The Corbett One Name Study

Miscellaneous Book Extracts 2

 

Bilston Cholera 1832

Extracted from an unnamed book.

"(Previously) engines were employed in throwing water through the confined courts and back yards in different parts of the township; the experiment did not, however, appear to produce any salutary effects, but , in my opinion, to the contrary.
The 12th was a very hot and sultry day, followed by a night of rain. On the 12th there was the same number of deaths as on the day preceding; one of them, Mary Corbett, who died age 47; on the 13th her son Kenias died, aged about 6, and on the 17th her husband, John Corbett, a labourer, aged 42. By this visitation four orphans were left entirely destitute, namely, Leah, aged 12, Caroline, 8, William, 3 and Jemima, six months. The first three were found wandering about the street in search of a place of refuge from the pestilence, and from the famine, when God, in his great mercy, put it into the hearts of the following humane persons to give them shelter: Thomas and Hannah Chambers took Leah; James and Sophia Purslow took Caroline; John and Bridget Williams took William, and Joseph and Margaret Corbett took Jemima to their own homes. They were all neighbours, but, except the last, in no way related to the deceased, and in such circumstances of life as to require their utmost exertions and industry to support their respective families. It is really delightful to lay before the public these undeniable proofs of kindly feeling and disinterested benevolence amongst the poor in this rude, and as it is sometimes called, uncivilized district. They are examples worthy of imitation by the most enlightened and are, I am happy to add, of frequent occurrence amongst us. This will scarcely be credited by those who have merely seen the swarthy faces and uncouth dresses of these honest people, in travelling across the country; but I, who have been in daily and constant intercourse with them for the last twenty years, am sensible of the fact, and knowing how much of my comfort and happiness I owe to their civility and kindness, am glad of an opportunity to acknowledge it."

[The Sophia Purslow mentioned above was the great great great grandmother of Philip Cresswell, 38 Birch Grove, Alveley, Bridgnorth, Salop]


BUCKS LOCAL RECORDS
VOL. II
by Gibbs

1773 June 7th, Richard Holt was barbarously murdered at night in his bed chamber at Bierton, by Corbet, a rat catcher from Tring. Corbet was tried at the Bucks Midsummer Assize following, and condemned to be gibbetted at Bierton; great crowds went to the execution. To evade detection the murderer entered the house of his victim by the chimney and left by the same means; unknown to him his dog followed him to the house, and in the morning the animal was found sitting outside and would not be driven away. This dog was known to belong to Corbet; this fact led to suspicion and the culprit taken.


RECORDS OF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 
VOL.II, 
pages 150/160 and 332 :

The Vicar of Bierton, who wrote the letter below, was The Rev. Joseph Wharton. The cottage in which the murder took place still stands, next door but one to the Bell in Bierton. (Anyone with an interest in Bierton might like to read 'The Story of Bierton, The Village, the Church and its People' by Michael Griffin and Robin Thurston. The same tale appears therein.)


THE LAST GIBBET IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
BIERTON VICARAGE
April 18, 1860
Dear Sir
I know not whether any record of what is considered the last gibbet erected in Bucks may be be allowed a corner in your Magazine. If, however, you deem it worthy of insertion, it may interest some of your readers, and may call forth some remarks on similar relics of the past. I may add, that I am indebted to a parishioner for the collection of facts.
I am, Sir,
Yours most truly,
J WHARTON
To Rev. C LOWNDES

