circa 1215 - 1271
|Father||Roger la Zouche|
|Wife||Maud de Howbridge|
William was probably born somewhere around 1215-1220 (1), the son of Roger la Zouch (30). He had brothers Alan and Eudo, and sisters Lora and Alice (2)Shortly before his father's death in 1238 (3)(4), he granted William the manor of King's Nympton (5)(12), which seems to have remained his (main) home for life. William married Maud de Howbridge (11)(28)(32)(33), the widow of John de Trailly (by whom she had a son John) (32)(33), sometime between 1235 and 1242 (6), and they had at least two children - William (34) and Joyce (28)(34). In 1240 he was Bailiff of the port of Portsmouth (9), and by 1242 was overseas on the king's service, along with his brother Alan (10) He was given protection for a year at the beginning of 1251 (13), implying he was going away on the king's business again. Soon afterwards he was appointed as the keeper of the Isle of Lundy and its castle (14)(15)(17). In 1254 he and his brother Eudo, along with many others, escorted the queen to the king in Gascony (16), then two years later he and his brother Alan were in Ireland with the king's son, Edward (18), where he stayed for over a year (19). At around the same time his stepson John had come of age and was claiming his rights to his father's lands, of which William was holding land in Bedfordshire of his wife's dower (20). In 1261 he was granted 40 marks a year until the king could reward him "more abunantly in wards or escheats" (21). This was probably a reward for loyalty to the royalist cause. The the first rewards of escheats soon followed, as he was appointed sheriff of Surrey and Sussex, and keeper of Guildford castle shortly afterwards (22) (although illness prevented him from taking up these roles for a few months (23)(24)). More offices followed, such as being constable of Rochester (25) and Oxford Castles (26) and Justice of Chester (27). In 1265/6 he and his wife granted the manor of Howbridge to their daughter Joyce (28), probably around, or soon after, the time of her marriage to Nicholas de Whilton. However Nicholas died soon afterwards, and Joyce's dower claim on the manor of Whilton was in some doubt, so in 1267 William made a deal with Nicholas's brother Roger, paying to ensure Joyce's claim (29). This was to be the start of a dispute over the manor that lasted for generations. In about 1270-1271, he confirmed his ancestors's grants to the Priory of Swavesey (30), shortly before he died at the end of 1271 (31)(32)(33).
Brief details of his children:
William, temp Hen III * _________|________________ | | William Jocosa son & heir sister & heir ob.s.p. | Hugh de Mortimer the plaintiff, son & heir * Another suit at the back of the membrane shows the ancestor of Hugh was William La Zusche.