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Henry de Braybrooke
(-Between 1228/1234)
Christiana Ledet
(-Bef 1271)
Wischard Ledet
(-Bef 1241)
Walter Ledet
(-Bef 1257)


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1. Ermentrude

Walter Ledet 1 2 3 4 5 6

  • Marriage (1): Ermentrude 1
  • Died: Bef 8 Feb 1257 1


• Manorial Estate, 1254, Smeeton Manor, Smeeton Westerby, Kibworth, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE8, GB. 6 The land in the township held by de Grentemesnil in 1086 had by 1130 been acquired by Robert, Earl of Leicester, from whom it was then being held by Richard Basset. (fn. 428) No doubt the earl's father, Robert, Count of Meulan, had obtained them from Ivo de Grentemesnil, Hugh's son, early in Henry I's reign, at the same time as he obtained much other Grentemesnil property, (fn. 429) while Richard Basset had acquired much other land once held by de Buci. (fn. 430) The overlordship of this holding remained with the earls of Leicester until the death of Simon de Montfort in 1265, after which it passed to the earls, and later the dukes, of Lancaster. (fn. 431) Subsequently the Duchy of Lancaster seems to have retained some land at Smeeton in demesne, (fn. 432) while the rest was subinfeudated. The position of the under-tenants of this holding, which was generally known as the manor of SMEETON, is at first not clear. The holding was acquired, apparently in the mid-12th century, by Ivo of Neufmarché, (fn. 433) but it is not known when the Bassets relinquished the ownership. Ivo's heirs were his two daughters Emma, wife of Hugh de Senlis, and Aubrey, wife of a certain Ingebald. (fn. 434) Emma's rights passed to her son Henry de Senlis, and Aubrey's to her son Robert de Braybrook. Henry and Robert agreed to divide the lands that had once been Ivo's between them, and Robert's share included Smeeton Westerby. (fn. 435) Robert was bringing an action about land at Smeeton Westerby in 1203, (fn. 436) and his agreement with Henry may well have been made about that time. In 1208 King John confirmed Robert de Braybrook in the possession of land at Smeeton Westerby which had been handed over to him by Ralph de Turville. (fn. 437) There can be little doubt that this was the same land which had been held by Richard Basset from the Earl of Leicester in 1130, for in 1086, and again in 1130, the property is described as 4 carucates and 7 bovates, and in 1208 it is described as 19½ virgates, that is, 4 carucates and 7 bovates again. (fn. 438) How Turville obtained an interest in Smeeton Westerby is not clear, but from what is known of the descent of the manor at a later date there can be little doubt that it was held by Turville from the earls of Leicester, and was held by Braybrook from Turville. From an action brought in 1254 it seems that the manor was then held by Walter Ledet, Robert de Braybrook's descendant, from Ralph de Turville, and from Ledet by Walter de Langton. (fn. 439) In 1279 the manor was held from Edmund, Earl of Lancaster and Leicester, by the heirs of Nicholas de Turville, and from the heirs by William Latimer. (fn. 440) Latimer had married Alice, Walter Ledet's elder daughter and co-heir, and his younger brother John Latimer married Christine, Ledet's younger daughter. (fn. 441) No doubt William Latimer owed his possession of the manor to his wife. In 1282 John Latimer died possessed of 6¾ virgates at Smeeton, held in right of his wife Christine, from Ralph de Turville of Normanton. (fn. 442) William Latimer, at his death in 1304 or 1305, was holding 9 virgates and some other property at Smeeton in right of his wife Alice, from Turville. (fn. 443) Evidently the lands at Smeeton Westerby which Alice and Christine had inherited from their father had been divided between them.

The land held by the elder brother William Latimer descended to Nicholas Latimer, who may have been one of William's younger sons. (fn. 444) Nicholas died seised of property at Smeeton in 1325, (fn. 445) and was succeeded by his son John. When John, still possessed of the holding, died in 1343, his heir was said to be his son Nicholas, then a minor. (fn. 446) The descent of this holding cannot be traced further.

