The Properties of Sir William Kellaway

By Dr Sylvia Warham

Summary and Conclusions

The properties of William are very interesting but for those who don′t have time to read it all, here are the conclusions. If nothing else, please do take time to look at the plans of the wonderful moated property of Midloe on page 12.

1.Out of 18 properties listed we can trace three main sources of William′s property.
a.The first source and majority of long established Kellaway properties are all in Devon.
b.The second source is the Payne family, which we have not fully explored. These properties included the Bedford, Huntingdon and Cambridgeshire properties with links to Ramsey Abbey and Warden Abbey.
c.The third source is the De Romsey/Bingham properties brought to the family by the marriage of Thomas c/k and Joan Bingham.
d.The second and third sources are properties brought to the family by intermarriage. The first source might be called: “the family source”.

2.As far as I can tell these are the only sources William′s property.
a.William does not seem to have owned any Dorset properties. Please let me know if you have evidence to the contrary.
b.The fact that the majority of the properties are in Devon must lead us to conclude that William was a direct descendant of the family who owned most of the Devon property, but this does not necessarily mean that they came from, or lived in Devon. They just owned property there.

3.Several of the Devon properties are known to have belonged to Edmund.
a. We now need to ask: Who was Edmund? Who were his direct relatives?
b. Where did he get all of his Devon property from?

Study Of Sir William 2nd Knight′s Properties.


In an attempt to throw some light on his ancestry, I have been looking at the properties owned by Sir William Kellaway 2nd knight. I have been looking at where the properties came from, and where they went to. It is likely that I may not have all his property records – so if anyone has a record that I have not covered, I would be pleased to include it.

A.Devon Properties.

1.Muxbeare in the Halberton Hundred.

We have very few records of Muxbeare. This was a property owned by the family from approximately 1200. Ian Mortimer′s Devon Manors, quoting Lysons tells us:

Muxbeare [status: a] in Halberton parish and Halberton hundred (EPNS, p548).It appears in DB as Mochelesberie, held by Ansger de Montacute in demesne (DB 40,5). In 1242 William Callewey or Kelloway held one fee in Mukelebere and Sweteton of the honor of Gloucester (Fees, p780). In 1428 the tenants were William Mountsteven, William Bowden, Ralph Payn and Nicholas More (OJR, Supp, p61). It was sold by the Kelloway family, who had held it since the reign of Henry II, to Richard Calmady, great uncle of Sir Shilston Calmady, who was the lord in the early seventtenth century. In 1678 it was the property of William Shere and his wife. “After some intermediate alienations” it was sold in the late 18th cent to the ancestor of RH Clarke Esq, the lord in 1822 (Lysons, p251). It remained in the Clarke family into the twentieth century, JW Clarke of Bridwell being the lord in 1925 (MDR). We know from the Lay Subsidy that this property was inherited by John, the son of Thomas Bingham. We also know that Sir William 2nd knight inherited it. Pole tells us that Sir William 2nd knight sold Muxbeare to Richard Calmady. This is borne out by records at the National Archives. This property has a long Devon pedigree.

2.Sutton in the Halberton Hundred.

Of uncertain ownership is Sutton. Like Muxbeare it was owned by Thomas Cheyne in the right of his wife. Thomas Cheyne′s wife was he sister of Thomas Bingham c/k. Also like Muxbeare, it almost certainly reverted to Thomas′ son John on the death of Thomas Cheyne′s wife. Although we have not found records of it, it is likely that Sir William inherited Sutton along with Muxbeare. Ian Mortimer′s Devon Manors tells us:

Sutton[status: e], or Swetton, in Halberton parish and Halberton hundred (EPNS, p550).
It appears in two DB entries as Svetetone, one held by Ansger de Montacute in demesne and the other by Aiulf in demesne (DB 40,6; 41,1). In 1242 William Callewey or Callway held one fee in Mukelebere and Sweteton of the honor of Gloucester (Fees, p780). In 1284 it was held by John Callway from John le Sor (FA, p338). In 1346 it was held by Thomas de Cheyne by right of his wife′s inheritance (FA, p369). Lysons states that that it belonged in the reign of Henry III to the family of de Swetton, whose heiress married into the de Granges, and that the heiress of the latter family married into the Boys family of Halberton. Afterwards it passed by successive sales to the Pasmer and Warr families. In 1822 he describes it as an estate belonging to Mrs Sharland of Bradninch (Lysons, p252).

