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1. John DE FIENNES of Abbot's Waltham



  • Born: Wolfe, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Married:
  • Died: Shortly before 28 Aug 1338

  Research Notes:

  • 2 Jun 1294, Westminster

[To Malcolm de Harlegh, escheator this side Trent.] Order to cause John de Fyenles and Joan his wife, daughter and heiress of Jordan le Forester, to have seisin of the lands that Jordan held at his death of the king in chief, as the king has taken John's fealty and rendered the lands to them.
Because Joan has proved her age before the king, as appears by an inquisition made concerning her age remaining on the files.

Calendar of Close Rolls, 22 Edw. I, p. 348


  • 24 Jul 1330, Woodstock

Joan de Fienles acknowledges that she owes to Nicholas de la Beche, knight, 100l.; to be levied, in default of payment, of her lands and chattels in co. Berks.

Calendar of Close Rolls, 4 Edw. III, p. 148


  • 26 Oct 1331, Odiham

Nicholas de la Beche puts in his place Theobald Poleyn to prosecute the execution of a recognisance for 100l. made to him in chancery by Joan de Fenles.

Calendar of Close Rolls, 5 Edw. III, p. 392


Joan held Ascot and Lyneham in dower and after her death in 1338 her second husband Sir Adam de Shareshull continued as tenant. Adam outlived Joan's son, John de Fiennes (d. 1351), lord of Herstmonceux (Suss.), and John's son William (d. 1359). 1


Feet of Fines

CP 25/1/190/18, number 13

County: Oxfordshire.
Place: York.
Date: One week from St Michael, 10 Edward III [6 October 1336].
Parties: Adam de Shareshull' and Joan, his wife, querents, and John de Shareshull', the parson of the church of Wyrardesbury, and John le Moigne, deforciants.
Property: The manors of Lynham and Estcote by Chalgraue.
Action: Plea of covenant.
Agreement: Adam and Joan have acknowledged the manors to be the right of John de Shareshull', as those which the same John and John le Moigne have of their gift.
For this: John de Shareshull' and John le Moigne have granted to Adam and Joan the manors and have rendered them to them in the court, to hold to Adam and Joan and the heirs of Joan, of the chief lords for ever.
Note: [Endorsed: John de Fyenles puts in his claim.]


Inquisition Post Mortem

154. Joan, late the wife of John de Fienles or de Fyenles.

Writ, 28 August, 12 Edward III. [1338] Teste, Edward duke of Cornwall &c.

Berks. Inq. taken at Erle by Radyng, 28 September, 12 Edward III.

La Tuychene. The bailiwick of being forester of the fee of the bailiwick of La Tuychene in the forest of Wyndesore, held at fee farm, rendering at the king’s castle of Wyndesore 10s. yearly.
She held no other lands &c. in the county.
John de Fyenles, her son, aged 36 years and more, is her next heir.

Oxford. Inq. made at Oxford, 10 September, 12 Edward III.

Lynham and Ascote. A messuage and two carucates of land in Lynham, and a messuage and two carucates of land in Ascote, held jointly with Adam de Shareshulle, her husband, who still survives, which the said Adam and Joan had of the enfeoffment of John de Shareshulle and John le Moyne, by fine levied in the king’s court, to hold to them and the heirs of the said Joan. The said messuage and land in Lynham are held of the countess of Lincoln, by service of a moiety of a knight’s fee; and those in Ascote are held of the bishop of Lincoln by service of a knight’s fee.
Heir as above, aged 32 years and more.

C. Edw. III. File 53. (3.) 2

  Marriage Information:

Joan married John DE FIENNES of Abbot's Waltham, son of Sir Giles DE FIENNES and Sibyl FILIOL. (John DE FIENNES was born in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England and died in 1331.)


1 British History Online, Parishes: Great Milton, citing A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 7, Dorchester and Thame Hundreds.

2 Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, Vol. VIII, Edward III, p. 98.

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