Meinell of Yorkshire, England
Robert de Meinell [a] b abt 1060, of Yorkshire, England, d bef 1112. He md Gertrude Fossard abt 1084, daughter of Nele Fossard. She was b abt 1066, d aft 1135.
Children of Robert de Meinell and Gertrude Fossard were:
  • Stephen de Meinell b abt 1088. See LINE A
  • Gilbert de Meinell b abt 1094. See LINE B
Stephen de Meinell [b] b abt 1088, of Yorkshire, England, d aft 1145. He md Sibyl de Bulmer abt 1112, daughter of Ansketil de Bulmer. She was b abt 1095.
Childof Stephen de Meinell and Sibyl de Bulmer was:

Robert de Meinell [c] b abt 1118, of Yorkshire, England, d aft 1166. The identity of his wife in not known.
Child of Robert de Meinell was:

Stephen de Meinell [d] b abt 1142, of Worlton, Yorkshire, England, d bef 1188. He md Joan de Ros abt 1166, (prob) daughter of Robert de Ros and Sibyl de Valognes. She was b abt 1150.
Child of Stephen de Meinell and Joan de Ros was:

Robert de Meinell [e] b abt 1178, d bef 30 Jan 1206/07. He md Emma de Malebisse abt 1199, daughter of Richard Malebisse. She was b abt 1182, d aft 1206/07.
Child of Robert de Meinell and Emma de Malebisse was:

Stephen de Meinell [f] b abt 1203, of Whorlton, Yorkshire, England, d bef 16 Jul 1269. The name of his wife is not known.
Child of Stephen de Meinell was:

Sir Nicholas de Meinell [g], Lord Meinell, b abt 1242, of Whorlton, Yorkshire, England, d bef 27 May 1299. He md Christine abt 1270. She was b abt 1253, d bef 22 Jan 1311/12.
Child of Nicholas de Meinell and Christine was:

Sir Nicholas de Meinell [h], Lord Meinell, b 6 Dec 1274, of Whorlton, Yorkshire, England, d 26 Apr 1322. His mistress was Lucy de Thweng, daughter of Sir Robert de Thweng.
Child of Nicholas de Meinell and Lucy de Thwenge was:

Sir Nicholas de Meinell [i], Lord Meinell, b abt 1302, of Whorlton, Yorkshire, England, d bef 20 Nov 1341. He md Alice de Ros abt 1328, daughter of Sir William de Ros, Lord Ros, and Margery de Badlesmere.
Child of Nicholas de Meinell and Alice de Ros was:

Elizabeth de Meinell [j] b 15 Oct 1331, Whorlton, Yorkshire, England, d 9 Jul 1368. She md Sir John Darcy, Baron of Knayth, abt 7 Jan 1344/45, son of Sir John Darcy, Baron of Knayth, and Emmeline Heron.

Gilbert de Meinell b abt 1094, of Killamarsh, Derbyshire, England, d aft 1130. The identity of his wife is not known.
Child of Gilbert de Meinell was:

Robert de Meinell b abt 1126, of Killamarsh, Derbyshire, England. He md Isabel abt 1152. She was b abt 1134.
Child of Robert de Meinell and Isabel was:

Emma de Meinell b abt 1166, of Killamarsh, Derbyshire, England. She md Matthew de Hathersage abt 1182. Their daughter, Matilda Hathersage md Walter Goushill.

a. He held land in Yorkshire, of the fee of Mortain at the time of Domesday, and was probably the founder of the original castle of Whorlton there. He granted the vill of Myton-on-Swale to St. Mary's Abbey, Yorkshire about 1100-1106, and with his wife, Gertrude, granted the church of Great Ayton to Whitby Abbey ca 1109, a gift confirmed by their son, Stephen, ca 1130-50. Gertrude was probably the daughter of Nele Fossard and sister to Robert Fossard. After his death, Gertrude married Jordan Paynel.

b. He occurs as a witness to a charter earlier than ca 1119, and as a neighbor of Walter Espec, witnessed his charter to Rievaulx Abbey. He was instrumental in negotiating a truce between the Bishop of Durham and William Cumin in 1143. He married Sibyl, probably a daughter of Ansketil de Bulmer. He was still living in 1145.

c. In 1166 he was holding 3 1/2 knights' fees of William Paynel and one of William Fossard. He granted land in Eston in Cleveland to Guisborough Priory. Little more is known about him.

d. He granted woodland in Greenhow to Rievaulx Abbey "for the health of his soul and that of Joan, his wife", and also sand and land in Eston to Fountains Abbey "for the making of fisheries". He added to the gifts of his father and grandfather to Scarth in Whorlton by granting them the churches of Rudby and Whorlton. His wife was most certainly Joan de Ros, as appears from a case of 1203, in which Walter de Ros is described as uncle to Robert de Meinell. He was apparently deceased by 1188.

e. In 1201-1202 he was pardoned a debt of 20 marks, and in 1202, Walter de Hamby recognized his right to ten bovates of land in Hoton (Hutton). He married Emma, daughter of Richard Malebisse. He died, probably overseas, before 30 Jan 1206/07, and the custody of his heirs and of land which he had held of the archbishopric of Canterbury was granted to Robert de Turnham 15 Dec 1207. His widow later married Robert de Stuteville of Ayton.

