Amble and District
     Local History


Up to the year 1800 part of Hadston was occupied by a family named Wilson, who had farmed it as tenants for some generations ; they were also freeholders in Warkworth. When the justices of the peace for the county were making the ` Return of Papists with their quality and means' ordered by the Privy Council in 1706, amongst the constables who refused to render for their respective townships the account required of them was Joseph Wilson, the constable for Hadston. Sessions Records. In the early years of this century Hadston Link-house farm was occupied by the family of Coward, some of whom obtained local fame for improvements of and inventions in agricultural implements. A scuffler, called the Warkworth drill-hoe, a corn drill, and an improved threshing machine, invented by Mr. Robert Coward, are described by Mackenzie, Northumberland, i. p. 137 ; ii. p. 124. Mrs. Coward in 1822 left a benefaction to the poor of Ulgham. Woodman, Ulgham; its Story, p. 37.
In 1663 Hadston mill paid a modus of 3s. a year to the vicar of Warkworth in lieu of tithes. See p. 191.
1719, 23rd December. Sir Carnaby Haggerston registered his estate as a Roman Catholic. It comprised several messuages and farms at Hadston, let from year to year to Thomas Wilson and John Wilson at 69; Hadston Link-house let to William Ogle at 63 10s. ; and Coldrife let to Edmund Cook at 50 10s. per annum.
1757, 7th January. Sir Thomas Haggerston registered Hadston, let by lease to John Wilson and John Wilson, jun., at 80; Hadston Link-house let to Michael Coulter at 75; and Coldrife let to William Cook and Edward Cook at 75 per annum.
1778, 29th April. Sir Carnaby Haggerston registered Hadston, let by lease to Thomas Turner at 75 ; another farm at the same place let to John Wilson at 76; Hadston Link-house let to John Womphrey at 130; Low Coldrife let to John Wilson of Hadston at 58 ; and High Coldrife leased to Barbara Cook, as executrix of William Cook, at 58 per annum. Register of Estates of Roman Catholics with the clerk of the peace.
P.R.O. Cont. for Comp. vol. G, p. 116, No. 739.
P.R.O. Com. for Comp. vol. G, p. 72, No. 667.
Rev. John Hodgson's Collection. Gosforth Guard Book.
Nicholas Wharrier was brother to John Wharrier of Togston, see p. 336.
1617, 9th November. Will of Edward Turpin of Hadston. To be buried in the parish church of Warkworth. To my son, John Turpin, two oxen, etc.; to my daughter, Sissula Turpin, two stots, etc.; to my wife's children, all their portions which are due them by their father's will ; to Robert Hall, a malt cheist. I direct that five nobles be paid to Sir Ralph Graye for my son Martin. Residue to my wife Izabell, my son John, and my daughter Sissula. Proved April, 1618. Amount of inventory, 89 7s. 6d. Durham Probate Registry.
Cal. Border Papers, Bain, i. pp. 21, 365.
Arch. Ael. 4to series, iv. p. 163.
Liber Feodarii, 10 Eliz. 1568. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. iii. p. lxiii.
Sir Richard Strangeways, knight (son of Sir James Strangeways by Elizabeth Darcy his wife), died on the 13th of April, 1488, seised of the manor of Hadston, worth 5 a year. (Inq. p.m. 19th July, 3 Hen. VII. Cal. Inq. Hen. VII. i. p. 119) : his son, Sir James Strangeways, knight, was then 28 years of age and upwards. The latter had by his first marriage (with others) Mary, wife of Robert Ross of Ingmanthorp, and a son and heir, Sir Thomas Strangeways. Sir Thomas left two sons, viz., Thomas, who died unmarried, and Sir James, who married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Thomas Pygot, but died s.p. Cf. Flowers' Visitation of Yorkshire, 1563 and 1564 ; Norcliffe, pp. 299-300: Harl. Soc.
This document, dated 15th June, 1543, and confirmed in the following year by an Act of Parliament, is printed (abridged) by Mr. William Brown in his Hist. of Mount Grace, Yorks. Arch. Soc. Journal, vii. p. 490.
