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William de Gaskryk, Customs Collector of Barton

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Gostwick Name Study

William de Gaskryk, (aka William Gaskryk) of Lincolnshire & Wiltshire

Customs Duty Collector from Barton to Grimsby to Boston by Jul-1322[1]
born abt 1292, Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire, England
died bef 1350, Lincolnshire, England



Another Tax collector in the family, this William de Gaskryk worked with his brother John, collecting trade tariffs. I believe he was the son of Henry de Gaskryk, and wife Unknown de Hayton. His age, and marriage to widow Paynel suggests he was married twice. If he was married abt 1311 when he reached age, he likely had a son, named for his father, Henry. We have no evidence of Henry or this marriage, but naming patterns, and later evidence suggests this as quite possible.

Things got a bit confrontational with both sides of the family with the marriage of relict Juliana Paynel. It seems her daughter with John Paynel, Elizabeth, would marry Richard de Gaskrik (who I think was this William's nephew), and Margery would marry John Poucher.

William and Julian's son William would marry Juliana Reigate. William and Juliana entered into quite a fued with John & Margery Poucher, and it certainly didnt help that by then, John Poucher was Sheriff of Lincolnshire. At issue was 2/3 moity in manors Drax, etc. as referenced.

This is a very complicated situation, and could use more digging to find the whole story.

The attribution of Richard de Gaskrik, husband of Margery will take some effort, there are three possible Richards.

abt-1322, Quitclaim, West Rasen, Lincolnshire, England

Quitclaim: Peter Chaap of Snelleslound to William de Gascrik of Barton, Messuage in Westrasen which he inherited on death of his brother William Chaap.: Witn. John de Gascrik of Barton {snip}

20-Jul-1322, Commission, Barton-upon-Humber to Boston, Lincolnshire, England[1]

Commission to John de Gascrik & William de Gascrik to collect during pleasure, in the ports of Barton up Humber & Grymmesby and in every town thence to Boston, new customs granted the king by alien merchants.

Marriage & Children

abt 1325, Lincolnshire, England

William Gaskryk to widow Juliana Paynel

2 children are known to this union:

  1. Richard de Gaskrik, b. abt 1325, married Elizabeth Paynel
  2. William de Gaskrik, b. abt 1327

10-Feb-'1327, Dowery Assignment, Manor Drax Paynel, Drax, Yorkshire, England[2]

Order to cause the dower to be assigned to William de Gascrik and Juliana his wife, late the wife of John Paynel, tenant in chief of the late King, of the said John's lands. Two parts of manor Drax Paynel during minority of heir.

3-Mar-1327, Commission of Oyer & Terminer, Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire, England[3]

Commission of Oyer & Terminer: {snip} on complaint by John de Leybourn that (list), John de Gesnok and Richard, Roger and William, his brothers, took away 12 oxen, 7 cows, 5 calves, worth 30 marks, & mowed and carried away his corn

27-Apr-1332, Grant, West Rasen, Lincolnshire, England[4]

Grant: William de Gaskrik to Alice, widow of Robert Mottekan of Westrasen for her life 3s. yearly in lieu of her claim to dower, from a toft in Westrason which he had of the gift of her dec'd. husband: For which she quitclaims the toft to him.

Research Notes

Huge Conflation risk in these 'thar parts.

Re: Marriage
I suspect William was married first abt 1310 to ?? and had a son named Henry (b1311-bef1325)

To Do

Pre-1500 evidenciary logic

Re: Birth date
We can deduce with confidence that he is at least 'of age' (17-21) when commissioned with his brother John. (1322-18=b bef1304)[1]

Re: Birth location

Re: Marriage date
Without evidence, I believe he was first married abt 1310
With evidence, In 1327, we find him referenced as married to Juliana relict of John Paynel.[2]; children suggest this was a few years prior, abt 1324-1225

Re: Death date
I suspect he died of Bubonic Plague as it swept through abt 1349
With evidence, he was referenced abt 1333 giving Wardship of Drax etc to the Bishop of Durham. He is mentioned in 1360 by inquisition but is not mentioned as alive or dead.

Re: Death location
We have no reason to believe he was not in Lincolnshire when he died. References to property outside Lincoln. were related to Wardship through his wife.

Re: Parentage

Re: Offspring


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Calendar of the Fine Rolls: Volume 3 - Edward II (1319-1327)" Hathitrust.org (accessed[12-Oct-2021]), Entry for William de Gaskrik, pg145, membrane 12
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Calendar of the Close Rolls: Preserved in the Public Record Office. Edward III (1327-1330)", Archive.org, (as accessed [14-Oct-2021]), pg.21, membrane 20.
  3. "Calendar of the Patent Rolls: Preserved in the Public Record Office. Edward II (1324-1327)", Archive.org, Entry for William de Gaskrik, 3 Mar 1327 (accessed [14-Oct-2021]), pg.74, membrane 27d.
  4. "Papers of the Constable Maxwell Family: of Everingham", Hull History Centre [on-line], HullHistoryCentre.org.uk: PDF, Ref: U DDEV/44/38


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