FRIDAY KNIGHTS - Sir Robert de Pierpoint (dates uncertain)

The arms of Sir Robert de Pierpoint

The arms of Sir Robert de Pierpoint

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Keen local historian Jon Gunson has compiled this series entitled Friday Knight - knights who fought at the Battle of Lewes - giving each a brief biography.

As the Monceux family gave their name to Hurstmonceux, so the Pierpoints gave theirs to Hurstpierpoint. “This Robert stood firm to Hen. 3, and at the Battle of Lewes was taken prisoner, but afterwards on payment of a ransom liberated.” The ransom was 700 marks, and a mark was two thirds of a pound. Fifty pounds would support a knight’s household for a year. Being on the losing side gets rather expensive.