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THE
GRESLEYS OF DRAKELOWE



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(Froiti Brit. Mils. M5. Hail. 420J, /ol. 1/2, of llic ijlli ceiil. : see />. 43)



(5te0feg0 of ©raftefowe

An Account of the Family, and Notes of its
connexions by Marriage and Descent
from the Norman Conquest
to the Present Day



fVi^/i Appendixes, Pedigrees and Illustrations



COMPILED BY

FALCONER MADAN, MA.

FELLOW OF BRASENOSE COLLEGE, OXFORD



Oxford

PRINTED FOR SUBSCRIBERS
1899



Slpeliorc fide qiuim iformiui

GRESLEY MOTTO.

More Faithful than Fortunate.

In what old story far away,
In what great action is enshrined,
The sad sweet motto which to-day
Around the Gresleys' name is twined ?

Was it for country or for crown
They played a grand tho' tragic part?
Or did they lay their fortune down
To strive to win one careless heart?

We cannot tell : but this we know,
That they who chose in that dim past
Those noble ■words, — come weal come woe —
Stood by them stedfast to the last.

And this we feel, when deep in dust
Lie eartlily hopes and worldly state,
In that far Land where all is just,
The Faithful will be Fortunate.

FLORENCE SEVERNE.



1131129
CONTENTS



Preface



PAGE

vii



CHAP.

I. The Norman Family of Toeni, and its settlement in

England ^

II. Robert de Stafford and Nigel de Stafford . . . i6

III. The early Gresleys ^4

IV. The Gresleys in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries . 52

Notes ''^

V. The line of Baronets from 1611 to 1837 .... 80

Notes ^4i 95

VI. The line of Baronets from 1837 to the present time . 129

VII. The Collateral Branches, from the seventeenth

century : — ^34

A. The Worcestershire and Bristol Gresleys . 135

B. The Australian Gresleys 142

C. The North Wales and Liverpool Gresleys . 146

D. The family of Richard Gresley . . . .148

E. Unidentified Gresleys '53

Notes ^^'

VIII. Drakelowe. By Sir Robert Gresley, Baronet . . 161

Notes (list of portraits, etc.) ^^5

A3



vl Contents

APPENDIXES.

PAGE

A. Gresley Castle, Priory, and Church 171

B. Notes on the Manors and Possessions of the Family . 182

C. The Gresley Arms, Seals, Crest, and Motto . . . 205

D. The Grellys, Barons of Manchester, the Greasleys, and

OTHER families OF SIMILAR NAME BUT UNCONNECTED
WITH THE GrESLEYS 2o8

E. Account of the MSS. and Authorities used (the Gresley

Chartulary, the Drakelowe Muniments, the Rev.

J. M. Gresley's Collections, etc.) .... 212

PEDIGREES.

ToENi (i) 223

Gresley (ii-vii) 224

Families which have intermarried with the Gresleys, in

alphabetical order (viii-lj;xiii) 235

Index 301

ILLUSTRATIONS.

Sir Peter de Gresley {coloured) to face title

Drakelowe to face p. 161

Gresley Priory {plan) to face p. 174

Gresley Church to face p. 179



PREFACE



The present volume is the best description which the
author is able to give of the successive generations of
a remarkable family. An ideal family history would require
historical genius in the writer, leisure for research, a lavish
outlay, and plentiful material. In the present instance the
last of these conditions is the only one of which fulfilment
can be claimed. The late Rev. John Morewood Gresley,
a trained antiquary, amassed a large number of Gresley
records from authentic sources, and the contemplation of
these, late in the year 1895, was the cause of the present
endeavour to raise a memorial both of Mr. Gresley's labours
and of the ancient family to which he belonged.

The Gresley family is perhaps unique in combining a
proved succession in the male line from the eleventh century
to the present time with the occupation for the last seven
hundred years of a manor which was held by an ancestor at
the time of the Domesday Survey. The property and in-
fluence of the Gresleys have been almost equally divided
between Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire,
Drakelowe lying in Derbyshire near the point where the
three shires meet; and in each they have held a high
position and have formed connexions by marriage with the
leading families. Their antiquity and local fixity attracted
the attention of Sir Henry Ellis [Infrod. to Domesday
i. 346-7), the Rev. R. W. Eyton (Salt Society's publications
i. 223), and other antiquaries: while, if the link with the
Norman family of Toeni be accepted, the pedigree in the
male line is continuous for nine hundred years.



viil Preface

The story begins with the prominent Norman family of
Toeni, the head of which was hereditary Standard-bearer
of the Dukes of Normandy. At the Battle of Hastings, how-
ever, Ralph de Toeni asked permission to fight in the ranks,
and his services and those of his brother, Robert de Stafford,
were rewarded with broad lands in England after the
Conquest. A Nigel de Stafford who also appears as an
extensive landowner at the time of the Domesday Survey,
was in all probability the son of Robert, and was certainly
the father of the first who bore the name of Gresley. The
curious legend of the Devil of Drakelowe supplies the reason
why the family name was Gresley rather than Drakelowe.

