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Feet of Fines - Malhamdale (1486-1603)

Feet of Fines are records showing the transfer of land and property and the originals are kept at the National Archives, Kew in the record series CP25/1 and CP25/2. They provide some insight into who owned the land in Malhamdale, as they are useful for finding the names of who owned land, but less helpful in providing information about the properties and land involved.

 

This definition is taken from The National Archives Research Guide no. 140:External Website logo

Fines, or Final Concords, were conveyances of land by means of a legal action (normally fictitious after 1300), that resulted in a copy of the final agreement, or concord, between the purchaser, known as the querent, and the seller, known as the deforciant, being filed with the records of the king's court and open to public inspection. This final agreement was normally written out three times on a single sheet of parchment - two copies side by side and one copy across the bottom of the sheet, separated by an indented or wavy line. The purchaser kept one copy, the seller the other and the final copy - 'the foot of the fine'- was kept by the court as a central record of the conveyance. It was a means of having title registered to guard against subsequent fraud or forgery as copies if this three piece jig-saw would only fit together if genuine. There was no legal obligation to have title registered in this way. Often the fine is one of a series of conveyancing deeds some of which may give more detail about the property - such private deeds are less likely to have survived with the public records

Final concords were written in Latin until 1733 and the Yorkshire Archaeological Society (YAS) External Website logo has done an excellent job in transcribing and publishing the Feet of Fines from the 12th century up until 1645. You can find a complete listing of all these YAS and other related publications on the MedievalGenealogy.org External Website logo website.

Feet of Fines of the Tudor period (1486-1603)
The YAS Tudor series of transcripts edited by Francis Collins were published at the end of the 19th century:

Part 1 (1486-1571) - YAS Record Series Vol 2 pub 1887
part 2 (1571-1583) - YAS Record Series Vol 5 pub 1888
part 3 (1583-1594) - YAS Record Series Vol 7 pub 1889
part 4 (1594-1603) - YAS Record Series Vol 8 pub 1890

As these Tudor Fines neatly extend backwards from the earliest existing parish registers, they can prove useful to genealogists, who may well find their early ancestors listed in these land transfers and below is an extract of the Malhamdale entries from the four YAS volumes covering the Tudor period.
There may be some ommissions or mistakes, as the early spellings don’t make it easy to distinguish between Calton, Carleton in Craven or the various other Yorkshire Carltons, and similarly Coniston Cold is easily confused with entries for Conistone with Kilnsey and other Yorkshire Conistons.
You can find complete versions of all 4 volumes of the Tudor Feet of Fines for Yorkshire on the British History Online External Website logo website.

Malhamdale - Feet of Fines (1486-1603)

Year
Quarter
Purchaser (Querent)

Seller
(Deforciant)

Property
1535 Michaelmas term John Caterall esq George Darcy, knt. 10 messuages with lands in Rauthmell, Settyll, and Otterburne
1541 Trinity term John Lambart, snr Jeffrey Proctour Messuage with land in Calton and common pasture in Malholme
1542 Easter term Thomas Hayber de Elveslak John Lambert de Calton, snr and Agnes his wife 11 messuages with lands in Skypton, Estmarton, Westmarton, Calton, Airton, and Malhome, and free hunting, fishing and hawking in Marton, Est Marton and West Marton
1546 Trinity term Richard Chamber

