John de Ferrers, 1st Baron Ferrers of Chartley

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John de Ferrers, 1st Baron Ferrers of Chartley (1271, Cardiff – c. 1324, Gascony) was the son of Robert de Ferrers, 6th Earl of Derby and Alianore de Bohun, daughter of Humphrey de Bohun and Eleanor de Braose, and granddaughter of Humphrey de Bohun, 2nd Earl of Hereford.

Sometime before 1300, Sir John married Hawise de Muscegros. Hawise was born on 21 December 1276, a daughter of Robert de Muscegros. She died about June 1340. The couple had one son Robert who was born in 1309 in Staffordshire and became Robert de Ferrers, 2nd Baron Ferrers of Chartley upon his father's death.

In 1264 John, without any true inheritance other than the turbulent spirit of his father, joined the Earl of Hertford and other rebellious Barons in opposing the collection of subsidies granted by the parliament then held at St Edmundsbury, to the crown.

The ferment was allayed by the King's confirming Magna Carta, and their charter of the forests; and by declaring that in future, no tax should be imposed upon the subject without the consent of Parliament, at the same time granting a pardon to the discontented lords and their adherents, in which pardon John de Ferrers is especially named.

Soon after this he petitioned Pope Nicholas III, to interfere to procure him the lands of his late further which he had conferred upon Edmund, Earl of Lancaster, but his suit was ineffectual.

John was subsequently involved the Scottish wars which led to his summoning to parliament as Baron Ferrers of Chartley, in the county of Stafford on 6 February 1299 (a seat which came into the family of Ferrers by the marriage of William, fifth Earl of Derby, with Agnes, sister and co-heir of Ranulph, Earl of Chester.)

He married Hawyse, granddaughter of William Malet (Magna Carta baron) and heiress, and niece, of Cecilla de Muscegros, by whom he acquired a great increase in fortune. In 1273, he was again involved in the wars against Scotland and subsequently in 1288 he was constituted Seneschal of Aquitaine by Edward II.

He died in 1324 in Gascony, apparently as a result of poisoning, and was succeeded by his son Robert (later Robert de Ferrers, 2nd Baron Ferrers of Chartley).

References[edit]

  • Jones, M.,(2004) Ferrers, Robert de, first Earl Ferrers (d. 1139), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press[ accessed 28 Oct 2007]
  • Bland, W., 1887 Duffield Castle: A lecture at the Temperance Hall, Wirksworth, Derbyshire Advertiser
  • Loyd, Lewis, 1951 "The Origins of Some Anglo Norman Families," Harleian Society [1]

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