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Some Proposed Changes to the Bolles of Swineshead Family Tree

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Sorry this page and the original Swineshead Family Tree and both being updated right now so please disregard until I have the update ready.  I'll remove this message then.


The long accepted Bolles of Swineshead Family Tree is largely based on the Bolles of Haugh Family Tree as recorded by the Heralds Office during their visitations of Lincolnshire in 1563-64, 1592 and 1634.  Those findings were first published in 1881 ref.

We have learned much since then about the people in that tree.  Those notes are included on the previous page which shows the traditional Bolles of Swineshead Family Tree.  However some other references have come to light which would indicate that some changes need to be made to the tree.

The following references are only for the senior line of the Bolles of Swineshead.  There are many more references for Bolles in this same area which do not fit into this main line.  Obviously there were also several cadet lines which have yet to be documented but descendants of these lines could also lay claim to be of the Bolles of Swineshead if their connection to one of those cadet lines in this area could be proven.  Lots more work has to be done on this.

Godfrey Bolle of Swineshead b. ca. 1260 (served on juries in the Lincolnshire Assizes from 1288 to 1316; sometime between 1272 and 1307 he held land at Hoffleet near a Robert Bolle and sister Lucy Bolle; in 1316 he held land at Wigtoft  (Bolle Hall was at Hoffleet just north of Wigtoft))


As the earliest reference for a Bolle in this area goes back to 1202 there could have been several Bolle cousins and second cousins around Swineshead parish by 1300 but Godfrey’s  regular presence on these juries plus his landholding being close to or may even have actually have been Bolle Hall would indicate he was at a higher level of the Bolle family structure if not the head of the family.  See The Roots of the Bolles of Swineshead



Robert Bolle (on land adjacent to Godfrey Bolle in ref 6; won a suit against Robert de Pollercroft in 1279 which resulted in Pollercroft’s land at Algarkirke being seized by the king ref 7)


John son of Thomas Bolle and others were charged before the assizes with illegally disseizing Robert FitzLambert (Robert son of Lambert) of his property at Algarkirke in 1280. Ref. 18

Robert de Pollercroft and Robert FitzLambert could be the same person: Robert of Pollercroft son of Lambert; this could be the Pulverton/Pulvertoft family of Algerkirke which Randolph married into later.  Even if that's not the case Robert, Godfrey and John son of Thomas Bolle were neighbouring landholders in Algarkirke.


In 1310 an investigation was ordered into a complaint that an Alexander Bole, amongst a list of many others, broke the gates and walls of Adam son of John de Repinghale’s Manor at Repinghale, co. Lincoln (Rippingale is in south Kesteven just west of Gosberton, Pinchbeck and Spalding)) Ref. 19


In 1316 an investigation was ordered into a complaint that a Richard Bole and others at Gretford, co. Lincoln took away Richard de Ayremynne’s (the King’s clerk and parson of Gretford) horses, hay and other goods and assaulted his men and servants (Greatford, Lincolnshire south of Spalding, near Market Deeping) Ref. 20



Thomas Bolle of Bolle son of Alan of Swineshead (stated in the Bolles of Haugh pedigree to be the father of 1. William Bolle in the following tree)

(info in Hundred Roll)


The following includes a source reference for each proposed change to the original tree:


?  Bolle

1.   William (1) Bolle (likely born about 1270, younger brother John b. ca. 1273)

(in 1311 he was the attorney of John la Warre, the Lord of Swineshead ref1; witness on a land grant to John la Warre in 1314 with John Bolle (assumed to be his brother) ref. 5; appointed to measurements standards committee in 1324  ref 4)

m. Joan

1.1  Cecily Bolles b. 1325 d. 1332

(heir to her father as a minor, age 1 1/2; ward of the king until she died at age 7)

William d. 1326 (his wife Joan received as dower: houses and land in Coningesby, Swynesheved, Steveninge and Holdefrith, Crakestevene and Donington; see William Bolle’s IPM’s )

Joan possibly m.(2) John de Meres     (a Joan wife of John de Meres held a dower interest in 2.1 William Bolle’s land in 1348 ref 3)

2.   John Bolle (1) of Swineshead b. ca. 1272 (60 in 1332 in Cecily Bolle’s IPM)

 (Cecily’s heir in 1333 see William Bolle’s IPM’s; )

m. Joan

2.1  William Bolle (2) b. ca. 1296 (heir to his father in 1334, stated to be son of John Bolle in a charter in 1348 ref 3; there are no further references for him, possibly he died or he settled elsewhere on land he acquired through his wife)

m. Alice ref 3

2.1.1  Mabel who married Woodford (not verified but no record of a son found)

William d. sometime after 1348 (no known male heir, Bolle land succeeded to his brother John as William had granted him in 1348)