John Lambart, snr, John Lambart, jnr, his son and heir apparent

Manors of Airton and Colton and 41 messuages, 6 burgagirs, 2 shops and a watermill with lands and a rent of 1lb of pepper in the same and in Skypton
1546 Trinity term John Lambart de Calton, snr Richard Remyngton, son and heir of Walter Remyngton 3 messuages with lands in Scothorp
1551 Easter term Thomas Gargrave, knt. and Richard Flecher, gent William Gascoigne, jnr, knt., William his son and heir apparent and Thomas another son Manors of Askerne and Scothorpe and 8 messuages, a cottage and a watermill with lands there and in Camsall, Tromflett, Bramworthe, Anston, Carcrofte and Skelloo
1553 Easter term James Altam, gent John Gressham, jnr, knt. and Frances his wife Manor of Malham in Craven and 80 messuages, 80 cottages, 2 watermills and 2 windmills with lands in Armeclyffe, Kyrkbye Maladale and Malham
1553 Trinity term John Whyte, citizen and grocer, of London John Gresham, knt. and Frances his wife Manor of Bordeley in Craven and 15 messuages and 2 mills with lands there and in Overbordeley, Netherbordeley, Knolbank, Langerhouse, Coglicott, Hawthorne, Lydyatt, Newhouse, Parkehouse and Blakebanke
1557/8 Hilary term Richard Bunche and Robert Cheles Miles Medcalff alias Metcalff, gent and Elizabeth his wife and Edmond Medcalff alias Metcalff and Elinora his wife Messuage with lands in Calueton alias Calton
1557 Easter term John Proctor Robert Proctor, son and heir of Richard Proctor, deceased 8 messuages and 4 cottages with lands in Kyrkby Malham, Hanleth, Calton, Scosthorpe, Hawxwyke and Ulcoots and free fishing in Essheton Terne and Calton
1558 Michaelmas term John Hewson and Christopher Mawde John Lambert, esq and John Lambert, his son and heir apparent Messuage with lands and the moiety of a watermill in Airton in Craven
1566/7 Hilary term William Fyssher and Elizabeth Lawson, wid Richard Norton, esq Messuage with lands and free fishing in the water of the Eyre in Calton
1566/7 Hilary term Richard Preston and John Preston Richard Norton, esq 2 messuages with lands and free fishing in the water of the Eyre in Calton
1567 Easter term John Robynson, gent James Altham, esq and Mary his wife and Robert Brandon and Katherine his wife Manor of Malham in Craven and 21 messuages and 7 cottages with lands in Malham, Darnebroke, Carnsidehawe, Lanskarside, Lanskar Lyng and Fonteyns Fell and the third part of a messuage with lands in Fonteyns Fell
1568 Michaelmas term William Sayle, John Rawson, Thomas Sayle, James Sayle, Thomas Coke, William Coke and Edmund Fydlinge Thomas Gargrave, knt. and Jane his wife 10 messuages and a watermill with lands in Mosley, Scothorpe, Campsall, Askerne, Barmby, Sutton and Bawne
1568 Michaelmas term John Lambert, esq Wilfred Banyster Messuage with lands in Calton
1568 Michaelmas term John Lambert, esq Robert Fletcher and Helena his wife Messuage with lands in Calton
1571 Michaelmas term Thomas Wadington, gent William Catherall, esq 5 messuages and a cottage with lands in Otterburne
1571 Michaelmas term John Lambert, esq Humphrey Malhom, gent Manor of Calton and 16 messuages and 4 cottages with lands in Calton, Ayrton, Kyrkby in Malhomedale and Bordeley
1571 Michaelmas term John Lambert, esq Humphrey Malhom, gent Manor of Calton and 16 messuages and 4 cottages with lands in Calton, Ayrton, Kyrkby in Malhomedale and Bordeley
1572 Easter term Roger Swier and Jenetta his wife Richard Smyth and Jane his wife, Oliver Foster and Isabel his wife, Richard Preston, Leonard Atkynson and Katherine his wife and Thomas Preston and Elizabeth his wife Lands in Airton
1572 Easter term Richard Preston Roger Swier and Jennetta his wife, Oliver Foster and Isabel his wife, Leonard Atkynson and Katherine his wife, Thomas Preston and Elizabeth his wife and William Walker Lands in Estbye and Airton and the moiety of a messuage with lands in Gargrave
