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From: (Douglas Richardson)
Subject: Re: More on King's Kinsfolk
Date: 31 Oct 2004 12:29:50 -0800
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Dear Newsgroup ~

As a further update to the current discussion regarding the ancestry
of King Richard II's kinswoman, Margery Bacon, Lady Moleyns (died
1399), I've examined the passage in Complete Peerage 9 (1936): 40 (sub
Moleyns) which identifies Margery Bacon's parentage. It states that
Margery Bacon was the "daughter of Edmund Bacoun, of Norfolk, by his
2nd wife, Margery Poynings, whose heir she was." As we can see, the
parentage of Margery Bacon's mother, Margery de Poynings, is not
stated in the Moleyns account.

Elsewhere, the Poynings account in Complete Peerage mentions Margery
de Poynings' sensational abduction in 1347 by Sir John Dalton and the
murder of her brother, Michael de Poynings, but makes no mention of
her husbands, including Edmund Bacon [Reference: Complete Peerage, 10
(1945): 659, footnote i]. From the information provided, however, it
is clear that Margery de Poynings was the daughter of Sir Michael de
Poynings (died 1314), by his wife, Margery.

Some years ago, I recall seeing information on Margery de Poynings in
the book, Honors and Knights' Fees, by Farrer. Among various effects
found in Margery's belongings either at the time or her abduction or
death, there were personal items which displayed the Poynings arms.
As such, I don't think there is any question that Margery was a

Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah



(Douglas Richardson) wrote in message news:<>...
> 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
> E-mail:
> Website:
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> Source:
> Margery Poynings
> (c.1310-1349)
> '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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