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The Reresby's



I suppose one could call the following pages the rise and fall of the Reresby's of Thrybergh, as the story of the family dates back to the 12th century, and from there the family became well established with the nobility of England, only to disappear as a noble house in the mid 1700s.
Today it is hard to imagine that a little village in South Yorkshire was home to one of the most notable families in England. This was a family who graced the halls and Castles of Kings and Queens, a family that has a Saint, and sinners in its linage and history.

The story of the Reresby's has all the ingredients of a great novel, it is a story of mystery, intrigue, deception, adventure, and honour. Lately thanks to the memoirs of Sir John Reresby the name has once more emerged.
I have placed the events below using the centuries as a heading to make the reading a little easier. The Kings and Queens of the time are also recorded as a guide to the political turmoil's of the times in which the Reresby's lived
The sources for information on the Reresby family can be found on the last page concerning the family.



11th Century


HAROLD 11 ruled 1066--1066 killed at battle of Hastings
WILLIAM 1 THE CONQUEROR ruled 1066--1087---Second cousin of Edward the Confessor gained throne by conquest
WILLIAM 11 RUFUS ruled 1087--1100 Second surviving son of William 1


12th Century


HENRY 1 BEAUCLERC ruled 1100--1135---Youngest son of William the 1st
STEPHEN ruled 1135--1154---Third son of Count of Blois and Adela Daughter of William 1. Matilda daughter of Henry 1 was chosen 'Lady of the English ' in 1141 and ruled [ although not crowned ] for a few months
HENRY 11 ruled 1154--1189 Son of Geoffrey Plantagenet and Matilda
RICHARD 1 THE LIONHEART ruled 1189--1199 Eldest surviving son of Henry 11
JOHN ruled 1199--1216 Youngest son of Henry 11



The Reresby Family Emerges






This needs verifying but it appears there was a Alexander Fitz Osbern Ormsby of Ormsby, Lincolnshire, [ Descendant of Baron Fitz Osbern ] who married a Juliana De Reresby also of Ormsby, Lincolnshire, England possibly around 1155 who were the parents of  Isorius  Fitzalexander De Reresby born around 1155.







Now according to the Oxford dictionary of English surnames by Reaney and Wilson where we find Ysaoria [ below ] listed, and according to the dictionary the name Reresby originates from the place Reasby in Lincolnshire, which is a small hamlet just North of Lincoln. So assuming the Alexandra and Juliana were in their twenties they would have been born around the mid 1120's.
There is a Rearsby village in Leicester, about 8 miles south of Loughbrough, but at the moment I have found no record of the family Reresby here. This could be due to the fact that surnames were often gained when people moved from their place of birth, to distinguish them from others.

However we know that Ralph Reresby born 1186 son of  Isorius  Fitzalexander De Reresby born around 1155. married twice his second wife being  Margery Normanville whose parents not only were the Lords of the Manor at Thrybergh but also owned Reasby in Lincolnshire, and there lies the connection of Thrybergh, Reasby, Reresby, and Normanville. 


Ysaoria Reresby 1206 who can be found on the Assis Rolls was born in Ormsby Licolnshire
This is probably Isorius Fitzalexander De Reresby son of Alexandra and Juliana


Margery Normanville was born in Thrybergh in 1248 she was a daughter of Ralph Normanville born around 1220 at Thrybergh and  Avicia  born around 1224 who held Thrybergh at this time, Margery married Ralph Reresby who was born around 1248 in Ashover Derbyshire, he was the son of  Isidore Reresby and Amicia.
Ralph Normanville died without male issue and his estate was passed to Margery his daughter the wife of Ralph Reresby, with this inheritance the Reresbys gained several Lordships, and for four hundred years the Reresbys of Thrybergh were one of the most notable families of England.
Ralph and Margery had a son named Adam De Reresby Lord of Eshouere who was born at Thrybergh approx 1288 Adam died prior to 1378. Adam married Thethegna who was also born in Thrybergh.
Adam and Thethegna  had a daughter named Joan born around 1300 who married John Fitzwilliam



 Ralph de Reresby, a coroner for Notts and Derby in 1269,



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