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  • ID: I14983
  • Name: Robert CORBET , of Moreton & Wattlesburgh, Sir 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1231 in Moreton Corbet, Wem, Shropshire, England
  • Death: NOV 1300 in Houghton on the Hill, Billesdon, Leicestershire, England 4
  • Note:
    Sir Robert Corbet of Wattlesburgh and Moreton Corbet. [Burke's Peerage]



    Before the Conquest Houghton formed part of the lands of Earl Waltheof of Northumberland. In 1086 it was held by Godric of Henry de Ferrers, and although the Countess Judith was at the time disputing the overlordship, it appears to have remained in the Ferrers family. In 1235-6 and again in 1242-3, Houghton was recorded as part of the fee of William de Ferrers, Earl of Derby(d. 1247). His son, whose estates were confiscated in 1266, may not have held the overlordship, which subsequently (and until the mid-15th century) was held by the junior branch of Ferrers of Groby. By 1236 an intermediate lordship was held by Arnold DuBois, of whom Richard Corbet held knight'sfee in Houghton. The DuBois holding descended to the Zouche family: William Zouche of Haringworth held the intermediate lordship in 1316, and his successors continued to hold it in the 14th and15th centuries.

    The Richard Corbet who held Houghton in 1236 was succeeded, apparently, by Robert Corbet before 1266. Another Richard Corbet died in 1301 seised of the manor of HOUGHTON, and was succeeded by his son Thomas. Thomas's widow Amice was suing for dower in Houghton in 1311 and 1316, when Thomas's son Thomas was under age. No later record has been found of the Corbets' ownership of Houghton.

    From: 'Houghton on the Hill', A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 5: Gartree Hundred (1964), pp. 157-163. URL: erdington leicester Date accessed: 05 May 2012.

    NOTE: From the above, this Robert was apparently the Robert who held Houghton before 1266.

    NOTE on Robert's wives and children: Joan must be a daughter by Robert's 2nd wife because if she were a child of Katherine Strange, she would have been marrying her 1st cousin Owen/Owain Gruffud. The Visitations of Shropshire shows a son Thomas by both wives of Robert, with the later Thomas (by Matilda) having the son Robert. Actually it was a son Richard who had Thomas, who had Robert. In my opinion the extra generation means that Richard was probably a son of the 1st wife Katherine Strange.

    Father: Richard CORBET , of Moreton & Wattlesboro, Sir b: ABT 1200 in Moreton Corbet, Wem, Shropshire, England
    Mother: Petronella de BOOLEY b: ABT 1204 in Booley, Shropshire, England

    Marriage 1 Katherine le STRANGE b: ABT 1237 in Cheswardine, Shropshire, England
    • Married: in 1st wife
    1. Has Children Richard CORBET , of Moreton Corbet & Wattlesboro b: ABT 1258 in Moreton Corbet, Wem, Shropshire, England

    Marriage 2 Maud (Matilda) de TIDESHILL b: 1244
    • Married: AFT 1261 in 2nd wife
    1. Has Children Joan CORBET b: ABT 1263 in Moreton Corbet, Wem, Shropshire, England

    1. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 206
    2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: X:641
      Text: husband of dau. of John le Strange
    3. Title: VCH - Leicestershire,
      Media: Book
      Page: vol 5, p. 157-63 Houghton on the Hill
      Text: son of Richard, father of Richard
    4. Title: Victoria County History of Shropshire, Volume XI, 1985, online at
      Page: 277-8, see notes for Richard Corbet, d. <1235
      Text: 1300
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