Sir Roger DE SOMERVILL
(-Abt 1245)
Isabella
(-)
John DE SOMERVILL of Wychnor
(-1279)
Robert DE SOMERVILL of Wychnor
(Est 1255-1297)

 

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Spouses/Children:
Isabel DE MERLAY

Robert DE SOMERVILL of Wychnor 1

  • Born: Est 1255, Wychnor, Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • Married: Before 7 May 1275
  • Died: Shortly before 19 Oct 1297

  Also called Robert DE SOMERVILLE

  General Notes:

compiler's 23 x great grandfather

  Research Notes:

Robert de Somerville, who married Isabel, one of the daughters and coheirs of Roger de Merley, a great feudal baron, lord of Morpeth, in the county of Northumberland, and issue five sons, viz: Robert, Roger, John, who died in the same year with his father the 11 September, 1297, Adam, and Philip, and a daughter Isabel who died 15 February, 1304. 2

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  • 10 Oct 1273, Westminster

Robert de Somervill acknowledges that he owes to the executors of the will of Thomas de Windesor[e] 12 marks; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in co. Northumberland.

Calendar of Close Rolls, 1 Edw. 1, p. 56

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  • 7 May 1275, Westminster

Mandate to Guichard de Charrun to make, by juries of the counties of York and Leicester, an extent of certain fees held of Roger de Merlay, lately deceased (tenant in chief, which, however, he did not hold of the king), to wit, as well as those fees which were assigned in dower to Isabella, late the wife of the said Roger, as of others in dispute, and to make a partition thereof between William son of Thomas de Creystok and Mary his wife, the elder daughter and one of the heirs of the aforesaid Roger, and Robert de Somervill and Isabella his wife, the other daughter and heir of the said Roger, the said parties being unable to agree.

Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edw. I, vol. 1, p. 88

  • In 1275, it was shown by Inquisition Post Mortem that Hugh Gobyun held the manor of Knaptoft in Leicester of Robert de Somirville, 'who married one of the heirs of Roger de Merreleye, who held the manor of the fee of the earl of Leicester by service of 1 knight's fee."

Inq. p.m. 115, C. Edw. I. File 9. (12.)

  • In 1289, it was shown that by Inquisition Post Mortem that William son of Thomas de Creystok held the advowson of the church of Horseley in Northumberland in common with Robert de Somervyll and Isabel his wife.

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  • 1290.

Robert de Somervill acknowledges that he owes to Robert, bishop of Bath and Wells, 12 marks 9s.; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in co. Stafford.

Calendar of Close Rolls, 18 Edw. I, p. 148

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  • 9 Feb 1290, Westminster

Grant to Robert de Somervill, and his heirs, of a weekly market on Tuesday at Alrewas, co. Stafford, and of a yearly fair there on the vigil, the feast and the morrow of St. Margaret.

Grant to the same Robert of a weekly market on Monday at his manor of Wytton, co. Northumberland, and of a yearly fair there on the vigil, the feast and morrow of St. Lawrence and the two days following.

  • 12 Feb 1290, Westminster

Grant to Robert de Somervill, and his heirs, of free warren in all his demesne lands in Wichenore, Tanstal, Neubolt, Briddeshus, Sirescote, Curburgh, and Edehynghal, co. Stafford, Wytton, Wyndesgate, Horseleygh and Sheles, co. Northumberland, and Stockton, co. Warwick.

Calendar of Charter Rolls, 18 Edw. I, p.342

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  • 25 Jan 1292, Westminster

To Thomas de Normanvill, escheator beyond Trent. Order to cause equal partition of the manors of Ulfham, Benton, and Kelingwrth, which Margery, late the wife of Roger de Merleye, tenant in chief of the late king, held in dower of Roger's inheritance, to be made between John de Greystock, kinsman and co-heir of Roger, and Robert de Somervill, who married Isabel, daughter and co-heiress of Roger, in their presence, and to cause them to have seisin of their respective purparties.

Calendar of Close Rolls, 20 Edw. I, p. 217

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Robert de Somerville and Isabel his wife were summoned to be here on this day to show by what warrant they claim to have free warren in all their demesne lands in Witton, Wingates, Statunchelys , Hepscot, Stannington, Bellasis, (Long) Benton, Ulgham, Killingworth and free chase in all their fees in the foresaid vills and to have infangthief, gallows, soke and sake, toll and team, market and fair and amends of the assize of bread and ale broken in Witton which belong to the crown and dignity of the lord king without licence and will of the lord king and his predecessors etc. And Robert and Isabel come and Robert alone claims free warren in Witton, Wingates, Horsley and Scheles by charter of the present lord king dated in the eighteenth year of his reign by which the same lord king granted that he and his heirs shall have forever free warren in all their demesne lands in the foresaid vills as long as those lands are not within the bounds of the forest etc. which he proffers and which testifies this etc. . . . [1] And in the other vills they jointly claim free warren by charter of the lord King Henry, son of King (William) the Conqueror, which they proffered and which witnesses that the same lord King Henry gave to a certain Ranulf de Merlay, of whom she is one of the heirs, warren in his land of Northumberland etc. [2] They also claim free chase in Ulgham by charter of the same King Henry, which he proffers and which witnesses that the same lord King Henry gave to the foresaid Ranulf all his woods and his hay and his hunting-right of Ulgham etc. [3] They also jointly claim soke and sake toll and team and infangthief \in Witton/ by charter of the lord King Henry great-grandfather of the present lord king, which they proffered and which witnesses that the lord King Henry great-grandfather of the present lord king etc. gave to a certain Ralph de Merlay predecessor of Isabel soke and sake toll and team and infangthief. They also claim . . . 3

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Inquisition Post Mortem.

