Family Records for the Essex Branch

 

Our records for the De Liston family start when Godfrey The Chamberlain married  Avicia De Liston daughter of Robert De Liston this record comes from the  matters pertaining the widows and children in the time of Henry II.
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Liston Overhall was already held by this tenure in 1185, when Avicia de Lyston, widow of Godfrey the Chamberlain, and daughter of Robert de Lyston, with a son who was of age, was bound, as its holder, “facere canestellas ad summonicionem ad festum regis.”

An earlier record of a Godfrey the Chamberlain can be found in the North when he was witness to a charter by William brother of Malcolm King of The Scots.
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Filius Godefridi 
They had one confirmed son.

Others may include:

2/  Roger De Lyston also in Scotland between 1165 and 1172 witnessing charters for the Bishop of St Andrews.
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3/ Ranulph Fitz Godfrey The Chamberlain who was in the household of Henry The Younger and Richard I, he knew William Marshall who funded him to take the Cross with Richard I on the 3rd Crusade.  He died at the Siege of Acre in 1191 as described in the Annals of Roger De Hoveden. He was also a witness to a charter when Richard I was in Rouen in 1190 and he appears in the history of William Marshall.
Radulfo filii Godefridi camerarii

Roger De Hoveden Ref… 
Rouen 28 June 1190  ( trans 160 ) Ref….
Charters Witnessed
The History of William Marshall Ref…

4/ Geoffrey who purchased land from William son of Agnes in Stansfeld, Suffolk in the time of Richard I.
Feet of fines No. 23
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John de Liston held tlie town or farm of Liston, in the county
of Essex, by the serjeanty of making baskets f for the King *.

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In 1212 Johannes De Listone was returned per serjanterium faciendi canastellos.
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Heres Johannis de Liston’ per seriantiam faciendi canestellos.
seriantiis Willelmus Chen in Bradewell per sergantiam [glavie 1 ].
arentatis Terra Willelmi Parmentarii in Stebbinges reddit per annum x.s.
per Robertus Mariscallus tenet i. hidam in Badewes per seriantiam

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The Red Book also records that before 1212 Baldwin De Butin, Earle of Albemarle is recorded as the Tenant of Liston. This will be Baldwin of Bethune a crusader and close companion of Richard I.  He married Hawise of Aumale to become Count of Aumale.

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In 1220 William De Gatesden holds the manor of Liston by one pound of Frankinscence for the Kings Chapel.  William De Gatesden also held land in Leighton by Sergeancy of providing two falcons for the King.  This is Leighton in Bedfordshire not related to Liston in Essex.

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In 1224 John Son of Adam De Alliston sells land at Stansfeld, Suffolk
Feet of fines No. 144 page 23 Stansfeld Suffolk is about a 5 miles from Liston in Essex.

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1235 Feet of Fines Essex

522. Eas. Geoffrey de Liston, pl. Robert de Sancto Claro, impedient. Advowson of the church of Liston with appurts. Assize of last presentation. Impedient granted that pl. shall first present his clerk to the said church without contradiction. Pl. granted that when the said church shall happen to be vacant, impedient or his heirs shall present his (or their) clerk without contradiction; and after the decease of that clerk, pl. and impeclient and their heirs shall present alternately from clerk to clerk and from heir to heir.
In the Time of Henry III, Godfrey De Liston has a close relationship with the King as bailiff of Cookham, Forrestier around Windsor and supplies for Westminster. From 1251 on.

1236 Godefridus de Liston’ tenet in Liston’ et Gosfeud’ per seriantiam faciendi wafras ad coronacionem domini regis.

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1237
553. Trin. Geoffrey de Liston, pl. Roger Noel and Cristiana his wife, impedients. 6s. of rent with appurts. in Torendon. Plea of warranty of charter. Pl. to hold of impedients and the heirs of Cristiana by the yearly rent of rd. at Easter, s.f.s. Cons., 50s. sterling.

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Essex. From William de Blavigny , Simon and Robert, his brothers, for the same, 40 m., by the pledge of Otto son of William and William son of Richard of Elmstead, Robert de Setvauns, Richard de Tany, Robert de Brus, Phillip of Sparsholt , Phillip de Cantilupe, Simon, son of Simon of Brasted , parson of Dunmow , Godfrey of Liston , John de Blendok’ , Gilbert of Bumpstead and Colin Fucher .

This one is interesting as it shows that Godfrey De Liston knew Robert De Brus in 1242 , the Liston family also has a branch in Scotland.

 

 This membrane begins with the heading ‘Northamptonshire in the time
of Godfrey de Liston’. Reports of verderers, agisters, foresters and parkers
with regard to the agistment of pigs in the park of Bngstock and the bailiwick of Rockingham 30 Henry III (1245-6).

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By 1248 Godfrey has been granted use of the manor of Kempton which had been held by Hubert De Burgh who was married to King Johns Widow Isabella Countess of Gloucester.

Several lands are committed to Godfrey from 1249  where it had been forfeited by its previous holders.  It seems Godfrey was quite involved with the management of the Kings estate. He is committed the land of John of Barkham and  John de Bendenges both of whom are outlawed.  John of Barkhams land is returned to him a few years later.

In 1250 Godfrey is ordered to take the village of Windsor into the Kings hand, in the same year he is also mentioned as bailiff of the seven hundreds of Cookham and Bray.

Also in 1250 Godfrey of Liston was ordered to have made “in the hall of the Castle of Windsor, at the middle of the table, a royal seat on which he was to have painted the image of a king holding a sceptre in his hand, so that that seat be decently adorned with gold painting.” 36 The cost of making this seat and painting the King’s image on it is given in Godfrey’s account on the Pipe Roll for 1252-3 as £11 9s. 6d. ref….

There are several feet of fine references around 1251 regarding the corn of the Kings manors of Cookham and Bray.  This is interesting because Godfrey also has the Sergeancy of carrying the flour from his Manor in Witham, Essex as well as the Grand Sergeancy at Liston.  Witham also has the large Cressing barns built in the 1200’s by the Knights Templar to keep corn and barley.

1253
1128. Same date. Robert, son of Geoffrey le Wodeward , dem. Arnald, son of Emma de Gosfeld, and Angnet’ (Agn’) his wife, ten. 2 messuages, 22 acres of land, 1 acre of meadow, and 3 acres of wood with appurts. in Hengham Sibill and Gosfeld. Assize of mort d’a. Ten. acknowledged the premises to be right of dem .. and rendered them to him. Dem . granted to ten. one of the said messuages with appurts. and a third part of the said land, meadow, and wood with appurts .. to wit, that messuage which lies between the land of Otho Fitz William and the land of Geoffrey de Liston, and that third part which everywhere lies towards the sun ; to hold to ten. all the life of Agn’ by the services appertaining thereto. If the said Emma die in the life time of Agn’, the said messuage which remains to ten. by this Fine, shall on her death revert to dem. Moreover dem. at the petition of ten. quitclaimed to Otho Fitz William all his right in 12 acres of land with appurts. in Hengham Sybill (Sible Hedingham),  to wit, those which ·w alter, brother of dem., sometime held in the same town ; and Otho gave to dem. 5 marks of silver. Cons .. 20s. sterling.

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 28 January 1256
22 named individuals, the bishop of Ely, the abbot of Coggeshall, the prior of
Christchurch, Matthew Bezil, F., bishop of London, Matthew de Delamere,
John fitz Bernard, Thomas fitz Lambert de Multon, Roger Bigod, earl of
Norfolk, W., bishop of Norwich, William Gemun, the abbot of St. Edmunds,
Richard de Grey, William le Moyne, Ralph Hardel, Richard de Ewell, Roger le Taylor, the prior of Merton, Godfrey de Liston, John de Warenne, Walter de Rudham and William Ia Zuche, are exempt from the common summons (CR,1254-6, 396).
 
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1258 Godfrey De Liston appears before the Jurors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Godfrey was the Kings Knight serving Henry III who as he Henry III got older his ambitions increased which meant they had to be funded.  The main method for raising the money was a form of taxation.  The Kings men started to impose extra financial burdens on the farmers and serfs.  As these additional burdens started to be felt, discontent started spreading through the population leading to Jury hearings against the Kings men.  Godfrey  was one of those that appeared before the Jury.

The Hundred of Woking

B77. They also say that Godfrey of Liston, the forest bailiff of Windsor, took 2 shillings per cartload as a can-toll where formerly it was accustomed to give but 4 pence[.]

The Hundred of Effingham

B127.(Essex) A jury determined that Godfrey of Liston unjustly and by means of extortion took 40 shillings from Juliana of Burstow. So he [is] in mercy and he shall return the money to Juliana.

B128. The jurors present that the same Godfrey of Liston unjustly raised a new custom [namely that one was] to give 2 pence for each pig to pannage in the wood of Frith, whereas previously one was accustomed to give but only one pence. They also say that Richard Batabye unjustly raised another new custom, taking for each beast a half penny for pannage and pasture in the wood of Frith, whereas it was never customary to give for that purpose. So it is to be discussed. They also say that Godfrey of Liston, James le Glover of Windsor and Henry of Coldboume, while they ought to enclose a purpresture, as they were accustomed to in the vert of Windsor, which they held at farm from the king, [instead] they demised the purpresture and freely opened it on this occasion so as to allow the men of the county’s beasts to enter. Then they impounded the beasts at their own will and seized them for imparking to the nuisance of the entire country. So it is to be discussed.

