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From: "Rosie Bevan" <>
Subject: Re: Stuteville of Cottingham
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 10:23:46 +1200
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For clarity's sake I'm responding to your questions at the head of the
There were two Sybil de Valoignes living around the same time and very
likely to be related. Possibly aunt and niece, in that Sibyl the elder was
probably Philip de Valoigne's sister.
As you note Gunnora was daughter of Sibyl de Valoignes and Ralph d'Aubigny.
Gunnora married Nicholas de Stuteville, and Nicholas' son (Gunnora's
stepson), Robert, married Sibyl de Valoignes, daughter of Philip Valoignes.
Philip's son and heir, William, was married to Lora daughter of Saer de
Quincy, Earl of Winchester in whose wardship young Eustace de Stuteville was
To demonstrate the relationships from different angles we have it thus:
1.Sybil de Valoignes
+ Ralph d'Aubigny
+ Nicholas de Stuteville
3.Eustace de Stuteville
1.Nicholas de Stuteville
2.Robert de Stuteville
+ Sibyl de Valoignes, dau. Philip Valoignes
3.Eustace de Valoignes whose custody was awarded to Saer de
+ 2.Gunnora d'Aubigny
1. Philip de Valoignes, Chamberlain of Scotland, son of Roger de Valoignes
and Agnes de Vescy
2.William de Valoignes
+ Lora de Quincy, dau. Saer de Quincy
2.Sybil de Valoignes
+ Robert de Stuteville
3.Eustace de Valoignes in custody of Saer de Quincy
Charles Clay believed the placement of Dervorguilla, wife of Nicholas de
Stuteville, as daughter of Alan of Galloway is chronologically unlikely, but
does not expound upon it in EYC. He wrote a paper on this - "Two
Dervorguillas" in Eng. Hist. Review, lxv (1950), pp. 89-91 which I have not
Examining this issue, at the death of Nicholas de Stuteville in 1233, he and
Dervorguilla had a daughter, Joan, already married, who produced her first
born son around 1238 (38 in 1276). That would make Joan born before 1223 and
thus Devorguilla, her mother born before 1208. In all probability earlier
than this - before 1204. Roland de Galloway died in 1200, so if her father,
she would have to had been born before 1201. At the inquisitions taken
after death of Dervorguilla in 1290, John Baliol her youngest son and heir
is stated, to be "aged 40 at the Feast of St Michael last" and "aged 35".
[CIPM ii no. 771].(CP I 385 appears to be in error in an unsourced statement
saying he was born in 1240). The first date puts his birth in 1249, the
second in 1255. This does not take into consideration the fact that she also
had five daughters, as well as the three sons, who may have been born after
her third son. For this to be the same Dervorguilla who produced Nicholas
Stuteville's daughters in the early 1220s and John Balliol's children in the
late 1230-50s, and died in 1290, it would mean a period of childbearing
spanning over 30 years and a death in her late 80s. While not impossible, it
would be unusual for the time.
The Chronicle of Melrose has Dervorguilla married to Baliol in 1223 (Alan
was married to Margaret of Huntingdon in 1209), which would conflict with
the marriage of Dervorguilla and Nicholas de Stuteville. However such
chronicles should be judged in the context in which they were written.
If anyone has access to the above mentioned paper, I would be interested in
I'm afraid I have no answers as to William Mastac's relationship to the
Hope this has not muddied the waters excessively.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bryant Smith" <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 4:45 AM
Subject: Re: Stuteville of Cottingham
> ("Rosie Bevan") wrote in message
> Very interesting and useful! Thanks a million.
> I have three questions, interspersed in the text below.
> > The posts on the Stutevilles have generated a few private queries about
> > main English line. So for those interested, here is what is known of the
> > Stutevilles of Cottingham, derived mainly from C.T.Clay, Early Yorkshire
> > Charters, v.9.
