Here is a list of medieval references to Philip de Bryan, the youngest son of Lord Bryan. Philip died in 1387, before his father; he was married but had no children.

The entries are listed in date order. Actual quotes are in italics.

 

# Document Date Text Notes
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 14 page 136
9 Nov 1375 [Entry for Thomas Graunson, knight, including reference to the manor of Oxenhale, co Gloucester, given to Thomas by his uncle Peter with remainder to Elizabeth la Despenser and her heirs, and will now go after Elizabeth’s death to Guy, son of Guy de Briene, knight, son and heir of Elizabeth;
also reference to manors of Asshe, Faukham, Chelisfield, Esthall, Kemesynge and le Sele, co Kent, with remainders to William de Briene and the heirs of his body, then Philip de Briene and the heirs of his body, then to Guy de Briene and his heirs.

A second entry dated 19 Oct 1376, confirming that Guy, son of Guy de Briene, knight, is next heir to Oxenhale.]
 
  Ancient Deeds [k]
Vol 6 page 338
1381 (1) Grant, dated 1380, by Guy de Briene, knight, the elder, to Philip de Briene his son and the heirs begotten by Philip, of the manor of Shokerwyke and of 121. rent in Batheneston ; remainder to William de Briene, knight, and the heirs male begotten by him ; remainder to his own right heirs.

Dorset. (2) Grant, dated 1380, by Robert . . . and William Plussh, clerks, to
Guy de [Briene the elder] of the manor of Pounknoll and of the advowson of the church of the manor for life; remainders in tail male to Philip de Briene and William de Briene, knight, successively; remainder to Guy's right heirs.

(3) Grant by John Braunche, cousin and heir of Nicholas Braunche, knight, to
Philip de Briene of his manor of Frome Braunche and Valeyse with the hundred of Frome, except a messuage in which his father lately lived and 3a. land and 1/2a. meadow at 'la Woweforde.'
Three deeds, copied into the Close Rolls. The second concerns the purchase of the manor of Puncknowle, from clerics called William Plush and Robert (name not shown)
  Feet of Fines [j]