3.Bradford, Brushford, Chagford, Eggesford, Hatherleigh, North Tawton and Zeal Monachorum, Teigncombe, Chagdord, Bradworthy and Okeford.

We have a record showing that Sir William owned:
Writing of Sir William Kaylway of Rockeborne, Co. Southton, Knt, whereby in performance of an agreement specified in indentures made between said Sir William and John Haydon of Otery St. Mary, Gent, dated 30 June, 2 and 3 Philip and Mary (1556), Sir William grants to said John his Manors, messuages, land and tenements, and c, in Northtawton, Mounckeokehampton, Hatherlegh, Brussheford, Monckynzele, Eggysford, Teyngcombe, Chaggeford, Bradeworthy, Okeford, or elsewhere, in Co. Devon, and the patronage of the Rectory of Monckeokehampton.
Attorneys. John Yeo. Gent.
John Hoper.
Dated 4 Aug. 3 and 4 Philip and Mary. (1556)
Broken seal.
Possession was taken by John Yeo, Gent. one of the Attorneys and was delivered by him 9 Sept. in the presence of:–
William Homberstone, Esq.
Edward Fursse, of Okehampton.
John Cole, Jnr. of Okehampton
Richard Roggers.
John Payne.
Christopher Vyvyan.
William Venton.
John Arnold.

30 June 1556

The properties I have not dealt with individually are because I could find no records.

John Haydon of Ottery St. Mary – son Robert Haydon
Robert married Joan Poulett, the eldest daughter of Sir Amias Poulett and Lora Kellaway of Hinton St George in Somerset.

We do know that the family had owned property in Hatherleigh since very early times:
1303 – Hundredum of Blaktoriton:
Johannes de Kelli tenet in Broldwodekelly terciam
partem j.f. Heres Rogeri Cally tenet in BORDON* decimam partem j.f.
This record tells us that Johannes de Kelli holds Broadwoodkelly and he is the heir of Rogeri Cally who holds Bordon, near Hatherleigh. Roger Calla of the same date features in the following Hatherleigh records:
FILE – [no title] – ref. 312M/TY197 – date: [early 13th century]
Walter Wynter
Walter de Bosco
Right in burgage in Hatherleg′
Hiis testibus Roberto le Broc, ROGERO CALLA, Radulfo de Pasford, Roberto Hureward, Roberto de Ponte, Ricardo Auerey, Randulfo Pumeroy et multis aliis. Pendant seal, broken.
[Hugh R Watkins ref no H2]


FILE – [no title] – ref. 312M/TY202 – date: [1279–80]
Mabilia widow of Richard le Smetha.
Robert Midawynter.
34 feet between the burgages of Joel Ylger and Mabel, on the highway.
3d. yearly rent. One talent in hand. Warranty.
Hiis testibus Wydone de Langabera ROGERO CALLA Radulfo de Pasford Roberto de ponte Stephano Aleyn Willelmo Le kyng Waltero Le Burgeys tunc preposito Ville de Hatherleg′ Et aliis.
Pendant seal lost.
Then we have Willemi Calla at 1346:
1346 – Hundredum de Blaketoriton
Inquisicio capta coram Johanne le Dennys de Gydecote et sociis suis de auxliiis domini regis [ad] primogenitum filium suum [militem] faciendum de feodis militum in comitau Devonei, apud Blaketoriton, de Mercurii in festo sanct Pentecostes, anno regni regis Edwardi terci post conquestum xxij′o per sacramentum Johannes de Brock, Willelmi Penne, Walteri Cockyswill, Willemi Calla, Johannis Willamue, Wellemi Atteworthe, Willelmi Cory, Roberti Clerc, Johannis de Kymbear, Roberti Heyr, Johannis de Poleworth et Wellelmi de Blakedon, qui dicunt, quod, &c.

