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  • Ada Corbet (c.1200 - bef.1291)
    Primary Sources Inquisition Post Mortem for Ada late the wife of William Corbet. Writ, 4 Oct., 19 Edw. I [1291]. Her death date is not recorded. She died before 4 Oct. 1291 (date of writ). William son ...
  • Alice Corbet (c.1389 - 1458)
    An inquisition, 10 Hen. 4. [1408/9], finding that Richard Corbett, of Leighton , died seized in his demesne, as of fee-tail, of the manor of Walgherton, held of the Earl of Chester, in capite, by knigh...
  • Alice Harcourt (c.1276 - aft.1330)
    Alice Corbet was born circa 1276 at Caus, Shropshire, England, the daughter of Peter Corbet, 1st Lord Corbet, and Alice de Orreby.[1][2][3]She married Sir John de Harcourt, son of Sir Richard de Harcou...
  • Alice Corbet (c.1260 - d.)
    Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Shropshire Walcot Family - Chart VIII: The Corbet Family; . (Steven Ferry, May 5, 2020.)Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Shropshire Walcot Family- Chart III: First Powys ...
  • Alice Corbet (c.1414 - d.)
    Alice BRERETON was born ABT 1422 in Hatherton, Nantwich, Cheshire, England. She was the daughter of 2. William de BRERETON , Sir and 3. Alice CORBET. Her name is seen as Elizabeth in some sources.She m...

About the Corbet surname

Recorded in several forms including Corbet, Corbett, Corbitt, Carbert, Corbert, and Corburt, this interesting Anglo Scottish surname is of Norman - French origins. Derived from the French word "corbet", it is translates as "Little raven", in heraldry a highly respected bird known for its ferocity. A quote from Courthope's "Debrett" states that - "Corbet, a noble Norman, came into England with the Conqueror, and from his son Roger Corbet descended the baronial house, as well as the families of the name now existing". The Conqueror referred to is of course William 1st (1066 - 1087), and during his reign many such names were introduced from France. The surname in the county of Shropshire can be traced to the Norman baron Hugh Corbet (see below), whose descendant Sir Richard Corbet was also granted lands in Scotland. It seems that Robert Corbet obtained the manor of Foghou from the earls of Dunbar in about 1130, and subsequently the family spread to Teviotdale and the manor of Malcarvestum. Recordings taken from surviving church registers of the city of London include Anne Corbett who married Richard Lee at St. Michael's Cornhill, in 1599, whilst James Carbert married Ann Green at St Peters Cornhill, in 1781. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugh Corbet. This was dated 1086, in the county of Shropshire. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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