392. Robert de Somervill alias de Somervile.

Writ, 19 Oct. 25 Edw. I. [1297]

Stafford. Inq. made at Arlewas on Tuesday before All Saints, 25 Edw. I. Arlewas. The manor held of the king in chief at fee farm, rendering 100s. yearly at the exchequer by his own hand, and 10l. yearly to the sheriff of Stafford for the king's use, and for ¼ knight's fee.

Wicchenoure. The manor with its members held of the honour of Tuttebury for the service of 1½ knight's fee of the little fee of Mortain. Little Coreborn. The hamlet held of the bishop of Chester by service of two appearances yearly at his court.

Edmund his son, aged 21 on Sunday after St. Michael, 25 Edw. I, is his next heir.

C. Edw. I. File 78. (13.) 4

  Marriage Information:

Robert married Isabel DE MERLAY, daughter of Roger DE MERLAY of Morpeth and Isabel DE ROS, before 7 May 1275. (Isabel DE MERLAY was born about 1255 in Morpeth, Northumberland, England and died in Dec 1300.)

Sources


1 GEN-MEDIEVAL-L Archives, New Merlay-Somerville-Griffith descent from William the Lion, King of Scotland, Douglas Richardson, 16 Nov 2005.

2 Baronia Anglica Concentrata, Or, A Concentrated Account of All the Baronies Commonly Called Baronies in Fee..., Thomas Christopher Banks, 1844, Volume 1, p. 399, citing Rot. Pat. 3 Edw. I., m. 25.—Maria uxor Will'i filii Thomæ de Greistock primogenita, et Isabella uxor Roberti de Somervill, altera filiarum et hæred' Rogeri de Merlay..

3 Northumberland Eyre roll, 1293, JUST 1/650, old rot. 3r, now rot. 41r (AALT, IMG_0087); also at Northumberland Eyre roll, 1293, JUST 1/652, rot. 64r (O. 63) (AALT, IMG_0132), cited in Ranulf de Merlay - The Charters of William II and Henry I, WordPress (PDF):

Robertus de Someruill' et Isab(ella) uxor eius sum(moniti) fuerunt quod essent hic ad hunc diem ostens(uri) quo warranto clam(ant) habere liberam warennam in omnibus dominicis terris suis in Wytton' Wyndegates Statunchelys Hepiscotes Stanynton Beleasise Benton' Ulgham Killingwrth et liberam chaciam in omnibus feodis suis in uillis predictis et habere infangenthef' furcas sok' et sak' thol et them mercatum et feriam et emendas assise panis et ceruisie fracte in Wytton' que ad coronam et dignitatem domini regis pertinent sine licencia et uoluntate domini regis et progenitorum suorum &c. Et Robertus et Isab(ella) uen(iunt) et Robertus solus clam(at) liberam warennam in Wytton' Wyndegates Horsley et Scheles per cartam domini regis nunc datam anno regni sui decimo octauo per quam idem dominus rex concessit quod ipse et heredes sui imperpetuum habeant liberam warennam in omnibus dominicis terris suis in uillis predictis dum tamen terre ille non sint infra metas forest' &c. quam profert et que hoc testatur &c. . . . [1] Et in aliis uillis clam(ant) ipsi coniunctim liberam warennam per cartam domini H(enrici) regis filii regis conquestoris quam proferunt et que testatur quod idem dominus H(enricus) rex dedit cuidam Ran(ulfo) de M(er)lay cuius \una/ heredum ipsa est warennam in terra sua de Norhumberland' &c. [2] Clam(ant) etiam liberam chaciam in Vlgham per cartam ipsius H(enrici) regis quam profert et que testatur quod idem dominus H(enricus) rex dedit predicto Ran(ulfo) omnes boscos suos et hayam suam et fugaciam suam de Vlecampo &c. [3] Clam(ant) etiam coniunctim sok' et sak' tol et them et infangenth' \in Wytton/ per cartam domini H(enrici) regis proaui domini regis nunc quam proferunt et que testatur quod idem dominus H(enricus) rex proauus &c. dedit cuidam Radulfo de M(er)ley antec(essori) ipsius Isab(elle) sok' et sak' tol et them et infangenthef. Clam(ant) etiam . . .

4 Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem and other analogous documents, preserved in the Public Record Office, Vol. III, Edward I, pp. 260-1.


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