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Shirleys of Ettington
13th and 14th Century

 

   
 

 

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Sir James de Shirley – living in 1278, dead by 1279.

1246-47 Nether Eatington. James son of Sewal, plaintiff, Sewal son of Henry defendant. Re: The manor of Schyrll. Def acknowledges the manor etc to be in right of plaintiff as of his gift, to endow therewith Agnes de Wauton plaintiff's wife to hold to plt and his heirs. In default of heirs to revert to defendant saving to Agnes the manor for life as dower. Defendant also granted not to sell pledge or alienate his manor of Etydon so that after his decease it should remain to plaintiff, son and heir of defendant, as whole.

Married 1) Agnes de Walton, likely married about 1246; she died before 1278


Register of Bishop Godfrey Giffard, Diocese of Worcester
1278. Fol 74. Letter from the bishop to Sir John de Lovetot [note: justice of the common pleas from 1275-1289] and Elias de Bekyngham [also a Jus of Com Pl], justices of the King, acquainting them that Henry Fown, who abducted Agnes, the wife of Sir James de Etyndon, Knight, and for five years and more publicly detained her in adultery, and would not after many warnings dismiss the said woman, who afterwards died in his unlawful embraces for his contumacy lies under the sentence of the greater excommunication. Dated at Chaddeswyth, the 17th of the Kalends of March [Plus a like letter to R. bishop of Coventry and Lichfield]

1278. Fol 79. Sentence of excommunication upon Henry, called Fohun, who abducted and lived in adultery with Agnes, late the wife of Sir James de Etyndon, knight. Dated at Widindon, the 4th of the Ides of July.

1. i. Ralph de Shirley – probably born sometime after 1246; died 1326.


1277 - Further petitions in parliament in the sixth year of Edward the first. - Parliament Rolls of Medieval England

12 (8). To your highness, lord king, James of Shirley shows you that, whereas he handed over his manor of Eatingdon to his son Ralph to acquit the aforesaid James of debt against all men, so that the aforesaid Ralph was to hold the manor for fifteen days to gain full seisin and, after the fifteen days, was to surrender this manor to him to hold for the term of his life, he keeps the aforesaid manor and has kept it for two years and more to his great damage of sixty pounds and has cut down and sold his grove and still keeps the chattels, both movable and immovable, which the aforesaid Ralph found in the aforesaid manor, against the wishes of the aforesaid James, and has had the animals driven into another county and and has had them sold as he wishes, so that his father James is deprived of these chattels. And where the writings made between them on their agreement were delivered into escrow he has had them removed by fraud and deceit, although the aforesaid James knows in whose hands they are, and asks you, sir king, for God's sake, that they be ... by your order. Moreover, whereas James has presented to a vicarage that is appurtenant to this same manor, this same Ralph has come and obstructed this, so that because of this obstruction the bishop has collated to the church. And thus he wrongfully retains the manor and is unwilling to surrender the manor to him or acquit him of the debt or keep any of the other terms, and so the same James prays your highness that this wrong be amended for him by your power.

Answer. Let him seek a remedy by writ of covenant or debt or trespass.

The precise date on this petition during 6 Edw I is likely not long after 7 February 1277 when Ralph son of James of Shirley acknowledged he owed 144 marks to Richard Foun for quittance of lands at Shirley, Olinton and Bubbeden that James had mortgaged; if not paid, charter of quitclaim that Ralph had of James for Eatingdon manor to be annulled: CCR 1272-9, 413

Derbyshire Civil Pleas May 1281 - Concerning squires. They say that Ralph de Schirle has a full knight’s fee, is of full age, and not yet a knight. So he is in mercy. Afterwards Ralph comes and shows certain letters patent which attest that the king has given him respite for 5 years from taking the arms of a knight.

date: c. 1282 Release from Ralph de Shirley son and heir of James de Shirley, and John de Weston to each other of all actions standing between them for land in Bobbington.

