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  • ID: I23290
  • Name: Thurstan HOLLAND , of Sharples & Denton, Sir 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1295 in Sharples, Bolton, Lancashire, England
  • Death: AFT 1376 in Denton, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England 1
  • Note:
    Manor of Denton, Lancashire:

    The manor of DENTON, rated as a plough-land, was from early times divided into several portions. One moiety about 1200 was held of the lord of Withington by Matthew de Reddish; the other moiety was of the same lord held probably by a family or families bearing the local name, of whom there are but few traces.

    To Richard, rector of Stockport, and his heirs Matthew de Reddish granted four oxgangs of land in Denton, that was to say a moiety of the vill, at a rent of 12d. Robert, rector of Mottram, no doubt an heir of Richard, granted all his land in Denton, namely two oxgangs, to his daughter Cecily, at 1d. rent to the grantor and 5d. to the lamp of St. Mary at Manchester. Cecily was twice married—to a Norris of Heaton Norris and to Robert de Shoresworth. This Robert and Cecily his wife granted all their Denton lands, as well in demesne as in service, to their son William (7). Later, in 1299, Cecily as widow of Robert modified the gift by granting half her father's land to her son Alexander and his heirs, with reversion to William. A release was also procured from William le Norreys.

    William de Shoresworth had a son Robert, whose daughter Margaret inherited the Denton estate (10). By Sir William de Holland she had a son Thurstan, who was liberally endowed by her and his father, the two oxgangs of land in Denton, i.e. the fourth part of the manor, being part of their gifts (11). Thurstan seems to have acquired another fourth part from the heirs of the Moston family. He was living as late as 1376 (13), and his son and heir Richard (14), who added to his patrimony by a marriage with Amery daughter and heir of Adam de Kenyon (15), died in 1402 holding 'the manor of Denton' of Sir Nicholas de Longford by knight's service; he also held the manor of Kenyon in right of his wife, a moiety of the manor of Heaton Fallowfield, and land called Mateshead in Claughton in Amounderness. Thurstan his son and heir was over thirty years of age.

    Thurstan (18), whose widow Agnes was living in 1430 and 1438, left a son of the same name. The younger Thurstan was in 1430 divorced from his first wife, Margaret de Abram (20), and lived on till about 1461, his widow Ellen being named in 1462. Richard the son and heir held the manors of Denton and Kenyon, and messuages and lands in Heaton, Bolton le Moors, Wardley, Barton, Manchester, Pemberton, and Myerscough. In 1481 he settled part of his lands on himself and Agnes his wife, with life remainders to younger sons. His eldest son Richard succeeded him in 1483, and in 1486 made provision for Joan daughter of John Arderne, who was to marry his son Thurstan. In the following year and in 1497 he made provision for younger sons, and in 1499 granted messuages and lands in Bolton and Myerscough to his son Thurstan and Joan his wife. Richard Holland was living in 1500, but seems to have died soon afterwards (23).

    (7) The date is about 1280. There was a remainder to Geoffrey, brother of William.

    (10) Robert son of William de Shoresworth in 1281 released to his uncle Alexander de Shoresworth all his lands, &c., in Denton. Alexander, who was probably acting as trustee, would thus have the whole of Cecily's land in his possession. In 1325-6 he made a feoffment of his capital messuage and lands in Denton in the vill of Withington, Adam de Ryecroft, vicar of Huyton, being the feoffee; and Adam immediately regranted them, with remainder to Thurstan son of Margaret de Shoresworth. To these deeds Sir William de Holland was a witness.

    (11) Margaret de Shoresworth was twice married-to Henry de Worsley and to Robert de Radcliffe, as will be seen in the accounts of Worsley and Radcliffe. Her connexion with Sir William de Holland is not clearly known; she may have been married to him invalidly. In 1330 Alexander de Shoresworth granted all his lands, &c., in Denton to Margaret daughter of Robert de Shoresworth, and she at once granted to Thurstan her son all her messuages and lands in Denton under Doneshagh in the vill of Withington, with remainders to William son of Robert de Radcliffe, to John brother of Robert, and to Robert son of Henry de Worsley; Lord Wilton's D. Five years later Thurstan regranted the same to his mother. Margaret de Shoresworth was still living in 1348, when she recovered seisin of her lands in Bolton, Manchester, Pendleton, Wardley, Barton, Myerscough, Heaton, and Denton against Thurstan son of Sir William de Holland and Richard son of Thurstan.
    In 1314-15 land in Pleasington had been settled upon Sir William de Holland and Joan his wife, with remainder in default of issue to Thurstan son of Sir William. Thurstan is described as son of Sir William in other deeds. In 1355 he was called 'our cousin' by Roger La Warre, in a demise of the park of Blackley.

