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  • Sir Adam Banastre, Kt. (c.1304 - 1341)
    Adam's father inherited Chingle Hall in Goosnargh, Lancashire from Adam's grandmother, Joan Banastre (Singleton)who received the Manor of Chingle Hall as a dower from her father, Alan Singleton after h...
  • Agnes Danvers (c.1350 - c.1395)
    Agnes de Brancestre was the daughter of Sir John de Brancestre, Knight, and Margaret Myles. She was born c.1350 in Ipswell, Oxfordshire, England and died there in 1395. Some sources place her date of b...
  • Sir John de Brancestre (c.1345 - 1391)
    John de Brancestre (or John Brancestre - found both ways), was the son of John de Brancestre, Goldsmith, formerly of London, but who had moved to the country and held half a knight's fee in South Morto...
  • John de Brancestre, III (c.1370 - bef.1392)
  • Sybill Banastre (aft.1332 - d.)
    Biography "the younger daughter, Sibyl, married Wm. Banastre, son of Adam Banastre, Knt." References Parish of Blackburn, County of Lancaster: A History of Blackburn, Town and ... . By Willi...

About the de Brancestre surname

The de Brancestre (later, Brancestre and Brancester) name is derived from the town Brancester in Norfolk. In the time of the Romans, the town was of importance for its port. A fortress was built there to protect that part of the coast.

The de Brancester name can be found in records as far back as the early 1200's, when John de Brancester was Vice-Chancellor under Hubert Walter, Chief Justiciar of England.

There are several important branches of the family.

  • Richard de Brancestre was the Rector of Banbury in 1300, beginning the family's association with that location.
  • Thomas de Brancestre, husband of Agnes, relict of Hugh Missendum, briefly held the manor of Culworth but sold the property in 1375, to settle with trustees of Alice Ferrers, mistress of Edward III.
  • John de Brancestre of Colthorpe is believed to have descended from a long line of London traders. As far back as 1276, de Brancestres have appeared on the Hustings Rolls of London as goldsmiths. This branch of the family made important marriages with de la Lees, Danvers, Quartermains and other Warwickshire families.