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Urian Brereton

Birthplace: Honford,Chester,Cheshire,England
Death: March 15, 1577 (72-81)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Randal Brereton, IV of Malpas and Eleanor Dutton
Husband of Private and Margaret Brereton
Father of Sybil Brereton; Urian Brereton and Edward Brereton
Brother of Peter Brereton; Jane Brereton; Margred Brereton; Richard Brereton; Sir Randle Brereton, Kt. and 5 others

Occupation: Groom of the King's Chamber
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About Sir Urian Brereton


From English Heritage "Handforth Hall (1222483)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved May 2014

Handforth Hall is a former manor house in Handforth, Cheshire, England. It is dated 1562, and was built for Sir Urian Brereton.

Under a coved gable by the porch entrance there is an ornately carved inscription on the lintel, reading:



  1. East Cheshire: Past and Present: Or, A History of the Hundred of Macclesfield, in the County Palatine of Chester. From Original Records, Volume 1 (Google eBook) John Parsons Earwaker The author, 1877 - Cheshire. Page 253. "Handforth-Cum-Bosden"



  • Sir Urian Brereton, Groom of the King's Chamber1,2,3,4
  • M, #47058, b. circa 1500, d. 19 March 1577
  • Father Sir Randle Brereton, Chamberlain of Chester1,2 d. 1531
  • Mother Eleanor Dutton1,2 d. a 1522
  • Sir Urian Brereton, Groom of the King's Chamber was born circa 1500 at of Honford, Cheshire, England.1 He married Margaret Honford, daughter of William Honford, Esq. and Sibyl, circa 1525.1 Sir Urian Brereton, Groom of the King's Chamber married Jane Halywell, daughter of Richard Halywell, Esq. and Anne Norbury, before 1541.5,3,4 Sir Urian Brereton, Groom of the King's Chamber died on 19 March 1577 at of Handforth, Cheshire, England.1
  • Family 1 Margaret Honford b. 1503, d. b 30 Nov 1545
  • Child
    • Urian Brereton+1 b. c 1530
  • Family 2 Jane Halywell b. c 1481, d. 24 Oct 1558
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11583] The Wallop Family and Their Ancestry, by Vernon James Watney, p., 136.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 151.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 266.
  • 4.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 253-254.
  • 5.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 549.
  • From:


