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circa 1395 - circa 1455
Henry was probably born somewhere around 1400 (1), in Hough (aka Hulland), near Ashbourne (2), the son of John (3). His mother is unknown, as is the details of any siblings he had.
He married Margaret (aka Margery) Bagot from Blithefield in Staffordshire (6)(7)(32)(34), probably in the early 1420s, and they had at least four children - John (6)(26)(33)(34), William (32), Roger (32) and Isabel (6).
The earliest mention found of Henry, is from 1432, when he was party to a grant of land from John Lathebury (8). This would be the first of numerous dealings he had with the Lathebury family during his life (11)(12)(13)(14)(15)(16)(17)(18)(26)(29)(32), in continuation of an association which appears to have been started a few years earlier with his father (4).
At this time Henry was a retainer of Henry Lord Grey, and thus in opposition to Sir Richard Vernon in local politics. This association lasted into the 1440s, during which time he acquired new lands from Grey. However by the middle of the decade his allegiances had shifted towards Humphrey Stafford, Lord Buckingham, with whom Henry Vernon was also briefly affiliated (9). It was at about this time that his son John married Vernon's daughter (36), so this marriage may have had political reasons behind it. In 1447, Henry witnessed a grant from Richard Vernon, further indicating their new alliance (27). However within a couple of years, Vernon and Buckingham had once again become rivals, and as Henry remained loyal to Buckingham, his and Vernon's alliance came to an end (9), and in 1450, when a feud between the Cockayne family (who were long standing allies of Vernon), and Ralph Bassett of Blore, in Staffordshire, boiled over, Henry found himself on the opposite side to Vernon in a vicious dispute (28)(30)(31).
Henry died sometime between 1452 (32) and 1457 (33).
Brief details of his children:
- John has his own page.
- William was probably born in Hough in the 1420s/30s. He was alive in 1452, but nothing more is known of him.
- Roger was probably born in Hough in the 1420s/30s. He was alive in 1452, but nothing more is known of him.
- Isabel was probably born in the 1420s/30s in Hough. She married a Mr Rolleston, but he died young. Her second husband was John Babington of Dethick, with whom she had at least eight children - Elizabeth, Isabell, Henry, Cecily, Anne, Beatrice, Margaret and Thomas. Her husband was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, and she died on the 18th March the following year. She was buried at Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire.
However Roger is last found to be alive in 1403 (5), while Henry is not found mentioned before 1432 (8) - a gap whose length suggests a single missing generation.
- His date of birth is (very roughly) estimated as follows
- Typically it can be expected that Henry would be somewhere between his wife Margaret's age and perhaps 5-10 years older. Margaret's date of birth is not known, but her father's (circa 1356-58), and her eldest (surviving) brother's (no later than 1388) can be fairly well claimed, so it's most likely Margaret was probably born sometime between the mid 1370s and 1400.
- His eldest (surviving) son, John is believed to have been born in about 1425, or possibly a little earlier, making a date of birth of around the turn of the century seem likely for Henry
- His father was "of age" in 1403, but may have been so much earlier.
- These three pieces of reasoning only have an overlap around the end of the 14th century, hence a rough estimate of 1395-1400 seems appropriate unless or until any more evidence comes to light.
- His father lived at Hough, so it the most likely place of birth for Henry.
- The visitations of 1569/1611 claim that Henry was the son of Roger Bradburne (& Lucy) (6).
A document from Trinity term 4 Henry VI (4)  shows that Roger Bradburne had a son called John (who was likely his eldest, and therefore also his heir). This fits neatly with the fact that mentions of a John Bradbourne holding the family lands at Hough/Hulland are found during this period, and he is shown to be active between then and 1431/32 - just before Henry first appears. There is no doubt that Henry was the heir of Roger's son John, and whilst he could have been his younger brother, the lengths of time, and hence relative ages of the men make it seem far more likely that he was his son, and thus grandson of Roger. This also fits a comment from Cox - "Henry Bradborne, who was grandson of Roger" (35), although there is no indication of what Cox's source for this claim was.
See his father, John's page for details.
See his grandfather, Roger's page for details.
Pedigree of the Bradburne family in the visitations of 1569 and 1611 (as published in "The Genealogist (New Series)" Volumes 7 & 8).
Pedigree of the Bagot family from the visitation of 1583 (as published in "Collections for a History of Staffordshire" Volume 3, Part 2, 1882).