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Much of the discontent during the second Barons war was directed at the Lusignan family who had lost their lands in France and had been invited to England by Henry III.  It should be noted that Godfrey’s cousin Thomas De Liston was clerk to William De Valence otherwise known as Guillame De Lusignan who was the half brother of Henry III.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1267 Godfrey De Liston dies
In 1267 Godfrey de Liston died holding land in Leyton of Sir Hugh de Neville. (fn. 24) He was succeeded by his son and heir, John (d. 1303), who was in turn succeeded by his son, Sir John de Liston (d. 1332). (fn. 25) Before the latter’s death part of his property in Leyton passed into the hands of Edmund Basset and Roger Samekyn, who had licence in 1331 to alienate to the abbey a messuage and 126 a. of land of the clear yearly value of 38s. 7d. (fn. 26) Stratford also acquired in 1329 or 1330 from Sir John de Liston a plot in Leytonstone called ‘Jonesthyng of Liston’, worth £10 yearly. (fn. 27) Alfred de Vere, earl of Oxford, appears to have been the abbot’s tenant in 1401, but the manor had apparently reverted to demesne by 1428. (fn. 28) At the Dissolution much of the demesne land was shared by nine tenants, among them Morgan Wolfe, the remainder, with the manorhouse and buildings, rectory and tithes, being leased to Thomas Campion. (fn. 29) A year before Godfreys death his Windsor estates went to Ebal De Mont possibly a relation of Emery De Montibus who was knighted at the instance of Guy de Lusignan in 1263 and Stephen de Montibus, a clerk of Queen Eleanor of Castile in 1282. 

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Inquisitions Post Mortem
C. Hen. III. File 34. (1.)
648.
Godfrey de Liston.
Writ, 18 April, 51 Hen. III.
John, his son, aged 30, is his heir.
Essex.
Inq. St. Mark’s day.
Listone manor, held of the king in chief by service of making wafers (vafras) when the king wears the crown, at the king’s cost.
Borle town. 30a. land held of the earl of Albemarle (Alba Mar’) rendering 1 (pair ?) of gilt spurs.
Corsfeld. A messuage, 60a. land, 40a. wood, 5a. meadow and a windmill held of the earl of Oxford by service of ¼ knight’s fee; and land and rent worth 50s. held at farm of the fee of William de Hodingg and Master Richard de Corsfeld.
Essex.
Inq. Monday after Palm Sunday.
Leitone. Land (unspecified) held of Sir Hugh de Nevill in chief by service of 1 gilt spur or 6d. (or ? 1 (pair) of gilt spurs).
C. Hen. III. File 34. (2.)

 

 

 

Inquisitions Post Mortem, Henry III, File 24
Pages 129-137
Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 1, Henry III. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1904.
1260
Weston, held by service of 1 knight’s fee of Peter de Ayleston, who still holds the land in wardship.   Ermington, held of Baldwin de Insula by service of 1 fee, and it was in the queen’s wardship, but she re-delivered it after the coming of age of the said John.  Mammehavede, held of William le Spec’, and Nicholas son of Martin held it after the coming of age by the Queen’s ? consignment (de tradicione Regin’), but re-delivered it before Michaelmas.
Merlewill, held of William de Fischacre, who held it until Christmas, 44 Hen. III.

 

 

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Omnibus Christi fidelibus presens scriptum visuris vel audituris Walterus Morell[] salutem in Domino Noveritis me remisisse et quietum clamasse pro me et heredibus meis imperpetuum fratri Therrico de Nussa priori hospitalis Ierusalem in Anglia et eiusdem domus fratribus totum ius et clameum quod habui vel habere potui in illo campo cum pertinentiis qui vocatur Alrettesfeld[] qui iacet ante portam Hugonis filii Godardi Et quoniam volo quod hec mea remissio et quieta clamacio stabilis et inconcussa perseverent imperpetuum sigilli mei munimine presens scriptum dignum duxi roborandum Hiis testibus domino Simone de Oddewelle Godefrido de Lystun[] Gilberto de Hautstede Roberto de Chelmeshoo Ricardo de Othulveshoo Rogero de Besevile Alano Moraunt Willelmo de Bumstede Willelmo Ioye Waltero de Bellocampo clerico et multis aliis
Source Fulltext: Cartulary of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. M. Gervers. Records of Social and Economic History, New Series 6. British Academy. Oxford University Press. Oxford. 1982.

Cartulary of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem Gestingthorpe Essex

Cartulary Title: Cartulary of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem [Little Maplestead]

Sciant presentes et futuri quod ego Thomas filius Othonis miles dedi concessi et hac presenti carta mea confirmavi Willelmo Lundreys pro homagio et laudabili servicio suo totum tenementum quod Paganus Cristemasse quondam tenuit in villa de Gestingthorpe scilicet in mesuagiis terris pratis pasturis viis semitis sepibus fossatis liberis exitibus et introitibus et omnibus aliis pertinentiis dicto tenemento spectantibus habendum et tenendum de me et heredibus meis predicto Willelmo et heredibus suis vel cuicumque dictum tenementum cum dictis pertinentiis dare vendere legare vel assignare voluerit et quandocumque voluerit libere quiete integre imperpetuum et hereditarie exceptis domibus religionis et Iudaismo reddendo inde annuatim michi et heredibus meis unum par calcariorum deauratorum vel sex denarios ad Pascha pro omnibus serviciis auxiliis consuetudinibus sectis omnium curiarum et aliis demandis salvis michi et heredibus meis duabus sectis curie mee per annum videlicet una ad Pascha et alia ad festum sancti Michaelis et servicio domini regis videlicet quantum pertinet ad tantum tenementum Et ego predictus Thomas et heredes mei vel mei assignati warantizabimus acquietabimus et defendemus dictum tenementum cum dictis pertinentiis predicto Willelmo et heredibus suis vel suis [assignatis] per predictum servicium contra omnes gentes imperpetuum In cuius rei testimonium huic carte sigillum meum apposui Hiis testibus dominis Roberto de Seint Germayn[] Gilberto Dyne Warino Dyne Roberto Dyne Petro de Becking[] Iohanne de Lystun[] Luce Morel[] Roberto de Chelmeshoo Ricardo de Othulvesho Hugone filio Rogeri Thoma de Cruce Willelmo de Leffeldewelle Nicholao clerico Iohanne le Waleys Hugone Ioy Iohanne page et aliis

Johannes De Lystun 1270 to 1280 Ref….

Sciant presentes et futuri quod ego Gilbertus Pecche dedi concessi et hac presenti carta mea confirmavi domino Hugoni Golston[] pro homagio et servicio suo corpora Reginaldi Edrich[] et Asseline de Cure de Gestingthorpe nativorum meorum cum tota sequela de eis procreata et procreanda cum omnibus bonis suis et catallis mobilibus et immobilibus adeptis et adipiscendis una cum toto tenemento eorundem quod de me tenuerunt in villenagio in predicta villa de Gestingthorpe cum omnibus suis pertinentiis habenda et tenenda corpora predictorum Reginaldi et Asseline cum tota sequela et tenemento suo predictis sicut predictum est de me et heredibus meis et assignatis meis predicto Hugoni et heredibus suis et suis assignatis vel cuicumque seu quandocumque dicta corpora cum toto predicto tenemento et eorum pertinentiis dare vendere vel aliquo modo assignare voluerint libere quiete bene et in pace reddendo inde annuatim michi et heredibus meis unum clavum gariofili ad Pascha pro omnibus serviciis consuetudinibus sectis curiarum et aliis demandis Et ego predictus Gilbertus Pecche et heredes mei warantizabimus acquietabimus et defendemus corpora predictorum Reginaldi et Asseline cum tota sequela sua et toto tenemento sicut predictum est cum omnibus suis pertinentiis per predictum servicium contra omnes gentes imperpetuum In cuius rei testimonium presenti carte sigillum meum appossui Hiis testibus dominis Radulpho de Pebenechs Thoma de Bayhouse Ada de Nortest Iohanne de Lystun[] militibus Reginaldo de Selverlehe Iohanne de Ry Willelmo le botiller Roberto de Chelmesho Nicholao de Gestingthorpe clerico et Edmundo de Lydgate clerico et aliis

1285 to 1295 Johannes De Lystun Getingthorpe (Gestingthorpe, Essex)

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Windsor Castle Ref…

https://archive.org/details/annalsofwindsorb01tigh

Fine Rolls of Henry III Ref…

Calendar of the liberate rolls

Godfrey holds Leyton manor of Sir Hugh De Neville and  has a son John who dies in 1303 , he in turn has a son called John who inherits.
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In Suffolk Thomas De Liston is Clerk to The Earl of Pembroke, William De Valence.
Public record office

Sir William De Valence was half brother to Henry III he married Joan De Munchensi daughter of Waren De Munchensi Lord of Swanscombe and Joan Marshall one of the 5 daughters of William Marshall 1st Earl of Pembroke. Sir William De Valence died in 1296 and came to England in 1247 so the following are in that period.
It was the previous Earl of Pembroke that commissioned the writing of The History of William Marshall. (Later married into the De Vere family who got Swancombe).

A. 3530. Grant by Henry son of William de Elmeswall’, to Thomas son of Nigel de Liston, clerk, Alice his wife, and John and Simon their sons, for 10 mares, of land called ‘Varelond’ in Meleford parish, between land of Sir William de Valencia and the road from Henry’s house to the tigh of Kentewalle called ‘Haylokestye.’ Witnesses:—John de Curmavile, John Peytem’, and others (named). Portion of seal.

A. 3469. Release by Alice, late the wife of ‘Thomas, son of Nigel de Liston, clerk to Sir William de Valence, Earl of Pembroke, of ‘all her right in the lands and tenements which he has by demise of the said Thomas, in Melleford. Witnesses :—Simon de Frestone, ,Sampson de Batesford, and others (named). Seal

A. 3781. Grant by Henry son of William de Elmeswelle, to Thomas son of Nigel de Liston, clerk, for 10 marks, of land called ‘Varelond’ in Meleford parish, between Sir William de Valencia’s land and the road from Melford church to Kentewall tigh called ‘Haylokestye.’ Witnesses: —Sir John de Curmanvile, John Poytevin, and others (named). Portion of seal.

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Alice daughter of Thomas De Liston
Visitations
Thomas Josselyn who was ward of Thomas De Stratton living 1285 married Alice daughter of Thomas Liston

The peerage of Ireland : or, A genealogical history of the present nobility of that kingdom.

