The Boteler (Pincerna) Family & the Earls of Chester.
The name 'Pincerna' is first mentioned in the Domesday Book, when a man named Richard Pincerna is listed as being the holder of the manor of Poulton just outside Chester. The Pincerna family also held land and property in Chester itself.
The name 'Pincerna' is Latin for 'butler', and in the early to mid 12th century a Robert Pincerna was butler in the household of Ranulf of Gernons - Ranulf II - the 4th Earl of Chester. The post of butler in a noble household such as this was quite a high ranking and respectable position (the butler being responsible for the ordering in and service of the wine and other drink).
In the 1150's another Richard Pincerna - son of Robert - took up the position of butler to Earl Ranulf - this was shortly before or around the time of Ranulf's death in 1153. Richard is likely to have stayed on as butler to Hugh II - the 5th Earl of Chester and son of Ranulf II.
In - or around - the year 1160 this same Richard Pincerna became the second husband of Beatrix de Vilars - the 3rd baron of the town of Warrington. Therefore - through this marriage - Richard became known as the 4th lord/baron of Warrington, and subsequently the first of the line of 'Lord Boteler of Warrington'
The Botelers were Lords of the Manor of Warrington until the year 1586, when Edward Boteler died without an heir.
The motto of the family was 'DEUS SPES NOSTRA' which means 'God is our Hope'.
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