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From: "Rosie Bevan" <>
Subject: Stuteville of Cottingham
Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 21:46:48 +1200
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The posts on the Stutevilles have generated a few private queries about the
main English line. So for those interested, here is what is known of the
Stutevilles of Cottingham, derived mainly from C.T.Clay, Early Yorkshire
In 1276 and 1282 surveys compiled of the Cottingham estate revealed that it
consisted of a capital messuage of a manor, with a double ditch around the
court, surrounded by a wall, with a garden, dovecote, fishery, 1455 acres of
arable land, 433 acres of meadow, 364 acres of pastures, a park with a
circuit of 4 leagues, in which the game were estimated at 500 wild beasts,
four woods, three water mills and one wind mill. In addition there were 74
free tenants paying rent, 92 bondsmen and 137 cottars. Three advowsons
belonged to the manor - the church of Cottingham worth 200 marcs p.a, the
church of Roule worth 100 marcs and the church of Etton at 50 marcs p.a. The
total value per annum of the estate was estimated at L435 2s 3d.
1. ROBERT I de Stuteville of Etoutteville, Seine-Maritime, arr. Yvetot,
cant. Yerville and Cottingham, Yorks. He was amongst those granted the lands
forfeited by Hugh fitz Baldric in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire soon after 1087
but lost them owing to his support of Robert Curthose, and was captured at
the battle of Tinchebrai in 1106 after which he was condemned to be
imprisoned for life. The lands were subsequently granted to Nigel d'Aubigny
from whom they descended to Roger de Mowbray, but partially recovered by
Robert I's grandson, Robert III de Stuteville. He was a benefactor of Durham
and an entry in the Liber Vitae makes mention of himself, his wife Beatrice
(whose parentage is unknown) and sons Robert, Gradulf and William. In a
claim made by his great grandson William, he was described as Robert
Grandboeuf. He was also father of Emma, second wife of Robert fitz Hugh de
Grandmesnil whose six children are named in the Durham Liber Vitae.
Benefactor of St Mary's abbey, York, Durham priory and the church at
- Robert II. See below
- Emma. Married to Robert Grandmesnil.
[Sources: Keats-Rohan, 'Domesday Descendants'. p.723 ; Clay, 'Early
Yorkshire Charters' v.8, p.1-2 ; Sanders, 'English Baronies: a study of
their origin and descent 1086-1327', p.37]
2.ROBERT II de Stuteville. Not believed to have held lands in England. A
supporter of Robert Curthose with his father, he was captured at
St.Pierre-sur-Dive shortly before the battle of Tinchebrai. He was married
to Erneburga whose parentage is unknown.
- Robert III of Cottingham. See below.
- William. Married to Emma, and held lands in West Yorkshire.
- Roger (sheriff of Northumberland from Easter 1170-Easter 1185, and
castellan of Wark on Tweed)
- John of Long Lawford, Warwickshire. Married to Agnes possibly da. of
Waleran son of Hugh and Matilda.
- Osmund of Weston Colville and Burton Agnes, Yorks. d. bef 1172. Succeeded
by son Roger.
- NN (soror Robert de Stuteville) wife of Robert de Daville
[Sources : Keats-Rohan, 'Domesday Descendants' p.722-724 ; Clay, 'Early
Yorkshire Charters' v.8, p.2-5]
3.ROBERT III 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 confiscated from his grandfather in 1147 and was granted 10
knights' fees by Nigel de Mowbray which included the manor of Kirkby
Moorside and land in Warwickshire shortly after 1154. Supervisor of the
works of Bamburgh castle in 1166 and sheriff of Yorkshire from Easter 1170
to Michaelmas 1175. Benefactor to the abbeys of St Mary's York, Byland,
Rievaulx and Meaux and the priory of Durham. A charter of confirmation to
Rievaulx abbey c.1160-1183 for the health of his soul and the souls of
Robert de Stuteville his grandfather, Robert his father, Erneburga his
mother and Helewise his wife, and with the consent of his son William,
presents the Stuteville family over four generations. ["Robertus de
Stutevilla.sciatis me dedissee et confirmasse Deo et Ecclesiae S. Mariae
Rievallis, pro salute animae meae, et Roberti de Stutevilla, avi mei, et
Roberti, patris m mei, et Erneburge, matris meae, et Helewisae uxoris meae,
in perpetuam elemosinam, concessu Willelmi filii mei, et aliorum filiorum
meorum, totam terram de Houetona." J.C.Atkinson (ed.), 'Rievaulx Cartulary',
p.80]. He married, before 1145, Helewise whose parentage is not known and
they founded Keldholm priory, a Benedictine nunnery. As 'domina Helewis uxor
Roberti de Stuteuilla' with Osmund 'filius ejus' she witnessed a charter of
William de Vescy to the brethren of Farne Island in about 1183. Robert had
an interest in Cowesby as shown by a charter of notification dated around
1164-74, by Roger archbishop of York of the settlement of the
controversy between Hugh bishop of Durham and Robert de Stuteville relating
to the chapel of Cowesby. The dispute continued, however, after his death
under the aegis of his son Osmund. Robert died in 1183.
- William son and heir, the king's justice. Married Berta possibly
granddaughter (as she appears younger than the 4 daughters and outlived
them) of Ranulf de Glanville. [The Durham Liber Vitae lists "Rannulfus de
Glanvile et uxor ejus Berta, Matillis, Amabilis, Helewisa, Mabilia filae
eorum, et Berct"]. On the death of her son Berta's property fell to Ranulf
son of Robert of Middleham, Thomas de Arderne and Hugh de Auberville who
each had a third of her lands in Bramham and Leyburn. All three were sons
and representatives of the daughters of Ranulph de Glanville. Hugh d.1203,
leaving son and heir Robert IV who died s.p.under age in 1205. William also
had an illegitimate daughter.
