(Abt 1032-)
Orm Fitz Ailward
(Abt 1090-)


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Orm Fitz Ailward

  • Born: Abt 1090, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England
  • Marriage: Emma Grelley 834,835,836

bullet   Another name for Orm was Orm Fitz Edward de Assheton.

bullet  General Notes:

~History and description of the town and parish of Ashton-Under-Lyne, p. 13, Orme, or Normanus, was the progenitor of the Assheton family. 833

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Background Information. 535
Asheton-Under-Lyne is a market town in Salford Hundred, Lancashire, and gave the to the ancient family which was founded by Orm. Orm's father-in-law was Albert de Gresley, who gave him one carucate of land in Ashton, besides a knight's fee in Dalton Parbold and Wrightington. This took place during the reign of Henry III. Orm married Emma, the daughter of Albert de Gresley.

~Burke's A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, pp. 19-20

• Information. 834
A Lancashire Fine of 1195 states that the vills of Dalton, Parbold and Wrighington had been given to Orm, son of Ailward, by Albert Grelley in marriage with his daughter Emma, to hold by the service of one knight. [Lancs. Inquest, Record Soc., vol. xiviii, 55] In 1195, the inheritance appears to have descended to Robert, son of Bernard, thegn of Goosnargh, and to the two sons of Roger, son of Orm. These two sons bore the names of Roger de Burton (also identified as Roger de Wrightington, son of Orm de Ashton, who was a benefactor to Cockersand Abbey) of Burton in Kendal, and Orm de Aston of Ashton-under-Lyne.

~Final Concords of the of Lancaster, Part III, p. 173

• Information. 835
From Lancashire Gleanings, p. 188:
"The family of Assheton took their name from that of the town, which is apparently of Saxon origin. It formed part of the great territory which William the Conqueror bestowed upon Roger of Poictou, and afterwards became a member of the barony of Manchester, whose baron, Albert de Gresley, gave some land in Ashton to his daughter Emma on her marriage with Orm Fitz-Ailward. The Manor itself appears to have passed to the son of this marriage, Roger Fitz-Orm de Ashton, who was a benefactor of the Abbey of Cocersand."

• Information. 836
The Inquest of 1212 of Lancashire records the fees of ancient feoffment of Albert Grelley, the Domesday tenant. The record state that "Albert Gredle, senex, gave the fee of one knight to Orm, son of Ailward, in marriage with Emma, his duahter, to wit in Dolton, Parbold and Wrictinton" which the heris of Orm held in 1212. Also stated "Albert Gredle, senex, gave to Orm, son of Eward (Ailward, with his daughter in marriage, one ploughland in Eston (Ashton-uner-Lyne) by 10s. per annum." Orm and Emma had a son named Roger, and he was given by Albert Grelley II, the grandson of the grantor, confirmed "Haistuen" (Ashton-uner-Lyne) to be held by him, Roger. This Roger, son of Orm, was living during the reign of Stephen, and had a son named William, who lived during the reign of Henry II. William was the father to another Roger who was living at the end of King John's reign. John had a son who was the fourth son, and he took the name Alexander de Kirkby Ireleth. Alexander was one of the hostages found by Gilbert fitz Reinfred in 1216,

William Farrer reasons that since Alexander was fourth in the descent from Orm, it is impossible that Orm and Emma could have been married so late as the time of the third Albert Gresley. The third Albert flourished between 1150 and 1169. He reckons that the Albert mentioned in the inquest must have been the first baron, Albert Gresley.

~The Barony of Grelley, by William Farrer, pages 28-30

• Background Information. 775
During the reign of Henry II, King of England, William de Kirkby granted Ashton to Orm, probably a relative, and Orm became the immediate lord of Ashton. His descendants took the name Ashton.

~A Histroy of the Country of Lancaster, Vol. IV, Ashton-Under-Lyne, pp. 338-347

Orm married Emma Grelley, daughter of Albert de Grelley and Unknown. 834,835,836

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