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Orm of Okeover

circa 1070s - after 1129

Father Edwulf ?
Mother Unknown
Wife Unknown
Children Ralph, a daughter


Orm was probably born in or before the 1070s (1), possibly the son of Edwulf (2).

He held land in Mayfield prior to 1100 (4), and was granted the manor of Okeover by Nigel, abbot of Burton, probably soon after the death of Edwulf, sometime between 1094 and 1113 (5). Sometime after 1114 he was also granted land in Stretton (6). A survey of the tennants of Burton Abbey from around 1116-1118 (7), and another from sometime later (8) shows that he also held Ilam.

He had a son Ralph (9)(10)(11)(12)(13)(14), and a daughter whose name is not known (15).

He was witness to a deed sometime prior to 1126 (15), and in 1129/30 he had an outstanding debt for a fine imposed for illegally detaining the king's men (16). He died sometime between then and 1150 (10).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Orm was holding lands in Mayfield at the time of Henry Ferrers, father of Engenulph (4). Henry's date of death is not known with any degree of certainty, but was probably within 2 years +/- of 1100. His date of birth was thus probably in or before the 1070s
  2. Eddulf was holding Okeover from Burton Abbey at the time of the Domesday Survey (3), and it s likely that his son would be granted it following his death.
  3. Domesday Book, Philimore translation, contains the following entries under Leicestershire:

      Land of St Mary's of Burton
    1. STS 4,8
      The Abbey itself holds OKEOVER. 3 virgates of land with its dependencies.
      Land for 2 ploughs. Edwulf holds it, for rent.
      A mill; woodland 1/2 league long and 3 furlongs wide.
      Value 20s..
  4. "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", New Series, Vol 7, 1904. "An account of the family of Okeover of Okeover - Okeover Deeds", no 3, on pages 128-129 reads:
    Willelmus Prior Tuttesburie et omnes monachi ejusdem Loci concesserunt Ormo de Acouere et heredibus suis unam quadracatam terre que attinet ad manerium de Malefeld solutam et quietam sicut tenuit in diebus Henrici Defferrariis et Engnulphi filii ejus et Roberti Deferrariis et in diebus Herberti et Radulphi et Willelmi Priorum per octo solidos redditus per annum ad festum sancti Martini et singulis annis debet invenire tres quadricas ad arandum semel et una die ad Machelfeld et hoc erit in libitu Prioris vel in yeme vel in quadrigesima et in augusto sexdecim homines una die ad metendum segetes sine victu et si Prior eum submonuerit de negociis suis in Staffordschira vel in Derbischira ibit nisi prius summonitus fuerit ab aliis dominis suis. Et si Prior eum mittere voluerit vel ducere eum extra nominatas provincias ipse et homines et equi sui ibunt cum procuratione Prioris. Et si dominus Tuttesburie captus fuerit et Prior ad eum redimendum invenerit tantum dabit Orm de sua quadrucata quantum ut una alia de feodo ecclesie simili modo ad maritandam primogenitam nliam domini et ad emendam terram et ad recuperandam amicitiam Regis si amiserit. Et si aliquis vicinus calumpniaverit terram dictam Orm vel eius heredes disrationabit terram manutencione Prioris. Et si non poterit Prior ei non restaurabit nee servitium suum amitterat. Et si Prior vel aliquis ex ejus hominibus calumpniaret eum quatinus terram habeat plus quam debet sit inde jus in curia prioris desicuti tenebat in tempore predicto. Et pro hac pactione confirmanda dedit ipse Orm viginti solidos Priori et Monachis. Et hec pactio fit concessu Roberti de Ferrariis ct ipso teste et filio suo [     ] et Hugone de Ferrariis et Philippo et Hugone filio Saswalon et Henrico sacerdote et Pagano sacerdote et Henrico filio Saswalon et Phulcone fratre ejus et Radulfo fratre ejus et Willelmo filio Henrici (qticere Herbert?) et Roberto de Liveto et Roberto filio Walkelini et Roberto del Bee et Radulfo filio Willelmi, et Waltero de Somerville, et Engenulfo filio Rogeri et Roberto de Trussell et Jordano filio Phulconis et Ricardo filio Willelmi filii Roberti de Ansele et Roberto de Cambrige et Osberno ejusdem ville et Rogero et Hugone et Pagano nepote Prioris et Fulco Coco et Gilberto de Foston et Radulfo filio Ernaldi et Orm accipitrice et Solmer de Northburi cum multis aliis.*
    * From the Okeover Chartulary at the Bodleian Library, Wood MS, No. 6, fol. 12. As Robert de Ferrars is not styled an earl in this deed, it must be anterior to 1138. With respect to the witnesses, in his return of knights' fees of 1166, the Earl of Ferrers states that, temp. H. I., Henry fitz Sawald held five knights' fees, and that Fulk, his brother, held four knights' fees at the same date.
    William fitz Herbert had been enfeoffed in a knight's fee by Robert the first Earl of Ferrers (Liber Rubeus, p. 338); but this witness may be a son of Henry fitz Saswalon. The next witness, Robert de Liveto, is returned as holding two knights'fees of the Ferrers Barony in 1135. (Liber Rubeus, p. 337)
    Robert fitz Walchelin held also two knights' fees of the Earl of Ferrers in 1135. (Liber Rubeus, p. 337)
    Ralph, son of William, had been enfeoffed in half a knight's fee by Robert, the first Earl of Ferrers, which was afterwards held in 1166 by Humfrey de Tolka. (Liber Rubeus, p. 339.)