Later again, we have evidence that the Cayleways were still in Hatherleigh:
C1/15/8 [Chancery] JOHN CAYLEWAY v. Martin Pollard:Removal of the bells of a chapel founded on land in Hatherleigh, belonging in reversion to petitioner:
Devon. Dates: 1386–1486.
By 1556 Hatherleigh was owned by Sir William Kellaway of Rockbourne and it was passed on to John Haydon of Ottery St. Mary , the son Robert Haydon, who married Joan Poulett, the eldest daughter of Sir Amias Poulett and Lora Kellaway of Hinton St George in Somerset. Again this property has a long and strong Devon pedigree.


C. 1425 CHAGFORD was owned by the Prouse family. In 1435 it had changed hands and was passed to William Lytelwyke:
FILE – [no title] – ref. D1508M/Moger/136 – date: 10 October 1435 Contents
Charter of John Molton granting to William Lytelwyke 16s. 2d. yearly rent from divers of his tenants in the Manor of Chaggeforde, namely, from John Parkere 28. from heirs of John Nywcomene 2s. from Henry Wille 4s. from John Aynolf 3s. 8d. from John Hilman 2s. 8d. from John Teygcombe 16d. and from the heirs of John Nywcomene 6d., to hold with homage, fealty, wards and marriages, and c. to said William and his heirs and assigns for ever, on condition that if John at any time shall pay to William £20. at Okampton, John shall have the rent again,
Dated at Teyngcombe, Monday next after Feast of St. Denis. 14 Hen. 6. (1435–6)
Wits. John Prous.
Thomas Wydecombe.
Henry Wille.
John Teyngcombe.
John Hilman.

However, in c.1493 it was owned by John Wyke:
John Wyke, of Chagford v. Simon, son of Richard Hurston.: Detention of deeds relating to a messuage in Chagford.: Devon. . Chancery pleadings addressed to the Cardinal Archbishop of Canterbury as Lord Chancellor.
Date range: 1493 – 1500.
This John Wyke was probably the grandson of the John Wyke whose parents were Joan Bingham c/k and Roger Wyke. We do not know what happened to Chagford in the intervening period, but we do know that Chagford was owned by Sir William in 1600. Interestingly it was also owned by John Stafford in 1600. Looking at the Stafford pedigree this must have been John Stoford (s. & h.) of Stowford = Margerie d/o John Arscott of Dunsland.
There is a record dated 1600, showing that a John Stafford inherited most Sir William Kellaway′s properties and passed them on to Robert Haydon:

FILE – [no title] &– ref. 2779 M/5/1 – date: 1600
Final Concord
1. John Stoforde, gent., Tobias Potter, gent., and Richard Luxton, gent., quer.
2. Robert Haydon, Esq., and Johanna his wife, deforc.
Premises: 14 messuages, 14 gardens and 14 orchards and 445 acres of land and 40s. rent, in Hatherleigh, Okehampton, Monkokehampton, North Tawton, Brushford, Eggesford, Okeford and Zeal Monachorum, also the advowson of Monkokehampton church
Consideration: £240

Why should both John Stafford and Sir William both give the property to John and Robert Haydon? I can understand why Sir William should give property to the husband of Lora Kellaway′s daughter, but what was John Stafford′s involvement?


Eggesford was owned by Sir William Kellaway in 1556. In 1718 it was purchased by Joseph Martyn for the Fellowes family of Ramsey, Huntingdonshire (used to be Cambridgeshire). Ramsey is also a place where we know that Sir William owned property inherited from the Payne family:

Deeds re £30,000 for purchase of estate for William Fellowes, his son–in–law, left by will of Joseph Martyn 1715; manors of Eggesford, Chawley, Borriston, CHELDON, Cudlip, East Warlington, Witheridge, Drayton; hundred of Witheridge; capital messuage called Eggesford, and farm and advowson, Devon, and manor of Mountsey and estates, Somerset, Lord Doneralle to William Fellowes 1718.

In this record there is also mention of Cheldon. So Sir William also inherited Cheldon?