  • Breretons of Cheshire, 1100 to 1904 A. D (1904)
  • Pg.22
  • Sir Randle IV., of Malpas. also, built the Brereton chapel, or chantry, at the south side of Malpas church, in 1522. He and his wife Eleanor were buried in this chapel, and their tomb still exists. The Shocklach manor lies west of Malpas. It was purchased by Sir Randle Brereton V., of Malpas, in 1572, from Sir Richard Corbet. Malpas and Shocklach, at the time of the conquest, formed portions of the Barony of Malpas, of which Robert Fitz-Hugh was baron. He received it from Hugh Lupus, first Earl Royal of Chester. .... etc.
  • Pg.24
  • (2) In the Brereton chapel within Malpas church is the tomb of Sir Randle Brereton IV., of Malpas, and his wife Eleanor, who died 1532. This is a handsome tomb in the south aisle of the church, enclosed with a well carved oak screen. This chapel now belongs by marriage and inheritance to the Egerton family.
  • In the feudal times in order to become a knight it was pre-requisite to be an owner of lands ; hence, the evidence we have of our original ancestor being the original Lord of Brereton. In those days there were two degrees of knighthood, one a Knight Bachelor, or lord of a manor; the other a Knight Banneret, a knight who had distinguished himself in battle before his king or his baron ; as such was Sir Randle Brereton IV., of Malpas. He was so knighted for brilliant bravery at Terouenne, and at Tourney, in France, by Henry VIII. The knight bachelor always carried a penon or pointed flag ; the knight banneret had his penon cut off square by the king.
  • There is very little recorded of this branch of the family. The Herald's Visitation Record of 1663-4 gives the pedigree commencing with Sir Roger Brereton, of Halton, the founder of the family, about 1540, and shows four generations of descent. I think this Sir Roger was the sixth son of Sir Randle Brereton IV., of Malpas, and the younger brother of John Brereton, the founder of the Norfolk branch. His mother was Eleanor, daughter of Sir Piers Dutton, the Lord of Halton and Dutton, in 1500. Sir Piers was descended from Odard, one of the companions in arms of the Conqueror. He (Odard) assumed the name of Dutton upon receiving a grant of that town from Hugh Lupus, first Earl Royal of Chester, the ancestor of Lady Ada's mother. Sir Piers was the great grandson of Sir Thomas Dutton, of Dutton, who was the Governor and Receiver of the Castle of Halton in 1330. Sir Piers was the son of Sir Lawrence Dutton, who married Johanna, daughter of Sir Andrew Brereton, of Brereton, and from whom are descended the present family of Baron Sherbourne, of Sherbourne, Gloucestershire. The Warburton family, of Arley, were also descended from the same Odard. Sir Roger Brereton married Katherine, widow of Edward Fulleshurst and daughter of Sir William Brereton IX., of Brereton, by his second wife, Eleanor, daughter of Sir Randle Brereton III., of Ipstone and Malpas, and the widow of Philip Egerton, of Egerton.
  • Sir Randle de Brereton II., of Ipstone and Malpas, married Joanna, daughter of William Holford. By her he had two sons : 1, Randle Brereton, founder of the Eccleston and Wettenhall branch : 2, Owen Brereton, of Bar Hill, the ancestor of Brereton of Coddington. His second wife was Katherine, daughter of William Butheley, of Eaton, Cheshire. By her he had three sons: 1, Randle, his heir, of Ipstone and Malpas; 2, Ralph Brereton, of Iscoyd Castle, Shropshire, who had one daughter, wife of John Holford ; 3, Bartholomew Brereton, of Grafton, who had three sons : a, Bartholomew ; b, John ; c, Humphrey, of Malpas, the historian of the War of the Roses.
  • Randle Brereton III., of Ipstone, died in Burgundy, France. His wife was Emma, daughter and heiress of John Carington, of Carington. By her he had two sons and two daughters : 1, Randle, his heir; 2, Humphrey, of Malpas; 3, Ellen, wife of Nicholas Bruyn, of Tarwin, Cheshire ; 4, Eleanor, wife of Philip de Egerton, afterwards wife of Sir William de Brerton IX., of Brereton.
  • Sir Randle Brereton IV., of Ipstone and Malpas ; Chamberlain of Chester 1506 to 1532; Knight of the Body to Henry VII. and Henry VIII. ; made a Knight Banneret by Henry VIII., at Boulonge, for Terrouenne and Tournay ; built the Brereton Chapel in Malpas Church in 1522, in which he was buried in 1532. He married Eleanor, daughter of Sir Piers Dutton, of Halton Castle, Cheshire. By her he had nine sons and three daughters: 1, Randle, his heir; 2, Richard, founder of the Tatton branch ; 3, John, founder of the Norfolk branch ; 4, Thomas ; 5, Peter ; 6, Roger, founder of the Halton branch ; 7, William, succeeded his father as Chamberlain of Chester ; was beheaded by Henry VIII. with Queen Anne Boleyn, in 1536; 8, Robert; 9, Urian, founder of the Handford branch. The daughters were : 1, Anne, wife of John Harcourt ; afterwards was wife of John Pershall, of Hordesley ; 2, Elizabeth, wife of Richard Cholmondeley ; afterwards was wife of Randle Mainwaring, of Over Peevor, Cheshire; 3, Jane, wife of Sir Thomas Hanmer, of Hanmer, Flintshire. (See Burosham branch).
  • Sir Randle Brereton V., of Ipstone, Malpas and Shocklach, married Eleanor, daughter of Sir Philip Egerton, of Egerton. By her he had one child, Anne, wife of Randall Dod, of Edge. His second wife was Izabel, daughter of Thomas Butler, of Bewsey. By her he had one son, Randle, his heir, and one daughter, Elizabeth, wife of James Starkey, of Darley.


  • James STANLEY (Bishop of Ely)
  • Born: ABT 1471
  • Died: 22 Mar 1514/5, Manchester
  • Notes: See his Biography.
  • Father: Thomas STANLEY (1° E. Derby)
  • Mother: Eleanor NEVILLE
  • Associated with: Margaret ? (m.2 Sir Urian Brereton)
  • Children: .... etc.
  • From: STANLEY (Bishop of Ely)