Calendar of Fines Derbyshire 1317 - Between Walter Waldeshef and Joan his wife plt and Ralph de Shirle deforciant. Grant to plt on plea of 1 mess etc in Maline, Bubbedon and Longford. Walter recognizes the sd holding to be in right of Ralph who grants to Walter and Joan the sd holding to hold for their lives. After their death the holding to remain to Ralph son of James de Shirle and his heirs. And Ralph de Shirle and his heirs warrant to Walter and Joan for their lives and the lives of James and Margery and their heirs the sd tenement. And if Ralph the son of James dies without heirs by his wife Margaret then the sd holding wholly to remain to Ralph de Shirley and his heirs quiet from the heirs of Walter and Joan and of Ralph son of James and Margaret.

[note: there are documents just like the above for several of the Shirley properties both in Warw. And Derb. For some reason, what seems to be the junior lineage inherits all of the estates. Did James disinherit the elder line?]

1326 Cal. Of Fine Rolls. July 16. at Westminster - Order to the said John de Blumvill to take into the Kings hand the lands late of Ralph de Schirle, dec'd tenant in chief.

Married Isabel de Etindon

1318-19 Oxhill: Fulready in Over Eatington: Tysoe. Ralph de Shirleye and Isabel de Etindon, plaintiffs by Roger de Perton, attorney of Isabel by the King's writ. Richard de Lillingon, Chaplain defendant. 2 messuages etc in Oxeshulf, Fulrithi and Tysho. Ralph recognizes right of defendant as of his gift. Defendant grants to plaintiff to hold for their lives; remainder to Ralph son of James de Shirleye and Margaret daughter of Walter Waldeshef and his heir s by her (to be begotten). Contingent remainder to the right heirs of Ralph de Shirleye.

2. i Isabella Shirley, daughter of Ralph de Schyrley

Stemmata Appendix LXXI and LXXII – 1282 Radulphum de Schyrley filium Domini Jacobi de Eadem ex una parte, et Galfridum de Burgylon de Weston et Isabellam filiam Radulphi de Schyrley ex altera…territorio de Schyrley

Married Geoffrey [Walter?] de Burgylon de Weston

2. ii. Ralph Shirley, son of Ralph de Shirley born about 1280, died

13th cent Grant, confirmation and quitclaim from William Cocus to William de Warminton of all right which he had and land which he held in Shirley, i.e. 4 acres from the hospital of Jerusalem with a messuage, and 8 acres of the lordship of Ralph son of Ralph de Shirley, to be held from Henry son of Ralph. Annual rent 2s.

2. iii. Henry Shirley

13th cent Grant, confirmation and quitclaim from William Cocus to William de Warminton of all right which he had and land which he held in Shirley, i.e. 4 acres from the hospital of Jerusalem with a messuage, and 8 acres of the lordship of Ralph son of Ralph de Shirley, to be held from Henry son of Ralph. Annual rent 2s

2. iv. James Shirley, son of Ralph de Shirley

Berkeley Castle Muniments - 3 Jan. 1314 Ralph de Wyssenden and Henry de Segrave. Thurs. before St. Edward, 7 Edw. II Whereas Ralph has bought a holding from Sir Roger de Bradebourne for the term of his (Ralph's) life, which holding Andrew de Basynges held for life of the said Roger, in Asshebourne, Ollaston, Underwode, Hogenaston and Metheleye, he now grants the said lands to Henry.Witnesses: Sir Nicholas de Segrave, Sir John de Lylle, Thomas son of Adam of Ashbourne, Robert son of Hugh of Ashbourne, James son of Ralf of Shirley. At: London.Reference: BCM/D/5/8/5

