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Anne Molyneux (Dutton)

Also Known As: "Dame Anne Molyneux"
Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Dutton, Cheshire, England
Death: October 22, 1520 (67-75)
Sefton, Lancashire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Thomas Dutton, Knight and Anne Tuchet de Audley
Wife of Sir Thomas Molyneaux and Sir Thomas Molyneux, Sheriff of Lancashire
Mother of Alice Prescott; John Molyneux; Edward Molyneux, Rector of Preston; Jane Foulshurst; Elizabeth Molyneux married only James Butler Of Rawcliffe Hall and 4 others
Sister of Roger Dutton; John Dutton; Peter Dutton; Margaret de Aston; Eleanor / Elinor Cholmondeley and 3 others
Half sister of Elizabeth Egerton and Maud Dutton

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About Anne Molyneux

Anne Dutton was born abt. 1448 Dutton, Cheshire, England and died 22 October 1520. [1] She became known as Dame Anne Molyneux. [2][3]

Parents: Sir Thomas Dutton of Dutton (d. 1459) and Ann Touchet (b. c.1424-1503).


  1. on July 11, 1463 England to Thomas Molyneux of Sefton (b. c. 1445-1483), son of Sir Richard Molyneux, Chief Forester of West Derby and Anne Stanley.

Children of Anne Dutton and Thomas Molyneux:

  1. John Molyneux b.abt.1470
  2. Sir William Molyneux, Lord of Sefton Manor+ b. 1481, d. 16 Mar 1548
  3. Edward Molyneux b.abt.1473 d.Aug. 14, 1535, Rector of Sefton
  4. Jane Molyneux b.abt.1475 d.Nov. 30, 1520
  5. Elizabeth Molyneux b.abt.1477 d.Nov. 27, 1508
  6. Thomas Molyneux b.abt.1478
  7. Richard Molyneux b.abt.1478 d.bef.1500


  • The younger Nicholas [Blundell], when quite a child, was married to Margery daughter of Henry Scarisbrick; (fn. 42) they lived happily together for sixty years and 'never noder cold find fote noder with oder,' but their latter years were greatly embittered by a long strife with the family of Molyneux of Sefton. (fn. 43) In some way Nicholas Blundell incurred the resentment of Dame Anne Molyneux, who, as guardian of her young sons, appears to have pushed to the uttermost the superior manorial rights of Sefton, and as a result in 1507–8 Nicholas Blundell granted to her and her son Edward for the grantor's life, the hall of Crosby, with the buildings, lands, windmill, and appurtenances, and the moiety of the rents in Crosby, at a rent of 20 marks. (fn. 44) In 1509 there was a settlement as to the homage required of him, (fn. 45) and in 1514 the manor was restored to him by Edward Molyneux. (fn. 46) The case had, of course, been taken into the courts, but Nicholas, who died about 1520, did not see the end of it, the final decree recognizing the rights of the Blundells being given in 1526. (fn. 47)



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  2. Horley, Engelbert. Sefton: A Descriptive and Historical Account. London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1893. Sefton: A Descriptive and Historical Account. London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1893.


  1. Royal Titled Ancestors, [S10302] Unknown author, Ancestral Roots of 60 Colonists, by Weis, 6th Ed., p. 27, 32.
  2. Horley, Index pg. 515; Dame Anne Mulnes (Molyneux)
  3. Townships - Sefton | British History Online footnote 45. Dame Anne Molyneux died 22 October, 1520 ... Her will has been printed in Lancs. and Ches. Wills (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), 162.

Footnotes for Notes

  • 42. Scarisbrick charters, n. 166 (in Trans. Hist. Soc. (New Ser.), xiii); P.R.O. Anct. D., A. 12603. In 1479 as Nicholas, son and heir of Nicholas Blundell, he granted to Thomas Blundell, vicar of Brackley, Master Boniface Blundell, and others, his manor of Little Crosby.
  • 43. Gibson, Cavalier's Note Book, 10. The petition from which this account of the family troubles is taken is printed more fully in Caröe and Gordon, Sefton, 73, from the original at Little Crosby. It appears to have been drawn up by George Blundell, a younger son of Nicholas, and complains that the Molyneuxes had taken away the Blundells' rights to waifs, strays, and wreck; also their sporting rights and rabbit warrens; their chapel on the north side of Sefton church; 20 marks rent; they had cast Nicholas and his son into prison at Lanc. for 14 weeks, denied George's right to the guardianship of his brother's heir; and finally 'daily lay in wait to kill and murder them.'
  • 44. Kuerden fol. MS, 261, n. 490. Among the field names given are Oaklands, Brandearth, Corscroft, Hayrkirk, Bergh, Dobhey, Dalton, Ragh Winter Hey and Wodeam.
  • 45. Liverpool Corp. D. An endorsement dated 1672 says, 'I think that the heirs of William Molyneux have nothing to do with Halton, and now I know no homage that is due unto them.'
  • 46. Deed in Blundell evidences, 19 Aug. 1514.
  • 47. Cavalier's Note Book, 10–11. There are numerous references to the matter in the Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.). In 1517 Nicholas Blundell complained that whereas he had in 1512 let his manor of Crosby to George Blundell, Edward Molyneux, clerk, rector of Sefton, disregarding a decree made in the duchy of Lanc., had expelled George from the manor. Edward Molyneux replied that he and another recovered the manor against Nicholas to certain uses, and their tenant had been ejected by George; Duchy of Lanc. Depos. xi, B. 5, 5a, 6. The dispute also came before the Star Chamber, which decreed that Edward Molyneux should pay the debts of Nicholas Blundell out of the profits of the manor of Little Crosby; the jointure of Agnes, widow of Henry Blundell, is mentioned; Star Chamb. Proc. Hen. VIII, v, 49–51; xxiv, 181; xxix, 86. There is extant a grant by George Blundell to his brother Henry, son and heir-apparent of Nicholas Blundell, of all the manor of Little Crosby and all the messuages, &c., including courts-leet and liberties, which George had received from Nicholas; this is dated 1 June, 1513.
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Dutton, Cheshire, England
Age 16
Dutton, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
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Probably Sefton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
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Preston, Lancashire, England
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Sefton, Lancashire, England
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Sefton, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
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Of, Sefton, Lancashire, England
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Sefton, Lancashire , England
July 12, 1483
Age 34
Lancashire, England