About Roger Pilkington
- 'Sir Roger Pilkington1,2,3
- 'M, b. 1325, d. 2 January 1406
- Father Sir Roger Pilkington b. c 1291, d. 1343
- Mother Alice Bury d. c 1374
- ' Sir Roger Pilkington was born in 1325 at of Pilkington, Lancashire, England. He died on 2 January 1406.
- ◦Sir John de Pilkington+ b. c 1365, d. 16 Feb 1421
- ◦Isabel Pilkington b. c 1367
- ◦Lora Pilkington+2 b. c 1369
- ◦Matilda (Maud) Pilkington+3 b. c 1371, d. 1423
- 1.[S9432] Unknown author, The Pilkington Family, by Lt. Col. John Pilkington, 3rd Ed., 1912, p. 43/4.
- 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 4.
- 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 23-24.
- 'Full text of "History of the Pilkington family of Lancashire and its branches, from 1066 to 1600"
- 'History of the Pilkington family of Lancashire and its branches, from 1066 to 1600 (1912)
- Descent VIII. ---Sir Roger de Pilkington (born about 1291 ; died in 1343), the eldest son of Sir Roger, succeeded to the lordship
- of the manors of Pilkington, Cheetham, &c., in 1323 ; he was also the over-lord of Rivington manor.
- He died in 1343 — in which year his eldest son, being then under age, was fined for not undertaking Knighthood.95
- His wife was Alicia, the daughter of Henry de Bury, lord of Bury (her mother being Margery the daughter of Richard de Radcliffe, of Radcliffe), who became heiress to her brother Henry de Bury, junior. After the death of her mother and her brother, she inherited the manor and lordship of Bury by virtue of the settlement of 1313,96 and so enriched the Pilkingtons of this branch.
- About the year 1374 Alicia died intestate, and, according to the Treaty Rolls, her eldest son Sir Roger was appointed Administrator of her estate — the entry being as follows, " Rogerus filius Rogeri de " Pilkynton miles administrator bonorum et catellorum Aliciae de " Pilkynton alias dictus Rogerus filius Rogeri de Pilkynton. Teste Rege apud Westm'r., 6th December, 1374; per billam."97 It would appear that, prior to the latter date, Henry the brother of Roger had acted as administrator98 — perhaps without right — and on the 30th January, 1375, Roger proceeded against Henry, Robert, and Richard (who are styled his brothers) in a Plea for debt99 arising out of same.
- The issue by the marriage with Alicia de Bury comprised four sons and three daughters, viz. : —
- ' 1. Roger, of whom see Descent IX.
- 2. Robert, the second son, who was born in 1329, and the date of whose death was not earlier than 1399. . . .
- 3. Henry, the third son; described as "Henry son of Sir Roger" in a suit of 1356, regarding lands in Highfield, Farnworth, . . . . .
- 4. Richard, was the fourth son of Sir Roger. He became Rector of Prestwich in 1361 on the nomination of Richard de Radcliffe, and held the benefice until his death in 1400.114 . . . . .
- Sir Roger de Pilkington's three daughters were : —
- (1.) Jane, who became the wife of John del More, of Liverpool.116
- (2.) Margaret, who married Sir John son of Sir Thomas de Ardern117 of Elford, co. Staff., by whom there was issue an only daughter Matilda who became the wife of Thomas the third son of Sir John de Stanley, K.G., of Lathom. After the death of Sir John de Ardern in 1408 Margaret married Sir Robert Babthorp as his second wife, by whom she had no issue and died 1423.
- (3.) Isabel, who married Nicholas de Prestwich.
- ' Descent IX.---Sir Roger de Pilkington, the eldest son of Sir Roger, and Alicia de Bury his wife, was born about 1325 ; he died on the 2nd January, 1406, as will be seen later.
- ' According to the Pipe Rolls of Edward the Third, he was fined 40s. when under age in 1343, and again in 1345, for not undertaking Knighthood [" non suscipit ordinem militarem "].
- ' On the death of his father in 1343, he became lord of Pilkington, Cheetham, Crompton, &c., and in 1375, on the decease of his mother, he succeeded to the manor and lordship of Bury, together with the right of presentation to Bury Church.
- ' The date of his death was the 2nd January, 1406-7 (9 Henry IV), as stated at the Inquisition postmortem taken 11th August, 1407.127
- ' He left issue, one son and two daughters : —
- 1. Sir John, his son and heir, of whom details will be found at Descent X.
