Name: Christian de Wigton 1
Change Date: 30 MAR 2008
Coheiress of father.
Walter of Wigton died in 1286, and was succeeded by John, his son and heir, who was twenty two years of age.
On the death of Sir John de Wigton all his estates escheated pending the declaration of the rightful heir. The inquisitions of 1315 were at variance, and a long suit in law ensued. Soon after his marriage Sir John was separated from the Lady Dionyse de Luvetot his wife, and ultimately obtained a divorce in the ecclesiastical court of Carlisle. A daughter Margaret was born of the marriage. On Sir John's death the manors were claimed by Margaret his only child and also by his five sisters and their heirs. The Somerset jurors declared in favour of Margaret formerly wife of John de Crokedak, but the Cumberland jurors supported the claims of the five sisters.3 The dispute was referred to the lay as well as the ecclesiastical courts. Margaret and her mother moved the provincial court of York to set aside the divorce, as it had been obtained irregularly in the court below.4 Their opponents pleaded that John and his wife were divorced on account of the precontract of Dionyse to one John Paynel. In 1320 the court accepted a certificate from the Bishop of London of Margaret's legitimacy, whereupon she was adjudged the lawful heir and seizin was given her.5
The Lady Margaret de Wigton, who succeeded her father, was the last of the family to use the name or own the manor. Though she was married four times, she died childless, and the estates not alienated during her lifetime reverted to the lord of the fee or to the Crown. As her mother had maintained her right to a widow's portion of Sir John's lands,8the divorce obtained in the diocesan court of Carlisle must have been set aside. To meet the expenses of defending her title, Margaret was obliged to sell her manors of Melmorby, Blackhall and Stainton to Robert Parvyng, the king's serjeant-at-law.1 In 1332 she granted land in Wigton, with the advowson of the church, to the monastery of Holmcultram for the health of her soul. She survived her four husbands,2 and died in 1348.
In spite of the verdict of the inquisition after death, which declared Richard son of Walter de Kirkbride to be her heir, the manor of Wigton escheated to Thomas son of Anthony de Lucy, lord of the honour of Cockermouth, from whom it had been held.3 Henceforth the manor became merged in that lordship.
Father: Walter de Wigton
Richard de Kirkbride
- Walter de Kirkbride
- Text: Richard Hodgson research notes.
- Text: Extinct Cumberland Families
in The Ancestor
An Illustrated Quarterly Review
No.3 October 1902