(-Aft 1312)
Sir Nicholas DE CHARNELS
(Abt 1290-Aft 1356)
Sir Thomas CHARNELS of Elmesthorpe
(-By 1366)


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Maud (Matilda) GERNET

Sir Thomas CHARNELS of Elmesthorpe, Knt.

  • Married:
  • Died: Between 1361 and 1366

  General Notes:

Compiler's 18/20 x great-grandfather

  Research Notes:

In 1343/6, Thomas Charneles represented Leicester in Parliament.


Essex Feet of Fines (1345)

732. Eas. John Darcy le fitz, 'chivaler,' plaintiff. Henry Gernet, 'chivaler,' and Joan his wife, defendant. 250 acres of land, 30 acres of pasture and 13s. 4d. rent in Alvythele and Reynham and two parts of the manor of Wenyngton. Defendant to hold for their lives of the chief lords, with successive remainders to Thomas de Charnels, 'chivaler,' and Maud his wife and the heirs of her body, Margaret sister of Maud and the heirs of her body, and the right heirs of Henry.

Feet of Fines for Essex, Volume III, Parts 1-9 (1327-1422), p. 76


8 June 1347, by Calais

[Pardon on the] testimony by Henry earl of Lancaster, to Thomas de Charneles, knight, indicted of having while the king was on this side the seas for the saving of his realm, within the verge of the household of his son Lionel, the keeper of England, with others attacked the manor of Beaumes by Redyng, at night, abducted the said Margery, killed the said Michael, Thomas le Clerc of Shipton and others, and carried away goods to the value of 1,000l. as well as of having assaulted divers men there.

Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edw. III, vol. 7, pp. 384, 543


In 1350, Sir Thomas Charnels, Knt. released to Ralph Lord Stafford all his interest in the manor of Rokeby, Leicestershire.

The History of the Town and School of Rugby, 1826, p. 18.


1 Jun 1350, Westminster

Thomas Charnels, knight, acknowledges that he owes to John de Staunton, knight, 40 marks; to be levied, in default of payment, of the lands and chattels in co. Essex.

Calendar of Close Rolls, 24 Edw. III, p. 226


20 June 1351. Westminster .

Letters of protection with clause volumus granted for one year to Thomas Charnels who with John Charnels is send for the king's service in the parts of Gascony.

By testimony of the same John [Charnels]

Gascon Roll for the 25st year of the reign of Edward III in England, and his 12th in France.


22 Mar 1352

Grant from Sir Thomas Charnels to Arnald, rector of Wennington, of a toft in Wennington, abutting on grantor's land, land of John Crips and the road to Claterford.
Warranty clause.

Witnesses: Thomas le Yonge; William Udenne; John Crips, clerk; William Chaumberleyn; Robert Kempe; John Goldhord; John Shellying.

Essex Archive Office, D/DL T1/158


c. 1352 - c. 1363

Petitioners: Thomas Charnels, knight.
Addressees: King.
Nature of request: Charnels requests that he might be granted protection for the time that he is in the king's service in the company of de la Vach.
Nature of endorsement: [On face].The bill of Richard de la Vache.[On dorse, none].
People mentioned: Richard de la Vach (Vache).
Note: The petition is dated to c. 1352-c. 1363 on the basis that both the petitioner and Vach were active and going overseas in this period (CPR 1350-4, p.240; CPR 1361-4, pp.35, 433). Vach was active in royal service and traveled abroad as early as 1352, but no evidence seems to place the petitioner with him at any time, though Charnels went to Ireland in June 1361.

UK National Archives, Reference SC 8/175/8722


30 Jun 1361, Westminster

Thomas Charnels, 'chivaler,' going to Ireland, has letters nominating John de Verdon of Draycote, 'chivaler,' and Philip Purefey as his attorneys to gain &c. in all courts and to present in his name to all churches in his presentation falling void; for one year.
William de Haukesworth, clerk, received the attorneys.

Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edw. III, vol. 12, p. 35

  Marriage Information:

Thomas married Maud (Matilda) GERNET, daughter of Sir Henry GERNET of Wennington and Joan. (Maud GERNET was born about 1331 in Wennington, Essex, England.)

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