The Gresleys thenceforward seem to have lived for some
years at Gresley Castle, and, as holding their lands in capite,
ranked among the Barones minores. They took their full
share of military service as knights : indeed one generation,
the family of Sir Peter, was so exceedingly militant as to
deserve a less honourable appellation. The family steadily
increased in wealth until a marriage with the heiress of the
Wasteneys of Colton, in the middle of the fourteenth century,
raised it to a leading position in the county — a position
retained more by diplomacy than force through the Wars of
the Roses. In Elizabeth's time the head of the family incurred
debts which caused the sale of Colton and several other
manors, and the baronetcy conferred on Sir George Gresley
in 1611 was not accompanied by any retrieval of these losses.
In the Civil War the first Baronet was a Parliamentarian,
but his grandson. Sir Thomas, was in favour after the
Restoration, and by his marriage recovered an important
part of the property which had been sold at the beginning
of the century.

At this point the family divides into two branches, the
eldest son William carr^ang on the line of Baronets and
residing at Drakelowe, while the younger, Thomas, became
the progenitor of a line of Squires and Rectors of Seile,
residing at Nether Seile. In 1837 however, with Sir Roger
Gresley, the elder branch died out, and the Rector of Seile



Preface ix

at that time, who was Sir Roger's first and fourth cousin,
became the ninth Baronet, and was the grandfather of the
present Baronet, Sir Robert, whose two sons augur well for
the continuance of this wonderful pedigree.

The present volume is not published. Every member of
the William Salt Archaeological Society receives a copy
of the ordinary edition, as do subscribers before issue,
a list of whom is subjoined. The special edition is limited
to fifty copies, which have all been subscribed for.

The author has to offer his best thanks to many welcome
helpers. The present head of the family, Sir Robert Gresle}',
Baronet, of Drakelowe, Burton on Trent, has taken a warm
personal interest in the scheme, and has himself contributed
chapter VIII; and Major-General the Hon. George Wrot-
tesley, who is the Hfe and soul of the William Salt Society
and an indefatigable historian, has given most valuable help,
especially in the earlier chapters : while Mr. J. Horace Round,
Lord Hawkesbury, Miss Agnes Gresley of Barton under
Needwood, Mr. Nigel Gresley (for the Australian branch)
and Miss Govett (for the Bristol Gresleys), with others too
numerous to mention, have supplied valuable information.

Notes and criticisms of the present book will be gladly
received, in view of the possible issue of a few pages of
Addenda at some later period.



Brasenose College, Oxford.
September^ 1899.



LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS



(^An asterisk indicates that more than one copy is subscribed for.)



ORDINARY EDITION

The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London.

C. B. Ball, Esq., M.D., 24 Merrion Square, N., Dublin.

Prof. Sir Robert Ball, The Observatory, Cambridge.

Roger Bass, Esq., West Hallam Hall. Derby.

H. H. Bemrose, Esq., Lonsdale Hill, Derby.

Reginald Blomfield, 51 Frognal, Hampstead, London, N.W.

F. W. Caulfield, Esq., Fox Hall, Bentley, Hants.

Chetham's Library, Hunt's Bank, Manchester, (per W. T. Browne, Esq.).

G. E. CoKAYNE, Esq., Clarenceux King of Arms, College of Arms, London, E.G.
Miss Crewe, 36 Stanhope Gardens, London, S.W.

H. H. Crewe, Esq., D.L., Spring Hill, East Cowes, LW.

*N. C. CuRZON, Esq., Lockington Hall, Derby.

Rev. Canon Denton, R.D., The Vicarage, Ashby de la Zouch.

Mrs. Edwards, The Hatch, Flax Bourton, Bristol.

*E. F. Elton, Esq., Wellington College, Berks.

John German, Esq., Estate Office, Ashby de la Zouch.

