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  • ID: I43359
  • Name: Thomas Abberbury
  • Prefix: Master
  • Sex: M
  • Death: MAY 1307
  • Note:

    The Abberbury family (per. c.1270?c.1475), gentry, of Donnington, Berkshire, was for several generations a highly successful family. The rise and decline of the Abberburys is typical of the volatility of the fortunes of many later medieval gentry families. Established as early as 1208 as one of the leading freeholding families in the north Oxfordshire village of Adderbury, they owed their initial rise from the ranks of the substantial peasantry to Master Thomas [i] Abberbury (d. 1307). An Oxford graduate and ecclesiastical lawyer, Master Thomas already held a benefice in 1269 and pursued a successful career in the diocesan administration of York before transferring to the service of Edward I's notorious minister, Walter Langton, bishop of Coventry and Lichfield. As the bishop's agent in his many questionable land transactions, Master Thomas used his position to acquire two substantial groups of properties, one located around his birthplace in north Oxfordshire, the other at Donnington, near Newbury, Berkshire. On Thomas's death both groups of estates passed to his brother, Walter Abberbury (d. in or before 1316).
  • _UID: 01572E85E8334AF29B2634C7B316B810AF70
  • Change Date: 10 JUN 2008



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