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The Hetons


The Hetons held Thrybergh as  tenants under the De Perci fee.


The surname Heton [ Heaton ] is derived from people who originated from places named Heton in England, the name is from the Anglo Saxon period and means High [ He] Town [ Ton ] The name was prominent in the north of England with places named Heton in Lancashire Yorkshire and Northumberland, given that the north of England was predominately ruled by the Danes and the prominence of the Heton family before and after 1066 suggests they were of Danish ancestry.


The townships can be found as follows :


Heaton Great Heaton, and Little Heaton Norris, Heaton under Horwich, Heaton with Oxcliffe,



Capheaton and Kirkheaton


West Riding of Yorkshire now South Yorkshire

 Hanging Heaton, Cleckheaton, and Kirkheaton


The Hetons then were present before the Normans arrived in 1066, and given the fact that the family name was noted after the arrival of old William the Conqueror suggests that the Hetons aided William possibly before and after the conquest, as there is little doubt they would not have reached a degree of prominence had they resisted.


The Lancashire Hetons were highly regarded at this time and it seems that our Thrybergh Hetons were related to that linage.

1100 Alric  of Lancashire




Rozelline who held Thrybergh from William De Perci had a Co-heir whose name was  Baron Adam Swain who was the son of the founder of the priory of Monkbretton.  This Adam Swain had daughters and the eldest daughter and co-heir married a certain Alexandra Crevequer, so the  lordship of Thrybergh still under De Percy eventually passed to her descendants who were the the Nevils and the Hetons, one of the latter in the reign of Edward 111.

However elsewhere it states.

1166 William De Neville whose Knight fee's consisted of Manors of Thrybergh, Brinsworth, Dalton, and Bolton on Dearne the first three being held previously by Rozelline

William De Neville was born approx 1123, in Lincolnshire, England son of Gilbert De Neville Knight
William married Amabell De Fitz Swain  approx 1127 daughter of Adam De Fitz Swain and Matilda ? approx 1148, at Gawthorne, Yorkshire, England Amabel was the widow of  Alexander De Crevequer!

Now so far it seems the William and Amabell only had one daughter, so perhaps this is where the ownership of Thrybergh passed on to the Hetons, via Sarah the daughter


Son of  Sir Richard was Baron Adam Swain co-heir  with Rozelline who held Thrybergh


Also prior to 1160 a Adam Fitz Swien is recorded as a tenant of property at nearby Wentworth, with a daughter named Amabel.


Daughter of Adam Amabel married to De Neville Family.


1159, for example, Adam, son of Sveinn, son of Alric died, leaving as his heirs his two daughters, Amabel and Maude, who had married  William de Neville and Adam de Montbegan.



Which leaves us with quite a problem concerning who was in actual residence at Thrybergh, how did Thrybergh fall into the hands of the Heatons, and who was Avica?


Well the answer seems to lay here:

There were several Heaton's who achieved knighthood in the early beginning of Heraldry in the period of 1150. The earliest recorded Heaton with an important knighthood was Sir Henry de Heton in 1180, and Sir Richard de Heton in Yorkshire in 1200. We can trace Richard's ancestry with confidence to a man named Alric who lived in Lancashire in 1100. He had a son named Adam who died in 1159. Adam had a daughter named Amabel who died in 1207. She married very well twice to the famous de Neville families.


Avicia [ and I can only presume at this time that Avicia was of the Heton family ] was the next one to inherit Thrybergh, and when she married Ralph De Normanville the estate then fell to the Normanville's with the death of Avicia.


The above people owned a vast number of estates throughout the land, and it is noticeable in the ownership of Thrybergh that often the ownership passed hands via female inheritance rather than male linage.


 Record Series - Page 82
by Yorkshire Archaeological Society - 1943
... of the family of Normanville, who held the manor of the Percy fee as sub-tenants of the family of Heton.




1180 Sir Henry de Heton Yorkshire

1200 Sir Richard de Heton Yorkshire { descendant of Alric?}

1219Vincent De Heton Yorkshire Assy.

1296 John De Heton Subsidy Rolls Northumberland

1300 Sir Thomas De Heton Northumberland

1374 Thomas De Heton Lancashire

1460 John Heton Northumberland


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