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Lord Thomas Tropenell Esq. & Margaret Ludlow

475268. Lord Thomas Tropenell Esq. & 475269. Margaret Ludlow    

1402, Thomas born in Wiltshire, England, s/o 950536. Harry Tropenell & 950537. Edith Roche.

8/31/1422, Henry VI (an infant) succeeded Henry V as King of England.

~1425, Margaret born in Wiltshire,England, 2nd d/o 950538. William Ludlow.

1428, Thomas, a lawyer, employed by Walter, first Lord Hungerford.

1429, Thomas elected to parliament.

 [––Thomas & Agnes––]

1431, Thomas 1st married Agnes, widow of Thomas Burton. [No childen.]

1431, Thomas and Agnes executed a deed.

6/16/1438, Tomas acquired part of ‘Eyris place’ in Neston from J. Duke, which became Thomas’ residence.

4/14/1442, Tomas acquired part of ‘Eyris place’ in from Walter Duke.

1443-44, William Rous vs. Thomas Tropenell, over the manor of Great Chalfield. [Suit continued until 1447.]

1444-45, Thomas Beverley sued Thomas Tropenell, Henry Long, and Richard Chok for possession of Great Chalfield, [without success].

1447, Thomas Tropenell and his co-feoffees conveyed the manor to William Rous. [Apparently “for life”.] Thomas remained the tenant.

12/9/1447, Robert Hungerford granted him granted to his son William, Thomas Tropenell and Agnes his wife all those lands called 'Ballisland' in Codford. (S) CCRs, 9/12/1486.

1449, Thomas and Agnes executed a deed.

9/20/1450, Commission to Robert Hungerford, knight, lord of Hungerford, Robert Hungerford [son], knight, lord of Molyns, William Beauchamp, knight, lord of St. Amand, Edmund Hungerford brother], knight, ... Thomas Troppenell, ... to go against the traitors and rebels in Wilts and the counties adjacent. (S) CPRs.

By 1451, Agnes died.

[––Margaret & John––]

Margaret 1st married John Erley.

1439, John and Margaret executed a deed. [Margaret at least age 14.]

1447, John and Margaret executed a deed when she received a legacy from Robert Warmwell.

1450-51, John Erley MP for Ludgershall, Wiltshire.

9/20/1450, Commission to Robert Hungerford, knight, lord of Hungerford, Robert Hungerford [son], knight, lord of Molyns, William Beauchamp, knight, lord of St. Amand, Edmund Hungerford brother], knight, ... Thomas Troppenell, ... to go against the traitors and rebels in Wilts and the counties adjacent. (S) CPRs.

By 1451, John Early died.

[––Thomas & Margaret––]

By 1451, Thomas married Margaret.

1452, William Rous died. Rous’s relict, Isabel, entered the manor after his death, but she was ejected by Thomas.

1452, Thomas purchased the manor of Maiden Bradley from Sir Robert Hungerford.

Bef. 1453, Thomas completed the restoration of the manor called “the Eyris” in Neston.

1453, During an inquisition, Thomas was referred to as a ‘perilous covetous man’; who at the time was in prison in London.

1453, Thomas Tropenell, a great-grandson of John Lyngever (fl. 1348), bought life interests in Chicklade from members of the Herdell family. [Challenged by Richard Page.] (S) Hist. of Wiltshire, V13, 1987, Chicklade. [Christian Lyngever-Herdell, d/o Thomas, s/o John, heir & s/o John Lyngever of Half Chicklade. Thomas and Christian are 2nd cousins.]

8/1453, King Henry VI had a mental breakdown. [3/27/1454, Richard, Duke of York, appointed Protector of the Realm.]

1454, Thomas in possession of the manor of Great Chalfield, after all legal challenges, based on the marriage of his ancestor Walter Tropenell with Katharine, daughter of Sir William Percy. Isabel, relict of William Rous, gave up her claim after Thomas promised her an annuity of £5. Thomas Beverley released his rights to Tropenell in several deeds.

11/7/1454, London, Quit-claim (1) Thomas Chawey ... Witnesses: Thomas Tropenell, John Cryklade, Nicholas Hall. (S) [Wiltshire] UKNA.

1454-55, Plaintiffs: Thomas Tropenell. Defendants: Richard Page. Subject: Lands, etc in Chicklade and Hindon. Wiltshire. (S) UKNA.

5/1456, Thomas and Margaret, his cousin. (S) Deeds of Thomas and Margaret, widow of John Erley.

1456, Thomas in a letter to the Earl of March stated that he had recovered the land in Chicklade and Hindon.

10/17/1458, Debtor: William Beweshyn of Atworth Parva ... Wilts., esquire. Creditor: Thomas Tropenell. Amount £200. (S) UKNA.

1459, Thomas, having fallen behind in his payments to Isabel Rous, paid her £53. Thomas Beverley again claimed Great Chalfield, but Thomas produced the deeds of 1454 and won the case. There was also a suit by Joan Beaushyn, aunt of William Rous, that also was denied.

1459, Thomas a commissioner with Robert, 2nd lord Hungerford, “to find, arrest and try’ rebels in Wiltshire.”

1459, Thomas employed to manage the affairs of Lady Margaret Hungerford [continuing in her service for 10 years.]

1459, “Thomas Tropenell of Neston”, part of a general royal pardon.

8/30/1460, The lands in Chicklade and Hindon, which had been in dispute were granted to Thomas by the Earl.

10/16/1460, Robert Hungerford, knight, ... enfeoffed ... John Mompesson, ... Thomas Tropenell, John Mervyn, ... (S) CisMics, GBPRO, 2003, P192.