> > In 1276 and 1282 surveys compiled of the Cottingham estate revealed
> > consisted of a capital messuage of a manor, with a double ditch around
> > court, surrounded by a wall, with a garden, dovecote, fishery, 1455
> > arable land, 433 acres of meadow, 364 acres of pastures, a park with a
> > circuit of 4 leagues, in which the game were estimated at 500 wild
> > four woods, three water mills and one wind mill. In addition there were
> > free tenants paying rent, 92 bondsmen and 137 cottars. Three advowsons
> > belonged to the manor - the church of Cottingham worth 200 marcs p.a,
> > church of Roule worth 100 marcs and the church of Etton at 50 marcs p.a.
> > total value per annum of the estate was estimated at L435 2s 3d.
> > 1. ROBERT I de Stuteville of Etoutteville, Seine-Maritime, arr. Yvetot,
> > cant. Yerville and Cottingham, Yorks. He was amongst those granted the
> > forfeited by Hugh fitz Baldric in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire soon after
> > but lost them owing to his support of Robert Curthose, and was captured
> > the battle of Tinchebrai in 1106 after which he was condemned to be
> > imprisoned for life. The lands were subsequently granted to Nigel
> > from whom they descended to Roger de Mowbray, but partially recovered by
> > Robert I's grandson, Robert III de Stuteville. He was a benefactor of
> > and an entry in the Liber Vitae makes mention of himself, his wife
> > (whose parentage is unknown) and sons Robert, Gradulf and William. In a
> > claim made by his great grandson William, he was described as Robert
> > Grandboeuf. He was also father of Emma, second wife of Robert fitz Hugh
> > Grandmesnil whose six children are named in the Durham Liber Vitae.
> > Benefactor of St Mary's abbey, York, Durham priory and the church at
> > Lincoln.
> > Issue:
> > - Robert II. See below
> > - Gradulf
> > - William
> > - Emma. Married to Robert Grandmesnil.
> > [Sources: Keats-Rohan, 'Domesday Descendants'. p.723 ; Clay, 'Early
> > Yorkshire Charters' v.8, p.1-2 ; Sanders, 'English Baronies: a study of
> > their origin and descent 1086-1327', p.37]
> > 2.ROBERT II de Stuteville. Not believed to have held lands in England. A
> > supporter of Robert Curthose with his father, he was captured at
> > St.Pierre-sur-Dive shortly before the battle of Tinchebrai. He was
> > to Erneburga whose parentage is unknown.
> > Issue:
> > - Robert III of Cottingham. See below.
> > - William. Married to Emma, and held lands in West Yorkshire.
> > - Roger (sheriff of Northumberland from Easter 1170-Easter 1185, and
> > castellan of Wark on Tweed)
> > - John of Long Lawford, Warwickshire. Married to Agnes possibly da. of
> > Waleran son of Hugh and Matilda.
> > - Osmund of Weston Colville and Burton Agnes, Yorks. d. bef 1172.
> > by son Roger.
> > - NN (soror Robert de Stuteville) wife of Robert de Daville
> > [Sources : Keats-Rohan, 'Domesday Descendants' p.722-724 ; Clay, 'Early
> > Yorkshire Charters' v.8, p.2-5]
> > 3.ROBERT III de Stuteville of Cottingham, Kettleby Thorpe, Yorks. and
> > Lincs. In 1138 he fought at the Battle of the Standard. Instigated
> > recover property confiscated from his grandfather in 1147 and was
> > knights' fees by Nigel de Mowbray which included the manor of Kirkby
> > Moorside and land in Warwickshire shortly after 1154. Supervisor of the
> > works of Bamburgh castle in 1166 and sheriff of Yorkshire from Easter
> > to Michaelmas 1175. Benefactor to the abbeys of St Mary's York, Byland,
> > Rievaulx and Meaux and the priory of Durham. A charter of confirmation
> > Rievaulx abbey c.1160-1183 for the health of his soul and the souls of
> > Robert de Stuteville his grandfather, Robert his father, Erneburga his
> > mother and Helewise his wife, and with the consent of his son William,
> > presents the Stuteville family over four generations. ["Robertus de
> > Stutevilla.sciatis me dedissee et confirmasse Deo et Ecclesiae S. Mariae
> > Rievallis, pro salute animae meae, et Roberti de Stutevilla, avi mei, et
> > Roberti, patris m mei, et Erneburge, matris meae, et Helewisae uxoris
> > in perpetuam elemosinam, concessu Willelmi filii mei, et aliorum
> > meorum, totam terram de Houetona." J.C.Atkinson (ed.), 'Rievaulx
> > p.80]. He married, before 1145, Helewise whose parentage is not known
> > they founded Keldholm priory, a Benedictine nunnery. As 'domina Helewis
> > Roberti de Stuteuilla' with Osmund 'filius ejus' she witnessed a charter
> > William de Vescy to the brethren of Farne Island in about 1183. Robert
> > an interest in Cowesby as shown by a charter of notification dated
> > 1164-74, by Roger archbishop of York of the settlement of the
> > controversy between Hugh bishop of Durham and Robert de Stuteville
> > to the chapel of Cowesby. The dispute continued, however, after his
> > under the aegis of his son Osmund. Robert died in 1183.