In the Parish Register of Bierton, in the year 1773, we find the following entry: "June 10th, Mary Holt, spinster, was buried; she died June 4th, and Richard Holt, widower, he being most barbarously murdered in his bedchamber on the 7th day, at night."
Corbet, a ratcatcher and chimney sweep, living at Tring, had been engaged at Bierton for some days previously to this entry, and amongst other places, it is said, he was employed on the premises of Richard Holt, a small farmer, whose daughter Mary was then lying dead. It is said that when Corbet arrived at the house, he saw through a window Holt engaged in prayer. Having waited till his victim was asleep, by means of a ladder placed against a chimney, he effected a descent into the house, and murdered Holt. It is said traces of blood still remain on the floor of the house. Corbet having secured his plunder, then hastened to depart by the door of the house, on opening which, his dog unobserved by him, ran in, and was thus left behind. On the milkboy going to his master's house in the morning, and finding him not up, the attention of the neighbours was directed to the fact, and on opening the door they at once recognized the dog as the property of Corbet. Guided by the dog who followed the scent of his master, the constable succeeded in apprehending Corbet at Tring, with some of the stolen property in his possession. He was tried, found guilty, and condemned to death at the forthcoming Midsummer Assize. The son of James Durley, the parish clerk, then a lad of sixteen years of age, used to say he walked behind the cart, through the village of Bierton, to the place of execution, which was in the corner of a field on the righthand side of the road leading from Bierton to Hulcott. Young Durley remarked, "The front was about eighteen feet high, and served both as gallows and gibbet. I saw the cart drawn under the gallows, and after he was dead, I saw his body encased in irons, and hung up; the road was impassable for a furlong (220 yards or an eight of a mile) each side of the part, from the crowds who came to witness the execution."
Benjamin Green, who was born in Aylesbury in 1785, and died in Amersham Union in 1857 or 1858, stated that his father, who was a blacksmith, made the ironwork of the gibbet.
The spot where the gibbet was erected is distant from the house in which the murder was committed, about seventeen chains (374 yards), and the field since the inclosure has been called "Corbet's Piece," while the lane facing the western boundary of the field has acquired the title of "Gib Lane."
Mary Lane, who lived servant at the farmhouse adjoining, could see as she sat up in her bed, the body of the murderer hanging from the gibbet; and the farmers who lived higher up the village say that their parents were unable to open their windows until the following harvest in consequence of the smell from the decomposing body.
In 1774, a sporting character, passing through Bierton, offered an old shepherd 2s.6d. to climb the post and draw a pair of black gloves over the hands of Corbet, and to hang a black scarf over the face, a feat which he successfully accomplished.
In 1795, a "constant reader" of the "Bucks Herald" says, "I went to Bierton Feast, and then the gibbet was standing, and to the irons was attached a human skull, which was the skull of the man who had committed the murder." He further adds, "my father assisted at the erection of the gibbet."
The irons remained some years after this until worn away by the action of the swivel from which they were suspended; they were then kicked into the ditch, where it is believed they rotted away; the remainder of the post was used for a gatepost, and, it is said, is still upon the same farm.
I should likewise add, that the footpath running from "Chalkhouse Arms," and continuing back along the back of the hovels in Bierton, as far as "the milestone," dates from this execution, and was made in order to avoid passing the gibbet, and also a temporary carriageroad was made along the same track: the latter was likely to have occasioned some serious inconvenience at the time of "the inclosure," which took place in 1779. The carriageway was then finally closed, but the footpath still remains.

THE LAST GIBBET

Since the account of the Gibbet was printed, I have been able to fix the date of its erection and final removal; the former by an extract from the Register in St Mary's Church, Aymestry:-
"July 23, 1773: Edward Corbet, was hung in chains at Bierton for the murder of Farmer Holt."
The last remains of the Gibbet, which had been used as a gatepost for the rickyard belonging to Mr Dockens of Bierton, was taken down on August 15th, 1860. The post was about six feet long, and had been cut from the upper part of the Gibbet, and was about six inches square; in it were two mortice holes, the one eighteen inches below the other; there appear marks of the rubbing of chains. Mr Watts, chairmaker, of Bierton, bought the piece with a view to work it up into various fancy articles.
C. LAMBOURNE


SURREY BOOK EXTRACTS

A FAMILY OF HENN

The History and Antiquities of the County of Surrey Vol. I (Manning and Bray:
A family of HENN, came out of Wales, ..... Henry ..... was created Baronet in 1642 ..... his son, Henry is said to be of age 33. He succeeded to the Title, married a daughter of Sir John Corbet, and had several sons.


