Name: William Reason Or Reyzen 1
Residence: Scarcliffe, Derbyshire
Occupation: Receiver at Hardwick Hall in 1601?
Change Date: 31 AUG 2011
His dau Alice was the heir of her brother William Reason of Askham, Esq., sometime High Sheriff of Notts.
Askham is about 25 miles from Scarcliffe.
Robert Mellish (d 1662) received the Ragnall estate, Notts, in 1626 from his uncle William Reason. Had a son Reason who lived at Ragnall Hall until his death in 1696)
(Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire. 1930. Page 122.)
University of Nottingham has these two items that might suggest a connection between Thomas Reason and the Mellish family, in West Drayton, Notts. NB that Alice Reason?s son John Mellish bought the Blyth Hall estate in Notts.
a) Bundle of English and Latin deeds (1472-1637 ) relating to a messuage and lands at West Drayton, Nottinghamshire purchased from Thomas Reason in 1637:
Bundle of deeds relating to a messuage and lands purchased by John Holles, 2nd Earl of Clare; purchase consists of the messuage or tenement occupied by Robert Wade and all the lands belonging to it; these include Ox Close, Derneford Close, four gades in Kirk Meadow, two gades in Litlin, two gades in New Close, half an acre in Little Field, five acres in Low Field, seven acres in High Field and two gades in the Calf Plank; includes feoffments, bonds, fine, lease, letter of attorney and receipt.
b) Copy of a final concord (Latin) of property in West Drayton, Nottinghamshire; 1629
First Party: Robert Mellishe, gentleman, Robert Butler, gentleman and Thomas Lees, gentleman (plaintiffs)
Second Party: Thomas, Viscount Lecale [later 1st Earl of Ardglass] and his wife, Elizabeth (deforciants).
Final concord of 4 messuages, 4 gardens, 4 orchards, 140 acres of land, 25 acres of meadow and 70 acres of pasture, 1s.9d. of rent and common of pasture in East Drayton, Ragnall, Dunham, Wympton [Wimpton], Swansterne [Swanston], Normanton, Little Drayton [West Drayton], and Bothamsall.
c) Two parts of a final concord (Latin) of messuages and land in Elkesley and elsewhere in Nottinghamshire; 1638
First Party: John [Holles, 2nd] Earl of Clare (plaintiff).
Second Party: Nicholas Sharpe senior and his wife, Elizabeth, Thomas Reason and his wife, and William Gilby and his wife (deforciants).
Final concord of 3 messuages, 2 cottages, 108 acres of land, 20 acres of meadow, 20 acres of pasture and common of pasture with all their appurtenances in Elkesley, Normanton, West Drayton, Maplebeck and Bothamsall.
The document is dated Michaelmas term 14 Charles [I].
Deeds relating to Skegby, Notts:
Defeasance of a Recognizance and covenant to levy a Fine and suffer a Recovery: John Bassett to William Reason and Tymothie Pusey [he was Bess of Hardwick?s steward who later
became a JP and sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1625]. - ref. Me D 6/6 - date: 13 July 1600
Bargain and Sale: Lady Arabella Stuart to William Reason. Location: Manor of Skegby, Nottinghamshire. - ref. Me D 7/2 - date: 8 September 1603
(Papers of the Mellish Family of Hodsock, Nottinghamshire.)
Feoffment from Thomas Reason to John Holles, 2nd Earl of Clare of a messuage and land in West Drayton, Nottinghamshire; 31 Oct. 1637
First Party: Thomas Reason, yeoman, of Skegby, Nottinghamshire.
Second Party: John [Holles, 2nd] Earl of Clare.
Feoffment from (1) to (2) of a messuage with all appurtenances in West Drayton in the tenure of Robert Wade; indicates that the property passed to (1) by the gift or grant of William Reason of Askham, deceased. [Elsewhere he is called gentleman, of Askham]
Endorsed on the reverse with a memorandum of livery of seizin.
The document is dated 231 Oct. 13 Charles [I].
... Ralph Clarke of Chesterfield and William Reyson of Scarcliffe to shew such horse and furniture as are therein set down at Chesterfield on the 1st of November. Signed.
(Parliamentary Papers. Pub 1801. Page 412.)
Cassandra, relict of a William Reason, married George, younger son of John Plumptre of Nottingham (1504-52). (BLG re Plumptre)
This must be him or his son (but his son was of Askham, Notts)? Scarcliffe is less than 5 miles from Hardwick Hall:
William Reason was the receiver at Hardwick; he kept note of the rents and debt repayments due to Bess, which the bailiffs collected.
(Of Household Stuff: The 1601 Inventories of Bess of Hardwick, by Santina M. Levey, Peter K Thornton. 2006. Page 41.)
There are documents relating to William Reason and Bess?s properties between 9 Mar 1599/1600 and 30 Nov 1602 in the Portland of Welbeck Deeds and Estate Papers at Nottinghamshire Archives.
2 Sept 1600:
James Starkey clerk, William Reason gent. and Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury [Bess of Hardwick] to Geoffrey Watson of Oxcrofte, yeoman:-- Manor House of Oxcrofte and property there leased to G.W. by Francis Rodes, Justice of the Common Pleas and his son John (both as DD/P/94/7) for his life and 21 years after: at 37s. rent --: Witn. W. Cavendysshe, Exuperie, Bradshawghe, Tymothie Pusey.
A WILLIAMUS REASON was bapt 1 Jan 1593 at North Wingfield, Derbyshire, son of Thomas.
(IGI) (2 years after Alice Reason was married to Mellish.)
Grant for £500 relating to Bawtry Church. 13 May1601:
Property: 1) Robert Dakyn of Lynton, gentleman 2) William Reason of Scarcliff, Derby, gentleman Consideration: annuity of £40 out of manor or grange called Lynton Graunge and appurtenances in Lynton, Newton and Wyntringham payable at south porch of Bawtry Church Witnesses: Nycholas Kynnersley, Nicholas Tomlinson, Stephen Hill, John Chapman, Nicholas Foxe, Thomas Hall. Seal of Robert Dakyn on a shield, [a bush bearing a single rose?] Solotarierm; countersealed with arms of England.Page: Mellis
- Alice Reason Or Reyzen b: in Scarcliffe, Derbyshire
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Rulers of London 1660-1689: A biographical record of the Aldermen and Common Councilment of the City of London
Author: J R Woodhead
- Type: Book
Periodical: Familiae minorum gentium
Author: Joseph Hunter