Christian de Lethenham (c.1167 - c.1200) MP

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Nicknames: "Christiana", "Christina", "Lethem", "Leteham", "Leetham", "Betham"
Birthplace: West Ward, Westmorland, , England
Death: Died in England
Managed by: James Francis Griffin
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The children of Walter and Christian were Robert, William, daughter Amabel, wife of Sir Richard de Preston, and an elder son Adam, presumably named after his paternal grandfather, Adam de Castle Carrock.

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From The Early History of the Stricklands of Sizergh, pp. 28-29

We know that the wife of Walter was Christiana Strickland because of an entry in the Assize Roll for Westmoreland, no. 985, m. 23, Sir William de Strickland, who is known to be the great grandson of Walter and Christian, refers to Christiana as his "great-grandmother, Christian de Leteham."

The author of The Early History of the Stricklands, Sydney Horace Lee Washington, says that Christiana's heritage is a mystery. There is no place in Westmoreland with the name of Leatham, nor records of Christiana's family. There is Leatham in northern Northumberland and Lytham in the Hundred of Amoundness, Lancashire, but he found no connections between Christiana and these other Lethams.

Christiana brought the manor of Great Strickland and the property at Middleton-in-Londale of the barony of Kendal to her husband. This is how this line starting with Vaux became named Strickland.

From The Early History of the Stricklands, p. 26-29

Walter de Strickland is recorded in the Westmorland Final Concords of 1208 as Walter de "Stircland" and Christian his wife who made an agreement with "Sigrid, daughter of Uctred" regarding a carucate of land in "Stircland," whereby Walter and Christian acknowledged the property to be the right of Sigrid [wife of Maldred], to hold of them and of their heirs of Christian by the free service of two shilling render yearly. In return, Sigrid granted to them all her land "from Aspelgile to Groshousic and from Groshouis to Bounwath." [Feet of Fines, Wetmorland, 10 John]

Dr. William Farrer used the above information to claim that Walter's wife Christian was possibly the sister of Sigird and the daughter of Uctred, but the author of The Early Strikelands, Sydney Horace Lee Washtington uses logic to disprove this theory. Sydney Horace Lee Washtington points to the Westmorland Assize Rolls and William de Strickland, known to have been Walter and Christian's great-grandson, where William refers to his great-grandmother as "Chistian de Leteham," in "Cristiana de Leteham proavia predicti Willelmi de Stirklaund."

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-------------------- Christina De LETENHAM (sister of Gilbert FitzReinfrid)

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We know that the wife of Walter was Christiana Strickland because of an entry in the Assize Roll for Westmoreland, no. 985, m. 23, Sir William de Strickland, who is known to be the great grandson of Walter and Christian, refers to Christiana as his "great-grandmother, Christian de Leteham."

The author of The Early History of the Stricklands, Sydney Horace Lee Washington, says that Christiana's heritage is a mystery. There is no place in Westmoreland with the name of Leatham, nor records of Christiana's family. There is Leatham in northern Northumberland and Lytham in the Hundred of Amoundness, Lancashire, but he found no connections between Christiana and these other Lethams.

Christiana brought the manor of Great Strickland and the property at Middleton-in-Londale of the barony of Kendal to her husband. This is how this line starting with Vaux became named Strickland.

~The Early History of the Stricklands of Sizergh, pp. 28-29

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Christian de Lethenham's Timeline

1167
1167
West Ward, Westmorland, , England
1171
1171
Age 4
England
1172
1172
Age 5
1177
1177
Age 10
Strickland, Westmoreland, England
1195
1195
Age 28
Great Strickland, Cumbria, England
1200
1200
Age 33
England
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Strickland, Westmoreland, England