Medieval – Sir Bertine


Who was Sir Bertine Entwistle?

British History Online has a very old, downloadable book,  with an entry on the township of Entwistle and a pen portrait of Sir Bertine Entwistle:

ENTWISTLE, a township, in the chapelry of Turton, parish and union of Bolton, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 6½ miles (N. by E.) from Bolton; containing 555 inhabitants. The township was anciently common land, belonging to the families of Blackburn and Entwistle.

The latter family was long settled here, and Camden speaks of Entwistle Hall, in his time, as being “a neat and elegant mansion, the residence of noble proprietors of its own name.” Sir Bertine Entwistle, knight, viscount, and baron, of Bricqbec, in Normandy, a distinguished warrior in the reigns of Henry V. and VI., was among the heroes of Agincourt, and contributed by his zeal to the  conquest of France. He was also engaged, [/one_half][one_half_last]on the side of the latter monarch, in the battle of St. Alban’s, the first blow struck in the fatal quarrel between the houses of York and Lancaster, in 1455; and there unfortunately perished.

The township lies on the north-eastern extremity of the hundred of Salford, and comprises 661 acres of land, chiefly pasture and moor, with a little arable; the surface is hilly, and picturesquely wooded, and the soil of pretty good quality in the vale. The inhabitants are principally employed in print-works and in hand-loom weaving.

A Topographical Dictionary of England, edited by Samuel Lewis, 1848

For more about his adventurous life, see At the Battle of Agincourt, 1415 and The Battle of St Albans, 1455