Sir Adam Banastre, of Bretherton

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Adam de Banastre, Knight

Birthplace: Farleton, Lancashire, England
Death: after November 04, 1315
Duxbury, Chorley, Lancashire, England (Beheading )
Place of Burial: Croston, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Banastre, of Bretherton and Joan de Singleton
Husband of Margaret de Holland
Father of Katherine Harrington
Brother of William Banestre of Chingle Hall; John Banastre and Nicholas Banastre

Occupation: Knight
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About Sir Adam Banastre, of Bretherton

Sir Adam de Banastre, Knight of Bretherton

  • Death: Aft 4 Nov 1315
  • Father: Thomas II de Banastre
  • Mother: Joan de Singleton b: Abt 1267 in Kirkham, Little Singleton, Lancashire, England


  1. Margaret Holland b: 1290


  1. Adam de Banastre
  2. Katherine de Banastre


  1. Frederick Lewis Weis, "Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists" (Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co).
  2. "County Familes of Lancashire and Cheshire".
  3. "The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster".


the Banastre rebellion

Thomas, Earl of Lancaster's patronage of Robert de Holland, caused disquiet among other important landholders who were worried about the family's rapid advance. In 1315 Adam Banastre of Shevington, with Henry de Lea and Sir William Bradshaw (of Mab's cross fame) expressed their disapproval in a violent manner by leading their followers in a reign of terror throughout southwest Lancashire. This period of unrest is usually referred to as the "Banastre Revolt". Eventually, in October of the same year, the two factions met in a fierce battle at Deepdale near Preston. The de Banastres were defeated in less that an hour. Adam de Banastre escaped but was later caught and beheaded.


The conflict between the barons and the monarchy came to a head during the reign of Edward II.  Lancashire was affected by this conflict because the leader of the baronial opposition was Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. Thomas was a quarrelsome individual, with a knack of making enemies, and an inability to inspire loyalty from those who shared his alms.  He was also the most powerful baron born in England, having later inherited the earldoms of Lincoln and Salisbury. .... Holland, too, gave lands and privileges to his friends, and so the ladder of corruption extended from the highest to the lowest stratum of society.

The outcome of all this was a revolt by those knights and officials who felt that their power in the region was under threat.  The leaders of the revolt were Sir William Bradshaigh, Sir Henry Lea of Charnock Richard and Sir Adam Banastre.  The rising became known as the 'Banastre Rebellion'. 

On 8th October 1315 these knights and several others met at Wingates near Westhoughton, and swore revenge against the Holland faction. They then began a campaign against Holland and his supporters. First, they sent a group of armed men to Radcliffe to capture Adam de Radcliffe and his brothers.  Adam was taken at the Parsonage, but, falling to find his brothers, they went to the manor house of Sir Henry de Bury to see if they were there. Falling to find them, they murdered Sir Henry, and stole his horse. ....

But meanwhile the opposition was organising. Edmund de Neville, the Deputy Sheriff of Lancashire, gathered a force of several hundred Lancaster partisans north of the Ribble. The two forces clashed at Deepdale in Preston. The battle lasted less than an hour, and Banastre and the rebels were routed, but he and Sir William Bradshaigh managed to escape. Neville was soon joined by more Lancaster supporters, including Sir Robert de Holland, and with a force of about two thousand men be moved southwards, searching for fugitive rebels and killing them, and extorting property and money from their supporters.

Adam Banastre had taken refuge at the house of Henry de Enfurlong at Charnock Richard, but he was betrayed, and Neville had him beheaded. Thurstan de Norley took revenge for the attack on his house by stealing Banastre's weapons, armour, and rosary beads.


From : 'Farleton', Records relating to the Barony of Kendale: volume 2 (1924), pp. 266-273. URL: Date accessed: 02 July 2014.

"The mesne manor of Farleton appears to have been given by Thomas de Bethum in the time of Henry III to his daughter, Eleanor, who held it in 1254. It appears to have passed to Eleanor's sister, Hawise, the wife of Thomas Banastre of Bretherton, co. Lanc., who had received a considerable maritagium in Beetham. Thomas Banastre their son, was father of Adam Banastre, whose daughter Katherine married John de Harrington, younger, of Farleton in Lonsdale. (fn. 1) Lands in Faileton in Kendale were held by a local family. The first was Thomas de Farleton in the reign of John and the last was Ralph de Farleton, named in 1349, who had a daughter Cecily, named in 1352. Ralph appears to have alienated his lands before 1343 to John de Harrington, younger, named above, son of Sir John de Harrington of Aldingham. The younger John died in 1359 seised of the manor, which descended in his posterity as shown in the annexed pedigree:— ....."

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Sir Adam Banastre, of Bretherton's Timeline

Farleton, Lancashire, England
November 4, 1315
Age 32
Duxbury, Chorley, Lancashire, England
Shevington, Standish, Lancashire, England
December 14, 1991
Age 708
October 22, 1992
Age 709
Croston Cemetery, Croston, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom