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Lawrence Cheney

Also Known As: "de/", "Escheator of Bedford and Buckingham"
Birthplace: Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England
Death: December 31, 1461 (66)
Cambridgeshire, England
Place of Burial: Barnwell, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Cheney and Katherine Aylesbury
Husband of Elizabeth Cokayne
Father of Anne Cheney; Elizabeth Cheney, Lady Say; Lawrence Cheney, Jr.; Sir John Cheyne, Kt.; Catherine Cheney and 1 other
Brother of Anna Cheney; John Cheney and Joane Cheney
Half brother of Nicolas de Cheney; Isabel Chaworth; John Aylesbury; Eleanor Stafford and Roger Aylesbury

Occupation: Sheriff of Cambridge, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Sir Lawrence "Sheriff of Cambridge, Sheriff of Huntingdon, Escheator of Bedford & Buckingham"
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About Sir Lawrence Cheney, Escheator of Bedford & Buckingham

From Jorge Castillo's Tudor Place: CHENEY (Sir)1

  • 'Lawrence CHENEY (Sir)
  • 'Born: 1396, Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England
  • 'Died: 30 Dec 1461
  • 'Buried: Priory, Barnwell, England
  • 'Notes: Escheator of Bedford & Buckingham. Sheriff of Cambridge and Huntingdon. Descendant of Charlemagne
  • Father: William CHENEY (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Catherine PABENHAM
  • 'Married: Elizabeth COCKAYNE (b. ABT 1404, Bury, Hatley, Bedfordshire, England) (dau. of John Cokayne, Baron of Exchequer and Edith Grey) ABT 1418, Bury Hatley, Bedfordshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Anne CHENEY
    • 2. Mary CHENEY
    • 3. John CHENEY (Sir Knight)
    • 4. Catherine CHENEY
    • 5. Elizabeth CHENEY

From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on Lawrence Cheney:

  • 'Sir Lawrence Cheney was born circa 1396. He died on 31 December 1461.
  • ' Sir Lawrence Cheney lived at Stanton, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 'Child of Sir Lawrence Cheney and Elizabeth Cokayn
    • 1.Elizabeth Cheney+



  • 'Lawrence Cheney, Esq., Sheriff of Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire1,2
  • 'M, b. circa 1396, d. 31 December 1461
  • Father Sir William Cheney2 b. c 1368, d. c 1397
  • Mother Katherine Pabenham2 b. c 1372, d. 17 Jun 1436
  • ' Lawrence Cheney, Esq., Sheriff of Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire was born circa 1396 at of Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England; Age 40 in 1436.2 He and Elizabeth Cokayne obtained a marriage license on 13 December 1421; They had 1 son (John) and 2 daughters (Elizabeth & Mary).2 Lawrence Cheney, Esq., Sheriff of Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire died on 31 December 1461; Buried at Barnwell Priory, Northamptonshire.2
  • 'Family Elizabeth Cokayne b. c 1388, d. a 1427
  • Children
    • ◦Elizabeth Cheney+ b. c 1422, d. 25 Sep 1473
    • ◦Sir John Cheney, Sheriff of Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire+3 b. c 1424, d. 14 Jul 1489
  • Citations
  • 1.[S4592] Unknown author, Families Directly Descended from all of the Royal Families of Europe, by Elizabeth M. Rixford, p. 16; Wallop Family, Vol. 4, line 226.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 206.
  • 3.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 206-207.

'Magna Carta ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families By Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham, Pg. 190:

  • '8. ELIZABETH COKAYNE married (1st) PHILIP LE BOTELER (or BUTLER), Knt, of Watton Woodhall (in Watton at Stone) and Sele (in St. Andrew Hertford), Hertfordshire, and Bromham, Bedfordshire, son and heir of Philip Le Boteler, Knt., of Watton Woodhall (in Watton at Stone), Herfordshire, by his wife Elizabeth. he was born in 1388. They had two sons, Edward and Philip, Gent. He was heir in 1412 to his cousin, Edward le Boteler, Knt., by which he inherited the manors of Pulverbatch, Shropshire, Norbury, Staffordshire, Higham-Gobion, Bedfordshire, etc. SIR PHILIP LE BOTELER died 5 Nov. 1420 and was buried at Watton, Hertfordshire. She married (2nd) by license dated 13 Dec. 1421 LAURENCE CHEYNE (or CHENEY), Esq., of Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, Irchester, Northamptonshire, etc., Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire, Knight of the Shire for Cambridgeshire, Escheator of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, 2nd but eldest surviving son of William Cheyne, Knt., of Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, by Katherine, daughter and heiress of Laurence de Pabenham, Knt. He was born about 1396 (aged 40 in 1436). They had one son, John, Knt., and two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary (wife of John Allington). He and his wife Elizabeth, were legatees in the 1427 will of her father, John Cokayne. LAURENCE CHEYNE, Esq., died testate 31 Dec. 1461, and was buried at Barnwell Priory.


