Katherine /la Zouche/: Birth: 1472.
John /Zouche/: Death: 1551
Note: N12092 “‘Judhel holds of the King, the Borough of Totenais, which King Edward (the Confessor) held in his demesne. There are within the borough one hundred burgesses save five, and fifteen without the borough tilling the land. Amongst them all they pay eight pounds by rate; formerly they paid three pounds by weight and money. This borough is only taxed when Exeter is taxed, and then it pays 40 pence for geld (tax). If there be an expedition by land or by sea, Totenais, Branstaple, and Lydford, pay just as much service as Exeter pays.’
…A manuscript in the British Museum by Westcote, has also the following passage: ‘The second Conqueror, William of Normandie bestowed this town Totnes, together with Barnstaple, and Dartmouth, on a worthy man named Judhel, who erected here a Castle, to which many services are due. It long combated with time, but at length neforced to yield; it yet shews what it hath been. It hath had change of lords, as Cantelupe, Lord Abergavenny, from whom it came to the ancient Baron Zouch, or de stipite Sicco; between whom and the burgesses there was a composition; he reserves all services due unto himself; and the Mayor obtains of King John divers immunities, liberties, and freedoms.’
…As Willis, in his Notitia Parliamentaria, published about the year 1715, is very particular in his account of this borough, and mentions many things which are omitted by succeeding historians, we shall transcribe his very words. ‘The borough of Totnes is found in Domesday Book under the title of ‘Terra Judhel de Totnais,’ who held this borough in the time of William I. by his gift, from whence I shall strictly date my account….That the town was a considerable place at the time of the Conquest is evident by its then enjoying great privileges, as not being taxed but when Exeter was; and the said Judhel taking his name from thence, where he seated himself in a Castle of his own erecting, and held it as the principal place of his barony further confirms it. During his residence he founded a Priory here to the honour of the Virgin Mary, which became a cell of the Abbey of St. Sergius and St. Bacchus, at Angers; though Speed and Risdon say one Roger Newman was founder of it, which person, I suppose, is mistake for Roger Novant, to whom King William Rufus (having expelled Judhel de Totnais out of the realm) gave his inheritance. This Roger Novant’s grandson of the same name, being possessed of the Honour of Totnes, anno 12 Henry II., certified his Knights’ fees to be sixty-four and a half. Yet notwithstanding this grant of William Rufus, William de Braose, great-grandson of Judhel de Totnais held a moiety of the Honor, and in the 9th of King John made a partition thereof with Roger de Valletort, heir to Henry, son to the last Roger de Novant. But this William de Braose shortly after falling into the King’s displeasure, the King seized on his lands, and the Sheriff of Devon accounted for the same, anno 2nd John. Soon after which that King assigned the Castle and town of Totnes to Henry, natural son of Reginald, Earl of Cornwall. However, on the accession of Henry III. to the crown, Reginald de Braose, third son of William, doing his homage, had restitution thereof, and the same passed in marriage with his sister* Eva to William de Cantelupe, who had in his wife’s right a moiety of the fees—twenty-eight and half belonging to his Honor, —which descended, on the death of his only son George de Cantelupe, to Millisent his eldest daughter, first wife to John de Montalt, and afterwards to Iva la Zouche, which Millisent, by the name of de Mont, also certified, anno 10 Edw. I., her title to the castle and borough of Totnes, valued at twenty pounds per annum, and claimed in the said manor lien of Frankpledge—assize of bread and beer—a ducking stool, and a pillory, which the jury alledge her ancestors to have lawfully enjoyed. And that the said Millisent was the King’s ward, who having betrothed her in her minority to John de Montalt, on his death, (which happened before she came of age to consent,) bestowed her on the said Eudo or Iva la Zouche, by whom she had issue, William la Zouche, her son and heir, who on his mother’s decease, 27 Edw. I., obtained livery of the lands of her inheritance, by virtue of which this family having probably acquired the Valletort property (on the death of Roger de Valletort, anno 18 Edw. I. whose lands upon his demise fell to the Crown), became thereby seized of the whole Manor of Totnes, which continued in their possession for many generations, till the attainder of John la Zouche, upon whose siding with Richard III., King Henry VII. having secured the crown by the battle of Bosworth-field, in the first year of his reign, by patent dated 7th June, 1485, granted to Richard Edgecombe (ancestor to the present Richard Edgecome, of Mount Edgecombe) and his heirs this Manor and Honor…”
A graphic and historical sketch of the antiquities of Totnes By William Cotton, 6-8
*not sister but granddaughter
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