FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
THOMAS AND BRIDGETT EARLE


Thomas Earle was born in about 1550 of Eastcott in the parish of Crudwell, Wiltshire, the son of William and Isobel Earle of Escott (Eastcott). He married Bridgett.

Thomas was a prosperous yeoman farmer in Crudwell. A history of Crudwell talks about the Chelworth manor farm: "Andrew Baynton sold the manor in 1547 to Nicholas Snell, who sold it in 1553 to William Earle (d. 1586). Earle devised it to his son Thomas (d. 1618), and it passed to Thomas's son Thomas (will proved 1638) and daughter Margaret, the wife of John Partridge. John and his and Margaret's son Thomas owned it c. 1649."  (British History Online - Crudwell)

Thomas died in about 1617 in Crudwell, leaving a will:


Thomas Earle will

Will of Thomas Earle of Crudwell, 1618


Will of Thomas Earle, 1618

In the name of God Amen the thirtieth daye of Januarye Anno reni dej nostril Jacobj dej gratia Anglie Francis et Hibernie Regis fidej defensoris Decimo quinto et Scotia quinqrage simo primo Annoj Dej: 1617 I Thomas Earle of Escott in the parrishe of Crudwell in the Countie of Wiltes: yeoman finding by daylie example the uncertainitie of mans life and beyng certain that my body must walke the waye of all fleshe do therefore in my perfect memory declare and make this my last will and testament for the setlinge of my goodes wherewith God hath blessed me to come and remayne to amonst my children and other herein named according to my meaning herein declared: hoping therby to avoyde all occasions of strife and contention and mayntayne love & concorde between them after my death. And first with a repentant harte for my mani saults and synnes paste I yeald my ssoule unto Almightie God that created me with full confidence in his mercy and by the meritts of my Savyoure Christ to rise at the generall daye of Resurrecton amongst his elect and chosen: My bodye I leave to the earthe with such ffuneralls as shall please myne executrix whensoever yt shall please God to call me out of this transitory life by his visitation. Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Thomas Earle tenne pounds and to Elizabeth his wife I give fyv poundes. Item I give unto my said sonne my best ironbound wheeles and wayne. Item I give unto hym my greate chest the yoking stone the wainscot and glass aboute the howse, the cupboard the table board with frames and benches my best bedstead, my best bed with the furniture a dozen of pewter with the choise of the best brasse pewter and other howshoulds after the decease of Brigett my wife. Item I give unto my sayde sonne three score poundes fortie poundes wherof resteth in the hands of John Partridge and Thomas Kynge. Item I give unto hym the tearme of yeres which are yet to come unexpired of and in one house and a close therin to adjyning lying and byng in the deane Leasowes in the parish of Okessy: Item I give unto my daughter Margaret Partridge my second best bedsted and my second best bed with the furniture a dozen of pewter with the second choise of the brasse pewter and other howshould after the decease of Briget my wife. Item I give unto Bridget Partridge fiftie poundes and a score of sheepe which I latelie promised to give her towards her marriage. Item I give unto Ellinor Partridge thirtie poundes. Item I give unto Margaret Partridge twentie poundes. Item I give unto John Partridge twentie poundes. Item I give unto William Partridge twentie poundes. Item I give unto Anthony Partridge tenne poundes. Item I give unto James Partridge tenne poundes. Item I give unto Giles Partridge thirteen pounds six shillings eight pence. Item I give unto Mary Partridge twentie poundes. Item I give unto Sara Partridge twentie poundes. Item I give unto Elizabeth Partridge twentie poundes provided always and my will is that theise partions before given unto Elinor Margaret John William Anthony James Giles Mary Sara and Elizabeth shalbe payde by my executrix unto my overseers hereafter named at suche tyme and tymes as they shall thincke fit and by my overseers to be set fourthe to the childrens best advantage provided also that yf either of theise departe this naturall life before they shall accomplishe the age of one and twentie yeres of daye of marriage that then my will is that his her or theire parte so dying shall come and remayne unto the other then living by equall portions. Item I give unto my kynnesman Philip Greene five poundes. Item I give unto Isabell Richard Green Johane Greene and Mary Greene to each of them fortie shillings. Item I give unto my brother William Earle tenne shillings: Item I give unto Isabell Earle and Margaret Earle daughters of my brother William Earle to each of them fortie shillings. Item I give unto Rachell Woodward als Smythe the wife of Nicholas Woodward als Smyth twentie shillings. Item I give unto Nicholas Douleman and Agnes Dowlman children of William Dowlman to each of them fortie shillings. Item I give unto Roger Averye fortie shillings. Item I give unto Anne Morse twentie shillings. Item I give unto John Dowlman twoe and twentie shillings which he oweth me. Item I give unto William Dowlman his sonne twoe and twentie shillings which Richard Shermor oweth me. Item I give unto the sonne and daughter of William Dowlman the younger to each of them tenne shillings. Item I give unto my kynnesman Thomas Dowlman fortie shillings which he oweth me. Item I give unto Briget Penryn twentie five shillinges to which are pledged and pawned fourthe and I forgive her also tenne shillings which she oweth me. Item I give unto John Earle Thomas Earle Mary Earle Elizabeth Earle Joyce Earle Margaret Earle and Susanna Earle the children of my cosin Thomas Earle clarke to eache of them tenne shillings. Item I give unto William Beale Mathewe Beale John Beale Henry Beale Mary Beale Johane Beale and Margaret Beale the children of my cosin William Beale clerke to each of them tenne shillings. Item I give unto ___ Dowlman of Okssey five shillings. Item I give unto the poore of the parishe of Crudwell twenty poundes to be ymployed to the use of the poore there: And whereas I have already given and delivered six poundes to the use of the poore of the the parishe of Okessy and five poundes to the use of the poore of the parish of Hankerton my will was and is that the sayed sommes of six poundes five poundes and the saied somme of twentie poundes shall from tyme to tyme and always be ymployed to ye only use of the poore of the saied parishes the use thereof to be distributed yerelie at the discretion of the minister and churchewardens. And yf at any tyme hereafter yt shalbe converted to any other use then to the poore and so to remayne my will is that yt shall come and remayne to my sonne Thomas Earle or his executors. Item I give unto the parishe churche of Crudwell fortie shillings to by ymployed towards the making of benches and desk rownde the channel for the fit receyvinge of the communicants. Allso I desire my sonne Thomas Earle clerke and my cosin William Beale clerke to be my overseers and I give unto each of them ten shillings. Item I forgive William Sherborne of Ashbie the debt which he oweth me. Item I forgive George Robbins of Okessy the debt which he oweth me. Item I forgive Robert Ricketts of Okessy the five shillings which his wife oweth me. Item I forgive Richard Canter the debt which he oweth me. Item I forgive Hugh Salten the debt which he oweth me. Item I forgive John Partridge eight poundes and tenne shillings which he oweth me. Item I forgive Thomas Partridge the fourteen poundes which he oweth me. The rest of all my goodes chattells and debtes not before given and bequeathed (my leagacys payed and ffunerall expences dischardged) I do freelie give and bequeath unto Briget my wife whome I do make my full and sole executrix of this my last will and testament not doubting but that she will performe the same according to my tru meaning and intent herein. And I doe hereby adnull and revoke all former willes and testaments by me made. Thomas Earle Theise bearing witnesse Thomas Earle clerke Thomas Harding Willm Earle William Beale clerke.


