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James Leyborne, Sir, MP

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Cunswick Park,Westmoreland,,England
Death: circa 1580 (62-77)
Cunswick Park,Westmoreland,,England
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Leybourne and Margaret Isabell Leybourne
Husband of Eleanor Ellen Leyborne and Helen Stanley / Laybourne
Father of Catherine Duckett; Nicholas Leyborne; James Leyborne; Elizabeth Leyborne; Margaret Leyborne and 2 others
Brother of Isabel Carus; Jane Layburne; Robert Layburne and Elizabeth Layburne
Half brother of Margaret Liddle; Thomas Lamplugh, of Skelsmere; Sir John Lamplugh, of Lamplugh; Eleanor Senhouse and Alianor Lamplugh

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About Sir James Leyburn, MP

  • Sir James Leybourne1,2,3
  • M, #80602, b. circa 1504
  • Father Judge Thomas Leybourne, Esq.4 b. c 1470
  • Mother Margaret Pennington4
  • Sir James Leybourne was born circa 1504 at of Cunswick, Westmoreland, England.1 He married Eleanor Curwen, daughter of Sir Christopher Curwen, Sheriff of Cumberland and Margaret Bellingham, circa 1525; His 1st marriage.4 Sir James Leybourne married Helen Preston, daughter of Sir Thomas Preston and Anne Thornburgh, circa 1535.1,2,3
  • Family 1 Eleanor Curwen b. c 1506
  • Family 2 Helen Preston b. c 1510, d. c 14 Nov 1571
  • Children
    • Elizabeth Leybourne+1 b. c 1536, d. 4 Sep 1567
    • Anne Leybourne5 b. c 1540, d. a Nov 1571
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. IX, p. 624.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 300-301.
  • 3.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 509.
  • 4.[S8264] Unknown author, Visitations of Westmoreland, 1615, p. 26., p. 19.
  • 5.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. IX, p. 116-117.
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  • Sir James Leyburne1,2
  • M, #29971
  • Last Edited=5 May 2010
  • Sir James Leyburne married Helen Preston, daughter of Thomas Preston.3
  • He lived at Conswyke, Westmorland, England.3 He lived at Cuswick, Westmorland, England. He was also known as Sir James Leybourne.3
  • Children of Sir James Leyburne
    • 1.Elizabeth Leyburne+1 d. 4 Sep 1567
    • 2.Anne Leybourne+3
  • Citations
  • 1.[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 I, page 255. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S2] Peter W. Hammond, editor, The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda (Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing, 1998), page 39. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage, Volume XIV.
  • 3.[S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1103. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
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  • Ellen CURWEN
  • Born: ABT 1502
  • Notes: some sources shows her as dau. of Thomas and Agnes Strickland.
  • Father: Christopher CURWEN (Sir)
  • Mother: Margaret BELLINGHAM
  • Married: James LEYBOURNE (Sir Knight) (son of Thomas Leybourne and Margaret Pennington) ABT 1525, Cunswick Park, Kendal, Westmorland, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Nicholas LAYBOURNE (m. Elizabeth Warcop)
    • 2. Catherine LAYBOURNE (m. Richard Duckett)
  • From: CURWEN1