From British History Online: From: 'Parishes: Pytchley', A History of the County of Northampton: Volume 4 (1937), pp. 208-213.

URL: Date accessed: 21 April 2011.

  • Pytchley then followed the descent of Weldon (q.v.) (fn. 28) until 1408, when, on the death of Richard Basset, the property was divided between his cousins, Weldon passing to John Knyvet and Pytchley to Sir Thomas Aylesbury, who died in 1418 seised of a manor of Pytchley, composed of the manor of Pytchley called Engaynes (q.v.) and of this manor, then called BASSETS and later on known as STAFFORDS. (fn. 29) Bassets, held by him of the abbey of Peterborough, had been granted by him in 1416–17 to Sir Thomas Chaworth, the husband of his daughter Isabel, (fn. 30) but was assigned for life to his widow Katharine. (fn. 31) Katharine, who had inherited the Engayne manor as the daughter of Lawrence de Pabenham, died on 17 July 1436, leaving as her heir her son 'Laurence Cheyne, aged 40'. (fn. 32) . . . .
  • . . . . The manor of ENGAYNES, DENGAYNES, or GEYNES, though . . . . . This Sir John Dengayne of Dillington (Hunts.) died in February 1358, seized of 14 virgates in Pytchley held of the king as parcel of the serjeanty of Laxton, with 10 virgates there held by free tenants of the Abbot of Peterborough for one-fourth of a knight's fee, and rendering for each virgate 2s. 4d. for ward of Rockingham Castle; Sir John, it was said, had received nothing therefrom except two attendances yearly from each tenant at his court at Pytchley, the profits of which were worth nothing. (fn. 53) When his son Sir Thomas died s.p. in 1367 the lands passed to his three sisters and co-heirs: Joyce, the wife of John de Goldington; Elizabeth wife of Sir Lawrence de Pabenham; and Mary wife of William de Bernak. (fn. 54) In 1368 John de Goldington and his wife Joyce transferred their third to William Bernak and his wife Mary. (fn. 55) In 1377 a conveyance of Laxton, Pytchley, and other manors was made to John de Goldington and his wife Joyce by the other two sisters and their husbands, (fn. 56) and a second conveyance finally left this manor of Pytchley, then held in dower by Katharine, widow of Sir Thomas Engayne, the property of Elizabeth and Lawrence de Pabenham. (fn. 57) Elizabeth predeceased her husband, and at his death in 1399 their heir was their daughter Katharine, aged 27. (fn. 58) Katharine married first Sir William Cheyne of Fen Ditton (Cambs.), (fn. 59) and secondly Sir Thomas Aylesbury, in whose hands the two Pytchley manors are consequently found at his death in September 1418. (fn. 60) The manor of Engaynes then consisted of three parcels, one being held by the hunting serjeanty, another of the Abbot of Peterborough, and the remainder of John Knyvet as of his manor of Weldon. (fn. 61) On the death of Katharine Aylesbury, in 1436, her son 'Lawrence Cheyne inherited the manor, (fn. 62) and in 1449 settled it on himself and his wife Elizabeth, with remainder to their son' John. (fn. 63) Sir Thomas Cheyney, son of the last-named Sir John, in 1503 granted the manor of Pytchley to Ralph Lane and Katharine his wife, kinswoman of the said Sir Thomas Cheyney, for life, with remainder for life to John Dockwra, son of the said Katherine. (fn. 64) In 1511, when a marriage was proposed between Elizabeth, the daughter and heir of this Sir Thomas Cheyney (of Irtlingborough), and Thomas Vaux, son and heir apparent of Sir Nicholas Vaux, the reversion of the manor was settled in tail on Elizabeth. (fn. 65) Sir Thomas Cheyney died seised of the manor on 13 January 1514, his daughter being then 9 years old. Her subsequent marriage with Sir Thomas Vaux conveyed Pytchley to the Vaux of Harrowden (q.v.), who did not long hold it however. Sir Thomas Vaux, Lord Harrowden, with William Vaux his son and heir, sold the manor of Pytchley called Geynes in 1555 to Gregory Isham, citizen and merchant of London. (fn. 66)


