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Pilkington, MrRef 373-412
[14??-14??] He lived at Old Chamber, Erringden

Pilkington, Alexander deRef 373-824
[11??-12??] Lord of the manor of Pilkington.

He appears in the Testa de Nevill as holding land in Pilkington (in or about 1195) under Robert de Grelle, fifth Baron Mamecestre.

He appears as a witness to land transfers during the reigns of Richard I, King John and Henry III.

He is said to have married Ursula.

Ursula was said to be a daughter of Geoffrey de Workedlegh [Worsley] lord of the manor of Workedlegh


  1. Alexander
  2. Roger

    In Testa de Nevill given as holding one-fourth part of a knight's fee in Rumworth [1231-1262]

  3. Robert

    He executed a quitclaim [September 1247] to the abbot and convent of Rupe [Roche Abbey, Yorkshire] of lands in Saddleworth. He was killed with an arrow by Nicholas de Doggewro in Salford, who, after the death, fled abroad. [Rot.Placit.Coron.cor.Just.Itin.Co.Lanc., 20 Edw.I (1291-92)]

Pilkington, Sir Alexander deRef 373-813
[12??-12??] Living in 1230 & 1291, and (probably) died in 1291.

Son of Alexander de Pilkington.

He succeeded his father Alexander de Pilkington as lord of Pilkington manor. He also held lands in Rivington.

He married Alice.

She was alive in 1301 & 1309


  1. Roger
  2. Richard who married Ellen de Anderton and held  land in Rivington from William de Anderton of Romeworth [Rumworth] in  free marriage with her

Pilkington, ArthurRef 373-937
[14??-1537] Esquire, of Bradley.

Son and heir of Robert Pilkington.

He married Alice.

Alice was said to be the daughter of Sir Robert Savile.

It has also been claimed that Alice was the daughter of Nicholas Savile of New Hall.

To date, the only primary evidence found shows that her name was Alice


It was said that

In the church at Elland was a monument to his memory, on which were the arms of Pilkington impaling those of Savile


  1. Robert
  2. Ellen who married Thomas Savile

Arthur died 18th June 1537.

His Inquisition Post Mortem is dated 10th June 1539.

Administration of his goods was granted to his widow Alice [27th November 1537]

Pilkington, CharlesRef 373-492
[14??-1485] Of Gateford, Nottinghamshire. Lands in Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire.

Younger son of Robert Pilkington.

Edward IV granted him the forfeited lands of Richard Gateford.

He married Elizabeth Gateford.

Elizabeth was the daughter of John Gateford


  1. Edward illegitimate son

On the orders of his brother, Sir John, he lead at least two attacks on landowners in Calderdale in the 1470s. [Nat.Arch. KB 9/349]

Pilkington, EdwardRef 373-1140
[14??-1???] Recorded in the 1460s, when he was living in Sowerby

Pilkington, EdwardRef 373-297
[14??-14??] Gentleman.

Of Sowerby

Son of Robert Pilkington

Pilkington, EdwardRef 373-491
[146?-1485] Son and only surviving legitimate heir Sir John Pilkington.

When his father died in 1478, Edward, still a child, was put in the care and protection of Hastings, Lord Chamberlain, until he reached the age of 16, [see Edward's father's will] but Lord Hastings was beheaded in June 1483 by the other executor of Sir John's will, Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

It is estimated that Edward was aged about 17 when he died on 12th May 1485. No record remains of his cause of death.

It should perhaps be noted that the bulk of his father's vast properties then passed to Edward's half brother, Robert the bastard. In 1478, Robert had been found guilty of a number of violent crimes, including murder

Pilkington, HenryRef 373-488
[c1428-1472] Son of Robert Pilkington.

He married Unknown.

Child: John [born c1461] who was studying at Oxford [1478] and is named in the will of his uncle Sir John Pilkington.

Henry died intestate.

Administration granted 2 February 1472

Pilkington, Sir JohnRef 373-1141
[c1425-1478] Eldest son of Robert Pilkington, and brother of Robert Pilkington.

He was Sheriff of Lancashire 1462-3, 1464-7 / Member of Parliament for the county of York, 1472-5, and 1478.

In 1448, he was living in Sowerby [Coram Rege Rolls].

He was appointed an esquire of the body [17th July 1461]. To gain this high position, a man would normally have to be a son of a knight or be a knight himself, but John Pilkington was not knighted until 1471, and while his grandfather and uncle were knights, his father was not.

In 1465, he became chief forester of the king's chace of Sowerby and parker of the king's park of Erringden.