- 2. Isabel, who married Thomas de Lathom, son of Sir Thomas de Lathom, who died at Knowsley in 1382.128 They had an only daughter who died young. Isabel afterwards married Sir John de Dalton.
- 3. Lora, who, in 1398, married Laurence de Standish, of Standish, a son of Ralph de Standish and Cecilia daughter of Roger de Bradshagh, and settlements were made upon them of lands in Shevington, Standish, and Longtre.129
- 'This Roger's wife was Unknown, Alicia de Bury was his mother.
- '(The) history of the Lancashire family of Pilkington and its branches from ... By John Pilkington
-------------------- Isabel Pilkington of the de Pilkington family married John Dalton II, 1335 c.
Her father was Roger de Pilkington III.
Descendants of Leonard of Pilkington:
Generation No. 1
1. LEONARD of PILKINGTON
Notes for LEONARD OF PILKINGTON:
Leonard of Pilkington has often been asserted to be the Saxon Thane who held the manor of Pilkington at the time the Norman’s invaded England’s shores. He also fought under Harold at the Battle of Hastings.
Notes for Leonard:
There certainly was a Saxon lord of Pilkington at that period, but no record can be discovered which supplies that name. In the History of Lancashire there is mention's the name "Leonard," and for authority cites that very manuscript, which is supposed to be a copy of what was prepared by a. professional pedigree-maker for Sir Arthur Filington of Yorkshire when created Baronet in 1635 by King Charles the First; it commences, " Leonard at the Battle of Hastings, Leonard Pilkington, lord of Pilkington Tower, had a command under Harold, on whose defeat at Hastings he fled from the field of battle, and, when hotly pursued, put on the clothes of a mower and so escaped. From this circumstance he took for his crest a mower of parti-colours, gules & argent."
Origin of the name Pilkington
The name is thought to be pre 1066 Anglo-Saxon, possibly from north Germany (the Holstein region).
Pilk - a proper name in use in Holsteining - the offspring of
ton - a dwelling place, village or town
Put together - the dwelling place of the family of Pilk
The descent of the Pilkington family can be traced from Leonard de Pilkington, Lord of the Manor of Pilkington, who fought under Harold at the Battle of Hastings. After his victory, Norman William divided large tracts of Britain amongst his many followers and the ownership of a vast estate in south-east Lancashire (including the area now occupied by Whitefield) was confined upon Sir Leonard de Pilkington. How he persuaded William I to allow him to keep his manor is unknown.
Having acquired this new and highly desirable property this first Knight set about turning it to some practical use and created a Park which bore his own name. This park included more land than is, at present, covered by Whitefield U.D., and took in considerable tracts from what are now the towns of Radcliffe and Heywood as well as further land, now the Unsworth area of Bury. It was at Stand, the highest point in this Park (the name 'Stand' is derived from a hunting stand, from which the country could be scanned for game), that Sir Leonard built his manorial hall.
At least two of his descendants took part in the Crusades and journeyed to the Holy Land, but this co-operation with the ideas of the Monarchy did not last and, in 1322, Sir Roger de Pilkington was taken prisoner at the Battle of Boroughbridge by the forces of Edward II. He was, however, pardoned, and further Pilkington's (Sir John with his son John) earned their house a return to Royal favour by courageous conduct at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, fighting under Henry V, and, by contributing, heavily, to the Royal Exchequer. (See next)
One of his descendants, Sir John Pilkington, with his son John and their retainers went to France with Henry V and fought at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. At Agincourt the retinue of Sir John was John Kay, Roger Kay and William Lee. His men consisted of ten lances and forty-five archers. In order to pay his troops Henry 'Pledged’ some of his jewels and plate to the younger John Pilkington. They were not redeemed until 1431.
Some time later the Pilkington family came into possession of the Manor of Bury, after which Bury became the principal residence of the family. Bury Castle was fortified and castellated in the reign or Edward IV. It has been stated that Edward also gave a license to Sir Thoman Pilkington to kernel and castellate his manor house at Stand, but it is doubtful if the work was carried out.
Sir Thomas Pilkington fought for Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field where Richard was killed and his opponent, Henry Tudor became king. As a result, Henry VII confiscated all Sir Thomas's lands and gave them to Sir Thomas Stanley, whom he created Earl of Derby, The property included land at Nether Kellet, Haleworth, Saimesbury, Pilkington, Bury, Cheethatn, Cheetwood, Haliwell, Undesworth (Unsworth), Salford, Shuttleworth, Middleton, Shippelbotham, Smethills, Tottington, Bolton in Furness, Broughton-in-Furness, Urswick and elsewhere. Sir Thomas's lands were therefore extensive and well spread.