The arms of Thomas are given as Vert Ten Torteauxes ( Edward I )
another version here


William De Harcourt Lord of Ayliston  married Alice De Zouche

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1306 Letters of Protection Scotland

2605

Reginald de Wasteneys, William de Brustowe, John
de Houglon, Richard de Thurston, Henry Crok, Hugh
le Keu of Ottele, Thomas de Rokesle, William
Paynel [no. 1582], William de Saunford, William
Sauvage, all with the earl of Surrey; John de
Moubray, Philip de Verly [no. 1594]; Thomas de
Botycumbe with Thomas de Umfravill; James de
Dalilegh, clerk, staying in Scotland, duplicate;
Matthew de Osgodeby, William de Fen, both with
Robert de Scales; William de Boleton with John de
Mubray; John Pecche with the earl of Arundel
[no. 1593]; William de Brewosa, Richard de
Chastillum, Roger de Cobeham, John Tigre, John de
Haudlo, all with Hugh le Despenser; Robert de
Segre, clerk, John le Treour, John Lesquilier, Adam
le Chaundeler, all with the prince of Wales; Philip
la Zusche, John de Chidiok, Amauri la Zusche,
William la Zusche, John de Lyston, all with Alan la
Zusche in company of Thomas, earl of Lancaster;
Alan la Zusche with Thomas, earl of Lancaster
[no. 1594], John Cam, Richard de Welles, John de
Mortuo Mari, Richard de Sutton, William le Surreys
[sic], chaplain, Owen de Monte Gomeri [no. 1594],
Hugh Godard, Robert Sturmy, Walter de Hurtesleye,
Roger son of Roger de Mortuo Mari, Richard de
Burnhope, Adam le Gayt, Roger de Burleye, Richard
de Sholle, all with Roger de Mortuo Mari; Robert de
Tony with the earl of Hereford and Essex.
[All Easter.] [c 67/16, m. Sl.

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Calendar of Patent Rolls 1310 Edward II
May 23rd Kennington
Commission of oyer and terminer to John de Insula, Hugh de Louthre Kenniiigton. and Thomas de Fissheburne, touching an appeal in the county of Northumberland, by Agnes late the wife of Robert le Flemmeug of Newcastle- upon-Tyne against Guy de Welle and William de Sudbury for the death of her husband.

The like to Hervey do Staunton and John de Mutford, touching the persons who, together with Walter son of Humphrey de Pentelowe, Peter le Someter, Otto parson of the church of Lyston, John de Lyston, Alan son of Richard ‘ in the Lane,’ Robert Heved of Lyston, Adam Capel and William de Gritton, assaulted Geoffrey de Hoo at Sudbury, co. Suffolk. By p.s.

The like to the same justices, touching an assault by the same persons on Nicholas de Driffeld, parson of the church of Foxherde, at Sudbury, co.
Suffolk.

The like to the same justices, touching an assault by the same persons on William de Socemere at Sudbury, co. Suffolk.

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William Alston of Stisted
Ref Harts MSS No 1390 British Museum (Vide Burke).
The family of Alston is upon record so early as the reign of Edward I (1272-1307), when “William Alston of Stisted in Essex, for want of warranty of Burkscraft in Stisted did grant or confirm to John de Carpenter of Naylinghurst, so much of the better land in Stisted except his mansion house there”. In that time of Edward III, Hugh Alston bore for arms, azure ten stars or four, three, two and one, which was long before coat armour was granted by patent: Henry and Robert Alston also mentioned in the Botule (?) Hundredorum as having land at Fulbourn Cambridgeshire.

1296 Lyston Johannes De, enrolled pursuant to the ordinance for the defence of the sea coast as a knight holding lands in the county of Essex , but unfit for service
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Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward I, File 107
Pages 84-97
Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 4, Edward I. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1913.
150. JOHN DE LYSTON alias DE LISTON.
Writ, 28 Aug. 31 Edw. I.
ESSEX. Inq. Wednesday after St. Luke, 31 Edw. I.
Liston. The manor (extent given) held of the king in chief by grand serjeanty viz. by service of making wafers (gwafras) for the king’s use on the day of his coronation.
Gosefeld. A capital messuage, 120a. land, 8a. meadow, 10a. pasture, 21a. wood, 10 free tenants rendering 20s. yearly, 3 customers holding 33a. land in villenage and their works, and 6d. perquisites of court, held of the earl of Oxford by service of 1/4 knight’s fee.
John his son, aged 25 and more, is his next heir.
C. Edw. I. File 107. (22.)

 

5 Edw. II. 20 May

Grant by Robert de Ayliston, vicar of Lodington, to John and Agnes le Mey, of Halsteyde, of half a messuage and land at Wateberu

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In 1301 Johannes De Listone summoned from the counties of Essex and Hertford to perform military service in person against the Scots.
Muster at Berwick upon Tweed on the Nativity of St John the Baptist 24 June.

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In 1314 Johannes De Listone 24 October to January 1315 claimed expenses for attendance at Parliament four shillings each per diem, tested at Westminster 9th March 1315.
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Edward II

A. 11335. Chirograph, indented, witnessing that whereas the manor of Beauchamp Williame is held of Robert de Veer, earl of Oxford (Oxeneford) by homage and fealty and by the services of two knight’s fees; of which manor Maud, late the wife of John Bottetourte, has acknowledged herself by this indenture, to hold of the said earl the eight parts of the said manor by the services beforenamed, which to the eight parts belong; and for the which eight parts John Botetourte, husband of the said Maud, did homage to the said earl in her right; and the said Robert de Veer, earl of Oxford, after the death of the said John, has acknowledged himself to have received fealty of the said Maud together with the services which to the eight parts belong, to wit for four scutages (pur quatre escuages), so that nothing is behind at the making of this indenture, to wit that the said Maud has done fealty as tenant for life of the eight parts of the said manor by fine levied in the king’s court, with remainder to John son of John Botetourte, in tail, as is fully contained in a fine thereof levied in the king’s court.
And the said Robert de Veer, earl of Oxford, has acknowledged himself to hold of the said Maud by reason of the manor of Gestingthorp, which she holds for term of her life, by fine levied, with remainder thereof to John son of John Botetourte, in tail, 82a. land in the towns of Great and Little Gelham, by homage and fealty and by scutage (per escuage), to wit of the eighth part (del ouytisme partie) of a knight’s fee, and by the services of 4s. yearly and two suits of (deux venues a) her court of Gestingthorp, at the courts next after Michaelmas and Easter, to receive the 4s. and do the suits (avenues) by the hand of Thomas de la Pole and his heirs. [And] the said Maud has acknowledged herself to have received the fealty of the said earl and the arrears in full at the making of this indenture. Given under the hand &c. of the said Maud and of the said John her son, and of the said earl respectively. Witnesses: Sir William le fitz Rauf, Sir John de Busser, Sir Thomas de Loveigne, Sir John de Lystone, and others (named). Hengham Castle, 20 March, 19 Edward II. French. ( abt. 1327 )

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Calendar of Inquisitions Miscellaneous ( Chancery )

450. Commission to John de Crosseby, Benedict de Cokefeld, and John de Liston. Westminster. 15 May 14 Edward II. [1321.] By petition of the Council. Essex. Inquisition before the said John and John. Stratford. Monday after the octave of Trinity. Divers priors of Bykenacre alienated lands of the priory in Esthanyngfeld, Wodeham Mortumer, Wodeham Ferers, Danwebery, Nortone, Steple, and Mailond. Cf. Close Roll Calendar, pp. 386-388. C. Inq. Misc. File 85. (11.)

588. Commission to John de- Lyston, John de Dovorr, and Robert de Assheley. Tower of London. 6 April 16 Edward II. [1323.] Inquisition before John le Porter, keeper of lands of rebels in Essex. Stratford Langethorn. Tuesday after the close of Easter. Possessions of William de la Haye in Grenestede. Inquisition before John de Lystone and Robert de Asshelye. Rumford. Sunday after St. George. Possessions of William de la Haye in Grenestede. Cf. Close Roll Calendar, p. 655. C. Inq. Misc. File 89. (13.)

608. Commission to John de Bousser, John de Liston, and John de Dovere. Knaresburgh. 8 March 16 Edward II. [1323.] Inquisition before the said John de Bousser and John de Lyston, in the presence of the sheriff of Essex. Brentwood. Saturday in Easter week. The abbot and convent of Bylegh demised by writing to Robert atte Lee the manor of Great Perindon for twelve years from Easter 14 Edward II, at a yearly rent of 24/. ; also land which belonged to Peter de Perindon for 7 years at a yearly rent of 20*. By reason of the said Robert being in arrear of rent, and not having maintained the buildings, the abbot, in accordance with the writing, entered the tenements on the feast of St. Andrew last past. C. Inq. Misc. File 90. (5.)

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Close Rolls, Edward II: November 1308
Pages 80-86
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward II: Volume 1, 1307-1313. Originally published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1892.
Nov 8th
To the sheriff of Leicester. Order to deliver to William Motun seisin of two messuages and two bovates of land and appurtenances, except an acre and three roods of land, in Sutton near Broghton, which Robert de Ayleston, outlawed for felony, held of him, they having been in the king’s hands for a year and a day. The township of Sutton near Broghton now holds the premises, and has had the king’s year and day, for which it ought to answer.

 

SC 8/204/10159 Inquisition taken at Abingdon before Robert De Ayliston and Robert De Hungerford.

Ref ….

BUCKLAND. Decision of Roger, bishop of Salisbury, in a cause
referred to him by the prior and convent of Wallingford, and Robert
de Ayliston, rector of Buckland, concerning the tithes from the lordship
of John de St. Philberto in Kerswell.

Ref ….

This probably the same Robert de Ayliston who was put forward as Archdeacon of York in the Calendar of documents relating to Scotland 
“The K. requests the Pope to appoint Master Robert de  Aylestone archdeacon of Berkshire , his treasurer to the Bishopric of St Andrews, York.” [Roman Roll, 6 Edw. III. m. 3.]  The Pope declined.

