Exclusive Lordship Titles
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Lordship Title of Forton
History from: 1066 - Pre-Norman Conquest
History to: 1666
Of interest…The pre-Domesday Lord of Forton was Tosti, Earl of Northumbria. He was the brother of King Harold but was a completely different leader. Tosti maltreated lords and barons alike and the North was near to revolution. Tosti went on to raise a rebellion against King Harold and the loss of King Harold's forces fighting Tosti may well have been the tipping point to enable William the Conqueror his victory. The second Lord of Forton provided William the Conqueror with ships men and horses for the invasion and was rewarded with estates including Forton.
Lordship Title of Salmons
History from: 1277
History to: 1759
Of interest…The 10th Lord of Salmons was Sir Richard Cox who held the role of taster in the royal palace for Queen ElizabethI and King James I. In addition he was also one of King James' Cleaks of the Cloth. The clerks were responsible for the control of expenditure for the royal household. Sir Richard was held of such high regard that he was interred in Westminster Abbey where his body still resides.
Lordship Title of Millbrook
History from: 1287
History to: 1584
Of interest…Here is a title for the motoring enthusiasts among you. Although this is a minor lordship in Millbrook parish the user can still use the title of Lord of Millbrook as well as Millbrook Templar. The name derives from the fact that this lordship was owned by the Knights Templar (the famous warrior clergy). At the beginning of the 14th century they were hunted down and executed, their wealth confiscated as Pope Clement and many monarchs throughout Europe feared their wealth and influence. The Millbrook lordship like many Templar holdings passed to the Knights Hospitallers. They had a similar mandate to the Templars; to care for and defend the city of Jerusalem. As they were based in Catholicism Millbrook was taken into Crown control after the suppression of the monasteries. Millbrook is then granted to Sir Richard Longe, Governor of Guernsey. His son Henry the 5th Lord of Millbrook was a Godchild of Henry VIII. Henry becomes High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire, then a Knight of the County and Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire.
Lordship Title of Fennels Grove
History from: 1283
History to: 1611
Of interest…The 6th Lord of Fennels Grove was the Duke of Bedford who vies with his brother the Duke of Gloucester to control England. Although he loses that battle he does become Governor of Normandy. He also fights at the Battle of Verneuil and captures Joan of Arc, handing her over tto the clergy for trial. The 8th Lord of Fennels Grove is appointed the Bishop of Lincoln, then Lord Chancellor and lastly Archbishop of York.
Lordship Title of Barford
Parish: Little Barford
History from: Pre 1066
History to: 1396
Of interest…As with most lordships existing at the Norman Conquest Barford had a Saxon lord that was replaced with a Norman lord who fought with William the Conqueror. Barford was held as part of the Barony of Eaton Socon so would have been required to provide fighting men to support the defence of the realm.
Lordship Title of Chalton
History from: Early 13th Century
History to: 1362
Of interest…John Pever the 2nd Lord of Chalton was a Commissioner for Array, a vital role when England was a war mustering troops in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. He is also summoned by the King to a military council at Rochester. John is granted a peerage and sat in Parliament. John is summoned to attend the coronation of Edward II.
Lordship Title of Hay
History from: 1086
History to: 1641
Of interest…Sir Geoffrey Scrope the 3rd Lord serves as Edward II's secretary. He was also a knight banneret (leads a company of troops) in the Siege of Tournay. The 4th Lord serves as a Member of Parliament for Yorkshire. The 8th Lord Thomas Fitz William is slain at the Battle of Flodden Field.
Lordship Title of Lawrence or Laurans
History from: 1527
History to: 1780
Of interest…This lordship title has been owned by the families of Stepney, Bardolf, Peck, Wilson and Norris families. If you belong to one of these families would it not be nice to bring the titles back to the family. If you are not from these families but are a Lawrence what better title to have than Lord Lawrence.
Lordship Title of Ashleys
History from: 1364
History to: 1531
Of interest…Ashleys has an overlord of the Abbot of St Albans for hundreds of years. During that time there are several disputes over lordships. In the fifteenth century the Abbot is displaced from the lordship by the Crown due to the actions of the Abbot's brother in a rebellion. This highlights that all property ownership was at the consent of the Crown. Again in the fifteenth century Ashleys comes to the Earl of Oxford. The Earl, as Lord of Ashleys, is made a member of the Knight Order of the Garter. Such was his standing that he is made godfather of King Henry's eldest son. The Lord of Ashleys also officiates as Lord Great Chamberlain at the coronation of Henry VIII.
Lordship Title of Carlton
History from: 1066 - Pre-Norman Conquest
History to: 1536
Of interest…This lordship was held by Chelbert, a servant of Queen Edith, King Edward the Confessor's wife. We do not think of servants being wealthy land owners but like Carlton many servants of the ruling classes were gifted lordships and became lords in their own right. The lordship of Carlton was also listed in the Testa de Nevill, which is not as well known as the Domesday Book but was also a record of all land holdings throughout England in the 12th century.
