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Sir Miles Stapleton
(Died 1364)

Died: 4th December 1364

Dugdale and Ashmole are both in error respecting the filiation of this knight. The former describing him as the son of Nicholas, Lord Stapleton; and the latter of Sir Miles Stapleton of Bedale (Yorks). He was, in truth, the eldest son and heir of Sir Gilbert Stapleton - younger son of Lord Miles Stapleton - by Agnes, daughter and co-heir of Bryan, Lord Fitz Alan, of Bedale (Yorks).

His military career commenced, like those of many of his contemporaries, in the expedition of Edward III into Brittany in 1342. He was employed in the campaign of 1346 at Crécy and before Calais, and, in 1349 and 1354, his name occurs, again, amongst those who were on service in the Wars with France.

In the last-mentioned year, Miles was, by the description of "Lord of Ingham (Norfolk) and of Bedale (Yorks)" one of the nobles empowered to propose for the arbitration of the Pope concerning matters in dispute between England and France. In 1356, he accompanied Philip of Navarre in his operations in Normandy against the French monarch. He was appointed, in 1360, one of the guardians of the truce, concluded by the Treaty of Bretigny, and was joined in commission with Sir Richard Stafford and Sir Neil Loryng to ascertain and punish infractions of the Truce of Chartres. About the same time, his fidelity and valour were rewarded by a pension of £100 out of the exchequer, for life or until lands of that annual value should be assigned to him. He had also licence to found a perpetual chantry, in honour of the Holy Trinity, in the parochial church of Ingham (Norfolk). He died on Wednesday next before the feast of St. Nicholas, 4th December 1364, and was buried there.

By Joan, his wife, second and youngest daughter and co-heir of Oliver, Baron of Ingham, he had issue: Sir Miles Stapleton, his heir; whose grandson and heir, of the same name, died in 1466, leaving, by Catherine De La Pole, his second wife, two daughters and co-heirs, viz. Elizabeth, who married, firstly, Sir William Calthorpe (in her right) of Ingham; secondly, Sir John Fortescue, Chief Justice of England; and, thirdly, Sir Edward Howard, Lord admiral; and Joan, who married, firstly, Christopher Harcourt of Stanton Harcourt; and, secondly, Sir John Hudleston.

Edited from George Frederick Beltz's
"Memorials of the Most Noble Order of the Garter" (1861).      Copyright ©1999, LLC