||For parish map see Warton, ante.
||a Statistics from Bd. of Agric. (1905).
||Information of Mr. Harcourt E.
||a V.C.H. Lancs. i, 272. The separate
assessment of Dalton is not recorded.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 90. The marriage
of Roger's daughter is probably referred
to in a pleading of 1292, when Roger de
Burton claimed estovers of housebote and
heybote in 600 acres of wood in Dalton
against Roger son of Henry de Croft and
others. The jury found it proved that
about the time of King Richard the lord
of Dalton married his daughter to the
lord of Burton, who afterwards had
several children. The said lord of Dalton
once went to Burton and found his
daughter and her children without any
fire, and when he asked the reason she
said she had nothing to burn, whereupon
he allowed the estovers sought. The
plaintiff in 1292 withdrew his claim, but
Roger de Croft allowed him and his heirs
to take fifteen cartloads of dry wood
yearly; Assize R. 408, m. 40.
||Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 77, &c. See
also the account of Southworth with
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 90, 141.
Gilbert de Croft gave land in Dalton to
Lulbetta his niece; Raines MSS. (Chet.
Lib.), xxxviii, 565, from the Legh of
||Gilbert son of Roger and Henry his
son occur in an agreement of 1228;
Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
i, 54. In 1235 William de Preese
released his right in two plough-lands in
Dalton to Gilbert de Croft; ibid. 70.
||For the good of the souls of himself,
hit wife, his father Roger and his brother
Roger, Gilbert granted the canons 12 acres
of his land next the boundaries of Burton
and Yealand in pure alms; Cocker sand
Chartul. (Chet. Soc), iii, 1009.
By the fine of 1228 already referred
to William son of Henry obtained 10
acres in Dalton (out of half a ploughland claimed) lying between Arklesthorn
and Soudhusthorn and extending to the
highway which was the boundary between
Dalton and Burton; he was to pay 2s. 6d.
yearly. He and his men of Burton were
to have housebote and heybote and common of pasture in Dalton. The land so
obtained was immediately given to Cockersand Abbey by William de Hothwaite;
Chartul. iii, 1010. William son of Henry
de Hothwaite's release of half a ploughland to Gilbert de Croft is in Raines
MSS. loc. cit.
||Gilbert de Croft and Henry his son
attested a Burton charter; Cockersand
Chartul. iii, 1005. Henry married Alice
sister and eventually heir of William
de Kellet of Over Kellet.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 158.
||He paid 10s. for his relief and had
livery 29 Oct. 1243; Excerpta e Rot. Fin.
(Rec. Com.), i, 408.
Eva daughter of Gilbert Prat of Dalton
in 1247 released to Roger de Croft her
lord all her land in the township, in return
for 3 marks which he had given her in her
great need; Raines MSS. xxxviii, 567.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 199;
Henry had been espoused in marriage
five years before his father's death.
||In 1269 there was a dispute over the
wardship of Roger son and heir of Henry
de Croft of Dalton, which the king had
given to Roger de Lancaster; Curia
Regis R. 195, m. 16.
In 1276 it was stated that Roger son
of Henry de Croft was in ward to Geoffrey
de Nevill and Margaret his wife; De
Banco R. 14, m. 70.
Henry's younger sons John and Henry
appear to be the ancestors of the Crofts of
Durslet and Claughton respectively.
||Roger de Burton in 1288 complained
that Roger son of Henry de Croft and
Ralph son of Ralph de Dalton had deprived him of estovers in 100 acres in
Dalton appertaining to his manor of
Burton; Assize R. 1277, m. 32a d. In
1278 he had made a similar complaint
against John de Croft; De Banco R. 27,
Adam de Burton granted land in Dry
Burlon in the vill of Dalton to Roger son
of Henry de Croft his lord, and Alan son
of Alexander de Kirkby Ireleth (Yi'laus)
also granted him land there; Raines MSS.
John son of Adam de Burton granted
the same Roger land between the road
from Clerkthorp through the vill of Burton
to the vineyard (vinarium) of Dalton, and
the moss of Hilderstone; ibid. 577. John
son of Adam de Dry Burton was plaintiff
in 1292; Assize R. 408, m. 42.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 292.
In 1292 he had a dispute with Margaret
widow of Geoffrey de Genevill as to right
of common in Dalton by Hutton; Assize
R. 408, m. 4. He had also a dispute
with the three daughters and heirs of
Roger Sely—Agnes wife of Thomas de
Brunhow, Ellen and Margery—who recovered their father's land; ibid. m. 17.
This case occurs later; Assize R. 1299,
m. 14 d.; 1306, m. 20, 20 d.
||Chart. R. 97 (32 Edw. I), m. 2, no.
||Henry son of Roger de Croft was in
1313–14 defendant to a claim by Henry
son of Henry de Croft; Assize R. 424,
m. 4, 10. He obtained land in Dry
Burton in Dalton from Ralph son of John
de Dry Burton in 1312; Raines MSS.
