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Agnes Assheton (Harrington)

Also Known As: "Ashton", "Asheton"
Birthplace: Westleigh, Devon, England
Death: circa 1557 (75-93)
Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir James Harrington, Kt. and Isabella Harrington
Wife of Sir Thomas Assheton, Kt.
Mother of Alice Houghton and John Asheton
Sister of Sir William Harrington; Eleanor Leycester; Elizabeth Lumley; Alice Standish; Jennet Ashton and 5 others

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About Agnes Assheton

  • 'Agnes Harrington1
  • 'F, d. circa 1493
  • Father Sir James Harington2,1 b. 1448, d. 26 Jun 1497
  • Mother Isabella Radcliffe2,1 d. 20 Jun 1497
  • ' Agnes Harrington married Sir Thomas Ashton, son of Sir John Ashton and Dulcia Trafford, circa 1480.1 Agnes Harrington died circa 1493 at of Aston under Lyne, Lancashire, England.1
  • 'Family Sir Thomas Ashton b. c 1440, d. c 1517
  • Child
    • Alice Ashton+1 b. c 1482
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11576] A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland, by John Burke, Esq. and John Bernard Burke, Esq., p. 20.
  • 2.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, SLC Archives.
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  • 'Born: ABT 1465, Brirworth, Kent, England
  • Father: James HARRINGTON of Wolfege (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Isabella RADCLIFFE
  • 'Married: Thomas ASHTON (Sir Knight) (b. ABT 1440 - d. 1517) (son of John Ashton and Dulcia Trafford) ABT 1494, Woolfage, Northamptonshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Alice ASHTON (b. ABT 1482) (m. Richard Houghton)
    • 2. John ASHTON (b. ABT 1495) (m. Jane Stanley)
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  • The origin of the tenure by the Bradshagh family of a fourth part of the manor of Westleigh has not been ascertained. Roger de Bradshagh (fn. 55) gave lands here to his son John, about the year 1250, a date suggested by the witnesses' names, one of whom was Adam de Westleigh. (fn. 56) Besides John, afterwards of Westleigh, Roger had issue, William, who married Mabel la Norrise, and had with her the manors of Haigh and Blackrod, (fn. 57) and Adam, perhaps ancestor of the Bradshaghs of Aspull. (fn. 58) John de Bradshagh had issue two sons, Richard (fn. 59) and William. Richard had Westleigh by inheritance from his father and Blackrod under a settlement made in 1337 by Mabel de Bradshagh; William had Haigh under a similar settlement. (fn. 60) Richard had issue Roger, who is named with his wife in the settlement of 1337. (fn. 61) Hugh their son married Margaret daughter and heir of John de Verdon of Brixworth, county Northants, who immediately after her husband's death in August, 1383, (fn. 62) married John son and heir of Roger de Pilkington. (fn. 63) In 1385 William son and heir of Hugh and Margaret, being under age, was committed to the care of Henry de Bradshagh, who was to pay £80 within eight years for wardship of the heir's lands in Westleigh and Blackrod. (fn. 64) At the death of Sir William Bradshagh, chr., in 1415, he and Joan his wife were seised of this manor, and held it of the king in chief as of his duchy of Lancaster by knight's service and 6d. perannum. It was worth £20 beyond reprises. Elizabeth wife of Richard Harrington son of James Harrington, knt., was his daughter and heir, then aged thirteen years. (fn. 65) William Harrington, knt., their son, had a dispensation in 1442 to marry Elizabeth daughter of Edmund Pilkington, esq., being within the degrees of consanguinity. (fn. 66) He died in 1488, James Harrington, knt., his son and heir being then forty years of age. (fn. 67)
  • Sir James Harrington made his will in 1493 and died in 1497, leaving ten daughters his coheirs. (fn. 68) In the partition of his estates made in 1517 the manor of Westleigh fell to the share of Anne, one of his daughters and coheirs, wife of Sir Richard Stanley (fn. 69) of Hooton, county Chester, knt., Alice wife of Richard Hoghton (fn. 70) and daughter of 'Sir Thomas Assheton, knt., by Agnes, another daughter and coheir', and Isabel, wife of John Tresham, another daughter and coheir. (fn. 71)
  • From: 'Townships: Westleigh', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3 (1907), pp. 421-426. URL: Date accessed: 01 June 2012.
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  • 52 Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc.), ii, 137,138.
  • 'Sir Thomas was made a knight at Ripon in August 1487; Metcalfe, op. cit.18.
  • Deeds (dated 1494) relating to his marriage with Agnes, one of the daughters and co-heirs of Sir James Harrington, are enrolled in Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 79, m.8; see also Sir James's will, &c. in Lancs.Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc.), ii, 169, 171.
  • 53 Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. iv, 80. He provided that 7 marks a year should be paid for an honest priest to sing and do divine service in Ashton Church for twenty years for the souls of the testator, his wife, parents, son John, brother Nicholas, &c.; also £40 for a new steeple and 20 marks for a table for the high altar. He made provision for his wife Jane, his bastard brethren Orm, Alexander, and Seth, and other relatives, and mentions lands in Elston, &c., lately purchased of 'Sir James Harrington, his fatherin-law'. He had purchased the wardship of Richard son of William Hoghton, who had married his daughter Alice. His lands in Cheshire he left to the heirs male of Edmund Ashton of Chadderton, brother of his father Sir John Ashton. After the trusts for his wife and others had expired, the trustees were to hold all his manors, lands, &c., for the use of 'Sir Thomas and his right heirs. The estate was described as the manors of Ashton and Alt', with 160 messuages, 1,000 acres of land, 200 acres of meadow, 1,000 acres of pasture,100 acres of wood, 500 acres of moss, 500 acres of moor, and £10 rent in Ashton, &c. The manor of Ashton was held of Thomas West, Lord La Warre, by the rent of 1d. The ages of the heirs were: George Booth, 25; Elizabeth Ashton, 42; Alice Hoghton, 22.
  • There are pedigrees in the Visitation of 1567 (Chet Soc.), 8, 20.
  • From: 'The parish of Ashton-under-Lyne: Introduction, manor & boroughs', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4 (1911), pp. 338-347. URL: Date accessed: 01 June 2012.
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Agnes Assheton's Timeline

Westleigh, Devon, England
Assheton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England
Age 84
Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England