Early English Chamberlayne Research Project

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Welcome to the Early English Chamberlayne Research Project!

The goal of the EECRP is to research the early Chamberlaynes and share findings with the aim of eventually verifying a connection, or NO connection to the Tancarvilles of Normandy. The earliest WikiTree Chamberlayne profiles were created in 2013 without sources and their vital dates are dubious, to say the least. Research is ongoing into the primary sources for this period, in the hope of solving the puzzles left by tradition, inaccurate history and family legend.

The project will probably extend into numerous different paths.



Frances Piercy-Reins.

Here are some of the tasks that need to be done. Work is ongoing!

  • Trace the earliest primary sources for the Chamberlaynes who claim descent from the Tancarvilles from 1066 to 1377 for use in early Chamberlayne family profiles.
  • List and categorise the sources for easy accessibility
  • Collaborate as a team in this endeavour

Would you like to join? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!




Date Latest Research Questions/Problems
17 Feb 2022 Following the clue of 'North Riston', I have been searching for references to this small village in Lincolnshire in early primary sources. It appears that North Riston/Reston, as well as Westlaby, Wickenby, Ludford, and Carlton were held by a Robert le Chaumberleyn. He turns out to be the son of Stephen le Chaumberleyn. In 1175-84, lands in Westlaby co. Lincoln, were gifted to Kirkstead Abbey by a Stephen de Wickenby, 'the chamberlain' [1] The earl of Warwick and his wife, Maud de Percy, confirmed the gifts of Westlaby and Wickenby given by Stephen the chamberlain (nos.53,54) [2]and this Stephen the Chamberlain has been demonstrated to be the father of Robert the Chamberlain in 1211. [3] This Stephen was the son of Herbert the Chamberlain of Winchester, treasurer of Henry I and chamberlain to the King of Scotland. 1. Is this Chamberlayne line really connected to the Tancarvilles at all?

2. If yes, what about William le Chamberlain, Lord of North Reston and Petsoe's coat of arms with the three golden keys?

William le Chamberlain COA

3. How does this line up with the traditional Gules an inescutcheon argent in orle eight cinquefoils d'or which is seen in all the coats of arms of the descendants of the Chamberlaynes?

Arms de la Chamberlains de Normandie - Seigneurs de la Ville Tancrède (Tancarville)
28 March 1258 Henry le Chamberleng

Writ to the sheriff of Lincoln, 28 March, 40 Hen. III. Inq. {undated.) John, his son, aged 20 on Friday after St. Matthew last, is his heir. Lincoln. Merston, capital messuage, 11 bovates and 3 parts of a bovate, 3 tofts, pasture, and 2Z6. pepper rent, held of the king in chief by service of finding one knight in the king's army ; and 2 marks rent held of Thomas Grelley by service ot 1 pair of gilt spurs. Wykingebi, capital messuage, 13 bovates land and 4 tofts, held of Henry de Percy by service of 2J knight's fees for that land and the land of Aufeld  ; 5 bovates land held of the bishop of Lincoln, rents of lib. wax and 3s. M., and a wood held of the fee of Percy, services unspecified. And the said Henry used to render IM. yearly to Eichard de Buselingtorp for a bovate which he gave to the monks of Stainfeld in alms, and id. yearly to the monks. C. Hen. III. File 18. (19.)[4]

28 July 1272 John le Chaumberleng alias le Chamberlain.

Writ, 28 July, 1 Edw. I. Lincoln. _ Inq. The day of St. Martin, 1 Edw. I. Wykingby. A capital messuage and 20 bovates land in demesne, held of Sir Henry de Percye, doing foreign service only ; 5 bovates land in demesne held of the bishop of Lincoln, rendering 20s. yearly  ; and 18J bovates land in villenage, 9 cottars, 2 free tenants, a wind-mill &c., tenure unspecified. He had two daughters, of whom one has deceased, and the other, aged 15 as is said, is his next heir.[5]

Linton. (Co. York) 10 like bovates [alias 1/10 fee] held by Richard de Staxton  ; 11/2 like bovate [alias 1/54 fee] held by Roger de Linton; 21/2 like bovate [alias 1/54 fee] held by Thomas Chaumberlayn; '2 J bovates held by the heirs of John de Bolyngbrok by service of Id. and 4 bovates held in alms ; 2 bovates held by John de Wytewell by knights' service of the same fee ; 1 like bovate held by the heir of Alan the Hayward (messoris); and 4 like bovates held by the heir of William de Percy.
5 Oct 1335 8 Edward III. Simon le Chaumberlain.

