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Sir Christopher Conyers, Knight, Sheriff of Yorkshire, Lord of Hornby

Also Known As: "Sir Christopher Conyers of Knayth", "of county Ebor"
Birthplace: Hornby Castle, Hornby, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: after 1462
Hornby, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Conyers, Lord of Hornby and Margaret Conyers
Husband of Ellen Conyers (Rolleston), Lady of Hornby and Margaret Waddeley
Father of Sir John Conyers, Sheriff of Yorkshire; Catherine Conyers; Roger Conyers, Esquire; Joan Fitzrandolph; Sibilla Conyers and 16 others
Brother of Roger Conyers, of Wynyard; Sir John Conyers and Joanna Dymoke (Conyers)

Occupation: Knight, Lord of Hornby, Sheriff of Yorkshire
Managed by: Brian Dean Olmstead
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About Sir Christopher Conyers, Knight, Sheriff of Yorkshire, Lord of Hornby

  • Sir Christopher Conyers, Sheriff of Yorkshire1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
  • M, #15074, b. circa 1393
  • Father Sir John Conyers d. bt Jun 1438 - Jul 1438
  • Mother Margaret St. Quinton d. c 1426
  • Sir Christopher Conyers, Sheriff of Yorkshire was born circa 1393 at of Hornby Castle, Yorkshire, England. He married Eleanor Rolleston, daughter of Thomas Rolleston, Esq. and Beatrice Haulay, before September 1415.2,6 Sir Christopher Conyers, Sheriff of Yorkshire married Margaret Waddeley, daughter of Robert Waddeley, circa 1447.3,7
  • Family 1 Eleanor Rolleston b. c 1390, d. 6 Aug 1444
  • Children
    • Sir John Conyers, Sheriff of Yorkshire, Constable of Middleham, Bailiff & Steward of Richmond Liberty, Steward of the lordship of Middleham+9,2,6 d. 14 Mar 1490
    • Sir Richard Conyers+
    • Elizabeth Conyers+10 b. c 1413
    • Roger Conyers, Esq.+ b. c 1419
    • Joan Conyers+ b. c 1423
    • Isabel Conyers+11,4,8 b. c 1433
    • Margaret Conyers+ b. c 1435
  • Family 2 Margaret Waddeley
  • Child
    • Margaret Conyers+12,13,3,5,7 b. c 1451, d. 1500
  • Citations
  • [S3949] Unknown author, Lineage and Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles by Paget, Vol. II, p. 407; Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists, by David Faris, p. 70.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 530-531.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 400.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 128.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 248.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 288.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 431-432.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 69.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 227.
  • [S40] RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 695.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 218.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 597-598.
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  • Christopher Conyers1
  • M, #220984
  • Last Edited=9 Apr 2007
  • Christopher Conyers lived at Hornby, Yorkshire, England.1
  • Child of Christopher Conyers
    • Margaret Conyers+1
  • Citations
  • [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume III, page 294. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
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  • Christopher CONYERS
  • Born: ABT 1380
  • Died: AFT 1462
  • Father: John CONYERS
  • Mother: Margaret St. QUINTIN
  • Married 1: Ellen ROLLESTON (b. ABT 1399 - d. 6 Aug 1444)
  • Children:
    • 1. John CONYERS (Sir)
    • 2. Joan CONYERS
    • 3. Richard CONYERS
    • 4. Isabel CONYERS
    • 5. Margery CONYERS
    • 6. Eleanor CONYERS
    • 7. Elizabeth CONYERS
  • Married 2: Margaret WADELEY AFT 1444
  • Children:
    • 7. Margaret CONYERS
  • From: CONYERS2


