The Corbett One Name Study

Miscellaneous Book Extracts 1

Cavaliers and Roundheads
by Christopher Hibbert:

John Corbet [who is quoted in the book]: After the (Civil) War became rector of Bramshot, Hampshire from which living he was ejected in 1662 because of his non-conformist views. He then moved to London and afterwards lived in the Hertfordshire house of Richard Baxter. He died awaiting an operation for stone in 1680.
(Editor: Richard Baxter (1615-1691) was another to become non-conformist and was born at Rowton, Shropshire. In 1638 he became Deacon to the Bishop of Worcester. He sympathised with the Puritans. On the outbreak of the Civil War he retired to Coventry and ministered to its garrison and inhabitants. He was present at the sieges of Bridgewater, Bristol, Exeter and Worcester. Later he retired to Kidderminster, Worcester. Identifying the house he owned in Hertfordshire seems important if we are to discover if John Corbet had any descendants.)

Sir Philip Sidney, Courtier Poet
by Katherine Duncan-Jones

Meanwhile in 1566, the eleven year old Sidney ... in May ... spent three weeks away from school, partly with the Newports and partly with the family of Sir Andrew Corbet of Moreton Corbet, a distant relation of the Sidneys and a leading burgess of Shrewsbury. Sir Andrew's eldest son, Robert, was accompanying Sidney on his European tour, and Sidney described him to Languet as 'my greatest friend'! (Sidney died on 17 October 1586.) (See Barbara Coulton's article in the April and July 1995 journals 'Robert Corbet, An Elizabethan Gentleman'.)

The Atlas of the Occult
by Charles Walker

Combermere, Shropshire, NW of Whitchurch: A famous spirit photograph was taken in the library of Combermere Abbey in 1891 by Sybell Corbet, an amateur photographer. No-one was in the room at the time and in those days a long exposure was required.
(Editor: The spelling of the her name is unusual and she may be the daughter of Sir Vincent Rowland Corbet and Caroline Elizabeth Ann Agnes (Bridgeman), born in 1858 at Wem, Shropshire. She married Edward Umfreville Blackett in 1896 and nothing further is known about her.

English Baronies, A Study of their Origin & Descent 1086-1327 
by I J Sanders, Oxford University Press 1960: 

Roger fitzCorbet, lord of Cause, was one of the most important tenants-in-chief of Roger, Earl of Montgomery. The descent of the Cause barony in the twelfth century presents many problems. The records of Shrewsbury abbey mention, from the end of 11th century Roger and Robert, his brother together with William and Everard, the sons of Roger. Furthermore in the middle of the reign of Henry I Roger Corbet, Robert fitzRoger, and Robert brother of Roger, appear. (See 3.) It is suggested that Roger I, who held Cause from Earl Roger of Montgomery, was succeeded sometime after 1121 by his son Robert I. Robert I witnessed a charter of Queen Maud in 1142 and is mentioned, in the same year, on the treaty made between the earl of Gloucester and the earl of Hereford. (See 4) He seems to have died ante 1155 when Roger II witnessed documents. Roger II is mentioned in the Pipe Rolls of 1159 and 1162 but he disappears after this. The next member of the family to appear, in 1176, is Robert II, died 1222, leaving Thomas who died 1274. (See 5.) Peter I, son and heir, died 1300, when he was followed by Peter II who d.s.p. 1322. (See 6.) His heir was his half-brother John but the manor and lands remained with Beatrice, the widow of Peter II until her death in 1347. (See 7)
3: Victoria County History of Salop, i, p.316; Regesta, ii, nos. 1051, 1245;W Farrer: An Outline Itinerary of King Henry I, Oxford 1920, p.70; W Dugdale: Monasticon Anglicanum (ed. J Caley & H Ellis, London 1817-30) iii, pp518, 519 & 523.
4: R W Eyton: Household and Itinerary of King Henry II (London 1878) ii, no.1245; Ancient Charters, P.R. Society, x, no.26;  J H Round: Geoffrey de Mandeville (London 1892) p383.
5: Itinerary of King Henry II pp11 & 12;  Pipe Roll, 5 Hen. II, p62;  22 Hen. II, p58; 8 Hen. II, p16; Pipe Roll, E 372/114 Salop;  C Roberts 1835-6: Excerpta e Rotulis Finium, pp94-5;  Calendar of Fine Rolls (ed. PRO); 
Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (ed.PRO) ii no5; Thomas who was charged Ģ100 relief owed the service of 5 
knights in time of war. The first mention of scutage comes from 1194 when payment was on 5 knights' fees. Later charges were on this number. (Pipe Roll, 6 Rich. Ip144; idem 8 Rich. I p45; idem I John p79; Pipe Roll E 372/68, Salop; idem E372/90, Salop.) Thomas married Isabel, daughter and in her issue coheir of Roger de Vautort, died 1207. See Trematon, Totnes  this was his barony.
6: Calendar of Fine Rolls, i pp34, 432; Calendar of Inquisition Post Mortem, iii no 600; idem vi no 318. Lands were held in chief by barony by the service of 5 knights' fees. In 1288-9 Peter owed Ģ130 13s 4d for reliefs. (Pipe Roll E 372/134 Salop). Peter I married firstly Joan daughter of Ralph de Mortimer (died 1246) of Wigmore. q.v. the barony Peter II married Beatrice the daughter of John de Beauchamp (died 1283) of Hatch Beauchamp. q.v. the barony
7: Calendar of Inquisition Post Mortem vi no 318; idem ix no 50; Calendar of Fine Rolls v p53.

