Name: Roger De Bavant
Suffix: 1st Baron De Bavant
Birth: 22 MAR 1278
Death: 23 APR 1355
Residence: Wiston, Sussex
Change Date: 24 AUG 2011
Roger de Bavent, 1st Lord Bavent was created 1st Lord Bavent [England by writ] on 8 January 1312/13. Before 1327 he forfeited his possessions, as an adherent of the Earl of Lancaster. On 17 February 1327 his possessions were restored to him. He possessed Fifield-Scudamore, Wiltshire, Cocking, Sussex, and Norton-Scudamore, Wiltshire.
In 1338 Roger Bavant, grandson of Alice [Scudamore], brought an action against Peter Scudamore to recover the manor [at Upton Scudamore]. The suit seems to have lasted for many years, and was not finally ended until 1358, when John, son of Roger Bavant, released his claim to Sir Walter Scudamore, son of Peter.
The younger Roger de Bavent died in 1355, having in 1344 granted the greater part, or perhaps all, of his possessions to the king. Cocking is not mentioned among them, Roger having already sold the manor in 1339 to Richard, Earl of Arundel. It was confirmed to the earl in 1359 by Roger's son John, who had presumably died by 1367, when Sir John de Dantesey and Joan his wife, daughter and then heir of Roger de Bavent, received 200 marks from the Earl of Arundel for quittance of their claim to the manor of Cocking.
By 1336 Sir Roger Bavant had settled the manor of Fifield Bavant, Wilts, on his son Roger and Roger's wife Hawise. In 1344 the younger Roger, then a knight, conveyed his estates to the king; Fifield was restored to him for life in 1346. Sir Roger leased the manor to Sir William de Thorpe, chief justice, whose estates, including Fifield, were confiscated in 1350. The manor may thus have been in the king's hands before Sir Roger's death in 1355.
Hawise Bavant, who had sought, using a document with a forged seal, to prove that Fifield manor had been entailed to her, gave up her claim to it in 1362. Her daughter Joan Bavant and Joan's husband Sir John Dauntsey persisted in a claim to Fifield and other manors until 1373, when they gave it up in return for a grant of Marden manor.
In 1345?6 stock, including horses, oxen, and a bull, were sent from Fifield Bavant to Wiston (Suss.), another manor held by Sir Roger Bavant.
Father: Roger De Bavant b: ABT 1280
Hawise de Montagu
- Eleanor De Bavant
- Joan Bavant
- Type: Book
Periodical: Victoria County History of Sussex