A Document dated 1432 (ref: D5236/6/15) in Derbyshire Record Office has the following catalogue entry:
Grant by John Lathebury esquire to John Macworthe deacon of Lyncoln' cathedral, Thomas Gresley knight, Thomas Macworthe, Henry Bradburn, Richard Fytherberd' esquires, William Lathebury
Of all property in Egynton, Newton' Sulny, Fynderne, Potlock, Etewell, Trusley; also Wodhous' (Staffordshire); except property in Egynton' belonging to the manor and land called Hethehouses next to Hatton
Witnesses: Richard Vernon, Thomas Blount knights, John Curson, Peter de la Pole, Henry Knyveton' Ralph de la Pole, Henry Knyveton', Ralph de la Pole and others
"Derbyshire Gentry in the Fifteenth Century", by Susan M Wright, 1983, pages 66-72 & 129-135, discusses the politics of the area in the first half of the fifteenth century. In the early 1430s, there were two main figures - Henry Lord Grey, and Sir Richard Vernon. Henry Bradburne was said to have been a retainer of Grey's at this time. However as the 1438 Humphrey Stafford came into his inheritence, and began to assert his power. Henry Bradbourne stood by Grey at this time and by 1442, had been granted the manors of Broxtowe and Radcliffe-on-Trent by him [National Archives ref: C/139/116/35]. However in 1444, Stafford was created Lord Buckingham, and his power increased significantly. Henry Bradburne then shifted allegiance towards Buckingham, as briefly did his old foe Sir Richard Vernon for a few years. However Vernon and Buckingham's allegiances had seperated again by the end of the decade. Amongst Vernon's other associates throughout all this were the Cockayne family of Ashbourne.
A Document dating between 1432-1443 (ref: C 1/11/255) at The National Archives has the following catalogue entry:
Prior and convent of St. Peter, Dunstable. v. Henry Bradbourne, esq.: Rights of common, &c. in Bradbourne: Derby.
A Document dated 1435 (ref: D5236/4/36) in Derbyshire Record Office has the following catalogue entry:
John Lathbury esquire to Henry Bradburne esquire, Ralph de La Pole, Thomas Wolaton', William Lathbury
Of property in town and territory of Newton' Sulney
Witnesses: Thomas Gresley, Thomas Blount knights, John Cursun, Peta de la Pole, Henry Knyveton and others
Dated 8 Jan 13 Hen VI
A Document dated 1436 (ref: D5236/6/16) in Derbyshire Record Office has the following catalogue entry:
Gift from John Lathebury of Egynton, esquire, to John Macworth, Deacon of Lincoln Cathedral, Thomas Gresley, knight, Thomas Macworth, esquire, Nicholas Fitzherbert, esquire, Henry Bradburn, esquire and William Lathebury, of all lands, tenements, rents and services in the vill and field of Newton Sulny, Fyndern, Etwall and Potlok, and his capital messuage and manor in Newton, excepting his fishing rights, dated at Newton 14 Jul 14 Hen VI 
A Document dated 1438 (ref: D5236/9/21) in Derbyshire Record Office has the following catalogue entry:
Appointment by John Lathebury esquire of Adam de Blawdon of Newton' Sulny as attorney to deliver seisin to John Macworthe deacon of Cathedral of Lyncoln', Thomas Gresley knight, Thomas Macworthe, Henry Bradburne, Nicholas Futherberd' esquires, William Lathebury
Dated 14 Aug 16 Hen VI
A Document dated 1438 (ref: D5236/10/10) in Derbyshire Record Office has the following catalogue entry:
Will of John Lathebury esquire stating that he has enfeoffed John Macworthe deacon of Lyncoln' cathedral, Thomas Gresley knight, Thomas Macworthe, Henry Bradburn', Nicholas Fytherbert' esquires, William Lathebury of his property so that he will enjoy it during his lifetime and then, after his death, they will make an estate for his heirs
Dated at Egynton 20 Aug 16 Hen VI
A Document dated 1439 (ref: D5236/6/17) in Derbyshire Record Office has the following catalogue entry:
Quitclaim by John, Bishop of Bath and Wells, Chancellor of England, Robert Temple and John Botiller, to Henry Bradburne esq. and William Lathbury, of the manor of Egynton and all lands, Tenements, rents and services in the vill and fields of Newtonsulne, once enfeoffed by Aluered Lathbury, knight, 15 Mar 17 Hen VI 
A Document dated 1439 (ref: D5236/3/73) in Derbyshire Record Office has the following catalogue entry:
