Name: Thomas Rokeby
Note: Inventory date
Residence: Mortham, Yorks
Occupation: ?As plain a man as might be.? 3
Change Date: 18 MAR 2010
Inventory of Thomas Rokeby of Mortham 1567:
Thomas Rokeby of Mortham, esq., the worthy representative of the ancient and time-honoured house of Rokeby, a house which, as Whitaker most justly observes, cannot but be ranked in the highest rank of nobility among the Yorkshire families, for so much courage, patriotism, law, and piety, have rarely been assembled in one name. I cannot refrain from recurring to the often-quoted passage which occurs in that celebrated history of the Rokebys, which is styled the (Economia Rnkebiorum. In it the gentleman before us is said to have been "a plaine man as might be, whose words came allways from his heart without feigning; a trusty freind, a forward gentleman in the field, and a great house-keeper; whereby he lived soe in the good wills and good hearts of his countreymenn, that his sonne and heire, Christofer Rokeby, being assaulted at Gaterley horse-race by Christofer Nevile, brother to the mightie Earle of Westmorland, whom the said earle had sent thither with a hundreth menn to kill him, was both defended and guarded from the violence of his adversaries, and was able soe to have rebounded the blowes given him by them, that they shold have spilt the best blood in their bodyes if his partye had been willing, for then not a gentleman in the field but they cryed ' a Rokeby !' But the good old Thomas being in commission for the peace, commaunded and entreated peace (as he said), ' Give itt grieves me to see him bleed that bleeds, yet peace, the peace!' and therefore the kinge highly loved him that cold soe well gett the love of his countrye." In early life he was captain of Norham Castle, and had seen some active service on the borders ; but he seems to have spent most of his days at Mortham, where he died full of years and honours, a perfect type of the old English gentleman.
He married Jane, daughter of Robert Constable of Cliffe, esq., and left by her four sons and five daughters.
1. Christopher, who served under his father at the battle of Musselbrough, and left a large family by Margaret daughter of Sir Roger Lascelles of Brakenbergh. 2. Ralph Rokeby, Senior Fellow of Lincoln's Inn, Master of St. Catharine's, '' prope arcem Londinensem," who died a bachelor in his seventieth year, 4 June, 1596, and was buried in St. Andrews Holborne.
3. Thomas Rokeby, founder of the family at Hotham, who was lieutenant of Norham Castle under his brother.
1. His eldest daughter Jane married Francis Wycliffe of Wycliffe, esq.
2. Elizabeth married Thomas Gower of Stainsby, esq.
3. Anne married John Dodsworth of Thornton Watlass, esq.
4. .... married .... Headlam.
5. Margaret married Lancelot Lancaster of Sockbridge, esq.
Richard, third son of Ralph, was standard-bearer of Lord Scrope of Bolton at Flodden. His eldest son Thomas was lord of Rokeby and Mortham, and died in 1567, leaving a son and heir Christopher.
Father: Ralph Rokeby
Mother: Margaret Danby
- Jane Rokeby
- Type: Book
Periodical: Wills and Inventories from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Richmond
Publication: Surtees Society
- Type: Book
Periodical: Victoria County History of York North Riding
Page: Vol I. Rokeby with Egglestone Abbey
- Type: Book
Periodical: History and topography of the city of York; and the North