  • The visitation of Cheshire in the year 1580 (1882)
  • Pg.43
    • Brereton of Malpas. Chart Pg.43-44
  • Randoll Brereton second sonne to Sr Wm Brereton of Brereton = . . . . d. to . . . . Ipstons of Ipstons in Comitatu Staff.; ch: William (m. _ Wyld), Sr Randoll of Ipstones and Mallpas. Brereton.
  • Sr Randoll Brereton of Ipstones and Mallpas. = ; ch: Randoll (m. Emma Carington) Brereton
  • Randoll Brereton. = Emma Heiress to John Carington of Carington.; ch: Sr Randoll (m. Elenor Dutton) Brereton.
  • Sr Randoll Brereton of Mallpas was made Knight Banerett at the Siege of Tirwin and Tourney and was after Chamberlaine of Chester. = Elenor d. to Piers Dutton of Dutton [In a later hand.]; ch: Sr Randoll (m. Elenor Egerton & Isabell Butler, Sr Ric., John, Tho. (a Preist), Peter (a Preist), (Pg.44 Sr Roger (m. Katherine Brereton), Wm. (m. Elizabeth Somerset), Rob't, Sr Urian, Elenor (m. Sr William Brereton), Jane (m. Sr Jno Hanmer), Anne (m. Jno Harcourt & Jno Persall), Elizabeth (m. Rich. Cholmeley) Brereton.
    • Sr Randoll Brereton of Mallpas. = 1. Elenor d. to Phill. Egerton of Olton.; ch: Anne.; = 2. Isabell d. to Sr . . . . Butler of Beausy.; ch: Sr Randoll (m. Mary Griffeth) Brereton.
    • Sr Ric. Brereton of Tatton de quo in suo loco.
    • John 3d sonne.
    • Tho. 4th sonne a Preist.
    • Peter 5th sonne a Preist.
    • Pg.44
    • Sr Roger Brereton of Wolsacre in Mallpas parish 6th son. = Katherine d. to Sr Wm Brereton of Brereton.; ch: Roger (m. Mary Bagnall), Elizabeth (m. _ Barwick), Elenor (m. _ Brackenbury & Ralfe Barton) Brereton.
    • Wm Brereton Chamberlain to K. H. 8 7th sonne. = Elizabeth d. to Charles Somerset Earle of Worc'r wid. to Sr Jno Savage.; ch: Henry, Thomas Brereton.
    • Rob't 8th sonne now living 1566.
    • Sr Urian Brereton of Hanford de quo in suo loco.
    • Elenor vxor Sr William Brereton of Brereton.
    • Jane vxor Sr Jno Hanmer.
    • Anne vxr Jno Harcourt of Ranton in Com. Staff. & after to Jno Persall of Horsley.
    • Elizabeth vxr Rich. Cholmeley & after to Sr Randoll Mainwaring of Peever.
  • Pg.46
    • Brereton of Hanford.
  • Sr Urian Brereton of Hanford younger sonne to Sr Randall Brereton of Mallpas. = Margaret d. & sole heire to William Hanford, (Sr John Stanley first husband.); ch: Randoll, Will' (m. Katherin Hurlston), Edward (m. _ Latham), Richard, John, Cutbert, Cibel (m. Thos Ligh), Jane (m. Edward Ligh) Brereton. = Alice d. to Sr Edm'd Trafford.; ch: Urian, Margaret, Dorothy (m. George Redish), Mary, Marteaux (m. Alexandr Barlow) Brereton.
    • Randoll Brereton of Honford 1580 sans issue [legit.].; ch: Thomas base sonne.
    • Will' Brereton now of Honford 1596. = Katherin d. to Roger Hurlston of Chester.; ch: Jane Brereton.
    • Edward mar. ye d. of . . . . Latham of Ireland [Irlam].
    • Richard sans issue.
    • [John sans issue. Harl. 1505.]
    • Cutbert sans issue.
    • Cibell vxor Thos Ligh of Adlington.
    • Jane vxr Edward Ligh of Baguley.
    • Urian.
    • Margaret [sans issue, Harl. 1505].
    • Dorothy vx'r George Redish.
    • Mary sans issue.
    • Marteaux vx'r Alexand"r Barlow.
  • Pg.88
    • Dutton of Dutton.
  • Piers Dutton of Hatton. = Elizabeth d. & heire to Rob't Grosvenor. ch: Piers (m. Ellenor ffoulshurst), Raph, Ellenor (m. Sr Randoll Brereton) Dutton.
    • Piers Dutton of Hatton. = Ellenor d. to Sr Rob't ffoulshurst of Crew.; ch: (Pg.89 Sr Piers (m. Ellenor Ligh) Dutton.
    • Ellenor vxr Sr Randoll Brereton.


