1347, Christopher born in Cumberland, England, s/o 1477584. Christopher Moresby & 1477585. Isabel Derwentwater.
~1360, Joan born.
11/1369, Christopher’s father died; Christopher age 12.
6/1374, Christopher’s grandmother, Margaret Moresby, died. [Her dower properties leased out to Roger, Lord Clifford.]
5/22/1375, Writ for IPM of Margaret late the wife of High de Moriceby. Cumberland ... Cullegayt. A fourth part of the town, ..., held of the king in chief ..., as of the inheritance of Robert de Askeby; and a third part of the site of the manor, ..., held for life in dower of the king in chief by the same service, of the inheritance of Christopher son of Christopher de Moriceby. ... Christopher, aged 16 years and more, son of Christopher de Moriceby her son, is her heir. (S) IsPM, Edward III, File 238.
By 5/6/1376, Christopher’s mother Isabel remarried to Sir Gilbert Curwen.
6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, succeeded Edward III as King of England.
5/26/1379, Christopher proved his age and performed homage for his patrimony. (S) CCRs.
By 1379, Christopher married Joan.
2/14/1380, Christopher received control of his grandmother Margaret’s lands. (S) CCRs.
2/6/1381, Pardon for 40s ... by Christopher son and heir of Christopher de Moriceby, for the trespass in the grant in the late reign by his father, of a moiety of the town of Distyngton, which he [the father] held in chief, to Margaret his mother, and in her entry thereon, both without licence. (S) CPRs.
2/6/1381, Christopher given respite for his 40s fine because he was in the King’s service in the garrison of Rokesburgh castle in Scotland. (S) CCRs.
2/10/1382, Christopher’s mother Isabel died: Isabel, late the wife of Christopher de Moriceby (Moresby): Cumberland, Westmorland. (S) UKNA.
5/24/1382, Christopher sued out any potential issues associated with his mother’s assets, receiving them 2 days later by the escheator, his step-father.
1382-1389, Christopher knighted.
1389, Commissions be granted to certain lords, knights or squires to enquire into the towns burnt and destroyed by the Scots and to certify the treasurer and barons of the Exchequer so that the collectors of the tenths and fifteenths can be discharged. Bishop of Carlisle; John Lord Roos; Ralph Lord Nevill (Neville); John de Irby, knight; John de Derwentwatre, knight; Christopher de Morisby (Moresby), knight; Richard Lescrope; Earl Marshal; ... (S) UKNA.
8/1390, A full scale fued had developed between Christopher and the family of his stepfather. Sir William Curwen, son of his stepfather, attacked Distington.
11/7/1390, Christopher, Sheriff of Cumbria. (S) Hist. Co. Cumberland, Hutchinson, 1794, P679.
12/1390, Christopher summoned to parliament. (S) CCRs.
11/7/1391, Commitment of the county of Cumberland to Christopher Moriceby, ‘chivaler,’ during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff. (S) CFRs.
11/1391, Christopher de Moriceby, knight, of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Yorkshire, died.
11/27/1391, Grant to James de Pykeryng, ' chivaler,'— … of the keeping of all the lands in the counties of York, Cumberland and Westmoreland late of Christopher de Moryceby, 'chivaler,' … until the lawful age of Christopher, his son and heir … together with the marriage of the said heir, … (S) CFRs.
11/28/1391, Writ for IPM of Christopher de Moriceby, knight. Cumberland: Culgayth. The manor, held of the king in chief by service of a moiety of a knight’s fee … Distyngton. A moiety of the town, … Moriceby. The manor, with the advowson of the church … Christopher his son, aged 11 years and more, is his heir. … Westmorland: … manor and advowson of Askeby Wynanderwath in joint feoffment with Joan his wife, who is still living … Askeby Wynanderwath. The manor, with the advowson of the church, held of the lord de Clifford, a minor … Wyanderwath. The manor, held of the said lord de Clifford by homage and fealty … York: Wygyngton. The manor, within the forest of Galtres, held of the chapter of St Peter’s, York, in socage … (S) CIsPM.
12/1391, Dower assigned to Christopher’s widow, Joan, who retained Askby Winderwath as her jointure.
11/1392, Order to take of Joan who was wife of Christopher de Moriceby knight an oath etc., and in presence of ... (S) CCRs.
(S) Hist. of Parliament, Roskell, 1993.
Child of Christopher and Joan:
i. Christopher Moresby (369396), born 11/1380 in Cumberland, England.