Elias de Rabayn. (d. 1285) Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset
Elias de Rabayn. (d. 1285) Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset from 1251-5, Constable of Corfe Castle in 1278. One of a group of Poitevin knights and nobles who came to England following the marriage of Henry III to Eleanor of Provence, their leaders were William de Valence and Aymer, Guy and Geoffrey de Lusignan. Richard was exceptional in the knightly followers in marring an English heiress and gaining significant land. The senior Poitevin's were unpopular and a reason for the Barons' Wars. Elias and his property may have been at some threat but the licence, for a minor holding, must have more to do with royal favour and establishing loyalty in troubled times, although the estate had also been recently acquired by marriage.
Biographical source include;
- Ridgeway, H.W., 1989, 'Foreign Favourites and Henry III's Problems of Patronage, 1247-1258' The English Historical Review Vol. 104 No. 412. p. 590-610
Treves, F., 1906, Highways and Byways of Dorset p. 235 online copy
Elwes, G.R., 1901, 'Eponymous Families of Dorset' Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Vol. 22 p. 128-9 online copy