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Hugh de Morley

circa 1195 - circa 1230

Father Philip de Derby
Mother Ysolt
Wife Joan
Children Hugh, H...?, Walter?

Hugh was probably born around 1195 (1), the son of Philip de Derby (6)(9)(12), and Ysolt (5).

His father died whilst he was still an infant (3). His mother remarried Henry Bardolf, but he died soon afterwards, so she married for a third time to Simon de Sancto Mauro (5).

Hugh married a woman called Joan/Johanna (9). Of their children, the eldest surviving son and heir was called Hugh (9)(12), and there was at least one younger son, whose name is not known (H...?) (10). I suspect that they also had another son Walter (11).

Hugh inherited the family lands in Morley, Smalley and Kidsley (9), that his mother had inherited before him (5).

He witnessed a grant from Richard de Sandiacre to Dale Abbey sometime in the 1220s (7); and quitclaimed his rights in Morley park, sometime after 1228 (8).

He died before 10th January 1231, when a jury was called for 3 weeks before Easter to decide on a claim of novel diseisin between his widow Johanna and son Hugh; and Walter, the abbot of Chester, concerning his lands (9).

Brief details of his children:


  1. His date of birth is simply an estimate based on three clues:
  2. "Extracts (with notes) from the Pipe Rolls for the counties of Nottingham and Derby", Yeatman, entry on page 69, under "of Oblations", dated 4 John (1202-1203) reads :
    Simon de St Mauro 20 for having the custody of the land and the heir of Philip de Derby until he be of age.
  3. See his father's page
  4. See his son Hugh's page
  5. See his mother's page
  6. "Extracts (with notes) from the Pipe Rolls for the counties of Nottingham and Derby", Yeatman, entry on page 105 under "Pleas of the Forest", dated 7-9 Henry III (1222-1225) lists Hugo fil Philip de Derby
  7. "The Cartulary of Dale Abbey", Derbyshire Archaeological Society Record Series, Volume 2. Entry 565 is a Grant from Richard son of Peter III of Sandiacre to the canons of Dale dated circa 1225. One of the witnesses is listed as Hugone de Morleg'
    The same grant is given in "Descriptive catalogue of Derbyshire charters" by Jeayes, as 2093, He dates it "early HEN III", (so say 1216-1230ish)
  8. "The Chartulary or Register of The Abbey of St Werburgh, Chester", published by the Chetham Society in Volume 79 (New Series). Entry 240 (abstract) reads:
    Quitclaim by Hugh de Morley to abbot Walter of his right etc., in Morley Park which he claimed by reason of thirty acres of land of the said park concerning which he brought a writ of novel disseissin, and in a plot called Ermiteleges, for 33s d4. 1228-40.
  9. "Patent Rolls of the reign of Henry III preserved in the Public Record Office AD 1225-1232", 1903, entry on pages 443/4 reads :
    1231. Willelmus Basset de Langwait, Eustachius de Ludham, Reginaldus de Colewico et Johannes de Aencurt constituti sunt justiciarii ad assisam nove dissaisine capiendam apud Dereby a die Pasche in tres septimana, quam Johanna que fuit uxor Hugonis filii Phillippi et Hugo filius ejus aramiaverunt versus Walterum abbatem Cestrie de tenemento in Morlegh, Smalleg et Kidesleg; salvis etc. Teste rege, apud Wudestok, x die Januarii.
  10. "The Cartulary of Darley Abbey", Volume 1, p221, E.29, the extract reads :
    Grant by Hugh, son of Hugh de Morley to the canons, with the body of H. his brother, of an annual rent of 3 shillings from the stall which Roger the palmer held of him in Derby in the saddlery to be paid by the said Roger and his heirs and assignes. c1240
  11. A Walter de Morley appears frequently in extant records, first appearing around the 1230s/40s with land in Morley and Smalley, before becoming associated with Kirk Hallam and Stanton, then dying around 1262. He and Hugh (son of this Hugh) appear together a number times, either witnessing each others' charters, or co-witnessing for third parties.. No mention has been found of any relation of Walter (other than his wife Joan and son Roger) which help to place him into either this, or a different, family.
  12. "Journal of the Derbyshire Achaeological Society", Volume XVI, 1894, "Early Breadsall Charters", number 4, on page 167, reads :
    This is the agreement made between lord Robert de Dun on one part, and Hugh, son of Hugh de Morley, on the other, viz., that the whole land about which there was dispute between lord Robert de Dun and Hugh (de Morley) son of Philip, which lies between Breadsal Wood and Morley-Open-Field, shall lie in pasture common to both vills for ever. Except that land which Gilbert the miller and Hugh son of Henry de Breadsal, hold, which shall quietly remain for ever to the said Robert and his heirs; so that neither the aforesaid Hugh, son of Hugh, nor his heirs, shall ever claim or demand any right thereunto. And that this agreement may stand firm and steadfast for ever, two instruments are made between them, to which their signs are affixed, viz., the instrument which remains in the possession of Robert, with the seal of the said Hugh, and the instrument which remains in the possession of the said Hugh, with the sign of the aforesaid lord Robert. These witnessing: Lord Robert de Esseburn, lord Thomas de Curscun, lord Robert de Muschamp, John de Henoure, Michael de Henover, Roger de Dun, Walter de Morley, Hugh de Dun, John de Weston, clerk, and others.