Volume 10, Page 173, Entry 144
1385 [Concerning the manors and advowsons of "Rammesham, Wroxale, Childefrome, Wyrdesford, Belet, Swynetolre and Maperton" and land at Netherkentecombe, as well as manors in Somerset and Devon. Grant to Guy de Bryene "chivaler" for life, by John Renaway and John Passour, clerk. Remainder to William de Bryene, "chivaler" and his male heirs, then to Philip de Bryene "chivaler" and his male heirs, then to the heirs of William. The property included Tor Bryan, held for life by John Chandos "chiveler" for the life of his wife Philippa.]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1381-85 page 621
4 May 1385 John Braunche, cousin and heir of Nicholas Braunche knight, to Philip de Bryene, his heirs or assigns. Charter with warranty of the manor of Frome Braunche and Valeyse with the whole hundred of Frome, the suits, rights, rents and reversions thereto pertaining as the said Nicholas his grandfather held the same, except a messuage wherein the said John's father lately dwelt, now held by Matthew Honycode, and 3½ acres of land and half an acre of meadow lying together at the Woweforde now held by John Jones. Witnessed by Guy de Bryene and others Sale of lands at Frome to Philip de Bryan
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 16 page 101
14 Nov 1385 Entry for Margaret Merlond, including Eggeforde, co Somerset, a third part of a messuage, a carucate of land, 4a meadow, 4a wood, and 106s 8d rent, held of Philip de Briene, knight, as of his manor of Frome, by service of a pair of spurs, price 6d, yearly  
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 120
6 Dec 1385 [Writ de expensis for service as knights of the shire for Somerset, to Thomas Fychet and Philip Bryan, knights]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 162
8 Jun 1386 [Pardon to Guy de Brien for enfeoffing various properties to trustees, to be granted back to Guy for life with remainder to William and then Philip, Guy's sons, and confirmation of the grants. The full entry is listed elsewhere]  
  Charter Rolls [l]
Vol 5 pages 304, 306
16 Aug 1386 [Two entries, granting relief of Guy de Briene from legal process in connection with Tallaghan, Wales. Guy holds for life, with remainder to his sons William and Philip in turn]  
 [22] Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 10 page 186
18 Jan
1387
The like orders [i.e. to take into the king’s hand the lands of the named person, and to make inquisition touching the lands and heir] touching the lands of the following persons, directed to the escheators in the counties named: Philip Brien ‘chivaler’; Somerset and Dorset The death of Philip Bryan, third son of Guy Bryan the older
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 276
6 Feb 1387 [Grant to John Lovel of the marriages of Phillipa and Elizabeth, daughters of Guy Bryan ' le Fitz,' knight, cousins and heirs of Philip le Bryen, knight]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 16 page 128 & Vol 18 page 71
14 Feb 1387 Philip Brien ‘chivaler’.
Somerset. Inq taken at Frome Branche, 14 Feb, 10 Rc II.
He held the undermentioned manor of Faleys etc. in his demesne as of fee. He held the undermentioned manors of Schokerwike and Batheneston in fee tail by gift and feoffment of
Guy de Briene, his father, to him and the heirs male of his body, with remainder in default to William de Briene, knight, who is still living, and the heirs male of his body.
Faleys. The manor, with Frome Branche and Wodelond, members thereof, and also the hundred of Frome aforesaid, held of the king in chief by knight’s service.
Schokerwike. The manor, held of the bishop of Bath by knight’s service and payment of 20s yearly.
Batheneston. The manor, held of the same bishop by the services aforesaid.
He died without issue on 16 January last.
Philippa, one of the daughters of Guy de Briene the younger, his elder brother, aged 9 years and more, and another daughter of the said Guy, name at present unknown, aged 5 years and more, are his heirs.
Dorset. Inq taken at Shirborn, 10 Feb 10 RicII. He held no lands in the county. Date of death as above. Heirs not known.
Writ to the escheator in co Somerset to make further enquiry touching the above-mentioned gift of the manors of Schokterwyke and Batheneston by
Guy de Briene (Somerset inquisition); as the charter of the said gift exhibited in Chancery on behalf of William de Briene for the purposes of suing the said manors out of the king’s hands states that the said Guy gave Philip the manor of Schokerwyke and £12 rent in Watheneston [sic], and the king wishes to be certified whether the said rent in Watheneston [sic] is the same thing as the entire manor of Batheneston, as is confidently testifies on behalf of the said William, or not. 22 Mar 10 Ric II.
Somerset. Inq taken at Bath, Wed in Easter week, 10 Ric II. Guy de Bryene, knight, Philip’s father, gave and by his charter confirmed to the said Philip the manor of Schokerwyk and £12 rent in Batheneston, to hold to him and the heirs of his body, with remainder iin default to William de Bryene and the heirs male of his body, and with remainder over to the right heirs of the said Guy. There is no rent of £12 in Watheneston, as the writ suggested, but there is such a rent in Batheneston. It is not the manor of Batheneston, but a rent in the town of Batheneston.
Writ to the escheator to make enquiry concerning the truth of a petition from John Braunche alleging that the aforesaid Philip granted to him for life a yearly rent of 10 marks, with 2 tunics and hoods of the same suit and suitable furs of the suit of a yeoman, to be received out of the aforesaid manor of Faleys with Frome Braunche, and that he was in full and peaceful possession thereof from long before Philip’s death until he was unjustly removed therefrom by colour of the above inquisition. 15 Oct 11 Ric II.
Somerset. Inq taken at Crukerne, Thu before St Clement the Pope, 11 Ric II. The statements in the said petition are true.


Also a later Inquisition, taken 17 Jan 1400:

Writ, melius sciri, enquiring who are the other heirs, as it was stated in the inquisitions taken on 14 Feb 1388 that Philippa, one of the daughters and heirs of Guy Bryen junior, brother of Philip, was one heir of Philip, aged 9 year and more, but who were the other heirs was not known.
Somerset. Inq Queen Camel 17 Jan 1400. Elizabeth, wife of Robert son of John Lovell, and Philippa, wife of Henry Skrop, knight, daughters of Guy de Bryen, junior, brother of Philip, are his nieces and heirs. Elizabeth is aged 16 years and more. There are no other heirs.
It is not clear why Philippa and Elizabeth, daughters of Guy the younger, are the heirs when William is still alive.
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 pages 217, 320
5 Mar
1387

and

20 Jun
1387
To Richard Mucheldevere escheator in Somerset and Dorset. Order to take of Joan who was wife of Philip de Bryen knight an oath etc., and to assign her dower of her husband's lands.