BEDLINGTON/BEDDINGTON

The History and Antiquities of the County of Surrey by Manning and Bray, volume II:

p521 The Manor of West Court or Beddington 
1302 . . . the land escheated to the King, Edward I, who in the same year granted it to Thomas Corbet, valecto suo, by the name of the Manor of Bedlington, late John Rogers, who died without issue, to be held by the service of one bow value 12d.
8 Edward II (1315) Thomas Corbet delivered a bow to the Exchequer by which he held the Manor of Bedlington.
15 Edward II (1322) On an Inquisition taken on his death, it was found that he died seised of this Manor, value 14.0s.8d p.a. . . 
10 Edward III (1337) On an Inquisition on the death of the last named Thomas Corbet, it was found that he died seised of two thirds of this Manor, and on the reversion of the other third after the death of Joan his mother, who held it in dower. Thomas was his son and heir aged 19. Joan afterwards married Nicholas Tonstal.
12 EDWARD III (1339) Thomas de Morle having purchased or otherwise obtained from Thomas Corbet's family of this Manor ... 

p524 The Manor of Brandon
. . . and that early in the reign of Edward III, Reginald le Forester held to him and his heirs a messuage and 80 acres of land in Brandon and Beddington of Thomas Corbet as if his Manor of Beddington by the service of 82.4d a year, and that Nicholas Tonstal and Joan his wife were seised of part of the said Manor as of the dower of Joan, rent 3s 4d which after her was to revert to Corbet; that Corbet released these rents to Forester and that, by Patent 13 Edward III 1340, the King confirmed the grant to Forester . . .

1) ...... Corbet = Joan = 2) Nicholas Tonstal
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Thomas of West Court or Bedington in 1302
D:1322
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Thomas Bc 1318
(ESCHEATED = reverted)


Surrey Archaeological Collection: 

The two youngest daughters of William Saunders, Elizabeth and Catherine, were each married three times.......Catherine lastly married Miles Corbet of Sprowston, Norfolk, just over a year after the death of her second husband.(John Spelman of Narborough.) Miles Corbet was a soldier who was knighted by (the Earl of)Essex at Cadiz (a Spanish seaport)in 1596. (Later the text says 'much to Queen Elizabeth's annoyance.) On their alabaster tomb at Sprowston are the effigies of Catherine and the first wife of Sir Miles, kneeling side by side behind their spouse. Catherine died in 1608, the year after her husband's death.


THE HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF THE COUNTY OF SURREY VOL. I
by Manning and Bray:

A family of HENN, came out of Wales, ..... Henry ..... was created Baronet in 1642 ..... his son, Henry is said to be of age 33. He succeeded to the Title, married a daughter of Sir John Corbet, and had several sons.


ENGLISH TOPOGRAPHY: SURREY & SUSSEX 
by G L Skinner

p 152 Sussex:
Tortington ...... founded by Hadvisa de Albini, widow of Sir Corbet.


THE CHURCH PLATE OF SURREY
ST JAMES, TITSEY

'The donor (of the silver flagon, weight 32 oz. 16 dwt., Height 9 inches, London hallmark 1674) was Alicia, Lady Gresham, only daughter of Richard Corbett, Bishop of Norwich .... and was the wife of Sir Marmaduke Gresham of Titsey, created baronet in 1660.'


SURREY ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
VOL. LIII

The Clives at Claremont:
Payment was made for killing carrion and crows (c 176987) at the Island Pond and to 'Thomas Corbet catching a hare and turning of her in to Claremont Park'.


THE FALAISE ROLL

The full name of this publication is 'The Falaise Roll recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normany at the Conquest of England' and is by M Jackson Crispin, Princeton University, 1896 and Leonce Macary, Professor of the College of Falaise O.I. With additions and corrections by G Andrews Moriarty from The American Genealogist, Vol. XVI, Number 1, July 1939. (Published: Baltimore by Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc. 1985)
(Numbers in brackets refer to end notes.)

