Name: Matthew of Thornton
Death: BEF 1261
Change Date: 24 JUN 2012
The seven hides at Wicken, Cambridgeshire, possessed before 1066 by Eddeva the fair were by 1086 held in demesne by her successor, Count Alan, lord of Richmond. Soon after, that manor was granted to Wimar (Wihomarc), steward of Alan's honor of Richmond. Wicken manor continued to be held of that honor throughout the Middle Ages, in the 13th and 14th centuries as one knight's fee, and into the early 17th century.
From Wimar the steward (fl. to c. 1125), Wicken manor was inherited by his (elder) son Warner the steward, still its tenant in the 1160s.
His son and successor Wimar who died shortly before 1204, was succeeded by his daughter and heir Beatrice and her husband, the Yorkshireman Hugh Malebisse. In the 1220s Hugh and Beatrice gave part of the manor to endow their foundation of Spinney priory, and other Wicken land to Fordham priory. Hugh died 1228 × 1232.
Soon after 1232, Beatrice died leaving no issue, so that Wicken had passed by c. 1235 to Wimar of Thornton, greatgrandson in the male line of her grandfather Warner's brother Roger. That Wimar died between 1240 and 1243, leaving a minor son Matthew, of age by 1253, who was granted free warren at Wicken in 1256. Matthew of Thornton was dead by 1261, also leaving minor heirs. In 1279 John of Thornton, perhaps his son, released Wicken manor to Matthew's daughter Mary, later reported as his heir, who had married by 1271 Humphrey Bassingbourn the younger of Abington (Northants).
Father: Wimar de Thornton
- Mary Thornton b: in Of Fordham, Cambridgeshire