Sir John de Wasteneys
(Abt 1260-Bef 1312)
Isabella Hay of Acton, Yorkshire
Sir William de Wasteneys
Joanna Bret
Sir Thomas de Wasteneys


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1. Joan Toly

Sir Thomas de Wasteneys 1

  • Marriage (1): Joan Toly before 1339 1 2
  • Died: 1350 3

  General Notes:

A trial of 24 Ed. III. (1351 A.D.), valuable as fixing the death of Thomas de Wastineys, was brought by John Stykkebuk of Colton, and Juliana, d. of Margery, d. of Robert, son of Hugh de Colton, against Joan, widow of Thomas Gastineys, for a messuage, and 2 acres of land here; and they sued Ralph Bagot for 4½ acres here; and Alianor, d. of Richard Lyne, for 8 acres; and Dionysia Maynard for 1½ acres; and William "le Blessed" for 2 acres; and William Godwyn, chaplain, for 1 acre; and Geoffrey Colmon for 2 acres of meadow; and Thomas Dynnnok, and Margery his wife, for 2 acres; and Nicholas Bote for 1 acre; and John de Bromley for 8 acres of land, and 1 of meadow; and John, son of William le Smyth of Colton, for 2½ acres; and John Hobet for an acre; and John, son of John le Baxtere, for an acre; and John Griffyn for an acre of land, and 1 of meadow; and John, son of Adam Atte Asche, for an acre; and John, son of Henry le Turnour, for an acre, in the same vill. After various delays, and excuses about the difficulty of the journey, the defendants finally made defaults, and were amerced, the plaintiffs recovering possession. The case is the more valuable for showing how many scattered strips of land went to form a simple virgate, the whole amount being but 31½ acres.

[de Wasteneys page 67]


Sir Thomas de Wasteneys, the eldest son and heir of Sir William, was not yet of age when his father died, which at once gave rise to a difficulty respecting his wardship and marriage: the latter being claimed by Lord Stafford, of whom he held Colton Manor. How this claim was adjusted we are unable to say. Thomas certainly appealed to Lord Wake, his father's friend and Lincolnshire patron, to interfere; and it can be proved that his marriage with Joanna, daughter of Sir John Toly, of Wymondham, soon took place, for their names occur together in a Colton deed of 1339 A.D. Joanna seems to have been a woman of very strong character, whose business powers "told" on the future of lier husband's family and of tlie village, especially in that double marriage alliance, which merged two Colton properties in the "Gresley" line. Thomas de Wastineys was quite as distinguished a soldier as his father; in 1334 A.D. he had a general pardon for good service while with the King in Scotland. In 1335 A.D. a writ of summons to Monsieur Thomas de Wastenays and other Lincolnshire tenants, directs them to be at Rokesburgh in February, with horses and arms. He had letters of protection the next year, while serving in the retinue of John de Colleville. The French roll of 16 Ed. 3 (1342 A.D.) names him when about to cross the Channel, among the knightly following of the Warwickshire baron, Nicholas de Cantilupe. Three years later he was serving in France under Thomas de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick. It is therefore all but certain that he fought at Crecy in 1346 A.D., for we find the Earl bears testimony to his good service during the war; the writ, which is dated at Calais (September 4, 26 Ed. 3) implying that he may have shared in the memorable siege.

Sir Thomas was involved in many of the lawsuits so inseparable from the holding of unenclosed lands in those days. Down to the year 1350 A.D. his name occurs continually in the Plea and Patent rolls. As early as 5 Ed. 3 (1332 A.D.) the Master of Burton St. Lazar Hospital recovered from him the advowson of " Brassynburgh " church, claiming to have held the right of presentation since Henry IIl.'s reign (m. 322).

14 Ed. 3. - Sir Thomas, by attorney, sued Richard, son of Simon de Threngston, for a forcible rescue of his cattle, which Sir Thomas's servant had seized to satisfy a fine, imposed on Richard in the Court Leet of Sir Thomas at that place (m. 136). The same year he appeared by his essoin against William de Knotton, and Agnes his wife, for causing waste and destruction in lands, houses and gardens which they held of him in Colton, and which William de Wasteneys, his father, had demised to them for the life of Agnes (m. 491). In 15 Ed. 3 we find him suing John, son of John le Counter, and William, son of Adam le Smyth, of Colton, for six acres here; they failed to appear, and the land was to be taken into the King's hands. In A.D. 1340 the rector of Cranwick, John de Gastineys, referred to previously, entailed the Colton estate on Sir Thomas and his sons, by a collusive fine, as follows:

Between Thomas de Gasteneys, Chivaler, and Joan, his wife, complainants, and John de Gasteneys, Parson of the church of Cranwes, and Richard de Redesdale, of Knaptoft, deforciants of Colton Manor.

Thomas acknowledged the said manor to belong to John, saving two messuages, 51 acres of land, and five acres of meadow, and for this acknowledgment John and Richard granted the said manor to Thomas and Joan for tlieir lives ; and they further granted that tlie messuages and lands which Robert Chamberleyn held for his life, and which William de Knotton and Agnes his wife held for the life of Agnes, and which William de la Reclie held for his life, should remain to Thomas and Joan for their lives; and after their deaths the said manor shall remain to William, son of Thomas and Joan, and his issue ; failing such, to John, lirother of William, and his issue ; and failing such, to Thomas, brother of John, and his issue; and failing such, to the right heirs of Thomas do Gastineys for ever.