  • Pedigrees Made at the Visitation of Cheshire, 1613 (1879) Vol. XVIII.
    • Brereton, of Chester. Chart Pg.38-39
  • Ranulphs Brereton mortus ante 28 H. 8. = ch: Ranolphs (m. Jona Holford) de Brereton Junior.
  • Ranulphs de Brereton Junior miles 24 H. 6 [1445-6]. = Jona filia Willmi Holford. *; ch: Ranulphs (m. Katherina Bulkley) de Brereton.
  • Ranulphs de Brereton a0 7 E. 4 [1467-8]. = Katherina filia Willmi de Bulkley.*; ch: Randolphs (m. Alienora Dutton) Brereton.
  • Randolphs Brereton [of Ipstones, Shocklach & Malpas, knt. banneret] qui a0 15 fund ante domin. = Alienora filia [Piers] Dutton de Hatton.; ch: Roger, Richardus, Sir Urian, Johannes, Robertus, (Pg.39 Ranulphus (m. Isabel Boteler), Willims, Pertrus Brereton or Bruerton.
    • * The names of these wives are misplaced. See Ormerod, Hist. Chesh., vol. ii., p. 686.
  • Ranulphus Brereton miles = Isabel da. of Thomas Boteler de Bewsey 2 vx: ch: Ranolphus (m. Maria Griffith) Brereton.


  • Nooks and corners of Lancashire and Cheshire: A wayfarer's notes in the ... By James Croston
  • Pg.314
  • Sir John Stanley was a natural son of James Stanley, warden of Manchester, and afterwards Bishop of Ely, a younger son of that Thomas Lord Stanley, who placed the crown of the vanquished Richard upon the head of the victorious Richmond on the field of Bosworth. He commanded his father's retainers at the battle of Flodden field, in 1513, when his uncle, Sir Edward Stanley, after-
  • Pg.315
  • wards created Lord Monteagle, led the forces .... etc. He married Margaret, the only daughter and heir of William Honford, of Honford, by his wife Margaret, daughter of Sir John Savage, and was consequently closely allied to the Leghs of Adlington. In 1528 he and his wife prayed for a divorce in order that they might severally devote themselves to a religious life, and be quit of the world for ever. The divorce was granted, and he became a monk of Westminster, where he died; his wife also entered a religious house, but must have abandoned her intention of becoming a recluse, for she afterwards married Sir Urian Brereton, by whom she had a family, who though her inherited the Honford estates. ....
  • Pg.318
  • Sir Urian Brereton, who married the widow of Sir John Stanley, the quondam recluse, seems to have acquired, with the lady, Sir John's craving for the Presbury tithes, for in 1538, during the minority of Thomas Legh the elder, he obtained from the Abbot of St. Werburg's, in the names of himself and John Broughton, the reversion of the lease of the manor and advowson, to commence on the expiry of the one for 40 years renewed to George Legh in 1524; and this reversion was afterwards purchased by Richard and John Grosvenor, the brothers of Mary, the wife of Thomas Legh, in trust, and to prevent their alienation from the other Adlington properties. .... etc.
  • Pg.319
  • Thomas Legh had a long minority, and it was fortunate thing for him that in those early years of his life he had a good mother,
  • Pg.320
  • who, with the aid of her powerful kinsmen, .... etc. He had, five years previously (29th June, 1563), being then in his sixteenth year, married, at Cheadle, Sybil, the youngest daughter of Sir Urian Brereton, of Honford, by his first wife, Margaret, daughter and heir of William Honford, and widow of Sir John Stanley, a marriage that it may be fairly assumed happily terminated the long-standing disputes between the two houses respecting the tithes of Presbury.
  • Following the example of his father-in-law, who rebuilt the hall of Handforth, Thomas Legh, in 1581, rebuilt, or at all events, greatly enlarged, the house at Adlington, as the following inscription, in black-letter characters, over the entrance porch leading from the court-yard testifies:--
  • Thomas Leyghe esquyer who maryed Sibbell doughter to Sir Urian Brereton of honford knight, and by her had issue four sonnes & fyve doughters, made this buyldinge in the yeare of or lorde god 1581 And in the raigne of our sobryaigne lady Queene Elizabeth the xxiijth.
  • Pg.322
  • Thomas Legh died at Adlington on the 25th January, 1601-2, in the fifty-fifth year of his age, and was buried at Presbury, on the following day, as the parish registers show. The same year his widow cased a memorial window, a portion of which still remains, though in a very mutilated condition, to be placed in the church, on which is a shield of arms, with several quarterings, representing the alliances of the two families. Beneath is this inscription: --
  • She survived her husband eight years, and was buried at Presbury, February 19, 1609-10.
  • Pg.331
  • By an order of the Parliament, dated March 18, 1643, Sir William Brereton, of Honford, Thomas Legh's second cousin, and then major-general of the Cheshire forces, entered upon possession and seized the family estates into his own hands, so that the owner of Adlington could hardly say of Sir William what, according to the old ballad, his kinsman Lord Brereton said when he espied him on the hill overlooking Biddulph--
    • Yonder my uncle stands, and he will not come near,
    • Because he's a Roundhead and I am a Cavalier.
  • The house was pillaged, though the fabric itself does not appear to have sustained .... Shortly afterwards it was retaken and held for the King, but it must of been stormed and taken a second time by the Parliamentarian soldiers for when Colonel Legh's widow appealed to Sir William Brereton to be allowed to occupy the hall, and to have a portion of her late husband's estates assigned to her for the maintenance of herself and children, the request was denied, so far .... etc.
  • Pg.338
  • .... The fortune thus acquired he seems to have employed in improving and extending his territorial possessions, for about the year 1669 he is found purchasing from Sir Thomas Brereton the old manor-house of Handforth, which one of his progenitors, Urian Brereton, erected in 1557, and subsequently (1681) he became the owner, also by purchase, of lands in Newton, adjoining Butley, that have since descended with the other Adlington properties. Thomas Legh survived all his brothers, and died in December 1687, being then in his seventy-third year.