Harland says that Sir Thomas Pilkington was killed whilst fighting for Lambert Sirnnel at the Battle of Stoke. On the other hand, the Victoria County History of Lancashire states that he was not killed there and that he was pardoned in 1506; but this seems unlikely as it is stated that his son Roger died in 1501 and that Roger had no son so what was left of his estate was divided between Roger's six daughters. It seems probable that Sir Thomas was at Urswick when he joined Simnel, for Simnel landed at Piel Castle in Furness and rallied his forces on Swarthmoor, which is not far from Urswick.
The11th century Stand Hall was family seat of the de Pilkington family who have lived here since before the battle of Hastings. A second Stand Hall was built around the 13th century by the Derby family, who were given the estate after Henry VII confiscated the Pilkington lands, this second hall was demolished in the 1940's. This was due to Sire Thomas Pilkington backing the wrong side at the Battle of Bosworth. This second hall was located to the east of the original hall. In 1515 a third Stand Hall was erected.
Generation No. 2
ALEXANDER DE PILKINGTON was born Abt. 1110, and died 1180.
Notes for ALEXANDER DE PILKINGTON:
Alexander of Pilkington, was born about 1110, and died 1180 is the first person for whom, according to existing records, can justly claim a place in the pedigree.
In the Lancashire Pipe Rolls of (31 Henry II, 1184-5) it is mentioned that payments were made into the Treasury by " Alexander son of Alexander," and by " William son of Alexander " No surnames are given, as they were not in use amongst the English earlier than the next generation. Both were of Salford Hundred in which the village of Pilkington was located, and they are believed to be the " Alexander de Pilkington and William de Pilkington "
Dr. William Farrer (and there is no higher authority), in his volume of Lancashire Inquests, expresses the opinion that the occurrence of these names in the Pipe Roll perhaps justifies the conjecture that there was an "Alexander, senior, lord of Pilkington, before the " Alexander de Pilkington " who, according to the records, held the manor of Pilkington in the time of King John.
Generation No. 3
SIR ALEXANDER DE PILKINGTON died Abt. 1231. He married URSULA DE WORKESLEGH.
Notes for SIR ALEXANDER DE PILKINGTON:
In 1202 Alexander de Pilkington owned Rivington Hall.
Sir Alexander de Pilkington held the manor of Pilkington during the reign of King John, and, judging from the Lancashire Pipe Rolls, of (31 Henry 11)
In the Roll entries already referred to, he was in possession as early as the time of Henry the Second, six oxgangs of land in Rivington were also inherited by him.
He was alive in 1185, and up to 1231, or perhaps a little later. It was in this generation that the place-name " de Pilkington " was assumed as the hereditary family Surname.
At the Great Inquest (A.D.1212) concerning services due to the King, "Alexander de Pilkington was one of the seventeen trusty Knights who were appointed commissioners, and it was recorded on that occasion that he himself was the holder of land, under Robert Grelly (fifth baron of Manchester), by the service due for the fourth part of a Knight's fee, and by acting as a judge for the King, of "ancient tenure" That land was the manor of Pilkington, as is clear from later Surveys.
That Survey furthermore informs us that, at the same time, Sir Alexander de Pilkington held six oxgangs of lands in Rivington of the King by thanage tenure, at the rent due to the King of 10s annually, and that the sons of his mother's brother held that land from him.
In the Great Roll of (4 John A.D. 1202) records that Alexander de Pilkynton paid into the Exchequer 5s out of half a mark due for six oxgangs of land in Rivington, due under the tollage assessed by Richard de Nialebisse by the King's authority; payments were also made by him in other years.
In 1225, he was a juror on the Roll of Eyre in the matter of Homby Castle and the Montbegon family,
The Pipe Roll of I I Henry III (1226-7), records the receipt of 13 6s. Sd. which Alexander had paid on account of twenty-five marks due to the Treasury, for a fine.
It is conjectured that his wife was Ursula, a daughter of Geoffrey de Workedlegh, but actual proof is wanting.