Grant by Henry Bradburne yeoman and William Lathbury to John Lathbury junior and Katherine daughter of Isabella Shatton Of property in Egyntone; 6s annual rent from certain lands and tenements which William Rolston holds in Egynton; 5s annual rent from certain lands and tenements which Henry del Gothe holds there; 1 plot of land next to Hatton called heth houses
Dated 16 Apr 17 Hen VI
A Document dated 1439 (ref: D5236/6/18) in Derbyshire Record Office has the following catalogue entry:
Appointment by Henry Bradburn' esquire and William Lathbury of Robert Fraunceys esquire as attorney to deliver seisin in lands in Egynton' and Hatton to John Lathbury junior and Katerina daughter of Isabella Shatton
Dated 16 Apr 17 Hen VI
"Descriptive Catalogue of Derbyshire Charters" by Isaac Herbert Jeayes, 1906, includes a precis of charter No 1185 which reads:
Quitclaim from Robert Lathbury filius junior Aluredi Lathbury, mil, to John Lathbury fil. Joahannis Lathbury "nepotis mei", of all his lands in Egynton and Hethouses which the said John fil. Johannis and Katherine hold of the feoffment of Henry Bradburne esq, and William Lathbury. Dat 11 June, 11 Hen VI . (Bemrose)
A Document dated 1439 (ref: D258/27/2/5) in Derbyshire Record Office has the following catalogue entry:
Grant by Joan, widow of Thomas Longesdon of Ibull, to John Gelle of Hopton, of 1 messuage beside the well at Ible with 2 bovates land at Ible and 40 acres of land at Brassyngton, below Herberhalle and butting on Hemebroke, formerly the property of Richard Atwalle her father
Witnesses; Henry Bradburn, knight, John Rollesley, John Wygley, John Stone, Henry Flaket
Dated at Ibull, St Mathew, 18 Hen VI [21 Sep]
"Descriptive Catalogue of Derbyshire Charters" by Isaac Herbert Jeayes, 1906, includes a precis of charter No 285 which reads:
Lease, for twelve years, from Henry Bradburne to John Whithead of his water-mill of Fynny Benteley, the tenant to keep the mill in good repair, but the lessor to supply the necessary timber. Dat Michaelmas Day [[10 October]], 18 Hen VI . (Bemrose)
"Descriptive Catalogue of Derbyshire Charters" by Isaac Herbert Jeayes, 1906, includes a precis of charter No 2187 which reads:
Attorney from Margaret nuper uxor Walteri Twyford to Henry Bradburne to take seisin of the lands of Robert Twyford of Chirche Longley, esquire, in Spondon and Chaddesdon. Dat 16 Mar, 18 Hen VI . (Kerry xix 326)
A Document dated 1441 (ref: 26D53/190) in Leicestershire Record Office has the following catalogue entry:
Grant and confirmation from Ralph Shirley knight, John Curson, Robert Twyforde esquires, Robert Keyngham parson of Brailsford to Ralph Shirley esquire of his manor of Brailsford and all his other lands, tenements, rents etc., in Thurvaston, "Coland", and Bradley etc., which he had by gift of the said Ralph. Warranty.
Witnesses: Henry Bradburn, Ralph Basset, Henry Pole, esquires.
"Descriptive Catalogue of Derbyshire Charters" by Isaac Herbert Jeayes, 1906, includes a precis of charter No 160 which reads:
Grant from Thomas de Okouere to John de Okoer, his son, of ten shillings annual rent due from Henry Bradburne in Atlowe. Witn. Philip de Acouer, "heres meus", Dom. John Brown, etc. Dat F of St Edward, K and M [20 Nov], 21 Hen VI  (Okeover)
The same document appears in the catalogue of Derbyshire Record Office (ref: D231M/T150):
Gift by Thomas de Okovere [Okeover] to John de Okovere his son of 10 shillings rent, which he is accustomed to receive from Henry Bradburne [Bradbourne] in Atlowe [Atlow]
Witnesses: Philip de Acovere, Lord John Brown and others
Feast of St Edward, king and martyr (20 Nov) 21 Henry VI
A Document dated 1445 (ref: D518M/T552B) in Derbyshire Record Office has the following catalogue entry:
Quitclaim by John Stoughton of Loughborough and wife Elena to Thomas Beresford of Newton Grange County Derby of property late held by Richard Irton in Ashbourne and Mappleton. Witnesses: John Curson esq, Henry Bradbourne esq, John de Beresford gent, John del Alsop, John Toples de Tyssyngton
"Descriptive Catalogue of Derbyshire Charters" by Isaac Herbert Jeayes, 1906, includes a precis of charter No 1647 which reads:
Grant from Richard Irton fil. et her. Ric. Irton to Thomas Beresford of Newton Graunge, co Derby, of all his tenements etc, in the town oand fields of Mapulton-by-Asshebourne. Witn. John Cursun, esquire, Henry Bradburne, esq, John de Beresford, John Toples of Tyssyngton, etc. Dat Mapulton, M. a. F. of St Barnabas [11 June], 23 Hen VI . (Drury)
