Subject: Hart E. Pryor Manuscript part 1
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 21:17:16 -0500
are exactly as appears in the manuscript of Hart E. Pryor and I
endeavor to send exactly as it appears.
manar (manor) of Pryars, or Preyers, or Preyers, alias Boure-Hall, was
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.
manor of Prayers is located in Hinckford Hundred, Parish of
Essex County, England, and is believed to date from the
Edward the Confessor, (1042-1066 or from William the Conquorer
is another maner near there, called Pryors, or Prayours, from whence
its name, about 1582.
JOhn and Sir Edward de Prieres, were two Knights Bannerets under KIng
About 1274, Sir Thomas de Preyers held a moiety of the maner of Great
Dengey Hundred, Malden, Essex, by the service of half a Knight's
the year 1309 Sir John de Preyer passed by fine for the sum of 100
sterling, the estate of Bourchiers-Hall, in Lexden Hundred, Messing,
1507, during the reign of Henry VII, Sir Andrew Prior held the maner of
Essex, of the Dean and Canons of St.Pauls, London.
family of Prior formerly settled in the Counties of Essex, Oxford,
and Cambridge, and derives form John Priorur, who held a charter
III, and did homage for the same in the year 1213.
Pryour, Prior, though variously written in early times is one
same, as can be shown by authentic records.
Subject: Hart E.
Pryor Manuscript part 2
Thu, 28 Jan 1999
Priorur died about 1253, and was succeeded by his oldest son Thomas,
descendants continued in the male line, in direct succession.
"seventh," (Edward II - 1307-1326) who had acquired considerable
under the Earl of Lancaster, was concerned, amongst many of the
gentry and great nobles of that period, in the fatal affaire of
Gaveston, but was included in the free pardon granted to the Earl
and his adherents, as "Thomas Priour de Exnynge," is mentioned
patent dated Oct 16-1313."
Note. Piers Gaveston was Earl of Cornwall and was chief favourite of Edward
He was hated by the English and was slain and buried at Kings Langley
Priour was returned in the same year, (1313) a bourgese for
the Parliment at Westminster; his younger brother, John
sheriff of London in 1317, and from this John, an ancient
Hertfordshire is supposed to be descended.
Priour had two sons, John and Thomas; he
died possessed of
lands, both in Essex and Oxfordshire. Being
a man of good
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
event. Edward III was at walton,
and according to the historian,"
was the news brought by Thomas Priour, of his being a fair,
well-shaped infant, that he granted to the messenger 40 marks
out of his exchequer for life." Thomas
Priour was one of a suite
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,
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
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
During his life, the estates held under the Earl of Lancaster,
confiscated. We find that the
family, in those disturbed times
with a great number of others of the landed gentry, and were
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