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de Wrottesley branch

The de Verdun family of Wrottesley, 

Tettenhall, Staffordshire

who changed their name to 'Wrottesley' and became Baronets


There is another branch of the de Verdon family who settled at Wrottesley in Tettenhall Parish, Staffordshire and became the Wrottesley of Wrottesley family. Their direct connection with the de Verdons of Alton is not yet established but there is no doubt at all that they were members of the same extended family.


In an old history of Tettenhall there is a lot of information about the family including the following brief early family tree:

William de Verdon of Wrottesley above is the same person as 'William de Wrottesley' whose coat of arms appears in the same book, as shown below:  

At the bottom of the coat of arms is an inscription that reads: 



Married Joan, daughter of Sir Roger Bassett, son of Ralph,

Lord Bassett, of Drayton 


Some old seals from old deeds at Wrottesley, including one for Sir William and his son Hugh displaying their original de Verdun coat of arms are also shown in the Tettenhall book:

The deed by which Adam the Abbot and monastry of Evesham enfoeffed Simon, the son of William of Coctune with the manors of Wrottesley and Levinton, in Staffordshire was dated sometime between 1160 and 1167. The witnesses to this deed were: Pagan the clerk, Philip the steward, William de Tywe (tenants of the monastry), Enguerrand de Humez, his brother Jordan de Humez, Bertram de Verdun, Alexander de Claverley, Robert Pincerna, Walter Bret (or Brito), Ralph de Meilnil, Roelend de Verdun and Gwiot or Wido de Verdun. Wido was one of the de Verduns of Norfolk and had a son called William who married a daughter of William de Valeines (Monasticon).

The de Humez brothers were the sons of Richard de Humez, Hereditary Constable of Normandy. Bertram (i.e. Bertram III de Verdun) was brought up in the household of Richard de Humez, as his Ward. Jordan and Bertram accompanied King Richard I on crusade - Jordan became constable to Richard's army and Bertram was made castellan of Acre when the King advanced towards Jerusalem. 

Much later a Wrottesley was made a Baronet and then Sir John Wrottesley Bart was elevated to become the 1st Baron Wrottesley of Wrottesley. His coat of arms (shown below) illustrates how the Wrottesleys changed their arms to those of Bassett, with the same core design as shown above impaled with de Verdon, but with a different colour combination.