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Robert de Turnham
Robert de Turnham Baron of Mulgrave


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Robert de Turnham Baron of Mulgrave

  • Born: Doncaster, Yorkshire, England 814
  • Marriage: Joanne Fossard 814
  • Died: 1211, England

bullet  General Notes:

~Baronia Anglica Concentrata, Vol. I, p. 311, given as the father of Isabella, who married Pier de Mauley. 814

~Cokayne's Complete Peerage, 2nd Edition, Vol. VIII, pp. 557-558 141

~Sanders' English Baronies, pp. 66-67

bullet  Information about this person:

• From Gen-Medieval Archives: Ancestry of Stephen and Robert de Turnham: John de Tong . 193
Subject: Ancestry of Stephen and Robert de Turnham: John de Tong
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2005 18:47:53 EDT

1.1.1 Robert de Turnham
Death: 1211[3],[4] Occ: Seneschal of Anjou, of Brokeley and Greenwich, Seneschal of Anjou 1199 and of Poitou, 1204 (CP Vol VIII (Mauley), p. 555n)[5] redeemed the manor of Doncaster from pledge to Henry II [Henry I per CP], 1197 for 500 marks[5]

companion of Richard Coeur-de-Lion on the 3rd Crusade: Governor [Justiciar] of Cyprus together with Richard de Camville, appointed June 1191[6]

one of the hostages for the ransom of Richard I at Worms, 4 Feb 1193/4[7]

defended Poitou against invasion by Philip of France (captured 1204)[8]

'Robertus de Turnham', benefactor of Bayham priory - gave lands of his own, and confirmed grants of his uncle Michael de Turnham ['Michael de Turneham avunculis meus' ] during the reign of King John, before 17 Mar 1207/08 [Mon.Angl. VI(2):912, Num. VIII, IX; confirmed by King John, 17 Mar 1207/08 - Mon.Angl. VI(2):913-4, Num. XVII[1]]

Spouse: Joan Fossard
Death: bef 13 Oct 1220[5]
Father: William Fossard (-1195)

Children: Isabel (-<1237)

1. Sir William Dugdale, "Monasticon Anglicanum," London: Harding & Lepard; and Longman Rees... Green, 1830 URL:

2. Henry Sutliff, "Turnham," 19 February 2003, email, cites Red Book of the Exchequer.

. Richard Borthwick, "Stephen and Robert de Turnham," May 20, 1998,

. I. J. Sanders, English Baronies: A Study of Their Origin and Descent, 1086-1327, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1960.

. G. E. Cokayne, "The Complete Peerage," 1910 - [microprint, 1982 (Alan Sutton) ], The Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom.

6. Sir Steven Runciman, A History of the Crusades (3 vols) Cambridge Univ. Press, 1954.

. "Richard I," John Gillingham, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999, 129, 152 (de Camville), Yale English Monarchs series.

8. W. L. Warren, "King John," New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997 (orig. published 1981 in UK, Eyre Methuen Ltd), Yale English Monarchs series.

. K. J. Allison, ed., "A History of the County of York, East Riding," Oxford: published for the Institute of Historical Research, Oxford Univ. Press, 1969, Vol. III.

• Background Information. 780
Turnham was a branch of the house of de Garlande, France. Robert de Turnham paid a fine to the Crown in Kent, in 1156 [Rot. Pip.], and he held three fees in Kent in 1164. He, or his son of the same name, accompanied Richard I to Palestine, and was in command of the fleet at Cyprus. Stephen de Turnham, vicomté of Wilts & Seneschal of Anjou, was his brother.

~The Norman People and Their Descent in England, p. 418

• Family Background Information. 869
Pleas of Michaelmas Term, A.D. 1201, York. Entry 41:

"Robert de Turnham demands against the Abbot of York the advowson of the church of Doncaster with the appurtenances, as that which ought to descend to [Robert de Turnham] and his wife in the right of Robert Fossard the great grand father of wife; whereof the said Robert [Fossard] was seised in the time of King Henry the grandfather as of right, and which Robert pledged the whole of the town of Doncaster, with the advowson and the said church, and all other appurtenances, to the said King Henry for 500 marks of silver, which the said Robert de Turnham repaid to our lord the king as he says; [and the king] gave back to him the town of Doncaster with all the appurtenances, as the right of his wife. Wherefore he demands against the Abbot that church, and his seisin of the church, as Robert Fossard, his predecessor, as aforesaid. the Abbot comes and defends [Robert de Turnham's] right. and says that the church of York possessed that church and had if from the Conquest of England as the gift of Nigel Fossard, father of the said Robert, and he shows Nigel's charter, which testifies that Nigel gave that [church] to the Abbey of York in pure and perpetual alms; and he shows a confirmation of William Fossard, son of the aforesaid Robert, who confirms the gift which Nigel his grandfather made of the said church. And the Abbot says that he has charters of King Henry, grandfather of our lord the King, and of all the Kings of England, confirming the gift of Nigel and William, from the time of the said King Henry. A day is given to them in the morrow of S. Edmund, before the King wherever he shall be in England, and if he is not at Westminster. The same day is given to Robert de Turnham against the Bishop of Durham, touching a plea of the imprisonment of a certain man, before the King.

"Be is noted that Robert [de Turnham] produced his suit and prayed a recognition of the neighborhood whether the said Robert [Fossard] was so seised of the said church, as aforesaid, or not; and the Abbot says that he will not put himself on a jury touching so ancient a time."

The next entry, 42:
"Roger Mauleverer, Ralph Magnius, Humfrey de Fryston, who made a perambulation between the lands of the Bishop of Durham and Robert de Turnham, in the lands of Cliffe, say that Robert de Turnham has more right to hold the town of Cliffe with the appurtenances of the Bishop of Durham, than the Bishop in demesne. They say also that the appurtenances of Cliffe are according as the boundaries of the neighboring towns extend themselves, to wit, Hemingbrough and Duffiels and Osgodby, and Barlby, and one part of the water of Ouse the boundary. And they say that the same Robert ought to have 40 shillings rent in certain land which is called Nesse, because it appertains to the town of Cliffe."

~Select Civil Pleas: Volume I A.D. 1200 - 1203, pp. 18-19

• Background Information. 867
Robert de Turnham was said to be a valiant and heroic knight who took part in the crusades in Palestine. He was seneschal of Anjou in 9 Richard I. After his marriage to the heiress Fossard, he paid a fine of five hundred marks for the redemption of the manors of Doncaster, and all the lands that were included in the deed of mortgage from the time of Robert Fossard.

Robert de Turnham confirmed the grand made by his father to the priory of Crumbell in Kent, and enriched it by giving donated himself. He was a considerable benefactor to the abbey of Bingham, in Sussex, and confirmed all the grants made by his wife, Joan, to the priory of Grosmont, in Yorkshire, adding grant of one hundred acres of land to the same abbey.

Robert de Turnham went to the Holy Land with Richard I and died there. In 14 John, the manor of Doncaster was in the hands of the King, and it is likely that Robert de Turnham died the year before. Robert had only one child, Isabella, who was married to Peter de Maulay.

~Yorkshire: Historical and Topographical Introduction to a Knowledge of the Ancient State of the Wapentake of Strafford and Tickhill; With Ample Account of Doncaster and Conisbrough. pp. 8-10

Robert married Joanne Fossard, daughter of Sir William Fossard Knight and Unknown.814

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