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Sir Robert ‘the elder’ de Lathom, Lord of Latham

Birthplace: Ormskirk, Lathom, Lancashire, England
Death: September 01, 1286 (83-92)
Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Richard de Lathom and Alice Nelson
Husband of Amicia de Alfreton and Joan de Millom
Father of Cecilia de Lathom; Sir Robert de Lathom, Knight; Thomas de Lathom; Richard de Lathom; Henry Latham de Torbock and 1 other
Brother of Richard de Lathom

Occupation: sheriff of Lancashire 1249-1254 and 1264-1265, made knight 1243, High Sheriff of Lancaster
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About Sir Robert ‘the elder’ de Lathom, Lord of Latham

Sir Robert de Latham, died before September 1286; married Amicia Alfeton, daughter of Robert de Alfeton, Lord of Alfreton, Norton and Marnham, a grandson of Robert fitz Ralph, founder of Beauchief Abbey. Sir Robert de Latham was High Sheriff of Lancaster, 1236, 1248, 1249 and again in 1263. He was Custos of the Castle and County of Lancaster during pleasure 1250, and of the honour of Lathom 1254. He was summoned for military service against Llewelyn in 1277, and fought against the Welsh in 1282.


From “The Descendants of Sir Dunning De Lathom, 1031-1092: Sixth Generation“. < link >

10. Sir Robert Fitz-Richard DE LATHOM 6th Earl, Lathom [82070] (Richard Fitz-Robert 5th Earl, Lathom (Sir)8, Robert Henry Fitz-Henry 4th Earl, Lathom6, Henry Fitz-Siward 3rd Earl, Lathom5, Siward Fitz-Dunning 2nd Earl, Lathom2, Dunning 1st [Norman] Earl, Lathom (Sir)1) was born on 23 Dec 1198 in Lathom Lancashire England and died about 1290 in Lathom Lancashire England aged about 92.

Robert married Amicia DE ALFRETON [92936] [MRIN: 30991] on 15 Dec 1220 in Chapelry of Lathom Lancashire England.

Amicia was born on 26 May 1200 in Newcastle upon Tyne Northumberland England and died on 11 Nov 1250 in Westminster Middlesex England at age 50.

The child from this marriage was:

  • + 11 F i. Lady Cecelia DE LATHOM [92937] was born in 1222 in Lathom Lancashire England and died after 1275 in Culcheth Lancashire England.

Robert next married Joan DE MILLOM [82071] [MRIN: 27124], daughter of Adam DE MILLOM [82073] and Unknown, on 26 Jan 1266 in England.

Joan was born on 7 May 1247 in Bootle Lancashire England and died on 19 Sep 1277 in Lathom Lancashire England at age 30. Noted events in her life were: Death: in Lathom House, 19 Sep 1277, Lathom Lancashire England.

Children from this marriage were:

  • + 12 M i. Sir Robert DE LATHOM of Congleton [82068] was born in 1254 in Lathom Lancashire England and died on 2 Mar 1325 at age 71. married Katherine DE KNOWSLEY
  • 13 M ii. Richard DE LATHOM [92938] died in 1344. Richard married Dionysia DE MASCY [92941] [MRIN: 30992].
  • 14 M iii. Henry DE LATHOM [92939] . Henry married Elena DE TURTON [92942] [MRIN: 30993].
  • 15 M iv. Nicholas DE LATHOM [92940] died after 1290.

3 The Lancashire Pedigrees give to this Sir Robert a second son, Thomas, grantee of Mosborough, and of lands in Raynforth, from his brother Sir Richard of Lathom in 1292, 20 Edward I, from whom the Lathoms formerly of Mosborough.


'Townships: Lathom', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 247-258. British History Online [accessed 28 January 2023].

"By his marriage with Amicia, sister and coheir of Thomas, son of Robert de Alfreton, he became possessed of a moiety of her father's estates in Alfreton, Norton, and Marnham, held of the honour of Tickhill. She probably died without issue, as these manors did not remain with the Lathom family. Robert was made a knight in 1243 in consequence of the king's writ to enforce knighthood on all who had an estate of fifteen librates of land. In 1249 the county and castle of Lancaster were committed to Sir Robert, during the king's pleasure. By this appointment he held the office of sheriff from Easter, 1249, to Michaelmas, 1254; he held it again from Easter, 1264, to Michaelmas, 1265.

