Lordship Title of Botvileyns or Brayes Farm or Hinwick ID1031

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A manor in Hinwick, later known as BOTVILEYNS, HINWICK or BRAYES FARM, originated in the 1½ hides of land which Hugh the Fleming held here in 1086, and which had formerly belonged to Alwold a man of Bishop Wulfwig of Dorchester. This manor was attached to the barony of Wahull, the last mention of the overlordship occurring in 1428. The descent of the mesne lordship is the same as that of Cottesbrooke in Northants, and by the middle of the 12th century the manor had passed to Robert Butvillein, from whom it derives its distinctive name, and whose family was represented in the parish for upwards of 300 years. Robert was succeeded by his son William, who married Joan daughter of Sir Ralph Camoys, and founded Pipewell Abbey in 1143. His son Robert joined in the barons' rebellion of 1216, for which his estates were forfeited, but restored in the following year. His son William died c. 1240, in which year the custody of his son Robert and of his lands in Northants was granted to Fulk Basset, Dean of St. Peter's, York. Robert Butvillein took arms against the king and was taken prisoner at Northampton in 1264. His son William is first mentioned in connexion with Hinwick in 1271–2. His lands were at this time extended at 1 carucate in demesne and 2 virgates in villeinage. He was still holding in Hinwick in 1302–3. His son Robert was slain at Bannockburn in 1314, leaving a son William and a widow Nichola, afterwards married to Robert de Ardern. She received a grant of free warren in Hinwick Manor in 1307, which was claimed on behalf of her son William, who was still under age in 1331. Juliana, who was wife of this William Butvillein, died seised of this manor in 1379, when her heir was declared to be her son Robert, then aged thirty and upwards. Robert was succeeded by his son Robert, a minor in 1395. He left a son William, who is described as an idiot at his death, c. 1451, and whose property was divided between his cousins Elizabeth wife of Thomas Hertshorne, and Alice wife of John Hemp. By a partition of lands in 1460 the Bedfordshire property including Hinwick passed to Elizabeth Hertshorne. Elizabeth's daughter and heir Katharine married Thomas Markham of Sedgebrook, Lincolnshire, and their son John Markham and Alice his wife conveyed this manor, amongst others, to Sir Reginald Braye in 1499, by whose family it was retained until 1566, in which year Edmund Braye and Reginald Braye alienated Hinwick Manor to William Rudde. A few years later Thomas Rudde, probably son of William, sold this manor to William Payne, who held it at his death in 1624, and it henceforward follows the same descent as Podington Manor (q.v.).
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