Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr

Hugo le CORBET [scrapbook] was born 1 in 1040. He died 2 in 1076.

The Corbets are an ancient family that can be traced back to Normandy. It is believed that the Corbets are of Danish origin and that the raven was their symbol. The Corbet name is probably an outcome of the old Norman "Le Corbeau" that, over time, changed to "Le Corbet". It could be derived from two possible sources. The Danish were known to display the "Reafan" or the raven as a sacred standard in battle. It is written by the historians, Pliny and Tacitus, that there was a warrior family who took their family name and emblem from "The Raven". They related that their direct ancestor was "Valerius". It is said that during a battle, Valerius had a Raven land on his helmet at a critical moment during a battle in Gaul and lead him to victory. The latin for crow or raven is Corvus. The first documentation of this family is in A.D. 1040, Le Carpentier mentions one Hugo le Corbet or le Corbeau as "Chivalier." Until the Norman Invasion in 1066 they were thought to be an important family in the "Pays de Caux" region of Normandy.

This family history begins with Hugo le Corbet or le Corbeau. With two of his sons, Roger and Robert, Sir Hugo joined in the battle of Hastings with William the Conqueror in 1066. Hugo helped counsel the Conqueror in regards to the Welsh border lands which were rebellious. For their service as knights to the Conqueror, Robert and Roger were given Baronies. Roger received twenty-five manors. Robert received a grant of fifteen manors in Shropshire which became the barony of Longden. These Manors were townships under the Saxon rule. Roger called both his castle and barony "Caus" after his home in Normandy. The Corbets served under the Earl Roger de Montgomery. They were in service to help control the borders of Wales.

In this family history we are following the eldest branch - Roger. After the invasion, Roger made his home at one of his newly acquired manors, the Saxon Morton-Toret. It became the central home for his family, as well as an important Norman castle. During the Civil Wars it was burnt down by Cromwell's soldiers. After that, Acton-Reynold Hall became the new center of the family's activities.


He had the following children.

  M i Roger CORBET Baron of Caus died in 1134.

Robert IRBY [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2. Robert married HANSARD.


(Son of Bennett (C. i) and________Gainsby.)
Married_____d. of John Hansard.

Whaplode Parish Register. Copied from a newspaper cutting therein.
"Robert Irby or Ireby of Laceby. Robert his eldest son married Jane d. of Thomas Thimbleby Esq., of Polham, Lines. The grandson of Robert was seated at Gosberton who died 21st June, 1552 (¹this Date is incorrect, it should be 1548), having married Alice daughter of John Bountaine Esq., and by her had issue Leonard who was M.P. for Boston from 1st Queen Mary to 6th Philip and Mary, and again in 5 and 13 Elizabeth, and Thomas, seated at Whaplode married Elizabeth Sergeant and was father of Anthony Irby Esq."

Hansard Pedigrees, Harl. Soc., Li, 1903, Lincs Pedigrees, Maddison, Vol. II.
There is a John, fifth son of Sir Richard Hansard, Kt. (aged 18 in 1395) and Joan d. of_____ Ashe, and a John son of Gilbert Hansard (living in 1390), brother of the above Sir Richard.
Either of these Johns might have l)een the father of the wife of Robert (D. I), so far as the dates are concerned.

Issue. Robert (E. I) and Anthony (E. 2).

¹The date of the Inquest P.M. on Anthony of Gosberton is 10th October, 1552, in which it is stated that he died 21st June, 1548.

HANSARD 1. HANSARD married Robert IRBY.

They had the following children.

  M i Robert IRBY.


An Esquire

He had the following children.


Bennett IRBY [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2. Bennett married GAINSBY.

GAINSBY [Parents] 1. GAINSBY married Bennett IRBY.

They had the following children.

  M i Robert IRBY.

Robert IRBY [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2. Robert married Jane LOWDHAM.

Jane LOWDHAM [Parents] 1. Jane married Robert IRBY.

