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Edmund Metcalfe

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Nappa, Yorkshire, , England
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir James Metcalfe and Gelsone Metcalfe
Brother of Bryan x Metcalfe, (of Beare Park); Johanna Joan Tempest; Cecily Metcalfe; Thomas Metcalf, of Bainesbridge, Chancellor; Myles Metcalfe and 1 other

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About Edmund Metcalfe

  • Dugdale's Visitation of Yorkshire, with Additions, Parts 5-7 By Sir William Dugdale
  • Pg.121
    • Metcalfe of Nappa.
  • I. JOHN METCALFE, of Nappa or the neighbourhood, mar. Alice . . . and his issue —
  • II. JAMES METCALFE, of Napa, in com. Ebor., Esq'r., was a Cap't in the Battell of Agincourt, temp. H. 5, bought Nappa of Sir Richard Scrope, b. 1389, d. cir. 1472, probably buried with his wife at Askrigg, mar. . . . daughter of . . . Gibson, of Ireby Hall. (This marriage considered doubtful.) The had issue —
    • 1. Thomas (III).
    • 2. Brian Metcalfe, of Beare Parke, in co. Ebor.
    • 3. Miles Metcalfe, Recorder of York, Justice of Assize at Lancasster, M.P. York 1477, d. 12 Feb. 1485-6, bur. at York Minster. Will 12 Feb. 1485-6, pr at york 21 Nov. 1486 (Test. Eb., iv, 9), mar. Matilda . . . Will 22 Jan., pr. at York 22 mar. 1491-2, to be bur. in York Minster. They had issue —
      • .... etc.
    • Edmund, (?) eldest son, b. circ. 1420, d v.p., mar. Katherine . . .
    • Joan, (?) mar. . . .
  • III. THOMAS METCALFE, Chancellour of ye Dutchy of Lancaster, temp. R. 3, of Nappa, J.P., b. cir 1424, d. 1503-4,
  • Pg.122
  • mar. Elizabeth, daughter and coheire of William Hartlington. They had issue —
    • .... etc.


  • Romantic Richmondshire: Being a complete account of the history, antiquities ... By Harry Speight
  • Pg. 461
  • .... etc.
  • It is not known when the family first appeared in Wensleydale, but they were certainly there in the 13th century, although it is impossible at this distance of time and in the absence of authentic records to establish their relationship with the John Metcalfe, father of James Metcalfe, of Nappa, who lived in the time of Richard II. After protracted research it must be stated that whatever pedigrees have been published containing a connected descent anterior to this period can only be regarded as conjectural. James Metcalfe, son of John and Alice Metcalfe, was born in the year 1889, as is shewn on the evidence of James himself, given on the taking of the inquisition for proof of age of Henry le Scrope,. son and heir of Richard le Scrope, of Bolton, Kt., taken at York Castle 25th January, 1439-40. But who was the father of John has never been properly proved, and after the most careful search it seems doubtful now whether it ever will be. In the Herald's Visitation for the year 1530 appear the "armes of John Metcalfe esquyer, beside Richemont, and auditoure to the kyng in those partyes" : Argent, three calves passant sable, in the fess point a crescent gules for difference. It is not known how he was related to the Nappa family, but in his will, proved at Richmond in 1541, he mentions his cousin Christopher Metcalfe, of Nappa, Esquire, and also his cousin Marmaduke Metcalfe.
  • James Metcalfe took part in the French campaign in 1415, and waa a Captain at the battle of Agincourt. His home was then at Worton in Wensleydale, and there is no doubt that he went out at the instance of Sir Richard Scrope, of Bolton, who was indented to attend in his own person in France, and bring 15 men-at-arms and 45 archers ; a small retinue when compared with others, but representing at that day probably the whole available fighting force of Wensleydale. Some years after the great battle Sir Richard was again in France, and died in 1420 during the siege of Rouen. He had in the interim between the battle of Agincourt and his return to France, enfeoffed James Metcalfe in a portion of his estate called Nappa, where he afterwards resided, and was the ancestor of the long and illustrious line of Metcalfes who emanated from that house. He was also the founder of the chantry in Askrigg church, previously mentioned.
  • Edmund Metcalfe, eldest son of James, was born about 1420, but died in his father's lifetime. His younger brother, Thomas, succeeded to the estate at Nappa, where he permanently resided and married a daughter of William Hertlington, an ancient and arms-bearing family,
  • Pg.462
  • seated at Hertlington in Craven. Sir William Slingsby, in his additions to the Yorkshire Visitation of 1584 at the College of Arms, states he was a member of the Privy Council and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in the 38th Henry VI. (1459-60). But to have attained to the Chancellorship at so early an age is probably a mistake, though he undoubtedly received the latter appointment in 1483, but whether for the first time is unknown. Many other responsible offices he held besides. In 1485-6 he received a grant of the office of Surveyor of the Castle and lordship of Middleham, and of all manors, lordships, &c., within the liberties of Richmond. This was an appointment of considerable importance, and was probably one of those referred to by Leland when he said that Thomas Metcalfe "waxed rich" ; its value to him being no doubt much greater than the mere amount of salary attached.
  • The estate or demesne of Nappa, which probably contained no more than some 400 acres, even with the additions stated by Leland to have been made by Thomas, descended together with whatever share he had in the Hertlington lands in right of his wife, to his eldest son, .... etc.


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Nappa, Yorkshire, , England
July 19, 1464
Age 44