The exact date of his death is not known; it would, however, be shortly after 1231 when he witnessed one of the Lord Ellesmere Deeds and prior to 1242, when Sir Roger de Pilkington become possessor of the manor of Pilkington. Alexander is supposed to have had three sons:
Generation No. 4
SIR ROGER DE PILKINGTON was born Abt. 1212, and died Abt. 1270. He married UNKNOWN.
Notes for SIR ROGER DE PILKINGTON:
Sir Roger de Pilkington was lord of the manor of Pilkington in 1242. It is possible that he was in possession somewhat earlier, for the name of the previous lord (Sir Alexander) is not met with in any discoverable document of a later date than 1231.
He also inherited the six oxgangs of land in Rivington, which had been held by his ancestors. In 1221 he was plaintiff with Geoffrey son of Luke, in the King's Court, against Henry de Bolton, chaplain of Bolton Church and, about the same date, was witness to a charter of Gilbert de Notton.
In 1242-3, at the Inquest ol Knight's Fees for levying the Gascony Soutage, it is clearly shown that he was then the hereditary possessor of Pilkington; that record says "Roger de Pilkington holds one-fourth of a Knights fee, under the over-lordship of Thomas de Grelly, Baron of Manchester, the King's tenant in chief.
In 1246 he was concerned in suits to recover damages for trespass in Sholver, when verdicts were given in his favour. The date of his death is not definitely known, but it would be about the year 1270, or shortly afterwards.
Generation No. 5
ALEXANDER DE PILKINGTON was born Abt. 1225 in Pilkington, Standish Parish, Lancashire, England, and died Abt. 1291 in Pilkington, Standish Parish, Lancashire, England. He married ALICE DE CHETHAM Abt. 1254 in Of Rivington, Lancashire, England. She was born Abt. 1230, and died 1274 in Pilkington, Standish Parish, Lancashire, England.
Notes for ALEXANDER DE PILKINGTON:
Sir Alexander de Pilkington, born about 1225; died about 1291, was the next lord who succeeded to the manor of Pilkington and to the six oxgangs of land in Rivington.
His name is repeatedly met with, as a witness to Lancashire and Cheshire Charters between 1250 and 1270, and in the latter year he and his son Roger were witnesses to certain Lever Charters.
In 1277 he commenced proceedings against Adam de Prestwich and others for wrongfully throwing down a dyke in Pilkington to the injury of "his tenants" through the de-pasturing of their corn; the verdict was that the dyke was partly in Prestwich and partly in Pilkington, and that Adam had wrongfully destroyed the part in the latter place, which was to be re-erected at his cost.. From time to time, as shown by the deeds (say between years 1270 and 1290), he added to his Rivington estate, for we find from the deeds that several of the small proprietors transferred their plots to him. These latter included Richard de Gaineisley,
Richard son of Richard de Gatnelsley, Roger son of Richard de Rovington, William son of Richard de Rovington, Ellen and Maud de Rovington and William de Brodehurst. In the transfers he is styled ' Alexander de Pilkington Dominus de Pilkington," and these acquisitions (with purchases made at a later date by his son, and his grandson) resulted in the Pilkington’s becoming possessed of seven- eighths of the entire township.
On the 25th April, he was one of the twelve jurors, with Geoffrey de Chadderton, at the Inquisition held after the death of Robert Grelly, seventh Baron of Manchester, and it was reported at the inquiry that Sir Alexander de Pilkington holds the manor of Pilkington for the fourth part of a Knights fee, and does suit" from Court Baron to Court Baron; he furthermore, on the 3rd of May 1282, was one of the jurors at the Sheriffs "Extent" of the barony.
Sir Alexander just prior to his death conveyed all he had in Rivington to his second son Richard, on the occasion of the marriage of the latter to Ellen, a daughter of William de Anderton, of Rumworth and Anderton. The deed is undated, but was probably 1290.
He died in or before 1291, as is proved by the fact that his eldest son Sir Roger was then in possession of the manor of Pilkington and was granted Free Warren by the King.
According to the Plea Rolls referred to below his wife was named Alice, and it is believed that she was the daughter of Henry de Chetham, and the sister of Sir Geoffrey de Chetham, lord of the manor of Cheetham and Crompton, who died in 1274.
Alice de Pilkington survived her husband, being described in the Plea Rolls of 1301 and 1309 at "Alice who was the wile of Alexander de Pilkington and in a Plea of Assize of Moitd ancestor against Adam de Rossendale and Margery, his wife, for th recovery of Dower land in Oldham and N4anchester.
