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Peter Leigh, Knight

Also Known As: "Peter Legh"
Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Haydock, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Northeast Lincolnshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Piers Legh, of Lyme and Ellen Savage, of Clifton
Husband of Jane Leigh and Margaret de Tyldesley
Father of Jane Legh, of Lyme; Anne Legh, of Lyme; Sir Peter Legh and George Legh
Brother of Margaret Legh, of Lyme; John Legh; Gowther Legh; Elizabeth Leigh; Richard Leigh (Legh) and 3 others
Half brother of Margaret Isabel Warren and Margaret Warren

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About Sir Piers Legh, of Lyme and Haydock

Sir Piers Legh of Lyme and Haydock.

  • 'Plantagenet ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families By Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham
  • Plantagenet ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families By Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham
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  • JOHN SAVAGE, K.G., of Clifton, Cheshire, married KATHERINE STANLEY (desc. King Edward I) [see SAVAGE 12].
    • 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 datede 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].
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  • 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 lliving 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 daugher 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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  • 'Peter Legh, Esq.1
  • 'M, b. circa 1479, d. 4 December 1541
  • Father Sir Peter Legh, Steward of Blackburnshire, Tottington, Rochdale, & Clitheroe2 b. c 1455, d. 11 Aug 1527
  • Mother Ellen Savage2 b. c 1460, d. 17 May 1491
  • ' Peter Legh, Esq. was born circa 1479 at of Lyme, Prestbury, Cheshire, England; Age 48 in 1527.1 He married Jane Gerard, daughter of Sir Peter Gerard and Margaret Stanley, circa 1503 at of Bryn, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire, England; They had 3 daughters (Cecily, Jane/Joan, & Anne).1 Peter Legh, Esq. married Margaret Tyldesley, daughter of Nicholas de Tyldesley, before 1513; They had 3 sons (Peter, George, & Robert) and 6 daughters (Katherine, Margaret, Ellen, Elizabeth, Alice, & Mary).3 Peter Legh, Esq. left a will on 6 September 1539. He died on 4 December 1541 at of Dalton & Haydock, Lancashire, England.1
  • 'Family 1 Jane Gerard b. c 1484, d. 5 May 1510
  • Child
    • Jane (Joan) Legh+1 b. c 1508
  • 'Family 2 Margaret Tyldesley b. c 1490
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 444.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 443-444.
  • 3.[S15] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, p. 506.
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  • 'The house of Lyme from its foundation to the end of the eighteenth century (1917)
  • This Sir Peter Legh died at Bradley in 1478 at the age of sixty-three, and his eldest son, also a Peter, the fourth of his name, married, about 1449, Mabell, the heiress of the Crofts. She leaves a very curious will, dated 1474, in which there is mentioned an indenture of the 8 of July, 14 Edward IV, by which " Dame Mabell Lye, widow of Peres Legh," provides for her three younger sons, Hamond, James, and John, with 100 shillings yearly during their lives, the money "if they be evil deposit or wrong gydit" to go to her eldest son " Peersher," i.e. Piers or Peter. One hundred shillings would be equivalent to about L8o of the money of the present day ; but this would not appear to be a very munificent portion even for a younger son.
  • This Peter dying in the lifetime of his father, the estates devolved, at the death of Sir Peter in 1478, on his grandson, Peter the fifth, generally called Piers, born in 1455, and married in 1467 when a child to Ellen, daughter of Sir John Savage. . . . .
  • By his wife Ellen, Sir Piers had four sons, and three daughters. His second son, Gowther, gave L10 a year towards a free school at Winwick, Lancashire (one of the oldest parts of the Legh property), which fact is notified by a brass on the school building erected by Gowther's great-nephew. Sir Peter Legh, in 1618, who augmented the grant by another yearly sum of L10, "for his zeal to God's glorye and his love to the parish of Winwick and common good of the country."
  • In 1491, Sir Piers Legh lost his wife, to whom he was devotedly attached. She was buried at Bewgenet, in Sussex, but there is no record to show what took her there. Her husband, who never ceased to mourn her loss, retired from the world at her death and became a monk, probably influenced by his brother-in-law, the Archbishop of York.* He died at Lyme in 1527, and is buried at Winwick, the burial-place of the Legh family for many generations.
  • This Sir Piers — a very remarkable man in his way — was succeeded by his son, another 'Peter, sixth of his line, who had reached the age of forty-eight at his father's death. He was twice married, first to Jane, daughter of Sir Thomas Gerard, and in 1510 to Margaret, daughter of Nicolas de Tydesley, by whom he had one son, born in 1513.'
  • ' This Peter Legh was supposed to have been afflicted with lameness, whether from a wound received at Flodden or no does not appear ; very little is known about him, and he seems to have led an uneventful life, dying at Bradley in 1541, at the age of sixty-two.
