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Robert de Stuteville (d'Estouteville), Lord of Cottingham

Also Known As: "Robert II D' ESTOUTEVILLE", "Robert IV De Stuteville", "Robert IV Stuteville"
Birthplace: Penrith, England
Death: circa 1183 (77-93)
Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert d'Estouteville II, Lord of Cottingham and Erneburge Fitzbaldric
Husband of Sybil de Valoynes and Helewise Murdac
Father of Eustace de Stuteville; Robert de Stuteville, V; William de Stuteville, Sheriff of Northumberland; John de Stuteville; Burga de Stuteville and 4 others
Brother of Nicholas de Stuteville, Seigneur de Valmont; Reginald de Estoteville; Beatrix de Stuteville; Richard d'Estuteville; Daughter of Robert de Stuteville and 3 others

Occupation: Baron and Justiciar, Sherrif of York, Sheriff, High Sherrif of Yorkshire
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About Robert de Stuteville IV, Sheriff of Yorkshire, Lord of Cottingham

from the book A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire, By John Bernard Burke, published 1852 Starting with p.908.

His son, Robert de Estoteville II, inherited. He married Eneburga, daughter and heir of Hugh FitzBaldric. Through this marriage, de Estoteville gains Schypwyc (Skipwick, which became Skipwith). Their children were:

  • Robert de Estoteville III, inherited Cottingham.
  • Osmund de Estoteville
  • Patrick de Estoteville, inherited Skipwith and assumed the name Lord Patrick Skipwith, as was the custom. He married Beatrix, daughter and heir of Sir Pagan de Langtun.

Ben M. Angel notes: In order to resolve which Robert de Stuteville this is, it is necessary to look at the parent and spouse relationships. A review of who this Robert is connected to at present (6 December 2010):


  • "Robert II de Estouteville" by James Frederick Pultz (b. c1040)
  • "Robert De Stuteville II" by Lucia Pilla and 31 others (b. c1038, d. 1106)
  • "Robert de Stuteville II" by Ben M. Angel (b. c1070, d. 1138)

(The first two are representative of the Robert captured at Tinchebray, while the third is representative of the Robert present at the Battle of the Standard.)

  • "Adelize de Beaumont" by James Frederick Pultz (b. c1035 to Yves "Ivo" III de Beaumont and Adele de Gourney)
  • "Beatrix de Beaumont" by Teddy Nadeau and 3 others (b. c1040, d. 1091, daughter of Ivo de Beaumont-sur-Oise and Judith Adela de Beaumont Gournay)
  • "Blanche de Rieux" by Peter Breed and 5 others (b. c1045 to Quesnoc De Rieux and (Unknown) de Rieux)
  • "Erneberga de Stuteville (Fitzbaldric)" by Ben M. Angel (b. c1080, d. c1138, daughter of Hugh Fitzbaldric and Unknown)


  • "Erneberga FitzHugh or FitzBaldric" by Lucia Pilla and 23 others (b. c1075, d. 1099)
  • "Helwise de Stuteville" by Douglas Nicholls Robinson and 15 others (b. 1122 d. 1193)

An anonymous poster suggested this as a lineage without posting sources:

  • 2 Robert ll b. Abt 1040 d. Aft 1107
  • Blanche De Rieux b. Abt 1045 d. Y
  • 3 Robert De Stuteville, III b. 1085 d. 1183
  • Erneburga Fitz Baldrick b. 1075 d. Y
  • 4 Robert De Stuteville, III b. Abt 1105 d.
  • Hawise Helewise Murdac b. Abt 1115

But it does help illustrate, through the suggested spouses, that the this individual is not the Robert born c1040 (or for that matter 1070).

Unsupported (and based on existing parent and spouse relationships, incorrect) assertion:

There are conflicting profiles. This one agrees with this source:

Alternative names: De Estoteville

(Ben M. Angel notes: De Estoteville is a GEDCOM misspelling of d'Estouteville - please back your research with better sources)

From the Wikipedia page on Robert III de Stuteville:

Robert III de Stuteville (died 1186) was an English baron and justiciar.


