Sir Richard DE HARLEGH Knt.
(-Abt 1320)
(-After 1335)
Sir Brian DE BROMPTON, Knt.
(Est 1265-1294)
Sir Robert DE HARLEGH, Knt.
Robert DE HARLEY "the Simple"
(1321-Bef 1375)


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Johanna CORBET

Robert DE HARLEY "the Simple"

  • Born: 25 Mar 1321, Shropshire, England
  • Married: 1356 1
  • Died: Bef 23 May 1375

  Research Notes:

Son and heir, named in the Inquisition Post Mortems taken on the deaths of his parents (refer), then aged "28 years at the Feast of Annunciation last".


Eldest son, styled Fatuus (or the Simple) in the genealogy and records. In 28 Edw. III [1354], Hugh de Parrok and Richard More, by deed, dated at Harley, grant to Robert Harley and Joan his wife, the manors of Harley, Gretingdon, Kenle, Cherlecote, Bolde, Yokelton, Stretton, Shelve, Wentenere, and the fourth part of the forest of Caus, which they had by the feoffment of the said Robert. In 35 Edw. III [1361], by the name of Robert, son and heir of Margaret, wife of Robert de Harley, he gave 25 marks to the King for his relief for the fourth part of the barony of Caus. In 37 Edw. III [1363], by a final agreement between Hugh Parok, plaintiff, and Robert de Harley and Joan his wife, deforcients, a settlement was made of the manors of Harley, Gretington, and Wylelve (as then wrote), on him and the said Joan his wife, and the heirs of their bodies, with remainder to the right heirs of the said Joan....

In 39 Edw. III [1365], he granted to John Delves, Chevalier, a Knight's fee, and seven shillings rent, with the appurtenances, in Deryngton, and his heirs, in the said town....

In 38 Edw. III [1374], it is set forth, that Robert de Harley, cousin of Malcolm de Harley, held the moiety of the manor of Ashdon, with the appurtenances, of the heir of Robert de Mortimer, late Earl of March, the King's ward, by the service of a moiety of one Knight's fee. But not long after he departed this life, as is evident from a final agreement in 50 Edw. III [1376] between Joan, widow of the said Robert de Harley, plaintiff, and Peter de Cornewall, deforcient, whereby the said Peter grants the reversion of the manor of Cherlecote, together [with other manors] and the fourth part of the forest of Caus... to the said Joan, and her heirs. 2


A lease was made in 44 Edward III by Peter de Cornewall and Joan de Harley of a messuage and lands at Gretton, reserving a rent of the chief lord, Robert de Harley, for whom they appear to have acted.

He died soon after 48 Edward III (1374), as by deed dated 1375 Peter de Cornewall resigned his charge over the estates of Harley, Willey, etc., to Joan "late wife of Robert de Harley". 3

  Marriage Information:

Robert married Johanna CORBET in 1356 1. (Johanna CORBET died after 1412.)


1 The Visitations of Shropshire in the Year 1623, Lacon, p. 305.

2 Shropshire Genealogies, Joseph Morris, (10 volumes), vol. 6 p. 2944.

3 Collins's peerage of England; genealogical, biographical, and historical, Arthur Collins, Sir Egerton Brydges, pp. 50-51.

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