Roger II DE MERLAY, Baron of Morpeth
(Est 1175-1239)
(-Bef 1226)
Sir Robert DE ROS of Wark
Roger III DE MERLAY, Baron of Morpeth
(Est 1210-1265)
Isabel DE ROOS
(-Aft 1280)
(Abt 1255-1300)


Family Links

1. Sir Robert DE EURE
2. Robert DE SOMERVILL of Wychnor


  • Born: Abt 1255, Morpeth, Northumberland, England
  • Married (1): Before 1270
  • Married (2): Before 7 May 1275
  • Died: Dec 1300

  Also called Isabella DE MERLEY

  General Notes:

compiler's 23 x great grandmother

  Research Notes:

2nd daughter and co-heiress, aged 10 years at the Inq. p.m. taken on her father's death (1265).

co-heiress to her younger sister Alice, aged 12 years when named in the Inq. p.m. taken on her death.


Isabel married (1st) before 1270 Robert de Eure. He was living in 1271, but died in or before 1272. She married (2nd) before 7 May 1275 ROBERT DE SOMERVILLE, Knt., of Wichnor (in Tatenhill), Alrewas, Curborough House (in Streethay), and Tunstall, Staffordshire, and, in right of his wife, of Great Benton, Witton Underwood, Horsley, Stanton, and Wingates, Northumberland, and Knaptoft, Leicestershire, benefactor of Repingdon and Worksop Priories, son and heir of John de Somerville, Knt., of Wichnor (in Tatenhill), Curborough House (in Streethay), Tunstall, Staffordshire, etc. They had six sons, Edmund (clerk), Robert, Roger, Knt., Adam, Philip, Knt., and John, and two daughters, Joan (wife of Ralph Cromwell, Knt.) and Isabel. In 1294 he acquired the other half share of the manor of Burton Agnes, Yorkshire by an exchange with his wife's nephew, John de Greystoke. He was summoned to serve against the Welsh in 1277 and 1282 and against the Scots in 1296. In 1290 he was granted a weekly market and yearly fair in Witton Underwood, Northumberland, together with free warren in Windegates, Horsley, and Sheles, Northumberland. SIR ROBERT DE SOMERVILLE died shortly before 17 October 1297. His widow, Isabel, died shortly before Thursday before Christmas 1300. 1


  • 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


  • 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


  • 18 Jul 1298, Kirkliston

Licence, at the instance of Aymer de Valencia, the king's kinsman, for Isabella, late the wife of Robert de Sumervill to enfeoff Roger de Sumervill, her son, of the manor of Wytton and a moiety of the manor of Benton, with the advowsons of the churches of Benton and Stanyngton, which are of her purparty of the barony of Merlay, and are in chief.

Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edw. I, vol. 3, p. 356

  Marriage Information:

Isabel married Sir Robert DE EURE before 1270. (Sir Robert DE EURE died before 1272.)

  Marriage Information:

Isabel also married Robert DE SOMERVILL of Wychnor, son of John DE SOMERVILL of Wychnor and Elizabeth OLIPHANT, before 7 May 1275. (Robert DE SOMERVILL was born Est 1255 in Wychnor, Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England and died shortly before 19 Oct 1297.)


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

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