AISLABIE, Francis (by 1515-57), of South Dalton, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1515, 1st s. of James Aislabie by Jane, da. of Sir John Gower of Stittenham. m. (1) by 1536, Maud, da. of Ralph Gray of Barton, 4s. 4da.; (2) Joan.1

Offices Held

Forester, Galtres, Yorks. Nov. 1545-d.; lt. light horse, Boulogne by 1546; marshal, Haddington by Aug. 1549; capt. Dunglass by Dec. 1549-50; j.p. Yorks. (E. Riding) 1554; commr. sewers 1555.2


Francis Aislabie belonged to a gentle family long settled in the North Riding of Yorkshire. By descent he was connected with some of the leading families in the county, and it was as a kinsman of Sir Ralph Ellerker that he first came to public notice. He served under Ellerker as lieutenant of the light horse at Boulogne where, during December 1545, his bravery in the field earned him a commendation from the Earl of Surrey to the King. Ellerker’s death five months later left Aislabie without the means to maintain his lieutenancy and with the responsibility as executor of winding up Ellerker’s affairs. Aislabie’s departure from Boulogne did not mean the end of his military career as a year later he fought with the army against Scotland. When the army was disbanded he found himself without employment, but in October 1547 Lord Grey de Wilton told the Protector Somerset about Aislabie’s predicament. Grey seems to have taken Aislabie into his own service as it was on Grey’s orders that Aislabie burnt Musselburgh in 1548. Later he held a post at Haddington, and after praise from Sir Thomas Holcroft he received a command of his own at Dunglass, which he kept until the fort was handed over to the Scots in 1550.3

Even if Aislabie lacked the means to support himself without aid at Boulogne, the wars did not impoverish him. His attempt to purchase the manor of Hampole, Yorkshire, was over-ridden by his former intermediary John Dudley, by then Duke of Northumberland, but he