"Descriptive Catalogue of Derbyshire Charters" by Isaac Herbert Jeayes, 1906, includes a precis of charter No 2678 which reads:
Attorney from John Lathbury, Richard Bagot, William Purdon, and John Forthe, vicar of the church of Longforth, to Thomas Alsop and Roger Greenhalwe, to deliver seisin to John Bradborne, son and heir of Henry Bradborne and Ann his wife, of the water-mill called Workesworth Milne. Witn. Thomas Blounte and Sampson Meverell, knts, Fulk Vernon, John Cockayne, Nicholas Fitzherbert, esquires. Dat 12 July, 24 Hen VI . (Kerry xix 314)
"Descriptive Catalogue of Derbyshire Charters" by Isaac Herbert Jeayes, 1906, includes a precis of charter No 2394 which reads:
Grant from Richard Vernon, knt, to John Vernon his son, of all his lands in Trusseley. Witn. Thomas Blounte, Sampson Meverell, knts, Nicholas Mountgomery, John Cockayn, Henry Bradborn esquires, etc. Dat Harlastone 14 Sept, 26 Hen VI . Fine seal of arms. (Woll x 30)
A Document from c1449/50 (ref: SC 8/96/4795) at The National Archives has the following catalogue entry:
Addressees: Commons of parliament.
Places mentioned: Ashbourne, Derbyshire; Haddon, Derbyshire; Blore, Staffordshire; Marshalsea prison, [Southwark, Surrey].
Other people mentioned: John Cokayn of Ashbourne, esquire; Thurston Vernon of Haddon, esquire; William Cokayn of Ashbourne, gentleman; John Cursom; Richard Bagot; Henry Bradburne; Adam Baxtonden, servant of Ralph Basset.
Nature of request: Ralph Basset complains of attacks on his house at Blore in Staffordshire by John Cokayn of Ashbourne, Thurston Vernon, William Cokayn and other malicious persons, around All Hallows Eve, in the King's twenty-eighth year. He asks the commons to ask the King to issue a writ to the Sheriff of Staffordshire, to make proclamation that the malefactors are to be summoned before King's Bench to answer for their actions; so that if they do not appear they are to be considered as convicted, and writs of capias issued; and if they do, they are to be sent to the Marshalsea until they have found security to answer for their crimes.
Endorsement: [On face] Let it be delivered to the lords.[On dorse] Let it be done as is requested.
A Document dated 1450 (ref: D5236/6/19) in Derbyshire Record Office has the following catalogue entry:
Confirmation by Henry Bradburne esquire and William Lathbury of Newton Sulney to John Lathbury esquire of all property in the towns of Egynton and Newton Sulney or elsewhere in Derbyshire recently given by John to them
Witnesses: Robert Fraunces, John Fraunces esquire, Robert Wilne and others
Dated at Egynton 4 Apr 28 Hen VI
Collections for a History of Staffordshire, New Series, Vol III, 1900, pages 192-4, listing extracts from the Plea Rolls reads:
CORAM REGE MICH,. 29 H. VI [October or November 1450]
Staff. A writ was sent to the Sheriff, Humfrey Swynarton, armiger, to cause proclamation to be made that all the persons named in a petition to Parliament made by Ralph Basset, of Blore, should appear 'coram Rege' at this term to answer the complaints made against them, dated from Leicester 26th May, 28 H. VI. The petition had been transmitted to the Justices assigned to hear pleas 'coram Rege', and was in these terms:-
"Mekely besechith Rauff Basset Squier, that wheras John Cokayn of Assheburne in the Schire of Derby Squier, Thurston Vernon late of Haddon in the same schire Squier, William Cokayn of Assheburne of the same schire Gentilman with other malicious persones to the noumbre of xxx whos names are contayned in a sedelle to this bille annexid, with grete multitude of riotous people unknowen, with force and armes arraied with jakkes, salettes, bowes, arrowes, swordes, gleyves and boklers and other manere of wepon defensive come the Thursday next before the fest of Alhalowene in the yere of the regne of oure soveraine lord the King xxviii to a place of youre seid besecher called Blore in the schire of Stafford to the entent to have murdered, slayn, maymed and beton youre seid besecher, his tenaunts and his servaunts, and for to brenne his howse, and leied sege to his place and there brennyd a stake of his heye and a stake of his peise, and had not John Curboun, Richard Bagot, and Henry Bradburne with others heryng of his grete riot and route come thider to the entent for to se pees kept