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Walter de Lindsay
(Abt 1231/1232-1271)
Christiana
Gilbert de Lindsay
Margaret de Lindsay
(-1358)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Sir Simon de Drayton

Margaret de Lindsay

  • Marriage (1): Sir Simon de Drayton
  • Died: 24 Sep 1358 1

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Manorial Estate: Molesworth Manor, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28, GB. 2 The subtenancy in 1086 was held of the Countess Judith by Eustace the Sheriff. From him it seems to have passed early in the 12th century to Walter L'Engleis, and by the marriage of his sister with Walter (?) de Lindsey (Lindesei) it descended in that family.

Walter apparently had a son Walter de Lindsey of Earlstown in Lauderdale, who granted the church of Earlstown to the Abbey of Kelso for the soul of Walter, his uncle, about 1159. His brother William, son of Walter de Lindsey I, between 1156 and 1166 bestowed on Chicksand Priory (Beds), for the health of his father and for the souls of his mother and of Walter L'Engleis, 160 acres in Molesworth and common of pasture for twenty score sheep and 24 beasts. The grant was attested by the donor's father, Walter, and this and other grants in Molesworth made by William de Lindsey and Walter, his brother, were confirmed to Chicksand by Henry II between 1163 and 1166. Walter appears to have succeeded his brother William about 1165, when he paid 20 for the right of his lands in Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire.

Richard de Lindsey, said by Dr. Farrer to be Walter's successor, may have been his son, who was succeeded by a brother Walter, as in 1201 Walter warranted the charter which Richard had made to Crowland Abbey. Walter attested an agreement in 1213, but in 1216 the lands late of Walter de Lindsey in Molesworth were committed to Roger de Millers, presumably during the minority of the heir.

Sir Walter de Lindsey, knt., probably, from the dates, son and heir of the last named Walter, presented to the church of Molesworth in 1220, when he would have reached his majority. He seems to have died before 1230, before which year William de Lindsey, who, again it would appear from the dates, was a brother of Sir Walter, married Alice, sister and later co-heir of William de Lancaster, Baron of Kendal.

In 1232 William de Lindsey brought an action against William, son of Hamel, as to half a hide, less 5 acres, of land in Molesworth and in 1235 presented to the church. He was holding half a fee in Molesworth in 1242-3 of Isabella de Brus of the honour of Huntingdon. William died before 1250, when the lands of his son and heir, Walter, were taken into the king's hands.

Walter, while still a minor aged 16, was returned as co-heir of his uncle William de Lancaster, Baron of Kendal, in 1246. He was heavily burdened with the debts of his uncle, William de Lancaster, and died in 1271, leaving William, his son and heir, aged 21 years, and a widow Christiana, who held dower in 1282.

William married in 1266 Ada, daughter of John de Balliol, and died in 1282, leaving a daughter, Christiana, wife of Ingram de Gynes.

William seems to have settled Molesworth on his brother, Gilbert de Lindsey, who in 1279 is said to have held the manor of William de Lindsey for the rent of a pair of gilt spurs or 6d., and he of William de Brus by foreign service, and he of Robert de Brus. In 1286, however, Ada, widow of William de Lindsey, claimed dower. In the same year Gilbert de Lindsey failed to justify a claim to view of frankpledge and other liberties in the manor, which was thereupon taken into the king's hands, but replevied in 1289.

In 1319 complaint was made by Gilbert de Lindsey, presumably son of the former Gilbert, as to an assault upon him and his men by a multitude of persons at Molesworth. Probably the younger Gilbert settled the manor on his sister Margaret, the wife of Simon de Drayton, for life. Simon de Drayton and John his son, with others, were accused of killing John de Overton Longueville at Holborn (Midd.), and were pardoned in 1339. Apparently the matter was raised again in 1342, when the king confirmed the pardon. Simon de Drayton died in 1357, when the manor was said to be held of Christiana de Lindsey by the rent of one gilt spur. Margaret died in the following year, when the manor was returned as held of William de Lindsey. Both these returns as to the superior lord are clearly out of date. On the death of Margaret the manor reverted to the daughters and heirs of Gilbert de Lindsey, or their representatives, namely his daughter, Christiana, who had married her first cousin, John de Drayton, son of Simon de Drayton and Margaret, and Thomas Dacre, son of his other daughter, Isabel.

