HALAPPE, James, of Tregonian in St. Michael-Penkivel, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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Family and Education

?s. of Laurence Halappe by his w. Joan. m. Maud.

Offices Held


The Halappes were connected by marriage with the important Cornish family of Bodrugan. According to settlements made in 1386, Laurence and James Halappe were to have a short-term reversionary interest in the bulk of the Bodrugan estate should Otto Trenewith alias Bodrugan and his wife, Eleanor, fail to produce heirs, and later on James was party to several deeds relating to the property.1 He also formed an attachment to the dean of Exeter, Master Ralph Tregrisiou: in 1387 he provided securities in Chancery that the latter would not molest William Downbridge, a high-ranking official at the Exchequer; in 1395 he acted as the dean’s attorney at the assizes at Launceston; and in 1411 the dean made him an executor of his will. After Tregrisiou’s death it was Halappe who made arrangements for obits and masses to be provided in the cathedral at Wells for his soul’s salvation.2

In 1403 Halappe was party to a transaction whereby two-thirds of the manor of ‘Pengwenna’ and annual rents of £2 were settled for life on William Tregoose. The whereabouts of his own landed holdings at that time are uncertain, but, after the death of his putative father, he and his wife, along with Laurence’s widow, lived at Tregonian near Truro where, in 1415, all three were together licensed by Bishop Stafford of Exeter to have their own oratory. In his later years he was referred to as ‘esquire’.3

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: L. S. Woodger


C219/10/1. Not Hakoppe as in OR, i. 257.

  • 1. Cornw. Feet of Fines (Devon and Cornw. Rec. Soc. 1950), 757-60; CCR, 1435-41, p. 218; C146/9343.
  • 2. CCR, 1385-9, pp. 442, 447; JUST 1/1502 m. 216; HMC Wells, ii. 546-8, 551; Reg. Stafford ed. Hingeston-Randolph, 406.
  • 3. Cornw. Feet of Fines, 847; Reg. Stafford, 276.