Roger Otway 1565-1648

Born: 1565
Died: 09 Feb 1648
Father:Thomas Otway
Mother:Ellan Bainbrigg
Spouse:Anne Mayer
Married: ABT 1619 Grimston
Children:John Otway, Elizabeth Otway, Edward Otway, George Otway, Katherine Otway, Abigail Otway, Thomas Otway, Edward Otway, Richard Otway, Dorothy Otway, Mary Otway, Isabell Otway, Henry Otway, Anne Otway, Roger Otway
Education:Governor Of Sedburgh School
Buried: 12 Feb 1648 Sedburgh
Other Partners:Anne Hebblethwaite
Updated: 11 Mar 1999


Roger seems to have been something of a character, siring fifteen children and living to the age of eighty-eight. His instinct for survival shows in letters between himself and his son John, later Sir John. In these letters Roger changes his views and support for the Royalists and Parliamentarians as often as the wind changes, or the political mood changed. There is a story that, as Governor of Sedburgh School, he did not approve of one headmaster. Roger duly chased the headmaster down the High Street, sword in one hand and flagon of wine in the other. He married Anne, daughter of John Mayer of Sedburgh.

Will proved 9/2/1648 (Pembroke Register) - age 88

Abstract of the Will of Roger Otway of Sedburgh in Somerset House (Pembroke 77)

Dated 9th Feb 1648

I Roger Otwaie of Sedburgh of Co York sickness of body, yet sound of memory

Whereas I had certain lands in Middleton with land purchased of Thomas Cavell Esq and lands by the name of the Burke Newehall, .............. Ingmire Doonside, Plucky and all other my lands in Sedburgh all of which I have granted to my son John Otwaie - I confirm this grant - I give and bequeath my messuage and tenant called Ullathornes, lands called Birkrigg, Hartside and Skale House, to my son John Otwaie. Certain land granted to my ffeoffees which I confirm. They shall give yearly maintenance to my son George out of my land during his natural life by whatever direction they think fit, and whereby I have money a jointure unto Anne my wife of £40 a year and for her life of my said lands a further payment to her out of my lands at Middleton, above Middleton Hall £20 more yearly forth of my lands in Sedburgh in all 3 score pounds yearly she not claiming 1/3rd of my lands.

For the maintenance of my grandson Roger Otwaie by profits and without giving lands in Middleton above Middleton Hall and pay to same Roger £15 a year till the land be conveyed to him. To my daughter Abigail £400 and £100 more which I charge to my son John to pay to her. To my son Henry Otwaie if he be living one annuity yearly made tof £20 out of my lands. I give unto Leman Otwaie my grandchild £200 out of Middleton lands above Middleton Hall.

Unto Thos Jackson one of the sons of my dau Dorothy £10 Unto Samuel Jackson one of the sons of my dau Dorothy £10 To Anne Ward daughter of my dau Anne £10, and her son Roger £10 To Francis Bonskell £5 - To Churchwarden of Middleton in Westmoreland to remain toward the increase of stock for the Chapel £10. I give to James Hebblethwaite son of ................... Hebblethwaite £20 to be paid by my son John in four years, To Elizabeth Waxcopp - to Susan Kendall my servants 20/- onto their wages - All household goods abd implements of household whatsoever after the death of my wife Anne to my son John, and Roger Otwaie, my grandchild, shall enter the said lands in Middleton above Middleton Hall when the above sums are paid and not before.

Richd Jackson John Otwaie Edmund Warde James Mardson Rowland Goslinge

Proven May 20 1650 by John Otwaie and Edm Warde excess and each to them 40/-

Conveyance dated 4th Feb 1640 1. James Sidgwicke of Ingmire to 2. Roger Otwaye of sedbergh gent., Richard Jackson M.A. and parson of Malton, Lancs., Gyles Moore of Grimesall, Middlesex, Rowland Geslinge of Middleton, Yeoman. Premises two messuages, Ingmire and Loonesede in sedbergh, Yorks with lands and all writings and evidence to hold of the chief Lords of the fee. Consideration £1,000 Witnesses Nicholas Robinson, Edmond Warde. Extract from a book called "The Owners of Ingmire"

The Estate of all my Lands, per me, Roger Otwaye.

The estate of my lands in Middleton with my two tenements at the Beckside and Mosshouse - I granted the said tenements unto John Middleton,Esq. when I purchased of him the new parks, and after I purchased the said two tenements of the said John Middleton and paid him £400 for them - My eldest Brother Edward being then living, did grant such right as he had unto the said John Middleton, which writing is amongst the writings of the said W. Middleton, and doth, of right, belong unto me, & may be found amongst his evidence - Albeit it is not of any force: for my Father, in his lifetime, for valuable consideration, had granted the customary estate of the said messuage to me and my heirs -The graunt from my Father may be found in my desk at the Beckside.