- Nicholas of Liddel, Cumberland. Succeeded his nephew, Robert IV in 1205.
- Osmund of Cowesby, Yorks. and Gressenhall, Norfolk.
- Eustace of Brinklow, Warwickshire d.1218. His son and heir was Robert who
was brought up overseas.
- Robert of Great Ayton and Hemlington, Yorks.
- Burga. Married to William de Vescy and had Langton as her maritagium,
living as a widow in 1185.
- Helewise. Married (1) William II de Lancaster, lord of Kendal d.1184 by
whom she had Helewise (2) Hugh de Moreville of Burgh, Cumberland d. 1202 by
whom she had Ada and Joan (3) William son of Ranulf, lord of Greystoke
d.1209 by whom she had Thomas. In 1209 Robert de Vipont owed 500 marks for
and 5 palfreys for the custody of the land and heirs of William and the
marriage of his widow. Helewise died after 1228.
[Sources: Keats-Rohan, 'Domesday Descendants'. p.724 ; Clay, 'Early
Yorkshire Charters' v.8, p.5-15, 90, 95 ; Sanders, 'English Baronies: a
study of their origin and descent 1086-1327', p.37]
4. NICHOLAS de Stuteville of Liddel. In 1174 he was in possession of Liddel,
Cumberland when the castle was captured by William the Lion. In 1205 he made
a fine of 10,000 marks for having his inheritance of everything William, his
brother, held, except Knaresborough castle and Boroughbridge which was kept
in the king's hands until the fine was paid. It was never paid and those
properties passed from the Stuteville family. Nicholas married as his second
wife Gunnora, sister and coheir of Ralph d'Aubigny, widow of Gilbert de Gant
(d.1191). Gunnora's father was Ralph d'Aubigny, the elder, younger brother
of William d'Aubigny 'Brito' of Belvoir. In 1197 a fine was made recognising
their right to 15 knights' fees in Auborn and Binbrook, Lincs.and North
Dalton, Upper and Lower Naburn, Yorks.as Gunnor's inheritance. An unknown
first wife was mother of his sons Robert and Nicholas. Their relationship is
established in a charter of notification by four witnesses who stated they
were present when Nicholas de Stuteville and his sons, Robert and Nicholas,
bound themselves to give 100s rent to Kedholme priory. Nicholas is presumed
to be one of the confederate barons who met at Stamford at Easter 1216,
captured at Lincoln on 20 May 1217 and dead by 30 March 1218.
- Robert V. Married Sibyl, daughter of Philip Valoignes, who 1192-1205 gave
him and Sibyl and the heirs of their bodies the vill of Torpenhow,
Cumberland. In the lifetime of his father he received a knight's fee in
Middleton which he was holding early in the thirteenth century. He was
benefactor of Rosedale priory. He died v.p.before 27 Nov 1213 when Nicholas
Stuteville was ordered to deliver Eustace, son and heir of Robert, to Saer,
Earl of Winchester. Saer gave the custody of Eustace to his son Roger.
Eustace was married to Nichola but died s.p. shortly before 18 Oct 1241 on
crusade, and seisin of his lands was ordered to be given to Joan, wife of
- Nicholas II. See below.
[EYC ix p. 13-18,124 ; Stevenson. Liber Vitae, p.15]
5.NICHOLAS II de Stuteville. Recorded in the Pipe Roll at Michaelmas 1209 as
Nicholas son of Nicholas. After the death of his father he administered the
inheritance of his nephew Eustace. Married Dervorguilla, da. of Roland of
Galloway, who brought an interest in Whissendine, Rutland to the family in
frank marriage. Nicholas died shortly before 19 October 1233 at the priory
of St Andrew, York. On 19 November 1233 the sheriff of York was ordered to
take his lands which had belonged to him, including the manor of Cottingham,
and to assign to Hugh Wake and Joan his wife, Nicholas' elder daughter and
heir her reasonable share and seisin, and similarly to William Mastac the
king's kinsman, to whom the king had given the marriage of Margaret, his
other daughter and heir.
- Joan. Eventually sole heir of her father, she was married to Hugh Wake
before 29 May 1229 when Hugh was pardoned for having married her without the
king' licence. On the death of her cousin Eustace de Stuteville in 1241, and
having outlived her sister, she was sole heir to the Stuteville inheritance
comprising Cottingham, Buttercrambe and Kirby Moorside (combined annual
value of L660 p.a. in 1282) and the honours of Liddell Strength and
Rosedale. Hugh Wake died on crusade in 1241 and on 2 Jan 1242 the king
granted to Joan his widow the custody of all the lands to hold until the
lawful age of the heirs, together with their marriage and licence to marry
at pleasure, for a fine of 10,000 marks. Before Michaelmas 1244 she married
Hugh Bigod, Chief Justiciar of England, by whom she was the mother of Roger
Bigod who succeeded as earl of Norfolk in 1270. Joan died shortly before 6
April 1276, her heir being her son Sir Baldwin Wake. By Hugh Wake, Joan also
had Nicholas, Hugh and possibly Isabel.
- Margaret. Married to William Mastac. She died s.p. shortly before 13
[EYC ix p. 18-23 ; Sanders, Baronies p. 129 ; William Brown, Yorkshire
Inquisitions, v.1 p.237-253 ; CP XII/2 p.299]
Hope this is of interest.
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