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Henry was probably born around the second decade of the 15th century (1), the son of John (2)(3)(14). Very little is known of him, other than that he had a son and heir who was also called Henry (2)(3)(14).
He was witness to a charter concerning lands in Stanton, in 1452 (4). Evidence of him is then missing for nigh on twenty years, until he witnessed a charter concerning land across Derbyshire in 1471 (5), and appeared at court in 1472/73 (6).
He was a major player in the campaign to set up, and fund a chapel in Beeley (7)(8) (just a few miles from his home in Darley).
He also held land in Newbold, near Chesterfield prior to 1480 (10). In 1483, the last mention found of him, is when he acted as a trustee to Nicholas Eyre of Redseats, jointly holding land due to eventually pass to Nicholas's son (11).
He probably died soon after this (12).
Brief details of his children:
, he was "active" (and so presumably "of age" in 1444/45, meaning he must have been born before 1424. However his father is believed to have been born around 1385, so Henry could have been born pretty much any time in the first quarter of the 15th century.
Pedigree of the Columbell family of Darley in the visitations of Derbyshire 1569 and 1611 (as published in "The Genealogist (New Series)" Volumes 7 & 8).
Pedigree of the Columbell family of Darley published in Familae Minorium Gemtium, Volume 1 page 237, taken from a variety of sources. This states that Henry was alive (and presumably "of age") in 23 Henry VI (1444/45) & 21 Edward IV (1481/82).
"Descriptive Catalogue of Derbyshire Charters" by Isaac Herbert Jeayes, 1906, includes a precis of charter No 2230 which reads:
- According to the Columbell pedigree in FMG (3)
Declaration by Thomas Reynalde and Isabell his wife that they have sold to Richard Alyn, son of John Aleyne, "a place in Stanton." Witn. John Saucheverell, Henry Columbelle, John Dethyck, the parson of Derley, and the parson of Bonsale. Dat. 1 Jun, circ 1452. (Woll. ii. 37)
"A Descriptive Catalogue of Land-Charters & Muniments Relating to Vills & Burghs of North Derbyshire with Illustrations, Genealogies & Notes" compiled by T Walter Hall, 1939, includes a precis of a charter which reads:
(l47l). Charter (Lat), dated at Romley, the penultimate day of December in the llth year of Edward IV, confirming a grant from Robert Eyre of Padley the elder esquire to Thomas Fitzwilliam the elder esquire, Thomas Fitzwilliam the younger esquire, Roger Eyre, Richard Alestre, Thomas Wimbysshe and Thomas Byngham, of all his lands and tenements meadows feedings pastures rents services etc, in Romley, Staveley, Tadyngton and Hope in the county of Derby; to hold the same, to them their heirs and assigns, of the chief lords of those fees, by services etc, warranty of title. Witnesses : Peter Fretchewell esquire, Robert Barley esquire, Philipp Leche esquire, Henry Columbell esquire and Odo Lebett. Vellum : one skin 11 X 4, seal missing. Notes: this charter is number 83.E.32(a) of the Harley manuscripts, at the British Museum.
The Feudal History of the County of Derby, by John Pym Yeatman, Volume 3, section 6, page 366, lists those men present at a court held in Derby in XII Edward IV (1472/73), including Henry Columbell and Omfrey Columbell.
"Descriptive Catalogue of Derbyshire Charters" by Isaac Herbert Jeayes, 1906, includes a precis of charter No 262 which reads:
Writing by Henry Columbelle, squyer, Sir Richard Johnson, etc, requesting alms for the support of a priest in the chapel of St Mary in Beley, in Derwentdale, recently founded by John Eyre, chapeleyn. Dat 18 Mar 13 Edw IV  (Woll. i. 12)
"Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire", by J Charles Cox, 1875, Volume 2, pages 67 & 68, within the chapter on Beeley church, contains the following:
...The document in question is quoted at length by Lysons from the original, then in the possession of Mr Adam Wolley. Lysosns gives its date as 1473, but Dr Pegge, evidently referring to the same, speaks of the 10th year of Edward IV. This instrument states:- "That there is a devoute chapel in Beley in Derwent dale which is a new begonne thing of our sweet lady St Mary, and hafe nothing but through the pace of God and the almes of good men and wymmen, but that won Sir John Eyere chapellyn, movid with grace and vertue, hath laboured and done great cost there, as well as of his owne proper costs as of his pore neighbours, and hath gotten thereto boke, bell, vestment, and chales, and hath a preest there sayinge masse daily before our sayde layde for all brethren and sisters, and all good doers thereto and purposeth through the grace of God and our sayde layde and succoure of godd men and wymmen to found a preest there for ever, to pray for all the benefactors and good doers thereto while he may not utterly perform without refreshyng and almesdeds of good men and wymmen, wherefore if hit please you to shew your blessed almes thereto, hit is your owne, and our said blessed lady will reward you: and also we have sent amongst you won Thomas Willymot, which is a very trewe proctour and a special benefactor and good doer there. To which present writing, &c &c" Dr. Pegge supplies the names of those who signed this instrument, which are not given by Lysons. They were - Henry Columbell, Esquire; John Rollesley, Renald Cockayne, Robert Lee, and Robert Leche, gentlemen; and Sir Richard Johnson, parson of Darley.
"Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire", by J Charles Cox, 1875, Volume 2, pages 593 & 594, in the appendix contains a (latin) transcript of an Inquisition Post Mortem held on 19th December 20 Edward IV , which mentions Henrici Columbell de Derley Gentilman as one of the parties giving evidence.
Document from the "Bagshaw Collection", held at Sheffield Archives, reference Bag C/1010, dated 6 Feb. 1480. Catalogue entry reads:
Sir William Plompton and Robert, his son, to Elizabeth Hamerton, formerly wife of William Plompton, esquire, Thomas Clyfford and Robert Carre, esquire. A messuage in Newbald recently held by Henry Columbell; a half bovate of land in the tenure of John Pidcock; a messuage with a close and one acre of meadow in the tenure of Alice Bradley; a cottage with a croft, a half acre of land and a half acre of meadow in the tenure of Henry Willymott; a toft of waste with a croft and a half acre of meadow in the tenure of Agnes Taillour; a cottage and a croft, a half acre of meadow in the tenure of Walter Crowshagh; a messuage with three tofts in the tenure of Henry Smyth junior, lying in Derley; the manor of Staunton with appurtenances; one messuage with two bovates of land formerly in the tenure of Robert Halom; a messuage and a half, two and a half bovates of land in the tenure of Robert Giles; two messuages with two bovates in the tenure of Roger Penyston; a messuage and a half with three bovates of land in the tenure of William Hayward; a messuage with two bovates of land in the tenure of Robert Riley; a water mill in the tenure of John Smyth, in Edynsour; a messuage with three bovates of land in the tenure of John Marpull; a messuage with two bovates of land in the tenure of Roger Lees; a messuage with three bovates of land in the tenure of John Hayward; a messuage with two bovates in the tenure of Richard Penyston; a messuage with three bovates in the tenure of Robert Smyth, lying in Pillesley; the manor of Wormehill with appurtenances in the tenure of Richard Cobyn; one messuage, ten acres and a half in the tenure of William Bukston; a messuage with two acres in the tenure of Henry Bukston, lying in Wormehill; and all rents, services, etc., in Queston. For the term of Elizabeth Hamerton's life. They appoint William Plompton, John Askham, John Lyndley and Thomas Smyth as their attornies.
Endorsed (in Latin): copy of Feoffment made to Elizabeth Clyfford by Sir William Plompton and Robert Plompton.
"Descriptive Catalogue of Derbyshire Charters" by Isaac Herbert Jeayes, 1906, includes a precis of charter No 559 which reads:
Feoffment by Nicholas Eyre of Redseats, to Richard Gernon of Hasylbadge, Henry Columbell of Darley, Walter Holly, and Hugh Nedham, of all his lands in Redseats, Castylton, Bradwall, Herdikwall, and Sterndale in High Peak, in trust for the said Nicholas, with remainder to his sons, Nicholas and Martin, etc. Witn. John Marchinton, Ralph Downes, etc. Dat Th. a. F. of St Martin [11 Nov] 1 Ric III  (Bemrose)
As his son and heir was also called Henry, it is not possible to be certain whether mentions of Henry Columbell in contemporary documents, refer to him or his son, and its therefore feasible that this Henry may have died as soon as the 1450s, and that the Henry mentioned from 1471 onwards was his son. However FMG makes the claim that he was still alive in 1481/82 (3), and I suspect that his son died before 1480 (13), so my present working hypothesis is that he is the Henry Columbell mentioned in all of these documents, up to 1483. As this would make him very old for the era, he must have died not too long afterwards.
See his son's page for details.
Pedigree of the Columbell family of Darley in the Visitation of Lincolnshire 1592 (as published in "The Genealogist" Volume 6).