CORBET LE NORMAND:
The family came from Pays de Caux, Normandy, and according to Blakely, ascended from a very remote antiquity, probably of Scandinavian origin. Corbet le Normand (a) had four sons Hugue, Roger, Reynaud (b) and Robert, the second and fourth sons, Roger and Robert, came to the conquest of England (c) with their father, while Hugue and Reynaud remained in Normandy, where the former is mentioned in charters of the abbey of Bec, and Reynaud with his sons Robert and Guy were in Palestine in 1096. Roger and Robert were known in Normandy before the conquest by the surname Moreton (d) and are so inscribed upon the Falaise tablet, wlthough after their arrival in England they were designated at FitzCorbet or Corbet. (1) With his two sons, Corbet settled in Shropshire where they assisted Roger de Montgomery in the government of his earldom of Shrewsbury and the former died before the compilation of Domesday. (2) Roger FitzCorbet at that time held twenty four lordships, while Robert possessed 14, all of which were in Shropshire. (e) In 1102 Roger FitzCorbet defended Bridgnorth for Robert de Belesme against the forces of king Henry (3) but three months later was compelled to surrender it to the king. (4) Roger built a castle at Alfreton, which was the head of his barony and name Caux (f) from Pays de Caux, his former home in Normandy. It was one of the border fortresses (g) which stood in a strong position commanding the pass of the valley of Rea. From him descended Peter Corbet of Caux castle, sumoned to parliament as a baron by Edward I, and hence the Corbets on Moreton Corbet. Robert (h) FitzCorbet his brother held Longden and Alcester in Warwickshire, but his male line died out in the following generation. From him descended through the female line, the Herberts, earls of Pembroke, Finches, earls of Winchelsea, and the earls of Huntingdon. Annors, (i) sister of Alice, coheir of Robert Corbet, who married William Botterill, was the mother of Reginald, earl of Cornwall, by Henry I. The name appears on the rolls of Worcester, Brompton, Holinshed. Duchesne, Scriven and Dives.
Notes:
1) 'L'Europe au MoyenAge', Henry Wallam, French translated by Dudoit and Borghers in 8vo. 1828, II, 67. Genealogie de la Maison Guiges de Moreton, de Chabrillon by Laine.
2) Ord. Vit. For. ed. II, 48
3) Ibid., III, 334
Further Notes:
a) Corbet le Normand was living in 1040 died c 1076.
b) Reynaud (Reginald) was the ancestor of the Corbets of Artois and Flanders.
c) The Ancient Roll of Battle Abbey probably compiled in the 12th Century names Corbet as a principal knightatarms at the Battle of Hastings.
d) However the Visitation of Shropshire, 1623, says that Thomas Corbet's (of Wattlesborough) grandson Richard married Johanna (whose father was living in 1203), granddaughter of Petrus Turet of Moreton Turet, Salop. Moreton Turet was thus passed to the Corbets and then became known as Moreton Corbet. The Visitation at 
no time before this, mentions the name Moreton.
e) On 22 July 1086 they witnessed the property endowment charters granted by that Earl at the consecration ceremony of St Mary Magdalene church at Quatford, Shropshire and in 1121 witnesed the charter of Henry I to the Abbey of Shrewsbury.
f) Cause Castle was to the west of Shrewsbury.
g) Robert and Roger were frontier barons in Shropshire as tenants of Roger de Montgomery, the Earl of Shrewsbury in 1086.
h) Robert had three children:
1) Robert, Lord of Alcester;
i) 2) Sibylla was the ancestress of the earls of Pembroke. She married Herbert, the son of Herbert (Herbert FitzHerbert), who was the Chamberlain to Henry I. Her husband was seen circa 1114 and was dead by 1155. He was the son of Emma of Blois, illegitimate daughter of Stephen, Count of Blois, a leader of the first Crusade, d. 1101, and Herbert, the Chamberlain of William I and William II. (His ancestry has never been proved.) He died c 1155. Sibylla was also the msitress of Henry I and had children both by her husband and by Henry. Her son by Herbert was also Herbert. Herbert, her son was alive in 1156 and died June 1204. He married Lucy, Lady of Blaen Llynfi, who died before 18 July 1204, daughter of Miles FitzWalter of Gloucester, Earl of Hereford and Sibyl de Neufmarche, greatgranddaughter of Griffith I ap Llewellyn, Prince of North Wales. Herbert and Lucy's son Piers FitzHerbert, who died before 1235, married three times. His third wife being Isabel de Ferrers, widow of Roger Mortimer of Wigmore. By Henry I she had Reginald, Earl of Cornwall.3) Alicia or Alice who married William Botreaux or Botterill, and was the Ancestress of the earls of Huntingdon. Her son was William Botreaux of Boscastle, Cornwall.


