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FITZALAN John
Male 1246 - 1272


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  • Birth  14 Sep 1246  Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  18 Mar 1272 
    Notes 
    • According to other sources, we know that John Fitz Alan was born 14 Sep. 1246, whereas the fine was dated 14 May 1260. As such, the fine was recorded a mere four months before John Fitz Alan reached his 14th birthday. The fine was evidently part of the preparations the parents of the two parties took immediately prior to the consumation of the marriage.

      The wording of this fine reflects the fact that by medieval custom, couples betrothed as children were considered married, regardless of the fact that their marriage had not yet been consumated. As such, I believe it is incorrect to say there was a difference in Latin phrases, "led in marriage" or "married" in this time period. As we can see in this fine, the bethrothed couple are called "married," even though the fine makes it clear that the marriage was not consumated.

      As a side note, the bride in this fine, Isabel de Mortimer, was grandaughter of the ever popular Gladys Dhu, daughter of Llewelyn ap Iowerth, Prince of North Wales. The marriage between Isabel de Mortimer and John Fitz Alan was in due course consumated and surviving children born to the marriage. The manor of Chipping Norton, co. Oxford mentioned in the fine descended in the Fitz Alan family until about 1385, when it was settled by Richard de Arundel, 11th Earl of Arundel, on his niece, Philippe Arundel, wife of Richard Sergeaux, in satisfaction of her claims on her grandfather, the 10th Earl's estate. The manor was subsequently held by Philippe (Arundel) Sergeaux's descendants.

      Best always,

      Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah, Home of the Winter 2002 Olympics

      E-mail: royalancestry@msn.com

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      Rev. H. E. Salter The Feet of Fines for Oxfordshire, 1195-1291 (Oxfordshire Record Society, vol. 12)(1930), pp. 241-242.

      378. 44 Hen. III. Westm', morrow of the Ascension [14 May, 1260]; Rog. de Mortuo Mari quer., Ioh. fil. Alani deforc.; 100 marcates of land in Norton [Chipping Norton] and Acton'; plea of covenant; Ioh. recognized that if he outlives John his son who married Isabella, the daughter of R. before he was 14 14 years old, the 100 marcates shall remain to I. for life as dos; also if John when he reaches 14 years refuses the contract of marriage, she shall have the money for life for her maintenance; in return R. granted to Isabella 40 librates of land in Andinton in Shropshire as matrimonium, to be held by John and Isabella and the issue of the marriage; if there is no issue, it shall revert aftet the death of Isabella to R. and his heirs." (C.P. 25. 283. 15).
    Person ID  I4309  Royal Family of Europe
    Last Modified  18 Dec 2002 

    Father  FITZALAN John 
    Mother  BOTILLER Maud (Matilda) De, VERDON 
    Family ID  F1067  Group Sheet

    Family  MORTIMER Isabella De,   b. Abt 1248, Of, Wigmore, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 10 Aug 1274 
    Married  1260 
    Children 
     1. FITZALAN Maud,   b. Abt 1263, Of, Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. FITZALAN Richard,   b. 3 Feb 1267, , Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1302
     3. FITZALAN John,   b. Abt 1271, Of, Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. FITZALAN Amy,   b. Abt 1273, Of, Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. FITZALAN Eleanor, ARUNDEL,   b. Abt 1277, Of, Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1328
    Family ID  F966  Group Sheet



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