Here is a list of medieval references for John Newburgh, who died 1309. He inherited lands on his father Henry's death in 1275; some of the family lands were still held by his grandmother Lucy until her death, some time after 1292. John's wife is given in one of these references as Elizabeth, although secondary references (e.g. Hutchins) has his wife as Margery. On his death in 1309, John was succeeded by his son Robert, aged about 17 at the time.

The references are given in date order. Actual quotes are in italics.

# Document Date Text Notes
  Inquistions post mortem [i]
Calendarium Vol 1
1275/6 Henry de Novo Burgo.
Dorsete. Swere manor.
Death of John's father, Henry
  Feet of Fines [j]

Volume 5, Page 243, Entry 48
1275/6 At Westminster, in the octaves of St Michael, between Alyenora, Queen of England, consort of the King, querent, by Walter de Kancia in her place, and Henry de Novo Burgo, deforciant, of the manor of Herdecote and six knights' fees and three parts of a knight's fee in Meleburne Bubb, Swanewyke, Wrokeshale, Athelardeston, Wyndelham and Esse. Plea of covenant was summoned. Henry acknowledged the fees to be the right of the Queen, as by his gift. To have and to hold to the Queen and her heirs, of the King and his heirs, by the services which belong to the tenement, for ever. Moreover, Henry granted for himself and his heirs that the said manor which Lucia who was the wife of Robert de Novo Burgo held in dower of him of his inheritance on the day this concord was made, and which after her decease ought to revert to him and his heirs, should then wholly remain to the Queen and her heirs. To hold together with the fees, of the King and his heirs by the services aforesaid, for ever. For this the Queen gave to Henry two hundred pounds sterling. This concord was made, Lucia being present who acknowledged she had no right in the manor except in name of dower.
Endorsed. John de Novo Burgo put in his claim.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1272-81 page 153
23 Jul 1276 Licence for John de Novo Burgo to demise to farm to the abbot and convent of Bynedon his manor of Wymfrod, which he holds in chief, until four years after Michaelmas next, on condition that during that term he demise nothing therein in fee.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1279-88 page 182
11 Apr
Memorandum, that Robert Iwen, who holds a messuage and half a virgate of land and a piece [plitum] of meadow in the manor of Wynfred, which Lucy de Nefburg holds in dower of the inheritance of John de Neuburg, came into chancery and confessed that he had no right in the said messuage and land and meadow except for Lucy's life, so that after her death they shall revert to him who ought to have them of right.  
  Kirby's Quest [e] 1284 Dorset. Hundreds of Haselore and Ryssemore. The earl of Gloucester is lord of the hundred of Haselore and ... the same earl and his predecessors had seisin from the time that he purchased two parts of the said hundred from Henry de Novo Burgo, and Henry and his predecessors had seisin since time immemorial. Hundred of Wynfrod, of John de Neuburg. John de Novo Burgo holds the town of Winfrod in chief of the lord king, for the serjeanty of giving water for the hands of the lord king on the king's birthday, and providing silver basins with which to give the water.  The abbot of Bynedon claims all liberties within the liberty of John de Novo Burgo, through charter of the present king, which liberties John formerly used, namely in the lands of Chalvedon and Chalvedon (sic), Lulleworth, Brune, Yate, Wodesterte, Welle, Knysteton, Buryton, Wynfrod and Gaulton. Hundred of Efergone, which is a mesne hundred of the lord king. The town of PORSTOKE is a mesne manor of the lord king, which Robert de Novo Burgo previously held in the fee of Roger de Arundel. Later, king John makes exchange with the foresaid Robert de Novo Burgo , giving Robert the hamlet called Herdecote in the manor of Somerton, co. Somerset, for the manor of Porstoke.
Somerset. Wyleton Hundred. Nicholas le Waleys holds the town of Hywys Chamflur, of the barony of Henry de Neuwburgh, that now the queen holds [sic] from the lord king. Robert de Eadington holds Eadington, of the barony of Henry de Neuburgh, in chief of the lord king. Andredesfeld Hundred. Peter de Halswille holds the town of Halswille of the prior of Taunton, and the said prior of the heir of Henry de Novo Burgo, and the said heir of the lord king, ... and it is for a quarter part of one knight's fee.
The entry for the Hundred of Hasilor is interesting. This Hundred consists of lands just to the east of Winfrith and Lulworth. This entry says that the Newburghs have owned Hasilor "since time immemorial", which generally means since the Domesday Book of 1086. The Domesday Book has parts of Steeple and Church Knowle owned by Roger de Beaumont; Roger was a Norman earl, father to two English earls, the younger of whom was Henry de Beaumont de Neubourg, earl of Warwick, named after Neubourg near Rouen. This makes a strong link between the Newburghs of Dorset and the Beaumonts of Normandy; it does not prove a blood link.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1281-92 pages 142, 202, 221
9 May 1284 The like [i.e. commission of oyer and terminer] to N. de Stapelton, W. de Brayboef, Thomas de Sancto Vigore and Robert de Wodeton, touching an appeal which Wymaria Creye brings in the county of Dorset against Hugh Fyllol, John de Novo Burgo, William Haraung, William Manning, John de Tany, and Walter de Morton for the death of her brother, Richard Ruddok.