    On page 6 of the same volume, the following commentary is also given:
    "A deed in the Okeover Chartulary at Oxford shows also that William the Prior of Tuttebury granted to Orm of Acovere and his heirs a carucate of land in Malefeld (Mayfield) as he had held it in the days of Henry de Ferrars, and Engenulph his son, and Robert de Ferrars, and in the days of Herbert, Ralph and William, Priors of Tuttebury, and this was done with the consent and in the presence of Robert de Ferrars, etc"
    No mention of this deed appears in "The Cartulary of Tutbury Priory", however the cartulary's earliest entries are later than this. This deed cannot easily be dated, but can be shown to be in of before 1138 as follows:
  5. "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", Vol 5, 1884. "The Burton Chartulary", folio 17, on p30 reads:
    Incipiunt Transcripta Cartarum Militum et Libere Tenenlium a tempore Nigelli[2] Abbatis Burtoniś.
    Carta de Acovere.[3]
    Ego frater Nigellus Dei grati‚ Abbas Bertoniś, dedi in capitulo nostro et omnes fratri mei mecum terram de Acovere Orme (sic) h‚c conventione, ut unoque anno nobis xx. oras persolvat, et perinde factus est homo noster super quatuor Evangelista jurando se nobis fidelitatem servaturus, et quod de ist‚ terr‚ nee de ali‚ neque de aliqu‚ re per se aut per alium aliquem nobis in dampno erit in vit‚ su‚. Cum autem mortuus fuerit: deferre ad nos se faciet cum tot‚ pecuni‚ su‚ ad sepeliendum quo sepulto filius ejus in capitulum nostrum veniet daturus pro relevatione ipsius terrś tantum pecuniś quantum nobilis homo dare debet pro tali terr‚ jurando similiter sicut pater ejus juravit, donando sicut pater ejus donavit, tenendo sicut pater ejus tenuit. Ricardo Abbate Sancti Petri super Divam presente Sueno nostro Priore ceterisque fratribus presentibus. Hujus rei testes fuerunt ille etc.
    [2] The Abbot Nigel, according to the Chronicle, succeeded Geoffrey de Mala Terra, who had been deposed A.D. 1094; Nigel died A.D. 1113.
    [3] This Charter is printed in the "Monasticon"; it will be perceived it is not a feoffment in fee, but a grant for two lives only.