HANDBOOK TO THE ENVIRONS O0F LONDON
First published 1876.

THAMES DITTON, Surrey: Imber or Ember Court, by the Mole, which flows through the grounds, about a mile east of the village, is a large plain mansion, the old brick front having been covered with stucco, and wings added in the last century. The manor of Imber was empaled as part of the Chase of Hampton Court by Henry VIII., "in the latter days of the king, when he waxed heavy with sickness, age and corpulency, and might not travel so readily abroad, but was constrained to seek his game and pleasure ready at hand." Shortly after the death of the king the inhabitants of Thames Ditton and adjoining parishes petitioned the Council of State for relief, and, an inquisition having been made, the enclosed lands were ordered to be dechased and the deer removed to Windsor and elsewhere. Charles I granted the manor of Imber to Sir Dudley Carleton, Viscount Dorchester. After several transfers it became the property of the Bridges, and was carried by the marriage of Ann Bridges in 1720 to Arthur Onslow, afterwards celebrated as Speaker of the House of Commons, who made Imber Court his principal residence. His son, Lord Cranley, sold the manor in 1784 to George Porter, Esq. Imber Court was for awhile the residence of Sir Francis Burdett. It is now the seat of C.J. Corbet, Esq.

A brass plaque can be found in Thames Ditton Parish Church. Imber Court, the home of Charles Joseph has, for many years, been the school of the Metropolitan Police). .
The brass plaque is wall mounted and consists of a shield of two "corbeaux" (ravens) on a ground "pecked" to indicate 'or' (gold or yellow), surrounded by a border "crosshatched to indicate 'sable' (black) with 11 plain circles (tortreaux?) upon it, presuably representing 'argent' (silver). The shield is surmounted by a close helmet (of the type with crossshaped slits for vision and ventilation) surmounted in its turn by a raven and with elaborate 'mantling'. The capital letters are in red and the rest in black.)
"Here lyeth in the Churchyard the Body of Charles Joseph Corbett of Imber Court in this Parish Esquire, the son of Joseph Corbett of Mareham le Fen in the Co. of Lincoln and grandson of John Corbett of Avenbury in the Co. of Hereford who was born the 29th day of May 1824 and died the 24th day of March 1882 leaving his dear wife Elizabeth and issue five sons and one daughter to mourn his loss and honour his memory." 


THE RETURN OF OWNERS OF LAND 1873 SURREY

C Corbett Thames Ditton 69 acres+ Rental value: 555
Thomas Corbett Brompton 6 acres+ Rental value: 1945


PATENT ROLLS 

1477
Commission to Thos: Littleton, Richard Corbet knight, Roger Kynastone knight, Thomas Corbet of Legh, and the Sheriff in the County of Salop to enquire concerning certain farms for lands granted, and divers other sums of money and yearly profits etc ... and to certify thereon before the King and Council of Westminster in the quinzane of Michaelmas next.

1575
4 November 1575: Calendar of Patent Rolls:
Grant for life to Bartholomew Huisshe of the office of a gunner in the Tower of London, late held by Robert Corbett, deceased; with wages of 6d. per day, payable at the Exchequer: from Corbett's death.