  • 28 Cal. Pat. 1281–92, p. 498; Feud. Aids, iv, 22; Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 531; Chan. Inq. p.m. 8 Ric. II, no. 9.
  • 29 Chan. Inq. p.m. 6 Hen. V, no. 35.
  • 30 Ibid.
  • 31 Add. Ch. 22388.
  • 32 Chan. Inq. p.m. 15 Hen. VI, no. 50.
  • 33 Ibid. 37 Hen. VI, no. 25.
  • 34 Cal. Pat. 1485–94, p. 151; ibid. 257.
  • 35 Bridges, Hist, of Northants. ii, 124.
  • 36 For a discussion of this, see also Round, King's Serjeants, 293–8.
  • 37 V.C.H. Northants. i, 294; ii, 368–9.
  • 38 Ibid, 356–68. The Pytchley Hounds.
  • 39 Ibid, i, 383.
  • 40 Red Bk. of Exch. (Rolls Ser.), ii, 533. The name is written 'Witteslega', obviously a misreading of W for P.
  • 41 Cal. Chart. R. 1226–57, P. 19.
  • 42 Ibid. 1327–41, p. 275. Cf. Hen. of Pytcheley's Bk. of Fees (Northants. Rec. Soc), 130–2.
  • 43 Cal. Inq. p.m. i, no. 166.
  • 44 Ibid. no. 809.
  • 45 Rot. Hund. (Rec. Com.), ii, 12.
  • 46 Cal. Inq. p.m. iii, no. 418.
  • 47 Assize R. 619, m. 34.
  • 48 A mill is mentioned in 1104: Pipe R. 6 Ric. I, m. 2 d.
  • 49 Cal. Inq. p.m. iii, 418.
  • 50 Ibid. vi, no. 427, p. 253.
  • 51 Ibid. viii, no. 219.
  • 52 Cal. Close, 1339–41, p. 183.
  • 53 Cal. Inq. p.m. x, no. 433, p. 343.
  • 54 Chan. Inq. p.m. 41 Edw. III, no. 25; Add. Ch. 33137.
  • 55 Cal. Pat. 1367–70, p. 162; Feet of F. Northants. 42 Edw. III, file 84, no. 606.
  • 56 Feet of F. Div. Co. East. 50 Edw. III, no. 142.
  • 57 Ibid.
  • 58 Chan. Inq. p.m. 22 Ric. II, no. 37.
  • 59 Baker, Hist. of Northants. i, 714.
  • 60 Chan. Inq. p.m. 6 Hen. V, no. 35.
  • 61 Ibid. John Knyvet, returned with John Aylesbury as heir of Ralph Basset of Weldon, held Weldon in chief at his death on 4 Dec. 1418, and was succeeded by his son John: ibid. 6 Hen. V, no. 32.
  • 62 Ibid. 15 Hen. VI, n. 150.
  • 63 Cal. Pat. 1446–52, p. 259; Add. Ch. 7569.
  • 64 Chan. Inq. p.m. (Ser. 2), xxix, 3; Cal. Pat. 1494–1509, p. 403.
  • 65 Chan. Inq. p.m. (Ser. 2), xxix, 3; Coll. Topog. et Gen. v, 88. Abstract of will of Sir Thomas Cheyney.
  • 66 Com. Pleas, Deeds Enr. Trin. 1 Mary; Recov. R. Hil. 1555, ro. 354; Feet of F. Northants. East. 2 & 3 Ph. and M.


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Sir Lawrence Cheney, Escheator of Bedford & Buckingham's Timeline

Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England
Age 16
April 1420
Age 24
Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England, (Present UK)
Age 26
Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 28
Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England, (Present UK)
Age 30
Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England
Age 34
Probably Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England
December 31, 1461
Age 66
Cambridgeshire, England
March 25, 1947
Age 65