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In the Parliamentary Roll of Arms, temp. Edward I., Sir Richard le Waleys of Sussex had "gules, a fess ermine," as did a Sir Richard Waleis of Sussex, a baron, 1321. The same arms were cited for Sir Steven Waleis, at the siege of Calais, 1345-48.

And Sir Simon de Waleys of Sussex or Surrey, temp. Edward II., bore the same Arms, distinguished by a "leopard passant or," or a "lyon passant gardant or."

Waleys or Walleys of Glynde in Sussex
  • - The above Sir Richard Waleys, knight, was likely of the family who held Glynde in Sussex. The family must have been of considerable importance, as there was a succession of six knights from father to son who held the estate of Glynde. According to the The Visitations of the County of Sussex the family name was Walleys. The first Richard le Waleys, it is said, inherited Glynde through marriage to his wife Dyonise, inheritrix to the Lord Glynde in Sussex. This Richard Waleys held four (three?) knights of the Archbishop of Canterbury for Glynde and Buxted in Sussex, and at Thanington and Lossenham in Kent, according to a late twelfth century list of knights of the archbishop. He appears as the successor of an earlier Godfrey of Malling who, some claim, was the same man as Godfrey of Thanington, and Godfrey the steward (who held lands at Lossenham). [partial source: A Glimpse of Glynde, by Anthony Hampden]
  • - In the reign of Henry II the Canterbury knight who owed the service of three fees for Glynde, Thanington, Lossenham (near Newenden) and Buxted (in South Malling) was Richard Waleys, who had married a certain Denise and by her had a son called Godfrey. It is likely that Denise was the descendant of Godfrey of Malling and transmitted to her son both the name of her ancestor and the lands he had held of the archbishop in Sussex and Kent. [source: The Lordship of Canterbury, by F. R. H. Du Boulay]
  • - Perhaps the best source for records on this family are included in The Glynde Place archives: a catalogue, by Richard F. Dell, 1964. The case is made for a probable son of the first Richard named Godfrey le Waleys, who died about 1237. Godfrey's son was also named Godfrey le Waleys and he died in 1266. The latter Godfrey was the father of Sir Richard le Waleys. The early family also held tenements in Tarring, Sussex, as suggested in the records below.
  • - The first mention of Richard Waleys I is on the Sussex portion of the Pipe Roll, 1178-9, for the payment of 10 marks for his right to I fee in Torinton (? Taninton, i.e., Thanington, Kent). Richard's father may have been the Robert Waleys who witnessed a notification to the barons of Kent in 1161-8, paid 40s. with Ralph, the clerk, for the lands of his brother William to the Sheriff of Kent in 1163-4, and owned land in Little Horsted in c. 1170. [source: The Glynde Place archives: a catalogue]
  • - In 1210-12 Godfrey le Waleys appears as a tenant of Glynde (1 1/12 knight's fee), in Thanington (1 knight's fee) and Tarring (1/4 knight's fee). [source: Documents illustrative of medieval Kentish Society; Series, XVIII, 1964]
  • - Thus in 1237 the archbishop of Canterbury granted Tarring in Sussex to Godfrey le Waleys of Malling (but with no mention of his heirs), for a rent of 80. Godfrey's son and then his grandson got the rent at Tarring renewed. [source: England in the Thirteenth Century]
  • In 1237 Godfrey (I) was dead and his son Godfrey (II) was represented by H[ugh] de Albeigny who held him in ward. Sir Godrey le Waleys II married Joan, the daughter of Robert le Sauvag. In a case recorded on the Assize Roll for 52 Henry III (1267-68) it was states that Godfrey (II) had died about a year before, leaving a son Richard and a daughter Agnes de Baddebyr. [source: The Glynde Place archives: a catalogue]
  • - Archbishop Edmund Rich deprived Godfrey (of Malling) of the manor for making default in rent but restored it in 1237 on payment over four years of L80. His grandson Richard Waleys (II) was forced to relinquish the manor in 1276 for wronging the tenants. [source: The Glynde Place archives: a catalogue]
  • - In the Hundred Roll of Kent, 1 Edward I (1272), the town of Newenden is now in the hand of the Lord Richard de Waleys, who wrongfully takes a toll of sixpence there from all boats passing. [Memorials of old Kent, by George Clinch]
  • - In the Calendar of the Patent Rolls for 1277 is a series of documents regarding the Richard le Waleys, knight, of tenements in the manor of Terring in Sussex. The documents cite the names of Richard's father, Godfrey le Waleys, and his grandfather, also named Godfrey le Waleys, who both also held tenements in Terring, held of the archbishop of Canterbury. While in minority Richard's mother Joan, wife of Godrey le Waleys, held the same tenements in dower. Richard forfeited the manor and quitclaimed it to the archbishop.
