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Christopher Moresby

Birthplace: Trotton, Sussex, England (United Kingdom)
Death: 1461 (55-56)
Sussex, England (United Kingdom)
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Son of Christopher Moresby and Margaret Moresby
Husband of Margaret Moresby
Father of Christopher Moresby

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About Christopher Moresby

  • Christopher Moresby
  • M, #80629, b. circa 1405, d. 1461
  • Father Christopher Moresby b. c 1380
  • Christopher Moresby was born circa 1405 at of Trotton, Sussex, England. He married Margaret Threlkeld circa 1428. Christopher Moresby died in 1461.
  • Family Margaret Threlkeld b. c 1408
  • Child
    • Christopher Moresby+ b. c 1430, d. 25 Jul 1499
  • From: __________________
  • The visitations of Yorkshire in the years 1563 and 1564, made by William Flower, esquire, Norroy king of arms (1881)
  • Pg.250
    • Pickering. Pg.250-251
  • Sir James Pykerynge Knight. = Anne doughter & heyr of Sir Crystofer Moesby.(+); ch: (Pg.251 Sir Cristofer (m. Jane Lewkner), Pickering), James (m. Elsabeth Thyrkell), Thomas, William (m. Wenefred Thyrkell) Pykerynge.
    • James Pykerynge 2 son. = Elsabeth doughter & on of theyres of Sir Launcelet Thyrkell.; ch: (Pg.251 Lancelot Pykerynge.)
    • Thomas Pykerynge 3 son.; ch: (Pg.251 Thomas Pickering.)
    • William Pykerynge 4 son. = Wenefred doughter & on of theyres of Sir Launcelet Thyrkell.; ch: (Pg.251 Anne, Ales, Jane, Wenefred, Elsabeth, Crystofer (heyre), John, Thomas, Edward Pykeryng).
    • Pg.251
    • Sir Cristofer Pickering, Knight son & heyr. = Jane doughter & on of theyres of Sir Roger Lewkner.; ch: Anne (m. Sir Frauncis Weston & Sir Henry Knevet & John Vaughan) Pykeryng.
    • (+) "The desent of Sir Crystofer Morysby is at large in my boke of petegres w'towt strynges." On f. 63 of this Manuscript, as in Visitation 1584. p. 120, his wife is called Margaret, daughter of Sir Lancelot Threlkeld. _____________________________________
  • Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society (1866)
    • July 26. (1499).
  • On a marble slab fixed in the south wall of the chancel of Penrith church, charged with the arms of Moresby, a cross, in the first quarter a cinque foil, is the following inscription : Hie jacet Christophorus Moresby Miles, qui obiit 26 die Mensis Julii A.D. MCCCCL-XXXXIX Jesu Mc'y.
    • Jefferson's Leath Ward, p. 51.
    • Dec. 16. (1499).
  • Inq. taken at Durham Monday 16 Dec'r 6th Bishop Fox (1499) after the death of Sir Christopher Moresby, Knt. He died 25 July last and Ann Pickering is his daughter and next heir and is aged 30 and more.
    • Durham Inq. P.M. Portf. 169, No. 46.
  • Little is known of the personal or domestic history of the family, and that little commences with the first Sir Lancelot. He seems to have been, at one time, at variance with his father, but the cause of this does not appear. He married Margaret, the only child and heiress of Henry Bromflete, Lord Vescy, and widow of John, Lord Clifford, who fell at Ferry Bridge, in 1461, at the early age of twenty-six, and from the terms of Inq. P.M., held on Lord Vescy in 1470, Margaret, then the wife of Sir Lancelot Threlkeld, must have been very young, although the mother of two children, at the death of her first husband. If she brought an accession of fortune and of consequence to her second lord it was not unaccompanied by care, for her sons had to be secreted from the vengeance of the Yorkist faction. Lord Clifford having incurred their special hatred by slaying the young Earl of Rutland, whom they always described as a child compared with his adversary, whereas there was, after all, no great disparity of age between the two.
  • That Sir Lancelot strove not unsuccessfully to preserve the lives of his stepsons, the not unworthy words of Wordsworth bear record—
    • " Give Sir Lancelot Threlkeld praise,
    • Hear it good man old in days,
    • Thou tree of covert and of rest
    • For this young bird that was distrest ;
    • Among thy branches safe he lay,
    • And he was free to sport and play
    • When falcons were abroad for prey."
