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Robert De Bures
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Birth: 1250
Suffolk, England
Death: Sep., 1331
Suffolk, England

"Sir Robert--The first outstanding man of this name was Sir Robert de Bures of Acton, Suffolk, who died in 1331. He was the son of Nicholas de Bures of Magna Bures, Suffolk, and very likely a near relative of Andrew de Bures of Foxherd Manor, Essex, 1286. At all events he became Lord of that Manor.

The memorial brass over his grave portrays him in chain mail and with his legs crossed. This is the conventional sign of the crusader. The ninth and last crusade to the Holy Land occurred in 1270. Assuming that he was at least twenty years old at that time, he must have been born as early as 1250. Nothing is on record about him before the year 1302, when his first wife Alice died, by whom he had issue four sons, to wit: John, Andrew, Michael and William.

"It does not appear," says Gage, "that the family of Bures had lands in Acton till the marriage of Sir Robert de Bures (in 1311) with his second wife Hillaria, daughter of Sir John le Fermer, which lady held in dower lands in Acton, parcel of the honor of Peverell, the several estates of her former husband's,
Hugh Talemache of Bentley, died 25 Edward I (1295), and John de Hodebovill , died 2 Edward II (1309). In the 5th and 7th years of Edward II (1312 and 1 314) Roger de Hodebovill and Hugh Talemache, the sons respectively, conveyed to Sir Robert de Bures and Hillaria his wife for their lives the man or of Acton and various lands in Acton, and in the 11th year of Edward II (1318) the reversion became settled on Andrew de Bures, second son of Sir Robert by his first marriage.

Sir Robert de Bures died prior to October 15th, 1331, on which date his in q.p.m. was taken in the county of Suffolk, Andrew de Bures, his son, being heir and aged 28 years. On August 13th, 1331(*), when his end was near, he obtained permission from the King to give to the Prior and Brethren of the order of the Holy Cross of Whelnetham 4 messuages, 240 acres of arable
land, 20 acres of pasture with belongings in Aketon and Waldingfeld, for the purpose of providing for two chaplains who were to celebrate mass daily forever in the Brethren's Church at Whelnetham for the repose of the soul of
said Robert and the souls of his ancestors and of all the faithful departed (Suffolk Green Books, vol. 15, p. 384).

Sir Robert de Bures is buried in the parish church of Acton (All Saint's) in the Lady Chapel, in company with his descendants Alice de Bryan and Henry Bures. There is a magnificent brass over his grave, six feet and more in length and made apparently of bell metal. It has outlasted the purbeck stone upon which it rests, for the stone has crumbled away for the better part of an inch leaving the figure of the cross-legged knight in relief. The British Archaelogical Association pronounces it to be the finest military brass in existence and the third oldest in England.

Sir Robert de Bures left no issue by his second wife Hillary. By his first wife Alice he had John, born about 1299, Andrew, born about 1301, Michael and William." 
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  Andrew de Bures (____ - 1360)*
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All Saints Churchyard, Acton
Babergh District
Suffolk, England
Plot: Lady Chapel, Inside church; All Saints, Acton, is in the village on the north eastern outskirts of Sudbury, off of the A134.
Created by: janicet
Record added: Oct 15, 2010
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Robert De Bures
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Robert De Bures
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This forget-me-not is in remembrance of my 19th great-grandfather, Knight Crusader & Knight Templar of Jerusalem,See: is a link to his memorial brasses in Acton All Saints: ...(Read more)
- Randall Burr
 Added: Jan. 4, 2015
In memory of an ancient ancestor.
- Carol M.
 Added: Jan. 3, 2015
In memory of my 18th Great Grandfather
- Jeannie Burr Brown
 Added: Oct. 17, 2014
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