and for to entrete them to go thene thei hadde brennyd the place of youre seid besecher, and his brother Richard Basset and other divers of his tenaunts the which were at that tyme within the seid place, and so at the request and at the instaunce of the seid John Curboun, Richard Bagot and Henry Bradburne the seid misgoverned and riottous persones were intretide to go thence and so thei dide, but thei wold not leyng be intredit but for the nyghte thenne next folowying and on the Fryday next aftur youre seid besecher heryng of this grete riott come home to his seid place in grete feere and drede of his life thei makyng uppon hym grete assautes and beton divers of his servaunts that is to sey Adam Baxtondon and other threthnyng and manassyng hym to slee and to brenne so that youre seid besecher dare not in no wyse be at home in his one house which shuld be his grete defence and tuicion so he is lily to be undowne on lasse than he may purbayed of remedie, wherefore please it to youre wysdomes theese premisses to consider and thereupon to pray the oure soveraine lorde to consider and ordeyne that be the assent of his lordis spirituelle and temporelle in this present parlement assembled and by the auctorite of the same parlement that a writ of proclamation may be had oute of the chauncery of oure seid soveraine lord, directed to the Shirreff of Staffordshire for the tyme beyng commaundyng hym to proclayme in two countees to be holden in the same shire next aftur the delivraunce of the same writte to hym made that the seid misgoverned and riottes persons and every of them may be solempnedly calde to come to appere before the Justices of oure soveraine lorde in his Benche at the Quinzisme of Seint Michell next comyng to answere to the seid orrible riottes, wronges, assautes, trespasses and oppressions after the discretion of the seid Justice" etc, etc, etc.
The names on the schedule annexed were:-
Ralph Basset appeared in person, but none of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to make a return of the damage which had been caused to the said Ralph on the oath of a jury of he visinage of Blore, and to return it into Court on the Octaves of St Martin. A postscript states that on that day Ralph appeared, and the Sheriff returned that he had made an inquisition on oath of the jurymen at Chedull, on the Thursday after the Feast of All Saints, 29 H. VI, by which it appeared that the said Ralph had sustained damage to the amount of 390 marks, and thet assessed his costs at 10 marks, and as the Court was not prepared to give judgement ("et pro eo quad curia hic de judicio in premissis reddendo nondum avisatur") a day was given to Ralph on the Octaves of St Hillary, on which day Ralph appeared and "pro eo quod curia hic de judicio", etc (as before) a day was given to him on the Morrow of St John the Baptist, on which day Ralph appeared and "pro eo", etc (as before). B.B. The same form was used every term up to the end of the reign, Ralph Bassett appearing at every term.
- Thomas Gilbert, of Tyddeswalle, co Derby, yoman
- Nicholas Coterell, late of Bakewell, co Derby, yoman
- William Foxlate, of Monyasshe, co Derby, yoman
- William Londesdale, late of Throwley, co Stafford, yoman
- Ralph Maddeley, late of Denstone, co Stafford, yoman
- John Smyth, of Mathefeld, co Stafford, yoman
- Richard Teddeswalle, of Mathefeld, co Stafford, yoman
- John Shirard, of Wetton, co Stafford, yoman
- James Miloure, of Hope, co Stafford, yoman
- Thomas Meverell, late of Troulet, co Stafford, gentilman
- Richard Lout, of Stansop, co Stafford, laborer
- Thomas Chamberleyn, of Assheburne, co Derby, yoman
- Christofer Stokedale, of Thorp, co Derby, yoman
- Robert Stokedale, of Thorp, co Derby, yoman
- Robert Careles, late of Tyddeswalle, co Derby, yoman
- John Stathom, late of Derby, yoman, and 14 others.
(A more complete list of those accused is found in the catalogue entry for item SC 8/96/4796 at The National Archives :
Places mentioned: Tideswell, Derbyshire; Bakewell, Derbyshire; Monyash, Derbyshire; Throwley, Staffordshire; Denstone, Staffordshire; Mathefeld (Mayfield), Staffordshire; Wetton, Staffordshire; Hope, Staffordshire; Stanshope, Staffordshire; Ashbourne, Derbyshire; Thorpe, Derbyshire; Middleton, Derbyshire; Haddon, Derbyshire; Fauld, Staffordshire; Derby, Derbyshire.
