"Sir William de Grandison, of Ashperton, co. Hereford, &c.,
younger brother of Otes de Grandison, was in the service of Edmund,
Earl of Lancaster. On 4 November 1288 he had letters of protection
when remaining in Wales in order to fortify the castle of Carnarvon,
and was still there 6 November 1289, taking the place of his brother,
Otes de Grandison. On 3 May 1292 he had licence to strengthen his
house of Ashperton with a wall of stone and lime and to crenellate
it. He was excepted from military service in Gascony in 1294, in which
year he appears as governor of Jersey and Guernsey for his brother.
He was summoned to Carlisle for Military Service 26 September (1298).
He was summoned to Parliament from 6 February 1298/9 to 10 October
1325, by writs directed Willelmo de Grandisono, whereby he is held
to have become LORD GRANDISON; and was present at a meeting of Parliament,
5 April 1305 at the house of his brother, Otes de Grandison, Archbishop
of York, in Westminster. He was summoned again for Military Service
and to various Councils from 7 May 1299 to 21 March 1332/3. He was
in Gascony with Edmund, Earl of Lancaster, before 1 January 1295/6,
when his lands were restored to him, seized by the Crown on an order
to take all lands, &c., of alien laymen of the power of France,
but William de Grandison was still in the King's faith. He was present
at the siege of Carlaverock in July 1300. He was summoned to the Coronation
of Edward II, 18 January 1307/8. On 23 February 1309/10 he had letters
of protection on going beyond the seas. In 1318 the Prior of the Hospital
of St. John of Jerusalem complained that William de Grandison and
Piers, his son, and Otes, brother of Piers, and others had broken
into his houses at Dartford in Kent and robbed and assaulted, to which
accusation there was a counterclaim by William de Grandison that there
had been theft of his goods there. Having been summoned for Military
Service in 1322, he did not attend the muster, and his lands were
seized; but the absence being due to severe illness, licence was given
him to remain at home for the more speedy restoration of his health,
provided that he sent at least 6 men-at-arms for the expedition. He
had letters of protection going to Ireland 16 June 1327, and on 20
September 1329 had respite of homage till Easter following, as the
King had learnt that he was so infirm and aged that he was unable
to come. He was, however, summoned, 12 July 1332, to be with the King
at Michaelmas and take passage to Ireland on the expedition there."
27 Dec 1282, Rhuddlan
Inspeximus and confirmation of a charter,
whereby Edmund the king's brother gave to William de Grandisono,
his yeoman, for good service rendered, the manors of Radel' and Menstreworth,
co. Gloucester, to be held with all appurtenances, including estovers
in the forest of Dene for the repair of granges in the said manors,
by the said William and the heirs of his body by performing the homage
and service of one knight; provided that if the said Edmund or his
heirs shall give to the said William any other land to the value of
60l. in England or France, to be held as above, or if the said William
shall die without an heir of his body, then the said manors shall
revert to the said Edmund or his heirs; but the said William and his
heirs shall not be disseised of the same manors until a reasonable
exchange has been made to them; witnesses: Sir Richard Fokerham, Sir
Thomas de Bray, Sir Lawrence de Sancto Mauro, Sir Ralph de Sancto
Mauro, knights, Hugh de Vyenna, John Russel, Roger Brabazun, clerk.
Calendar of Charter Rolls, 11 Edw. I, p. 264
24 Oct 1299, Westminster
To Hugh le Despenser, justice of the Forest this
side Trent. Order to deliver to William de Grandisono
his park of Lydyerd, which is within the bounds of the king's forest
of Bradene, together with [the issues] received thence, as the king
has pardoned him the trespass that he is said to have committed in
not repairing the hedge (hayam) of the park, which was broken
down through age, by reason of which breach the justice took the park
into the king's hand, on condition that William shall forthwith cause
the hedge to be repaired, as he is bound to do.
Calendar of Close Rolls, 27 Edw. I, pp. 281-282
4 Feb 1301, Nettleham
Partition of the lands that belonged to John
de Tregoz made, in accordance with the tenor of the king's
order, by the assent of John la Warre, kinsman and co-heir of John
Tregoz, begotten on Clarice, his eldest daughter, and by the assent
of William de Grandi Sono, who married Sibyl, the youngest
daughter and co-heiress of the said John Tregoz, before the
escheator this side Trent, 21 December, in the 29th year of the reign....