[and, on the next day]

The like to the same, touching an appeal which Walter del Frene of Welles brings in the county of Dorset against John de Novo Burgo, Hugh Fyllol, John de la More, William de Montibus, Roger de Westwode, John le Berker, William son of John del Hele for the death of his brother John del Frene.

[These entries are more or less repeated on 23 February 1285]

[Then an entry on 17 Feb 1286]
Pardon to John de Novo Burgo, Hugh Fillol, William Harang, William Manning, Walter de Morton, John de la More, William de Moung, Roger de Westwode, John le Bilkere and William son of John de la Hille for the death of [Richard] Ruddok and John del Freygne.
Pardon to Roger Wytlok, Robert Bennok and Robert Capie for the same.
Pardon to John de Novo Burgo for the same.
John Newburgh involved in two deaths, for which he receives pardon
  Close Rolls [f]
1279-88 pages 410, 412, 538, 553 and 1288-96 page 255
1286-1292 [Records of debts owed severally by John Newburgh and Lucy Newburgh, secured on property in Somerset and Dorset] Lucy is probably John's grandmother, althugh she would have been at least mid-80's in 1292.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1281-92 page 273
20 Jul 1287 Protection with clause volumus for the following going to Wales on the king’s service: [list of people, including] John de Novo Burgo, until a fortnight after Michaelmas.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1288-96 page 5
12 Feb
To the same [i.e. the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer]. Order to cause William le Moygne to be acquitted of the relief that they exact from him by reason of the homage that he did to the late king for a tenement in Wunfrot, as the king sends them the record and process of an assize of novel disseisin that John de Novo Burgo arrained before Henry de Monte Forti and Henry de Wollavinton, then justices appointed for this purpose, against Henry de Novo Burgo and the said William concerning the said tenement, in which assize a judgment was rendered in the king's court before Martin de Littlebur[y], which judgment was afterwards revoked because John recovered his seisin of the tenement against Henry and William by consideration of the said court, and the homage that William had done to the late king and the fine made in his court in this behalf were annulled, as will appear to the treasurer and barons by the record aforesaid. The Henry de Novo Burgo named here could possibly be John's father, but the context does not make this clear
  Close Rolls [f]
1288-96 page 233
11 Jun
To Malcolm deHarle, escheator beyond Trent. Order to cause John de Novo Burgo to have seisin of 10 marks yearly of rent from the manor of Tarente, co. Dorset, as the king learns by inquisition taken by the escheator that Robert de Kaynes, lately deceased, enfeoffed John by his charter of the rent aforesaid from his said manor, and that John received from him 5 marks for two terms, which rent Master Henry de Bray, late escheator beyond Trent, took into the king's hands by reason of Robert's death.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1292-1301 page 260
25 Mar 1297 Commission of oyer and terminer to Henry Spig[urnel] and Walter de Glouc[estre], on complaint by the abbot of Bynedon, that John de Novo Burgo, Thomas de Novo Burgo, William Burdet, Henry le Glyde, Hugh Fyllol, Robert le Warenner, Robert le Machun, John Gayman, John de Bexton, John Weryngg, 'peleter,' Andrew Cock, William Brun, John le Narewe, Nicholas son of Nicholas le Charetter, Stephen Modydo, Richard Herneys, and others, came to his abbey and imprisoned him and carried away his goods there and at Wynfrod Neuburgh, co. Dorset.

