Odard, 1st Lord of Dutton

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Odard de Dutton (Dutton), LORD

Also Known As: "Lord Of /Dutton/"
Birthplace: Normandel, Orne, Basse-Normandie, France
Death: Died in Dutton, Runcorn, Cheshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Ivo DE DUTTON, Viscount Cotentin and Emma Comtesse De Bretagne
Husband of Alice Dutton
Father of Hugh FItzodard de Dutton, 2nd Lord of Dutton and Gilbert Fitzodard
Brother of Walter de Hatton, Lord de Hatton; Nigel de Lacy, Baron; Wolmer Stockport, Lord of Stockport; Wolfrid, Lord of Hatton; Jean de Contentin, Viscount de Contentin and 4 others

Occupation: Lord of Dutton, born in Cotentin, Manche, Low Normandy, 1ST LORD
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About Odard, 1st Lord of Dutton

First Lord of Dutton





From "The Memorials of the Duttons of Dutton In Cheshire", page 1


The earliest progenitor of the Dutton family in this country was Odard, the eldest or first-named of five brothers, who came over together, one of them as a priest, from Avranches (the birthplace of Lanfranc, their contemporary), in Normandy, at the time of the conquest. They then accompanied a Norman noble named Nigel, who became baron of Halton and who is said to have been a kind of cousin of the Conqueror's. It has for long been doubtful whether the five brothers were related to Nigel, or whether they were his friends or vassals who had volunteered in accompanying him upon that enterprising occasion, as their vassalage did not extend to foreign service. Nigel himself appears to have been in the retinue of the distinguished Hugh (Lupus), afterwards earl of Chester, who had contributed a maximum number of sixty ships* to the Conqueror's naval armament for the invasion of this country; and the five brothers mentioned, or at least four of them, as one was a priest, were most probably esquires to Nigel, as had they been of lower rank, their names might not have been recorded.

The ' Roll of the barons of Halton' states that with Hugh, earl of Chester, came one Nigel, a nobleman; and with Nigel came five brothers: Odard, Edard, Wolmere, Horswyne and Wolfaith, a priest (Ormerod, i. 643); and this seems to be the sole authority for any relationship between Nigel and the five brothers.

Sir Peter Leycester, the eminent Cheshire antiquary (1613-1678), remarks upon this statement: ' Whether those five brethren aforenamed were brethren to Nigel is a doubt, for then, methinks, he should have said, " with his five brethren," whereas he says only,' as above. Leycester was not only connected with the Duttons of Dutton by his marriage with lord Gerard's daughter, but he also compiled the Dutton genealogy; and no doubt he would have been glad to have determined so interesting a point in their favour could he satisfactorily have done so.

The modern editor of Ormerod's ' History of Cheshire' (i. 689) regards Leycester's objection merely as a grammatical doubt, of which there is nothing further to be found in its favour. He considers that there was no occasion for the record to mention the five brothers unless they were Nigel's own brothers, and therefore supposes them to have been so related to him.

It is, perhaps, remarkable, if they were Nigel's brothers, and thus related to the Conqueror, that while Nigel was made baron of Halton and given extensive possessions, such as might naturally follow from his relationship with the Conqueror, the other brothers received little or nothing, except Odard, who obtained the third part of a township, with other small holdings (in comparison with Nigel's), and Wolfaith, the priest, who got the living of Runcorn. Leycester describes Wolfaith as Nigel's brother (Ormerod, i. 674); while others, again, say that Horswyne and not Wolfaith was the priest. But the question of their relationship and identity is too much obscured by antiquity ever, perhaps, to be satisfactorily determined.

There is, however, evidence which, though of a negative kind, is perhaps the only evidence now procurable, that the five brothers were not related to Nigel, which Leycester and the successive editors of 'Ormerod's Cheshire' appear to have overlooked. The coat-of-arms afterwards borne by the Nigels and that borne by the Duttons are quite different, as may be seen by a glance at the accompanying illustrations; and such evidence at that time, though it may not entirely disprove, yet it renders very improbable, any relationship between them.

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  • Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry, Volume 2 By John Burke
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=0NEKAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA1510&lpg=PA1510&dq=Piers+Daniel+1484&source=bl&ots=a6J_jNcwsc&sig=mYF6dFH6p5VmXPs8EUtVRYuUUTI&hl=en&ei=_nDtTc36KZKasAO5hpWnAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CFAQ6AEwCTgo#v=onepage&q=Piers%20Daniel%201484&f=false
  • Pg. 1509
  • etc. ....
  • ODARD, the third son, was the ancestor of the Duttons, now extinct in the male line, the Barons of Chedill, also extince, and the Warburtons. This Ordard flourished during the reigns of WILLIAM the Conqueror and RUFUS. "He," says Dr. Gower, "like his uncle, Hugh Lupus, had a sword of dignity,' which, in the year 1665, was in the possession of Lady Kilmorey, (the last representative of the elder branch of Odard's descendants,) and had been preserved for many years as an heir-loom, by the name of 'Odard's sword.' "
  • ODARD DE DUTTON had a son, named
  • HUGH FITZODARD, who flourished in the early part of the reign of HENRY II. In a recital contained in a deed among the Dutton records, there is a description of the deathbed-scene of this Hugh Fitzodard. His cousin, William Fitznigel, and the son of William Fitznigel, are there stated to have come to him on his deathbed at Kekewick, and to have solemnly confirmed to Hugh, the son of this Hugh, the lands which the dying father held under Fitznigel, and on the occasion Hugh gave to William Fitznigel, his war-horse and his coat of mail, and the son, Hugh, gave to the younger, William, a palfrey and a sparrow-hawk.
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Odard, 1st Lord of Dutton's Timeline

Normandel, Orne, Basse-Normandie, France
Age 20
Chester, Cheshire, England
Age 32
Age 40
Dutton, Cheshire, England
Age 40
Dutton, Runcorn, Cheshire, England
May 28, 1895
Age 40
May 28, 1895
Age 40
August 26, 1895
Age 40
August 29, 1895
Age 40
January 11, 1946
Age 40