~1430, Christopher born in Cumberland, England, s/o 369396. Sir Christopher Moresby & 369397. Margaret de Tilliol.
1442, Christopher’s father died.
~1445, Elizabeth born in England, d/o 369398. Sir Thomas Parre & 369399. Alice Tunstall.
5/22/1455, Christopher fought with the Yorkists at the 1st battle of St. Albans, considered the 1st battle of the War of the Roses against an army of King Henry VI.
1460, Christopher’s mother died.
8/1/1460, Order to the escheator in the county of Cumberland to cause Christopher Moresby esquire, son and heir of Margaret Moresby late the wife of Thomas Crakanthorp, to have full seisin of all the lands which the said Margaret on the day of her death …, and also of the lands which she held on the day of her death in dower of the endowment of Christopher Moresby knight, sometime her husband. (S) CFRs.
3/4/1461, Edward IV of the House of York succeeded King Henry VI of the House of Lancaster.
7/16/1466, Feoffment. (1) William Johnson, of Penrith, Cumberland. … Witnesses: Christopher Moresby, esq., seneschal of the liberty of Penrith, … (S) UKNA, WD RY/BOX 92/97.
10/3/1470, Henry VI regained the throne.
1471, Gift. 1. Thomas de Stanlawe, chaplain, John Boste, … Witnesses include Christopher de Moresby. (S) UKNA.
4/11/1471, Edward IV regained the throne.
4/14/1471, Battle of Barnet, north of London. Kind Edward IV defeated and killed Richard Neville, earl of Warwick, “the Kingmaker.” [Christopher likely knighted at or after this battle.]
1471, Christopher knighted.
7/20/1471, Feoffment for life and confirmation 1) Sir Henry Stafford, son of Humphrey late Duke of Buckingham, and Margaret [Tudor], Countess of Richmond, his wife 2) Sir William Parre, Sir John Parre, Sir John Pilkyngton, Sir Christopher Moresby, Sir Thomas Striklande, William Haryngton, esq, … manors and lands … all in Westmorland. With confirmation, for term of Margaret, Countess of Richmond's life at rent of £190. (S) UKNA. [Sir William Parre is Elizabeth’s brother.]
7/20/1471, The King commissioned William Parr, Kt., John Parr, Kt., Thomas Strykland, Kt., and Christopher Moresby, Kt., to arrest various Westmorland figures including William Lancastre, son and heir of Roger Lancastre Esquire, who had made forfeiture to the King, and bring them before the King and Council and seize their goods and lands to the King’s use.
11/27/1471, 1) Margaret [Tudor], Countess of Richmond 2) Sir William Parre, Sir John Parre, Sir John Pilkyngton, Sir Christopher Moresby, Sir Thomas Stryklond, William Haryngton, esq and Thomas Metcalf, esq. Bond of statute staple, by which parties in 2) are bound to the Countess in 2,000 marks. (S) UKNA.
6/8/1472, Quitclaim: William Sothake of Skelton son and heir of John Sothake … Witnesses: Edward bishop of Karliol, Ralph baron of Graistoke, Lancelot Thrylkeld, Knight, Christopher Moresby, Knight, Hugh Lowther, … (S) UKNA.
2/20/1473, Grant for life to Christopher Moresby, knight, of the custody of the passage of the water of Sulwath in the march of Scotland with the accustomed fees. (S) CPRs.
2/20/1474, Grant for life to Christopher Moresby, knight, of the custody of the passage of the water of Sulwath in the march of Scotland with the accustomed fees. (S) CPRs.
4/9/1483, Edward V became King of England [age 12.]
6/26/1483, Richard III became King of England [Edward V and his brother disappeard from the Tower.]
8/22/1485, Sir Christopher fought with the [losing] Yorkists at the battle of Bosworth [at which King Richard III died, Henry VII becoming King.]
8/22/1485, Henry VII succeeded Richard III as King of England.