The other writings concerning the said messuage are all bound up in a green flannel, and are to be found amongst my other writings in my chist * * * The fines & recoveries “1ockt upp, in a chist”-

“The Estate of my lands at Ullathornes, &c, &c.” “al1 which said severall writings remaines in a canvas Bagge -” “And to the end that W.Moore should not be able to take any advantage after my death by his joint tenancie, I made a conveyance to my son Thomas (N.B.Bishop of Ossory - doubtful) at his marriage of the same lands, whereby he became tenant in common, which barred the said W.Moore from taking any advantage of the said tenancie, in case I should die before him. I knowe no trouble can be against these lands, unless W.Moore have gotten some secret writing which I never knew of from the said Thomas Porter, or some others, which, if he have it, doth of right belong as much to. me as to himself - If he or his sonne Middleton seem not to deal fair therein, after my decease, there must be a bill preferred against them in Chancerie by those I leave in trust -

The Estate of my lands in Sedbergh att the Buske and Newhall -

W.James Heblethwaite, whose daughter I married, had mortgaged”, &c &c - Later, he says “Mr.James Heblethwaite and Richard Heblethwaite, his son” - “Also, I have several releases from Christopher Heblethwaite the younger, son of the said Mr James Heblethwaite” &c

From Page 4 to 20

"The Lands at Culdraye - All the evidence concerning the said lands in a Red Bagge, and a fine and recovery.

The writings concerning my house in Sedbergh town are all bound up together

The Estate of my lands at Pluckowe . . . . . which writings will appeare to be found in a box"- "These writings are to be found in severall boxes"-

For my lands at Ingmire - The writings are to be found in several boxes - I have a fine for the said land, and intend to have recoverie

For my lands at Middleton in Lancashire. They are conveyed to my son John for my mill there - I intend to sell it.

For my land at Whittington. If they be not redeemed, I have appointed my executors to sell it: otherwise in their discretions, it shall come to my son George, &c"

For my house in Kirkby - My Intention is that it shall be settle on my said sonne George -" The above extracts contain merely the names of Roger Otway's scattered estates. He catalogued them by order of Parliament. Roger had, by his wife, Anne, several children, John, Thomas (Bishop of Ossory) George, Henry, Jane, Abigail, (Major Redman) Dorothy (Jackson) Anne (Ward). John, afterwards Sir John Otway, was born at Beckside Hall in Middleton. The old hall has been modernised into an ordinary farm house and shews few marks, externally, of former importance: but inside there is some carved wainscotting bearing the date 1616 and the letters ROA, within an elaborate border, the initials of Roger and Anne Otway, the parents of the future distinguished counsellor and knight.

An inventory of household goods exists of some house once inhabited by Roger Otway, possibly Beckside, apparently let since his occupation, to different tenants. By this inventory we see that Mr. Otway kept a 'chist' in his bedroom: it probably contained some of the legal documents that we have already heard of as 'lockt up in a chist'.

'A particular note of what goods was in and about ye house, late Edward Lupfield's ....... the first day of May 1639 Imprimis. In the loft over ye parlor, on ye backside, one bedstaed, one table with certaine joined work. In the kitchen one paire of bedstocks & a table. In the loft over ye kitchen a dubble bedstaed & a forme. In the loft over the entry one table and two formes. In Mr. Otway's chamber one bedstaed, one square table and a chist. In the bodystead of the house two tables, certaine joyned work and one forme, & a keinge cupboard in the chamber of the house, two cubbords, one square table & seates about it. In the loft above it, two chists. In the chamber under Mr. Otway's one trundle bed.'

Trundle beds drew out from under the main bedstead, and were rolled back by day. Pepys says that the maid slept on one in his establishment.

In 1625 Roger Otway was given the office under the crown of steward of Kirkby Lonsdale. In 1640, he bought Ingmire Hall from a Mr. Sedgwick, as shown by the title deeds of the estate. Ingmire then consisted of but a small part of the present house: it faced towards what is now the front garden: there were two projecting wings with a recessed part between. The recess was formerly the hall of the house: the projection nearest the bank was the study, & is alluded to by that name in a letter from Dame Elizabeth Otway. The front and back stairs were old, and that part of the hall which contains the large oak fireplace. Also, naturally, the bedrooms above these, including the panelled room near the 'Salzburg'; at this point the house ended. The drawing room was added by Charles Otway, date 1693 with the room over it. The beautiful hangings and quaint four post bedstead with the elegant, light posts all belong to the old house; this bedstead stands in the room over the library.