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Close Rolls, Edward II: June 1322
Pages 559-565
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward II: Volume 3, 1318-1323. Originally published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1895.
1322 June 22.  Bishop Thorpe.
Master John de Wynchelse acknowledges that he owes to Master Robert de Ayleston, canon of Salisbury, 400 marks; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in cos. Berks and Kent.

Prebendaries: Major Pars Altaris
Pages 66-68
Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: Volume 3, Salisbury Diocese. Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 1962.
M. John de la Grave 1314-1321.
Coll. 17 Apr. 1314 (Reg. Gandavo II 824). Exch. 7 Jan. 1321 with Robert de Ayleston for ch. of Buckland, Berks. (Reg. Martival I 168-73).
M. Robert de Ayleston 1321-1322.
By exch. Jan. 1321. Instal. 9 Jan. (Lib. Evid. C f. 456). Exch. 15 Feb. 1322 with John de Winchelsea for preb. of Bitton (Reg. Martival I 245-8).

Close Rolls, Edward II: March 1324
Pages 89-92
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward II: Volume 4, 1323-1327. Originally published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1898.
March 12.  Westminster.
To Robert de Hungerford, keeper of certain forfeited lands in co. Berks. Order not to intermeddle further with a messuage, 24 acres of land, and 2 acres of meadow in Kingeston Bakepuiz, as the king learns by inquisition taken by Master Robert de Ayleston and the said keeper that William [Beaumond] of Kyngeston Bakepuiz, deceased, demised, at Michaelmas, in the 15th year of the king’s reign, the premises to Robert atte Beche for twelve years, and that the tenements are of the inheritance of Alice, late the wife of the aforesaid William, because Nicholas Peytevyn, her father, died seised thereof in his demesne as of fee, and that the tenements, which were lately in the hands of the aforesaid Robert [atte Beche], were taken into the king’s hands at the Purification, in the aforesaid year, with other lands of the aforesaid Robert, by John de Brompton, then sheriff of that county, because Robert wore the robes of Philip atte Beche, his father, and that the aforesaid William Beaumond died at the feast of St. Gregory the pope, in the 16th year of the king’s reign, and that Alice, after the death of the said William her husband, made no estate in the sai

 

 

Parishes: Wishou, or Wisoe
Pages 62-68
Thoroton’s History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 1, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby. Originally published by J Throsby, Nottingham, 1790.
Mundevil’s Part, I guess, was, 28 E. 1. (fn. 40) by Richard Ayleston, for the Sum of 370 Marks paid beforehand, conveyed to William de Berge, Archdeacon of Berks, for his Life, and after to John, the Son of Sir Robert Poutrell, Knight, and his Heirs.
Autogr. apud Thorp. pen. Gab. Armdrong, Ar.

Parishes: Stoke by Newark
Pages 345-351
Thoroton’s History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 1, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby. Originally published by J Throsby, Nottingham, 1790.
An Assize, 16 E. 1. came to be recognized before the Justices at Nottingham, if Robert de Stoke the Uncle of Robert de Omesby, and of Robert de Ayleston, was seised of one Mess. one Windmill, one hundred and fifty one Acres of Land, thirty five of Meadow, nine of Pasture, 6l. 9d. Rent, in Stokes by Farndon, which Henry de Gauy, and Isabell his Wife then held, and called to Warrant Stephen de Stokes, who was summoned in Northamptonshire, and came and voided the Warranty, because the Jury found that Isabell had not done him Homage, which she pleaded she did at Siberton.
Pl. de Jur. & Assis. in Com. Nott. 8 E. 1. ro. 13.#

 

Close Rolls, Edward II: November 1323
Pages 142-148
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward II: Volume 4, 1323-1327. Originally published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1898.
1323
Nov. 24.  Ravensdale.
To the keepers of the port of Dover. Order not to permit Master John de Stratford or any of his men or any one in his name to cross the sea without the king’s special order and licence, and to make diligent search in this matter, so that they may not merit the king’s censure for their default or negligence, certifying the king from time to time in writing of their proceedings in this matter, the king having lately sent the said John to the Roman court as his envoy, where John stayed for some time upon the king’s affairs, as the king, upon hearing of his arrival in the realm, sent Hugh le Despenser, lord of Glomorgan, the king’s chamberlain, Geoffrey le Scrop, justice of the Bench, and Master Robert de Ayleston, keeper of the privy seal, the king’s secretaries to whom he had committed and communicated his secret affairs, to the said John at Notingham, ordering him to certify the king by them of what he had done in the aforesaid matters, and John would not answer them, and the king thereupon caused him to be called to appear before him, but the said John withdrew himself by subterfuge.

 

 

 

Prebendaries: Bitton
Pages 35-36
Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: Volume 3, Salisbury Diocese. Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 1962.
M. Robert de Ayleston 1322-?
By exch. Feb. 1322.

Close Rolls, Edward II: June 1324
Pages 121-126
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward II: Volume 4, 1323-1327. Originally published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1898.
1324  June 19th The Tower
To Geoffrey le Scrop and his fellows, justices to hold pleas before the king. Whereas the king, upon learning that many persons of cos. Salop, Stafford, Gloucester, Worcester, and Hereford had been contrariant to him and had given aid to the rebels in horsemen and footmen, money and other things, appointed Hervey de Staunton, Henry Spigurnel, John de Stonore, Robert de Malberthorp, and Master Robert de Ayleston his justices to hear and determine the said matters, wherefore, on 16 March last, he ordered them to cause the matters commenced and not yet determined by them to be put before him in fifteen days from Easter last, and they have accordingly placed the matter and all things touching it before the king, and certain persons wish to make fines and ransoms with the king for such trespasses committed by them: the king therefore orders the said Geoffrey and his fellows to receive fines and ransoms from those who wish to make fines and ransoms for such rebellion and trespasses.

 

793. Commission to John de Lyston and James de Lamburne. Melbourn. 12 January 18 Edward II. [1325.] Inquisition :—Reylegh. Saturday the morrow of St. Peter’s Chair. Bartholomew de Badelesmere on the day of his forfeiture held of John de Chaunceux and Margery his wife, as of the right of the said Margery, a tenement in Canewedone called ‘ Caldhous ‘ by the yearly service of 4 marks. Cf . Close Roll Calendar, p. 263. C. Inq. Misc. File 96. (16.)

 Staffordshire Lay Subsidy 1332-3: Seisdon hundred
Pages 126-132
Staffordshire Historical Collections, Vol. 10, Part 1. Originally published by Staffordshire Record Society, London, 1889.
Hos rotulos recepit hic magister Robertus de Ayleston Thesaurarius, xxdie junii anno septimo Regis Edwardi tertii post conquestum, per manus Ricardi de Ovyoteshay unius taxatorum et collectorum XVe et Xe Regi in Comitatu Stafford nuper concessarum.

Brother William de Ireby, prior of Hereford, acknowledges, for himself and convent, that he owes to John Pryde and William de Ayleston 11l.; to be levied, in default of payment, of their lands, chattels, and ecclesiastical goods in co. Hereford.

Ref  Close Rolls Edward II , July 3rd 1325

Archdeacons: Berkshire
Pages 9-11
Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: Volume 3, Salisbury Diocese. Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 1962.
ARCHDEACONS OF BERKSHIRE
M. Robert de Ayleston 1331-?
Instal. 21 Aug. 1331 (Hemingby, AC f. 1). Royal gr. 16 Oct. (CPR. 1330-1334 p. 181). Occ. 26 July 1333 (Reg. Grandisson 1 50).

 

Parishes: Little Packington
Pages 183-186
A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 4, Hemlingford Hundred. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1947.
Thomas Ireys held one-third of the manor (see above) in 1327 (fn. 28) and 1332, (fn. 29) and transferred it in 1339 to Philip de Aylestone and Katherine his wife, who was probably daughter of Thomas Ireys. (fn. 30) In 1376 Sir William de Clinton purchased one-third of the manor from John Walters, (fn. 31) whether of the Aylestone or Petemon descent is unknown.

Sussex subsidy of 1332: The rape of Hastings
Pages 317-334
The Three Earliest Subsidies For the County of Sussex 1296, 1327, 1332. Originally published by Sussex Record Society, London, 1910.
Hos rotulos recepit Magister Robtus de Ayleston Thesaurarius vij° die Maii anno Septimo Regis E. tercii post conquestum per manus Nichi Gentyl et Johis de Boudon taxatorum et collectorum Quintedecime et Decime infra scriptarum in Com’ Sussex.

Close Rolls, Edward III: June 1332
Pages 568-574
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 2, 1330-1333. Originally published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1898.
June 25.  Woodstock.
Memorandum, that on 23 June, to wit on Tuesday the eve of Midsummer Sir Anthony de Pessaigne, knight, delivered a writ of the king under the privy seal to the keepers of the great seal in a chamber at the exchequer at Westminster, where the king’s council is commonly held, directed to them, containing among other things that the keepers should deliver the great seal to him whom John, bishop of Winchester, the chancellor, who was then intending certain affairs of the king, [should ordain], to be kept during the chancellor’s absence, and Anthony also delivered to the keepers the letters patent of the bishop under his great seal appointing Master Robert de Stretford, his brother, to keep the aforesaid seal, and ordered the keepers to deliver the seal to Robert, to be kept as aforesaid; Master Henry de Clif and Sir Henry de Edenstowe and Thomas de Baumburgh, then keepers of the great seal, delivered it enclosed in a bag under their seals to Robert, in the presence of Master Robert de Ayleston, archdeacon of Berks, the treasurer, and of Sir Henry le Scrop, Geoffrey le Scrop, the said Anthony, William de Herle, Richard de Wylughby, William de Everdon, and others, to do what pertains to the office of that seal, and Robert received the said seal and carried it with him, and caused it to be opened at Westminster at the marble stone on the following Thursday, and caused writs to be sealed there with it. [Fœdera].

