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Sir Thebaud de Verdun Knight, 1st Lord of Verdun

Margery de Bohun

  • Born: Abt 1252, Gloucestershire, England
  • Marriage: Sir Thebaud de Verdun Knight, 1st Lord of Verdun 599

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• From Gen-Medieval Archives: Margery de Bohun , wife of Theobald de Verdun. 599,173
From: (Douglas Richardson)
Subject: A New Bohun Daughter Discovered
Date: 11 Jan 2002 01:34:52 -0800

Dear Newsgroup ~
Searching through obscure medieval lawsuits, I recently encountered an abstract of a legal case dated 1306 which is recorded in the Year Book for the Eastern term of 35 Edward I. The abstract reveals that Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford, had a hitherto unknown daughter, Margery, who is stated to have married to a certain "Robert de W." The testimony indicates that Earl Humphrey gave property to Margery his daughter in free marriage and that at some unspecified date the said Margery and Theobald de Verdun were seised with the said property. Reference is made to a charter and a deed to the property in question. It is unclear if the two documents are the same, or if they are two different conveyances.

The Theobald de Verdun in this case was Theobald de Verdun (born ca. 1248, died 1309) whose wife interestingly was named Margery. Research indicates that Margery de Verdun held a one quarter interest in the hundred of Bisley, co. Gloucester. It is not known how Margery de Verdun possessed her share of Bisley hundred, as she doesn't appear to have been an heiress. Quite possibly this property represented her maritagium.

Reading the abstract of the case below, one is tempted to think that Theobald de Verdun's wife, Margery, is identical with Margery de Bohun and that Theobald de Verdun was her second husband. Theobald de Verdun appears to refer to Humphrey de Bohun as "our father," which is customary terminology in this period when a man is referring to his wife's father. If so, this would give the descendants of Theobald and Margery de Verdun some interesting new connections. Further research needs to be done, though, to prove or disprove this possibility.

Theobald de Verdun mentioned here was a grandson of Rohese de Verdun, wife of Theobald le Boteler.

Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Reference: Alfred J. Horwood, ed., Year Books of the Reign of King
Edward the First, Michaelmas Term, Year XXXIII and years XXXIV and
XXXV, published London, 1879, pp. 170-171:

"Theobald de Verdun vouched the Earl of Hereford, and said that one Humphrey his father gave the tenements to Robert de W. in frank-marriage with Margery his daughter, and bound himself; and by this deed. -- King. For fifteen years before this charter was made Humphrey our father had nothing in the tenements, so that by the gift which that charter witnesses they never had anything; judgement if by a charter where the "dedi" is void etc. -- Friskeney. We do not think to bind you to the warranty by the "dedi," but by the clause of warranty which is simple; and the deed is admitted, judgement. -- King. I make void the "dedi" on which the warranty depends; for at the making of this deed Margery was seised and Humphrey had nothing, so that into the person of Theobald bnothing could pass by that charter; judgement etc. -- Malore. Is not Theobald tenant, and the charter containing the warranty in his hands? -- King. The charter is void; nothing passed by the gift. -- Malore. See if that follows; therefore take care. -- Friskeney. Since the deed is admitted, and Theobald and Margery were seised on the day of the making thereof, and Robert was never seised, and it states a simple warranty etc. judgement etc."

NNote: King, Friskeney and Mallore mentioned above appear to have been the judges in this case.

From: (Douglas Richardson)
Subject: Margery de Bohun, wife of Theobald de Verdun (Was: A New Bohun Daughter Discovered)
Date: 11 Jan 2002 15:41:46 -0800

Dear Newsgroup ~

Today I had the opportunity to further research the matter of Theobald de Verdun's wife, Margery.

VCH Gloucester 11 (1976): 12 indicates about 1170, Hugh, Earl of Chester, granted the fee of Bisley, co. Gloucester to Humphrey de Bohun, son-in-law of Miles of Hereford. Humphrey was to hold the property for the service of 3 knights fees out of the 5 owed for the fee..

VCH Gloucester 11 (1976): 1 further shows that in 1274, the Hundred Rolls show that the hundred of Bisley was held by Peter Corbet (in right of his wife, Joan), Tibbald le Botiler (in right of his wife, Margery), and Richard le Eyer. Half of the profits belonged to Peter, the other half was shared equally by Tibbald and Richard.

In 1303, a total of 2 3/4 fees in Bisley and Stroud were held from the earl of Hereford. including parts of Bisley manor, which fees were in the possession respectively of Joan Corbet, Tibbald de Verdun, and Richard of Bisley [Reference: Feudal Aids, 2 (1900): 251].

In 1309, at Theobald de Verdun's death, it was recorded that he owned a capital messuage and lands at Bisley, co. Gloucester "in free marriage of the earl of Hereford by service of rendering 1 lb. cummin yearly." [Reference: Cal. IPM, vol. 5 (1908): 96].

The above information, taken together with the abstract of the legal case I posted earlier today, make it clear that Theobald de Verdun's wife, Margery, was the daughter of Humphrey de Bohun, and that she had a 1/4 share of the manor and hundred of Bisley, co. Gloucester in free marriage.

Also, it appears that Margery was married previously to a certain Robert de W., who evidently died prior to 1274, without male issue. For an abstract of the legal case, see my earlier post which is shown below. As to which Humphrey de Bohun was Margery's father, it appears that the correct Humphrey is the Humphrey de Bohun, born say 1230, died 1265, who married before 1249 Eleanor, daughter of William de Breuse, lord of Abergavenny, by Eve, daughter of William le Marshal, Earl of Pembroke. This Humphrey was never Earl of Hereford, he having died in his father's lifetime. This would explain why Theobald de Verdun's statements refer to him only as "one Humphrey" and not as "Humphrey, Earl of Hereford."

It is unusual that a high born marriage for a Bohun woman should have escaped the attention of so many people prior to this time. This situation appears to have been caused by the tangled history of the hundred and manor of Bisley, co. Gloucester, which properties had multiple owners. It is fortunate indeed that a record of Theobald de Verdun's statements regarding his wife's parentage were preserved in the Yearbooks of Edward I and that his inquisition clearly show that he acquired the property at Bisley in free marriage, held under the Earls of Hereford.

Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah


Margery married Sir Thebaud de Verdun Knight, 1st Lord of Verdun, son of Sir John Verdun Knight and Margaret de Lacy.599 (Sir Thebaud de Verdun Knight, 1st Lord of Verdun was born about 1248 in England 141 and died on 24 Aug 1309 in Alton, Staffordshire, England 141.)

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