    As noted, this charter is also printed in Dugdale's "Monasticon", Volume 3, p41. "Collections for a History of Staffordshire" published it again too in New Series, Vol 7, p127. On pages 5-6 of the same volume, the following description is given
    "The Abbot Nigel's deed states that he and all his brother monks in full chapter had granted Acovere to this Orm (huic Ormo) on condition that he should pay 20 "oras" annually, and be the Abbey's man (homo), swearing fealty on the four Evangelists, and on his death his body was to be brought to Burton to be buried cum tota pecunia sua, and after his burial his son was to appear in chapter and give for his relief such as a nobilis homo would give for such land, and swearing as his father had sworn, and rendering the same as his father had rendered to the monks, and this was done in the presence of Richard the Abbot of St. Pierre sur Dive, and Sweyne the Prior of Burton and others."
    Another description given by Oswald Barron in The Ancestor, No 5, Apr 1903, on pages 191-2 reads:
    "Neel, the abbot of Burton, who died in May, 1113, gives to Orm 'the land of Acovere,' to be held at a yearly rent of 20 oz. of silver. For the land he was to be the abbey's man, and was to promise that when he died he should be brought to Burton for his burying 'cum tota pecunia sua.' His son was to have the land after him on the same terms on paying such relief as a 'nobilis homo' should give for such land."
  6. "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", Vol 5, 1884. "The Burton Chartulary". An entry on p31 reads:
    De STRATONA.
    Hic incipiunt tempore G.[1] Abbatis.
    Ego G. Abbas et Monachi Bertoniś mecum concedimus huic [2] Ormo et heredi ejus in feudum et hereditatem vi. bovatas in Strattona pro vi. s. quoque anno et per consuetudines pertinentes ad tantundem terrś in e‚dem vill‚ et ita concedimus ei sicut ei concesserat Abbas Nigellus concedente capitulo in feudum et hereditatem antiquam ego G. venissem ad Abbatiam Huic concessionis testes sunt. Primum ipsum capitulum, idest Edwinus Prior etc. et plures alii. [3]
    [1] The Abbot Geoffrey II. succeeded Nigel A.D. 1114, and died, according to the Chronicle, A.D. 1150.
    [2] "Huic Ormo," The words of the deed show the grant was made in full chapter, and in the presence of Orme de Okeover. It is the earliest feoffment in fee made by the monks.
    [3] The original of this Charter is now amongst the Ashburnham MSS. lately purchased for the British Museum. The witnesses are Edwinus Prior, Eclricus, Durandus, Edricus et ceteri monachi; cleinde Willielmus filius Herberti, Willielmus filius Nigelli, Fulcher filius Saswali, Rodbertus filius Walchelini, Willielmus de Stratton, Herbertus nepos Abbatis, Andreas de Lega, et Radulfus Presbyter de Stap: et plures alii. The date of this deed may be set down as circa A.D. 1114, i.e., shortly after the succession of the Abbot Geoffrey.

    This charter is also printed in "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", New Series, Vol 7, p127-8. On page 6 of the same volume the following commentary is given:
    "Geoffrey, who succeeded the Abbot Nigel in 1114, grants to Orm and his heir (heredi ejus) six bovates of land in Strattona for 6s. The use of the word "concedimus" in this deed shows it was the ratification of a previous grant, and this is also confirmed by an entry in the Burton Chartulary, where in the census of the Abbey's possessions taken in the first year of the Abbot Geoffrey, Steinchete the "homo" of Orm de Acoure is stated to hold in Strattona four bovates of land of Warlanda and two of Inlanda for 6s[2]"
    [2]Burton Chartulary, Staffordshire Collections, Vol. V, part I, pp. 25 and 31
  7. "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", Vol 5, Part 1, 1884. "The Burton Chartulary", folios 5 & 6, on pages 18 & 21 reads:
    Extenta Terrarum Monasterii de Burtona super Trent tempore Regis Henrici primi et Nigelli Abbatis.[1]
    In Acoure est Inlanda ad i. aratrum. Terra hominum inter Acouram et Ylum se defendit pro iii. virgatis. In Acoura sunt de terr‚ Warland‚ xvi. bovatś et molendinum quod reddit iiii. s. Item sunt in Ylum de terr‚ Warland‚ xvi. bovatś et molendinum quod reddit x. s. Hanc terram idest Acouram et Ylum tenet Ormus[2] ad firmam pro xxvi. s. et viii. d.
    Item in Ylum habemus Ecclesiam et terram ad eam jacentem, idest. i. carrucatam terrś et preter hanc xviii. acras in tribus croftis et adhuc partem terrś quś vocatur Hageneleia.

    [1] This heading has been added afterwards in a hand of the fifteenth century.
    [2] Orm, the ancestor of tho Okeovers, and son, I think, of Eddulfus, who held Okeover, cum appendiciis, A.D. 1086.