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  • 'Remains, historical and literary, connected with the palatine ..., Volume 97 By Chetham Society
  • Remains, historical and literary, connected with the palatine ..., Volume 97 By Chetham Society
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  • Peter Legh Esquire m'd Mabell d. & h. of James Crofte, by whom descended Dalton, and the advowson of Claughton. He dyed at Macclesfield Aug. 2 A.D. 1486. b'd at Winwich.
    • Peter Leghe Knyght Ban't and Priest, in his youth mar'd Helen d. of Sir J'no Savage K't. He was made Knight, and created Ban't in the warres of Ed. 4 at Barwicke, and was maide priest in an. aetat. suae 56, after the dethe of his wyfe, and he lyved 22 years, and buylded the Chappell at Dystley in Ao 1524.
      • ' (Peter his son was borne)
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  • He was succeeded by his son Peter Legh, who married Mabel, daughter and co-heiress of James Croft of Dalton, whose mother was daughter and heiress of Butler of Freckleton. . . .
    • Peter Legh died at Macclesfield in 1486, in the lifetime of his father, and was buried at Winwick. He left a son Peter, afterwards Sir Peter Legh, soldier first, and priest afterwards He married Helen, the daughter of Sir John Savage, knight, by whom he had a son and successor named Peter. . . . After his wife's death, in 1492, he entered into holy orders, . . .
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      • Sir Peter Legh was succeeded by his son 'Peter, who was afflicted with lameness, and who was twice married: first, to Margaret, daughter of Nicholas Tyldesley, by whom he had a son; and second, to Jane, daughter of Peter Gerard of Bryn and Kingsley. . . .
      • ' He died in 1541, and was succeeded by his son Peter Legh, who was a man of mark. He married Margaret, daughter of Sir Thomas Gerard of Bryn. . . .
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  • 'Pedigrees Made at the Visitation of Cheshire, 1613 (1879)
  • ch of Piers Leighe & Mabell Croftes
    • 1. James 2 sonne [died 1514] mar. Ciceley da. to S'r Roger Gerrard. 2. John 3 son. 3. S'r Piers Leighe Knight banarett by E. 4. obiit 1524 [1527]. mar. Ellen da. to S'r John Sauage Knight [died 1492]. 4. Margarett vxor Raffe Orrell. 5. Elizabeth.
    • ch of Piers Leighe & Ellen Sauage
      • 1. [Gowther Legh, founded Winwick Grammar School.] 2. John. 3. James. '4. Piers Leighe of Lime & Bradley [died 1541]. mar. Jane da. to S'r Thomas Gerrard K. 2 wyffe [1 wife, died 1510]. mar. Margarett da. to Nicholas Tillesley 1 wyffe [2 wife].' 5. Margarett vxor Lawrance Warren [of Poynton] barron of Stopford [Stockport].
      • 'ch of Piers Leighe & Jane Gerrard
        • 1. Anne Leighe. 2. Ciceley vxor Tho. Butler of Bewsey.
      • 'ch of Piers Leighe & Margarett Tillesley
        • 3. George Leighe 2 sonne. 4. S'r Piers Leigh Knighted at the wining of Edenborough by H. 8 [1544] ob. 11 August 19 H. 8 [died 6 Dec. 1589]. mar. Margarett da. to S'r Thomas Gerrard of bryn knight.
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  • 38. THOMAS GERARD, (233B-39); m. MARGARET (or MARGERY) TRAFFORD (233A-39)
    • 39. THOMAS GERARD, Knt., b. abt 1512, of Kingsley, co. Chester and Bryn, co. Lanc; m. Jane Legh, dau. of 'Sir Peter Legh, of Haydock, co. Lincs., and Lyme, co Chester by 1st wife, Margaret Tyldesley', dau. of Nicholas Tyldesley. (Joseph Foster, Ped. co. Fam. of England. Vol. 1: Lancashire (1873), "Legh, of Lyme Hall").
      • 40. CATHERINE GERARD; m. William Torbock (Tarbock) Esq., b. abt. 1526, d.s.p.m. sh. bef. 1558. (Gens. 38-40: Joseph Foster, Ped. co. Fam. of England. Vol. 1: Lancshire (1873), "Gerard, of Bryn").
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  • Eleanor SAVAGE
  • Born: ABT 1452
  • Died: 17 May 1491/2
  • Father: John SAVAGE (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Catherine STANLEY
  • Married: Peter LEIGH (Sir) (b. ABT 1455 - d. 11 Aug 1527) (son of Peter Leigh and Mabel Croft) 2 Jan 1466/7, Clifton, Cheshire, England
  • Children:
    • '1. Peter LEIGH (b. 1479/80 - d. 4 Dec 1542) (m.1 Jane Gerard - m.2 Margaret Tyldesley)
    • 2. Margaret LEIGH (b. 1473) (m. Hamnet Hyde)
    • 3. John LEIGH (b. ABT 1482)
    • 4. James LEIGH (b. ABT 1484 - d. 1530)
    • 5. Richard LEIGH (b. ABT 1486)
    • 6. Gunther LEIGH (b. 1490)
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  • Margaret STANLEY
  • Born: 1460, Hooton, Cheshire, England
  • Father: Thomas STANLEY (Sir)
  • Mother: Margaret BROMLEY
  • Married: Peter GERARD (b. ABT 1460 - d. 20 Jun 1494) (son of Thomas Gerard and Cecily Foulshurst) 1476, Bryn, Lancashire, England
  • Children:
    • '1. Jane GERARD (b. 1487) (m. Peter Leigh)
    • 2. Thomas GERARD (b. 1488 - d. 7 Nov 1523) (m. Margery Trafford)
    • 3. Isabel GERARD (b. 1488 - d. 1500) (m. Richard Langton)
    • 4. Alice GERARD (b. ABT 1490) (m. Thomas Radcliffe)
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  • 'The visitation of Cheshire in the year 1580 (1882)
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Sir Piers Legh, of Lyme and Haydock's Timeline

Haydock, Lancashire, England
Age 32
Haydock, Lancashire, England, (Present UK)
Age 34
Age 51
Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
December 4, 1541
Age 61
Northeast Lincolnshire, England