HUGH DUTTON VS ROBERT ABEWMARISE, 1558–1579
This record of a pleading in an equity case initiated in the court of Chancery over the lordship of Tattenhall, Cheshire, is held at The National Archives (C3/54/ 11)
Sir Richard Sackville
Hugh is attendant to Sir Richard Sackville (c1507–1566), privy councillor. This dates the document to between 20 November 1558, when Sackville got the post, and Sackville’s death on 21 April 1566.
Ralph Dutton of Hatton (c1515– 1582) granted this lease, so may be quite closely related to Hugh. He is the son of Sir Piers Dutton (c1480–1545) and both should be researched.
A lease for three lives was usually granted to three close relatives. When the first died the lease went to the next. Hugh’s brother George took up the lease in 1553 but he has died, so Hugh is taking up the lease.
Hugh lives in the City of London but holds a lease in Tattenhall in Cheshire. We can now try to discover which Duttons previously held land there to uncover Hugh’s parentage.
Elizabeth is likely Hugh’s sister. Knowing who Elizabeth’s husbands are, we can try to work out who Hugh is.
Robert Abewmarise has illegally occupied the land between George’s death and Hugh realising that he has a right to the lease. It may be helpful to discover who Robert is.