He was son of Robert II de Stuteville, one of the northern barons who commanded the English at the battle of the Standard in August 1138. His grandfather, Robert Grundebeof, had supported Robert of Normandy at the battle of Tinchebray in 1106, where he was taken captive and kept in prison for the rest of his life.

Robert de Stuteville, the third, occurs as witness to a charter of Henry II of England on 8 January 1158 at Newcastle-on-Tyne.

He was a justice itinerant in the counties of Cumberland and Northumberland in 1170–1171, and sheriff of Yorkshire from Easter 1170 to Easter 1175. The king's Knaresborough Castle and Appleby Castle were in his custody in April 1174, when they were captured by David of Scotland, Earl of Huntingdon.

Stuteville, with his brothers and sons, was active in support of the king during the war of 1174, and he took a prominent part in the capture of William the Lion at Alnwick on 13 July (Rog. Hov. ii. 60).

He was one of the witnesses to the Spanish award on 16 March 1177, and from 1174 to 1181 was constantly in attendance on the king, both in England and abroad.


(From the book Anglo Norman Studies: Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2005:

"In March 1177, Robert de Vaux attended the royal council of London, and he was a prominent witness, together with other favored northern barons, including Robert de Stuteville, to the King's letter to King Alfonso of Castille and King Sancho of Navarre, confirming the peace settlement secured at the council... Also entered in the witness list were Robert III and Roger de Stuteville (possibly our sheriff), and four men with whom Robert de Vaux served as an itinerant justice in these years - Ranulf de Glanville, Bertram de Verdun, William Basset, and Ralph Pinkenot." Also: "Roger de Stuteville's entry to office as Sheriff coincided with and was facilitated by the installation of Robert III de Stuteville as Sheriff of Yorkshire. As a younger kinsman of a favored official, Roger was installed Sheriff over a county where his family's influence counted for more, perhaps, than its limited territorial interests... The invasions of 1173-1174 restored the fortunes of Ranulf de Glanville. Ranulf's promotion, and the promotion of his own kinsmen and friends in the post-war period, posed important challenges to the family of Robert III de Stuteville." And: "Robert III died sometime prior to September 1184." - Footnote: For the date of Robert's death, possibly in 1183, see the entry in Rotuli de Dominabus, ed. Round, 2.)


He seems to have died in the early part of 1186. He claimed the barony, which had been forfeited by his grandfather, from Roger de Mowbray, who by way of compromise gave him Kirby Moorside.

He is the probable founder of the nunneries of Keldholme and Rossedale, Yorkshire, and was a benefactor of Rievaulx Abbey.


Stuteville married twice.

By his first wife, Helewise, he had a son William de Stuteville and two daughters.

By the second wife, Sibilla, sister of Philip de Valognes, a son Eustace.

Robert de Stuteville was probably brother of the Roger de Stuteville who was sheriff of Northumberland from 1170 to 1185, and defended Wark Castle against William the Lion in 1174. Roger received charge of Edinburgh Castle in 1177.


From the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy page on Untitled English Nobility:

ROBERT de Stuteville (-1183).

"Gaufridus Ridel" confirmed a grant of property to "Johanni de Stutuilla" in his fee by charter dated to [1160], witnessed by "…R. filius Nicolai de Stutavilla, Thomas frater suus…R. de Stutuilla, Nicolaus de Stutuilla"[717].

"Robertus de Stutevilla" confirmed donations to Rievaulx of "terram de Houetona", for the souls of "Roberti de Stutevilla avi mei et Roberti patris mei et Erneburgæ matris meæ et Helewisæ uxoris meæ", with the consent of "Willelmi filii mei et alirum filiorum meorum", by undated charter witnessed by "…Johanne de Stutevilla, Nicholao de Stutevilla, Rogero de Stutevilla, Bartholomæo de Stutevilla…"[718].