    "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", New Series, Vol 7, gives the following commentary of this on pages 3-4 :
    The next account of Okeover is contained in the Burton Chartulary, where there is a survey of the Abbey lands during the reign of the Abbot Nigel, between the years 1095 and 1113, or about 20 years later than Domesday. Under Acoure it states that there was Inland[1] for one plough. The land held in villenage (terra hominum) in Acoure and Ylum was rated at three virgates. In Acoure there were warlands[2] of 16 bovates, and a mill rented at 4s. There were likewise at Ylum, warlands of 16 bovates and a mill rented at 10s.. This land viz., Acoure and Ylum, Orm held at farm for 26s. and viiid. (i.e. two marks annually).
    [1] The Inlands were the lands in the hands of the owner, and held ia demesne, as distinguished from those in the hands of tenants, A pool of water at Wrottesley is still called the "Inland Pool,"
    [2] The Warlands appear to be lands cultivated in common by the manorial plough. The "terra hominum" was the land in the possession of villein tenants who could not be dispossessed of their lands, and held by customary services.

    "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", New Series, Vol 9, "Burton Abbey Surveys" by J Horace Round discusses the dating of the Burton Abbey surveys, and shows this to actually be dated between 1116 and 1118.
  8. "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", Vol 5, Part 1, 1884. "The Burton Chartulary", folios 9 & 10, on pages 24 & 27 reads:
    Extenta Terrarum Monasterii de Burtona super Trent tempore Regis Henrici primi et Galfridi Abbatis anno primo.[1]
    In Acoure est tantum Inlandś ubi possit esse i. aratrum. Terra hominum, et in Acoure et in Ylum, se defendit pro iij. virgatis et in Warland‚ Acoure possunt esse ij. aratra. Lewinus habet i. carrucatam pro servitio suo, et habet sub se duos homines. De alter‚ carrucat‚ tenet Swegnus ii. b. pro xv. d. Lewinus ii. b. pro xv. d. Aelstanus et Chenewardus hii duo ii. b. pro xv. d. Tres cotseti sunt qui operantur i. die. Molendinum valet iiij. s. In dominio sunt ii. b. de Warland‚.
    In Ylum non est nisi Warlanda nec est quicquam in dominio xvi. autem bovatś sunt. Tedwi ij. b. pro ii. s. Lewinus Gup ij. b. pro xv. d. Alter Lewinus ij. b. pro xvi. d. Ulwardus faber i. b. pro xvi. d. Huningus i. b. pro xii. d. Griffin i. b. pro xii. d. Bertrich tenet tantum terrś unde reddit vi. s. Molendinum reddit x. s. Summa est (sic).
    Acoura cum appendiciis suis se defendit pro dimidi‚ hid‚ et i. virgat Hanc tenet Ormus pro xx. oris et cum e‚ etiam Ylum preter Ecclesiam et terram ad eam jacentem quś Ecclesia et terra est Abbatis

    [1] This heading has been added subsequently, in a hand of the fifteenth century.
    "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", New Series, Vol 7, gives the following commentary of this on page 4 :
    Another survey made in the first year of the Abbot Geoffrey (1114) gives a more detailed account of the manor. It states that -
    In Acoure there was Inland for one plough. The land held in villenage (terra hominum) at Acoure and Ilum was rated at three virgates, and there was warland at Acoure sufficient for two ploughs. Lewin held a carucate of land "pro servitio suo"[2] and had under him two tenants (homines). Of the other carucate (or ploughland) Swegn held two bovates for 15d., Lewin two bovates for 15d., and Athelstan and Cheneward held two between them for 15d. There were three cottagers who worked for one day. The mill was worth 4s., and there were two bovates of warlanda in demesne. In Ylum all the land was warland and there was none in demesne.
    There were 16 bovates of land of which Tedwi held two for 2s. Lewin Gup two for 15d, Another Lewin, two for 16d. Ulward the Smith, one for 16d. Huning, one for 12d. Griffin, one for I2d. Bertrich held land for which he paid a rent of 6s. The mill was worth 10s. Acoura with its "appendicia" was rated (de defendit) at half a hide and one virgate (i.e. three virgates as before.) Orm holds this land for 20 oras.[3]
    [2] Lewin was probably a freeman holding by villein services, which was not an uncommon tenure, but the term "pro servitio suo " is so vague, it may mean simply a money payment.
    [3] An "ora" is sometimes translated as a shilling, but this entry shows that ten "oras" went to a mark.