Miss GovETT, 3 Lipson Terrace, Plymouth,

Lady Gresley, 55 Great Cumberland Place, London, W.

Miss Amelia Gresley, Pinchurst, Clevedon, Somerset.

Charles Gresley, Esq., The Close, Lichfield.

*Mrs. Gresley, The Close, Lichfield.

Rev. C. V. Gresley, Newton upon Ouse, York.

Miss Eleanor Gresley, The Close, Lichfield.

Rev. Geoffrey Gresley, The Vicarage, Observatory Road, Capetown.

Miss Maria Gresley, care of Charles Gresley, Esq., The Close, Lichfield.

Rev. Nigel Gresley, Netherseale Rectory, Ashby de la Zouch.

Nigel Bowyer Gresley, Esq., care of the Bank of British North America,

52 Wall St., New York, U.S.A.
N. Egerton Gresley, Esq., The Close, Lichfield.
Rev. N. W. Gresley, R.D., The Rectory. Dursley, Gloucestershire.
R. Gresley, Esq., Mcrdon, Rodwell, Weymouth.
*Sir Robert Gresley, Baronet, Drakelowe, Burton on Trent.
Rev. Prebendary Roger Gresley, Rowbarton, Taunton,
Miss W. M. Gresley, The Close, Lichfield.
W. N. Gresley, Esq., 60 Eaton Terrace, London, S.W.
W. S. Gresley, Esq., 348 West 8th St., Erie, Pa., U.S.A.
Guildhall Library, London, E.C. (per C. Welch, Esq., F.S.A.).
David Hale, Esq., Ashby do la Zouch.

R. Gresley Hall, Esq., 60 Avenue Road, Regent's Park, London.
Rev. A. Gresley Hellicar, Bromley Vicarage, Kent.
R. Hovenden, Esq., Heathcote, Park Hill Road, Croydon.



List of Subscribers xi

Rev. William Inge, D.D., Provost of Worcester College, Oxford.

I. H. JiiAVES, Esf]., Dcpt. of MSS., British Museum, I.uiKlon.

M. E. Lavers, Esq., 6 Stanley Gardens, Kensington Park, London, W.

W. B. Lee, Esq., Seend, Melksham.

C. S. Madan, Esq., lo Belfield Road, Didsbiiry, Manchester.

*F. Madan, Esq., Brasenose College, Oxford.

*Mis. G. Madan, Bearland House, Gloucester.

Rev. J. R. Madan, Downton, Salisbury.

Rev. Canon Nigel Madan, West Hallam Rectory, Derby.

Rev. A. R. Maddison, Vicars' Court, Lincoln.

Mrs. F. Manley, The Firs, Abergavenny.

Lieut. -Col. C. MiLLiGAN, Caldwell Hall, Burton on Trent.

Mrs. E. G. Mynoks, Evancoyd, Kington, Herefordshire.

Miss Agatha Paget, Avenue House, Elford, Tamworth.

Mrs. Payne-Gallwey, Clearmont, Rodvvell, Weymouth.

Rev. G. Gkesley Perky, Waddington Rectory, Lincoln.

Rev. G. H. Perry, St. Matthew's Vicarage, City Road, London, E.C.

Mrs. Severne, Wallop, Shrewsbury.

Mrs. Shepherd, per the Rev. H. James, Great Witcombc Rectory, Gloucester.

Sir George Sitwell, Scarborough.

Capt. J. Stewart, Alltyrodyn, Llandyssil, South Wales.

Mrs. Strutt, care of Nigel Greslcy, Esq., 38 Hogarth Road, London, S.W.

Rev. J. Sunderland, Egginton Vicarage, Leighton Buzzard.

Miss Tatlock, Bramfield House, Halcswortii, .Suffolk.

H. R. Tedder, Esq., The Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall, London.

Mrs. Vavasour, Hill House, Leckhampton, near Cheltenham.

*The William Salt Arch/eological Society (by special arraiigewenl).

Rev. Arthur Willoughby, Mona View, Cheltenham.

A. Worthington, Esq., Maple Hayes, Lichfield.



SPECIAL EDITION

H. LL Bemrose, Esq., Lonsdale Hill, Derby.

R. S. Boddington, Esq., 15 Markham Square, Chelsea, London, S.W.

G. T. Clark, Esq., F.S.A., Tal^'garn, I.lantrissant, Pont-y-Clun.

*Mrs. Cohen, 5 Southwick Crescent, Hyde Park, London, W.

