Here is a list of medieval references to Sir William de Bryan, second son of Lord Bryan. William was the only son to outlive his father (who died in 1390). Although he married, he had no children, and died in 1385.

William seems to have been estranged from his father towards the end of his father's life, and did not inherit family properties at his father's death, which went instead to the two daughters of Lord Bryan's oldest son, Sir Guy. The cause of the estrangement seems to have been William's alleged attempt to change legal documents relating to family properties, so that his children, if he had any, would inherit before Sir Guy's daughters. In the event, it was all hypothetical as he had no children. Linked with this were allegations of the theft of documents.

William claimed that these allegations were made by his father through senility (Lord Bryan's father had lost his mental faculties at the end of his life) and misinformation. William did not state explicitly who he was blaming for this misinformation about im, but the most likely person is Alice, Sir Guy's widow, who was clearly close to Lord Bryan at the end of his life.

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.]
 
  Close Rolls [f]
1374-77 page 278
5 Dec
1375
Writing of John de Walden, being a quitclaim to Guy de Briene knight the elder and William de Briene his son and to the heirs and assigns of the said William of the manor of Kemsing and le Sele co. Kent, with rights, liberties etc.
Writing of John de Walden clerk, being a quitclaim to Guy de Bryene knight the younger, his heirs and assigns, of the manor of Oxenhale co. Gloucester, with rights, liberties etc.
Termination of leases on manors in Kent and Gloucester, now restored to William de Briene and to Guy de Bryene the younger
  Close Rolls [f]
1374-77 page 186
27 Nov
1376
To Thomas de llleston escheator in Kent. Order to remove the king's hand, and not to meddle further with the manors of Asshe, Faucham, Chellesfeld, Esthalle, Kemsyng and le Sele, the advowson of Kemsyng and le Sele excepted, taken into the king's hand by the death of Thomas de Grandessone knight, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that by divers fines levied in the king's court the said deceased at his death held those manors with the exception aforesaid to him and the heirs of his body, with remainder for lack of such an heir to William de Briene (yet living) son of Guy de Briene and to the heirs of his body, that the said Thomas died without issue, wherefore the premises with that exception ought by the form of those fines to remain to the said William, and that the same are held of others than the king. Entry relating to manors in Kent remaindered to William de Bryan
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 324
12 Dec 1378 [Licence for Guy de Briene, along with his sons Guy the younger and William, to gift in mortmain land at Poundstock, along with the advowson of the church, to the rector and chaplains of St Mary at Slapton]  
  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)
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 192, 230, 411, 462
1382-4 [Revocation of protection while abroad for four people who were to have been travelling on the king's service, in the company of William de Brien, keeper of Merk castle]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 341
29 Nov 1383 [Licence for Martin de Ferrers to enfeoff three trustees of the manors of Byrfferers, co. Devon, and Trehanna, co. Cornwall, the advowson of the church of Neweton Ferers, and the reversion of the manor of Neweton Ferers; and for them to re-grant the premises to the said Martin and Lena his wife, William de Pakyngton, clerk, William de Bryene and John Daumarle, knight, and the heirs of Martin]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1381-85 page 587
3 Nov
1384
Richard Chaumpernoun knight to Guy Briane knight the younger, William Briane, John Daumarle knights and Thomas Chaumpernoun. Gift with warranty for two years of a yearly rent of £40 of his manors, boroughs, lands etc. in Dodebroke, Wodelegh, Combe Roiel and Portelemuth, with remainder to Alexander his son and Joan his wife, daughter of Martin de Ferares, and to the heirs of their bodies, under condition for defeasance thereof, in case the grantor shall overlive Thomas Chaumpernoun his father, and within a year after his father's death shall give to the said Alexander and Joan and to the heirs of their bodies lands in Devon or Cornwall to the value of £40, or if the grantor shall die in his father's life time or within one year after, in case he or she who shall be his heir or his father's shall within one year after coming of age make a like gift to the said Alexander and Joan and to their said heirs, or to Joan and her heirs aforesaid if Alexander be dead, the grantor being bound to the said Martin so to do ; and if the said rent in whole or in part be one month in arrear, and rescue or deliverance of distress or other hindrance be made by the grantor or his heirs whereby payment shall be delayed, it shall be lawful for the said Guy etc. during the said term, and after for the said Alexander and Joan and for the heirs of their bodies to distrain in the said manors etc. for 100s. damages and costs ; and the grantor has paid the said Guy 2s. in name of seisin. Lease of lands near Kingsbridge, Devon, to Guy Bryan the younger, his brother William, and others.