Royal Bastards of Medieval England 
by Wilson and Curtis:

c1107 Sybil daughter of Sybil Corbet and Henry I, married Alexander I of Scotland.

1122 Sybil, daughter of Sybil Cornbet and Henry I, and wife of Alexander I of Scotland, died at Loch Tay.


p 294
Shrewsbury in 1066 had contained 252 houses in the King's demesne and as many burgesses ... The Bishop of Chester (Lichfield) had 16 houses and as many burgesses ... and (possibly) the one entered under Robert Fitz-Corbet's manor of Woodcote in 'Ruesset' (Ford) hundred.

pp 324 - 327
Domesday 1086
The holdings (modern name in brackets) held by Roger and Robert Corbet of the Earl of Montgomery (granted to them by him) and there value are:

Huelbec (Welbach) 5/-; Hundeslet (Stapleton) 12/-; Actune (Acton Burnell) 20/-; Wantenoure (Wentnor) œ4; Wineslie (Winsley) 15/-; The Rea 32d;Willavestune (Wollaston) 12d; Beleslie (Bausley) 6/8d; Etune (Eyton) 3/-; Luchetune (Loton) 5/-; Iochlehuile (Yockelton) œ6; Pantesberie (Pontesbury œ6; Fernelege (Fairley) 3/-; Hanewde (Hanwood) 10/-;Wesberie (Westbury) 25/-;Wetesburg (Wattlesborough) 20/-; Messe (The Marsh) 5/-; Cartistune (Cardeston 20/-; Wibetune (Whitton) 15/-; Wrdine (Worthen) œ9.10s.;Roritune (Rorrington 6/-; Lestune (Leighton) 5/-; Maneford (Montford) œ4.10s.; Prestone (Preston Montford 3/-; Cerlitone (Charlton) 5/-.

Ulestanestune (Woolstaston) 12/-; Rotelinghope (Ratlinghope) Waste; Umbruntune (Womerton) 10/-; Hach (Oaks) 8/-; Brantune (Brompton) Watse; Cautune (Choulton) 20/-; Andreslane (Onslow) 12/-; Udecote (Woodcote) 15/-; Langedune (Longdon) 40/-; Mersse (The Marsh) 12/-; Wigemore (Wigmore) 5/-; Roritune (Rorrington 6/-; Mildetune (Middleton) 5/-; Wstune (Priest Weston) 30/-; Meritune (Marrington) 5s.4d.

'All these holdings lie on the English side of the River Severn, between Welshpool and Bishops Castle and eastwards towards Shrewsbury. They are clearly, in the political conditions of the time, frontier holdings and presumably held of Earl Roger de Montgomery in return for military responsibilities in the Welsh Marches.' (John Maxwell Corbett - Member 20)

p 292
Five of the Confessor's manors were no longer in demesne. Leintwardine was held by Ralph de Mortimer of the King ... and Minsterley of the same by Roger son of Corbet. (Probably held 'of Earl Roger de Montgomery and not of the King.)

'The order in which the Earl's other tenants are entered (in Domesday) is not determined by the size of their holdings, yet the place, immediately after the Sheriff, given to Roger and Robert Fitz-Corbet corresponds to the extent of their combined estate and their responsible position of an exposed part of the frontier towards Wales. The two brothers are mentioned with their father Corbat or Corbet, who died before 1086 (by the Shropshire born Orderic) as prominent and faithful assistants of Earl Roger (de Montgomery) in the governemnt of his earldom. Most of their manors lay in the border hundred of Ruesset (Ford) and Wittentreu (Chirbury). Roger Fitz-Corbet, as the elder of the two brothers, was the better endowed. His possessions in Wittentreu included Worthen and part of the castellaria of Montgomery while in Ruesset he held a dominant position as lord of Minsterley, Abberbury, Alretone and other manors. In the last named he seems to have built a castle, probably after the date of Domesday, and called it Caux (Caus/e) from the Norman district whence he and his father came. Caus became the seat of a long line of baronial descendants. Robert Fitz-Corbet left only daughters, who carried his fief into the families of Botreaux (Boterall) of Cornwall and Fitz-Herbert.

