
Age 39
Carleton, Yorkshire, England
Age 39
Carlton, Yorkshire, England
Age 44
Wighill, North Yorkshire, England
June 25, 1394
Age 73
Wighill, Yorkshire, England
July 25, 1394
Age 73
Helaugh, Yorkshire, England