circa 1288 - 1335
|Father||Richard de Cornwall|
|Wife||Margaret de Mortimer|
|Children||Richard, Geoffrey, John, Joan, Matilda|
Geoffrey was born about 1288 (1), the son of Richard and Joan (2). He had an older brother Edmund (3).
His father died in 1296. Following the death of his uncle, Edmund earl of Cornwall, a few years later in 1300, his aunt attempted to claim a third of all the lands which Edmund had given to his brother Richard, as part of her dower. These lands had since passed to Richard's widow and children, and included Geoffrey's portion in Evre, Buckinghamshire (3).
Geoffrey was to fight for the king in Scotland on numerous occassions throughout his life, and apparently started at the age of about 15 or younger, when he was involved in a "friendly fire" incident, and killed one of his comrades (4).
Whilst still a teenager, he married Margaret, youngest daughter and coheir of Hugh de Mortuo Mari, sometime between August 1305 and April 1308 (7), whilst she was still a child (she was about 7 years his junior (9)).
In May 1308, he and his brother Edmund were sued for a massive debt of £270 owed to John Knockin, a fellow Shropshire landowner (10). This wasn't Geoffrey's only debt however, as upon his marriage to Margaret, he had not only come into possession of half her father's lands, but also half of his debts too. £66 was still owed in April 1312 (11)
His eldest son, Richard, was born about 1313 (31). He also had a son Geoffrey (13), and possibly another son John (15) and daughters Joan and Matilda (16).
His financial woes were eased in 1315, when he was excused scutage, because of service he had done for the king (17)(18). (He was also excused again in 1320 (19))
In June 1316, in a move to protect the inheritence of his children, he enfeoffed the lands which came to him via his marriage, to his mother, and she then granted them back to him and his heirs (20). Later that year he was granted free warren over the same lands (21), and early the next year he was granted a moiety of the hundred of Ovres for good service to the king (22).
His high standing with the king was further rewarded in 1319, when he was granted the keeping of the manors of Macclesfield and Overton in Cheshire which were held for the wardship of Prince John and Princess Eleanor. However this grant for shortlived for some reason (23).
In 1320, he was overseas with Queen Isabella (24), as he was again in 1325 (25)(26). In between, in 1322, he was once again fighting for the king in Scotland (27).
In 1327 he owed (and then paid) 100 marks to Otto de Bodrigan (28). This was possibly the father to his son Richard's wife Sybil (more research needed into this).
In 1330 he was granted an exemption for life from serving in any official capacity against his will. (29)
He died sometime shortly before June 1335 (30)(31)(32). His wife remarried fairly quickly to William de Everois, but he died soon afterwards in 1337 (33). Margaret survived until late 1345 (34)
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