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Jane Gerard (Leigh)

Also Known As: "Jane de Leigh"
Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Haydock, Lancashire, England, (Present UK)
Death: 1575 (59-67)
England, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Piers Legh, of Lyme and Haydock and Jane Leigh
Wife of Sir Thomas Gerard, MP
Mother of Catherine De Torbock and Thomas Garrett
Sister of Anne Legh, of Lyme
Half sister of Sir Peter Legh and George Legh

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About Jane Legh, of Lyme

Ben M. Angel notes: Apparently she was born before 5 May 1510, in order to be daughter of Peter Leigh's first wife, Jane.

13. MARGERY STANLEY, daughter by her father's 1st marriage, married by dispensation dated 1476 PETER GERARD, Esq., of Bryn (in Ashton-in-Markerfield), Ashton (in Winwick), Rainhill (in Prescot), Skelmersdale, etc., Lancashire, and Kingsley, Cheshire, son and heir of Thomas Gerard, of Bryn (in Ashton-in-Makerfield), Ashton (in Winwick), Rainhill, Skelmersdale, etc., Lancashire, and Kinsley, Cheshire, by his 2nd wife, Cecily, daughter of Robert Foulshurst, Knt. He was born about 1460 (aged 30 in 1490). They had one son, Thomas, Knt., and four daughters, Joan (wife of Richard Done, Esq.), Isabel (wife of Richard Langton, Knt.), Jane (wife of Peter Legh, Esq.), and Alice (wife of Thomas Radcliffe, Esq.). PETER GERARD, Esq., died 20 June 1494, and was buried in the Gerard Chapel at Winwick, Lancashire. His widow, Margery, was living in 1506.

  • * 14. THOMAS GERARD, Knt., of Bryn (in Ashton-in-Makerfield), Brindle, Ashton (in Winwick), and Rainhill, Windle, and Windleshaw (all in Prescot), Kirkby, and Skelmersdale, Lancashire, Woore, Shropshire, Bromley, Staffordshire, son and heir, born about 1488 (aged 6 in 1494). He married before 19 August 1511 (date of property settlement) MARGERY TRAFFORD, widow of Nicholas Longford, of Longford, Derbyshire, and daughter of Edmund Trafford, Knt., K.B., by Margaret (descendant of King Edward I), daughter of John Savage, K.G. (descendant iof King Henry II) [see TRAFFORD 13 for her ancestry]. They had five sons, Thomas, Knt., Peter, William, Gent., Henry, and James, and four daughters, Margaret (wife of Peter Legh, Knt.), Katherine (wife of Thomas Houghton, Esq.), Elizabeth (wife of Richard Bold, Esq.), and Anne (wife of Richard Assheton, Esq.), SIR THOMAS GERARD was slain fighting the Scots at Berwick-upon-Tweed 7 Nov. 1523 (his will dated 13 Sep. 1522). His widow, Margery, married (3rd) JOHN PORT (or PORTE), Knt., of Etwall, Derbyshire, Justice of the King's Bench (died testate shortly before 22 March 1539/40). She died 10 May 1540, leaving a will dated 30 April 1540, proved 5 June 1540, requesting burial in the church of Etwall, Derbyshire with her 3rd husband.
    • Children of Thomas Gerard, Knt., by Margery Trafford:
      • ' i. THOMAS GERARD, Knt., of Bryn (in Ashton-in-Makerfield), Lancashire, married JANE LEGH [see LEGH 15].
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  • 13. ELLEN SAVAGE, married by dispensation dated 1467 PETER LEGH, Knt., of Lyme (in Prestbury), Cheshire, and Dalton and Haydock, Lancashire, Steward of Blackburnshire, Tottington, Rochdale, and Clitheroe, son of Peter Legh, of Lyme (in Handley, Cheshire, and Dalton and Haydock, Lancashire, by Mabel, daughter and co-heiress of James Croft. He was born about 1455. They had four sons, Peter, John, Gowther, and Richard, and three daughters, including Margaret (wife of Laurence Warren, Esq.), and Alice (wife of ___ White). In his earlier life he followed the profession of arms, and was present at the siege of Berwick in 1482, where he was made a knight banneret by King Edward IV. His wife, Ellen, died at Bewganet, Sussex 17 May 1491. In 1511 he entered into holy orders and became a priest. In 1521 he joined Sir Thomas Butler and others in soliciting contributions to build Lymm steeple. he built the chapel of Disley and the Cage in Lyme Park in 1524. SIR PETER LEGH died at Lyme (in Prestbury), Cheshire 11 August 1527, leaving wills dated 1 Feb. 1521 and 1 Dec. 1522. He was buried at Winwick, Lancashire.


