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  • ID: I11851
  • Name: John or Richard Rotsy 1
  • Sex: M
  • Residence: Colmore, King's Norton, Worcs, & Melton, Glam 2
  • Note: 3 4

    aka Ratsey
    Or Ratsy.
    Head of pedigree in Vis of Worcs.
    The Visitation of the County of Worcester 1569 , Harleian Society 188, p113
    Or William Ratsey of Colemore.
    The old Colmore Estate stretched from the city centre of Birmingham around St Paul's Cathedral to the northern end of Newhall Street.
    COLMERS (Colmore, Collemer, Colemares, Colemarsh, Chalmers), another estate in the parish of King?s Norton, which is described as a manor from the 16th century, probably at first belonged to a family of the same name. Walter de Colmer was living c. 1280, and John de Colmer, possibly his son, in 1327. There is no trace of his successors until the 16th century, when John Rotsey mortgaged a capital messuage called Colmers to Robert Gower.
    ? borne by Richard Rotesey, who married Margaret, daughter of John Walsh, of Shelsley, by whom he had a numerous issue.?
    A Richard Rotsey of King?s Norton made his will in 1537.
    In 1575 John Rotsey, brother of (a) Richard Rotsey, devised Longbridge Farm, King's Norton, to John Middlemore.
    ?... late Maurice Issues of the lordship of Melton, the wife of Hughes, ... 24 Hen. sey, and Thorn- VIII) to the said Richard and as Rotsey, his Walter Walshe by the prior of executor. the Hospitallers and Edward ...?
    (History and Law Series. University of Wales, Board of Celtic Studies.1929. Page 130.)
    The year 1537 is represented by the will of Richard Rotsey (7 ... Rotsey makes the customary bequests to the church or chapel of Kyngs Norton, as he is careful to describe it, and he then proceeds to state that as he is charged with many children, and not possessed of the power and ability in goods to ...... ... Northfield and Cofton whereof Walter Walshe, esq., ..
    (Transactions of Worcestershire Archaeological Society. 1924. Page 130)
    (Calendar of the Patent Rolls Preserved in the Public Record Office. 1939.- Page 237)
    ... constitute and make myn executor of this my last will and testament,' lately impleaded in the Common Pleas Thomas Rotsey late of Kynges- norton, co. ..
    ...North'ton, son and heir of Richard, mar., to his first wife, Margery, da. of Richard Rotsey of King's Norton, c?. Warwick, Esq., and hath issue,?William ...
    (The Visitations of Northamptonshire Made in 1564 and 1618-19. Page 16.)
    Try ?Kings Norton: A History? by Helen Goodger. Pub. Brewin Books?
    July 4 1432. Agnes Colmore, late of Coventry co Warwick, ?gentilwoman? for not appearing before the same to answer Robert Rotsey, executor of John Colmore, touching a plea that she render a certain testamentary writing.
    (Calendar of the patent rolls preserved in the Public Record Office?. 1907. Page 167.)
    ... late the wife of Richard Rotsey, and Thomas Rotsey, his executor. ...
    Issues of the lordship of Melton, and divers other lands in the county, ...
    (An inventory of the early Chancery proceedings concerning Wales? - Page 197. 1937.)
    History of Kings Norton's Saracen's Head:
    By the 15th Century the site was in the hands of two men: John Colmore and Richard Mydelton, familiar surnames in the history of Birmingham. In 1433 they sold the land to the Rotsey family, and here the story begins in earnest.
    The Rotseys were wealthy wool merchants or wool staplers, farming at Colmers Farm in Rednal, at the far end of Kings Norton parish, and exporting wool or cloth to the Continent. It was a very lucrative business and by the 1490s Humphrey Rotsey was in a position to display his status in the shape of a new house. He chose the most prominent pitch in the village, facing the church and adjoining the Green, which served also as a market-place.
    The north range was built in 1492, a date confirmed by dendrochronology. Rotsey?s front door, now happily reinstated, faced the churchyard, with kitchen and service wing on the right, and hall and parlour on the left.
    Within 20 years, however, Rotsey was building again, adding an angled range at the north-west, and a long east range, stretching as far as what is now the Bull?s Head. The east range served as Rotsey?s business headquarters, with shopping and storage and a cart entrance. Almost certainly he built behind, too, but these buildings were removed in the 19th Century.
    The Rotseys? house and shops were far from unique in Kings Norton. When John Leland visited the place in about 1540 he described it as ?a praty uplandishe towne, and there be some faire howses in it of staplears, that use to by wolle.?
    Eventually, however, the market dropped out of wool and the Rotseys drifted away. A succession of owners followed until, in 1771, the property was bought by Richard Lea.
    The charities were, to five poor men and two women there, serving God in perpetual commemorations, per annum 5 19s. Od. Bread distributed to poor persons in the city, out of the foundation or bequests of the said T. and H. Carter eight shillings. For the obit of the said T. and H. Carter celebrated in the parish church of St. Swithin [at Worcester] 2s. 8d., and St. Elenes in the said city 6s. 8d. Salary to John Hornyold, seneschal (steward) there 20 shillings. To Richard Rotsy, auditor 13s. 4d. To Richard Bedyll, bailiff and collector, 53s. 4d. Thus the clear value of St. Wulstan's temporalities and spiritualities, after deducting salaries, charities and other payments, were 63 19s. 3d.
  • _UID: A06F12D11F804282BDD05C192731851F53C9
  • Change Date: 12 DEC 2012

    Marriage 1 Margaret Walsh
    • Married: BEF 1540 2
    1. Has Children Mary Rotsy

    1. Type: Book
      Periodical: Magna Carta Ancestry
      Author: Douglas Richardson
      Date: 2005
      Page: Richard
    2. Type: Book
      Periodical: Magna Carta Ancestry
      Author: Douglas Richardson
      Date: 2005
    3. Type: Book
      Author: Visitation of Gloucestershire
      Publication: Harleian Society
      Date: 1885
    4. Type: Book
      Periodical: The Heraldry of Worcestershire
      Author: Grazebrook
      Date: 1873
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