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William Molyneux, Knight

Also Known As: "William Molyneux VI", "William Molineux"
Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Sefton, Lancashire , England
Death: March 16, 1548 (67)
Sefton, Lancashire, England
Place of Burial: Sefton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Thomas Molyneux, Sheriff of Lancashire and Anne Molyneux
Husband of Jane Molyneux and Elizabeth Molyneux, of Clifton
Father of Sir Richard Molyneux, Sheriff of Lancaster; Sir, Earl of Sefton, William Molyneaux; Anne Molyneaux; Jane Molyneaux; Jane Bold and 12 others
Brother of John Molyneux; Edward Molyneux, Rector of Preston; Jane Foulshurst; Elizabeth Molyneux married only James Butler Of Rawcliffe Hall; Thomas Molyneux and 2 others

Occupation: Knight, Sherriff of Lancaster, Lord of Sefton Manor
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About Sir William Molyneux, Lord of Sefton & Clifton

Sir William Molyneux of Sefton was born abt. 1479 and died 16 March 1548. In 1513 he distinguished himself at the battle of Flodden, during which he captured the standard of the Earl of Huntly, a trophy which was hung in Sefton Hall for the remainder of his life. He was Sheriff of Lancashire in 1524-1525 [1] and Lord of Sefton Manor [2][3].

Parents: Sir William was the eldest of seven children and the heir of Sir Thomas Molyneux (1445-1483), Sheriff of Lancashire 1473-80, and Anne Dutton (d. 1520), who was the daughter of Sir Thomas Dutton, of Dutton (d. 1549) and Margaret Touchet (1424-1503).


  1. Jane Rugge, born Abt. 1475 Of, Rugge, Shropshire, England. She was the only daughter and heir of Richard Rydge or Rugge of Ridge, Shropshire and Margaret (Sheen) Moreton [4][6].
  2. Elizabeth Clifton, daughter and heir of Cuthbert Clifton, Esq.

Children of William Molyneux and Jane Rugge:

  1. William Molines
  2. Jane Molyneux, born about 1499, of Sefton, Lancashire, England, and died unknown. [4]
  3. Anne Molyneux, born circa 1500 at of Sefton, Lancashire, England. She married Alexander Standish, son of Ralph Standish, Esq. and Alice Harington, in 1518. [2][3]
  4. Sir Richard Molyneux, born circa 1510 at of Sefton, Lancashire, England. He married Eleanore Radcliffe, daughter of Alexander Radcliffe and Alice Booth, circa 1534 at of Sefton, Lancashire, England. He was sheriff of Lancaster in 1566 and died on 3 January 1569 at Ireland. [1][2]

Children of Elizabeth Clifton and William Molyneux:([7] fn. 50)

  1. Thomas Molyneux born before 1527 and died without issue.
  2. Anne, Henry Halsall of Halsall


Sir William Molyneux (1483-1548), son of Sir Thomas, by his wife Anne, daughter and coheir of Sir Thomas Dutton, led a considerable force to serve in 1513 under his cousin Sir Edward Stanley at Flodden Field, where he took with his own hands two Scottish banners and the Earl of Huntly's arms; for this service he was personally thanked in a letter by Henry VIII. He joined Derby's Salley expedition in 1536 (GAIRDNER, Letters and Papers, ii. 1251) ([7] fn. 47) and died in 1548, aged 65, being buried in Sefton Church [5], where there is a monument and eulogistic Latin inscription to his memory. [6] ([7] fn. 50)

It was perhaps in his time that Croxteth became the principal residence of the family, as Leyland found it in 1535: 'Mr. Molyneux, a knight of great lands, two miles from Prescot, dwelleth at a place called Croxteth.' ([7] fn. 48) In 1545 William Molyneux assigned certain lands to his son Richard to enable the latter to maintain hospitality within the manor place of Sefton. ([7] fn. 49).