428. Slade, Leics. Survey, 23.
429. E.H.R. liv. 386.
430. Slade, Leics. Survey, 12-13.
431. E.H.R. liv. 396-7, 400; Cal. Inq. p.m. iii, p. 319; Feud. Aids, vi. 558; R. Somerville, Hist. Duchy of Lanc. 339, 340; Bodl. MS. Rawl. B. 350, m. 21.
432. See p. 185.
433. B.M. Cott. MS. Caligula A. XII, ff. 91b, 92a.
434. Ibid. ff. 83a, 84b, 92a.
435. Ibid. ff. 91b, 92a.
436. Cur. Reg. R. iii. 44, 60, 63.
437. Rot. Chart. (Rec. Com.), i. 181.
438. V.C.H. Leics. i. 316; Slade, Leics. Survey, 23; Rot. Chart. (Rec. Com.), i. 181.
439. Assoc. Archit. Soc. Rep. & Papers, xxxv. 155.
440. Bodl. MS. Rawl. B. 350, m. 21.
441. W. Farrer, Honors and Knights' Fees, ii. 383 sqq.; Cal. Inq. p.m. ii, p. 284; Cal. Close, 1279-88, 325; Cal. Pat. 1266-72, 374; Abbrev. Plac. (Rec. Com.), 187, 262; Complete Peerage, vii. 464.
442. Cal. Inq. p.m. ii, p. 284.
443. Ibid. xiii, p. 278.

Walter married Ermentrude.1 (Ermentrude died after 8 Feb 1257 1.)


1 H C Maxwell Lyte, editor, <i>Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward II</i>, 4 (London, GB: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1893), 2: 13-21; Oct. 15. [1313] Westminster. To him who supplies the place of the treasurer and to the barons of the exchequer. Order to examine the rolls and memoranda of the exchequer concerning payments made to the king, his father and his grandfather, by those who held the manor of Corby after it was taken into the hands of Henry III. by virtue of his order, dated September 26, in the 25th year of his reign, to take into his hands all the lands that belonged to Wychard Ledet, he having afterwards, on October 25, in the same year, ordered the sheriff of Northampton to deliver the manor to Mary, late the wife of the said Wychard, upon her finding security for 10l. for the relief of Walter his son and heir, because it was found that the manor, which was taken into the king's hands on account of Wychard's death, was held of the king in socage; and afterwards, on February 8, in the 41st year of his reign, he restored the custody of the manor to Ermentrude, late the wife of the said Walter, then deceased, because it appeared that the manor was held of the king at fee-ferm and not by knight service, to hold during the minority of Walter's heir, and he ordered the queen of England to cause Ermentrude to have full seisin thereof; it being now shewn to the king by Alice, daughter and heiress of the said Walter, whom William le Latymer, lately deceased, married, that the treasurer and barons unduly charge her with 340l. 16s. 8½d. of the arrears of the yearly ferm of 100s. of the said manor from the aforesaid September 26, although all the goods and chattels of her husband were taken into the late king's hands for debts due to him and were delivered by the then treasurer and barons of the exchequer on mainprize to answer to the exchequer for the said debts. They are not to charge her for the time when the manor was in the hands of the king's grandfather or of others.

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): 249-261.

3 Robert Halstead, <i>Succint genealogies of the noble and ancient houses of Alno or de Alneto, Broc of Stephale, Latimer of Duntish, Drayton of Drayton, Mauduit of Westminster, Green of Drayton, Vere of Addington, Fitz-Lewes of Westhornedon, Howard of Effingham and Mordaunt of Turvey justified by publick records, ancient and extant charters, histories and other authentick proofs, and enriched with divers sculptures of tombs, images, seals, and other curiosities </i> (London, GB: W. Burrell, 1685), 41-2.

4 A History of the County of Northampton, Vol. 3. pp 180-186.

5 William Page, editor, <i>A History of the County of Hertfordshire</i>, 4 (London, GB: Victoria County History, 1912), 3: 21-25.

6 J. M. Lee and R. A. McKinley, editors, <i>A History of the County of Leicestershire</i>, 5 (N.p.: Victoria County History, 1964), 5: 167-187.

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