Simon Felbrigge, KG
|Also Known As:||"le Bigod"|
|Birthplace:||Erpingham, Norfolk, England|
|Death:||Died in Erpingham, Norfolk, England|
|Managed by:||Jacob Michael Frank|
About Sir Simon Felbrigge, KG
Sir Simon Felbrigg. In the retinue of John of Gaunt at the relief of Brest. Fought at the battle of Agincourt.
Consistently alleged to have been the son of Sir Roger (Bigod) of Felbrigge and Elizabeth de Scales. Attributed birth year of "1367" may be a bit late - a range c. 1355-65 seems more probable, given that he was active in the 1380s and of age by 1387. (Fake "birth year" of "1397" is actually the year he was made a Knight of the Garter.)
His second wife was Katherine Clifton, NOT "Catherine Mallory".
Sir Simon Felbrigg was standard bearer to King Richard II. and held a patent in the 18th of that King, for 100l. per ann. the usual fee or allowance; in the 22d of that King, was one of the knights of the King's chamber, and had a grant of the manor of Beeston Regis, in Norfolk, late Richard Arundel's, who was attainted. In the 8th of Henry V. he and Sir William Beauchamp, Sir John Beaufoe, Kinghts, Robert Lovell, &c. were appointed commissioners to muster 500 men at arms, 1000 archers, commanded by Hugh Courtney Earl of Devonshire, and the Lord Botreaux, for the guard of the narrow seas; being made Knight of the Garter in the 2d of that King, in 1422, at St. George's feast at Windsor, with Humphrey Duke of Gloucester, Richard Beauchamp Earl of Warwick, Robert Lord Willoughby, Henry Lord Fitz-Hugh, Lewis de Robesart Lord Bouchier; Sir John Cornwall, Sir Thomas Erpingham, Sir Walter Hungerford, and Sir John de Robesart, his senior knights, and Will. de Hertaulolux, his junior, reciting that King Hen. V. in his life, had instituted Garter to be principal of the office of arms, but that no maintenance was settled on him; they, during the nonage of King Henry VI. settle several annual pensions on him, payable by every Knight of the Garter.
He married first, Margaret, daughter and heir (as our historians say) to the Duke of Silesia, and Theise in Germany, (nephew to the King of Bohemia,) cousin to Ann, Queen-consort of Richard II. King of England, (daughter of Charles IV. and sister to Wencislaus, Emperors of Germany) who came into England with that Queen, on her marriage, in 1381, and was one of her maids of honour. His 2d wife was Catherine, daughter of Anketill Mallory, Esq. of Winwick in Northamptonshire,
[This section appears to contain some errors. There was no "Anketil Mallory of Winwick, Esq". From context, the reference appears to be to Sir Anketil Mallory II, last lord of Kirkby Mallory, who had two daughters named Catherine, by two different wives. The second Catherine is believed to have married a man named Grene or Green, who died at about the relevant date. On the other hand, it's possibly the wrong Catherine altogether, since other, and better supported, sources name her as Katherine (with a K), daughter of John de Clifton - Maven]
widow of Ralph Grene, Esq. of Drayton, in the said county, (who died October 4 in the 5th of Henry V .) the said Catherine survived Sir Simon, who made his will several [eleven] years before his death, dated at Felbrigg in September, in the 10th of Henry VI . appoints Ralph Lord Cromwell, Robert Lord Willoughby, Thomas Lord Scales, William Lord Bardolph, Sir John Clifton, Sir William Paston, &c. trustees; his manors of Felbrigg, Runton, Baningham, Colby, Tottington-hall, and Ingworth in Norfolk, are mentioned; the manors of Felbrigg and Aylmerton, to be sold after his wife Catherine's decease, to pay his debts and legacies; (fn. 4) to Alana, his daughter, wife of Sir Tho. de Wanton [this is Helena, by then wife of Sir Thomas Walton, MP - Maven], the manors of Brisworth in Suffolk, and of Sharpenhow and Strutley in Bedfordshire; they giving sufficient security not to disturb his trustees in the executing the residue of his will; and the heirs of her body failing, he gives them to Sir John Fellbrigg, &c to Ann, his daughter, a nun at Brusyard in Suffolk, 13s. 4d. per ann. to be paid out of the manor of South Repps, for life, and after to the abbess and convent aforesaid, for ever; also 8 marks per ann. to the said Ann for life, out of the manor of Fellbrigg, after the decease of Catherine his wife.
His will was proved February 20, 1443; Catherine his widow, and Oliver Groos, Esq. being executors, she held in jointure from Ralph Green, the manor of Chalton, and Culworth in Bedfordshire, Buckworth in Huntingdonshire, White Roding in Essex, Cumberton in Cambridgehire, Wabenham's, called Green's Wolston, and Emberton in Buckinghamshire.