Lord Ralph Ogle, 3rd Baron

Lord Ralph Ogle, Third Baron (c. 1468-1513) of Ogle and Bothal, knight, was born about November 7, 1468.

(In an inquisition taken in 1506 he is stated to have been eighteen years old at his father’s death on the 1st of September, 1486.  However, his general pardon in 1509 from Henry VII included all offences before the 23rd of April, 1486, and a pardon granted in 1494 for all offences before the 7th of November, 1489 marks the date of his coming of age).

He was the only son of Owen Ogle, Second Baron (1440-1485) and Eleanor Hilton (1450-post 1513), daughter of Sir William Hilton of Hilton Castle, County Durham.  His mother later married George Percy, Esq.

Ralph Ogle married Margaret Gascoigne, daughter of Sir William Gascoigne, Justice of the Peace for the West Riding, Yorkshire and Margaret Percy, daughter of the third earl of Northumberland, before 1490 in Gawthorpe, Yorkshire.

Dorothy Ogle married Sir Thomas Grey after the death of Thomas Forster

Ralph Ogle, 3rd Baron‘s life is documented and certain events can be reconstructed here.  For example, he took over a castle.

Between 1486 and 1489, possibly a last stand of the earl of Lincoln’s adherents assisted by the Scotch, there appears to have been an action at Dunstanburgh,

Dustan Castle

for it is recorded that Ralph, Lord Ogle, assisted by Edmund and Richard Crawcester, bailiffs of Bamburgh, J. Manners and Gilbert Errington, reduced Dunstanburgh and took the garrison prisoners.

The fact that there was some action here at this date seems borne out from the circumstances connected with the earl of Northumberland, who was taken prisoner at Bosworth field, and after his death Edmund Craster was, in consideration of his good services, appointed constable of Dunstanburgh, the 8th of July, 1489, with the fees and wages of 20 marks per annum with the ancient advantages and perquisites of that office 502.  His name occurs as a witness in 1492, and also with Robert Ogle in a charter given in the Newminster Abbey Cartulary, 7 Henry VII.  

Collins says that Polydore, Virgil and other historians called one of the Lords Ogle, George; and that lie marched with the rest of the northern barons under the earl of Surrey against the Scots in 9 Henry VII, and this appears to be the date when a force of 20,000 was assembled under the earl of Surrey, including Lord Ogle, and advanced against the Scots who were besieging Norham, but that they retired on the approach of the English who afterwards took Coldstream, Hutton Hall, Edrington, Foulden and Ayton.

Collins however, gives the date four years later, and so does Hall, who says that in 13 Henry VII., Ralph, earl of Westmoreland, George, Lord Lumley, George, Lord Ogle, Sir William Gascoigne, etc., under the earl of Surrey, relieved Norham besieged by the Scots, but it seems that in this year a truce was concluded with the Scotch which was nearly broken by an accidental quarrel between some Scots and English of the garrison of Norham, when several of the former were killed. Hodgson Hinde however, gives 1497 as the date of the relief of Norham.   

On the 1st of March, 1199, bishop Fox granted this Lord Ogle a pardon on entering the manor of Netherton.

In 1503 Lord Ogle accompanied Princess Margaret on her way into Scotland to her marriage with James IV, king of Scotland.

In 21 Henry VII, Sir Humphrey Lisle made some grants to Lord Ogle which may have concerned the marriage settlements of his son Humphrey and Lord Ogle’s daughter.

Owing to Henry VII‘s method of hardly ever assembling a parliament, Lord Ogle was not summoned until the first year of Henry VIII’s reign, and he was also summoned in the third year of the same reign.

Lord Ogle’s name occurs in a list of fortresses in Northumberland dated the 21st of August, 1509, which includes a list of holds and townships which were to lay in garrisons at the beginning of Henry VIII’s reign, and his places of Ingram and Hepple were to be garrisoned with 40 and 20 men respectively.

On the 10th of October, 1510, Lord Ogle gave his son William the manor of La Hirst near Woodhorne.

On the 3rd of January, 1512, Christopher Ward and Robert Plompton, knights released to Lord Ogle the castle of Ogle and the demesne lands which they held together with Guy Fairfax by a charter dated the 21st of January, 1485.

On the 3 of June of 1512, as the right honorable the Lord Ogle and Bothal, he granted Robert, his son and heir, the whole demesne of the castle of Ogle for ten years, with remainder to Margaret, the mother of Robert.

Lord Ralph Ogle died in January 1513 at age 44 and was buried in St. Andrew’s Church, Bothal, under a tombstone.

