circa 1215 - 1269
|Father||Robert de Acovere|
|Mother||Sarra de Chandos|
|Children||Robert, Lucy, Dionesia, John|
Hugh was probably born somewhere around 1215 (1), the son and heir of Robert de Acovere (4)(25)(5)
In 1241 he granted a lease of two bovates of his land in Swinscoe to Richard de la Forde (2). He had more dealings in Swinscoe in 1254 (3).
He granted a bovate of land in Sheen to Robert Russo de Throwley (4), and lands in Caldelowe to his sister Elena, on her marriage to Robert de Ashbourne (24). In 1246 he swapped some of his lands in Woodhouses, for land in Caldwell (5).
In 1248 he remitted a claim to lands in Blore in exchange for concessions over his holdings in Swinscoe (6). This may have been related to a dispute his grandfather (also named Hugh) had been involved in.
In July 1251, he was granted a lifetime exeption from having to serve as sheriff or escheator etc against his will (7), and a few months later this was extended to include serving at assizes (8). However this exemption was either not honoured, or Hugh chose not to exercise it, as he appears involved in a number of offical capacities shortly after this (9)(10), and was appointed sheriff of Shropshire and Staffordshire in 1255 (11). He held that office until 1257 (12)(13)(14)(15)(17)(18), during which time it seems that he was expected to outlay his own money in the execution of his duties (16), and indeed the job appears to have cost him a great deal, as two years after he left the post he still owed almost £60 to the exchequer (20). In fact he never managed to pay off any of that debt, and his son Robert had to settle it following Hugh's death (32).
At around the same time as he was sheriff, he got into a dispute with Burton Abbey over the lands in Ilam that held under them (21)(22)(23).
He was apparently knighted sometime before 1260 (25), and this seems perfectly reasonable given his previous role as sheriff, and his father and grandfather having previously served as knights, but strangely only one other (undated)reference to him styled as a knight has been found (26).
He was accused of stealing some cattle in 1260 (27)!
In the 1250s and 1260s he was involved in, or witness to, numerous transactions involving Matthew de Kniveton, whose mother Hawisa was seemingly related to Hugh somehow, but the nature of this relationship isn't clear (28).
In 1265, Hugh was involved in a number of disputes following a "raid" on his lands by John de Auldithelega. He appointed his brother William to act for him (29).
He was still alive sometime in 1268 (30), but dead by Easter 1269(31).
The identity of Hugh's wife is not known. His eldest son and heir was Robert (32). He had another son John (35)(50)(51), and daughters Dionesia (33)(34) and Lucy (50)(51). He may also have had other daughters Amice (36)(37)(38)(39)(40)(41), Hawisa (42)(43)(44)(45)(46)(47) and Margery (48)(49) (if not daughters they were close relatives).
Brief details of his children:
Lucy = William de la Launde ________________________________|_______________________________ | | | John de la Launde Joan Matilda | | | Elizabeth = Richard Foljambe Lucy Joan | | Lucy Peter Peyntour | Goditha Hugh de Okeover _____________________|____________________ | | John Lucy = Wiliam de la Launde | ___________|____________ | | | Roger William John | ob sp | Thomas Elizabeth | Philip, the plaintiffPhilip repeated his plea as in the former trial, but added that at the time the said Goditha stated that the Fine was levied, and for all the rest of his lifetime, Roger his ancestor was in Scotland, and not within the four seas of Enland, and that he died in Scotland. Goditha replied that at the time the Fine was levied Roger was within the four seas, becuase he wasat Mynsterton in co. Leicester, which she was prepared to prove. Philip repeated that on the date of the Fine and for a year and a day afterwards, the said Roger was in Scotland, and died there, which he was prepared to prove*. A day was therefore given to the parties in Banco on the Tuesday after three weeks from St Michael, on which day both Goditha and Philip appeared in person, and because the plea could not be determined in co. Derby a day was given to the parties on the Thursday at a month from St Michael, on which day Goditha and Philip appeared in person, and stated that they were prepared to maintain their pleas as given above, and prayed that a jury might be summoned from co Leicester; and the Sheriff was ordered to summon a jury for the Octaves of St Hillary. A postscript shows that no jury had been empanelled up to the morrow of the Ascension. m334.