and

[Assignment of dower lands to Joan, widow of Philip de Bryene knight, consisting of all his lands at Frome Braunche (a detailed list provided), and specified lands at Shokerwyk and Bathneston]
Transfer of lands of Philip Bryan to his widow Joan
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 10 page 178
18 Mar
1387
Commitment to William de Briene ‘chivaler’ and Alice late the wife of Guy de Briene ‘chivaler’ ‘le fitz’ – by mainprise of Edmund de la Pole ‘chivaler’ of the county of Buckingham, Roger Plowefeld of the county of Hereford, and Geoffrey Newenton of London – of the keeping of all the lands in the manors, towns or lordships of Frome and Valeys in Selewode, co. Somerset, late of Philip de Briene ‘chivaler’, tenant of the king in chief, to hold the same from the time of Philip’s death until the lawful age of Philippa and Elizabeth, daughters of the said Guy and kinswomen and heirs of the said Philip, rendering the extent thereof yearly be equal portions at the Easter and Michaelmas Exchequers; with Order for wardship of lands of the late Philip de Bryan, to be held for Philippa and Elizabeth, daughters of Guy the younger.
It seems strange that William Bryan, the second son of Guy the older, is not made heir himself, as the senior male member of the family.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 330
8 Jul 1387 Revocation of letters patent appointing William de Briene, knight and Alice late the wife of Guy de Briene, knight, the son, to the custody of the lands in the manors, towns or lordships of Frome and Valeys in Selewode, co. Somerset, late of Philip de Briene, knight tenant in chief, during the minority of Philippa and Elizabeth, daughters of Guy and cousins and heirs of the said Philip, rendering yearly the value thereof according to the extent made.  
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 10 page 192
22 Jul
1387
Commitment to Guy Briene knight and Alice late the wife of Guy son of Guy Briene knight – by mainprise of Nicholas Potyn of the county of Kent – of the keeping of all the lands in the manors, towns or lordships of Frome and Valeys in Selewode, co. Somerset, late of Philip de Briene ‘chivaler’, tenant of the king in chief, to hold the same from Easter last until the lawful age of Philippa and Elizabeth, daughters of the aforesaid Guy son of Guy and kinswomen and heirs of Philip, rendering the extent of the said lands or their true value yearly by equal portions at the Michaelmas and Easter Exchequers; with clause touching maintenance of buildings etc. A second entry, like the previous entry except that William Bryan is now written out completely.
[24] Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 10 page 201
14 Nov
1387
Commitment to John Lovell ‘chivaler’ and Alice late the wife of Guy son of Guy Briene knight – by mainprise of John Testewode of the county of Somerset and Thomas Hyne of the county of Northampton – of the keeping of the manors of Frome and Waleys in Selewode, co. Somerset, late of Philip de Briene ‘chivaler’, tenant of the king in chief, to hold the same from Michaelmas last until the lawful age of Philippa and Elizabeth, daughters of the said Guy son of Guy and kinswomen and heirs of Philip, rendering 100s yearly by equal portions at the Easter and Michaelmas Exchequers, and finding fit sustenance for the said heirs; with clause touching maintenance of buildings etc. The said mainpernors and John Lovell are jointly bound to the king, by a recognisance made in the Exchequer, in £10 to be paid at the king’s will in the event of failure by John and Alice to pay their farm within a month after any term by payment. And a third entry, introducing John Lovell as guardian. John was presumably father of the Robert Lovell who married Elizabeth Bryan.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 377
16 Jan 1388 Pardon, for half a mark paid in the hanaper, to John Braunche, for acquiring for life, without licence, from Philip Briene, knight, now deceased, a yearly rent of 10 marks with two coats and hoods of the same suit, and furs of the suit of yeomen, receivable yearly from the manors of Faleys and Frome Braunche, held in chief.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 364
18 Jan
1388
[Order to the escheator for Somerset, to restore the manors of Faleys and Frome Braunche to John Braunche, who had bought them without royal license from Philip Bryene, knight, but has now paid the appropriate fine]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 pages 372, 445, 475
27 Jan
1388





20 Oct
1387









6 Apr
1388
To Roger Manyngforde escheator in Somerset. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Shokerwyke and £12 of rent in Batheneston, delivering to William Briene any issues thereof taken ; as the king has learned by divers inquisitions, taken by Richard Virgo and Richard Micheldevere late escheators, that Philip Briene knight at his death held the same in fee tail of others than the king by gift of Guy de Briene knight his father to him and the heirs of his body, with remainder to the said William and the heirs male of his body, and that the said Philip is dead without issue.

