The Ancestor Volume 12

The Ancestor Volume 12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...was declared by a Yorkshire jury not guilty of the death of a knight slain feloniously at Dringhouses. This John died of the black death in 1349. Sir John of Sprotborough was slain about 1385 by Roger Spark, a servant of the Aske family, who were allied to the Fitzwilliams, so that in the story related in his widow's appeal in the King's Bench we have the story of a neighbourly affray of Yorkshiremen; but the record stands alone, for we know little of the life of these later Fitzwilliams. They made good marriages and sustained their house without meddling with affairs of State. One of them died over sea in the King's service at Rouen, and they held, as it would seem, by the house of York, but in such canny wise that Sprotborough came safely from father to son. The last Fitzwilliam of Sprotborough died in 1516, and a struggle at law began for his Yorkshire lordships of Sprotborough, Emley, Darrington and Haddlesey, his Nottinghamshire and Norfolk manors, which were claimed in vain by Fitzwilliams sprung from Ralph, a captain of Sauveterre in Aquitaine under the earl of Huntingdon. The Saviles of Thornton had Emley and the Copleys Sprotborough, and thus the old lands were scattered. But the Fitzwilliams of Haddlesey who lost Sprotborough and Emley in the law courts remembered the pit from which they were digged, and the Aquitaine captain's great grandson, Hugh Fitzwilliam, an ambassador's servant in Germany, Italy and France, lived to put in a book all that he could collect of his family history and evidences. The family lawsuit with Copleys and Saviles was still alive in his day, but little good came of it, and the family historian's will, proved in 1577, deals for the most part with leather-covered chests, caskets, mails, and leather...
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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236741110
  • 9781236741110