pp 399-400
'Cause Castle, Westbury: 9 miles W by S from Shrewsbury. The hill upon which this stronghold stands is 180 feet above the River Rea, flowing at the NW side and the whole of the summit is occupied by the works of Roger Fitz-Corbet. The mount on the SE limit of the site rises 55 feet from the base of the fosses (dry ditch - JMC) surrounding it, except at NE on which side is the bailey where the dividing fosses is shallow and extends but half the width of the court. The inner bailey is 30 feet above the fosses which is a continuation of that around the mount by the vallum (earth wall or bank - JMC) as now seen from the bailey is no earthwork, it is the grass-covered ruin of the masonry which surrounded the entire crest of the court; the remains of the shell keep occupy the summit of the mount and a well within the court - fashioned with dressed stone - ensured a constant supply of water. Around this lofty citadel andnits fosse is a vallum varying from 8 feet on the NW side to 18 feet on the SW and 12 feet on the S; girdling the works except on the SE where the fosse finds an exit and continues on either side around the outer court. A second fosse and vallum pass from the entrance, on the N, to the S at which point the latter is 20 feet deep and is confined within a bend of the inner and outer vallum, constituting an extremely strong defence. The entrance, on the N, is between an elogation of the vallum and a broad platform which here attains 18 feet in height. Outside the vallum is a low agger (an isolated length of vallum - JCM) about 150 feet long. An extensive court spreads over the N and SW area capable of safeguarding herds of cattle, formerly surrounded by an earthern rampart which is now detstroyed at the N extremity by farm buildings and a pond. At the SW corner is a sunken road with an agger 6 feet high on its W side, leading to the ruins of a massive gateway.'

22 July 1086
Roger Corbet witnessed property endowment charters granted by Earl Roger (de Montgomery) at the consecration ceremony of the church of St Mary Magdalene, Quatford, Shropshire.

'One of the Royal forest districts of this County which was conferred on a subject, and hence became a free chase, was the forest of Stiperstones, a ridge or 'edge' to the west of Wenlock Edge. (To the west of Church Stretton and the Long Mynd.)
It was granted by Henry II (1154-1189) to Roger Corbet and restored and confirmed to his nephew Robert Corbet by Richard I in 1190. About a century later Peter Corbet's right to have free chase in Hampton Howell and varius other lordships was questioned but he succeeded in maintaining his right to most of them by producing the charter of Richard I by which he was held 'free of any forestage or exaction which had pertained to the King's Forest of Stiperstones.'

1165 Roger Corbet, Baron of Caus (son of William of Wattlesborough), died without issue.(He was married to Avicia de Albini.)

p 487
'In 1219 (Henry III), the Crown issued instructions to the Sheriff, verderers and foresters of all counties containing royal forests to hold an inquest on oath as to all assarts or cultivations of grond within the forests that had been enclosed or tilled since the first year of the King's coronation withou due warrant. The names of the special inqiuisitors for Shropshire were Vivian de Russale, Warner de Wilde, Robert Corbet or Thomas his son, with John Extransus (Le Strange) Junior as clerk. The place of meeting was Shrewsbury.'

'In 1281 Peter Corbet obtained letters patent authorising him to take wolves, by the aid of man, dogs or traps, wherever they could be found in Shropshire, Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire and all bailiffs and masters of forests were to give him the assistance he required.' (Pat.9 Edw.I m.28)

'Thomas Corbet obtained a royal licence in 1283 to have out of the forest of Shropshire six live roebucks; they were to be taken in the places which should seem most expedient to the keepers.' (Close II Edw. I m.6)

References from books in the Mitchell Library, North St, Glasgow

Robert Corbet appears in the retinue of Earl David (later King David I of Scotland the brother of Alexander I of Scotland) This patronage was probably due to the blood relationship with Sibylla, wife of Alexander I and so Queen of Scotland. The family held large estates in Teviotdale near Morebattle and Yetholm where Corbet Tower standing beside the Corbet burn provides a permanent record of their presence and influence.

Christine Corbet buried in the chapter house of Melrose. Her sons Patrick and Nicholas, descendants through their father of King William the Lion and the Earls of Dunbar took their mother's maiden name of Corbet.

(See 1241) It was probably a son of Nicholas named Roger who swore fealty to King Edward I in the 'Ragmans Roll' of 1296.
However there exists proof of the existence of Corbets other than those in the direct line and they may have by-passed the break in the male line. In addition to a Roger (of Mackerstoun) and Adam (of Berwickshire and of Hardgray in Annandale) and a Johan Corbet (of Roxburghshire) swore fealty to Edward I on the 1296 'Ragmans Roll'.

(See 1296) Like all border families the Corbets had to be flexible in their loyalties and no doubt it was a consequence of signing the 'Ragmans Roll' that they were dis-possessed in the upheavals following the victory of Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn in 1314.

Roger Corbet forfeited the lands of Morebattle (Scotland) to Archibald Douglas who was designated regent for the boy king David Bruce. 

(See 1329) However Douglas was killed in 1333 in the Scottish defeat at Halidon Hill and a new regime was imposed by the English now ruled by Edward III. So the pendulum swung again, Lady Macrouston (said by some but not all to be Margaret Corbet) had her rent from Malkariston restored and Robert Corbet (presumed but not proven son of Roger) was compensated with the lands of Barchar (16 miles west of Dumfries).


Ebberton: Roger Corbet was seized thereof.( Ebrington next village to Quinton)

The Surnames of Scotland by George F Black (1946)

The first Corbet came from Shropshire and settled in Teviotdale under Earl David in the first quarter of the twelfth century. He is said to have obtained the manot of Foghou which he held as a vassal under the earls of Dunbar.

Robert Corbet was a witness to the 'Inquisition' of Earl David and to a charter by the earl to Selkirk Abbey.
c 1170
(See 1124) The seals of Robert Corbet and of Walter Corbet are attached to charters of the lands of Cliftun granted to the Abbey of Melrose.... and the seal of Patrick Corbet, also appended to a Melrose charter of about the same date, bears a tree supported on each side by a lion rampant and in the branches two corbeau.

