This is the family tree of the Bullock family of Arborfield as it is found in
the publication "Memoirs of the Family of Bullock A.D. 1166 to 1905" written
by Revd. Llewellyn C.W.Bullock, 1905.
1. OSMUND BULLOC (BULLOCK)
4. ROBERT BULLOK "Lord of Erburghfeld"
Robert Bullock is referred to as "Lord of Erburghfeld" in 1331 and this is the earliest indication that the Bullock family held the Lordship of the Manor of Arborfield.
In 1341 Robert settled the manor on his son Robert and Joan Drokensford, his wife.
5. GILBERT BULLOCK of Herburghfield
Gilbert Bullock was a son of Robert, Lord of Arborfield. He brought home a wife
from the neighbouring hamlet of Barkham, namely Anne (or Agnes) Nevill who was
daughter and heir of Thomas Nevill of Barkham. They were married in 1330. This
was the same Anne to whom Robert Bullock was to make over land in 1335. It is
believed that through this marriage the Bullocks acquired the Lordship of
Barkham, although they seemed to have interests there long before
6. ROBERT BULLOCK "Lord of Herburgh and Hurst"
Robert Bullock followed Gilbert as Lord of the Manor and he attained a notable
degree of local importance. Twice during the reign of Richard II in 1385 and
1392 Robert was Sheriff for the counties of Berkshire and Oxfordshire, while in
1394 he was the Commission of Peace for Oxfordshire. In 1388 it is on record
that "Robert Bullock of Eberfeld, late Sheriff of Oxford", received a pardon
from the King for the escape of a prisoner from Oxford Gaol. A few years
previously in 1382 his name occurs as witness to a deed in which he is described
as "Lord of Erburghfield and Hurst", just half a century after the title "Lord
of Erburghfield" had been similarly applied to his grandfather. It is believed
that Robert the Sheriff married Margaret Foxley, daughter of Sir John Foxley of
Bray and Bramshill, Knight of the Shire for Berks. Robert is thought to have
died in 1405.
7. THOMAS BULLOCK of Aberfield, Esq.
Thomas lived and perhaps fought through the earlier Wars of the Roses. He married Alice, the daughter and heiress to William Yeading Esq. of Yeading in Middlesex and by 1439 the manor of Yeading had become the property of Thomas and Alice. By 1491 this property belonged to Thomasine Bullock, widow of John Bullock, a younger son of Thomas and Alice.
Thomas and Alice left Robert, their eldest son as heir to the Manor of Arborfield.
8. ROBERT BULLOCK of Aberfield, Esq.
In the mid to late 1480ís Barkham Court (Church Cottages) was built or rebuilt
for Ellenor, now Robertís widow, as a dower house. In 1489 she presented John
Hawkyns as rector to Barkham Church.
9. GILBERT BULLOCK of Aberfield, Esq.
Gilbert married Margaret, daughter of Sir William Norreys of Bray and Yattendon,
Berks., (Knight of the Body to King Edward IV). Margaret was aunt to Sir Henry
Norris (later usher of the Black Rod and Esquire of the Body to
Margaret, his wife, outlived him and married again to Sir John Langford of
Thomas was appointed a Gentleman Usher Extraordinary to the King (Henry VIII) in 1516 and his name appears on the Royal Household list.
A few years later he was appointed as one of the Commissioners for the County of Berkshire to collect the subsidy which was levied by Henry VIII.
In 1544 Thomas Bullock was returned among the Nobles and Gentry of England who supplied men and horses for the war with France. His contingent consisted of "archers eight, and billmen thirteen". At this time a change was made in the family crest and it is not improbable that the 'seven billsí were granted to him in allusion to this martial aid to his sovereign in time of war.
By his will of 1557, Thomas made a number of bequests which included:
11. RICHARD BULLOCK of Arberfield, Esq.
He married Alice, daughter to William Berrington of Reading, Gentleman and they
had at least seven children, five sons and two daughters; Thomas being their
eldest son and heir.
12. WILLIAM BULLOCK of Stratfield Mortimer, Berks.
Son of Thomas and Alice, and uncle to Thomas, Last of Arborfield. At some time between 1530-1540 William Bullock of Stratfield Mortimer married his third wife, Elizabeth Bellet, thought to have been the daughter of John Bellot of Moreton, Cheshire. This marriage was destined to restore the fortunes of the Bullock family.
In the latter part of the 16th century, William Bullock's eldest son, John, took up his residence at the Manor House of Mulsham, in Great Wigborough and this established the Essex branch of the family which for at least three centuries was the chief representative of the old Arborfield stock.
13. THOMAS BULLOCK of Arberfield, Esq., Sheriff of Berks., Last of
In 1574 Thomas leased the site and demense of the manor of Barkham to his brother, William for 21 years at £15.00 per year.
By 1589 a heavy accumulation of debts, some monies being owed to Queen Elizabeth 1 it is believed, forced Thomas to sell the two manors for £4,000. The lordships of Arborfield and Barkham, together with 2,200 acres (78% of the two parishes) were sold to Edmond Standen, Clerk of the Petty Bag of the Court of Chancery. It is thought that they were sold subject to a lease-back to Thomas for the rest of his life at a rent of £150 per annum.
Thomas died at 48 years of age in circa 1595. He was the last of the Bullocks resident in the old home in Arborfield, where the family had been seated for more than four centuries.
The sale of the manors to Edmond Standen was strongly disputed by members of the
Bullock family and initially by William Bullock of Barkham, brother and legal
heir of Thomas. The disputes resulted in a multiplicity of law suits and the
matter was not settled finally for seventy three years, until 1662, in favour of
the Standens. For more details, click
Also estates which were sold to Edmund Standen are described as "The Manors of
Aberfield and Barkham, lying in the towns, villages and fields of Arberfield,
Barkham, Hurst, Ockingham, Shingfield and Erley". Also the mention of
Swallowfield among the parishes whose poor benefited under the will of Thomas
Bullock of Arborfield (1557) would seem to imply some degree of ownership in
that parish also.
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