    "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", New Series, Vol 9, "Burton Abbey Surveys" by J Horace Round discusses the dating of the Burton Abbey surveys, and shows this to actually be dated after the previous survey (1116-18) and prior to 1333.
  9. "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", New Series, Vol 7, 1904. "An account of the family of Okeover of Okeover - Okeover Deeds", no 4, on pages 129-130 reads:
    Liter a concessionis Comztis Roberti de ferrariis.
    Robertus comes de Ferrariis omnibus horninibus et amicis suis francis et Anglicis et omnibus hominibus de soka Wyrk:(swurth) salutem. Sciatis me concessisse Radulpho filio Orm et heredibus suis tenere Caldelawe de me et heredibus meis in capite per servicium quod pertinet terre predicte, Testibus hits Alberto et Radulpho Cuncstablo Roberto de Pirario Dapifero et Willelmo filio Herberti Radulpho Feom (sic) Roberto de Montegomeri et Baldwino' Builot, Gilberto de Sumervilla et Alano de Faleisa et Rogero capellano et Durando filio Letardi et aliis pluribus, et ut sui dominii aratra ab omnibus serviciis sint quieta. *
    * From the Okeover Chartulary in the Bodleian Library, fol. 32. The third witness, Robert de Pirario, is stated by William, Earl of Ferrers, in his return of 1166, to have been enfeoffed in half a knight's fee by his father. (Liber Rubeus.) The grant is therefore made by the second Earl Robert. One of the witnesses, Baldwin Buelot, makes a return under Northamptonshire, as a tenant in capite. (Liber Rubeus, p. 335.)

    On page 8 of the same volume, the following commentary is also given:
    "...and to about the same period [about 1140] may be ascribed the grant to him of Robert Earl of Ferrars of the vill of Caldelowe to be held by him and his heirs by its customary service. The confirmation of this grant later on by William de Ferrars shows the place must be Callow near Wirksworth, for under the terms of the grant the tenants had to grind their corn at the Wirksworth mill."
  10. "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", New Series, Vol 7, 1904. "An account of the family of Okeover of Okeover - Okeover Deeds", no 5, on p130 reads:
    Ego Galfridus Abbas et Monachi Bertonie mecum concedimus huic Radulfo filto Ormi illam terram in Stratona scilicet vi. b. in feufirmam pro vi. s. quoque anno et per consuetudines pertinentes ad tantumdem terre in eadem villa. Concedimus inquam ei et heredi (sic) ipsius in feudum et hereditatem illam terram in Stratona quam tenuit Ormus pater ejus et sicut eam tenuit et eodem servicio et eisdem consuetudinibus et sicut testatur cyrographum ipsius Ormi, unus terminus firme est ad festum Sancti Johannis, alius ad festum Sancti Martini. Hujus concessionis testes sunt Primum ipsum capitulum idest Edwinus Prior.*
    * From the Burton Chartulary, the date of the deed would be between 1130 and 1150. It will be noted that the grant is for two lives only.

