Name: John Knightley
Change Date: 12 JUL 2008
The earliest surviving description of the manner by which the Knightley family inherited the Brough property is given in 1409:
The record of the suit of Oliver de Bataille and Katherine his wife, against John de Knighteley and Elizabeth his wife, respecting a messuage and forty acres of land in Wilbrighton, and in which judgment had been delivered in Banco in favour of Oliver and Katherine in 8 Richard II (1384-5), was brought into Court by writ of error. The record shows that John de Knyghteley and Elizabeth claimed under a fine levied by William Bagot and Eleanor his wife in the reign of Edward II (1307-27), by which the tenement in question together with other lands, had been settled on William and Eleanor and the heirs of his body, and failing such, to remaun to Archibald, the son of Eleanor, and the heirs of his body, and failing such, to William Burgh and his heirs, and they stated that William and Eleanor and Archibald had all died without issue, and likewise William de Burgh had died, and John and Elizabeth had entered in right of Elizabeth, who was daughter and heir of Adam, son of the said William de Burgh. Oliver and Katherine admitted the validity of the fine, but stated that Archibald had held the tenements in fee tail after the death of William Bagot and Eleanor, and having been a rebel to king Edward II (&c &c).
This identifies Elizabeth?s grandfather William de Burgh with our William de Burgo I, who died about 1330. It shows Adam de Burgo to have been his next eldest son after William II; and Adam apparently left an only daughter Elizabeth, who married John de Knightley. The Elias attributed to the family as a brother of William , could not have been Elias husband of Alice, but might have been his father or grandfather.
The Knightleys also inherited Cowley manor from Elizabeth de Burgh; they claimed that this was by the marriage of William de Burgh I (husband of Joan) with a Cowley heiress:
Let it be remembered from the evidences and deeds of the manor of Burgh in Staffordshire that Mr. Bertram de Burgh gave his manor with the appurtenances called Burgh to his son Bertram and to the heirs issuing from his body, by force of which grant the said Bertram the son was seised of the said manor as of fee tail and from the said Bertram the son the right descends to William his son and heir who married Eleanor daughter and heir of Mr John de Couleye son of Mr Robert de Couley steward of the town of Stafford, and from the said William de Burgh son of Bertram the right descended to Adam his son who married Alditha daughter of Mr. William de Harecurt and from the said Adam son of William de Burghe the right descended to Elizabeth as daughter and heir female (given in marriage to Mr. John de Knyghteleye) and the said Mr. John Knighteleye entered into all the inheritance as in right of the said Elizabeth his wife and was in peaceable possession for all his life &c., and the said Mr. Knighteleye and Elizabeth his wife bring down the right to Richard de Knighteley and from the said Richard to Richard de K his son, of Fallesley in Northamptonshire, father to Mr. Richard de Knighteley, who now seeks (&c).
John de Knightley made his will on 23rd April, 1413, (fn. 32) and died in the same year, leaving Elizabeth his widow, who was living in 1416. (fn. 32) According to the pedigree above mentioned, John de Knightley and Elizabeth de Burgh had issue: 1, Richard, their son and heir, who married a daughter of Giffard of Chillington, and had issue, Richard Knightley, of Burghhall, who purchased the manor of Hellidon, co. Northampton, in 21 Henry VI., and whose son Richard (afterwards of Fawsley) was then ten years of age; 2, John; and 3, Edmund de Knightley, who was next in the settlement after his nephew George de Knightley to his mother's lands in Alreston and Apton in 1402-3.
Father: Robert Knightley
Elizabeth de Burgh b: ABT 1343 in Burgh Hall, Staffordshire
- Richard Knightley b: ABT 1360 in Gnoshall, Staffordshire
- John de Knightley
- Type: Web Site
Title: Pedigree of the Early Broughs of Staffordshire: 1055 to 1510
Author: David Bethell, Professional Genealogist
Publication: Richard Brough Family Organization