Bartholomew DE GRESEBROKE (RIN: 2760) was born bef. 1214. He married Edith . He died bef. 1268. Edith (RIN: 2761).
|1. Robert DE GRESEBROKE (RIN: 2758), b. bef. 1274||See Robert DE GRESEBROKE &|
Notes for Bartholomew DE GRESEBROKE:
The surname of the Greysbrooke family is derived from a place so-called near Rotherham, Co. Yorkshire. A suburb of Rotherham is known as �Greasborough� at the present time, and was a separate village within living memory. Roger de Gresbroke (in the time of Henry II, 1154-1189) is mentioned as holding the fee of Alice, Countess of Ewe, daughter of William de Albiney, Earl of Arundel, by Queen Adeliza, relict of Henry I. The ancient arms of Gresebrooke are described as: "Argent, three coneys feeding gules"; which means: "a silver or white shield with three red rabbits in a feeding position".
The information presented here, along with the various spellings of the name, have been taken from Dr. Jackson Howard's "Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica" (1899).
Bartholomew de Gresebroke, a younger son, left the paternal estates in Yorkshire and settled at Shenston, County Staffordshire. He acquired from Robert de Grendon about 1204 and before 1214 the old manor house of the De Brays, afterwards called Gresbrok Hall, and an estate in Shenston. A new manor house had been built about 1190-5. Shenston had been held by the De Brays since before 1127, and Bartholomew was infeuded subject to the same service to the chief lords, which explains the unusual tenure which was disclosed in January 1297 when the heriot was declared by which Gresebrok Hall and the estates were held; viz. "a horse with saddle and bridle, aketon and lorica, and other arms appurtenant" on the death of each tenant. At this point in history, the aketon, (also acton, auqueton, hacketon, etc.) appears to have been a heavily padded garment worn under the lorica, which was leather or iron breastplate.
This unusual tenure suggests strongly that Bartholomew and his descendants were all or mostly knights. Some instances indicate that the possession of a certain income entailed the right, perhaps the necessity of knighthood; while others seem to restrict it entirely to those who personally went to war. Kings, great commanders and great clergy constantly created knights, and there are many cases of knights creating other knights, including their own sons and the sons of others.
Bartholomew also held lands at Ashfurlong, now in the parish of Sutton-Colefield, and is mentioned in documents circa 1214 - 1242.
Died: before 1268
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