    On page 8 of the same volume, the following commentary is also given:
    "The first mention of Ralph the son of Orm occurs in a deed of the Abbot Geoffrey (1114-1150) granting to him and to his heir (heredi ejus) six bovates of land in Stratona in fee farm for 6s. to be held by the same services as his father Orm. I take the date of this deed to be about 1140."
  11. "Okeover of Okeover" archive at Derbyshire Record Office. Item ref D231M/T1, catalogue entry reads:
    Gift by Robert, Abbot of Burton and the convent there, to Ralph son of Orm, of the whole land of Acovere [Okeover] with all its appurtenances, which the King granted to the church of Burton, paying annually two marks of silver at the feast of St Martin: the said Ralph and his heirs to attend the king's court at the expense of the Abbot and also to attend the Abbot's court to judge the punishment of thieves if one should be taken, and trial by battle, although he must have 'reasonable summons'. Witnesses: the chapter itself, Jordan the Prior, Briennius, William of St Albans, many of the monks of the church, Geoffrey de Bakepiz, Ralph de Mungumeri Geoffrey de Tatinhul, William de Winishil, Godwin de Brantistun, Leisincus and many others.
    A transcript is given in "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", New Series, Vol 7, 1904. "An account of the family of Okeover of Okeover - Okeover Deeds", no 6, on p131-132 which reads :
    CYROGRAPHUM.
    Sciant omnes tam presentes' quam futuri quod ego Rodbertus Abbas Burtonie & totus conventus ejusdem loci concessimus et confirmavimus Radulfo filio Ormi & heredibus suis totam terram de Acoure cum omnibus pertinentiis que pertinent ille predicte terre tenendam de nobis et de ecclesia Burtoniense tam libere et tam quiete quam dominus Rex noster concessit ecclesie nostre Burtoniensi, reddendo hobis annuatim ii as marcas argenti ad festum Sancti Martini pro omni servitio. Sed sciendum est quod predictus Radulfus & heredes sui debentur ad curiam regis ire cum Abbate pro negotio domus super expensas Abbatis. Et Radulfus predictus et heredes sui ad curiam Abbatis venire debent etiam judicandi latronem. si sit captus vel causa judicandi bataille, et ad hoc faciendum Radulfus predictus & heredes sui debent rationabile summoneri. Testes sunt hii. Primum ipsum capitulum ecclesie burtoniensis scilicet Jordanus Prior, Briennius, Willelmus de Sancto Albano et ceteri monachi ecclesie predicte. Deinde Galfridus de Bakepiz, Radulfus de Mungumeri, Galfridus de Tatinhil, Willelmus de Winishil, Godwinus de Brantistune et Leisincus et plures alii.*
    (Portion of a Seal.)
    * From the original deed at Okeover. The Abbot Robert succeeded Geoffrey in 1150, and that is the approximate date of the deed. Of the witnesses named, the family of de Bakepuz held three knights' fees of the Earls of Ferrers at Barton, co. Derby, and other places in Berkshire. Ralph de Mungumeri was a member of the family of Montgomery, which held four knights' fees of the Earl, at Marston, Sudbury, Snelston and Cubley, co. Derby. This Ralph may have been the head of his house at this date. The above deed is the earliest hereditary grant made by the monks to the Okeovers, and a facsimile of it is appended.
  12. "Okeover of Okeover" archive at Derbyshire Record Office. Item ref D231M/T295, catalogue entry reads:
    Confirmation by Robert, Abbot of Burton of a gift by Geoffrey, his predecessor, to Ralph son of Orm of five bovates of land in Stretton: Orm held the land in fee farm for 6s annually and the same customs and services are to appertain as when Orm held it Witnesses: the Chapter, Jordan the Prior, Briennius the sub-prior, Hurbert and several other monks, William, son of Nigel, William, son of Herbert, Jordan son of Fulcher, Robert son of Walchelini [Humphrey] de Toc, Ralph priest, Robert his son, Ailwin the priest, Reginald of St Albans, Nicholas Coc, Godwin de Brantestona [Branston] and many others
    A transcript is given in "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", New Series, Vol 7, 1904. "An account of the family of Okeover of Okeover - Okeover Deeds", no 7, on p131-132 which reads:
    CYROGRAPHUM.
    Ego Rodbertus Abbas Burtonie concedo & confirmo donationem quam Gaufridus predecessor meus bone memorie Abbas & monachi concesserunt huic Radulfo filio Ormi Scilicet in Stratona VI. b. in feufirmam pro VI. solidos quoque anno & per consuetudines pertinentes ad tantundem terram in eadem villa. Concedimus inquam ei et heredi (sic) ipsius in feudum & hereditatem illam terram in Stratona quam tenuit Ormus pater ejus et sicut earn tenuit & eodem servitio & eisdem consuetudinibus & sicut testatur cyrographum ipsius Ormi. Unus terminus firme est ad festum Sci Johannis, alius ad festum Sci Martini. Hujus concessionis & conventionis testes sunt, primum ipsum capitulum, idest Jordanus prior, Briennius subprior, Hubertus et ceteri monachi Deinde Willelmus filius Nigelli, Willelmus filius Herberti, Jordanus filius Fulcheri, Rodbertus filius Walchelini, Unfridus de Toe, Radulfus Presbiter, Rodbertus filius ejus OEilwinus presbiter, Reignaldus de Sco Albano, Nicholaus cocus, Godyinus de Branteston a et plures alii.*
    (Seal destroyed)
    * Original deed at Okeover. The Abbot Geoffrey was succeeded by Robert in 1150, and this confirmation of Geoffrey's grant probably took place shortly afterwards. Respecting the witnesses, the first two have been previously described. Jordan fitzFulcher was the son of the Fulcher of Deed No. 2. Robert fitz Walkelin has been mentioned before. His tenure under the Earls of Ferrers consisted of Radbourne, Mercaston, and part of Egginton. Umfrey de Toke had been enfeoffed by the first William, Earl of Ferrers. His tenure was at Sudenfen (Synfin), Leke and Hulton (Hilton).
  13. "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", Vol 2, Part 1, "The Staffordshire Chartulary", Series II, number XVIII, on page 244 cites Dugdale's "Monasticon" Vol 4, p160 entry V, which is described as :
    "ANNO DOMINI CIRCA 1158-1165, 4-11 HENRY II.
    REINER, SON of EADRIOHT DE WOLSELEY, GIVES GAULEY TO THE NUNS OF BLYTHEBURY, WITH CONSENT OF ROBERT DE STAFFORD, ROBERT HIS SON, AVICE HIS WIFE, R. DE STRETTON, HERVEY HIS SON, AND ADAM DE WROTTESLEY."

