The chiefs of this great house are stated to have been hereditary champions to the Dukes of Normandy, prior to the Conquest of England: certain it is, that Robert de Marmyon, Lord of Fonteney, obtained from his royal master, not long after the battle of Hastings, a grant of the manors of Tamworth, co. Warwick, and Scrivelsby, co. Lincoln, the latter to be held "by the service of performing the office of champion at the King's Coronation." His descendants and eventual co-heiresses were Joan Cromwell, wife of Alexander Lord Frevile, and Margaret de Ludlow, wife of Sir John Dymolte, between whom his estates were partitioned, Frevile receiving Tamworth, and Dymoke, Scrivelsby, with the championship of England, which is still held by his descendant, Sir HENRY DYMOKE, Bart. Of Scrivelsby.

--(Battle Roll).

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