Contains Lord Ralph Ogle’s alabaster tomb — photo by Ray Urwin©

His inquisitions were taken at Morpeth on the 16th of March 1513 and at Durham on the 25th of April following, where it is shown he held Bothal, Whitworth, Pigsworth, Tritlington, Longhirst, Ashington, also the third part of Ingram, Little Tossan, Bikerton, Warton, all in the barony of Hepple, also Saltwick, Horsley, Stanton Sheles, lands, etc. in Morpeth, Bolsdon, Ponteland, Woodhorne, Seton, Heugh.  

Before his death he enfeoffed Thomas Forster of Adderstone and John Heron (probably his son-in-law and first cousin) in the manor of Ogle, lands, etc., in Whalton, Fenrother, Clayfern, Old moor, Wellclose, Flotterton, Sharperton, Shipbanks, Thirnam, Foxdene, Middleton-morell, Druridge, Newham, Longwitton and Hurst.   He gave William, his son, Twisell, the fourth part of South Dissington and Tossan, for life, and to his son, John, a fourth part of South Dissington, for life.   In the bishoprick he held Netherton, land in Camboise, Choppington, Windlestone and West Herrington, the two last of which lie left to his son, John, for life.

On June 10, 1515, Ralph’s son granted Margaret Gascoigne all lands in Hurst near Woodhorne which her husband Ralph Ogle had with the remainder to going Ralph’s other son William.  Margaret Gascoigne gave an annuity to her kinswoman Isabel, wife of Gilbert Ogle.

On the 6th of July, 1516, she consented to a grant of the manor of Horton.   She is mentioned in 1527 as Dame Margaret Ogele and as living in 1515/16.   Her effigy is on Lord Ogle’s tomb at Bothal, on which the impaled arms show those of Gascoigne, Mowbray, Butler and Nevill.

Ralph & Margaret Ogle’s Alabaster tomb — Bothal Church

Ralph and Margaret’s children:

Child Born Married Departed
Robert Ogle c. 1490 Anne Lumley btw 28 Sep 1530 – 26 Jan 1532
William Ogle Margaret Delaval
John Ogle
Anne Ogle Humphrey  Lisle; Sir John Delaval
Dorothy Ogle c. 1487, Englingham, Northumberland, England Thomas Forster c. 1504; Thomas Grey c. 1528
Margery Ogle c. 1506 George Harbottle 25 Jul 1548

In the nave of Bothal Church, there are alabaster effigies of Lord Ralph Ogle, and Lady Margaret Gascoigne. The tomb on which they are placed is built against the south-east pier of the chancel arch, and is spanned by the first arch from the nave into the aisle. There is a great castle in now ruins close by and the church is partly buried in accumulations of soil.  It suggests that they once lived in the castle and attended the church were they now rest eternally.



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Geoffrey Proctor of Nether Bordley

Geoffrey Proctor (c.1450-1524) was born in Nether Bordley in Craven.  The Proctor family was associated with Fountains Abbey, orginally founded in 1132.

According to Proctor family research, Geoffrey Proctor is one of the earliest known Proctors — he is first mentioned in the “History Of Northumberland.”  His first wife Katherine (family unknown) was named in a deed in 21 Henry VII with Geoffrey circa 1506.

Geoffrey and Katharine had four sons:

Child Born Married Departed
William Proctor Isabel Lilburn
Robert Proctor before 1524
Richard Proctor
Henry Proctor before 1524

It seems that the Proctors built up their considerable wealth as tenants of Fountains Abbey.  This is evidenced by the 1524 WILL of Geoffrey Proctor of Bordley (found in the link).  The will is printed in the 5th volume of the Surtees Society’s Publications.  According to “Craven and the Northwest Highlands” by Harry Speight, 1892:  “It is a quaint document, singularly elucidatory of the life and habits of the higher class of Craven yeomanry of the 15th and 16th centuries.”

Geoffrey Proctor was Auditor to Henry, Earl of Northumberland, a position analogous to an agent who is responsible for doing business for someone and all their business affairs.

According to Geoffrey’s will, he requested that his heirs provide living essentials to a priest to maintain the chapel of Bordley and provide mass for the inhabitants there.  He specifically asked for  prayers for the souls of his family and others whom he listed.

Item I will that my son, or his heires, or other of my childer afore namyd that dwellith at Bordley in tyme commyng, have the challes, Messe buke, and al the vestymentes, and other ornamentis belongyng to the chapell of Bordley ; and that thei shall, duryng theire lives, gif mete, drynke, and logying to a preist, continually mynystryng Divine service in the saide chapell ; and his wages, that will not be had of the inhabitantes within the lordship of Bordley, to be borne at the costes and charges of hym or them that shalbe dwellyng at Bordley aforsade for the tyme beyng, if he or thei be of habilitie and power soo to doo ; and the saide preist to saye Messe, according to the ordre above appoyntted for the preist that shalbe at Riliston, and to pray for the saules of fader and moder, my wiffe’s fader and moder, and for the saulles of me and my wif, my sones, Sir Henry, Roberte, and William, my suster Alicie West, and my doughtour in law Isabell Proctour, and for the saulles of suche other as I maide a bill of ther names and delyvered to Sir John Grene the same bill.

