29. John ASKE [196-28]
Notes on the Aske Family by Anne-Denise Warsnop,
The story starts with Richard Aske, the 7th son of the Aske
family of Aske in the North Riding of Yorkshire. (The 14th
century pele tower is still there at Aske, altho now surrounded
by a Georgian manor house.)
As a 7th son Richard Aske has to find work as he would inherit
nothing. He went off to the French Wars. He took part in The
Hundred Years war, and was recognized for his bravery by Edward
III. By the 1360s he was back in this country, and well
rewarded by his king. He was recognized as the king's yeoman.
He moved from the North Riding to the East Riding when he
became steward of lands that the Bishop of Durham held in
Howden. At this time Richard de Aske lived at Ousethorpe, near
Howden. Sadly, altho Richard married he died without children.
His estate passed to his brother John, who married the
Shelvestrode woman. There is some mystery here. A man called
Shelvestrode owed Richard Aske an enormous sum of something
like 2,000 marks. I have no idea how or why the debt was
incurred but I wonder if he were ransomed in some way during
the French wars. I also wonder if he were unable to pay the
debt, and offered a daughter in marriage instead.
Anyway, John did marry this woman from, I think, Sussex. The
lands which came with her stayed in the family until the 1530s.
In the aftermath of the Pilgrimage of Grace (led by Robert
Aske, of course) another John Aske asked Henry VIII for
permission to swap his Sussex lands for lands in Yorkshire.
John Aske had a son, John. The two Johns were king's yeomen and
were held in high esteeem - Richard's exploits obviously lived
in legend. Richard, by the way, was a Justice of the Peace, as
were the Johns; Richard also had the distinction of being
pardoned for murder on a couple of occasions, because of his
good service in France. Richard's and John's servants were also
ruffians, and were also pardoned for murder.
The second John - great nephew of Richard and son of the John
who married the Shelvestrode woman - was retained by Henry IV.
He married Elizabeth, the dau of Judge William Gascoigne and
Elizabeth Mowbray. Their tomb, with its alabaster figures, is
in Harewood Church, 5 or 6 miles north of Leeds. Henry IV by
Shakespeare has Gascoigne as a character. (It is a myth that he
once imprisoned the young Prince Henry, later Henry V.)
b. ABT 1365
r. Aske, Eng.
ev. paid poll tax 1379, Howden
d. ABT 1397
m. Joan SHELVESTRODE [196-28]
b. ABT 1365
daughter of Sir John SHELVESTRODE [196-28]
ch: *Elizabeth [Next Generation],
John m. Elizabeth GASCOIGNE