> > Issue:
> > - William son and heir, the king's justice. Married Berta possibly
> > granddaughter (as she appears younger than the 4 daughters and outlived
> > them) of Ranulf de Glanville. [The Durham Liber Vitae lists "Rannulfus
> > Glanvile et uxor ejus Berta, Matillis, Amabilis, Helewisa, Mabilia filae
> > eorum, et Berct"]. On the death of her son Berta's property fell to
> > son of Robert of Middleham, Thomas de Arderne and Hugh de Auberville
> > each had a third of her lands in Bramham and Leyburn. All three were
> > and representatives of the daughters of Ranulph de Glanville. Hugh
> > leaving son and heir Robert IV who died s.p.under age in 1205. William
> > had an illegitimate daughter.
> > - Nicholas of Liddel, Cumberland. Succeeded his nephew, Robert IV in
> > See below.
> > - Osmund of Cowesby, Yorks. and Gressenhall, Norfolk.
> > - Eustace of Brinklow, Warwickshire d.1218. His son and heir was Robert
> > was brought up overseas.
> > - Robert of Great Ayton and Hemlington, Yorks.
> > - Burga. Married to William de Vescy and had Langton as her maritagium,
> > living as a widow in 1185.
> > - Helewise. Married (1) William II de Lancaster, lord of Kendal d.1184
> > whom she had Helewise (2) Hugh de Moreville of Burgh, Cumberland d. 1202
> > whom she had Ada and Joan (3) William son of Ranulf, lord of Greystoke
> > d.1209 by whom she had Thomas. In 1209 Robert de Vipont owed 500 marks
> > and 5 palfreys for the custody of the land and heirs of William and the
> > marriage of his widow. Helewise died after 1228.
> > [Sources: Keats-Rohan, 'Domesday Descendants'. p.724 ; Clay, 'Early
> > Yorkshire Charters' v.8, p.5-15, 90, 95 ; Sanders, 'English Baronies: a
> > study of their origin and descent 1086-1327', p.37]
> > 4. NICHOLAS de Stuteville of Liddel. In 1174 he was in possession of
> > Cumberland when the castle was captured by William the Lion. In 1205 he
> > a fine of 10,000 marks for having his inheritance of everything William,
> > brother, held, except Knaresborough castle and Boroughbridge which was
> > in the king's hands until the fine was paid. It was never paid and those
> > properties passed from the Stuteville family. Nicholas married as his
> > wife Gunnora, sister and coheir of Ralph d'Aubigny, widow of Gilbert de
> > (d.1191). Gunnora's father was Ralph d'Aubigny, the elder, younger
> > of William d'Aubigny 'Brito' of Belvoir. In 1197 a fine was made
> > their right to 15 knights' fees in Auborn and Binbrook, Lincs.and North
> > Dalton, Upper and Lower Naburn, Yorks.as Gunnor's inheritance. An
> > first wife was mother of his sons Robert and Nicholas. Their
> > established in a charter of notification by four witnesses who stated
> > were present when Nicholas de Stuteville and his sons, Robert and
> > bound themselves to give 100s rent to Kedholme priory. Nicholas is
> > to be one of the confederate barons who met at Stamford at Easter 1216,
> > captured at Lincoln on 20 May 1217 and dead by 30 March 1218.
