This set of pages contain a list of medieval references to the Newburghs of Winfrith and Lulworth. The Newburghs owned Sutton Poyntz from 1461 until 1514, when the last Newburgh died leaving just one child, a daughter Christian. Christian married into an Essex land-owning family, the Marney's of Layer Marney; the Marney's thereby added the Newburgh's Dorset estates, including Sutton Poyntz, to their already significant land holdings. John and Christian Marney in turn bore only daughters; Catherine married twice, firstly to George Ratcliffe, and then to Thomas lord Poynings. She died without children. Her share of the Marney lands, including Sutton Poyntz, should then have passed to the younger Marney daughter, Elizabeth, who had married Thomas Howard, a younger son of the 3rd Duke of Norfolk. It seems, however, that Lord Poynings held onto at least some of the Marney lands and gifted them to his younger brother, Adrian. This was not all sorted out for many years.

This whole issue of who actually held what properties between 1526 (when John Marney died) and 1582 (by when the Howard's certainly owned Sutton Poyntz) needs further research. The list of documents below will deal only with the period up to 1526, when John Marney died.

The generations that this deals with are believed to be as follows (at present following the genealogy in Hutchings):

  • Roger Newburgh, a benefactor with his wife Maud of Bindon Abbey in 1172 (see the list of references below)
  • Robert Newburgh (died 1249), son of Roger
  • Henry Newburgh (died 1275), son of Robert
  • John Newburgh (died 1309), son of Henry
  • Sir Robert Newburgh (died 1338), son of John
  • Sir Thomas Newburgh (died 1365), son of Sir Robert
  • John Newburgh (died 1381), son of Sir Thomas. This John Newburgh married Margaret Poyntz
  • John Newburgh (died 1443), son of the previous John - note that some references incorrectly have two generations here; a reference dated January 1443 provides proof that the John Newburgh still alive then was indeed the son of the John who died in 1381
  • John Newburgh (died 1483), son of the previous John. This John was the first Newburgh owner of Sutton Poyntz - this page includes references for the four sons of this John Newburgh, including Sir William, the father of the next two Newburgh's
  • John Newburgh (died 1485), grandson of the previous John
  • Sir Roger Newburgh (died 1514), brother of the previous John
  • Christian, only child of Sir Roger, married to John Marney (died 1526)
  • Catherine, older daughter of John and Christian Marney, married George Ratcliffe and then Lord Poynings
  • Elizabeth, younger daughter of John and Christian Marney, married Thomas Howard, second son of the 3rd Duke of Norfolk.

The following very early references relate (or may relate) to the family's history before the first Robert Newburgh. We expect eventually to be able to add other references to Roger Newburgh, relating to Bindon Abbey. Actual quotes are in italics.

# Document Date Text Notes
  Domesday Book [b] (Entry 1.4 of Dorset section) 1086 [Entry 28 for the county of Dorset shows that Roger de Beaumont held various manors; Stour, Sturminster Marshall, Creech, Steeple, Church Knowle, and Afflington] Roger de Beaumont was an important historical figure, a Norman Earl and a strong supporter of William Duke of Normandy, who became William I of England. His eldest son, Robert, led part of the Norman army at the Battle of Hastings, and became Earl of Leicester. His second son, Henry, was given the lordship of Le Neubourg in Normandy, but later became Earl of Warwick after helping William II to overcome a rebellion. It is speculated that the Newburgh's of Dorset descended from the second son of Henry's second son Robert de Neubourg.
  Victoria County History for Dorset - Bindon Abbey 1172 This includes a number of references, starting with [Cott. MS. 'Chron. S. Werburgae Cest.' Faust.B. viii, 4] showing that Roger de Newburgh and his wife Maud moved the Abbey to Great Bindon; the Abbey had been founded at Little Bindon by Maud's parents William and Maud de Glastonia.  
  Red Book of the Exchequer 1166 Dorset & Somerset. Charter of the Abbey of Saint Edward. In the time of king Henry, the Abbey of Saint Edward found 7 knights for the service of the king - Roger de Novo Burgo holds the 6th and 7th, but against the church; And besides this, the same Roger holds Elmerham, and pays the Church forty shillings, and says himself this should be for the service of half a knight, that William of Glastonbury never had from the convent of the church or from any abbess. [More needing translation]

Somerset. Charter of William de Moiun - Knight's fees from the time of king Henry; Roger de Novo Burgo, 1 knight.
The Abbey of Saint Edward, at Shaftesbury, was dedicated to St Mary and St Edward (i.e King Edward the Martyr, murdered at Corfe Castle). From the names of sub-tenants who are listed, it looks likely that these two knights' fees held by Roger Newburgh were in North Dorset.