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William de Cantilupe

William de Cantilupe

Nicholas de Cantilupe=Eustachia, d. and h.

of Hugh son of

Hugh fitz Ralph George de Cantilupe, Milisent ; mar. Eudo

0.s.p. in 1273 ( York- or Ivo la Zouche William de Cantilupe=Eva de Bolteby, shire Inquisitions, |

widow of Ric. i, 133) William la Zouche

Knoute Joan de Cantilupe,

mar. Henry de Eudo or Ivo William de Cantilupe, 0.s.p.

la Zouche Nicholas de Cantilupe ; founded

the Carthusian priory of Beauvale, John de Hastings William la Zouche, co. Notts.; ob. 29 Edward III= knt.; aged 60 in

1 John de Hastings

1375 1

William de Cantilupe= Lawrence de Hastings William la Zouche

1 of Harringworth ;

1 John de Hastings heir to his cousin

John de Hastings Williain de Cantilupe John de Hastings,

in 1390

died April 4, 1375 Earl of Pembroke

Nicholas de Cantilupe } o.s.p.;

John de Hastings;
aged 4 in 1375; 0.s.p. 1389

Of William de Cantilupe, Eva de Bolteby's husband, a fair amount of information is available. According to a Nottinghamshire inquisition, taken in 11 Edward I (1282-3), William, son of Nicholas de Cantilupe, was born in the abbey of Lenton, and baptized in the abbey church on Palm Sunday, twenty-one years previous, and that he was then of full age.1 Then, or shortly after, he married a wife named Maude, probably a de Arches, with whom he granted property in Bridlington to the Prior and Convent of the same to support a chantry in the church there. By this marriage there was no issue surviving, as her heirs, at the time of her husband's death, were William de Erghum and Thomas de Outheneby.3 As has been shown above, he married Richard Knut's widow about 1292. In 1301, under the denomination of William de Cantilupe, Lord of Ravensthorpe, he was one of the barons who signed the letter to the Pope, asserting the superiority of the English Crown over Scotland.4 Ravensthorpe appears to have been Cantilupe's chief residence. In 1301 he contributed 24s. 54d. to the Fifteenth levied on goods in his manor of Ravensthorpe, when Henry de Percy was only rated at gs. 64d. for his goods at Topcliffe.5 Mr. Skaife says :1 “ The vill of Ravensthorpe has disappeared, but the moat which once nearly surrounded its ancient manorhouse may still be traced in a field near to Ravensthorpe Mill, about one mile south of Boltby.” The house must have been of some considerable size, as Archbishop William Wickwane stayed there two days in 1281, September 19 and 20, when he must have been the guest of Eva and her first husband, Alan de Walkingham.

1 Calendarium Genealogicum, i, 339, 8 Calendar of Inquisitions, v, 52. The commission of inquiry is dated

4 Chronicon Walteri de Hemingburgh, July 20, 1283. (Cal. of Patent Rolls, 1281-1292, p. 98.)

ii, 210n. 3 Yorkshire Inquisitions, ii, 36; and 5 Yorkshire Lay Subsidy, 30 Edward I, the Bridlington Chartulary, pp. 13, 14, 53. pp. 81, 83

William de Cantilupe's inquisition for his Ravensthorpe property was taken on Thursday, the feast of the Decollation of St. John the Baptist, 2 Edward II (Aug. 29, 1308). The manor was held by his wife, Eva, of the Lady Joan de Wake, the tenant-in-chief, by the service of one knight's fee. Sir John de Walkingham son of Alan de Walkingham, and Eva, aged 24, was her nearest heir. The elder son, Adam, who was heir at the time of his father's death, must have died in the interval. William de Cantilupe's son and heir was aged 16.3 Eva was still alive in 1316, when she was returned as owner of Boltby and Thirlby. The exact date of her death does not appear to be known.

The Cantilupe arms, gules, a fess vair between three fleurde-lys or, which occur in the window, deserve particular attention The original bearing of the Cantilupe family was gules three fleur-de-lys or. This line became extinct in 1273 on the death of George de Cantilupe. The arms were quartered by the Lords La Warr, who, however, made the lilies issue out of leopards' heads. 6 On William de Cantilupe's seal, affixed to the Barons' Letter above referred to, the arms are precisely the same as at Feliskirk.?

