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Walter de Lindsay
(-Abt 1221)
Gilbert FitzRoger
(-Bef 1220)
Hawise de Lancaster
William de Lindsay
Alice de Lancaster
(-Bef 1247)
Walter de Lindsay
(Abt 1231/1232-1271)


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Walter de Lindsay

  • Born: Abt 1231-1232 1
  • Marriage (1): Christiana 1
  • Died: 2 Nov 1271 aged about 40 1 2

  General Notes:

WALTER de Lindsay ([1231/32]-2 Nov 1271). A writ dated 25 Dec "31 Hen III", after the death of "William de Lancastr" names "Peter de Brus of full age and Walter son of William de Lyndeseys aged 16 are his heirs", adding that he died "on Wednesday the vigil of St Andrew". Lord of Lamberton. Inquisitions after the death of "Walter de Lyndesay", dated "Thursday after Epiphany, 56 Hen III", name "William his son, aged 21 at the Nativity of St John the Baptis last" as his heir, adding that he married "5 years ago at Whitsunday last…Ada daughter of John de Balliolo, with his father's consent". A writ dated Thursday after Epiphany "56 Hen III", after the death of "Walter de Lyndesay", states that he died "on the day of the Commemoration of All Souls last" and names "William his son, aged 21 at the nativity of St John the Baptist last, is his heir, and five years ago at Whitsunday last contracted marriage with Ada daughter of John de Balliolo, with his father's consent".

m as her first husband, CHRISTIANA, daughter of ---. She married secondly (before 23 Sep 1274) Walter Percy. Alexander III King of Scotland informed Edward I King of England that "with his assent Cristiana widow of Walter de Lyndesay had married Walter de Percy" by letter dated 23 Sep 1274. "Walter de Percy of Kyldale" paid a fine of 80 marks for marrying "Cristiana widow of Walter de Lindeseye" without King Edward's permission by charter dated 14 Jun 1275. Inquisitions following a writ dated 10 Nov "10 Edw I", after the death of "William de Lyndeseye", mentions land dowered to "Christiana mother of the said William".

Walter & his wife had [three] children: William, [Margaret] and [Alice]. 1


• Manorial Estate, 1271, Molesworth Manor, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28, GB. 3 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, 7 Jan 1272. 2 820. Walter de Lyndesay.

Writ (missing). Inq. Thursday after Epiphany, 56 Hen. III.

He died on the day of the Commemoration of All Souls last: William his son, aged 21 at the Nativity of St. John the Baptist last, is his heir, and 5 years ago at Whitsunday last contracted marriage with Ada daughter of John de Balliolo, with his father's consent.


A moiety of the lands, &c. which were of William de Lonecastre his uncle, one of whose heirs he was, excepting the dower of Agnes sometime the wife of the said William, held of the king in chief, viz.-

Kirkeby Kendal. A moiety of the town, with a moiety of the mills of Kirkeby Kendal, Rispeton and Appletwayt, and fisheries in the water of Kent (extent given), out of which 10 marks yearly ought to be rendered to the hermit brethren of the isle of St. Mary, Wynandermer, for ever, by the charter of the said Walter, and 50s. to Patrick de Man by the charter of William de Lonecastre.

Stirkelond. A mansion, 160a. arable, and a mill.

Helsington. 20a. arable, and 21a. meadow, in demesne.

Brathelaf and Hellesfel. 15a. lying waste, and under Hellesfel 4a. arable.

A lake called Wynandermer, containing an island with a mansion.

Appeltwayt hamlet (extent given).

Trutebeck forest, with a park, a certain dalehead, 3a. meadow, and pannage.

Bolteston hamlet. 24a. arable in demesne.

Hoton Roffeby (?) in the Hay of Kirkeby Kendal, with its part of the forest of the same Hay, and a moiety of the mill, pannage, &c.

Casterton in Lonesdal (extent given) including a pool upon Lone.

All held of the king in chief by service of ½ and ¼ knight's fee, excepting a moiety of the lands, &c. of Casterton which he held of Sir Peter de Bruis by service of 12d. yearly.

C. Hen. III. File 42. (13.)

Walter married Christiana.1


1 Charles Cawley, <i>Medieval Lands</i>.

2 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 1 Henry III: 273-287.

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

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