Walter Heron married at Alverstayn in Yorkshire on the 27th of October, 1284, a certain Alice, who seems to have been a daughter of Sir Nicholas Hastings of Gissing in Norfolk, by Emeline, his wife. Walter Heron, at the church door, with the assent of his father, William Heron, endowed his wife with the third part of the manor of Notton, etc., and she was living a widow in 1295. De Banco Rolls, 108; Rot. 45 (Easter, 23 Edw. I.). In the time of Henry III. the manor of Silkston was held by Roger de Notton, whose only daughter and heiress, Christian, carried it in marriage to William Heron. Hunter, Southern Yorkshire, vol. ii. p. 222. Cf. Rotuli Finium, ii. p. 54, or Fine Roll, 54 Hen. III. m. II.
Lansdowne MS. 326, fol. 45 a. Rev. John Hodgson's Collection, Y, pp. 315-318.
Inq. p.m. Walter Heron, 25 Edw. I. No. 25. Writ, dated Westminster, 23rd April, 1297.
Inq. p.m. John Darcy, 30 Edw. III. No. 31. This inquisition is now too faded to be read.
Border Holds, i. p. 290.
Dugdale, Baronage (ed. 1675), i. pp. 371-3.
Walter Heron married at Alverstayn in Yorkshire on the 27th of October, 1284, a certain Alice, who seems to have been a daughter of Sir Nicholas Hastings of Gissing in Norfolk, by Emeline, his wife. Walter Heron, at the church door, with the assent of his father, William Heron, endowed his wife with the third part of the manor of Notton, etc., and she was living a widow in 1295. De Banco Rolls, 108 ; Rot. 45 (Easter, 23 Edw. I.). In the time of Henry III. the manor of Silkston was held by Roger de Notton, whose only daughter and heiress, Christian, carried it in marriage to William Heron. Hunter, Southern Yorkshire, vol. ii. p. 222. Cf. Rotuli Finiurn, ii. p. 54, or Fine Roll, 54 Hen. III. m. II.
Lansdowne MS. 326, fol. 45 a. Rev. John Hodgson's Collection, Y, pp. 315-318
Inq. p.m. Walter Heron, 25 Edw. I. No. 25. Writ, dated Westminster, 23rd April, 1297.
Inq. p.m. Will. Heyrun, 25 Edw. I. No. 25. Writ, dated Ipswich, 25th December, 1296. William Heron died in Newcastle on the Sunday before the 21st December, 1296. In another skin of the inquisition he is said to have died on the morrow of St. Nicholas, i.e., on the 7th December.
The small freehold which belonged to Robert Freeman in 1296 and 1297 may have been that comprised in a grant, 10th June, 1475, by Thomas Middilton of Silkesworth, esq., to Sir John Middilton, knight, William Hilton, esq., Robert Tempest, esq., Robert Porter, Robert Harbotill, and John Skynner, priest, of all his messuages, lands, etc., in Hartlawe, Tynemouth, Hadilston, Alnewick, and Doxford. Seal, a bird displayed. From the original in the possession of Mr. William Grey Robinson of Silksworth.
De Banco Roll, 5 and 6 Edw. I. m. 116 d. Duke of Northumberland's Transcript, p. 345.
` Rex archiepiscopis, etc., salutem. Sciatis nos concessisse et hac carta nostra confirmasse dilecto et fideli nostro Willelmo Heirun quod ipse et heredes sui inperpetuum habeant liberam warennam in omnibus dominicis terris suis manerii sui de Haddeston' in comitatu Northumbrie. Dum tamen terre ille non sint infra metas foreste nostre. Ita quod nullus intret terras illas ad fugandum in eis vel ad aliquid capiendum quod ad warennam pertinet sine licencia et voluntate ipsius Willelmi vel heredum suorum super forisfacturam nostram decem librarum. Quare volumus, etc. Hiis testibus, venerabilibus patribus S. Karl' et L. Roff' episcopis, Willelmo de Valencia fratre nostro, Maunsel preposito Beverlaci, Radulfo filio Nicholai, Johanne de Lessinton', magistro W. de Kilkenni archidiacono Coventrie, Rogero de Thurkelby, Roberto Waleram', Roberto de Mucegros, Willelmo de Chaenny, Roberto le Norreys, Radulfo de Wauncy, Rogero de Lokinton' et aliis. Datum per manum nostram apud Eboracum, xxix die Decembris.' Charter Roll, 36 Hen. III. m. 24.
