Some corrections and additions to the Complete Peerage: Volume 7: Hylton


Volume 7, page 26 (as modified by volume 14):
He [Sir William (de Hilton), Lord Hilton (d. 1435)] m. Denise, da. of Sir Robert DE HILTON, of Swine in Holderness, by Constance, da. of Piers, 4th LORD MAULEY, by Constance, 1st da. and coh. of Sir Thomas DE SUTTON, of Braunsholm Castle and Sutton, also in Holderness [3rd LORD SUTTON OF HOLDERNESS].

Sir Robert de Hilton's wife Constance was the daughter and coheir of Sir Thomas de Sutton, who had previously been the wife of Piers, Lord Mauley (d. 1382/3) and Sir John Godard (living March 1392). It is clear from the chronology that Denise must have been Sir Robert's daughter by an earlier wife than Constance.

Robert de Hilton is named as the husband of one of the daughters of Agnes, late the wife of Sir Thomas de Sutton, in an entry on the patent roll dated 28 August 1395 [Calendar of Patent Rolls, 1391-1396, pp. 654, 655]. The entry is confused, naming this daughter as Margaret, late the wife of Sir Piers de Mauley, and another of the daughters also as Margaret, deceased, late the wife of Sir William de Aldeburgh; it goes on to say that Margaret and Piers de Mauley had issue Peter, a minor in the king's custody. The confusion probably arose because two of these daughters had married Piers, Lord Mauley (d. 1382/3) and his son, also Piers, who died in his father's lifetime [Complete Peerage, vol. 8, pp. 568, 569]. The deceased daughter, Margaret (d. 1391), had been the wife of the younger Piers, so that the wife of Robert de Hilton must have been the widow of the elder Piers, actually named Constance.

Constance remarried after the death of Sir Piers to Sir John Godard [History of Parliament, 1386-1421, vol. 3, pp. 194-196; see Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series, vol. 59, p. 14, for her inquisition post mortem, taken in 1401, which describes her as the widow of Piers de Mauley the Sixth, and names her heir as John Godard, aged 14 years and more]. Sir John survived at least until March 1392, so she could not have been married to Sir Robert Hilton before that date, and therefore clearly could not have been the mother of Denise, whose son was a knight by 1412 and whose age was given as 50 in 1435 [Complete Peerage, vol. 7, p. 27].

[The correct identification of Sir Robert Hilton's wife Constance was given in History of Parliament, 1386-1421, vol. 3, p. 196. In October 2004 John P. Ravilious pointed out the chronological difficulty of making Denise the daughter of Constance.
Item last updated: 7 November 2004.]