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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


--Personal communication from Mr. Dave Hudson- headmaster of Pott-Shrigley school- who extracted this from "Leyester's Historical Antiquities", pp. 248-260, published 1673 as found in Gilbert Cope's "Genealogy of the Dutton Family of Pennsylvania", published 1871.

The Text including Genealogy of Horswin, Lord of Shrigley

The Warburtons claim consanguinity with the ancient blood-royal of England, being descended from Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy, through William, Earl of Eu, who married a niece of William the Conqueror. Richard, Duke of Normandy, grand-son of Rollo, sur-named sans-peur, had Issue besides his son Richard who succeeded him, his daughter Emma, Queen of England, and other children, two younger sons, Godfrey and William.

To Godfrey, his father gave the earldoms of Eu and Brion. On His decease the latter earldom became the heritage of his posterity, branching out into the now extinct houses of the Earls of Clare and Pembroke, while William, the younger brother, succeeded him in the earldom of Eu. He had besides others, his successor Robert, father of William, who married a sister of Hugh Lupus, Earl of Avranches, afterwards Earl of Chester named Jeanne, and niece of William the Conqueror. There was Issue of this marriage besides William's successor in the earldom of Eu and another child, six sons, named Nigel, Geffry, Odard or Huddard, Edard, Horswin and Wlofaith.

These six brothers accompanied their uncle, Hugh Lupus, into England, in the train of William the Conqueror, their great-uncle; and on the establishment of the Norman power had various estates and honors conferred upon them. Nigel was created Baron of Halton and constable of Cheshire; Geffry was Lord of Stopfort; Odard, Lord of Dutton; Edard, Lord of Haselwell; Horswin, Lord of Shrigley; and Wlofaith, Lord of Halton. Odard, the third son, was the ancestor of the Duttons, now extinct in the male line; the Barons of Chedill, also extinct, and the Warburtons. --Burke's Landed Gentry, p. 1508.

Odard, son of Yvron, viscount of Constantine, whose name is written in most records of later date, Hodard or Hudard was the Immediate ancestor of the ancient and numerous family of Dutton of Dutton. --Lysons' Magna Britannia, Vol. II.

Somewhere else Mr. Dave Hudson, personal communication, July 1999, read that Horswin was a priest but he still could have been Lord of Shrigley and married with offspring.

As you will recall, William the Conqueror had razed Cheshire County as part of his war with the English in his efforts to subdue the country. Thus, at the time of the Domesday Book, Cheshire was a vanquished land. Perspective, the Dutton Chronicle


Odard held Dutton in the Bucklow Hundred, West, from Hugh d'Avranches [Lupus ], Palatine Earl of Cheshire. Raven held it before [he was a freeman]. This land consisted of 1/1/2 virgates of land paying tax. Land for 1 plough. 1 rider with 1 slave. Woodland 2 leagues long and 1/2 wide; a hawk's eyrie. Value before 1066 was 5 shillings, now 12 pence. Domesday Book, Morris: 267d

Of the land at Halton manor, William son of Nigel holds the greatest part. Of William, son of Nigel, Odard holds 1/2 hide; Geoffrey 2 hides; Aethelhard 1 1/2 hides; Humphrey 1 1/2 hides; Odard 1/2 hide; Hardwin 1/2 hide. In lordship 3 ploughs; 12 villagers, 1 rider and 5 smallholders with 5 ploughs between them; 6 plough men. Meadow, 1/2 acre; woodland 18 acres. Total value of the manor before 1066 was 40 shillings, later laid waste, now what William holds worth 50 shillings. What the men-at-arms hold 54 shillings. Domesday Book, Morris: 266b

At Weston, Bucklow Hundred, West Odard and Brictric hold of William son of Nigel. Two hides paying tax. Land for 5 ploughs. They have two ploughs in lordship; three ploughmen; 5 villagers and 3 smallholders with 3 ploughs, 2 fishermen. Meadow, 2 acres; woodland 1 league long and 1/2 wide; an enclosure. Value before 1066, 8 shillings; now 35 shillings; had been waste. Domesday Book, Morris: 266b

At Aston, Odard holds of William son of Nigel. 1 hide paying tax. Land for 2 1/2 ploughs. In lordship 1 1/2 ploughs; 3 ploughmen; 1 villager and 1 smallholder with 1 plough. A mill which serves the Court; a fisherman; woodland, 1 acre. Value before 1066, 5 shillings; now 20 shillings. Domesday Book, Morris: 266b

From Morris, John, General Editor, edited by Philip Morgan; translation prepared by A. Rumble. Domesday Book, A Survey of the Counties of England, Compiled by direction of King William I, Winchester, 1086. Phillimore & Co., LTD., London and Chichester, England: 1978.

http://opendomesday.org/place/SJ5779/dutton/ From the Domesday Book survey of England, 1086 Place: Dutton Hundred: Tunendune County: Cheshire Total population: 9 households [quite small]. Total tax assessed: 1.0 geld units [very small].

Taxable units: Taxable value 0.5 geld units. Value: Value to lord in 1066 £0.1. Value to lord in 1086 £0.1. Households: 1 villager. 3 smallholders. 1 riders. Ploughland: 1.5 men's plough teams. Lord in 1066: Edward of Grappenhall. Lord in 1086: Edward of Grappenhall. Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Osbern son of Tezzo. Phillimore reference: 24,7

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