In 1642, an agreement was made between Roger Otway and one Matthew Leighton concerning the lease of a little house and garden at Luneside -' Witnesseth that whereas the said Matthew Leighton holdeth one house and one little garden at Luneside aforesaid of the said Roger Otway of the yearly rent of two shillings and a boon day shearing, and wheras the said Roger Otway hath given way that the said Matthew Leighton shall enlarge the said garden three yards in breadth - in consideration whereof, it is agreed that the said Matthew Leighton and his heirs shall satisfy and pay unto the said Roger Otway and his heirs one boon day shearing or four pence in money every year hereafter. In witness whereof the said parties interchangeably have set to their hands and seal the day and year first above written.'

In 1643 Roger Otway appears to have been a Royalist, but in Sept. 1644 a warrant was made out by the parliamentary General, Briggs, for the protection of his person, showing he had, since that date, declared for Parliament. 'These are to charge and command all captains, officers and soldiers under my command not to molest, trouble, or injure Mr. Roger Otway of Ingmire in his proper person, family, goods, houses, or estate. Given under my hand, the thirteenth day of September, 1644 - Edward Briggs.'

There is also a letter written about this time, which seems to have been addressed to some body of the Roundheads, and signed Richard Shuttleworth, exculpating Roger Otway from all suspicion of taking part against Parliament. The Battle of Marston Moor had been fought in Yorkshire in July 1644 and the result had probably decided many waverers in favour of the Parliament -

'Gentlemen, Whereby I am let understand that Mr. Roger Otway, of Ingmire, my ancient acquaintance, at or about ye beginning of ye yeare 1643, did, at Sedbergh, utter some words, expressing his judgment and affection then to be for the King and against the Parliament, in this present cause and war, yet did not any act, at the same time or since, against the Parliament, and afterwards taking special notice of the proceedings of the Parliamnent and finding their cause both legal and just, he, about Michelmas following, became absolutely convinced in his former judgement and was then, and hath been ever since, in his opinion and affection for the Parliament; and therefore, in, or about Dec: in the same year, 1643, Col. Lambert coming to Ingleton; and thither, then calling the trained bands of Sedbergh and Dent, to appear before him for King and Parliament, ye said Mr. Otway thought it necessary for him to appear there before the said Colonel to confess his former error, and to submit himself unto him in the Parliament behalf, which he voluntarily and cheerfully then did, although he was, at that time, confined for a space for the said former words; and ever since that time he hath firmly continued, both in his judgment and affection, and action in finding arms, men and money for the Parliament. And more fully to demonstrate his then good affection to the Parliament did shortly after advance £100 to the said Col. Lambert and the commissioners then at Thornton Hall, for, and to the use of the Parliament, for which he hath this acquittance. How so it is, as I am informed that some have given information against him to the honorable Board, touching the said words he did speak in the beginning of the said year, 1643 and his estate there upon inventoried, and so he to come to his trial for sequestration. Now his convincement and conversion coming so shortly after as above, and so seasonably as before declaration of mercy, which came forth in Jan. following, and was in force for any that came in before 1st March after, I leave the premise to your grave and gracious consideration and humbly present him to be the object of your loving and lawful favour, and in that behalf myself to be your affectionate servant, Ric. Shuttleworth.'

Affixed to this is a second memorandum, conveying just the same meaing in fewer words, and which is hardly worth while to transcribe. They appear to be merely rough copies of a proposed letter to the Parliament on behalf of Roger Otway. On the back of this sheet is a letter in a different hand probably written by Roger Otway. 'Gentlemen, It is very well known that it was my lot amongst others to be a large sharer in the sufferings of these sad times till dent and Sedber and the rest of the northern part were happily reduced to their true obedience to King and Parliament. Since such time, I have, upon every dispute, found men and amrs for this present service; and though I am sometimes desperately wounded inmy name for my affection, yet those who can speak truth will say, my aim was always to preserve the peace and quiet of the country, and to hinder the effusion of blood. Of this you (Da. Burton) may remember my son Jackson (NB RO's daughter Dorothy's husband) gave you an express subscribed with hands sufficient to evince the same. I was never in personal arms or command neither did I ever execute the commission of arraiagn or am concious of doing anything but what common calamity forced, prejudicial to the state. Yet, to stop the mouths of those who are readiest to blast a man's intentions, I went with my neighbours to Ingleton to consult about affairs touching the good of the parish, and there made humbly my address to Col. Lambert. Notwithstanding, I was then confined for a certain space till the truth did appear, that I absolutely cleared and acquitted myself, from all imputations, the two Enr. (enquirers) Col. Shuttleworth and Col. Lambert did appoint me to advance for the use of the public £100, which I cheerfully then did, and accordingly received their discharge, which I hope will free me, that I may not here be brought in question for one and the same cause. All this was done before the declaration offering free acceptance to all that would come in and submit issued forth from Parliament in January, and was in force till 1st March. I thought it good to give you notice hereof, that, as occasion, serves your goodness will please to do me justice herein, and I shall remain (no signature). P.S. They adjudged me so free from any guilt of being ........ the future, that they gave me a further permission, that I should receive my money again, if God blessed the Parliament in their proceedings.'