  • Name Sir Christopher Conyers, Knight [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]
  • Born of, Hornby Castle, Yorkshire, England
  • Died 6 Aug 1444 of, Hornby, Yorkshire, England [1, 9, 10]
  • Father Sir John Conyers, Lord Conyers, b. Abt 1360, Hornby Castle, Yorkshire, England
  • Mother Margaret St. Quintin, b. Abt 1362, Brandesburton, Yorkshire, England
  • Family 1 Eleanor Rolleston
  • Children
    • 1. Sir John Conyers, d. 14 Mar 1489-1490
    • 2. Sir Richard Conyers, b. of, Marske, Yorkshire, England
    • 3. Sir Richard Conyers, b. Abt 1425, of, Cowton South, Yorkshire, England
    • 4. Thomas Conyers, d. 1449
    • 5. Isabel Conyers, b. Abt 1428
    • 6. Christopher Conyers, Rector of Rudby, d. Bef 1 Sep 1483
    • 7. Elizabeth Conyers, b. Abt 1433
    • 8. Ralph Conyers
    • 9. Jacob Conyers
    • 10. Sir Roger Conyers, Knight, b. of, Winyard, Durham, England
    • 11. Catherine Conyers
    • 12. Joan Conyers
    • 13. George Conyers
    • 14. Margaret Conyers
    • 15. Sibilla Conyers
    • 16. Margery Conyers
    • 17. James Conyers
    • 18. Hawise Conyers
  • Family 2 Margaret Waddeley
  • Children
    • 1. Brian Conyers, d. Bef 16 Oct 1478, of, Pinchingthorpe, Yorkshire, England
    • 2. Margaret Conyers, b. of, Hornby Castle, Yorkshire, England d. 1500, Bolton, Yorkshire, England
    • 3. Nicholas Conyers, Gentleman, d. Bef 6 Feb 1497-1498
    • 4. Henry Conyers
    • 5. Conan Conyers
    • 6. Alice Conyers
  • Sources
  • [S29] #798 The Wallop Family and Their Ancestry, Watney, Vernon James, (4 volumes. Oxford: John Johnson, 1928), FHL book Q 929.242 W159w; FHL microfilm 1696491 items 6-9., vol. 2 p. 225.
  • [S452] #892 Record Series: The Yorkshire Archaeological and Topographical Association (1885-), ([S.I.]: Yorkshire Archaeological and Topographical Association, 1885-), FHL book 942.74 B4a., vol. 56 pedigree chart: Pudsay of Bolton.
  • [S22] The royal descents of 600 immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States : who were themselves notable or left descendants notable in American history, Roberts, Gary Boyd, (Baltimore [Maryland] : Genealogical Pub. Co., c2004), 973 D2rrd., p. 431.
  • [S767] Ancestors of American presidents, Roberts, Gary Boyd,, (Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, c2009), 973 D2r 2009., p. 392.
  • [S23] Magna Carta Ancestry: A study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Richardson, Douglas, (Kimball G. Everingham, editor. 2nd edition, 2011), vol. 4 p. 128.
  • [S64] #3945 The Visitations of Yorkshire in the Years 1563 and 1564, Made by William Flower, Esquire, Norroy King of Arms (1881), Flower, William, (Publications of the Harleian Society: Visitations, volume 16. London: [Harleian Society], 1881), FHL book 942 B4h volume 16; FHL microfilm 162,050 item 2., p. 9, 74.
  • [S66] Magna Carta Ancestry, Richardson, Douglas, (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., c2005), 942 D5rdm., p. 343.
  • [S143] #696 Visitations of the north, or, some early heraldic visitations of, and collections of pedigrees relating to, the north of England, Blair, Charles Henry Hunter, (Durham [England] : Andrews, 1912-1932. Part of the Publications of the Surtees Society.), 942 B4s., vol. 147 p. 92.
  • [S102] #667 The Extinct and Dormant Peerages of the Northern Counties of England (1913), Clay, John William, (London: James Nisbet, 1913), FHL microfilm 990,409 item 4., p. 32.
  • [S64] #3945 The Visitations of Yorkshire in the Years 1563 and 1564, Made by William Flower, Esquire, Norroy King of Arms (1881), Flower, William, (Publications of the Harleian Society: Visitations, volume 16. London: [Harleian Society], 1881), FHL book 942 B4h volume 16; FHL microfilm 162,050 item 2., p. 74.
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  • Sir John Conyers (died 1490), one of twenty-five children of Sir Christopher Conyers (died 1460),[1] was a pre-eminent member of the gentry of Yorkshire, northern England, during the fifteenth century Wars of the Roses.
