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Bryan, Baron (E, 1350 - 1390)


Creation: writ summ. 25 Nov 1350


Abeyant: 17 Aug 1390


Family name: de Bryan




Garter stall plate of Guy [de Bryan], 1st Baron Bryan, KG


(Plate IX from W H St John Hope: The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter 1348-1485)



Or three Piles in point Azure


On a Cap of Estate Gules turned up Ermine a Horn Sable garnished Gold



Guy [de Bryan], 1st Baron Bryan, KG

son and heir of Sir Guy de Bryan, of Walwyns Castle, co. Pembroke, and of Tor Brian, co. Devon


c. 1319

mar. (1)

Joan de Carew, dau. of Sir John de Carew, of Carew, co. Pembroke

only child by first wife

1. Elizabeth de Bryan, mar. between 16 Aug 1351 and 16 Oct 1354 Sir Robert de Grey later FitzPayn, of Cheddon Fitzpaine, Staple Fitzpaine, Charlton Mackrell, Cary Fitzpaine, Bridghampton, and Speckington, co. Somerset, Stourton, co. Wiltshire, Wisley, co. Surrey, and Wraxall, co. Dorset (dspm. 21 May 1393), 2nd son of Sir Richard de Grey, of Codnor, co. Derby, Grays Thurrock, co. Essex, Aylesford and Hoo, co. Kent, etc., by his wife Joan FitzPayn, dau. of Robert [FitzPayn], 1st Baron FitzPayn, by his wife Isabel de Clifford, sister and cohrss. of Sir Richard de Clifford, of Frampton-on-Severn, co. Gloucester, and dau. of Sir John de Clifford, of Frampton-on-Severn, co. Gloucester, and has issue:

1a. Isabel FitzPayn (b. c. 1363; d. 11 Apr 1394), mar. Richard [de Poynings], 3rd Baron Poynings (b. c. 1355; d. 25 May 1387), and had issue:

1b. Robert [de Poynings], 4th Baron Poynings (b. 3 Dec 1382; d. 2 Oct 1446), mar. (1) Elizabeth Grey, 1st dau. of Reynold [Grey], 3rd Baron Grey of Ruthin, by his first wife Margaret de Ros, 2nd dau. of Thomas [de Ros], 4th Baron Ros, and (2) in or before June 1434 Margaret Cromer (widow of William Cromer MP, Lord Mayor of London 1414 and 1423), 1st dau. and in her issue cohrss. of Thomas Squery, of Westerham, co. Kent, and had issue by his first wife:

1c. Sir Richard de Poynings MP (dvp. 10 Jun 1429), mar. (1) Joan Seamer (d. 1420; bur. in St Helen's, Bishopgate), dau. of Henry Seamer, and (2) Eleanor FitzAlan or Arundel (widow of John [Fitzalan or Arundel], 13th or 6th Earl of Arundel; mar. (3) Walter [Hungerford], 1st Baron Hungerford; d. 1 Aug 1455; bur. at Arundel Castle, co. Sussex), dau. of Sir John Berkeley, of Beverston, co. Gloucester, by his first wife Elizabeth Betteshorne, dau. and hrss. of Sir John Betteshorne, of Betteshorne in Sopley, co. Hampshire, and had issue by his second wife:

1d. Eleanor de Poynings, from 1446 de jure suo jure Baroness Poynings and from 1456 de jure suo jure Baroness Bryan, mar. on or before 25 Jun 1435 Henry [Percy], 2nd Earl of Northumberland, and had issue

mar. (2)

before 10 Jul 1350 Lady Elizabeth le Despencer (widow of (1) Giles [de Badlesmere], 2nd Baron Badlesmere, and (2) Hugh [le Despencer], 1st and de jure 2nd and 3rd Baron Despencer; d. 31 May 1359; bur. in Tewkesbury Abbey with her second husband), 3rd dau. of William [de Montacute], 1st Earl of Salisbury, by his wife Katharine de Grandison, aunt and cohrss. in her issue of Thomas [de Grandison], 4th Baron Grandison, and 3rd dau. of William [de Grandison], 1st Baron Grandison

children by second wife

1. Sir Guy de Bryan (dvp. 1386), mar. Alice .... (living 27 Jan 1393/4), and had issue:

1a. Philippa de Bryan (b. c. 1378; dsp. 19 Nov 1406), mar. (1) John de Ros, and (2) before 11 Jul 1398 as his first wife Henry [le Scrope], 3rd Baron Scrope of Masham

2a. Elizabeth de Bryan, de jure suo jure Baroness Bryan (b. c. 1380; d. after 1406), mar. Sir Robert Lovel, 2nd son of John [Lovel], 5th Baron Lovel, and had issue:

1b. Maud Lovel, de jure suo jure Baroness Bryan (d. 19 May 1436; bur. in Abbotsbury Abbey), mar. (1) Sir Richard Stafford (dvp. 1427), 1st son and heir ap. of Sir Humphrey Stafford, of Hooke, co. Dorset, by his wife Elizabeth Maltravers, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir John Maltravers, of Hooke, co. Dorset, and had issue:

1c. Avice Stafford, de jure suo jure Baroness Bryan (b. 4 Dec 1423; dsp. 3 Jun 1457), mar. before 4 July 1438 as his first wife James [Butler], 5th Earl of Ormonde

Lady Stafford mar. (2) before 1429 as his second wife John [FitzAlan], 14th or 7th Earl of Arundel, and had issue:

1c. Humphrey [Fitzalan], 15th or 8th Earl of Arundel, and de jure 4th Baron Bryan (b. 13 Jan 1429; dsp. 24 Apr 1438)

2. Sir William de Bryan (dsp. 22 Sep 1395; bur. at Seal, co. Kent), mar. Joan ....

3. Philip de Bryan (dsp. before 14 Feb 1388)

2. Margaret de Bryan, mar. before 1361 Hugh de Courtenay (dsp. 20 Feb 1373/4), grandson of the Earl of Devon


17 Aug 1390 (bur. in Tewkesbury Abbey)


25 Nov 1350 by writ of summons Baron Bryan


served in the wars with Scotland, Flanders and France; Governor of St Briavel's Castle and Warden of the Forest of Dean 1341-90; had temporary custody of the Great Seal of England 1349; Bearer of the King's Standard in the French wars 1349/50; Ambassador to the Pope 1361; Admiral of the English Fleet 1369; Knight of the Garter 1369


On the death of the 1st Baron Bryan it is assumed that the Barony of Bryan fell into abeyance between his two granddaughters and coheiresses, the two children of his eldest son and namesake, Sir Guy de Bryan.  On the death of the eldest granddaughter in 1406 the right to the Barony would have devolved on her younger sister.  On her death after 1406 the right would have passed to her only child, Lady Stafford, and after her death in 1436 to her only son, the Earl of Arundel.  Following his death two years later the right would have passed to his half-sister, the Countess of Ormonde . She died in 1457 and the right to the Barony of Bryan then passed to her third cousin once removed, Eleanor, Countess of Northumberland.  Any right to the Barony of Bryan would have been forfeited with the attainder of Thomas [Percy], 1st Earl of Northumberland (cr. 1557) in 1571.


First written 12 November 2014



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