Whitsleigh is another of the Devon properties that had been long held by the Kellaway family.
1428 – Hundredum de Fremygton:
Johannes de Calaway tenet vj′tam. partem un. f. WHITESLEGH, quam ab antiquo Thomas Cheyne quondam tenuit.

This John was the son of Thomas Bingham Kellaway.

Later we have:

FILE [no title] ref.189M–1/L20 date:25 June 1528
1.John Kayleway of Rockbourne, son of William Kayleway, and others
2.John Drake
Premises: Manor of Whitsleigh and land in Whitsleigh, Worthen and Roborough

This record tells us that Sir John was living in Rockbourne Devon, and that he also owned property in Worthen and Robourough. I have not found any traces of either of the latter two properties.

Next we have:

. . .A Lease from John Kayleway of Rookborn Knight Son and Heir of William Kayleway Knight and Robert Kayleway John Kayleway of Colompton and Thomas(?)Molens Feoffes of the said William Kayleway for the Manor of Whityslegh . . . Dated at Rookeborn the 25 day of June the 20 of Henry the 8th . 1528 . . .


John Elstone. v. John Drake and others, executors of John Calewey of Cullompton.: Land in St. Giles′s fraudulently obtained by the said Calewey from John Calewey, knight.: Devon. . Detailed description at item level John Elstone. v. John Drake and others Date range: 1532 – 1538.. . .

So we have a connection with John of Cullompton, but what was it? In 1547 Sir William sold Whitsleigh to Gilbert Drake of Littleham:

FILE–no title] – ref.189M–1/L22–date:11 Nov. 1547
Bargain and sale
1. William Keylwey
2. Gilbert Drake of Littleham
Premises: Manor of Whitsleigh and property in Great Torrington and Roborough

I have not found any records of the Great Torrington or Roborough properties. These records demonstrate a firm connection between the Kelloways Devon and Hampshire. However, we also have a Stafford connection:

A Lease from William Kayleway and Anna his wife to John Elston and Agnes his wife for their lives of the Barton or Capitol Messuage with the demesne Lands in Whityslegh in Parish of Saint Gyles in the Wood in the Hundred of Torrington . . .
Witness LEONARD STOWFFORD Nicholas Furse John Drake and others. Dated 4 day of October in the 30 of Henry the 8th (1538). . .

By 1572 Whitsleigh had passed into the Wollacombe family, who were originally the Staffords of Stafford Barton:

FILE–[no title]–ref.189M–1/L25–date:21 June 1572
1. George Wollacombe and Henry Wollacombe of Roborough
2. John Wollacombe of Roborough
Premises: Manor of Whitsley (Whitsleigh) and land and premises in Whitsley

As late as 1723 the Staffords were still involved at Whitsleigh:
FILE–[no title] –ref.189M–1/L30–date:24 June 1723
Lease for 99 years or 3 lives
1. William Serle and Richard Mervin, trustees of the will of Roger Wollacombe, deceased
2. Roger Wollacombe, legatee of the above will
Premises: Barton and farm called Whitsley (Whitsleigh) and Wester Whitsley in St Giles and Roborough

Like several of Sir William′s properties, by 1781 it ended up with the Fellowes family:

FILE–[no title] ref.2309 B/T65/1 date: 1723
Lease for lives
1. Henry Arthur Fellowes of Eggesford, esq.
2. Rev. John Tossel Johnson of Wembworthy
Premises: Barton and farm called Whitsley (Whitsleigh) and Wester Whitsley


Cheldon had been owned by Johannes Challewey since very early times:

1303 – Hundredum De Wytherugge:
Johannes Challewey tenet in CHEDELDON et YNDESCOTE quintam partem j.f.

This John may have been the grandfather of Edmund, because we know that Edmund de Cayleway was patron of St Giles Kaylewey Wiltshire from 1376 to 1399, and of Cheldon Rectory Devon, from 1396 to 1411.

Cheldon therefore had quite a strong and long Devon pedigree.

