Ellen Savage, of Clifton

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About Ellen Savage, of Clifton

Ellen Savage, daughter of John Savage & Katherine Stanley, was born circa 1460 at of Clifton, Cheshire, England.

She and Sir Piers Legh, Knight & priest, Steward of Blackburnshire, Tottington, Rochdale, & Clitheroe obtained a marriage license in 1467; Date of Dispensation. They had 4 sons (Peter, John, Gowther, & Richard) and 3 daughters (including Margaret & Alice).4,1

Ellen Savage died on 17 May 1491 at Bewganet, Sussex, England.1

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Ellen was born into the ancient and noble family of Savage. The Savage family were important Cheshire landowners from the late 1370s, when the family acquired lands at Clifton by the marriage of John Savage (d. 1386) to Margaret Danyers.[1] Sir John Savage (d. 1597/8) was the seneschal of Halton Castle, and also served at various times as a member of parliament for Cheshire, mayor of Chester and High Sheriff of Cheshire.[1][2] Rocksavage was built for him on a hillside overlooking the River Weaver. Started in around 1565, the house was completed in 1568.[3][4][5][6] Rocksavage was one of the great Elizabethan "prodigy houses" of Cheshire.[7][8] Hearth-tax assessments of 1674 show that it was the second largest house in the county, its fifty hearths being surpassed only by Cholmondeley House.[9] An early 17th century description praised the mansion's "magnificent fabric".[10] The medieval family seat of Clifton Hall stood nearby, and was retained as farm and service buildings.[2][9] James I dined at Rocksavage with his retinue on 21 August 1617 on his way to Vale Royal Abbey and Chester.[10] During the Civil War, John Savage, Earl Rivers, declared for the royalist side. Rocksavage was ransacked by parliamentarian forces, and the roof and part of the walls were destroyed.[8] The first Duke of Monmouth stayed at Rocksavage on 13 September 1682 as a guest of Thomas Savage, Earl Rivers, while touring Cheshire to assess support for a faction opposed to Charles II.[2][11] The estate passed by marriage to James Barry, Earl of Barrymore, in the early 18th century.[12] Further buildings were constructed higher up the hill by the Earl of Barrymore, possibly by the architect Henry Sephton.[4] Now known as Clifton Hall, these might have been intended as a replacement for Rocksavage or as service buildings for the main mansion.[3][4] A few years after these buildings were erected, Rocksavage was abandoned when the Barrymore heiress married into the Cholmondeley family and the principal seat of the joint estate became Cholmondeley House.[4][12][13] (The marquesses of Cholmondeley retain "Earl of Rocksavage" as a courtesy title for the heir.[14]) The empty house soon decayed and was already in ruins by 1782.[3][13]

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Ellen Savage, of Clifton's Timeline

1460
1460
Clifton, Cheshire, England
1467
1467
Age 7
England
1477
1477
Age 17
1480
1480
Age 20
Haydock, Lancashire, England
1480
Age 20
Lyme, Cheshire, England
1482
1482
Age 22
Prestbury, Lancashire , England
1483
1483
Age 23
Cheshire,, England
1485
1485
Age 25
1487
1487
Age 27
1491
1491
Age 31
Disley, Cheshire East, England, United Kingdom