After Geoffrey’s wife Katherine died, he married Margaret (family unknown).  By the year 1524 when Geoffrey died, only one of his four sons was still alive.


THE WILL OF GEOFFREY PROCTER OF BORDLEY. [Reg. Test. ix. 329.] From Wills from the Registry at York, Vol 5, published in 1884 by The Surtees Society, Vol LXXXIX

JW Morkill’s “The Parish of Kirkby Malhamdale”  edited abstract

Rulers and ruled in late medieval England

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Sir Roger Grey of Horton

Sir Roger GREY (1475-1541) of Horton, knighted 1518, was born in 1475.  His father was Sir Thomas Grey of Horton (c. 1455-) and his mother was a member of the Fenwick family. Roger Grey’s siblings were Thomas (c. 1480), Elizabeth (c. 1485-), and Lionel Grey (1490-1542).

Roger Grey married Isabel Darcy (c.1476-), daughter of Lord William Darcy in about 1500.

Sir Roger Grey

He lived in time of violence and revenge.  There are a number of accounts of an attack, retaliation, grudges, and violence involving Roger Grey:

Sir Roger GreyAccording to Proceedings, “no other record of John Anysley’s murder is known than

what follows:

The object the murderers had in view must ever remain a mystery. We may surmise, however, without any violent improbability, that it was an act of revenge committed by Englishmen on Scottish soil, as a retaliation for some injury or affront to one of the numerous cadets of the powerful house of Grey.  No family was more widely spread, and few have had so great and long continued influence. Possibly there may have been some quarrel between the murdered man and Edward Grey,2 the captive governor of Chillingham. His murderers, if at all related to Sir Edward Grey, were but very distant cousins; the Sir Roger Grey of the text is undoubtedly Sir Roger Grey of Horton, Knight, who married a sister3 of Thomas Lord Darcy, who was beheaded in 1538. This Sir Roger had a brother Lionel, who was sometime porter of Berwick.

The two families became united towards the end of the sixteenth century, by the marriage of Sir Ralph Grey of Chillingham with Isabel, daughter and coheiress of Sir Thomas Grey of Horton, son and heir of the Sir Roger mentioned in the text.4 It would be interesting to ascertain whether the Chillingham and Horton Greys were kinsmen, or but namesakes; my firm conviction is, that future research will prove them to have been of one blood; the heraldic evidence, such as it is, goes however the other way. Grey of Chillingham bore Gules a lion rampant within a border engrailed argent. Grey of Horton, harry of six argent and azure, on a bend gules a bezant.”

Notes:  2 Sir Edward Grey, Knt., of Warke, Chillingham, and Heton. He was still an Esquire only in 1529, when he was outlawed at the suit of Nicholas Horsley, of Ulchester. North Durham, 328.
3 Her name is given variously, Jane or Isabel.
4 See pedigree in Raine’s North Durham.

Further accounts of feuds and violent emotions are found here:

The story of John Anysley, who was Constable of Norham Castle just before the battle of Flodden, affords a curious illustration of the savagery of Border feuds. Norham was taken by the King of Scots a few days before the battle, and Anysley was sent prisoner to Falkland Castle in Fife, along with another captive, Edward Grey, the governor of Chillingham. What his relations with his fellow prisoner were, does not appear; but the Greys of Horton, possibly distant cousins of the Chillingham Greys, owed him a deadly grudge. After remaining a quarter of a year in confinement, Anysley was ransomed and allowed to return home; but before he crossed the Border, he and his servant Henry Murrey were attacked and murdered by a party of English and Scotch Borderers, led by Sir Roger Grey and his brother Lionel, the latter of whom was afterwards governor of Berwick. Not satisfied with mere murder, the assailants, we are told, “did all so hew, cutt and mangle the vesages &. faces of the said John & Henry in suche wise that ther was not left the space of iij fyngers brede in no place of ther faces that was holle •uncntt or mangled.”  This little story, derived from a comparison of English and Scotch records, has been made the subject of a brief paper by Mr. Edward Peacock, of Bottcsford Manor.

It appears that Roger’s brother Lionel wanted “justice” for an assault against his brother:

The Northumbrian gentry were men after Dr. Johnson’s own heart, “good haters.” Lionel Grey, porter of Berwick, having planned the murder of John Ainsley, captain of the castle of Norham, for some offence against his brother, Sir Roger Grey of Horton, was afterwards heard to make the grim remark, “I never in all my lyf was so mery as when I hard the traytour Anysley, sittinge on his knees, crye mercye.” More than twelve years later, viz., in 1537, he was conspiring with many men of Bamburghshire and others to murder Sir Thomas Clifford, the captain of Berwick-on-Tweed, in Alnwick, or on a moor above Newstead, in revenge for his zeal in trying to bring the murderers to justice (J Raine’s North Durham, p. 309).

