(-Bef 1180)
Peter FitzToret
(-After 1194)
Bartholomew Toret
(-Bef 1235)


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Bartholomew Toret 1

  • Marriage (1): Unknown
  • Died: Bef 1235 1


Manorial Estate, 1229, Lawley Manor, Lawley, Telford, Shropshire, TF4, GB. 1 There were originally two manors called LAWLEY, which had passed by 1300 into the same demesne lordship and came to be regarded as one manor. The larger manor was held in 1086 of Earl Roger by Turold of Vesly, and of Turold by Hunnit, who is likely to have held it in 1066. As with other manors, Turold's mesne lordship appears to have passed to the Chetwynds, who evidently held their fee, following the extinction of the earldom of Shrewsbury, of the FitzAlans and whose undertenants were the descendants of the AngloSaxon Toret. (fn. 1) John of Chetwynd was lord of part of Lawley in 1255. (fn. 2) By 1285, however, William of Hodnet (fl. 1300) (fn. 3) held Lawley as tenant in chief and was the immediate lord of the tenant in demesne. (fn. 4) That part of Lawley was accounted a member of Hodnet manor, (fn. 5) with which the overlordship passed to William's son-in-law William of Ludlow (d. 1316) and to John of Ludlow (d. 1398). (fn. 6) The Domesday tenant in demesne, Hunnit, appears to have been succeeded by Toret. (fn. 7) Peter FitzToret (fl. 1160-94) was lord in 1180, and his son Bartholomew Toret (fl. 1196-1229) succeeded him. Bartholomew was dead by 1235, and the estate passed, presumably through his daughter Joan or grandson Richard Corbet (III), to the Corbets of Moreton Corbet. By 1255 Robert Corbet (d. 1300) was lord, (fn. 8) and after 1283 he acquired the smaller manor too.

That smaller manor, held in 1066, by Erniet, was held of the earl by William Pantulf. (fn. 9) Pantulf's mesne lordship became a tenancy in chief, presumably in 1102, (fn. 10) and descended to the barons of Wem, (fn. 11) to whose court leet of Hinstock part of Lawley continued to owe service. (fn. 12) A mesne lordship in that part had been acquired by the Eyton family of Eyton upon the Weald Moors by 1285, (fn. 13) and in 1606 Lawley was said to be held of Eyton manor. (fn. 14) A chief rent of 5s. was paid to the lords of Eyton by the demesne lords of Lawley at least until 1686. (fn. 15) The demesne lord in 1255 was Ralph of Stanton, (fn. 16) who was named as lord in 1284 or 1285. (fn. 17) Walter of Stanton later conveyed the manor to Robert Corbet of Moreton (d. 1300), (fn. 18) who was already lord of the larger manor.

The descent of both manors seems to have followed that of Moreton Corbet until the mid 17th century. (fn. 19)

1. V.C.H. Salop. i. 334; Eyton, ii. 48-9; viii. 82, 100.
2. Rot. Hund. (Rec. Com.), ii. 56.
3. Eyton, ix. 333.
4. Feud. Aids, iv. 219.
5. Eyton, viii. 100.
6. Ibid. ix. 333-5; Cat. Anct. D. vi, C 4637.
7. Eyton, ii. 48-9.
8. Ibid. viii. 100; x. 182, 185-7.
9. V.C.H. Salop. i. 332.
10. Ibid. iii. 10.
11. Feud. Aids, iv. 219.
12. Below, Local Govt. and Public Services.
13. Feud. Aids, iv. 219.
14. P.R.O., C 142/303, no. 141.
15. Cal. Inq. p.m. iii, pp. 504-5; Eyton, viii. 38 n.
16. Rot. Hund. ii. 56.
17. Feud. Aids, iv. 219.
18. Cal. Inq. p.m. iii, pp. 504-5.
19. Ibid.; Cal. Close, 1381-5, 20; Cal. Inq. p.m. Hen. VII, i, p. 476; P.R.O., C 142/187, no. 56; /205, no. 187; /303, no. 141; /399, no. 154; /554, no. 66; S.P.L., Deeds 18146. Cf. A. E. C[orbet], The Fam. of Corbet: its Life and Times, ii [1918], table facing p. 368.

Manorial Estate: Stirchley Manor, Stirchley, Telford, Shropshire, TF3, GB. 2 In the late 12th century Stirchley was held of Robert of Brimpton's widow Eve by Bartholomew son of Peter FitzToret. (fn. 5) The mesne lordship passed, presumably by Bartholomew's daughter Joan, wife of Richard Corbet (II) (fl. 1195- 1217), (fn. 6) successively to the Corbet and Burgh families of Wattlesborough.

5. Eyton, viii. 114-15.
6. Ibid. x. 186-7.

Bartholomew married.


1 C R J Currie, editor, <i>A History of the County of Shropshire</i>, 11 (London: Victoria County History, 1998), 11: 277-278.

2 C R J Currie, editor, <i>A History of the County of Shropshire</i>, 11 (London: Victoria County History, 1998), 11: 185-189.

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