Lordship Title of Eyworth ID13760

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Walter son of William Spec died without issue in 1153, and left three sisters as co-heirs, of whom Hadwisa, wife of William de Bussy, acquired Eyworth. Previous to 1225 her son William died, when two daughters, Cecilia and Maud, became his heirs. Ida, daughter of Cecilia, married Robert de Vipont, and Joan, daughter of Maud, married Thomas de Gravenel, and the de Viponts and the Gravenels continued to hold in Eyworth until in 1258 John son of Thomas de Gravenel finally transferred his share of the manor to Robert de Vipont, grandson of the above Robert. On his death in 1265 the manor was divided between his two daughters, Ida wife of Roger Leyburne, and Isabel wife of Roger de Clifford. The consequent division of the manor into two parts leads to some complication in its history; what appears to have happened is as follows: Roger Leyburne died in 1283, and Ida married John de Cromwell, and on her death in 1334 the manor passed under a settlement made during her lifetime to Hugh le Despenser and his son Edward successively, who in 1343 died seised of the manor held jointly with his wife Anne, who was the daughter of Henry Ferrers, lord de Groby. She held the manor in 1346, her son Edward being still under age. In 1428 Anne Despenser is described as holding by feudal service in Eyworth 'quod quondam eadem Anna tenuit,' but by 1486 these lands had become reunited to the other part of Eyworth manor, for the Despenser lands were included in a grant of the manor in 1486 to John Fortescue. With regard to Isabel de Clifford's share, her husband at his death in 1283 was described as holding the manor of Eyworth in right of his wife and left a son Robert, who was slain at Bannockburn in 1314, and whose son Roger de Clifford was executed for high treason after Boroughbridge in 1322. This may account for the alienation of this manor, which next appears in the family of Francis. Adam Francis was holding in Eyworth as early as 1371, and his son Adam at his death in 1417 was seised of the manor. He left two daughters, of whom Elizabeth, wife of Sir Thomas Charleton, succeeded to Eyworth manor, and was followed at her death in 1451 by her son Thomas. He died in 1463, and his son Richard, a supporter of Richard III, was attainted of treason in the reign of Henry VII. His estates fell to the crown, and in 1486 were granted by Henry VII to John Fortescue, 'in recompense for services done to him. His son John succeeded him in 1510, and held the manor till his own death in 1518, when he left a son Henry, then two and a half years old. The grant of the manor was reconfirmed to Henry Fortescue by letters patent in 1543, because, as stated in the preamble of the confirmation, owing to some informality the grant was found valid only for the life of the late Sir John Fortescue. Henry Fortescue on his death in 1576 left a son Francis, whose son John in 1594 alienated the manor to Sir Edmund Anderson, who shortly after acquired the second manor in Eyworth with the advowson of the church, both formerly the property of St. Helen's Priory, London, and after this date both manors became merged into one. Sir Edmund Anderson, when he died in 1605, left Eyworth to his widow Magdalen for life, and Francis their son, who died in 1616, settled the manor on Edmund with remainder to Stephen, both sons by his first wife Judith daughter of Sir Stephen Soame. Edmund Anderson died in 1638, and Stephen, whose son Stephen was created a baronet during his father's lifetime in 1664, held the manor after him as heir male. Sir Stephen Anderson died in 1707, and was followed by a son Stephen, whose son Stephen died without issue in 1773, and the baronetcy became extinct, when the Eyworth estates reverted to Charles Anderson Pelham, heir male of Francis Anderson, younger brother of the first baronet, who was created Lord Yarborough in 1796, and who in 1804 conveyed the manor by fine to Lord Ongley, whose son Lord Ongley was holding the property in 1854. Ten years later it had passed to Arthur Peel, whose descendant, Viscount Peel, is at the present day lord of the manor.
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