Christiana sold her moiety of the manor and advowson in 1360 to Simon Simeon of Gosberkirk (Lincs), who with his wife Elizabeth (daughter of Sir Gilbert de Neville) settled the manor in 1377 and in 1386, and died without issue in 1387. His widow Elizabeth married in the following year John, Lord la Warre, when the manor was settled on them. Elizabeth died in 1393 and Lord la Warre in 1398, seised of half the manor, leaving his brother Thomas, a priest, his heir. Thomas, Lord la Warre, died in 1427, when Reginald West, nephew of the half blood, was his next heir and John Griffin, Lord Latimer, was his heir general. The half manor of Molesworth, however, was subject to numerous settlements, the effect of which is not clear, and its descent after the death of John, Lord la Warre, is obscure. In 1428 the whole manor was held by Roger Hunt, who then had the half fee which Robert de Brus formerly held.

Inquisition: Post mortem, 24 Sep 1358. 1 446. MARGARET, LATE THE WIFE OF SIMON DE DRAYTON.

Writ, 24 September, 32 Edward III.

NORTHAMPTON. Inq. taken at Yslep, 24 October, 32 Edward III.

Drayton. The manor (extent given), including buildings in the inner (intrinceca) court and granges with cowsheds in the outer (extrinceca) court, an orchard, 20a. meadow by the river Nene, a water-mill, a fulling-mill and a fishery on one side (ex una parte) of the Nene, which she held jointly with Simon her husband, now deceased, by a fine in the court of Edward II, by which the remainder belongs to John their son, who survives, and the heirs of his body, held of the king in chief by service of a moiety of a knight's fee.

Brikstoke and Lufwyk. Fifteen messuages, a mill, seven tofts, 493a. land, 8a. meadow, 50a. wood and 4l. 4s. rent and 15 capons yearly, held jointly with the aforesaid Simon by a fine levied in the king's court, with remainder after their deaths to Baldwin, son of John de Drayton, and Alice his wife in fee tail; the said Baldwin and Alice both survive. Three hundred and thirteen acres of land and 50a. wood of the premises are held of the king in socage by rendering 4d. an acre yearly, total 11 marks 7s., at the king's manor of Brikstok, and the remainder of the lord of Luffewyk by service of 10s. yearly.

She held no other lands &c. in the county.

She died on 24 September last.

Commission to Robert de Thorp, John de Nunton and Robert de Asshe to enquire as to the lands of the aforesaid Margaret in co. Huntingdon, her heir &c. 30 November, 32 Edward III.

Writ to the aforesaid commissioners enclosing a certificate by the treasurer and barons of the Exchequer concerning the manor of Botilbrugg, co. Huntingdon. 16 January, 32 Edward III.

Writ to the treasurer and barons of the Exchequer to search the rolls and memoranda of the Exchequer for the tenure of the manor of Botulvesbregg. 12 January, 32 Edward III.

Certificate that it was found in the book of fees kept at the Exchequer for evidence and not for record in the counties of Cambridge and Huntingdon under the heading Barony of William son of Gerold thus:-

Robert de Grmeges (sic) holds in Botulvesbreg' two parts of a knight's fee of the king in chief.

It was also found in the same book under the headings Scutage of Gascony in the counties of Cambridge and Huntingdon and Barony of Warin son of Gerold thus:-

Robert de Gimeges holds in Botulvesbreg' of the king in chief two parts of a fee. In thesauro ij. marcas.

It was found moreover in the Red Book remaining in the Exchequer, which is of record, under the heading of Scutage of Wales assessed at 10s. in the second year of King Richard in the counties of Cambridge and Huntingdon thus:-

Robert de Gymeges, 10s. 1 knight, no mention being made there for what tenements.

HUNTINGDON. Inq. taken at Ovirton Watervill, Wednesday before the Conversion of St. Paul, 32 Edward III.