> > Issue
> > - Robert V. Married Sibyl, daughter of Philip Valoignes, who 1192-1205
> I have a Sibyl de Valoignes m Ralph d'Aubigny (spell it any way
> you like)parents of the Gunnora (m Nicholas) in your post here.
> They can't be the same -- were there two Sibyls, or have I got
> the one and only in the wrong place?
> > him and Sibyl and the heirs of their bodies the vill of Torpenhow,
> > Cumberland. In the lifetime of his father he received a knight's fee in
> > Middleton which he was holding early in the thirteenth century. He was
> > benefactor of Rosedale priory. He died v.p.before 27 Nov 1213 when
> > Stuteville was ordered to deliver Eustace, son and heir of Robert, to
> > Earl of Winchester. Saer gave the custody of Eustace to his son Roger.
> > Eustace was married to Nichola but died s.p. shortly before 18 Oct 1241
> > crusade, and seisin of his lands was ordered to be given to Joan, wife
> > Hugh Wake.
> > - Nicholas II. See below.
> > [EYC ix p. 13-18,124 ; Stevenson. Liber Vitae, p.15]
> > 5.NICHOLAS II de Stuteville. Recorded in the Pipe Roll at Michaelmas
> > Nicholas son of Nicholas. After the death of his father he administered
> > inheritance of his nephew Eustace. Married Dervorguilla, da. of Roland
> > Galloway, who brought an interest in Whissendine, Rutland to the family
> My Devorgilla is dau of Alan & grand-dau of Roland. The chronology of
> a Devorgilla sister of Alan is a bit awkward. Was there a Roland brother
> of Alan who was Devorgilla's father?
> > frank marriage. Nicholas died shortly before 19 October 1233 at the
> > of St Andrew, York. On 19 November 1233 the sheriff of York was ordered
> > take his lands which had belonged to him, including the manor of
> > and to assign to Hugh Wake and Joan his wife, Nicholas' elder daughter
> > heir her reasonable share and seisin, and similarly to William Mastac
> > king's kinsman, to whom the king had given the marriage of Margaret, his
> Do we know the kinship here?
> > other daughter and heir.
> > Issue
> > - Joan. Eventually sole heir of her father, she was married to Hugh Wake
> > before 29 May 1229 when Hugh was pardoned for having married her without
> > king' licence. On the death of her cousin Eustace de Stuteville in 1241,
> > having outlived her sister, she was sole heir to the Stuteville
> > comprising Cottingham, Buttercrambe and Kirby Moorside (combined annual
> > value of L660 p.a. in 1282) and the honours of Liddell Strength and
> > Rosedale. Hugh Wake died on crusade in 1241 and on 2 Jan 1242 the king
> > granted to Joan his widow the custody of all the lands to hold until the
> > lawful age of the heirs, together with their marriage and licence to
> > at pleasure, for a fine of 10,000 marks. Before Michaelmas 1244 she
> > Hugh Bigod, Chief Justiciar of England, by whom she was the mother of
> > Bigod who succeeded as earl of Norfolk in 1270. Joan died shortly before
> > April 1276, her heir being her son Sir Baldwin Wake. By Hugh Wake, Joan
> > had Nicholas, Hugh and possibly Isabel.
> > - Margaret. Married to William Mastac. She died s.p. shortly before 13
> > November 1235.
> > [EYC ix p. 18-23 ; Sanders, Baronies p. 129 ; William Brown, Yorkshire
> > Inquisitions, v.1 p.237-253 ; CP XII/2 p.299]
> > Hope this is of interest.
> > Rosie
> Sorry to bury my questions but your post is too valuable to
> snip into pieces "most relevant."
> Bryant Smith
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