Lordship Title of Culverton
Parish: Princes Risborough
History from: 1247
History to: 1639
Of interest…Stephen, son of Hugh de Culverton is the first known Lord of Culverton paying a rent of 1 mark to the Overlord. In 1247 this rent was changed to a clove gillyflower annually.
*Featured Title ~ Lordship Title of Hawkley*
History from: 1249
History to: 1554
Of interest…A lordship with history covering 300 years and three families. All the lords were soldiers many earning knighthoods for bravery and military success. In the thirteenth century the Lord of Hawkley was free to dispense the King's justice, the Sheriff having no authority in the manor.
Lordship Title of Kettlethorpe Hall
History from: 1301 - The reign of Edward I
History to: 1800 - The reign of George III
Of interest…The first record of Kettlethorpe Hall is in 1301 when Robert Luterel is licenced to grant lands (a manor) in Ketton to the Priory of Sempringham, Lincolnshire. With the Act of Supremacy the Priory is dissolved, and the two manors are taken by the Crown. In 1545 the manor of Ketton and the manor or grange of Ketton called Kettlethorpe Hall (formerly belonging to Sempringham Priory) is granted to James Gunter and William Lewes. Kettlethorpe Hall is later conveyed to Sir John Harrington. Sir John is again made High Sheriff of Rutland, a post he has already held 3 times previously. Kettlethorpe Hall passes to son and heir James. James is elected as a Knight of the Shire for Rutland in 7 Parliamentary elections. He serves as a Justice of the Peace, and High Sheriff of Rutland 4 times. In 1565 James is knighted. Sir James serves as Rutland’s Commissioner for Musters (organising troops for war). By the 17th Century Kettlethorpe Hall is settled on Evers Armyn a Justice of the Peace with a successful legal career at Gray’s Inn, London. During the Civil War Evers lives in London but moves to Rutland to take up the role of Deputy Lieutenant of Rutland. View full history under 'Further Information'
Lordship Title of Billing
Parish: Great Billing
History from: 1066 - Norman Conquest
History to: 1553 - The reign of Edward VI
Of interest…William the Conqueror combines the two Billing lordships and grants them to his half-brother Robert Count of Mortain as a reward for his support in the invasion fleet for which he supplied 120 ships and fought in the Battle of Hastings. The transition of Robert’s lands and titles to his son and heir William were not seamless. By 1100 William has still not received the land and titles of his father, as a result his relationship with King Henry is strained. Henry offers him the hand in marriage of Mary of Scotland (daughter of King Malcolm III) which he refuses. Frustrated and angry he leaves England for Normandy. There he joins forces with the Duke of Normandy, and together they attack several of King Henry’s holdings in Europe. They are captured at the Battle of Tinchebrai, William is imprisoned in the Tower of London, all his lands and titles are stripped from him. Billing is granted to the D’Avranches family. View full history under 'Further Information'.
Lordship Title of Twyfords
History from: 1380 - The reign of Richard II
History to: 1641 - The reign of Charles I
Of interest…At 1412 John Twyford is holding a manor worth 100s. a year in Tottenham. During the latter years of the War of The Roses Sir John Elrington is holding Twyfords. He is made treasurer of King Edward IV’s household after accompanying Richard with an army to Scotland. Favour continues as Sir John is made a Knight of the Body (a personal attendant and courtier to a King of England). He attends King Richard’s coronation, and is appointed to the Commission of Oyer and Terminer (a court hearing the most serious criminal cases) for London. Sir John is made Constable of Windsor Castle. Much later Twyfords is held by Matthew de Questor, and his son, they share the office of Postmaster for Foreign Parts, a role granted by James I. View full history under 'Further Information'
Lordship Title of Watkins
History from: 1301 - The reign of Edward I
History to: 1604 - The reign of James I
Of interest…At the turn of the 14th century Walter de Steppingley grants one messuage (farm) and 6 virgates of land to Henry Watkin, it passes to a son also called Henry. In 1512 William Jurdon is Lord of Watkins Manor, he leaves Watkins to George Hynton. George dies leaving a son and heir Thomas who is just 4 years old. View full history under 'Further Information'.
Lordship Title of Pomeroy-La-Slowe
History from: 1385 - The reign of Richard II
History to: 1675 - The reign of Charles II
Of interest…Sir Thomas de Hungerford is granted free warren in the manor of Pomeroy-La-Slowe in 1385. He sits as a Member of Parliament for Wiltshire, and in 1386 he is recorded as the first to hold the office of Speaker. Pomeroy-La-Slowe passes to son and heir Walter whom is knighted by King Henry IV. Whilst serving with the English army Sir Walter enters a duel with King Charles VI of France, outside Calais, and beats the King. Sir Walter is made High Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset. He is made an ambassador to negotiate a treaty with Sigismund, King of the Romans. The following year Sir Walter fights at the Battle of Agincourt with 20 men-at-arms and 60 horse-archers. Sir Walter is appointed an Admiral of the Fleet under the Duke of Bedford. His success and favour continues as he is made a Knight of the Garter, Steward of the Household, and Treasurer of England. View full history under 'Further Information'.