Generation No. 6
SIR ROGER DE PILKINGTON I was born Abt. 1255 in Pilkington, Standish Parish, Lancashire, England, and died 1322 in Pilkington, Standish Parish, Lancashire, England. He married (1) ALICE DE OTTEBY. He married (2) MARGERY MIDDLETON. He married (3) AMERY DE BARTON, daughter of SIR GILBERT DE BARTON. She was born Abt. 1260, and died 1295.
Notes for SIR ROGER DE PILKINGTON II:
Sir Alexander de Pilkington, the eldest son of Sir Alexander I, was born about 1255 and died in 1322. He succeeded to the lordship of the manors of Pilkington, Cheetham and Crompton in 1291 on the death of his father and in recognition of "the good services rendered" King Edward the First on the 10th June, 1291, granted Free Warren " to him and his heirs for ever," being permission to shoot over his demesne lands of Pilkington,Whitefield, Unsworth, Cheetham, Crompton, Sholver, and Wolstenholme. A year later this right was confirmed to him.
In addition to the inheritance above mentioned, he was overlord of the six oxgangs of land in Rivington, which his ancestors had held. That property, however, was in reality given by his father to Richard the second son and remained a possession of his descendants until finally disposed of in 1611.
By an undated deed, known to be of the year 1291, Roger had a grant from Thomas de Mamcestre of his reversionary interest in land in Sharples, which was held for life by Adam de Pilkington, Roger's brother.
The Parliamentary Writs style him " Roger de Pilkynton, Knight Bachelor."
He had an eventual career, and we find that by Letters Patent of 25th February, (18 Edward I, I290), the King granted him I 00p, quite a large sum in those days, in consideration of his services in Gascony and "Aspes" and that in 1296 he had Letters of Protection "on going beyond the seas " on the King's service with William de Louth, Bishop of Ely.
On May, 1301, he was one of the nine witnesses who attested the Charter granted, by Thomas de Gresley, the sixth baron, to Manchester. In 1302, he contributed for his manors to the Aid for marrying the King's eldest daughter Eleanor.
On the 9th April 1312, being a time of great political unrest, he settled the manors of Pilkington and Cheetham on himself for life, with the proviso that the " remainder " after his death should be to Roger his eldest son, and, failing Roger's issue, then to William the brother of Roger, the children by his first wife. In the same year, owing to the increased unpopularity of the King, civil war again broke out, headed by Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, and resulted in the death of the King's detested favourite, Piers Gaveston, whom Edward, contrary to his father's dying wish, had recalled from banishment. Sir Roger being one of who sided with the Earl and the Barons had to seek the Kines pardon, which was granted on the 16th October 1313. He saw service in Scotland, and his presence at the disastrous battle of Bannockburn (which established Robert le Bruce on the throne of Scotland) in 1314. Roger, constantly to the fore in public affairs, was appointed a Supervisor of Array on many occasions. He was summoned to attend Parliament between the 28th July and the 8th August, 1316, when he and his brother, Sir John (the two Knights chosen for the County) were allowed their " Writ de Expensis," as commissioners in relation to the perambulation of forests. On the 7th August, 1318, he once more was proclaimed for being an adherent of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, but, on the 1st November, along with 453 others, was again pardoned with the consent of Parliament.
Civil war again broke out and in 1322, after the defeat of the Earl of Lancaster and the Barons at the fiercely contested battle of Boroughbridge. Roger was seized, and On the 17th March imprisoned at Tickhill Castle, Co. York. It was expended that he would be beheaded, but, on the intervention of his friend, Sir Adam de Swillington, one of the King's officers in Yorkshire, his life was spared, and, on the 1lth July 1322, the Lord Chiefjustice and Commissioners were directed to release him, subject to his giving surety for his good behavior, by oath and by bond; it was, however, stipulated that he be subjected to a fine of 300 marks (a fine which was never enforced) and be permitted to sue for the redemption of his estates.
It is probable that he had been wounded, for he died shortly afterwards, and by May, 1323, his widow (the third wife) Margery had married Sir Adam de Swillington; Margery and Sir Adam then jointly sued for, and succeeded in recovering the estates seized by the King.