We do not know much about the intervening history of Cheldon, except that like several of Sir William′s properties, by 1715 it ended up with the Fellowes family:

FILE – Deeds – ref. FEL 254, 551 x 2 – date: 1715, 1718
Deeds re £30,000 for purchase of estate for William Fellowes, his son–in–law, left by will of Joseph Martyn 1715; manors of Eggesford, Chawley, Borriston, CHELDON, Cudlip, East Warlington, Witheridge, Drayton; hundred of Witheridge; capital messuage called Eggesford, and farm and advowson, Devon, and manor of Mountsey and estates, Somerset, Lord Doneralle to William Fellowes 1718.
I think we have to assume that it was handed down the Rockbourne line until it came into the hands of Joseph Martyn in 1715.

9. Westworth in Exeter

We do not know how Sir William acquired Westworth, but it seems to have been passed down the Langford and Risdon families, who, if I am not mistaken were related to the Pomeroys?

Devon Record Office Reference: 314M–0/L/8/25
Creation dates: 1648–1772 Scope and Content
Westa Wortha (Westworth, North Worth, Sheer′s Wortha)
Langford – Rial (counterpart) 1648
Langford – Risdon (counterpart) 1655
Risdon – Sheer (assignment – marriage settlement) 1663
Sheer – May (assignment) 1709
May – Langford (surrender) 1709
Langford – May (lease and counterpart) 1709
Luxmoore – May (counterpart) 1772

10.Combe, Inwardleigh

We know very little of Combe except for the following reference:
Reference: 48/2/14 Devon Record Office Creation dates: January 1752. (Day of month illegible)
Scope and Content
Lease for a year (copy) (Release missing).
(1) Thomas Wollocombe of Roborough, esq., and John Wollocombe of Roborough, gent., son of Thomas.
(2) John Marsh of Carey Street, Lincoln′s Inn, Middlesex, gent. Manors of Coombe, Whitsleigh and Thellbridge, bartons or farms called Coombe, Whitsleigh and Hole, and all lands and rights of (1) in Whitsleigh, Lower Whitsleigh, Middle Whitsleigh, Hole, Yeaberly, Rapson, Villavin, Barlington, Riddlecombe, Shatley, Creedy, Whoe, Alverdiscott, Roborough, St. Giles, Ashreigny, High Bickington, Georgeham, Hartland, Berrynarbor, and Great Torrington (Devon), and the manors of Kellygreen, Pollgreen, Guillys, and Helland (Cornwall), and all lands and rights of (1) in Kellygreen, Pollgreen, Guillys, Helland, Brightor, Trekee, Pengelly, Tolcarne, Rosecaswith, Bodynick, St. Tudy, St. Kew, St. Teath, Probus, St. Just, and Lanteglos.
Consideration: 5s. Rent: One grain of corn.

We do know that Sir John was paying taxes in Inwardleigh from the Lay Subsidy:
John Kylway 1524/5
John Keylway 1545
Alexander Kaylway, billman 1569
Richard Kellaway 1641

It is interesting that this “Rockbourne” property ended up in the hands of the Wollocombe family who were originally the Staffords.

11. Widworthy

All that we know about the Widworthy property is the following reference from Victoria History Online:
The manor, or nominal manor, of Moore and Perry, belonged anciently to the Widworthy family; afterwards, successively, to those of Furneaux and Kellaway. Sir William Kellaway sold it to Hurst. In Risdon′s time, it belonged to Sir John Pole, Bart.; and is now the property of the Rev. John Templer, who purchased it of the Pole family in 1787.

The property ended up with the Marwood family who acquired it from the Haydons. Therefore we have to assume that it was given by Sir William to Robert Haydon who married Joan Poulett, the eldest daughter of Sir Amias Poulett and Lora Kellaway of Hinton St George in Somerset.


We know that from the marriage of Thomas c/k and Joan Bingham William Kellaway inherited some of the De Romsey family properties.