12/20/1460, Thomas bought lands in Chicklade from his relative Peter Lyngever.

2/10/1461, Thomas and Margaret executed a deed.

6/28/1461, Edward IV succeeded Henry VI as King of England.

1463, Gift for lives by Dame Margaret Hungerford of all the Cornish lands she inherited from her father, William late lord of Botreaux, excepting the advowsons of the churches. Parties : Hungerford, Neville (bishop of Exeter), Beauchamp (bishop of Salisbury), …, Sidenham, …, Mompesson, …, Tropennell, …, Mervyn, … (S) UKNA.

2/12/1463 at Neston, Thomas Tropenell esquire, to …, John Northwode, Humphrey Tropenell and Christopher Tropenell, their executors or assigns. Charter of all his goods and chattels. (S) CCRs.

8/24/1464, General pardon to Thomas Tropnell of Neston, co. Wilts, ‘gentilman’, for all offences committed by him before 1 August last. (S) CPRs.

11/2/1464, Thomas of Neston and Great Chalfield started the book “The Tropenell Cartulary”. [Like to record his property rights in case of additional suits. He possessed about 50 properties, and 8 manors.]

1466, W. Coggeswell released a part of Great Chalfield to Thomas.

1465–80, The Lady Chapel in the Parish Church of St. Bartholomew, Corsham, Wiltshire, was re-built by Thomas. It is dominated by the Thomas’ magnificent altar tomb, built to receive the remains of himself and his wife.  He endowed the chapel with a charge of ten marks on his estate, two oxen, and two cows. (S) WAM 1927, V43, PP511-539.

1469, Eoffment of the manor of Stitchcombe with revenues in Stitchcombe and Burbage, from Thomas Tropenell and ... (S) UKNA.

3/21/1473, “…Master John Cramborne, Master Will Crowton, … Witnesses: John Mountpisson, Edward Cerryngton, Thomas Bonham, Thomas Tropenell, John Mervyn. …”. (S) UKNA.

5/12/1474, Deposition by John Wodehull esquire and Herry Etwell before the king in chancery, that they have sold the manor of Little Durneford by Stratford co. Wilts to Thomas Tropenell alone. (S) CCRs.

1475, Writ to Sheriff. “The within named Thomas Tropenel is to have of the land of the within named Henry Etwell and Mary his wife in Warminster … 300 acres of land …” (S) History of Warminster, Daniel, 1897, P57.

1476, Thomas Tropenell granted in perpetuity presentation to Great Cheverell by concession of Margaret, Lady Hungerford.

8/8/1476, “Margarete Lady Hungerford and Botreaux” wrote her will: “… John Mompesson, Thomas Tropenell, … and John Mervyn, … of my feoffees, … have, take, and resceyue, during the saide terme of x yere, th’issues, profites, and reuneous of all the p’mysses; … “. [These persons mentioned many times in the will.] (S) Testamenta Vetusta, Nicolas, 1826, P312.

Bef. 1479, Margaret died.

1/15/1482, (1) Tropenell, Thomas, Esq. (2) Beauchamp, Richard, knight. Tropenell, Christopher. Grant (Charter) of all lands and tenements in Seend and Seend row. [Wiltshire] (S) UKNA.

3/15/1483, Thomas Tropenell, Esq., Richard Beauchamp, knight, Christopher Tropenell, Charter of all lands and tenements in Seend and Seend row, Wiltshire. (S) UKNA.

11/1484, “Thomas Tropenel, squire, hath a general pardonne” for all offences committed before 11/3. [Likely implicated in the Buckingham rebellion.]

8/22/1485, Henry VII succeeded Richard III as King of England.

1486, “Edward Hastynges, knight, … son and heir of Robert, lord Hungerford and Botreaux, and Margaret, his wife. v. Thomas Troppenell, John Mounpesson, John Mervyn, and John Touke, feoffees to uses.: …”. (S) UKNA.

9/12/1486, Thomas recorded the last deed in the Tropenell Cartulary.

11/5/1487, Thomas wrote his will. [Proved 2/16/1488.]

1/31/1488, Thomas, of Neston and Great Chalfield, died; buried in St. Bartholomew in Corsham. “The chapel is dominated by Tropenell’s great tomb—which would originally have been brightly painted. A smaller tomb in the chapel is that of his son, Christopher.”.

5/3/1488, IPM of Thomas Troponell. He died the last day of January last, seised of the other under-mentioned manors, advowson, and lands in fee. Christopher Tropenell, aged 25 and more, is his son and heir. Wilts: Manors of Great Chaldefeld, Little Dorneford, Est Harnham, Mayden Bradelegh, Chiklade, Hyndon, … 7 messuages … (S) CIsPM.

(S) The Tropenell Cartulary, Tropenell, 1908. (S) Hist. of Wiltshire, V13, 1987, Chicklade. (S) Hist. of Wiltshire, V7, 1953, Great Chalfield.

Family notes:

·         Thomas was responsible for the recovery of Great Chalfield. After much litigation; Thomas convinced the courts that he was heir to the Percy’s through a female; the male line having become extinct.   The arms of Tropenell impaling Ludow are displayed in the roof of the hall [and also on their tomb.]  The manor, now owned by the National Trust, is surrounded by a moat with gatehouse, and has oriel windows and a great hall.

Children of Thomas and Margaret:

[Children Humphrey and Anne predeceased their father.]

i. Christopher Tropenell (237634), born 1462 in Wiltshire, England.

ii. Mary Tropenell, born ? in England.


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