    (13) In that year the feoffee regranted him the manors of Heaton and Denton. Thurstan had a pardon from the king in 1348. In 1359 the feoffees regranted to Thurstan de Holland all his messuages, lands, &c., in Denton, Heaton, Manchester, Bolton in Eccles, Barton, Bolton on the Moors, Harwood, Worsley, Myerscough, and Sharpies, with homages and services of the free tenants, with remainders to Richard his son and his issue by Amery daughter of Adam de Kenyon; to Robert and John sons of Alice de Cobbeleres; and to William son of Alice de Pussch; to William son of Robert de Radcliffe; to William son of Robert de Worsley; and to Sir Robert de Holland.

    (14) Richard is named in various grants from 1344 onwards. In that year he had a general grant of Denton and his other manors and lands from his father. He commissioned his dear and good uncle Robert de Worsley to receive seisin of the same. Richard seems to have been in possession of the manor in 1377, when an agreement was made by him with Richard son of Richard de Hyde respecting the marling of lands in Denton. He granted a lease of the manor to William de Hulme in 1383 at a yearly rent of 10 marks.

    (15) See a preceding note, and the account of Kenyon. The writ of Diem clausit extr. after the death of Amery was issued on 19 Feb. 1421-2.

    (18) The writ of Diem clausit extr. was issued 12 Mar. 1422-3.

    (20) Thurstan son of Richard de Holland, acting with his brothers William and Nicholas, had in 1407 made a settlement of lands in Barton and Harwood on Margaret daughter of Gilbert de Abram, on her marriage with Thurstan the son of Thurstan. The elder Thurstan in 1421 made a further grant to Margaret wife of Thurstan de Holland his son. A divorce on account of consanguinity was pronounced by the official of the archdeacon of Chester in 1430. Margaret thereupon released her jointure lands to Thurstan. Thurstan immediately afterwards married Margaret daughter of Sir Lawrence Warren of Poynton, making a feoffment of his manor of Denton and all his lands in Denton and Withington. Margaret was his wife in 1439. Three years later Maud daughter of Sir John Honford was his wife; he settled lands in Denton called Brookwallhursts, Tochetcroft, &c., on her, his son Richard to make a further assurance on coming of age.

    (23) These particulars are from the lengthy inquisition after the death of Thurstan Holland, 1510. Closes called Bokulhurst, Newfield, Wheatfield, and the Five Acre in Denton were in 1497 settled on Robert, a younger son. The sons named in the feoffment of 1486 were Thurstan, William, and Thomas; that in 1487 was in favour of William and Thomas. Lands in Kenyon and Lowton were in 1461 settled on Isabel wife of Richard son of Richard Holland. In 1468 Richard the father acknowledged that he had received 24 marks from Sir William Harrington in part payment of the marriage portion. In 1486 an agreement was made as to the dower of Agnes widow of Richard Holland the elder. An agreement as to the bounds of their turbary on the moss called Ashton Moss and Denton Moss was in 1479 made between Sir John Ashton and Richard Holland.

    ['Townships: Denton', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4 (1911), pp. 311-322. URL:]

    Father: William HOLLAND , of Sharples, Sir b: ABT 1273 in Sharples, Bolton, Lancashire, England
    Mother: Margaret de SHORESWORTH , heiress of Denton b: ABT 1275 in Shoresworth Manor, Pendlebury, Lancashire, England

    Marriage 1 Mary COLLYER b: ABT 1301 in Lancashire, England
      1. Has Children Richard HOLLAND , of Denton & Kenyon, Sir b: ABT 1330 in Denton Manor, Prestwich, Lancashire, England

      1. Title: VCH - Lancashire:. URL:
        Media: Book
        Page: IV:311-22
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