ENGLISH MONARCHS
by Frank Barlow
Page 139:
Orderic describes how the Conqueror gave great honours in England to counts and magnates (comites et optimates), whom the chronicler calls noblemen. In his list of those whom he considered the most important ...... and continues with nine magnates (and their own main barons) to whom he claimed William gave English counties ..... Roger de Montgomery (with Warren the Bald, William Pantulf, Picot and Corbet) .....
Page: 173:
Orderic again: Of Roger of Montgomery ..... To Warren the Bold, small in body but great in heart, he gave his niece Amieria in marriage and made him sheriff of Shrewsbury ..... To other commands in the shire he appointed William Pantulf, Picot and Corbet and his sons Roger and Robert, and other brave and loyal vassals. And with help of their intelligence and courage he flourished greatly among the greatest of magnates.


SURNAME ORIGINS

From 'A Dictionary of Surname' by Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges, Oxford University Press, 1988. Reprinted 1988. 1989 and 1990.
CORBETT: English (Norman; esp. common in the West Midlands) nickname meaning 'Little Crow' from Anglo'Norman French 'corbet', a dim. of 'corb', cf. CUERVO.
Variations: CORBET, CORBITT
Cogns. Fr. CORBET It. CORBETTI, CORV(I)ETTI
CROVETTI, CROVETTO (Lombardy)
Corbett is the name of an ancient Shropshire family descended from a Norman baron, Hugh Corbet or Corbeau, living in 1040. He came to England with his son Robert and settled in Shropshire. His descendant, Sir Robert Corbet, was granted land near Shrewsbury in 1223, at a place now known as Moreton Corbet. The name was taken from Shropshire to Scotland in the first quarter of the 12th century.


HISTORY OF ANTIGUA VOL. III

Accounts of Slave Compensation Claims for the Colony of Antigua: Uncontested Claims 
(Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 16 March 1838):

19/10/1835 Edward Corbett 21 slaves Comp: 343.09.10d.
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Parish Register:
05/06/1823 Edward son of Edward Corbett, Esq. and Sophia, his wife at Vernons Estate, private baptism only.
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Will Extract:
Richard Liddall recites a Contract of Charter between Mr Rowland St John of London, merchant, in (sic) behalf of self, and the owners of the ship 'Fellowship' of London and appoints Joseph Corbett, chief mate, to succeed him in the command of the said ship, or John Salkeld if Joseph Corbett die. Witnessed by Michael White, Martin Creagh, William Treekill, Edward Perrie. 25 August 1694. On 6 September 1694 was sworn Captain Michael White. Recorded 6 September 1694.
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Valley Chapel Burial Ground, Antigua:
Susannah Ann Corbett. Died 12 March 1829 Aged 9y 5m.
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Tickets granted out of Secretary's Office of Barbados for Emigrants to Antigua:
November 6 1679 William Corbett in the Sloop 'Katherine', Andrew Gall, Commander; time out.


TRANSLATION
Some who have Mrs A E Corbett's book 'The Family of Corbet, It's Life and Times' may be having some trouble with the French. 

Page 20 middle of 4th para: 'It is our resolute wish and command that all counts, barons, knights, sergeants of arms and freemen of this realm are, and keep themselves, suitably provided with horses and arms in order to be ready to render us full service; and at all times, the lawful service which they owe us for their domains and tenures. It is our wish that all freemen of this realm are leagued together and sworn as are their brothers in arms,, for its defence, upkeep and protection according to their power. It is our wish that the freemen of this realm maintain well their lands and possessions in peace, free of all taxes and tariffs, so that nothing will be taken nor asked of them but the free service which they owe to us and by which they are held to us forever in return for their lands. It is our wish that they all observe and keep the laws of King Edward with those which we have established for the benefit of the kingdom.'

