Thomas Metcalfe, of Bainesbridge, Wensleydale

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Thomas Metcalfe (Metcalf), of Bainesbridge, Wensleydale

Birthplace: Nappa, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Wensleydale, Yorkshire, England
Place of Burial: Askrigg, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir James Metcalfe and Gelsone Ireby
Husband of Lady Elizabeth De Hertlington, Countess of Metcalfe; Unknown Medcalfe and Elizabeth Metcalfe
Father of Sir James Metcalfe; Cicely Metcalfe; Joan Metcalfe; Ottiwell Metcalfe; Francis Metcalfe and 3 others
Brother of Bryan Metcalfe, (of Beare Park); Joan Metcalfe; Edmund Metcalfe; Cecily Metcalfe; Myles Metcalfe and 3 others

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About Thomas Metcalfe, of Bainesbridge, Wensleydale

Legendary Origin of the Metcalf Surname: Two Saxon salesmen were travelling through the forest, the one named Wilfred and the other Oswald. They were surprised to see what they thought to be a red coloured animal of large size, approaching them at a slow gait. Wilfred, seized with fear, thinking it was a lion, rushed off to the nearest hamlet. The more courageous Oswald confronted the animal and found it to be, not a lion, but a harmless red calf From that time forward he was known as Oswald Metcalf and his friend received the name of Wilfred Lightfoot

The surname “Metcalf” belongs essentially to the north of England, and has its origin in Yorkshire. They were most plentiful in the district of Wensleydale. The history of the surname commences with a man who was called “Arkefrith”. He was a noble Danish warrior and commander who came over to England with King Canute in the year 1016 A D. In reward for his valuable services, King Canute granted him vast tracts of land and estates in northern Yorkshire. He was styled “Lord of Dent” and his name appeared as such in the DoomsdayBook.

He was succeeded in the ownership of his lands by his son Arkyll. Arkyl was succeeded by his son William, who in turn left left the estates to his eldest son Richard. Richard, however, seems to have ceded to his son Adam only a portion of the lands and estate of Dent, namely the lands extending to the top of the mountain known as “Calffe Fell”, on the borders of Westmorland ( the “Lake District” ).

This mountain was so named for the reason that in those times that neighbourhood abounded with wild deer and a deer up to the age of four years being called a “calffe” by the foresters. The mountain became known for short as “The Calffe”. By virtue of his owning half of the Calffe, in which neighbourhood he resided, Adam in due course became known as the man of “Half-the-Calffe”, and in time his son (also Adam) who succeeded him, took the name “de Medecalffe de Dent”. This was in 1278 AD. He was unfortunately “slain in single combat by one Richard de Steynbrigge who was mulct by ye coroner in a fine of 14/6d., but he himself died of wounds received in ye fight, before the sheriff could levy against him”.

He was survived by his eldest son who also bore the name of Adam, and who appears to be the first to use the surname in its more modern shortened form, being officially styled as “Adam Mede-calffe of Baynbridge, chief forester to the Earl of Richmond”. The name was spelt in this way for many generations, until, with modernised English spelling, it changed to the various forms in which it appears today.

In the senior male line of descent, the Christian name Adam recurs for many generations, until one comes to the name of James Metcalf, a very distinguished character, who, in the year 1415, was appointed Captain of the troops from Wensleydale area, and fought in the battle of Agincourt. He was the son of Thomas Metcalf of Bainbridge, in the District of Wensleydale, and for his services was knighted. He became Lord of the Manor of the magnificent and vast estate of Nappa Hill, on the shores of Lake Somerville.

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