Lordship Title of Legra or Layer
History from: 1066 - Norman Conquest
History to: 1789 - The reign of George III
Of interest…At 1066 Legra is held by Leofing the Saxon Lord. William the Conqueror replaces the Saxon Lord with Hugh de Montfort, Hugh had fought with William at the Battle of Mortemer in 1054, participated in the Council of Lillebonne in which the decision was made to invade England, and accompanied William in the invasion force supplying 50 ships and 60 knights. He was an absentee lord being stationed at William's fortress at Winchester, Hugh had to supply forces to Dover Castle. At the end of the 13th century Legra passed to Richard Birch, and remained in the Birch family for 200 years. Thomas Tey is holding Legra in 1502 he is elected as a Member of Parliament and serves as Justice of the Peace in Essex. After The Act of Supremacy Henry VIII created a new taxation for the church and it is Thomas who becomes Commissioner of Tenths of Spirtualties for Colchester. The last known Lord was Montagu Burgoyne in 1789, Legra is not recorded again. View full history under 'Further Information'
Lordship Title of Verney’s Fee
Parish: Aston Rowant
History from: 1066 - Norman Conquest
History to: 1424 - The reign of Henry VI
Of interest…In 1086 Humphrey was the first lord of one knight's fee, later to be known as Verney's Fee, he held 12 other lordships in 12 other counties. The lordship passed to Gilbert de Bellewe and is held of the Honour of Wallingford offering fealty to Wallingford Castle. By the turn of the 13th century the lordship is split into two moieties, one of which is later sold to Ralph de Verney, which is how the lordship gains its distinctive name. The last confirmed date of Verney's Fee is 1424. View full history under 'Further Information'
Lordship Title of Highfield
History from: 1212 - The reign of King John
History to: 1728 - The reign of George II
Of interest…In 1212 Roger, son of John, is holding the lordship of Highfield. After the First Barons War Highfield is held by Walter, son of Walter the Smith and William, son of William the Smith, and passes through the families by inheritance and marriage for many years. By the mid 15th century Highfield is held by the Southworths, prior to 1552 Highfield has come to George Southworth, he sells various pieces of land from the manor. The last recorded date for Highfield is 1728 where it has been reduced through various sales of land to a very small estate and the lordship is not recorded again. View full history under 'Further Information'.
Lordship Title of Hexted
History from: 1101 - The reign of Henry I
History to: 1649 - The reign of Charles I
Of interest…Hexted was held by the Heghsted family for over 200 years up until 1403 when it then came into the possession of Baron Cobham whose family home was Sterborough Castle, Lingfield. When Baron Cobham died (his son having predeceased him), the title passed to his grand-daughter, Margaret. Margaret was married to the 2nd Earl of Westmorland, Ralph, and in 1448 records show that they both conveyed Hexted to the College of St Peter in Lingfield. With the Dissolution of the monasteries the Crown took ownership of Hexted, and granted it to Sir Thomas Cawarden MP for Bletchingley and Master of Revels and Tents (responsible for organising royal festivities and tents for troops). Sir Thomas is made High Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex. Just 8 years later Sir Thomas is implicated in the Dudley plot to replace Queen Mary with Elizabeth and rob the exchequer. View full history under 'Further Information'.
Lordship Title of Brettgrave
History from: 1197 - The reign of Richard I
History to: 1652 - The Commonwealth of England
Of interest…Sampson de Horton is Lord of Brettgrave in 1197. Changing hands through both the first and the second Barons’ Wars, by the early-14th Century Brettgrave was held by a John Imworth. By 1346 The Abbot of the time decided to take possession of Brettgrave by process of escheatment – where the legal transfer of a subordinate lord’s assets occurs because the lord has died with no heir . The Abbot then obtained a licence from the Crown to grant Brettgrave to Guy do Bryan, the younger, such that it was held of the king in chief. A short time later Brettgrave moved into the trust of Henry, Earl of Lancaster. Henry was created Duke of Lancaster thus Brettgrave began to move further up in the world. The Duke dies leaving no son so Brettgrave passes to his eldest daughter Maud (wife of the Duke of Bavaria). 38 years on Brettgrave is held by Henry who in addition to being Duke of Lancaster is also made Duke of Hereford. Henry usurps Richard II and becomes Henry IV and Brettgrave becomes part of the Duchy of Lancaster. Brettgrave passed quietly through several generations, until in 1626 when its final 28 years were full of financial and legal scandal. View full history under 'Further Information'.
