Michael Linton's Bayeux Tapestry: 1066 - A Medieval Mosaic and Puzzles
BATTLE ABBEY ROLL.
ACCOUNT OF THE NORMAN LINEAGES.
IN THREE VOLUMES.—VOL. I
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.
PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, LIMITED,
STAMFORD STREET AND CHARING CROSS.
This electronic edition
was prepared by
Michael A. Linton, 2007
from Bellieres, near Alencon. "In the south aisle of the church of Melton Mowbray, under a round arch, is a cross-legged knight in a round helmet of mail with a band, his shield on his left arm, bearing Gules a lion rampant sable; his sword is under it; his belt is plated, and there is a dog at his feet. Over him is inscribed, in modern characters,
"This is the Lord H anion,
Brother to the Lord Mowbray."
This latter was the son of Nigel de Albini, Roger, who, by command of Henry I., took the name of Mowbray."—Nichols Leicestershire. The tomb of Hamon's grandson, Rafe (date 1170) is also there, and is "erroneously ascribed by Mr. Le Neve to Adam de Vilers." I can find no mention of a third brother of Roger, Lord Mowbray's, in their pedigree, but it seems certain that Hamon de Beler received his Leicestershire lands by his grant, and bore his arms in different tinctures, though most probably only as those of his suzerain. Their ancient seat, Kirkby Belers, retains their name. One of them founded a chantry in the church at Kirkby, and either he or his widow, Alice, a Priory there in 1359. Their son, Sir Roger Beler, was Sheriff of Derby and Notts in 1373, and six former years, and had the custody of the county of Lincoln committed to him by Henry III. "during pleasure." He died some time before 1380, and lies under a gorgeous tomb "in a pointed helmet, mail gorget, and coronet under his head; a lion rampant on his breast: his sword and dagger are gone, but his belt remains, and a lion at his feet looking up. His lady has the double cordon, veil, head-dress, gown, and mantle; and at her feet two dogs playing together." He had no less than four wives, but left only two daughters. The family appears, however, to have lingered on till 1475, when John Beler died s. p. They bore Party per pale Gules and Sable, a lion rampant Argent.