24 Feb 1301, Lincoln
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. William
de Grandi Sono has shown the king by his petition before
him and his council that whereas he is bound to the king in divers
debts at the exchequer and the king is indebted to him in a great
sum of money for recompense for his horses for the time when he was
in the king's service in Gascony, and he has besought the king to
cause allowances for the latter to be made to him in the said debts....
Calendar of Close Rolls, 29 Edw. I, pp. 429,
6 Nov 1302, Westminster
Memorandum, that after the death of Sir
John de Tregoz, tenant in chief, his lands were taken into
the king's hands and extended, and after the extents had been returned
into chancery, John la Warre, son of his eldest daughter, and Sir
William de Grauntsone, who married the other daughter, did
homage to the king for their purparties of the lands and had a writ
to Sir Walter de Gloucestre, escheator, to make division of the lands
in the presence of the heirs and parceners in accordance with the
Calendar of Close Rolls, 30 Edw. I, pp. 564-566
14 Dec 1309, Westminster
Licence, at the instance of John de Britannia, earl
of Richmond, for William de Grantson to crenellate
his dwelling house at Eton, co. Hereford.
Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edw. II, vol. 1, p.
14 Mar 1318, Westminster
Memorandum, that the king, on 1 March, at Westminster,
at the request of Sir William de Grandisono, one
of the executors of the wills of Edmund, the king's uncle, and of
Blanche, late Queen of Navarre, his wife, granted that all writs for
debt to be sued out in chancery under the executors' names should
be made without any fine being made therefor.
16 Apr 1318, Windsor
William de Grandissono and Peter his son
acknowledge that they owe to John Vivian, citizen of London, 1,000l.;
to be levied, in default of payment, of their lands and chattels in
Calendar of Close Rolls, 11 Edw. II, pp. 601,
18 Mar 1322, Blyth
To the sheriff of Gloucester. Order to restore to
William de Grandisono his lands, goods and chattels
which the sheriff took into the king's hands because he did not come
to the king according to the common summons, as the king wishes to
shew special favour to the said William, who is so infirm that he
cannot at present labour without great danger to his body....
To William de Grandisone. Licence to remain at home
for the more speedy restoration of his health, provided that he send
to the king at least six men-at-arms to stay with him in his expedition.
Calendar of Close Rolls, 15 Edw. II, p. 523
20 Sep 1329, Gloucester
To Simon de Bereford, escheator this side Trent.
Order to permit William de Grandi Sono to have respite
for his homage until Easter next, as the king has granted him this
respite because he learns upon trustworthy evidence that he is so
infirm and aged that he is unable to come to the king to do homage.
Calendar of Close Rolls, 3 Edw. III, p. 508
1 Jul 1335, Newcastle upon Tyne
[Order] to Adam de Wyleby, escheator in the counties
of Hereford, Gloucester, Worcester, Salop and Stafford, and the march
of Wales adjacent, touching the lands late of William de Grandissono.
10 Jul 1335, Arthuret
Order to Adam de Wyleby, escheator in the counties
of Gloucester, Hereford, Worcester, Salop and Stafford, and the march
of Wales adjacent, to deliver to Peter de Grandissono, son
and heir of William de Grandissono, tenant in chief, the
lands late of his said father, he having done fealty.
Calendar of Fine Rolls, 9 Edw. III, pp. 449,
Inquisition Post Mortem
676. William de Grandissono or de Grauntson
Writ, 9 July, 9 Edward III. 
Kent. Inq. 20 Jul., 9 Edw. III.
Derteforde and Cranstede. 46l. 6s.
3d. yearly rent from divers tenants, held of the king in
chief, in gavelkind, according to the custom of Kent. King Edward
I. gave to William de Grandissono and Sibyl his wife
and their heirs the aforesaid rent, in exchange for the manors of
Idenne and Ihamme, co. Sussex, to hold of the said king and his
heirs, service unknown.
