Sir Roger de Swynnerton II1,2

M, b. 1278, d. 1338
FatherRoger de Swynnerton d. b 8 Feb 1298
MotherJoan de Hastings
     Sir Roger de was born in 1278 in Swynnerton, Staffordshire, England. He was stated as a minor in 1298 when his father died. But he appears to be an adult by 7 September 1299 when he appears in a lawsuit. Sir married Matilda (?) circa 1303 in Staffordshire, England. Roger was a man of great abilities both as a man of military skills and as a man of political skills. He used all of his skills in the nearly 40 years in which he flourished under the rules of Edwards I, II, and III; even at one point being an adversary by backing the Lancaster rebellion, turning away from them when the Lancasters chose to seek the aid of the Scotch. Politically, he seemed to have great intuition as to who and when to support. With his military skills, rulers were eager to have his support and rewarded him well for his service and loyalty. Not only did Roger maneuver himself well with the Edwards, but was also a favorite of Isabella, the regent queen after the death of Edward II. Yet, when Edward III, as a very young man decided to challenge his mother, Isabella, Roger was a party to coup-d’ etat which disposed of Isabella and saw her favorite, Moritmer sent to the scaffold. His active career as both politician and military aide was long especially for the turbulent times in which he lived. Sir departed this life in 1338 at the Tower of London. Where he was at his post. He was constable of the tower at the time. He was succeeded by his son, Robert, who was 26 years of age at the Inquisition. Robert was rector of Barrow.


Matilda (?)


  1. [S103] Clarence E. Pearsall, History of the Pearsall Family, Volume II: Chapter 23 Humphrey Peshall, section 2 Helen Swinnerton, division 3, page 811-814 - he was sued 7 September 1299; 34 Edward I [1305] he was given a charter for free warren for all his lands in the Manor of Swynneton & also for keeping a market there upon the Wednesday for every week;.
  2. [S914] C. R. J. & Greenslade, M. W. Currie, A History of the County of Stafford, Volume VII: pages 8-27 - ... in 1327, the king granted his share of Alstonefield to Sir Roger Swynnerton; 1338, Sir Roger was succeeded by his son, Robert, rector of Barrow
    Volume VII: pages 49-56 - What was called the manor of QUARNFORD in 1321 was held by Hugh Despenser, created earl of Winchester in 1322. It may have originated in the early 13th century, when Hugh's grandfather owned a park in Quarnford. Hugh Despenser was executed in 1326, and in 1327 the Crown assigned Quarnford to Sir Roger Swynnerton, along with Despenser's share of Alstonefield manor and his manor of Rushton Spencer, in Leek. At his death in 1338 ...