Sir John "le Botiller" de Verdun

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About Sir John "le Botiller" de Verdun



JOHN DE VERDUN, Knight, of Alton, Staffordshire, Farnham, Buckinghamshire, Bittesby, Lutterworth, and Newbold Verdon, Leicestershire, Brandon and Bretford (both in Wolston) and Flecknoe (in Wolfhamcote), Warwickshire, Wilsford, Wiltshire,[1] Cotesbach, Leicstershire, Hethe, Oxfordshire, etc., Keeper of Odiham Castle, justice itinerant for Shropshire, Staffordshire, etc.[2] In right of his first wife, he was hereditary Constable of Ireland,[1] and was of Weobley and Ewyas Lacy, Herefordshire and Ludlow, Shropshire.[2] John was the younger son of Thebaud (or Tebaud) le Boteler (or Butler) of Arklow, co. Wicklow, Ireland, by his second wife, Rohese, daughter and heiress of Nicholas de Verdun, and was born about 1226,[2] taking his mother's surname.[1]

John married first before 20 Apr 1242 to Margery de Lacy (or Lascy), elder daughter of Gilbert de Lacy of Ewyas Lacy, Herefordshire, and Isabel le Bigod, daughter of Hugh le Bigod, Earl of Norfolk,[1][2] and they had the following children:

  1. Nicholas;[1][2]
  2. John;[1][2]
  3. Thebaud (or Tebaud), Knight, 1st Lord Verdun,[2] born 1248, married Margery de Bohun;[1]
  4. Thomas.[1][2]

Margery died in 1256 and John married second, before 1267, to Eleanor de Bohun,[1] daughter of Humphrey de Bohun, Knight, Earl of Hereford, and Maud of Eu.[2] They they had the following children:

  1. Humphrey, clerk;[1]
  2. Maud, wife of John de Grey, Knight, 2nd Lord Grey of Wilton, married before 1275/6.[1]

In May 1248 John was granted protection to go to Ireland, which he visited many times during his life. During the conflict between Simon de Montfort and the Crown, he followed the King. John was on the crusade with Lord Edward in Sicily 15 Jan 1270/1 and also established the Franciscan Priory at Dundalk, co. Louth.[1][2]

John died testate shortly before 17 Oct 1274,[1] allegedly being poisoned.[2] The Inquisition Post Mortem of John de Verdun by Writ of 17 Oct 1274 (2 Edw. I) found that John de Verdun died on Sunday after St. Luke, in the said year and that Sir Theobald de Verdun, Knight, aged 22 and more was his heir.[3]

Research Notes
MCA4 citations checked against hard copy of book, all others checked 19:11, 21 August 2019 (UTC) He may have also been Lord of Westmeath.[citation needed]


  • Cites
  • Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd Ed., Vol. IV, p. 249-250, VERDUN 4.
  • Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd Ed., Vol. IV, p. 340-341, WILTON 3.
  • “Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward I, File 7," in Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 2, Edward I, ed. J E E S Sharp (London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1906), 58-65. Accessed online May 26, 2017 at British History Online.
  • Richardson, Douglas, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2005, p. 889.
  • Richardson, Douglas, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd edition, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2011), Vol. IV, p. 365, WOODWARD [MCP link to Gateway Ancestors Sarah and Frances Woodward]
  • Richardson, Douglas, Royal Ancestry, 2013, Vol. V, p. 242-243, 367-368.
  • Cokayne, George Edward. The Complete Peerage or A History of the House of Lords and all its Members from the Earliest Times, Vol. XXII, Part II, London: St. Catherine Press, 1959. Accessed online at, pages 246-8.
  • Sir John de Verdun entry in Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors and Cousins (website, compiled by Marlyn Lewis, Portland, OR), accessed 11/15/18.

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Sir John "le Botiller" de Verdun's Timeline

Alton, Staffordshire, England
Arklow, County Wicklow, Leinster, Ireland
Drayton, Staffordshire, England (United Kingdom)
October 21, 1274
Age 51