Botulvesbrigg. The manor, containing six carucates of land, 40a. meadow and 4l. yearly rent. Robert de Gymeges held the whole manor in the time of King Richard of the king in chief by service of two parts of a knight's fee. His estate Simon de Drayton had in a moiety of the manor with the chief messuage which he held of the king in chief, and by the name of the whole manor of Botulvesbrigg gave it to William, parson of the church of Conyngton, John, parson of the church of Langeport, and John, parson of the church of Horpol, without the king's licence. John, William and John, also without the king's licence, enfeoffed of the said moiety the said Simon and Margaret his wife for their lives, with remainders successively to Baldwin, son of John de Drayton, and Alice his wife and the heirs of their bodies, Gilbert, brother of the said Baldwin, and the heirs of his body, and the right heirs of Simon. The other moiety Simon and Margaret purchased of John Paynel, knight, and Agnes his wife, without the king's licence, for the lives of the purchasers, with reversion to John and Agnes and the heirs of Agnes. Margaret died seised of the whole manor. One moiety thus belongs to the aforesaid Baldwin and Alice and the other moiety to John Paynel, a minor aged 14 years, as son and heir of John, son and heir of the aforesaid Agnes, daughter and heir of Alexander, son and heir of Hugh, son and heir of Emma, daughter and one of the heirs of Robert de Gymeges. The custody of the latter moiety belongs to the king during the minority of John Paynel.

Margaret died on Wednesday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross last; immediately after her death Simon Simeon entered upon the manor and received the issues until Christmas following, by what title is not known.

Mollesworth. The manor held for life of William de Lyndesey by service of a pair of gilt spurs. The reversion belongs to Christiana, wife of John de Draiton, as daughter and one of the heirs of Gilbert de Lyndesey, and Thomas Dacre, son of Isabel daughter of the same Gilbert, as kinsman and co-heir with Christiana. Christiana and Thomas are both of full age.

C. Edw. III. File 140. (12.)

E. Enrolments &c. of Inq. No. 120.

Inquisition: Post mortem, 29 Mar 1364. 3 477. MARGARET LATE THE WIFE OF SIMON DE DRAYTON.

Writ to the escheator to enquire as to the lands and heir of the said Margaret, and who has been in possession of her lands since her death and received the issues. 16 February, 36 Edward III.

HUNTINGDON. Inq. (indented) taken at Huntingdon, Friday in Easter week, 38 Edward III.

Botilbrugg. A moiety of the manor, held for life of John Gemys of Stacheden by knight's service, and the latter holds of the king by the same service. Her heir of this moiety is John son of John Paynel, who is 18 years of age.

Botilbrugg. The other moiety of the manor, held as above. Her heir of this moiety is Baldwin son of John de Drayton, who is of full age.

She died on Wednesday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 33 Edward III.

The king has been in possession of the first moiety since the death of the said Margaret by reason of the minority of John son of John Paynel, and has received the issues and profits thereof at the Exchequer of account. As for the other moiety, the aforesaid Baldwin has received the issues during the whole time.

Similar writ, 30 June, 38 Edward III. HUNTINGDON. Inq. (indented) taken at Huntingdon, Saturday after SS. Peter and Paul, 38 Edward III.

Botilbrigge. A moiety of the manor, held for life by demise of John Paynel of Botheby and Agnes his wife, by a fine, to her and Simon de Drayton, formerly her husband, to be held by them for their lives by service of a rose yearly and by doing the services due to the lords of the fee, with reversion to the said John and Agnes and the heirs of Agnes. John and Agnes died, whereupon the reversion descended to John Paynel of Botheby, knight, as son and heir of Agnes, and from him to John, his son and heir, who holds the moiety of John Gemys of Stacheden, kinsman and heir of Robert Gemys of Stacheden, by knight's service, and John Gemys holds it of the king by the same service. John son of John Paynel, the aforesaid heir, is 19 years of age.

John de Pikwell has been in possession of the said moiety by the king's grant.

Botilbrigge. The other moiety of the manor, held for life of the aforesaid John Gemys by similar service, and the said John holds it of the king by knight's service. Baldwin son of John de Drayton, of full age, is heir of that moiety, and has received the issues for his own use since the death of Margaret.

She died on Wednesday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 33 Edward III.

C. Edw. III. File 176. (16.)


Margaret married Sir Simon de Drayton, son of John de Drayton and Unknown. (Sir Simon de Drayton was born on 29 Jun 1282 4 and died on 31 May 1357 5.)


Sources


1 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 10 Edward III: 343-356.

2 Victoria County History of Huntingdonshire, pp 92-96.

3 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 11 Edward III: 350-363.

4 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 3 Edward III: 1-15.

5 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 10 Edward III: 292-305.

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