Northumberland Assize Rolls, 40 Hen. III. Page, p. 78. Surtees Soc. No. 88.
Ibid. pp. 75, 77.
Item, dominus de Haddeston edificabit unam domum.' Inquisition, 9 Edw. III. No. 68, second numbers. Arch. Ael. new series, iv. p. 48.
Ibid. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. i. pp. 203, 214, 222.
` Jordanus Hayrun tenet baroniam suam in capite de domino rege per servicium unius militis ; et omnes antecessores sui tenuerunt per idem servicium post tempus primi regis H., qui eos feoffavit et de feoffamento isto nichil est vel datum per maritagium vel elemosinam vel aliquo alio modo unde dominus rex minus habeat de servicio suo.' Testa de Nevill, p. 329 b (circa 1240). Cf. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. i. p. 234. Jordan Heron also rendered an account for the aid for the marriage of the king's sister to the Emperor Frederic II. Testa de Nevill, p. 394 b.
Pipe Rolls, 29 Hen. III. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. iii. p. 208.
Close Rolls, 20 Hen. III. m. 3, dorso. Cal. Doc. Rel. Scot. Bain, i. p. 235.
P.R.O. Curia. Regis Rolls 26, rot. 6, dorso. Placitorum A bbreviacio, Term Pasch. 4 John. Ibid. pt. iii. vol. ii. p. 338.
Ibid. 2 John. Ibid. pp. 72, 79.
Ibid. 1 John. Ibid. p. 68.
Ibid. 6 Ric. I. Ibid. p. 53.
Ibid. 1 and 2 Ric. I. Ibid. pp. 49, 51.
Pipe Rolls, 19 Hen. II. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. iii. p. 301.
Inspeximus, 29th June, 1271, Charter Roll, 55 Hen. III. m. 3. Cf. Gibson, Tynemouth, ii. p. xxv.
`Henrico Regi Anglorum duci Normanorum, comiti Andegaviae, Radulfus de Wirecestria salutem. Sciatis quod teneo de vobis in capite de veteri feffamento, feodum j militis unde debeto vobis facere servicium j milltis. Et de eodem feodo Jordanus Hairun debet michi facere quartam partem servicii de novo feffamento, et Paganus de Wirecestria aliam quartam partem servitii similiter de novo feffamento. Et monachi de Tinmutha viij partem et Willelmus filius Adae tertiam partem, unde desseisitus sum precepto vestro. Et superplus jacet super dominium meum.' Red Book of Exchequer, i. p. 441. Cf. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. iii. p. 304. The baron's cartels are now considered to be about the year 1166.
Pipe Rolls, 14 Hen. II. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. iii. p. 12. Cf. Pipe Rolls, 15, 16, 17, 18 Hen. II.
'Cf. vol. iv. p. 272.
The Census Returns are : 1801, 68 ; 1811, 72 ; 1821, 88 ; 1831, 97 ; 1841, 71 ; 1851, 103 ; 1861, 92 ; 1871, 55 ; 1881, 81 ; 1891, 78.
Testa de Nevill, p. 381 b ; Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. i. pp. 203, 222.



