The village of Whenby sits on the plains between York and the North York moors. It is about 89 miles SE of Ivegill.


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Sir John Barton, of Fryton and Steresby, Knight


John Lisle's Stedman family history site (www.stedmanfamily.org, and see also here) contains information on "Sir John Barton, of Fryton and Steresby, Knight", who died some time after 1310, having been granted, by Edward I in 1299, "free warren, &c., in all his demeanes of Fryton, Holthorp, &c., Co. York."

As shown on the maps above, Stearsy is only a stone's throw from Whenby, (while Fryton and also Barton-le-Street are nearby)

Sir John was supposedly the father of Robert de Barton, King's clerk (13th-14thC), of Carlisle. Sir John's coat of arms ("port d'ermiine, sur les fes gules, trois annulets d'or."), is the same as those of the Whenby Bartons, described below.




Bartons of Whenby


*Page 1923 pp211-214 mentions the following Bartons of Whenby:

"In the 15th century Christopher Barton left to his son John 'a house called Temple House in Quenby.' (fn. 2) All trace of it is now lost."

"John Moryn entered into possession, (fn. 22) and in 1332 the manor was settled on him, with remainder to his son John, by John Wykeham and John Snainton. (fn. 23) The younger John Moryn died without male issue. He had two daughters, Isabel and Alice, the one married to John Newland and the other to Thomas Barton. (fn. 24) Isabel and her husband succeeded first to the manor of Whenby, (fn. 25) which John Newland was holding of Ralph de Nevill in 1367, (fn. 26) and of John de Nevill in 1388. (fn. 27) William son of John Newland succeeded, and died seised in 1408–9, leaving a sister and heir Ellen wife of William Halgate. (fn. 28) Ellen presumably died without heirs, for the manor next passed to the Barton family, descendants of Alice Moryn. (fn. 29) Her son and heir (fn. 30) was John Barton, (fn. 31) who married Christian Aske. He was succeeded by a son and heir Conan, who died in 1436. (fn. 32) The will of Conan's son Richard was dated 1455. (fn. 33) In it he settled the manor of Whenby and his other lands on his mother for her lifetime, 'for the sustentacion and mareyng of his childre.' (fn. 34) Of these there were several, the eldest being Christopher, the next lord of the manor. He left his estates to his son John Barton in 1479. (fn. 35) John died in possession in or about 1506, (fn. 36) when he was succeeded by his son John Barton, jun. This younger John held the manor till his death in 1553 (fn. 37) ; his heir was his brother Thomas, who died in 1565. (fn. 38) Four years later Edward Barton, son and heir of Thomas, took possession of his estates, which had been in the hands of the queen during his minority. (fn. 39) He was returned in 1588 as one of the gentlemen of Yorkshire who were able to lend her Majesty £25. (fn. 40) In 1610 he was succeeded by his son Thomas, (fn. 41) with whom the male line of Barton ended."

"Thomas Barton and his wife Alice had a daughter Elizabeth, who was married before 1615 to Sir Edward Radclyffe, bart., of Derwentwater."

The same work also provides a coat of arms for the Whenby Bartons.


Link to Ormside Hall


The following passage links the Bartons of Whenby to the Bartons of Ormside in Cumbria.

"In the 20 Неn. 8. [1528] Robert Barton of Mekil Ormeshead esquire makes a settlement of his manors of Mekil Ormeshead and Littel Ormeshead, and his lands there, as also at Great Asby, Patterdale, Sandwyk, and Pullo, in the county of Westmorland, and his lands in Yorkshire and Northumberland, upon his cousin Henry Barton of Chempsforth in the county of Essex gentleman, remainder to Thomas Barton of Warcop, remainder to Andrew Barton of Smythylls in the county of Lancaster, remainder to John Barton of Whenby in the county of York in tail male, remainder to his own right heirs" *Nicolson et al 1777 pp515-517


Link to Burneside Hall


Whenby Bartons can also be linked to Burneside Hall near Kendal, about 18 miles SW of Ormside:

"Sir Edward [Radcliffe], bart., 1622-d. 1663
On his accession Sir Edward, with his brothers Francis and Cuthbert, enfranchised for the sum of £1441 his sixty Keswick tenants, among whom were Joseph Hechstetter, the head of the German miners, and Joseph Hechstetter's father-in-law, John Banks, father of the lawyer Sir John Banks. But his chief attention was devoted to the enlargement and rebuilding of his mansion at Dilston, which had already been begun in the time of his father.
He was rich and prosperous. In addition to his patrimony he had acquired large estates in Yorkshire by his marriage with Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Thomas Barton of Whenby*. In 1629 he had bought the manor of Alston from Baron Hilton; and in 1632 the barony of Langley from the Earl of Annandale (Tract ii).
*Thomas Barton’s wife was Alice, daughter of Thomas Brathwaite, of Burneside, and sister of Richard Brathwaite (“Barnabee’s Journall”)" *Transactions CWAAS v4 1904 pp316-317