2017-01-25 19:05:49 UTC
Among the recently transcribed Feet of Fines for Shropshire there is one concerning Roger Corbet of Leigh, who is stated to have been the son of a Thomas Corbet of Caus:
CP 25/1/194/9, number 57:
Date: One week from Holy Trinity, 11 Edward II [25 June 1318].
Parties: Roger, son of Thomas Corbet of Caus, querent, and Thomas Hager, impedient.
Property: The manor of Leghe by Worthyn.
Can anyone help identify this Thomas Corbet? There is evidence of a Thomas Corbet of this period who was granted the manor of Beddington, Surrey:
“The King has granted to Thomas Corbet his groom in fee, the Manor of Bedyngton Co Surrey by the service of one crossbow of the price of 12/.”… We find the receipt of the annual payment for the cross-bow recorded in the Pipe Rolls. There is one in 1320, telling us that Thomas Corbet and heirs owe one cross-bow or 12s. a year at the Feast of Pentecost… Thomas died shortly after this record, and his son Thomas had the Manor duly handed over to him as his Father’s heir “By King’s Writ.”” 
He was succeeded at Beddington by another Thomas Corbet, but I wonder if this second Thomas might have been a younger son? In a grant of 1327 there is solid evidence that Roger Corbet of Leigh was the brother of Peter Corbet of Hope, Shropshire:
“John Corbet, lord of Leghtone, Roger Corbet, knight, Peter Corbet, his brother” 
According to ‘The Family of Corbet’ (pp. 174-5), Peter of Hope was the male heir of William Corbet of Chaddesley and because of this was thought to have been his younger brother. This fine proves that the relationship was more distant, though my guess is that they were all descendants of William of Chaddesley (d. 1262-66) and his wife Ada (d. 1291).
Through Google Books searches I have also found references to a Thomas (or Thomelin) Corbet, son of Simon Corbet, both of whom were falconers to King Edward I:
“In October  Simon Corbet and his son were sent to John de Brabant with seven lanners caught over the summer, four dogs and a dogkeeper. They remained with John and rejoined the court with him during the Christmas season.” 
“To Thomas, son of Simon Corbet, for a quartern of charcoal bought to burn for four days for one gyr-falcon of the king that was ill. .16d.” 
Thomas was also known as Thomelin:
“On the second occasion, the king first of all sent Thomelin, son of Simon Corbet, who made oblations to the value of sixpence ; then he caused a waxen figure of the bird to be presented; and, lastly, despatched Thomelin with the bird itself...” 
Could Thomas (or Thomelin) Corbet the falconer be the same man as Thomas Corbet of Beddington? And is there any other evidence regarding the identity of Thomas Corbet, father of Roger of Leigh and Peter of Hope?
 ‘The Family of Corbet’, VOL 2, p. 171
 ‘Transactions of Shropshire’, VOL XI, p. 419 (1888)
 ‘The Kings and their Hawks: Falconry in Medieval England’, p. 99, by Robin S. Oggins (2004)
 ‘The Gentleman’s Magazine’, p. 181 (1879)
 ‘Hereford’, p. 92, by Henry Wright Phillott (1888)