Hadston Township

Hadston Township


    The small barony held of the king in chief as one knight's fee of ancient feoffment, N which had for its caput the vill of Hadston, was created by Henry I. and bestowed on Ralph de Wirecester. Its co-ordinate but widely separated members comprised West Swinburn and Colwell on the North Tyne ; Chirton and Flatworth, near Tynemouth ; and Little Benton, near Newcastle. The township of Hadston, from which the barony takes its usual titular designation, abuts on the North Sea and has an area of 1,175 acres. Its arable land (admirably suited for the cultivation of wheat) is separated from the firm white sands which fringe Druridge Bay by a strip of link or sand dunes, a valuable store house for the entomologist and botanist of a variety of little known treasures. During the present century the population has been almost stationary ; in 1891 it was 78. N
    The scanty information which has been gleaned from all known sources concerning the connection of the Wirecesters with Northumberland has already been set out in the account of West Swinburn. N Ralph de Wirecester (or de Wigornia), who was in possession of the barony in 1168, N informed Henry II. that Jordan Heron (who seems to have been a near kinsman, and who was subsequently his heir) held from him certain lands (in all probability the township of Hadston) for the service of a quarter of one knight's fee. L Ralph de Wirecester granted Flatworth to the prior and convent of Tynemouth, N and in 1173 he paid 19s. 6d. for scutage. N The vill of Hadston is mentioned in the Pleas of the Forest for Northumberland in 1190 and 1191, N and in 1195 it was tallaged at 1 mark. N
    The assessment for the Wirecester fee for the first scutage of King John, amounting to 2 marks, was paid in 1199 by Jordan Heron, who is described as the heir of Ralph de Wirecester. N In the following year he paid 20s. into the Treasury, and owed other 20s. on account of the second and third scutages of the same king. N In 1202-1203 there was a suit between Heron and Gilbert Hansard, who held of him the vill of Chirton, N and on the 15th of September, 1236, the sheriff of Northumberland was commanded to make a perambulation between Jordan Heron's lands in Haddeston and those of East Chevington. N Jordan Heron's name is inserted in the list of those who, in 1245, paid the aid granted to Henry III. for the marriage of his eldest daughter. N He must, however, have died shortly afterwards, for the Testa de Nevin defines the terms under which he held his barony, LN and also records the name of the outlying members of the barony at Swinburn, Colwell, Chirton, Flatworth, and Little Benton, held from his heir, William Heron. N
   By the terms of its tenure the barony was bound to build one of the baron's houses within the castle of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, N and to provide one of the fifty-six men who formed the ordinary garrison of that fortress ; the latter obligation by the time of Henry III. had become commuted for the payment of 13s. 4d. a year. N On the 29th December, 1251, the king, being at York, granted to William Heron free warren in all the lands in his manor of Hadston N
    At the Northumberland assizes in 1256 there was a suit concerning a chest, which, having been thrown up by the sea at Hadston, had been broken open and its contents abstracted by a certain Ralph, son of Henry of Amble. N
    William Heron died about the year 1257 seised of the manor of Hadston, which comprised 317 acres of arable land and 22 acres of meadow; there were 36 bovates of land, each of which was bound to make 8 days' works; twelve cottages, each of which had to make 12 days' works, and the mill was worth 24s. a year. There was also a free tenant who held 60 acres, and another free tenant who held a bovate of land.

   Inq. p.m. Will. Heyrun, 42 Hen. III. No. 24. Writ, dated Windsor, 20th January, 1257/8. The inquisition was taken at 'Calcetum' [Cawsey park, cf. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. ii. vol. ii. p. 131] on the Sunday after the 2nd February, 1257/8 ; the jurors say that William Heyrun held in chief of the king the manor of Haddeston, ` Et sunt ibidem in dominico xvxx et xvij acre et dimidia quarum quelibet valet per annum viijd., unde summa xli. xjs. viijd. Et in dominico de prato xxij acre quarum quelibet valet per annum ijs., unde summa xliiijs. Item, sunt ibidem xxxvj bovate terre defensabilis quarum quelibet bovata valet per annum vjs. xjd. ob. unde summa xijli. xs. vjd. Et preter hoc quelibet bovata facit per annum viij operaciones et dimidiam que valent viijd. ob. unde summa xxvs. vjd. Item, est ibi unum molendinum sine secta debita quia multura dicti molendini computatur in firmis bondorum et tamen valet per annum xxiiijs. Item, sunt ibi xij cottarii quorum quilibet reddit per annum in denarios xij denariis et quilibet facit xij operaciones quarum quelibet valet per annum xijd. unde summa in denariis et operacionibus xxiiijs. Item, herbagium curtilagii valet per annum xijd. Item, est ibidem unus liber et tenet lx acras terre pro dimidia libra piperis et pro multura sua dat vs. per annum et alius liber qui tenet unam bovatam terre per ijd. tantum per annum. Uncle summa summarum extent. predicti manerii, xxixli vs. xd. et dimidia libra piperis.'