However, in the description of his arms at the siege of Caerlaverock in 1300,8 the writer thus describes them :

E Guillemes de Cantelo,
Ke ie par ceste raison lo
K'en honneur a tout tens vescu,
Fesse vaire ot el rouge escu
De trois floures de lis espars
Naissans de testes de lupars.


Kirkby's Inquest, p. 97n. 2 Wickwane's Register (Surtees Soc., cxiv), p. 346.

3 Calendar of Inquisitions, v, 52. 4 Kirkby's Inquest, p. 322.

Roll of Arms; temp. Henry III, p. 5 ; and Archeologia, xxxix, 401.

6 The Ancestor, iv, 228.
7 Ibid., vii, 254.

& Siege of Carlaverock (ed. Nicolas), p. 40.


And William de Cantilo, whom I praise for this reason that he has always lived honourably, had a fess vair with a red shield, and three fleur-de-lys opened springing out of leopards' heads.

Cantilupe was much employed in public affairs. In May, 1299, he went beyond the seas on the king's business with the Bishop of Salisbury, and in November he went to Scotland.2 In 1301 and 1302, William de Cantelou was appointed a purveyor for provisioning the army assembled at Berwick, 3 and again the next year. In the year following (1303) he, with Thomas de Furnivall and Marmaduke de Tweng, were directed to summon men for the Scotch war. 1

The third coats in the window, azure three water bougets or, belongs to William de Roos, senior, of Ingmanthorpe, 6 who married William de Cantilupe's mother. By his inquisition,? which was taken on Thursday after the translation of St. Thomas the Martyr, 4 Edward II (July 9, 1310), it was found that he held the manor of Ilkesdon, in Derbyshire, by the courtesy of England of the inheritance of Eustacia, some time his wife, of Henry de Bello monte, of the fee of Gaunt, and that William, son of William de Kauntelopo, was Eustacia's nearest heir.

Eva, dau. of Adam de Bolteby (1) Alan de Walkingham*;& ob. 1283

(1) Adam, 0.5.p.
(2) John, living 1309

= (2) Richard Knut
(3) About 1292, Will. de Cantilupe*; died in

1309; son of Nicholas de Cantilupe and
Eustachia, d. and h. of Hugh son of
Hugh fitz Ralph. She mar. 2ndly Will.
de Roos, of Inginanthorpe, senior*

In conclusion, it may be fairly argued that the knight in Feliskirk Church is that of William de Cantilupe, who died in 1309. The character of the armour suits this date, and the fine workmanship shows it must have been made to commemorate a person of rank. The occurrence in the window of the arms of William de Cantilupe, in association with those of his wife's

1 Cal. of Patent Rolls (1292-1301), p. 419.

2 'Ibid., p. 456.

3 Ibid., p. 578; and ibid. (1301-1307), p. 99.

Ibid., p. 134.

John, in the parish, as lessees of the
Archbishops of York.

6 Sire William de Ros de Yngmanthorp de azure a les bouces de or. (Roll of Arms, temp. Edward II, p. 3.)

5 There is a fourth coat, quarterly or and argent five roses gules, ELSLEY, a family long resident at Mount St.

? Calendar of Inquisitions, v, 91.

8 The asterisks refer to the arms in the window.


first husband and his own stepfather (the wife's having probably been destroyed), and the fact that he resided in the parish all concur to prove that this attribution is correct. The female effigy, which is of rather later date, may very well be that of the Lady Eva.

EXTRACTS FROM WILLS RELATING TO THE CHURCH. June 14, 1489. Thomas Dale, of Filicekirk, yeman. My body to be beride in the chyrch of Sanct Felic'. Also I beqweith to the said chyrch j hoill westment to syng in. To the chappell of Boltby a cope, and to the chapell of Sanct Sebastiane, for to holde the water fra the same, xld. (Reg. Test., V, 361).