Writ, 5 October, 8 Edward III. Lincoln. Inq. Friday, the feast of St. Matthew, 4 Edward III.

  • Scryvelby. A toft and half a bovate of land, held of the heirs of Geoffrey de Pelvile, by service of a pair of gloves.
  • Edlington. A messuage and 60a. land held of the honour of Bolingbrok by knight's


  • Mumby. A messuage and 40a. land, held of the earl of Richemund by knight's service.
  • Hameringham. A messuage and 80a. land, held of the earl of Kent, as of the manor of Gretham, by knight's service.
  • Ouresby. A messuage and 40a. land, held of the earl of Lincoln by knight's service. He held no lands or tenements &c. of the king in chief in the county. Robert Chaumberleyn, his brother, aged 50 years, is his next heir.

C. Edw. ILL File 15. (10.)[6]

1346 Buckinghamshire: Hundred of Mulsho (mod.sp.= Moulsoe):
De Roberto Chamberleyn; et tenentibus suis pro quarta parte un. f. m. in PETTESHO, quod Johanna Chamberleyne quondam tenuit (Of Robert Chamberleyn; and to his tenants for a fourth part f. m. (of a knight's fee) in PETTESHO, which Johanna Chamberleyne once held). [7]

Dates King William le/de/the Chamberlain etc
25 Dec 1066 – 9 Sep 1087 William I the Conqueror ...Estate granted by Queen Maud before 1086 to John the chamberlain and one Baldwin. The services due from that land and rent from other lands in Eastleach Turville featured in a settlement made between William the chamberlain and his son William in 1227, but apart from Bruern Abbey the subsequent holders of the Eastleach part of the fee called Chamberlains are not known. [8] In 1086, acc. Domesday Book, the Lord of Thornbury, under Tenant in Chief, William I the Conqueror was one Humphrey the Chamberlain.[9]
9 Sep 1087 – 2 Aug 1100 William II Rufus Lands of Domesday Book William the Chamberlain of Luton, Beds. who held from the king considerable lands in Beds, Bucks, and Gloucs had passed into possession of St Mary of Bayeux by 1089 [10][11]
2 Aug 1100 – 1 Dec 1135 Henry I Oct 1101: William the chamberlain – signatory to a Confirmation to the canons of St. Wlaur the confessor, in Boulogne, at the prayer of Ida, countess of Boulogne, of the manor of Nutfield, co. Surrey. [12]

Aft. 2 Feb 1103 - W(illiam) the chamberlain receives notification from the king of his confirmation to St. Peter's, Westminster, and Abbot Gilbert of the land of Eye (in Westminster) [12]

Feb 1104: Charter of Robt, duke of Norm. Abbey of St Stephen Caen. Witnessed by William de Tancarvill is issued possibly about this time. Other witnesses are: Count Robert (of Belleme), Eustace of Breteuil; and among others Ranulf bishop of Durham, William (de Tancarvill) the chamberlain, William earl of Warenne, Robert de Montfort, Gilbert de Aquila, William de Ferrers, Ralph Taisson, Robert Marmion, Robert de Grentemesnil, and Robert Doisnel. [1101-4.][12]

Nov 1106-13: Notification to William archbishop of Rouen, Robert de Candos and the lieges of the Roumois of the gift to the abbey of Jumieges of the land of Dudela in the forest of Roumare; and mandate to Robert de Candos to give seisin. It is attested by Ranulf the chancellor, William the chamberlain, in Caen. [12]

March 1109 - William the chamberlain of Tancarvill; at Rouen, attests to a render and grant to William de Albini, the king's butler, of the manor of Snettisham with other possessions, to hold as beneficially as William II gave them to him.[12]

