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Mary Leigh (Egerton)

Also Known As: "Margaret Egerton"
Birthdate: (31)
Birthplace: Dodleston, , Cheshire, England
Death: April 3, 1612 (27-35)
Place of Burial: St.Margaret's, Westminster, Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Egerton, 1st Viscount Brackley and Elizabeth Egerton
Wife of Sir Francis Leigh, KB, MP
Mother of Francis Leigh, 1st Earl of Chichester; Juliana Leigh and Alice Skrymsher
Sister of Thomas Egerton, Sir; John Egerton, Earl of Bridgewater and NN Egerton

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About Mary Leigh

  • Hon. Mary Egerton1
  • F, #160859
  • Last Edited=1 May 2011
  • Hon. Mary Egerton is the daughter of Thomas Egerton, 1st Viscount Brackley and Elizabeth Ravenscroft.1,2 She married Sir Francis Leigh.2
  • Her married name became Leigh.
  • Children of Hon. Mary Egerton and Sir Francis Leigh
    • 1.Francis Leigh, 1st Earl of Chichester+3 d. 21 Dec 1653
    • 2.Juliana Leigh+1 d. 1685
  • Citations
  • 1.[S15] George Edward Cokayne, editor, The Complete Baronetage, 5 volumes (no date (c. 1900); reprint, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1983), volume IV, page 89. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Baronetage.
  • 2.[S37] Volume 2, page 1673. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 3.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume III, page 193. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
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  • The history of the county palatine and city of Chester: compiled from original evidences in public offices, the Harleian and Cottonian mss., parochial registers, private muniments, unpublished ms. collections of successive Cheshire antiquaries, and a personal survey of every township in the county; incorporated with a republication of King's Vale royal, and Leycester's Cheshire antiquities. By George Ormerod (1819)
    • CHART
  • Sir THOMAS EGERTON, Knt. lord chancellor of England, baron of Ellesmere, co. Salop. July 21, 1603, viscount Brackley, co. Northampton, Nov. 7, 1616, born about 1540, died in London March 15, 1616-7, buried at Dodleston, co. Cest. marr. 1st ELIZABETH, daughter of Thomas Ravenscroft, of Bretton, co. Flint, esq. died 1588, buried at Dodleston.
    • MARY, wife of sir Francis Leigh, of Newnham Regis, co. Warwick, K. B. father of Francis L. earl of Chichester, died Ap. 3, 1612, bur. at St. Margaret's Westm.


  • A general and heraldic dictionary of the peerages of England, Ireland, and ... By John Burke
  • A general and heraldic dictionary of the peerages of England, Ireland, and ... By John Burke
  • Pg. 309
    • By Letters Patent, dated 1st July, 1643.
  • Lineage.
  • The ancestors of this noble family assumed their surname from the town of HIGH-LEIGH, in Cheshire, where they were seated before the conquest.
  • Pg. 310
  • THOMAS LEIGH, who was brought up under Sir Rowland Hill, a rich merchant of London, and Lord Mayor of that city; by whom, for his knowledge and industry, he was made his factor beyond sea; and in that trust deporting himself with the highest integrity, Sir Rowland bestowed upon him the hand of his favourite niece, Alice, daughter of John Barker, alias Coverall, of Wolverton, in the county of Salop, by Elizabeth, his wife, daughter of Thomas Hill, and upon the issue of the marriage he entailed the greater part of his estate. Thomas Leigh subsequently served the office of Sheriff of London, and was Lord Mayor at the death of Queen Mary. He was knighted during his mayoralty, and dying in 1571, was buried in Mercer's Chapel, London, with this epitaph upon is tomb: . . . .
  • His widow lived at Stoneleigh to a very advanced age, having seen her chiildren's children to the fourth generation. She died in 1603, and was buried at Stoneleigh, where she had founded an hospital for five poor men, and five poor women, all of them to be unmarried persons, and nominated after her decease by Sir Thomas Leigh, her son, and his heirs for ever. Sir Thomas Leigh had issue by this lady,
    • William (Sir), of Newnham-Regis, in Warwickshire, who m. Frances, daughter of Sir James Harrington, of Exton, in Rutlandshire, and left a son,
      • FRANCIS (Sir, K.B.), who m. Mary, daughter of Lord Ellesmere, Lord Chancellor of England, and left a son,
        • FRANCIS, who was elevated to the peerage as Earl of Chicester (see Leigh, Earl of Chichester).


  • The genesis of the United States: a narrative of the movement in ..., Volume 2 By Alexander Brown
  • The genesis of the United States: a narrative of the movement in ..., Volume 2 By Alexander Brown
  • Pg. 937
  • Lee (Leigh, etc.), Sir Francis, 3. Sub. L37 10s.; pd. L33 6s. 8d. He was the grandson of Sir Thomas Lee, the Lord Mayor of London in 1558, and the son of Sir William, of King's Newenham in County Warwick, by his wife Frances, daughter of Sir James Harington, of Exton. He was made a Knight of the Bath at the coronation of James I.; was M. P. for Oxford, 1601 and 1604-11.
  • He married the Hon. Mary Egerton, daughter of Thomas Lord Ellesmere, lord chancellor of England. Their son, Francis Leigh, was created Earl of Chichester.


  • Dictionary of national biography, Volume 32 edited by Sir Leslie Stephen, Sir Sidney Lee
  • Dictionary of national biography, Volume 32 edited by Sir Leslie Stephen, Sir Sidney Lee
  • Pg. 434
  • LEIGH, FRANCIS, first EARL OF CHICHESTER (d. 1653), son of Sir Francis Leigh, by Mary, daughter of Thomas Egerton, viscount Brackley [q. v.], and great-grandson of Sir Thomas Leigh or Lee [q. v.] of Stoneleigh, was born at his father's seat at Newnham Regis, Warwickshire, before 1600. . . . created a baronet by James I on 24 Dec 1618, . . . . whose 'greatest reputation was that the Earl of Southampton married his daughter, who was a beautiful and worthy lady'
  • Pg. 435
  • He died on 21 Dec. 1653, and was buried in the chancel of Newnham Church. He married, first, Susan, daughter of Richard Norman, esq., by whom he had no issue, and secondly, Audrey, daughter and coheir of John, baron Butler of Bramfield; she died 16 Sept. 1652, leaving two daughters, Elizabeth, second wife of Thomas Wriothesley, fourth earl of Southampton [q. v.], and Mary, wife of George Villiers, fourth viscount Grandison, whose granddaughter married Robert Pitt . . .



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Mary Leigh's Timeline

Dodleston, , Cheshire, England
Age 12
King's Newnham, Warwickshire, England
Age 14
the family estate at Newnham Regis, Warwickshire
April 3, 1612
Age 31
St.Margaret's, Westminster, Middlesex, England