1217 - 20 May. Louis, the heir to the French Crown, who had been supported against King John by some English Barons lost the Battle of Lincoln to William Marshall and in December for a payment of 10,000 marks, about 6,000 pounds and some exchange of territory he forfeited his claim to the Crown of England.
1218 - Herbert French, a merchant of the King of France, gives the two tuns of French wine for summoning Peter de Brus before the justices at Westminster to claim 10 marks, about 6 pounds, which Peter owes him.
1219 - Peter de Brus is forgiven for his opposition to King John and recovered Carlton and other manors in Cleveland, which the Crown had taken from him.
1220 - June. Peter pledged 30 marks, 20 pounds, as surety for William of Lancaster, who owed the Crown 100 pounds.
1221 - February. Peter supported the King at the siege of the Count of Aumale's castle at Skipsea.
1222 - 17 January. Peter de Brus I died and was buried at Guisborough Priory, N Yorks.
He had 2 children, Peter, who succeeded him and a daughter, Agnes, who was married to William of Lancaster, Baron of Kendal.
Peter de Brus II was married to Helewise, daughter and co-heiress of William de Lancaster.
Peter de Brus II quarreled with the prior of Guisborough over the agreements made by his father.
The disagreements lasted form 1223 to 1246.
1222 - 3 February.From the Roll of Fines of the 6th Year of Henry III in the sixth year 1222 Yorkshire.
and for 40 marks for having the wapentack of Langberge, which by hereditary right hath fallen to him.
Also, he hath made a fine with us concerning £2 6s 7d, a debt which his father owed to us;
so it is understood that of those £100, for his relief, he hath paid us, at our Exchequer, by his own hand, £50 on the Feast of the Blessed John the Baptist, and in the sixth year; and £50 on the feast of Saint Andrew, the next following year and seven months;
and at the following Easter, in the same year, he is satisfied us for the aforesaid £2 6s 7d. and on the Feast of Saint Michael following, in the same year paid us £40 marks.
So therefore we command you that without delay, you cause the same Peter to have full seizing to him in your bailwick of the aforesaid barony, and of the aforesaid wapentake, with the appurtencances which have fallen to him by hereditary right, and cause him to have in the meantime our peace as to the
|aforesaid £2 6s 7d of our debt.
Witness Hubert de Burgh, our justiciary at Westminster, on the third day of February."
The De Bruses took tolls from a market in Skelton as well as others at Redcar, Marske, Brotton and Girrick.
1224 - 20th June Peter was at the siege of Bedford Castle which submitted on the 15th August. William de Breaute was hanged.
1227 - Peter was give licence to hold a Market at Skelton on Mondays.
1230 - Peter de Brus II was responsible under Henry III for dispensing justice throughout Northumberland.
1234 - 17 July. The King requests of Peter that - "will render presently at the Exchequer 3 marks, [about 2 pounds], of the 63 marks that he owes him"
1237 - Peter de Brus II's son, also named Peter. was married to Hilaria de Mauley.
1240 - 6 October. Peter de Brus II went on the 6th Crusade to Palestine led by the King's brother, Richard, Earl of Cornwall.
Peter III was married
1241 - Peter III paid £200 to the
Crown for the
'relief' of his inheritance.
1246 - Peter de Brus III makes an agreement with the priory of Guisborough that the prior's men will not disturb Peter's wild beasts in Westwyth, that is the deer in the woods around the Westworth farm area behind Guisborough :-
"If the dogs of the Prior cross the boundaries following a beast into the forest of Peter, whether they take the beast or not,
they shall be recalled by mouth or horn if possible, and shall be captured without detriment and restored without delay.
If the men of the Prior follow the dogs into Peter's forest they shall make amends according to the custom of the forest'
1247 - Peter de Brus III received the manor of Kirkby in Kendal on the partition of the lands of his grandfather.
1256 - Prices of bread and ale were controlled; and penalties were decreed for those overcharging or selling poor
quality products -
Villagers lives were controlled by the Lord of the Manor.
They could not leave.
They had unfenced strips of land to feed their families, but had to work the Lord's demesne on certain days.
They had to pay the Church a tenth of their meagre produce.
They had to pay the Lord a fine to marry - the "merchet".
In some parts the Lord even had the "droit de seigneur" i.e. to be the first to have sex with the young brides of their tenants.
On the peasant's death the Lord had the right [the "heriot"] to take the family's best beast.
Justice was usually the law of the strongest.
Hunting and hawking were the preserve of the Lord.
The villager, living in a wooden shed with an earthen floor and his cow and pig living alongside, went after rabbits and any kind of bird.
Effigy on his tomb in Westminster Abbey.
1260 - Peter de Brus III founded a Dominican friary near Yarm.
1265 - Skelton castle was surrendered to Henry III by Peter III who was suspected of supporting Henry's son, Prince Edward.
There is a record of the castle being used for keeping prisoners.
Simon De Montfort summoned the first elected parliament to London.
There were two representatives for the whole of Yorkshire and this allocation did not change until 1821.
1269 - Peter de Brus III was summoned to gather a force for the relief of Alexander III, King of Scotland who was faced with an invasion from Norway.
Peter is made Constable of Scarborough Castle.
1272 - 16th November. Henry III died.