Name: Nicholas de SOULES , of Hermitage, Sir 1
Birth: ABT 1200 in Liddel Castle, Liddesdale, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Death: 1264 in Rouen, Seine Inferieure, Normandy, France 1
From a Hermitage Castle website:
From the beginning, Hermitage was seen as a vitally important base for controlling Liddesdale in the Scottish West March and a large stretch of the Border with England. Indeed, the castle's construction, probably by Sir Nicholas de Soules, butler to King William, in about 1240, almost brought the two countries to war. De Soules' fortress was probably a motte-and-bailey castle similar to his ancestors' former stronghold, Liddel Castle, four miles to the south beside Liddel Water at Old Castleton.
From the Hermitage Castle website, www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/hawick/hermitagecastle/
A wooden castle was first built on this spot in 1242 by Sir Nicholas de Soules, butler to the King of Scotland and a man whose reputation included witchcraft, child abduction and murder. De Soules allegedly came to a sticky end when oppressed locals rose up and boiled him in molten lead.
NOTE: There is also a story about Nicholas's ancestor (probably Ranulf/Randolph de Soules, d. 1208), who was supposedly murdered by his servants because he was so vile. Either they were the same incident (with confusion over which person was involved), or there was a real "mean" streak running in this family.
Father: Fulco de SOULES , of Liddel, Sir b: ABT 1175 in Liddel Castle, Liddesdale, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Annora de NORMANVILLE b: ABT 1215 in Oxnam, Roxburghshire, Scotland
- William de SOULES , of Hermitage, Sir b: ABT 1233 in Liddel Castle, Liddesdale, Roxburghshire, Scotland
- John de SOULES , of Liddel, Sir b: ABT 1240 in Liddel Castle, Liddesdale, Roxburghshire, Scotland
- Thomas de SOULES , Sir b: ABT 1245 in Hermitage Castle, Liddesdale, Roxburghshire, Scotland
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Page: Richard Borthwick, 8 Nov 1999