Randell Etherington (or Hetherington) was the ancestor of a large and prominent family of gentry in East Riding. The principal branch was at Great Driffield, and later at Kingston-Upon_Hull.
Not much is known of Randell other than his will. His will (Randell Hetheryngton of Holme Upon Spalding Moor, 1524, York) names his wife Jenet, sons William, Richard and Marmaduke, daughters Jayne Agnes and Isabell, brother Rolland, and sisters Jenet and Aline. His son Richard settled at Holme but his son William married an hieress from Great Driffield (Alice Skerne) and repaired there.
Of his origin, little is known. But, I believe that he was born in Cumberland, where the Hetherington family was prominent from at least 1429 onwards. There are three clues pointing to this: - His name was spelt Hetheryngton - a Cumberland originating family, although his wife and children dropped the 'H'; - The Etheringtons of Driffield have identical arms to the Hetheringtons of Cumberland; and - His brother Rolland named in his will is also named in the Pardon Roll as of Laversdale, Cumberland in 1511.
The name of his father is unknown, but was probably William. A William Hetheryngton of Coreburgh (Corby?), Kariol Carlisle) son of John was a witness in a York civil document in 1478.
LDS Ancestral File Ancestral File Number KKS4-39, states that Randell's father was William Etherington, b 1446 'of Holme' who married Alice Skerne 'of Driffield' and had four children: John (b 1468 'of Holme'), William (b 1471 'of Holme'), Randell (b 1466 of Holme) and George (b 1469 of Holme). Almost every element of this is incorrect - in fact, it appears to have transposed the family of Randell's son William as that of his father.
Will (York): Randall Hetheryngton, Holme on Spalding Moore dated 16/9/1524, pr. 30/10/1525
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