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  • ID: I23289
  • Name: Adam de KENYON 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BEF 1309 in Kenyon, Leigh, Lancashire, England 3
  • Death: AFT 1356 2
  • Note:
    Manor of Kenyon, Lancashire:

    KENYON was originally part of Lowton, but about the end of the reign of Henry III William de Lawton granted to his son Jordan 'the whole vill of Kenyon,' at the rent of 1d. a year or a pair of white gloves. This was confirmed shortly afterwards by Robert, lord of Lowton, son of William. Jordan de Kenyon lived on until about 1300 (6), when he was succeeded by his son Adam (7). This Adam, who was living in 1330, was followed regularly by a son (8) and grandson of the same name. The third Adam de Kenyon came into his inheritance about 1346, when a number of settlements were made (9). Three years later his son John was contracted in marriage to Joan daughter of Gilbert de Southworth, but probably died soon afterwards, as the manor descended with Adam's daughter Amery, who in 1358 was married to Richard son of Thurstan de Holland of Denton. Subsequently it descended (12), like Denton, Heaton, and the other estates of the family, to the Earl of Wilton. Lord Grey de Wilton in 1787 contributed 23 to the land tax of 29...

    (6) In 1256 Jordan de Kenyon gave half a mark for an assize taken before P. de Percy. He was therefore in possession of Kenyon by that time. Two years later he and Robert de Lawton and Hugh de Hindley were defendants in a suit by Roger de Twiss, who complained that they had destroyed his chattels in Kenyon and Culcheth. In 1276 Agnes widow of Henry de Hindley claimed common of pasture in Kenyon from Jordan de Kenyon and from William de Sankey and Robert his son, an approvement from the waste having been made; but the jury found she had sufficient. In 1287 Jordan de Kenyon came to an agreement with Gilbert de Southworth respecting the bounds of the waste between Kenyon and Croft. In 1292 he was plaintiff in several cases, and defendant in 1295. To Richard his son and his heirs he granted a piece of land in Kenyon, together with another piece formerly held by another son, Hugh, and the rent of Robert de Woodhouse. John de Mosley, rector of Winwick, was one of the witnesses, so that the grant was before 1306. This Richard, mentioned with his father in the plea of 1295, was probably the father of the Jordan son of Richard de Kenyon of later deeds-1324 and 134. Hugh and Roger sons of Jordan de Kenyon occur among witnesses to charters about 1300.

    (7) Adam de Kenyon received a grant of land in Lowton in the time of his father Jordan. He married Godith daughter of Richard son of Stephen de Lawton. Her father had a grant of lands in Lowton from Robert Banastre. Adam occurs in various ways down to 1330, when as lord of Kenyon he granted a rent-charge of 40 sterling to Adam the son of his son Adam and heirs by Maud daughter of Robert de Hesketh. Jordan his son is named in the deed and in Assize R. 1435, m. 47. His daughter Godith married Richard de Abram in 1324.

    (8) In 1344 Gilbert de Culcheth senior received from Adam de Kenyon senior, Adam son and heir of Adam de Kenyon senior, Jordan de Kenyon, and others, 10 in part payment of 100. A similar receipt in 1346 names only one Adam de Kenyon.

    (9) Margery widow of Adam de Kenyon in 1346 gave to Adam her son two-thirds of the manor of Kenyon. In the following year Adam de Kenyon granted to trustees the manor of Kenyon with wards, reliefs, and escheats; also the reversion of the lands held by his mother Margaret in dower, and by Jordan de Kenyon for life. Margaret widow of Adam de Kenyon was in 1356 summoned to answer the younger Adam concerning waste he alleged she had caused or allowed in her dower lands in Kenyon and Lowton. She had pulled down a hall and sold the timber to the value of 100s., two chambers each worth 40s., &c.; had made pits and taken marl and clay, and sold it to the value of 60s.; had cut down eight oaks in the wood, each worth half a mark, and apple trees and pear trees in the gardens worth 2s. each. Margaret denied the accusation, and said that a grange and oxhouse had fallen down through old age, and she had taken an oak for repairs. In 1347 also John, Jordan, and Hugh, sons of Adam de Kenyon senior, recovered their annuities from Adam de Kenyon, Maud his wife, and their son John. The first of these claimants, John, was a priest, and in the pleas just cited is called 'son and heir' of the elder Adam; he was afterwards trustee for his brother. Jordan de Kenyon and his wife Amery, Hugh de Kenyon and his wife Alice, are mentioned in 1353.

    (12) Richard de Holland died in 1402 seised of the manor of Kenyon as of the right of Amery his wife; it was held of the lord of Makerfield by knight's service and a rent of 4s.; Thurstan his son and heir was over thirty years of age. In later inquisitions the tenure is described as socage, without rent. Richard Holland died in 1619 holding the manors of Kenyon and Lowton of the lord of Newton in socage, by a yearly rent of 18s.

    ['Townships: Kenyon', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4 (1911), pp. 154-155. URL:]

    Father: Adam de KENYON b: ABT 1285 in Kenyon, Leigh, Lancashire, England
    Mother: Margery (Margaret) b: ABT 1289

    Marriage 1 Maud de HESKETH b: ABT 1320 in Hesketh with Becconsall, Ormskirk, Lancashire, England
      1. Has Children Amery\Ameria heiress de KENYON b: ABT 1340 in Kenyon, Leigh, Lancashire, England

      1. Title: VCH - Lancashire:. URL:
        Media: Book
        Page: IV:311-22, see notes for Thurstan Holland, d. >1376
      2. Title: VCH - Lancashire:. URL:
        Media: Book
        Page: IV:154-5
      3. Title: VCH - Lancashire:. URL:
        Media: Book
        Page: IV:154-5, see notes for Adam Kenyon, d. >1356
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