Ralph Fitzrobert De Greystoke Baron Greystoke
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Ralph Fitzrobert De Greystoke Baron Greystoke


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Alice Audley Baroness Neville

Ralph Fitzrobert De Greystoke Baron Greystoke 2 3 4

  • Born: 15 Aug 1299, Greystoke, , Cumberland, England 4
  • Wifr: Alice Audley Baroness Neville on 25 Nov 1317 in Dispensation, Stretton Audley, Oxfordshire, England 1
  • Died: 14 Jul 1323, Poisoned At Gateshead, Durham, England at age 23 4

bullet   Ancestral File Number: 9HS5-V0.


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RALPH DE GREYSTOKE, feudal Lord of Greystoke, son and heir of Robert FITZ RALPH, by Elizabeth, his wife, and grandson and heir of Sir Ralph FITZ WILLIAM, of Grimthorpe and Hildreskelf, co. York [LORD FiTZWILLIAM]; was born 15 August 1299. On the death of his father, April 1317, he became feudal Lord of Greystoke, and, according to modern doctrine, LORD FITZWILLIAM. On 19 August 1317 the King granted him the manors of Grimthorpe, Crossthwaite, Thorpe Bassett, and Neasham (all held in socage, but not of the King), he being then aged 18 and more. On 27 August 1320, being of full age, though he had not proved his age, he had livery of the lands of his inheritance, his homage and fealty being respited: on 7 October following, having proved his age, he had livery of the knights' fees and advowsons of his inheritance, his homage being respited. He was summoned to Parliament from 15 May 1321 to 18 September 1322, by writs directed Radulpho de Craystok', or Creystok', whereby he is held to have become LORD GREYSTOKE. In 1319 he was about to go to Scotland with Hugh Daudele the younger. He fought for the King at the battle of Boroughbridge, 16 March 1321/2.

He married, after 25 November 1317,[f] Alice, sister of Hugh, EARL OF GLOUCESTER, and daughter of Hugh (AUDLEY), LORD AUDLEY, by Iseude, widow of Sir Walter DE BALUN, of Much Marcle, co. Hereford, and daughter of Sir Edmund DE MORTIMER, of Wigmore, co. Hereford. He died at Gateshead, being poisoned, 14 July 1323, aged nearly 24, and was buried in Newminster Abbey. His widow had livery of her dower, 12 August and 27 September 1323, and of the knights' fees, cornages, and advowsons of her dower, 18 and 26 December following, all of which had been assigned to her by the King. She married, 2ndly (royal licence, 14 Jan. 1326/7) Sir Ralph DE NEVILL, of Raby, co. Durham [LORD NEVILL]. He died 5 August 1367, and was buried in Durham Cathedral Church. She died 13 January 1374/5, and was buried with him. [Complete Peerage 6:190-1, transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

[f] Request by the King, for a papal dispensation that Ralph Craystoke, of the diocese of York, and Alice de Audele the King's kinswoman, of the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, might intermarry, although the said Ralph and Alice are related in the 4th-3rd degrees on consanguinity; Windsor, 25 November 11 [not 12] Edward II.

Note: My count of the Baronage 3rd vs. 1st is different than CP.


Ralph de Greystock, b. 1298, which surname he assumed, was summoned to parliament by that designation from 15 May, 1321, to 17 September, 1322. His lordship, by virtue of a special dispensation from the Pope, m. Alice*, dau. of Hugh, Lord Audley, they being within the 3rd and 4th degrees of consanguinity; and had an only son, William. Lord Greystock having been a principal in seizing Sir Gilbert de Middleton in the castle of Mitford for treason, was soon afterward poisoned, which at breakfast, through a contrivance of that person. He was s. by his son, William de Greystock, 4th baron.

* Dugdale, in one place, calls this lady, "Alice de Audeley," dau. of Hugh, Lord Audeley, and in another, "Alice," dau. of Ralph, Lord Nevill. [Sir Bernard Burke, Dormant and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage, Ltd, London, 1883, p. 254, Greystock, Barons Greystock]


Ralph married Alice Audley Baroness Neville, daughter of Hugh Audley Baron Audley and Isolde (Iseude, Iswolde) De Mortimer Baroness Audley, on 25 Nov 1317 in Dispensation, Stretton Audley, Oxfordshire, England.1 (Alice Audley Baroness Neville was born about 1304 in Hadley, Staffordshire, England, died on 11 Jan 1373-1374 in Greystoke, Northumberland, England 1 3 and was buried in Cathedral, Durham, Durham, England.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Alt. Marriage: Alt. Marriage, After 5 Aug 1367. 3

bullet  Marriage Notes:

1st Husband



1 Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000, VI:190-1.

2 Other Researchers.

3 Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Shippard Jr., 1999, 207-32.

4 Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000, VI:190-1, V:518.

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