  • A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great ..., Volume 4 Pg.249
  • Pg.248
  • SIR EDMOND TRAFFORD, knight, of Trafford, who m. Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Ralph Londford, of Longford, in Derbyshire, and Houghe, in Lancashire, had by her five sons and five daughters, viz.
    • EDMUND, (Sir) his heir. .... etc.
    • Pg.249
    • Alice, m. first, to Sir William Leyland, knight, of Morley, and secondly, to Sir Urian Brereton, knight.


  • Remains, historical and literary, connected with the palatine ..., Volume 97 By Chetham Society
  • Pg. 119
    • Pedigree of of Legh of Adlington. Pg.115-121
  • Thomas Legh of Adlington. Ob. 1602 (Built Adlington hall.) = Sibill, daughter of Urian Brereton of Handforth, and Margaret, his wife, daughter and heiress of W. Honford.; ch: Sir Urian (m. Margaret Trafford), Thomas, Edward, Ralph, Mary (m. Jno. Glazier & Sir J. Bentley), Elizabeth (m. Tho. Molyneux), Dorothy, Frances, Jane, Margaret (m. H. Ardern & W. Davenport) Legh.


  • The history of the county palatine and city of Chester: .... Vol. II.
  • RANDLE BRERETON, of Malpas, younger son of sir William Brereton of Brereton, kt. by Margaret, daughter of Henry Done of Utkinton. = ALICE, daughter and heiress of Wm. Ipstones of Ipstones.; ch: RANDLE (m. JOANNA Holford & KATHERINE Bulkeley), WILLIAM, . . . . (m. . . . . Spurstow) BRERETON.
    • RANDLE BRERETON, of Ipstones. = ch: RANDLE (of Eccleston), OWEN (of Barrel, or Bar Hill) BRERETON; = 1. JOANNA, daughter of Wm. Holford.; = 2. KATHERINE, dau. to Wm. Bulkeley, of Eaton., ch: RANDLE (m. EMMA Carington), RALPH, BARTHOLOMEW BRERETON.
      • RANDLE BRERETON of Ipstones, died in Burgundy. = EMMA, daughter and heiress of John Carington, of Carington, sister to Hamlet and Thomas., ch: SIR RANDLE (m. ELEANOR Dutton), HUMPHREY, ELLEN (m. Nicholas Bruyn), ELEANOR (m. Philip de Egerton) BRERETON.
        • SIR RANDLE BRERETON, of Ipstones, Shocklach, and Malpas, kt. chamberlain of Chester, 21 Hen. VII. to 23 Hen. VIII. kt. banneret, and kt. of the body to Henry VII.= ELEANOR, daugh. to Piers Dutton of Hatton, esq. living 1522, buried at Malpas., ch: Sir RANDLE (m. ELEANOR Egerton & ISABEL Butler), Sir RICHARD, (m. Jane Massey), JOHN (d.1542), THOMAS (d.1511), Sir ROGER (m. Katherine Brereton), Sir WILLIAM (m. Elizabeth dau. of earl of Worcester, beheaded 1536), ROBERT, Sir URIAN (m. Margaret Honford & Alice Trafford), ANNE (m. John Harcourt & John Pershall), ELIZABETH (m. Ric. Cholmondeley & Randel Mainwaring), JANE (m. Thos. Hanmer) BRERETON.
          • SIR RANDLE BRERETON, of Shocklach and Malpas, knt. = ELEANOR, dau. to sir Philip Egerton of Egerton and Oulton, kt., ch: ANNE (m. Randal Dod) BRERETON; = ISABEL, dau. to Thos. Butler of Bewsey. second wife., ch: Sir RANDLE (m. MARY Griffith), ELIZABETH (m. James Starkey) BRERETON.
          • 2. SIR RICHARD BRERETON, kt. marr. Jane, daughter of Geoffrey Massey of Tatton, died at Islington, 3 and 4 Phil. and Mary. Had issue.
          • 3. JOHN BRERETON, rector of both moieties of Malpas and of Astbury, Bebington, and of St. Mary's in Chester, died 1542.
          • 4. THOMAS BRERETON, rector of the higher moiety of Malpas, died 1511.
          • 5. PETER BRERETON, a priest.
          • 6. SIR ROGER BRERETON, kt. marr. Katherine daughter of sir William Brereton, of Brereton, kt. widow of Edward Fulleshurst of Crewe.
          • 7. SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, kt. chamberlain of Chester, and groom of the chamber to Hen. VIII. mar. Elizabeth, dau. of Charles, earl of Worcester, widow of sir John Savage; beheaded May 17, 1635.
          • 8. ROBERT BRERETON, living 1566.
          • 9. SIR URIAN BRERETON, of Honford, kt. mar. 1st, Margaret, dau. and heiress of Wm. Honford of Honford, and 2dly Alice, dau. of sir Edmund Trafford, kt.
          • ANNE, wife of John Harcourt, and after of John Pershall of Hordesley.
          • ELIZABETH, wife 1st. of Ric. Cholmondeley, and secondly of Randel Mainwaring of Peover.
          • JANE, wife of sir Thos. Hanmer, of Hanmer, kt.


