Lordship Title of Sundon ID13805

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From William d'Eu this manor passed with his other Bedfordshire property into the possession of the Earl Marshal, and formed part of the marriage portion of Isabel, daughter of William Marshal earl of Pembroke, who on the death of her first husband Gilbert de Clare in 1230, married Richard, brother of Henry III, and king of Germany. The latter held it in right of his wife for upwards of forty years, during which time the men of Sundon paid toll to Dunstable Priory, but on his death in 1270 the manor passed to Isabel's son by her first marriage, Richard de Clare, earl of Gloucester, and from that time the prior complained that, owing to his own weakness and the strength of the earl, the men of Sundon withdrew from paying toll. Richard de Clare died in 1262, and his son Gilbert alienated Sundon manor to his cousin Bartholomew de Badlesmere, who had married Margaret daughter of Thomas Clare, a younger son of Richard de Clare. This alienation was accomplished without royal licence before 1314, in which year Bartholomew obtained pardon for the omission. He was concerned in the rebellion of Thomas, earl of Lancaster, in 1322, when Sundon manor escheated to the crown, and was granted by the king in the same year to his niece Eleanor wife of Hugh le Despenser. Bartholomew de Badlesmere, however, obtained a general pardon in 1327 with a restoration of his lands, and Sundon manor in consequence reverted to his possession, and was held by him at his death in 1328. Giles de Badlesmere, who was under age, succeeded his father, but died in 1338, leaving three sisters as co-heiresses, one of whom, Margaret wife of John Tiptot, acquired the manor of Sundon. John Tiptot held the manor in right of his wife till 1367, when he was succeeded by their son Robert, who at his death in 1372 left three daughters, Margaret aged six, Millicent four, and Elizabeth two years. Richard le Scrope of Bolton obtained the custody of Sundon manor and the wardship of these co-heiresses in 1373, and in 1385 Margaret Tiptot married his son Roger le Scrope. The manor thus acquired by the Scropes remained in their family for nearly 200 years, the succession being maintained in an unbroken line from father to son during that time. In 1565 Henry Lord Scrope alienated this manor to Richard Tyrrell in whose family it remained until Edward Tyrrell, probably a son, transferred it to Thomas Cheyne. He held Sundon till his death in 1613, when he was followed by a son Thomas. The latter died in 1632 leaving a son Thomas as heir, and Sundon manor remained in the Cheyne family until 1716, when Thomas Cheyne, a grandson of the last-named Thomas, sold it to William Clayton, who afterwards became Lord Sundon. He died childless in 1752, and the property was inherited by his four cousins, daughters of John Clayton—Anne Humphrey (who afterwards married as her second husband Tomkinson Cooper), Elizabeth Cole, Francis Hale, and Margaret Clayton (subsequently married to James Smythe). The manor was conveyed for purposes of trusteeship by these four co-heiresses to William Bateson in 1753, and again in 1768 to James Dansie, preliminary to a sale which took place in the same year, when Archibald Buchanan acquired the Sundon estates for £26,000. Archibald Buchanan, who died about 1772, left a sister Jane, wife of Sir John Riddell, as heiress to the Sundon estates. Her son Sir John Buchanan Riddell in 1803 sold Sundon to Mr. Cuthbert, from whom it was purchased in 1813 by the executors of the late Sir Gregory Osborn Page-Turner. Sir Edward Page-Turner, grandson of the above, by his will dated 21 June, 1873, settled this estate upon the eldest son of his eldest sister Fanny Maria Blaydes. Mr. Blaydes, who assumed the name of Page-Turner by royal licence, holds the manor at the present day.
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