Some corrections and additions to the Complete Peerage: Volume 2: Bulmer


Volume 2, page 414:
SIR RALPH DE BULMER, [died in or before 1356] s. and h. of John DE BULMER, of Wilton in Cleveland and Bulmer, co. York, by Tiphaine,(c) 2nd da. and coh. of Hugh DE MORWICK, of Morwick, Northumberland.
Note c:
It would seem unlikely that this Tiphaine, who was aged 15 at the feast of St Hilary (probably b. at Theophania or Tiphaine, i.e., Epiphany), 1268/9, and m. before 26 Apr. 1269 (Ch. Inq. p. m., Hen. III, file 37, no. 13), would have had a grandson and h., b. as late as 1340. It is however stated positively in the Inq. p. m. on Ralph de Bulmer and on his wife in 1357, that the husband was s. and h. of John de Bulmer, who must have been the John who m. Tiphaine.

Although the inquisition post mortem of Ralph's widow Alice, taken in 1357, says he was the son and heir of John de Bulmer [Calendar of Inquisitions post mortem, 1352-1361, number 365], it appears that he was actually a younger son of John by his wife Tiffany. He had an elder brother Richard, who married and had a daughter. Ralph presumably succeeded his father because of a settlement in tail male, made either at the time of his parents' marriage or after Richard's death.

According to Blomefield [Norfolk, volume 9, pages 197, 198], John de Bulmer by an undated charter gave the manor of South Wootton, Norfolk, in tail to his eldest son Richard and Clemence, his wife, the daughter of Sir Gervase de Clifton. Blomefield says also that Richard was dead by 25 Edward I (1296-1297), that his widow Clemence was the wife of Hugh de Massingham in 30 Edward I (1301-1302), that the following year the wardship of Alice, the daughter and heir of Richard and Clemence, was sold by Robert de Mohaut, the overlord of South Wootton, to John Warren, and that Alice was later married to John's son, Geoffrey, who was lord of the manor in 9 Edward II (1315-1316).

In Trinity term 1300, Hugh de Massingham and Clemence brought a suit against Ralph, son of John de Bulmer, Tiffany, who was the wife of John de Bulmer, and Roger de Bulmer, for dower rights in Yorkshire. They described Clemence's former husband as Richard, the son and heir of John de Bulmer (perhaps meaning the heir in his issue), and said that Richard and Clemence had been married in 17 Edward I (1288-1289), and had been dowered by the assent and will of Richard's father John [CP 40/136, m. 13d].

(Note that Blomefield also says Tiffany was John's widow in 21 Edward I (1292-1293), but this may be an error for 31 Edward I.)

[This correction was provided by Bridget Wells-Furby in August 2016.]

Volume 2, pages 414, 415 (as corrected in volume 14):
He [Ralph de Bulmer, died in or before 1356] appears to have m. 1stly, (_). He m. 2ndly, without licence, before 11 Feb. 1318/9, Alice, widow of Walter DE FAUCONBERGE, of Skelton in Cleveland [LORD FAUCONBERGE] (who d. shortly before 2 Jan. 1318/9), da. of John DE KILLINGHOLM, of Boythorpe, co. York. He d. before her. She d. 22 June 1356.

After his marriage to Alice, the widow of Walter de Fauconberg, in October 1319 Ralph settled property in Northamptonshire on himself and Alice and their male heirs [CP 25/1/176/69, number 383]. But his widow Alice, the mother of his son and heir, was almost certainly another woman of the same name, and was probably a member of the Paynel family. Ralph's son and heir was born in April 1340 at the Paynel manor of Castlethorpe, in Broughton, Lincolnshire [Calendar of Inquisitions post mortem, 1361-1365, number 376]. In October 1340 the lands in Northamptonshire, together with the whole or the greater part of the estate in Yorkshire, were settled again, on Ralph and Alice and the heirs of their bodies, one of the feoffees being Edmund Paynel, the parson of Broughton [CP 25/1/287/40, number 286].

[This correction was provided by Bridget Wells-Furby in August 2016.]