He was knighted at Mary's accession in 1553, served as sheriff of Lancashire in 1566, and died in 1569.[8]

From 'Townships: Sefton', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 66-74. British History Online [accessed 20 August 2016].

46. Richard Molyneux was patron of Sefton in 1489. Early in 1500 William Molyneux was described as 'son and heir' of Sir Thomas, showing that Richard had died in his minority; Croxteth D. N. 5. On 24 September, 1502, the representative of his father's feoffees granted various premises to William Molyneux; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v. n. 39.

50. Brass at Sefton church. His [William Molyneux's] will, dated 1547, is among the Croxteth Deeds; Genl. i, 81. The inquisition preserved says nothing of his Sefton lands; it concerns only the Clifton estates which he held in right of his second wife, and which descended to his son by her, Thomas Molyneux, then over twenty-one years of age; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vii, n. 6. Thomas dying without issue they went to his sister Anne, wife of Henry Halsall of Halsall; Visit. of 1533, p. 135.

His son and heir Richard had special livery of his lands on 13 June of that year [1548]. ...


  1. 'High Sheriffs of Lancashire: 1523-1549' by Colin Penny PhD
  2. Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Common Ancestors & Cousins - Person Page 1107
  3. Beall, and Kaleen E. Beall. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700: Lineages from Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Other Historical Individuals. Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Pub. Co, 2006. Print. 8th Edition. Pg. 32.
  4. Unknown author, Burke's Commoners, Vol. II, p. 66. in unknown series (n.p.:, unknown publish date).
  6. Sefton St Helen's Church
  7. Townships: Sefton
  8. Dictionary of National biography, Volume 38 By Sir Leslie Stephen, Sir Sidney Lee, Pg.134
  12. page 32 of Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who Came to America Before 1700: Lineages from Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Other Historical Individuals.  Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, William Ryland Beall, Kaleen E. Beall.  Genealogical Publishing Com, 2004 - Reference - 359 pages
  13. 'Townships: Sefton', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 66-74. British History Online [accessed 20 August 2016].


  • 47. See the inscription on his brass in Sefton church. The letter is at Croxteth, as are the summonses to be ready in 1536 to join the earl of Shrewsbury (no doubt against the Pilgrimage of Grace), and in 1542 to advance against the Scots; Croxteth D. Genl. i, 73, 75, 76, 78. For a fuller account of him see Dict. Nat. Biog. and Gillow, Bibl. Dict. of Engl. Cath. v, 71. The printed Visits. begin at this time (Chet. Soc.); the Molyneux of Sefton pedigrees will be found as follows: 1533, p. 135; 1567, p. 103; 1613, p. 131; 1664, p. 204.
  • 48. Itin. vii, 48.
  • 49. Croxteth D. Genl. i, 80.
  • 50. Brass at Sefton church. His will, dated 1547, is among the Croxteth Deeds; Genl. i, 81. The inquisition preserved says nothing of his Sefton lands; it concerns only the Clifton estates which he held in right of his second wife, and which descended to his son by her, Thomas Molyneux, then over twenty-one years of age; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vii, n. 6. Thomas dying without issue they went to his sister Anne, wife of Henry Halsall of Halsall; Visit. of 1533, p. 135.
  • On the south side of the chancel is a floor-slab with the brass figures of Sir William Molyneux and his two wives, Jane (Rudge) and Elizabeth (Clifton), 1548. The inscription records his feat of capturing two standards at Flodden, and over his head is the Molyneux shield with the standards above it—only one being now perfect, that of Huntly, with its motto or cry 'Clanc tout.' Above each of the wives was a lozenge with heraldry, one only being now left, and below the inscription a shield with Molyneux with ten alliances, and the motto 'En droit devant.' The figure of Sir William is in armour of the time, with the curious exception that the head is covered with a coif of mail, and the lower part of a hauberk shows above the knees. It is possible, as has been already suggested elsewhere, that the figure represents his actual appearance at Flodden, in old armour hastily chosen from among the suits at Sefton on the sudden alarm of war.
  • Molyneux remains a significant name throughout these deeds, and the inquisitio post mortem following the death of Henry Norris in 1524 found that the Speke lands were held by knight service of Sir William Molyneux, under whom Henry [Norris] and his brother William [Norris] were said to have fought at the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513.
  • Sir Henry Kighley ... is said to have commanded the bowmen in the English army against the Scots at the Battle of Flodden Field, 1513, in conjunction with Sir William Stanley and Sir William Molyneux. These knights and their archers are said to have "forced the Scots to give ground..." (source: Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, College of Arms, London, England). The following is an account of the battle excerpted from Encarta Encyclopedia:

Flodden Field, plain in Northumberland, England, on the border with Scotland, at the base of Flodden Hill, the northeastern continuation of the Cheviot Hills. It is the site of a celebrated battle, fought on September 9, 1513, in which a Scottish army commanded by James IV, king of Scotland, was defeated by the English under Thomas Howard, earl of Surrey (later 2nd duke of Norfolk), chief lieutenant of King Henry VIII of England.

Upon Henry's refusal to accede to his demand to cease making war on France, an ally of Scotland, James raised an army of 100,000 and invaded England. By the time the Scottish army reached Flodden Field, it had dwindled to about 30,000 as a result of desertions. The opposing English army was of equal strength. By nightfall a decisive English victory was obvious. The total Scottish wounded and dead amounted to some 10,000; English losses were about 4,000. Among the Scottish dead were King James, the archbishop of St. Andrew, 12 earls, and men from every important family in Scotland. The King's Stone, an unhewn granite pillar, is believed to mark the spot where James was killed. The battle is re-created in the sixth canto of the metrical romance, "Marmion, A Tale of Flodden Field," by the 19th-century Scottish poet Sir Walter Scott." Microsoft® Encarta® 98 Encyclopedia. © 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

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  • History, genealogical and biographical, of the Molyneux families
  • 12—61. Sir Wiliam Molyneux of Sefton Knt. m. Jane dau. Sir Robert Holland.
  • Issue:
    • 13—70. Richard Molyneux (Molines); m. Ellen dau. of Thomas Urswick (d. at Sefton 1397).
    • 12—71. Thomas Molyneux, a celebrated warrior under the Black Prince, who added to his arms as a distinction the Fleur de
    • Lis (in the Dexter chief). Sir Thomas Molyneux commanded the force of Robert de Vere of Ireland. This branch of the Moyneux family (descendants) resided in Calais in 1531, ancestors of the Molyneux, of Castle Dillon, Co. Armagh, Ireland. Thomas Molyneux m. ...... .
    • .... etc.
  • 13—70. Richard Molines, or Molyneux (son of William Molyneux and Jane Holland), who, contituted high sheriff of Lancaster for life, was M. P. for the shire. He m. Ellen, dau. of Sir Thomas Urswick, and died 1397. (She afterwards m. Sir Thomas Savage.)
  • Issue :
    • 14—72. Richard Molyneux (knighted at Agincourt).
    • 73. Adam (LL.D., died Jan. 9th, 1449; keeper of the Privy Seal, Henry VI). In 1447, sealed the warrant for the arrest of Suffolk's great rival, the Duke .... etc.
    • 74. Robert Molyneux; m. Margret L'Estrange. (Robert inherited property of brother Adam.)
    • 75. Annie.
    • 76. Katherine; m. John Howard, Duke of Norfolk. (Slain at Bosworth Field in 1485.)
  • .... etc.
  • (SHOULD BE 14—72)
  • 14—70. Richard Molyneux, who signalized himself in the French wars of King Henry V at Agincourt, in consideration of which services King Henry granted to him and son Richard by patent dated July 26th, 1446, the chief forestship of Royal Forest and parks in the Wapentake by West Derby shire, with offices of sergeant and steward of that and the Wypentake of Salford, and also the office of constable of Liverpool, He m. 1st, Helen, dau. of Sir William Harrington of Hombie, Lancaster; m. 2d, Joan, dau. of Gilbert Haydocke, of Bradley, Lanc., widow of Sir Peter Leigh, Knt., of Lyme; d. 1439.
  • Issue by 1st wife:
  • Issue by 2d wife :
    • 79. Sir Richard Molyneux (ancestor of the Viscounts Molyneux). In favor with Henry VI, who by letters patent conferred upon him and sons and their heirs the chief forestships of the Royal Forest and parks of West Derby shire and the stewardship office of constable of Liverpool. He was slain at Bloreheath with Lord Audly, in the war of the Roses in 1459-60.
    • 80. Thomas Molyneux, of Haughton Priory, in Nottinghamshire, Councillor to Henry IV ; m. Elizabeth Markham.
    • 81. John Rector of Sefton.
    • 82. Robert, taken prisoner by the Turks, in 1448.