Chancery Records - 1322 Inquisitions Ad Quod Damnum, Henry III to Richard III - Walter Waldeboef and Joan his wife to settle messuages, a mill, land, and the bailiwicks of the two foresterships of Hopedale in Fairfield, Buxton, and Hope on themselves and the heirs male of Walter, with remainder as to part to Juliana his daughter andthe heirs of her body, similar remainders to Elizabeth, Isabel, Joan, and Margaret her sisters, remainder to the right heirs of Walter; remainder as to another part to James de Shirle, the said Margaret and the heirs of her body, similar remainders to the said Juliana, Elizabeth, Isabel, and Joan, remainder to the right heirs of Walter; and remainder as to the third part to the said Joan and the heirs of her body, similar remainders to the said Juliana, Elizabeth, Isabel, and Margaret, remainder to the right heirs of Walter. 15 EDWARD II. C 143/152/3

1. ii. Simon de Shyrlegh [I am assuming he is a son of James de Shirley since Bernham was a Walton family property.]


1295 [list] Master Simon de Shirley, keeper of alien priories in Middlesex, Essex and Hertford [list of names] - Calendar of Fine Rolls

1302 Sewlace by S. de Shirleye, commissary general of Walter Bishop of Coventry and Litchfield in favor of the abbot and convent of Burton against Richard de Camera, rector of Leg’ claiming 2 years arrears of a yearly payment of 5 marks from the said church of Leg’ the said Rich to pay costs of the suit.

1309 Master Simon de Shyrleye has letters nominating Ralph de Sherleye his attorney. - cal. of patent rolls

1313 August - To Master Simon de Shyrlee. Confirmation of his benefices. At the age of fourteen he obtained in commendam the church of St. Gregory, Bernham, in the diocese of Norwich, value 20 marks, and at the age of twenty-two was ordained subdeacon and instituted to the rectory, and held it for many years without being ordained priest; he than obtained the secular priory of Danewelle, in the diocese of Conventry and Lichfield, to which the church of Bertone is annexed, value 40 marks and also a canonry and prebend of St. Mary's Stafford, 20s. He is to give value 20 marks to his benefices within two years.

Married: Sara _____

2 i. William Shirley son of Simon de Shyrlegh

Derbyshire Civil Pleas May 1281 - Ralph de Shyrlegh was summoned to answer William son of Simon de Shyrlegh in a plea that he allow him reasonable estovers in Ralph’s wood in Shirlegh. He says that in 200 ac of Ralph’s wood in his manor he had seisin of estover such as were necessary for fuel, fencing and building as of fee and right in the time of the present kink. Ralph has not allowed this for the last 2 years. Ralph says that William has no free tenement in Shyrlegh and on the day of the suit, the tenement was his mother Sara’s. Decision in favor of Ralph.

3. i. Hugh Shirley, son of William de Shirle (this connection may be too early to be correct)

Derbyshire Charters - Rodsley - Grant from Hugh son of William de Shirle to Roger son of Ralph de Mercinton bovate of land in Rodisle Wit: James de Shirle Lord of Shirle, Thomas de Menyl, Wm de Langeford [date: temp Hen III 1216-1272]

Second wife of James de Shirley
Married 2) Isabella ______ - survived her husband James de Shirley and married next John de Brunston

Calendar of Fines Derbyshire 1280 - Between John de Brunston and Isabella his wife plt and Ralph son of James Shirl’ tenant. 1 messuage etc in Shirle and between same John and Isabella plt and afsd Ralph land in Langford. Grant by plt to tenant and heirs parts of plt claimed ot be a reasonable dower of the same Isabella, that fell to her of the free tenancy which was of James de Shirle later her husband.

1. iii. Isabella Shirley


Calendar of Fines Derbyshire Jan 1296 - Between William de Yrenelye and Isabella daughter of James Shyrleie plt and Thomas Goldyng and Joan his wife def. grant la

1. iv. Ralph son of James de Shirley, later Sir Ralph de Shirley – born about 1280, Alive 1338, died about 1342.