 

 

956. Commission to Thomas Gobyon, John de Crosseby and John de Lyston. Westminster. 31 January 1 Edward III. [1327.] By petition of the Council. Inquisition :—Hadleye. Monday in the quinzaine of the Purification. Roger de Estwike and Alice his wife held in fee 12 acres of land in Hadleye together with the custody of the park of that town. Cf. Close Roll Calendar, p. 49. C. Inq. Misc. File 105. (9.)

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1326 ( 19 Edward II ) An inquisition in Hertfordshire into the death of John Joce mentions John De Liston who had surrendered to him land at Stanstede Abbots and Hunesdon.  The lands were confiscated when the said John was found to be adhering to Bartholomew de Badlesmere who had allied himself to the Earl of Lancaster against the Despenser family.

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John De Liston died shortly before 17 October 1332.

In 1330 Beatrix De Liston was a Prioress in Thetford …. and …. She died in 1339

His wife Eleanor is recorded as she makes a charter for Richard and Ellen de Strelleye in 1335.  The seal shows the Liston coat of arms

Seal of Alianor De Lyston

John and Eleanor had a son John and heir John, aged 22 [Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, vol. 7, no 451]. The younger John died in 1349, leaving a son John who had been born in 1337 [Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, vol. 9, no 349; vol. 10, no 392], who in turn died in 1359, leaving as heir his uncle William de Liston, aged 30 and more [Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, vol. 10, nos 473, 551]. In fact William must have been well over 30 years old, as his son and heir Thomas was born around 1341 [Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, vol. 12, no 151].
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Cumberland Lay Subsidy: Liberty of Penrith
Pages 67-71
Cumberland Lay Subsidy Fifteenth and Tenth, 6 Edw. III. Originally published by T Wilsom, Kendal, 1912.
1333
Master Robert de Ayleston the Treasurer received these Rolls from the hand of Clement de Skelton one of the Taxors and Collectors of a fifteenth and tenth lately granted by the laity in County Cumberland in the 6th year of the reign of King Edward the third from the Conquest.

 

Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward III, Files 23 and 24
Pages 222-235
Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 7, Edward III. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1909.
ESSEX. Extent, 9 January, 4 Edward III.
Henye. A moiety of the manor, held by Maud late the wife of William son of Ralph, knight, as of the manor of Lammersch, by service of a knight’s fee.
Fairstede. A moiety of the manor, similarly held by John Dyn, knight, by service of half a knight’s fee; and the other moiety, similarly held by the canons of St. Paul’s, London, by service of half a knight’s fee.
Temple Sutton. The manor held by William de Cusaunce as of the manor of Nortwald, by service of a knight’s fee.
Leyrehay. The manor similarly held of the said earl, by service of a knight’s fee, tenant unspecified.
Ardleye. The manor held by Walter Baynard [or Bannard], as of the manor of Swanyscompe, co. Kent, by service of a knight’s fee.
Walkefare in the town of Borham. The manor similarly held by John de Hauloo, by service of half a knight’s fee.
Wydeford. The manor with the advowson of the church, and the manor of Pachchyngge, similarly held by Edmund Bacoun, by service of a knight’s fee and a half. Lyston, Dannebery and Coryngham. The manors similarly held by Hugh son of Simon, by service of a knight’s fee.
Gyngerolf. The manor with the advowson of the church, similarly held by Richard Goshalm [or Gosham], by service of half a knight’s fee.
Berdestaple. The manor similarly held by Humphry de Waledene, by service of a knight’s fee.
Little Thurroke. A certain tenement similarly held by John Swery, by service of a knight’s fee.
Bernehalle. The manor similarly held by Robert de Rochisford [or de Rocheford], by service of a quarter of a knight’s fee.
Lammersch. The advowson of the church.
Nortwald. The advowson of a certain chapel.

 

Close Rolls, Edward III: August 1333
Pages 128-131
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 3, 1333-1337. Originally published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1898.
August 1333
July 28.Berwick-on-Tweed.
Memorandum that on Tuesday the feast of St. Laurence, to wit, on 10 August, 7 Edward III., John, bishop of Winchester, the chancellor, who was about to set out to his bishopric by the king’s licence, at the hour of vespers delivered to William, archbishop of York, the great seal, in a bag under the bishop’s seal, in the chamber of the said bishop in the abbey of St. Mary, York, where he lodged, in the presence of Master Robert de Ayleston, archdeacon of Berks, treasurer, Sir William de Monte Acuto, Master Henry de Clif, Sir Robert de Tanton and Sir Richard de Aldeburgh; and the said archbishop received the seal from the bishop and took it with him to his manor of Thorp, near York, and caused the said seal to be opened on the morrow in the chapter-house of the church of St. Peter, York, where the clerks of the chancery were sitting, and caused writs de cursu, charters and other letters patent to be sealed, and that done he took away the seal in the said bag, under his own seal, to his palace, where he was then staying.

 

 

PREBENDARIES OF STRENSAL
Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: Volume 6, Northern Province (York, Carlisle and Durham)
M. Robert de Ayleston 1334.

Errata: Vol. 3 – Salisbury
Pages 54-57
Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: Volume 12, Introduction and Errata. Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 1967.
p. 9 Robert de Ayleston For 1331–? read 1331–1334.

 

Close Rolls, Edward III: February 1334
Pages 293-298
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 3, 1333-1337. Originally published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1898.
1334
Jan. 30.  Woodstock.
To the mayor and bailiffs of York. Whereas the statute of Winchester in the time of Edward I. ordained the keeping of watch and ward and the treatment of vagrants, and in the statute of Northampton passed in the 2nd year of the king’s reign, it was ordained that no one except a minister of the king should use armed force or go armed in fairs, markets, etc. under pain of loss of his arms and imprisonment during pleasure, and in the statute of Westminster, in the 5th year of the king’s reign, it was ordained that suspected persons should be arrested and delivered to the bailiffs or sheriffs, to be kept in prison until the coming of the justices; and now the king has learned that several malefactors and disturbers of the peace, not respecting these statutes, making assemblies and illicit gatherings both by day and night in York, its suburbs and neighbourhood, go about armed and lie in wait for those coming and going to and from that city, and staying there, both the king’s ministers and other lieges, and beat, wound and rob them; and not content with this, they have gone by night to the hotel of Master Robert de Ayleston, the treasurer in that city, in whose custody are the treasures, jewels and other secret memoranda of the treasury, and to the king’s wardrobe, in a great multitude with armed force, and have broken the doors of the hotel and wardrobe, insulted the treasurer and the king’s men, and feloniously taken and carried away the jewels and other secret things as far as they were able (pro viribus satagendo), and they daily commit like evils in the said city and suburbs, for which things the mayor and bailiffs have applied no remedy, as they ought, and because the king does not wish such crimes to remain unpunished, chiefly because the chancery, exchequer and Common Bench are now in that city and the people are daily coming to the city for that cause, the king therefore orders the mayor and bailiffs to arrest all such malefactors without delay and imprison them at York, so that none of them may be released without the king’s order, and to find out by inquisition the names of such malefactors and of those who harbour them, and to arrest all those who are found guilty, and likewise keep them in prison, so that the king may not have to complain of the negligence of the mayor and bailiffs.

Prebendaries: Pipa Minor or Prees
Pages 48-49
Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: Volume 10, Coventry and Lichfield Diocese. Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 1964.
John de Ayleston 1336-1360.

Regesta 120: 1335
Pages 523-529
Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 2, 1305-1342. Originally published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1895.
1335. 8 Kal. Oct. Avignon.  To the archbishop of Canterbury. Mandate, at queen Philippa’s request, to give to her almoner, Peter de Ayleston, rector of Welford, value 16 marks, in the diocese of Salisbury, a canonry of Lichfield, with reservation of a prebend.

 

Close Rolls, Edward III: October 1339
Pages 268-276
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 5, 1339-1341. Originally published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1901.
1339 October 16 WIndsor
Enrolment of acquittance by William de Neuport to John son of Sir John de Lyston, of all manner of debts, as he has paid William the debt in which his father was bound to him by recognisance and otherwise. Witnesses: Robert de Bousser, knight, William de Lyston, John Oxenhey, Walter de Rouhey. Dated at London on Saturday after the quinzaine of Michaelmas, 13 Edward III. French.

 

Close Rolls, Edward III: January 1342
Page 367
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 6, 1341-1343. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1902.

January 1342
Enrolment of grant by Robert de Bourcher, knight, to Master John de Bourcher, archdeacon of Essex, of 30l. yearly rent to be received of his manor of Stansted in the town of Halsted, co. Essex, at Michaelmas and Easter in equal portions, for the payment whereof he binds all the said manor. In the name of the said seisin Robert has paid to John 10s. Witnesses: John Dyn, John de Lyston, Robert de Sweneford, knights; Richard de Bomton, Ralph Doreward, Thomas de Hepeworth, John de Munchensy and Walter de Rowhey. Dated at Halsted on Tuesday after the Nativity of the Virgin, 14 Edward III.

1342/43 – John Liston and Thomas Liston were both in France with William Bohun, Earl of Northampton fighting the French in Brittany. John served as a banneret for Bohun, a banneret being a knight in charge of a group of other knights.

John and Thomas may have been related to John Hawkwood, they seem to have close associations with De Vere ( Earl of Oxford) fighting together on occasion.
Ref …

 

Chaucer also had connections to John Hawkwood and it has been speculated that the Knight in Cantebury Tales was based on Hawkwood.  Chaucers Grand daughter by his son Thomas  was later to marry John De La Pole Earl of Suffolk.

We have a Thomas De Listone mentioned in the assessments for contributions to knight the black prince in 1345 …..

FEET OF FINES FOR ESSEX. Vol 3 Page 8l

1346.
774. Eas. and Trin. John, son of John de Liston and Elizabeth daughter of William Carbonel, knight, pl. by William de Elyngham, their guardian. John de Liston, knight, and Maud his wife, def. 140 acres of land, 10 acres of meadow, 20 acres of pasture,
200 acres of wood, 4 acres of alder and 405. rent in Gosfeld PI. and the heirs of their bodies to hold of def. and the heirs of John, rendering 4 marks of silver yearly, in moieties at Easter and Michaelmas,  and doing to the chief lords all services, with reversion to def. and the heirs of John.

