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  1. 1.  Maud Walter (daughter of Theobald Walter and Maud le Vavasour).


    Also called Maud Butler.

    Family/Spouse: Gerald de Prendergast. Gerald (son of Philip de Prendergast and Maud de Quincy) was born in in of Enniscorthy in Templeshanbo, Wexford, Ireland; died in Aug 1251. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Theobald Walter (son of Hervey Walter and Maud de Valognes); died before 14 Feb 1205; was buried in Owney Abbey, Limerick, Ireland.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Between 4 Aug 1205 and 14 Feb 1206
    • Alternate death: Between 4 Aug 1205 and 29 Sep 1205
    • Alternate death: Bef 12 Feb 1206


    Also called Theobald fitz Walter; Theobald Butler. Chief Butler of England; first Chief Butler of Ireland. Sheriff of Lancashire 1194; justice itinerant 1197.

    He was raised in the remarkable household of his uncle, the justiciar of England Ranulph de Glanville, along with his brother Hubert Walter (who would become justiciar of England, chancellor of England, and Archbishop of Canterbury); Geoffrey fitz Peter (who would succeed Hubert Walter as justiciar); and, for a few years in the early 1180s, the future king John.

    He was not the founder of Cockersand Abbey in Lancashire as reported in CP II; this is corrected in CP XIV. He did, however, found the Abbey of Nenagh. co. Tipperary, 1200; the Abbey of Wotheny, co. Limerick, 1205; and the monastery of Arklow, co. Wicklow.

    "Theobald Walter or Fitz Walter, s. and h. of Hervey Walter, of West Dereham, Norfolk (owner of large estates in Norfolk and Suffolk), by Maud, da. and coh. of Theobald de Valoignes, accompanied John, Count of Mortain, Lord of Ireland (afterward King John), in 1185 into Ireland, who conferred on him vast estates in that Kingdom, including (before 1189) the fief of Arldow, &c., and (in or before May 1 192) the important office of Butler [I.], a dignity which, of itself, probably comprised (even if it did not comprise more than) Baronial rank and position for himself and his successors. He is said subsequently to have obtained the valuable monopoly of the prisage of wines [I.], and is styled Theobald Butler certainly as early as 1199. Returning to England, he obtained from Richard I, in 1194, a grant of the Wapentake of Amounderness with the Lordship of Preston, Lancs. He was Sheriff of Lancashire, personally or by deputy 1194-99. In 1197 he was one of the Justices Itinerant. He founded the Abbey of Nenagh, co. Tipperary 1200; the Abbey of Wotheny, co. Limerick (1205), and the monastery of Arklow, co. Wicklow. He m., in or shortly before 1200, Maud, da. of Robert le Vavasour with whom he acquired the manors of Edlington, co. York, Narborough, co. Leicester, &c. He d. between 4 Aug. 1205 and 14 Feb. 1205/6, and was bur. at Wotheny Abbey afsd. His widow m., in 1207, before 1 Oct., Fulk Fitzwarin." [Complete Peerage 2:447-48, as corrected by Volume 14.]

    Theobald married Maud le Vavasour before 1201. Maud (daughter of Robert le Vavasour and (Unknown) de Birkin) died before 1226. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 3.  Maud le Vavasour (daughter of Robert le Vavasour and (Unknown) de Birkin); died before 1226.


    From Antiquities of Shropshire by the Rev. R. W. Eyton [Vol. VII, p. 73]:

    Maud le Vavasour was daughter of Robert, granddaughter of William, and sister of John le Vavasour. I think her mother was a daughter of Adam fitz Peter, Lord of Birkyn; for it appears that "Robert le Vavasour gave his share (it was a fourth) of the Vill of Bolton with Matilda le Count, his daughter, in frank marriage to Theobald Walter, and that the said Matilda afterwards gave it to Roger de Burkyn, her Uncle." (Sallay Register, Dugd. MSS. D. 2.)

    It is not difficult to say why Maud le Vavasour is called Matilda le Count in the above extract. The names Vavasour and Count are treated as equivalent. It is less easy to determine why the Fitz Warin Chronicle calls the same person Maude de Caus. I, however, suggest an explanation.--

    The real Maud de Caus, for there was such a person living at the time of Maud le Vavasour's marriage, was probably her Grandmother. She was daughter and sole heir of that Robert de Chaus who figures in 1165 as a great Derbyshire Feudatory (Liber Niger, I. 225), and who was hereditary Warden of the Forests of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Maud de Caus was wife, first of Adam fitz Peter, Lord of Birkyn, and secondly of Ralph fitz Stephen. By her first husband she had issue John de Birkyn, who, on her death in 1224, succeeded to her great inheritance. I think that Roger de Birkyn above-mentioned, and * * * de Birkyn wife of Robert le Vavasour, were also children of Maude de Caus by her first husband.

