Early Bozon Family

Early Bozon Family of Whissonsett Co Norfolk and Arms   

 Thomas Goodrick (formally of North Creak) Susan Bozon of Whissonsett Co Norfolk. 

Bozon Background.

Domesday Book: Manor held by Ralph, son of Walter, (son?) of Roger Bigot.

Robert Bigot held 187 manors in Norfolk alone, exclusive of some parcels of land, which he had obtained by invasion.

The manor was next subinfeuded into the family named Bozon or Bozoun.

1257 John Bozon held one Knight's fee here but was not a Knight.

1264 He had a grant of free warren in his entire demesne lands here and in Ovington Co Norfolk.

1270 Agreement made between Peter Bozon, lord of Whissonsett and Sir Thomas Bart, lord of Horningtoft, about the extent of their commons.

Alexander Bozon, granted by deed to Peter Bozon, son of Sir John Bozon of Whissonsett, and Alice, and their heirs, for twenty marks, a message and lands here, with common and pasture, where the freemen of the town had right to common witnesses Sir Robert de Caston, Sir Hervey de Vaux or Vallibus, Sir Hamon de Pattesle, etc.

1286 Peter, then a Knight, died. Was found to hold three Knight's fees of Sir John de Vaux and (he) of Roger Bigot. Earl of Norfolk.

1291 Peter, son of Sir Peter was lord and in 1308 he also held a Lordship in Yelverton.

1321 Sir Peter Bozon Knt was lord here and presented to the Church, he died before 1338. His wife Sarah being then styled 'a widow' and was succeeded by his son John, who held two and three quarters Knight's fee of Lord le Roos (who married one of the daughters and co-heirs of Sir John de Vaux) and Robert de Yelverton, and they of Thomas Mowbray, the Earl Marshall, the tenant who was then under age and in the custody of the King,

The Bozon family are said to have been in possession of the land here and Stephen and Herbert or Hubert Bozon is supposed to have descended from Raif, son of Walter, the Domesday under-tenant.

But according to family tradition however, he is supposed to have come over with the Conqueror, to whom he was Fletcher, or arrow-maker.

1358 Peter Bozon presented to the Rectory, but dying shortly afterwards, was succeeded by his son William. King Edward III granted to John, his son and Joan, his wife, daughter of Richard Spynk, late Citizen of Norwich, this Manor, with the advowson of the Church, saving to the said William, ten marks.

It remained in this family until 1428 for Richard Bozon appears as lord and Margaret his daughter and heir of Richard Chape or Chapys, Esq., was his wife. She survived him and afterwards married John Peacock of Norwich and her son succeeded and married Alice, daughter of Stephen Guybon of North Lynn.

1458 Thomas Danyel, Esq. Gregory Guybon, Thomas Curson etc. released to James Gresham their right in this lordship and advowson, which they held this to forfeit for William Bozon, Esq. His will is dated 1460 and he desires to be buried in the churchyard of Whissonsett and leaves legacies to John, his son, Alice, his wife (who afterwards married William Rokewood Esq.; to Sir Thomas his brother, a monk, and Constance his sister, a nun; also to his wife, this Manor and advowson for life, and that of Ovington, after the decease of his mother, to his son John. This John married Alianore, daughter of Sir Edward Woodhouse of Kimberley, relict of Edmund Hastings Esq. and was living in 1493, but in 1507 Alianore or Eleanor, was the wife of Thomas Cressener. John Bozon his son succeeded him; John Bozon married Elizabeth, daughter of ---Rouney (?) a foreigner. He settled this manor on her and in 1535 a Court was held in her name, and in 1540 a Court then held is entitled the first of Roger Woodhouse Esq. and William Hastings Esq., to the use of Elizabeth Bozoun, wife of John Bozoun, for the term of her life, and after to the use of John Bozoun and his heirs.

1581 Robert Bozoun Esq., then of Thornage, granted, with certain reservations, the Manors of Whissonsett and Grimston to his son Roger of Whissonsett.

1590 Robert Bozoun granted lands here, late of Sir Roger Townsend, Knt, and before of Alianore Townsend, the grandmother of the said Roger, to him, in fee simple, in consideration of which, Roger granted his father a life annuity of £35 a year.

1607/8 Articles entered into on the occasion of the marriage of Hamon, his son with Frances, daughter of Sir Thomas Playters of Sotterley, Suffolk Bart, Roger Bozoun barred the entail and subject to life interests to himself and Anne, his wife who was a L'Estrange, re-settled the estate on Hamon in fee.