Lordship Title of Entwistle
History from: 1067 - The reign of William I
History to: 1670 - The reign of Charles II
Of interest…Entwistle stayed in the Entwistle family for nearly three hundred and fifty years. By the mid 15th Century Entwistle passed to Sir Bertine Entwistle, Viscount and Baron of Bricqbec, Normandy. Sir Bertine was Bailiff of Constantin. He’d been knighted by Henry V at Agincourt in 1415. In 1455 Fighting for Henry VI at the Battle of St Albans, the battle that marked the start of the War of the Roses, Sir Bertine was wounded and died six days later. 100 years later Entwistle is the hands of Thurstan Tyldesley, MP for Lancashire and Receiver-General of the Isle of Man, when Thurstan died, his youngest son Edward Tyldesley took on Entwistle. At the outbreak of the English Civil War Thomas Tyldesley is holding Entwistle his name went down in history as being responsible for the first bloodshed of the Civil War. He is lieutenant colonel in the Battle of Edgehill the same year. The following year he earned a knighthood for his part in the Battle of Burton Bridge. View full history under 'Further Information'.
Lordship Title of Younges
History from: 1682 - The reign of Charles II
History to: 1803 - The reign of George III
Of interest…In 1682 Henrietta Maria, Baroness Wentworth is Lord of Younges she is the grand-daughter of the 1st Earl of Cleveland. The Baroness is the mistress of the Duke of Monmouth the illegitimate son of King Charles II. In 1683 Monmouth was implicated in a plot that later came to be known as ‘The Rye House Plot’ to kill both his father and his uncle, James, Duke of York. The plot failed, and the couple flee to exile in Holland. There, Baroness Wentworth is received by the Prince of Orange Monmouth’s uncle James II comes to the throne and the Duke raises a further rebellion. Baroness Wentworth raises considerable funds for the rebellion through the sale of her jewellery. The rebellion fails, the Duke is sent to the Tower and executed. Baroness Wentworth returns to England. The following year Younges passes to Baroness Lovelace, the only surviving sister of the Earl of Cleveland. By 1754, Younges is held by William of Wentworth, 2nd Earl of Stafford. View full history under 'Further Information'.
Lordship Title of Shoddesden or Shadsden
History from: 1066 - The Norman Conquest
History to: 1756 - The reign of George II
Of interest…Shoddesden was a holding of Queen Edith, the wife of Edward the Confessor, which made her Shoddesden’s overlord. The initial title holder was Aghmund (or Agemund) of Wellow, a Saxon thegn who held nine titles all in Hampshire, before the Normans changed the course of English history. By 1482 it was held by Thomas and Elizabeth Waite, referred to at the time as ‘that wanton wench’, Elizabeth Waite was rumoured to be the mistress of Edward IV. It is also believed that the Lady of Shoddesden was the mother of Arthur Plantagenet; Edward’s illegitimate son. It is Arthur’s large collection of correspondence in the Lisle Letters that makes his life one of the best-documented of his era. By 1561 the limelight had to shifted to Richard Kingsmill a colourful character who was very active in parliament and made Knight of Hampshire. View full history under 'Further Information'.
Lordship Title of Flanders
History from: 1199 - The reign of King John
History to: 1784 - The reign of George III
Of interest…Hugh de Flaundres, whose ancestors came from Flanders, is the first lord of Flanders manor. Flanders stays with the de Flaundres family for 235 years before passing through several other families. The Muster Master (in charge of the army muster roll) of Coventry is holding Flanders in 1617. Just 10 years later Charles I is desperately short of money and applies a “Forced Loan” on his subjects, William refuses to make his loan and appears before the Privy Council. William is later elected as MP for Coventry, made High Sheriff of Warwickshire, and made a Justice of the Peace. The last historic record for Flanders is 1784. View full history under 'Further Information'.
Lordship Title of Penland
History from: 1223 - The reign of Henry III
History to: 1612 - The reign of James I
Of interest…Deep research has resulted in the understanding that the Lordship of Penland most likely derived its name from the Penne family. In 1308 John de la Penne brings an action to recover woods and rents for Penland, as sole owner of Penland. Sir John, is recorded in 1443 as being owner of Penland, he was appointed High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, made Knight of the Shire, and then called to Parliament as a member. Almost 100 years later the Lord of Penland was a Member of Parliament and Master of the King’s Jewels. He soon fell out of favour and found himself in Fleet prison, having racked up debts of £28,000 through the accounts of his monastic properties – a huge sum for its time. He was pardoned by Queen Mary and appointed Sheriff of Oxfordshire and Berkshire to be her henchman. View full history under 'Further Information'.
Lordship Title of Halford
History from: 1166 - the reign of Henry II
History to: 1824 - the reign of George IV