f. He was under age on 9 Mar 1218/19, when Hugh de Baliol was retaining possession of the land formerly belonging to his father, though repeatedly ordered to surrender it to the Archbishop of Canterbury. He apparently came of age between Oct 1224 and Feb 1225/26. He was pardoned scutage for 5 knights' fees in 1229, and in the same year he quitclaimed to the Abbot of Fountains his right in two fisheries in Eston, and in 1230 he granted lands to Byland Abbey. In 1232 he quitclaimed his right in land in Cold Overton to Stephen de Segrave. In 1257 he granted two carucates of land in Aldwark to the Abbot of Fountains. He was among those in Dec 1263, to whom the keeping of the Northern counties was committed, and on 10 Jul 1264, and again during Aug he had safe conduct with other for coming to the King. The name of his wife is not known. He died before 16 Jul 1269, and left, in addition to his son and heir, Nicholas, additional sons Henry, Piers, and John, as well as a daughter, Joan, wife of John de Everingham.

g. On 16 Jul 1269, he had a grant of free warren in his demesne lands of Whorlton, Greenow, Seamer in Cleveland, and Eston. In 1275 a complaint was made that he had not allowed the wapentake pleas of Langbaurgh to be held in his lands, and that he had ploughed up a common way leading from the vill of Trenholme to the church of Whorlton, and in 1276 he acknowledged that he owed 20 marks to John Mohaut. He was summoned for military service against Llewelyn in 1277 and against the Welsh and Scots on various occasions from 1282 to 1299, as well as for service in Gascony in 1294 and 1295. In 1282, as lord of Whorlton, he confirmed to Guisborough Priory all the lands which the Prior and convent held within his fees of Cleveland. He was summoned to attend the King at Shrewbury 28 Jun 1283, and in 1285 had a grant of free warren in his demesne lands in Castle Leavington, a manor which had been granted to him and his wife Christine by the King for his good service earlier in that year. He was summoned to Parliament from 24 Jun 1295 to 6 Feb 1298/97, whereby he became Lord Meinell. Charges were made against his wife that she had attempted to poison him, and also that she had committed adultery with William de Greenfield (later Archbishop of York), and Walter de Hamerton. The matter appears to have been referred to Rome, and the judgment was made that although she was said to have deserted her husband and was leading a sinful life, it was actually he who had driven her from his home, that she was living a moral life, and that his cruelty had been the cause of their separation. After his death, the King granted her marriage, 13 Sep 1299, to Saer de Huntingfield. She was deceased before 22 Jan 1311/12.

h. On 14 Jan 1299/1300, he was among the knights of North Riding summonded to treat with the treasurer and others of the King's council, and he was summoned for military service against the Scots in 1300, and in other years up to 1322. He was summoned to Parliament from 8 Jan 1312/13 to 14 Mar 1321/22, being addressed as one of the Majores Barones. On 6 Jul 1311, he had licence to grant the reversion of the manor of Castle Leavington after the death of Christine, his mother, to John de Meinell and the heirs of his body. In 1314, he was appointed custodian of the peace in Cleveland, Blackhow-moor, and the wapentakes of Bulmer, Rydale, and Birdforth, and in 1316 to a commission of array in the East and North Ridings. Also in 1314, he settled a great part of his property on Nicholas, his illegitimate son by Lucy, daughter of Robert de Thweng. (Lucy had been the wife of William, Lord Latimer, stated to have treated her with cruelty, and while a divorce from him had been procured before 22 Jul 1312, her connection with Nicholas de Meinell had dated from about 1305. She subsequently married, before 29 Jan 1312/13 Sir Robert de Everingham, who in that year complained that Nicholas de Meinell and others had come by night and abducted Lucy. After his death s.p. in Apr 1316, she thirdly married Sir Bartholomew de Fanacourt.) On 24 May 1315, Nicholas was appointed Sheriff of York which was superceded on 20 Oct, when he and John de Malebisse were alleged to have committed certain extortions and oppressions. In that year he bought the reversion of a moiety of the manors of Wooler, Hethpool, Heatherslaw, Lowick and Belford, Northumberland, to hold to him and the heirs of his body, and failing such issue to Nicholas, son of Lucy. In 1318 he was commissioned to raise his men and tenants in Yorkshire for the King's expedition against the Scots, and in 1321 was ordered to abstain from the meeting of the "Good Peers" convened by Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. He died 26 Apr 1322, apparently unmarried.

j. Baroness Meinell, de jure, her marriage was held by the King, who granted said marriage to John Darcy, the younger, for his and his father's good service to the King. After Sir Darcy's death, she married, before 18 Nov 1350, Sir Piers de Mauley. At her death 9 Jul 1368, the hereditary Barony of Meinell became united with that of Darcy.

CP: Vol VIII[619-634]; AR: Line 88[31-33]; SGM: Kay Allen [ref: Moriarty's Notebooks].

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