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  • ID: I31980
  • Name: Ralph de BEETHAM & Bootle, Sir 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Ralph de /Bethum/& Meathop, Sir
  • Birth: ABT 1300 in Beetham, Kendal, Westmorland, England
  • Death: 1375 in Bootle, West Derby, Lancashire, England 2
  • Note:
    Inq.P.M of Robert de Holand, Earl of Lancaster, 1322 (showing his properties & who held them):

    Ralph de Bethum holds two parts of the manor of Aghton by homage and fealty in socage for all things. [probably Aighton, now "Aighton, Chaigley & Bailey" near Clitheroe, Lancashire]

    Ralph de Bethum holds the town of Botull and renders yearly 8s. 8d.
    Ralph de Bethum holds the manor of Botehull by the service of 8s. 8d. yearly at the 4 terms for all things except puture of the bailiffs, bode and witnesse, in thegnage. [probably Bootle, Lancashire, now "Bootle cum Linacre" near West Derby]

    Ralph de Bethum holds 8 oxgangs of land in Forneby by the service of 2s. 4^. yearly at the 4 terms for all. [probably Formby near Ormskirk, Lancashire]

    Ralph de Bethum holds Argarmeles [now Birkdale] by fealty, without other service to be done therefor. [Birkdale near Ormskirk, Lancashire]

    Ralph de Bethum holds three parts of the town of Brynyng for 12 oxgangs of land by homage and the service of i$d. at Christmas and Midsummer, and by the service of the 4th part of a knight's fee.
    Ralph de Bethum holds 2 oxgangs of land in Kelgrimarghe \'Kellamergh'] a hamlet of the town of Brynyng. [the town & hamlet are now combined as "Bryning with Kellemergh" near Fylde, Lancashire]

    Ralph de Bethum who holds in Warton, Neusum, and Brethirton 4 ploughlands for the moiety of a knight's fee.

    [Lancashire Inquests, Extents, and Feudal Aids. Part II., by William Farrer, 1907,]


    Manor of Beetham, Kendal, Westmorland:

    1318 Pardon for Ralph de Bethum, an adherent of Thomas earl of Lancaster.

    1322 Ralph de Bethum held lands in co. Lancster; Lancs. Inq. (Rec. Soc.), liv, 79-81.

    1332 Ralph de Bethum appointed one of the three keepers of the peace in co. Westmorland; and a commissioner to levy the fifteenth.

    1334 Raufe de Bethum and Alice his wife appoint Thomas de Astenthwaite their attorney to receive seisin of all the land of Stodfald which belonged to John son of Alayn de Horton. Given at Bethum, 8 Edard III. Seal of Ralph de Bethum.

    1334 "Raufe de Bethum et Alice sa femme le uityme Edward III. [NOTE: Ralph de Bethum & Alice his wife -- no clue as to what "uityme" is.]

    1334 Grant to Ralph de Bethum of free warren in his demesne lands in Beethum.

    1335 Ralph de Bethum has exemption from serving on juries or as the king's minister.

    1335 Roger de Brunnolfesheved, Alexander de Wyndesore and Ralph de Bethum, keepers of the peace, co. Westmorland.

    1340 Thomas de Bethum (9) is admitted one of the guardians of William de Coucy, a minor going beyond seas in the king's service.
    (9) Sir Ralph de Bethum is said to have had brothers, Thomas and Robert.

    1340 Ralph de Bethum on the commission of the peace in co. Westmorland.

    1344 Precipimus of King Edward III to the sheriff of Westmorland to cause 12 men to come before the justices at Westminster, at three weeks after Easter, to determine on their oath whether Thomas de Bethum, great-great-grandfather (triavus) of Ralph de Bethum, whose heir he is, holding the manor of Bethum, gave to Hawise his daughter, in the time of King Henry, the king's great-grandfather, 11 messuages and six carucates of land, a mill etc. in Bethum, to hold to her and her heirs of the said Thomas by cornage, which said tenements William de Coucy and John de Haverington, knight, the younger, claim. Given at Westminster, 18 Edward III [marginal] note: "The suyte was betwixt William de Coucy and John de Haverington, junior, knight".

