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William de Freney

Male Bef 1154 - Aft 1203  (> 51 years)


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  • Name William de Freney  [1, 2
    Born Bef 1154  Clipsham, Stamford, Rutland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1203  Belton, Uppingham, Rutland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I4245  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DK, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Ralph de Freney,   d. Aft 1166, Belton, Uppingham, Rutland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4969  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice,   d. Aft 1205, Belton, Uppingham, Rutland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Juliana de Freney,   b. of Belton, Uppingham, Rutland, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F1763  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Also called William de Fraisneto of Belton.

      BELTON,

      The manor of BELTON was probably one of the berewicks attached to the manor of Ridlington in 1086. It was presumably alienated by the Crown with the manor of Oakham (q.v.) in the 12th century, and from that time was held of the castle and manor of Oakham as one knight's fee.

      The first sub-tenant of the manor seems to have been Ralph de Freney (de Fraisneto, du Frenai), who granted land belonging to his fee in Belton to the Priory of St. Mary at Brooke, probably at its foundation by Hugh de Ferrers before 1153. Whether Ralph held the whole manor or whether its division into moieties had already taken place is unknown. Ralph was living in 1166-7, and was succeeded by his son William, mentioned in relation to Rutland from 1175 to 1203. William refers in charters to Brooke Priory, to his sons Robert, his heir, and Reginald. Robert possibly died without issue, as Reginald succeeded to Belton, where he had held a virgate of land in his father's lifetime. He lost his property in England, as a Norman, in 1205, but Alice de Freney, probably holding the manor in dower as widow of William de Freney, leased in that year a carucate of land to Peter de Aslaketon. After her death the manor reverted to the chief lords, and in 1232 Henry III intimated to Peter Fitz Herbert and Isabel his wife, then overlords, that it was his pleasure that they should restore Belton to Henry son of Reginald de Freney. Before 1237 Henry de Freney sold a moiety of the manor of Belton to Hugh de Mortimer, son of Isabel by her former husband Roger de Mortimer. On his death it passed to his mother, who was the tenant in 1244, when Alice, widow of Hugh, sued her mother-in-law for dower in Belton. Alice, however, was required to give an undertaking that if she recovered dower, it should revert to the Crown after the death of Isabel. Isabel died in 1252, when the overlordship reverted to the Crown and passed in that year with Oakham (q.v.) to Richard, Earl of Cornwall.
      ['Parishes: Belton', A History of the County of Rutland: Volume 2 (1935), pp. 27-32.]

      CLIPSHAM,

      The manor of CLIPSHAM is not mentioned in Domesday Book (1086), but it was presumably in the king's hands until granted away with the manor and castle of Oakham by Henry I in the 12th century. From this time it was held of the Castle of Oakham by the service of one knight's fee, and formed part of Oakham Soke. The first recorded tenant of the manor seems to have been William de Freney (de Fraisneto), against whom the Templars brought a plea of warranty for 4 bovates of land in Clipsham in 1203. From this date the manor followed the descent of that of Belton (q.v.). ['Parishes: Clipsham', A History of the County of Rutland: Volume 2 (1935), pp. 41-45.]


      EARSHAM,

      There was a manor here, which formerly belonged to William de Fraxineto, or Freney, who gave the tithes of the demeans of it to the monks at Castleacre; it after came to Rog. de Glanvile, who confirmed that donation, as did Simon Bishop of Norwich in 1265; but it extinguished or was joined to the other manor, for I meet with nothing of it since. ['Hundred of Earsham', An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: volume 5 (1806), pp. 313-318.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S66] An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk by Francis Blomefield. William Miller, 1805.

    2. [S977] The Blackmans of Knight's Creek: Ancestors and Descendants of George and Maria (Smith) Blackman by Henry James Young. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 1980.

    3. [S64] The Victoria County History of Rutland. Portions online, linked from medievalgenealogy.org.uk.