The will of Sir Roger Gray/Grey mentions his wife Isabel and cites his son Thomas Grey and brother Lionel as executors.  The following excerpt is found in Wills & Inventories:


Id no’i’e dei Amen: the zeir off or Lord god a thovsand fyve hwndr and xl the xiiij day off Febrwary I Syr Rogr Gray Knyght: off p’fett mynd & hole, thoft I be seke in my body maks my last Wyll irrecou’able & testament in man’ and form’ folowyng: first I gyve my sowll vnto God Almyghty: my body to be burryede in the qweir off the parysche church off belford be syds the bod* of my child’ wt the dwet’ to be done to the churche; Alsso I bequyeth to dame Isabell my Wyff all my corn wt in my come in ye zaird and barne of Dychen: the seid to furnech the grond reserued she and my huset s’uands to lyue on yt to the next terme day cawled Vytsonday: Also I bequyeth to my said Vyff all the store of flesch & fysch wt in my Hwss for my s’uands and hyr as ys afor sayd to the terme aboue named: Also I gyue & bequeth to my son Petr* the corne off Awten felds both in zard and barne; the seeds to saw the lands w1: Also I gyue my said son’ Peter xxx yowes xx hoggs aud vj kye wt their cawffs : Also I bequyth to Jhon Gray of Dychaunt fowxe off the best oxen : Also I gyue & bequyth to Wyll’m Stodr of Newton viij oxen at Dychn’t and ij kye at Awten huss or ells xx nobles in mon’y: Also I beqwyeth to Sandrson the Smythe of lowyck xx*. Also I beqwyeth to dame Bednell off Hetto’ vj*. viijd. The resydew of all my goods vnbeqwyeth I pwt the’ hoil in the hands off my son Thomas Gray 1 and in the hands off me’ browther Lyon’ell Gray * whom’ I awmyt & ordane my full executors to dyspone & ordr the same for the be awght off my sowle the brying forth and burying of my body wt the fun’all exequyes & exspenc’s to be done for the same and the paying off my debts : Also I will and com’ands yt my sad Son Thomas & my browther Lyonell see this Will abou’ said be kepyd and fullfylled: thes Witneses Ihon’ Gray off Horto’ Ihon Gray off Dychend George Ellyson : S’ Jams Fenkyll my co’fessour wt oyr off my tenands

Notes: 1 Sir Roger Grey, of Horton, Knight, married (according to the Visitations) Jane, daughter of Sir William Darcy, Knight, and sister of Thomas Lord Darcy, who was beheaded upon Tower Hill, in 1538, for having joined in the Pilgrimage of Grace. Isabel, mentioned in his will, was probably a second wife.

According to Proceedings, Roger’s wife is alternatively named Jane or Isabel.  Some sources suggest that Roger’s brother Thomas (c. !480-) married first Isabel Swinhoe and secondly, Jane Darcy.   Regardless of Roger’s wife’s name, she was the daughter of William Darcy.

Child Born Married Departed
 Thomas Grey of Horton c. 1509 Dorothy Ogle 5 Aug 1570
 Peter Grey
 John Grey


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The athenaeum edited by James Silk Buckingham, John Sterling, Frederick Denison Maurice, Henry Stebbing, Charles Wentworth Dilke, Thomas Kibble Hervey, William Hepworth Dixon, Norman Maccoll, Vernon Horace Rendall, John Middleton Murrytle

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William Proctor of Nether Bordley

William Proctor  (?-1524) was born in Nether Bordley, Yorkshire County, England to Geoffrey Proctor (c. 1450-1524) of Nether Bordley in Craven and Katharine (?-pre 1524).

Embleton Parish location

Associated with Embleton Parish, Northumberland,

Embleton Parish Church

Embleton Church of the Holy Trinity has been described as a probable Fortified Ecclesiastical site. There are major building remains. This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law.

the Proctor family, originally settled in Nether Bordley, Yorkshire, but was established at Shawdon in 1506 through the marriage of William Proctor of Nether Bordley to Isabel, daughter of John Lilburn of Shawdon.

William Proctor married 15 year old Isabel Lilburn (abt. 1485-?) on December 11, 1500.

Born atShawdon Hall Castle, Isabel was the daughter and co-heiress of John Lilburn of West Lilburn and Shawdon who owned the manors of Shawdon, Glanton and Bedford, all of which were located in Northumberland..  William and Isabel lived at the Shawdon Castle where it believed their children were born.

Child Born Married Departed
Cuthbert Proctor abt. 1509 __ Roddam  6 May 1543
Eustace Proctor
Henry Proctor
Dowsabel Proctor
Barbara Proctor
Dorothy Proctor

William Proctor died on April 29th, 1524.  Isabel’s death is unknown.

