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Walshe of Colbye, Norfolk


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The arms of Walshe of Colbye are described in a pedigree published in the The visitacion of Norffolk (Harleian Society, v. 32, 1891). The description is 'Sable, a bend between three lilies (columbines?) slipped and leaved argent.' The head of the family in this pedigree was Thomas Walshe, whose children included Robert, Roger, Jefferey, Joane, and Cecilly. The remaining portion of the pedigree focuses on Robert Walshe, son of Thomas, who was born perhaps before 1451. He married Cecilly Harsyck, daughter of Sir John Harsyck, and their sons included a Robert and William Walshe.
Another description of the Walshe arms are given as "Sable, a bend between three lilies, Argent, stalked vert." These were the quarterings of Sir Andrew Fountaine, knight, in 1725, and are quartered with Walshe, Harsick, Damme, Briggs and Beaupre. [source: An essay towards a topographical history of the county of Norfolk, 1807]

William Walshe son of Robert and Cecilly, born in the latter half of the 15th century, was married three times.
By his first wife, Margaret, dau. and heir of Simon Dane [Damme] of Susted in Norfolk, their children included Robert, Ella (m. three times) and Elizabeth (m. Arthur? Fountayne & Richard Stone).
By his second wife, Olive, daughter of Robert? Clere of Stokesby in Norfolk, they had children named William, Margery (m. John Owtlawe of Est Derham), Ursula (m. John Colbye) and Elizabeth (m. Robert Clarke).
By his third wife, Ann, dau. and heir of Robert Kebyll of Felmingham in Norfolk, their daughters included Margery (m. William Russell & Robert Gabyn) and Elizabeth (m. Thomas Bulwer of Wood Dalling).
NOTE: a second pedigree (ibid.) suggests that Elizabeth, dau. of William and Margaret (Dane or Dame) Walshe, was married to Mathew Fountayne of Salle in Norfolk. Among their children included Arthur (the heir), George and Elizabeth. [source: An essay towards a topographical history of the county of Norfolk, 1807]

William Walshe, the younger, of Colbye in Norfolk, son and heir of William and Olive (Clere) Walshe, was married twice. His first marriage was to Bridget, dau. of Rob. Thymblethorpe of Worsted in Norfolk. William married second, Ann, dau. of Sir James Framyngham in Suffolk, knight. A daughter of William and Ann was named Elizabeth.


Various Norfolk Records:
In 24 Henry III (1239-40), is a fine between Nicholas le Waleys and Hervey de Pceltun, reagrding land in Pcelton. [source: A short calendar of the feet of fines for Norfolk]

In 37 Henry III (1252-53), is a fine between Ralph le Waleys and Philip Newbound and Isabella his wife, regarding tenements in Marham, co. Norfolk. [source: A short calendar of the feet of fines for Norfolk]

In 39 Henry III (1254-55), is a fine between John le Waleys and John de Tvyeteshale regarding tenements in Burgate. [source: A short calendar of the feet of fines for Norfolk]

In 55 Henry III (1270-71), Hervey le Waleys held a tenement of the manor of Scelton by service of 18d. [source: Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem]

In 7 Edward I (1278-79) John son of Hugh le Marchaunt and Cecilia his wife arraigned an assise of mort d'ancestor against William son of Henry le Waleys touching a messuage and land in Tottington (co. Norfolk). [source: Annual Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records, v. 48, 1887]

In 7 Edward I (1278-79) an assise was novel disseisin was arraigned by Radulph Rume against Walter le Waleys and others touching a tenement in Hardwick-by-Fritton ("Freton"), co. Norfolk. [source: Annual Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records, v. 48, 1887]

In 24 Edward I (1295-96), is a fine between Robert le Waleys of Bykerton and Sibilla his wife verus John de Atleburgh and Maria his wife, regarding tenements in Bernham. [source: A short calendar of the feet of fines for Norfolk]

In 1302, Walter le Waleys held a quarter of a fee in Waketon, Norfolk. [source: Inquisitions and Assessments Relating to Feudal Aids: Kent-Norfolk]

