Name: James de Audley
Death: BEF 1342 in of Wolde, Northants
Change Date: 5 MAR 2012
A certain Maud of Hardwick was tenant of the manor of Hardwick, Oxon. before 1225, when she confirmed her gift of a knight's fee there to William d'Aundeley, who appears to have belonged to a junior branch of the D'Aundeleys of Tusmore. Maurice d'Aundeley of Tusmore, and his successors Hugh and John, were mesne lords between the tenants of Hardwick and the Fitzwyths in 1272, 1285, and 1346 respectively. William d'Aundeley was still in possession in 1243, and was succeeded by Ralph d'Aundeley.
In 1265, after the battle of Evesham, although Ralph had never supported Simon de Montfort, his manor of Hardwick was seized and he himself was imprisoned and held to ransom by James de Audley of Stratton Audley. By 1272, perhaps under compulsion, Ralph had sold the manor to Alice de Beauchamp. In that year it was taken into the king's hand on the death of James de Audley on the assumption that it had been one of his possessions. Alice recovered the manor and was the tenant in 1279. While her identity is not certain, Alice was probably a daughter of Alice de Clinton of Aston Clinton (Bucks.) and her second husband Robert de Beauchamp, and sister of the John de Beauchamp who married James de Audley's daughter Joan. James de Audley acquired Aston Clinton from the Beauchamps, and on the other hand Alice de Beauchamp held Horseheath (Cambs.) of his gift. Alice was still alive in 1282, but by 1285 Hardwick manor had passed to Anthony de Bek, Bishop of Durham, whose friendly relations with the Audleys are illustrated by his gift to another James de Audley of the manor of Ashby Magna (Leics.).
At the end of the 12th century William de Clinton alienated 40 librates of land, which afterwards formed the manor of Aston Chiverey, Aston Clinton, Bucks, to Reginald de Mohun in frank-marriage with Alice, probably the daughter of William de Clinton. (fn. 81) After the death of Reginald Alice held the manor herself, (fn. 82) but before 1215 she married Robert de Beauchamp, (fn. 83) and they held the manor jointly.
Between 1247 and 1261?2 the manor of Chiverey was granted at ferm to James de Audley, who afterwards became possessed of the fee-simple. (fn. 85) Alice de Audley, the widow of James de Audley, or his son of the same name, held the manor of Aston Chiverey in the 14th century. She died in 1342, and was succeeded by William de Audley, the grandson of James de Audley. (fn. 86) He claimed to hold it by descent from the original feoffees of William de Clinton. (fn. 87) William de Audley settled the manor of Chiverey on himself, his wife Joan, and their heirs. (fn. 88) He died in 1367, and his widow held it till 1382, (fn. 89) when it passed to Elizabeth the niece of William de Audley and daughter of Thomas de Audley. (fn. 90) Elizabeth married John Rose, an esquire of Richard II. (fn. 91) She seems to have predeceased her husband, (fn. 92) who held the manor for life, according to a settlement made in 1387, (fn. 93) and by agreement with Philip St. Clair, (fn. 94) who seems to have been the heir of Elizabeth Rose. His only relationship to Elizabeth was apparently through the mother of William de Audley, who was one of the sisters and co-heiresses of Edmund de Bereford. (fn. 95) Another sister married John St. Clair the grandfather of Philip. (fn. 96) Philip St. Clair never was in seisin of the manor, since John Rose outlived him. (fn. 97) The latter died in 1410, and Aston Chiverey was seized into the king's hands during the minority of John son and heir of Philip.
Father: James de Audley
Mother: Alice Beauchamp
Alice de Hoke b: in of Oke, Ashton Clinton, Bucks
- James de Audley