Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 1, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby. Originally published by J Throsby, Nottingham, 1790.
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King William's Land here was rated to the Geld at six Bovats and an half. (fn. 1) It should seem it, (fn. 2) cr Part of it became afterwards of the Earl of Richmona's Fee, because Richard de Sutton is said to hold of that Honor a Knight's Fee in Sutton, Carleton, and Meringes. (fn. 3) And before that I find that Alan de Mering, Son of Harvei, by the grant of Hervei de Sutton his Lord, gave one place of Land in the Territory of Mering, to the Canons of Radeford (by Wirksop.)
The first of this Family, which had their name from their Residence here, that I can reconcile to any certainty of Time, was Gillebertide Meringes, who granted to Raph Murdac (High Sheriff of these Counties, 30 H. 2. (fn. 4) ) six Acres of Meadow in Meringes, in that called Esteng, which Roger de Caisneta held of him for 2s. per Annum, as the said Raph Murdac was to do, who gave it away to the Priory of Lenton, for the health of his own Soul, and of Alexander de Cheinai's; and together with it, for the more abundant firmness and security of his said Gift, the writing which he had from the said Gilbert de Meringges, for which after his death, the Monks were to make a perpetual Anniversary, as for one of their Advocates, or principal Benefactors.
(fn. 5) The next whom I have found of this Place was Cerard de Mering, in the beginning of the Reign of Henry the Third.
(fn. 6) In the 40 H. 3. Roger de Lovetot the Sheriff, gave account of two Marks, of Gilb. de Mering, Ivetta his Wife, for having a Writ of Attaint.
(fn. 7) Robert de Mering, 32 E. 1. claimed the hearing of a Writ, which Guychard de Charun (Lord of Sutton by Mary his Wife, one of the Co-heirs) procured against him, for Services at Mering, due to the said Guichard: but it appeared by the Date of the Writ, that it was obtained eight Days before the fault was said to be made, therefore he had nothing by it. But this Guichard, I take upon further consideration, to be Son of him who married the Co-heir, but not by her, as in Sutton, may be observed; for I find Sir Robert de Mering, Knight, held of John de Muscam (Son of Gilbert and Agnes de Sutton another Co-heir, (fn. 8) ) all his Tenements in Mering, by Foreign Service; and that the said Robert redeemed the said Service, and Ward of his Heirs, of the said John. After the said Robert, succeeded John de Mering his Son, whose Son and Heir Thomas, married the Daughter of Peter Foun, of Marcham, who had the custody of the said Thomas under Age. Peter Foun had a Son and Heir called John, who died without Issue, and Thomas Mering became his Heir in Right of his Wife.
(fn. 9) Alice, who had been the Wife of Nicolas de Widmerpole, and Robert, Son of Nicolas de Widmerpole, had a Suit against Sir Thomas, Son and Heir of John, Son of Robert de Mering, 3 E. 3.
(fn. 10) A Fine was levied at York, 11 E. 3. of the Manor of Mering, between Thomas the elder Son of John de Mering, and Elizabeth his Wife, Quer. and Richard de Kelum of Sutton, Chaplain, Deforc. whereby it was settled on the said Thomas and Elizabeth, and the Heirs Males of their bodies; remainder to Bertram, Thomas and John, Sons of the said Thomas, and the Heirs Males of theirs successively; remainder to the Right Heirs of the said Thomas, Son of John.
(fn. 11) Thomas de Meering, who was Tenant by the Curtesie of England, after the death of Elizabeth his Wife, of the third Part of the Manor of Tuxford, &c. which her Father Peter Foun had by Margery her Mother, one of the three Daughters of Agnes, one of the three Daughters of Robert de Marcham, Son of Cecilia, one of the Sisters and heirs of the Lord Lexington, left a Son about 42 E. 3. called Francis de Mering, who was his Heir; but it seems he died without Issue, (fn. 12) because Alexander Mering, another of his Sons, had a Son, called William, Lord of this Manor, who married Elizabeth, one of the eight Daughters of Thomas Nevill of Rolleston, and by her had Elizabeth, Wife of John Strelley, and after of James Savage, and Margery, Wife of Thomas Basset of Fledborough, Mother of Katherin, Wife of Thomas Sutton of Averham, Ancestor of the present Lord Lexington, and a Son called Alexander Mering of Collingham, besides his Son and Heir William Mering, Father of William Mering, Father of Thomas Mering of Newark, (as I guess) to whom King Richard the Third, (fn. 13) by his Letters Patent dated the fourth of March, in the second Year of his Reign, granted the Manors of Raunardwyde, Ikylford, and Piryton in the County of Hartford, and Lands in Arkesey in the County of Bedford, which were Sir Roger Towcotes, Knight, then a Rebel, to have to him and the Heirs Males of his Body, and likewise Father of Sir William Mering, who was thrice married; one of his Wives I suppose to be Agnes, Heir of Henry Gloucester of Carcolston, by whom he had John Mering, who married Katherin one of the eight Sisters and Co-heirs of Sir John Hercy, of Grove, and by her had Francis, Thomas, and John, besides Sir William Mering, who had to Wife Margaret, the Daughter of Thomas Cave, of Stanford, and by her three Sons, Thomas, William, and Ambrose, and many Daughters, but of them I can say no more, saving that this Lordship was sold to George Earl of Shrowsbury, and is now the possession of his Grace the Duke of Newcastle.
Now some begin to esteem it out of this Wapentac; but in Nomina Villarum there was no doubt of it, for there it is joined with Gretton, as in that Place is noted.
A hamlet, which Lordship, the reader may observe above, Thoroton left in the hands of the Duke of Newcastle.