  • It is a curious fact, which one cannot help associating; with Sir Lancelot and the concealment of the young Cliffords, that there is a secret chamber or nook at Yanwath Hall, only discovered within the last few years. Sir Lancelot had three sons ; Lancelot his successor, James or John, of whom nothing seems to be known, and Christopher, of whom more hereafter. He had also four daughters ; Margaret, who married Sir Christopher Moresby ; Johan, who became the wife of Sir Brian Stapleton ; Anne, who married Sir Hugh Lowther ; and Elizabeth. Sir Lancelot probably died before 1492. He was buried in Crosby Ravensworth church, where the Arms of Threlkeld, impaling the cross of the Vescys and the bend fleury of the Bromfletes in a manner not strictly in accordance with the rules of heraldry, may be seen on the massive tomb, in the vault beneath which, Sept. 20, 1745, was also laid Robert Lowther, the eccentric and tyrannical father of the sole Earl of Lonsdale of the first creation, who, in both characteristics far exceeded the paternal example.
  • His wife no doubt survived him, for she died at her ancestral estate in Londesborough, April 14, 1493.
  • The eldest son of Sir Lancelot, and the second of that name, married firstly, Elyn Radclyffe, as I find briefly stated in a pedigree attached to my papers on the Lowther
  • House, in Penrith. Writing at Naples, without being able to refer to my authority, I cannot give my proofs, but I am sure the statement is correct. I think she would be the mother of his children. His second marriage was, like his father's, calculated to bring eclat and a good dowry to his house, for Margaret was the illegitimate daughter of Richard Neville, the great Earl of Warwick, and widow of Richard Hudleston, K.B., eldest son of Sir John Hudleston, of Millom, whom he predeceased. By Sir Richard she had a son and two daughters. Sir Lancelot was created a Knight of the Bath at the marriage of Arthur, Prince of Wales, in 1501 ; he was also one of the escort of the Princess Margaret when she went to Scotland to marry King James the IV. of that kingdom. I am unable to state when he or his second wife died, or where they were buried ; but he was dead before 1513, the date of the partition deed of his estate amongst his three daughters. Elizabeth, who had married James Pickering, took Crosby Ravensworth ; Winifred, who married William Pickering, the brother of James, (both younger sons of Anne, the heiress of Sir Christopher Moresby by their aunt Margaret Threlkeld, which Anne had married Sir James Pickering of Killington and Winderwath,) took Threlkeld ; and Grace, the eldest daughter, whom Dugdale and some other genealogists erroneously call Sarah, brought her husband, Thomas Dudley, the beautiful domain of Yanwath, the descent of which I propose to follow till it became merged in the wide-spreading possessions of the Lowther family. ________________________________
  • Sir Lancelot Threlkeld
  • Birth: unknown
  • Death: 1492
  • Son of Sir Henry and Alice. Second husband of Margaret Bromflete, daughter of Sir Henry Bromflete and his second wife, Eleanor FitzHugh. They had three sons and four daughters: Sir Lancelot, James, Christopher, Margaret (who would marry Sir Christopher Moresby), Joan, Anne, the wife of Sir Hugh Lowther, and Elizabeth.
  • Lancelot was buried in a massive tomb at Crosby Ravensworth.
  • Family links:
  • Spouse:
  • Margaret Bromflete Clifford Threlkeld (1443 - 1493)
  • Children:
    • Joan Threlkeld Stapleton (____ - 1543)*
  • Burial: St Lawrence Crosby Ravensworth, Crosby Ravensworth, Eden District, Cumbria, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 101775814
  • From: ________________________________
  • 'Temp41'
  • This section first uploaded on 15.12.07.
  • The family name is spelled variously as Threlkeld, Thirkeld, Thirkell, Thyrkell, Thirkill, etc..
  • William de Threlkeld or Thirkeld of Threlkeld, Cumberland (d 1409) mentioned on various web sites
  • m. Margaret
    • 1. Henry Threlkeld or Thirkeld of Threlkeld (d 1452)
    • Visitation (Yorkshire, 1584/5, Vaughan of Sutton) starts with this Henry but does not identify his wife. Visitation (Yorkshire, 1563-4, Lomley) shows that the Sir Lancelot who married Margaret Bromflete was son of Henry by Maud, dau of Sir John Lomley, sister of Lord George who m. Elsabeth Thornton. That Visitation is not consistent with what we show for the Lumley family on Lumley02, apparently mixing-up various generations. Accordingly, we provisionally follow those web sites which show the mother of Lancelot as ...
    • m. Margaret Thornburgh (dau of Roland Thornburgh)
      • A. Sir Lancelot Threlkeld or Thirkeld
      • Sir Lancelot is variously described as 'of Threlkeld' (for Joan), 'of Malmerby' (for Margaret), and 'of Yeawith' (for Grace). Nevertheless, the Lancelot who married Margaret Bromflete is identified as the father of at least those daughters. However, Visitation (Yorkshire, 1584/5, Vaughan of Sutton) shows Grace as of the next generation
      • m. Margaret Bromflete (d 12.04.1483, dau of Sir Henry de Bromflete, Lord of Vescy, m1. John Clifford)
        • i. Sir Lancelot Threlkeld or Thirkeld
          • a. Elizabeth Threlkeld or Thirkeld
          • m. James Pickering (son of Sir James by Anne Moreseby)
          • b. Grace Threlkeld or Thirkeld
          • m. Thomas Dudley (aka Sutton)
          • c. Winifred Threlkeld or Thirkeld
          • m. William Pickering (son of Sir James by Anne Moreseby)
        • ii. Christopher Threlkeld or Thirkeld (3rd son)
        • m. Joan Carliell (dau of John Carleill by Elinor, dau of Laurence Acton son of Laurence son of Sir Laurence Acton by Elizabeth, dau of Sir WIlliam Sturmyn by Joane)
          • a. .... etc.