  • Brereton; a family history (1919)
  • About 1176, Ralph de Brereton, a grand-son of the first Ralph, is witness in a grant of Marton to Richard de Davenport.
  • About 1194, William de Brereton, son of this last Ralph, received a deed at the time of his marriage to Margery, daughter of Randle de Torhaunt, eight witnesses signing the contract. This William was knighted by Henry III in 1208, the beginning of honors held in the Brereton family for over five hundred years.
  • In 1216, Sir Ralph de Brereton, son of William, granted land to "Brereton" church, as shown by parish records still in existence.
  • About 1232, this Sir Ralph received payment of "half a salt works" for some public services done in Cheshire.
  • During the year 1250, Sir William Brere-
  • ton was witness to legal documents in Chester. In 1307, another William Brereton was witness to four deeds still on file there. The same year, William le Brereton, Kt, was witness to deeds of sale in Chester.
  • Sir William Brereton, Kt., son and heir of Ralph, married a daughter of Sir Richard de Sandbach, in fulfillment of a contract made with William de Venables.
  • About 1275, Sir William Brereton married Roesia, daughter of Ralph de Vernon. This wedding united the Breretons with the Vernons of "Haddon Hall," so well described by Majors in the novel "Dorothy Vernon." This Sir William later gave one hundred marks for the marriage of their daughter Margery to Thomas de Davenport in 1301. He was knighted by Edward III in 1321.
  • In 1342, Sir William and his wife, Roesia, united in a deed of lands in Brereton parish. Roesia must have believed in "woman's rights" and had her name put in the deeds. This Sir William received indulgences from the Pope for services rendered in
  • the Crusades to the Holy Sepulchre, about 1350. .... etc.
  • Returning to the records, we find that William de Brereton, son of the previous Sir William, died before his father, leaving a son of the same name.
  • In 1354, Sir William Brereton, heir to his grandfather, married Ellena, daughter of David de Egerton, a descendant of the Norman barons; by this alliance the Brereton estates were greatly extended, placing their social standing among the best in England.
  • In 1386, Sir William Brereton, son of the above, married Anylla, daughter of Sir William Venables, a descendant of Gilbert de Venables, first baron of Cheshire, and grantee of the first Brereton estate, three hundred years before. By a second marriage, to Elena, daughter of Sir William Massey of Tatton Hall, in 1426, the Brereton holdings were among the great estates of England, including the manors of Malpas and Picton, with lands in Woodhull, Crouton, Charlton, and Norwich.
  • William de Brereton, son of the above, married Alice, sister and heiress of Sir Richard Corbett of Leighton ; this William died during the life of his father. About this time the "de" was dropped from English names, as it was simply a descriptive
  • term and never a title, nor represented any special honor.
  • In 1409, a record says that King Henry removed the Mayor of Chester and placed Sir William Brereton in charge as military governor.
  • William Brereton, on the death of his grandfather, in 1435, was found heir to the vast estates of Brereton, and also the estates of his step-mother, in Tilston and Herthull, as recorded in 1438. He was knighted in 1485. His son, William Brereton, died issueless, breaking the line of descent, the succession passing to his nephew, son of Sir Andrew Brereton, in 1507.
  • On December 7, 1496, a deed was recorded to Ralph Brereton, brother of Sir Randle Brereton of Malpas. This Sir Randle was Chamberlain and Knight of the Bedchamber to Henry VII and Henry VIII. His son, John Brereton, about 1534, started the Norfolk branch of Breretons, from which many noted families have sprung.
  • In 1507, Sir William Brereton held vast
  • estates, and also had control of the appointment of clergymen to churches at Brereton, Malpas, Tilston, and St. John's.
  • As a side-light on court life of the period, there is a record of one Sir William Brereton of Malpas, whom Henry VIII suspected of being too familiar with the Queen, Anne Boleyn. He was confined in the tower of London, and later the King gave orders to "muzzle the bear," meaning to take his head off; so Sir William died May 17,1536, and two days later the Queen, mother of Queen Elizabeth, was beheaded. There is a legend that ever since that event the bear on the Brereton arms has been muzzled, but in free America we have left the bear free also.
  • In 1537, the wealthy Nunnery of Chester was dissolved, and its property confiscated by the King, as part of the policy of the "reformation." In 1541, these buildings and grounds were granted to "Urian Brereton, the elder, and his son, free of taxes," for favors done the King. For a century this place was used as a manorial residence by the Breretons, but was destroyed in 1646 by
  • Cromwell's army, led by Sir William Brereton.
  • Sir William Brereton, grandson of the Lord High Marshal of Ireland, 1540, was married to Jane, daughter of Sir Peter Warburton of Arley.