They had the following children.

  M i Bennett IRBY.

Sir Robert GAINSBY 1.

A Knight

He had the following children.


Robert IRBY [scrapbook] 1, 2. Robert married FLYTON.


Married___d. and co-heiress of Herbert Flynton and Cecilia d. and co-heiress of Sir Walter de la Lynde (living in 1316 and dead before Michaelmas 1320), Lord of Laceby, Lincs.

Herbert Flvnton was born in 1281. and married Cecilia de Ia Lynde in, or before, 1314. The following extracts refer to his age and marriage, etc.

Calendar of In quests, Vol. III, Ed. III, p. 294.
"Proof of age as to a person born in Holderness taken at York, Sept. 5th, 1331. Witnesses included Herbert de Flynton, aged 50."

Calendar of Chancery In quests A.Q.D. (P.R.O. List XVII, p. 149. Lincs and Somerset, 8 Ed. II (1314).
"Grant by Walter de la Lynde of half the manor of Laceby, and half the advowson of the church there to Herbert de Flynton, Cecily his wife, and the heirs of their bodies."

Common Pleas Roll for Easter, 9 Ed. II (1315), Roll 214, mem. 5 d.
On this is enrolled the agreement between Walter and Herbert and Cecily.

Feet of Fines, Lincs, 10 Ed. II (1316), No. 29.
"Final concord between Herbert de Flynton and Cecily his wife, querent. and Walter de la Lynde, deforciant, of moiety of the manor of Leysseby and a moiety of the


advowson of the church of the same manor, which Walter granted to Herbert and Cecily and to the heirs by Herbert of the body of Cecily, with the remainder to Walter and his heirs."

Yorks Arch. Soc. (Rec. Series), XLII, Fines 1327/47, p.18.
Herbert de Flynton took a messuage in Flynton (Yorks) from Robert le Taillour in 1329.

Laceby Subsidy Roll, 1327.
Herbert de Flynton, Robert de Riby and Walter de la Launde are mentioned. Robert de Riby might be a mispelling of Robert de Ireby as names in these old documents are variously spelt; on the other hand there is a place called Riby not far from Laceby.

De la Lynde.
History of Dorset, John Hutchins (1873), Vol. IV, p. 479, gives a pedigree of the De la Lyndes, mentioning Sir Walter de la Lynde, Kt., 25 years of age in 1273, and living in 1316, died before March 1320 leaving no male heir, but five daughters including Cecilia, who married  Herbert de Flynton before March 1316, and Margery, who married John atte Grene before 1320. In the narrative account of the family the property is said to have included land in Suffolk, Surrey, Leysby, near Grimsby in Lines, and Scaleby in Cumberland. There is a monument to William Launde ob. 1424 in the church at Laccby; this is probably the William who was born in 1345, great great grandson of the above Sir Walter de Lynde.

Issue. Robert (B. I).

FLYTON [Parents] 1, 2. FLYTON married Robert IRBY.

They had the following children.

  M i Robert IRBY.

Sir John LOWDHAM 1.

A Knight

He had the following children.

  F i Jane LOWDHAM.

Herbert FLYTON 1, 2. Herbert married LYNDE.

An Esquire

LYNDE [Parents] 1, 2. LYNDE married Herbert FLYTON.

They had the following children.


John Lackland PLANTAGENET King of England [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 was born 7, 8 on 24 Dec 1166 in Beaumont Palace, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died 9, 10 on 19 Oct 1216 in Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom. He was buried in Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom. John married 11, 12 Queen Isabella de Angoulême TAILLEFER on 24 Aug 1200 in Bordeaux, Gascogne, France.

Other marriages:
, Clemence

Reigned 1199-1216. Signed Magna Carta in 1215 at Runnymede. His reign saw renewal of war with Phillip II Augustus of France to whom he has lost several continental possessions including Normandy by 1205. He came into conflict with his Barons and was forced to Sign the Magna Carta. His later repudiation of the charter led to the first barons war 1215-17 during which John died. Burke says he was born in 1160. King of Ireland 1177, Count of Mortain 1189, Earl of Gloucester.

