SirWalter De Dyghton  ‎(I1064)‎
Surname: De Dyghton
Given Names: SirWalter

Gender: MaleMale

Birth: 1130 Dyghton, Yorkshire, England
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Birth 1130 Dyghton, Yorkshire, England

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William De Dyghton
1160 -



ID: I180
Contact: Dick Hutchinson
Name: Walter DE DYGHTON
Title: Sir
Sex: M
Birth: 1130

The Early Dyghtons
I had just put the finishing touches to my previous "first chapter" on the history of the early Deightons when I obtained some new research material . In 1938 H. Deighton of Brooklyn, NY, USA thoroughly researched the Dyghton family back to Sir Walter de Dyghton in 1130. Using this material and parts of my "first chapter" along with illustrations and charts I put together a new beginning.

Huddersfield Deighton and District:
Deighton means town of farm surrounded by a ditch or moat or the " dike farmstead," and is derived from two words, "die "or " dik," meaning a"dyke," and "tun," a "farmstead." As both the latter words are to be found in Old Norse and in Anglian dialects it is difficult to state definitely whether the settlement there was originally Anglian or Danish.I had been looking for a Deighton connection coming out of the village of Deighton in the East Riding near York. The latest evidence makes it almost certain that this was not so, the family name Deighton most likely came from the village of Deighton near Huddersfield. The names of places,estates and spouses such as Elland, Mirfield and Meltham seem to confirm this.

The spelling changed from Dyghton to Dighton during the 14th Century then to Deighton during the 17th Century.

Sir Walter de Dyghton of Dyghton - Crusader:
Yorkshire in the middle to late 1100's Sir Walter de Dyghton is preparing to leave for the Holy Land on a Crusade. It is not certain at this stage in which crusade Sir Walter took part but it would most likely have been the Third Crusade. The Second Crusade had as its principal leaders Emperor Conrad III of Germany and King Louis VII of France whereas the Third between 1189 and 1192 had Richard the First of England ‎(Richard the Lionheart)‎ as one of the leaders. Sir Walter could have had very little idea of the country he was invading. What little he knew would have been from stories told by previous crusaders and travellers. There was no nightly news bulletins or newspaper reports complete with graphic photographs. It was an adventure. The kingdom of Jerusalem would have been a far cry from his native Yorkshire moors and dales. At the time of the Third Crusade he would have been in his fifties. The tales of chivalrous knights fighting piously for God and honour is very much romantic fiction. The knights were more often uncouth and illiterate and many were no more than thugs. The plan to rescue Jerusalem from the Moslems was a factor but more attractive was the prospect of battles,plunder, and booty.

In 1181 Sir Walter was Knight Protector of Temple Newsham - Yorkshire.
Walter was the father of three sons, Henry de Dyghton, Geoffrey de Dyghton, and William de Dyghton.

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SirWalter De Dyghton ‎(I1064)‎
Birth 1130 Dyghton, Yorkshire, England
William De Dyghton ‎(I1067)‎
Birth 1160 30 Dyghton, Yorkshire, England