Looking at information that utterly contradicts itself is a common fault with family
history. I'm currently trying to sort out a mess that is that of Sir John de Moels,
Lord Moels. Now I know that he had a daughter Muriel who married Devon's Sir Thomas
Coutenay c. 1340ish. Absolutely no confusion there with the marriage, and there were
children of the marriage.
Where the confusion arises is did Sir John de Moels have another daughter named
Isabel or is Isabel who married William de Botreaux the same person as Muriel. Some
sources say yes others say no. There was a later descendant of Sir Thomas Coutenay, namely
Robert Hungerford who married Margaret Botreaux who is descended from William de Botreaux.
It will probably make quite a difference to the pedigree if Muriel and Isabel are one and
the same. I can't at the moment find any reliable source that shows both or either as
daughters of the same John de Moels or either with two marriages.
Visitations of Wiltshire, page 77, Hungerford Pedigree is the only source I've
looked at so far that gives both Sir Thomas Courtenay and William Botreaux married to
Muriel de Moels. Vistations of Devon, page 244, Courtenay pedigree, shows only the
Courtenay marriage. Visitations are notoriously wrong in some instances. There must be
other more reliable sources.
Anyone any ideas.