Geoffrey’s will http://www.archive.org/stream/testamentaebora09claygoog/testamentaebora09claygoog_djvu.txt


History of Northumberland, Edward Bateson B.A., (London, England: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Printed and Published By Andrew Reid & Co. Limited, 1895)

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Cuthbert Proctor of Shawdon, England

Cuthbert Proctor of Shawdon (circa 1509 -1543) was born to William Proctor and Isabel Lilburn.  Cuthbert was only about 15 years old when he lost both of his parents, as well as his brothers Robert and Henry.


Roddam township was raided by the Scots in 1533 and the Roddam family moved in with the Proctors of Shawdon.  As a lady of the Proctor family, either Elizabeth or Margaret Roddam married Cuthbert Proctor at Shawdon, Northumberland, England.

Children of Cuthbert and ___ Roddam:

Child Born Married Departed
Roger Proctor  abt. 1630 Barbara Gray
Catherine Proctor  abt. 1630
Geoffrey Proctor  abt. 1637
John Proctor  abt. 1638
Isabella Proctor  abt. 1640

At the beginning of the 16th century the town of Lilburn had two towers, both of which had been destroyed by 1541.  One tower belonged to Cuthbert Proctor. (It has since fallen into decay with only the walls standing).  The other tower belonged to Sir Cuthbert Ogle and had suffered from a fire. The Ogle tower is recorded as being the eastern tower. This suggests that, despite its poorer condition in 1541, the surviving tower is actually Proctor’s Tower and that Ogle’s Tower was at the site now occupied by the early C19 country house called Lilburn Tower.

West Lilburn Tower is a ruined tower house roughly 4 miles to the southeast of Wooler. Only the north wall stands, to a height of 10m. There are a number of windows and openings in the remaining wall, and the springing of the barrel vaulted ceiling can be seen. The walls are over 2m thick in places.   The tower would have been 13m by 10m, and stood three storys high.

It is now a Listed Building Grade II, Scheduled Ancient Monument, Lilburn Tower, NORTHUMBERLAND.  There is absolute certainty that it is located
Eastings: 402180m
Northings: 624140m

Cuthbert Proctor died on May 6, 1543, leaving five children age 4 to 14 and possibly his wife.  His will is recited in the inquisition post mortem, 8th February, 1544.

‘To all Crystyn men gretynge in our Lord God everlastinge. Know your universities that where I the saide Cuthbert Proctor hath made estate of all my lands, etc. in the townes and fields of Glanton and West Lilburn to John Roddam of Lytyll Hoghton the younger, Matthe Rodam of the same, etc., which dede beryth date 1 March 35 Henry VIII., the feoffees immediately after my decease [are] to make an estate to Galfryd Proctor my sonne, etc., and to John Rodam of Lytyle Hogdton. I give £20 to Katherine, my elder daughter, for her marriage portion yf she wyl be guydyd in marygge by the said feoffes,’ etc.

It is unclear why Cuthbert’s eldest son Roger Proctor is not mentioned in the above will.  Instead, his younger brother Geoffrey by about a year is mentioned.


History of Northumberland, Edward Bateson B.A., (London, England: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Printed and Published By Andrew Reid & Co. Limited, 1895

West Lilburn Tower and Lilburn Tower

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Roger Proctor of Shawdon

Roger Proctor of Shawdon (abt 1530-) was born in Northumberland, England to Cuthbert Proctor of Shawdon (-1543) and __ Roddam.  The name and parents of this daughter of the Roddam family is unknown.

To understand the context of the life of Roger Proctor of Shawdon, here is a brief description of Glanton where he lived and owned property.

Glanton, Northumberland, England

By the early 13th century, Glanton was well established as one of the dependent hamlets of Whittingham.  In 1296, a legal battle ensued and eventually the Glantons lost their land.  The Goswick family male line died in 1377 and William of Goswick’s original holding was passed to the Middleham family in Alnmouth. They sold in 1577 to Roger Proctor of Shawdon who had acquired the estate partly through marriage and partly through purchase from the Lilburns.

Thus, by the time of the Union of the Crowns in 1603, about half the village was owned by the Proctors of Shawdon, about half by the Collingwoods of Eslington and the balance by various unidentified small tenants. Village life revolved around farming and villagers had rights of grazing on common land and could also cut wood and dig peats and in time became freeholders.

In contrast to Whittingham which boasted a fine church, tower, brewhouse, mills and a smithy, Glanton was poor. The villagers shared their mud and timber hovels with their animals. The first record of the existence of a stone house was in 1588 when a crown lease was confirmed on a property in Glanton.  In the same year, Robert Proctor of Shawdon complained that the Scots in a raid had stolen 20 kye and oxen while Cuthbert Dine lost 30 kye and 2 horses. Eight years later Glanton was again sacked by the Scots, this time by the servants of Lord Cessford in a continuation of the ceaseless cross-border feuding.