  • - There is a pedigree of the family published in The Visitations of the County of Sussex, which seems faulty. It starts with Richard Waleys and his wife Dyonise, inheritrice to the Lady Glynde. (at this point the pedigree seems to skip the two Godfreys, above mentioned). The next descendents are cited as sons Sir Richard (heir) and Sir John. The latter Sir Richard (married Joane Gates) and had sons Richard and Sir Godffrey. Sir Godffrey, knight, married Margarett Bassingborne and had son and heir Sir John, knight. Sir John was first married to Nichol Metsted of Farle in Sussex, and they had a son Sir William, Knight, of Glynd in Sussex. The latter Sir William married Margaret St. Clere whose son John married Joane, daughter of Sir Richard Turke of Aspeden. The manor of Glynde passed to a co-heiress of Joan and Joane, their daughter Joane who married Nicholas Morley.
    Their arms are described in the Sussex Visitations as "Gules a fess ermine." The same arms were borne by Richard Waleys, according to the 'Dering' roll of arms. And the same arms are found at Echingham Church, Sussex.
  • - Circa 1285, Richard Waleys owed 3 knights for Glynde, Thanington, Lossenham and Buxted. [source: Documents illustrative of medieval Kentish Society, v.18, 1964]
  • - In 1292, Richard le Waleys, knight, is among the witnesses of a grant of land to build the chapel of Buxted Upon. [source: Registrum epistolarum fratris Johannis Peckham, archiepiscopi Cantuariensis]
  • - The homages and feal in the Archiepiscopate of Robt. Winchelsey, dated October 1303, cites Godfrey le Waleys (III), brother and heir of Richard Waleys (III) for 3 knights fees at Glind, Sussex, Bocsted and Caumton and Lossenham, Kent. [source: Registrum epistolarum fratris Johannis Peckham, archiepiscopi Cantuariensis]
  • - In 1342, the manor of Bocstede was held of Sir John Waleys (le Waleys), knight. [Calendar of the close rolls]
  • - Sir John Waleys (I) was sheriff of Sussex and Surrey in 1364 and sat as knight of the shire in the parliaments from 1368-71. Sir John married twice and had two sons Andrew and Sir William (I) by his first wife Nichola, daughter of Sir Andrew Medestede of West Firle, and two sons Hugh and Richard by his second wife, Alice Aspale. Richard, the surviving son of Sir John's second marriage, received his mother's Aspale properties in Devonshire and founded a new branch of the family in that county. [source: The Glynde Place archives: a catalogue]
  • - In 7 Richard II (ca. 1383-84), Will. Waleys was sheriff of Surrey and Sussex. [sources: The History of the Worthies of England, by Thomas Fuller; and The history of Chichester, by Alexander Hay]
  • - Sir William (I) succeeded the Waleys estates, his brother Andrew having died, and in 1390 he is described as Sir William Waleys, lord of Glynde in Sussex. Sir William Waleys represented Sussex as knight of the shire in the parliaments of 1380, 1382/3, 1387/8 and 1390; he was twice sheriff of Surrey and Sussex. Sir William (I) married Margarett St. Clere and had a son Sir John Waleys (II) who married Joan, daughter of Robert Turk. They also had a son William Waleys (II), as well as a daughter, Elizabeth, who married Peter Halle and whose brass rubbing at Herne Church, co. Kent indicates the arms of Waleys, i.e. "Gules a fess ermine."
  • - According to the analysis in The Glynde Place, the descent of the manor of Glynde, and other lands, appears to have gone to Sir John Waleys (II) and William Waleys (II), sons of the first Sir William Waleys (I). The manor then appears to pass from William Waleys (III) (son of William II) to his cousin John Waleys IV (the son of Richard of Devonshire, above mentioned).
  • - On July 4, 1446 is a grant to John Fortescu, knight, of the keeping of the manors of Glynde, Pacchyng, Haukesdene and Baynden, co. Sussex, in the king's hand by reason of the idiocy of William Waleys, son of William, son of William Waleys, brother of Andrew Waleys, son of John Waleys, knight, of which manors the said idiot is seised in his demesne as of fee tail, to wit, in tail male. and has been an idiot from birth. NOTE: This William Waleys was probably s sno of Sir William Waleys of Glynde, by his wife Mary, daughter of John St. Clere, of East Grinstead. [sources: Calendar of the Patent Rolls Preserved in the Public Record Office; and A history of the castles, mansions, and manors of western Sussex]
  • - Joan, the daughter and coheiress of the last John Waleys (IV), conveyed the manor of Glynde by marriage to Nicholas Morley, Esq., about the end of the 15th century. [sources: The Visitations of the County of Sussex in 1530]