This year was the battle of Crecy so it is likely that both John Liston Jnr and Elizabeth Carbonel were minors in the care of William de Elyngham whilst their fathers were on at war.

March 6th 1352 Enrolment of grant by John called Fabel son of Agnes de Ultyngge of Hatfeld Peverel to Sir Robert de Marny, knight, of all the lands which he holds in Hatfeld, for life, of the demise of Thomas Fabel, his brother on behalf of his father. Witnesses: Thomas de Liston, knight, Giles de Westmell, citizen of London, John Osekyn, citizen of London, Henry de Ware, citizen of London, Henry de Asshebourn, citizen of London. Dated at London, 6 March, 26 Edward III.

Close Rolls, Edward III: March 1352
Pages 470-476
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 9, 1349-1354. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1906.

1351 –One of the Listons married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Carbonell, and thereby the Manor of Carbonels passed into the Liston family.    

 D/DL T1/157  Quitclaim from William atte Elmes of Havering and John de Dittone, to Thomas de Boblintone of Rainham and John Hanper of Wennington.  Quitclaim from William atte Elmes of Havering and John de Dittone, to Thomas de Boblintone of Rainham and John Hanper of Wennington.
Level: Item
Dates of creation Feb. 1352
Scope and content Quitclaim from William atte Elmes of Havering and John de Dittone, son of Benedict de Dittone of Aveley, to Thomas de Boblintone of Rainham and John Hanper of Wennington, chaplain, of a messauge with 150 acres of land, 30 of pasture,10 of meadow 3 of wood, and 10s. 11d. one cock and 2 hens rent, which grantors acquired of John, son of Robert de Bolintone of Rainham, in Aveley, and which were formerly of Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Thomas le Bret.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witnesses: Benedict de Dittone; Richard de Suttons; William de Lystone; John de Waltonee; John Baudechoun; John atte More of Writtle; Thomas le Yonge; William de Udenne; John atte More of Aveley: Robert Abbot; Richard Wybregge.

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Close Rolls, Edward III: November 1357
Page 432
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 10, 1354-1360. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1908.

To the sheriffs of London. Order to cause the taking of Adam de Wroxham of London, mercer, to be superseded, by a mainprise, upon his instant petition, as he fears that he may be impeached and troubled for certain trespasses committed in that city upon certain merchants of Lombardy with which he is charged, and is ready to stand to right in all things, and he has found before the council Richard Lacer, John de Wesenham, John Mayu, Henry de Brysele, Alan Everard, John de Ayleston and Geoffrey de Neuton of London, his mainpernors, who have undertaken to have him before the king and his council at order to answer for the premises when anyone wishes to speak against him. By C.

Close Rolls, Edward III: October 1359
Pages 649-655
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 10, 1354-1360. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1908.

 24 October 1359 Enrolment of grant by William la Zouche, son and heir of Roger la Zouche of Lobestorp, knight, to William de Burgh, clerk, and William fitz Geffray de Burgh, of the advowson at every second turn of the church of Kyrketon near Kercolston. Witnesses: John Bluet, Lawrence de Merdeleye, Thomas de Merdeleye, John de Ayleston, Henry de Ayleston. Dated London, 24 October, 33 Edward III.

 

 Regesta 234: 1359
Pages 603-609
Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 3, 1342-1362. Originally published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1897.
1359
6 Id. June. Villeneuve by Avignon.
To John de Irford, priest, of the diocese of Lincoln. Confirmation of the provision made to him by the ordinary of the church of Bolton Percy, in the diocese of York, in exchange with John de Ayleston for the canonry and prebend of Lando and Landevachon in Aberguily, and the church of Swanscombe, in the diocese of Rochester, he having held the said church for fourteen years, and fearing that it was reserved to the pope.
[Cal. Pet. i. 342.]

 

Inquistions

472 John Son Of John De Liston

473 JOHN, SON OF JOHN DE LISTON. (fn. 6)
This inquisition, described thus in the Calendar printed in 1808, cannot he found. The word ‘deest.’ printed on the line below should perhaps have been printed against this entry. The inquisition is not noticed in the old Tower list of inquisitions for Essex, which seems to shew that it was missing long before the year 1808.

Writ not enrolled [20 March, 33 Edward III.] (fn. 7)

1360 Inq. taken at Branketre, 3 April, 33 Edward III.Liston. The manor (extent given, including the moiety of a water-mill), with a moiety of the advowson of the church, held of the king in chief by service of serving the king with wafers at his coronation.
He died about the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, to wit, 25 January last, as the jury understand from the report of John Blamestr’, who was in his company when he died in Normandy. William de Liston, his uncle on his father’s side, aged 30 years and more, is his heir.

The probability is that John was with Edward III at the seige of Rheims where he lost his life.  Edward III withdraw shortly afterwards.

E. Enrolments &c. of Inq. No. 119. (2.)
Date supplied from Fine Roll. This is plainly the enrolment of No. 472 noted as missing.

1363 Ralph of Shrewsbury
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William De Lyston had died by 1367 as his wife Joan is listed as holding the right to make the wafers and present them to the King.

Thomas their son sold the land to Richard Lyons just before the peasants revolt in which Lyston manor was sacked and he lost his life.

A Thomas De Ilstone or Listone is mentioned in The Register of Thomas de Brantyngham, Bishop of Exeter 1370 to 1391 …..

We then pick up on a dispute between Robert or John Liston ( some sources say it was John and some say it was Robert, I think they were brothers as records exist for both) in the 1430s with John Mowbray Duke of Norfolk and his son in law Robert Wingfield.  The dispute was over land which Robert Liston claimed he had inherited from Sir William Carbonell, an inquisition post mortem held in autumn 1432 named Robert Wingfield as the heir without explaining why.  When it came to court Liston won and was awarded the properties.  Wingfield took action and  took them back and again Liston took it to court and won.  Wingfield went to his father in law the Duke of Norfolk and had Liston outlawed for assault but Liston had a powerful ally in the Earl Of Suffolk, William De Le Pole.  William De Le Pole had Wingfield imprisoned in the tower for 9 months, the Duke of Norfolk also seems to have spent time in the tower.  In November 1440 Liston was pardoned for outlawry and his goods were restored.
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A different take on this can be read in  An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Clavering …

This book states the arms of Liston as vert ten plates, 4,3,2,1 impalling carbonel gules , a cross argent in a bordure ingrailled ore.  by Francis Blomefield.

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Close Rolls, Edward III: May 1363
Pages 523-528
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 11, 1360-1364. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1909.

1363 April 26th Westminster
Charter of Thomas son of William de Lyston of Rammesdene Craye, giving with warranty to Thomas Tyrell knight of Estthorndon, his heirs and assigns, all the lands, rents and services which Thomas son of William has in the town of Rammesdene Craye with the homages and fealties of free tenants and neifs, the advowson of the church, and the reversion of all lands, rents and services in the said town held in name of dower by Joan who was wife of the said William, and all other reversions. Witnesses: Humphrey de Walden, Thomas de Munchensy knights, Hugh Malgraff, Robert fitz William, Thomas Belhous, Bartholomew Deumars, John Amours. Dated Rammesdene aforesaid, 14 May 37 Edward III.

 

Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward III, File 194
Pages 118-133
Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 12, Edward III. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1938.
1368
ESSEX. Inq. (indented) taken at Chelmisford, 3 October, 41 Edward III.
Lyston. The manor, with the advowson of the church, held for her life of the king in chief by service of finding a ‘wafrer’ on the day of the king’s coronation. The reversion belonged to Thomas, son and heir of the said William, who granted it to Richard Lyouns and his heirs by a fine levied in the king’s court with the king’s licence. By virtue of the said grant Joan attorned to the said Richard.
She died on 19 June last. Thomas aforesaid, aged 26 years and more, is son and heir of the blood of the aforesaid Thomas (sic).
C. Edw. III. File 194. (9.)

From the inquisition in 1370 when Joan late the wife of John De Liston died we see she had a son named Thomas who inherited, he also had a son named Thomas who was aged 26 at the time of her death.  His father had by this time granted Liston manor and the advowson of the church to Richard Lyouns. “The reversion belonged to Thomas, son and heir of the said William, who granted it to Richard Lyouns and his heirs by a fine levied in the king’s court with the king’s licence. By virtue of the said grant Joan attorned to the said Richard. “

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When Ricard Lyons died in the peasant revolt the Essex inquisition listed th following people mentioned :

(In this inquisition the deceased is described as a citizen of London.) He had no other lands etc. in the county beyond the manor of Overhalle mentioned in the above inquisitions, because long before his death he enfeoffed Alesia lady de Nevyll, John Warde, Thomas Cornewaleys, John Middelton, John Spenser, parson of the church of Drynkeston, john, parson of the church of St. Peter, Cornehelle, and Henry Fannere, William More and Gilbert Bouet, citizens of London, of the under-mentioned manors and lands etc., to hold to them, their heirs and assigns, without any condition.
Gosfeld. The manor, whereof the site of the manor and 180 a. land and 200 a. wood are held of the earl of Oxford by service of a knight’s fee, 40 a. land and 2 a. meadow are held of Robert de Swynbourn and his wife by service of 5s. yearly, and the residue is held of John Haukwode and of the manors of Scoteneys and Topesfeld, service not known.
Lyston. The manor of Netherhalle, with the advowson of the church, held of the earl of March by service of 12s. yearly.
Lyston. Lands etc. called ‘Carboneles,’ held of John Bourghcher, knight by service of 3s. yearly; and lands called ‘Westones,’ held of Thomas Monchensy by service of 1 lb. pepper.
Foxherthe, Borle and Pentelowe. Lands etc., held of the earl of March, the earl of Oxford and Robert de Swynbourn, services not known.
He died on Friday after Holy Trinity, 4 Richard II. Heir not known.

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In this we see the names of the Carbonells, Bourchier, Earl of Oxford amongst others. All names associated with the Liston family.

