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Elena Flore (Radcliffe)

Also Known As: "Ellen"
Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Radcliffe Tower, Lancashire, England
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard de Radcliffe, High Sheriff and Isabella de Radcliffe
Wife of Robert de Urswick; William Flore; Sir John Dalton, II, Knight and Sir Nicholas Boteler Of Rawcliffe Hall 1st Husband
Mother of Robert Urswick; Roger Flore, MP, Speaker of the Commons; Sir John Boteler, of Rawcliffe Hall; Richard Boteler Of Freckleton and Eleanor Clitheroe
Sister of Richard Radclyffe; William Radclyffe; Christopher Radcliffe; Thomas Radcliffe, of Wymersley; Roger Radclyffe and 1 other

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About Elena Flore

  • Ellen Radcliffe1,2,3,4
  • F, #90486
  • Father Richard Radcliffe, Sheriff of Lancashire b. 1327, d. 1377
  • Mother Isabella Plessington
  • Ellen Radcliffe married Sir Robert Urswick, son of Adam de Urswick and Sarah Tiliard, before 1374; His 2nd marriage.1,3,4
  • Family Sir Robert Urswick b. c 1335, d. Sep 1401
  • Children
    • Ellen Urswick+1,3,4 b. c 1376, d. a 1 Sep 1432
    • Thomas Urswick+2 b. c 1390
  • Citations
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 638.
  • [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 490.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 553.
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  • URSWYK, Sir Robert (c.1336-1402), of Tatham, Lancs. and Badsworth, Yorks.
  • b.c.1336, s. and h. of Adam Urswyk (d.1361) of Strickland Ketel, Westmld. by Sarah, da. and h. of Robert Tatham of Tatham and Over Kellet, Lancs. m. (1) by 1367, Margaret, da. and h. of Thomas Southworth of Upper Rawcliffe, wid. of Robert Hornby† (d.c.1363) of Middleton, 1s.; (2) by 1372, Ellen (fl. 1394), wid. of Sir John Dalton† (d.1369) of Dalton, Yorks., and Bispham, Lancs., at least 1s. Thomas*, 2da.; (3) by July 1398, Joan. Kntd. by 28 Oct. 1386.1
  • Offices Held
    • Master forester of Amounderness, Quernmore and Wyresdale, and forester of Myerscough, Lancs. for John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, 5 Sept. 1374-c. Feb. 1399, then for Hen. IV c. Oct. 1399-d.; chief steward of Lanes. for Gaunt 1392-3.2
    • Commr. of oyer and terminer, Lancs. Feb. 1382, Mar. 1383, 1384 (trespasses in Gaunt’s forests); array Feb. 1384, Mar. 1400; to recruit archers to fight with Gaunt in Spain Mar. 1386;3 of inquiry, Yorks., Cumb., Westmld., Lanes. May 1388 (wastes at St. Leonard’s hospital, York), Lancs. July 1391 (trespass);4 to make arrests Aug. 1396; prevent the spread of treasonous rumours May 1402.
    • Escheator, Lancs. 8 Apr. 1383-bef. 6 Oct. 1388, by 22 Mar. 1389-1 Dec. 1391.5
    • J.p. Lancs. 18 Mar. 1384, 15 Aug. 1393-July 1394, 16 Mar. 1400-d.6
    • Collector of pontage for the repair of Preston bridge, Lanes. 12 Mar. 1400-d.
  • So far as we can tell, the bulk of Adam Urswyk’s estates lay at Strickland Ketel in Westmorland, and it was through his marriage to Sarah Tatham, the heiress to extensive holdings in and around Over Kellet, that he became a landowner of real consequence across the border in Lancashire. Adam wore the livery of Henry, duke of Lancaster, as master forester of Bowland, and also distinguished himself in Edward III’s wars against the French, so it was natural that his eldest son and heir, Robert, should pursue a similar course. He probably entered the royal household while quite young, for in 1366, when he was about 30, King Edward made him a grant of ten marks a year for ‘long service’ both to him personally and to his younger son, Edmund, earl of Cambridge. Robert’s position at Court no doubt helped him to make a profitable marriage at this time, since although he had inherited his father’s estates in 1361 and had subsequently persuaded his mother to make over to him part of her inheritance, he still nursed grander territorial ambitions. His first wife, Margaret, was indeed a valuable prize: besides her father’s property in Upper Rawcliffe she also held as dower one-third of the possessions of her late husband, Robert Hornby. She and Urswyk may actually have been related in some way, as in 1367 they were obliged to seek a papal dispensation for an impediment which had come to light after their wedding. In the following year, in his capacity as an esquire of the earl of Cambridge, Robert made a trip to Prussia, taking with him six yeomen and letters of exchange to the value of 100 marks. He again travelled overseas in 1369, although neither his business nor his destination is recorded. His wife was then engaged in litigation for the recovery of part of her inheritance, and he may have returned in time to see her title confirmed at law.7