Peter his son, aged 40 years and
more, is his next heir.
Writ, 1 Jul, 9 Edw. III.
Somerset. Inq. Saturday the feast of St.
Mary Magdalene, 9 Edw. III.
Burnham. Two parts of the manor, held of Richard
de Cogan, by service of a knight's fee, as of his manor of Baunton.
The said two parts are in the hands of divers tenants who hold them
for life, rendering 10l. yearly.
Heir as above.
Writ, 1 Jul 9 Edw. III. Endorsed by the
escheator that the said William did not hold any lands or tenements
in his bailiwick, except those contained in the two annexed inquisitions.
Wilts. Inq. 15 Jul., 9 Edw. III.
Norton Seydemor. The manor, held of the said William
by Roger de Bavent, 'chivaler,' as of the inheritance of Sibyl
sometime his wife, by service of two knights' fees.
Fifide. The manor, held of the said William by Roger son of the
aforesaid Roger, by service of a knight's fee and a half.
Rookle. Certain lands and tenements, held of the said William by
Hugh Poynz, by service of three knights' fees, and by rendering
to him 13s. 4d. yearly for the ward of the castle
Upton Seydemor. The manor, held of the said William by Peter de
Seydemor, by service of three and a half knights' fees, and by rendering
to him 6s. 8d. yearly for the ward of the castle
Teffonte Ewyas. Certain lands and tenements, held of the said William
by James Husee, by service of a knight's fee, and by rendering to
him 6s. 8d. yearly for the ward of the said castle.
Lydeyerd Tregoz. The manor, held for her life of the said William
by Agnes, late the wife of John de Northwode, daughter of
the said William and Sibyl, of the grant of the said William
and Sibyl, rendering to them and the heirs of the said Sibyl a rose
yearly, which fee and the reversion of the said manor the said William
held by the courtesy of England, after the death of the said Sibyl,
by reason of offspring between them, of the king by barony, as of
the barony of Ewyas which John Tregoz in his lifetime held of the
king in chief, which barony, after the death of the said John
Tregoz, descended to the said Sibyl, as
his daughter and one of his heirs, and to John
la Warre, his kinsman and other heir. He held no other lands &c.
in his demesne as of fee in the county.
Peter son of the said William and Sibyl,
aged 40 years and more, is their next heir.
Berks. Inq. 20 Jul., 9 Edw. III.
Lambourne. The manor, held for their lives of the
said William by Richard le Cleet and Alice his wife, as of the inheritance
of Sibyl, sometime his wife, by grant of the said William and Sibyl,
rendering to them and the heirs of the said Sibyl 25l.
yearly, which rent and the reversion of the said manor the said
William held by the courtesy of England, after the death of the
said Sibyl, by reason of offspring between them, of Fulke son of
Warin, by service of 1d. yearly.
He held no lands &c. in his demesne as of fee in the county.
Heir as above.
Writ, 1 Jul., 9 Edw. III.
Gloucester. Inq. 12 Jul., 9 Edw. III.
Dymmok. The manor, held of the king in chief, of
his ancient demesnes, by service of rendering 1d. yearly
Oxenhale. The manor, held of the heirs of Geoffrey de Genevyle,
by service of half a knight's fee.
Heir as above, aged 30 years at Christmas last.
Hereford. Inq. 13 Jul., 9 Edw. III.
Eton. The manor, including a foreign wood called
Lyndovere, held of the king in chief, by service of half a knight's
Asperton and Stretton. The manor, held of the earl of Lancaster,
as of his castle of Monimuwe by service of half a knight's fee.
Heir as above, aged 30 years and more at Christmas
Mandate under the privy seal to the archbishop of
Canterbury, the king's chancellor, 10 July, 9 Edward III. Whereas,
at the request of William de Mountagu, he has granted respite of homage
to Peter, son and heir of the said William de Grauntson,
until the king's return from Scotland, the king commands him by letters
under the great seal to cause the said Peter to have livery of his
lands without delay, and without any distress on account of his homage.
C. Edw. III. File 43. (4.)
E. Inrolments &c. of Inq. No. 20.