  • Based in Hornby Castle,[2] he was originally retained by his patron, the regional magnate Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury at a fee of £8 6s. 8d.[3] By 1465, he was Steward of the Honour of Richmondshire and was being retained, along with his brothers William and Richard, by Salisbury's son and successor as regional magnate, the earl of Warwick,[4] for which he received £13 6s. 8d. He accompanied Salisbury on his journey from Middleham to Ludlow in September 1459, and took part in the Battle of Blore Heath on the 23rd of that month.[5] He later took part in Warwick's rebellion against Edward IV in 1469 and the Battle of Edgecote, raising his 'Wensleydale connection,[6] and possibly even being the ringleader, 'Robin of Redesdale.'[7] He submitted to the King in March 1469. After Edward's successful return to power in 1471 he was a Justice of the Peace for Yorkshire's North Riding.[8] A loyal retainer and probable ducal councillor of Edward's brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III, (who retained him for £20 annually)[9] he was made a knight of the body, at 200 marks per annum annuity, and substantial estates in Yorkshire, "where he was very active on local commissions." He was also elected to the Order of the Garter.[10] In August 1485 he appears to have fought in and survived the Battle of Bosworth in the army of Richard III, and was later granted offices in Richmondshire by the new king, Henry VII in February 1486, as a result of 'good and faithful service.'[11] He supported Henry during the first rebellion of his reign, in spring 1486, a position that has been called 'particularly significant' and, according to Michael Hicks, it 'was a momentous decision'.[12]
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  • The Yorkshire Background of the Boyntons of Rowley", from "The Colonial Genealogist", by Robert Joseph Cuffman, MA, FAS/he, FSO, Associate Editor, reprinted by the Augustan Society 1988.
  • "Sir Robert Conyers - Lord of Ormsby, holding also Coatham in Durham - b.1325 d. 1392 (Vist. of Yorks 1563-4 70 ft.; VCH Durham 3:301); married (1) Joan de Melton, niece of William de Melton, Archbishop of York 1317-40. (Vist. of Yorks 1563-4 70 ft.; Walker, Yorks. Peds. 2:285), thus d/o Henry de Melton. He married (2) Juliana Percy, d/o and heiress of John Percy, Lord of Ormsby, of the line of Percy of Kildale, who died without male issue and was sometimes given "William" (VCH Yorks NR 2:278; VCH Durham 3:301; Visit. of Yorks 1563-4 70 ft.) . He married (3) Aline de la Ley d. 1408, Lady of Dalden, d. 1408, by whom he had an only child, heiress to her mother, the Joan Conyers who married Sir Robert Bowes, Knight Banneret."
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  • John Conyers (son of Sir Robert Conyers and 1st. wife Joan de Melton) married Margaret St. Quinton, living Oct 1426 d/o Sir Anthony St. Quinton (Vist. of Yorks. 1563-4 70 ft., 74 & ft.). "He was no doubt the 'John Conyers' who, with Sir Robert Conyers (his son) and Sir Thomas Boynton, settled Tanton Manor on William Percy of Castle Leavington in 1397 (VCH Yorks NR 2:307)"
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  • Christopher Conyers (son of John Conyers and Margaret St. Quinton) Lord of Hornsby 1427, living 1459 (VCH Yorks NR 1:401) m. 1st. Ellen Roleston, d. 6 Aug 1444. Married 2nd. Margaret Wadeley (d/o Robert) (Vist. of Yorks. 1563-4 74 & ft.). "He was doubtless the 'Christopher Conyers' who with John Conyers of Ormsby and Christopher Boynton, was a trustee of Tanton Manor in 1434 (VCH Yorks NR 2:307) and who with those trustees settled Castle Leavington on Sir William Bowes, along with other trustees that year. (VCH Yorks NR 2:360)." Two of his sons were, Sir John Conyers of Hornby d. 1490, Sheriff of Yorkshire who m. Margery, dau. and coheir of Philip, Lord Darcy and Meynell and Robert Conyers, heir of Hornby, married Margaret, dau. and coheir of Rowland Darcy of Hinton, Leicestershire.