  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.]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 594 & 596
10 Mar 1385 Special mandate to Richard, earl of Arundel, Henry de Percy, earl of Northumberland, Richard Lescrope, Hugh Calvyle, William Brian and Masters John Barnet, Edmund Stafford and Thomas Bakton, (1) reciting that on complaint by Philip le Despenser, the king lately appointed the said earl, Hugh Calvyle, John Barnet, Edmund Stafford, Thomas Bakton, with William de Wyndesore, now deceased, his special justices and commissaries, to examine and correct the errors, if any, and to hear and determine the matter, in the suit before the constable and marshal of England between William Merton, plaintiff, and John Stykeney, defendent, touching the detention of a prisoner of the said William, to the great damage of the said John and Philip, as his pledge, which he was not, and that now the said Philip complains that although the persons supplying the places of the constable and marshal were prohibited by the said special commissaries from proceeding further therein, yet they passed sentence against him for 600 marks and more and proceeded to execution of the same; and (2) empowering them to try the cause, examine and determine all matters in dispute, and to affirm or annul all proceedings heretofore had, as they shall think fit.
[The mandate is repeated on 21 April 1385, adding William Walleworth, Robert Leek, John Thornbury and Nicholas Thwyford to the mandate]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 174
28 Feb 1386 Appointment of Robert Bealknap, Peter de Courtenay, William Briene, John Beauchamp of Lillesdon, Peter de Veel, Thomas Marohal and Walter Clopton, to induct Nicholas Hornyk, to whom the king granted the custody of the priory of Montacute 4 July last, into possession thereof, and to maintain him therein, with power to arrest and Imprison contrariants, certifying their names to the king and council. There are other references to Montacute priory among the references listed for William's father, Lord Bryan
  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]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 pages 280
14 Sep 1386 Memorandum of a mainprise under a pain of £1,000, made in chancery 3 December 10 Richard II by Matthew Gourney knight, William Heroun knight, William Asthorp knight and John Copleston for William de Brien knight, and of an undertaking under a like pain by William de Brien, that he shall do or procure no hurt or harm to James de Pecham, his men or servants, or to any of his counsel, but shall suffer them without let to sue in the king's court or elsewhere.
Like mainprise the same day by Nicholas Potyn, John de Pecham, John Colepeper and Thomas Holt of Kent for the said James, that he shall do no hurt or harm to William de Brien etc.
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 262
2 Nov 1386 Appointment of William Brian and Ivo Fitz Waryn, knights, John Wykyng, Simon Bamabe and John Gowyn to enquire touching the withdrawal and concealment, by default of the king's farmers, bailiffs and other his ministers, of divers knights' fees, advowsons, wardships, marriages, reliefs, escheats and customs belonging to the manor of Gillyngham and borough of Shaftesbury, co. Dorset, ancient demesne of the Crown.  
 [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
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 16 page 128
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.
  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.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 394
24 Nov 1387 Appointment of John Devereux, Hugh de Calvyley, Robert de Knolles, Diggory Seys, William Brian and Bernard Brocas, knights, and Master Ralph Berners, doctor of laws, to inspect the record, process and acts of the suit, in the court before the constable and marshal, of Thomas Sohoo and James Awyk against Thomas Rede for a prisoner called John Sauce, taken in Flanders in the late expedition of the bishop of Norwich, to hear the complaint of the said Thomas and James, examine and correct the error, if any, and finally determine the matter.  
  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 593
2 Jul
1388
Declaration of Guy de Bryene knight, that whereas John Grede sued against him a writ of scire facias concerning the manor of Haselbere co. Dorset, returnable at the octaves of St. John Baptist last, and for defence thereof the said Guy caused search to be made for his muniments concerning that manor in his treasury in his manor of Rammesham in that county and many other places, which could not be found, having a suspicion that they were taken thence by William his son and put in a chest at his inn in London, on coming to London the said Guy in person, counselled and abetted by no man, on Thursday after St. John Baptist last broke open the chest, and found therein fines, charters etc . concerning the said manor and many other his manors and lands, and took them with him, leaving there all other muniments which concerned the said William's lands ; and he prays that all other persons shall be excused. Evidence by Guy Bryan of the theft of documents by his son William. Further reason why William seems to have been cut out of his natural inheritance at the death of Guy, in 1390.