Page 22, Chapter III, last para: 'Corbet bore gold three crows sable'. 'This family of Norman origin must have its place among our Cambrai nobility, because it possesses fine lands, and has made a good number of alliances, as will be noted in the following genealogy, sent to me by the Seigneur (Lord) of Launarg, that great tutor of heraldic art.'
'Hugues (Hugo) Corbet (Knight) the first of his name lived around the year 1040 A.D. Three sons are credited to him, the eldest of which being named Hugues Corbet (Knight) the second of the name who lived around the year 1063 A.D. He is mentioned in several Charters of the Abbey of Our Lady of Bec, but no line is given. The second son of Hugo the first, called 'Robert Corbet' followed the bastard William Duke of Normandy in all his great enterprises. The Duke never forgot the great successes which our Robert had rendered him, creating him Governor of Northumberland, according to Walsingham, and giving him rich lands requiring him to never give them up all the while he was king. Robert's descendants continued the possession thereafter and were so remarkable in their general exploits that the principal Lords (Seigneur) of this Kingdom never turned their alliances down.'


Pages 23 - 24 "The youngest of the three sons

'Renaud Corbet'

was in the Holy Land in 1096 A.D. with Hugo of the so called Camp d'Avesne or Camp d'Avoine (Field of Oats) the count of St Pol. He was accompanied by his two sons 'Robert' and 'Guy' Corbet."
(The following paragraph then hazards a guess at their probably ages and then refers to this Robert.)
"He, Robert, ended his days gloriously , in combat with the Infidels, the other, Guy, continued the lineage."

'Guy Corbet'

gave remarkable proof of his courage, he married Beatrice daughter of Raoul Courd of St Pol. The epitaph at Cercamp Abbey, where he chose his burial place, records his death in 1124 A.D. He was the father of

'Raoul Corbet'
Lord of the Manor, and Viscount of St Pol

He married a daughter of Tanard, Lord of the Manor of Arras, buried at Cercamp Abbey where his tomb represents him fully armed, having on his chest a shield depicting three crows/ravens, and the inscription: "Hic jacit strenuus miles Rodolphus Corbet fils quondam Guidonis et D Beatrice fille D. Rodolphus declide Campes Avesnes militae MCLXII". His children were Raoul died 1192, Robert (who follows), Thomas, Gertrude, Corbet.

'Robert Corbet'

also went over to the Holy Land from where happily he returned and married Mathilde ... their son called

'Hugo Corbet'

famous knight in the reign of King St Louis: he is said to have married 'Stephanie' daughter of Count d'Yvelin who, according to Du Chesne, had a sister Ermengarde, wife of Hugo Prince of Tabarie. The said Stephanie was younger daughter of Balian le Francois, Count d'Yvelin and of Helois of Raines. Our Hugo died Viscount of St Pol, his son

'Hugo Corbet'

who sold the lordship of the manor, married the daughter of Oisy, Lord of the manor of Cambrai, their son

'Robert Corbet'

knight who was at the battle of Tunis where King St Louis lost his life. He, Robert, thinking to save his own life and that of his companions, totally stunned by the capture and death of their king, were swallowed up by the waves. Robert had one son and two daughters, Alix and Peronelles Corbet, the son

'Hugo Corbet'

knight of high rank, was a faithful partisan of the Count of Flanders against the King of France. He married Jeanne de Selles, their daughters Isabeau and Jane. Isabeau was wife of Jacques of Warny, Jeanne was wife of Pierre of Wisque. Their son

'Hugo Corbet'

married Antoinette, daughter of Antoine, Lord of Grisny. Their son

'Antoine Corbet'

married .... their daughter married Jean of Bracquelin, and died 1451 A.D. Their son

'Antoine Corbet'

married Marie of Ancourt, their daughter Marie took the lands of Ancourt to her husband Anselm of Baudrenghem (knight) the son

'Antoine Corbet' 

married Jeanne of Haquin and lived at Valenciennes, their son

Jean Corbet'

who lived at Oudenarfe, married the daughter of de van de Warrent, their son

'Jacques Corbet'

lived at Breda, then at Antwerp, married Marie de Meren, their son

'Gerard Corbet'

married Barbes le Cire and died 1596 A.D. She had four children Robert, Henry, Catherine and Agnes Corbet. Their arms may be seen at the Create Church of the PP at Antwerp.