Ralph AVENEL of Bicknor, Knt.
William AVENEL of Bicknor, Knt.
Douce aka Cecily AVENEL


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John DE MUSCEGROS of Charlton Musgrove, Knt.

Douce, known as Cecily AVENEL 1 2

  • Married:
  • Died: Shortly before 10 Aug 1301

  Research Notes:

William Avenel's daughter and heir Douce became the ward of Robert de Mucegros in 1236 and evidently took the name Cecily and married Robert's son John. (d. 1275). Bicknor manor, part of Cecily's inheritance, may have been held in the later 1270s by her son Robert de Mucegros (d. 1280) and at her death c. 1301 it passed to Robert's daughter. Hawise, wife of John de Ferrers (d. c. 1312) of Chartley (Staffs.). 3


After 18 Mar 1238

The king has given respite to John de Plessetis, until Michaelmas in the twenty-second year, from the 20 marks by which he made fine for having the custody of the land and heiress of William Avenel.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 22 Hen. III., 16


Inquisition Post Mortem


Writ, 10 Aug. 29 Edw. I. [1301]

GLOUCESTER. Inq. made at Gloucester, 14 Sept. 29 Edw. I.

Longeford. The manor (extent given) held of Nicholas son of Ralph by service of | knight's fee.

Hawis daughter of Robert de Muchegros, her grand daughter (neptis), aged 26, is her next heir.

GLOUCESTER. Inq. made at Teinton, 15 Sept. 29 Edw. I.

Teinton. The manor (full extent given) held of Master William de Boys by service of a knight's fee.

Hawis daughter of Robert de Muchegros, aged 25, is her next heir.

GLOUCESTER. Inq. made at Teinton, 29 Sept. 29 Edw. I.

Bikenor. The manor (extent given), including a fishery called 'La Waye,' held of the king in chief by service of 15s. yearly, to be paid at Newenham to the king's bailiffs of St. Briavel, and by serjeanty of keeping a certain wood in the forest of Dene by one man with bow and arrows.

Grenewey. An assart containing 20a. held of the king by service of 6s. 8d. yearly at the exchequer ; and another assart containing 5a. held of the king by service of 20d. yearly.

Heir as first above, the wife of John de Ferrariis.

Worcester. Inq. made at Evesham, 19 Sept. 29 Edw. I.

Bratforton. 9 virgates and half a quarter of a virgate of land held of the abbot of Evesham by service of finding him an esquire in time of war.

Hawis daughter of Robert de Muchegros, aged 25, is her next heir.

G.Edw.I. File 99. (21.)

  Marriage Information:

Cecily married John DE MUSCEGROS, son of Robert DE MUSCEGROS of Charlton Musgrove, Knt. and Helewise MALET. (John DE MUSCEGROS was born on 10 Aug 1232 in Charlton Musgrove, Wincanton, Somerset, England and died on 8 May 1275.)


1 The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215: The Barons Named in the Magna Charta, 1215..., Frederick Lewis Weis, William Ryland Beall, 1999, Line 57, no. 3.

2 Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, 2011, Douglas Richardson, p. 219.

3 BHO | BRITISH HISTORY ON LINE. English Bicknor, from A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 5, Bledisloe Hundred, St. Briavels Hundred, the Forest of Dean. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1996, pp. 101-117.

4 Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem and other analogous documents, preserved in the Public Record Office, Vol. IV, Edward I, pp. 8-9.

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