Whilst researching lordships Manorial Counsel have to use many sources of information as each source will have gaps where the particular historian has been unable to find the information they require. When using these different sources we come across different family trees and different chains of ownership for what we believe is the same lordship. This comes about by there being so few records dating back in many instances 1,000 years. When writing up a history Manorial Counsel have to use the most reliable source with the most verification that can be found.
Whilst this is frustrating, with the proposition Manorial Counsel offer it merely highlights the dangers of someone today staking claim to something they have no idea if they own. Whilst a plausible history and family tree can be constructed for any lordship the issues arise when two parties decide they wish to stake a claim for the same lordship. This was highlighted by the “Ireby Manor” case where two parties were determined to prove their ownership. It was reported in the national press that one side had spent £600,000 in achieving the first verdict in their favour, although the case continued on to appeal.
Manorial Counsel would like to add a couple of other, not so obvious, factors that the case highlights. After great deliberation the Land Registry Adjudicator decided in favour of the party challenging the registered ownership of the, now once was, lord. The verdict did not confirm their ownership of the lordship merely that their case was stronger than that of the registered lord. Their right although superior remains subject to anyone else who may launch another challenge to their case. So there is a constant uncertainty as to the rights to the lordship. We chose our words carefully as this, in law, is not regarded as ownership (ownership can only be proven with a complete, correctly executed and concurrent set of deeds from time of grant or time immemorial whichever is earliest). This brings us onto the most important part for our potential customers. IF you were to acquire a lordship through the reliance of a version of a family tree and history you can never be certain that you will not be challenged. A typical lordship could have at least twenty changes of ownership and for some this can be many more. For each of these changes of ownership the family tree or history can be incorrect, and therefore result in a successful challenge. If you have integrated the lordship title into your persona what happens if you are challenged? None of us can doubt the impact this would have on your social standing and your reputation!