Records Relating To the Barony of Kendale: Volume 2. Originally published by Titus Wilson and Son, Kendal, 1924.
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1184–90 Hutred son of Osolf and his heirs gave to the canons of Cockersand land at Preston in Kendale lying next the great brook [Peasey Beck] which is the boundary between the two Prestons, below the highway which leads to Wathsuthenan, ascending that way to the head of the great tillage which crosses the tillage of Hoscal-hofeh [Oskill's Head], as the peat-moss meets the hard land in going round to the spring below Hoscal-houet, and by the syke of the spring to the said great brook, with common of pasture within Ekergart in Winter and Spring for eight beasts with calves, two horses and 20 sheep with lambs, and from the beginning of summer outside Ekergart with the donor's men until Martinmas; Cockersand Chartul., 1001.
1190–1220 Richard son of Hutred son of Osolf confirmed his father's gift to the canons, namely the land between the brook and the land of Henry de Mamecestre, son of Geoffrey [de Cheteham] on the east side of the way which leads to Wathsuthenan, where their buildings stand etc. (as above); ib., 1002.
Henry de Chetham gave to the same canons his part of the mill of Preston, which he had by the gift of Richard de Preston, for pittance of the convent, reserving the multure of the grain of his men there; with grant of the moiety of the forinsec multure, reserving the multure of his own house of Preston; and two a. in Houeskelleheuet; ib. 1003.
1198 A day was given to Anselm de Furness and Uchtred son of Osolf to hear their record and judgment of a plea of perambulation and division of lands on the octaves of St. John the Baptist. Curia Regis Rolls (P.R.O.) i, 51.
1220–46 Walter de Strikland confirms to the monks of St. Bees, 2 a. land in Stirkland, which Richard de Preston and his wife, Amabel, his (the grantor's) daughter, had given; Wilson, Reg. of St. Bees. 412-14.
1277–1307 John Gudeberd of Burnham (Bruham ?) and Margery his wife grant to Richard de Preston, son of Sir Richard de Preston, and to Amabill his wife and the heirs of Richard a messuage lying between Latuneland (fn. 1) and Richard's land in Great Stirkeland; D. at Sizergh.
1282 Demise by the abbot and convent of Cokersand to Richard de Preston (of Preston) in Kendall of the mill of Preston, etc. Witnesses, Henry de Lee, sheriff of Lancascer, Alan de Singilton, Henry le Botiler (pincerna), William le Botiler (pincerna), Benedict Gernet, William de Heton, John de Thatham (all domini). Dated in 10 Edward; Hist. MSS. Com., Rep. x, app. 4., p. 225.
1290 Walter de Stirklaund complains that Roger de Burton, Richard de Preston and many others came to his land in Nateland and took away his goods and those of Nicholas de Crakehale, his bondsman. Cal. Pat. Rolls, 1290, p. 408.
1295 At Kirkby in Kendale on the feast of the Apostles, Philip and James, 23 Edward I (1 May, 1295), Elizabeth daughter of Robert the clerk gave an acquittance to Richard de Preston, son of Sir Richard de Preston, for 21s. 7d., part of a legacy of 40s. of the testament of her mother; D. at Sizergh.
1301 Between William son of Margaret de Ros querent and Margaret de Ros deforciant of two messuages, 31 carucates and 45 acres of land, 15 mills, and one half share of three mills with appurtenances in Helsington, Preston Richard etc., in Westmorland. The same is held by the said William and his heirs the remainder being to Marmaduke de Twenge in perpetuity; the said Margaret warrants to the said William and his heirs and also to the said Marmaduke and his heirs. Feet of Fines, 29 Edward I, n. 62.
1315 Amabill late the wife of Richard de Preston made fine with the king by 40s. for pardon in acquiring from Margaret de Ros 40s. of rent in [Great] Stirklaund; Abbrev. R. Original, i, 214; Cal. Pat. R. 1315, p. 302.
1335 Exemption for life of Richard de Preston (fn. 2) from being put on assize etc. or appointed sheriff etc.; Cal. Pat. R. 1335, p. 187.
Licence granted to Richard de Preston, the elder, and John de Haveryngton of Thirneby to alienate in mortmain to the abbot and convent of Hepp two messuages, 31 a. land etc. in Bampton Cundale and Heppe. Cal. Pat. Rolls, 1341, p. 305.
1358 John de Preston, elder, demands against Joan late the wife of John de Haveryngton and Sibyl late the wife of Thomas de Levenes that the said Joan render 60s. and the said Sibyl 40s. which they respectively owe him; ib., Hil., 393, m. 99d.
1388 Cecily late the wife of Thomas de Stirkeland, knt., appoints her son, Thomas de Stirkeland to be steward of all her lands etc. in co. Westmorland. Dated at Preston in Kendale, in 12 Richard II; ib.
1390 Richard de Preston held of Thomas de Ros, chivaler, the manor of Preston Richard by knight's service, which Richard died seised of the said manor, his heir being a minor and in the custody of the said Thomas, the manor was therefore in the possession of the said Thomas de Ros on the day he died; Chan. Inq. p.m., 14 Richard II, n. 41.
17 November, 1362. Order for the payment to James de Pykeryng and John de Preston of £19 12s. for their expenses for 49 days at the Parliament summoned at Westminster a fortnight after Michaelmas last; Cal. Close R., 1362, p. 440.
