Name: John De Somery
Occupation: Baron of Dudley 1
Change Date: 23 APR 2006
First representative of the family. Nothing more known.
Someone lived at Weobley Castle before the Normans came in 1066. William Fitz Ansculf, Baron of Dudley was lord of the manor of Weoley after the Norman Conquest. His daughter Beatrice, and her husband Fulke Paganel succeeded him.
Other Paganels followed: Ralph, Gervase I, and Gervase II, who may have organised this building work. Gervase's sister Hawise Paganel, and husband, Ralph [John?]de Somery inherited the Barony and therefore Weoley Castle too, in 1194.
His brother, Roger followed him in 1229. Roger's son, Roger de Somery II fought for Henry III when other barons were being troublesome.
Roger de Somery II was granted a licence in 1264 to improve the defences of his castles at Dudley and Weoley.
His son Roger de Somery III carried on these improvements. He may have had the first chapel of stone built. John de Somery, Roger's brother, suceeded him. A nasty character! He left two daughters when he died. Weoley Castle was inherited in 1322 by the younger daughter, Joan, who had married Thomas de Botetourt. Their son , John, succeeded. He was knighted by Edward III. When Sir John de Botetourt died, Weoley Castle went to Hugh Burnell Knight, the husband of his cousin, Joyce.
<<<Hugh and Joyce set about improving and adding to Weoley Castle. There was some confusion after Hugh died as to who owned the castle. It eventually came into the ownership of Sir Maurice Berkeley. His son, Sir Thomas, fought for Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth (the losing side!). He lost his estates for a while to Edward Sutton, Lord Dudley. King Henry VII restored the lands to Sir Thomas' son, also Sir Thomas Berkeley, in 1489. but an Act of Parliament gave the estates, including Weoley Castle back to Lord Dudley in 1523. He sold the whole estate of Weoley and Northfield, including the castle, to Richard Jervoise, citizen and merchant of London in 1536.
Hawise De Paynel
- Ralph De Somery b: ABT 1151 in Dudley, Worcestershire
- Hawisia De Somerie b: in Staffs
- Type: Book
Periodical: Burke?s Irish Families