Name: Charles Rainesford 1
Death: 30 APR 1578 2
Residence: Clifford Chambers, Glos 1
MEM: Gloucestershire 3
Change Date: 19 AUG 2011
At the Dissolution the manor of Clifford Chambers passed to the Crown and in 1562 was granted to Charles Rainsford, whose father William had a lease of the manor in 1526. From Charles Rainsford (d. 1578) the manor passed successively to his son Hercules Rainsford (d. 1583), to Hercules's son Henry (d. 1622), to Henry's son Henry (d. 1641), and to the second Henry's son, another Henry.
In the 4th year of that Sovereign, by letters patent dated 1st May, 1562, the Queen, in consideration of the sum of £1,260 paid into the Court of Augmentation, granted to Charles Rainsford, Esq., all the Manor and Lordship of Clifford, alias Clifford Chamberer, with all its rights, liberties, franchises, etc., and appurtenances, late in the tenure of John Russell, Knt., and Jerome Cooke, gent., for a certain term of years not as yet expired, and also all those lands, &c., called the hamlet of Ayleston, in the parishes of Ayleston and Clifford, in the counties of Warwick and Gloucester, of the annual value of £35, beyond reprises, reserving all lead and all advowsons of churches, chapels, &c., to have and to hold to the said Charles Rainsford, his heirs and assigns for ever by the service of the 20th part of one knight's fee for all rents, services, and demands whatsoever.
Charles Rainsford was twice married.
By his first wife Jane, dau. of John Morgan, of Camberton, co. Worcester, he had issue nine children:
Hercules, who succeeded him at Clifford, and was executor to his father's will
Morgan, living in 1578
Jane, who married John Prouse, of Slaughter, co. Glouc
Elizabeth, wife of Robert Wincott, of Kensham, co. Oxon, both living in 1578
Eleanor, who on 20th February, 8th Eliz., being then 40 years of age, surrendered to her father what interest she had, or was supposed to have, in the manor
Margaret being unmarried 1578.
Charles?s second wife was Frances, daughter of Henry Wyndsore, who survived him, but had no issue.
On 31st May, 10th Eliz., (1568) Charles Rainsford by his Indenture conveyed all his estates in Clifford to certain trustees to the use of himself for life, remainder to Hercules Rainsford his son and the heirs males of the said Hercules for ever.
At Clifford, on the 26th April, 20th Elizabeth (1578), he made his last will, in which he names his daughter Margaret, son Morgan, and a certain Ambrose Rainsford, whom we have failed to identify, and appoints his son Anthony Rainsford and his (testator's) wife Frances, executors to his will, and died on the 30th of the same month. On an Inquisition taken at Stratford-upon-Avon, 18th December, following under a writ diem clausit extremum dated the 13th September previously, the jurors found that the said Charles on the day on which he died did not hold any lands or tenements in Rot. Pat., 4th Eliz., Part 2. the County of Warwick of the Queen or of any other person. There is no Inquisition extant for Gloucestershire.
Father: William Rainesford
Mother: Johanna Alderford
Jane or Joyce Morgan
- Anthony Rainesford b: 1548
- Text: Colin Burleigh
Ludlow / Lachard researcher
- Text: "A History of the Manor & Advowson of Clifford Chambers and some account of its possessors", by Sir John Maclean, F.S.A., V.P.
In Transactions of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Archæological Society, Vol XIV, Part I.
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