Calendar of Fines Derbyshire 1317 - Between Walter Waldeshef and Joan his wife plt and Ralph de Shirle deforciant. Grant to plt on plea of 1 mess etc in Maline, Bubbedon and Longford. Walter recognizes the sd holding to be in right of Ralph who grants to Walter and Joan the sd holding to hold for their lives. After their death the holding to remain to Ralph son of James de Shirle and his heirs. And Ralph de Shirle and his heirs warrant to Walter and Joan for their lives and the lives of James and Margery and their heirs the sd tenement. And if Ralph the son of James dies without heirs by his wife Margaret then the sd holding wholly to remain to Ralph de Shirley and his heirs quiet from the heirs of Walter and Joan and of Ralph son of James and Margaret.

[note: there are documents just like the above for several of the Shirley properties both in Warw. And Derb. For some reason, what seems to be the junior lineage inherits all of the estates. Did James disinherit the elder line?]

13 Oct. 1316 Shirley. Final concord, whereby Ralph de Shirle recognises that the manor of Shirley belongs to Walter Waldeshef and that after his death it is to pass to Ralph son of James of Shirle and Margaret daughter of Walter Waldeshef. date: 5 June 1317

[Ralph son of James de Shirley changes his name to Ralph de Shirley] Derbyshire Charters - Ashbourne - Grant from Ralph de Shirley and Margaret his wife to Ralph de la Pole lands which descended to sd Margaret on death of Walter Walterssheff her father in Adgaresly Co Stafford and in Ashburn, Bradley, Knyveton, Bradburne etc 24 June 1338.

1334 Derbyshire Charter. Deed of Wm de Wyklewode rector of Bromlegh Rochester Diocese. Ralph Shirlee knt, Thomas Swanland and Thomas Halle executor of will of Walter Waldeschef late citizen of London.

Derbyshire Charters - Ashbourne - Grant from Ralph de Shirley and Margaret his wife to Ralph de la Pole lands which descended to sd Margaret on death of Walter Walterssheff her father in Adgaresly Co Stafford and in Ashburn, Bradley, Knyveton, Bradburne etc 24 June 1338

15 Edw III (1342). Laurence De Hastinges, Earl of Pembroke, son and heir of John de Hastings. Warwick. Proof of age...Ralph de Schyrle, knight aged 60 years [note: other deponents have ages which are apparently rounded e.g. 50, 60 etc] says that the said Laurence is 21 years of age and more, because he was born at Allesle, co Warwick on the feast of St Curthbert 14 Edw II and was baptized in the church there; and this he knows because at the same time in which the sd Laurence was born there was discord betw ...and John de Peyto the elder, touching a lawsuit pending in the king's cour, and peace was restored betw them by writing, by the date whereof the truth of the sd age is clear to him.
1342. Cal. Of Fine Rolls. Order to take into the Kings hand the lands late of Phillip de Columbaris dec'd tenant in chief - to Nicholas de Langford, escheater of Nottingham and Derby touching lands late of Ralph de Shirlee.

Married Margaret Waldeshef

2. ii. Henry Shirley, [Possible the son of this Ralph]

1342 License for alienation in mortmain by James de Shirle and William de Hoo to Henry de Shirle parson of Church of St George Bernham Suffolk - cal of patent rolls
Barlborough [Derby]: List of Rectors: 1349 Henry de Schyrley: patron was Nich de Longford
Shirley [Derby] List of Vicars: 1349 Henry de Shirley

1373 Cal of Pat Rolls Edw III Vol 15 p390: ...on complaint by William de Furnival that Henry de Shirleye parson of the church of Barleburgh and [long list of others] "came, armed, at Sheffeld and Bradefeld, co. York, broke his park at Sheffeld

3. i. Richard Shirley, son of Henry de Shirleye

Derbyshire Charters - Taddington - Defeasance of grant from Henry son of Ivonis de Tadinton rents in Tadinton and Prestclif to the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield on condition he enfeoffs Richard son of Henry de Schirleye and Joan daughter of Henry son of Ivonis and their children of a messuage and 28 ac in Presteclif and other lands in Tadington 14 Feb 1340

