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The first known ancestor of the family of Routh was Norman Knight, Richard de Surdeval (Su28), or Surdus,whose name is given in the Battle Abbey Roll and who accompanied William the Conqueror to England in the train of the Earl of Mortain. Richard, born about 1030, was a cadet of the House of Verdun and bore the family name of Le Moigne.

Maud De Surdeval (su27) married Ralph Paynel about 1097 in Yorkshire.

It is recorded that in 1086, Oubrough, with other land in Holderness was held by the heir of Amand's daughter Hawise de Surdeval.

In 1252 the butler's fee at Benninghome, was held by Beatrice and John de Surdeval, presumably Hawise's heir. The Surdeval share seems to have descended to John de Surdeval, Lord at Benningholme in 1316, and then to his son Amand.

Amand de Surdeval, who by 1286 had married Cecily of York, descended from William of York.

In 1240 a John de Surdeval had a share of Hilston Manor, and by 1252, presumably as heir of another daughter, Hawise, wife of Alan de Surdeval.

John de Surdeval granted the advowson of Hilston Church to William of Routh (or Rue) in 1252. The Rouths later had the whole advowson and presented rectors from c. 1275

It is recorded that Peter de Surdeval's estate was divided in 1346 between Richard of Aldefield and his wife Alice, probably Peter's widow, and Peter's son Robert. It included a chief house, an ovenham or intake, 2½ bovates, 13½ tofts, and 20 acres of land.

In 1316 John of Staveley was also named as a Lord of Eske and William of Staveley had land there in 1334, no more is known of the family.

By 1260 the Vavasour family had land in the township , when Thomas le Vavasour was described as of Eske, and in 1297 Adam le Vavasour was a taxpayer there. Adam's son and heir Henry le Vavasour was named as an undertenant of the archbishop's fee in 1346, along with Richard of Hebden, Robert Surdeval, and Richard of Ask (perhaps for Eske). The descent of the Vavasour holding has not been traced.

Reference A History of the County of York East Riding: Volume 6: The borough and liberties of Beverley

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