• Manorial Estate, 1305-1327, Pyratts Manor, Sawston, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2, GB. 1 The main estate in Sawston at Domesday, comprising 4 hides, was held before the Conquest by three unfree sokemen from Alfric Campe. William I gave the land to Eudes the steward, (fn. 93) and it presumably became part of his honor, though no overlord was mentioned after 1086, and by 1236 the terre tenant held the estate in chief. (fn. 94) In 1086 it was held from Eudes by Pirot, and it became known as PYRATTS or SAWSTON manor. By c. 1210 it was held by Ralph Pirot, (fn. 95) presumably by direct descent from Pirot. Ralph died in 1222 and his son and heir Richard between 1224 and 1227. (fn. 96) The Sawston manor remained for her life with Ralph's widow Joan, who held 2 fees there with her second husband Richard Attaneston c. 1235, and died after 1256. (fn. 97) Richard Pirot's brother Ralph was lord over Pyratts manor in 1236 and 1242. (fn. 98) After Ralph's death in 1252 his son Ralph succeeded to the manor, which comprised 397 a. in 1279. (fn. 99) Shortly before he died in 1305 Ralph Pirot conveyed his land at Sawston to his younger son Simon; (fn. 100) Simon was alive in 1327, but by 1329 his widow Elizabeth was in possession as joint tenant. (fn. 101)
Elizabeth married Simon Pirot of Lindsell (Essex) & Sawston (Cambs), son of Sir Ralph Pirot and Cassandra de Argentein.1 (Simon Pirot of Lindsell (Essex) & Sawston (Cambs) was born about 1259 and died between 3 Aug 1314 and 1329 1 2.)
1 Victoria County History, editor, <i>A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely</i>, 10 (London: Victoria County History, 1948), 6: 246-263.
2 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), X:476 note (g).
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