[The second entry is a note of the indenture (signed at Rampesham in 1381) by which Guy de Bryene the elder demised the lands to Philip, with remainder to William, with remainder to Guy's heirs]

Memorandum of a judgment in chancery for removal of the king's hand, and livery to William Briene of the manor of Shokerwyk and £10 of rent in Batheneston co. Somerset, and that he should be amerced in 40s., which he has paid to John de Ravenser clerk of the hanaper; as it was found by divers inquisitions, taken by Richard Virgo and Richard Micheldevere late escheators, that Philip Briene knight at his death held the same in fee tail of others than the king by gift of Guy de Briene knight his father to him and the heirs of his body, with remainder to the said William and the heirs male of his body, and that the said Philip died without issue; but in suing the said manor and rent out of the king's hand a certain person on behalf of the said William produced in chancery a crafty and false writing to deceive the court, and the said William gave testimony that it was true; and he after produced another writing concerning the entail, which was true and free from suspicion.
Transfer of lands formerly held by Philip Bryan to his brother William

Contains evidence of shady dealing by William Bryan, despite which William is granted the lands
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 604
20 Apr
1388
Writing of Guy de Briene knight, reciting a feoffment by him made to Sir Robert Fitz Payn, John Erie, Richard Micheldevere, Sir William Plusshe of [sic] Martyn Ferrers, John Ferers of Churcheton, William Tray parson of Slapton and John Prestecote of the manors of Rammesham, Wroxhale, Childefrome, Maperton and Werde Forde Belet co. Dorset, Kyngesdoun, Somerton Erie and Somerton Randolf co. Somerset, Slapton, Dertemouth, Clifton and Herdenesse and the reversion of the manor of Torrebrien co. Devon, upon condition that those feoffees should again enfeoff the said Guy of the premises for life with remainder to Guy de Bryne knight his son and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to William de Bryne another son and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to Philip another son and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to the right heirs of Guy the father, and reciting that some of the feoffees stirred up by William his son made a deed, granting an estate for life to him and remainders in tail male as aforesaid, with remainder to the said William's right heirs, contrary to the said Guy's will and to the condition aforesaid and without his knowledge, and that further by counsel of the said William a fine was levied, whereby certain strangers, being no parties to the first feoffment, rendered the premises to Guy the father for life with remainder to Guy the son and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to the said William and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to the said Philip and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to the said William's right heirs, hereby repudiating these deeds as contrary to his intent and the condition of the first feoffment, declaring the same null and void, and requiring his other feoffees so far as in them lies to repudiate and resist what was done by their joint feoffees contrary to the said conditions. Dated 20 June 12 Richard II. Note that the said Sir Robert, John Erie, Richard and William Plusshe were feoffees of the manors in Dorset and Somerset, the said Martyn, John Ferers, William Tray and John Prestecote of those in Devon. Evidence by Guy Bryan of plotting by his son William to change the line of inheritance for Guy's property. The change was subtle; it would have meant that William's daughters, if any, would inherit ahead of the daughters of his older brother Guy. As it turned out, William died without children.
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 628
8 Nov
1388
Declaration of William de Bryene knight that, whereas certain untrue matters to his dishonour are declared in a letter patent of Guy de Briene knight produced in chancery, the reenfeoffments made by Sir Robert Fitz Payn, Richard Mucheldevere, Sir William Plussh, Martin de Ferrers, John de Ferrers of Churcheton, William Tray parson of Slapton and John Prestecote of the manors of Rammesham, Wroxhale, Childefrome, Maperton, Wyrdesforde Belet, Kyngesdoun, Somerton Erie, Somerton Randolf, Slapton, Dertemuth, Clifton and Herdenasse and the reversion of the manor of Torrebriene cos. Dorset, Somerset and Devon were made by their good will without threat or duress of him or any on his part, granting the same to Sir Guy de Briene his father for life, with remainder to the said William and the heirs male of his body, remainder to Sir Philip de Briene his brother and to the issue male of his body, remainder to the said William's right heirs, that the fines levied of the premises between the said Sir Guy, John Passour clerk and John Renawey containing the like entail were likewise recorded and engrossed with their good will by appointment of his said father without fraud, duress or covin of the said William etc., and that he is ready to prove it in the court of chivalry and all other courts, humbly desiring to be held excused of such untruth and dishonour, considering that at the date of those fines his father appointed the last remainder to the said William's right heirs in fee because he was then his eldest son, and because Sir Guy was aware that by divers entails his own right heirs, the daughters of Sir Guy brother of Sir William, would inherit the fee simple of great number of other manors and lands of his and of Sir Guy the son, Sir Philip and Sir William to the yearly value of 700 marks or more, and by their mother's side the heritage of Bures to the yearly value of 700 marks or more, of which 1,400 marks and of other the manors aforesaid Sir William's female issue would inherit nought so long as those daughters his nieces live, or other the right heirs of Sir Guy the father, unless in default of heirs male to bear his arms and name he had appointed the remainder in fee of a portion of such manors to the right heirs of Sir William for support of his female issue ; and protest that this declaration of his own honour is to preserve the honour and estate of his father and himself, and his own right in the said manors, considering that the errors above mentioned were due to ignorance, his father's great age, evil counsel and untrue information of others, avowing his readiness as an obedient son to perform his father's commands, saving his own honour and estate. William Bryan's response to charges brought against him of having, effectively, changed his father's inheritance. William claims that the tenants have changed the remainders without any duress by him.