This seems to suggest that Rampisham in Dorset was at this time Guy's principal abode; it was subsequently the home of Robert Lovell and his wife Elizabeth, Guy's grand-daughter.
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 623
6 Nov
1388
Memorandum of a mainprise under a pain of 1,000 marks, made in chancery 7 November this year by William earl of Salisbury, Robert Marny and Ingram Bruyn knights for William Brian knight, and of an undertaking by William Brian under the same pain, that he shall do or procure no hurt or harm to Stephen Derby knight, Roger Buttesthome, William Latymer, John Glaunville, William Payn, Morgan Gogh, Walter Trote and Richard Micheldever or any of the people.
Also of a like mainprise, mutatis mutandis, made the same day by John Lovell, Richard Lescrope and Roger Lescrope knights for John Devereux knight, and of an undertaking by John Devereux.
Undertakings by William Bryan and John Devereux not to threaten certain people (perhaps people who had given evidence against William?)
  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.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1389-92 page 119
6 Oct 1389 Revocation of protection with clause volumus for one year granted 25 June last to William Bryene, knight, as going to Brittany on the king's service with the king's brother, John Holand, earl of Huntingdon, captain of the town and castle of Brest, to stay in the company of Hugh le Despenser, supplying the place of the earl, because he tarries in England on his own affairs.  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 16 poage 390
17 Aug 1390 Entry for Nicholas Cerreu, including property at Le Hoo, Surrey, held of William Bryan, knight, as of his manor of Wodemersthorn  
[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.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1389-92 page 303 & 1392-96 page 169
Sep 1390 Two entries in September 1390, granting pardons to William de Briene, knight and John Fort of Lanstephan,"indicted for scaling the walls of the castle of Tallagharn on Monday after the feast of St. Patrick, 12 Richard II, breaking a chest of Guy de Brien, knight, and taking £25 his gold and silver"
A later entry dated 17 September 1392 is an answer to a plea by John Fort concerning his outlawry for having entered the castle of Tallagharn by force, with William Brien, knight.
 
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1389-92 page 324
16 Feb
1391
Memorandum of a mainprise under a pain of £100, made in chancery 16 February this year by William Bryan, John Kentwode knights, John Polymoud and Thomas atte Mille for Stephen Derneforde and William Forteskewe, and of an undertaking by them under the same pain, that they shall do or procure no hurt or harm to John Tyntenade. A further undertaking by William Bryan not to threaten certain people (perhaps another person who has given evidence against William?). See the entry above for 6 November 1388.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1389-92 page 508
20 Nov 1391 Commission and special mandate to William Beauchamp, Richard Lescrope, Lewis Clifford and William Brian, knights, Masters John Barnet, Richard Ronale, John Shelyngford, John Burbage and John Thorpe, doctors of laws, to hear and determine the appeal of the defendant in a cause in the court of chivalry between William Merton, plaintiff, and William de Hoo, knight, defendant, against the decision of those holding the place [of the constable and marshal], delivered by them in the absence of the said defendant.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1389-92 page 418
1 Dec
1391
To the same [i.e. the constable of the Tower of London]. Order to receive William Briene knight from one who shall deliver him up in the king's name, and to keep him in custody in the Tower prison until further order. Order for the arrest of William Bryan. See other entries above (20 April and 2 July 1388) concerning disputes over the inheritance of Guy Bryan the older's properties.
