About Hugh de Wrottesley (Wriothesley)
- 'Hugh de Wrottesley
- M, b. circa 1348, d. 1381
- ' Hugh de Wrottesley was born circa 1348 at of Wrottesley, Staffordshire, England. He married Isabella Arderne, daughter of Sir John de Arderne and Elena de Wasteneys, circa 1370. Hugh de Wrottesley died in 1381.
- 'Family Isabella Arderne
- ◦John de Wrottesley b. 20 Sep 1379, d. 7 Sep 1402
- 'Full text of "History of the family of Wrottesley of Wrottesley, co. Stafford"
- 'History of the family of Wrottesley of Wrottesley, co. Stafford
- William de Wrottesley left two sons, 'Hugh' and Roger, and two daughters, Idonia and Elionora, the eldest child being only six years of age. He died within seven years of his marriage with Joan Basset, in the prime of life, and making allowance for the interval which must have elapsed before the tidings of his death could have reached the Abbot, and an action in Banco have been commenced against his widow, it seems probable that he died during the military operations in Scotland in the autumn and winter of 1319 — 1320.
- ' A guardian in chivalry was bound to maintain his ward, and for the five years following the death of his father, Hugh de Wrottesley would have been brought up by the Abbot of Evesham. On the 15 January 1325, the young heir being then eleven years of age, the Abbot sold the custody of the manor of Wrottesley and the marriage of the heir to John de Hampton, the Hereditary Seneschal or Steward of the Monastery. The deeds which passed upon this occasion were as follows : — . . ..
- '.. . . It is not unlikely that at the same time Hugh de Wrottesley had been handed over to the care of his mother and John de Tettebury, for judging by what we know of the character and subsequent proceedings of Hugh de Wrottesley, his guardian must have been glad to be relieved of his charge. Whatever the arrangement may have been, the result was unfortunate and produced a violent feud between Hugh and his stepfather.
- ' Sir Hugh de Wrottesley, K.G., A.D. 1333 to A.D. 1381.
- ' Sir Hugh de Wrottesley, who now succeeded to his inheritance, is shewn to be son of the last Sir William by the deeds above printed, a suit in Banco of Easter term 13 Ed. II, and another suit on the Staffordshire Assize Roll of 13 Ed. III. He was born in the early part of the year 1314, but is found to be a Knight and in full possession of his estates in January 1334. As he was under age at the date of his knighthood, he must have been made a knight on the field of battle, and he was doubtless one of those created by Edward III on the 19 July 1333, the eve of the battle of Halidown Hill.
- '. . . he mortgaged all his lands at Butterton and elsewhere on the moors for a sum of £20 to his father-in-law, Sir John de Hampton, the said sum . . .
- ' On the 23rd of the same month, these trustees reconveyed the same manor and mills to "Sir Hugh, and to her whom he had first married,1 and to the heirs of the body of the said Hugh," and failing such to John, son of John de Tettebury (his half brother), and to his male issue, and failing such to Walter, Thomas and Leo, his other half brothers, in succession in tail male, and failing such to his own right heirs. It would appear by this deed that his first wife Elizabeth had died, but had left issue by him. The seal attached to the first deed shews that he had relinquished at this date the Verdon fret, and had assumed in place of it the arms of his mother, Joan Basset. The shield bears the three piles and a (quarter Ermine, but the crest is the same as on the deed of 1337, viz., a boar's head issuing from a ducal coronet.2
- ' The release by the Earl was probably made on the eve of Sir Hugh's second marriage, for about this period the latter took for a second wife Mabel, the daughter and coheir of Sir Philip ap Rees of Talgarth, co. Hereford, and of Ideshale or Allbrighton, co. Salop. Sir Philip was son of Res ap Howel, one of the descendants of the former Welsh Princes and a man of very extensive possessions in Wales and Monmouthshire.3
- ' The Inquisition on the death of Philip, which was taken at Hereford on the 9 Sept. 43 Edward III (1369), states that he held at the date of his death the manor of Talgarth Engleys, of the King in capite, that he had died on the previous 4 August, and that his heirs were his daughters, Elizabeth, wife of Sir Henry de Mortimer, and Mabel, wife of Sir Hugh de Wrottesleye, and that Hugh and Mabel had a son thirteen weeks old.
- ' Another Inquisition taken at Shifnal, co. Salop, stated he held the manor at Ideshale jointly with Joan his wife, who survived him, and makes the same statement respecting his heirs, with the addition that Elizabeth was thirty years of age and Mabel twenty-four.1
- ' Within ten months of this date both Mabel and her child were dead, for on the 9 November the King issued the following writ to the Eschaetor, co. Hereford . . .
- ' Shortly after the death of Mabel ap Rees, Sir Hugh had married for a third time. His choice on this occasion was Isabella, the daughter of Sir John Arderne of Aldford, co. Chester. Sir John sas lord of Elford in Staffordshire, but
- ' On the following 14 January he was on his death bed and made provision for two sons, apparently illegitimate. By a deed, dated from Wrottesley, on the Monday after the Feast of St. Hillary, 4 Richard II, he granted to his son William, all his lands, tenements, rents, and services in the vills of Tetenhall and Codsall for the term of his life, together with a mill adjoining called Bordensmulne, and by another deed of the same date he granted to his son Richard, for the term of his life, all his lands and tenements in Beckebury and Wybaston.2
- ' He died, according to the Inquisition taken on his death,
- ' on the Monday after the Feast of St. Vincent, 4 Richard II, which would be the 28 January 1381, but to shew the difficulty of obtaining accurate dates at this era, the Court Roll of Wrottesley held on the following 9 January 1382, states, on the authority of all the tenants at Wrottesley, that he died on the Tuesday before the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Mary, 4 Richard II, which would be the 29 January 1381 ; whilst the Pipe Roll of the same year fixes the date as the 21 January 1381, from which day his pension of £40 ceased to be payable.
- '. . . that Hugh de Wrottesley died on the Monday after the Feast of St. Vincent last, and that Hugh, the son of the said Hugh, was his nearest heir by blood, and was ten years of age.
- ' At the date of his death Sir Hugh had just completed his sixty-seventh year.
- ' On the death of Sir Hugh, the controversy respecting the tenure of the manor was again revived, and the Abbot of Evesham claimed the custody and marriage of the infant heir. Isabella, the widow of Sir Hugh, survived him for a few months only, during which time she would hold possession of the manor under the deed of 1373. Up to the date of her death, she appears also to have retained the custody of all her children, and when that event occurred, on the 30 September 1381, her brother, Sir Thomas de Arderne, carried away the heir, in order to forestall the Abbot, when the latter took possession of the manor. If the tenure of Wrottesley was one by socage, the nearest relative not in the line of succession would be entitled to the custody of the lands and person of the heir.
- ' It appears to have been overlooked at the date of her death that Isabella was a tenant in capite in Cheshire, and the writ of "diem clausit extremum" was not issued till the 16 March 1401. At this date Hugh, the young heir, had died, and had been succeeded by a brother John. The writ, . . . .
Sir Hugh de Wrottesley's Timeline
Wrottesley, Staffordshire, England
Merefield, Somerset, England
September 29, 1379
Wrottesley, Staffordshire, England