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  • ID: I04347
  • Name: Adam BANASTRE , of Bank Hall, Sir 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Adam /Bannister/
  • Birth: ABT 1270 in Bank Hall, Bretherton, Lancashire, England
  • Death: AFT 8 OCT 1315 in Duxbury, Chorley, Lancashire, England (beheaded)
  • Death: 1314 1
  • Note:
    The Adam Banastre who raised an insurrection in 1315 was almost certainly son of the younger Thomas. Thus in 1307-8 Sir Adam Banastre gave Sir William Banastre, his brother, a rent of 16 11s. 6d. from his manors, &c., of Broughton, Salefield, Heath Charnock, Adlington, Duxbury and Shevington. ['Townships: Bretherton', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6 (1911), pp. 102-108. URL:]


    Sir Adam Banastre, Knight, beheaded 1314, [married] Margaret de Holand, sister of Sir Robert de Holand of Upholland, co. Lancaster, and widow of Sir John Blackburn. [Ancestral Roots, line 34-32]

    NOTE: VCH Lancs, vol 2, p. 198, has Adam marrying Joan, daughter of Margaret de Holand & John Blackburn. However this conflicts with VCH Lancs, vol VI, p. 131, which agrees (except for the addition of a third husband Robert de Hepwell) with AR above. Henry Sutliff, in a post to SGM, 11 Feb 2002, said to ignore the information in vol 2.

    NOTE: AR7 is wrong with the 1314 date of his execution. The action in the 'Banastre Rebellion' didn't start until 8 Oct 1315, and continued for several days (or weeks) before the Banastre side was defeated and Adam executed. So it was well after 8 Oct when he died. See the article below in Wikipedia:


    NOTE: The following article states that Adam was of "Banks Hall", which was a separate line of the Banastre family of Bretherton in 1526 when Henry Banastre died holding a manor called "the Bank". VCH Lancashire (Bretherton) stated that the origin of the separate arms of the Banastre family was "obscure". If Wikipedia is correct, this could be the generation that created the separate lines, with Adam at the head of the Banastres of Bank Hall. Adam's son Adam is said to have been of Croston, which was held later by the Banastres of Bank Hall. The Banastres of Bank Hall were apparently the senior line of the family, with the junior line holding some properties around Bretherton "of the senior line" (meaning that the senior line were the mesne lords of the property held by the junior line as tenants).

    Banastre Rebellion

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Banastre Rebellion was an uprising in Lancashire, England in 1315 against the Earl of Lancaster and his supporters. It took place in 1315 when a group of disaffected knights decided to revenge themselves on the Earl of Lancaster by attacking his chief retainer and their rival, Sir Robert de Holland. The group was led by Sir Adam Banastre of Bank Hall, Bretherton who had extensive landholdings in the county, Sir William de Bradshaigh of Haigh Hall and Sir Henry Lea of Charnock Richard. The cause of their grievance was that the powerful earl, the dominant force in the North-west of England, appeared to be favouring the Holland family to their disadvantage.

    The group met on 8 October 1315 at Wingates, near Westhoughton, where they planned an attack on the pro-Holland Radcliffes of Radcliffe. Adam de Radcliffe was captured and the raiding party moved to the home of Sir Henry de Bury looking for his brothers and Sir Henry de Bury was killed. The next day, having been joined by Sir Ralph Bickerstaff, the High Sheriff of Lancashire, they raided the farm of the bailiff of the Rector of Wigan, another Holland supporter, stealing crops and other goods. They then raided Norley Hall, belonging to a Lancaster adherent Thurstan de Norley, seizing goods and livestock. The mob traversed far and wide across south Lancashire, attacking the homes and property of the earl's supporters. Halton Castle in Cheshire was captured by burning down the gates and a failed attempt made to capture Liverpool Castle (then in the hands of Sir Robert Holland). Clitheroe Castle was taken and Preston terrorised.

    Eventually Edmund de Neville, the Deputy Sheriff of Lancashire, organised a force loyal to the earl and confronted the rebels at Deepdale in Preston. Within an hour the rebels were routed and Sir Ralph Bickerstaff killed. Joined by a force under Robert de Holland, Neville moved south to round up fugitives. Sir Adam Banastre and Sir Henry de Lea were captured at Charnock Richard after being betrayed and were summarily beheaded. Sir William Bradshaigh escaped, possibly to Wales, and was outlawed.

    Father: Thomas BANASTRE , of Bretherton & Heath Charnock b: ABT 1248 in Bretherton, Chorley, Lancashire, England
    Mother: Joan heir de SINGLETON & Broughton b: ABT 1251 in Little Singleton, Kirkham, Lancashire, England

    Marriage 1 Unknown First WIFE b: ABT 1275
      1. Has Children Adam BANASTRE , of Bank Hall & Croston b: ABT 1300 in Bank Hall, Bretherton, Lancashire, England

      Marriage 2 Margaret de HOLAND b: ABT 1265 in Upholland, Wigan, Lancashire, England
      • Married: AFT 1304 in 3rd husband
      1. Has Children Katherine BANASTRE , heir of Farleton b: ABT 1307 in Bretherton, Chorley, Lancashire, England

      1. Title: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Shippard Jr., 1999
        Page: 34-32
      2. Title: VCH - Lancashire:. URL:
        Media: Book
        Page: VI:102-8, see notes for Edward Banastre, d. 1382
      3. Title: Records relating to the Barony of Kendale. URL:
        Page: II:266-73
        Text: son of Thomas, father of Katherine
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