This shows the huge value of the property that the two daughters of Guy Bryan the younger would inherit, from the grandfather and also from their mother. With the inheritance standing as it does, any daughters of William would inherit nothing. So far as we know, William had no children.

William hints at "evil counsel" and untrue information being given to his father. We can only guess, but the people who had most to gain from the status quo were Guy the younger's daughters (both children) and his widow, Alice.
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 10 page 262
22 Nov
1388
Order to Richard Manyngford, escehator in the counties of Somerset and Dorset – on information that Thomas Pomeray without the king’s licence has taken to wife Joan late the wife of Philip Briene ‘chivaler’ who held of the king in chief – to take into the king’s hand without delay all the lands in his bailiwick which were assigned to Joan as dower after Philip’s death, answering at the Exchequer for the issues thereof.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1389-92 page 126
27 Oct 1389 Pardon, for £10 paid to the king by Thomas Pomeray, to the said Thomas and Joan, late the wife of Philip Bryene, knight, for intermarrying without licence.  
[20] Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 16 page 380
23 Aug 1390 Guy de Brienne 'chivaler'.
Devon. Inq take and Honyton, Fri after the Nativity of the V. Mary, 14 Ric II. He held on the day of his death the undermentioned manor of Northam, island of Londay, and toft etc. in Dertemuth etc. Long before his death he enfeoffed by charter Martin de Ferers, John Ferers of Churcheon, William Tray rector of the chantry of Slapton, and John Prestecote of the undermentioned manor of Slaptone and reversion of the manor of Torrebrian, to hold to them, their heirs and assigns. The said feoffees ere seised of the said manor and reversion accordingly for three years and more, and afterwards enfeoffed thereof Sir John Deveros of Maoun, knight, Peter de Courtenay and John Lovell, knights, Richard Mucheldevere, Walter Trote, clerk, Morgan Gough, Nicholas Wake and John Combe, clerks, to hold for the life of the said
Guy, with successive remainders to Philippa and Elizabeth, daughters of Guy de Briene his son, and the heirs of their bodies, and to his own right heirs.
Northam. The manor,held of the king in chief as the king’s ancient demesne. Londay. The island so called, held of the king in chief by knight’s service. Dertemuth. A toft, and a rent from divers tenements in Dertemuth, Clyfton and Hardenesse, held of the king in chief as the king’s ancient demesne.
Slaptone. The manor, held of the earl of Devon by knight’s service, as of his castle of Plympton.
Torrebrian. The manor, held of the same earl by knight’s service, as of his castle of Okhampton.
He died on Wednesday after the Assumption 14 Ric II.
Philippa wife of John Deveros, son of John Deveros, knight, aged 12 years and more, and Elizabeth wife of Robert son of John Lovell, knight, aged 9 years, are his next heirs, to wit, daughter of Guy his son.

