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Eva de Oswaldestere

Also Known As: "Eva de Albo Monasterio", "Eva de Whitchurch", "Eve de Blancminster"
Birthplace: Oswaldestre or, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England
Death: after January 1283
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Roger de Albo Monasterios and widow of Llewelyn ap Iorwerth
Wife of Sir Adam de Chetwynd, of Cublesdon
Mother of Sir John de Chetewinde; Alicia de Chetwynd; William de Chetwynd; Agnes de Chetwynd and Cecilia de Chetwynd
Half sister of Gruffudd ap Llewelyn

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About Eva de Oswaldestere

5 children

  1. John b: in Hilderstone, Staffordshire, England. Married Joanna Stafford.
  2. William
  3. Agnes b: in Chetwynd, Newport, Shropshire, England. Married Nicholas II of Triplow de Barrington
  4. Cecilia
  5. Alicia, married Jordan Puleston

It has long been a vexed question who this Lady Eva de Oswaldestre was, but it is set at rest by the Chetwynd MSS. The retention of her maiden name shows she was a lady of some consequence. She is also described in several charters as a daughter of Roger de Albo Monasterio, Sire de Blancmostiers. For instance, John FitzPhilip granted to Eva, daughter of Roger de Albo Monasterio, and John de Chetwynd, her son, certain woodlands at Barlaston between Berryhill and Cokenegge (Cocknage), for which she paid him ten pounds in silver.

Her mother was a *Princess of Cymru, widow of Llewelyn ap Jorwerth, who took Blancmostiers for her second husband some time after 1240. Blancmostiers, or more properly, Blancminster, is synonymous with the Latin form De Albo Monasterio, the name by wich Oswestry or Oswaldestre was known for its beautiful Minster church.

The family had also lands in Cornwall and in Yorkshire, being descended from the Yorkshire Hagets on the mother's side. And they were allied in marriage with Bartholomew Turet or Toret one of those Shropshire knights who were out in rebellion against King John.


Eva de Oswaldestre, the widow of Adam Chetwynd, appealed to the king at Rhuddlan Castle in North Wales, where he was hold his first Wlch Parliament, to complain that the sheriff had unjustly depreived her of her rights. An enquiry was held at Stafford in January, and the jurors found her entitled to the custody of Tixall, Isptones, Weston and Chetwynd, for they all had been given to her by her husband some time before his death [Eyton, viii. p. 88].

Eve de Oswaldestre is described in several charters as a daughter of Roger de Albo Monasterios, Sire de Blancmostiers. On one charter, John Fitz Philip granted to Eva, daughter of Roger de Albo Monasterio and John Chetwynd, her son, certain woodlands at Barlaston between Berry hill and Cokenegge, for which she paid him ten pound in silver.

~ Chetwynds of Ingestre, pp. 20-25


  1. The Visitations of Staffordshire, 1614 & 1663/4,  p. 76. "Eva, filia Rog. de Albo Monasterios, relicta temp. H 3.". Married Adam de Chetwynd, miles, de Cubleston
  2. The Visitations of Staffordshire, 1614 & 1663/4,  p. 77.  
  3. H. E. Chetwynd-Stapylton, The Chetwynds of Ingestre being a history of that family from a very early date (London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1892).


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Eva de Oswaldestere's Timeline

Whitchurch, Shropshire, England
Age 26
Chetwynd, Shropshire, England
Age 33
Chetwynd, Shropshire , England
January 1283
Age 48