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  • SIR URIAN BRERETON, Knight, of Handforth, jur uxoris. Ninth son of Sir Randle Brereton, of Malpas, co. Chester, Knt. Escheator of Cheshire, and one of the Grooms of the King's Chamber. Knighted at Leith, May 11, 1544. Died March 19, 1576-7. Buried at Cheadle, March 31, 1577. Inq. P. M. = MARGARET, dau. and heiress of William Hondford of Hondford, Esq., who died 1513. Born 1503. Aet. 12 in 1515, and then married to her first husband, Sir John Stanley, Knt., whom she survived. Marr. to her second husband c. 1530. Died before 1547. (First wife.).; ch: RANDLE (d.1583), WILLIAM (m. KATHERINE Hurleston), Edward (m. Katherine Latham), Richard, John, Cuthbert, Jane (m. Edward Legh), Sibyl (m. Thomas Legh) BRERETON.; = ALICE, third dau. of Sir Edmund Trafford of Trafford, co. Lanc., Knt., and widow of Sir William Leyland, of Morleys, co. Lanc., Knt. (Visit. Lanc. 1664-5.) Buried at Cheadle, June 16, 1578. (Second wife.).; ch: Urian, Jane (m. Thomas Hanmer), Mary (m. Sir Alexander Barlow), Dorothy (m. George Redish), Margaret BRERETON.
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  • Randle Brereton of Malpas
  • m. Alice Ipstones (dau of William de Ipstones)
    • 1. Randle Brereton of Ipstones & Malpas
    • m. Katherine Bulkeley (dau of William Bulkeley of Eaton)
      • A. Randle (Randoll) Brereton
      • m. Emma (heir of John Carington of Carington)
        • i. Sir Randle Brereton of Ipstones, Shoclach and Malpas (a 1522, Chamberlain of Chester)
        • m. Eleanor Dutton (dau of Piers Dutton of Hatton)
          • a. Sir Randle Brereton of Shoclach and Malpas
          • The following is supported by Visitation (Cheshire, 1613, Brereton of Chester).
          • m1. Elenor Egerton (dau of Phillip Egerton of Olton)
            • (1) .... etc.
          • m2. Isabel or Elizabeth Butler (dau of Thomas Butler of Bewsey)
            • (2) .... etc.
          • b. Sir Richard Brereton of Tatton (d 1577)
          • The following is supported by Visitation (Cheshire, 1580, Brereton of Tatton).
          • m. Joan Stanley (dau of William Stanley of Tatton (son of Sir William of the Holt by Elizabeth Hopton) by Jane, dau/heir of Sir Jeffrey Massy of Tatton)
            • (1) .... etc.
          • c. Sir Roger Brereton of Wolsacre in Mallpas (6th son)
          • m. Katherine Brereton (dau of Sir William Brereton of Brereton)
            • (1) .... etc.
          • d. Sir William Brereton (d 1536, Chamberlain to King Henry VIII)
          • m. (1530) Elizabeth Somerset (dau of Charles Somerset, Earl of Worcester, widow of Sir John Savage)
          • The following is supported by Visitation (Cheshire, 1613, Brereton of Chester).
            • (1) .... etc.
          • e. Sir Urian Brereton of Honford or Hanford or Handforth or Handford (d 19.03.1578, 9th son)
          • The following is supported by Visitation (Cheshire, 1580, Brereton of Hanford) & Visitation (Cheshire, 1663, Brereton of Malpas).
          • m1. Margaret Honford (dau of William Honford (or Hanford or Handford) of Honford, relict of Sir John Stanley)
