14th Century alabaster effigy to Roger Beller who gave the name of 'Bellows' to Kirby
In the south aisle an early 14th century recess with two alabaster prone effigies of c. 1360-70, a knight and a lady, almost certainly Sir Roger Beler II with one of his four wives
Memorials include alabaster effigy c.1360, probably Sir Roger Beler II, and a similar effigy to one of his wives
Here there are two stone effigies in arched recesses, which appear to date from the late 14th century and are probably of Roger Beler, who was murdered in 1326, and his widow Alice, who took over the lordship
Kirby Bellars, Leicestershire
Lying in the south aisle in early 14c recesses are 2 alabaster effigies of c 1360-70, a knight and a lady, thought to be either Judge Sir Roger Beler murdered in 1326 & wife Alice who took over the lordship or his son Sir Roger Beler 1380 & one of his 4 wives.
Roger 1290-1326 was the son of William de Beler (died after 1286) of Eye Kettleby & Sheriff of Lincolnshire by wife Amicia d1277
He was the grandson of Roger de Beler 1356 Sheriff of Lincolnshire by wife Amica
He was a judge and a baron of the exchequer.
In 1315 he granted lands in Kirkby-by-Melton for 2 chaplains to sing masses in the chapel for him, his wife Alice & parents William & Amicia which was expanded to a chantry in 1319 with 12 chaplains and a warden to create a collegiate chapel & priory over half a mile north of the church.
Ralph de Frecheville, in the year 1324, alienated the manor of Crich to Roger Beler and his heirs
Roger m Alice / Alicia d1368 (some sources say she was the daughter of William de Wakebridge (?) www.flickr.com/gp/52219527@N00/11H09E of Wakebridge manor in Crich though others say he died without issue & his sister Cecilia de la Pole was heir)
1. Thomas de Bellers bc1320-dsp 1345 m Margaret the younger daughter of Sir Richard de la Riviere / Rivers of Crich, South Wingfield by Matilda heiress of John de Heri +++ (parents of Alice wife of Sir Henry Whatton)
2. Roger de Bellers bc1318-1380 heir on the death of his mother to the manors of Widmerfield, Tibshelf and Winfield which were settled on him on his first
marriage to Margaret elder co-heiress of Sir Richard de la Riviere +++ (parents of Margaret b1350 m1 Sir Robert Swillington d1391 m2 Sir John de Aylesford):
m2 Margaret daughter of John Lord Grey of Codnor ; m3 Catharine Sleyth (parents of Thomasina 1373-1381) : m4 Mary d1391 widow of Sir John St Clere d1380
3. Amice b1317 m Ralph Lord Cromwell of Cromwell & West Hallam 1364 son of Ralph de Cromwell & Joan de la Mare.
Roger 1326 had been involved with the rebellion of Thomas Earl of Lancaster's party against King Edward II, but in
1318 he managed to obtain pardons for the Earl and his co-conspirators, and then went over to the king's side . Shortly afterwards he received a grant of land
in Leicestershire as the reward of undefined ' laudable services ' rendered by him to the king. In the same year the offices of bailiff and steward of Stapleford of which apparently he was already tenant, were entailed upon him. Also in 1318 his overlord the prior of Monks Kirby, declared that he held Kirby (Bellars) manor He was one of a commission for the trial of sheriffs and other officers accused of extortion in the counties of Buckingham, Bedford, and Northampton. In 1322 he was created a baron of the exchequer, and acting treasurer in 1325, and used his position to confiscate the lands of other rebels. He became a favourite of the Despensers and placed on a special commission to try certain ' malefactors and disturbers of the peace' who had forcibly broken into and pillaged certain manors belonging to Hugh le Despenser , and upon another commission for the .same purpose in the following year. In 1324 he sat on a commission for the trial of persons charged with complicity in a riot at Rochester (amongst whom were Ralph and Roger la Zouch). Roger would not have been popular with many of his former co-conspirators, or perhaps with other landholders in Kirby. In January 1326 he was murdered by the notorious gang of Eustace de Folville of Ashby Folville while on his way from Kirby to Leicester with a retinue of 50 in order to dine with Henry Earl of Leicester.. It is not clear who struck the fatal blow, but Eustace de Folville
and members of the Zouche family of Lubbesthorpe were implicated. Of the 16 suspects, most managed to escape into Wales or France, their goods confiscated, but following the death of Edward II, the perpetrators were pardoned in 1327.
At the time of his death Roger held 9 manors and land in 6
His son Roger, still an infant, became a ward of the Crown, .his widow Alicia having possession of the estates during his minority
Despite marrying 4 times, son Roger 1380 left no male heirs,
In his will, he asked to be buried in the choir of 'Kyrkeby Belers Priory church 'the first time this place name appears in a document, having been just Kyrkeby or Kirkby upon Wreake until this time. The Beler suffix being regularly used from the 1390s
Kirby manor passed to his eldest daughter Margaret de Swillington together with Crich, South Wingfield. Crich manor however was later secured by Ralph Lord Cromwell
был также Roger de Belers (dead by 1363); married firstly Margaret Grey, daughter of John Grey of Codnor, married secondly Elizabeth, his widow in 36
Edward III; no surviving issue
хотя по стилю изображенный комплекс можно датировать 1360-70 годами
(характерные крылья наколенников и налокотников - растянутые, вертикальные вервелли с выступающим краем бармицы)
P0256, 1369; P0240, 1367 ; P0081, 1363
но за более позднюю датировку говорит:
- появление полунаголенника (1370-е)
- чешуйчатые сабатоны (P0268, 1371; P0308, 1375)