Married Joan de Tadington, daughter of Henry, son of Ivonis de Tadington


2. iii. James Shirley, [possible son of this Ralph de Shirley]

1342 License for alienation in mortmain by James de Shirle and William de Hoo to Henry de Shirle parson of Church of St George Bernham Suffolk - cal of patent rolls

2. iv Sir Thomas Shirley, heir of Ralph de Shirley

22 March 1361 Grant from Thomas de Shirley, knight to Cecelia de Craunton of a messuage and lands and meadows which Nicholas le Parker held in Longford from Ralph Shirley, and 1 messuage, 7 acres of land and ½ acre of meadow which Walter le Carter held in the same. To be held for her life at an annual rent of 1d to Thomas and 2s to Nicholas de Longeford knight, saving 2 annual appearances at Shirley Great Court. After her death the lands are to pass to John her nephew and Roger de Salford for their lives paying Thomas an annual rent of 16/- and Nicholas de Longford an annual rent of 2/-, saving 2 annual appearances at the said court.



Other Lineages of the era


1. Phillip

2. i. Hugh de Shirley

3. i. William, son of Hugh de Shirley [early 13th century]

[Stemmata APPENDIX XXXII] Know today and tomorrow that I Henry son of Sewall grant William son of Hugh de Shirley and his heirs the [some description of land] in Wodehuseflat with extensions, which Sewall my father gave (loaned?) to Hugh son of Phillip, the aforesaid father of William, in the villiage of Shirley held by me and my heirs…which my father Sewall gave (loaned?) to Hugh, the aforesaid father of William, to be paid back annually by measure (scales) of cumin at Derby market day. Witnesses: Nicholas de Verdon, William Pantulf, William Basset, William de Stanton, Galfrido de Greseley, Henry de Brailsford, Walter de Montgomery, William Bury, William Foun, etc.

Arms of Derbyshire c1250 - William de Shirley of Shirley granted arms of paly of six or and azure and a bend gules [source: Charles Roll]



Walter de Shirley – dead by 1281

Married Joan de Osmundeston
Derbyshire Civil Pleas May 1281 - Athelina widow of Aytropus de Osmundeston, Joan and Margery his sisters, and Agnes daughter of Joan…surety for Joan: Walter de Schirley and Henry le Mercer of Osmundeston

Derbyshire Civil Pleas Apr 1281 - Joan widow of Walter de Shyrleye who brought a writ of entry against Alan le Bercher of Rossenton regarding a tenement in Rossenton has not prosecuted. Her sureties Thomas de Whytechell in Sturston and Henry Bard of same.


Roger de Shirley

Calendar of Fines Derbyshire Jan 1300 [28 Edw I] - Between Thomas de Pylcote plt by Roger de Schirlegh his attorney and John de Pylcote def. by John de Slope his attorney appurt. In Scropton and Hatton.

1333 - 6 Edw III - Lay Subsidy for
Etyndon with members in Hundred of Kineton
Ralph de Shirle 6/8 (note he was the largest payer in Etyndon)
Ocshulue in Hundred of Kineton
Roger de Shirleye 1/0 (small payment compared to others in this manor)


Roger de Shirley, bailif of the High Peak

Derbyshire Feet of Fines 1364 - Plt. Roger de Shirleye. Deft Roger de Wynstre and Anabel his wife and Richard son of Phillip de Rollesleye. 1 messuage land in Baukewell. Decision to Roger de Shirleye and his heirs for 10 marks of silver.

Court Rolls of Baslow, Derbyshire 1380 - …Ralph servant of Richard de Shropshire ditto, Roger de Shirley for his horse, …

Yearbook of Richard II 1389-1390. Leghum vs Derton - Richard de Leghum v John de Derton....and the sheriff now returns that he has ordered Roger de Shirley bailiff of the Liberty of the High Peak to whom it pertains to serve and return who has done nothing.

   
   


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