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Miles Stapleton 1319-1364

Also known as Myles, Miles De Stapleton and Stapilton

Born: 1318/9, Bedale, North Riding, Yorkshire


Died: 1364, Battle of Auray, France (or died of wounds from this battle)

Buried: 4 December 1364, Ingham Priory, Norfolk, England

Parents: Sir Gilbert Stapleton (born about 1289, Bedale, North Riding, Yorkshire, died before 23 June 1324, Bedale, North Riding, Yorkshire), (younger son of Lord Miles Stapleton wife of Agnes, daughter and co-heir of Bryan, Lord Fitz Alan, of Bedale, Yorkshire) married (before 15 December 1317), Agnes "Maud or Matilda" FitzAlan (born 1298, Ingham Priory, Norfolk, England, died before 3 November 1348)


Brian De Stapleton (died 1394) married Alice St Philibert second daughter and co heir of Sir John St. Philibert. Alice was first married to Sir Stephen Waleys, lord of Helagh

Married 1: Bedale, Yorkshire.

Spouse 1: Isolda Stapleton (born about 1322, Yorkshire)

Offspring 1:

John Stapleton (born 1344, Bedale, Yorkshire)

Married 2: 30 November 1350, Ingham, Norfolk, England

Spouse 2: Joan d'Ingham (born about 1319, Ingham, Norfolk, England, died about 1360) second and youngest daughter and co-heir of Oliver, Baron of Ingham (born 1294, Ellesmere, Shropshire), married Elizabeth Zouche, (born 1282, Ellesmere, Shropshire). Joan married 1: (before 25 March 1344, Ellesmere) Roger Lestrange (born 15 August 1301, Knockin, Shropshire, died 29 July 1349, Sedgbrook, Lincolnshire). Roger Lestrange was first married to Maud (born before 1305, Knockin, Shropshire, died before 1344)

Offspring 2:

Joan Stapleton (born 1351, Bedale, Yorkshire, died 9 February 1385) married John de Plaiz (born about 1335, Tofte, Norfolk, England, died 6 February 1389)

Edmund Stapleton (born about 1353, Ingham, Norfolk, England)

John Stapleton (born about 1355, Ingham, Norfolk, England)

Miles Stapleton (born 23 June 1357, England, Yorkshire, North Riding, Bedale, died 10 April 1419, buried England, Norfolk, Ingham Priory), married Ela Ulfford (born about 1357, Clavering, Esex, England, Died before 1425, Ingham Priory, Norfolk, England)

Heraldic Coat of Arms: Argent a lion rampant Sable differenced with a mullet on the lyon

Heraldic Crest: A Soldan's Head Sable a torse Azure about the brow. Described by George Beltz as A Saracen's head in profile Sable, wreathed about the temples.

Knight of the Garter 1348, Founder Member, Stall 17

Some confusion exists with his descent and he has been described as descending from Nicholas, Lord Stapleton and Sir Miles Stapleton of Bedale (Yorks) but is Sir Miles Stapleton, Lord of Bedale through his father Sir Gilbert de Stapleton who became the Lord of Bedale when he married Matilda Fitz-Alan, who was the elder of two sisters, daughters of Bryan, Lrd Fitz Alan of Bedale, Yorkshire

He took part in the expedition of Edward III into Brittany in 1342. He was a personal friend of Prince Edward and took part in the campaign of 1346 at Crécy and before Calais, and, in 1349 and 1354, his name occurs, again, amongst those who were on service in the Wars with France.

In 1354 Miles took part in discussion with the Pope over disputes between England and France. In 1356, Miles was with Philip of Navarre in Normandy, fighting against the French monarch. He was appointed, in 1360 as one of the guardians of the truce, concluded by the Treaty of Bretigny, and together with Sir Richard Stafford and Sir Neil Loryng to find and punish any infractions of the Truce of Chartres. About the same time, Miles was rewarded by a pension of £100 out of the exchequer, for life or until lands of that annual value should be assigned to him. On 26 June 1360, he obtained a licence to found a perpetual chantry, in honour of the Holy Trinity, in the parochial church of Ingham (Norfolk). He started a College of Trinitarians or Mathurins at Ingham. The Order of Mathurins was started in France at the end of the 12th century, for the Redemption of Captives taken by theTurks, and a house was first established in England, at Mottenden in Kent. Ingham is said to have become their principal house in later years. He died 4 December 1364, and was buried at Ingham Priory.

Memorials Of The Most Noble Order Of The Garter From Its Foundation To The Present Time, George Beltz, 1841

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