Close Rolls, Edward III: March 1377
Pages 524-525
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 14, 1374-1377. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1913.
1377 March 4 Westminster
To the sheriff of Lincoln. Order by mainprise of John de Aunesley knight and Thomas de Aunesley of Notynghamshire to stay until the octaves of St. John Baptist next the execution of a writ of exigents against Thomas de Staunton; as the king has learned that lately Adam de Ayleston impleaded the defendant before the justices of the Bench for an alleged debt of 20l., and by process thereupon had so far prosecuted the business that by writ de judicio the king ordered the sheriff to put the defendant in exigents from county to county until outlawed if he should not appear, and if he should appear to take him and keep him in safe custody so as to have his body before the said justices at the day named; but he has found in chancery the said John and Thomas de Aunesley, who have mainperned under a pain of 20l. to be levied to the king’s use of their lands and chattels if they have not the defendant before the said justices at that day.

Death of Sir Richard Lyons Inquisitions 

Close Rolls, Edward III: August 1374
Pages 93-98
Calendar of Close Rolls, Edward III: Volume 14, 1374-1377. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1913.
1374  August 12
Wife of Richard Lyons
Indenture made between Dame Margaret who was wife of Sir Hugh fitz Simond and Richard Lyons citizen of London, being a lease during her life to the said Richard, his heirs and assigns, of her manor in Lyston co. Essex called the ‘Nethermaner,’ the advowson of the church excepted, rendering yearly in the said town of Lyston 16l. to the said Margaret or her assigns at Christmas, Easter, Midsummer and Michaelmas by even portions, power being reserved to distrain for arrears in all the said Richard’s lands in that town; covenants that the lessees shall maintain a grange now being upon the manor, and shall not cut or fall trees growing within or upon the ditches surrounding the same, that if the rent be fifteen days in arrear after any term, or if the lessee shall infringe any of these covenants, it shall be lawful for the said Margaret without gainsaying to enter again and hold the whole manor in her former estate with all goods and chattels thereupon found, and for defeasance of a bond in 100l. to her made by the lessee, upon condition that he, his heirs or assigns, shall pay the said rent and perform the covenants aforesaid. Dated London, 6 August 48 Edward III. French.

 

Inquisitions Post Mortem, Richard II, File 19
Pages 202-217
Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 15, Richard II. Originally published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1970.
1382 24th June

513. Richard Lyons, or Lyouns
Writ of diem clausit extremum to the sheriff, Waltham, 24 June, 5 Richard II
ESSEX. Inq. taken before the sheriff at Branketre, Wednesday before St. Margaret, 5 Richard II.
He was seised in his demesne as of fee of the under-mentioned manor.
Lyston. The manor of Overhalle, held of the king in chief by service of making ‘wafres’ on the day of the king’s coronation and serving the king with them at his dinner on the said day.
He died on Friday after St. Barnabas, 4 Richard II. Heir not known.

514. 
HERTFORD. Inq. taken before the sheriff at Hertford, Thursday before St. Luke, 5 Richard II.
He held no lands etc. in the county.
Date of death and heir as above.

515. 
Writ: 18 October, 5 Richard II
ESSEX. Inq. taken at Lyston, Tuesday after All Saints, 5 Richard II.
He held the under-mentioned manor and advowson in his demesne as of fee.
Lyston. The manor called ‘le Overehalle’ (extent given), with the advowson of the church at every second voidance, held of the king in chief by service of making ‘wafres’ and serving the king with them on the day of his coronation.
Date of death and heir as above.

516. 
Writ of Plura, 12 June, 5 Richard II
ESSEX. Inq. taken at Braneketre, Tuesday after St. Barnabas, 5 Richard II.
(In this inquisition the deceased is described as a citizen of London.) He had no other lands etc. in the county beyond the manor of Overhalle mentioned in the above inquisitions, because long before his death he enfeoffed Alesia lady de Nevyll, John Warde, Thomas Cornewaleys, John Middelton, John Spenser, parson of the church of Drynkeston, john, parson of the church of St. Peter, Cornehelle, and Henry Fannere, William More and Gilbert Bouet, citizens of London, of the under-mentioned manors and lands etc., to hold to them, their heirs and assigns, without any condition.
Gosfeld. The manor, whereof the site of the manor and 180 a. land and 200 a. wood are held of the earl of Oxford by service of a knight’s fee, 40 a. land and 2 a. meadow are held of Robert de Swynbourn and his wife by service of 5s. yearly, and the residue is held of John Haukwode and of the manors of Scoteneys and Topesfeld, service not known.
Lyston. The manor of Netherhalle, with the advowson of the church, held of the earl of March by service of 12s. yearly.
Lyston. Lands etc. called ‘Carboneles,’ held of John Bourghcher, knight by service of 3s. yearly; and lands called ‘Westones,’ held of Thomas Monchensy by service of 1 lb. pepper.
Foxherthe, Borle and Pentelowe. Lands etc., held of the earl of March, the earl of Oxford and Robert de Swynbourn, services not known.
He died on Friday after Holy Trinity, 4 Richard II. Heir not known.

517. 
Writ to William de Walleworth, late mayor and escheator of London, to send into Chancery without delay the tenor of an inquisition taken before him by virtue of a writ of diem clausit extremum after the death of the said Richard. 1 August, 6 Richard II.
LONDON. Inq. taken before the said mayor, 18 July, 5 Richard II.
By his charter dated 21 May, 51 Edward III, the said Richard enfeoffed the lady Alesia ……………….. Essex, John Warde, Thomas Cornwaleys, citizens of London, John de Middelton, Sir John, parson of the church of Drynkeston, Sir John, parson of the church of St. Peter ………., London, and Henry Vannere, William More and Gilbert Bouet, citizens of London, of all his manors, lands, rents, services and reversions in the city and suburb of London and the counties of Middlesex, Surrey, Kent, Essex and Suffolk, except the manor of Lyston …………, to hold to them and their heirs and assigns for ever, with a clause of warranty, and the said feoffees were in possession and received the issues for 2 years and more. Afterwards he caused a charter to be made in the names of the said feoffees to the effect that they re-enfeoffed him thereof, without a clause of warranty, and all of them sealed the charter, but without livery of seisin or a letter of attornment ………… the said Thomas Cornewaleys, Henry Vannere, William More and Gilbert Bouet enfeoffed the said Richard of a messuage with a wharf …………… Wyndegoslane in Douegate ward, London, which formerly belonged to John Wylteshire, ‘grocer’; but whether by virtue of the charter ……….. he was enfeoffed of all the lands etc. aforesaid, or whether the charter was read there on the said seisin, the jurors know not, and so they know not whether he died seised …………… by virtue of the said seisin. All the lands etc. or rents which belonged to the said Richard in the city and suburb are held of the king in free burgage, as is the whole city of London.
Richard was killed in the said city on Friday, 14 June, 4 Richard II. He has no heirs surviving, so far as the jurors can ascertain.
C. Ric. II. File 19 (12)

 Close Rolls, Richard II: July 1382
Pages 201-208
Calendar of Close Rolls, Richard II: Volume 2, 1381-1385. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1920.
1382 July 11 Westminster
Hugh de Segrave knight to William de Coggeshale knight, John Hawkewode the elder, Robert Rykedoun, John Sergeant and Robert Lyndeseye citizen of London, their heirs and assigns. Quitclaim with warranty of the manor of Gosfeld and all lands, rents etc. in Gosfeld, Hengham Sibille and Wethersfeld co. Essex sometime of William de Lyston and late of Richard Lyouns citizen of London, which the said William and the others had by feoffment of Thomas de Oldyngton, Andrew de Burnham, John Kent, William de Pontfreyt clerks and Walter de Chipenham. Dated London, Wednesday the morrow of Midsummer 6 Richard II.

 

 Close Rolls, Richard II: March 1399
Pages 442-445
Calendar of Close Rolls, Richard II: Volume 6, 1396-1399. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1927.
March 18th Westminster
Order to the sheriff of Lincoln for election of a coroner in the parts of Kesteven instead of Adam Ayleston, who is dead.

Close Rolls, Richard II: 1398
Page 241
Calendar of Close Rolls, Richard II: Volume 6, 1396-1399. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1927.

9th January. William Boys esquire of Bukinghamshire to John Shadwelle citizen of London, his heirs and assigns. Gift with warranty of a yearly rent of 20 marks issuing from the manor of Shardlowe and appurtenances in the parishes of Agmondesham and Little Mussenden co. Bukingham and all other the lands, rents and possessions of the grantor in that county; and he has put the said John in possession thereof by payment of 6s. 8d. Witnesses: Sir Walter Bitturley knight, Peter Cornewaille, William Ayleston esquires, John Haddoun, Robert Maunsell, William Benst[ede?], John Chapell. Dated 3 July 20 Richard II.

 

Close Rolls, Henry IV: January 1404
Pages 243-245
Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry IV: Volume 2, 1402-1405. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1929.
January 6th 1404
To the sheriff of Notyngham and Derby for the time being. Order every year of the issues of those counties to pay to Joan de Ayleston anchorite in the church of St. Nicholas in the town of Notyngham 3d. a day during her life, and to pay her the arrears since 6 January 1 Henry IV, on which date of his alms the king granted her for life in aid of her maintenance 3d. a day by the hand of the sheriff for the time being.

