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John de Eland

Male - 1350

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  • Name John de Eland  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Death 29 Oct 1350  Brighouse, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Person ID I39071  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2023 

    Father Hugh de Eland   d. 1309 
    Mother Joanna Tankersley   d. Aft 1329 
    Family ID F22946  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice Lathom 
    Marriage Between 1308 and 1309  [3
    +1. Thomas de Eland,   b. of Elland, Calderdale, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Bef 1350
    Family ID F22944  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2023 

  • Notes 
    • He was murdered at Brighouse by a gang that included Adam Beaumont; William, son of Thomas of Lockwood; William of Quarmby, of Hornby; and Thomas, son of Thomas Lascy. A few months later his son John was killed by the same group. Both murders led to the creation, in the 1500s, of a largely fictional ballad about the "Elland feud," the moral of which was, more or less, "don't mess with those violent, quarreling Yorkshiremen." In fact, the historical record shows that John de Eland was a justice of the peace who worked hard to uphold the law and that his murderers were people who held a grudge against him for doing his job.

      The Coucher Book, Or Chartulary, of Whalley Abbey (citation details below) inserts a Thomas de Eland as this John's father, making Hugh his grandfather, but this doesn't seem to be reflected in any other source.

  • Sources 
    1. [S157] The Visitations of Yorkshire in the Years 1563 and 1564 by William Flower, Esquire, Norroy King of Arms ed. Charles Best Norcliffe. London: Harleian Society, 1881.

    2. [S641] The Coucher Book, Or Chartulary, of Whalley Abbey ed. W. H. Hulton, in Remains, Historical and Literary Connected With the Palatine Counties of Lancaster and Chester. Cheshire: Chetham Society, 1847-48.

    3. [S6907] C. T. Clay, "The Family of Eland." Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 27:225, 1923.

    4. [S6906] The History of the Parish of Rochdale in the County of Lancaster by Henry Fishwick. Rochdale: James Clegg, 1889.

    5. [S6904] John Watson, 12 Jan 2013, post to soc.genealogy.medieval., year only.

    6. [S6905] J. M. Kaye, "The Eland Murders, 1350-1: A Study of the Legend of the Eland Feud." Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 51:61, 1979.