In 34 Edward I (1305-06) is a feet of fines between John fil' Hugh le Waleys of Tybenham, and another, reardgin tenements in Tybenham and Attylburgh. [source: A short calendar of the feet of fines for Norfolk]

William le Waleys of Shelton was lord and patron of The Capital Manor (afterwards calles Barrets), and in 1308, Margaret relict of Walter le Waleys held the fee at Shelton. In the same year Margery presented John le Waleys as rector of Shelton near Hardwick.. [source: An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk]

About 1345 (27-28 Edward III) Henry Waleys was involved in a feet of fine regarding tenements included in Suthfeld, Colby, Banyngham, Felmyngham, Antyngham, Bradefeld, Tutyngton, and North Walsham. At the same time Henry Waleys of Sweynesthorp and agnes his wife are mentioned in a fine reagarding Sweynesthorp. Also at the same time is mention of a son of Roger son of Andrew Waleys de Sweynesthorp. [source: A Short Calendar of the Feet of Fines for Norfolk]

In 1346, William de Park and Henry de Shelton held a quarter fee in Shelton and Waketon formerly held by Walter de Waleys. [source: Inquisitions and Assessments Relating to Feudal Aids: Kent-Norfolk]

About 1410 (11 Edward IV), a Robert and Geoffrey Walssh are mentioned in a feet of fines in Norfolk, regarding lands in Antyngham, Gunton, Southreppys, and c.

About 1422 [10 henry V], a Thomas Walsh is mentioned in a feet of fines in Norfolk regarding lands of the manor of Edyngthorp called Houchns, and in Edyngthorp, Paston, Knapton, Wytton, Bromholm, Swattefeld, Walsham, and Croswheyt. [source: A Short Calendar of the Feet of Fines for Norfolk]

In 1428, Robert del Park &c. held a fee in Schelton and Waketon formelry held by Walter de Waleys. [source: Inquisitions and Assessments Relating to Feudal Aids: Kent-Norfolk]

In 1440, a Thomas Walyssh is cited, along with John Damme of Sustede &c., for acquiring in fee two parts of the manor of Felmyngham &c. At the same time is reference of Thomas Walyssh of Antyngham. [source: A Short Calendar of the Feet of Fines for Norfolk]

About 1444 Thomas Walyssh is again mentioned, in connection with John Damme &c,. in the fines of Southfeld, Felmyngham, Antyngham, Gunton, and Colby. [source: A Short Calendar of the Feet of Fines for Norfolk]

A letter from William Paston to Robert Walsh (Roberd Walsche of Colby) , dated Nov. 22, 1479. [source; The Paston letters, A. D. 1422-1509]

A brass at Colby Church commemmorates Thomas Williach or Walysh and Margaret his wife of Colby and Antingham. Will 1452. [Norfolk Archaeology; v. 32; 1961]

Two other inscriptions commemorate members of the same family but in different churches: one at Colby commemorates Thomas Walsh (d.1451) and Margaret his wife (d. 1494); the other at Blickling commemorates Roger Walsh (d. 1499). There is also a commemorative brass for Geoffry, rector (c. 1535) at Colby. [source: Church Monuments in Norfolk Before 1850: An Archaeology of Commemoration; Jonathan Finch; 2000]

An inscription for Thomas and Margaret Walsh, Colby, Norfolk, dated 1494. And an inscription for Robert and Margery Walsh, Colby, Norfolk, dated 1503. [source: Norfolk Archaeology, v. 26; 1938]

A record in the court of chancery, dated between 1504-1515, cites: Thomas, son of John Walsh, of Hickling. versus William Belys: Lands in and near Felmingham, granted by the feoffees of the said John Walsh to defendant.: Norfolk.

In the fines of 1563-64, Robert Reve versus Bartholomew Walshe, gent., of the manor or Antyngham. [source: Some Rough Materials for a History of the Hundred of North Erpingham in the County of Norfolk, pt. 3, 1889]


The preceding article was compiled by Dennis J. Walsh, 2009


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