    He holds the said manor by the service of one knight.
    Nicholas de Aketon holds of the said William the vill of Aketon for 1 mark yearly.
    The said William holds of dominus Roger Maudut in Bokenfeud half a carucate of land, worth yearly 50s., and one cottage, worth yearly 2s. Sum 52s.
    He holds of Adam Mansetur, in Thrastereston, 2 acres of meadow, worth yearly 3s.
    William Herun, his son, is heir, aged 18 years on St. Martin's day last (November 11th, 1257).


    He was succeeded by his son, who bore the same name of William, and was 18 years of age on the 11th of November, 1257. In an action brought by him in 1277 against Master Adam de Bokingfeud, a certain Gilbert de Hadeston acted as his attorney. N His name heads the Subsidy Roll of 1296, and he died at Newcastle on the Sunday before the 21st of December of the same year, having survived his only son, Walter Heron.
  .  s.  d.   s.   d.
Summa bonorum domini Willelmi Heyron 5  8  0 unde regi 9  9
" Thomae filii Radulphi 0  15  4 " 1  4
" Brun filii Walteri 1  3  10 " 2  2
" Willelmi filii Gilberti 1  1  10 " 1  11
" Gilberti Flynt 0  12  0 " 1  1
" Roberti Freman 0  11  0 " 1  0
Summa hujus villae 9 12s.       Unde domino regi, 17s. 5d
    William Heron must have alienated some of the lands to which he succeeded on his father's death, for in the inquisition taken at Newcastle on the 13th of January, 1296/7, it was found that he died seised of the capital messuage of Hadston worth 2s. a year, 200 acres of land worth 6d. an acre, and 16 acres of meadow worth 14d. an acre. There were ten bondage holdings which paid 13 9s. 9d., and eleven cottages paid 14s. 5d. a year. Robert Freman, whose name appears in the Subsidy Roll, paid 11d. and a pound of pepper (or 12d.) for his tenement ; N the autumn bondage works due from the bondage holdings were commuted for 19s. 2d., and those from the cottages for 5s. 3d. ; the windmill was worth 13s. 4d. and 2s. 6d. was received in lieu of mowing the demesne meadow. Thomas de Fisseburn and his parceners held of Heron the manor of West Swinburn, Gilbert Umframvill held Colwell, and Adam de Benton rendered 12d. or a pair of gilt spurs for the manor of Little Benton. The whole barony was worth 23 a year, and was held of the king in chief by the service of a knight's fee and the payment of 13s. 4d. for castle ward at Newcastle. He also held lands and service at Bockenfield, Acton, and elsewhere. N His widow, Mary Heron, in 1297, by the king's order, was given a third part of the manor of Hadston (inter alia) as her dower, N which arrangement is recited in an agreement in the following year made by herself with her husband's kinsman, Gilbert Heron. N
   Emeline, the only child of Walter Heron, N and her grandfather's heiress, was at his death six years of age, and resided at Gissing in Norfolk with Lady Emeline de Hastings. She was afterwards married to John Darcy of Knayth in Lincolnshire, probably before 1312, though the name of her grandfather and not that of her husband stands at the head of the Subsidy Roll of 1312.
  .  s.  d.   s.   d.