In 17 Ed. 3 (1344 A.D.) Sir Thomas sued William, son of Adam le Smyth, of Colton, for a moiety of 6 acres in Colton; and William called to warranty Simon de Ruggeleye. [This was land near the mill probably?] The next year Sir Thomas charges the same William, son of Adam le Smyth, Robert Alinore, and Geoffrey at Asshe, with coming forcibly on the Monday after Michaelmas (15 Ed. 3) with swords, bows and arrows, and taking marl, clay and sand from his several soil at Colton, to the value of 100s, and for which he claimed £10 damages. William, appearing by attorney, denied the trespass, and appealed to a jury; the other defendants were to be attached (m. 144 d.). Continuing the Pleas, we find (21 Ed. 3) Sir Thomas and Joan his wife, with William their son, Richard de Redesdale, Nicholas "le Reve" (i.e., de Caldwalle), Robert Stikkebuk, William Stickbukke, John Dawkines-son (Dawson), Robert Chedle, Robert le Scolemaster, and John Stub, accused of depriving Alianor Griffyn of the eighth part of 4 acres of pasture in Colton. The jury found they had done so illegally, excepting William, son of Sir Thomas, and they assessed her damages at 40s. (m. 102).

[de Wasteneys pp 70-74]


The Plea rolls the same year (1345 A.D.) show Sir Thomas suing John Toly to render a reasonable account of the issues of lands held in soccage, of which the said John had custody during the minority of Sir Thomas de Gasteneys. John did not appear, (m. 234 d.) John Toly must have been one of his wife's relations; that he had been in charge of part of the Wasteneys property during Sir Thomas's minority throws some light perhaps upon the marriage; and John Toly's management of the trust, it seems, judging by these two lawsuits, had not proved above suspicion.

Among other grants. Sir Thomas had given land here we know to John de Pickstoke, and to Philip Turville, one of the Lichfield canons, the deed being witnessed by Malcolm de Wastineys, of Tixall, and others. His Osgarthorpe estate was assessed at only 2s. 6d. for one-sixteenth part of a knight's fee, when an aid was granted the King by Parliament A.D. 1340, for knighting his son Edward, "the Black Prince." Three years later (1343 A.D.) Willielma, wife of Philip de Wasteneys, added 16 messuages and as many bovates of land to his Seton property in Yorkshire.

In 1350 A.D. Sir Thomas witnessed a grant of the advowson of Blithfield, and 2 acres adjoining the churchyard. He died the same year. The name of his brother, John de Wasteneys, occurs in a conveyance for life from Sir Thomas and his wife. The other brother may be identical with the Stephen de Wastineys, of Brassingburgh, mentioned in the Gresley Chartulary, who married Joanna de Mortimer. Very probably the Isabella, daughter of Mons. Wm. de Wasteneys, Knight, who married Sir Robert de Jortz, Knight, of Burton (1325 A.D.), was one of their eight sisters. Thoroton states that when Sir Robert and Isabella left their land at Eperston to Sir John de Chetwind and others, Sir Thomas and Sir Hardolph de Wasteneys were among the witnesses (vide Thoroton's, Nottinghamshire). Sir Thomas's wife, Joan Toly, bore these arms "on a field argent 3 cinquefoils sable." The Wasteneys arms, as here represented, are "sable, a lion rampant argent, collared and langued gules."

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It is remarkable that his three sons, William, John and Thomas, died childless, thereby defeating every effort made by entailing the land to perpetuate the family greatness. The estates descended to Thomasine, their sister, and the ancient name of De Wastineys died out in the main (i.e., the Colton) line.

[de Wasteneys pp 77-79] 4


• Military, 26 Aug 1346, "Battle of Crécy ", Crécy, Somme, Hauts-de-France, 80150, FR. 5

Thomas married Joan Toly, daughter of John Toly of Wymondham, Norfolk and Unknown, before 1339.1 2 (Joan Toly died between 23 May and 28 Dec 1393 6 7.)


1 Falconer Madan, <i>The Gresleys of Drakelowe </i> (Oxford, GB: n.p., 1899), 294.

2 <i>Some Account of Colton and of the De Wasteneys Family </i> (Birmingham, GB: Hudson and Son, 1897), 67 & 70.

3 <i>Some Account of Colton and of the De Wasteneys Family </i> (Birmingham, GB: Hudson and Son, 1897), 67 and 77.

4 <i>Some Account of Colton and of the De Wasteneys Family </i> (Birmingham, GB: Hudson and Son, 1897), 67, 70-74, 77-79.

5 <i>Some Account of Colton and of the De Wasteneys Family </i> (Birmingham, GB: Hudson and Son, 1897), 71.

6 Falconer Madan, <i>The Gresleys of Drakelowe </i> (Oxford, GB: n.p., 1899), 48-50.

7 <i>Some Account of Colton and of the De Wasteneys Family </i> (Birmingham, GB: Hudson and Son, 1897), 392.

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