Created knight bannaret at Tewkesbury in 1471 [Battle of Tewkesbury, 4th May 1471]

He held

  • Elfletburgh [later Elphabrough] Hall and manor, Sowerby. John was living here in the 1450s, the manor having passed to his father, Robert, from his uncle Sir John, jnr. From the 1460s his son Robert (the bastard) was in residence. The location of Elfletburgh manor [see the attached map] goes to explain the pattern of raids and land seizures, particularly in Stansfeld and Heptonstall, carried out during the 1460s and 1470s on John's orders
  • Skipton in Craven. Granted lands in Craven in 1462 but appears in records from 1461 as of Skipton in Craven. One document dated 1466 refers to his castle there, but other records suggest that this castle was owned by Richard, Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III). It was from here that he ordered most of the raids to seize lands in Calderdale
  • Manor of Bradeley
  • Turnham Hall and manor
  • Pilkington Hall, built 1477, Parish of Wakefield

plus other landholdings.

On 12 April 1478, he opposed Sir John Savile of Thornhill and his grandson John Savile, esq, by supporting the latter's tenant Richard Elistones who complained that Savile had enclosed part of his tenement by raising a hedge on his manor at Elland.

He was a major figure in the Savile-Pilkington Dispute. Most of the attacks on people and property in Calderdale were orchestrated by him.

See Land Seizures in Calderdale and John Crosseley

In 1464, he married Joan (Jane) de Baldeston.

Joan was the daughter and co-heiress of William de Baldeston


  1. son [died 1475]
  2. Edward
  3. Robert

Sir John died in Selby [29th December 1478].

After his death, his widow Joan married Sir Thomas Wortley.

They were later divorced, and on 10th September 1488, William, Bishop of Dromore, was directed to veil Joan.

Her will [dated 2nd January 1497] directs that her body be buried in the Nun's Quire at Monkton, and that her moiety of the Lancashire estates, under the will of her father, be passed to her paternal relatives

Pilkington, Sir John deRef 373-464
[1392-1451] Oldest son and heir of Sir John de Pilkington.

He was Lord of Pilkington and Bury, Lancashire.

He held other lands including Elphabrough Hall, Sowerby.

He is recorded as Sir John junior, even after his father's death.

Sir John and his father, fought at the Battle of Agincourt [1415], when he received the honour of a knight bannaret. His brother-in-law Sir Henry Scarisbrick, husband of John's sister Katherine, also fought at Agincourt.

He married Elizabeth [14??-1474].

Elizabeth was the daughter of Sir Edmund de Trafford

Sir John died without issue [24th February 1451] (aged 58).

His will was dated 12th October 1447. His Inquisition post mortem was held in Northampton on 4th May 1451 where it was found that Thomas Pilkington, son of Edmund deceased [the brother of Sir John] was the next heir and of age of 21 years and more.

Elizabeth married Sir Pet. Legh, Kt, of Lyme co. Chester.

Elizabeth died at Bradley [4th April 1474]

Pilkington, Sir John deRef 373-233
[c1365-1421] Son and heir of Sir Roger de Pilkington.

Around 1383, he married Margaret [13??-1436].

Margaret was the daughter of Sir John de Verdon, and widow of Hugh de Badshagh, by whom she had a son: Sir William de Bradshagh [Bradshaw] of Blackrod and Westleigh.

Margaret died 28 April 1436, as shown by Inquisition post mortem for co. Suffolk, dated 21 February, 15 Henry VI



  1. John
  2. Edmund who was father of Sir Thomas  who ultimately succeeded
  3. son who died young
  4. Roger who died without issue
  5. Robert
  6. Elisabeth who married Sir William Atherton
  7. Margaret who married (1) Nicholas Griffin, who  died 1437 leaving 5 sons; (2) Sir Thomas Savile
  8. Hannah who married Sir Francis Bernard
  9. Katherine who married Sir Henry Scarisbrick, of  Scarisbrick, near Ormskirk, who fought at Agincourt along with his  father-in-law and brother-in-law [33 Rept. Dep. K.,p.33]

Sir John and his son, Sir John junior, fought at the Battle of Agincourt [1415]. His retinue supplied three esquires, ten lances, 45 archers. This was a considerable following – Lord Scrope only provided 6 lances and 14 archers.

[History of the Battle of Agincourt, by Sir Harris Nicolas, K.H. 2nd Ed. pp 121, 360, 383]. and [Harleian MS.782, also MS. M I, College of Arms]


He was appointed Sheriff of Northamptonshire [1419]

Sir John's Inquisition post mortem shows that he died 8th March 1421 [Duchy of Lanc.Records, class xxv, A 8, No. 100]

Pilkington, MaryRef 373-248
[16??-16??] She married (1) Richard Pilkington.

She married (2) Sir Thomas Beaumont

Pilkington, RichardRef 373-171
[16??-165?] He married Mary

Pilkington, RobertRef 373-567
[1???-1542] Son & heir of Arthur Pilkington.

He married Rosamond.


  1. Thomas

Robert died 24th January 1542.

His Inquisition Post Mortem is dated 2 April 1542.