12. Sutton Bingham

I won′t rehearse the history of how Sutton Bingham came into the hands of William Kellaway, because it is well documented elsewhere. Suffice to say that Sir William C/K (2nd knight) and wife, Ann, sold Sutton Bingham to George Sydenham


From the Victoria History of Somerset:
Part of Otterhampton manor, (fn. 35) known later as OTTERHAMPTON RUMSEY manor, was held in 1286 by Walter of Romsey, son and heir of Sir Walter of Romsey. Walter or another of the same name died c. 1333 and his son Sir John died in 1334 leaving a son Walter under age. (fn. 36) Sir Walter died in 1403 having settled Otterhampton on his wife Alice (d. 1404) and on his grandson Walter, son of Thomas Romsey, who had predeceased his parents. (fn. 37) Walter died probably without issue as the estate was held by his elder brother Thomas (d. 1420) and Thomas′s wife Joan (d. 1441). Their daughter and heir Joan married Thomas Paine but died childless c. 1447 having granted her Somerset estates in 1443 to Henry Champeneys and his wife Elizabeth, probably widow of Walter Romsey, for life. (fn. 38) Joan′s heir to her Somerset estates was Joan wife of Roger Wyke, granddaughter of Sir Walter Romsey (d. 1403). Joan and Roger settled certain lands on Joan, wife of John Cayleway and possibly their daughter, but remained in possession of most of the former Romsey lands in 1462. (fn. 39)
Sir William Cayleway and his wife Anne sold an estate described as one third of Otterhampton Rumsey manor in 1542 to John St. Clere who in 1547 sold it to James Bowerman.


14. Great Staughton

This is from a posting on the Payne Mail List [Rootsweb] about the Payne family of Bedfordshire, by Patrick Payne

With STAUGHTON the manor passed from the LEADERS to Thomas BALDWIN of Lymington in Hanpshire, the uncle and heir of Lady Frances LEADER, who survived her husband and died in 1557. Thomas BALDWYN seems to have made a grant in 1558 of the manor and grange at a rent of 16 pounds to FRANCIS KELLEWAY, who then leased the same to him for 99 years, and in 1567 a conveyance of the manor, watermill, lands, and rent in Midloe and Mulsoe was made to Sir Henry DARCY, kt., by FRANCIS KELLEWEY and his wife Anne with warranty against the heirs of Dame Frances LEADER. The manor was later the subject of Chancery proceedings to which SIR WILLIAM KELLEWEY (KEYLEWAY) of Richborough[?] and DAME FRANCES his wife and WILLIAM KELLEWEY were parties. This suit was apparently concerned with the lease of the manor.
In 1590 the manor was conveyed by SIR HENRY DARCY and his wife Katheine, Katherine DARCY their daughter, John DARCY, John DORRINGTON and John BEDELL to Robert PAYNE, of St Neot′s [Hunts.]

15. Midloe

Midloe was one of the possessions of Ramsey Abbey. It is situated near Warden Abbey, Bedfordshire.

From Victoria History Online:

In 1279 the monastery held the manor of Midloe of the Abbey of Ramsey for a rent of 3 petras of wax, and in the manor was a wood of a league in circuit. (fn. 8)
In 1520 the Abbot and Convent of Warden leased the manor and grange, with the pasture called Mulsoe in Midloe, for 60 years to Robert Hatley of Midloe, yeoman, and William his son. (fn. 9) The reversion in fee of the lease of the manor and pasture was in 1538 granted to John Worthe. (fn. 10) John Worthe immediately sold his interest to John Gostwyke, (fn. 11) who in the following year received licence to alienate the property to Oliver Leader and his wife Frances, (fn. 12) to whom they were forthwith conveyed by the said John Gostwyke and his wife Joan. (fn. 13) With Staughton (q.v.) the manor passed from the Leaders to Thomas Baldwin of Lymington in Hampshire, the uncle and heir of Lady Frances Leader, who survived her husband and died in 1557. (fn. 14) Thomas Baldwyn seems to have made a grant in 1558 of the manor and grange at a rent of £16 to Francis Kelleway, who then leased the same to him for 99 years at a rent of £16 13s. 4d. Thomas Baldwyn died at Clerkenwell in 1560, (fn. 15) and in 1567 a conveyance of the manor, watermill, lands, and rent in Midloe and Mulsoe was made to Sir Henry Darcy, kt., by Francis Kellewey and his wife Anne with warranty against the heirs of Dame Francis Leader, (fn. 16) The manor was later the subject of Chancery proceedings to which Sir William Kellewey (Keyleway) of Richborough and Dame Frances his wife and William Kelleway were parties. (fn. 17) This suit was apparently concerned with the lease of the manor. In 1590 the manor was conveyed by Sir Henry Darcy and his wife Katherine, Katherine Darcy their daughter, John Darcy, John Dorrington, and John Bedell to Robert Payne, of St. Neots. (fn. 18) The title seems still, however, to have been in dispute, and Chancery proceedings were instituted by Robert Payne against Thomas Pagett to recover the deeds of the manor lately purchased by him from Sir Henry Darcy. (fn. 19) A further conveyance was made in 1594 by John Baldwyn (fn. 20) to Robert Payne, who as Robert Payne of Midloe, gent., died at Midloe in 1603, leaving a son and heir Robert. (fn. 21) Sir Robert Payne, kt., who lived at the manor house, and was described as of Midloe in the Visitation of 1613, and his son and heir Robert (aged nine at the time of the Visitation) were dealing with the manor in 1629. (fn. 22) They had parted with it before 1634, in which year Sir Martin Lumley, kt., citizen and alderman of London, died in the parish of St. Peter, Westcheap, London, seised of the manor and of a messuage called Mulshoe, and left a son and heir Martin. (fn. 23) In 1641 Martin Lumley and his wife Mary conveyed the manor, grange, watermill, etc., to Abraham Burrell, who died in 1657, leaving four daughters as his coheirs. (fn. 24)