"His second wife was Joan, daughter of Adam de Millom, by whom he had several children. From 1277 until his death about 1290, he was engaged in the wars."[1]

He was succeeded by his son Nicholas, who was quickly followed by his brother Robert. (fn. 28) In 1298 Robert de Lathom held the manor by a service of 20s. and doing suit to the county and wapentake. (fn. 29) In 1304 he obtained a royal charter for markets and fairs on his manors of Lathom and Roby; also of free warren. At the former place there was to be a market every Tuesday, and fair on the eve, feast, and morrow of St. Barnabas. (fn. 30) He served in the wars and in public offices. (fn. 31) In 1324 he was among those returned by the sheriff as holding land of the value of £15 yearly. (fn. 32) His wife's name was Katherine. (fn. 33) Sir Robert died at the beginning of 1325, (fn. 34) and at the subsequent inquisition (fn. 35) it was found that he had held the manor of Lathom as of the honour of West Derby by the service of 20s. and doing suit to the county every six weeks, and to the wapentake every three weeks. His heir was his son, Thomas de Lathom, then aged twenty-four years or more… .

From Miscellanea Palatina, 1850:

Sir Robert do Lathom, brother and heir of Richard, was founder of that great interest in Lancashire, which the successors of his family, the house of Stanley, have continued to the present day. He succeeded about or before 1230, which may be fixed as the probable date of his charter of confirmation to Stanlaw Abbey of lands once belonging to his grandfather Robert Fitz-Henry.^ About the same time he had assumed the .uims afterwards continued by his house, "a chief indcnied, charged with three besants". They appear in a triangular shield, circumscribed " sig:rober(ti) do(mini de Lathom", and attached to the manumission of Roger Fitz-Gunhilde, witnessed by William Prior of Burscogh, Simon de Ilalsale, Robert Walensis, Walter de Scarisbric, and Adam de .Ijikerbtat.'
In 1250, he had grant of the custody of the IIoxou and Casti.k OF Lancaster, an office of dignity almost commensurate with that of an Earl Palatine, and had grant again of the custody of the Honor in 1254.^ He also occurs as Sheriff of Lancashire in 1241, from 1248 to 1250, and again in 1263, in Military Summonses against Llewellyn, 1277; again in 1282, twice; and in Summons to the Earl of Cornwall's Military Council at Gloucester in 1287.^



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    2. Sir William Dugdale, "Monasticon Anglicanum," London: Harding &:Lepard; and Longman Rees... Green
    3. "13th CENTURY AUSTHWAITE CHARTERS," text of charter of William fitz Henry fitz Arthur, Whitehaven Record Office D/Stan/1/1,
    4. William Farrer and J. Brownbill, M. A., eds., "The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster," London: A. Constable and Company, Ltd., 1906-1914, Vol. III:249-250, text provided by Douglas McDonald, <Lathom and Chaworth: descents from Robert de Alfreton>,, 23 January 2005.
    5. "Access to Archives,"
    6. "Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs to 1516,"
    1. Visitations of the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland by Richard St. George, Norry, king of arms in 1615, and by William Dugdale, Norry, king of arms in 1666, by Saint-George, Richard, Sir, d. 1635; England. College of Arms; Dugdale, William, Sir, 1605-1686; Foster, Joseph, 1844-1905 pub 1891 page 9 (accessed Jan 2023) < Archive.Org >
  3. "book on 'Cumberland Families and Heraldry' has lengthy entries on the Hudlestons of Millom, the Hudlestons of Hutton John, the Hudlestons of Kelston, and the Hudlestons of Rainors. His papers, which I would think worth digging through, are deposited at Durham University."
  4. cites
    1. 82. The Courcher Book, Or Chartulary, of Whalley Abbey, Vol. II, p. 551
    2. 863. Compiled by George Ormerod, Parentalia, Genealogical Memoirs, Not Published, page 67. < GoogleBooks >
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Sir Robert ‘the elder’ de Lathom, Lord of Latham's Timeline

Ormskirk, Lathom, Lancashire, England
Lathom, , Lancashire, England
Age 38
Lancaster, Lancashire, England
June 22, 1240
Latham, Yorkshire, England
of Mosbortough, Lancs., England.
Age 50
Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Age 51
Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Of Parbold, Lancashire, England