  • Robert’s growing influence at Court is evident from the regularity with which, from 1370 onwards, he intervened as a member of the royal household to secure pardons for Lancashire men convicted of murder. At least six such documents were issued at his behest, for as an esquire of the body to Edward III (being, moreover, from 1371 onwards in receipt of a second annuity of £20, payable for life) he commanded considerable reserves of patronage on his own account.8 The death of his first wife left Robert free to contract an even more advantageous marriage with Ellen, the widow of Sir John Dalton, whose murder, in 1369, had left her seised of the widow’s customary third of substantial estates in Bispham and Dalton. Later, in 1377, she and Urswyk obtained a grant of the farm of the rest of Sir John’s property, for which they agreed to pay £20 a year until his young son came of age; and it appears, too, that Ellen enjoyed a life interest in the manor of Little Hoole, settling it on feoffees about then in return for an annual rent of ten marks. This buoyant stage in Urswyk’s career marks the beginning of a close association with another of King Edward’s sons, John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, which was to last until the latter’s death over 20 years later. It is, indeed, worth noting that both his first wife, Margaret Southworth, and her successor came from families closely attached to the duke, who must already have known Robert for some time. In September 1374, Gaunt made him master forester of Quernmore, Amounderness and Wyresdale at a fee of £20 p.a.; and although the appointment had to be held in name only for the next six years because of vigorous protests from the existing incumbent, Sir Adam Hoghton†, it none the less signified a further improvement in Urswyk’s burgeoning fortunes. Not only did Gaunt reward him with such gifts as valuable consignments of timber for repairs to his private property, but the King also showed yet more ‘special grace’ towards his esquire in the very tangible form of a grant made in 1375 of the marriage, wardship and property of the late William Hornby’s nearest heir, and of another in the following year bestowing rights of free warren throughout the Urswyk estates. These now included the manor of Badsworth in Yorkshire, which had previously belonged to the Foliot family.9
  • .... etc.
  • .... Although well advanced in years, Sir Robert still possessed considerable energy, for in addition to his administrative duties he was also preoccupied with three important lawsuits. One concerned the render of debts owed to the late Richard Molyneux, who had made him his executor, but the others were for the recovery of sums claimed by him personally from John Radcliffe of Ordsall and his own stepson, John Dalton. The latter, who had reputedly failed to honour a bond in £100, outstanding for the previous 16 years, claimed that both the sheriff, Sir John Boteler, and the coroner, Robert Laurence*, were partial to Sir Robert because he was their kinsman, and that it was thus impossible for him to obtain a fair trial at the Lancaster assizes. In the event, however, Sir Robert’s death, in the late September of 1402, brought an end to litigation and Dalton escaped a reckoning.12
  • Sir Robert left two sons — Robert (d.1420), who succeeded him not only in his estates but also in the master forestership of Amounderness, Quernmore and Wyresdale, and Thomas, another devoted servant of the Lancastrian regime. His widow, Joan, survived him to enjoy possession of the jointure which had been conveyed to her four years earlier.13
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Elena Flore's Timeline

Lancashire, England
Age 14
Out Rawcliffe, Lancashire, UK
Age 17
Preston,, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Age 24
Rawcliffe, Lancashire, England
Age 30
Talham, England
Age 34
Oakham, Rutland, England, United Kingdom
Age 49