Roger Proctor married Barbara Gray (1535-), daughter of Sir Thomas Grey of Horton and Dorothy Ogle.

Child Born Married Departed
Thomas Proctor
Cuthbert Proctor pre-1577 Ellinor __  1633
John Proctor
Rowland Proctor

With the marriage of Roger Proctor to a Barbara Gray of Grey and Ogle lineages, the connections to the past deepen, leading to…


History of Northumberland, Vol. 14, by Hodgson. Pedigree -“Grey of Horton”

History of Northumberland, Edward Bateson B.A., (London, England: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Printed and Published By Andrew Reid & Co. Limited, 1895.).

Parish History

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Sir Thomas Grey

Sir Thomas Grey of Horton (before 1515-1590) was born by 1515.  He was the first surviving son of Sir Roger Grey of Horton and Isabel Darcy, daughter of Sir William Darcy.

His siblings were Peter and John.

Sir Thomas Grey married Dorothy Ogle between 1527 and 1531.  She was a daughter of 3rd Lord Ralph Ogle and widow of Sir Thomas Foster.

Sir Knight Thomas Grey career was full of success, disappointment, and later obscurity, despite being knighted and accomplished.

The Lilburn Tower is near center — at right the gatehouse — to left the cliff drops away suddenly

Succeeded father 6 Jan 1543. Knighted 23 Sep 1545. Member of Parliament for Northumberland Oct 1553, Nov 1554, 1559. Yeoman? of the guard before Dec 1531; Justice of the Peace, Northumberland 1547-1554; treasurer, Berwick-upon-Tweed Jun 1547-Feb 1550; sheriff, Northumberland 1547-1548, 1551-1552, Nov or Dec 1558; constable and receiver, Dunstanburgh Jun 1550, steward May 1555-death; commissioner goods of churches and fraternaties, Northumberland 1553.

The first certain reference found to Sir Thomas Grey is his appointment in 1536 as deputy to his maternal uncle Thomas Lord Darcy, keeper of Bamburgh Castle, which lies within ten miles of Horton. After Darcy’s execution in the following year Grey petitioned Cromwell for the keepership: he was passed over, but one of the lists recording the new appointment bears a note ‘to remember Thomas Grey’, and in the same year he was appointed one of the officers of the east march at a salary of 20 pounds per year.

His career might have come to an abrupt end when in May 1538 he and his uncle Lionel, porter of Berwick, were arrested on Cromwell’s orders by the captain of Berwick, Sir Thomas Clifford. Cromwell evidently dismissed the charges as groundless. About the same time Thomas Grey was one of those appointed to bring ten men to help put down a threatened revolt by the men of Tynedale.

Dunstanburgh Castle

The fall of the Protector cost Grey the treasurership of Berwick, which went to Richard Bunny, but this was partially offset in Jun 1550 by a grant of the constableship of Dunstanburgh, a coastal fortress south of Bamburgh, and of a 21-year lease of the site and possessions of the monastery of Newminster, Northumberland: the property, which included coal-bearing land, was leased to Grey in consideration of services ‘previously rendered’.

In April 1554, the Council exhorted him and other Northumbrian gentlemen ‘to show themselves more forward in service than they have erst done whereby they shall well redub (repair) their former slackness’, and in September 1556 and August 1557 he was summonded before the Council: on the last occasion, having professed himself ‘very willing to serve’ Queen Mary, he was commissioned to carry a ‘mass of treasure’ to the north, where he offered to serve against the Scots without pay. He had, on the other hand, won the regard of both John Conyers, 3rd Baron Conyers, and Thomas Wharton, 1st Baron Wharton, who intervened on his behalf when he was called before the council in the north in 1554 and 1556.

Although Strype was to describe Thomas Grey as ‘one of the best reputation in the parts adjoining Scotland’ it is doubtful whether he diverged markedly for the Catholicism of his neighbors: when he and Cuthbert Horsley were returned to Parliament in Oct 1554 the sheriff described them on the indenture as ‘two of the grave and Catholic persons (within) the said county’, and Grey’s associates and kinsman were noted for their religious conservatism.

Thomas  Grey‘s own interest in the consolidation of the family’s possessions was reflected in the settlement of his lands, after his only son had died in infancy, on whichever of his daughters should marry his kinsman Sir Ralph Grey of Wark and Chillingham: it was his eldest daughter Isabel who did so.

