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  • ID: I14830
  • Name: Henry de AINTREE 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1250 in Aintree, Merseyside, Lancashire, England
  • Death: BEF 1301 1
  • Note:
    Manor of Aintree, Lancashire:

    AINTREE is not separately mentioned in Domesday Book; from later notices its assessment is found to have been one plough-land. At the beginning of the thirteenth century it was held in thegnage by Henry de Holland of Downholland in Halsall, and most of it had already been granted out, Alan de Holland, Robert de Molyneux, Henry son of Gilbert, Hawise daughter of Richard, and Cockersand Abbey holding in 1212.

    Mr. Irvine in his book on the Hollands, states that 'there is no evidence of any blood relation between the two families (of Holland of Downholland, who never rose to any important position in the county, and the Hollands of Upholland), and the strong probability is that they were not in any way connected.'

    The Molyneux share, one oxgang of land, was granted in free marriage with Alice de Molyneux to the son of Richard Baret; it descended to the Ridgate or Rudgate family, by whom it was sold in 1490 to Lawrence son of Henry Molyneux.

    The remainder, or the greater part of it, seems to have been quickly reunited into the hands of a family who adopted the local name; for in 1296 William de Aintree's possession was 6 oxgangs of land and half of the mill. The descent is far from clear. Part at least-probably including the lordship-descended to Emma, daughter of Henry and Agnes de Aintree, and wife of Henry son of Hugh de Atherton, (fn. 8) and part to William de Aintree's daughters, Margery de Wedacre and Alice.

    Some minor grants occur.

    In 1387 it was found that Sir Thomas Nevill, son of Sir Robert Nevill of Hornby, held the manor of Aintree of the lord of Downholland by knight's service and a rent of 8s. 2d.; that Sir Thomas was dead, and his heir was his daughter Margaret, then four years of age. As she died without issue the descendants of Sir Thomas's sisters became his heirs. Thus Aintree came to Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Harrington, who married John Stanley, whose heirs -Anne, wife of John Swift; Joan, wife of Thomas Halsall and afterwards of John Osbaldeston; and Thomas Grimshaw of Clayton-le-Moors-and their descendants quickly divided and sold the inheritance. (fn. 13) A rent of 12 from Aintree descended from another of Sir Thomas's sisters to Sir Christopher Danby. The Molyneux family of Sefton purchased all or the greater part; and the manor of Aintree has from the sixteenth century descended with Sefton.

    (8) Henry de Aintree married Agnes, daughter of Richard de Molyneux of Sefton, and her daughter Emma was defendant in various suits in 1301. Gilbert son of William de Aintree brought a writ of novel disseisin against her, but did not prosecute it; Assize R. 419, m. 3; also m. 8d.

    Then Alice, widow of Henry de Ain- tree, claimed dower in certain lands held by Emma; Richard de Molyneux, her grandfather, Simon de Balderston, and Emma widow of William de Aintree being joined as defendants, the grandfather in his capacity of guardian to Emma, who was a minor; Assize R. 419, m. 6 d. In one statement of defence it was alleged that William de Aintree held the parcel in dispute for life, by grant of Henry; ibid. m. 7 d.
    In 1323 Henry son of Hugh de Atherton and Emma his wife complained that William de Molyneux of Sefton and others had disseised them of part of their tenement in Aintree; Assize R. 425, m. 6. Two years later he proceeded against William the Demand of Netherton and others, for cutting his turf; De Banc. R. 255, m. 207.

    Henry de Atherton contributed to the subsidy of 1332; Exch. Lay Subs. 27.

    John, son of William de Cowdrey, Otes de Halsall, and Alan, son of Alan de Cowdrey, were accused of taking Emma, widow of Henry de Atherton of Aintree, from Sefton church on 10 November, 1343; they were acquitted; Assize R. 430, m. 13. There appears to have been a daughter and heir Joan, who married Robert de Nevill of Hornby. The latter in 1346 is found claiming various lands as the right of his wife, daughter of Henry, and granddaughter and heir of Hugh de Atherton of Hindley; De Banc. R. 346, m. 349.
    In 1356 Joan, widow of Adam de Aintree sought dower from Henry, son of Simon de Bickersteth and Agnes his wife; Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 5, m. 4d.

    (13) Sir Thomas's sisters were Margaret, who married Sir William Harrington, and Joan, who married Sir John Langton.

    ['Townships: Aintree', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3 (1907), pp. 99-101. URL:]

    Father: William de AINTREE b: ABT 1225 in Aintree, Merseyside, Lancashire, England

    Marriage 1 Agnes de MOLYNEUX b: ABT 1262 in Sefton, West Derby, Lancashire, England
    • Married: in 1st wife
    1. Has Children Emma heiress de AINTREE b: ABT 1280 in Aintree, Merseyside, Lancashire, England

    Marriage 2 Alice b: ABT 1260
    • Married: BEF 1301 in 2nd wife 1

    1. Title: VCH - Lancashire:. URL:
      Media: Book
      Page: III:99-101
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