 

Hospitals: St Mary, Chichester
Pages 100-102
A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 2. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1973.
Wardens Of The Hospital Of St. Mary, Chichester
John Ayleston, occurs 1412 (fn. 35)

 

Close Rolls, Henry IV: February 1413
Pages 423-429
Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry IV: Volume 4, 1409-1413. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1932.
February 1413
Feb 21 Westminster
To the sheriffs of London. Like writ, mutatis mutandis, by mainprise of Simon Grace ‘taillour,’ John Sygeun ‘brewer,’ John Prentys ‘carpenter’ and Robert Ovyngton ‘carpenter,’ all of London, in favour of John Maghilcuny an ‘Irysshman’ and Joan his wife at suit of William Lyell ‘coke’ and Agnes his wife.
To the same. Like writ, mutatis mutandis, by mainprise of Richard Baion ‘ostiler,’ Hugh Sharp ‘taillour,’ Thomas Appilby ‘sadeler’ and William Reymonde ‘sadeler,’ all of London, in favour of Henry Whitby ‘coteler’ at suit of Richard Burgate and Richard Fresnshe ‘irnemonger,’ both of London.
To the same. Like writ, mutatis mutandis, by mainprise of William Clerke ‘coteller,’ Gerard Fallacon ‘webbe,’ Henry Waleys ‘glover’ and John Wylky ‘pastiller,’ all of London, in favour of John Ayleston of London ‘brewer’ at suit of John Goldhauke of London ‘wynedrawer.’

 

 

On the medieval soldiers database John Aliston is listed as a archer under the command of William De Le Pole, Earl of Suffolk.

Also in the same database William Ayllyston is recorded as a Man at arms fighting with Sir Hugh Stafford Lord Bourchier and Henry V
TNA, E101/51/2, m22

Later Elyston, John is fighting under Thomas Harrington and Willoughby, Robert (1385 – 1452) Lord Willoughby of Eresby et al.

BNF, MS. Fr. 25769, no. 588

1432 Oct 10 Westminster : The said Alexander for 24 marks payable to John de Lyston chaplain, 20 marks to William Barker chaplain, 10l. to Richard West chaplain, 6 marks to John Assheton chaplain, and 26s. 8d. to John Mitton ‘husbondman.’

Pages 381-387

Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry VI: Volume 2, 1429-1435. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1933.

 

Roberts wife was Isabella, Robert died in 1478, Isabella died in 1491.  It seems his daughters inherited.  Roberts father was John who was the son of Sir John De Liston and Elizabeth daughter of Sir William Carbonell mentioned above.
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Isabel Liston left her daughter amongst other items two books one of which was the Life of St Margaret.

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As Roberts family can be traced back to Sir John De Lyston it means we have and least two branches of the family because it was William and his son who inherited Liston.

Deeds: C.5501 – C.5600
Pages 230-243
A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds: Volume 6. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1915.

C. 5596. Writing whereby John Wylchon of Brendewode and Richard Frebarne of the same, reciting that they, together with John Cotermonger alias Ely of Brendwode were lately enfeoffed of a tenement with garden adjacent called ‘le Christofre’ in Brendwode, situate as described, by Thomas [Mar]chall of Shenfeld, William Hawkyn of Brendwode and Richard Flynt of Little Warle, release their right therein to John Rande, William Nyghttingale, John Lyttilton, citizen and mercer of London, John Bataille and Robert Lyston, being in their possession. Brendwode, Thursday after the Epiphany, 25 Henry VI. Fragments of two seals.

In 1440 we have a record of Robert Lyston Senior and Robert Lyston Junior relating to the manor of Badyngham in the dispute above.  They leased the manor to William Pye for 22 years.

Close Rolls, Henry VI: 1441
Pages 28-40
Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry VI: Volume 4, 1441-1447. Originally published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1937.

1441 Memorandum of acknowledgment in chancery at Westminster, 14 November.
Robert Chelmesforde of Chelmesforde co. Essex ‘draper’ to John Rouchestre the elder of Terlyng, Robert Lyston of Chelmesforde, John Burton tailor and Richard de Chelmesforde vintner citizens of London and their assigns. Gift of all his goods, debts and chattels moveable and immovable, quick and dead within the realm. Dated 15 November 20 Henry VI.

 

1446 North Erpingham Hundred: Antingham Rectors list:
Jeffrey Lesyngham to a third part, by Robert Lyston, Gent. his right came as heir to the Carbonells, and Sir John Bovill, &c.

1467, William Kyng to two parts, by Robert Lyston of Badingham in Suffolk, Esq.

Robert Lyston of Badingham in Suffolk, Esq. by his will, dated 28th September, and proved 1484, orders that his feoffees of this advowson, &c. should settle it on Isabel, his wife, for life, to maintain John his son, and for his daughter’s portion; remainder to John, his son.

Eynford Hundred: Weston , Margaret London aforesaid, was widow of William London, Esq. and daughter and coheir of Robert Lyston of Badingham in Suffolk.

 

Sir Richard Carbonel was lord of Metton Pirnowhall, in the 8th of Henry VI. and dying in that year, John, his son and heir, was aged 2 years, who dying s. p. Sir Robert Wingfield was his heir, as it is said; (fn. 4) but in 1457, Robert Lyston, Esq. presented as lord and heir to the Carbonels. In the church of Belstead Parva, in Suffolk, were the arms of Liston, vert, ten plates, 4, 3, 2, and 1, impaling Carbonel, gules, a cross, argent, in a bordure ingrailed, or. This Robert, by his will, dated September 23, 1478, of Badingham, Esq. gives the profits of this manor, of Pernow-Hall, to Isabel his wife, to maintain John his son, and to raise portions for his daughters, which was proved January 30, 1484. (fn. 5) Isabel, his wife, died seized of it in the 7th of Henry VII. held of the manor of Forncet, and Jane, wife of Robert Thra. Elizabeth, of Leonard Hyde; Mary, of William London, Esq. mayor of Norwich; Thomasine, the wife of John Goldingham, and Margaret, of Edward Rouse, were her daughters and coheirs. John Goldingham, Esq. was lord of Belstead, died in 1518, and was buried with Jane, his first, and Thomasine, his 2d wife, in the said church, with his arms, argent, a bend, wavy, gules, and those of Thomasine Liston, his wife. In the 5th of Henry VIII. William Bond, Esq. and Elizabeth his wife, convey the 5th part of this manor to Roger Townsend, Esq. and so came to Edward Windham, Esq. In the 29th of Henry VIII. Sir Thomas Bedingfeld, Knt. of Oxburgh, and Alice his wife, with Firmine Rookwood, Esq. son and heir apparent of the said Alice, conveyed it to Edmund Wyndham, Esq. of Felbrigg; this Alice was daughter of William London, Esq. aforesaid, and married first, Edmund Rookwood, Esq. of Euston in Suffolk, and to her 3d husband, the Lord Burgh.

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An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 8. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1808.

 

700
ISABEL LYSTON.
Writ 10 April, 6 Hen. VII; inq. 29 Oct., 7 Hen. VII.
One John Hevenyngham, knt., John Heydon of Bakensthorp, Roger Drury, esq., Edmund Kervyle, citizen and grocer of London, and John Norfolk of Denyngton, clk, being seised of the under-mentioned manor in fee demised it to Robert Lyston, esq., cousin and heir of the bodies of William Carbonell, knt., and Margaret his wife, and to the said Isabel then wife of the said Robert, to hold to them and the heirs of the body of the said Robert, with remainder to the heirs of the body of the said William and Margaret Carbonell, with remainder to Alice, Duchess of Suffolk, and John, Duke of Suffolk, her son and heir, and the heirs and assigns of the said John.
She survived the said Robert and died 10 Feb., 6 Hen. VII, seised of the said manor in her demesne as of frank tenement, with reversion to the heirs of his body. Joan wife of Robert Trase, esq., Elizabeth wife of Leonard Hyde, esq., Margery wife of William London, citizen and mayor of Norwich, Thomesine wife of John Goldyngham, esq., and Margaret wife of Edward Rous, gent., all aged 26 and more, are her daughters and heirs, and daughters and heirs of the body of the said Robert Lyston.

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William De La Pole was murdered in 1450 and this changed the power base in East Anglia.  The Duke of Norfolk never really recovered from his dispute with Liston and William De la Pole leaving De Vere to become the main power base in East Anglia.

This was confirmed at the battle of Bosworth when John De Vere 13th Earl of Oxford and his men killed the Duke of Norfolk.  Richard III also died in the battle creating Henry VII as King.

It is at this time that William Alliston appears in the manor rolls of Castle Hedingham being born about 1480.  A William Eliston is named in the will of the 13th Earl of Oxford.

Prior to this there is a surviving will of Thomas Alston made on 30th August 1469 in which he mentions his brother William as well as a John Alston and his six sons the first of which is born in 1427.
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Houses of Austin canons: The priory of Nocton Park
Pages 168-170
A History of the County of Lincoln: Volume 2. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1906.
The original endowment of the priory consisted of the demesne lands, with the churches of Cawkwell, Nocton, and Dunston, with mills and lands of smaller value. (fn. 13) The manors of Osbournby and Water Willoughby were granted in 1479 by Thomas Wymbish and John Ayleston. (fn. 14) The temporalities of the priory were taxed in 1291 at £46 17s. 2d. (fn. 15) In 1303 the prior held one third and one tenth of a knight’s fee in Nocton, one third in Metheringham, and smaller fractions in Ingleby, Potterhanworth, and Dunston; (fn. 16) the same in 1346. (fn. 17) In 1534 the clear revenue of the house was £43 3s. 8d. (fn. 18) The . Ministers’ Accounts give a total of £60 6s. 0½d., including the rectories of Nocton and Dunston. (fn. 19)

 

The arms of the Alstons are very similar to the Listons.


Some of these Yeoman probably made up De Veres archers in the battle of Bosworth.

The families of William Alliston of Castle Hedingham are documented and many are traceable through to today as well as many of the descendants of Thomas Alston.
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This photograph shows a section of the lintel on the  North Wall on Liston church.  One possibility occurs to me is that the flowers at each end of the Lintel became the stars on the Alston arms later on.

Copyright where applicable Mark Alliston
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Thanks to

Helen Proszenyak (Australia)  for help with the early Liston records.

Gill Leslie (Canada) for her research into the Castle Hedingham  Allistons and Ellistons

Edward Fenn for his work on the Alstons
http://www.thekingscandlesticks.com/

And many others.

We are now looking at the Scottish branch with Tricia Barnett.

If anyone has any other information please contact me with references etc.

Thanks

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Origins of the surname Liston and Alliston