2.2   Godfrey Bolle (1296; possibly d. bef. 1348 as he is not mentioned in the 1348 document)

2.3   John Bolle (2) b. ca. 1304  (heir to his brother William) d. aft. 1352

(likely a bailiff for his wapentake (Kirton) in 1351 ref. 16)

m. Katherine Goddard

2.3.1  Randulph Bolle of Gosberkirke  b. ca. 1335 (d. bef. 1396; living in 1389) (heir to his father by 1371; also heir to his Uncle Godfrey; appointed commissioner for ‘parts of Holand’ in 1359 to investigate the misuse of authority by public officials (sheriffs, stewards, bailiffs, ministers etc.) ref. 12 ; attorney for Sir John de Cressy in 1366; although he is of Gosberkirke this is the correct Randulph Bolle as he was also referred to in 1360 as ‘Randolf Bolle of Swineshead of Gosberkirke’ an executor of Master John de Langetoft’s Will  ref 2 , possibly he used ‘of Swineshead’ to identify himself as a member of the senior line of Bolles and also ‘of Gosberkirke’ as he was actually of there; appointed as commissioner of the peace and justice of the assize for parts of Holand in 1369 ref. 13; declared to be exempt from being put on assizes, juries or recognitions and from appointment as mayor, sheriff, escheator, coroner or other bailiff or minister of the king against his will in 1373 ref. 14; appointed as a tax assessor in parts of Holand, co. Lincoln in 1379 ref. 6;  the Bolle of Hague pedigree says he was Escheator of Lincolnshire but that was a William Bolle, possibly Randolph’s brother below)

m. Katherine Pulverton (heir to her father by 1369; brought land in Algerkyrke to Randulph)

Randulph d. betw. 1389 and 1396 (in January 1389 he was a witness on a land grant Ref 21 and in 1396 his widow granted some land in Algarkirke to the chaplain of the church there possibly prior to her own death or another family members  ref. 9;  possibly in 1392 when his brother William made an application to the king to be allowed to give a large holding in Wigtoft to the chaplain of Wigtoft and his successors to celebrate divine service daily at the altar of St Mary Ref 8 or in 1396 when his widow made the land grant mentioned above)

(Randulph sold some of his land to his brother William in 1369 incl. the land at Coningesby passed down since 1. William)

2.3.2          William (3) Bolle b. ca. 1340 (a William Bolle made a land grant to a chaplain at the altar of St. Mary in the parish church of Wigtoft in Holand in 1392 possibly on the occasion of the death of his brother Randolph ref. 8); he may have been of Gosberkirke in 1369; he was probably the William Bolle living in 1376;

he is a good candidate for William Bolle of Wellingore, Escheator of Lincolnshire)

(a William Bolle made a land grant to the parson of the church of Navenby, the next community to Wellingore, in 1398; possibly just prior to his own death; ref. 11)

(a William Bolle served as surety for John Toup, Lord of Hiptoft Hall, Algarkirk, upon Toup’s appointment as customs collector for the port of Boston in 1400 ref. 10)     John Bolle (3) ‘son of William Bolle’ (heir to his father who was heir to his brother Randolph) (living in 1370)

(b. ca. 1357 m. Mary Angevyne in Haugh pedigree)

(good candidate for John Bolle, probably William Bolle’s sub-escheator for Holand, Lincolnshire)        William Bolle  (4) (b. ca. 1390 m. Anne Kyme per Bolles of Haugh pedigree, the father of John Bolle of Haugh)

(when Robert Graa sold the Manor of Scrivelby to Ralph Cromwell in 1435 the list of tenants in Coningesby, Wodenderby and Meningesby owing homage to the manor included William Bolle; this would almost certainly have to be the plot in Coningesby listed in William Bolle’s inquisition post mortem in 1326 as the only land which he held directly from the King although his tenancy-in-chief would only have been in his own lifetime.  His brother John could have held it as a tenancy after his death and passed the tenancy on to Randulph who sold it to this William’s grandfather William in 1369)


(see potential descendants below)

William d. aft. 1398 (gave grant of land in Navenby to parson of the church of Navenby and his successors possibly anticipating his own death; his heir was his son John)

2.3.3 Nicholas Bolle (of full age by 1352 when he was a feofee on a covenant Ref. 17)

John d. aft. 1352 and by 1371


John d. 1334 (son William Bolle

Joan alive in 1348


3.   Thomas Bolle (tentatively here) (holding a portion of a bovate of land in Swineshead and Wygtoft under Andrew Bonde by 1335, ref. 15  Bolle Hall was on the Swineshead/Wygtoft parish border; William also held some land in Swineshead under Andrew Bonde) (declared a debtor to Robert de Silkstone in 1336)

3.1  possibly John Bolle of Whaplode (John the carpenter son of Thomas Bolle of Algarkirke gifting land to Croyland abbey ca. 1330; John Bolle of Whaplode was one of the men accused of damaging Croyland abbey’s dike in 1329 ref. H)

3.1.1  William (5) Bolle of Whaplode (William son of John of Whaplode accused with John Bolle of Whaplode and Alan Bole in 1329 ref. H)  John Bolle of Whaplode b. ca. 1321 (38 in 1359 ref. A)

William Bolle of Quapplelade d. Easter 1337 (ref. A)

3.2  possibly Alan Bolle of Moulton (accused with John Bolle of Whaplode of damaging Croyland abbey’s dike in 1329 ref. H)





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