Ancestors of Tim Farr and Descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. of Concord, Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England

Baron Fulk le STRANGE [scrapbook] 1, 2, 3 was born 4 about 1267. He died 5, 6 on 23 Jan 1324/1325. Fulk married 7, 8 Aelinor GIFFORD 9, 10, 11.

FULK LE STRANGE, 1st Lord Strange of Blackmere, was born about 1267 and was dead by 23 Jan. 1323/4 [CP, 12:1:343].
He married ELEANOR GIFFARD (or Gifford), who died before her husband. She was daughter of John Giffard of Brimsfield, and sister and coheir of John Giffard.
On 16 july 1289 it was ordered that he should have his brother's lands on the condition of doing homage to the king when Edward I was next in England. In 1294 he was recorded as going to Gascony, and from March 1298 until April 1323 he was summoned for service against the Scots. In Feb. 1300/1 his seal was appended to the Barons' letter to the Pope.
He was summoned to Parliament from 4 March 1308/9 until 26 Dec. 1323. In 1312 he adhered to Thomas Earl of Lancaster, and in 1315 he was pardoned some debts due from his uncle Hamon for service in Gascony. He was appointed seneschal of Aquitaine in 1322, and the same year he was licensed to crenellate his dwelling in Whitchurch Shropshire.
He was field commander of the forces of Edward I and Edward II in Scotland and France, and Sénéschal of the Duchy of Aquitaine.
Children, listed by Weis [AR7] and Cokayne [CP, 12:18]:
i.    Elizabeth, in. by March 1323 Sir Robert' Corbet of Moreton Corbet [Weis, AR7, 29A:31].
ii.   John, 2nd Baron Blackmere, d. 21 July 1349; in. AnkaretK Boteler, who d. 8 Oct. 1361.
iii.  Maud, m. Bryan de Cornwall of Kynlet.
iv.  Fulk, left infant daughters Joan (who m. John Careless or Carless) and Eleanor (who m. Edward de Acton) [CP, 14:595-596].

Aelinor GIFFORD [Parents] 1, 2, 3 died 4 in 1324/1325. Aelinor married 5, 6 Baron Fulk le STRANGE 7, 8, 9.

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth le STRANGE was born in 1304. She died in 1375.

Robert CORBET Knight [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was buried in Chapel of Alberbury. Robert married Matilda de ARUNDEL.

Of Wattlesborough

Matilda de ARUNDEL. Matilda married Robert CORBET Knight.

of Tiddeshal

They had the following children.

  M i Thomas CORBET Knight died in 1310.

Richard CORBET [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 before 1225 in of Morton Corbet, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom. He died 2 in 1248 in of Morton Corbet, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom. Richard married Petronilla 3.

Petronilla 1. Petronilla married Richard CORBET.

Of Edgbolton

They had the following children.

  M i Robert CORBET Knight.

Richard CORBET Knight [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 before 1195 in of Morton Corbet, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom. He died 2 in 1235 in of Morton Corbet, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom. Richard married Joanna TORET 3.

Joanna TORET 1. Joanna married Richard CORBET Knight.

They had the following children.

  M i Richard CORBET was born before 1225. He died in 1248.

Richard CORBET Knight [Parents] [scrapbook] 1.

He had the following children.

  M i Richard CORBET Knight was born before 1195. He died in 1235.

Thomas CORBET the Pilgrim [Parents] [scrapbook] 1.

He had the following children.

  M i Richard CORBET Knight.

Simon CORBET [Parents] [scrapbook] 1.

Of Pontesbury

He had the following children.

  M i Thomas CORBET the Pilgrim.

William CORBET Baron of Caus [Parents] [scrapbook] 1.

Of Wattlesborough.

He had the following children.

  M i Simon CORBET.

Roger CORBET Baron of Caus [Parents] [scrapbook] was born in Normandie, France. He died 1 in 1134.

Domesday Baron of Claus.

He had the following children.

  M i William CORBET Baron of Caus.

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.

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