Bridgett died in about 1626, leaving a will:


Bridgett Earle will

Will of Bridgett Earle of Crudwell, 1626



Will of Bridgett Earle of Eastcoote in Crudwell, 1626


In the name of God Amen I Bridgett Earle of Eastcoote in the parish of Curdwell, in the county of Wilts widdow albeit sicke in body yet of good and perfect memorie thancks be given to God therefore doe make this my last testament in manner and forme as ffolloweth ffirst I bequeath my soule into the hands of allmightie God and my body to the earth. And my goodes which God hath blessed me with to be disposed of as ffolloweth Imprimis I give & bequeath unto my sonne Thomas Earle all that my right title and interest in this my coppyhould land which may growe and arise due thence unto my executor after our Lady day next if any such be due. Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margarett Patridge forty shillings. Item I give unto my grandchilde Gyles Pattridge six pounds thirteen shillings foure pence which I have invested out of that portion which his grandfather gave him. Item I give unto my grandchilde Anthoney Patridge five pounds. Item I give unto my grandchylde Mary Partridge ten pounds. Item I give unto my grandchilde Sara Partridge ten pounds. Item I give unto my grandchiylde Elizabeth Pattridge tenn pounds all which summes of money I have increased out of theire severall portions given and bequeathed unto them by thire grandfather. And all which sommes of money together with thire portions given by theire grandfather remayne still in my hands. And my will is that my executor heareafter named shall employe the same to theire best advantage as I myself have done. Item I give unto my grandchilde Elioner Pattridge ten pounds. Item I give unto my grandchilde Margarett Pattridge ten pounds. Item I give unto my grandchilde Bridgett Hiller the wief of Thomas Hiller twenty shillings. Item I give to the poore of the parish of Crudwell the summe of five pounds to remayne to theire use forever, And the use of the said five pounds shalbe distributed yearlie at the discretion of the Minister and churchwardens and if at any tyme hereafter it shall be converted to any other use my will is that it shall come and remayne to my executor forever. All the rest of my goods and chattells movable and unmovable whatsoever unbequeathed my debts paid and my funeral expences discharded I give and bequeath unto my grandchild Thomas Pattridge whome I make and ordayne my whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament, not doubting but that he will performe the same according to my true entent and meaninge. And of this my last will and testament I make and ordayne overseers John Bradshawe and Thomas Hardinge. In witness whereof I have put to my hand the daye and yeare above written. Bridgett Earle her marke. In the psence of Thomas Earle John Player his marke.