Apr 1107-13 - William the chamberlain of Hohtun (Houghton) attests to a Notification addressed to Robert bishop of Lincoln, Earl Simon, Gilbert the sheriff, and the lieges of Huntingdonshire of an agreement made before the king between Aldwin abbot of Ramsey and William the king's dispenser, touching the land of Ellington. (At Weybridge Wood.)[12][13]

1111 - Urse abbot of Rouen recovers a tenement in Rouen iudicio optimatum , possibly in the king's court at Rouen. The justices are: Geoffrey archbishop of Rouen, John bishop of Lisieux, Robert count of Meulan, William earl of Warenne, Gilbert de Aquila, William the chamberlain of Tancarvill, and William de Ferrers. [12]

July 1113 - Confirmation to the monks of Bec at Goldcliff of the possessions which Robert de Candos and Isabella his wife have given them. The signatories are: the king, Anselm the archdeacon, William de Viliers, chamberlain ('cubicularius'), Eustace of Breteuil, and Richard earl of Chester.[12]

Willelm Camerarius, Londinie – (William, of Houghton) Ramsey Charter 1114/30[14]

A William de Tancarville is named as the chamberlain of King Henry I in 1125.

In the year 1125, great success smiled on the king, for William de Tankerville, (Guillaume I de Tancarville) fighting a pitched battle with him, took the above named earl of Mellent prisoner, together with Hugh de Montfort, his brother-in-law, and Hugh FitzGervaise, and delivered them to the King; on which he placed them in confinement.[15]
1138 - 1153 Empress Matilda & The Anarchy
22 Dec 1135 - 25 Oct 1154 Stephen Willelm Camerarius Londinie Son of previous Willelm Camerarius Londinie whom he succeeded after death of Robt, E. of Gloucester in 1147[16][17]
25 Oct 1154 – 6 Jul 1189 Henry II Battle of Fornham - 17 Oct 1173 - William, Lord of North Riston, for having made prisoner Robert de Bellemont, Earl of Leicester, had permission, in 1174, to quarter that nobleman's arms with his own.
6 Jul 1189 – 6 Apr 1199 Richard I William de Chamberlayne (Guillaume II de Tancarville-> 3rd Crusade 1189 [18]
6 Apr 1199 – 19 Oct 1216 John W. camerario de Tancaruill signs Notification of the King’s grant to the men of Arques-la-Bataille - 1203[19]
19 Oct 1216 – 16 Nov 1272 Henry III 27 Jan (the Quindene of St. Hilary) 1221/2 “Between Hugh Bardolf, plaintiff, and Robert the Chamberlain (Camerarius), tenant of 6½ carucates of land in Wikingeby, Westlakeby, Riston, Ludford, and Carleton [co. Lincoln]. And between the same Robert, plaintiff, and the same Hugh, tenant of half a knight’s fee in Horningeton [co. York] and Hornley [co. Oxford]. Hugh quitclaimed to Robert and his heirs forever all right which he had in the same half of the knight’s fee. And, moreover, Robert, granted to Hugh that whatsoever he or his heirs hereafter shall acquire of the inheritance which was of Osbert the Sheriff, ancestor of the said Robert and Hugh, they shall divide between them, so that Robert and his heirs shall have a moiety thereof quietly, and Hugh and his heirs shall have the other moiety and shall hold it of Robert and his heirs by the service which pertains to that moiety.”[20]

Eastleach Turville featured in a settlement made between William the chamberlain and his son William 1227 [8]

In 1227, a Sir Robert le Chamberleng knight, was witness to a gift to Lacock Abbey.[21]

1260 Agreement between Ramsey Abbey and Emma, late wife of William de Wald. The latter quitclaims to the abbey three cotlands" in Brington and one in Waldwreston, &c., which she and her late husband by chirograph made in the King's Court ought to hold to the end of their lives; and the abbot and convent grant to her and her heirs for ever two mes-suages in Woldweston and the land there which her husband gave the abbey, and for her life yearly 20 'ringas' of wheat, 20 of barley, &c., to be paid by the bailiff and provost of the manor of Weston. Witnesses: Master Gilbert de Wepested, Sir William the Chamberlain, and others (named)." After Michaelmas, the 4th year of Abbot William." Seal. [22]

