Natalie, thanks for your message.Are you a descendant of, or otherwise related to Mary?I found the World Family Tree you spoke of on the Genealogy.com site.If I am not mistaken, the Scudamores intermarried with the (de) Ewyases in the 1100s-1200s even more than is indicated in that tree.
First, if you have not already read it, I recommend Warren and William Frank Skidmore's book Skidmore Genealogy (visit www.skidmoregenealogy.com for more details) if you are interested in this family, geographical area or time period.This is where the bulk of my information on the family below comes from.
Here is a brief description of what we found pursuant to my earlier message.It turns out that the Herefordshire branch, albeit the oldest, is just one of the many branches of the Skidmore/Scudamore family in England and America.The likely ancestor of the Scudamore family, Ralph de Scudemer, was a castle-builder brought from Normandy to Herefordshire by King Edward the Confessor between 1050-1070 AD.Ewyas Harold was just one of the castles Ralph helped to construct, and he was the chief undertenant (second-in-line to lord of the castle Harold de Ewyas, then Robert de Ewyas) of this castle and several others in Herefordshire and Wiltshire, as documented in the Domesday Book of 1086.Ownership of the castle passed to Ralph's Scudemore/Scudamore descendants within the next 100-150 years.
The castle at Ewyas Harold no longer stands.It was dismantled some time ago (I don't know the exact date), and the stones carried away to build newer houses in the town of Ewyas Harold, but some villagers were kind enough to point out to us the site where the castle had once stood, and we climbed the hill to it and took pictures from the spot where my husband's Scudamore ancestors once lived almost 1,000 years ago.We also visited nearby Dore Abbey, which was built on land once owned by the Scudamores, given to the Abbott of Dore as a gift in the mid-1100s.
We also visited Kentchurch Court, not really a castle so much as a fortified house less than 5 miles from Ewyas Harold.This may have been one of Ralph's early residences in the late 11th century.The house, although remodeled extensively over the many years since, was first built in 1086 and retains much of the original grounds since those days.
In addition to Ewyas Harold, other castles or fortified houses "held" or guarded by Ralph at the time of the Domesday Book included Rowlstone; Poston (near modern-day Vowchurch); and Kentchurch Court in Herefordshire, and Upton Scudamore and Fifeld Scudamore (later called Fifeld Bavant) in Wiltshire. Upton Scudamore is probably the most famous family homestead, and the only one that has retained the family name to modern times.In addition, the country manor known as Holme Lacy House, a few miles southeast of Hereford city, is perhaps the best maintained of the Skydmore/Scudamore family homesteads.
To my knowledge, of the castles and houses named above, only Kentchurch Court, Holme Lacy House, and Upton Scudamore still exist, and only Kentchurch Court is still owned and inhabited by Scudamores. (The castle at Rowlstone remained in the Scudamore family until the early 1900s when it was sold to pay off debts;I do not know if it still stands as we did not make it there on our trip.)In fact, due to a shortage of time and lack of good pre-planning, the only Scudamore site we were able to visit was Kentchurch Court... but we choose to see this as a good reason for us to have visit England again, preferably as soon as possible!!
I could go on for hours but all of this information, and more, can be found in the aforementioned book.Looking forward to receiving questions or comments from anyone who cares to share knowledge on the Skidmore/Scudamore family.