Thomas de Multon, Lord

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Sir Thomas Moulton (died 1240) was an English landowner, knight and judge during the reigns of King John and King Henry III. From a family with landholdings in the south of Lincolnshire, he was the son and heir of Thomas Moulton (died before 1198) and his wife Eleanor Boston. After initial military service, he became a senior judge and held important government positions, in the process extending his inherited estates and accumulating considerable wealth. [1]

Career[edit]

As a knight, he served in King John's forces in the Normandy campaigns of 1202–04, against Llywelyn the Great in Wales in 1211 and in Poitou in 1214. In between, he obtained administrative posts, becoming sheriff of Lincolnshire from 1205 to 1208 and serving on royal enquiries in 1213 and 1214. Siding with the rebels when civil war broke out in the First Barons' War in 1215, he was captured by the king's forces at Rochester and imprisoned at Corfe Castle. His lands were forfeited and he was excommunicated. However, he made his peace with the new regime in 1217 and in 1218 was appointed an itinerant justice in the five northern counties. From 1224 to 1236 he served as a justice at Westminster, ending as the senior justice of the common pleas. At the same time, from 1233 to 1236, he was sheriff of Cumberland and constable of Carlisle Castle.[1]

Family[edit]

Before 1200 he married Sara, daughter of Richard de Flete (from Flete), who was dead by 1218 after they had had three sons and a daughter:

  • Alan, married Alice Lucy, he and his wife receiving half the honour of Papcastle in Cumberland.
  • Lambert (died 1246), married Mabel Lucy, sister of Alice, he and his wife eventually acquiring the barony of Egremont in Cumberland.
  • Thomas, a cleric.
  • Juliana, in 1209 married Robert Vavasour.

In 1218 he married Ada, who was the daughter of Hugh Morville of Burgh by Sands in Cumberland, the widow of Richard Lucy of Egremont and the mother of Alice and Mabel Lucy, his daughters-in-law. They had one son:

  • Thomas (died 1271), married Maud Vaux, with her acquiring the barony of Gilsland in Cumberland.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c C. L. Kingsford (Jan 2008), "Moulton , Sir Thomas of (d.1240)", in Ralph V. Turner, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, retrieved 19 February 2016  (subscription or UK public library membership required)

References[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Martin of Pattishall
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
1229–1233
Succeeded by
William de Raley
Preceded by
William de Raley
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
1233–1236
Succeeded by
Robert of Lexinton
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Unknown
High Sheriff of Lincolnshire
1205–1208
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Unknown
High Sheriff of Cumberland
1233–1236
Succeeded by
Unknown