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  • ID: I26730
  • Name: Ralph de WILINGTON , of Ablington & Yate, Sir 1
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Ralph de /Willington/, of Ablington & Yate, Sir
  • Birth: BEF 1178 in Willington, Burton upon Trent, Derbyshire, England 2
  • Death: AFT NOV 1236 in Ablington, Gloucestershire, England 1
  • Note:
    Observations.-The family of Wilington first appears in Gloucestershire at the end of the 12th century and does not seem to take its name from any place in that co. It is, however, likely that they were connected with the Wilingtons of Derbyshire who held lands at Willington, in that co., from early in the same century. For Nicholas de Wilington (of Derbyshire), who granted a charter to Burton Abbey in the time of Nicholas the Abbot (1188-97), mentions therein his brother John; and two entries on the Staffordshire Assize Roll of 5 John (1203-04) show that John and Ralph de Wilington were brothers. So Nicholas (of Derbyshire) may be a brother of Ralph (of Gloucestershire), who in 1207 named Nicholas de Wilington as pledge in a Worcestershire lawsuit.

    RALPH DE WILINGTON, who acquired lands in south-west England by his marriage, is mentioned in two Gloucestershire lawsuits in 1199, while in 1200 he made fine to have the question of his obligation to Stephen de Turnham, a royal justice, judged by the Justiciar. He made payment to the Crown in 1206 to receive control of half the manors of Yate and Ablington, co. Gloucester, and White Ladies Aston, co. Worcester, which had been granted to him by Robert de Everci, to whom his wife was heir; and he had seisin of Robert's lands in those counties in 1208, the latter being then dead. Ralph appears in a lawsuit concerning lands in Imber, Wilts, in 1214; was ordered to conduct a prisoner from Philip Marc to the Earl Marshal, February 1216/7; was appointed custodian of the lands of the Earl of Devon in Hants, Somerset, and Dorset, November-December 1217; and represented the Earl of Gloucester in a lawsuit of 1219, in which year he was also in litigation with the Bishop of Chichester. He was eschaetor in Gloucestershire, 1218 and 1232, and was frequently employed as justice of the peace, of forests, &c., and to collect aids in that co. till 1236. He was in control of Berkeley Castle, co. Gloucester, 1220-23; was associated with Bristol, Mar. 1223/4; and was appointed Constable of Bristol Castle, wherein lived Eleanor, the King's sister, 8 Oct. 1224 till between 16 March and 3 July 1229. As Keeper of the town and castle of Devizes, appointed 6 July 1233, he was ordered, August following, to ravage, in Wiltshire, the property of Gilbert Basset and Richard Siward, two of the leading opponents of the King. He was further appointed, 28 September 1233, to guard Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent, in Devizes Castle and was summoned to consult with the King thereon, 1 October. On the disgrace of Piers des Riveaux he was pardoned for having acted as one of his bailiffs, 28 February 1234/5; and he was exempted from all service on juries, assizes or recognitions, 1 May 1236.

    He married, before Hilary 1198/9, Olimpia, daughter and heir of William FRANC CHEVALER (g) and heir (circa 1208) of Robert DE EVERCI (h). He was living, November 1236, but died before 1242. Olimpia was holding one knight's fee of the Earl of Warwick in Poulton, co. Gloucester, circa August 1242, but the date of her death is not known. [Complete Peerage XII/2:643-5, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

    (g) This William was son and heir of John, son and heir of Humphrey Franc Chevaler, who in 1220 was alleged, by ralph and Olimpia, to have held temp. Henry II, 5 hides in Imber, Wilts, which were the right of Olimpia as Humphrey's heir. In the time of Abbot Thomas Carbonel (1179-1205), Wymark, widow of John Franc Chevaler, gave lands to St. Peter's Abbey, Gloucester, for the souls of her husband and her son William, with the consent of her son Robert and of Olimpia, daughter of her son William. This gift was confirmed by Ralph de Wilington and his wife Olimpia.

    (h) Although in a lawsuit of Michaelmas 1223, Olimpia is described as Robert's daughter, her parentage is sufficiently proved in the preceding note. Perhaps she was his niece or granddaughter. Robert left a widow Cecily, who m. Ranulph, Constable of Hay.




    Father: John de WILINGTON b: ABT 1150 in Willington, Burton upon Trent, Derbyshire, England

    Marriage 1 Olimpia CHEVALER , Heiress of White Ladies b: ABT 1182 in White Ladies Aston, Pershore, Worcestershire, England
    • Married: BEF 1199 1
    Children
    1. Has Children Ralph de WILINGTON , of Ablington & Yate, Sir b: ABT 1210 in Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England

    Sources:
    1. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: XII:2:643-5
    2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: XII:2:643-5
      Text: in lawsuits 1199 (of age)
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