Robert DE HARLEY Baron Harley
Sir Richard DE HARLEGH, Knt.
(-Abt 1320)
(-Aft 1335)
Sir Robert DE HARLEGH, Knt.


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Sir Robert DE HARLEGH, Knt.

  • Married:
  • Died: 16 May 1349

   Orthographic variation: DE HARLEY.

  Research Notes:

Eldest son.

He fought at the Battle of Créci.

He was High Sheriff of Shropshire in 1302.

He was Lord of Harley, Willey, Kenley, etc., and had in addition to the Brampton and other estates, the manors of Ycokelton, Wentnor, Stretton, Stoney, Chelmick, one-fourth part of Brin Weston by his wife, which were derived from her kinsman Peter, Lord Corbet of Claus.


In 18 Edw. II [1325], Robert de Harley was appointed to array those forces raised in Shropshire, for the service of the King, against the French in Gascony; and was one which that King chiefly confided in, for suppressing the Knight's Templar.

In 12, 13 and 15 Edward III [1339, 1340, 1342], he was elected one of the Knights for Shropshire, in the Parliaments then held. In 12 Edw. III, the King commissioned him to march fifty archers and fifty pikemen to Ipswich, being the quota that John de Warren, Earl of Surrey... was to furnish for the King's service. And by another commission of the same date, he was appointed by the King to muster those forces, and to see that they were well clothed all in a livery, and well armed.

In 16 Edw. III [1343] by a fine levied between him and Margaret his wife, and [his brother] Philip de Harley, he settled the manors of Bramton and Bukton, with the appurtenances, after the decease of himself and Margaret his wife, on his son Brian and his heirs, with remainder to the right heirs of the said Robert and Margaret. In 18 Edw. III [1345] [their daughter] Joan, the wife of Gilbert de Lacy, by a fine then levied, settled messuages, lands and rents, in Ashton, in com. Hereford, on this Sir Robert Harley, and Margaret his wife, for their lives, remainder to Walter, son of the said Robert and Margaret, and the heirs of his body....

He died in 1349, leaving Robert, his son and heir; and had also two other sons, Brian and Walter.... and one daughter, Joan, married to Gilbert de Lacy, Lord of Frome-castle, in Herefordshire... 1 2 3


Inquisition Post Mortem

209. ROBERT DE HARLEGH, knight.

Writ, 21 May, 23 Edward III. [1349]

SALOP. Inq. made at Brugge Noth, Monday after St. John the Baptist, 23 Edward III.

Caus. A fourth part of the manor, viz. Yokelton, Schelve and Wentenore (extents given), including rents greatly reduced on account of the pestilence, held as of the inheritance of Margaret his wife, who survives; which manor held of the king in chief by service of two knights' fees.
Harlegh. The hamlet (extent given), including lands which jurors know not how to extend because of the pestilence, and rents of free men which used to be 4l yearly and are now only 10s., from the same cause, held of William la Zouche by service of 10s. yearly.
Wylyley. The hamlet (extent given), with like results from the pestilence, held of the prior of Wenlok by service of 6s. 8d. yearly.

He died 16 May last. Robert his son, aged 28 years at the feast of the Annunciation last, is his heir.

C. Edw. III. File 96. (14.) 4

  Marriage Information:

Robert married Margaret DE BRAMPTON, daughter of Sir Brian DE BROMPTON Knt. and Matilda. (Margaret DE BRAMPTON was born on 27 Oct 1293 in Brampton, Herefordshire, England and died on 24 Jun 1349.)

  Marriage Notes:

Grant to Malcolm de Harlegh, king's clerk, of the marriage of Margaret, eldest daughter and one of the heirs of Brian de Brompton, tenant in chief, to the use of Robert de Harlegh, son of Richard de Harlegh, nephew of the said Malcolm.

21 Jun 1296, Auchterarder (Ughtraghardur) 5


1 Shropshire Genealogies, Joseph Morris, (10 volumes), vol. 6 p. 2942.

2 Society of Cymmrodorion, Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, p. 1127.

3 Collins's peerage of England; genealogical, biographical, and historical, Arthur Collins, Sir Egerton Brydges, pp. 48-49.

4 Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, Vol. IX, Edward III, p. 186.

5 Calendar of Patent Rolls, 24 Edw. I, p. 191.

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