My Robert de Vere
For his sins, the King granted Robert’s earldom of Oxford to Roger de Mortimer but like others, Robert came to terms under the Dictum of Kenilworth. He recovered his lands and title through payment of appropriate fines, further payments to Mortimer and a marital alliance of his eldest son to Margaret de Mortimer (Roger’s daughter).
Earl Robert went on to serve the crown faithfully under kings Henry and Edward. He was present at Council, served against the Welsh in 1277, 1282, and 1283 and attended the parliaments of 1283, 1295, and 1296. Robert was chosen to jointly preside over the considerations of Scottish succession at Berwick in 1292.
He experienced the death of his eldest, Joan on 21 November 1293. He died in 1296 (aged 56), survived by his wife Alice (died 7 September 1317), his sons Robert (succeeding as 6th Earl of Oxford), Alfonso (born 1266) and daughter Mary (born 1262). The location of a de Vere manor house, both Robert and Alice are buried at Earls Colne, Essex – the town named after the river it stands by and the earls of Oxford. They were interred at Colne Priory, bequeathed previously by the family to the Benedictine order, the chapel for which was part of the priory, still standing today, St Andrews.
The Dictionary of Heraldry: Joseph Foster (1902)
The Symbols of Heraldry Explained: Heraldic Artists Ltd. (1980)
Ancient Funeral Monuments of Great Britain, Ireland and the Islands Adjacent: John Weever & William Tooke
Thanks to Genuki (UK and Ireland Geneology) website for the map of England inset.