    The arms of Wallis of 'Cowden, co. Hants.' are described as "Gules, a fess ermine." [source: The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, by Bernard Burke]
    Margaret, daughter and heiress of Walter Wallis, of Cowden, in Sussex, married Richard Martin. Crippenden (co. Kent), later held by the Martins, had probably belonged to the heiress of Wallis. It may be identical with the Manor of Grippindenne (Grippendene of Cowden Leighton) which was purchased by Godfrey le Waleys in A.D. 1311. [sources: Archaeologia cantiana, v. 14, 1882; and, The English Baronetage, v. 1, 1741]

    The arms of Wallis, or Waleys, "Gules, a fess ermine." appear in one of three south windows of the south aisle at Echingham Church, Sussex. The other two windows have those of Echingham and St. Clere. [source: Sussex archaeological collections, v. 9, 1857]

    Walsh of Horeham in Waldron, Sussex       (also of Etchingham cum Salehurst, Haremere, and of Birche in Chiddingly, Sussex)
  • - The manor of Welches or Walshes, aka, Walsh Manor near Crowborough in the parish of Rotherfield, East Sussex, derived its name from the family of Walsh, who were afterwards of Horeham in Waldron (Waldern, or Walderne). The Fermor family later held this manor. An heiress of the Walshes of Horeham married Thomas Dyke, esq., in the early part of the seventeenth century. [source: A Compendious History of Sussex, by Mark Antony Lower]
  • - In 1352 is a commission to Ralph de Seynt Oweyn, sheriff of Surrey and Sussex, John Waleys, Richard de Herst, William Walssh, and others, to fell in the forest of Retherfeld (co. Sussex), which Guy de Bryand and Elizabeth, his wife, hold for her life of the inheritance of Edward, kinsmen and heir of Hugh le Despenser. [source: Calendar of the Patent Rolls, nos. 1350-1354, 1907]
  • - As Birche, Berchs, alias Birchs, alias Birche-parke (in the parish of Chiddingly), this manor was held in 16th Henry VI (1437) by William Alman, Thomas Attewood, Stephen Walsh, and others. [Parochial History of Chiddingly, by Mark Antony Lower]
  • - About 1460 (38 Henry VI) is a Sussex grant by Stephen Walssh, to three others, of all his share of lands and tenements in Waldern, within Marchallesgate, called 'Homefeld' and 'Estfeld' ; also a meadow in Longewyssh &c. [source: A descriptive catalogue of ancient deeds in the Public Record Office, v. 2, 1894]
  • - In 1488, is a release by Robert Walsshe, son and heir of Stephen Walssh, formerly of Waldern, to others, of all his right in two fields called 'le Homfeld' and 'Estfeld' in the parish of Waldron aforesaid, below Marchallesgate, and on two pieces of meadow adjacent, by the stream running from Redynbregge to Mortemeresbregge. [source: A descriptive catalogue of ancient deeds in the Public Record Office, v. 1, 1890]
  • - Robert Walshe, father of Thomas, was seized of "Stauntons" in Waldron and gave it to Agnes. ...and after Robert Walshe had issue Thomas his eldest son and died. Agnes yet survives. [source: Notes of post mortem inquisitions taken in Sussex, 1912]
  • - In 1539, Henry Wyke and Richard Russell (probably as trustees) settled the manors of Bugsell and Haremere on Thomas Walsh and his wife Joan, with remainder successively to Robert and Goddard their second and eldest sons respectively. In 1540 Thomas Walsh died seised of fisheries in Etchingham and Salehurst, Sussex. [source: The Victoria history of the county of Sussex, v. 9, 1937]
  • - In 32 Henry VIII (1540), Thomas son of Robert Walshe was found to have died (Feb. 11) seised of the manor of Bugsell in Salehurst together with a garden and other land holden of Andrew Oxenbrigge as of his manor of Echingham. The eldest son, Godard Walshe, was twelve years and four months old at the time of his father's death. [source: A Short history of the parish of Salehurst, Sussex, 1914]
  • - Thomas Walsh died in 1540, his Inquisition Post Mortem records that in addition to the manors of Bugsell and Haremere, he held Bexhurst, Burkhams, and Halles. [source: The manor of Etchingham cum Salehurst, Page 114]
  • - On the death of Thomas Walsh in 1540 the manor (of Bugsell) was held by his wife Joan in dower certainly until 1559 (when her will was proven), when it passed to her grandson Robert, son of Goddard. (among the tenements included "Barnhurst and the Brokes.") [source: The Victoria history of the county of Sussex, v. 9, 1937]