[Other similar entries on 16 and 20 July. The later commission accuses John, Thomas and others of coming "with a great multitude" to imprison the abbott, and take away and consume his goods]
John Newburgh, Thomas Newburgh and others accused of theft from Bindon Abbey. We have not yet discovered who this Thomas was.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1292-1301 pages 628 & 629
19 Apr  / 29 May 1301 [Two commissions of oyer and terminer in Wiltshire to John de Neuburgh and others]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 9 page 463
1301/2 [Entry for William de Lulworth, concerning land at Lulworth, which John Newburgh has leased for the last year]  
  Ancient Deeds [k]
Vol 5 page 235
1302 Feoffment by John de Newebourg to Sir Hugh le Despenser of 10 marks rent in the towns of Pyritone Stoke, and Cheleworthe, which he had by the gift of Sir Robert de Kaynes.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1301-07 page 85
25 Jul 1302 The like [commission of oyer and terminer] to William Inge and William de Mortuo Mari touching the persons who came to the town of Wynchecumbe, co. Gloucester, and by night entered the king's fair there and assaulted Adam de Paulesholte, Thomas de Novo Burgo and Richard de Heydon, deputed by John de Novo Burgo, sheriff of the county, to the custody thereof and to levy the issues arising therefrom. John Newburgh stated to be sheriff of Gloucester; Thomas Newburgh is his deputy. Probaby not the same family.
  Book of Aids [e] 1303 Somerset. Hundredum of Kinemerdeston. Henry de Niweburi holds a quarter of a fee in Lokyngton, of John de Columbaris.
Dorset. Wonfred. John de Novo Burgo holds two parts of a fee in Est Loleworth [Lokesworth] of John de Roches. Wonfred. John Huse holds a sixth part of a fee in Morton and Hemelesworth of the heir of John de Burg. Walter de Hokle and his companions hold an eighth part of a fee in Gaulwelton of John de Novo Burgo. Ekerdon. Mary, daughter of the lord, holds Porstoke for one fee of John de Novo Burgo.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1301-07 page 138
7 May 1303 Protection with clause volumus for one year, for John de Neuburgh, staying in Wales on the service of Edward, prince of Wales, the king's son.  
  Feet of Fines [j]

Volume 5, Page 233, Entry 160
1304/5 At Westminster, in the morrow of St Martin, between John de Novo Burgo and Elizabeth his wife, querents, and Reginald de Lullewort, deforciant, of the manor of Estlulleworth. Plea of covenant was summoned. Reginald acknowledged the manor to be the right of John, as that which he and Elizabeth had by his gift. To have and to hold to John and Elizabeth and the heirs of John of the chief lords of that fee by the services which belong to that manor for ever. Moreover Reginald granted for himself and his heirs that they would warrant the manor to John and Elizabeth and the heirs of John against all men for ever. For this John and Elizabeth granted to Reginald one messuage and one carucate of land in the said vill which once were of William de Lulleworth father of Reginald, and rendered the same to him. To have and to hold to Reginald for life, of John and Elizabeth and the heirs of John, rendering therefor yearly one rose at Nativity of St John Baptist for all service etc. and doing therefor to the chief lords of that fee for John and Elizabeth and the heirs of John all other services which belong to that tenement. After the death of Reginald that tenement wholly shall revert to John and Elizabeth and the heirs of John quit of the heirs of Reginald. To hold of the chief lords of that fee by the services which belong to that tenement, for ever.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1301-07 page 457
22 Jul 1306 The like [appointment with the assistance of a clerk, to be selected by them, to collect and levy, in the said county, the thirtieth and twentieth granted by the commonalties of the counties and the towns respectively, and to deliver the same at the Exchequer on the morrow of the Purification a week after Holy Trinity and the morrow of All Souls] of the following, in the following counties: [list, including]: John de Novo Burgo, Stephen Prouwet, Dorset. Commission as tax collector
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 2 page 43
25 Jun
Order to the escheator on this side Trent to take into the king’s hand the lands late of John de Neuburgh, deceased, tenant in chief. Death of John Newburgh
  Patent Rolls [g]
1307-13 page 180
28 Aug 1309 The like [appointment] of the sale to Richard de Sancto Walerico of the custody of two parts of the lands and tenements in the county of Dorset of John de Neubourgh, knight, tenant in chief, during the minority of Robert, his son and heir, together with the latter's marriage. Appointment of guardian for Robert Newburgh
  Book of Aids [e] 1346 Somerset. Hundred of Kynemerson. From John de Newbury for a quarter of a fee in Lokyngton, that Henry de Newbury formerly held; 10 shillings.
Dorset. Hundred of Wynfred. From John de Novo Burgo
[sic, should be Robert] for two parts of a fee in Est Lolleworth, that John de Novo Burgo formerly held; 26s. 8d.