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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Thursday, 31 January 2008
by Brad Storey


"A breefe relacion of the beginninge and discent of the Grames now inhabitinge the Debateable grounds near the River Eske in Englande according to my present understandinge where the Stories in former tyme were cheef inhabitors and nowe expelled by the nombre of the said Grames increased-William Grame, alias Longe Will, banished out of Scotland about 80 years since, came into England and brought with him eight sonnes whom he planted near the River Eske, May 1596."

On p. 140 of vol. ii. a letter of Lorde Scrope to Lord Burghley treats of the "Lands held by the Graymes of the Queen in the baronies of Burgh and Gilsland."

The Court Rolls of Burgh Barony and other manors on the English side will be quoted in due course, a perusal of them having been most courteously permitted by the Earl of Lonsdale. On the next page a pedigree is arranged as carefully as possible, and having for its basis time and place, vocations and vicinal holdings of the more ancient progenitors of the Stories and Storeys of to-day. The balance of probability makes it unlikely that any further developments can render the succession or lineage any more reliable, though additions will, it is expected, be forthcoming.

What relationship there was between Bishop Story, of Chichester, and Richard Story, "the Queen's Skinner," mentioned in "Campbell's Materials" as living in 1486, is not yet clear; that he was a near kinsman there can be no doubt. It is probable that he would be the son of Richard Story [or Sturry] Chevalier of Bernwell Manor. It may be noted that the vocation of Skinner was by no means accounted a mean one, for the skinner had to prepare the ermines, and was much in the same position as a modern furrier. He would be a sort of taxidermist also, selecting the skins for cooking meat in the days of Edward III., when kettles and pans were unknown in the north part of the country in particular. The Skinners' Company was incorporated in the year 1327, and made a Brotherhood in the reign of Richard II., circa 1395. The Skinners were among the first of the Guilds chartered by Edward III.