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  • ID: I07883
  • Name: Richard BANASTRE , of Munslow 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1065
  • Death: AFT 1128 in Munslow, Ludlow, Shropshire, England 1
  • Note:
    The following is from 'The Barony of Newton in Makerfield', VCH Lancashire I:366-75:

    The name of Banastre appears to be a corrupted form of the Italian 'balastro' (Lat. Balistarius) , one who manipulates the ' balestra,' or machine for hurling stones against a fortification. From Balestro the name became changed to Banastre by the same process by which baluster (the handrail of a staircase) has taken the now accepted form of banister. In the court of the earls of Chester the Balestro, or Banastre, appears to have been an official of great importance. The late Mr. Langton deduced the name from old French, 'Banaste' (Lat. Banasta), a basket or creel, such as may be slung in pairs across the back or over a pack-saddle, hence the heraldic emblem known as the water bouget. He further adduces in support of this derivation the appearance of the water bouget in the early arms of the Banastres.

    If we may believe the statement of a notable petition, made by one of the subjects of this notice in 1278, the family of Banastre descended from Robert de Roelent (Rhuddlan), who held a large fee, described in Domesday as including half the castle, burgh, and manor of Rhuddlan, and some thirty-three berewicks in Englefeld, now part of co. Flint. If so, the descent was probably through a daughter of Robert de Roelent. Richard Banastre, the first of this family upon record, occurs among the attestants of a charter of Richard, earl of Chester, and the Countess Ermentrude, his mother, confirming to the monks of Abingdon the grant of ' Wudemundeslai ' made by Drogo de Andely. The first three witnesses of this charter are William fitz Nigel (the constable), Hugh fitz Norman (the steward), and Richard Balasta. The date is stated to be circa May, 1106. In another charter, reciting William Malbanc's gifts to the abbey of St. Werburgh, of Chester, Banastre's name appears next after that of the countess in the testing clause.* About 1115 he attests an important charter of Richard de Belmeis, bishop of London, then viceroy of Salop, touching the claim of Wenlock Priory to St. Milburg's land in Shropshire, he being the second lay witness. Between 1120 and 1128 he is a prominent witness to Ranulf Meschin's charter of confirmation to St. Werburgh. In the history of Shropshire, Mr. Eyton adduces evidence to show that Richard Banastre was probably lord of Munslow and Aston Munslow in that county.

    Marriage 1 Miss heiress de ROELENT b: ABT 1076 in Rhuddlan Castle, Flintshire, Wales
      1. Has Children Thurstan BANASTRE , of Munslow & Appleby b: ABT 1095 in Munslow, Ludlow, Shropshire, England

      1. Title: VCH - Lancashire, vol I, William Farrer, 1861-1924:. URL:
        Page: 366-75
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