So why am I not rich.
Because John’s grandfather was a younger son and did not inherit the family estate. Instead, no doubt with some portion of the inheritance he set himself up trading as a wool and leather merchant in Rothbury. Housed in a row of businesses with stores below and accommodation above, he was unfortunate enough to be next door to a blacksmith, whose carelessness caused a fire which destroyed all the buildings in the row. John lost his business including stock of some 30 tons of wool and a great deal of leather, his home and furniture. There was no insurance then so hardships would ensue. Hence the perceived rich pickings of the new industrial Lancashire. Or so his grandson thought. So I won’t dwell on that lot. Let’s look at the family seat in Biddlestone and beyond. How did they become so wealthy back in the 13th century?