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Ralph de Hastings

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  • Name Ralph de Hastings  [1
    Birth of Allerston, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Death Nov 1346  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Alternate death Aft 17 Nov 1346  [8
    Burial Sulby Abbey, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Person ID I10207  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DK, Ancestor of LMW, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of UKL, Ancestor of XYZ
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2021 

    Father Nicholas de Hastings,   b. of Allerston, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 1307 
    Mother Agnes   d. 1322 
    Family ID F5707  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret de Herle   d. Aft Nov 1346 
    +1. Ralph de Hastings,   b. Abt 1322, of Slingsby, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 21 Oct 1397 (Age ~ 75 years)
    Family ID F5017  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2016 

  • Notes 
    • "Sheriff of Yorkshire. Governor of York Castle. By 1332 he had established himself in the service of Henry, third earl of Lancaster (d. 1345), acting as constable and steward of the earl's honour of Pickering and serving with the earl's eldest son, Henry of Grosmont (d. 1361), on a series of successful military campaigns—in Scotland (1336), Brittany (1342), and Aquitaine (1344, 1345–6). The substantial rewards of this service (a fee of £20 as steward of Pickering and an additional £40 retaining fee) enabled Sir Ralph to expand the Hastings family estates, both in the North Riding, where he purchased the manors of Slingsby, Howthorp, and Colton, and in Leicestershire, where he acquired estates at Newton Harcourt and Welford. A series of royal privileges, including free warren in all his lands (1329) and a licence to crenellate and impark his new residence at Slingsby (1344), underlined his increased status and prosperity, while the acquisition of the advowson of Sulby Abbey, Northamptonshire, in 1343 allowed the Hastings family to treat this Premonstratensian house as their mausoleum—both Sir Ralph and his eldest son requested burial there. Appointed a keeper of the peace in the North Riding in 1332, Sir Ralph served as sheriff of Yorkshire between March 1337 and October 1340 and was closely involved, during his tenure of the shrievalty, in implementing Edward III's schemes for the regulation and financial exploitation of the wool export. He died in November 1346, less than a month after he had led the rearguard of the army that defeated the invading Scots at Neville's Cross." [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

      "Sir Ralph de Hastings, of Slingsby, Co. Ebor., was the son and heir of Sir Nicholas Hastings, who was descended from a younger son of an Earl of Pembroke. His mother was Emeline, daughter of Walter de Heron. He was Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1337 and 1340, and Governor of the Castle of York. He married Margaret, daughter of William de Herle, one of the Justices of the Court of Common Pleas, and died of wounds which he had received at the battle of Neville's Cross on the 17th of October, a month before the date of his will. He had, as it appears, taken in the battle of Neville's Cross a prisoner of importance, whom, or rather whose ransom-money, he bequeaths." [Testamenta Eboracensia, citation details below; but note that Nichols' Leicestershire, which we follow in this instance, shows Emeline de Heron as his great-grandmother, not his mother.]

      Richardson's Royal Ancestry (2013 edition) calls him "Hugh de Hastings," but queried via email, Richardson graciously acknowledged the error and provided several references confirming that the husband of Margaret de Herle, father of Ralph Hastings MP, was indeed named Ralph.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1390] The Victoria County History of York North Riding. Portions online, linked from

    2. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    3. [S1389] A History of Northumberland in Three Parts, Part II, Vol. I, by John Hodgson. Newcastle: 1827.

    4. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004-ongoing.

    5. [S1388] Slingsby and Slingsby Castle by Arthur St. Clair Brooke. London: Methuen & Co., 1904., year only.

    6. [S1520] The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester by John Nichols. London, 1795-1815., year only.

    7. [S5159] The Parliamentary Representation of the County of York, 1258-1832 ed. A. Gooder. 2 volumes. Yorkshire Archaeological Society, 1935-38., year only.

    8. [S1392] Testamenta Eboracensia, Or, Wills Registered at York: Illustrative of the History, Manners, Language, Statistics, Etc. of the Province of York, from the Year MCCC Downwards (Surtees Soc. 4). London: J. B. Nichols and Son, 1836.