Sir William la Zouche, 1st Baron (of Harringworth)

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(Sir) Lord William la Zouche, 1st Lord of Harringworth

Birthplace: Harringworth, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Harringworth, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Eudo Eon la Zouche, Lord of Cantelou and Milicent de Cantelou
Husband of Joan La Zouche and Baroness Maud La Zouch (Lovell)
Father of Eudes Eon la Zouche; Archbishop of York William La Zouche; Joan Inge; John La Zouche; Roger La Zouche and 5 others
Brother of Eleanor (Ellen) la Zouche; Roger la Zouche, of Lubbesthorpe; Lady Lucy de la Zouche; Joan la Zouche; Millicent la Zouche and 6 others
Half brother of Thomas de Greene, 4th Lord of Boketon; Richard De La Grene and Elizabeth la Zouche

Occupation: 1st Baron of Harryngworth, Sir/Lord, 1st Baron la ZOUCHE, of Haryngworth
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About Sir William la Zouche, 1st Baron (of Harringworth)

William La Zouche, 1st Lord Zouche of Harringworth, Northants married, before 15 Feb. 1295/6, Maud, daughter of John (Lovel), 1st Lord Lovel (of Titchmarsh), being only child by his 1st wife, Isabel sister and (in her issue) heir of William de Bois (died shortly before 6 March 1312/3), of Thorpe-Arnold, co. Leicester, Weston-in-Arden afsd., & c., daughter of Arnold de Bois, of the same. She, who was said to be aged 30 and more in 1310 and by whom he had at least 10 children, died before 1346."

My research indicates that Maud Lovel, wife of William la Zouche, was living in 1313, when William and Maud had a grant of free warren in their lands of Bramcote, Bulkington, Foleshill, Rycote, Weston, and Wolvershill, Warwickshire. Maud Lovel evidently died before c.1324, when her husband, Sir William la Zouche, petitioned the king requesting grace as Edmund, Earl of Leicester [afterwards Earl of Lancaster] formerly granted to Arnold de Bois two stags and two does in certain seasons annually from the chase of Leicester, and the heirs of the said Arnold enfeoffed him with these and he was seised of them until the chase was forfeited to the king with the other lands of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. According to the abstract of this petition copied below, the petition was written when Maud, wife of William la Zouche, was deceased.

Thus, it would appear that Maud Lovel died sometime between 1313 and c. 1324, long before 1346. La ZOUCHE (1º B. Zouche of Harryngworth)

   From 1268 to 1369, the Beauchamps received several inheritances and gifts
   of land which gave them a number of isolated properties in areas where
   they had no other interests, and also into counties in which they had not
   been represented before. The Fitz-Geoffrey inheritance saw them gain
   Cherhill in Hertfordshire, Potterspury in Northamptonshire, and the
   reversion of the Buckinghamshire manor of Quarrendon. The latter two were
   quite near to Hanslope. Potterspury and Cherhill are two of the manors
   for which we have receipts from September 1327 to February 1328.
   Potterspury was considerably less important, for that time only yielding
   a profit of £7 4s 8d, with its true value probably in the region of £39
   p.a., although, with over £10 having to be shared amongst the other
   Fitz-Geoffrey heirs, the true value to the Beauchamp estates was probably
   in the region of £20 pa. The receipt for Cherhill for the five months in
   question shows it to have yielded a staggering £47 16s 5d; three pounds
   more than Hanslope. However this appears to be an anomalous total, for
   over £20 of the revenue was from the sale of 64 acres of land to WILLIAM
   DE LA ZOUCHE; again the 1298 estimate of annual income of £48 13s 7d
   would appear a more accurate figure, although, after the death of Earl
   Guy, the crown estimated its worth at less than £19 p.a.. Quarrendon was
   the original caput of the Fitz-Geoffrey family, just as Hanslope had been
   for the Mauduits and Elmley Castle for the Beauchamps, with a park
   constructed for the lord of the manor in 1276. In 1332, on the death of
   Robert Montalt, the manor passed into the hands of Thomas Beauchamp.
   Like the lands of the Fitz-Geoffrey inheritance, the Tony inheritance was
   concentrated in the south of England, but it brought in greater profits
   which were much more scattered. Flamstead, in Hertfordshire, was not too
   remote from Hanslope or Potterspury; it appears to have been the home of
   Alice, Earl Guy's widow, with her third husband WILLIAM DE LA ZOUCHE, and
   was one of the manors which Earl Thomas jointly entailed upon himself and
   his wife in 1344. Abberley, with its park, was easily absorbed into the
   earl's Worcestershire estates. Newton Tony and Stratford Tony, although
   in Wiltshire, were considerably removed from Cherhill, being to the south
   of Salisbury Plain. These two villages were too insignificant and too
   remote to be held in demesne, and when the manors had passed to Thomas
   Beauchamp in 1337, he, in turn, passed them to his brother, John. On
   John's death in 1360, the manors were given by Earl Thomas to one of his
   younger sons. The proximity of Walthamstow, Essex, to London appears to
   have made the manor worthy of investment; in 1361, Earl Thomas acquired
   the reversion of Walthamstow Bedyk to the south-west of the parish. The
   pattern for members of the higher nobility at this time was to have a
   residence in London, and a country retreat within easy commuting distance
   from the capital, and Walthamstow appears to have provided this. As an
   agricultural centre it does not appear to have been as valuable.
   The general pattern for Beauchamp accumulation of manors seems to be that
   they concentrated on purchasing whole manors in Worcestershire or
   Warwickshire; sometimes outside these counties, small-scale land and
   property were bought, but only on very rare occasions would this be a
   whole manor. We have already established the financial importance of the
   property held outside the midlands, but what is interesting is that its
   accumulation came as a result of inheritance, and not an active policy of
   purchase; this is surely an area where the Beauchamps owed their fortune
   to good luck and good marriages. They merely had to wait for these
   inheritances to fall into their laps, although in some cases the wait
   could be a considerable period of time. In the case of the Fitz-Geoffrey
   fortune, Earl William and Countess Maud had to lobby for their full
   share; they ‘often came to the chancery and sued instantly their
   pourparties of the inheritance’ due to complaints of the size of their
   portion by their co-inheritors. The matter was not settled until 1299,
   after it had been prolonged for two years, and during which time Earl
   William had died. Quarrendon, whose reversion had been assigned to the
   earl as part of the Fitz-Geoffrey inheritance, did not come into
   Beauchamp hands until 1332. The Tony inheritance proved even more
   problematic: the inheritance was only at the disposal of the Beauchamps
   from between 1310, when Alice de Tony had married Earl Guy, to 1315 when
   Guy died and the estates remained with Alice, who subsequently married
   WILLIAM DE LA ZOUCHE of Ashby. Although Alice died in 1324, the estates
   remained with Zouche until his death in March 1337, and so most of the
   Tony inheritance did not finally pass into the Beauchamp estates until
   twenty-seven years after Guy and Alice's marriage. These lands alone have
   been calculated as being worth in excess of £500 per annum. As mentioned
   above, it was not until the 1340s when the Norfolk and west country
   manors became available, that the full Tony estates had become
   assimilated into the Warwick estates.
   SOURCE: Exerpt from "The Beauchamp Earls of Warwick, 1298-1369; Chapter
   2: Land and Wealth", A thesis by Sebastian Barfield, BA (Hons), MPhil,

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Sir William la Zouche, 1st Baron (of Harringworth)'s Timeline

December 18, 1276
Harringworth, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
August 1297
Age 20
Harringworth, Northamptonshire, England.
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Northamptonshire, England
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Seaborough, Somerset, England