Monday, 30 November 2015

The Whitmore family in Staffordshire

The Whitmore family in Staffordshire stemmed from the Boterel family.
Here is some of their history.

Geoffrey Boterel II 1091-1148
Count of Penthièvre and Lamballe
m. Hawise of Dol c. 1113
Helped Matilda against Stephen in civil war.
Eldest son, so inherited family lands in Brittany. m Vigolenta de Nettleshead
Settled in Nettleshead, Suffolk in 1139. Deed of 6 Stephen 1141
– Brien’s old lands, but now held of Alan of Richmond
Died after fighting his two brothers for 7 years
Rivallon. c.1116-1162
Co-Count of Penthièvre 1148-62
Geoffrey Boterel III b.1141.
Count of Penthièvre 1164-77 .
Geoffrey Boterel III? occurs in the carta
of Wallingford in 1166 (Red Book of the
Exchequer, ed. H.Hall, 3 vols., Rolls
series, 1896, i, 309). Cons Newc 1169.
Cousin of GBIV so Alan so Henri.
Stephen II ‘Le Lépreux’
Co-Comte de Penthièvre 1162-1164
Peter Boterel
b. Staffs.1119?
Gave land to Abingdon Abbey 1154 to
expiate brother’s sin. Gave certain
freedoms to Godwin at Nettlestead 1153.
Lands in Oxfordshire and Berkshire
1166. Constable of Newcastle-under-
Lyme, Staffordshire 1165. Also lands in
Yorkshire. according to Liber Niger
1167. Also Surrey 1153-64.
of Hook Norton, Oxon.1138 – 1181–
witnessed deed of Peter to Abingdon
Abbey 1154. As a reward for helping his
father, Peter, defend Wallingford during
the civil war, Ralph (when 21?)was
enfeoffed 1159 by Lord d'Oilly at
Stonesfield, Oxfordshire with 1 knight's
fee - enough land to support himself and
his retainers (about 600 acres) in return
for giving 40 days military service per
annum 11 Hen. II 1166. But the king
needed the land for his mistress and, with
William Boterel
b.1118? Staffs. Constable of Wallingford
Castle, Oxfordshire1150-1157 While he
was constable at Wallingford, it
appears that the abbot of Abingdon paid
him a sum of money
on condition that he restrained his
followers from pillaging the
abbey lands. Sad to relate, William
accepted the money but his
men nevertheless raided the abbey estate
at Culham and William
refused redress. For this flagrant breach
of faith William was
excommunicated. Later, when he lay
dying of wounds, his brother
Peter sought pardon on his behalf and
offered a mill at Bensington
as compensation. William was granted a
death-bed absolution.. Went into decline
after brother’s gift – died of grief. In
Lincolnshire and London 1155 with

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