William de Houghton
(-After 1130)
Payn de Houghton
(-Bef 1155)
Adeliz de Raimes
Matilda de Houghton
(-After 1201)


Family Links

1. Robert Grimbald
2. Richard del Peak

Matilda de Houghton

  • Marriage (1): Robert Grimbald
  • Marriage (2): Richard del Peak
  • Died: After 1201


Manorial Estate, 1155, Little Houghton Manor, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN7, GB. 1 ...but there is nothing to connect him with William de Houghton who in the 12th century held 3 hides in the two places. William de Houghton held lands in other counties and was chamberlain of Henry I. In 1130 he paid 200 in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire for the widow and land of Edward of Salisbury, to the use of his son Payn de Houghton, 'le chamberlayne', who also made a payment. Payn presented to the church and was probably dead by 1155. By his wife Adeliz de Raimes he had a daughter Maud de Houghton, called his heir. He had another daughter Emma, not called his heir; and though she shared his inheritance she and her descendants held of Maud and her heirs.

Manorial Estate, 1201, Houghton Grimbald Manor, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN7, GB. HOUGHTON GRIMBALD. Maud married Robert Grimbald, and he (or his father) was called Grimbald de Houghton in about 1155. Robert, like his father, was sewer of the Earl of Northampton and sheriff before 1155. He, with the consent of Maud, gave to St. Andrew's, Northampton, a moiety of the church of Little Houghton before 1168, the probable date of his death being about 1161. Maud, with the consent of her son and heir Simon, confirmed the gift to the priory. By 1176 she had married her second husband Richard del Peak who then joined her in granting to St. Mary 'de Voto' near Cherbourg all their land at Arville at a rent payable at Houghton. Simon de Houghton and William Grimbald, the son of her first husband and afterwards called by Maud her heir, were witnesses. By her second husband (who died in 1196) Maud had apparently an only child Isabel, who married Hugh de Waterville. In one charter, before 1166, Maud says 'with the consent of Simon my heir and of my other heirs', which suggests the division of her inheritance between her sons Simon and William. Simon evidently died without issue and William received Little Houghton. Their mother is last mentioned in 1201 when Anketil le Lou (Lupus) sued her and her sister's husband for 6 virgates of land here.


Arnold de Bois II, who maried Emma younger daughter of Payn de Houghton, belonged to a family connected with Bois-Arnault in France and Thorpe Arnold in Leicestershire. At the request of Emma he gave, with his body, half Little Houghton Church to his father's foundation of Biddlesden Abbey, Bucks., with land in Great Houghton, and, before 1166, their part in Little Houghton mill. His son Arnold III was with the rebels in 1216 but returned to great favour. Arnold de Bois IV died seised of the manor of Brafield in 1277, leaving a son and heir John (younger brother of another Arnold), who held the one knight's fee of William Grimbald in Little Houghton and Brafield in 1284. He died in 1295 and his brother and heir William in 1300 enfeoffed Milicent de Monhaut of a moiety of these manors for Milicent to grant them to himself for life with remainder to Maud daughter of his sister Isabel by John, Lord Lovel, and her husband William la Zouche of Harringworth, Milicent's son. These two moieties henceforth descend with Harringworth (q.v.). By 1376 the Zouche family alone was returned for the two vills.

Matilda married Robert Grimbald. (Robert Grimbald died about 1161.)

Matilda next married Richard del Peak. (Richard del Peak died in 1196.)


1 A History of the County of Northampton, Vol. 4 pp 266-270.

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