Roger (grandson of le Norman and son of Roger) died.

(See 1124) His son, Walter, acquired the manor of Malcarvestum and other lands in Teviotdale and made grants to the Abbey of Kelso, and gifted the church of Malcaruiston to the same abbey. Between 1179 and 1189 he witnessed a charter by William the Lion.

The Corbets ended in direct line in an heiress, Christiana, who died in 1241 and was buried in the chapter house of Melrose.

Thomas, son of Roger and Cecilia Hadley, died.

Nicholas Corbet was 'in curia regis' at Berwick.

(See 1248) .. and as Nicholas Corbeth he witnessed a charter de Warenne de Muskilburg to the monks of Dunfermline.

Rogier Corbet of Roxburghshire rendered homage. His seal is a gem 'a warrier arming himself, shield at his feet, Sigillum Rogerei Corbet'.

William Corbet was one of an inquest at Roxburgh, Scotland.

John Corbett, Lord of Manor of Alveston (now Avon county), his daughter Margaret who married Sir Gilbert Denys (Dennis). William Corbett may be son of John Corbett. John Corbett may be son of Peter Corbett of Syston. (now Avon county)

Visitation of Shropshire 1623
Robert and Roger Corbet (sons of Corbet le Norman) witnessed the charter of Henry I to the Abbey of Shrewsbury.

The Boldon Book
Robert Corbet held Hunstanworth by forest service.
(Settled his whole estate re Hunstanworth in different parcels on pious purposes gave also 'as is expressed by his charter of inheritance' and gave Hunstanworth to Kipur (?) Hospital..

The Battle Abbey Roll
1191 Robert Corbet with Richard I (Coeur de Lion) at Siege of Acre

1224 Thomas, Baron of Caus obtains the King's licence to pursue any three boars through the forests of Shropshire that he might unkennel in his own forest.

1293 Peter Corbet, son of Thomas, sheriff of Shropshire and Staffordshire and Isabel, sister and co-heir of Reginald de Valletort, summoned to Parliament.

1322 Peter Corbet died without issue. He left his estates to his wife, Beatrix de Beauchamp, for her life. She survived him and remarried, Sir John de Leybourne.
Peter Corbet's brother, John became his heir and the last Baron of Caus but he never enjoyed his paternal estates, was never summoned to Parliament and was reduced to a position of comparative beggary. He prosecuted the claim to his grandmother's Valletort estates but never succeeded in recovering them. He died before 1347, the same year that his sister in law, Beatrix, died. The estate of Caus (not the barony) passed to the descendants of of Peter and John's aunts, Alice de Stafford and Emma de Brompton.

Scottish Nation 
by William Anderson (1860)
1191 Avicia de Corbet was the wife of Richard Morville, high constable of Scotland, who died in 1191.

Dictionary of Names
1221 Roger Corbet - Assize Rolls, Worcestershire.

1223 Sir Richard of Morton and Wattlesborough made a grant to Buildwas Abbey, Shropshire.

1323 Thomas le Corbet in Eynsham, Oxfordshire

Shropshire CRO Catalogue
reference to documents
1249  Richard, abbot of Lilleshall, entered into an agreement with Robert Corbet who wanted a meadow under his castle, and defined in detail the intercommoning of Robert's tenants and the abbot's tenants.

c1300 Robert Corbet appointed a keeper for his woods in Brockhurst, Clive and Birchill

c1300 Roger Pride sold the whole vill of Besford to Robert Corbet and his wife for œ200.

1340 Exchange of lands between Robert Corbet and Lilleshall abbey.

'History of the English speaking Peoples' 
by Winston S Churchill Vol.I p.409

'Fulk Fitz Warin, the third of that name, was a Shropshire knight, arbitrarily deprived or 'Disseissed' of his land by King John (1199-1216) in the first decade of the 13th century. His exploits during the years of rebellion and ultimately successful struggle to regain his estates was recounted in a popular French Romance, probably written to sustain the morale of the family when the Fitz Warin patrimony was again in danger in the 1250's. At that time Fulk Fitz Warin IV purchased from the Royal Chancery a writ of 'novel disseissen' by order of which, in January 1256, the Sheriff of Shropshire brought before a party of royal justices on circuit at Shrewsbury, a leading Shropshire baron names Thomas Corbet, together with a jury who were required to say whether Thomas had dispossessed Fulk in the recent past of 120 acres of arable land in Alberbury. The jury told the justices that the case had risen froma 'love-day' held on the borders of Wales to settle a minor war between Thomas Corbet and the Prince of Powys, at which Fulk, as a tenant of Thomas, had been present with the rest of the local gentry. In the heat of argument, Thomas had called Fulk 'a traitor as his father was to king John' and Fulk had replied that, after such an insult, he would renounce his homage to Thomas and 'never hold land from him again'. Thomas had taken Fulk at his word and occupied his land but the jury replied to questions from the justices that Fulk had not renounced his land in due legal form: it had all been mere feudal histrionics. So damages of 40 shillings were awarded against Thomas and Fulk recovered his land.'