The Red Book of the Exchequer refers to "Robertus de Stoteville cviii s iv d" in Yorkshire in [1167/68][719].

"Roberto de Stutevilla, Willelmo de Stutevilla" subscribed the charter dated 1168 under which Henry II King of England confirmed the property "in manerio de Hinton" of "Roberto de Basoges" granted to him by "comes Conanus"[720]. The Red Book of the Exchequer refers to "Robertus de Stoteville viii l, de novo ii s vi d" in Yorkshire in [1171/72][721]. "…Roberto de Stut[evilla]…" subscribed the charter dated [1172/78] under which Henry II King of England granted concessions to the lepers at Mont-aux-Malades[722].

m HELWISE, daughter of ---.

Her marriage is confirmed by the undated charter under which her son "Robertus de Stutevilla" confirmed donations to Rievaulx of "terram de Houetona", for the souls of "Roberti de Stutevilla avi mei et Roberti patris mei et Erneburgæ matris meæ et Helewisæ uxoris meæ"[723].

Robert & his wife had eight children: 1. William de Stuteville 2. Nicholas de Stuteville (d. 1177) 3. Osmund de Stuteville (d. after 1166) 4. Eustace de Stuteville 5. Anselm de Stuteville (d. after 1177) 6. Robert de Stuteville 7. Burga de Stuteville (d. after 1185, buried Alnwick Abbey) 8. Helwise de Stuteville


According to Yorkshire history:

Leland states: "Entering into the south part of the great uplandish town of Cottingham, I saw where Stuteville's castle, double dyked and moated, stood of which nothing now remaineth."

The castle at Cottingham, just north of Hull, is first recorded in 1170. There are inclinations that the site might have originally been a motte and bailey, which was reconstructed as a twin moated rectangular enclosure.

Like Cottingham, Cropton (T'hall Garth at Pickering) was a de Stuteville castle that passed to the Wakes. In the early 1290s, John Lord Wake had built a half-timbered manor house within the bailey. The modern chapel of ease stands on the site of Robert de Stuteville's castle chapel.

From the History of the Farndale Family, Chapter I:

Farndale is not shown in Doomsday Book (1086), but Kirby Moorside is and must have included Farndale. Before the conquest Kirbymoorside was in the hands of Waltef who had a manor and five carucates of land at Fadmoor.

The area first went to Count Robert of Montain who held it as waste. Later it went to Hugh Fitzbaldric who administered these lands on behalf of the Conqueror. Hugh had no sons, so at sometime before the end of the 11th Century, his lands passed by Royal grant to Robert de Stuteville, but neither he nor his son who succeeded him paid much attention to Farndale.

Then in 1106 both the Stutevilles were involved in a revolt against Henry I and were imprisoned. Whereupon all their lands were given to Nigel d’Alpini, who was father of Roger de Mowbray. Then came the first mention of the place Farndale in the Rievaulx Cartulery, but there is no further entry.

One wonders if the Abbot and Monks ever did avail themselves of Roger de Mowbray’s offer? The only clue is the place called ‘Monket House’ ((661973); this seems to indicate the presence of monks in the dale.

Shortly after Roger had issued his Charter in 1154, Robert de Stuteville III supported by his brother William, began to dispute with Roger his right to hold lands originally held by his grandfather. This dispute dragged on for ten years until, in the reign of Henry II, a compromise was reached whereby Roger granted Robert de Stuteville III land to the value of ten knight’s fees.

Part of this land was Kirby Moorside and its appurtenances. One of these was Farndale. This is shown in a charter issued by Robert de Stuteville III to St Mary’s Abbey York in 1183. By this Robert confirmed to the Abbey that the village of Hutton-le-Hole and, ‘privileges in Farndale for the Abbey’s men of Hutton and its Hall at Spaunton.’

It thus seems clear that Farndale was part of the manor of Kirbymoorside, held by the Mowbray’s as Tenants-in-Chief to the King, with the de Stutevilles and their heirs as sub-tenants. This situation was to exist for a further 200 years.

