Norman DE VERDUN of Farnham Royal & Alton
(Bef 1109-Bef 1153)
Lesceline DE CLINTON
(-Aft 1155)
Sir Bertram DE VERDUN of Alton, Knt.
(Abt 1138-1192)
Sir Nicholas DE VERDUN, Knt.
(Aft 1175-1231)


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Clementia [LE BOTELER]

Sir Nicholas DE VERDUN, Knt.

  • Born: After 1175, Alton Castle, Cheadle, Staffordshire, England
  • Married:
  • Died: Shortly before 23 Oct 1231, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire, England

  Research Notes:

The Chronicle of Croxden records the death in 1199 of “Thomas de Verdun in Hibernia” and the succession of “Nicholaus frater suus”. The Red Book of the Exchequer records "Nicholaus de Verdun" holding one knight’s fee in "Lynberge et Stalburge de feodo W[illelmi] de Hom[ez]" in Lincolnshire, and three parts "in Kyrkeby" in Lancashire, in [1210/12]. The Testa de Nevill lists knights who held land from bishop of Worcester, whose assets had been confiscated by King John, dated to [1208/13]: "Nicholaus de Verdun" held "in Fekho dimidium militem de Eytropo Hasteing, et Eytropus de episcopo…in comitatu Warwic". The Testa de Nevill includes a writ of King John dated 1212 which records "Nicholaus de Verdon" holding land "in honore Lancastrie extra Limam" in Lancashire which "Roays mater eius" held. Henry III King of England granted the upbringing of "L. princeps Norwallie et Johanna uxor sua et…soror nostra Susannam filiam suam" to "Nicholao de Verdun et Clementie uxori sue" by order dated 24 Nov 1228. 1


In the 6th of John, [he] paid to the king one hundred pounds, as also a courser and palfrey, for livery of those lands in Ireland whereof his father died possessed. But in twelve years afterwards, taking part with the rebellious barons, all his lands were seized by special precepts from the crown, to the sheriffs of Warwick, Leicester, Stafford, Lincoln, Bucks, and Oxford, and placed in the custody of William de Cantilupe, during the king's pleasure. Submitting, however, to King Henry III., those lands were restored to him in the first year of that monarch, and he appears afterwards to have enjoyed the favour of the king. He died in 1231, leaving an only daughter and heiress. 2


21 Aug 1203

The King commits to Nicholas de Verdun the custody of the bridge of Drogheda … as Nicholas’ father held it. 3


21 Aug 1204

Nicholas de Verdun owes 100 marks, a war horse, and a palfrey, for having his lands in Ireland, whereof Bertram his father was seised … and for having the custody … of the lands which were acknowledged to belong to the Primate of Armagh … Nicholas de Verdun renders his account of 100 marks 3


21 Jun 1205

Acquittance to Nicholas de Verdun of a fine of 100 marks for his land in Ireland, and of 30 marks of his passage of Poitou. 3


Nicholas de Verdun … a war horse and a palfrey for having his lands, as is contained in the Roll of the 6th year of the King. 3

The prior of Kenilworth claimed that Nicholas de Verdun had allowed presentation of a parson by Richard de Camvill and Eustachia, his wife, to the church of Hethe. The right to present to this church, the prior argued, had been given to his priory. 3


Apr 1208

Nicholas de Verdun warranted the right of the abbot of Croxden to a mill in Stamford. 3



In the service of King John, Nicholas drove his brother-in-law Hugh de Lascy [married to his sister Lescelina] out of Ireland; reacquiring lands his brother Thomas had given his sister the south of Louth county. 3


Before 1213

Nicholas de Verdun promised to St. Thomas’ church, Dublin, the benefices of 2 knights’ fees in the 1st castlery he would build beyond Dundalk. 3


22 Sep 1214

King John granted a market in Lutterworth, Leicestershire to Nicholas de Verdun.


25 Jul 1215

William de Cantilupe is commanded to deliver to Nicholas de Verdun, William fitz Henry de Wotton, hostage of Nicholas [as given from William, earl of Ferrers with surety of Ranulf, earl of Chester.] 3


Before 1216

Nicholas and his mother founded the hospital of St. John, a home for 1 priest and 6 poor men. 3


Nicholas joined in the baron’s revolt against King John, the same year his mother died. 3

14 Dec 1216

Mandate to Geoffrey de Marisco, justiciary of Ireland, to cause Henry archbishop of Dublin to have the land which Nicholas de Verdin held of the fee of the archbishop in Ireland. 3