    The witness are given as:
    Herefeus Bagod, Radulphus filius Horm, Robertus filius Radulphi de . . . . Hugo de Ingestre, Willelmus, Harvi de Aclea, Adam sacerdos de Colwiz, Gilbertus sacerdos de Colton, Hervi frater Reinerii, Radulphus Sigilli
  14. "The Cartulary of Darley Abbey", Darlington, 1945, Vol II, pages 517-518, precis of entry K72 reads:
    Concord[1] made in the court of William I de Ferrers earl of Derby, between Henry eldest son of Fulcher and Sewal his younger brother, by which Henry made Sewal heir of the baronies of Fulcher their father and Henry their uncle and set him in the palce of lord and first born as regards these two baronies, for which gift Sewal gave half a mark to Henry his brother who became Sewal's man, and Sewal gave to Henry and his heirs the homage of Swain of Mapleton, the service of Ovonbrook, the service of Ible, saving the right of Simon son of Jordan, the service of Okeover (co Staffs), saving the right of the heirs of Ralf son of Orm, the service of the whole of the dower of the wife of Jordan his brother, i.e.half of Youlgreave, Gratton, Weston Underwood, a mill in Derby, one mark of silver in Brushfield, Little Ireton, Okeover (co Staffs), the church of Edensor, the church of Shirly, and whatever right his father had in the church of Youlgreave, and if Jordan's wife changers her life (i..e enters a monastery) before her death, Henry and his heirs shall have the whole of her dower in demesne. For this fine and gift Henry gave to Sewal and his heirs their inheritence, and if Sewal leaves no heir the wholeinheritence shall remain with Henry and his heirs. Neither of the two brothers shall sell or pledge any part of the inheritence except to the other brother and then at a lower price than anyone else would be willing to pay, and Henry confirms to Maud Ridel, the wife of Sewel, the dower which Sewal has given her. 1159-66.
    This deed is also printed as number XII on page 347 of the appendix to "Stemmata Shirleiana", 2nd ed, 1873. The following entry, no XIII, on p347-348 is a confirmation of this dated 1192.
  15. "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", New Series, Vol 7, 1904. "An account of the family of Okeover of Okeover", page 7 states:
    "... the agreement between Robert Earl of Ferrars and the Abbot Geoffrey at p. 49 of the Chartulary is witnessed by Orm de Acoura et Andreas gener ejus.[1] This Andrew, the son-in-law of Orm, is probably identical with the Andrew who held Felde (Field) a member of Leigh in the time of the Abbot Nigel (Burton Chartulary, p. 21).
    Orm must have been far advanced in life at the date of this deed, for there is reason to believe that Robert de Ferrars was not made an Earl before 1138."
    [1] Additional Charter, British Museum, No. 27313, and Burton Chartulary, p. 49. This interesting deed, has been lately published in facsimile by the Museum, and it was,brought to my notice by Mr. Horace Round. The copy of it in the Chartulary does not give the witnesses.