  Close Rolls [f]
1389-92 page 424
22 Dec
1391
To the constable of the Tower of London and his lieutenant. Order by mainprise of Hugh Luterell knight, John Haddele of London. Michael Ersedekene knight, Philip Trewythosa of Cornwall, John Wermyngton of Bukinghamshire and Simon Blakburne of Lancashire to set free William Bryan knight, whom the king lately commanded the constable and lieutenant to receive from one who should deliver him up on the king's behalf, and to keep him in custody in the Tower until further order; as the said Hugh and the others have mainperned body for body and under a pain of £1,000 to have the prisoner before the king and council in the octaves of St. Hilary next, the prisoner undertaking under the same pain to be there that day in order to answer touching what shall be laid against him. William Bryan is released from the Tower of London in time for Christmas, having undertaken to appear before the King at the end of January
  Close Rolls [f]
1392-96 page 120, 140
1393 [William Brien and others vouch for John Dynham, knight, and others, for them to appear before the king]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1392-96 page 388
8 Mar 1394 [Commission to Thomas Percy, knight, William Brian, knight, and others, to determine an appeal against sentence in a case against a ship master in the court of admiralty]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1392-96 page 474 & 483
7 Apr 1394 The like [protection with clause volumus for half a year, going to Ireland in the king’s retinue] for the following: William de Briene, knight [One entry in April, plus two repeats on 10 September 1394]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1392-96 page 426
20 Jun 1394 Inspeximus and confirmation to Hugh Loterell, knight, William Brian, knight, and William Potyn, clerk, of an indenture by Anne, late queen, dated at Westminster, 1 February in the fifteenth year, granting and leasing to farm to the said persons her manor of Middelton, co. Kent, and the hundreds of Middilton and Merden in the same county, except knights' fees, advowsons, wardships, marriages and escheats, wreck of the sea not exceeding the sum of 40s. chattels of fugitives and felons or outlaws, deodands,escapes of thieves, and all kinds of forfeitures, fines,issues and amercements in any of the king's courts, from Michaelmas last for fifteen years, at the yearly rent of £186 13s. 4d. Persons to whom the said queen has granted any farms from the demesne lands or other farms are to enjoy the same for the term for which they were granted and to pay their rents to the lessees, who covenant to maintain the premises in repair without waste and who are to have housbote and haybote therefor, each being bound in the sum of £100 to pay the rent aforesaid and each being the said queen's bailiffs within the manor and hundreds aforesaid, in person or by deputy, receiving 66s. 8d. therefor from the issues.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1392-96 page 476
11 Sep 1394 The following, going to Ireland, have the like letters of attorney:
William de Briene, knight, nominating John Whitelofe, clerk, and Richard Overton.
John Scarle, clerk, received the attorneys as above.
The said William, nominating John Asplion and Robert Broun, clerks.
The said John received the attorneys as above.
 
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 17 page 195
24 Nov 1394 Entry for Margaret Graunson including a third part of the manors of Kemsynge, Sele, Chellesfelde, Asshe and Faukham in Kent, held in dower of William de Bryene, knight  
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1392-96 page 346
29 Apr
1395
[Order to deliver to William Briene knight the manors of Kemsynge and Sele, Chellesfelde, Asshe and Faukham, all in Kent, which he has by reversion from Margaret Grauntsoun]  
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1392-96 page 350, 441
1395 [Two entries relating to manors in Essex, now the property of the countess of Hereford, which had been held by a group including Guy de Brian, with reversion to the archbishop of York, Richard Waldegrave, and William de Brian (now deceased)]  
[23] Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 11 page 180
12 Oct
1395
The like orders [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: William Briene ‘chivaler’; Surrey and Sussex The death of William Bryan, last son of Guy Bryan the older.
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 17 page 363
1396 William Brien 'chivaler'.
Somerset. Inq taken virtute officii at Welles, Thu before St Callixtus, 20 Ric II. He held the u/m manors in his demesne as of fee.
Donhead. The manor, held of the abbot of Glastonbury by knight’s service and a yearly rent of 52 bars of iron, 4 lb wax and 12d.
Batheneston and Shokerwyk. The manors, held of the bishop of Bath by knight’s service.
He died on 22 Sept, 19 Ric II. Philippa wife of John Deveros and Elizabeth wife of Robert Lovell, daughters of Guy Bryen the younger, knight, are his heirs. They are minors and in the king’s wardship because of other lands in the county held of the king in chief by knight’s service.
Writ of mandamus 20 Nov 22 Ric II. Inq taken at Bruton 10 Jan 22 Ric II. He held the manors of Donhed, Batheneston and Shokerwyk as above. Date of death as above. Philippa, aged 19 years and more, wife of Henry Lescrop, knight, and Elizabeth, aged 16 years and more, wife of Robert Lovell, are his heirs, to wit daughters of Guy de Bryen, knight, the younger, brother of the said William. The said manors have been in the king;s hands since the said William’s death by reason of an inquisition taken by Thomas Cammell, late escheator, virtute officii and returned into the Exchequer.
