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Theories of Descent Gilbert William


During the Norman and Plantagenet periods (1066 -1237) the county of Chester was ruled over by a succession of hereditary earls starting with Hugh d'Avranches (known as Lupus - the wolf) in 1071 and ending with his descendant John le Scot who died in 1237. Arguably the most powerful of these so far as national affairs was concerned was Ranulf III (Blundeville). The earl was assisted by his eight tenants-in-chief, his barons. These were: Halton, Montalt, Malbank, Shipbrook, Kinderton, Malpas, Dunham and Stockport. Of these the baronies of Shipbrook, held by the Vernon family, and that of Kinderton, held by the Venables family, had a significance so far as the Bostocks were concerned. Especially the Vernons for the manor of Bostock was part of their barony and so the Bostocks would owe them service for their lands.

Arms of Vernon, Barons 
of Shipbrook

The Norman earls of Chester had almost sovereign rights within their 'palatine' and the laws of England did not apply within the county - this was an area of independent jurisdiction legally, militarily and fiscally.
During this period the line of the Bostock family is highly speculative. Indeed the link to Osmer the Saxon lord of Bostock, who is referred to in the Domesday Survey of 1086, is very uncertain.

Arms of Venables, Barons of Kinderton


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