After this, Hamon sold away lands belonging to the estate, piece by piece.

1649 Being pressed for debts he and Thomas his son vested the Manor with the advowson and demesne lands in Trustees, for the purpose of raising money to pay off debts, charged only with small annuities and some money payable to himself and his three sons, and then also, Frances, the wife of Hamon, released her jointure, in consideration of an annuity for her life.

It is probable that this ancient family, like many others, was ruined by its loyalty to King Charles 1. Hamon’s three sons were Thomas, Roger and William; there were several daughters: - Elizabeth, wife of Christopher Crowe Esq. of East Bilney; Anne married to Bartholomew Johnson of Bittering; Catherine to William Harman of Stanhoe; Susan, wife of Thomas Goodrick, Gent, of North Creake; and descendent of the Goodrick’s of Bolingbroke Co Lincolnshire, and Frances, married to Edmund Briggs of Bradfleld.

(N.N.A.S. Visn. 1/415. Blomefield most probably wrong Susan being the sister not the daughter of Hamon Bozon. Carthew says the same also confirmed in the History of the Hundred of Launditch page, 276-277 ).

In 1665 the estate was reconvened to Thomas Bozoun absolutely, to enable him to sell it, but subject to a life annuity of £50 a year to Hamon, his father, charged upon the manor house and lands.

On 20th October, 1657, Thomas Bozoun sold the entire estate to Mrs Katherine Calthorpe, widow, for £3600 and thus Whissonsett, which belonged to this ancient family for about 550 years, went to strangers. Or may be not quite the strangers you may think Calthorpe is a name that has come up on several occasions, in the maiden names of Goodrick wives. Also Susan Bozoun married a Goodrick, and her first-born son took the name of Bozoun Goodrick.

After 1664, the Boson’s appear to have become extinct. But still around if you look.

The name is of Belgium French origin and the family are represented in Holland and France today.

 Whissonsett Hall.

The manor belonged to John Hill Esq. in 1791. In 1810 he sold the same, with the demesnes, to the Rev. Bence of Beccles, Suffolk and he gave the same to his daughter Matilda on her marriage with Lt. Col. W, Jones, and their two sons Fredrick. P. Jones and Henry B. Jones sold the manor in 1872 to Messrs James John Winter and Edward Cubitt Francis, Solicitors of Norwich.

The manor house called Whissonsett Hall, with the farms and lands belonging, was sold at the same time. (These were purchased by the late Horace Lock Ringer of Rougham and still remain in this family.)

"This manor house, surrounded by a moat, was at one time a very picturesque old building with a good deal of antique carved woodwork about it, but has been completely rebuilt-erected in red brick in the tasteless style of the present century," (Carthew)

The Court Books commence in 1602 and the manor is called Whissonsett Boson’s.


Arms & Brass for Bozon  

Spelling Boson Bozun Bozon Buzun Bozonn all the others are derived from Boujon this is French describing a type of arrow or bolt with a great or broad head used for hunting to give trauma not penetration it takes some eminency and excellency in archery to use such a weapon traditionally ancestors of this ancient family might assume this name, or hold some lordship or fee by it, and on that account they might bear, as testimony the knobbed arrow or bolt in the Arms: -                                         




Arms visitations of Norfolk 1563 Quarterly:- 1and 4 Argent three bird bolts gules feathered and knobbed or (Bozon);. 2 and 3: Argent a fess dancette between three cross crosslets fitchy gules.

Crest A sword erect argent, hilt and pomel or. Crest in an Earler visitation in the Ron Fiske collection. Crest On a wreath of Agent and Gules a sword Argent hilted Or with two half stares of twelve points cainhill at the blade or. (illustrated above.)




 (Chappys Margaret, daughter of Richard Chappys married Richard Bozon).

(Arms in Blomefield argent three boujons, (Bird-Bolts), gules, feathered and knobbed or headed, or).


    John Bozon1257  held one Knights fee at Whissonsett Co Norfolk. But was not a Knight.  


  Sir Peter Bozoun circa 1300 son of William Bozon




On a stone another 15&1/4”inches to the memory of Richard Bozoun circa 1400                                                         

All the above brass no longer exists in the Church at Whissonsett Co Norfolk the main reason for recording the brass is to get it back into print again and acknowledgement that it once existed.           


Bozonn From the visitations of Norfolk 1563 1589 & 1613.