Summa bonorum Willelmi Heyron 6  0  0 unde regi 12  0
" Roberti filii Aliciae 1  6  8 " 2   8
" Willelmi filii Gilberti 1  12  2 " 3  2
" Willelmi filii Roberti 1  11  2 " 3 1
" Roberti Brun 1  12  10 " 3  3
" Thomae filii Radulphi 1  8   4 " 2  10
Totius villae de Hadeston 13  11  2   27  1
Johannes Darcy, 8s.; Willelmus Cadman, 4s.; Willelmus filius Adae, 2s. 8d.; Robertus filius Adae, 6s.; Willemus filius Galfridi, 5s.; Willelmus Frankes, 3s.; Robertus bercarius, 1s. 8d. Summa, 30s. 4d.
    Sir John Darcy, a distinguished soldier, was constable of Norham, 1316-1317, N and his arms, azure, semy of crosses croslet, and three cinquefoils argent, may still be seen on one of the remarkable series of shields sculptured on the gatehouse of Bothal castle. N He died 30th May, 1347, seised of the manors of Wooler and Belford, with lands at Lowick, Easington, and elsewhere in Northumberland, and also of the barony of his wife's ancestors at Hadston, N which, as is shown in the following table, continued for many generations in their descendants :


ARMS : Azure, semy of crosses crosslet, and three cinquefoils, argent. Shield at Bothal castle.


[insert Darcy Pedigree]

(a) Inq. p.m. John Darcy, 21 Edw. III. No. 54. Guisbro' Chartulary, Brown, i. p. 121. Surt. Soc. No. 86.
(b) Inq. p.m. John Darcy, miles, 30 Edw. III. No. 33. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. i. p. 78. The original of this inquisition is now too faded to be read.
(c) Inq. p.m. John fil. et heres Joh. Darcy de Knayth, 47 Edw. III. first numbers, No. II, taken at Felton, 16th Nov., 1373. Writ, dated Westminster, 16th Oct., 47 Edw. III. Cf. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. i. p. 87. The record of the finding of the jury is peculiar. ` Et dicunt quod, Johannes Darcy frater ejus est propinquior heres predicti, Johannis filii Johannis Darcy defuncti et est etatis xxi annorum et dimidie.'
(d) Fourth Report of the Dep. Keeper or Public Records, app. ii. p. 131. Guisbro' Chartulary, Brown, i. p. 121.
(e) Inq. p.m. Elizabeth filia et heres Nic. Meynil ch. ux. Petri Malo Lacu prius nupta Joh. Darcy, 42 Edw. III. No. 44. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. i. p. 83.
(f) Inq. for proof of age, 47 Edw. III. Fourth Report of the Dep. Keeper of Public Records, app. ii. p. 137. Cf. Guisbro' Chartulary, i. p. 121.
(g) Inq. p.m. Philip Darcy, chi. 22 Ric. II. No. 17. Writ, dated 28th April, 22 Ric. II. Printed in Ford Tithe Case, p. 230. Cf. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. ii. p. 261.
(h) Inq. p.m. Elizabetha quae fuit uxor Phillippi domini de Darcy, 13 Hen. IV. No. 36, taken at Alnwick, 6th Sept., 1412. Cf. Ford Tithe Case, p. 231 ; Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. ii. p. 267; also Inq. p.m. 7 Hen. V. No. 78.
(i) Inq. p.m. Margareta ux' Johannis Darcy, miles, 32 Hen. VI. No. 15. Writ, dated Westminster, 15th June, 1454. Ford Tithe Case, p. 237. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. ii. p. 275.
(k) Inq. p.m. Joh. Darcy, miles, 13 Hen. IV. No. 36, taken at Newcastle, 2nd June, 1412. Writ, dated Westminster, 12th Dec., 1411. Cf. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. ii. p. 267.
(1) Test. Ebor. Raine, i. p. 254. Surt. Soc. No. 4.
(m) Ibid. p. 356.
(n) Ibid. ii. p. 244 n. Surtees Soc. No. 30.
(o) Inq. p.m. Philip Darcy, miles, fil' Joh. Darcy domini Darcy, 7 Hen. V. No. 78. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. ii. p. 268.
(p) Test. Ebor. Raine, iii. p. 289 n. Surt. Soc. No. 45.