Lady Cunliffe, Acton Park, Wrexham.

The Dowager Lady Greslev, Barton under Necdwood, Burton on Trent.

Miss Agnes Gresi.ey, Barton under Necdwood, Burton on Trent.

Capt. Arthur Gresley, R.N., Barton under Necdwood, Burton on Trent.

Charles Gresley, Esq., The Close, Lichfield.

Miss L B. Gresley, The Close, Lichfield.

Rev. L. S. Gresley, Birdsall, York.

Rev. N. W. Gresley, R.D., The Rectory, Durslcy, Gloucestershire.

Nigel Gresley, Esq., 38 Hogarth Road, South Kensington. London, S.W.

♦Sir Robert Gresley, Baronet, Drakelowe, Burton on Trent.

Rt. Hon. Lord Hawkesbury, Kirkham Abbey, York.

W. A. Lindsay, Esq., Windsor Herald, College of Arms, London, E.C.

Miss Madan, Preswylfa, Llanfairfechan, North Wales.

*F. Madan, Esq., Brasenose College, Oxford.

W. Mallalieu, Es(|., Swallows' Rest, Ockbrook, Derby.

Public Free Libuary, Manchester {fnrC. W. Sutton, Esq.).

R. L. Pembekton, Esq., Hawthorn Tower, Seahain, county of Durham.

F. C. I'ekky, Ek(|., Dunsloii, near StatVonl.

Thomas Salt, Es(|., Weeping Cross, Stafl'ord.

Mrs. SiiAWK. Weddingtoii ILill, Nuneaton.

Hon. F. Strutt, Milford House, Derby.

Rev. George Woodvatt, .^i Brunswick Place, Hove, Brighton.

Major Gen. the Hon. Geokgi. WRoriESLtY, 75 Cadognn Gardens, London, S.W.



"Onoy nof an (Lcin "ANAPE5!,
. . . £ntay6a T61XH KAi noAeic.



Aristides.



3E|^c 1Xnig]^ts' bones ate Dust,
^nti t\)cit goot) stoortJiS rust;
STijeir souljs are toil}) tjjc .^aiuts, toe trust.

Coleridge.



THE
GRESLEYS OE DRAKELOWE



CHAPTER I

THE NORMAN FAMILY OF TOENI, AND ITS
SETTLEMENT IN ENGLAND

The Non\'egian Vikings or ' Northmen ' who in the
second half of the ninth century began to harry the shores
of Northern Gaul, and who at last under Rollo obtained
a firm footing on land in the district round Rouen, can have
had little idea of their future influence on England. That
island seemed destined rather to fall into the hands of their
kinsmen the Danes, while the new-comers in Gaul were
fully occupied in building up the Duchy of Normandy,
'the only permanent Northern state* within the limits of • c. F.Kcary,
the ancient Carlovingian Empire.' But so it was ordained \v«"f^n'"
by fate, that while perhaps no Englishman can boast, or Christendom

, r r< (Lond. 1891),

cares to boast, of a Danish descent from before the p. 438.
Conquest, the chief families of Normandy should be the
coveted ancestry of the oldest houses in the kingdom.
An example of this may be seen in the great Norman
family of Toeni, the head of which for at least two
generations before the invasion of England hold the high
position of Standard-bearer of the Dukes of Normandy.

B



The Gvesleys of Drakelowe



Chap. I.



•> Hist. Norm,
vii. 3.



"= ' paternal
uncle.'



d R. S.
Ixxxviii (Icel.
Sagas i),
pp. 1-4.



e R. S. Ut

supra, p. xlii :
Munch's
Norske Folks
Historic ii,
geneal. xi :
P. B. Du
Chaillu, The
Viking Age
(1889) i. 462-
4-

f 'Rolf the
Ganger, or
Walker,' be-
cause no
horse could
carry him.



Their Mixed Descent.

If Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy, was of Scandinavian
blood, as is generally allowed, the Toenis must be conceded
a similar origin : for Roger de Toeni, the second who bore
that surname, is expressly stated by William of Jumieges ^
(Gulielmus Gemeticensis), or rather his continuator, to have
been ' de stirpe Malahulcii qui Rollonis Ducis [Normanniae]
patruus'^ fuit et cum eo Francos atterens Normanniam
fortiter adquisierat.' With this clue we can give in out-
line the traditional descent of the Toenis from Fornjot King
of Finland to Ivar, and the historical pedigree from the latter
onward. The first part ^ is : — Fornjot King of Finland —
Kari — Thorri — Gorr — Heiti — Svei^i — Halfdan the Old —
Ivar, Jarl of the Uplanders (Oplaendingejarl). From this
point we are on clearer ground, and it may be convenient
for reference to carry Rollo's pedigree down to William
the Conqueror. The line is^: — Ivar— Eystein Glumra
(Eystein the Eloquent or Noisy) — Rognvald riki, Jarl of
both the Maeren and of Romsdal : married Hilda (or in full
Ragnhilda), dau. of Hrolf Nefja : d. 890: his brother Sigurd
riki was the first Earl of Orkney, d. 874 — Rollo, first Duke
of Normandy (in French Rou, properly Hrolf, known from
his stature as Gongu-Hrolf ^ : b. 846?, d. about 931: his
brothers were Ivar and Thorir the Silent) — William i
(2nd Duke, d. 942) — Richard i (3rd Duke, d. 996) —
Richard ii (4th Duke, d. 1026) — Richard iii (5th Duke,
d. 1028) — Robert (a brother, 6th Duke, d. 1035) — William
the Conqueror (7th Duke, King of England, d. 1087).

From what has been said above we are perhaps justified
in assuming that an unrecorded brother of Rognvald bore
a name (probably Malahultis) which appears in its latinized
form as Malahulcius, and that he was a lineal ancestor of the
Toenis. It must be noted however that Dudo of St. Quentin,
the first Norman historian (fl. 1000-25), knows nothing of
Rollo as a Norwegian, but assigns him a Danish (or what
meant the same, a Dacian) origin : and his authority has



TJie Norman Family of Toeni



been followed by Lair«, Stcenstrup '' and others. Non Chap. i.
nostrum tantas—, but both sides concede ultimately to RoUo ^ ~ ,

' . ^ Dudon. ed.

a Scandinavian ancestry. Even Malahulcius's name has byLairiCaen,
been attacked by Bouquet, the editor of the Recueil dcs pp. 49-73.
Historiens de France (xi. 38), who reads the passage above " Etudes pr^-

, , . . ^ ^ ..... . . .. liminaires

quoted as de stirpe mala Hulcn, citmg the correspondmg (^caen, 1880;.
French passage, taken from the Latin of Jumieges, in the
Chroniqiies de France or Chroniqiics de Saint-Dcnys (ibid.
xi. 401), which reads ' Rogiers Thohins hons estraiz &
descendu de mauvese racine ' : but it is probable from the
omission of any French equivalent of 'Hulcii' or the next
clause, that the translator was puzzled. Steenstrup however
seizes the idea, and tries to identify Huncdeus (probably
Hunthiofr), a Norman leader, with Hulcius! As a fact,
Malahultis is a good Norwegian name and there is no reason
for changing the received text.

But there is some evidence also that the Toenis were
of mixed descent, and had Frankish blood in their veins,
as may well have been the case. This appears from the
following fact. Hugh, archbishop of Rouen from 942 to
989, and elected to that office by Duke William (who was
probably his kinsman), held as part of the possessions of
his see the fief of Todiniacum or Toeni. But he was
a man ' prosapia clarus, sed ignobilis cunctis operibus,' and
ahenated this fief, bestowing it, with all its appurtenances,
on ' f rater suus Rodulphus, potentissimus vir, filius Hugonis
de Calvacamp ' (Calvacamp being stated to be the name
of a village near Dieppe). This is attested by the Ada
Archiepiscoponim Rothoniagcnsium printed in Mabillon's
Vetera Analccta (1723 edition, p. 223). It can hardly be
doubted that this Rodulphus is the first Toeni, so that
we here obtain the origin of the name of Toeni ; and as
we know that the first Toeni was alive and had a grown-
up son in about a.d. 1020, it may be conjectured on a com-
parison of dates and generations that at least one generation
intervened between Malahulcius and Hugh de Cavalcamp.
In the absence of evidence it is idle to speculate whether

H 2



The Gresleys of Drakelowe



Chap. I. Hugh married a grand-daughter or other female descendant
of the former : but that relationship would satisfy the proba-
bilities of the position.

