John FITZ ALAN, 6th Earl of Arundel
Matilda (Maud) DE VERDUN, Countess Arundel
(Abt 1225-1283)
Roger IV DE MORTIMER, Lord of Wigmore
(Abt 1231-1282)
Matilda (Maud) DE BRAOSE
John FITZALAN, Lord of Clun, 7th Earl of Arundel
(1247-Aft 1300)


Family Links

1. Sir Philip BURNELL Baron of Holgate

2. Robert VI DE BRUS, Earl of Carrick, Lord of Annandale

Matilda (Maud) FITZ ALAN

  • Born: Arundel, Sussex, England
  • Married (1): Bef 15 Jul 1283
  • Married (2): 19 Sep 1295
  • Married (3): Before 19 Jun 1316
  • Died: Before 17 Nov 1326

  Research Notes:

The licence for “Matilda late the wife of Philip Burnel tenant in chief” to marry “Robert de Brus lord of Annandale” is dated 19 Sep 1295. An order dated 13 Oct 1296 relates to a claim by "Robert de Brus earl of Carrick and lord of Annandale and Matill[idis] his wife in a plea of dower".

“Matilda formerly the wife of Philip Burnel” sued “Ralph Springehose” and others for land in Wolverhampton and 26 named tenants in Wolverhampton for a third of their holdings “in that vill as her dower” dated [6 May/1 Jun] 1299. Her third marriage is confirmed by an agreement dated “Saturday before Midsummer 8 Edw II” between “Hugh le Despenser and John de Haudlo” and “Simon Criketot” relating to covenants between Hugh and John and “Dame Maud Burnell now wife of the said Simon” on the marriage of “the said John and Dame Maud Lovel daughter of the said Dame Maud Burnel”. “John de Handlo [Haudlo] and Maud his wife” petitioned for lands, dated to [1330], stating that “Philip Burnel, father of Maud de Handlo, and Maud his wife” were seised of tenements “given in free marriage by Richard Fitz Alan Earl of Arundel, Maud’s brother”, after the death of Maud senior. 1


Maud had the manors of Cound, Frodesley, and Kenley, Shropshire as her maritagium.

Her second marriage to Robert de Brus ended in divorce in 1299, at which time Maud "formerly the wife of Philip Burnel" sued regarding her right to dower in a messuage in Gunton, Norfolk, without any reference to Robert de Brus as her spouse. At the same time she likewise sued Ralph Springehose for a third of a messuage, lands and £10 of rent in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, and various other tenants in Wolverhampton for a third of their holdings as her dower. In 1302, as "Maud widow of Philip Burnel," she petitioned the king and council in England regarding socages and burgages held in various counties by her late husband, Philip Burnell. In 1309 Henry son of Henry de Erdington sued Maud widow of Philip Burnell for a third part of the manor of Wellington, Shropshire, and Maud's son, Edward Burnell, for two parts of the same manor. She presented to the church of Sparkford, Somerset in 1310, and to the church of Great Cheverell, Wiltshire in 1314 and in 1315.

Maud was living 19 Jun 1316, but died shortly before 17 Nov. 1326 (death date of her nephew, Edmund, Earl of Arundel), as indicated by a petition to the king and council dated c.1330 submitted by her daughter and son-in-law, Maud and John de Haudlo. 2


In her husband's Inq. p.m. taken 3 July 1294...

"Writ to Malcolm de Harlegh, escheator, to cause her dower to be assigned to Maud, late the wife of the said Philip, of the knight's fees and advowsons which were his, and send the same to be enrolled in the chancery.."

In 1302, Maud Burnel, the widow of Philip Burnel, petitioned the king and council for remedy as her late husband held socages and burgages in various counties when he died, and she ought to have them for the upbringing of Edward, Philip's son, who is under age, but the king has retained the properties. 3

Before 25 Jul 1315, Maud had made agreements with John de Haudlo and Hugh le Despenser the elder in exchange for 4000 marks about her daughter’s marriage to John de Haudlo.

  Marriage Information:

Matilda married Sir Philip BURNELL, Baron of Holgate, son of Sir Hugh BURNELL of Acton Burnell, Knt. and Sibyl, before 15 Jul 1283. (Philip BURNELL was born on 27 Nov 1268 in Acton Burnell, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England and died on 26 Jun 1294.)

  Marriage Notes:

Richard son of Alan, son and heir of John son of Alan, some time lord of Cloune and Oswestry (Blancmoster) acknowledges that he is bound to R. bishop of Bath and Wells in 2,000 marks, for the marriage of Philip Burnell, the bishop's nephew, which Richard brought from him for the use of Matilda, his sister; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels...

Calendar of Close Rolls, 11 Edw. I, p. 23

  Marriage Information:

Matilda also married Sir Robert VI DE BRUS, Earl of Carrick, Lord of Annandale, son of Robert V DE BRUS, Lord of Annandale, and Isabel DE CLARE, on 19 Sep 1295. The marriage ended in divorce between 6 May 1299 and 1 Jun 1299. (Sir Robert DE BRUS Earl of Carrick, Lord of Annandale was born in Jul 1243 and died before 4 Apr 1304.)

  Marriage Notes:

date of marriage licence

  Marriage Information:

Matilda also married Simon DE CRIKETOT before 19 Jun 1316. (Simon DE CRIKETOT died after 7 Mar 1320.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Matilda.

2 Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, 2011, Douglas Richardson, pp. 436-7.

3 UKNA, ref. SC 8/313/E63.

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