Robert de Stuteville III was a prominent and influential baron and benefactor of several of the great northern abbeys. At the time of Henry I he gave the nuns, ‘the right of getting wood for burning and building in Farndale.’

When he died in 1183, he was succeeded by his brother William who also became prominent in northern affairs in the latter part of Henry II’s reign and at the beginning of that of King John. Robert de Stuteville’s son also called Robert died a minor so when William died, the Manor of Kirbymoorside passed to Nicholas de Stuteville and on his death to his son also called Nicholas.

The period of the tenancy of the two Nicholas’s was from 1205 to 1233 and is marked by a protracted dispute with the Abbot of St Mary’s, York concerning the rights of common pasture in Farndale.

Farndale seems to have been a Royal Forest throughout the Middle Ages, with the Abbots of St Mary’s acting as the King’s foresters. The earliest reference to the Royal Forest of Farndale is in an order of Henry I, given to Sheriff Osbert early in the 12th Century.

It read; ‘I order that the Abbot and Monks of York may hold in peace and with honour all the woodland and land from the water of the Dove to the water which is called the Severn, as once they held it before the forest was made..........I also grant to the Abbot and to his successors the whole of my forestry and he shall cause it to be preserved for all my needful things, the hart and the hind, the wild boar and the hawk in the same land.’

This Charter indicates that the forest had been made over to the Sheriff dome time before, possibly in the reign of William Rufus. During the early years of the 13th Century, it appears that Nicholas de Stuteville I was made King’s Forester, for in 1209 the Abbot paid King John 100 marks and a palfrey, ‘for having the Forest of Farndale.’ Almost immediately Nicholas asked that twelve knights from Ryedale and Pickering should make a perambulation between the King’s Forest and his for a fee to the Exchequer of 20 marks. Thus Nicholas was very touchy about his estate in Farndale.

King John had from time to time dis-afforested certain forests, but Henry III was determined to stop this and he issued an order in 1229 that,

‘...............the whole of the forest of Galtres and the forest between the Ouse and the Derwent and the forest of Farndale are ancient forests.........and are not to be destroyed.’

But the arguments with St Mary’s went on. In1233, ‘the Abbot grants that the cattle of Nicholas or his heirs, or of his men in Kirkby, Fademor. Gillamoor or Farendale (sic) hereafter enter upon the common of the said wood and pasture of Houton, Spaunton and Farendale, should have freeway in and out, without ward set; provided they do not tarry in the said pasture.’

Farndale is mentioned in the Great Pipe Rolls of 1209, 1210 and 1211, in the Close Rolls for 1229 and1255 and in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1225 and 1227. All entries refer to rights of land in Farndale and in particular to the ownership of Nicholas de Stuteville.

Ben M. Angel notes: There are some sources, including Darryl Lundy (who produces the Peerage webpage) that Robert III is actually the grandson of Robert II, through a Nicholas I d'Estouteville, Seigneur de Valmont. If so, the lineage would look something like this:

Robert II, de Stuteville (1070-1138), born in Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire, died in Estouteville-sur-Mer, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy. Married 1099 to Erneberga FitzBaldric (b. 1080) from Cowsby, Thirsk, North Riding of Yorkshire, daughter of Hugh Fitzbaldric, Saxon Thane of Cowsby.

Nicolas I d'Estouteville, Seigneur (Baron) de Valmont (1100-1177), born in Estouteville-sur-Mer, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy. Married Julianne de Thourotte (b. 1110) born in Thourotte, Oise, Picardy, daughter of Gautier (Gaucher) de Thourotte and Mthilde de Rouliers.

Robert III Seigneur d'Estouteville (1127-1185), born in Valmont, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, died in Estouteville-sur-Mer, married Leonia of Salisbury, Dame de Rames (1130-1214), born in Rames, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, daughter of Edward of Salisbury and Adelize, Heiress de Rames.

This alternate lineage contradicts the information found in the Oxford Dictionary of the National Biography.