        • iii. Margaret Threlkeld or Thirkeld
        • m. Christopher Moresby
          • a. Anne Moresby
          • m. Sir James Pickering
        • iv. Ann Threlkeld probably the Ann who married ...
        • m. Sir Hugh Lowther of Lowther (d c1511)
        • v. Joan Threlkeld shown by various web sites as of this generation
        • m. Sir Bryan Stapleton
        • vi. Margaret Threlkeld shown by various web sites as of this generation
        • m. William Belasyse of Belasyse
        • vii.+ other issue - James, Elizabeth
  • Main source(s):
  • (1) For Keynell : 'Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica' (Pedigrees and Heraldic Notes for Gregory King) with thanks to a site visitor (CV, 25.11.07) for bringing it to our attention
  • (2) For Thirkeld of Esthorpe (Threlkeld of Threlkeld : Visitation (Yorkshire, 1584/5 & 1612, Vaughan of Sutton)
  • (3) for Thirkell of Smallwood : Visitation (Staffordshire, 1583, Rugeley of Shenstone)
  • From:
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  • 'Pickering01'
  • Sir Crystofer Pykerynge of Ellerton
  • m. Ellen Haryngton (dau of Sir Rychard Haryngton)
    • 1. Sir James Pickering of Killington and Winanderwater (Winderwath)
    • m1. Mary Lowther (dau of Sir Robert Lowther)
      • A. James Pickering of Killington and Winanderwater
      • m. Margaret Lascelles (d 17.11.1499, dau of (Robert) Lascelles of Eskrick)
        • i. Sir James Pickering of Killington
        • Visitation (Yorkshire, 1563-4, Pickering) identifies Sir James's wife as Anne, dau of Christopher Moresby or Morysbye by dau of Ivo de Etton, but Visitation (Yorkshire, 1584/5 & 1612, Vaughan of Sutton) identifies her as ...
        • m. Anne Moresby (dau of Christopher Moresby by Margaret, dau of Sir Lancelot Thirkeld)
          • a. Sir Christopher Pickering of Killington
          • m. Jane or Elizabeth Lewkner (dau of Sir Roger Lewkner by Eleanor Camoys)
            • (1) .... etc.
          • b. James Pickering
          • m. Elsabeth Thyrkell (dau of Sir Thomas (sb Lancelot?) Thyrkell)
            • (1) .... etc.
          • c. Thomas Pickering
            • (1) .... etc.
          • d. William Pickering
          • m. Wenefred Thyrkell (dau of Sir Thomas (sb Lancelot?) Thyrkell)
            • (1) .... etc.
  • Main source(s): Visitation (Yorkshire, 1563-4, Pickering), Visitation (Walter C. Metcalfe 1887, Northamptonshire, 1564+1618-9, Pickering - various), Visitation (Northamptonshire, 1681, Pickering of Tichmarsh), Commoners (vol 2, Pickering of Old Lodge, p191+)
  • From:
  • __________________________________
  • 'Etton1'
  • Odard de or le Maunsell (a temp Henry I who r. 1100-1135)
    • 1. Geoffrey de Etton
      • A. Thomas de Etton
        • i. Thomas de Etton (d 1226)
          • a. Robert de Etton ancestor of Ettons of Etton
        • ii. Geoffrey de Etton of Gilling possibly father of ...
          • a. Ivo de Etton of Gilling (a 1240, Constable of Tickhill)
            • (1) William de Etton of Gilling (a 1251) possibly father of ...
              • (A) Sir Ivo de Etton of Gilling (a 1285, 1314)
                • (i) Thomas de Etton of Gilling (a 1316)
                  • (a) .... etc.
                • (ii) Elizabeth de Etton
                • m. Thomas Fairfax of Wilton (a 1360)
                • (iii) daughter mentioned by various web sites
                • m. Christopher Moresby
                  • (a) Anne Moresby
                  • m. Sir James Pykerynge
                • iii.+ other issue - Odard, William, Robert, Henry
    • 2. Odard
  • Main source(s):
  • (1) For upper section : VCH (A History of the County of York : North Riding : Volume 1 (1914) : Parish of Gilling)
  • From:
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Trotton, Sussex, England (United Kingdom)
Trotton, Sussex, England (United Kingdom)
Age 56
Sussex, England (United Kingdom)