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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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by Brad Storey


There is Hugh de Bolebeck, 1236-40. See pp. 31-2N, 84, 308, 349N. Hugh de Bolebec, Sheriff of Northumberland, succeeded Brian Fitz Alan in 1236. He had the custody of the Castles of Bamburgh and Newcastle. It is also recorded that Roger Fitz Ralph handed over to William Heron the price of 23 oxen, valued at 5s. each, which he had received from Henry de Bolebek, and the price of ten quarters of salt at 2s. a quarter. On page 84 of the same volume Henry de Bolebek is again mentioned in connection with the cell of Austin Canons at Bamburgh. There were Hugh de Bolebeck the elder and Hugh the younger according to a note on p. 308, Vol. I. They were constables of Bamburgh Castle. In a charter of William de Vesci, quoted on p. 349 of this same volume, Hugone de Bolebeck appears as a witness.

In Vol. II., p. 12 (1132), W. de Bolebec is a witness to a confirmacion of the land in Embleton parish held by Odard the Sheriff, in favour of William, son of the said Odard of Bamburgh.

There is Bolbec Hall in Newcastle-on-Tyne to this day.

There is also a Bolebeck in Nottinghamshire.

An interesting account of the Barony of Bolbec, within the parish of Bywell St. Andrew, will be found in Vol. VI. of the "History of Northumberland." [See pp. 221-224, 226, 314-377.]

Hugh de Bolbec belonged to Bolbec, a village in Normandy, near to the mouth of the Seine. Hugh de Bolbec's descendants became Earls of Oxford. See also "Dugdale's Baronage," Vol. I., p. 451, in which an account of the Bolbccsof Buckinghamshire is given. Bolbec pedigree appears on p. 224 of Vol. VI. id. The arms of the Storys of Huntingdon, Cambridge and Essex resemble those of the Bolbecs.

In Vol. III. of the "Ancestor," p. 224, mention is made of Giffard Walter, son of Osbern de Bolebec, whose Norse appellation, Osbern, bespeaks the origin of his stock. "Osbern de Bolebec married Aveline, sister of Gunnor, from whom the Dukes of Normandy were wont to raise up to themselves heirs."

In his "Patronymica Britannica," 1860 edition. Mark Antony Lower says:-

"Hugh de Bolebeck was so named from his feif near Havre. He came to England in the Conqueror's time, and was a tenant in Capite, in the county of Buckingham, where his descendants remained for several generations."

Bulbeck and Bolbeck are the modern forms of Bolebec. The arms of the Bulbecks are azure, three bars wavy, argent. Another Bulbeck blazon is, azure, a lion rampant, vert. A hand holding a letter sealed, proper.

Colonel Story, J.P., of Mount Salus, Dalkey, county Dublin, has forwarded an exceedingly valuable communication on the subject of Bolebeck. He says:-