Henry and Agnes his wife in 1310 and
1316 obtained lands in Priest Hutton,
called Quenildtoft, &c, from Alice widow
of William Scot and others; ibid. 581.
In 1324 Henry son of Roger de Croft
was recorded to hold the manor of Dalton
by a rent of 10s., doing suit to county and
wapentake courts; Lancs. Inq. and Extents,
ii, 118, 170.
In addition to Dalton Henry de Croft
held the manor of Leighton Conyers. Of
both of them he made a settlement in
1325, recorded in 1328, by which Leighton
was granted to his son John, who had
married Alina; Final Conc. ii, 70. The
wife's name is given as Alice in the
licence to Henry de Croft to make the
enfeoffment; Cal. Pat. 1324–7, p. 125.
Surv. of 1346 (Chet. Soc), 68; John
de Croft held a plough-land and a half by
the rent of 10s., doing suit to county and
wapentake and rendering puture. He
rendered the full service, though half a
plough-land had been alienated.
John de Croft appears as plaintiff or
defendant in 1355–6; Duchy of Lanc.
Assize R. 4, m. 21 d.; 5, m. 7.
Richard son of John de Croft of Dalton
obtained a pardon in 1394; Cal. Pat.
1391–6, p. 388. He had had lands in
Durslet and Bowerland from his father in
1359; Dods. MSS. cviii, fol. 114b. His
son Peter is named in 1410; ibid.
||As there were two Johns in succession, it is difficult to distinguish them.
In 1368–75 John de Croft complained
that various persons had been hunting in
his free warren at Dalton; De Banco R.
432, m. 284; 452, m. 113; 458, m. 53.
In 1371 John son of John de Croft
purchased a small estate in Dalton from
Adam de Torbock, Alice his wife, William
Erie and Agnes his wife, all of Burrow,
being the inheritance of Alice and Agnes;
Final Conc. ii, 179.
John de Croft of Dalton had licence to
impark 300 acres of wood and 200 acres
of arable in 1372; Rot. Lit. Pat. (Rec.
This was perhaps the younger John,
who is styled knight in 1384 and chivaler
in 1386 and later; Cal. Pat. 1381–5,
p. 482; Dods. MSS. cviii, fol. 113b, 114.
||There are deeds relating to this marriage in Raines, op. cit, and Dods. MSS.
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), i, 140;
the manor of Dalton was held by the
ancient services. Sir John's seal, showing the coat lozengy, is appended to
several of the Legh of Lyme deeds;
Raines MSS. xxxviii, 585, &c. His
widow was named Joan (ibid. 589), but
about 1398 he had a wife Mabel and
sons John and Peter; ibid. 569; Dods.
MSS. cviii, fol. 112, 114b. A daughter
Ellen married Thomas de Dacre c. 1386;
ibid. fol. 113b.
||In 1429 Nicholas Croft obtained a
lease of the rectory of Hornsea from
St. Mary's Abbey, York; Raines MSS.
xxxviii, 569. In 1439 he made a feoffment of the mill of Dalton and various
Nicholas was living in 1442–3, when
he made a settlement of his manors of
Dalton, Yealand Conyers, &c.; Dods.
MSS. cviii, fol. m. He had a daughter
Agnes, married to Robert son of Sir
Robert Lawrence; ibid. fol. 112b.
||Nicholas Croft in 1428 granted the
manor of Dalton to his son James;
Raines MSS. xxxviii, 569. In 1438 he
demised Dalton Hall to James for eleven
years; ibid. 589.
James Crolt was a trustee for Robert
Washington in 1437; Dods. MSS. cviii,
fol. 113. About the same time he
obtained a lease of a lead mine in Bowland; Dep. Keeper's Rep. xl, App. 535.
James Croft of Dalton the elder was
defendant in 1448; Pal. of Lanc. Plea
R. 11, m. 1.
||The writ of diem cl. extr. was issued
8 Apr. 1457; Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxvii,
||The articles of marriage between
Alison daughter of James son of Nicholas
Croft and Geoffrey Middleton are dated
1438–9; Dods. MSS. cxlix, fol. 149.
Mabel is said to have married Piers
son of Sir Piers Legh about 1455; her
husband died in 1468, ten years before
his father, but Mabel lived till 1475;
Earwaker, East Ches. ii, 294, 303. Her
will is in Raines MSS. xxxviii, 573.
An ancient but erroneous version of the
descent may be added, as it gives an
additional detail: Sir William Harrington -da. Alice, w. of Sir Nicholas Croft
-s. John -da. Ellen, w. of Piers Legh
-da. Margery -s. Robert Orrell; Pal. of
Lanc. Sess. Papers, bdle. 2.
||Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 68, m. 7;
Raines MSS. xxxviii, 569, 573.
||Sir Piers Legh was in 1498 called
upon to prove his right to free warren
and park at Dalton; Pal. of Lanc. Writs
Prothon. 13 Hen. VII.
