“Willelmus de Anestay” – Anstey Imposter

In ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘ we discuss ‘Anstey imposters‘ and how it is so important that we can successfully recognise and eliminate them from the medieval Anstey story. Sometimes this can be devilishly difficult to do, so we have provided many examples in Appendix Three (‘Notes for Medieval Anstey Researchers’)Continue reading ““Willelmus de Anestay” – Anstey Imposter”

Rev. Martin Anstey’s Old Oak Chest

Over a century ago on 29 April 1911, Rev. Martin Anstey of the Tiverton Ansteys wrote to Tom stating: “Dear Mr Anstey, yours of yesterday to hand I have a good many ancient documents in our old oak chest and some years ago I spent a summer trying to sift them and learn what IContinue reading “Rev. Martin Anstey’s Old Oak Chest”

“John de Anstygh” 1297 and 1307

In footnote 251 of the third edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘ we wrote the following: “We have tentatively placed John, who appears in the ‘Cambridge Fines’ for 1332 as “Chaplain in Shepereth and Melreth”, as [Roger’s] descendant in the pedigree on page 169. This is very much a provisionalContinue reading ““John de Anstygh” 1297 and 1307″

Richard de Anstey’s Children (Update)

In the first three editions of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘ on pages 93-4 we said that Richard de Anstey had three children, the third being William “who died childless”. This information came from the pedigree in ‘New Light on the Anstey Case’ by P. A. Brand, which we are nowContinue reading “Richard de Anstey’s Children (Update)”

Ham, Surrey

In the first three editions of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘, we stated that Hubert de Anstey owned Ham in Surrey. Our logic behind this was as follows: a) in 1141 Geoffrey de Mandeville was granted Anstey, Braughing and Ham manors as a package; b) in 1143, Anstey, Hertfordshire was takenContinue reading “Ham, Surrey”

‘Chartulary of St John the Baptist of Colchester (Roxburgh Club)’

At the end of Appendix One of the third edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘, we wrote: The main source which will either advance, confirm or refute this tentative strand of research [the pre-Anstey ancestral pedigree] is the ‘Chartulary of St John the Baptist of Colchester (Roxburgh Club)’. Eudo theContinue reading “‘Chartulary of St John the Baptist of Colchester (Roxburgh Club)’”

Update on Richard the Clerk

We continue to advance the pre-Anstey story. Having found slightly more information about Richard the Clerk, father of Hubert de Anstey, we have rewritten page 59 of the third edition of ‘Anstey: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘ to the following (which will appear in the fourth edition when it is published): Richard the Clerk is a most importantContinue reading “Update on Richard the Clerk”

Hubert de Anstey (II)’s Second Wife

We have found some more information on Hubert de Anstey (II)’s second wife Matilda de Camoys. As such, we have rewritten footnote 107 of the third edition of ‘Anstey: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘ to the following (which will appear in the fourth edition when it is published): See ‘Feet of Fines for Surrey’Continue reading “Hubert de Anstey (II)’s Second Wife”