1259 Roger, son of Thomas, died. (Husband of Eddelina Fitz Phillips.)(Grandson of Roger and Cecilia Hadley.)

Great Card Index Society of Genealogists, London
17 Oct 1277
Lady Edelina Corbet. Henry de Dive gave to her his lands of Wykdene, Northamptonshire a year before he died.

6 Dec 1277
Sir Bertram Corbet, knight serving.

Margery Corbet, daughter of Nicholas and Joan Corbet married Ralph FitzWilliam son of William FitzRalph of Tunthorpe, Yorkshire.

Arms of Peter Corbet of Caus: Sealed with 2 corbeaux in pale.

25 Mar 1282
Peter Corbet to assist in punishing rebels who fought at Harwarden and Flint Castle and who carried of Roger de Clifford from Hansarden Castle.

Peter Corbet summoned to meet the king at Shrewsbury.

8 Oct 1285
Peter Corbet was with king in Wales. Scutage in Devonshire, Somersetshire, Gloucestershire and Shropshire.

25 Jun 1287
Peter Corbet to aid in suppressing Rhys ap Mereduc.

6 Dec 1287
Peter Corbet appointed as keeper of county of Cardigan.

28 Aug 1293 To Peter Corbet a gift of ten bucks from Cannock Forest.

25 Nov 1298
Sir Roger Corbet made levies in Northumberland.

1299 Thomas, son of Roger and Eddelina Fitz Phillips, died.

11 Apr 1305
Commission on a complaint by Alice, widow of Peter Corbet that Peter fil Peter Corbet and others defrauded her in one third of liberty of Caus and broke her park at Fennyton by Caus.

Rogerius Corbet incumbent of St Cassias, Chaddesley Corbet.

30 May 1306
Sir Roger Corbet knight of shire of Northumberland.

Rodger Corbet was rector of Chaddeslegh (beneficed).

16 May 1313
Alice, widow of Peter Corbet still living.

12 Jun 1315
Peter Corbet with Edward II in Scotland for scutage in Salop.

Arms of Roger Corbet, Knight of Hadley, Salop: Sealed with 2 bars on a canton a lion rampant.

Arms of John Corbet fil Roger of Hadley, Salop: Sealed with 2 bars on a canton a lion rampant.
His wife, Elizabeth sealed with the same (Corbet) and with ermine a chevron.

The History & Antiquities of Surrey Vol II 
by Manning and Bray

... 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 (Surrey) of Thomas Corbet as if his Manor of Beddington by the service of 8s.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 Foester and that, Patent 13 Edward III, 1340, the King confirmed the grant to Forester.

The Manor of West Court or Beddington
... 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 Bedington, late John Rogers, who died without issue, to be held by the service of one bow value 12d.

1322 (Bedington)
On an inquisition taken on his (Thomas Corbet's) death, it was found that he died seised of this Manor, value œ14.0s.8d p.a.

Thomas Corbet delivered a bow to the Exchequer by which he held the Manor of Bedington.

On an Inquisition on the death of the last names Thomas Corbet, it was found he died seised of two thirds of this Manor (Bedington), 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 10. Joan afterwards married Nicholas Tonstal.

The History & Antiquities of Surrey Vol II by Manning & Bray
Thomas de Morle having purchased or otherwise obtained from Thomas Corbet's family of this (Bedington) Manor .....

Surrey Archaeological Collection Vol. 1
Surrey Fines RIC I-HY VII:
22 EDW III (1347/8)
48: Reginald Forester and his wife Matilda and their son William by Henry Wykwan versus Thomas Gyleyn chaplain and Robert Corbet in Bandon.

24 EDW III 1349/0
73: Richard de Lyftwych and his wife Isabel v John Goythur chaplain and Robert Corbet in Bedyngton and Mitcham.

Collectiana Topographica et Genealogica Vol. 1
Tenants in Shropshire EDW I before regnal year 21 [1292]:

Lessor: Laken Robert Corbet
Tenant: Moreton Robert Corbet (villam de Moreton)
Tenant: Lawley Robert Corbet (villam de Lawley)
Tenant: Boley Rob Corbet (villam de Boley)
Tenant: Stoke Robert Corbet (villam de Blechley de eod)
Lessor: Sturcheley et Culmayre Robert Corbet

'Some Feudal Coats of Arms & Pedigrees' 
by Joseph Foster, James Parker & Co;

Shield of Peter Corbet, Baron of Caus: Or, a corbyn proper.

Sir Peter Corbet 2nd Baron: Shield at the Battle of Falkirk: Or, two corbyns proper. (See also 12 Feb 1300/1) (Battle of Falkirk: Edward I defeated Sir William Wallace, an outlawed Scottish knight who became a champion of Scottish independence. Eventually betrayed and executed in London in 1305 aged about 33.)

Sir Thomas Corbet Shield: Or, three corbyns sable (2 & 1) at first Dunstable Tournament.

Sir Johan Corbet (possibly a son of Peter 2nd Baron) Shield at Burroughbridge: Argent two bars and a quarter gules, a label of the first.

Sir Roger Corbet, knighted at capitulation of Calais. Shield: Argent, two bars gules on a canton gules a cinquefoil of the first.

William Corbet at 2nd Dunstable Tournament. Sheild: Argent two bars gules 'un fece d'azure'.