          • The following is supported by Ormerod (Cheshire, vol 3, Honford and Brereton of Honford).
            • (1) Randoll Brereton of Honford (dspl bur 03.12.1583)
            • partner unknown
              • (A) .... etc.
            • (2) William Brereton of Honford, Sheriff of Cheshire (d 05.06.1601, 2nd son)
            • m. (1548) Katherine Hurleston (dau of Roger Hurleston of Chester, m2. Sir Randle Mainwaring)
              • (A) .... etc.
            • (3) Edward Brereton of Whickleswick, Lancashire (bur 29.01.1605-6) had issue
            • m. Catherine Lathom (d 23.09.1628, dau of George Lathom or Latham of Irlam)
            • (4) Jane Brereton
            • m. (div) Edward Leigh of Baggilegh
            • (5) Sibilla Brereton
            • m. Thomas Leigh of Adlington, Sheriff of Cheshire (b 1547, a 1588)
            • (6)+ other issue (dsp) - Richard, John (rector of Malpas), Cuthbert
          • m2. Alice Trafford (bur 16.06.1578, dau of Sir Edmund Trafford of Trafford)
            • (9) Dorothy Brereton
            • m. George Redish or Reddiche (son of Otes)
            • (10) Mary (not Marteaux) Brereton
            • m. Alexander Barlow of Barlow (b c1521, d 26.08.1584)
            • (11)+ other issue - Urian, Margaret (dsp)
          • f. Elenor Brereton
          • m(1). Sir William Brereton of Brereton
          • This may have been the Eleanor who (also) married ...
          • m2. Sir Philip Egerton of Egerton and Oulton (d 1563)
          • g. Jane Brereton
          • Visitation (Cheshire, 1580, Brereton of Malpas) shows this Jane as married to Sir John Hanmer whilst Visitation (Cheshire, 1663, Brereton of Malpas) shows a Jane of the next generation (daughter of Alice Trafford) as married to Sir Thomas Hanmer of Hanmer. The dates suggest that it was this Jane who married ...
          • m. Sir Thomas Hanmer of Hanmer (d 20.02.1545)
          • h. Anne Brereton
          • m1. John Harcourt of Raunton
          • m2. John Persall of Horsley
          • i. Elizabeth Brereton
          • Elizabeth's 1st husband is identified by Visitation (Cheshire, 1580, Brereton of Malpas) as Richard Cholmeley but by Visitation (Cheshire, 1663, Brereton of Malpas) as ...
          • m1. Richard Shakerley
          • m2. Sir Randoll Manwaring of Peever (b c1495, d 06.09.1557)
          • j.+ other issue - John, Thomas (rector of Malpas), Peter (parson of Haswall, vicar of Oswestry), Robert (a 1566)
        • The following comes from Visitation (Cheshire, 1613, Brereton of Wettenhall) with support from Visitation (Cheshire, 1580, Brereton of Eccleston).
        • partner unknown
          • n. Randall Brereton of Eccelston, Cheshire
          • m. Catherine Manley (dau of Nicholas Manley of Poulton)
            • (1) .... etc.
        • ii. .... etc.
  • Main source(s): BEB1841 (Brereton of Honford (both main & supplement)), Visitation (Cheshire, 1580 & 1663, Brereton of Malpas) with support/input as reported above
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Sir Urian Brereton's Timeline

Cheshire, United Kingdom
March 15, 1577
Age 77
February 28, 1905
Age 77
February 28, 1905
Age 77
November 1, 1911
Age 77