16 Nov 1272 – 7 Jul 1307 Edward I Robert de Elkington, 11 Oct 1274, on the presentation of William Chamberlayne, Lord of Petsoe[23]

William le Chaumberleng and Joan his wife put in their place William Hotale and Richard Wytemay in the suit before the king between Master Henry de Newerk and the said William and Joan concerning a trespass committed upon Henry by them – 1279 - 4 April 1280[24][25]

1280 (8 Edw I)

Wapentake of Hertehil. INQUISITION made before Sir Thomas de Normanvile and Sir Ranulf de Dak[re], of the lands and tenements which Robert de Crippelings held, by John Thothe, William son of Gamel, William de la Gorge, Laurence de Cardoil, Thomas de Hundegate, William Tardcurtays, Robert Baty, Richard de Maule, Walter le Granger, William de Gremmesby, Richard de Kokerington, and Thomas de Seton.
He held in the town of Yapom c one carucate of land, worth by the year six marcs; in Barneby 5s. rent; in Wappelington 2s. rent by the service of archery, to be done at the gate of York Castle in time of war by one man. The said lands and rent he held in chief of Robert le Chaumberleyn. Sum total, £4 ys.
John de Crippelinges is son and heir of Robert, and aged twenty-eight years.[26]

1286: Robert le Chaumberlayn impleaded (sued) John Paynel for certain lands he was sworn not to own in an inquisition before the Sheriff of Yorkshire, dated 12th December 1286, and on 24 January 1288, a writ was issued re. Sir Robert Chamberlain and others who made inquisition before Thomas de Normanvile, escheator beyond the Trent, on Saturday before the feast of St. Gregory, 17 Edw. (5 March, 1288-9), concerning the presentation to the church of Birkin, whether or not it appertains at present to the king ; if so, how and in what manner...[27]

William the Chamberlain (Willielmus Camerar') nunciante W. Camerario, summoned to muster at Rhuddlan, Wales on 2 August 1282[28]with about 14,000 other soldiers in Edward I's Welsh campaign of 1282. [29]

25 Nov 1299 Beverley – Robert le Chaumburleyn, Knight acknowledges that he owes to Elias Corbel + John his brother, merchants, 11l, to be levied in default of payments of his lands and chattels in co. York. (Cancelled on payment) (Cal. close rolls Vol.4)

William le Chaumberleyn- 1279, with John de Eyville, Peter de Chaumpaigne, Roger le Peytevyn, Elias de Flaunville, Guncelyn de Eyville, Walter le Graunt, John de Thorneton, Robert de Marton, Richard de Lacy, William de Rednes and Henry le Barber, mainperned to have Robert de Baillol, 'accused of a tresspass against vert and venison' before the king at his will', so that the king ordered Geoffrey de Neville not to molest nor aggrieve the said Robert but leave him in peace until otherwise ordered by the king,[30] (Edward I).

7 Jul 1307 – 25 Jan 1327 Edward II
1 Feb 1327 – 21 Jun 1377 Edward III Feudal Aids, 1346: of Robert Chamberleyn and his tenants for a fourth of one knight's fee in Pettesho, which Joan Chamberleyne formerly held. (De Roberto Chamberleyn et tenentibus suis pro quarta paite uno feo militis in Pettesho, quod Johanna Chamberleyne quondam tenuit.[31]

Writ of certiorari de feodis &c. Emberton and Pettesho A quarter of a knight's fee was held by Robert Chaumberleyn on 24 September 1349 (22 Edward III). He had no other knights' fees or any advowsons of churches in the county.[32]

Rectors presented to Petsoe St James by Robert Chamberlain[33]

  • John, son of John Tourner, of Stoke succeeded on 7 Feb 1347 on Robert Chamberlain's presentation.
  • William Crek of Statherne, presented June 1349.
  • John Pretherne was presented 4 Aug 1370 by Sir Robert Chamberlain.


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Mapping the Medieval Countryside: (Here;) Accessed 11 Mar 2023.

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