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  • ID: I31990
  • Name: Ralph de BETHUM 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Ralph de /Betham/
  • Birth: ABT 1132 in Beetham, Kendal, Westmorland, England
  • Birth: ABT 1165 1
  • Death: ABT 1208 1
  • Death: BET 1208 AND 1209 in Farleton, Kendal, Westmorland, England 2
  • Note:
    Manor of Beetham, Kendal, Westmorland:

    Nothing is known of the family of Beetham before Ralph de Beethom, who lived in the reign of Richard 1 and John. In the time of Edward II the arms of Sir Thomas de Bethom ("Bezom") were described as "Mascle dargent e de sable. "In 1405 the seal of Sir John de Bethom bore (argent) a chief indented (azure), over all a bendlet (gules). These arms are also assigned in an old Lancashire roll of arms in the writer's possession to Sir Roger de Bethum (1472-79). This coat appears to be that of the family of Burton with a bendlet charged upon it as a mark of Cadency. The earlier coat is similar to that borne by Fitzwilliam with a change of tincture, namely gules for sable. It is noteworthy that Ralph de Bethum, the first, attests no charters of an earlier date than circa 1195. This seems to suggest that he had acquired the manor of Beetham by marriage with his wife Ingerith, or by feoffment not much earlier than the reign of Richard I. Was he a stranger to the Kendale district and had he been enfeoffed by Ranulf de Glanvill, whose connexion with certain lands in Kendale receives some notice in the introductory remarks on the parish of Burton in Kendale?

    It is just possible that prior to the reign of Richard I, the manor was in the possession of the parson of Beetham by inheritance, and that the heiress of this last of a line of hereditary parsons carried it in marriage to Ralph de Bethum. In 1175 one Adam de Kendale had licence to make an agreement with Roger de Haverbreck. Adam was probably a local landowner of some importance and he might be the individual for whom we seek.

    The manor of Beetham was owned by nine generations of the Bethoms and in the tenth generation was carried in marriage by Agnes, daughter and heir of Sir Roger de Bethom, to Robert Middleton, son and heir of Geoffrey (youngest son of John Middleton of Middleton in Lonsdale), by his wife, Alison, daughter and coheir of James Croft of Dalton and Leighton....

    1190-1215 Ralph de Bethum grants to the monks of Furness, for the health of the soul of Ingrit his wife, a saltcote with two pans (patella) in the vill of Bethum in Ellerschawe below Flukesti with turves for the same pans, and sand, and material of his wood to construct the saltcote; also common of the vill for six oxen, four cows, two horses, like his free tenants have, except in Arnoslfesheved. Witnesses: Henry de Redmane, Alan de Penington.

    1184-90 Ralph de Bethum gave to the canons of Cockersand a saltern (salina) at Flokesti in Bethum, or wherever they chose, except at Harnolvesheve.

    1202 Ralph de Bethum is amerced 15 marks by the justices for a false claim.

    1207 Plea in the king's court at Westminster between the prior of Cartmell and Ralph de Bethum because Ralph obstructed the prior in the enjoyment of his fishery in Caint.

    1207 Michaelmas term. The prior of Kermel complains that Ralph de Bethum does not permit him to have common of fishing in the water of Kaen as he was wont to have and ought to have by the charter of Henry, the king's father, who gave the land of Kermel to William Marshal, who gave that land to the canons of Kermel with the said common. Ralph comes and says that the canons ought not to have common in that water. The prior prays for a jury to be made whether King Henry was seised of common of that fishery when he gave that land to William Marshal, and if the canons were afterwards seised of that common. The jury to come on the octaves of Martinmas. The jury was to be summoned from cos. Westmeriland and Lancastre.

    1208 Fine made between William prior of Cartmell, plaintiff, and Ralph de Buethum, deforciant, respecting common fishing in the water of Kent. Ralph acknowledged the common of fishing of the water of Kent to be the right of the prior and church of St. Michael of Cartmell upon this wise: that when the water of Kent lies between Ralph's land of Swinesnese and Hevesholme (or Henesholme) (6) the fishing from opposite Swinesnese, by the head below Hevesholme, when the water lies upon the sand so that men can pass between land and water on either side, shall be common throughout and for all, both to the prior and his successors and to Ralph and his heirs, down to the sea. When however the water of Kent shall lie close to Ralph's land of Arnulvesheved or Hevesholme on either (quacumque) side of Hevesholme or to the crags thereof and there shall be pools (wellę) there lying close to the land and to the crags, these pools shall be solely, freely and quietly to Ralph and his heirs, and all the remainder of the water shall be common, from the said Swinesnese by the head below Hevesholme down to the sea. And when the water of Kent shall lie between the land of Cartmell and Hevesholme the fishery shall be common from opposite Breidegate, by the head below Hevesholme, both to Ralph and his heirs and to the prior and his successors, unless the water shall lie hard (firmiter) to the land of Cartmell and there shall be pools there; then in that case those pools shall be solely, freely and quietly to the prior and his successors. For this acknowledgment the prior gave Ralph five marks. Fine endorsed "Lancastre, Westmeriland."
    (6) Probably Home Island.

    1208-9 Roger abbot of Cockersand and the convent are bound to find two canonical priests to celebrate divine service in the church of St. Mary, Cockersand, for the souls of Ralph de Bethum and Ingrith his wife, and two beds in the farmery of the poor with clothes always prepared. Witnesses: Thomas de Bethum, Ralph and Robert his sons, Roger de Bethum, Henry and John his sons, Robert de Bethum and others (named).

    1210 Ralph de Betum is amerced 60 marks by the justices for a trespass, but is pardoned 20 marks of the debt. NOTE: Is this a younger son of Ralph and younger brother of Thomas, or is it a late reference to the now deceased Ralph?

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

    NOTE: Merilyn Pedrick states that the manor of Beetham came into the family when Adam de Betham m. Sibilla, the dau. of Roger 'The Poitevin' Montgomery. If so, then the manor went at least 1 generation longer than the nine generations stated above, as the count of nine begins with this Ralph.

    Father: Adam de BETHAM b: ABT 1100 in Kendal, Westmorland, England
    Mother: Sibyl de LANCASTER b: ABT 1105 in Lancaster, Lancashire, England

    Marriage 1 Ingeritha\Ingrith b: ABT 1135
      1. Has Children Thomas de BETHUM & Farleton b: BEF 1165 in Beetham, Kendal, Westmorland, England

      1. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups -
        Page: Merilyn Pedrick, 28 Nov 2003
      2. Title: Records relating to the Barony of Kendale. URL:
        Page: II:211-38
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