  • - Before 32 Henry VIII (1540-41), the Horeham estate had become the property of Thomas Walsh, esq., and had probably belonged before him to Robt. Walsh, his father. Thomas Walsh, and Joan his wife, had bought in the previous year Halland, in East Hothly, which in 1557 Goddard Walsh, their son, sold to Sir Nicholas Pelham. On an Inquisition taken at Lewes, May 29th, 1541, the jury found that Thomas Walsh (son of Robert) gent., died Feb. 11th last, leaving Goddard Walsh, his eldest son, heir, aged 12 years and 11 months; and that the said Thomas died seized of the manor of Horeham in Waldron, also a garden called Staunton's, &c. [source: Sussex archaeological collections..., v. 13, 1861]
  • - Goddard Walsh inherited Horeham, for in 1550 on an exemplification of recovery of the manor of Horeham and Birche (1,060 acres) he appeared by his attorney as defendant. Thomas Walsh, the next possesor, was probably his son (or younger brother), for in 1572 he married Margery Selwyn of Friston. The Waldron register records the baptism and death of a Goddard Walsh in 1580, the baptism of a Beatrice in 1585, and the marriage of a Joan in 1608, to Mr. Thomas Dyke. Collins, in his English Baronets, says that Mr. Dyke married a daughter of Thomas Walsh of Horeham, in Sussex, Gent. Thomas Dyke inherited Horeham through this marriage. The Walsh family at Horeham appear to have come from Worcestershire where at an early period John Walsh married a Wyard, whose arms Miss Walsh quartered (Argent a fess between six martlets, Sable, the same as those of Sheldesley Walsh). [source: Sussex archaeological collections..., v. 13, 1861]
  • - In an inquisition dated 1576-77, Goddard is described as Goddard Walshe late of Bryghtlynge, grandson of Robert Walshe, who both held the manor of Byrche in Chetynglyghe. [source: A Calendar of Post Mortem Inquisitions Relating to the County of Sussex]
  • - In a 1584 is a feet of fines between Robert Walsh and Thomas Walsh (his elder brother) regarding tenements in Salehurst and Etchingham. It is abundantly clear that Thomas sold to Robert the tenements recorded in the Survey as held by Robert, excepting, ... [The manor of Etchingham cum Salehurst, by Sylvanus Percival Vivian, 1953]
  • - Between 1587-91, is a Sussex feet of fines between Thomas Walshe, plaintiff, and Nicholas Frenche & others, regarding tenements in Salehurst. [source: Lists and Indexes, no. 24, 1908]
  • - From 1590 to 1604 the manor (of Barnhurst near Bugsell) was held by Joan's grandson Sir Robert Walshe of Haremere, but by 1614 it had passed to Sir John Wildegos (Wildigos or Wildgoose). [source: The Victoria history of the county of Sussex, v. 9, 1937]
  • - This forge (at Bugsell) was built in the lifetime of Joan Walsh (d. 1559), who leased to Hugh Colyn (or Collyer). George May operated the works probably as tenant, in 1574, for in 1611 Sir Robert Walsh leased the forge to Thomas Foxall and others, Foxall transferring the property to John Busbridge in the following year. [source: The Iron Industry of the Weald, 1985]
  • - In 1612, Robert Walshe and his wife Elizabeth and others sold the manor (of Haremere) to John Busbridge who died siesed of it in 1615. [source: The Victoria history of the county of Sussex, v. 9, 1937, p.214]
  • - There is a Sussex feet of fines between John Busbridge, gent., plaintiff, and Robert Walsh, kt., and Elizabeth his wife, Thomas May, kt., and Anne Walsh.
    - There is a Sussex feet of fines between Thomas Foxall and Edward Allen, plaintiffs, and Robert Walsh, kt., and Elizabeth his wife, Anne Walsh, John Busbridge and Mary his wife, and Edward ...
    - There is a Sussex feet of fines between Abraham Edwardes, senior, gent., plaintiff, and Robert Walshe, kt., and Elizabeth his wife, and John Walshe, esq., his son and heir apparent. [source: Sussex manors, advowsons, etc: recorded in the Feet of fines, Henry VIII to William IV. (1509-1833)]
  • - A descendant chart starting with Robert Walsh, father Thomas Walsh who married Joan Petter (parents of Goddard and Robert) appears in The manor of Etchingham cum Salehurst, by Sylvanus Percival Vivian (1953).