    Maud le Vavasour, thus supposed to be her Granddaughter, had two children by her first husband, Theobald Walter. These were Theobald Walter (II.) and Matilda. Matilda was entrusted by King John to the guardianship of Gilbert fitz Reinfrid; but in 1220 King Henry III. apprises William de Lancaster (Gilbert fitz Reinfrid's son), that Theobald fitz Theobald was now to have charge of his Sister (Pat. 4 Hen. III, m. 5). This Writ, coupled with another of July 1221 (Claus. I. 463), shows that in 1220-1 Theobald Walter (II.) attained his majority.

    1. 1. Maud Walter
    2. Theobald le Boteler was born in 1200 in of Arklow, Wicklow, Ireland; died about 1230; was buried in Abbey of Arklow, Wicklow, Ireland.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Hervey Walter was born in in of Weeton, Amounderness, Lancashire, England (son of Hervey Walter).

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Norfolk, England
    • Alternate birth: of West Dereham, Norfolk, England


    Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on his son Theobald calls him "of Weeton, Lancashire", but the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica says that his father "is said to have given lands in his fee of Weeton to Orm, son of Magnus, with his daughter Alice in marriage."

    Hervey married Maud de Valognes. Maud (daughter of Theobald de Valognes and Helewise) was born in in of Parham, Suffolk, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 5.  Maud de Valognes was born in in of Parham, Suffolk, England (daughter of Theobald de Valognes and Helewise).
    1. 2. Theobald Walter died before 14 Feb 1205; was buried in Owney Abbey, Limerick, Ireland.
    2. Hubert Walter, Archbishop of Canterbury died on 13 Jul 1205 in Teynham, Kent, England; was buried on 14 Jul 1205 in Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, England.

  3. 6.  Robert le Vavasour was born in in of Addingham, Yorkshire, England (son of William le Vavasour); died before 1228.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Edlington, Yorkshire, England
    • Alternate death: 1231

    Robert married (Unknown) de Birkin. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 7.  (Unknown) de Birkin (daughter of Adam de Birkin and Maud de Cauz).
    1. 3. Maud le Vavasour died before 1226.

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Hervey Walter was born in in of Weeton, Amounderness, Lancashire, England.
    1. 4. Hervey Walter was born in in of Weeton, Amounderness, Lancashire, England.

  2. 10.  Theobald de Valognes was born in in of Parham, Suffolk, England (son of Hamo de Valeines).


    Like many sources, The Wallop Family erroneously gives this Theobald as a son of Robert de Valognes and a grandson of Peter de Valognes. See Raymond Phair's post to SGM of 9 Apr 1999, citing Early Yorkshire Charters volume 5 to the effect that no connection has been discovered to the Valognes line of Peter and Robert. The present line usually spelled its name Valeines.

    Theobald married Helewise. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  3. 11.  Helewise
    1. 5. Maud de Valognes was born in in of Parham, Suffolk, England.
    2. Bertha de Valognes
    3. Sibyl de Valognes

  4. 12.  William le Vavasour was born in in of Hazlewood, Yorkshire, England; died after 1184.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Between 29 Sep 1189 and 29 Jun 1191


    "He was a custodian of the lands of the Archbishop of York, 1183-90, a justice itinerant, 1184 and 1187-89, farmed the lands of William Paynel, 1185-88, and levied tallage, 1187-89. He was an advisor of Maud, Countess of Warwick." [Complete Peerage]

    "The [Vavasour] family, of which there were several branches, descended from Malger, who at the Domesday survey held land at Hazelwood, par. Tadcaster, Edlington and elsewhere of William de Percy, and who witnessed a charter of Alan de Percy to Whitby, 1100-c. 1115. William le Vavasour, king's justice, held 2 knights' fees of the old feoffment of William de Percy II in 1166, and half a knights' fee also of the old feoffment of the honour of Skipton, the Percy lands having been considerably extended and the Skipton lands in Craven having been acquired. In a charter to Bolton priory, 1175-90, with the consent of Robert and Malger his sons, he confirmed land in Yeadon of the gift of Robert son of Malger his uncle (avunculus). It can be deduced that William was a grandson of Malger the Domeday tenant, but it is uncertain whether this was by maternal or paternal descent. The balance of evidence, including Dodsworth's statement that William's father was named Malger, suggests that Malger of the Survey had two sons Robert and Malger, William being the heir of Robert who presumably died without issue." [Early Yorkshire Families, citation details below.]

    1. 6. Robert le Vavasour was born in in of Addingham, Yorkshire, England; died before 1228.

  5. 14.  Adam de Birkin was born in in of Laxton, Nottinghamshire, England (son of Peter fitz Assulf and Emma de Lascelles); died in 1185.


    Also called Adam fitz Peter.

    Adam married Maud de Cauz. Maud (daughter of Robert de Cauz and Sybil Basset) died before 25 May 1224. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  6. 15.  Maud de Cauz (daughter of Robert de Cauz and Sybil Basset); died before 25 May 1224.
    1. 7. (Unknown) de Birkin