Townships: Roeburndale

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A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 8. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1914.

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Reburndale, 1285.

This is a wide tract of hill country, most of it quite solitary, though the northern end has many farmsteads. The southern boundary is formed by Mallowdale Fell, a ridge 1,750 ft. above sea level. The Roebum rises in the south-east corner and flows north-west and then north to join the Hindburn at Wray; the latter half of its course lies through a wooded valley. On the western side it has Haylot, Winder and Whit Moor, the boundary hills decreasing in height till 600 ft. marks the northern boundary; on the eastern side are Salter Fell, Goodber Fell, Harterbeck and Outhwaite. The area is 8,840½ acres, (fn. 1) and the population in 1901 numbered 95.

There are roads up the valley from Wray and Hornby, as well as footpaths. One of these roads goes along the high ground of Salters Fell and over the border into Yorkshire; not a house is passed for many miles.


There was properly speaking no manor of ROEBURNDALE, which was part of the forest of the lords of Hornby, (fn. 2) and it continues to be part of the Hornby estate. It is scarcely ever named in the records, (fn. 3) but in the 16th and 17th centuries some minor estates appear, such as Scambler, (fn. 4) Outhwaite (fn. 5) and Winder. (fn. 6) John Coulston of Kellet in Roeburndale registered his estate in 1717 as a 'Papist. (fn. 7)


  • 1. 8,824 acres, including 19 of inland Water; Census Rep. 1901.
  • 2. This ' forest of Roger de Montbegon ' is mentioned in 1199 in the description of the bounds of Littledale in Caton; Chart. R. (Rec. Com.), xlb. The 'chase of Roeburndale' is mentioned in a fine concerning the Hornby fee in 1363; Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), ii, 169.
  • 3. In 1285 the agistment of Roeburndale was valued at, £6 19s. a year; Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 261. James King of Hornby and Roeburndale paid £10 in 1631 on refusing knighthood; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 220.
  • 4. Percival Harrington of Huyton, who died in 1535, held four messuages, &c, in Scambler of Lord Mounteagle; Duchy of Lane. Inq. p.m. viii, no. 41. In 1569 William Middlebrook as feoffee of Richard Primett deceased claimed a moiety of the messuage called Scambler against the executors; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), ii, 380. Thomas Benison the younger, an attorney, was in 1688 described as of Scambler House. About 1720 he married Anne Winder, daughter and heir of John Dowbiggin, and settled in Hornby, dying in 1738; Pal. Note-Bk. iii, 261, 280.
  • 5. Margaret de Nevill, widow, lady of Hornby, in 1316–17 granted Ulvethwaite in the hamlet of Wray to the occupier, Adam the Tanur of Hornby, with remainder to his son William de Hornby and issue; Dods. MSS. cxlix, fol. 93b. Sir Robert de Nevill released to Adam de Hornby and his heirs his title in lands held by Adam for life in Hornby, Wray and Melling; ibid. William Kirkby of Upper Rawcliffe in 1596 held land in Outhwaite (Ulthwait) and Roeburndale as part of his Tatham estate; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xvii, no. 16. John Hind died in or before 1627, when it was found that he held a messuage and land in Outhwaite of Henry Lord Morley and Mounteagle as of the manor of Hornby. Robert (perhaps a brother) was his next heir, and twenty-six years of age, but the deceased had by his will (1623) left the property to a brother Francis Hind-, Towneley MS. C 8, 13 (Chet. Lib.), 508.
  • 6. Henry Faithwaite of Littledale in 1719 married Elizabeth daughter of Thomas Dowbiggin of High Winder (who had died in 1695) and heir of her brother Lancelot; and in 1735–6 he paid the customary rent of 10s. 4½d. for High Winder to the steward of Francis Charteris; Mr. J. R. Faithwaite's D.
  • 7. Estcourt and Payne, Engl. Cath. Nonjurors, 144.