Robert Corbet (Temp. Ric III [1483-1485]
Shield argent two bars and a canton gules, his son differenced with a label of three points argent. This coat is accredited to Sir Robert (Corbet) in the reign of Edw III [1326-1376]

Robert Corbet (Temp. Ric III [1483-1485]
Shield argent two bars and a canton gules, his son differenced with a label of three points argent. This coat is accredited to Sir Robert (Corbet) in the reign of Edw III [1326-1376]

'Some Feudal Lords and their Seals' 
(The De Walden Library)

12 Feb 1300/1
Peter, 2nd Lord Corbet of Caus, on the death of his father in 1300, was summoned to the Parliament of Lincoln, St Hilary, 13-20 January 1300/1 and as Dominus de Cauz, joined in the letter to the Pope (12 February) by the Barons as well on their part as that of the 'Communitas' of England and attaches his seal. (Seal, 1301 - two caws (or corbyns) for Corbet and Caus; the shield suspended from a tree and between the customary wingless wyverns. Inscribed 'SIGILLUM PETRI CORBET'. (Wyvern or wivern: a fictitious monster, winged and two-legged, allied to the dragon and the griffon. JCN)
Peter served in the Scottish wars and was sumoned to atend musters at Carlisle, Berwick-on-Tweed and Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1301 - 1322.

2 Aug 1310 
(Peter Corbet) Earnestly requested to attend muster at Berwick on 8 September 1310.

15 July 1311
Requested to proceed with as many followers as he can raise, against the Scots who, under Bruce were ravaging the North.

30 Aug 1314
Two months after Bannockburn Peter Corbet was ordered to continue stationed in northern parts during the winter campaign.

By writ 21 April 1321 Peter Corbet was requested to cooperate in suppressing disturbances and to refrain from attending illegal confederacies or assemblies in consequence of the disturbances in the Marches, caused by the 'pursuit' of the Despencers.

12 November 1321
(Peter Corbet) Ordered to abstain from attending the meeting of the 'Good Peers' illegally convened by the Earl of Lancaster, to be held at Doncaster.

6 Feb 1322
(Peter Corbet) Enjoined to raise as many men-at-arms and foot-soldiers as he can and to muster at Coventry on the 14th to oppose the rebels or adherents of the Earl of Lancaster.

17 March 1322
'Burroughbridge was fought. (Peter Corbet) Commanded to raise 300 foot-soldiers from his lordship of Caus and to muster at Newcastle June 1322.

The Cartulary of Holy Trinity, Aldgate 
(London Record Society)
List of those paying rent .... Roger Corbet who granted the tenement to Peter le Lane who paid 4s. p.a. as appears by the charter enrolled 30 Ed. I.

'Now I Remember' 
by Ronald Hamilton

'Edward II (1307-1327)..... found his pleasures in primitive agricultural pursuits, games, rowing, play-acting and the society of attractive young men.
..... Real power in England lay, at this time, in the hands of the baronial committee of twenty one Lords Ordainers (led by the King's first cousin, Thomas, Earl of Lancaster) who drew up certain Ordinances in 1311, like the Magna Carta .... limiting the power of the Crown. In his humiliation Edward (II) turned to new favourites Hugh le Despencer (father) and Hugh le Despencer (son), the latter assuming the role previously played by (Piers) Gaveston .....'

Instant History 
by John Beresford

24 Jun 1314
'On the resumption of war with Scotland Edward II marched with an army of 100,000 to relieve the English garrison in besieged Stirling Castle, but he was defeated by Bruce at Bannockburn before the castle.'

'In 1320, the Barons were disgusted with the rule of Edward II and rebelled under the leadership of Lancaster. '

17 Mar 1322
They met the king in battle at Boroughbridge (about 5 miles NE of Ripon, Yorkshire) and were defeated. Lancaster was beheaded at Pontefract.

Calendar of Fine Rolls Vol.I 1272-1307 GLRO

1 Nov 1281 Westminster
Grant, for a fine of 100 marks, to Ralph son of William and Margery, late the wife of Nicholas Corbet, tenant in chief, that they may intermarry.

2 November 1274 Luton
Order to the same (the escheator of this side of the Trent) to permit Brian de Bampton and the executors of the will of Thomas Corbet, deceased, to have free administration of his goods, after taking security from them to pay any debts due by him to the king.

2 November 1274 Luton
Order to same (escheator of this side of the Trent) to deliver to Peter Corbet, son and heir of Thomas Corbet, deceased, tenant in chief, the lands late of his said father; he having done homage.

4 Jul 1277 Worcester
Roll of fines for services dur to the king in the king's army in Wales in 5 Edward I. Nicholas Corbet 10l., a fourth part of a knight's fee.

25 Oct 1277 Shrewsbury
Order to the sheriff of Northampton to permit Edelina Corbet to sow and till land of Henry de Dive, deceased, in the county; whereof Henry enfeoffed her for life a year before his death, as was found by an inquisition taken by the said sheriff; so that she answer for the issues thereof.

12 July 1283
Order to the same (the escheator on this side of the Trent) to take into the king's hands the lands late of William Corbet, deceased, tenant in chief.

