Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Pantulf, Hugh

PANTULF, HUGH (d. 1224?), sheriff of Shropshire, was a son of Ivo, grandson of William Pantulf or Pantolium [q. v.] He first appears as a witness to a charter at Shrewsbury, 1175–6 (Eyton, Shropshire, viii. 154), and in 1178 was amerced for a trespass on the king's forest in Northamptonshire (Dugdale, Baronage, i. 434). After Michaelmas 1179 he was made sheriff, and remained in office till Michaelmas 1189 (Eyton, ix. 165). In 1186 he witnessed a charter at Feckenham (Eyton, Court and Itinerary, p. 270), and towards the close of that year acted as justiciar in the Staffordshire circuit, and sat at Lichfield. In 1187 his tour extended through Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and pleas and conventions were held and tallages assessed by him (ib. p. 281). In 1188 he was at Geddington, Northamptonshire, with the king, and in February 1189 (ib. p. 298) a fine was levied in the Curia Regis at Shrewsbury before Hugh. Again in that year he held pleas in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Staffordshire. In 1190 he was in the king's court at Westminster (Eyton, vii. 12). He received lands in Herefordshire from Richard I (Testa de Nevill, p. 56). In 1204 he was the king's messenger, with a safe-conduct to Gwenwynwyn, prince of Powis (Rot. Pat. p. 45), and in 1206 he was at John's court at Nottingham. He was charged with waste and neglect in controlling the stores of the royal castles during his sheriffdom, and made to pay part of the deficiency on the sheriff's ferm, amounting to 360l. 1s. 10d.; of this he was excused 200l. (Eyton, iii. 68). His name appears on the scutage rolls of 1194–7. In the ‘Testa de Nevill (p. 54–5) he is stated to have held by barony. He died before December 1224. He married Christiana, daughter of William Fitzalan [q. v.],’ and received as her dowry Badminton in Herefordshire, which he granted to Lilleshall Abbey in 1215–18. He had five sons—William, Ivo, Alan, Hugh, and one R., prebendary of Bridgnorth.

William (d. 1233) succeeded him. Probably it was he who in 1210 served John in his Irish campaign, and received grants of land in Kilkenny, Cells, and Carrickfergus, Fowre, and Dublin, for which in 1224 he was charged 8l. 11s. 4d. (Eyton, ix. 167, n.) Before 1226 he married Hawise Fitz Warin (ib. vii. 75). In December 1225 he was ordered to render account at Westminster for a fifteenth taken in Shropshire (ib. ix. 168), where he held five knights' fees of the lands escheated from Robert of Bellême [q. v.] In 1226 a close writ ordered the settlement of a dispute between him and Madoc ap Griffin at Bromfield to be made at Oswestry. He died in 1233. By a second wife, Alice, he left one daughter, Matilda, who married, first, Ralph le Botyler, and then Walter le Hopton, and died before 1292 (Dugdale, pp. 434–5).

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