    1348 Ralph de Bethum, chivaler, and Richard son of Henry de Caplesheved, Ralph's sergeant, complain that whereas they took at the battle of Durham a prisoner of Scotland called John Styward of Nidisdale and would have brought him to London in accordance with the king's proclamation, Thomas de Roos of Kendale, Robert his brother, Robert Dykemansone of Caplesheved, Adam de la Chaumbre, John Coke, Robert de Syggeswyk, Patrick "Johanes servant de Whassyngton" and others took the prisoner out of their custody at Haverbrek in Kendale and brought him to Scotland for a ransom of 500.

    1358 Ralph de Bethum, chivaler, has the custody of his manor of Bethum.

    1359 Ralph de Bethum, knt., complained against Ralph del Knot for cutting down and carrying away his trees at Bethum to the value of 100s.

    1360 It is certified by inquest that the manor of Bethum was held by knight's service of Christiana de Gynes and of her ancestors, lords of the moiety of the manor of Kirkeby in Kendale time out of mind and at the time of the death of Thomas, father of Ralph, of the same Christiana then living, that Ralph entered after his father's death and did homage and other services due to Christiana in her life time and not after her death when the said moiety was in the king's hand, and that the said manor is now held of John de Coupland and Joan his wife, as of the said moiety to them granted for their lives. An earlier inquest had falsely found that King Henry III had given in fee to the ancestor of Ralph de Bethum three carucates of land in Bethum with a fishery in the water of Kent there, called the manor or Bethum. The escheator is ordered to remove the king's hand and not to intermeddle with the manor which is Ralph de Bethum's.

    1360 Ralph de Bethome holds the manor of Bethome of John de Coupeland and Joan his wife by knight's service as of a moiety of the manor of Kirkeby in Kendale, worth 20.

    1360 Ralph de Bethum, chivaler, Roland de Thornburgh and two others are appointed collectors of the fifteenth in co. Westmorland.

    1361 Order for delivery to John, earl of Richmond, and Blanche his wife, one of the daughters and heirs of Henry, duke of Lancaster, inter alia the 4th part of a knight's fee in Kelgrymeshargh and Brynyng held by Ralph de Bethum, the 4th part of a knight's fee in the same places held by Thomas de Bethum.

    1366 Grant by Ralph de Bethom, knt., to Robert de Bethom, his brother, parson of the church of Winandermere, of all his moveable goods.

    1366 Ralph de Bethom, one of the commissioners to try certain trespassers against the abbot of Shapp by hunting in his park at Shapp.

    1375 Ralph de Bethome, chivaler, held of Joan, late the wife of John de Coupelande, deceased, the manor of Bethome by homage and fealty and the service of 32s. yearly, as of her manor of Kirkeby in Kendale.

    1375 Sir Ralph de Bethum is said to have had issue by Alice his wife a son, Robert de Bethum, who was father of John de Bethum.

    ['Beetham', Records relating to the Barony of Kendale: volume 2 (1924), pp. 211-238. URL:]

    Father: Thomas de BETHUM & Kirkby, Sir b: BET 1272 AND 1274 in Beetham, Kendal, Westmorland, England
    Mother: Petronilla de BURTON b: ABT 1277 in Burton, Kendal, Westmorland, England

    Marriage 1 Alice b: ABT 1305
      1. Has Children Robert de BEETHAM & Kirkby b: ABT 1327 in Beetham, Kendal, Westmorland, England

      1. Title: The History of Parliament,
        Page: Beetham, Sir John (d. c1415)
        Text: grandfather of John
      2. Title: Records relating to the Barony of Kendale. URL:
        Page: II:211-38
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