Commission to Edward earl of Devon, William Rikhill, John Wadham and William Brenchesle, and to William Dounebrigg and Willaim Horbury, king’s clerks, with reference to the above inquisition, to enqure (1) what estate the said
Guy had in the manor of Northam, island called Londay and toft etc. in Dertemuth etc. And (2) what other lands etc. the said Guy held in the county beyond those mentioned in the said inquisition. 7 Jun 14 Ric II.

Writ to the sheriff of Devon to cause a jury to appear before the said commission at such places and times as they shall appoint. 12 Jul 15 Ric II.

Precept to the sheriff by the said commissioners to cause the jury to appear at Exeter on Thu after St James. Wed before St Margaret 15 Ric II.
Panel of persons summoned by the sheriff, of whom twelve are marked for service as jurors.

Devon. Inq taken at Exeter Thu after St James 15 Ric II, in the presence of William Hankeford, serjeant-at-law, acting for the king. The jurors say they have no knowledge concerning the two points mentioned in the above commission.
Writ to enquire what estate the said
Guy had in the undermentioned manor, island, toft and rent. 18 May 19 Ric II.

Devon. Inq taken at Exeter, 16 Jun 19 Ric II. He held the undermentioned manor and island for life, the reversion belonging to
Philippa wife of John Deveros, kight, and Elizabeth wife of Robert son of John Lovell, knight. He was seised of the undermentioned toft and rent in his demesne as of fee.
Northam. The manor, held of the king in socage. Londey. The island, held of the king in chief by knight’s service. Dertemouth, Clifton and Hardynys. A toft and a rent from divers tenements, held of the king as ancient demesne.

Writ to enquire how the above reversion belongs to
Philippa and Elizabeth and how much the rent in Dertemouth, Clyfton and Hardynys is. 19 Nov 22 Ric II.

Devon. Inq take at Exeter ?? Jan 22 Ric II. He was seised in his demesne as of fee of the undermentioned toft and rent. He held the undermentioned manor and island for life by the grant of John Passeware and John ?? with successive remainders to
William de Briene, knight, son of the said Guy, and the heirs male of his body, to Philip Briene, knight, and the heirs male of his body, and to the right heirs of the said William. The said William and Philip are dead witout heirs male of their bodies.
Dertemouth. A toft. Dertemouth, Clifton and Hardene. A yearly rent of 100s 1 1/2d from divers tenements. Northam. The manor, and the island called Londey.
The premises ought to descend to
Philippa, wife of Henry Lescrop, knight, aged 19 years and more, and Elizabeth wife of Robert son of John Lovell, knight, aged 16 years and more, daughters of Guy de Briene, knight, the younger, brother of the said William. The premises were seized into the king’s hands after the said Guy’s death.

Writ 23 Aug 14 Ric II. Somerset. Inq taken at Ivelcestre 13 Sept 14 Ric II. He held no lands etc. in the county. Date of death and heirs as above.
Dorset. Inq taken at Dorcestre Sat after the Nativity of the V Mary 14 Ric II. He held the undermentioned manor in his demesne as of fee. Pomeknoll. The manor, held of the earl of Salisbury by knight’s service. Date of death and heirs as above.

