The history of the Bottrill family goes back to before the Norman Conquest. The Boterel family can now be found in Australia, America,Canada, and many counties in England - Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire and London. The history of the family can be followed in a series of historical novels, the first being 'The king's toads'.
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
THE HUNDRED YEARS' WAR 1137-1453
THE HUNDRED YEARS’ WAR
The Boterel family was badly
mauled, particularly in the early years.
The empire of the Norman and
Angevin kings had consisted of England, Wales and a large part of modern
France. The politically-inept King John had managed to lose most of the French
possessions by 1220. His successors had not managed to regain them, much to the
French king’s pleasure.
But Edward III was made of
sterner stuff and established a foothold in Normandy by taking Crécy in 1336.
As vassals, the Breton Boterels fought for the French side, while the vassals
of the three great English branches – Cornwall, Shropshire and Richmond fought
in the English army.
So far, I’ve been able to
identify two English combatants – Lord Henry Boterell (son of Lord Thomas of
Aston Boterel in Shropshire), who died at the battle of Poitiers 1366, and
Baron William Bottreaux of Boscastle, who fought at Agincourt 1415 with Henry
But the French branch suffered much worse, losing three generations in
Joffroi Boterel II, Sieur de Quintin – died at La Roche Derrien 1347
Jean Boterel II, Sieur de Quintin – died at Mauron 1352
III, Sieur de Quintin – died at Auray 1364