  • LEYBURN, Sir James (by 1490-1548), of Cunswick, Westmld.
  • b. by 1490, 1st s. of Thomas Leyburn of Cunswick by Margaret, da. of Sir John Pennington of Muncaster, Cumb. m. (1) by 1516, Eleanor, da. of Sir Thomas Curwen of Workington, Cumb., 2s. 2da.; (2) Helen, da. of Thomas Preston of Preston Patrick, Westmld. 3da. suc. fa. 5 Aug. 1510. Kntd. by Apr. 1532.2
  • Offices Held
    • Escheator, Cumb. and Westmld. Feb. 1518-19, Feb.-Nov. 1522; j.p. Westmld. 1524, 1525, liberty of Furness Lancs. 1538, northern circuit 1540; dep. steward, Kendal, Westmld. by Apr. 1532; commr. for survey of monasteries, Lancs. 1536.3
  • Seemingly of Kentish origin, the Leyburn family had been settled since the 13th century in Westmorland, whence it had furnished a line of men prominent in the west march, a number of knights in medieval Parliaments, and in Roger Leyburn, bishop of Carlisle under Henry VII, an important figure in Church and State.4
  • Succeeding to his patrimony at about the same time as he came of age, James Leyburn made steady progress as a local administrator and, from 1526, fee’d servant of the crown. Although then styled knight, he was probably not knighted until after November 1529; the honour may have come to him at the time he was made deputy steward of the barony of Kendal, which he had become by April 1532. Described in a Star Chamber suit of 1534 as ‘of great power, blood and ally’, Leyburn was linked with leading families in neighbouring shires and beyond. His mother was a Pennington and his first wife a Curwen, and he was related to the Caruses of Lancashire and the Lees of Cumberland; he was godfather to Thomas Carus and Thomas Lee I. It was, however, his kinsmen the Parrs of Kendal who were to be his chief patrons. He was an executor of the will of Sir Thomas Parr’s widow Maud and his tenure of the deputy stewardship of Kendal brought him into close association with her son William Parr, the Parrs having held the stewardship for several generations. It also involved him in a clash with the 1st Earl of Cumberland who, as hereditary sheriff of Westmorland, claimed authority in the barony despite its status as a liberty and the King’s order to him not to interfere in its affairs.5
  • Leyburn was a regular correspondent of Cromwell. In 1536 he was appointed a commissioner for the survey of the monastic houses of Cartmel and Conishead and in October of that year his diligence in this service was noted by (Sir) Thomas Wharton I. By December, however, Leyburn had joined the northern rebels, albeit under duress—he may have been in particular danger through his connexion with the monastic visitor Thomas Lee. He was active in the re-ordering of affairs in Westmorland after the rebellion but was apparently still suspect at the end of 1537 when Lee wrote to Cromwell in his favour. Nevertheless, Leyburn remained a figure of importance in the north-west and in January 1542 he was returned as senior knight of the shire for Westmorland at a time when the Earl of Cumberland’s influence had been weakened by quarrels with his local tenants and three years after Leyburn’s kinsman had been created Baron Parr. In 1545 the senior seat went to Sir Ingram Clifford and Leyburn’s junior place may have been due less to his own standing, enhanced by the leading part he had played at the battle of Solway Moss in November 1542, and to the influence of Parr, then Earl of Essex, than to that of Parr’s sister Queen Catherine.6
  • Leyburn made his will on 4 July and died on 20 Aug. 1548. He had recently acquired a 44-year lease of the Lancashire manors of Ashton, Carnforth and Scotforth from William Parr and this he left to his wife for 18 years with remainder to his younger son James. His three surviving daughters were each to have 200 marks. His elder son Nicholas, rising 32 when Leyburn’s inquisition post mortem was taken in the following year, married a sister of Thomas Warcop and was the father of the James Leyburn who was executed as a Catholic traitor in 1583: Leyburn’s descendants also included two distinguished 17th-century priests, George Leyburn, president of Douai, and John Leyburn, vicar apostolic. Leyburn’s widow married Thomas, 2nd Lord Monteagle, whose son by a previous marriage, William Stanley, married Leyburn’s daughter Anne. Another daughter Elizabeth married first Thomas, 4th Lord Dacre and then Thomas, 4th Duke of Norfolk.7
  • Ref Volumes: 1509-1558
  • Author: M. J. Taylor
  • Notes
  • 1. The christian name is missing from the return (C219/18B/105) but there can be no doubt of the Member’s identity.
  • 2. Date of birth estimated from age at fa.’s. i.p.m., E150/116/1. Trans. Cumb. and Westmld. Antiq. and Arch. Soc. x. 124; LP Hen. VIII, v.
  • 3. LP Hen. VIII, iv, xiii, xv.
  • 4. Trans. Cumb. and Westmld. Antiq. and Arch. Soc. x. 124 et passim; Nicolson and Burn, Westmld. and Cumb. 144-5.
  • 5. Trans. Cumb. and Westmld. Antiq. and Arch. Soc. iii. 207; LP Hen. VIII, v-vii, ix, xii; Hamilton Pprs. ed. Bain, i. 308; M. E. James, Change and Continuity in Tudor North (Borthwick Pprs. xxvii), 10, 36-37; W. Farrer, Recs. Kendal, ed. Curwen, i. 58, 61-62, 75; ii. 63, 65-66, 232, 235, 257; iii. 42, 84; N. Country Wills, i (Surtees Soc. cxvi), 93; St.Ch.2/30/105; R. R. Reid, King’s Council in the North, 9, 11, 43, 45, 78, 96, 124.
  • 6. LP Hen. VIII, ix, xi-xv, xvii, xviii; Somerville, Duchy, i. 291; Hamilton Pprs. i. pp. lxxxi, lxxxviii.
  • 7. Richmondshire Wills (Surtees Soc. xxvi), 67-68; E150/140/1; Farrer, i. 75
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  • DACRE, Sir Thomas (by 1527-66), of Naworth, Cumb.
  • b. by 1527, 1st s. of William, 3rd Lord Dacre of Gilsland, by Elizabeth, da. of George Talbot, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury; bro. of Francis† and Leonard. m. (1) Elizabeth, da. of Ralph Neville, 4th Earl of Westmorland, s.p.; (2) by 1556, Elizabeth, da. of Sir James Leyburn of Cunswick, Westmld., 2s. 3da. Kntd. Sept. 1547; suc. fa. as 4th Lord Dacre 18 Nov. 1563.1
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  • STANLEY, Sir William (1528-81), of Hornby Castle, Lancs.
  • b. 1528, 1st s. of Thomas Stanley, 2nd Lord Monteagle, by 1st w. Mary, da. of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk. m. (1) Anne, da. of Sir James Leyburn of Cunswick, Westmld., 2da.; (2) by 15 Sept. 1575, Anne, da. of Sir John Spencer of Althorp, Northants. Kntd. 22 Feb. 1547; suc. fa. as 3rd Lord Monteagle 25 Aug. 1560.1
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  • Elizabeth Leyburne, Duchess of Norfolk (1536 – 4 September 1567), was a member of the English aristocracy. She first married Thomas Dacre, 4th Baron Dacre; following his death in 1566, she secretly married Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk.[1] She was his third wife.
  • Elizabeth was born in 1536, the daughter of Sir James Leyburne of Cunswick, Westmorland and Helen Preston. The latter was the child of Thomas Preston and Anne Thornburgh. She had one sister, Anne, who married William Stanley, 3rd Baron Monteagle, by whom she had a daughter, Elizabeth.
  • The members of the Leyburne (also written as Leybourne) family were recusants.
  • She married her first husband, Thomas Dacre, 4th Baron Dacre of Gilsland in 1555. The marriage produced five children: .... etc.
  • There was disagreement between Elizabeth and the Dacres as to her husband's will, which settled his lands on his son and brothers, limiting their inheritance to heirs male. Elizabeth allegedly felt aggrieved on behalf of her daughters, but according to her brother-in-law Leonard Dacre, Elizabeth herself received more ‘than ever anye the wyves of the auncestors of the said Lorde Dacre had.’[3] When her husband died on 25 July 1566,[4] Elizabeth wasted no time in finding another. Six months later on 29 January 1567, she secretly married Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, a man who had already been married twice. The marriage ceremony was conducted in secrecy in the London home of her mother.[5] .... etc.
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