Writ to assign dower to Joan, wife of the said William, 1 Dec 21 Ric II. Assignment of dower made 12 Dec 21 Ric II in the presence of John Adymet and John Wade, guardians and friends of Philippa late wife of John Deveros and Elizabeth wife of John Lovell, heirs of the said William.
[There then follows a list of portions of the manors of Donhed, Batheneston and Shokerwyk given to Joan as dower]
 
  Close Rolls [f]
1396-99 page 185
1 Dec
1397
To the escheator in Somerset. Order, at suit of Joan who was wife of William Bryen, knight, in presence of the guardians and next friends of the heirs and parceners to assign her dower of the manors of Donhefde, Batheneston and Shokerwyke; as by virtue of an inquisition, of his office taken before Thomas Cammell late escheator, the tenor whereof the king has caused to come into chancery, whereby it is found that at his death the said William held those manors of others than the king, and that Philippa who was wife of John Deveros and Elizabeth wife of Robert Lovell, who are within age and in ward of the king by reason of other lands in Somerset held of the king in chief by knight service, are his cousins and next heirs, those manors were taken into the king's hand.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1396-99 page 376
13 Feb
1399
To the escheator in Somerset and Dorset. Order to give Henry Lescrope knight and Philippa his wife livery of the manors of Batheneston and Shokerwyke co. Somerset aud Pompknolle co. Dorset, and the advowson of Pompknolle church to present every other turn; as the said Philippa, being daughter of Guy son of Guy de Briene knight and one of the cousins and heirs of Guy the father and of William de Briene knight his son, proved her age before John Copleston late escheator in Devon, and of the lands etc. of the said Guy the father and William, taken into the king's hand by their death and by reason of the nonage of the said Philippa and of Elizabeth daughter of Guy the son, their other cousin and heir, a minor in ward of the king, whom Robert son of John Lovell has taken to wife, the king has assigned to the said Henry and Philippa the manors and advowson aforesaid, the manor of Batheneston and Shokerwyke being extended at £6 13s. 4d., and the manor of Pompknolle at £6 13s. 4d. a year, and also the manor of Northam co. Devon extended at £20 a year; and the king has taken the fealty of the said Henry.
To the escheator in Devon. Like order concerning the manor of Northam, extended (as above), which among other lands of the said Guy the father and William the king has assigned to the said Henry and Philippa.
 
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1396-99 page 524
18 Sep
1399
To the Sheriff of Dorset. Writ of supersedeas omnino in respect of their demand upon Henry Lescrope knight and Philippa his wife, or upon Robert Gary late farmer of the manor of Pompknolle, to answer for the issues or farm of the said manor from 13 February last, and order to release any distress upon them made; as upon proof of the age of the said Philippa daughter of Guy son of Guy de Briene knight, and one of the cousins and heirs of Guy the father and of William de Briene knight his son, on the said day the king assigned that manor (among other things) to the said Henry and Philippa to her purparty of the lands of Guy the father and William, taken into the king's hand by their death and by reason of the nonage of the said Philippa and of Elizabeth daughter of Guy the son, their other cousin and heir, whom Robert son of John Lovell has taken to wife, commanding livery thereof to be given them.  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 18 page 101
13 Mar
1400
Elizabeth Briene.
Writ for proof of age. London. Proof of age of Elizabeth Briene, one of the daughters and heirs of Guy de Briene, knight, junior, kinsman and heir of William, tenant in chief of Richard II. Guildhall, 13 March 1400.

The entry give a list of 12 jurors, who state that] Elizabeth was born in the parish of St Peter Paul’s Wharf in Queenhithe ward on 13 March 1381 and baptised in the church there two days later. [5 of the jurors] remember because Guy de Briene dined with them in a house close to that in which Elizabeth was born, and at the dinner they were well and truly informed. As to the baptism [3 of the jurors] say that at the request of the father they held wax torches beside the font during all the time of the baptism, and so remembered it. [4 other jurors] saw a servant of the father carrying some pots full of wine called ‘bastard’ to the church and drank of it there. Therefore they all say that she was 18 on 13 March.
