Ralph PICOT of Tong, Sheriff of Kent
- Born: Milton, Gravesend, Kent, England
- Died: 1166, Tonge, Milton, Kent, England
Relationship to compiler: 28/29 x great-grandfather
Account of ‘Elwardintune’ [Elverton (in Stone by Faversham,
Kent)], which yields £4 10s. to the [Benedictine] monks for
their clothing and 3s. to the altar of Christ, and which
the sheriff Ralph Picot wrongly sought to take from
the monks. After much litigation, the monks were successful, in the
county court, in the reign of Stephen and archiepiscopate of Theobald,
Ralph Picot renders an account of £8 14s.
2d. blanched of an old farm.
High Sheriff of Kent, 1155-1160
The only sheriff recorded in Stephen's reign, Ralph Picot, was a
well-established local figure, holding on the archbishop's estate,
who survived in office and continued to account for Kent until 1160.
[Ralph's] links with Archbishop Theodoric may have helped to recommend
him to Henry II, but his performance in office must have satisfied
the king as well, for he not only served as sheriff of Kent from 1154/5
onward but took over Sussex as well in 1157/8.
Military fee certifications in the Red Book of the Exchequer, in
1166, record that Radulfus Picot held parts of knights´
fees from Simonis de Bello Campo in Bedfordshire.
The 1165/66 Pipe Roll records Rad Picot accounting for land
in Kent, but adding sed mortuus est.
London, BL, Canterbury, Christ Church or Holy Trinity Cathedral Benedictine
monks; Kent Pipe Rolls, The Great Roll of the Pipe for the 2nd
year of the reign of Henry II, Michaelmas 1155; Anglo-Norman Studies
VIII: Proceedings of the Battle Conference, 1985, by R. Allen Brown,
p. 102; The Accession of Henry II in England: Royal Government Restored,
1149-1159, by Emilie Amt, p. 114; Foundation of Medieval Genealogy