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From: (Douglas Richardson)
Subject: Re: More on King's Kinsfolk
Date: 30 Oct 2004 10:08:39 -0700
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Dear Newsgroup ~

Surfing the internet last night, I encountered an interesting
biography of Margery Poynings, mother of Margery Bacon, Lady Moleyns
(the latter woman being one of the "king's kinswomen" under discussion
in the current thread). Margery Poynings was, of course, involved in
a sensational abduction by Sir John Dalton in the year, 1347. For
interest's sake, I've copied part of Margery Poynings' biography
below. The item is poorly written, even for the internet, but well
worth reading. The biography refers to Margery as "a great heiress,"
which she was not. The term "a rich widow" is much more applicable.

Complete Peerage obliquely refers to Margery Poynings as a daughter of
Sir Michael Poynings in volume 10, page 659, footnote i. The writer
states: "The matrimonial history of this lady is very fully covered in
the rolls of the King's Chancery." The writer provides us no further
particulars about Margery, so I suppose we are left to search the
rolls of the King's Chancery for the record of this woman's life.
Hopefully, the biography below provides some helpful information
regarding Margery's marriages.

Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah



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Margery Poynings
'Lady De La Beche of Aldworth'
Born: circa 1310
Died: 1349

Margery was the daughter of Michael, Lord De Poynings. She was first
married to Edmund Bacon, of Essex, who was descended from Sir John
Bacon of Ewelme (Oxfordshire). She held the Manor of Hatfield
Peverall, which Edward II had granted to Edmund Bacon in fee in 1310,
for the term of her life, 'partly of the King and partly of the Earl
of Hereford by homage, and the third part of a knight's fee and two
pairs of gilt spurs of twelve pence price.' And she also held Cressing
Hall or Cressinges, Essex.

By her first husband, Margery had one daughter, Margery Bacon, born
1337, who married, in 1352, William de Molynes, son of Sir John de
Molynes, and she had also a step-daughter Margaret Bacon - daughter of
Edmund Bacon, by his first wife Joan De Braose - who married William,
2nd Baron Kerdeston, of Norfolk.

As her second husband, Margery married Nicholas, Lord De La Beche of
Aldworth (Berkshire) in 1339. They had no children and Nicholas died
in 1345. To Margery, he left his castle of Beaumys, in Swallowfield,
amongst other lands. Margery must have been still quite young and she
was still a great heiress. Consequently, she was exposed to the
designs of many suitors and, the following year, we find her mentioned
as the wife of both Thomas D'Arderne and Gerard De L'Isle. And again,
that same year, Lady Margery De La Beche was carried off and forcibly
married to Sir John De Dalton. Very possibly the black death, which
was raging this year, may have cut off Thomas D'Arderne and Gerard de
L'Isle within a few months of each other.

John De Dalton was son of Robert De Dalton, a large landowner in
Lancashire. Accompanied by many lawless friends, amongst whom were
Henry De Tildersley, Hugh Fazakerley, Sir Thomas Dutton, Sir Edmund De
Mauncestre and William Trussell (the latter had the Manor of
Wokefield, Berkshire, so that he was a near neighbour of Beaumys), on
Good Friday, 7th April 1347, before dawn, John De Dalton and his
companions broke into the Castle of Beaumys and carried off Margery,
Lady De La Beche, and many other prisoners. They killed Michael
Poynings, uncle to Lady Margery, as also Thomas the Clerk of Shipton,
and frightened Roger Hunt, the domestic chaplain, to death. Goods and
chattels were also stolen to the value of £1,000. In consequence of
this assault, a writ was directed to the Sheriff of Lancashire to
arrest John De Dalton and all his accomplices and commit them to the
Tower of London. On the same day, John D'Arcy, Keeper of the Tower,
was commanded to receive Sir John De Dalton, his companions and
Robert, his father. A precept was also issued to the Sheriffs of
Berkshire and other counties to seize, into the King's hands, all the
lands, goods and chattels of the said Margery. Thomas De Litherland,
the Prior of Buscogh, Tildersleigh and Dutton, were tried and
convicted at the summer assizes for Wiltshire, holden before William
De Thorpe, Chief Justice of England, and others, but were pardoned on
28th November following.

In a roll of 1348, we find an order for the sale of woods "pertaining
to Margery who was wife of Nicholas De La Beche, ore la femme Johan,
son of Robert De Dalton, by reason of the forfeiture of the said John
for treasons and felonies." The said Lady Margery died this same year,
'seised of Swallowfield.'

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