Name: William de BISHOPSTON , of Waresley, Sir
ALIA: William de /Bishopsdon/, Sir
Birth: ABT 1390 in Waresley Manor, Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England
Death: Deceased in Hill & Moor Manor, Fladbury, Worcestershire, England
Hill and Moor Manor, Fladbury, Worcestershire:
An estate at Hill consisting of 2 hides was given by Bishop Samson (1096-1112) to Frederick or Freri de Bishopsdon. William de Bishopsdon held the estate early in the 13th century, and it followed the same descent as the manor of Waresley in Hartlebury (q.v.), passing with it to the Catesbys. The estate at Hill and Moor was sold in 1501 by George Catesby to Robert Throckmorton.
From: 'Parishes: Fladbury', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 3 (1913), pp. 352-364. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43136&strquery=fladbury worcester Date accessed: 07 May 2013.
Waresley Manor, Hartlebury, Worcestershire:
The family of Bishopsdon held land under the Beauchamps at the beginning of the 13th century, if not earlier, for in 1208 a writ of mort d'ancestor was brought by William Black and his wife Eleanor in the name of Neste, the mother of Eleanor, against William de Bishopsdon for 2½ hides in Pepwell and Waresley. William called to warranty the son of William de Beauchamp to prove that the latter had given the land to Frarinus de Bishopsdon. The plea concludes: 'William Black being asked by what warranty he married Eleanor said that he found her penniless and married her for herself.' William de Bishopsdon, in the rebellion of the barons against John, followed his lord Walter de Beauchamp, and on that account forfeited his lands, but they were restored to him in 1216. William was dealing with land in Waresley in 1220, and it was perhaps his son William who granted land at Waresley in 1225 to Hawisia daughter of Eleanor, who may have been his sister. William de Bishopsdon joined the barons against Henry III, and forfeited his lands, which were, however, restored to him in 1268, under the 'Dictum of Kenilworth.' Thomas de Bishopsdon afterwards held the manor, his widow Joan holding dower of his lands in 1339. John de Bishopsdon, who obtained a grant of free warren in his demesne lands here in 1319, was probably grandson of Thomas. In 1339 this John, then Sir John, settled land in Waresley upon himself and his wife Beatrice for life, with remainder in tail-male to his sons Roger and John. Beatrice survived her husband and her son Roger, and was still holding land at Waresley in1374, when Thomas son of Roger de Bishopsdon conveyed the reversion after her death to trustees. Thomas died in 1386 in possession of the manor of Waresley. His son William succeeded and granted all his land in Waresley to his daughter Iseult in frank marriage. Iseult apparently left no children, for the manor passed into Castesby family through the marriage of Philippa daughter of William de Bishopsdon with Sir William Catesby.
Their son William Catesby was attainted and forfeited all his estates in 1486, but they were restored to his son George in 1495. He died in 1505, leaving a son William, on whose death in 1517 the estate passed to his brother Richard. Richard died in 1553, leaving as his heir his kinsman William Catesby, then a minor. This William was his grandson, son of his son William. The manor of Waresley was assigned as dower to Katherine widow of William son of Sir Richard Catesby, who afterwards became the wife of Anthony Throckmorton. William (then Sir William) Catesby leased the manor in 1577 to Edmund Catesby and others for twenty-one years after the death of Katherine Throckmorton, who still held the manor as jointure. This lease was assigned in 1591 to Thomas Best. Habington states that Sir William Catesby sold the manor to Mr. Henry Cookes, 'in whose heirs Waresley for the greatest part continued,' but it seems probable that the property was sold to Thomas Best by Sir William Catesby, for in 1619 William Best and his wife Margery were holding the manor...
From: 'Parishes: Hartlebury', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 3 (1913), pp. 380-387. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43140&strquery=hartlebury worcester Date accessed: 08 May 2013.
Philippa WILLCOTTS b: ABT 1395
- Philippa BISHOPSTON , Heir of Waresley & Fladbury b: ABT 1420 in Hill & Moor Manor, Fladbury, Worcestershire, England