Name: Ailsi (Ailsius) de OSBALDESTON 1
Birth: ABT 1149 in Osbaldeston, Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Death: BEF 1216 1
Manor of Osbaldeston, Lancashire:
Osbaldeston and the adjoining vill of Balderston represent one of the twentyeight Domesday manors held in 1066 by a freeman who was probably the ancestor of Ailsi son of Hugh, thegn of these vills in the reigns of Henry II, Richard and John. At a very early date they were included in the fee within this hundred granted by Ilbert or Robert de Lacy to the ancestor of De Arches. Between 1177 and 1193 Robert de Lacy confirmed certain privileges to William de Arches which had been granted to his ancestors by Robert's ancestors, particularly the venison taken within his fee. Before the middle of the next century the mesne lordship of De Arches was extinguished by the grant to John de Lacy from Adam de Buckden and Matilda de Arches his wife of the whole service which Hugh de Osbaldeston owed for the land of Osbaldeston with the appurtenances, which was thenceforth held sine medio of the honor of Clitheroe by the yearly service of 6s. and a sore sparrow-hawk. The grant of Sunderland by Ailsi son of Hugh to Sawley Abbey and his subsequent grant of Balderston to his second son are described in the account of that mesne manor. In 1202 he and his sons Robert and William were amerced by John Bishop of Norwich and his fellow justices in eyre in the county. About the end of the reign of Henry II he enfeoffed Geoffrey de Clayton of land by the Ribble between Studle-clough and the old hedge of Osbaldeston carr. Hugh de Osbaldeston succeeded his father Ailsi during John's reign and made several feoffments of land here to his kinsmen. He lived until shortly before 1256, when Thomas his son and successor made an agreement with William de Balderston, his tenant of the manor of Balderston, touching the services due to him.
Before 1278 Thomas was succeeded by his son Adam, who released to the monks of Sawley in or about 1286 his right in a plot of wood and pasture called the Mikelfal in Sunderland Wood, for which they conceded to him all lands approved by him or his ancestors before that time. In 1292 he acquired from Roger de Dewyhurst and Avina his wife a messuage and land here which Thomas his father had given to William son of Bernard de Samlesbury, father of Avina. He died before 1298, when Thomas his son recorded his claim to a reversionary interest in the manors of Haigh and Blackrod.
At the death of Henry de Lacy Earl of Lincoln in 1311 Thomas de Osbaldeston held Osbaldeston and Balderston of Alice, mother of the earl, as part of her dower. In 1324 he was summoned, as having land to the yearly value of £15, to attend the Great Council at Westminster. For some time before 1328 he was one of the coroners for the county, until he became incapacitated by illness and infirmity. He married Anabella, by whom he had no issue, was living in 1332, when he paid to the subsidy levied in that year, and died before 1335. His widow married Roger de Elston, lord of Ribbleton; both were living in 1361. He was succeeded by his brother, usually described as John son of Adam de Osbaldeston, who made a settlement in 1336 by which two-thirds of the manor and the reversion of one-third held by Roger de Elston and Anabella his wife were settled upon himself for life, with remainder to his son Alexander and Katherine daughter of Thomas de Molyneux of the Edge and their issue. In Michaelmas term 1344 Joan relict of John de Osbaldeston demanded her dower in two-thirds of the manor from Roger de Elston and Anabella his wife. The date of John de Osbaldeston's death is not recorded; he left issue Alexander, who had married Katherine de Molyneux before 1336, and a daughter Alice.
It is probable that Alexander died in his minority about the same time as his father, for his sister Alice repeatedly describes herself as daughter and heir of John de Osbaldeston. In 1357 and again in 1360 she granted to Thomas son of Henry Banastre of Walton-le-Dale, who had married her brother's widow, the yearly service of 5s. of Thomas son of William de Osbaldeston, which she had inherited from her father, and the year following released her right in the manor of Osbaldeston and the service of Richard son of John de Balderston for the manor of Balderston. 'Thomas Banastre de Osbaldeston, esquier' heads the list of contributors to the poll tax of 1379.