7 October 1285 Winchester
Order to same (the treasurer and barons of the Exchequer) to cause enrolment to be made pursuant to the king's grant to Peter Corbet that the 167 l.13s.4d. demanded of him by summons to the Exchequer, to wit, 67 l.13s.4d for the relief of Thomas Corbet, deceased, his father, and 100l. for his own relief, he render 20l. on the morrow of All Saints next and there after 40l. a year at Easter and Michaelmas.

10 May 1290 Westminster
Order to the escheator of this side of the Trent to take into the king's hands the lands late of Roger Corbet, deceased, tenant in chief.

10 Jan 1291 Ashridge
Order to the Treasurer and barons of the Exchequer to cause enrolment to be made pursuant to the king's grant to Robert Corbet that of 105l. wherein he is held to the kin fof the time when he was sheriff of Salop and Stafford, demanded of him by summons of the Exchequer, he pay a moiety at Trinity next and a moiety at Hilary following.

10 May 1300 Bury St Edmunds
Order to the escheator of this side of the Trent to take into the king's hands the land of the late Thomas Corbett of Tasseleye, deceased, tenant in chief.

10 May 1300 Bury St Edmunds
The like (order to the escheator) to Thomas Corbet, lieutenant of justice of the forest on this side of the Trent in Salop, to deliver to the same the bailiwick of the hays of Bussemore and Havekehurst late of Alice.

16 July 1300 Dumfries
Order to the same (the escheator) to deliver to Roger, son and heir of Thomas Corbet of Tasseleye, tenant in chief, the lands late of his said father, having done homage.( By p.s.)

10 Aug 1300 Girthon
Order to the same (the escheator) to take into the king's hand the lands late of Peter Corbet, deceased, tenant in chief.

25 Sep 1300 Rose Castle
Order to the same (the escheator) to deliver to Peter, son and heir of Peter Corbet, tenant in chief, the lands late of his said father, he having done homage, save to Alice, late the wife of Peter, her dower.

30 Mar 1305 Westminster
Order to the same (the escheator) to make partition into two equal parts of the manor of Hurberton and two parts of the manor of Brixham, co.Devon, held in chief and in the king's hands by the death of Roger de Valle Torta, and of Hawise, late the wife of Reynold de Valle Torta, who held the said parts in dower, and to deliver to Henry de la Pomeraye and Peter Corbet, kinsmen and heirs of the said Roger, then several pourparties of the said lands, they having done homage; and to send the partition made by him to be enrolled on the rolls of Chancery.

12 Jun 1309 Westminster
Order to the same (the escheator on this side of the Trent) to take into the king's hands the lands late of Maud late the wife of Robert Corbet, deceased, tenant in chief.

20 Jun 1309 Langley
Order to the same (the escheator on this side of the Trent) to take into the king's hands the lands late of Maud late the wife of Robert Corbet, deceased, tenant in chief.

4 Jul 1309 Heywood
Order to the same (the escheator on this side of the Trent) to deliver to Thomas Corbet, son and heir of Maud, late the wife of Robert Corbet, tenant in chief, the land late of his said mother, he having done homage.

7 May 1310 Windsor
Order to the escheator of this side of the Trent to take into the king's hand the lands late of Thomas Corbet, deceased, tenant in chief.

Calendar of Fine Rolls Vol.III 1319-1327 GLRO

27 Dec 1321 Pershore
Order to the sheriff of Gloucester to take into the king's hand and to keep safely until further order all the castles, lands, goods and chattels of ....... William Corbet ......, in his bailiwick, which have not yet been taken into the king's hand, so that he answer for the issues thereof in the chamber. (51 other persons mentioned by name.)

28 Dec 1321 Cirencester
Order to Roger Corbet of Tassele to take into the king's hand the castle of Heghle and the manore of Endon and Horton, co Stafford and the manors of Bettele, Tunstal, Newehal, Smalwode, Wysmauban, Chekkelye and Wyrswall, co Chester, and the manors of Egemundon and Neouport co Salop, and to keep the same safely until further order, so that he answer for the issues thereof in the chamber.

John Gerberd of the County of Wilts has made fine in 10 marks and has found as main ?pernors? Robert de Manser of the county of Berks, John Corbet of the county of York and George de Brightmerston of the county of Wilts.

20 May 1322 York
Order to the escheator beyond the Trent to take into the king's hand the lands late of Thomas Corbet, deceased, tenant in chief.

6 Jun 1322 Rothwell
Order to the escheator beyond the Trent to take into the king's hand the lands late of Peter Corbett, deceased, tenant in chief.

13 July 1322 York
Order to the escheator beyond the Trent to deliver to Thomas Corbet, son and heir of Thomas Corbet, tenant in chief, the lands late of his said father, he having done fealty.

4 Oct 1322 Barnard Castle
Commitment during pleasure to the king's yeoman, Peter Corbet, of the bailiwick of the forestership of the forest of Kynefare, to hold as John de Somery, deceased, held the same rendering yearly at the Exchequer as much as the said John or others used to render.( By p.s.)

3 Nov 1322 York
Commitment during pleasure to Roger Corbet of the keeping of the lands late of Nicholas de Audele, tenant in chief, in the county of Salop, in the king's hand by reason of the minority of the heir, at the yearly rent at the Exchequer of the true value thereof acording to an extent to be made thereof, in moieties at Easter and Michaelmas. By K.

