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From: "dapper"
Subject: Hart E. Pryor Manuscript part 1
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 21:17:16 -0500

 Spellings are exactly as appears in the manuscript of Hart E. Pryor and I will endeavor to send exactly as it appears.


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 "The manar (manor) of Pryars, or Preyers, or Preyers, alias Boure-Hall, was held as early as the reign of Henry III (1216-1232) by the ancient Knightly family of de Priers, de Prayers, or de Prayers, from whom it took its name.

 The manor of Prayers is located in Hinckford Hundred, Parish of Sible-Hedinham, Essex County, England, and is believed to date from the reign of Edward the Confessor, (1042-1066 or from William the Conquorer (1071-1085.

 There is another maner near there, called Pryors, or Prayours, from whence it borrowed its name, about 1582.

 Sir JOhn and Sir Edward de Prieres, were two Knights Bannerets under KIng Edward I (1272-1307)

  About 1274, Sir Thomas de Preyers held a moiety of the maner of Great Malden in Dengey Hundred, Malden, Essex, by the service of half a Knight's fee.

 In the year 1309 Sir John de Preyer passed by fine for the sum of 100 pounds sterling, the estate of Bourchiers-Hall, in Lexden Hundred, Messing, Esses.

In 1507, during the reign of Henry VII, Sir Andrew Prior held the maner of Boys-Hall in Essex, of the Dean and Canons of St.Pauls, London.

 The family of Prior formerly settled in the Counties of Essex, Oxford, Lancaster, and Cambridge, and derives form John Priorur, who held a charter from Henry III, and did homage for the same in the year 1213.  The surname of Priorur, Pryour, Prior, though variously written in early times is one and the same, as can be shown by authentic records.


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 From: "dapper"
Subject: Hart E. Pryor Manuscript  part 2

Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999

 John Priorur died about 1253, and was succeeded by his oldest son Thomas, whose descendants continued in the male line, in direct succession.  Thomas Priour "seventh," (Edward II - 1307-1326) who had acquired considerable property under the Earl of Lancaster, was concerned, amongst many of the principal gentry and great nobles of that period, in the fatal affaire of Piers de Gaveston, but was included in the free pardon granted to the Earl of Lancaster and his adherents, as "Thomas Priour de Exnynge," is mentioned in the patent dated Oct 16-1313."

  Note. Piers Gaveston was Earl of Cornwall and was chief favourite of Edward II.  He was hated by the English and was slain and buried at Kings Langley in Hertfordshire.

 "Thomas Priour was returned in the same year, (1313) a bourgese for Hertford, to the Parliment at Westminster; his younger brother, John Priour, was sheriff of London in 1317, and from this John, an ancient family in Hertfordshire is supposed to be descended.

 Thomas Priour had two sons, John and Thomas;  he died possessed of considerable lands, both in Essex and Oxfordshire.  Being a man of good repute, he was sent for by the officers of the household of Queen Philippa, on the birth of her eldest son, (afterward known as the Black Prince) to be a witness of his birth (1328), and then was dispatched to inform the King of the event.  Edward III was at walton, and according to the historian," so welcome was the news brought by Thomas Priour, of his being a fair, lusty, and well-shaped infant, that he granted to the messenger 40 marks per annum out of his exchequer for life."  Thomas Priour was one of a suite of 75 persons selected to accompany Queen Philippa on a journey in 1338.

  That the same family of Priour held the estates they had acquired, admits of no doubt, by a charter granted to Richard Priour and Alienora, his wife, (dau. of Robert Ramsey of Essex) by King Henry VI, (1422-1460) in the 16th year of his reign, (1438) which refers precisely to the charter of Henry III.  It appears that Richard Priour, who died about the end of the reign of Edward IV (1461-1482) left several sons, Andrew, John, Thomas, and Richard.  During his life, the estates held under the Earl of Lancaster, had been confiscated.  We find that the family, in those disturbed times suffered with a great number of others of the landed gentry, and were deprived of considerable property.


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