20TH GENERATION


706544. William (4) FORTESCUE was born about 1345 in "of" Wimpstone, Devon, England. He died in living 1410. See note under wife ELIZABETH BEAUCHAMP 17th ggf of Gordon Fisher

He [William] was succeeded by his son William who had married, during his father's lifetime, Elizabeth Beauchamp daughter of Sir John Beauchamp of Ryme in Dorsetshire, great-grandon of Robert de Bello Campo or Beachamp Baron of Hatch in Somerset. She afterwards became a co-heiress with her sister Joan, wife of Sir Robert Chalons, to her brother Thomas Beauchamp of Ryme, who died without issue. (P) She was the widow, without children, of Richard Branscomb. There was an assignment of dower dated the Tuesday after the Feast of St. Martin, 18 Richard II., A.D. 1394, by John Martyn, probably a trustee, to William Fortescue, the younger, and Elizabeth his wife, over all the lands in Over-Aller which were the property of the aforesaid Richard Branscomb. This assignment was sealed with the Fortescue arms, with a crescent for difference. (P) In the year 1406, being the eighth year of King Henry IV., William Fortescue and Elizabeth his wife left their manor of Estecot, "juxta Otery beatae Mariae," to John Asshe and his wife for their lives. (P) I find in Hutchins' History of Dorsetchire the following particulars of the inheritance of Elizabeth and Joan Beachamp:--- "Ryme Intrinseca.--- This little Vill is situated on the borders of the co. of Somerset. It was the seat of Sir Humphrey Beauchamp, second son of Robert de Bello Campo, Baron of Hatch in Somersetshire, whose son Sir John, by the duaghter and heir of Sir Roger Novant, had issue Sir John Beachamp of Ryme, father of Thomas, who died issueless, leaving for his heirs his sisters, wedded to Sir Robert Chalons and John (William) Fortescue. The Fortescues do not seem to have possessed this manor long. William Fortescue was Lord of Wimpstone, in Devon." (P) The children by this marriage were two sons, William and John. (P) The family estates appear by this time to have grown to a considerable extent, increased from time to time by several marriages with heiresses. From the foregoing account of grants and portions it may be gathered that this William of Wympston, or Wimstone, possessed, besides that estate, lands in Holberton, Stechleigh, Forsan, Cokesland, Broke, Donstan, Tamerton, Smytheston, Wimpell, Thurveton, and Estecot, all of them, I believe, in South Devon; besides the manor of Ryme in Dorset, inherited from the Beauchamps. Upon his death the first offset from the main trunk of the tree of descent occurs; the eldest son William succeeding at Wimstone, and, as we shall presently see, becoming the origin of several branches of Fortescues; while the second son, John, although he inherited but a small portion of the paterna, estates was, through his three sons, the source whence at least as many considerable houses sprang."
--- Thomas (Fortescue) Lord Clermont, *A History of the Family of Fortescue in All Its Branches, Second Edition, London (Ellis and White) 1880, p 5-6

706545. Elizabeth BEAUCHAMP was born before 1349 in "of" Ryme, Dorset, England. She died in living 1410. 17th ggm of Gordon Fisher

"ELIZABETH BEAUCHAMP, dau. & event. coh., b. by 1349, liv. 1410, Whympston in psh. of Modbury, co. Devon; m. (1) Richard, s. Adam de Branscombe; m. (2) by 1394, prob. much earlier, William Fortescue, lord of Whympston, co. Devon, b. say 1345, liv. 1410, s. William Fortescue, lord of Whympston, co. Devon, by Alice, dau. Walter de Strechlegh. In 1401, William and Elizabeth sued her sister Joan's husband, Sir Robert Challons, re. tenements in Oulescombe and Buckerell, co. Devon, which had been possessed by Elizabeth's brother, Sir Thomas Beauchamp. In 1410, license for an oratory was granted by Bishop Stafford to William Fortescue, senior, and Elizabeth, his wife, and also to William Fortescue, junior, and Matilda, alias Mabilla, his wife, for the mansion of the said William (senior) at Whympston."
--- Weis & Sheppard, *Ancestral Roots ... *, 7th Edition, 1992, p 215 Children were:

child353272 i. William (5) FORTESCUE.
child ii. John (2) FORTESCUE Sir was born in "of" Shepham and Norreis, England. He died in living 1420. Governor of Meaux in 1420

"SIR JOHN FORTESCUE. A valiant and fortunate commander under King Henry the Fifth in the French wars, by whom he was made governor of Meaux. [fl. 1394-1421]."
--- Thomas Fuller, *The Worthies of England* (1662), edited & abridged by John Freeman, London, 1952, p 127. Editor's footnote: "Father of Sir Henry and Sir John, chief justices."

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