This relationship with a Frankish family is said to be

also affirmed in one of the Continuations of William of

' Folio Will. Jumieges', and M. Prevost, the editor of Ordericus Vitalis,

Stafford goes SO far as to write J of the Toenis 'cette famille, par

'Greskv' ^"^ exceptioH bien rare chez les seigneurs normands, parait

i Prevost's n'avoir pas ete d'origine scandinave, mais etre sortie d'un

Ann. " ^' personnage franc nomme Hugue de Calvacamp.' In sharp

k Normandy contrast with this Palgrave ^ says that the Toeni pedigree

fi?(i86!f)r203. 'affords one of the very few instances in which the ancestry

of a Norman is deduced from a genuine Northman'! The

Toenis were, in fact, an unfortunate example for either

writer to take, for reasons stated above.

Before we turn to the actual line of Toeni, a few words
may. be said about its eponymous village.



Tosny, or Toeni.

Tosny is a small village on the left bank of the Seine

in the canton of Gaillon and department of L'Eure, near the

well-known Chateau Gaillard. The Seine at this point

' Plan in makcs a horseshoe curve ^, sweeping beneath the heights of

Du^c's^Dicl Les Andelys on which the chateau stands, and which look

de I'Arch^ across the river in a south-westerly direction over level

rranf. (1854- -^

68), iii. 85. meadows enclosed by the river's bend. Within this bend

a spectator from the castle would see the two villages of

Bernieres and Tosny, the former on the right hand, the

latter a little nearer and on the left, close to the Seine.

It is not without significance, as will shortly be seen, that

in Cassini's large Atlas (1744) a place called Grange le

Conches is to be found close to Tosny. The name has

»» Biosseviiie, Varied •" between Toeni (Toenium), Totteneium, Todiniacum,

?e"i"Eu''re°^' Thouy (Thonaium), and Toni (Toniacum), with minor

(1877;- variations, but appears to be now fixed as Tosny. Toeni

and its meadows belonged, as has been stated, to the arch-



The Norman Family of Toeni



bishopric of Rouen, until alienated by the first Toeni's Chap. i.
brother, to give a name and place to the family in which
we are interested.

Ralph i de Toeni (fl. a.d. iooo).

Of the first of the family we know very little. In about
I020 Richard ii Duke of Normandy placed him and his
son Roger ('Rodulphus° Toennensis & Rogerius filius ° Jum. v. lo.
ejusdem,' ' Raoul° de Thoeini [in the printed edition Thocini] " Chron. of
& Rogier son fil') with Nigel de Coutances (Neel de (Rec. des
St. Sauveur) and others in charge of the castle of Tillieres p^ance'^ ^
(Castrum Tegulense) to hold it against Odo of Chartres, 308 B).
the Duke's brother-in-law, who had revolted. Odo boldly
attacked Tillieres, but was entirely routed and barely escaped
with his life. It is possible that this Ralph is the ' Rodulphus
Todinensis ' who is found in a single MS. of Leo Marsicanus's
Chronica Monasterii Casinensis^ as one of forty Normans p Pertz, Mon.
who were trying their fortunes in Italy and are mentioned scriptt. v'l
as at Capua in about 1012, If we place Ralph's acquisition ^^^' ^^- ^'^^•
of Toeni in about 970-80, he may be said to have ' flourished '
in about a.d. iooo. In Lord Lindsay's Lives of the Lindsays
(2nd ed., 1858) a Hugo de Limesay (ancestor of the Lindsa3's)
is put forward as another son of Ralph, besides Roger:
but I have not met with any proof or corroboration of the
statement. In an undated charter ^ of Richard Duke of "^ ^lem. de la
Normandy to Lisieux, supposed to be of about 1028, one Antlqu. de
of the witnesses is ' Rodulphus fihus Rodulphi de Todeniaco,' xin^s".",^'
of whom I can render no account, if the words quoted are p- ^° "•
correct. But the charter is certainly carelessly copied or
edited, for one of the witnesses is ' Hebertus episcopus
Ambianensis^ (instead of Lcxoviensis), and if so the first
' Rodulphus ' may be an error for ' Rogerius,' M. Gardin "^ ■• Conches,
asserts, but without quoting any authority, that Ralph in ^'' ^^'
the tenth century possessed Castillon (Chatillon) the site
of an old Roman camp close to, and indeed part of, the town
of Conches : but this must be regarded at present as due
to some confusion with his son Rojrer.



The Gresleys of Drakelozve



Chap. I.



Roger i de Toeni (occ. abt. 1020, d. abt. 1040).



With this Roger, son of the first Toeni, we may be said to

emerge into the hght of history. He appears as a typical

leader among the Norman nobles, proud of his connexion



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