1572 Easter term Richard Smith and Jane his wife and John Smith, his son and heir apparent Roger Swier and Jennetta his wife, Richard Preston, Oliver Foster and Isabel his wife, Leonard Atkynson and Katherine his wife and Thomas Preston and Elizabeth his wife 3 messuages with lands in Airton and Halton on the Hill
1575 Easter term William Waller, esq John Clarke and Elizabeth his wife Manor of Darnebroke and 20 messuages and 20 cottages with lands in Craven and Kyrkbye Malhamdale
1576 Michaelmas term Isabel Thomson John Kydd, John Wallocke and John Tenaunte Messuage with lands in Cowgilhowses, Hetton, Over Bordley, Nether Bordley, Malham and a forty-eighth part of lands in the same, divided into seventy-eight parts
1576 Michaelmas term John Thomson and Henry Thomson John Kydd, John Wallocke and John Tenaunte Messuage with lands in Hetton, Over Bordley, Nether Bordley and Malham and two forty-eight parts of lands in the same divided in 78 parts
1576 Michaelmas term Edward Thomson John Kydd, John Wallocke and John Tenaunte Messuage with lands in Hetton, Over Bordley, Nether Bordley and Malham, one part and a third part and of one part of a sixteenth part of lands in the same, divided into 26 parts
1576 Michaelmas term William Thomson, snr John Kydd, John Wallocke and John Tenaunte Messuage with lands in Hetton, Over Bordley, Nether Bordley and Malham and third part of a sixteenth part of lands in the same and in Cowgilhouses, divided into 26 parts
1576 Michaelmas term Robert Ayrton John Kydd, John Wallocke and John Tenaunte Messuage with lands in Hetton, Over Bordley, Nether Bordley and Malham and 3 parts of a fourth part of a sixteenth part of lands in the same, divided into 26 parts
1576 Michaelmas term Roger Wallocke and Henry Tenaunte John Kydd, John Wallocke and John Tenaunte Messuage with lands in Hetton, Over Bordley, Nether Bordley and Malham and six forty-eight parts of lands in the same, divided into 78 parts
1576 Michaelmas term Anthony Procter John Kydd, John Wallocke and John Tenaunte Messuage with lands in Hetton, Over Bordley, Nether Bordley and Malham and a sixteenth, part of lands in the same divided into 26 parts and 2 parts of the aforesaid sixteenth part in the same
1576 Michaelmas term Richard Ayrton John Kydd, John Wallocke and John Tenaunte Messuage with lands in Hetton, Over Bordley, Nether Bordley and Malham and the moiety of a sixteenth part of lands in the same, divided into 26 parts
1576 Michaelmas term Christopher Wylkynson John Kydd, John Wallocke and John Tenaunte Messuage with lands in Hetton, Over Bordley, Nether Bordley and Malham and a sixteenth part of lands in the same, divided into 26 parts and the moiety of a sixteenth part of lands in the same, divided into 26 parts
1576 Michaelmas term Christopher Thomson and William Thomson, jnr John Kydd, John Wallocke and John Tenaunte Messuage with lands in Hetton, Over Bordley, Nether Bordley and Malham and the sixteenth part of lands in the same, divided into 26 parts and 5 parts of one part divided into 6 parts, of lands in the same, divided into 26 parts
1576 Michaelmas term Margaret Thomson, widow and Isabel Thomson John Kydd, John Wallocke and John Tenaunte Messuage with lands in Cowgilhowses, Hetton, Over Bordley, Nether Bordley, Malham and a forty-eighth part of lands in the same, divided into seventy-eight parts
1576 Trinity term John Kydde, John Waylock and John Tenant Robert Whyte, esq 13 messuages with lands in Burnesall, Overbordeley, Nether-bordeley, Hetton and Kyrkby Malham and sixteen twenty-sixths of lands in Hetton, Netherbordeley and Malham
1577 Michaelmas term Christopher Marton, esq, Edward Malhom, gent, Thomas Holt, gent and Robert Holt, gent Christopher Malhom, esq and Elianor his wife and Henry Malhom, their son and heir apparent Manors of Elslacke, Glusburne and Conyston and 36 messuages, 6 cottages and 2 watermills with lands and a rental of 1lb of ginger in Elslacke, Conyston Cold, Staynford and Skypton and two-thirds of 8 messuages, 4 cottages and a watermill with lands in Glusburne
