Name: Roger De Bellers
Death: 14 APR 1326 in Ashby Folville, Leics
Residence: Bunny, Basford, Nottinghamshire
Occupation: Chief baron of the Exchequer
Cause: Murdered by Sir Eustace de Folville
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Change Date: 24 OCT 2007
Edward II's notorious chief baron of the Exchequer.
The first recorded Folville crime was the murder, in 1326, of Roger Bellers, an unpopular baron of the exchequer and judge who had risen to power under the Despenser regime. Although not the actual killers, three Folville brothers, Eustace, Robert and Walter, were present at the scene and indicted as accessories. However, the Folvilles and others accused were all later aquitted - suggesting that they had powerful local connections.
Early in fifteenth [fourteeenth] century Sir Roger Beler, a judge and baron of the Exchequer, was killed in a duel with Sir Eustace de Folville (or, more probably, simply murdered) and local tradition says that this cross shaft at Ashby Folville, Leics marks the site.
The abbot of Vaudey's lands at Leesthorpe were first described as a manor in 1326, when it was said that they had previously been leased to Roger Beler, a baron of the Exchequer, his wife, and his son Roger.
(VCH re Pickwell, Leics)
Relevant, given the Beler / Cromwell connection?:
The manor of Crich, Derbyshire, stayed with the Frechevilles until Ralph Frecheville sold out to Sir Roger Beler. This Roger was succeeded by his son, also Roger, whose daughter married a Swillington who became Lord of the Manor of South Wingfield. Her son left both Crich and South Wingfield Manors to his sister and from thence it passed by marriage into the hands of the Cromwell family - to Ralph, Lord Cromwell, who was Treasurer to Henry IV.
C 143/118/16 Ralph de Freschevill to grant land in Bunny, and the advowson of the church there, to Robert de Wodehouse, retaining lands in Bunny (Notts.), and Crich and Staveley (Derby). Notts. Derby. 9 EDWARD II
Anker de Freschevile, left it to his son Ralfe, who was summoned to parliament as Baron of Crich, 25 Henry III. ; who left it to another Ralfe, who, in 19 Edward II. alienated the manor of Crich to Roger Belers and his heirs. He died seised of it in 1325.
C 143/271/12 Alice Beler and Roger Beler, knight, to grant the manor of Crich, except knights' fees and the advowsons of churches, to Roger son of Roger Beler, Margaret daughter of John de Grey of Codnor, and the heirs of their bodies, remainder to the grantors and th 18 EDWARD III.
Sir Roger Beler bought Crich, Derbyshire, was succeeded by his son, also Roger, whose daughter married a Swillington who became Lord of the Manor of South Wingfield.
(I have made Margaret Beler?s grandfather Sir Roger Beler based on the above text.)
The abbot's lands at Leesthorpe, Pickwell, Leics, were first described as a manor in 1326, when it was said that they had previously been leased to Roger Beler, a baron of the Exchequer, his wife, and his son Roger.
In the 1320's Ralph II de Frecheville, in a contest with the family of Thomas Lord Beler of Kirby Bellars in Leicestershire about the Manor of Boney [Bunny?] in Nottinghamshire, acknowledged that it - with its 'appurtenances', but with the exception of the homage's and services of the Abbot of Darley - belong to Sir Roger Beler. As the result of the fine levied by the King's Court, and at the command of the King (Edward II), Ralph II in 1325, and for a consideration of 200 marks, transferred the ownership to Sir Roger Beler, not only of the dues from the Abbey of Darley but also his rights in his part of the Manor of Crich. The Belers were directly descended, on the female side, from William the Conqueror.
In 1325 too, the rights of Sir Roger Beler - the new Lord of the Manor - in the King's lead mine at Crich, were confirmed by Edward II. Thus Crich became a 'Liberty ', i.e. a lead-ore field outside the jurisdiction of the Crown and able to establish its own rules. In 1326 Sir Roger Beler was murdered; his son Roger then being only 7 years old.
Sir Roger Beler II reached his majority 1339 and then inherited full rights in the Manor of Crich. This Roger lived until 1380. Before them he had enclosed a park stretching from Plaistow along Edge Moor to Culland and embracing Parkhead.
Does this suggest a Beler / Sutton marriage?:
Ibull, another small hamlet adjoining Callow, near Wirksworth. In Doomsday it was called Ibholen and was part of the King's land.
16 Edward I [1287/8] Jordanus de SUTTON left an estate to his son John, who died 33 ditto [1304/5] and left it to his son John. 4 Richard II [1380/1] Roger BELLERS died and left this lordship to his son John, 4 Richard II, and daughters Margaret, wife of Robert de SWILLINGTON and Thomasine.
Father: William Beler
- Amice De Bellers b: 1317
- Roger Beler b: 1319
- Type: Book
Periodical: Victoria County History of Leicestershire
- Type: Book
Periodical: The History and Gazetteer of the County of Derby
Author: Stephen Glover
- Text: Tale of Crich
A History of Our Parish
by Geoffrey Dawes