SIR THOMAS GREY that nowe ys, knight, weddyd Dorothe, doughtre to Roborte [blank] [sic], and sustre to Roberte, Lorde Ogle, and had issue Isabell, wyefe to Raufe Grey of Chyllyngham ; Agnes,* wyefe to Roberte Claverynge of Calyleet ; Margerye, wyefe to John, son to George Heron of Chypches ; Barbara, wyefe to Roger Proctor of Shawdon ; RogerJ sine prole; Ursula, wyefe to Humfrey, son to John Heron of Bokenfyelde ; and Margaret, vnmaryed.|| At the foot of the above pedigree it is sketched again in tabular form in the handwriting of Glover without addition. It will be noted that in Harvey’s Visitation ante p. 11, he gives Sir Thomas Grey of Horton the arms of Horton, but does not venture on any pedigree. Dalton’s attempt at a pedigree as given above is full of blanks in the earlier part and notwithstanding the elaborate pedigree of the family of Grey in Baine, North Durham, p. 326, there is still much obscurity around the early family history both of Grey of Heton and of Grey of Horton. No arms are given by Dalton in the manuscript. * 16 Harl. Soc. has Anne. 1 16 Harl. Soc. has Callaby. The right word is Callaly. Omitted in 16 Harl. Soc. 16 Harl. Soc. has Bockam. II 16 Harl. Soc. has married! to John Baxster. (from Visitations of the North)

Thomas and Dorothy had ten surviving daughters:

Child Born Married Departed
Isabel Grey Sir Ralph Grey of Chillingham
Barbara Grey Roger Proctor
Agnes Grey Roberte Claverynge of Calyleet
Margerye Grey John Heron of Chypches
Ursula Grey Humfrey Heron
Margaret Grey unmarried

From the book “Wills and Inventories”:  Thomas Grey, afterwards Sir Thomas Grey, of Horton, Knight, married Dorothy, daughter of Ralph Lord Ogle, and dying at his house, in Bethnal Green, London, on the 7th, was buried at St. Botolph’s, Aldgate, on the 10th Aug, 1590 leaving ten daughters and coheiresses, of whom Isabel, the eldest, married Sir Ralph Grey, of Chillingham, Knt., whose third son, Sir Edward Grey, was the founder of the family of Grey of Howick.

Details of Dorothy Ogle‘s death remain unknown.  The marriage of Grey and Ogle brings together to significant families in Northumberland history which lead backward to possible monarchies.

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History of Parliament – Portrait of Sir Thomas Grey 

History of the Parliament – by D.F. Coros

History of the Parliament – by N. M. Fuidge

Wills and inventories illustrative of the history, manners …, Volume 2 by James Raine, William Greenwell, John Crawford Hodgson, Surtees Society

North country wills: being abstracts of wills relating to the counties of York, Nottingham, Northumberland, Cumberland, and Westmorland, at Somerset House and Lambeth Palace 1383, Volume 121

A genealogical history of the dormant, abeyant, forfeited, and extinct …
By Sir Bernard Burke

Visitations of the North

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Cuthbert Proctor of Newcastle

Cuthbert PROCTOR  (pre-1577–1633) was born in Newcastle upon Tyne,  Northumberland, England.  His parents were Roger Proctor (abt. 1535-) of Shawdon and Barbara Gray (abt. 1536-abt. 1613), daughter of Sir Thomas Gray of Horton.

He married Ellinor ( -1624) of Newcastle.  Little is known about her life except that she died eight years before Cuthbert.   They had several children:

Child Born Married Departed
 Doritie Proctor  c. 07 Mar 1602
 Cuthbert Proctor  b. 13 Sep 1603
 Barbarey Proctor c. Abt 1606
 Isabell Proctor c. Abt 1608
 Mathias Proctor c. Abt 1609
 Margaret Proctor William Colston

Cuthbert Procter was a Newcastle merchant who apprenticed to And. Westwood, boothman, Oct. 11, 1577 (Dendy, Surt. Soc. Pub. 101, p. 212).  His property was assessed in a subsidy roll of 1621 for lands in All Saints’ Parish, Newcastle, at 12s.

It was a fascinating time in history regarding English currency.

According to his will dated March 23, 1632, Cuthbert desired “to be buried in All Saints, near to my wife” from whom descended a once numerous branch of the family settled in Newcastle.  Ellinor Procter was buried on August 13, 1624.

Cuthbert gave his three daughters Margaret, Dorothy and Isabel, all his lands, tenements, etc., in Newcastle and Gateshead, except his own dwelling house in Pilgrim Street, as well as his goods, chattels and leases.

He gave his son Cuthbert Proctor his lease of lands at Ponteland provided that within ten years of his death that the son Cuthbert would pay his three sisters in one payment, 9007.  (Worth about $1.2 million now). His Executors were his three daughters and his will was “proved” at Durham on December 17, 1633.  There is a note that one of the said daughters died before the day of payment and that Margaret, wife of compounder, alone proved the will.  Apparently the other sister renounced probate.  The money not being paid, the executrix and her husband William Colston entered and possessed it until it was sequestered.  The other sister was not paid any share of the 9007. The lease was for 1,000 years. In the Northumberland Rentals of 1663, Margaret Colston was rated for lands in Ponteland township at 301.