1 June 1362. William de Wyndesore chivaler going to Ireland on the king's service, has letters nominating John de Preston of Kendale and Roger de Levenes as his attorneys for one year; Cal. Pat. R. 1362. p. 217. He has like letters nominating John de Wyndesore of Kendale and John son of William de Stoke, clerk, his attorneys;ib.
29 March, 1371. Order to pay Hugh de Louthre and John de Preston, knights of the shire of Westmorland £19 12s. for 49 days at the Parliament summoned at Westminster on the feast of St. Matthias last; Cal. Pat. R. 1371, p. 289. In 1380 John de Preston was on the commission of the peace for Westmorland; ib., 1380, p. 515. He occurs as justice as "the elder," for many years down to 1390, and as John de Preston simply for many later years. In 1398 a commission was appointed to inquire about dissensions between John de Preston and John son of Thomas de Middleton and others, who lay in wait to kill the said John de Preston and his friends; ib. 1398, p. 503. In 1405 John de Preston and the sheriff of Westmorland were commissioned to inquire about the failure of the prior and convent of Watton to find three canons to dwell in a cell of the priory at Ravenstandale to celebrate for the good estate of the king and the souls of his progenitors and to do alms and other works of piety there according to the original foundation of the priory; ib. 1405, p. 63.
1394–1428 John de Preston, was a justice of the king's bench; recorder of London in 1406; sergeant-at-law in 1411; raised to the bench of the Common Pleas in 1415; retired in 1428; Foss, The Judges of England (ed. 1870), 538.
1404 Commission to Simon Blakeburn, serjeant at arms, to receive John de Preston and Robert his son, Matthew del Grene, and John de Sygilswyk, detained in the prison within the king's castle of Pevensey, with the cause of their seizure and bring them before the king; Cal. Pat. R. 1404, p. 364.
1420 John de Penyngton, knt., appoints Richard de Preston, his attorney to deliver seisin to John de Preston of Bygynges of all his lands etc. in co. Westmorland. Dated at Mulcaster, on Wednesday after St. John of Beverley, 8 Henry v (8 May, 1420). Heraldic seal broken; Orig. at Sizergh.
1445 It was found by inquest that in the Chapel of St. Gregory by Preston Richard, par. Burton (sic) a chantry was founded by John de Preston, late one of the justices of the Bench, and incorporated of two chaplains to celebrate divine service for the souls of him and his ancestors; that the founder enfeoffed John Urswyk, Thomas Barburn, Nicholas Preston, clerk, and Robert Preston and their heirs of premises in London (described) to the use of Roger Casterton and Henry Preston, then chaplains of the said chantry, without licence, and that the feoffees named continued their estate in the premises contrary to the statute of mortmain; whereupon the king granted the premises to two of his serjeants, in survivorship; Cal. Pat. R. 1445 pp. 366, 373.
1452 Grant by Nicholas Radclyff, knt., John Knobilhowe, parson of the church of Lamplugh, William Farlam and Robert Roskyll, chaplain, to John son of John Penyngton, esq., and to Isabel his wife, daughter of John Broghton, esq., of a yearly rent after the death of John Penyngton, knt., in Preston in Kendale. Dated 12 August, 30 Hen. VI. Hist. MSS. Com., Rep. x, App. IV, p. 225.
1477 Pardon of outlawry for Roger Bateman of Preston in Kendale, chapman, administrator of the goods of Roger Bek, who died intestate for not appearing to answer Dennis Bayle touching a debt of £4; Cal. Pat. R. 1477, p. 28.
William Pennyngton, the elder, knight, on the day he died and William Pennyngton, junior and Mary Strykland, daughter of Walter Strykland, were seised in their demesne as of fee tail of the manor of Preston Richard and of Little Langden according to the tenor and effect of the charter of Richard Barwis, Francis Maundforde, John Thwaites with others dated 4 June, 20 Henry VIII (1528). The manor of Preston is worth yearly £20 and more; Little Langden is worth yearly £10 and more. The manor of Preston is held of the castle of Kendall by service unknown; Little Langden is held of the duke of Richmond by service unknown. He died 20 May, 24 Henry VIII (1532) and William Pennyngton his son is his next heir, aged 14 years; Excheq. Inq. p.m., Ser. ii, file 131, n. 3.
Burial in the parishe Churchyarde of Heversham nigh unto my father and my owne child. Wife Elizabeth Atkinson my estate of my cottage for life or widdowhood, then to William Atkinson my son, and if he should die before the age of 21, then to Thomas Atkinson, my brother John youngest son, the said Thomas paying my sister £3 6s. 8d. Son William my suit of best apparrell etc. Brother John second best suit of apparrell. Sister Alice two of my best sheipe, etc. Sister Agnes one sheipe. Aunt Elsabeth one paire of sleeves. Residue to Elizabeth my wife, and to be sole executrix.
c1600 John Preston, of Holker, esq., son and heir of Christopher Preston, married Mabel, daughter and coheir of George Benson of Hugill, and with her obtained one moiety of the manor of Preston Richard; Nicolson and Burn, i, 212.
1623 George Preston, who died in 1640, settled the manor or lordship of Preston Richard and lands in Heversham upon himself for life with remainder to his younger son, George. See Kirkby Lonsdale; Court of Wards, Inq. p.m., vol. 94, n. 207.