22 Jan 1322-3 Shrewsbury
Order to the sheriff of Salop and Stafford to take into the king's hand and to keep safely until further order all the lands, goods and chattels of William de Stafford, knight; Vivian de Staundon; William de Chetelton; Robert de Tilyngton; Henry de Cressewall; James son of William de Stafford the younger; John de Hynkeleye; John de Cherleton; Robert de Cheyne; Roger Corbet of Caus; Philip Darras; Malcolm de Harleye; Roger de Podemor; Richard de Smalris and John Godard in his bailiwick, so tat he answer for the issues thereof in the chamber.

p 119 (p 118 required)
The like to Roger Corbet of Tassele touching the castles etc. in his keeping.
Roger Corbet of Tassele, keeper of the castles etc. in the county of Stafford.

3 Jan 1322 Worcester
Commitment during pleasure to William de Bello Campo, William de Bradewell and Alexander de Besseford of the keeping of all the castles, lands, goods and chattels of the aforesaid William Corbet and other in the county of Worcester, taken into the king's hand for certain causes, so that they answer for the issues thereof in the chamber. By K.
Order to the sheriff of Worcester to deliver the same to them.

16 Jan 1322 Shrewsbury
Commitment during pleasure to Roger Corbet of the keeping of the castle of Heghle, co,Stafford and the manors of Neuport and Egemundon co.Salop and Newehalle, co.Chester, in the king's hand for certain causes, so that he answer for the issues thereof in the chamber.

17 Mar 1322 Warsop
Notification that whereas among the other lands of the countess of Lincoln taken for certain causes into the king's hand the king committed during pleasure to Roger Corbet of Tassele the keeping of the manor of Wismauban, co.Chester, so that he answere for the issues thereof in the chamber, and afterwards assigned David de Holegreve to take into the king's hand and keep in the form aforesaid the bailiwick of the said countess of Namptwych, not knowing that that place, on account of the diversity of the said names, had been committed by the king to the said Roger, the king, now knowing that the said Place is one, wills that the said Roger have the keeping thereof during pleasure, so that he answer for the issues thereof in te chamber. By K.
Order to the said David to deliver to him the said place called le Namptewych. By K.

11 May 1324 Westminster
Commitment to Ralph de Cammoys of the keeping of Red Castle (Castri Rubei) and the manor of Egemundon with the members ansd other appurtenances, and of the hamlet of Marchunle, the manor of Forde and the township of Newport, co.Salop, late of Nicholas de Audele, tenant in chief, and in the king's hand by reason of the minority of James, son and heir of the said Nicholas, and extended at 111l.6d.a year, to hold until the full age of the heir, rendering yearly at the Exchequer 150l., to wit, the said extent and 38l.19s.5Žd. of increment, in moieties at Michaelmas and Easter. By K.
Order to Roger Corbet to deliver the same to him. By K.

History of Gloucester 1712

Sir Robert Corbet dyed seized of Ebberton and Hidcote (hamlet in parish.

Ebberton and Hidcote: Sir Robert Corbet dyed seized thereof.

Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists (who came to New England between 1623 and 1650) (this was the original name of the book [published in 1950.
 It is now called: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Families (Who Came to America before 1700))

Mar 1323
By March 1323 Elizabeth le Strange and Robert Corbet of Moreton Corbet (1304-1375) were married.

24 Feb 1328/9
Margaret Corbet, daughter of Sir William Corbet of Chaddesley Corbet was married to John Clinton, 2nd Baron Clinton by this date. She was still living in 1343.

Roger Corbet of Moreton Corbet (son of Robert Corbet of Moreton Corbet and Elizabeth le Strange) died. He was married to Margaret daughter of Sir Giles Erdington of Shrewsbury.

Robert Corbet of Moreton Corbet (son of Roger Corbet of Moreton Corbet and Margaret daughter of Sir Giles de Erdington of Shrewsbury) was Sheriff of Shropshire. He married Margaret Mallory daughter of Sir William Mallory, knight of Shawbury.

There are other Corbet lines in this book by Frederick Lewis Weis

EXTRACTS FROM GENEALOGISTS MAGAZINE (The magazine of Society of Genealogists)

Vol. 9: September 1944 No: 11: 
Thomas Corbett (d.1751) married, presumably as his first wife, Elizabeth the daughter of the  Rev. Peter Lancaster by his second wife; she died in childbed of her first child. The date of the marriage is not given, but it would seem to have been about 1725.

Vol. 13: March 1959 No. 1: 
19 June 1684 'Some early Emigrants to America' James Corbett, Tillingham, Essex, signed an indenture.

Vol. 17: September 1972 No. 3: 
John, lawful son of James Fisher and Elizabeth Corbet of Wigton. Born: 15 February 1812. Baptised: 19 December 1812.

Vol. 17: December 1973 No. 8: 
Anne Corbet married Lt. Gen. John Owen, M.P. died 1776.

Vol. 17: June 1974 No. 10: 
Mary Drury, born 30 June 1526, married Sir Richard Corbet, son of William.

Vol. 19: 1940-46: 
Thomas Berkeley (Born 1614-1616) married firstly Margaret Corbet.