(q) Inq. p.m. Alianora ux. Ph. Darcy, miles, 36 Hen. VI. No. 30, taken at Morpeth, 6th Dec., 1457. Writ, dated Westminster, 23rd Oct., 36 Hen. VI. Cf. Hodgson, Northumberland, pt. iii. vol. ii. p. 277.
(r) Dugdale (ed. 1675), Baronage, i. pp. 371-3.
    In the partition of the Darcy estates between Philip, Lord Darcy's two co-heiresses, Hadston seems to have fallen to the elder daughter, Elizabeth, who became the wife of Sir James Strangeways of Harlsey castle near Northallerton, who, in 1461, was Speaker of the House of Commons. After the death of his descendant, Sir James Strangeways the younger, Hadston, in 1543, by a judicial decision N became the property (subject to Lady Strange-ways' dower) of Robert Ross, son of Robert Ross of Ingmanthorp by his wife, Mary, daughter and ultimately co-heiress of Sir James Strangeways the elder. N Ross was a spendthrift, and soon dissipated his patrimony. Hadston, before 1568, was acquired by Robert Brandling of North Gosforth, whose name in that year appears in the Feodary's Book for Northumberland. N
    The township of Hadston provided eight efficient men at the muster taken on Alnwick Moor in 1538: a ninth man was returned as inefficient.
Ed. Turpyng, Ed. Barde, Willme Bruyll, Gylbt. Tyller, Garret Turping, John Bruyll, John Ellwod, George Bruyll, able in horse and harness. Robt. Tayller, not able.
    At a similar muster taken on the Moot-law on the 26th of March, 1580, three horsemen only appeared from Hadston. On the 12th of March, 1589/90, at a Warden court held at Staweford, John Rey of Hadston entered a bill against James Young of the Cove and his brother Mark, Thomas Burn of Elisheugh, John and James Kar, sons of the laird of Corbett, and others, who, he alleged, had stolen from him at Hadston in Lent of the previous year insight gear and three mares. N
    The following will and inventory extracted from the registry at Durham refer to a personal estate of a member of the family of William Browell, whose name stands third upon the Muster Roll of 1538 and whose descendants still remain in the district :
     1611 (circa). Will of Lancelot Browell of Hadston, yeoman. My body to be buried within the parish church of Warkworth. I give to my father, John Browell, one oxe ; to my son, John Browell, four oxen ; to my son, Edward Browell, a foale ; to my son, Mark Browell, a foale ; and to my son, Robert, another foale. ; I leave my son, John Browell, to be tenant to the lord for the years which are to come. 1611.'    Proved on the 26th of April, 1611.

     1611, 18th April. Inventory of goods, etc., prased by Edward N and William Turpin, Richard Wardell, and Nicholas Whearer. N Imprimis, 16 oxen, 32 ; 6 kyne, 4 quyes, 2 stots, 3 styrks, and 8 calves, 20 16s. ; sowen 9 boules of wheat, estimated to 27 boules, 15 12s. ; sowen of rye a loade, estimated to 6 boules, 2 ; 17 yewes and lambs, 9 yeald sheepe and 15 hogges, 10 16s. ; almeryes and other implements of wodd belonginge to the house, 3 16s. 4d. ; a caldron, 2 ceatles and 2 panns, 4 potts, 9 putter vessals, and candlestickes and 2 salts, 3 7s. ; 3 coverlids, 4 plads, 4 pairs of sheates, etc., 2 cushins and 3 clothes, 3 6s. 8d. ; 3 naggs and 2 foales, 9 15s. 4d. ; 6 boules of wheatt and 5 kenings of rye, 4 10s. ; 5 boules of oates, 1 1s. 8d. ; 4 boules of beanes, 1 8s. ;10 boules of blande malt and 3 boules of oate malt, 4 15s.; 6 extres, 4s.; 1 oxe harrowe, 7s. ; 2 longe waynes, 2 coupe waynes, 2 plowes and plowirons, with all the furniture belonging to them, 3 9s.; 3 swyne and 3 pegges, 16s. 4d. ; a jacke, a jerkyne, a doublet and a pair of briches, 10s.; a fyer croke and a pair of tongues, 1s.; 23 heare of yearne, 5s.
