Sir John Darcy Knight
- Born: 1317, Knaith, Lincolnshire, England 1170
- Marriage: Elizabeth de Meynell Baroness Meinill of Whorlton Shortly After 7 Jan 1345 141
- Died: 5 Mar 1356, Notton, West Riding, Yorkshire, England at age 39 141
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• Background Information. 141
John Darcy, Lord Darcy, called le fitz, and afterwards de Knayth', son and heir. He had a grant, 1 August 1341, of £40 a year to him and his heirs, for his long and gratuitous services. Appointed Keeper of the manor of Burstwick, co. York, with its members in cos. York and Lincoln, and Escheator in Holderness, for life, 1 October 1344. These offices were regranted to him, 16 March 1345/6, but the King could not dispense with his constant attendance, and appointed a deputy, 20 March 1345/6. One of the King's Council. He was granted an annuity of £200 for life, to maintain himself as a banneret, 15 July 1346, at La Hogue. Was at the battle of Crecy, and at the siege of Calais, being in the King's retitiue. He was aged 30 and more at his father's death and did homage and had livery of his inheritance, June 1347. Appointed Constable of the Tower of London for life, June 1347, but was permitted to grant the office away, 15 March 1351/2. Appointed a commissioner to treat with the Cardinals concerning peace with France, 25 Scptember 1347. He was summoned to a Great Council 15 July 1353, and to Parliament from 20 November 1348 to 15 March 1353/4, by writs directed Johanni Darcy de Knayth'.
John Darcy married, 1stly, before 8 July 1332, Alianore, daughter of Sir Robert de Holand, of West Derby, co. Lancaster, Yoxall, co. Stafford, &c., by Maud, 2nd daughter and coheir of Sir Alan la Zouche, of Ashby, co. Leicester . She died s.p.m., before 21 November 1341.
John Darcy married, 2ndly (disp. from the Bishop of Lincoln, 7 Jan. 1344/5), Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Sir Nicholas de Menille, of Whorlton in Cleveland, by Alice, daughter of Sir William de Ros, of Helmsley, co. York. The King took his fealty, and they had livery of her lands, 10 October 1348. On 22 April 1353 he received a pardon for all homicides, felonies, robberies, &c., for all oppressions by colour of any office he had held, for all trespasses of vert and venison, and of any consequent outlawries, and for all arrears and debts. He died 5 March 1355/6, at Notton, in Royston parish, co. York, and was buried in Guisborough Priory. His widow, the King having taken her homage and fealty, had livery of Whorlton, &c., 1 May, and her dower was ordered to be assigned, 4 July 1356. She married, before 18 November 1356 (pardon for marrying without Iic., 30 Oct. 1357), as 1st wife, Sir Piers de Mauley, le sisme, of Mulgrave, co. York. Her dower was again ordered to be assigned, 30 October 1357 and 20 June 1358. She, who was born 15 October 1331, at Whorlton, and bap. there, 19 July 1368, aged 36. He died 19 or 20 March 1382/3. Will, directing his burial to be in the Church of the Friars Minors at Doncaster, dated at his manor of Burgh near Watton, co. York, 8 March 1381/2.
~Cokayne's Complete Peerage, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, pp. 58-61
John married Elizabeth de Meynell Baroness Meinill of Whorlton, daughter of Nicholas Meynell and Alica de Ros, Shortly After 7 Jan 1345.141 (Elizabeth de Meynell Baroness Meinill of Whorlton was born on 15 Oct 1331 in Whorlton, North Riding, Yorkshire, England 141 and died on 9 Jul 1368 in Mulgrave Castle, Mulgrave, Yorkshire, England 141.)