ROBERT TURBERVILLE appears as a principal tenant of Bernard de Newmarch in 1121 , and was probably therefore the original holder. A HUGH TURBERVILLE , according to the Testa de Nevill , held Dulverton by the tenure of castle guard at Brecon by grant from Henry II — a most peculiar tenure for a Devonshire lordship. A HUGH TURBERVILLE and a RICHARD TURBERVILLE attested Brecon charters in 1215 and 1220 . Another HUGH TURBERVILLE was at Crickhowell in 1273 , and then held Crickhowell not as a tenant in chief, but as a mesne lordship under Reginald Fitzherbert of Blaenllynfi .
This HUGH DE was a person of considerable importance, a member of the headquarters staff by means of which Edward I was endeavouring to transform the disorderly feudal levy into a disciplined army. In 1272 he was seneschal of Gascony . Recalled for the Welsh war , he served in some capacity in 1277 . In 1282 he was serving in the paid cavalry with eight lances and later appeared with a corps of 6,000 infantry from the marches with a high rank of banneret . In the following year he brought 1,000 men and was promoted to the rank of deputy-constable . In 1284 he was constable of Bere castle , Merioneth ; in 1287 , during Rhys 's rising, he was at the siege of Dryslwyn, Carms. ; in 1288 he was deputy-justiciar for a few months; and afterwards returned to Bere , where he d. in 1293 . He was the last of the family in the direct line. His daughter Sybil m. Sir Grimbold Paunceforte , whose family succeeded the Turbervilles at Crickhowell .
A THOMAS DE TURBERVILLE also served in the same wars as leader of infantry and knight of the household , but it is not clear that he belonged to the Crickhowell family.
As in Glamorgan , the name of Turberville persisted in cadet branches in Brecknock at least until the 18th cent.
Henry John Randall, F.S.A., (1877-1964), Bridgend
Published date: 1959