Name: William de Combemartin
Death: BEF MAY 1318
MEM: Alderton, Northants: Oak effigy
Note: 1 1 2|
Change Date: 28 NOV 2005
Henry of Lancaster (son of Edmund earl of Lancaster) and his wife Maud, conveyed the manors of Stoke Bruerne and Alderton, with the advowsons of both churches, to William de Combemartin and his heirs. (Footnote 71) Ten years later William was returned as lord of Stoke Bruerne, Shutlanger and Alderton. (Footnote 72) Also in 1316 he brought an action against the abbot of St. James, Northampton, and many others of Roade, where the abbey held an estate at Hyde, accusing them of breaking into his enclosure at Stoke. The defendants claimed that they had been accustomed to use the enclosure until William had restrained them; he replied that he had held the land in question for ten years since purchasing it from Henry of Lancaster and Maud his wife. (Footnote 73)
William de Combemartin's will was proved in May 1318. In July the same year Aymer de Valence, earl of Pembroke, the paramount lord, granted his widow Margery, in consideration of 600 marks, custody of the manors of Stoke, Shutlanger and Alderton, with the wardship and marriage of Alice, Isabel and Joan, William's three daughters and coheirs.
Among the small number of monuments in the church is an oak effigy of a cross-legged knight dating from the early 14th century, traditionally identified as William de Combemartin.
Two items that could refer to this man
a) 1318 London. Enrolled: Will of William de COMBEMARTYN, Alderman of London, Margery his 3rd wife (Two manors). (This source adds that William was in business in London as early as 1298, and Alderman of London, 1304/1318).
b) 35 Edw. (I) (-March) [ca 1307] E 122/68/19, Port: London. Particulars of account of William de COMBEMARTYN & William SERVATE, collectors of New Custom on wool &c.Page: Alderton
- Isobel Combmartin
- Type: Book
Periodical: Victoria County History of Northamptonshire
- Text: ?The Merchant Class of Medieval London? by Sylvia L Thrupp, 1948, at http://www.gold.ac.uk/genuki/LND/Indexes/MEDMCHTS.txt