Other people mentioned: Thomas Gilbert of Tideswell, yeoman; Nicholas Coterell late of Bakewell, yeoman; William Fox, late of Monyash, yeoman; William Londdesdale, late of Throwley, yeoman; Ralph Maddeley of Denstone, yeoman; John Smyth (Smith) of Mayfield, yeoman; Richard Teddeswall (Tideswell) of Mayfield, yeoman; John Shirerd of Wetton, yeoman; James Miloure of Hope, yeoman; Richard Lout of Stanshope, labourer; Thomas Meverell late of Throwley, gentleman; Thomas Chamberleyn of Ashbourne, yeoman; William Atheleyn of Ashbourne, smith; John Bakeby of Ashbourne, baker; John Smyth (Smith) of Ashbourne, cordwainer; Robert Wodhouse (Woodhouse) of Ashbourne, butcher; John Felthouse of Ashbourne, smith; Christopher Stokedale (Stockdale) of Thorpe, yeoman; Robert Stokdale (Stockdale) of Thorpe, yeoman; Stephen Stokedale (Stockdale) of Thorpe, yeoman; Thomas Bray of Thorpe, yeoman; William Hurde of Thorpe, yeoman; Richard Baumford of Middleton, yeoman; John Baumford of Middleton, yeoman; Thomas Bulologh, late of Ashbourne, yeoman; Richard Blout of Ashbourne, cordwainer; William Aleyn late of Haddon, yeoman; Robert Curtes, late of Fauld, yeoman; Robert Careles, late of Tideswell, yeoman; John Stathom, late of Derby, yeoman.
Nature of request: List of names of malefactors concerned in the attack on Ralph Basset's house at Blore in Staffordshire
Collections for a History of Staffordshire, New Series, Vol VII, 1904, pages 53-4, within an article on the Okeover family of Okeover, discussing a feud between the Cockaynes and the Okeovers, reads:
In the same year, Ralph Basset of Blore, the father in law of Philip, petitioned Parliament that John Cockayne of Asshebourne, Thurston Vernon of Haddon, and William Cockayne, with other malicious persons ... had come to Blore ... with the intent to have murdered or maimed him and his tenants and servants, and to have burnt his house ..., and had not John Curson, Richard Bagot, and Henry Bradburne, hearing of the riot, come with others ... would have burnt it down, etc. Many of the names on the schedule annexed to the petition are the same as those on Philip Okeover's schedule, and it is plain that the attack on Blore formed part of the same transaction. This appears to have been a family feud, for two years later, when the quarrel had been made up, John Cockayn released to Philip Okeover, all the right and title which he claimed within the demesne of Okeover, and all actions real or personal against him.
The Calendar of the Close Rolls, Henry VI Vol V, 1447-1454, pages 351-2 reads:
A charter corresponding to the first entry above is also found in "Descriptive Catalogue of Derbyshire Charters" by Isaac Herbert Jeayes, 1906, precis of charter No 394 which reads:
- Richard Bagot, John Lathbury esquires, William Purdhom merchant and John Forth, chaplain, to Henry Bradburn esquire and Margery his wife for their lives without impeachment of waste. Charter of demise of the manors of Bradburn and Legh co Derby, a water mill of Bradburn town, and a water mill of bentley town called 'Benteley milne'with the suit to the same pertaining, a close in Benteley called 'Rammesclyf', a close in Knyveton called 'Ryddyngparke', and all other their lands, rents and services etc in Perwych, Bradburn and Legh which, with Thomas Wolaton esquire now deceased, they had by feoffment of Robert Stokely esquire, so that the lands etc in Bradburn and Perwyche shall remain to John, son and heir of the said Henry and Margery and the heirs male of his body, and the lands etc in Legh, Bentely and Knyveton to William Bradburn their son for life with remainder to the said John and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to Roger Bradburn his brother and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to William Bradburn his brother and the heirs male of his body, remainder to the right heirs of the said Henry. Witnesses: John Curson, Nicholas Knyveton, Henry Knyveton, Henry de la Pole, Robert Knyveton esquires. Dated Bradburn, 4 January 30 Henry VI
- Richard Bagot etc (as above) to Henry Bradburn esquire for life without impeachment of waste, with remainder to John his son and heir and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to Roger Bradburn brother of John and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to William Bradburn brother of Roger and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to the right heirs of the said Henry. Charter indented of the manor of Hogh and all other their lands, rents and services in the Hogh, Asshburne, Ofcote, Underwode, Clyfton, Knyveton, Holand, Stretton, Wyaston, Holynton, Yevely, Braylesford, Longley, Overburghes, Netherburghes and Little Ireton, with Thomas Wolaton esquire now deceased, the grantors had by feoffment of Robert Stokley esquire. Witness (as the last). Dated Hogh, 8 January 30 Henry VI
- Richard Bagot etc (as before) to Roger Grenhalgh and his assigns for life, with remainder to John Bradburn, son and heir of Henry Bradburn, and to the heirs male of his body (and other remainders as before). Charter indented of an enclosure within the township of Knyfton called 'Horseley' which with other parcels the grantors, with Thomas Wollaton now deceased had by feoffment of Robert Stokely esquire. Witnesses: John Curson, Henry Knyffton, Nicholas Knyffton, Henry Columbell, Henry de la Pole esquires. Dated Knyffton, 31 December 30 Henry VI
Attorney from Richard Bagot, esq, John Lathbury, esq, William Purdhomme, merchant, John Forth, chaplain, to John Wygley of Wyrkesworth and Roger Greenhall, to deliver to Henry Bradburne and Margery, his wife, seisin of their manors of Bradburn and Legh, the water mills of Bradburn and Bentley [Fenney Bentley], Raunnesclyf close in Bentley, Ryddyngpark close in Knyveton, and of all their lands in Parwich, Bradburn, and Legh. Dat 4 Jan, 30 Hen VI . (Bemrose)
A Document dated 1457 (ref: MiD/1-1659/191-213/199) in Nottingham University Archives has the following catalogue entry:
John Bradburne, armiger, son and heir of the late Henry Bradburne, armiger releases to John Stathum of Horsley, armiger all claims to his manor of Broxtowe and all its appurtenances which John Stathum holds from the gift and fee of Henry Bradburne.
"Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire", by J Charles Cox, 1875, Volume 2, pages 411, 412 & 413, within the chapter on Hulland church, contains the following:
The ancient family of Bradbornes, or Bradbourn or Bradborne, held lands at Hulland, a small township four miles to the east of Ashbourn, for upwards of three centuries. In 1296, when Edmund, Earl of Lancaster, died siezed of this manor of Hulland, the Bradbornes were one of three families who held freehold estates there under him.x
About the year 1463 (some years before the founding of their Ashbourn chantry), John and Anne Bradborne obtained leave from Edward IV, to found a chantry at the chapel attached to the manor house of Hough or Hulland. .....
The following are the particulars relative to this chantry as given in the Chantry Roll, which was drawn up some ten years after the Valor :-
Chantre of Howghe. Founded by Jo. Bradborne and Anne; for a pryste to saye Masse and Godd's service within the manor place of Howgh distaunte iij myles from the parisshe church, foundacon dated Ao iii Regis Ricardi III; Clere value cixs. xid. whereof iijs. iiijd, for a yerely obit. Sir Thos. Parker Chauntry Pryste. It is iij mills from the Parisshe churche and there comyth to yt lx howselynge people. There is a mancyon howse and lyttell croft of the yerely rente of vs. There is no chales nor other ornamente otherwise than Sir Humfrey Bradborne dothe lend unto the incumbent sayeing service in his house.
The following indenture, dated 1st of April, 1480, that is seventeen years after the foundation of the Bradbourne chantry at Hulland, contains so many particulars relative to it, that we make no excuse for reproducing it in extenso :-
"Indenture between John Bradburne of Hoghe, Co. Derby, Esq. and Ann, his wife of the one part, and Sir Nicholas Longford, Knt., Henry Vernon, Esq., Nicholas Montgomery, Esq., John Cokayn, Esq., Richard Knyveton, Esq., John Fitzherbert, son and heir apparent of Rauff Fitz Herbert of Norbury, Rauff Okeover, son and heir apparent of Philip Okeover, John Kniveton of Underwoode, Humphrey Okeover, son and heir apparent of the said Rauff Okeover, Robert Bradshawe of Wyndeley, Sir Henry Prynce, parson of the Church of Norbury, and John Northampton, vicar of the Church of Assheburne, feoffees in certain lands &c. to the use of said John and Anne-Witnesseth that John and Anne at the desire &c. of Anne have caused Sir Nicholas &c. to be enfeoffed of a messuage,and 8 oxgangs of land in Lytteel Bradburne and of all other lands &c. which were some time of John de Pole of Hertynton, in the town &c. of Lytteel Bradburne and of [another messuage] and 2 oxgangs of land in Lytteel Bradburne and of certain lands in Kirk Ireton Newbigging and Boylston, Co. Derb. and of a tenement and close in Bigging and of a [messuage], and a croft there, And had surrendered to the feoffees in the King's, Courts of Duffield and Wirksworth Copyhold estates in Kirk Ireton and Belper to the uses after mentioned said John and Anne charge the feoffees that conable preest be kept and had to Pay divine service in the Chapel of our lady edified in the Manor of Hoghe in Co. Derb. abovesaid to pray for the good estate of said John and Anne while living, and for their souls when dead, and also for the souls of Henry Bradburne and Margery his wife,* father and mother of said John, And also for the souls of Sir Richard Vernon, Knt. and Dame Bennet his wife, father and mother of
Sd Anne, and for the soul of Roger Vernon, brother of said Ann to whom she was executrix, and by whose goods part of said lands were purchased, And for the good estate of Humphrey Bradburne, son and hr of said John and Anne, and of Margaret, wife of said Humphrey daughter to Sir Nicholas Longford and sister to Sir Nicholas Longford, Knt. that now is and for their souls when dead, and for the good estate of Rauff Okeover, son and heir apparent of Philip Oheover, and of Ann wife, of said Rauff eldest daughter of said John Bradburne and Anne, and of Isabell Bradburne second daughter of said John and Anne, and for her husband as God will provide+, and of John Fitzherbert son and heir apparent of Rauff Fitzherbert of Norbury, and of Bennet his wife 3rd daughter of said John Bradburne and Ann, and for their souls when dead, and for the souls of all the children of said John Bradburne and Sir Richard Vernon and for all the souls of the feoffees when dead and for their good estate while living. And the said John Bradburn and Ann willed that the priest should have all the profits of said lands, and the priest was not to be otherwise attendant on the inheritor of the