July 31, 1486. Thomas Marshall, vicar of Felicekirk, beyng in my hole mynde, makes my testament in this wyse. In the fyrst parte 1 wit my soulle vnto God Almighty, oure Lady Seynt Marie, and to al the seyntes of heven ; my bodye to be beryd in the queere of Felixkirk aforesaid. I witt my best horse in the name of my mortuary cum aliis de more consuetis. Also I wit to a prest vj marcs for to pray a yere for me in the paryssh kirk aforesaid for me and my gud doers. Also I wit xxs. for an ornament to be bought to the high alter of the foresaid kirk. Also I witt to the chapell of the Trinite of Boltby vjs. viijd. Also to the chapell of Sutton, iijs. iiijd. Also to the paryssh kirk of Watlows, vis. viijd. Also to Saynt Peter werk, iijs. iiijd. Also I wit to my maister, William Poteman,? xs. Also to Maister Robert Welyngton, parson of Gilling and Cesay, xs. Also I wit to Thomas Dale my secund horse. Also to Jamys, my seruaunt, a why of ij yere age. Also to Mariorye Halidaye a whye of the same age. Also to John Thomson and William Richardson, ij whyes that is at Boltbe with calfe. Also I wit to Alison, my seruaunte, ij kye called Nightigale and Luffly. Also to Johannet, my seruaunt, a cowe called Tymelt. Also to William Marshall, of Bagby, a with calfe called Dokett. Also to John Storer a cowe called


1 The chapel at Sutton-under-Whitestonecliff. În 1507, the testator's son, James, bequeathed 6s. 8d. to make the dyke aboute Saynte Sebastiane Chapel. (Test. Ebor., iv, 260.) There

image of St. Sebastian in Rotherham Church in 1521. (Ibid., v, 128.) James Dale's will is printed (Test. Ěbor., iv, 260), so it will only be necessary to quote the parts referring

to the fabric of Feliskirk Church. He desires to be buried before the altar in the north side of the church, and provides for an obit being instituted. "I will that ther be maid of my cost one cancell in the north side of the kyrke of Saynt Felix, that one aulter may be maid ther concernyng my chantre, and at all lede at Rawynsthorpe remayn therto."

2 Archdeacon of Cleveland, 1470–1484.



Sternelld with calfe. Also to John Squyer a cowe called Wright. Also to Agnes Chapman a cowe called Tydee. Also to William Emson ij oxon. To Sir John Emson, my cousyn, all my bookes. The residue of my goodes not wit and my dettes payed fyneally to be done I wit to Thomas Emson, my cousyn, vppon certein condiciones as it shall appere afore his ordinaries. Also I ordeign and make Maister Robert Welyngton aforesaid and the said Thomas Dale and Thomas Emson, my said cousyn, myn executores, and my maister, William Poteman, superuisor. And if my saide kynnesman, Thomas Emson aforesaid wilbe agreed and rueled in his mariage and all other by the said Thomas Dale, that than I will he haue all the saide residue of my goodes, and if he doo the contrarie I will he haue but the third parte, and the residue to be disposed for my sall at the will and discrecion of the said Thomas Dale. Also it is my will that the said residue of my goodes be in the rule and gyding of the said Thomas Dale iij yeres at my propre costes, to see in the said season the gyding and demenaunce of my said kynnesman, Thomas Emson aforesaid. In wittness of the same, Sir John Cure, prest, of Bolteby, John Troughton, of the Mounte Seynt John, and Thomas Emson, parissh clerk of Felixkirk, and other. Proved Dec. 1, 1486, by Dale and Emson, power reserved to Welyngton (Ibid., v, 295d).

April 24, 1531. Rob. Nodall. To be bereyd within the churche or church yerde of Saynt Felles. To the churche of Saynt Felles xs., to go to the churche warkes. Also my will is that my wiff vphold a serge before Saynt Anne in the sayd church of Saynt Felles. Also my will ys that ther be an othir serge made and sett vpp before our Lady, and at my wiff vphold it after ye same maner; and in defaute she do nott, than my will is that there be iijs. iiijd. gyffyn to vphold thayme bothe withall. To the parishe churche of Thryske xs., to go to the churche warkes. Also I witt ijd. to the mindyng of the rowell in the sayd churche of Saynt Feles. To the chapell of Boltby iijs. iiijd., to go to the church warkes. To Bagby church iijs. iiijd. (Ibid., X, 45).

June 21, 1530. Rob. Carleton. To be beried in [the] kirk of Sanct Felicie, and therfor I giffe to the kirkwarkes a bay coltte stage. To my cosyng, Ric. Hoton, ij oxen last drawne and ij kye, named Meridew and Strange. To my curate, Sir


1 Probably a wheel-shaped chandelier. The N.E.D., s.v. rowell, quotes from the Masham Parish Accounts (1542) :

Resauyd and gathryde in the churche for the rowell Candell afore the rood, xxd."

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