Lands in Dalton were in 1539 assigned
for the maintenance of a chaplain in
Winwick Church; Raines MSS. xxxviii,
591; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), ii, 198.
A rent from Dalton was payable to a
chantry at Disley in Cheshire; Lancs.
and Ches. Rec. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), 1, 113.
The manor is named regularly in the
Legh inquisitions. Sir Piers Legh, kt.
and priest, died in 1527 holding it, with
land in Dalton and Aykbank, of the
king as of his duchy by a rent of 10s;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, no. 63.
This statement of tenure was repeated in
1636; ibid, xxviii, no. 32.
Sir Piers Legh made a feoffment of
this manor in 1615; Pal. of Lanc. Feet
of F. bdle. 84, no. 51. It occurs later in
settlements of the Legh estates, e.g. in
1724; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 518, m. 5.
||Pal. of Lanc. Aug. Assizes, 43 Geo. III
(fines). The deforciants were Thomas
Lord Lilford and wife, George Anthony
Legh Keck and wife, James John Hornby
and wife. Geoffrey and Edmund Hornby
were vouchees in a recovery of the manors
of Dalton and Pilling in 1810; ibid.
Lent Assizes, 50 Geo. III, rot. 6.
||The pedigree is thus given in Burke's
Landed Gentry: (Rev.) Geoffrey Hornby,
d. 1812 -s. Edmund, d. 1857 -s. Edmund
George, d. 1865 -s. Edmund Geoffrey
||The name has many forms, including Duresflat, Dorselett, Duorslacke,
Deerslack and Deerslet.
||John son of Henry de Croft occurs
with Roger son of Henry in 1293;
Coram Rege R. 137, m. 3 d.
John had two sons, John and Roger.
Roger son of Henry de Croft granted
land in Dalton to John son of John de
Croft at 1d. rent; Raines MSS. xxxviii,
565. Roger son of John de Croft granted
land in Bowerland in Dalton to his brother
John; ibid. 577. In 1316–17 and
1322–3 John de Croft of Durslet gave
his lands to Henry son of Roger de
Croft; ibid. 567, 581.
Roger retained his lands. In 1311–12
Henry de Croft allowed an approvement
in Swynesterig in Dalton made by Roger;
ibid. 579. In addition to Durslet he
had land in Kellet; his son was named
Adam; Dods. MSS. cviii, fol. 112. He
had other sons, Henry and Thomas;
ibid. fol. 112b. These were probably
the Henry and Thomas de Durslet who
in 1336 became bound to Roger their
father; Raines MSS. xxxviii, 567.
John de Croft died in 1347, leaving as
heir his grandson John (son of Adam),
then five years old. He had lands in
Tewitfield, Kellet and Priest Hutton; in
Dalton he held a messuage and oxgang of
land of John de Croft of Dalton by the
service of a rose yearly; Inq. p.m. 21
Edw. III (1st nos.), no. 42. Henry de
Haydock (? 1356) had custody of the
land and heir of John de Croft, who
was son of Adam and left a daughter
and heir named Joan; Dods. MSS. cviii,
fol, 111. But in 1360 Sir William de
Hesketh was executor of Margery widow
of Adam son of John de Croft, and sold
the wardship of Adam's land to Henry
de Haydock, John the son and heir of
Adam de Croft being a minor; ibid, cxlix,
||See the accounts of Tewitfield in
Warton and Yealand Conyers.
Thomas Middleton died in 1517 holding a messuage, &c, called Durslet and
land in Dalton of the king as duke by
the ninth part of a knight's fee; Duchy
of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iv, no. 97. The same
tenure is recorded in later inquisitions,
e.g. in 1641; ibid, xxix, no. 64.
||Information of Mr. Hornby.
||The Rev. Geoffrey Hornby in 1797
obtained part of the manor of Dalton and
land there from Bathurst Pye; Pal. of
Lanc. Lent Assizes, 37 Geo. III.
In 1278 Benedict Gernet in right of
Margaret his wife held land in Dalton
which had belonged to Hugh de Dalton,
whose son Thomas was claiming; Assize
R. 1238, m. 33 d. In 1371 John son
of Robert Gernet released to Sir John
de Nevill his claim in his father's land in
Dalton; Exch. Aug. Off. Misc. Bks.
xxxviii, no. 49.
Robert son of Henry de Hest in 1292
released to Rogerson of Rogerde Lancaster
land in Dalton; Assize R. 408, m. 71 d.
John de Washington of Caton and
Alice his wife claimed dower in ten messuages, &c, in Dalton against Alice de
Rydal in 1366; De Banco R. 421,
m. 383 d.
Thomas Osbaldeston in 1611 had land
in Durslet as of the inheritance of John
Bradley of Beetham; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i, 179.
||Duchy of Lane. Plead. Eliz. clxxiii,
||Ibid, clxxvii, K 7; clxxxiii, K 7.
Inq. Nonarum (Rec. Com.), 36.