Thomas and Bridgett had the following children:


1. Thomas, married Elizabeth.


*2. Margaret, married John Partridge.




SOURCES: Will of Bridgett Earle of Crudwell, 1626, PCC; Will of Thomas Earle of Crudwell, 1618, PCC; British History Online - Crudwell; Earles of Wiltshire, S.E. Earle,

http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~desmier/genealogy/docs/Earles%20of%20Wiltshire.pdf




Crudwell map

Map of Crudwell parish (British History Online)




FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
WILLIAM AND ISOBEL EARLE


William Earle was born in about 1520 of Eascott in the parish of Crudwell. He married Isobel. She had lands in Bradenbrook. William bought Chelworth manor farm in Crudwell in 1553.


William died in about 1585, leaving a will:


William Earle will

Will of William Earle of Crudwell, 1585



William Earle of Crudwell, 1585

In the name of God Amen in the xxvijth daye of January 1585 and in the xxiij yeare of the raigne of our soverraigne Lady Elizabeth by the grace of God of England Ffrannce and Ireland Queene Defender of the fathe I Willm Earle of Escott in the pish of Crudwell within the county of Wilts do make and ordayne this mye last will and testament in manner and fourme followinge, I the unprofitable servannte of God beinge weake in body and notwithstanding of good and perfect remembrance laud and prayse be unto almighty God doe willingly and with a free hart render and give agayne into the hands of the Lord my God my Savverithe which of his ffatherly goodness he gave unto and when he fashioned this bodye in my mothers woombe by this meanes making mee a living creature nothinge doubting but that this my Lord God for his mercy sake sett fourth in the pretious bloude of his dearly beloved sonne Christ Jesus one alone Sviour and redeemer will receive my soule into his glory and place yt in the company of heavenly sayntes and blessed angels forever And as touching my body geaven with a goodwill and free hart I give it over unto the earth from whence it came. Imprimis I give unto the cathedral church of Sarum iijd Item I give to the church of Crudwell xijd. Item I give to the poore mens boxe of Crudwell iijs iiijd. Item I give unto my sonne Thomas my lande lyinge in Chellwoorth within the pishe of Crudwell and all and singuler thereunto belonging, to have and to houlde unto the said Thomas Earle and to his heires males lawfully begotten of his body for ever. And yf it happen my sonne Thomas to decease without yssue male lawfully begotten then my will is the said land lyinge in Chellwoorth with all thereunto belonging shall remayne unto my sonne John Earle and to his heires and males lawfully begotten for ever, And yf it happen my sonne John to dye without hires males lawfully begotten then my will is that the said lands shall remaine unto my sonne William & his heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten for ever, And yf it happen my sonne William to dye without heires males lawfully begotten then my will is that the said lands shall remaine unto my sonne Gyles & to his heires males of his body lawfully begotten for ever, yf it happen my sonne Giles to dye without heires mailes lawfully begotten, then my will is that the said lands shall remayne unto my sonne Nicholas and to heires males of his body lawfully begotten for ever, yf it happen all mye said sonnes to dye without heires males of their bodyes lawfully begotten then my will is that the said lands shall remaine unto the heires generall of mee the said William Earle. Item I give to my sonne John and to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten mye lande lyinge in Chedglow within the parishe of Crudwell excepting all suche lande before bequeathed belonginnge to Chelworth with all pastures and all other the appurtenances whatsoever there unto belonging for ever. Yf it happen my sonne John to dye without heires males of his body lawfully begotten, then my will is that the said lande shall remaine unto my sonne William & to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten for ever. Yf it happen my sonne William to dye without heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten then my will is that the lande shall remayne unto my sonne Gyles and to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten for ever. Yf it happen my sonne Gyles to dye without heires males of his bodye lawfullye begotten then mye will is that the said lande shall remaine unto my sonne Nicholas and to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten for ever. Yf it happen my saide sonnes to dye without heires males of their bodyies lawfully begotten then my will is that the saide lands shall remaine to the heires generall of mee the said William Earle. Item I give unto my sonne William my house in Malmesbury nowe in the occupacon of one Browne with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging to have and to hould unto the saide Willm and to the heires males of his bodye lawfullye begotten for ever. Yf it happen my sonne William to dye without heires males of his body lawfullye begotten then my will is that the saide lande shall remayne unto my sonne Giles and to the heires males of his bodye lawfullye begotten for ever. If it happen my sonne Gyles to dye without heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten then mye will is that the saide land shall remayne unto my sonne Nicholas and to the heires males of his bodye lawfullye begotten for ever. Yf it happen mye said sonnes to dye without heires males of their bodyes lawfully begotten then my will is that the said lande shall remayne unto the heires generall of mee the said Willm Earle. Item I give unto my sonne Nicholas mye house with all and singuler the appurtenances thereunto belonging lynge in Crudwell now in the occupacon of my sonne Robert Earle. Alsoe I give unto my sonne Nicholas one house in Mawlemesbury with the appurtenences thereunto belonging nowe in the occupacon of one Teyte to have and to hold the said the five tennimentes with all and singuler the appurtenances thereunto belonging to my said sonne Nicholas & to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten for ever. Yf it happen my sonne Nicholas to dye without heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten then my will is that the said land shall remaine to the heires generall of mee the said Willm Earle. Item I give to my sonne Gyles mye lands lyinge in Newnton with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging and to the haires males of his bodye lawfullye begotten for ever. Yf it happen my sonne Gyles to dye without heires males of his bodye lawfullye begotten then my will is that the said lande shall remayne unto mye sonne Nicholas and the the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten forever. Yf if happen mye sonne Nicholas to dye without heires males of his bodye then my will is that the said lande shall remayne unto mye sonne Thomas and to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten forever. Yf if happen mye sonne Thomas to dye without heires males of his bodye then my will is that the said lande shall remayne unto mye sonne John  and to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten forever. Yf if happen mye sonne John to dye without heires males of his bodye then my will is that the said lande shall remayne unto mye sonne William and to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten forever. Yf it happen all my said sonnes to dye without heires males of their bodyes lawfully begotten, then my will is that the said lande shall remaine to the heires males generall of mee the saide William Earle. Item I give to my sonne Gyles fiftie pounds of currant money of England to be paide unto him at the feaste of Christmas next but yf it happen my sonne Gyles to dye before Christmas next, then my will is that the saide fiftie poundes shalbe equallye distributed between my two sonnes William and Nicholas. Item I give more to my sonne Gyles mye yonge graye mare that I used to ryde on mysellffe. Item I give to my daughter Anne fourtie poundes of currant money of England to be paide at the day of her marriage condicionallye that shee be ruled by her friends. Yf it happen mye daughter Anne to dye before the daye of her marriage in fourme aforesaid then my will is tha the said legacie shalbe devided amonge the rest of her sisters. Item I give to my daughter Anne a featherbed with all thynges thereunto belonging to be delivered at the daye of her marriage. Item I give to mye daughter Jone the wyffe of William Peers thirtie sheepe at his choise other ewes or hogges. Item I give unto William Catrott gent a graye mare. Item I give more unto mye daughter Joan one rone. Item I give to my daughter Agnes Douleman thirtie ewes. Item I give to William Peers one baye mare calfe. Item I give to mye sonne William one yron bounde wayne to be delivered after the decease of my wyffe. Item I give to my sonne in lawe John Browne one gray mare calfe. Item I give to my sonne Thomas one sestone of stone condiconally that my wyffe shall have the use of it duringe her lyffe, and that the said stone shall never goe out of the name. Item I give to my sonne Nicholas one yron bounde wayne to be delivered after the decease of mye wyffe. Item I give to Thomas the sonne of Thomas Earle on heifor of a yeare oulde. Item I give to William the sonne of Nicholas Earle a beast of a yere ould. Item I give to my godsonne John the sonne of John Earle a heyffer of a yeare ould. Item I give to William the sonne of Nicholas Earle a beast of a yere ould. Item I give to William the sonne of William Douleman a heyffer of a yeare ould. Item I give unto Margaret the daughter of Robert Earle one heyffor of a yeare oulde Item I give unto Isabell the daughter of William Earle one heifer of a yeare oulde. Item I give unto John the sonne of William Douleman one beaste of a yeare oulde. Item I give to Thomas the sonne of John Earle a beast of a yeare oulde. Item I give unto Alice Dicke a beast of a yeare oulde. Item I give unto every one of my childrens children as well those named as those unnamed an ewe and a lambe. Item I give unto Thomas Lucas an ewe and a lambe. Item I give unto every one of my household servanttes a sheepe. Item I give unto every one of mye godchildren unnamed before a sheepe a piece. Item I give unto every one of the witnesses of this mye last will and testament a sheepe a piece. Item mye will is that mye sonne John shall occupie all the land belonging to Chellwoorth duringe his mothers lyffe that he hath already in possession. Item that whereas Robert Earle mye sonne doe owe unto mee eighteen poundes of currant English money my will and bequest is that said somme of xxx shalbe made and equally devided between Elizabeth my wyffe and Nicholas Earle mye sonne. And further my request unto Robart Earle my sonne is, that he will suffer Nicholas Earle his brother to redeme againe that lease that he hath taken of mee of mye lande that lyeth in Crudwell called by the name of Bawles house which was in the hands of John Bawle taking of the saide Nicholas Earle soe muche money as he paide unto mee for the same with some advantage and not to exact of him to the uttermost with extremitye. Item I give unto mye sonne Robt Earle one graye mare colte upon condicon that mye said sonne Robart doe let his brother Nicholas redeeme the lease above whearsed. Item all the rest of my goodes moveable and unmoveable as well within the house as without beinge unbequeathed I give unto Elizabeth my wyffe whome I make my whole executrix, and my will is that Elizabeth my wyffe shall have the use of mye lande duringe her lyffe the which I have fefore bequeathed unto my sonnes condiconallye that shee shall not let any lease thereof. Further my will is that yf mye saide wyffe doe marrye that then mye sonnes to have and enter into the lande forthwith. All mye will is that if it happen mye saide wyffe doe marry that then shee shall have fourtye poundes and her chamber and so to departe, and my sonnes to take and receive mye goods as well moveable as unmoveable, and my overseers to distribute if amonges all my children. Item I do appointe to see this mye will performed in the name of overseers Henry Poole of Gayton sonne and heire to Sir Gyles Poole knight to whone I give my stoned coffer, Thomas Walton esquire to whome I give an angell, John Snell esquire to whome I give an angell/