    Walshe of Etchingham, East Sussex
    ETCHINGHAM sus Haremere (East Sussex)
    Walshe - Busbridge - Temple - Lade - Snepp 1616+
    Robert Walshe 1559. Sold to John Busbridge (d. 1615). Passed briefly to Temple family. Sold to Sir John Lade. Passed to John Snepp 1835. VCH Sussex, Vol. IX.

    Descendants of Robert Walsh
    1  	Robert Walshe	b: Abt. 1465	d: of Etchingham, Sussex, England			
      2  	Thomas Walshe	b: Abt. 1503 of Echyngham, Sussex, England	d: February 11, 1539/40 of Echyngham, Sussex, England			
    ....	+Joanne Petter	b: Abt. 1508	d: 1559 in Etchingham, Sussex, England	m: 1528		
    .   3  	Goddard Walshe	b: June 1529 in Etchingham, Sussex, England	d: February 1557/58 in Brightling, Sussex, England			
    .....	+Elizabeth Hendley	b: Abt. 1530 in of Cranbrook, Kent, England		m: Abt. 1549		
    ...	4   Thomas Walsh	b: Abt. 1548 of Waldron, Sussex, England	d: 1616 in Horeham, Waldron, Sussex, England			
    .......     +Margaret Selwin	b: August 1552 in Friston, Sussex, England	d: Abt. December 1615 in Sussex, England	m: July 01, 1572		
    .....		5   Elizabeth Walsh	b: Abt. 1589 of Waldron, Sussex, England				
    .....		5   Joanne Walsh	b: 1586 of Horeham, Waldron, Sussex, England	d: January 01, 1632/33			
    .........           +Thomas Dyke	b: 1583 of Cranbrook, Kent, England		m: January 29, 1607/08		
    .....		5   Goddard Walsh	b: December 10, 1581 in Waldron, Sussex, England				
    .....		5   Beatrice Walsh	b: 1585 in Waldron, Sussex, England				
    ...	4   Robert Walshe	b: Abt. 1551 in Sussex, England				
    ...	4   Isabell Walshe	b: Abt. 1553 in Sussex, England				
    .   3  	Robert Walshe	b: Abt. 1531 in Etchingham, Sussex, England	d: Bef. April 1562
    .....	+Elizabeth Courthope			

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

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