    • 83. Henry ; fought under Edward IV against the Scots. Knighted by Gloucester at the siege of Berwick, July 25th, 1482, and one of the pall bearers at Edward IV's funeral.
    • 84. Gilbert; m. Lady Cheneys, of Co. Bucks.
    • 85. Edmund.
    • 86. William; m . ......
    • 87. Catherine; m. 1st, John Stanhope, Esq.; 2d, Sir Radchff, of Swithells.
    • 88. Genett ; m. Robert, Viscount Gormanston.
    • 89. Elizabeth; m. Sir Robert Southworth.
  • .... etc.
  • 15—79. Sir Richard Molyneux was in such high favor at court that in the act of resumption passed in the 36 Henry VI, we find this provisional clause, "Provided always that this act extend not, nor in ways be prejudicially unto Richard Molyneux, Esq. ; of Sefton, one of the ushers of our privy chamber, in the Constableship of our Castle of Liverpool," &c. He fell fighting under Lancasteral banner at Bloore Heath (1459). He m. Elizabeth, 2d dau. of Sir Thomas Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby. Sir Richard had also the stewardship of West Deryshire, the forrestship of our forest of Symonds Wood, and our parks of Croxteth, &c. He was afterwards knighted, and was slain at the battle of Bloore Heath, war of Roses, Sept. 23, 1459. He m. 2d, Jane Molyneux.
  • Issue.
    • 16 — 92. Sir Thomas Molyneux ; m. Anne Dutton.
    • 93. James (Archdeacon of Richmond, and Rector of Sefton.)
    • 94. Margret; m. 1st John Dutton of Dutton; m. 2d, Sir William Buckely (ancestor of the Viscounts Buckely); d. 1528.
    • 95. Eleanor; m. 1st, Sir George Leyland of Morley; m. 2d, Roger Ashton, Esq.
    • 96. Joan; m. Christopher Barton, of Smithells, Esq.
  • .... etc.
  • 16—92. Sir Thomas Molyneux; fought under Edward IV; was under the Duke of Gloucester for the recovery of the town of Berwick from the Scots, and was there made a banneret (knighted) by Gloucester, at the siege of Berwick, 24th July, 1483. He was one of the pall bearers at the funeral of Edward IV.
  • Thomas Molyneux also built a church and Fair House at Hawton. He m. Anna, dau. of Thomas Dutton (sometimes Dalton), in Co. Chester, by Anne, dau. of James Lord Audley (d. 6th of Henry VII, 1491). She m. 2d, John Westby.
  • Issue :
  • .... etc.
  • 17—109. Sir William Molyneux, a great commander in the Co. Lancaster; b. 1433, d. 1548. William Molyneux led a considerable force to serve in 1513, under his cousin Sir Richard Stanley at Flodden Field, where he took with his own hand two Scottish banners and the Earl of Huntley's arms. For this service he was personally thanked in a letter by Henry VIII. Sir William brought a considerable strength to the seasonable succor of the Duke of Norfolk, with whom he performed signal service at the battle of Flodden Field. He married Jane, dau. to Sir Richard Rugge (sometimes Rugg, — Riggs) of Rugg, in Co. Stafford; m. 2d, Elizabeth, dau. of Cuthbert Clifton, in Lanc. ; widow of Sir Richard Heskeith, Knight of Ruf-
  • ford, in Co. Lanc., and became in consequence Lord of Clifton. Sir William was a gallant Knight in the reign of Henry III, and displayed great bravery. On his death-bed he gave this advice to his son, "Let the underwood grow ; the tenants are the support of the family, and the commonality are the strength of a kingdom. Improve this fairly; but force not violently either your bounds or your rents above your fathers. He died 1548 and was buried at Sefton Church, where there is a monument and a eulogistic Latin inscription to his memory. Knighted at Flodden Field in 1513 and given a tiger passant proper on a crown or, for his crest.
  • Letter to Sir William Molyneux, Junior Knight, from King Henry VIII : .... etc.
  • Issue by 1st wife:
    • 18—122. Sir Richard Molyneux, knighted at the accession of Mary, 1553; m. 1st, Elenor, dau. of Alexander Radcliff; m. 2d, Elinor, dau. of Robert Maghill ; d. 1569.
    • 123. Jane; m. Richard Bold, Lanc., Esq. ; m. 2d, Richard Molyneux, who d. 1578.
    • 124. Anne; m. Alexander Standish, of Standish Hall, Knt., 1518.
  • Issue by 2d wife:
    • 125. William Molyneux.
    • 126. Thomas.
    • 127. Anne, m. Henry Halsall, Esq. of Halsall.
  • .... etc.
  • 18—122.