So it was that Cuthbert and Ellinor were buried near to each other at All Saint’s Parish of Newcastle. 

The Parish of All Saints consisted of the townships of All Saints, Byker and Heaton. The first of these was part of the city and county of Newcastle, and all of these areas are now within the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

All Saint’s Church Newcastle on site of old parish

All Saints or All Hallows Church was probably built in the twelfth century and was replaced in 1796 by the present building. The old building is said to have been built on the site of a Roman Pantheon, and so may have older religious associations than any church in the city. The church was deconsecrated in 1961, and in the 1980s it was incorporated into an office complex.

Descended from five generations of male Proctors, the birth and marriage of  their daughter Margaret Proctor shifts the surname to Colston and her daughter marries a Bordley, the family that comes by sea to America during 1600’s.


A History of Northumberland  History of Northumberland, Edward Bateson B.A., (London, England: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Printed and Published By Andrew Reid & Co. Limited, 1895)

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William Colston

William Colston of Ponteland (c.1600-post 1650) was from Newcastle, England.  His parents are unknown.

Ponteland — Newcastle — Northumberland area

William Colston married Margaret Proctor, daughter of Cuthbert Proctor of Newcastle.

During their marriage, William Colston suffered debts in a siege against his property.   According to “Records of the Committees for compounding, etc: with delinquent royalists in Durham and Northumberland during the civil war, etc., 1643-1660:”

1645. Dec. 12. Wm. Colston of Ponteland, co. Northd., petitions to be admitted to compound for delinquency, having been in Newcastle during the siege. He surrendered Nov. 29 last. His personal estate is all wasted by the armies, and taken away by the sequestrators, and he is in debt 35 M.

The land which he possessed in Ponteland, worth 100 marks p. ann, he held in right of his wife as executrix of the will of Cuthbert Proctor her father, deceased, for payment of his debts and the sum of 9007. to his daughters out of said land, which 9007. is to be equally divided between petitioner’s wife and Isabel her sister.

He has 49s. p. ann. for life, in right of his wife, out of certain houses in Sandgate, near Newcastle. Another particular of his estate shows that the personalty was wasted, etc., except a small quantity of feathers. 

William Colston‘s wife Margaret Proctor was a daughter of Cuthbert Procter of the Shawdon family.  On Cuthbert’s death, Margaret and her two other sisters inherited their father’s lands and tenements in Newcastle and Gateshead as well as his goods, chattels and leases.  He gave his son Cuthbert Proctor his lease of lands at Ponteland provided that within ten years of his death that Cuthbert pay his three sisters in 9007. One daughter died before the payment, another sister renounced the probate and Margaret Proctor alone proved the will. The money not being paid, the Margaret Proctor and her husband William Colston, entered and possessed the same until it was sequestered. The lease is for 1,000 years. In the Northumberland Rentals of 1663, Margaret Coulson (Colston) was rated for lands in Ponteland township at 301.

William Colston

William Colston was apparently a baker in Newcastle. The Municipal Accounts (extracts from which form one of Richardson’s Reprints of Rare Tracts, Newcastle, 1848) contain the following entries:

‘1650, August. Paid Wm. Colston for a banquett which was had to entertain General Cromwell, 25/. 2s. 7d.’

‘1650, October. Paid Wm. Colston for Naples bisquett and makrownes [macaroons] which was had the 26th August, being a day of thankesgiveinge for the great victory in Scotland, 20s.’

1660, 19 May. Paid Mr. Wm. Colson, for 6 lb. of Naples biskitts delivered by him when generall Monke came thorow the towne, 7s.’

Known Children of William and Margaret:

Child Born Married Departed
 Margaret Colston abt. 1640 Rev. Stephen Bordley abt. 1660  abt. 1720

William Colston‘s will requests that he be buried at All Saint’s Parish of Newcastle near to his wife Margaret Proctor.  RIP

Their daughter Margaret married a Bordley, the family that would in a generation come by sea to America, settling in Maryland.


Records of the Committees for compounding, etc: with delinquent royalists in …
edited by Richard Welford

The Publications of the Surtees Society, Volume 111

Northumberland County History, Edward Bateson Vol 2, page 192

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James Murphy

James Murphy/Murfey (1685-1729) was born about 1685 in Kent County, Maryland.  The identity of his parents is unknown but they came by sea to America.  Perhaps they were English or Irish.  He married the widow of Thomas Hynson.   The activities in James’ life are not well documented and all that exists are records of his marriage, birth of his daughter, and the final appraisal of his estate.

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