1578 Trinity term Thomas Proctor Anthony Proctor and Barbara his wife Two-fifths of a messuage with lands in Hetton, Over Bordley, Nether Bordley and Malhame and 2 parts of a fifth part of a sixteenth part of lands, divided into 26 parts and two-fifths of 2 parts of one part of a sixteenth part of lands in the same
1579-80 Hilary term John Thorpe and Nicholas Hunte John Toller Messuage with lands in Scothorpe alias Scostrope
1581 Michaelmas term John Lambert, esq William Procter, gent 5 messuages with lands in Malham, Calton and Malhamdale A warrant against the claims of the heirs of Jeffrey Procter, the great-grandfather of William
1581 Michaelmas term Adam Swyer Christopher Dickson Messuage with lands in Otterburne and Helifeild
1582 Easter term Oliver Foster and John Foster Anthony Weste and Katherine his wife, Richard Layland and Hugh Lawson and Jane his wife 2 messuages and 2 cottages with lands in Hanlithe
1582 Trinity term George, Earl of Cumberland Christopher Marton, esq and Margaret his wife and Lancelot Marton, gent, his son and heir apparent and Suzan his wife Manor of Esheton alias Esseton and 30 messuages and 10 cottages with lands in the same and in Gargrave, Kyghley, Ayrton and Rylleston and the moiety of the manor of Hawkesweke and Oulcotts alias Ulcotts and 20 messuages, 15 cottages and a watermill with lands in the same and in Erneclyffe
1583/4 Hilary term Ralph Ashton, esq Brian Parker, esq and Jane his wife and Richard Greneacres, gent Lands in Malhamalias Malham Moore and the moiety of the manor of Malham alias West Malham and 10 messuages and 10 cottages with lands in the same
1584 Michaelmas term Christopher Procter, gent and Robert Kynge, clerk James Tenant, gent A fourth part of the manor of Darnebrooke and of 10 messuages and 3 cottages with lands there and in Funtanace Felles, Malhamdale and Kyrkebye in Craven
1587 Easter term John Mallam, gent William Aerton, Richard Stockdale and Agnes his wife and Alice Tomlynson Messuage with lands in Conyston alias Coldconyston
1587 Michaelmas term William Inglebye, esq, William Wytham, esq, Anthony Caterike, gent and Henry Eltoftes, gent William Mydleton, esq and Mary his wife Manors of Stockeld, Midleton, Ilkely, Tadthorpe, Wheatley, Beamesley alias Beametsley, Draghton, Habton in Ridale, Follyfett, Acknt.on and Brakenthwate and 1000 messuages, 1000 cottages, 3 watermills and 2 windmills with lands there and in Stubham Scaverley alias Scalverlay alias Stubham Perke, Austbye alias Litle Nesfeild, Spoforde, Askwithe, Otterburne, Rilston, Hawkswicke alias Hauswicke and Mallamore
1588 Trinity term Edward Spencer George, Earl of Cumberland Messuage with lands in Skosthroppe alias Scothroppe
1588 Trinity term James Shakelton James Fowldes 4 messuages with lands in Haworth, Gargrave and Coldconyston
1588 Trinity term Richard Tayleforde George, Earl of Cumberland and Margaret his wife Manor of Gargrave and 50 messuages and a mill with lands in Gargrave, Thorlbye, Esheton and Newton
1588 Trinity term George, Earl of Cumberland Gressam Clapham, esq and Ann his wife Manor of Gargrave and 20 messuages, 10 cottages and a watermill with lands in Gargrave, Esheton, Broghton, Skipton, Conystone, Newton and Thorlebye. A warrant against George Clapham, the father of Gressam and his heirs and against the heirs of William Clapham, his grandfather
1590 Easter term Simon Wilkynson Henry Tenant and Mary his wife The moiety of a messuage with lands in Neytherbordley and Over bordley and three eighths of lands there
1591 Trinity term Francis Morley, gent and John Tayler, gent George, Earl of Cumberland and Margaret his wife Manors of Skipton, Barden, Bolton, Halton, Syllesden, Embsaye, Eastbye, Sturton, Thorlebye, Flasbye, Gargrave and 2000 messuages and 10 mills with lands and a rental of 400 hens in the same and in Broghton, Skybden, Holme, Malhame, Mallomore, Sutton and Carleton, the advowson of Kighley church and a fourth part of the manors of Hawkesweke and Ulcotes and of 40 messuages with lands in the same
