Cecilia Towneley

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Cecilia Towneley

Birthplace: Whalley, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: 1323 (32-34)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard de Towneley and Cecilia de Thunlaig
Wife of Sir John de la Legh
Mother of Laure de la Legh; Gilbert de la Legh; Sir Richard de Towneley, MP and Gilbert de Towneley
Sister of Agnes de Towneley; Peter De Townley; Alice (Alicia?) Hopkinson; Nicholas De Towneley; Isabel de Towneley and 2 others

Managed by: Bernard Raimond Assaf
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About Cecilia Towneley

Around 1304, Cecilia de Thonlay, widow of Richard, brother of Roger, the last Dean of Whalley, gave to John de la Legh, son of Gilbert de la Legh, the land she held at Towneley.  John de la Legh had married one of her three daughters, also called Cecilia, and John’s second son Richard took de Towneley as his surname, and his descendants continued at Towneley for another 600 years. (1)

  • 1. de la Legh family: The History of Towneley Park
  • thepeerage.com
    • 1. [S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 2991. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
    • 2. [S7053] John Price, "re: de Towneley Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger LUNDY (101053), 18 March 2014. Hereinafter cited as "re: de Towneley Family."
    • 3. [S37] BP2003. [S37]
  • The Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster, Made in the Year 1664-5, by Sir William Dugdale , Francis Robert Raines page # 304-307 "Towneley of Towneley."
  • http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/tt/towneley1.php 'Towneley1' Families covered: Towneley of Hurstwood, Towneley of Towneley.  Reported to have been descended from Spartlingus, 1st Dean of Whalley who lived about 896, was ...
    • Richard de Tunlay or Towneley mentioned by Dugdale
      • 1. Peter de Tunlay or Towneley the first mentioned by BP1934 & BLG1886
        • A.Richard de Towneley of Towneley
          • i. Agnes de Towneley (dsp) m. John de Hargreave or Hargreves
          • ii. Cecilia de Towneley of Towneley m. John de Legh (d c1330, son of Gilbert)
  • "Tracing the Towneleys" PDF file
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Cecilia Towneley's Timeline

Whalley, Lancashire, England (United Kingdom)
Age 33