Sir Roger's first wife, it is conjectured, was Amery, one of the three daughters (Agnes, Alice, and Amery) of Sir Gilbert de Barton, lord of Barton; the reason for this assumption is that Roger, who had two sons (Roger and William) by the first wife, became possessed after her death, in 1294-5, of one-sixth the manor of Barton, as shown by the Final Coneords "by the courtesy of England," a man and his issue became entitled to the inheritance of his deceased wife in the event of there being children by the marriage.
For his second wife, he married Alice daughter of Sir Ralph de Otteby, and on the 6th of April, 1295, her father settled upon them and their issue (" en franc marriage ") the manor of Otteby, County Lincoln. By her he had one child only, named Alexander.
He afterwards married, as his third wife, in or about 1310 (4 Edward 11) The Margery to whom reference has already been made. She was probably a Middleton, as in that year Robert son of Roger de Middleton enfeoffed Roger de Pilkington and Margery his wife of all his lands and tenements in Great Lever, together with certain wastes.
In 1316 Roger and Margery were jointly enfeoffed by " Ralph de Upton, clerk, of one-third the Mill of Reddish with appurtenances, together with other lands and tenements, " to have and to hold, to them and the heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten." This enfeoffinent was likewise forfeited to the King in 1322 on the occasion of the attainder of Sir Roger, but after his death it was recovered upon petition, and the mill was in possession of Roger's grandson named Roger in 1381. By this third marriage there were two sons, Richard and Adam.
Generation No. 7
ROGER DE PILKINGTON II was born Abt. 1291 in Pilkington, Standish Parish, Lancashire, England. He married ALICE DE BURY, daughter of HENRY DE BURY and MARGERY DE RADCLYFFE. She was born Abt. 1301 in Bury, Lancashire, England, and died 1374.
Notes for ROGER DE PILKINGTON II:
Sir Roger de Pilkington II was born about 1291 and died in 1345. He was the eldest son of Sir Roger who succeeded to the lordship of the manors of Pilkington, Cheetham, & Crompton., in 1323. He was also the over-lord of Riviiigton manor.
On the 7th January, IS Edward II (I325) Roger was summoned to perform military service in Guienne, in accordance with instructions from the King, he having rendered himself liable to assist in his foreign wars. It is clear from this that Roger had taken part, along with his father, in the rising of the Barons. The entry in Rot. Vascon includes the names of 180 persons in the County of Lancaster who were so summoned- it sets forth that Sir Roger " heretofore the King's enemy. " had obtained a pardon and restitution of his lands on finding surety to be ready to serve abroad whenever called upon, and was, therefore, commanded to repair to the King at Plymouth on the 17th March [of that year], properly mounted and equipped ready to embark to Guienne in the King's pay". "Furthermore, that he was " to certify before the first week in Lent the manner in which he purposed to be arrayed and equipped, and the number of men he would bring with him".
On the 24th Feb. 1340- 1, he was one of the jurors on the Inquisition appointed to fix the value of lands in the Wapentake of Salford, for the ninths and fifteenths, granted by Parliament to the King.
Under Privy Seal, King Edward the Third granted him exemption from Knight-service for life on the 16th May 1341. No reason is assigned for this, but it is probable that he had been wounded in the wars.
He died in 1343, in which year his eldest son, being then under age, was fined for not undertaking Knighthood.
His wife was Alicia, the daughter of Henry de Bury, lord of Bury (her mother being, Margery, the daughter of Richard de Radcliffe, of Radcliffe, who became heiress to her brother, Henry de Bury junior. On the 8th January, 48 Edward III (1374-5), John of Gaunt, Duke'of Lancaster, Baron of Halton, under his privy seal, appointed "Robert de Pilkington esquire" to succeed Mawkyn [Matthew] de Rixton as his Seneschal of Halton for life, a position which Mr. William Bearnont, in his History of the Castle and Honour of Halton, says was always held by a person of high social station, This high office embraced the Constableship of the Castle, and the Surveyorship of all the parks and Woods in the County of Chester.
Letters of Protection we're again granted to him on the 4th May, (I Richard II, 1378), as one of the retinue of John of Gaunt upon the sea, and therein he is described as " Robertus de Pilkyngton, armiger, Senescallus dominii de Halton in Comitatu Cestrix.
On the 6th February, 1383, and on the 7th January, 1386, similarly expressed letters were issued to him, whilst accompanying John of Gaunt to Spain and protection was also afforded to John del Wode, servant of " Robertus de Pilkington de Pilkyngton."
Robert was furthermore granted protection, on the 16th January, 1393, as one of the retinue of John de Holand, Earl of Huntington, Captain of Brest.""