Hoghe for the time being, but only in divine service, and that he be resident as a Vicar in his vicarage in a tenement in Holland, late in the holding of Henry Harper, and after of Tho. Key, and he was to perform daily service according to the ordinale so that he say his mass in said chapel at Hoghe, and to say on every week placibo dirigo et connendacion of Reqem, and on the friday maps of Ihu and sometime of the Cross, And daily at his mass, or (ere) he go to his lavatory after the gospel, to say in open voice for the souls of John Bradburne and Anne his wife founders of the mass and all Xten souls De profundis with the Collect Incline &c. ut animas famulor' tuor' fundator'; and the Chapel was to be repaired at the charge of the heirs of the inheritance of Hoghe, and the prieste was to do no injury to the parish church of Assheburne in Offerings or otherwise, And after the decease of John and Anne the heir of the house of Hoghe and the Vicar of Assheburne together should have the nomination of the Chaplain, but if they disagreed the Abbot of Darley was to have the appointment and the priest was to make an Obit at his own Cost in the church of Ashburne on the day of the death of said John B. the said obit to be done by the Vicar of Ashburne, the said priest and the priests and clerks of Ashburne, &c.#"
x Inq post Mort, 25 Edw. I, No 51
* Margery was the daughter of Sir John Bagot of Blithefield, Staffordshire
+ Isabel, the second daughter, subsequently married Hugh Willoughby, of Risley. Some pedigrees make out that another daughter, variously termed Isabel and Agnes, married John Okeover; if so he must have been the brother of Ralph Okeover, but we believe that is a confusion with the match of the eldest daughter Anne. There was, undoubtedly, a fourth daughter, Beatrice, not mentioned in this document, who married Henry Columbell, of Darley. See Harl MSS 1537 f4; Add MSS 28113; Pegge's Collections vol vi f114 etc
# Add. MSS, 6,671, f.68
"Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire", by J Charles Cox, 1875, Volume 2, page 370, within the chapter on Ashbourne church, contains the following:
The second chantry is described in Valor Ecclesiasticus as founded by "John Bradborne de Hogh and Ann his wife," and possessed of four tenements, respectively situated at Longnor, Over Haddon, Birchover, and Kirke Ireton, an inclosure at Boyleston, and a garden at Bakewell, giving a total income of £5 4s. 10d. From this total deductions were made of 8d annual rent to the King, and 8s 4d as a gift to the poor on the Wednesday next after the feast of St Luke, that they might pray for the souls of the founders. Robert Hasilhurst was the chaplain. The following is the entry in the Chantry Roll :-
The chauntre of Assheborne founded by John and Anne Bradborne to the honor of God and S. Oswalde, to mayntayn Godd's Service and praye for the founders souls cs.; clere ciiijs. xd for the keping of an obitt iijs iiijd. To the parish church belongeth M houselinge people. Stocke lxxvs. jd.
The precise date of the foundation of this chantry, as given in another roll, is 1483. John Bradborne, the founder, was the son of Henry Bradborne, who was grandson of Roger, who took up his residence at Hough, alias Hulland, in the parish of Ashbourn. Anne, the wife of John Bradborne, was the daughter of Sir Richard Vernon*. John and Anne Bradborne also founded a chantry at Hough, to which we shall subsequently refer.
* Harl. MSS., 1,537, f.4
See his son, John's page for details.