12/29/1485, ‘Grant during pleasure, to Sir Christopher Moresby, knt., (“for asmoche as we, trusting in the wisdom, trouth, and sadnesse of oure trusty and welbeloved, &c.”), of the offices of steward of the lordship of Penreth, co. Cumb., and of the forest of Inglewode.’ (S) Materials for a Hist. of the Reign of Henry VIII, Campbell, 1873, P224.
4/30/1486, Sir Christopher, Steward of Penrith, Gameslby and Queenshames. (S) The King’s Council in the North, Reid, 1921, P72.
9/20/1487, “Recites 3 sets of ordinances relating to … Carlisle … Witnesses: Richard Fox Bishop of Exestre, Keeper of the King’s Privy Seal; Thomas Lord Dacre, Lieutenant of the Westmerchis …; Thomas Prior of Carlisle; Sir Richard Edgecombe Kt., Controller of the King’s Household; Sir Richard Salkelde, Kt., Constable of Carlisle Castle; Sir Christopher Moresby Kt.; Sir John Musgrave Kt.; Thomas Beachamp Esq. Sheriff of Cumberland; William Lancastre Esq.”. (S) UKNA.
1486, Sir Christopher, High Sheriff of Cumberland.
1488, Sir Christopher, High Sheriff of Cumberland.
1490’s, “… riottes and insurrections' provoked by disagreements between Lord Dacre and Sir Christopher Moresby forced the king's council to intervene, because the kinges strength in the counte of Cumberland dependith in effect oonly betwixt thaym …”.
7/25/1499, Christopher, knight, Cumberland, the last male heir, died. (S) IPM of Christopher.
7/30/1499, Writ for IPM of Christopher Moresby, Knight. … seised of the under-mentioned manors of Moresby, Distyngton, &c. with the advowson of Moresby, in fee, … Elizabeth, his wife, who survives, … He died on the feast of St. James, the Apostle, last, … Anne Pykeryng, aged 30 and more, is his daughter and heir.Cumberland: Castle and manor of Scaleby and a moiety of the manor of Houghton, … Moiety of the manor of Ricardby beside the city of Carlisle, … Moiety of the manor of Kyrkelevynton; … Moiety of the manor of Rotheland; … The whole manor of Torpennow; … Manor of Newbygyng … Moiety of the manor of Solpard … [many messuages, rents, and lands] … [valued in excess of £20] (S) CIsPM.
1504-1508, Elizabeth, executrix and late the wife of Christopher Moresby, knight, and Humphrey Coningsby and Anne, his wife, daughter and heir of the said Christopher. v. Thomas Dacre, lord Dacre, Christopher, his brother, Mabel, lady Dacre, their mother, John Ratcliffe, and Robert Lamplewe, of Devyngley, and Isabel, his wife, late the wife of Thomas Ratcliff, esquire.: Bond given on behalf of Thomas Ratcliffe, grandfather of the said John, whose executors the said Christopher Dacre and Isabel are.: [Cumberland] (S) UKNA.
1504-1513, Plaintiffs: Elizabeth, executrix and late the wife of Christopher Moresby, knight, and Humphrey Conyngesby and Anne, his wife, daughter and heir of the said Christopher. Defendants: John, grandson of Thomas Ratcliff, esquire, Robert Lamplewe and Isabel, his wife, executrix and late the wife of the said Thomas, Thomas, lord Dacre, Christopher Dacre, his brother, and others. (S) UKNA, C 1/339/27.
1504-1513, Plaintiffs: Humphrey Conyngesby and Anne, his wife, daughter and heir of Christopher Moresby, knight. Defendants: Margaret and Cuthbert Musgrave. Subject: Detention of deeds relating to the castle and manor of Scaleby … (S) UKNA.
4/15/1513, Elizabeth died [in Cumberland.]
(S) The Hist. and Antiquities of the Counties of Westmorland and Cumberland, Nicolason, 1777, P263. (S) Visitation of Yorkshire, Fowler, 1881, P250. (S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P643.
Child of Christopher and Elizabeth:
i. Anne Moresby (92349), born ~1465 in England. [Heir]