Name: John de Meppershall 1
Death: 1230 1
Change Date: 17 MAR 2008
Lewin Cilt, a thegn of King Edward, had held the manor of Meppershall, Beds, in the time of Edward the Confessor, and in 1086 it was in the possession of Gilbert son of Salaman.
The next reference to Meppershall occurs in the reign of Henry II, when Robert son of William de Meppershall presented the advowson of the church of Meppershall to the priory of Lenton. The manor continued for nearly three hundred years in the possession of the Meppershalls, who derived their family name from it, passing from father to son without a break in the line of succession.
John of Meppershall, who died seised of the manor in 1230, held it of the king by the serjeanty of the office of king's larderer, (fn. 7) and his descendants continued to hold it of the king by grand serjeanty as late as 1493.
The castle at Meppersahll, thought to date from about 1100, was built by William de Meppershall, the royal larderer.
Father: Robert de Meppershall
- Ranulf de Meppershall
- Type: Book
Periodical: Victoria County History of Bedfordshire