JOHN (1199-1216)

John (reigned 1199-1216) was an able administrator interested in law and government but he neither trusted others nor was trusted by them. Heavy taxation, disputes with the Church (John was excommunicated by the Pope in 1209) and unsuccessful attempts to recover his French possessions made him unpopular. Many of his barons rebelled and in June 1215 they forced the King to sign a peace treaty accepting their reforms.

This treaty, later known as Magna Carta, limited royal powers, defined feudal obligations between the King and the barons, and guaranteed a number of rights. The most influential clauses concerned the freedom of the Church; the redress of grievances of owners and tenants of land; the need to consult the Great Council of the Realm so as to prevent unjust taxation; mercantile and trading relationships; regulation of the machinery of justice so that justice be denied to no one; and the requirement to control the behaviour of royal officials. The most important clauses established the basis of habeas corpus ('you have the body'), i.e. that no one shall be imprisoned except by due process of law, and that 'to no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay right or justice'.

The Charter also established a council of barons who were to ensure that the Sovereign observed the Charter, with the right to wage war on him if he did not. Magna Carta was the first formal document insisting that the Sovereign was as much under the rule of law as his people, and that the rights of individuals were to be upheld even against the wishes of the sovereign. As a source of fundamental constitutional principles, Magna Carta came to be seen as an important definition of aspects of English law, and in later centuries as the basis of the liberties of the English people.

As a peace treaty Magna Carta was a failure and the rebels invited Louis of France to become their king. When John died in 1216 England was in the grip of civil war.

Queen Isabella de Angoulême TAILLEFER [Parents] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 was born 6 in 1188 in Angouleme, Charente, France. She died 7, 8, 9 on 31 May 1246 in Fontevraud, Maine-et-Loire, France. She was buried in Fontevrault Abbey, Fontevrault, Maine-Et-Loire, France. Isabella married 10, 11 John Lackland PLANTAGENET King of England on 24 Aug 1200 in Bordeaux, Gascogne, France.

She was betrothed to Hugh before she married John. After John's death she retired to her native city and eventually married Hugh after about 3 years. Countess of Angoulême 1202.

John married (2nd) at Bordeaux 24 August 1200 ISABEL OF ANGOULÊMExe “England, John, King of & Isabel of Angoulême”xe “Angoulême, Isabel of & John, King of England”, daughter and heiress of Adémar (or Aimar) III Tailleferxe “Taillefer”, Count of Angoulêmexe “Angoulême, Adémar (or Aimar) III Taillefer, Count of”, by Alice (or Alaïs, Alaidis), daughter of Pierre of Francexe “France, Pierre of”, seigneur of Courtenayxe “Courtenay”, Montargis XE "Montargis" , and Châteaurenard XE "Châteaurenard"  (younger son of Louis VI, King of Francexe “France, Louis VI, King of”).  She was born in 1188, and was previously contracted to marry Hugues IX le Brunxe “Brun” (died Nov. 1219), Count of La Marchexe “La Marche”xe “Marche”, seigneur of Lusignanxe “Lusignan” and Couhéxe “Couhé”.  She was crowned queen 8 Oct. 1200.

Marriage Notes:

MARRIAGE: date is from Internet:

They had the following children.

  M i Henry III PLANTAGENET King of England was born on 1 Oct 1207. He died on 15 Jun 1272.
  M ii
Richard Prince of ENGLAND [scrapbook] 1, 2 was born on 5 Jan 1208/1209 in Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom. He died on 2 Apr 1272 in Berkhampsted, Berkhampsted, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 13 Apr 1272 in Hailes Abbey, Hailes, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom.

