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Robert Waterton

Male - 1425

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  1. 1.  Robert Waterton was born in in of Methley, Yorkshire, England (son of Richard Waterton and Juliana); died on 17 Jan 1425 in Methley, Yorkshire, England.


    Master of the Horse, Master of the Hounds, Keeper of Pontefract Castle, Bailiff of Hatfield.

    He was an important aide of Henry Bolingbroke, later Henry IV. Beginning as an esquire in the early 1390s, he accompanied Henry to the Baltic in 1392. (Also present on that expedition: TNH ancestor John Waterton, his brother.) He was one of the custodians of Richard II, he played a major role in the defence of the North against the Percys, and he was an executor of Henry's will. Under Henry V he received fewer offices and appointments but was still entrusted with major tasks, including charge of certain Scottish hostages including James I. He is mentioned in Shakespeare's Richard II, act 2, scene 1, as one of those who sailed with Bolingbroke from the continent in 1399, although in fact he was already in England and was one of the first to join Henry at Ravenspur.

    Both his parentage and his marital history have been subject to considerable confusion. J. W. Walker's "The Burghs of Cambridgeshire and Yorkshire and the Watertons of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire" (The Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 30:314, 1931) claimed that he was married only once, to Cecily Fleming, and assigned his first and third wives to his son, also Robert Waterton. This has been thoroughly refuted by subsequent research; Robert Waterton was married first to Joan Everingham, then to Cecily Fleming, then to Margaret Clarell. His namesake son Robert Waterton married Beatrice Clifford. This is what we read in the (most recently updated in 2006) Robert Waterton entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and in other recent scholarship. Of course (at least as of today, 7 Sep 2020), the Robert Waterton Wikipedia article promulgates Walker's 89-year-old mistake, because Wikipedia. (While at the same time extensively referencing Douglas Richardson's 2011 Magna Carta Ancestry, which gets it right!)

    Brice Clagett, 4 Jan 2005, post to soc.genealogy.medieval:

    This message reviews various versions of the parentage of Robert Waterton (d. 1425), the father of Joan, Lady Welles.

    Walker's article in Yorkshire Arch. Journal vol. 30 says that Robert was the third son of William Waterton, of Waterton, and his wife, Elizabeth Newmarch. (To compound the confusion, the article at p. 368 says that Robert was third son of JOHN Waterton, but the pedigree at the end shows that the statement on p. 368 was a careless error.) If the pedigree is accurate, Robert Waterton had royal ancestry through his mother, daughter of Roger Mewmarch of Womersley, Yorkshire, who was son of Adam Newmarch and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Roger de Mowbray, 5th feudal Baron of Mowbray.

    Hall's article in Thoresby Soc. Publications vol. 15 expresses doubt as to where Robert fits into the family, but leans towards the view that he was son of John Waterton, son of William Waterton (who according to the Walker article married Elizabeth Newmarch). This seems more comfortable chronologically, because according to the Walker article William Waterton was alive though not yet of full age in 1316, and Robert was not born until the 1360s.

    Roskell's History of Parliament sub John Waterton says that it is "demonstrably untrue" that Robert Waterton was son of William, citing a royal pardon of 1398 which says Robert was son of Richard Waterton of Waterton. Walker's article shows a Richard Waterton (who may have lived at Waterton though he was not the owner of the manor), fl. 1379, dead in 1392, who was a second cousin once removed of William Waterton who (allegedly) married Elizabeth Newmarch.

    ODNB sub Robert Waterton says that Robert was a son of William Waterton and Elizabeth Newmarch, and was "apparently the cousin of Sir Hugh Waterton." But the same oracle, sub Sir Hugh Waterton, says that Hugh was the second son of William Waterton and Elizabeth Newmarch -- and was a cousin of Robert! Obviously both entries cannot be right.

    What a mess. As far as I can see at the moment, the most likely version is that of the 1398 pardon cited by Roskell. Perhaps Roskell is a bit dogmatic concluding that it is "demonstrably untrue" that Robert was son of William -- surely this would not be the only time that a 14th-century pardon was mistaken as to the name of the pardonee's father -- but it seems to be the most concrete evidence that we have.

    Robert married Joan Everingham before Aug 1398. Joan (daughter of William de Everingham and Alice de Grey) died after 15 Sep 1399. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Robert married Cecily Fleming between 1399 and 1408. Cecily died before 1422. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. Joan Waterton died after 18 Oct 1434; was buried in Methley, Yorkshire, England.

    Robert married Margaret Clarell in 1422. Margaret (daughter of Thomas Clarell and Maud Montgomery) died after 1465. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Richard Waterton (son of William Waterton).

    Richard married Juliana. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 3.  Juliana
    1. 1. Robert Waterton was born in in of Methley, Yorkshire, England; died on 17 Jan 1425 in Methley, Yorkshire, England.
    2. John Waterton was born about 1365 in of Waterton, Lincolnshire, England; died between 16 Mar 1417 and 5 Nov 1417.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  William Waterton (son of Ingram de Waterton).
    1. 2. Richard Waterton

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Ingram de Waterton
    1. 4. William Waterton