William de Charneles
Robert Holdenby of Holdenby, Northamptonshire
Maud de Charneles
(Bef 1343-After 1411)
John Holdenby
(-Bef 1428)


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John Holdenby 1

  • Died: Bef 1428 1


Manorial Estate, 1411, Holdenby's Manor, Isham, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14, GB. 1 Six small virgates in Isham were entered in the Northampton Survey as held by Geoffrey of the fee of Huntingdon, (fn. 67) though in the Domesday Survey no lands were entered as held in Isham by the Countess Judith. They must have been the origin of the manor of Isham which was afterwards returned with Little Harrowden as a member of Great Harrowden, and was later known as HALDENBY'S MANOR or the MANOR OF HOLDENBY in Isham and, as previously stated, probably corresponded to Lower Isham or a fee called the Lower Fee. In 1235 half a fee in Clipston and Isham was held of the fee of Huntingdon by Simon 'Major'. (fn. 68) From the Quo Warranto returns in 1329\endash 30 it appears that the manor of Great Harrowden with its members Little Harrowden and Isham were given by Robert de Muschamp to Geoffrey de Lewknor, from whom this property descended to his son and heir Ralph. (fn. 69) This Isham manor descended as a member of Great Harrowden (q.v.) until the 15th century. In 1411 Maud wife of Robert Haldenby granted to John Haldenby her son a rent of half a pound of pepper from the manor of Isham. (fn. 70) William de Haldenby of Isham appears in 1428 as holding lands in Wollaston, (fn. 71) and had evidently succeeded to this Isham manor.

67. V.C.H. Northants. i, 382.
68. Bk. of Fees, 495, 501.
69. Op. cit. (Rec. Com.), 535.
70. Add. Ch. 22015.
71. Feud. Aids, iv, 45.

Manorial Estate, 1411, Old Manor, Old, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN6, GB. 2 The half fee held by William of All Saints in 1235 had passed by 1245 into the hands of William Gaugy, who in that year granted it to his son John, retaining a life interest in it. (fn. 34) Possibly Walter St. Leger had acquired this fee and it was this, and not the St. Leger half fee, which he leased to William Gaugy, as already mentioned. Roger of All Saints, son of William and Christiane, was claiming a half fee here in 1260 against William St. Leger, (fn. 35) and his grandson (fn. 36) Ralph still held land in the parish in 1330. (fn. 37) From John Gaugy, who was holding in 1284, (fn. 38) the half fee apparently descended to Philip Gaugy, in 1332. (fn. 39) This may be the half fee held of the Earl of Oxford by the heirs of Thomas Carnell in 1360, (fn. 40) and by the heirs of William Carnels in 1371 (fn. 41) and of William de la Kervell (sic) in 1428. (fn. 42)

William de la Carnail, died in 1349 seised of 40s. worth of land and rent in Wold held of the Earl of Oxford. (fn. 43) His daughter and heir Maud was then aged 1 year. Eventually she married Robert Holdenby of Holdenby, who held the 'manor' in 1375. (fn. 44) On his death in June 1411 he was succeeded by his son John, from whom the manor passed to his second son John. He was succeeded by his son William, (fn. 45) whose son William died seised of a sixth of a knight's fee in Wold held of the Earl of Oxford in July 1498.

34. Feet of F. Northants. file 46, no. 810.
35. Assize R. 616, m. 17 d.
36. Ibid. 633, m. 81.
37. Ibid. m. 60.
38. Feud. Aids, iv, 2.
39. Cal. Close, 1330\endash 3, p. 498.
40. Cal. Inq. p.m. x, p. 518.
41. Chan. Inq. p.m. 45 Edw. III (1st nos.), 45.
42. Feud. Aids, iv, 33.
43. Cal. Inq. p.m. ix, no. 321.
44. Feet of F. Northants. 49 Edw. III, no. 675.
45. Baker, Hist. Northants. 196.


1 A History of the County of Northampton, Vol. 4 pp 188-195.

2 A History of the County of Northampton, Vol. 4 pp 200-204.

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