Elizabeth reaching majority.
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1399-1402 page 77
17 Mar
1400
To the escheator in Somerset and Dorset. Order to take the fealty of Robert son of John Lovell, and to give him and Elizabeth his wife seisin of the manor of Donhede co. Somerset and the advowson of Pompknolle church co. Dorset, namely to present every other turn; as the said Elizabeth, being daughter of Guy de Briene knight deceased and one of the cousins and heirs of Guy his father and of William de Briene knight son of Guy the father, has proved her age before Thomas Knolles mayor of the city of London and escheator therein, and of the lands and advowsons of the said Guy the father and William taken into the king's hand by their death and by reason of her nonage and the nonage of Philippa daughter of the said Guy the son, the other cousin and heir whom Henry Lescrope knight has taken to wife, now of full age, the king has assigned to Robert and Elizabeth to her purparty the said manor, extended at £13 6s. 8d a year, the said advowson at £10, the isle of Londay at £10, and the lordship of Dertemouth, Clifton and Hardenesse co. Devon at £10 a year.
To the escheator in Devon. Order to give the said Robert and Elizabeth livery of the isle of Londay and the lordship of Dertemouth, Clifton and Hardenesse, extended (as above); as the king has commanded the escheator in Somerset and Dorset to take the fealty of the said Robert.
[An almost identical entry on page 86, dated 15 June 1400]
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 12 page 60
28 May
1400
Order to the escheator in the counties of Somerset and Dorset for certain causes to resume into the king’s hand the manor of Donhead, co. Somerset, and the advowson of the church of Pompknoll, co. Dorset (to wit alternate presentation thereto) which by virtue of a write directed to him (as appears by inspection of the rolls of Chancery) were delivered by him to Robert son of John Lovell and Elizabeth his wife, being a daughter of Guy de Briene knight, deceased, and one of the kinswomen and heirs of Guy his father and of William de Brien knight, son of Guy the father, and to cause answer to be made at the Exchequer for the mesne issues thereof; notwithstanding the fact that when Elizabeth had proved her age before Thomas Knolles, mayor of the city of London and escheator therein, of the lands and advowsons late of the said Guy the father and William (taken into the king’s hand by their deaths and by reason of the minority of the said Elizabeth and of Philippa, also a daughter of the said Guy the son and the other kinswoman and heir of Guy the father and William, the wife of Henry Lescrop ‘chivaler’ and now of full age) the king assigned to the said Robert and Elizabeth, as her pourparty thereof, the said manor, extended at £13 6s 8d a year, the said advowson at £10, the island of Londay, co. Devon, at £10, and the lordship of Dertemouth, Clifton and Hardenesse, co. Devon at £10 a year.
Order in like terms to the escheator in the county of Devon touching the island of Londay and the lordship of Dertemouth, Clifton and Hardenesse.
An order to take back into the king's hands certain lands held by Robert and Elizabeth Lovell. The reason is not stated, but possibly Elizabeth's age had been disputed.
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1402-1405 page 142
6 Feb 1403 Joan who was the wife of John Trevatthian knight, daughter and heir of Otho Bodrygan, to Walter Dnyell rector of the chantry or college of St Mary Slapton, the priests and clerks thereof and to their successors. Quitclaim with warranty of a messuage in Poundestoke and the advowson of Poundestoke church, which by fine levied in the king’s court Otho her father gave to Guy de Bryene knight, William de Bryene knight his son and others, and to the said Guy’s heirs, and after the said Guy’s death, at the petition of the said William patron thereof, by authority of pope Boniface IX, with consent of the late king, the said church was appropriated to the said rector, priests and clerks, and they obtained possession of the same.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1401-05 page 376
14 Mar 1404 [Long entry concerning the bequest of the manor of Margaret Roding, co. Essex,to the University of Oxford; the manor had formerly been granted by Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford, Essex and Northampton, to trustees including Guy de Bryan; whose role had benn taken over by William Bryan]  
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1409-13 page 115
16 Jun
1410
[Entry concerning the manor of Gyffardes at Wykhambroke  in Suffolk, which has been granted to William Bryene, Richard Waldegrave the younger and others]  
[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.]