Writ de feodis etc. 23 Nov 22 Ric II. Devon. Inq taken at Exeter 8 Jan 22 Ric II. He was not seised of any knight’s fees or advowsons in the county.
The death of Guy Bryan the older. His death led to a series of Inquisitions to sort out what property he held at his death, and who his heirs were. In the case of Devon, these inquiries went on until 1399, more than 8 years after his death. By this time, William Bryan was dead, without children, so the later entries here are correct in naming Philippa and Elizabeth as Guy's heirs. It is not clear, however, why the earlier entries ignore William's legitimate claim.
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 18 page 389
1 Apr 1405 Entry for Stephen Winslade, including a history of the manor and hundred of Frome. Stephen, a Bristol merchant, lord of Frome Braunche, had borrowed 220 marks from Guy de Bryan, knight, on the security of the manor and hundred, and seems to have owed £20,000 [sic] for the 200 marks. As a result of the default, the property came into Guy’s hand on 2 Feb 1366. Guy granted and assigned it to Philip until he, Guy, was paid the money owed. Philip died in possession, but Guy’s and Philip’s interest was only dependent on execution of the bond, so it was judged that Stephen had died holding the manor and hundred.  
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 13 page 59
18 Nov
1406
[This is a very long entry, concerning the manor and hundred of Frome. An inquisition had shown that: (1) Robert son of Pain had been seised of the manor and hundred; (2) by fine levied 7 Edward II, Robert son of Pain granted the manor and hundred to Nicholas and Roberga Braunche and the heirs of their bodies; (3) Andrew, son of Nicholas and Roberga had taken possession after the deaths of Nicholas and Roberga; (4) by fine levied 9 Edward III, Andrew, and his wife Joan, had granted a parcel of the land (7 messuages, 162 acres of land, 18 acres of meadow, 80 acres of pasture, 51 acres of wood, 58s 6½d of rent and a third share of a mill) to Eleanor his sister and Richard de Wyneslade her husband, and the heirs of their body; (5) on Andrew’s death in 23 Edward III, his son Thomas was a minor and Andrew’s part was taken into the king’s administration; (6) when Richard and Eleanor died (29 Edward III), their son Stephen took possession of their portion; (7) Thomas then died in 34 Edward III, still a minor, and Stephen took possession of the whole manor and hundred as next heir of Nicholas and Roberga; (8) in 39 Edward III, Stephen acknowledged a debt of £20,000 owed to Guy de Bryane, knight; (9) Guy de Bryane took possession of the whole manor and hundred, until the debt could be paid, and assigned it to his son Philip Bryane the younger; (10) Philip Bryane died (it is not stated who then took possession); (11) Stephen died 6 Henry IV. The inquisition found that the Bryane interest was only a possession pending repayment, and that therefore Stephen had died ‘seised’ of the manor and hundred; his heir was found to be Elizabeth, Stephen’s daughter, married to Edmund de Lyversege]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1405-09 page 160
18 Nov
1406
To the escheator in Somerset. Order to take the fealty of Robert Louell, in his presence and the presence of Elizabeth his wife and of Henry Lescrope knight, who has taken to wife Philippa one of the daughters of Guy de Briene the younger, or of their attorneys, to make a partition of the lands hereinafter mentioned into two equal parts, and to give the said Robert and Elizabeth seisin of her purparty, keeping the purparty of the said Philippa in the king's hand until further order; as it is found by inquisition,taken before Richard Virgo the late king's escheator, that Philip Briene knight at his death held in chief by knight service the manor of Faleys, Frome Branche and Wodelond members thereof, and the hundred of Frome, and that the said Philippa and another daughter of the said Guy his elder brother were his next heirs, and then within age; and by another inquisition, taken before Robert Grey late escheator, that the said other daughter is called and known by the baptismal name Elizabeth; and Robert Louell, who has taken the said Elizabeth to wife, has proved her age, and for 2 marks paid in the hanaper the king has respited until the feast of the Purification next his homage due by reason of issue between him and Elizabeth begotten. Elizabeth receiving her inheritance
[25] Inquisitions post mortem [i]
11-25 Hen VI page 248
11 Jan 1435 Alice, who was the wife of Guy Bryan, knight.
Died 11 January 1435. Elizabeth, lately wife of Robert Lovell esquire is her daughter and next heir, and aged 48 and more.


[Among other entries:]
Dorset. Hazelbury Bryan, manor and advowson of church, held of abbot of Glastonbury. Crockern Stoke and Turberville Stoke, 3 carucates held of abbot of Glastonbury, annual value 60s. [These were granted 1386 by Walter Trote chaplain to Guy and William Bryene with remainder to Alice, then Philippa and Elizabeth, then to William and any heirs of his body, then to Philip and any heirs of his body, then to the right heirs of Guy.]