  • A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain and Ireland enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank, but uninvested with heritable honours Vol. 2 by Burke, John, 1787-1848
  • .... etc.
  • The elder son and heir,
  • CUTHBERT CLIFTON, of Clifton, m. Alice, daughter and co-heir of Sir John Lawrence, of Ashton, in the county of Lancaster, knt. By deed of November, 18th HENRY VII. A.D. 1502, he settled his estates upon himself for life, and to his issue male, with remainder to his brother, William. He d. in 1512, leaving an only daughter,
    • ELIZABETH, who m. first, Sir Richard Hesketh, knt. of Rufford, in the county of Lancaster, but had no issue by that gentleman, who died in 1520. She wedded secondly, Sir William Molyneux, knt. of Sephton, who became in consequence, Lord of Clifton. By Sir William, who died in July, 1548, she had an only daughter,
      • ANNE MOLYNEUX, who espoused Henry Halsall, esq. of the county of Lancaster, and conferred upon him the Lordship of Clifton, which remained with his descendants until it again merged in the Clifton family, by the marriage of Anne Halsall, daughter of Sir Cuthbert Halsall, with Thomas Clifton, of Westby.
  • .... etc.


  • Examynatyons Towcheynge Cokeye More, Temp. Hen. VIII., in a Dispute Between ... By Sir Richard Assheton, John Radclyffe
  • Pg.21
  • PAGE 7. "Mr. Heskethe."] Richard Hesketh was a member of a Lancashire family not unknown either to history or heraldry. He was the second son of Robert Hesketh of Rufford Esq. and of Alice his wife, daughter of Sir Robert Booth of Dunham Massey Knt. and niece in half blood of Lawrence Booth, Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor, whose birth was not obscure, and whose merits were various. See Campbell's Lives of Lord Chancellors, vol. i. p. 389. Baines states (vol. iii. p. 427) that the Hesketh pedigree has been 'evidently drawn up with great care," and yet implies that Richard Hesketh's mother was not Alice Booth, (p. 426,) an altogether unwarranted implication. Nor is this the only erroneous statement in the pedigree, Richard Hesketh being there recorded as the husband of Grace, daughter of John Towneley of Towneley, whereas he married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Cuthburt Clifton of Clifton Esq. by his wife Alice, daughter and coheiress of Sir John Lawrence of Ashton Hall near Lancaster Knt. Having no issue by Richard Hesketh, whom she survived, she married secondly Sir William Molyneux of Sefton Knt. (a widower,) and had issue by him one son, who inherited her manor of Clifton, and two daughters. Grace, daughter of John Towneley, was the wife of Sir Robert Hesketh, the nephew of Richard here named;; whilst Thomas Hesketh, Richard's elder brother, married Grace, daughter of Sir Richard Towneley Knt. but had no child. — Harl. MS; Whitaker's Hist. of Whalley, p. 344 ; Maines, vol. iii. p. 428, Note; Lanc. MSS. vol. xii. Ped. Richard Hesketh belonged to a Lancastrian house, and being brought up to the law, was indebted for his promotion to the good offices of Margaret Countess of Richmond and Derby, the generous patroness of learned men. His influence in Lancashire was great, and his practice of the law profitable to himself, and it may be hoped not less so to
  • Pg.22
  • his clients, as his name frequently occurs in Lancashire evidences, in conjunction with Sir Anthony Fitzherbert, Lawyer Hawarden, and others. In 1506 he was engaged in the great suit respecting the will and subsequent proceedngs of the feoffees of Warden Huntington of Manchester College, (Not. Cestr. vol. ii. part i. p. 60,) and he was apponted an executor of the will of Thomas first Earl of Derby K.G. dated July 28th and proved November 9th 1504, being therein styled "a trusty servant" of that potent nobleman. His official connection with the Derby family also led to his appointment as an executor of the will of Thomas the second Earl, who died 23rd May 1521, along with his brothers Thomas Hesketh, of Rufford Esq., Hugh Hesketh, Bishop of Man, and others, who are called the Earl's "trusty friends," Cardinal Wolsey, the Lord Chancellor, and Hugh Oldham, Bishop of Exeter, being amongst the supervisors of the will — Testamenta Vetusta, vol. ii. pp. 460, 590. Richard Hesketh was appointed Attorney General of the Duchy of Lancaster by Henry VIII. and died in the year 1520, 12 Henry VIII. — Lanc. MSS. vol. iii.


