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Sir Sampson de Strelley

Strelley coat of arms Sir Sampson was born in 1335 as part of a long line of Strelley Knights, dating back to Sir Walter and King Henry I in the 1100's.

Sampson married Elizabeth (daughter of Sir John Hercy) and had three sons, Nicolas, Hugh and Peter. The Strelleys gained through marriage lands in Oxton, Bilborough, Shipley, and Mapperly and acquired Calverton and Linby.

Tomb of the StrelleysTo say thank you to God for surviving the Black Death in 1356, he "had licence that he and the parishioners of that village, might hear sermons for the space of a year in the chapel Scituate [sic] within the manner of the said village, because the Parish church was not fully built."

Sampson had various rolls in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire area, including elected Knight of the Shire / MP. He took part in an Expedition to Paris (1360) and a Commissioner of Array to gather troops against the Scots. His most famous title to have was the Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the High Peak Forest, with a seat at Peverill Castle. He was elected to this role four times. (The role of the Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the High Peak Forest ended in 1556 when the counties where split up to each individual county)

Strelley EffigiesSampson died around 1390. His wife Elizabeth died around 1405 to 1410, and the costumes and armour on the tomb are more representative of that period. The tomb effigy has the Head of the Knight resting on the family crest, a strangled Saracens Head. He holds his gauntlet in his left hand and with his right, the hand of his lady.

Stefon Kemp,Team Falchion © 2013