Name: Ralph Rokeby
Residence: Rokeby & Mortham, Yorks
Change Date: 5 MAR 2009
Ralph Rokeby or Rukeby, of Mortham, and Rokeby, Yafford and Zaffurth and London, g., and Margery, his wife, one of the ds. and hs. of Ralph Danby of ...
(Henry VIII - Pardon Roll, Part 2 | British History Online)
Thomas was succeeded at some time during the reign of Henry VII by another Ralph, who was living in 1522?3, and was the man who, as the old ballad* tells, presented a 'Felon Sow' to the friars of Richmond 'to mend their fare.' The sow was so fierce that after a desperate attempt to secure her the friars
? fled away by Watlinge Streete, They had no Succour but their feete, It was the more Pitty,
and the sow returned home to Mortham. She was eventually secured for the friars' larder by 'a Bastard son of Spaine' and one Gilbert Griffin's son, who slew her after a desperate battle and carried her to Richmond, where they were welcomed by 'Te Deums.'
* The source of this ballad is the 'Oeconomia Rokebiorum' quoted from above. Most of the 'Oeconomia' is printed in Whitaker's Hist. of Richmondshire. "Letters in possession of the Rev. H. R. Rokeby (dated 1825) show that the original MS. was in existence in the beginning of the century. Mr. Langham Rokeby used to say that Sir Walter Scott borrowed it when preparing the notes to "Rokeby," and that it was never returned' (Northern N. and Q. i, 34). A corrected version of the ballad is printed by Ingledew (Ballads and Songs of Yorks. 93).
Father: Thomas Rokeby
Mother: Catherine Strode
- Thomas Rokeby
- Type: Book
Periodical: Victoria County History of York North Riding