In 1645 there is an account of the stealing of cattle from Mr. Otway by one Brian Barker and to authorize the former, in the event of his not being able to recover his 'two stotts' to 'seize upon so much goods of the siad Brian Barker's as to the value of the said two stotts doth amount to.'

It was probably about this time, 1645, that Roger Otway sent in a bill to the officers of the Parliament for the expenses he had incurred in housing and maintaining their troops at Ingmire etc. 'My account to the Parliament - Roger Otway. The sum in all £100.14.1. Captain Rippon and his two men and three horses two nights , which comes to 16/3. The charges of billetting, and other losses by plundering, sustained by Mr. Roger Otway since 1st March, and from December till this time, before May -

1. When Captain Mildmay came to Sedbergh, I had my house plundered, goods and money taken away to the value of 20 marks. 2. When Captain Currer's men came to Sedbergh, I had a mare taken from me, better worth than £8, 3 muskets, one carbine, a case of pistols. 3. When Col. Briggs troops lay at Sedbergh, I was charged with six men and six horses for the space of two weeks, which comes by allowance of the Parliament to 23/6. Also, at that time, the soldiers forcibly broke open a garner, and took 20 bushels of oats, worth £3.6.8. 4. When Sir Will Blaxton and his company came to Sedbergh, 23 men and horses two nights, which came to 47/6. They took from me one mare I would not have sold for £20, as also I was forced to pay parcel of the money collected in the parish for him 26/8. Also, at another time, I had taken from me one horse and one mare worth 20 nobles, by the King's party; also, when Sir Philip Musgrave's company came to Sedbergh, I had, one night, 20 men; and for divers days together, sometimes more, sometimes fewer, for victuals, the certain number cannot be called to mind, and was forced to pay to them 46/-. 5. When the Scots came to Sedbergh, Col. Briggs whole troop came to Ingmire, whereof three score and ten men with their horses were billetted one day and one night, which came to £3.15.10. 6. I have been charged at several times since December with 100 horse, and at several times with 200 foot, which comes to £10.8.4, besides severalls (odd sums?) to them 46/- Sum totalis, £100.14.1. besides arms. Roger Otwaye.'

The above record mentions a body of men and horses billetted at Ingmire. Where could the men and officers have been entertained but in the hall of the house, the present dining-room? The space on both sides of the house must have been covered with men and horses, once upon a time.

To somewhere about this period may belong statement drawn up by Mr. Otway's steward, Rowland Gesling, concerning the arrears of rent owed by the tenants - On the back is 'Rowland Gesling'.

'Mr. Otway. You should have had now of Robert Geslinge and John Bellif twenty nobles. John Hodgson is fifty shillings behind of Froddermere rent, George Holme 20 shillings behind of his Mayday rintes, Giles Moore 20/- behind of his Martinmas rinte. I did never ask of William Otway his five nobles and two groats, because of the use money (interest) owing unto Thomas Otway. John Hodgson says, without ye will bate him 20/- of Froddermires, he will leave into your hands. There is 20/- of the Park money behind in John Atkinson's hand of Martha and Robert Gesling and John Belif say's that they must have a mark bate for two years by past and a mark for that which is to come, and they do think that is too little; they cannot tell when God will enable them to pay you; but they will so soon as they can. If your need be never so great, I do not know when a penny of this will be got up for this bating: also I would not have you to be wilful as these times are: for I would have you to conside of it, and to send word what your mind is: and, for the two parks for anything that I do know, you are likely to have them in your own hand. I have more getting of the money in this year than ever I had in the ten years by past: they that had it think not to give after the same price that they did, and therefore you must take the best course for yourself that you can. My love remembered unto you, and to Mr. Jonon (John) and his bedfellow; and I rest, Rowland Gesling.

There is a sessment made now for regmen (regiment) and yours is 18/6, and it must be had forthwith, and likewise for the provision that was sent to Cerbe (Kirkby) - Yours 4/4 - Now let us know forthwith how these sessments may be had.'

The above seems to refer to a tax imposed on land owners for the provisioning of the Parliamentarian regiments. Roger Otway is looking up his rents and resources.

From Church Registers of Sedburgh, Kirkby Lonsdale and Middleton researched in 1969 by Michael Otway (1) - see Appendix K. Information from the College of Heralds, Dublin (GO MS 176 Pages 215-223)

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