Debts due and owinge unto mee as followeth Imprimis William Gingell tenne shillings. Item Henry Cawlston tenne shillings. Item Robart Earle mye sonne eighteen poundes. Item Gyles Diwer die owe mee twentye shillings.

Debts due and owinge by mee Imprimis to mye sonne in lawe John Browne nyne poundes six shilllinges eight pence. Item to Nicholas Dickes tenne poundes. Witnesses to this will and testament those whose names are underwritten Thomas Jones curate of Crudwell The merke of William Perres the marke of George Whyte, William Dicks marke, The marke of Nicholas Whyte.



William and Isobel had the following children:


*1. Thomas, married Bridgette; died in about 1617 in Crudwell.


2. Robert, had children Robert, William, Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary, and Isobel.


3. John, had children John, Thomas, William, Margaret, Susannah, and Joane.


4. William, had children William, Thomas, Alice, Isobel, Margaret, and Isobel.


5. Gyles


6. Nicholas "of Escott"; married Margaret Dicke; had children William, John, Isobel, and Gyles; died 1595; will proven 4 October 1595.


7. Jone, married W. Pearce.


8. Agnes, married William Doulman.


9. Alice, married T. Browne.


10. Anna, married Phillip Greene.



SOURCES: Will of William Earle of Crudwell, 1585, PCC; British History Online - Crudwell; Earles of Wiltshire, S.E. Earle,

http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~desmier/genealogy/docs/Earles%20of%20Wiltshire.pdf




FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
WILLIAM  EARLE AND
MARGERY LUDLOW



William Earle was born in about 1490, the son of Robert Earle. He married Margery.


William and his wife had the following child:


*1. William, married Isobel, dien in about 1585.



SOURCES: Earles of Wiltshire, S.E. Earle.



FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
ROBERT EARLE


Robert Earle was born in about 1460 of Compton, Somerset. A history of the Earles says, "The marriage of Margaret de Sondes and John Erle (or Earle) united two streams from Sir John de Erleigh, "The White Knight", and continued the Earle stock and the Earle name in Somerset. Their second son was Robert Earle, d. 1517, of Compton, Somerset, who inherited part of his mother's patrimony and acquired lands in Crudwell, Wilts. This in the origin of the Wiltshire branch. His wife's name is not given. He left seven sons."  (Earles of Wiltshire, S.E. Earle)

Robert and his wife had the following children:


1. Robert, of Compton Sands; "Being cheated in a purchase broke his heart and died without issue". (Earles of Wiltshire)


2. Richard


3. John, "of West Crudwell; died issue".


4. Thomas, died without issue.


*5. William, "left one son, William of Escott".


6. Gyles, "of Escott in Crudwell".


7. Nicholas, "of Escott, had a son Thomas from whom another Thomas of Crudwell, who married Elizabeth".


SOURCES: Earles of Wiltshire, S.E. Earle,

http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~desmier/genealogy/docs/Earles%20of%20Wiltshire.pdf




FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
JOHN ERLE AND
MARGARET DE SONDES


John Erle was born in about 1430. He married Margaret de Sondes. Margaret was the daughter of Sir Walter Sondes, knight, and Margaret de Erleigh.

A history of the Earles family states: "Margaret de Sondes was a great-grandchild of Sir John de Erleigh, "The White Knight". So was her husband John Erle (d. 1484). They were therefore second cousins, and the lines originating with them were doubly descended from the Earle stock." (Earles of England - Somerset)


John and Margaret had the following children:


1. John, died 1508.


*2. Robert, born in about 1460 of Compton, Somerset; died 1517.



SOURCES: Earles of Wiltshire, S.E. Earle,

http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~desmier/genealogy/docs/Earles%20of%20Wiltshire.pdf



The same history of the Earles gives this ancestry:

Margaret de Erleigh (d. 1442) was the daughter and sole heir of Sir John de Erleigh, married three times - first to John St. Maur, second to Sir William Cheney, knight, and third to Sir Walter Sondes, knight.

Margaret's father, Sir John de Erleigh (d. 1442) was also a knight. He married Isabel Pavely, the daughter of Sir John Pavely.

Sir John de Erleigh's father was also Sir John de Erleigh, born in 1334; died in 1410. He was known as The White Knight. "In the fortieth year of Edward III (1367) he attended the Black Prince into Spain, and was present at the battle of Naziers and several other engagements in that kingdom, in one of which he was wounded and taken prisoner, and being put to a great ransom, was forced to sell the best part of his ancient inheritance." He married Margaret, the daughter of Sir Guy de Brien, Knight of the Garter, and had children John, Robert, Richard, Philip, and three daughters.

The White Knight's father was John de Erleigh, who died 1338 being seized of the manors of Beckington, Somerton-Erle, and several other lands in Somerset. He had married Elizabeth, and had children John, Richard, Catherine (who became the prioress of Buckland), Elizabeth, and Alice.

John de Erleigh's father was another John de Erleigh, who was in the Scottish wars in the reign of Edward I in 1281, and was Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset in 1288. He died in 1324.

John's father was Philip de Erleigh, who married first Rose, daughter of Peter de Marisco, and second, Maud, lady of the manor of Babcary. They had sons John, Peter, and Roland, and a daughter who married Richard de Acton.

Philip's father was Henry de Erleigh, who was Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset in 1228. He married first Egelina de Candos by whom he had Philip, and then Claricia, and had sons John and Bartholomew.

Henry's father was William de Erleigh, who in the first year of King John's reign paid scutage for lands in Berkshire and Somerset. He had two sons, John and Henry.

William's father was John de Erleigh who, in the sixt year of Richard I, paid scutage for his lands in Somerset and Berkshire. In the first year of King John's reign he held the manor and hundred of North Petherton at an annual rent to the King of one hundred shillings.

John's father was William de Erleigh wo held a knight's fee in capite of the King, and by his fee had a right to be his Chamberlain. William was the founder of a priory at Buckland.

The first recorded ancestor of the Earle family was William's father, John de Erlegh, who in the seventh year of King Henry II paid five marks scutage for his land in Somerset. He died in 1165, and Adela, his widow paid the same scutage. (Earles of England - Somerset)


SOURCES: Earles of England - Somerset, S.E. Earle, http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~desmier/genealogy/docs/Earles%20of%20Somerset.pdf.