Robert de Stuteville c. 1100 (Cottingham, East Riding, Yorkshire, England) -1183 (Lazenby, Cumberland, England)

Sheriff of York

married: Helewise Murdac c. 1115-aft. 1183

Parents: Robert de Stuteville c. 1075-aft. 1106 and Emeburga of Skipwith c. 1075-?


1. William de Stuteville 1133-aft. 1199 (married Bertha de Glanville)

2. Burga de Stuteville c. 1135-aft. 1185 (married William de Vesci)

3. Osmund de Stuteville c. 1145-8/1192 (married Isabel Fitzroger)

4. Helawise de Stuteville c. 1155-aft. 1226 (married William de Lancaster, Hugh de Morville, William de Graystoke)

ROBERT de Stuteville of Cottingham, Kettleby Thorpe, Yorks. and Bigby, Lincs. In 1138 he fought at the Battle of the Standard. Instigated claims to recover property confiscate d from his grandfather in 1147 and was granted 10 knights' fees by Nigel de Mowbray which inc luded the manor of Kirkby Moorside and land in Warwickshire shortly after 1154. Supervisor o f the works of Bamburgh castle in 1166 and sheriff of Yorkshire from Easter 1170 to Michaelma s 1175. Benefactor to the abbeys of St Mary's York, Byland, Rievaulx and Meaux and the prior y of Durham. A charter of confirmation to Rievaulx abbey c.1160-1183 for the health of his so ul and the souls of Robert de Stuteville his grandfather, Robert his father, Erneburga his mo ther and Helewise his wife, and with the consent of his son William, presents the Stutevill e family over four generations. ["Robertus de Stutevilla.sciatis me dedissee et confirmasse D eo et Ecclesiae S. Mariae Rievallis, pro salute animae meae, et Roberti de Stutevilla, avi me i, et Roberti, patris m mei, et Erneburge, matris meae, et Helewisae uxoris meae, . in perpet uam elemosinam, concessu Willelmi filii mei, et aliorum filiorum meorum, totam terram de Houe tona." J.C.Atkinson (ed.), 'Rievaulx Cartulary', p.80]. He married, before 1145, Helewise who se parentage is not known and they founded Keldholm priory, a Benedictine nunnery. As 'domin a Helewis uxor Roberti de Stuteuilla' with Osmund 'filius ejus' she witnessed a charter of Wi lliam de Vescy to the brethren of Farne Island in about 1183. Robert had an interest in Cowe sby as shown by a charter of notification dated around 1164-74, by Roger archbishop of York o f the settlement of the controversy between Hugh bishop of Durham and Robert de Stuteville re lating to the chapel of Cowesby. The dispute continued, however, after his death under the ae gis of his son Osmund. Robert died in 1183.


From Robert were descended the territorial lords of Cottingham, whose male line terminated i n the 17th of Henry III [1233]. [John Burke & John Bernard Burke, Extinct and Dormant Baronet cies of England, Ireland, and Scotland, Second Edition, Scott, Webster, & Geary, London, 1841 , p. 486, Skipwith, of Newbold Hall]


The family of Skipwith, originally written Schypwyc, denominated from a town and lordship s o called in the East Riding of York, descends from Robert de Estoteville, Baron of Cottingham , in the time of the Conqueror, of whom and his descendants, the feudal lords of Cottingham , Dugdale treats at great length in the Baronage. [John Burke & John Bernard Burke, Extinct a nd Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland, Second Edition, Scott, Webster, & G eary, London, 1841, p. 486, Skipwith, of Newbold Hall]

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Robert de Stuteville IV, Sheriff of Yorkshire, Lord of Cottingham's Timeline

Penrith, England
Age 40
Penrith, Cumberland, England
Age 42
Cottingham, Yorkshire, England
Age 44
Northumberland, UK
Age 48
Cottingham, East Riding Yorkshire, England
Age 57
Penrith, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
April 5, 1170
- April 13, 1175
Age 72
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
- 1171
Age 72
Cumberland and Northumberland, United Kingdom