Name: Thomas de Coudray
Death: 16 MAY 1349
Cause: Black Death?
Change Date: 24 APR 2013
Like his father and grandfather he was a gallant warrior and knight; and is mentioned as taking part in the celebrated Tournament at Stepney in 1322. In 1319 he was elected Knight of the Shire, that is, Member of Parliament for Hampshire, but was excused attendance as being on service with the King. In 1322 he was present with the latter at the defeat of the Earls of Hertford and Lancaster at the Battle of Boroughbridge; in the following year, peace having been for the time restored, he was again chosen M.P.-this time for Berkshire. In 1325 and 1326 he was appointed to raise soldiers in the same county and to inspect the levies to see that they continued fit for service. Meanwhile, however, he was not regardless of the interests of his family, insisting, against some opposition, on the right they had held from time immemorial to hunt the hare and fox in all the forests of Hampshire and Berkshire. He seems to have been also a pious and devout man after the manner of the times, for, in 1327, he was appointed with one Gilbert de Ellisfield to the Custody of the Abbey of Abingdon; in 1334, he alienated in Mortmain, that is, for after his death, the advowson of Herriard to the Priory of Wyntney in Hampshire ; and apparently just before his death he re-endowed the Chantry at Sherborne, now the Chapel attached to the house known as the Vyne, and appointed his brother as chaplain. He had married a lady named Juliana whom he mentions in the Deed of Endowment here quoted from the History of the Vyne by C. Chute. He says:
I give to my brother, Richard de Coudray, whilst he shall perform divine service daily in the Chapel of Sherborne Coudray in honour of the Blessed Virgin and on behalf of my good estate while I shall live and of my soul when I shall depart this life, and on behalf of Adam Orleton Bishop of Winchester and my father, Sir Peter de Coudray and my mother the Lady Agnes and my wife Juliana and William Attehurst and all faithful departed, one plot of land in Sherborne Coudray and one rent coming to me from land held by Richard atte Ostre in the same village, and one rent of six marks issuing from lands in Herriard and Ellisfield, held by the Prioress of Hartley Wyntney, to have and to hold the same to the same Richard and his successors the chaplains performing divine service in the said Chapel without any recourse to the Mother Church of Sherborne St. John.
Sir Thomas also gave to the Chapel a set of books, a pair of vestments, two phials, a napkin or towel and two brass candlesticks. His son Sir Thomas had married first a lady of the name of Lucy, and afterwards a second wife, Joan, on whom he settled the Manor of Padworth, afterwards to go to his heirs male. He died on the 16th May, 1349, and his widow on the 27th of June in the same year, and at the enquiry into his estate it was declared that there had been rents from Padworth but that the land was then worth nothing as all the people were dead. We must look to history to account for this terrible state of things.
Had son Thoms who had a son Fulk,.
Father: Peter de Coudray b: 1237
Mother: Agnes de Sacy
- Fulk de Coudray b: 1294