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William Chudleigh Esquire (abt. 1475 - 1515)

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Sir William Chudleigh Esquire
Born about in Portledge, Devon, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Portledge, Devon, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Clyst, Devon, Englandmap
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Biography

William Chudleigh Esquire was a member of aristocracy in England.

William Chudleigh, Esq., was born about 1475 in Portledge, Devonshire, England. He was the son of Sir James Chudleigh, Knight, and Margaret Stourton, daughter of Lord Stourton, of Wiltshire. Sir James and Margaret were married in "Anno 15, Edward IV: 1476," according to Burke's Genealogy.[1]

William Chudleigh, Esq., was the full brother of Margareta Maria Chudleigh, who married John Wise.

In 1498, he married Joan (aka Jane) Hody, daughter of Sir William Hody of Pillesdon, Dorset, and his wife, Eleanor Malet.. Sir William Hody was Chief Baron of the Exchequer and Attorney General of England under King Henry VII. They had a son and heir: Richard Chudleigh, Esquire, b. ca. 1499 in Bickington, Devonshire, England. Other unproven children that have been assigned to William & Joan Chudleigh are:

  1. Anna Chudleigh b. in Portledge, Devon, England
  2. Margareta Chudleigh b. in Devon, England
  3. Elizabeth Chudleigh b. in Kings Wood, Wiltshire, England
  4. Wilmot Chudleigh b. in Merifield, Cornwall, England

Sir William Chudleigh died on January 29, 1515, and was buried in Clyst church, in Clyst, Devonshire, England.[2]

Ekisborn [Exbourne] Church land donation

Court Record of 29 July 1507:
To all faithful in Christ to whom this present written Indenture shall come, I, William Chudlegh, Esquire, send eternal greeting in the Lord. Know ye that I the aforesaid William Chudlegh have given, conceded, and by this present Indenture have confirmed to Richard ffranke, William Howett, John Downe, John Clerke, John Northcote, William Downe, John Westlake, and Roger Ailecote, a certain parcel of my land, containing in length 44 feet and in breadth 24 feet, lying in Ekisborn between the North Church Stile on the south, and the gate of a garden there called Rokehay Yeate on the north, and a certain garden on the east, and the King's highway there on the west. To have and to hold the aforesaid parcel of land with its appurtenances, to the aforesaid Richard ffranke, William Howett, John Downe, John Clerke, John Northcote, William Downe, John Westlake, and Roger Ailecote, their heirs and assigns for ever, for the use of the Parishioners and their successors, for the purpose of making and of building anew in the same parcel of land one ecclesiastical house for the aforesaid Parishioners and their successors which shall be called A Church House.
To pay thereout yearly to me the aforesaid William Chudlegh and my heirs four pennies sterling to be paid at the Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel. To hold of the chief lords of that Fee by the service thence due and of right accustomed, reserving nevertheless to me the aforesaid William Chudlegh, and my heirs all and all kinds of services and free customs, liberties, franchises, and privileges whatsoever which to me the aforesaid William Chudlegh and my heirs of right or in any other way may happen to belong or may be able to accrue by reason of our lordship of Ekisborn, except only the right of brewing of ale and of selling of two brewings of beer in the same parcel of land for the use of said Church of Ekisborn aforesaid twice yearly, for which two brewings of ale and selling there as aforesaid the said Richard ffranke, William Howett, John Downe, John Clerke, John Northcote, William Downe, John Westlake, and Roger Ailecote, their heirs or assigns shall give nothing to me the aforesaid William Chudlegh and my heirs as a fine for the breaking of the assise of beer aforesaid.
But if it shall happen that the aforesaid annual rent of 4 pennies sterling shall be in arrear in part or in whole at any Feast of Saint Michael not having been paid for one month that then in that case it shall be lawful for me the aforesaid William Chudlegh and my heirs to distrain on the aforesaid parcel of land, and the distrained property so taken to carry away and retain until the aforesaid annual rent, with its arrears to me the aforesaid William Chudlegh and my heirs shall have been fully paid and satisfied. And if it should happen that the aforesaid annual rent should be in arrears and unpaid after any feast on which it ought to be paid for the space of one year if it be demanded in a lawful manner and no sufficient distraint can thence lawfully be obtained in the aforesaid parcel of land. Then it shall be lawful for me the aforesaid William Chudlegh my heirs and assigns to re-enter upon the said parcel of land with its appurtenances and to possess it in my former status notwithstanding anything to the contrary in these Indentures.
And I the aforesaid William Chudlegh and my heirs the aforesaid parcel of land with its appurtenances to the aforesaid Richard ffranke, William Howett, John Downe, John Clerke, John Northcote, William Downe, John Westlake, and Roger Ailecote, their heirs and assigns to the aforesaid use will warrant, acquit and secure for ever.
Be it known further that I the aforesaid William Chudlegh have ordained and in my place have placed my beloved in Christ, Simon Gombles, Clerk in holy orders and Andrew Latyer my true and lawful attorneys jointly and severally to deliver to the aforesaid Richard ffranke, William Howett, John Downe, John Clerke, John Northcote, William Downe, John Westlake, and Roger Ailecote full and peaceable possession and seisin of and in the aforesaid parcel of land with its appurtenances, according to the force form and effect of this my present Deed indented. Holding and about to hold ratified and confirmed all and whatsoever my said attorneys shalJ have done or either of them shall have done in the premises.
In testimony of which thing both I the aforesaid William Chudlegh and the aforesaid Richard ffranke, William Howett, John Downe, John Clerke, John Northcote, William Downe, John Westlake, and Roger Ailecote have respectively placed our hands and seals, the following being witnesses, Sir Humfrey ffulford Knight, James Chudlegh, esquire, John Bobisshe, Richard Wekys, John Call, and many others. Given on this twenty-ninth day of July in the twenty-second year of the reign of King Henry the Seventh.[A.D. 1507.][3]

Sir William Chudleigh, Kt., was buried at St. John the Baptist Church in Ashton, Devon. [sic=other sources say he was buried in Clyst church, Clyst, Devon].[4]

Sources

  • Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Vol. I, publ. 1901 by James J. Commin, Exeter.
  • A view of Devonshire in 1630, with a Pedigree of most of its gentry: Edited by Thomas Westcote

Footnotes

  1. "A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies ...," by John Burke, Sir Bernard Burke, pg. 115.
  2. http://www.archive.org/stream/aviewdevonshire00westgoog#page/n463/mode/1up/search/Chudleigh Chudleigh of Ashton Pedigree]
  3. No direct source given.
  4. See Note 2; There is no modern-day village named just "Clyst" but the Clyst River valley is east of Exeter and has several villages with the word Clyst in their name. Added by Chet Snow April 8, 2015.


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