According to the Gaol Delivery Rolls, on the 15th July, 1392, Thurstan Anderton, and others, were charged with having broken into the house of Robert Pilkyngton at Colton, Co. Stafford, and stolen sixteen arrows, and with wishing to kill him; verdict, not guilty; Released.
On the 22nd March 1398, by grant of Richard 11, "Robert de Pilkington esquire " and several others were allowed ten marks annually out of the issues of Nottingham, " because retained to stay with the King for life."
Generation No. 8
ROGER DE PILKINGTON III was born Abt. 1325 in Of Pilkington, Lancashire, England, and died January 02, 1405/06 in Pilkington Manor, Lancashire, England. His wife is unknown.
Notes for ROGER DE PILKINGTON III:
Sir Roger de Pilkington, the, eldest son of Sir Roger, and Alicia de Bury his wife was born about 1325. He died on the 2nd January 1406. According to the Pipe Rolls of Edward the Third, he was fined 4os. when under age in 1343, and again in 1345, for not undertaking Knighthood.
On the death of his father in 1343, he became lord of Pilkington, Cheetham, Crompton and in 1375, on the decease of his mother, he succeeded to the manor and lordship of Bury, together with the right of presentation to Bury Church. In 1346 he contributed to the Aid for Knighting the King's eldest son, a subsidy which was not collected until 1355.
He was appointed on the Commission of the Peace for County Lancaster in 1350. On the 3rd July 1354, he received Letters of Protection whilst on an expedition with John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, to France, and was granted a license for Attorneys to act on his behalf in all Pleas, &C., during that absence.
Sir Roger was in high favour during the reigns of Kings Edward the Third and Richard the Second, and the Close Rolls show that he was six times returned Knight of the hire, as one of the two representatives in. Parliament for County Lancaster, viz. in 1363, 1364-5, 1368, 1376-7, 1382 and 1384. On the 1st June, 1383, a precept was granted to Sir Roger de Pilkington, and Robert de Clifton, for the payment of 10p, the expenses to the Parliament at Westminster, as Knights elected for the Duchy Commonalty."'
In 1369, he and four others were appointed Commissioners of Array, for the County of Lancaster, to press and enroll 400 archers to accompany John of Gaunt to'Aquitaine.
On the 20th February, 1382-3, Sir Roger and three others were appointed Commissioners of Array against the Scots for Salford Hundred. On the 1sth March, 1383-4, he was appointed on the Commission of the Peace for Salford. At the great heraldic controversy, " Scrope v. Grosvenor," He was one of the four Pilkington’s who were summoned to give evidence before the Court of Chivalry.
On the 13th June 1386 he received a grant of Protection, with clause Volumus, on going to Ireland in company with Sir John de Stanley, on the King's service.
The date of his death was the 2nd January 1406 as stated at the Inquisition post mortem taken 11th August 1407.
Generation No. 9
ISABEL PILKINGTON was born 1344 in Knowsley, Lancashire Co. England, and died October 20, 1414. She married (1) SIR THOMAS LATHOM, Abt. 1363 in Knowsleys, Lancashire co. England. He was born 1324 in Knowsleys, Lancashire Co. England, and died Abt. 1381. She married (2) SIR JOHN DALTON 2ND. Abt. 1368, son of SIR JOHN DALTON 1st and ALICE HUSSY. He was born Abt. 1363 in Knowsley, Lancashire Co. England, and died 1407. She married (3) SIR JOHN STANLEY, KNIGHT OF THE GARTER 1385.
Children of ISABEL PILKINGTON and SIR JOHN DALTON 1st are:
i. SIR RYCHARD DALTON, b. Abt. 1370, Of Apethorp, Northamptonshire, England;
d. 1442; m. KATEREN VENABLES.
ii. SIR JOHN DALTON, b. Abt. 1375.
iii. ROBERT DALTON, b. 1380. -------------------- Sir Roger Pilkington was born in 1325 at of Pilkington, Lancashire, England. He died on 2 January 1406.
Sir Roger Pilkington's Timeline
Pilkington Manor, Lancashire, England
Knowsley, Lancashire, England
Pilkington, Lancashire, , England
Brixworth, Northamptonshire, England
Darrington, West Riding, Yorkshire, Eng
Standish, Lancashire, England
January 2, 1406
Pilkington Manor, Lancashire, England
December 16, 1936
December 16, 1936