  • The Visitation of Lancashire and a Part of Cheshire: Made in the Twenty ... Part II. by Thomas Benalt
  • Or Remains, Historical and Literary, Connected .... Vol. CX
  • Pg.135
  • Syr Wylliam Molyneux, Knyght, had to hys furst wyef, Jane, dowghter and sowle heyre to Rychard Ruge of Ruge in Shropshire, and they hade ysshew, Rychard, Anne, and Jane.
  • Rychard ys maryed [to] Elyanor, doughter to Syr Alexander Radclyffe, knyght, and they [had issue]
  • Anne, maryed to Alexander Standyshe, as is before written.
  • The said Syr Wylliam had to hys second wyef, Elisabethe, doughter and sowle heyre to Cuthberde Clyfton of Clyffton, and they hade yssew, Thomas, Anne, and Margeret.
  • Anne ys maried [to] Henry Halsall, sone and heyre to Thoms Halsall of Halsall.
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.136
  • N.B.- In the Office copy several of the baptismal names are abbreviated, and Henry Halsall is named Harry.
  • The arms quartered by Molyneux in this Visitation are those of Dutton, brought in by the marriage of Sir Thomas Molyneux, father of Sir William, the first in this pedigree, with Anne, daughter and one of the heirs of Sir Thomas Dutton of Dutton, in the county of Chester.
  • This family represents two other lines of foreign blood, Gernet and Villers, all three located in Lancashire at, or soon after, the Norman Conquest.
  • William des Molines is said to have taken his title from a town of the Bourbonnois in France, and to have been originally seated at Ceffton [Sefton], from which the family take the title now borne by them as earls in the peerage of Ireland, created in 1771, and of barons of the United Kingdom, created in 1831.
  • The first hereditary titular distinction conferred on this family was a baronetcy in 1611, followed by the creation of Viscount Molineux of Maryborough, in the peerage of Ireland, in the person of Sir Richard Molineux in 1628.
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.168
  • .... The seventh and eighth quarters, viz., Clyfton, sable, on a bend argent, three mullets gules, and Lawrence, argent, a cross raguly gules, came in through the marriage of Henry, son of Thomas Halsall, with Anne, daughter to Sir William Molyneux, by his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter and coheiress of Cuthbert Clyfton of Clyfton, whose wife was the heiress of Sir John Lawrence. Anne was heir to her brother Thomas, son of Sir William Molyneux by this second marriage. (See her will, p. 143, pt. iii. of Wills and Inventories, vol. liv. of the Chetham series.) The next in descent to Henry, son of Thomas, was Richard, who, although married to Anne, daughter to Alexander Barlowe of Barlowe, does not appear to have left legitimate issue, for Richard's younger brother Edward, whose will is given (pt. ii., p. 214, vol. li. of the Chetham series), but who does not appear in the Visitations of 1567 and 1613, was evidently in possession of the estate of Halsall, in which he was succeeded by Cuthbert the natural son of Richard. This Cuthbert is named as alias Norres in the will of Anne, widow of Sir Henry. He married Dorothy, natural daughter to Henry fourth earl of Derby, and had two daughters only ; Anne married Thomas Clifton, son and heir of Cuthbert Clifton of Westby. Bridget had been contracted in her nonage to her kinsman Thomas
  • Halsall, but did not marry him. See Dugdale's Visitation 1665, where four generations are recorded of collaterals of this line seated at Melling, Aughton and Bickerstaff. Sir Cuthbert, father of these two ladies, sold Halsall to Sir Gilbert Gerard, Master of the Bolls.
  • .... etc.