 
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1429-35 page 333
14 Mar 1435 To the escheator in Dorset. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor and advowson of Haselbere in Blakemore and three carucates of land in Crockernestoke and Turbervylestoke, delivering to Elizabeth who was wife of Robert Lovel esquire any issues thereof taken; as it is found by inquisition, taken before the escheator, that a fine thereof levied at Westminster on the morrow of the Ascension 9 Richard II between Walter Trote chaplain plaintiff and Guy de Bryene knight now deceased and William de Bryene knight deforciants, whereby the deforciants acknowledged the plaintiff's right, and the plaintiff granted the same to the said Guy for life with remainder to Alice (now deceased) who was wife of Guy Bryan knight for her life, by name of Alice de Bryene, remainder to the said Elizabeth yet living and to Philippa now deceased, daughters of the said Alice, for their lives, and that the same are held of others than the king.  
 [31] Inquisitions post mortem [i]
16-20 Hen VI page 39
3 Jul 1437 Elizabeth, wife of the late Robert Lovell
Died 3 July 1437.
City of London. An inn in the parish of Holy Trinity the less in the ward of Vintry, annual value 5 marks, held of the king in free burgage.
Devon, Kent, Dorset, Somerset. No lands of the king.
Gloucestershire and march. No lands of the king. She had granted 12 June 1437 the manors of Oxenhall and Okle Grandison with other lands to Humphrey Stafford knight, Guy Whytyngton, John Fauntleroy, John Cheverell, William Combe and William Ketyll.
Hertfordshire and adjacent march of Wales. Laugharne manor, Syke manor (alias Walwyn's Castle)
Suffolk. Acton manor of the king in chief by knight service. 'Moreves' alias 'Marres' manor in Great Waldingfield. Overhall cum Silvesters manor in Bures St Mary. Layham, manor called Overbury Hall. Wherstead, manor called Wherstead Hall. Raydon, manor called Raydon Hall, with advowson of church.
[There follows a long account] She was seised [of the manors of Overhall, Great Waldingfield and Acton] in demesne as of fee tail by virtue of a fine levied at Westminster on the octave of Hilary 1383 [CP 25/1/289/53 no 78] between Guy de Bryene junior knight and Alice his wife, querents, and Guy de Bryene senior knight, William de Bryene knight and John de Rokwode, deforciants. Guy de Bryene senior, William and John granted them for them and the heirs of Guy that the manors of 'Moreves' and Overhall then held by Richard Waldegraue knight and Joan his wife for the life of Joan from the inheritance of Guy de Bryene senior, with reversion to Guy senior, William and John and the heirs of Guy and the manor of Acton then held by John de Sutton knight and Alice his wife for the life of Alice, also from the inheritance of Guy senior with the same reversion, should instead after the deaths of Joan and Alice wife of John, wholly remain to Guy junior and Alice his wife, and to the heirs of their bodies. By virtue of the fine, therefore, Richard Waldegraue and Joan, and John de Sutton and Alice his wife, attorned to Guy junior and Alice his wife.
Guy junior, Alice his wife, Joan and Alice wife of John afterwards died, and the manors remained to Elizabeth as daughter and heir of Guy junior and Alice his wife, according to the form of the fine. Elizabeth entered the manors and was seised in demesne in fee tail. She died so seised.
Richard de Sutton knight, Roger de Wolferston, John parson of Tendring, Denis parson of Raydon, Ralph Chamberleyn and John de Reydon were seaised in demesne as of fee of the manor of Layham alias Overbury Hall, to which manor belongs the advowson of the free chapel of Loyham. By charter they demised the manor and advowson to Alice who was the wife of Guy son of Guy de Bryene knight, daughter and heir of Robert de Bures knight and to the heirs of her body. She was thus seised in demesne as of fee tail and died seised of this estate. The manor descended to Elizabeth as her daughter and heir, according to the form of the demise. Elizabeth entered the manor and was seised in demesne as of fee tail. She died so seised.
[a history for Wherstead Hall and Raydon Hall then follows].
Essex. Foxearth, the manor. Borley, the manor. [The description quotes the same fine in 1383 as for Overhall, Gt Waldingfield and Acton]
I do not understand why Elizabeth did not own Sutton Poyntz, given that it was granted to her on her mother's death in 1435.