"Britannia" by William Camden (1607)


62. [The river] Swale driveth on with a long course, not without some lets [obstructions] heere and there in his streame, not farre from Hornby Castle, belonging to the family of Saint Quintin, which afterwards came to the Cogniers [Conyers], and seeth nothing besides fresh pastures, country houses, and villages,


Name: Christopher Conyers

  • Surname: Conyers
  • Given Name: Christopher
  • Prefix: Sir
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1383 in Hornby Castle, Yorkshire, England
  • Death: 1456 in Hornby Castle, Yorkshire, England

_UID: 53FBD77679A94C4180F1D7DAEB0C31E377CD

  • Note:
  • He administered the will of his cousin John Conyers of Ormsby in 1438. His will was dated 1426. In it, he asks to be buried in the kirk of Hornby beside his father. He leaves Ellen, his wife one third of his goods. To son Thomas he left lands in Hornby, Brokeholme, North Ottrington and half his lands in Erythorne, Hunton, Hesilton, Little Crakehall and Whitby. Also mentioned were son John and daughter Joan. His mother dame Margaret Conyers was named one of the executors.

CHRISTOPHER CONYERS, of Hornby; m Ellene, dau and coheir of - Rylestone (d 1443), and had, with a yr s (Sir William, of Marske, Yorks, identified by some historians (others prefer his er bro Sir John) with 'Robin of Redesdale', leader 1469 of an insurrection fomented by the 1st and last Earl of Warwick ('Warwick the Kingmaker') of the March 1449/50 cr (see ABERGAVENNY, M) against EDWARD IV, in particular his favourites and in-laws the Woodvilles, d 1495): Sir JOHN CONYERS 1 2 3

  • Change Date: 18 Aug 2009 at 01:00:00
  • Father: John Conyers b: 1371 in Hornby Castle, Yorkshire, England
  • Mother: Margaret St Quintin b: ABT 1380 in Brandsburton, Yorkshire, England
  • Marriage 1 Ellen Rolleston b: ABT 1395 in Rolleston, Staffordshire, England
  • Married: BEF 1415
  • Children
    • John Conyers Sheriff of Yorkshire b: ABT 1414 in Hornby, North Riding, Yorkshire
    • Joan Conyers b: 1428 in Hornby Castle, Yorkshire, England
    • Roger Conyers b: 1419
    • Catherine Conyers b: 1417
    • Margaret Conyers b: 1421
    • Sibyl Conyers b: 1423
    • Richard Conyers of South Cowton b: 1425 in Cowton, Yorkshire
    • Thomas Conyers b: 1426
    • James Jacob Conyers b: 1429
    • Isabel Conyers b: 1430
    • Ralph Conyers b: 1432
    • Christopher Conyers b: 1435
    • Robert Conyers b: 1437
    • Elizabeth Conyers b: 1439
    • Margery Conyers b: 1440
    • George Conyers b: 1442
  • Sources:
  • Repository:
  • Title: Magna Charta Sureties 1215
  • Author: Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Sheppard Jr, 5th Ed
  • Publication: 1999
  • Page: 164
  • Title: Visitations of the North c 1480-1500, Publications of the Surtee's Society
  • Page: #144:92, 116
  • Title: Burke's Peerage and Gentry
  • Publication:
  • Page: Yarborough Family Page


Hornby Castle, Yorkshire (North Riding), was a fourteenth and fifteenth-century courtyard castle, with a late fourteenth-century corner tower known as St Quintin's Tower, after the medieval family which occupied the castle (demolished in 1927) and fifteenth-century work done for William, Lord Conyers.[1]

Hornby was largely rebuilt in the 1760s by John Carr of York, who was responsible for the surviving south range and the east range (demolished in the 1930s) and outbuildings, for Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness. The eventual heir was the Duke of Leeds, who assembled there rich early eighteenth-century furniture from several houses, illustrated in the books of Percy Macquoid.


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  • (A) Henry Pudsey o'f Barforth or Berforth'
  • m. Margaret Conyers (dau of Christopher (not Sir John) Conyers of Hornby)


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Hornby, Yorkshire, England
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Hornby, Yorkshire, England
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of Hornby, Castle, Yorkshire, England
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Wynyarde, Durham, England
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Hornby, Yorkshire, England
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of, Wynyarde, Yorkshire, England
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Gillington, Yorkshire, England
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Hornsby, Yorkshire, England
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of Hornby Castle, Hornby, Yorkshire, England