  • Remains, historical & literary, connected with the palatine counties of Lancaster and Chester Vol. LXXXI. by Chetham Society
  • The Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster, Made in the Year 1567, ....
  • Pg.42
    • Clifton of Westby.
  • ..... Clyfton of Clyfton, co. Lancaster, ar. ; ch: Cuthbert (m. ... Lawrence), William (m. Isabell Thornebourough) Clyfton
    • Cuthbert Clyfton of Clyfton, co. Lancaster, ar., maryed the dau. and heyre of Laurence. = [... dau. and cohere to Sir John Lawrence of Ashton.] ; ch: Elizabeth (m. ... Heskett & Sir William Molyneux) Clyfton
      • Elizabeth, dau. and heire. = ... Heskett, a yonger brother of the house of Rufforde, first husband; dyed san yssue. ; = Sir William Molyneux of Sephton, second husband. ; ch: Anne (m. Henry Hallsall) Molyneux
        • Anne, maryed to Henry Hallsall of Halsall.
    • William Clyfton of Westby, co. Lancaster .... etc.
  • Pg.94
    • Halsall of Halsall.
  • .... etc.
  • Henry Halsall of Halsall, ar., lyvinge anno 1567. = Anne,† dau. of Sir William Molyneux of Sefton, co. Lancaster, knt., sister and heire of Thomas Molyneux, second sonne of the said Sir William. ; ch: Richard (m. Anne Barlowe) Halsall
    • † Note, that Anne Molyneux, the wyf of Henry Halsall, was daughter of Sir William Molyneux of Sefton, co Lancaster, knt., and sister and heire of Thomas Molyneux, second sonne to the sayd Sir William, and of Elizabeth his wyf, daughter and sole heire of Cuthbert Clyfton of Westby [Clifton], co. Lancaster, ar., and of his wyf, daughter and coheire of . . . . . Laurence of Ashton, co. Lancaster, ar.
  • Pg.103
    • Molineux of Sefton.
  • William Molyneux of Sefton, co. Lancaster, ar., lyved anno 1200, in the time of Kinge John. ; ch: Richard, Robert Molyneux
    • Robert,* 2 sonne.
    • Richard Molyneux of Sefton, ar., sonne and heire, annno 1232, temp. H. 3. ; ch: William Molyneux
      • William Molyneux, sonne and heire, temp. Edw. I, Anno 1286. ; ch: Richard Molyneux
        • Richard Molyneux, sonne and heire, temp. Edw. 2, anno 1324. ; ch: Sir John Molyneux
          • Sir John Molyneux, knt., sonne and heire, anno 6 Edw. 3. ; ch: Sir William (m. Jane Holland), Richard (2 sonne), John (3 sonne), Robert (4 sonne), Thomas (5 sonne), Peter (6 sonne), Symonde ( 7 sonne) Molyneux