27 Jun 1217

Nicholas’ lands restored by King Henry III. 3


15 May 1218

Nicholas de Verdun for 20m. pledge taken by William de Cantilupe in Warwickshire and Leicestershire. 3


Nicholas de Verdun offered 200 marks to be quitted of the £551 of the aid of the knights of the honour of Leicester from the time of his father. 3


Feb 1219

Letters of licence for Nicholas de Verdun to go to Ireland on his affairs. 3



Nicholas de Verdon the patron of the chrurch of Bosworth. 3

Nicholas de Verdon’s suit against the abbot of Mellefont suspended until the King reached full age. 3



Nicholas de Verdon’s suit against the abbot of Mellefont suspended until the King reached full age. 3

2 Jul 1221

Plaint between Nicholas de Verdun and Adam de Naptun touching half a knight’s fee in Bernemeth. 3



Hugh Bardolf, tenant of the lay manor, with the consent of his overlord Nicholas de Verdun, granted 3 carucates in Hornton in free alms to Stanley Abbey, Wiltshire. 3



Hugh de Lacy laid waste Nicholas’ lands in north Louth, Ireland [near Dundalk] in an attempt to regain his earldom. 3


4 Sep 1225

King Henry III wrote to Roseia and her father Nicholas recommending she marry “his beloved Theobald le Botiller”, Honorary Butler of Ireland. 3


May 1226

Charter of Walter de Lascy … castles of Rathour’ and Le Nober … of the fee of Nicholas de Verdun3

30 Jun 1226

Nicholas de Verdun to have the land held by Stephen de Say, which belongs to Nicholas because Stephen held the land of him by knight service. 3


4 May 1227

The king has granted to Nicholas de Verdun that, of the 30 m. which are exacted from him by summons of the Exchequer for pledging Thomas of Erdington , he may render 100s. per annum, namely 50s. at Michaelmas and 50s. at Easter, and thus from year to year until the aforesaid 30 m. are paid to the king. Order to the barons of the Exchequer to cause it to be enrolled thus.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 11 Hen. III, 223

2 Sep 1227

Nicholas granted the market at Bretford, Warwickshire. 3


20 Mar 1228

Nicholas de Verdun claimed service rendered to the king when Geoffrey de Mariesis, then justiciary of Ireland, had Nicholas guard the marches of of Connaught while in the service of Richard de Burgh and the king’s army. 3

24 Nov 1228, Westminster

De filia Lewelini.—Rex dilecto et fideli suo Nicholao de Verdun et Clementie uxori sue, salutem. Sciatis quod nos vobis benigne concedimus quod fidelis noster et dilectus frater L. princeps Norwallie et Johanna uxor sua et dilecta soror nostra Susannam filiam suam, neptem nostram, vobis committere duxerit (sic) nutriendam, eam salvo et secure et sine omni dampno et occasione suscipiatis et penes vos retineatis. In cujus rei testimonium etc. vobis mittimus....

Calendar of Patent Rolls, Hen. III, vol. 2, p. 230


5 Mar 1229

Nicholas de Verdun, of Alton, Staffordshire, a tenant of the manor of Rath, Ireland vs. Ralph Bagot, plaintiff. 3

3 Jun 1229

The King retains Nicholas de Verdun on his service in England till the ensuing autumn. 3


30 Apr 1230

Nicholas leaving from Portsmouth with King Henry, invading Brittany in hopes of recovering Normandy. They established their camp at Nantes, and captured a small castle. 3

11 May 1230

Grant in fee to Nicholas de Verdun of a fair at his manor of Dundalk. No one is to hunt the hare in the warren without Nicholas’ licence on penalty of £10. [The next day Nicholas granted a market at Clumore in Ireland, and free warren in his desmesne lands of Ferard.] 3

  Marriage Information:

Nicholas married Clementia [DE BOTELER]. (Clementia [DE BOTELER] died after 23 Oct 1231.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy: Nicholas de Verdun.

2 A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerages of England, Ireland, and Scotland, extinct, dormant, and in abeyance..., John Burke, pp. 534-535.

3 Many Mini Biographies, Nicholas de Verdun, citing View of Legal Institutions, Lynch, 1830, p. 68; Lordship, Knighthood and Locality, Coss, 1991, p. 270; Hagger, 2001, p. 71; Colony & Frontier in Medieval Ireland, Lydon, p. 32; Colonization and Conquest of Medieval Ireland, Smith, 1999, p. 35; Biography of the Mind, Pye, 2005, p. 6; History of Drogheda, Vol. 2, D’Alton, 1844, p. 421; Victoria History – Oxford, Salzman, 1969, p. 128; Plantagenet Ancestry, Richardson, p. 35.

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