    As claimed, this charter does appear, without winesses, in "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", Vol 5, 1884. "The Burton Chartulary", p49. However it does not style Robert de Ferrars as Earl - "Hśc est conventio quś facta est coram multis testibus et divitibus hominibus inter Robertum de Ferrariis et Gaufridum Abbatem Burtonise. ...", thus flipping the date from "in or after" 1138, to "in or before" the same year. A far betting dating of this charter is given by Robert Bartlett in his translation of "Geoffrey of Burton - Life and Miracles of St Modwenna", document 10 on page lii of the appendix:
    Agreement between abbot Geoffrey and Robert de Ferrers about a wood (with location specified in one version of the documents); he is received into confraternity with the monks, for which he will pay 20 shillings p.a. Witnesses: Robert, bishop of Chester,[14] William Peverel,[15] the king's special commissioners, Geoffrey Halselinus,[16] Robert de Heriz,[17] Robert de Moretun,[18] William f. Nigel, Henry Saswali, his brothers Fulcher and Hugh,[19] Rainald clerk of Robert bishop of Chester, William f. Herbert,[20] Ralph f. William,[21] Ralph de Montgomery,[22] Sweyn prior, Durand monk,[23] John monk, William of Stretton,[24] Hugh of Horninglow, Orm of Okeover,[25] his son-in-law Andrew, William Cocus,[26] Lepsi,[27] Warbebois.[28] At Tutbury and Burton.
    1114 x 1117 or 1121 x 1126 (Geoffrey's abbacy and the episcopates of either Robert de Limesey (1084-1117) or Robert Peche (1121-6))
    [14] Either Robert de Limesey (1086-1117) or Robert Peche (1121-26).
    [15] Lord of the Peak (1114-55).
    [16] A Geoffrey Halsalin fought at the Battle of the Standard, 1138, alongside Robert de Ferrers and William Peverel: John of Hexham, Historia, ed. Thomas Arnold, in Symeonis monachi opera omnia (2 vols; RS, 1882-5), ii. 294.
    [17] Sheriff of Nottingham 1110 x 1122: Judith Green, English Sheriffs to 1154 (London, 1990), p.67
    [18] A Eustace de Moretun was tenant of the Peveral honor in the late 12th cent: RBE, i. 122, 180; ii. 584.
    [19] Henry and Fulcher, sons of Saswalo, a Domesday tenant, held a total of 9 knight's fees from the Ferrers (RBE, i, 336); Fulcher was the ancestor of the Shirley family; cf. Golob, 'Ferrers', pp. 88-9
    [20] Held 1 knght's fee of Robert de Ferrers: RBE, i, 338.
    [21] Perhaps the Ralph f. William of Anslow, recipient of charter 9 above.
    [22] The Montgomeries were imporant tenants of the Ferrers, holding 4 knight's fees in 1166 (RBE, i, 337; Golob, 'Ferrers', pp. 87-8).
    [23] Occurs frequently in these documents; witnesses in 1133.
    [24] i.e. William de Sancto Albano, recipient of document 5 above.
    [25] Farmer of Okeover in Survey A; occurs PR 31 H1, p. 75; recipient of document 19 below,
    [26] Tenant in Burton in Survey A.
    [27] Tenant in Burton in Survey A.
    [28] Tenant in Burton in Surveys B and A.
  16. "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", Vol 1, "Staffordshire Pipe Rolls", entry on page 3 reads:
    31 Henry I (1129-30)
    Orm de Acoura debet xiij marcas argenti quia retinuit homines Regis injuste.

    A note on page 10 adds:
    "Ormus de Okeover's amercement of 13 merks for unlawful arrest of the King's lieges, and Ernald fitz Enisand's Fine of 10 merks, that he might have the King's peace respecting his acts of homicide, were probably antiquated affairs, hopeless of definite solution, and retained on the Rolls, according to routine, as mere memoranda."



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