Roger (Washbourne) d'Wasseburne

Roger (Washbourne) d'Wasseburne (bef. 1234 - aft. 1308)

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Sir Roger "The 1st Washburn" d'Wasseburne formerly Washbourne aka of Knights Wasseburne, Little Comberton & Stanford Wasseburne
Born before in Knights Wasseburne, Worcestershire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married in Worcestershire, Englandmap
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Died after in Worcestershire, Englandmap
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Categories: Knights Washbourne.

Death date of after June 1308 may be incorrect, see under Death below.
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Date Estimated based on historical events and/or calculated by ages of other family members.Note: Birth year estimate of "bef. July 1234", is based on Roger being recorded in a court record, dated to July 1255, where he is shown holding property in Stanford.


Sir Roger is suggested as being the first to use the Wasseburne surname*


Disputed Parentage

His parentage was suggested, based on a Kyre Park Charter, where Ketel Kyre may have originated from land granted by Roger son of Samson of Eastham, to Henry Ketel, by an undated* 13th century charter. (BHO)

* Based on the other listings shown for Henry Ketel in the "Krye Park Charters", it seems that the above charter re: Ketel Krye, should probably be dated to the late 1200's, after this Roger had died.

William de Wasseburn as documented father:

The Roger de Washbourne holding the Manor of Stanford in the late 1200s was the documented son of a William whose documented wife was Lucy.

From a 1255 Eyre Court record, Worcestershire:
  • Roger de Waseburn' held 2 parts and Lucy, who was the wife of William de Wasseburn', held the third part. ... William de Wasseburn', the father of Roger, whose heir he was.

Stanford Manor

Stanford-on-Teme aka Stanford Washburne (xv cent.)

Habington describes it as rising 'from the fertyle bancke of the ryver of Teme towardes those woody hylles which on that syde inviron thys Shyre.'[1]

In 1086 Roger de Lacy held it as 2½ hides, and Hugh held it of him.[2] The overlordship passed with that of Bishampton[3] from the Lacys to the Verdons, Stanford being held of the honour of Weobley ...

Under the Lacys and Verdons the manor was held by the Washbournes of Little Washbourne. Walter de Craueley, who is returned as holding the fee at Stanford of the honour of Weobley from 1316 to 1361,[4] may have been a mesne lord between the Verdons and the Washbournes.

Stanford was assigned in dower to Catherine widow of John son of Roger Washbourne. She married as a second husband Sir John Musard and the court for the manor was held in her name in 1385 [5] She died in 1413–14.[6]

... Roger Washbourne, who in 1257–8 bought a messuage, land and a mill of John de la Hulle.[7] The manor then followed the descent of Little Washbourne in Overbury[8] (q.v.) until the death of John Salwey in 1420.[9] He was then holding Stanford jointly with his wife Iseult daughter of John Washbourne by his first wife Joan, and left a son Humphrey, then nine years of age.[10]

  • yDNA Haplo Group I-M253
I-M253 13 23 15 10 13-14 11 14 11 13 11 31

These yDNA results (Haplo group and markers) are identical for John "the Immigrant" Washborn, Sr. b. 1597 of Bengeworth, Robert de Washeborne b, 1476, son of Sir John "The Old Sheriff" de Washeborne of Wichenford and Sir Roger "The 1st Washburn" d'Wasseburne of Wasseburne, b. abt 1219. This yDNA evidence once again* proving the line of the Knights Washbourne through Wasseburne, Wichenford and down through Bengeworth to Plymouth.

The tests do not, by themselves, prove that John of Bengeworth b. 1479, was born to John of Wichenford and Joan Mytton, as the nature of this testing only proves that all of these Washburns' are of the same line. It is "possible" for this 1st John of Bengeworth to have been from a generation or two back, but thanks to the yDNA evidence, we can say, without a doubt, that the John's of Bengeworth and thus, the John's of Plymouth Colony, were descended from the Norman Knights Washbourne in this male line.


Birth: Before July 1234
Sir Roger was born before July 1234, based on him being recorded in a court record, dated to July 1255, where he is shown holding property in Stanford.,


Death:: After 12 June 1308*
Roger is shown as a witness to an Inquisition taken at Shelsey, before the Escheator, 12 Jun 1 Ed II (1308).
* Rogers' death date has notoriously been suggested as c. 1299. After the discovery of the above Inquisition, it was changed to after June 1308, but this may not be correct. The current birth date of bef. June 1234, would have him "at least" 74 y.o. in June 1308, which seems unlikely. The Roger shown as a witness to this Inquisition, may well have been this Rogers' grandson of the same name.

Tancrède to Sir Roger

Our ancestry in Normandy, from Tancred (whose ownership of alloidial land in Normandy has been set forth herein, proves him one of the Viking conquerors of that Duchy), to Urse d'Abitot, is established. It is clear that Sir Roger de Washbourne, ancestor in the Thirteenth Century of the American Washburns, was descended from Urse d'Abitot. The surname itself, as of the land of Washbourne (recorded as belonging to Urse in the Doomsday Survey of 1086, and which passed, with the rest of Urse's property, to Walter de Beauchamp, the husband of Urse's daughter, Emeline, when King Henry I seized it from Roger d'Abitot, Urse's son and heir), the adoption of the Beauchamp Arms (to be discussed subsequently), the fact that the known Lords of Washbourne, from Roger down, held this Manor feudally from the Beauchamps as Over-Lords: all constitute a chain of fact linking in family relationship the Washbournes with the Beauchamps of Elmley Castle, a few miles away from our family home in what came to be known as Knights' Washbourne.

