Name: William Shepey
Residence: Sheepy Magna, Leics
Change Date: 15 SEP 2010
The de Shepeye family, although they took their name from the place [Sheppy Magna] and held a moiety of the manor of Sheepy Magna, appear to be relatively minor landowners. They had, however, considerable holdings elsewhere. In Henry III (1216 - 1272) Robert de Sheepy had given lands at Sheepy Magna to nearby Merevale Abbey founded in 1148 by Earl Ferrars.
During the period from 1279 - 1377 Sheepy Magna however was subject to constant disputes and litigation mainly between the de Sheepy family and the Burdets. It does appear that the de Sheepys were not normally resident in the village their main abode being Ashby de la Zouch. The poll tax returns of 1327 and 1332 are obviously incomplete, (these taxes were widely avoided), the 1377 poll tax gives a snapshot of the area in 1377 and is remarkably comprehensive
In 1377 everyone who paid poll tax in Sheepy Magna and Parva paid 4d tax, except William de Shepey ?petit Franklin? of Sheepy Magna who paid 12d, and John Burdet ? Esquier? and wife who paid 40d.
(A Franklin was a medieval term for a substantial freeholder below the rank of gentleman but above a yeoman.)
By 1279 the de Temple family of Temple Hall held the manor of Sheepy Parva.
William de Sheepy and 4 free tenants hold 3 virgates of hand in demesne, of which one is held of the lady of Mythe, one of Henry le Walleis and Richard Shageline, and one of Thomas Molisels.
Sheepy Parva is of the fee of Winton. Richard Temple holds in demesne there 5 virgates of hand and a watermill In villeinage 2 virgates of land which 3 villeins hold. In free tenure 12 virgates which 4 free tenants hold. Richard has the said holding of Thomas de Camvile of Sekendon, by scutage and service of half a knight?s fee, and the said Thomas holds of the heirs of Winton, and the heirs of Winton of the king. The said heirs nevertheless have a view of frankpledge and royalty.
- Joan Shepey