Name: Ralph le ROUS , of Aighton & Mitton 1
Birth: ABT 1085 in Aighton Chaigley & Bailey, Clitheroe, Lancashire, England
Death: AFT 1135 in Great Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, England 1
Manor of Aighton (included Chaigley & Bailey), Lancashire:
In 1086 AIGHTON, assessed as one plough-land, was recorded among the king's manors in Amounderness which twenty years earlier had been held by Earl Tostig as appurtenant to Preston, and after him by Roger of Poitou. Afterwards it belonged, for a time at least, to Warine Bussel, one of Roger's knights and ancestor of the lords of Penwortham. Again coming into the king's hands, it was in 1102 given by Henry I to Robert de Lacy, and from that time onward formed part of the great fee or honor of Clitheroe.
Robert immediately bestowed Aighton, together with Great Mitton and other manors, upon Ralph le Rous, who was to hold them by the service of half a knight's fee. This grant was between 1135 and 1141 confirmed by Ilbert de Lacy, who in his charter styled Ralph 'my brother.' Ralph was ancestor of the Mitton family, who retained possession for some 150 years, though there is little to record of their tenure (23). In 1204 Stephen de Hamerton claimed a plough-land in Aighton against Hugh de Mitton, but released his right in 1208 on receiving 14 marks from Hugh. Ralph son of Robert de Mitton in 1235 secured from Jordan de Wheatley the acknowledgement of his title to half an oxgang of land in Aighton, and seven years later Ralph was holding the fourth part of a knight's fee in Aighton, &c., being part of the dower of the Countess of Lincoln. He was party to various suits in 1246 respecting tenements in Aighton, and his widow Margery was claiming dower in certain lands there as late as 1291.
(23) Whalley Couch. (Chet. Soc), iii, 680. The succession: Hugh, d. 1209 -s. Robert -s. Sir Ralph -s. Jordan, -s. John —is shown by the Cockersand Chartul. (Chet. Soc), ii, 520–3.
['Blackburn hundred: Mitton', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 7 (1912), pp. 1-20. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk]
NOTE: Ralph le Rous was apparently an illegitimate son of Robert de Lacy (being half-brother of Ilbert). I don't know how he could have been of age in 1102, so maybe "immediately" was just "soon".
NOTE: The succession given above is for the Mitton family. Apparently Ralph's son Jordan split his holdings between his sons: Hugh the elder received Mitton, and he took that name. Otto the younger son received Bailey (either from his father or from his elder brother Hugh), which was part of Aighton, and Otto took that name, which was the beginning of the Bailey family, which also eventually held stonyhurst and other manors.
Father: Robert de LACY , Lord of Pontefract b: ABT 1067 in Halton, Cheshire, England
Mother: Unknown MISTRESS b: ABT 1070
- Jordan de MITTON & Aighton b: ABT 1116 in Great Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, England
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