He was succeeded by his infant son, Thomas

Pilkington, RobertRef 373-1138
[14??-1???] Son of Robert Pilkington.

He held lands in Rochdale.

He was living in Sowerby [1466].

He was involved in the Pilkington-Stansfield feud and captured Richard Stansfield in 1466. The above were all involved in attacks on people and property in Calderdale, either directly or on their orders, but the overall mover in each case was John Pilkington of Skipton in Craven

Pilkington, RobertRef 373-1056
[14??-1497] Appears in the documents as Robert the Bastard.

Illegitimate son of Sir John Pilkington; said to be the son of Elizabeth Lever of Darcy Lever.

He lived in Sowerby [1470s].

He married (1) Alice Burella.

Alice was the daughter and heiress of James Burella

He married (2) Alice Bernard.

Alice was the daughter of William Bernard of Knaresborough

Child: Arthur

He and his father were involved in the Savile-Pilkington Feud and the events on Skircoat Moor.

On the death of his young half brother, Edward, Robert acquired the bulk of his father's property, but, because he was illegitimate, he was not able to inherit the royal lands which had been granted to Sir John and his legitimate heirs.

Pilkington, RobertRef 373-155
[15??-15??] He married Alice Savile.

Alice was the daughter of
Nicholas Savile

In 1565, he and his wife conveyed the Kirklees Estate to John Armytage

Pilkington, RobertRef 373-184
[c1400-c1459] Of Bury, Lancashire and later of Elphabrough Hall, Sowerby.

Fifth son of Sir John Pilkington.

Robert appears in records as of Bury, gentleman, but he also resided at Elphabrough Hall while it was still owned by his older brother John, as we find him [in 1434] as of Ayrenden, esquire
[C.P.R. mem 26].

Later he is given as of Sowerby, co. York, but, in 1459, he is nuper de Bury [late of Bury].
[Rotulorum Parl.,vol.v, 368b.]

Founder of the Yorkshire Branch of the family

Arms: Argent, a cross patonce voided gules

Steward of Sowerbyshire under Richard Duke of York [1442-3].

He married Joan.

In 1448, she is called Joan, the wife of Robert Pilkington
[Lanc.Plea Rolls II, m.28]

It is probable that she was Joan Rawson, as there is a bequest of 17 pounds to Richard Rawson, of London, in the will of Charles Pilkington



  1. John
  2. Henry
  3. Robert
  4. Charles
  5. Edward

After the death of his mother in 1436 he succeeded to the manor of Chedburgh, co. Suffolk.

Pilkington, Sir Roger deRef 373-810
[12??-1347] Living prior to 1282 and in 1347.

Son of Sir Alexander de Pilkington, in succession, he became lord of Pilkington.

He married Alicia.

Alicia was the daughter of Adam de Bury, and heiress to her brother Henry de Bury [Deputy Keeper's Report, No. 32; Appendix. pp.348 & 357]

She was still living in 1383-4.

By this alliance the manor and lordship of Bury was acquired, together with estates in Whitefield, Underworth, Chetham, Crompton, Sholger [Sholver] and Wolstenholme



  1. Roger
  2. Robert
  3. (possibly) Henry
  4. (possibly) daughters

In 1291, he was granted the right of free warren for ever by the king, being liberty to hunt over all his estates [Cal.Rot.Chart.], confirmed a year later to him and his heirs

Pilkington, Sir Roger deRef 373-572
[1325-1406-7] Eldest son of Sir Roger de Pilkington.

On the death of his father [1347], he became lord of Pilkington manor, etc, and after the decease of his mother (Alicia, daughter of Adam de Bury) succeeded to the manors of Bury and various other estates which were acquired through her.

He was 5 times chosen by the king (Edward III and Richard II) as one of the knights of the shire for co. Lancaster. (1364-5, 1368, 1377, 1381, 1384) 

He married Unknown.


  1. John
  2. (probably) Mabella (also called Isabella
  3. (possibly) Lora

He died 2 January, 8 Hen. IV (1406-7).

Inquisition post mortem held 12 August, 9 Henry IV [Duchy Lanc. Records, class xxv, A7, No. 54]

Pilkington, ThomasRef 373-1057
[14??-15??] In 15??, he was sentenced to hang for stealing livestock – including 142 rams – from Isabella Savile. He claimed benefit of clergy but was challenged as he was said to have been married more than once which would have annulled his benefit.

See Savile-Pilkington Feud


Pilkington family of YorkshireRef 373-469
Robert Pilkington was the founder member of this branch of the Pilkington family.

See Elphabrough Hall, Mytholmroyd and Pilkington surname


Pilkington surnameRef 373-1
Originated in the ancient township of Pilkington, Lancashire. There are 22 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Pilkington, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

See Pilkington Family of Yorkshire

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