  • This quote is by Mabel Thacher Rosemary Washburn, from the well respected: "Washburn Family Foundations in Normandy, England and America"

The Manor mentioned at Little Washbourne, shown for Urse in Domesday, became the seat of this ancient family. This property is recorded for Godard and son Samson c./bef. 1135William son of Samson, during the reign of Henry II (1154-1189). A William d'Wasseburne is shown in 1202, and Sir Roger d'Wasseburne (this profile), is recorded holding Little Wasseburne in 1280, and as below, still showing for the main Knights Washbourne line in that of Sir John of Wichenford, hundreds of years later ...

3 May, 1517 - John's will shows that he still held the properties of his early ancestors, Knights Washbourne, Smyte and Westmancote, Norton in Bredon (Isolde Hanley), and the Wichenford estate (Margaret Poher).

Possibly most important and maybe ironically the most insignificant, as far as size or value, is the Estham property, "Orleton in Estham". At least to Washburn researchers and family members like myself. This property, first shown for this family in 1202, for William d'Wasseburne.

Sir Roger d'Wasseburne, is recorded in the Lay Subsidy Roll of 1280, shown as "of Washbourne and of Little Comberton, as well as of Stanford". His son Sir John d'Wasseburne, is recorded as also holding the fief, "Orleton in Estham" of his probable g-grandfather, William d'Wasseburne.

As mentioned above, hundreds of years later, we still find these properties being held by the Washbourne family. The point being, we can safely say the Knights Washbourne male line, came without doubt, through William lord de Estham of the early 1100's.[11]

Recorded as holding Eastham and Basswood, Eastham Manor, Orleton in Eastham, Stanford with Orleton, or Stanford Manor:
  • Ralf d'Tosny - Eastham and Basswood, held of Bredon Manor - 1086
  • Herbert - Eastham, held of Ralf - 1086
  • William de Estham and son Samson - shown as of Eastham c. 1145
  • William de Estham - Eastham Manor -1199
  • 1199
  • William Wasseburne - Orleton 1202
  • Simon de Carsy - Orleton, holding of William 1202
  • Sir Roger d'Wasseburne - Stanford - July 1255
  • Sir John d'Wasseburne formerly d'Dufford c. 1275
  • Sir Roger d'Wasseborne "of Washbourne and of Stanford" 1316
  • John "the younger" d'Wasseborne 1336
  • Sir John "The Old Sheriff" d'Wassheborne of Wichenford 1517

Starting Over

Roger and his heirs had to start again. We know about the small fife of Orleton in Estham, near Stanford in Herefordshire and how later it is recorded as a fee of Stanford Manor, the Washbourne Estate. Also the namesake Washbourne Manor in southern Worcestershire, both being brought to honor by this family, becoming known as "Stanford Washbourne" and "Knights Washbourne" respectively ....

Rogers heirs becoming Lords of Estham, of Washbourne, of Stanford with Orleton and Little Comberton, recorded also with properties in Dufford (Defford), held of Geoffrey d'Abitot, Bosbury, Aldington, Bretforton, Smyte, Westmancote and Moreton in Bredon, Bengeworth and others. The main branch becoming the Lords of Wichenford, and eventually being returned to Roger's hereditary title, as Sheriff's of Worcestershire. [12]


  1. Habington, Surv. of Worcs. (Worcs. Hist. Soc.), i, 378.
  2. V.C.H. Worcs. i, 311.
  3. Ibid. iii, 261.
  4. V.C.H. Worcs. i, 311, Ibid. iii, 261
  5. Prattinton Coll.
  6. Chan. Inq. p.m. 8 Hen. V, no. 68
  7. Ibid. file 8, no. 6.
  8. V.C.H. Worcs. iii, 471.
  9. Feet of F. Worcs. case 259, file 12, no. 3; Cal. Close, 1302–7, p. 347; 1307– 13, p. 216; Feud. Aids, v, 305; Prattinton Coll. (Soc. Antiq.).
  10. Chan. Inq. p.m. 8 Hen. V, no. 68.
  11. Entered by Rev. Daniel Washburn Jones
  12. Entered by Rev. Daniel Washburn Jones
  • Families Directly Descendent from all the Royal Families in Europe (495 to 1932). By Mrs. Eliz. M. Leach Rixford. Burlington, Vt. 1932.
  • "Some Feudal Coats of Arms" by Joseph Foster
  • The Will of Sir John "The Old Sheriff" de Wassheborne of Wichenford 1517
  • Victoria County History, English History Online - The manor of Kettles Kyre.
  • Cal. Inq. p.m. 20–8 Edw. I, 46, 117.
  • Kyre Park Chart. (Worcs. Hist. Soc.), I.
  • Lay Subsidy Roll of 1280, Worcestershire, England
  • The Washbourne family of Little Washbourne and Wichenford by James Davenport - Washbourne family
  • The Visitation of Herefordshire 1569 - Washeborne of Bosbury
  • The Visitation of the county of Worcester 1569 - Washburne
  • A History of the County of Worcester vol 3 .. Parishes Overbury - Little Wasseburne

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