RICHARD OF ENGLAND, Knt., Earl of Cornwallxe “Cornwall, Richard, Earl of”, Count of Poitouxe “Poitou, Richard, Count of”, King of the Romansxe “Romans, Richard, King of the” (or King of Almainxe “Almain, Richard, King of”), married (1st) ISABEL MARSHALxe “Marshal”; (2nd) SANCHE (or SANCHIA) OF PROVENCExe “Provence”; (3rd) BEATRICE DE FALKENBURGxe “Falkenburg”
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Joane Princess of ENGLAND 1, 2 was born on 22 Jul 1210 in Coucy, Alsne, France. She died on 4 Mar 1237/1238 in London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom. She was buried in Tarrant, Keynstan, Dorsetshire, England, United Kingdom.

JOAN OF ENGLANDxe “England, Joan of & Alexander II, King of Scotland”xe “Scotland, Alexander II, King of Scotland & Joan of England”, born at Gloucester 22 July 1210.  In 1214 she was contracted to marry Geoffrey de Lusignan XE “Lusignan” , son of Hugh de Lusignan, Count of la Marche, which marriage did not take place.  She married at York, Yorkshire 19 June 1221 (as his 1st wife) ALEXANDER II, King of Scotlandxe “Scotland”, Knt., son and heir of William the Lion, King of Scotlandxe “Scotland, William the Lion, King of”, by Ermengarde, daughter of Richard, Vicomte of Beaumontxe “Beaumont” and Sainte-Suzannexe “Sainte-Suzanne”.  He was born at Haddington, East Lothian 24 August 1198.  They had no issue.  He was crowned at Scone 6 Dec. 1214.  Joan died at York, Yorkshire 4 March 1237/8, buried at Tarrant Keynstan, Dorset.  Alexander II married (2nd) 15 May 1239 Mary de Coucyxe “Coucy, Marie de”, 2nd daughter of Enguerrand III de Coucyxe “Coucy, Enguerrand de”, seigneur of Coucy.  They had one son, Alexander (III) [King of Scotlandxe “Scotland”].  Alexander II, King of Scotlandxe “Scotland”, died at Kerrera in the bay of Oban 8 July 1249, and was buried at Melrose Abbey.
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Isabel Princess of ENGLAND 1, 2 was born in 1214 in of, Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom. She died on 1 Dec 1241 in Foggia, Apulia, Italy. She was buried in Andria, Bari, Apulia, Italy.

ISABEL OF ENGLANDxe “England, Isabel of & Frederick II, Emperor of the Romans”xe “Frederick II, Emperor of the Romans & Isabel of England”, born at Gloucester 1214.  She married at Worms 15 or 20 July 1235 (as his 4th wife) FREDERICK (or FRIEDRICH) II, Emperor of the Romans, King of Jerusalemxe “Jerusalem” and Sicilyxe “Sicily”, Duke of Apulia XE “Apulia” , Prince of Capua XE “Capua” , son and heir of Heinrich VI, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Sicilyxe “Sicily”, by Constance, daughter of Roger II, King of Sicilyxe “Sicily”.  He was born at Iesi 26 Dec. 1194.  They had four children, including two sons,Heinrich and Frederick (or Friedrich), and one daughter, Margarethe (wife of Albrecht II, Margrave of Meissen, Landgrave of Thüringen).  Isabel died in childbirth at Foggia 1 Dec. 1241, and was buried at Andria Cathedral.  Emperor FREDERICK II died at Fiorentino Castle in Lucera 13 Dec. 1250.  Their daughter, Margarethe, is a remote ancestress of the house of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
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Eleanor Princess of ENGLAND 1 was born in 1215 in Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom. She died on 13 Apr 1275 in Montargis, Loiret, France. She was buried in Montargis, Loiret, France.

ELEANOR OF ENGLAND XE “England, Eleanor of” , married (1st) WILLIAM MARSHALxe “Marshal”, 5th Earl of Pembrokexe “Pembroke”; (2nd) SIMON DE MONTFORTxe “Montfort”, Earl of Leicester.

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