Name: Ralph WAKE , of Dowlish 1
Birth: ABT 1190 in Dowlish Wake, Chard, Somerset, England
Death: BEF 1230 1
The manor of DOWLISH was held T.R.E. by Alward, but by 1086 had passed to the bishop of Coutances, under whom it was tenanted by William de Moncels. The overlord in 1284-5 and 1303 was Henry de Lacy, earl of Lincoln (d. 1311), and in 1348 the earl of Gloucester. By 1359 the overlordship had passed to the countess of Surrey, who held it of her honor of Trowbridge, and by 1361 to William Montacute, earl of Salisbury. In 1420 it was stated to be held of the honor of Trowbridge, parcel of the duchy of Lancaster, and it was still so held in 1584.
The manor was probably held in the later 12th century by Ralph Wake (I). His widow Christine, later wife of Richard Wild (salvagius), received dower when her son Ralph Wake (II) succeeded in 1214. A grant of land in Dowlish formerly of Ralph Wake was made by the Crown in 1216, but in 1225 Ralph (II) seems still to have held land in Dowlish. In 1230 his widow Hawise (d. c. 1244) recovered her dower in Dowlish and Bere, and the manor passed to her son Andrew Wake. Andrew (d. before 1286) was succeeded by his son Ralph (III), by which time, if not before, the estate had split into the two manors of EAST DOWLISH or DOWLISH WAKE and West Dowlish, both held by the Wakes. Ralph (III) was still in possession in 1290 but by 1303 had been followed by his son John (d. 1348). Under a settlement of 1325 the manor then passed to John's eldest daughter Isabel (d. 1359), wife of John Kaynes (I), and subsequently to her son Thomas (d. 1361). The latter was succeeded in turn by his son John (II) (d. 1419), grandson John (III) (d. 1420), and great-granddaughter Joan Kaynes (d. 1462), married successively to John Speke (I) (d. 1441) and Hugh Champernowne (d. 1482).
['Parishes: Dowlish Wake', A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 4 (1978), pp. 151-156. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk]
Father: Ralph WAKE , of Dowlish b: ABT 1163
Mother: Christine de DURVILLE , heir of Dowlish b: ABT 1170 in Dowlish Wake, Chard, Somerset, England
Hawise b: ABT 1192
- Andrew WAKE , of Bingham's Melcombe & Dowlish,Sir b: ABT 1213 in Dowlish Wake, Chard, Somerset, England
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