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Thomas Fetherstonhaugh

Male Abt 1272 - Abt 1336  (~ 64 years)


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  • Name Thomas Fetherstonhaugh  [1
    Born Abt 1272  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 34982 
    Died Abt 1336  [1
    Person ID I34982  Featherstone Main
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2014 

    Father Thomas Fetherstonhaugh,   b. Abt 1255,   d. Aft 1312  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Mother Mariota (Unknown),   d. Aft 1336 
    Married Abt 1275  [1
    Family ID F10924  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Thomas Fetherstonhaugh,   b. Abt 1300
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F10925  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Arms & Heraldry
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    Arms of Thomas; These arms would have carried on through the Thomasesinherited father to son

  • Sources 
    1. [S1213] A History of Northumberland, John Hodgson, (Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1840), A clue to Mariota's origines. It is not clear whether Mariota was a widowin 1312 but we are told that her son Thomas granted the manor ofFetherstan-halg to her in 1336*. This suggests that Mariota was marriedto the third Thomas.

    2. [S1214] The Featherstone Family News, Varoius, (The Featherstone Society, 14 Heddon Grove, from 1997 to present day), Issue 2
      The first mention found of a Thomas in a legal document is in 1225 (10Henry III) when he was granted the manor of Featherstonhalgh in socage*.This suggests that Helias had died in that year. In 1244 and again in1277 there are references to Thomas senior acquiring property in Wyden*.This implies that the second Thomas was born before 1244. If these birthdates are accepted, in 1277 the first Thomas (if still alive) would havebeen 64 and the second Thomas at least 33, old enough to have been theThomas senior referred to in the 1277 document. However we are told thatin 1272 Thomas junior took the inquest after the death of Thomas LordLucy, Baron of Langley*. We can therefore assume that the first Thomaswas still living in 1272. Around 1256 Thomas held of the barony ofTindale, the manor of Fetherstanhalgh***. The next known documentmentioning a Thomas was in 1309 when Thomas and his son,.alsonamedThomas, were inquisitors after the death of the second Thomas LordLucy, Baron of Langley*. In 130V the first Thomas (if still alive) wouldhave been in his nineties, the second Thomas at least 65, and the thirdThomas possibly in his forties.with a son (the fourth Thomas) who couldhave been in his twenties. On 21 April 1312 Thomas, probably the thirdThomas, was a purchasing agent to King Edward II and was ordered topurchase 392 quarters of wheat and 420 quarters of malt in preparationfor the King's visit to Newcastle**.
      ***"The Featherstones of England", A Family History." Dr. Hans W andMrs. Elizabeth Meier, 1995
      **"Featherstoniana" Dr C PCuttino

      * "A History of Northumberland." John Hodgson, 1840.

    3. [S1214] The Featherstone Family News, Varoius, (The Featherstone Society, 14 Heddon Grove, from 1997 to present day), Issue 2
      The following further events relating to "Thomas" have been recorded :-
      1320. 15 September. Thomas witnessed the enrolment of a deed in theChancery at Westminster**. 1322 Thomas stood surety for Robert deAngerton of Newcastle who was sending ships south for corn. Thomas wasto ensure that Robert did not convey the corn to places other than Yorkand Newcastle and did not communicate with the Scots or the Flemish**.
      1323. 30 July. Thomas "and his brother, Alexander," were rewarded with agrant from the King of the land in Sedburgh in Lonsdale, Yorkshire,forfeited by the rebel, Andrew de Harcla**.
      1324 &1326-8. Writs were addressed to Thomas as " keeper of the King'speles at Highhead in Cumberland pid Staworth (see also "1327 (ii)"below) in N:rthumberland**. 1326. Appointed to array all the fenciblemen of the liberties of Hexham (Northumberland), Wark in Tyndale,-theBarony of Tyndale and the moor of Alderston, to assess them to arms andlead them at the King's will or elsewhere as shall seem to the sameThomas to the King's advantage. with power to punish any foundrebellious in this behalf **.
      ***"The Featherstones of England", A Family History." Dr. Hans W andMrs. Elizabeth Meier, 1995
      **"Featherstoniana" Dr C PCuttino

      * "A History of Northumberland." John Hodgson, 1840.

    4. [S1214] The Featherstone Family News, Varoius, (The Featherstone Society, 14 Heddon Grove, from 1997 to present day), Issue 2
      It appears that 1327 was an eventful year for the Thomases in theirservices to the Crown. In January of that year (but possibly 1328 underour present Gregorian calendar) Edward II was deposed, to be succeededby his 14 year-old son Edward III. In truth England was ruled in theKing's name by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimerfor the first three years of Edward Ill's reign. In 1330 Edward assertedhimself by arresting Mortimer with his own hands at Northampton Castleand having him tried and executed. Isabella was retired from public lifewith a yearly pension.)

      1327. (i)Thomas "senior and junior", Hugh de Walls and others wereconservators to a truce between England and Scotland*.
      The King made "him" keeper of the Pele at Staworth for a given time andordered him to repair the tower*.
      For his good services he gave "him" the custody of the manor of Werk inTyndale for life*.
      As his valette, assigned "him" to elect able men in the liberties ofHexham, Wark in Tyndale and the barony of Tyndale*.
      1328 (i) Thomas the younger and his father were commissioned to causethe truce with Scotland to be observed in Northumberland and theMarches**.
      (ii) Thomas restored to the Abbot of Jedburgh (Roxburgh) out of hiscustody the land and possessions which had been seized by Edward IIbecause of the war against Scotland**. 1328 & 9. Thomas served oninquisitions post mortem**.
      1329. Thomas the younger and his uncle, Peter,
      received a general pardon from the King for their
      actions "in the late rebellion."**.
      1331. Thomas went to Ireland with Anthony de Lucy**.

      In the year 1335Thomas had a mandate to array all the men at arms inSouth Tindale*.
      In 1336 Thomas granted to his mother, Mariota de Fetherstan, the manorof Fetherstanhalg*.

      In 1327 (for example) the third Thomas was probably in his sixties andhis son, the fourth Thomas in his forties. However, in 1335 the thirdThomas would have been in his seventies. The fourth Thomas could himselfhave had a son of the same name (a fifth Thomas) by 1327 who it ispossible could by then have been in his twenties or even early thirties.Which Thomas is referred to in each of most of the events is thereforevery much open to conjecture. From lack of evidence to the contrary, itcan be assumed that either the fifth Thomas had no children or that theydied before their parents.
      ***"The Featherstones of England", A Family History." Dr. Hans W andMrs. Elizabeth Meier, 1995
      **"Featherstoniana" Dr C PCuttino

      * "A History of Northumberland." John Hodgson, 1840.