1595 Michaelmas term Richard Preston, William Wilson and Thomas Wilson James Birtwisle, gent and Emma his wife 3 messuages with lands in Malham and Calton
1596 Michaelmas term Thomas Fell and Richard Sheffeld John Tenant and Anthony Fell 2 messuages with lands in Bordeley, Kilnesaye and Arnecliff and the moiety of a watermill in Arnecliff
1596/7 Hilary term Stephen Procter, esq William Gresham, esq and Thomas Gresham, esq Manors of Morker, Fountance, Swanley and Beuerley in Netherdall and 30 messuages and 2 watermills with lands and free fishing there and in Rippon, Sawley, Threske, Balderbye, Topcliffe, Birnbem, Hampeswith, Ripley, Patlabrigg, Dacre, Audfeilde, Merkinton, Ingerthorpe, Markinfeilde, Massam, Kirkebye Malaserte, Grewellthorpe, Laverton, Tanfeilde, Scarburghe, Hartlepoole, Dancaster, Thorpe Underwood, Bordley, Gnoupe (Knoupe), Darnebroke, Grymesbye, Redcarr, Northcouton, Mydleton, Clyfton, Moncknt.onsup, Moram, Merston, Kirkhamerton, Green-hamerton, Fyrybrigg, Northstayneley, South Staineley, Hewick, Dishforth, Castlehubye, Audewarke, Grafton, Astricke, Sandhowton, Conyers, Thornton in le moore, Nubye upon Swale, Catthall, Kirkby, Usborne parva, Usborne, Quixley, Skipton upon Swale, Kirklington, Otley, Otterbourne, Knaisbourghe, Evestone, Lytton, Scorthorpe, Ilkeley, Mildbye, Ilknt.on, Queldricke, Kirkbywiske, Sutton Hograve, Arnecliffe, Preston in Craven Arneford, Austwicke, Malgham, Kilnesey, Ketlewell, Lynton, Cunnystone, Rilston, Hetton, Brineshall, Horton, Aireton, Rookebye, Aynderbye, Melmorbye, Wathelynley, Symthorpe in Netherdall and Fountancefells A warrant against the heirs of Richard Gresham, knt., deceased, John Gresham, knt., deceased, William Gresham, deceased, the father of William and Thomas Gresham, knt. deceased and all other persons claiming through them
1598 Michaelmas term William Ingilbye, esq and Sampson Ingilbye, gent William Midleton, esq and Ann his wife Manors of Midleton, Ilkley, Beamesley, Drawghton and Follyfett and 200 messuages, 20 cottages and 4 mills with lands there and in Thadthorpe, Sicklinghall, Wheatley, Acton, Brackenthwaite, Skaverye alias Skalverye alias Stobham Parke, Awstbye, Nesfeild, Spofforth, Askquyth, Otterburne, Ryllston, Hawkswicke and Mallemore
1599 Easter term Roger Wiglesworth Christopher Ayrton and Margaret his wife and Richard Ayrton Messuage with lands in Otterburne
1599 Easter term Isabel Hardye Christopher Swynglehurst and Elizabeth his wife Messuage with lands in Conishton Colde
1600 Michaelmas term William Kitchinge Thomas Hall and Matilda his wife and Christopher Hall Messuage with lands in Conishton Colde
1600 Michaelmas term William Currer James Rycrofte and Frances his wife Lands in Conishton Cold
1601 Easter term George, Earl of Cumberland Roger Benson and Margaret his wife and Agnes Benson, widow Messuage with land in Caponhawe and Malham
1601 Easter term Roger Preston, jnr and Richard Nelson Thomas Hayber 2 messuages with lands in Airton and Calton in Craven
1602 Easter term William Anderton, gent Henry Tenante and Mary his wife Messuage and a cottage with lands in Malham, Funtance Fells, Malhamdale and Kerkebie in Malhamdale
1602 Easter term Thomas Thomlinson, William Kytchen and James Rycrofte John Banister, gent and Paulina his wife 2 messuages with lands in Coniston Colde A warrant against Wilfrid Banister esq and his heirs

 

If you are interested in other Yorkshire Feet of Fines publications, you can buy the Feet of Fines for the County of York from 1314 to 1326 (Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record) External Website logo edited by Michael Roper and Christopher J. Kitching from Amazon.co.uk

For other out of print YAS Feet of Fines publications try searching on External Website logo.

 

 

 

 

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