     Debts that the testator oweth. Item, to his maister, 8 16s. ; to the lord of Guystone (? Guyzance) 5 6s. 8d.; the straites of the court of the earle of Northumberland, 1, etc.

Robert Brandling of North Gosforth, head of a wealthy Newcastle family, was high sheriff of Northumberland in 1617. The following extract from his rent roll indicates the value of Hadston at that period :
  1615. A rental of my master, Mr. Robert Brandling, esquier, his landes. N
   Hadston. Edward Turpin's farme, 5 ; Lancelot Browel's farme, 5 ; Roger Boyd's farme, 6 ; Widowe Hall's farme, 6; Nicholas Wharier's farme, 4; the two farms letten amongst the tenants, 30; Peter Stafford's farm, 6 ; Robert Sothern's farm, 4 10s. ; the rent of the warren, besides 120 coples of rabbits, 3s. 4d.; the rent of the freeholde, 3s. 4d.; Widowe Read for the farm on the Helm, 1 ; Mr. Hearon for Gilspith, Pags-crooke, and Grenelonings, 13s. 4d. ; John Lisle for the rent of Acton, 13s. 4d.; William Turpyn for the windemylne there [i.e., at Hadston], 11.  Total, 80 3s. 4d.
    Sir Francis Brandling of Alnwick abbey (son and heir of Robert Brandling), who was one of the knights of the shire for Northumberland in 1623 and 1625, and died in 1641, sold Hadston to Sir William Carnaby of Thernham, subject, as was afterwards alleged, to a mortgage debt of 2,000 to Humphrey Shalcross of London, scrivener. Hadston demesne was then held under a lease by Thomas Swan at the rent of 60 a year. N Carnaby's estates having been sequestered for delinquency, Shalcross on the 27th of June, 1654, petitioned the committee for compounding :
    That Sr Francis Brandling of Anwicke abby, in the county of Northumberland, knight, in the ninth yeare of the late King Charles, became bound to the peticoner in a statute staple, for the soume of two thousand pounds, which said Sr Francis Brandling att the tyme of the acknowledging of the said statute was seized in fee of certaine lands, lying in the said county, called Hadston, which said lands are lyable to the payment of the said statute, but are now under sequestracon for the delinquency of one Sr William Carnaby, knight, deceased, who purchassed the same of the said Sr Francis, but after the acknowledgment of the said statute.
    The peticoner prayes in regarde the said statute is not paide or any parte of the same, the hands of the Comonwealth may be removed, and that he may be put into the possession of the said lands untill the same be satisfied and paid. And in pursuance theirof your honours will be pleased to grant your order to the commissioners of Northumberland to examine and certifie, and to your councell to state and report. N
    Jane Carnaby, Sir William's daughter and heiress, was rated for Hadston in 1663 at 140, and carried it in marriage to Sir Thomas Haggerston of Haggerston, Bart. She had no issue and her estates descended to Sir Carnaby Haggerston, her husband's grandson by his first marriage, with whose descendants N Hadston remained until 1826, when it was sold by Sir Carnaby Haggerston to Mr. Addison John Baker Cresswell of Cresswell.
    No traces remain of the capital messuage or manor house, but in the old grass field near the homestead of Hadston numerous mounds may be seen which mark the foundation of ancient buildings. Neither does the mill, so often mentioned as a valuable adjunct of the estate, exist ; its site was near the boundary between the farm of Low Coldrife and Togston Low-hall, about 100 yards from the road leading from Amble to Low Coldrife. N
    In the old church-rate assessment the township of Hadston was computed to comprise eight ancient farms, and pro rata it rebuilt 16 yards of Warkworth churchyard wall in 1794. It is now divided into the four farms of Hadston, Hadston Link-house, High Coldrife, and Low Coldrife, all of which belong to Mr. A. F. B. Cresswell. N