(Est 1190-Bef 1252)


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  • Born: Est 1190
  • Died: Bef 12 Oct 1252

   Orthographic variation: DE PITCHFORD.

  Research Notes:

29 Aug 1226

Radulfus de Pycheford, quem dominus rex misit in servicium suum in Hiberniam, habet litteras de protectione quamdiu etc. Teste ipso rege, apud Salopebiry, xxix die Augusti, anno etc. x. Pro Radulfo filio Nicholai.

Calendar of Patent Rolls, 10 Hen. III, p. 83


After 19 Jan 1232

Shropshire. Ralph of Pitchford gives the king 40s. for having his charter concerning having a market and fair at his manor of Albrighton

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 16 Hen. III


22 Aug 1234, Reading. Ireland.

Ralph of Pitchford has made fine with the king by 300 m. for having the marriage of the heirs of John fitz Dermot , and for having the custody of the lands formerly of the same John in Ireland until the legal age of the aforesaid heirs. Because Ralph has given the king surety for rendering the aforesaid 300 m. to the king in England, order to M. fitz Gerald, justiciar of Ireland , to cause Ralph to have full seisin of both the aforesaid heirs and the lands formerly of John in Ireland.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 18 Hen. III


16 Feb 1235, Westminster

To the barons of the Exchequer. The king has granted to his beloved and faithful Ralph of Pitchford that, of the 300 m. by which he made fine with him for having custody of the lands and heirs of John fitz Dermot , with the marriage of the same heirs, he may render 50 m. each year at the Exchequer, namely 25 m. at the Exchequer of Easter and 25 m. at the Exchequer of Michaelmas, until the aforesaid 300 m. are paid to the king. Order to cause this to be done and enrolled thus.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 19 Hen. III


5 Oct 1252, Windsor

Grant for a fine of 100 marks, to Ralph son of Nicholas, of the wardship of the land and heirs of Ralph de Picheford, with the marriage of the heirs.

Calendar of Patent Rolls, Hen. III, vol. 4, p. 152

5 Oct 1252

By the fine of 100 m. which Ralph fitz Nicholas made with him, the king has granted him the custody of the land and heir of Ralph of Pitchford, who held from the king in chief, to have with appurtenances until the lawful age of Ralph’s heirs [sic] together with their marriage. Order to the king’s escheator in Shropshire that, having accepted sufficient security for rendering the aforesaid 100 m. to the king at the below-written terms, namely £20 at the Exchequer of Easter in the thirty-seventh year, £20 at the Exchequer of Michaelmas next following, £20 at the Exchequer of Easter in the thirty-eighth year and all of the remainder at the Exchequer of Michaelmas next following, he is to cause the said Ralph fitz Nicholas to have full seisin of the aforesaid custody with appurtenances.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 36 Hen. III


Inquisition Post Mortem

286. Ralph de Picheford.

Writ to the justiciary and the escheator of Ireland, 16 April, 37 Hen. III. [1253]...

John, his son, aged 16 about the octave of the Annunciation (last), is his heir.


Dunethe manor... held of Baldwin de Dunethe by service of one-eighth knight's fee.
Lyn manor, a moiety...held of Stephen de Buterleye by service of ¼ knight's fee and one pair of gilt spurs or 6d.; and the other moiety held together with his wife in free marriage by service of ¼ knight's fee.

Salop. Writ missing. Inq. (undated).

Pichford manor...held of John de Chetewynde, with 29s. 6½d. from 1 virgate land in Pichford held of the chapter of St. Chad, Salop, by service of ½ knight's fee.
Albrichton manor...held of the king by service of finding one knight with the king in the army for 8 days at his own cost.
Parva Brug', 30s. 2d. rent held of the king in chief by service of finding coal for the king's stove when he shall come in person to Brug'.

C. Hen. III. File 15. (1.)

  Marriage Information:

Ralph married Margery LE STRANGE, daughter of John LE STRANGE Lord of Cheswardine & Ness and Amicia. (Margery LE STRANGE was born est 1210.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands, Margery.

2 Le Strange Records, Hamon Le Strange, M.A., F.S.A, p. 105. A Chronicle of the Early Le Stranges of Norfolk and the March of Wales A.D. 1100-1310, with the lines of Knockin and Blackmere continued to their extinction

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