The only issue of Alexander de Osbaldeston and Katherine de Molyneux was a son Geoffrey. In 1380, at the instance of the Duke of Lancaster, he and Thomas de Molyneux, his maternal uncle, were pardoned for certain offences wherewith they stood charged. He married in 1357 Margaret daughter of William, whose surname has not been ascertained, but it is uncertain if the marriage was consummated, as he subsequently married Cecily, probably daughter of Sir John le Norreys, kt. In 1390 John son of Geoffrey de Osbaldeston was in Ireland in the king's service, in the retinue of Sir John Stanley. He was knighted at St. Maxence by Henry V on 13 October 1415, before the battle of Agincourt. In the spring of 1417 he went to France again in the retinue of the king, and was with other Lancashire knights before Louviers and Rouen in the summer of 1418, and at Gisors the year following. By his marriage with Joan daughter and heir of Roger de Coghull, and heir of her grandmother Margaret daughter of Sir Richard Handlo, kt., he became lord of Chadlington Manor, co. Oxon., and ancestor of Osbaldeston of that ilk.
Thomas Osbaldeston, eldest son of Geoffrey, succeeded his father, and by the death of Thomas Molyneux, his grandmother's brother, in December 1387, became heir to the manor of Cuerdale. In or before March 1406 he demised this manor to Robert Radcliffe, younger son of William Radcliffe of the Tower, who had married his grandmother Katherine after the death of her second husband Thomas Banastre. She had been first married as far back as 1336, and must have been near eighty years of age at this time. That she died soon after this date is evident from the fact that her third husband's son and heir was born in or before 1415. Thomas Osbaldeston married before 1406 Alice, by whom he had Geoffrey his heir and John, and died soon after. (fn. 45)
In 1435 by the death of Robert Radcliffe of Osbaldeston the manor reverted to Geoffrey Osbaldeston, then aged twenty-nine years. In 1411-12 his father arranged for his marriage to Isabel daughter of Henry Langton of Walton-le-Dale, by whom he had several sons. William the youngest settled at Long Compton, co. Warw., where his descendants continued for some generations. John the eldest died in his father's lifetime, having married Elizabeth daughter of Sir Richard Balderston, by which match a fourth part of the Balderston estates came to this family after the death in 1512 of James Harrington, Dean of York. Geoffrey the father died in 1475, the inquest after his death being taken four years later, when his grandson Richard Osbaldeston, son of John, was found to be his heir, being then aged seventeen years.
In 1480 Richard Osbaldeston recovered from Geoffrey, Richard and William Osbaldeston, his uncles, part of the estate which Alexander his ancestor had settled upon his issue in 1336. He took to wife Grace daughter of William Singleton of Broughton Tower, and died in 1507. Alexander his son, aged twenty-six at his father's death, fought at Flodden Field under the Earl of Derby, and was knighted a little later. He was twice married, first, about 12 June 1490, to Agnes daughter of Sir Christopher Southworth, who was the mother of his heir, and secondly to Ellen daughter of Thomas Tyldesley of Wardley, by whom he had issue Richard, upon whom he settled Sunderland Grange in Balderston in 1540. He was sheriff of the county in 1527-8, and died 17 January 1544. His son John Osbaldeston, aged thirty-six years at his father's death, married Margaret daughter of George Stanley Lord Strange, K.G., by whom he had numerous offspring; he married secondly after 1567 Jane daughter and co-heir of John Stanley, base son of John brother of Thomas Stanley first Earl of Derby, and relict of Sir Thomas Halsall, kt. In 1557 he was nominated a captain in the army of Lord Shrewsbury serving in Scotland. He died 22 October 1575. [The line continues until Alexander Osbaldeston d. s.p. in 1747]
45. In 1441 John Osbaldeston and his mother Alice as executors of the will of Thomas Osbaldeston sued Agnes relict of Henry de Langton of Walton-le-Dale for £200, in which sum she had become bound at Cuerdale in Aug. 1420. In addition to Cuerdale Thomas Osbaldeston had inherited four messuages, 110 acres of land, &c., in Sefton called The Edge, in which his relict sued Geoffrey their son for dower in 1459. As Geoffrey became seised of the premises and of lands in Over Darwen, Walton-le-Dale and Cuerdale on 20 May 1427, it is probable that he attained his majority on that day.
['Townships: Osbaldeston', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6 (1911), pp. 319-325. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk]
Father: Hugh (Hugo) de OSBALDESTON b: ABT 1123
- Hugh de OSBALDESTON b: ABT 1175 in Osbaldeston, Blackburn, Lancashire, England
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