Ground plan of Midloe Grange Moat

The enclosure is 640 ft. long, but while the south end is 510 ft. wide, the north end is only 240 ft. It is possible that the whole enclosure was of the former width, and that the house stood within an inner moat. a large pond east of the house may have been part of the moat, but there are no signs of a moat on the south side of the house. A well–defined bank runs inside the moat.

16.The manorial manor of the Abbey of Ramsey
I have been unable to trace any early Kellaway connections with this property. By 1715 it had been purchased by Edward Fellowes Esq, whose family also purchased the Devon properties of Cheldon and Whitsleigh.



I won′t rehearse the history of how Rockbourne came into the hands of William Kellaway, because it is well documented elsewhere. Suffice to say that Sir William C/K (2nd knight) and his son Francis lost the manor owing to debt, to the Cooper family.

We also know that John Cayleway, son and heir of William Cayleway, knight, received license of entry without proof of age as tenant in chief on the manor of Rockborne, 5 cottages called Gorleigh, a tenement in Devyses, Wilts, a messuage called Westworth & a messuage in the parish of St Leonard′s, Exeter, Devon.


Gorley came into Sir William′s hands by the same route as Rockbourne.


Records from Sherrill:
The next item is from a book entitled “Wiltshire Extents for Debts, Edw. I – Eliz. I”, Angela Conyers, ed.

114. William Kelwaye, knight, of Rockeborne, Hampshire 6 June 20 Eliz I [1578]. Capias returnable in 3 weeks from Trin. next (15 June), sued out by Thomas Essex, esquire, of Chilrey, Berks, and John Vaughan and his wife, Anne Knevett, to whom Sir William acknowledged 1,000 pds. on 28 [May] 7 Eliz. I [1565]before Robert Catlyn, then chief justice of the Queen′s Bench, payable at Whitsun then next. Like writ to the sheriff of Hants.


On the same date (as above) Sir William Kelwaye, with Francis Kelwaye of Burstall, Yorks., acknowledged to Thomas Essex of Childrey, Berks., 1,000 pds with provision for defeasance if Essex would make a recognizance in an identical sum with one Edward Poole.

Thomas Essex was a descendant of the Fettiplace family. The Fettiplace family were descendants of Thomas Walrond.

From the History of Childrey:

Rampaynes is the principle Manor House of Childrey and was named after the family who lived there in the 13th and 14th centuries. By the end of the following century, however, it was in the hands of Thomas Walrond and his wife Alice whose brass can be seen in the parish church. Their sole heir was their widowed grandaughter, Elizabeth Kentwood. Being both heiress to her own father, Thomas Waring as well as her maternal grandparents, this lady was a great prize, won by one of the prolific Fettiplace family of North Denchworth and East Shefford.
© Dr Sylvia Warham 2007

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