Name: Alexander de CUERDALE 1
ALIA: Alexander de /Keuerdale/
Birth: ABT 1250 in Cuerdale, Preston, Lancashire, England
Death: BEF 1323 1
The first possessor of whom mention is found was Warine de Kiuerdale, living in the time of Henry II, Richard I and John, of whose charters two have been recorded. He had a numerous family, Gilbert, who afterwards held half the manor, and Gospatric, Peter, Richard and Siegrith, to each of whom he seems to have given a share of the remainder. Gilbert eldest son of Warine attested with his son Alexander the charter of Hugh Bussel granting North Meols to the ancestor of the Singleton family, which was also attested by Richard de Vernon the sheriff (1189-94). Alexander son of Gilbert died before 1246, and was father of another Gilbert, who was one of the jurors from this hundred at a special county court held at Lancaster that year.
Alexander de Cuerdale son of Gilbert occurs from 1246 to 1284. He acquired various portions of the township from his kinsfolk, the most important acquisition being that of half the manor from Ellen daughter of Adam son of Gospatric de Cuerdale in 1285. A few years earlier, and whilst Gilbert de Clifton was seneschal of Blackburnshire, he obtained from the Earl of Lincoln remission of the yearly service of 10s., which appears to have been paid as farm of the fishery within the manor. Alexander his son occurs in 1296, 1305 and 1311 holding the manor of the Earl of Lincoln by the rent of 10s. at St. Giles. By his wife Mary he had sons Robert and Geoffrey, and died before 1323. Robert held the manor in 1327, but died soon after without issue. His brother Geoffrey occurs in 1306 and in 1311, when he held a moiety of Over Darwen in right of his wife Alice, but he died before 1314. His widow afterwards married William Lawrence, and was living in 1356.
John de Cuerdale son of Geoffrey and Alice attained his majority about 1330, and two years later contributed to the subsidy. He gave lands here and in Walton of 5 marks yearly value to Whalley for the health of his soul, and was buried in the 'new conventual church' there on 20 October 1345. Six months after his death the manor-house of Cuerdale was totally destroyed by fire. By Dionisia his wife, who afterwards married John de Barton of Barton in Amounderness, he had issue two daughters, Alice, who married Edmund son of John Lawrence of Ashton, near Lancaster, and Joan, who married Thomas de Molyneux.
Thomas son of Thomas Molyneux of the Edge in Sefton was a man of some notoriety. He inherited the Edge in Sefton, Northbrook in Walton-on-the Hill and other properties from his father, who had received them as a provision from Richard de Molyneux lord of Sefton, his father. He also acquired various small properties and in 1356 purchased from his wife's relatives their life interest in this manor and other settled estates. Thomas Molyneux, esq., contributed to the poll tax of 1379, and the year following received pardon at the instance of the Duke of Lancaster with several of his neighbours for some felony which he had committed, and in 1386 went to Ireland in the retinue of Sir John de Stanley, kt. The year following, on 20 December, he was killed at Radcot Bridge in Oxfordshire in the engagement in which the king's favourite Robert de Vere was defeated by the Earl of Gloucester. His wife, by whom he had no issue, survived him and was living in 1394. His brother Richard died before 1368, leaving issue by Leticia his wife Thomas, who married Joan le Boteler and died without issue before 1388. Thomas de Molyneux had also two sisters, Emma the wife of Richard son of Nicholas Blundell of Crosby, who left no issue, and Katherine, who in 1336 had been married to Alexander de Osbaldeston. In accordance with his will this manor, half the manor of Over Darwen and other estates descended after the death of his wife to his sister Katherine, then the wife of Thomas Banastre of Osbaldeston, and at her death about 1410 passed to her grandson Thomas Osbaldeston, as stated in the account of Osbaldeston. About this time a mesne lordship of the manor was created in favour of Henry Langton of Walton-le-Dale, whose daughter Isabel was married to Thomas Osbaldeston's son and heir Geoffrey in 1410-11. From that time the manor has been held by the Osbaldestons and their successors of the Langtons and their successors by fealty and the render of a red rose.
['Townships: Cuerdale', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6 (1911), pp. 300-303. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk]
Father: Alexander de CUERDALE b: BEF 1225 in Cuerdale, Preston, Lancashire, England
Mary b: ABT 1253
- Alice de CUERDALE b: ABT 1274 in Cuerdale, Preston, Lancashire, England
- Geoffrey de CUERDALE , of Over Darwen b: ABT 1278 in Cuerdale, Preston, Lancashire, England
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