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William Dalton, of Bispham

Birthplace: Bispham, Blackpool, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Bispham, Blackpool, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Roger Dalton of Croston and Anne Dalton
Husband of Margaret Dalton and Jane Dalton (Towneley)
Father of Jane Dalton; Margery Dalton; Roger Dalton; Thomas Dalton; Robert Dalton and 3 others
Brother of Thomas Dalton; Sybell Dalton and Roger Dalton
Half brother of Richard Dalton; Elizabeth Dalton; Thomas Dalton; Anne Dalton; Jone Dalton and 4 others

Managed by: Arthur Rexford Whittaker
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About William Dalton of Bispham

William Dalton was born in 1513, the son of Sir Roger Dalton & Jane Towneley. He died in 1543 and married 2 wives;

1- Margaret Torbrock and had issue.

2 - Jane Towneley and had issue.

With William we reach the second of those much larger families which distinguish the Daltons of the Tudor period. His first wife was Margaret, daughter of Sir William Torbrock of Torbrock Hall. Gregson gives Dalton of Bispham among the Torbrock alliances, but in spite of the seven children born to them, none left descendants. William married secondly, Jane, daughter of Sir John Towneley. Some documents claim Jane was illegitimate. In the Chetham Society's publication (Vol. 98) dealing with the Visitation of Lancashire in 1533, the Towneley pedigree shows Sir John Towneley had married one daughter into the Hesketh family; another to a Shirburne, and a third to a Banastre.

In 1533 William Dalton "demised to Thomas Hough an acre of the hill and half an acre in the town meadow in Croston" (VCHL VI p. 92). William and Jane had at least eight children:

I. Robert.

2. Thomas, married a daughter of the Richard Molyneux, Earl of Sefton. This was a family "among the oldest of our Norman houses." Sir Richard Molyneux, father of Thomas'wife, was at the coronation of Queen Mary in 1553. Lord Byron was among the descendants of this family.

3. Anne who married a Mr. Westmer.

4. Roger, our line.

5. Richard.

6. Three unnamed daughters.

When William Dalton died in 1543, there devolved on his eldest son, Robert (not our line), the care of his widowed mother (Jane) and the younger members of the family. Trouble and change were the lot that lay before them, due both directly and indirectly to fidelity to the Roman Catholic faith in which they had been bred, and which brought ever more and more severe penalties on its adherents. The Reformation begun under Henry Vill had involved, with the suppression of the Monasteries in 1536 and 1539, not only religious difficulties, but immense changes in land ownership, since thousands of acres and a vast amount of real property were thrown back into the hands of the Crown, and by it sold or leased to new owners.

The Will of William Dalton, son of Roger Dalton of Croston:

By R.N.D. Hamilton of the DGS.

William Dalton the elder son of Roger Dalton by his first marriage is described in the pedigree as "of Bispham", though he must have continued to hold the Croston property, under some settlement of it. In the pedigree his second wife Jane is described as the "bass' daughter of Sir John Towneley, the Towneleys being another important Lancashire family. However, in the addenda and corrigenda in the volume of the Harleian Society in which the pedigree appears, there is a note that Jane Towneley is not called a bass daughter in the Visitation of Lancaster in 1613, p 32, where the issue of her son Thomas is given. It will also be seen that in the pedigree Ellen, William's aunt is described as Lady Garter. It is noted in the addenda and corrigenda that she was the wife, first of Rigbys and secondly, of Sir Christopher Barker, Garter, King-at-Arms.

There is a copy of William's will in the Towneley manuscripts held in the Manuscripts Department of the British Library, where I have inspected it. It is in a bound volume and is numbered 1474 in that volume. There is a note at the front of the volume, Evidences of Lancashire Gentry, and the manuscripts were purchased at a sale at Sotheby's in 1883. I noticed that besides the will there were other documents containing the name Dalton, but I did not have time to note them, particularly as sow at least were in Latin, though William's will itself was in English.

The will reads:

"In the name of god Amen. I William Dalton of Bispham in ye County of Lancs. Esq. 28th November in the year of Henry VIII ye 35th and in the year of our lord 1543 my testament and last will duly made in manner and form following first I ordayne Jane my wife my Executrix. Also I give unto Richard my youngest some all my portion of goods which remain over and above my debts and funeral expenses. Also I will yt that my said wife by the decease of Richard Radcliffe myne Uncle shall have all the goods which I ought to have. Also I will yt that my said wife shall bestowe such sums of money as she shall receive for the marriage of my son and heir upon the marriage of my four daughters, Jane, Margery, Anne and Margaret. And also I ordayne Sir Henry Ffaryngton, Knight and Raufe Bradshaws, Esq. to be supervisors of this my said will and to the same I have sett my seale and subscribed my name the day and year first above written. These being witnesses, Alexander Hoghton, Sir Robert (?) John Waddington, Thomas Bowker, Ann (?) and Thomas Rydinge"

As indicated, there were two names, which I was unable to decipher.

There is no mention in the will of the manor of Bispham or any other lands. 'These would probably have descended under the terms of some settlement or the law of inheritance of land. William's mother was the daughter of Sir John Ratclyffe and it looks as though his uncle Richard Radcliffe had died, but the distribution of goods under his will had not yet been carried out at William's death. It would look from the pedigree as though his daughters Jane and Margery were daughters of the first marriage and Anne the daughter of the second marriage, while Margaret is not specifically shown but may have been one of the "3 others" of the first marriage, particularly as the first wife's name was Margaret. However, there is small pedigree in the margin to the manuscript containing the copy will showing them all as daughters of the second marriage. Them is no mention in the will of any sons of the first marriage (possibly because they had died) and no mention in the will of the first and second sons of the second marriage, possibly because they were considered adequately provided for by the settlements of land as Robert the eldest, who established the Thurnham estate and sold Bispham and Croston, almost certainly was. Sir Henry Ffaryngton is appointed supervisor as he was in William's fathers will. It is particularly interesting to see that Alexander Hoghton is a witness to the will for the Hoghton's were another important Lancashire family, living at Hoghton Tower five miles east of Preston.

Towneley of Towneley

FILE - O K 11/29 - date: 1446

Conf: Thos. Shyrburne, esq., s.& h. of Hugh Shyrburne, esq., s.& h. of Ric. Shyrburne, knt. dec., to Wm. Dalton, esq., s.& h. of Roger Dalton, John Towneley & Chas. Towneley, esq.; messuages, etc., in Crofton.

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William Dalton of Bispham's Timeline

Bispham, Blackpool, England, United Kingdom
Age 18
Byspham, Lancashire, England
Age 27
Age 31
Thurnham Hall, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Age 52
Bispham, Blackpool, England, United Kingdom