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Sir Thomas Grenville, Kt.

Also Known As: "Greenville", "of Stowe", "Granville", "Grenfield"
Birthplace: Stowe, Cornwall, England (United Kingdom)
Death: circa 1483 (44-61)
Stowe, Cornwall, England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Granville, Kt.; Philippa Almescombe and Phillipa Bonville
Husband of Anne Grenville and Elizabeth Grenville (Gorges)
Father of Sir Thomas Grenville, Kt.; John Grenville and Sir Roger Greenville
Brother of Margaret Thorne and Ellen Yeo

Occupation: Lord of Bideford, Sheriff of Gloucester, Sheriff of Cornwall
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Sir Thomas Grenville, Kt.

Primary Sources

7 Sept. 1447, Radeway; to the curate of the parish church of Atheryngton, for the marriage of Thomas Greynvyle and Ann daughter of Philip Courtenay knight, in a chapel within the said parish, provided that there be no canonical impediment, and saving the rights of the mother church of Atheryngton.

Source: Dunstan, G.R. ed. The Register of Edmund Lacy, Bishop of Exeter, 1420-1455: Registrum Commune, vol. 2. (Torquay: Devon and Cornwall Record Society new series vol. 7, 1963):394. LINK (paid sub.)

In 1449, he is styled Thomas Greynvyle, son and heir of William Greynvile, Esq.; and with Anne his wife, grants to Richard Assherigge a tenement in Bydeford, doing suit to their courts. Dated at Bydeford, Tuesday after St. Bartholomew's Day, 27 Hen. VI [26 August 1449].

Several IPMs confirm the Grenvilles held the manor of Bideford of the honour of Gloucester by knight service (military tenure), for which the age of majority was 21. Suit of court was the duty to attend and make judgments at the manor court. This duty was attached to particular holdings of land.

In 1453, Thomas Grenville and Elizabeth his wife, grant to John Rede, all that his land in Bideford, which John Bishop and others held, by grant of William Hankford, knight, John Hankeford, Richard Geynvyle, William Freye, and Richard Conyan, parson of the church of Lytheham. Dated at Bydeford, Sunday before the Conversion of St Paul, 31 Hen. VI [21 January 1453].


Sir Thomas GRENVILE, Lord of Bideford

Born: Jacobstow, Cornwall Married (1): 7 Sep 1445, Umberleigh, Atherington, Devon, England
Married (2): By 21 Jan 1452/3 Died: 1483

Orthographic variations: GRENVILLE, GRANVILLE

General Notes: Relationship to Compiler: 16 x great-grandfather

Research Notes: High sheriff of Cornwall, 21 Edw. IV [1481/2] Sir Thomas and his second wife grant to Richard Rede all that his land in Bideford, which John Bishop and others held by grant of William Hankeford, Kt., John Hankeford, Richard Greyneville, William Freye, and Richard Covyan, parson of the church of Lytheham. The deed is dated at Bideford the Sunday before the Conversion of St. Paul, 31st Henry VI." (1460) "He married first, Anne, daughter of Sir Philip Courtenay (the second of that name), of Powderham, Knight, their marriage being celebrated in he Umberleigh Chapel in Atherington Parish, by the licence of Edmund Lacy, Bishop of Exeter, 7th September, 1447. By her he had no issue. He married secondly, Elizabeth, sister to Sir Theobald Gorges, Kt., and dying 1st Richard III, left issue, two sons, viz., Thomas, who succeeded him, and John, a Priest, who was instituted, sede vacante, to the living of Bideford by Archbishop Warham, 21st May 1504, and died in 1509."

Marriage Information: Thomas married Anne COURTENAY, daughter of Sir Philip COURTENAY of Powderham, Earl of Devon, and Elizabeth HUNGERFORD, on 7 Sep 1445 in Umberleigh, Atherington, Devon, England.

Marriage Information: Thomas married Elizabeth GORGES, daughter of Sir Theobald GORGES, Knt. and Jane HANKFORD, by 21 Jan 1452/3. (Elizabeth GORGES died about 1470.) Sources: "The History of the Granville Family," by Roger Granville, pp. 57-58; The Visitations of the County of Cornwall - with additions by Lt.-Col. John Lambrick Vivian, Grenvile or Granville of Stowe, p. 190; A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, Enjoying Territorial Possessions Or High Official Rank: But Uninvested with Heritable Honours, Volume 3, p. 4

Sir Thomas I Grenville (1430-1483)

Sir Thomas I Grenville (1430-1483) (son), the first member of the family to modernise his surname by omitting the particule "de". He served as Sheriff of Gloucester in 1480 and Sheriff of Cornwall in 1483.[37] He married twice, firstly in 1447 in the Basset family 's Umberleigh Chapel to Anne Courtenay, a daughter of Sir Philip II Courtenay (1404-1463) of Powderham , by his wife Elizabeth Hungerford, daughter of Walter Hungerford, 1st Baron Hungerford (died 1449). One of her brothers was Peter Courtenay (died 1492) Bishop of Exeter .[38] The marriage was childless. He married secondly to Elizabeth Gorges, a sister of Sir Theobald Gorges.His younger son Rev. John Grenville (died 1509) was Rector of Bideford from 1504.

Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L. & Drake, Henry H., (Eds.), The Visitation of the County of Cornwall in the Year 1620. London, 1874, p.84 pedigree of Grenville

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Sir Thomas Grenville, Kt.'s Timeline

Stowe, Cornwall, England (United Kingdom)
Stow, Cornwall, England (United Kingdom)
Devon, England
Age 53
Stowe, Cornwall, England (United Kingdom)
February 10, 1967
Age 53
March 22, 1967
Age 53
May 17, 1968
Age 53