Thomas Mauduit I1,2,3,4

M, b. 1183, d. before 10 June 1244
FatherRobert Mauduit d. 1191
MotherAgnes de la Mare d. 1199
Seal of Thomas Mauduit - Courtesy of David Pollard
     Thomas was born in 1183 in Wiltshire, England, at the Manor of Warminister.5 His father, Robert, died in 1191 and a wardship was granted for Thomas to Robert de Tregoze and then to Hugh de Bosco. His mother died in 1199, leaving him an orphan, but an inheritence which included a large landed estate part of which was Castle Holgate .He and another knight, Roger fitz Adam, accompanied King John [1199-1216] in his attack on Ireland in June of 1210. In May of 1214, he again was with King John in his unsuccessful attack on France to reclaim his land including the province of Poitou. In the revolt of the Barons, in 1216, which resulted in King John signing the Magna Carta, Thomas had joined the barons. In retaliation, King John granted Castle Holgate in Shropshire to Hugh de Mortimer as well as some of his other properties. After the assention of Henry III, Thomas reaffirmed his allegiance to King Henry, and his possessions were reinstated in both Shopshire & Hampshire. In 1222, he was granted the honor of having a weekly market at Castle Holgate until the King came of age [1228], and in 1230 went again to France this time with King Henry in another unsuccessful attempt to reclaim lost lands. He was granted free warren of his manor of Warminster in 1232. In 1236, Thomas was given two separate assessments for his “aid in the marriage of the King's sister” and at this time was described as being of Castle Holgate.6,7,8 Thomas married Agnes (?) circa 1218.9 In 1242, King Henry III made another attempt to restore the lost lands from France by staging another invasion on the continent. Thomas, who was nearing 60 years of age, excused himself from the fray by paying a fine of £80.10 Thomas made his will. He seems to have been buried at Haughmond, for by his last Will & Testament he bequeathed, with his body, to the Canons of that House, 20s rent arising out of his Mill of Castle Holgate, wherewith the Canons were to celebrate his anniversary. His executors, Nicholas de Haversham, Cecilia Mauduit, and John, Rector of the Church of Dene.11,12,13 Thomas departed this life before 10 June 1244 in Shropshire, England, at Castle Holgate. The King took Willliam's homage on this date, for his inherited lands in Shropshire, Hampshire and Wiltshire.14,6,10 He was buried at Shropshire, England, in Haughmond Abbey.15,16


Agnes (?)


  1. [S936] British History Online - Victoria County History: Warminister Manor, Wiltshire - His [Robert] son and heir Thomas was a minor, and was in the successive wardships of Robert de Tregoze and Hugh de Bosco until he came of age by Michaelmas 1204. Thomas held Warminster, except for a forfeiture when he joined John's enemies, until his death c. 1244, when he was succeeded by his son William. -
  2. [S1380] Many Mini Biographies -
  3. [S1016] Robert William Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, Volume 4: pages 62-65.
  4. [S1819] Robert Halstead, A Succinct Genealogy of the House of Mauduit That Were Lords of Werminster, Justified by Publick Records, Extant Charters, Histories, and Other Authentick Proofs, Picture of his seal.
  5. [S936] British History Online - Victoria County History: Warminister Manor, Wiltshire - He came of age in Michaelmas, 1204 -
  6. [S1380] Many Mini Biographies: Thomas Mauduit -
  7. [S1407] Transaactions of the Shropshire Archaelogical and Natrural History Society, Thomas Mauduit came of age about 1204; ten years later he served personally in Poitou, and in 1216, he took the side of the Barons against King John. The King, in return, granted castle Holgate to Hugh de Mortimer of Wigmore, but Thomas returned his allegiance in 1217, and was reinstated in all his possessions, both in Shropshire and Hampshire. In 1222, he had licence to hold a weekly market on Thursdays at Holgate, till the King (HenryIII) [1216-1272] should be of age; for this he paid 5 marks and a palfrey. In 1230, he was over seas with the King, but in 1242, he excused himself from accompanying him to France, purchasing his absence by a fine of £80. Thomas Mauduit died 1244, and was succeeded by his son William. He was probably buried at Haughmoud, to which Abbey he left by will , "Together with his body, " 20s. arising out of his mill of Castle Holgate.
  8. [S1815] Speech Given to Feoffees of St. Laurence - 2016: A transcript of this speech was graciously given to Larry & Kathy McCurdy on 14 March 2016 by Mr. Pollard. It had been recently presented to a gathering at the chapel of St. Laurence in Warminister at the unveiling of the Manorial Plaque. - transcribed by Chairman of Feoffees at St. Laurence Chapel David Pollard.
  9. [S1016] Robert William Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, Volume 4: page 56 - Chart: Pedigree chart of the "Descent of the Barony of Castle Holgate."
  10. [S1016] Robert William Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, Volume 4 page 65.
  11. [S1016] Robert William Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, Volume 4: page 65.
  12. [S506] Note: Nicholas Haversham was an executor of Thomas' will. A Nicholas Haversham married Emma de Basco, a sister of Emald de Basco, aka Arnold VI de Bois, and was married to Joan Beauchamp daughter of Eva de Grey and her second husband Andrew Beauchamp. Our Thomas Nauduit was put under the wardship of Hugh de Basco after his father's death in 1291. It is quite possible that Nicholas Haversham was a brother-in-law of Thomas, and that our Thomas himself was married to a de Basco, as it was Hugh de Basco's responsiblity to arrange his marriage. KLM.
  13. [S506] Note: Cecilia Mauduit was an executor to the will of Thomas Mauduit. Her idenity is not known. It is quite possible she is his wife at the time of the writing of his will.
  14. [S936] British History Online - Victoria County History: Warminister Manor, Wiltshire - -
  15. [S1408] Haughmond Abbey, Haughmond Abbey is a ruined, medieval, Augustinian monastery a few miles from Shrewsbury, England. It was probably founded in the early 12th century. Dissolved in 1539, its site is in the care of English Heritage and is open to the public.
  16. [S1016] Robert William Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, Volume 4 page 65.