  • * 14. PETER LEGH, Esq., of Lyme (in Prestbury) and Bradley, Cheshire, and Dalton and Haydock, Lancashire, born about 1479 (aged 48 in 1527). He married (1st) JANE GERARD, daughter of Peter Gerard, of Bryn (in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire. They had three daughters, Cecily (wife of Thomas Butler), 'Jane (or Joan)', and Anne. His wife Jane, died 5 May 1510. He married (2nd) before 1513 MARGARET DE TYLDESLEY, daughter of Nicholas de Tyldesley. They had three sons, Peter, Knt., George, and Robert, and six daughters, Katherine (wife of Peter Langton), Margaret (wife of Thomas Bruche), Ellen (wife of ___ Stanley), Elizabeth (wife of Lawrence Downes), Alice (wife of ___ Rowley), and Mary. PETER LEGH, Esq., died 4 Dec. 1541, leaving a will dated 6 Sept. 1536.
    • *' 15. JANE (or JOAN) LEGH, married before 1522 (date of his father's will) THOMAS GERARD, Knt., of Bryn (in Ashton-in-Makerfield), Ashton (in Winwick), Brindle, and Rainhill, Whindle, and Windleshaw (all in Prescot), Lancashire, Kingsley, Cheshire, and Bromley, Staffordshire, Sheriff of Lancashire, 1548, 1553, son, and heir of Thomas Gerard, Knt., of Bryn (in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Brindle, Lancashire, Kingsley, Cheshire, etc., by Margery (descendant of King Edward I), daughter of Edmund Trafford, Knt. [see GERARD 14 for his ancestry]. He was born about 1502-12 (aged 11 in 1523, aged 38 in 1540). They had one son, Thomas, Knt., and one daughter, Katherine. He also had several illegitimate children, including a son, Thomas. In 1533 he 'would not be spoken with" by the herald. In 1536 he was expected to bring a contingent of 450 men to serve against the Pilgrimage of Grace. He was made a knight in 1544 during the invasion of Scotland. In 1552 he was claiming exemptions for the suppressed chantry of Windle. SIR THOMAS GERARD was living in 1553, but was dead before 1560. His widow, Jane, then of Bromley, Staffordshire, left a will dated 20 Nov. 1575.
      • 'Child of Jane Legh, by Thomas Gerard, Knt.:
        • i. KATHERINE GERARD, married WILLIAM TORBOCK, Esq., of Tarbock (in Huyton), Lancashire [ see MANWARING 17].


From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on Jane Leigh:


Jane Legh [1]

  • F, #418363
  • Last Edited=16 Jan 2011

Jane Legh is the daughter of Sir Peter Legh.[2]

She married Sir Thomas Gerard, son of Sir Thomas Gerard and Margery Trafford.[1] She and Sir Thomas Gerard were divorced in 1550.[1]

Her married name became Gerard.

Child of Jane Legh and Sir Thomas Gerard

  • 1. Sir Thomas Gerard+2 d. Sep 1601


1. [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 1535. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

2. [S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

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Haydock, Lancashire, England, (Present UK)
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Age 63