            • Sir William Molyneux, knt., sonne and heire. = Jane, dau. and heire of Robert Holland of Enkestone, co. Lancaster, ar. ; ch: Richard (m. Helene Urwike) Molyneux
              • Richard Molyneux, ar, sonne and heire. = Helene, dau. of Sir Thomas Uswike, knt. ; ch: Sir Richard (m. Helene Harrington & Johane Haydock), Robert (2 sonne) Molyneux
                • Sir Richard Molyneux, knt., sonne and heire. = Helen, dau. of Sir William Harrington of Hornbie, co. Lancaster, knt., first wyf. ; ch: (Pg.104 Margaret (m. Sir Pyers Leye), Anne (m. Sir Richard Nevill) Molyneux ; = Johane, dau. and heire of Sir Gilbert Haydocke of Bradley, co. Lancaster, wydow of Sir Pyers Legh, second wyf. ; ch: (Pg.104 Sir Richard (m. Elizabeth Stanley), Thomas (2 sonne), John (3 sonne), William (4 sonne), Robert (5 sonne), Henry (6 sonne), Edmond (7 sonne), Gilbert (8 sonne), Elizabeth (m. Sir Thomas Sowthworthe), Catherine (m. Richard Radclyf), Johane [Jone] (m. Robert Preston) Molyneux
  • Pg.104
  • Elizabeth, maryed to Sir Thomas Sowthworthe of Samlesbery.
  • Catherine, Maryed to Richard Radclyf of Smethills.
  • Johane [Jone], maryed to Robert Preston of Gormestone in Ireland.
  • Sir Richard Molyneux, knt., sonne and heire. = Elizabeth, dau. of Sir Thomas [lord] Stanley, knt. ; ch: Sir Thomas (m. Anne Dutton), Margaret (m. John Dutton & William Buckley) Molyneux
    • Margaret, maryed to John Dutton of Dutton; after to William Buckley of Beaumarys in Wales.
    • Sir Thomas Molyneux of Sefton, co. Lancaster, knt. = Anne, dau. and one of the heires of Sir Thomas Dutton of Dutton, co. Chester, knt. ; ch: Sir William (m. Jane Rydge & Elizabeth Clyfton), Edward, Jane (m. Robert Fowleshurste), Elizabeth (m. James Butler) Molyneux
      • Edward, 2 sonne, a clerke.
      • Jane, maryed to Robert Fowleshurste of Crewe, co. Chester, ar.
      • Elizabeth, maryed to James Butler of Rauclyf.
      • Sir William Molyneux of Sefton, co. Lancaster, knt. who san the Erle of Huntley's armes at the battell of Flodden Feilde. = Jane, dau. and sole heire of Richard Rydge of Ridge, co. Salop, ar., first wyf. ; ch: Sir Richard (m. Eleanor Radlif & Eleanor Male), Anne (m. Alexander Standishe), Jane (m. Richard Bolde) Molyneux ; = Elizabeth, dau. and coheyre of Cutbert Clyfton of Clyfton, ar. [by the dau. and heir of Sir John Lawrence of Ashton], second wyf. ; ch: Thomas (2 sonne.), Anne (maryed to Henry Halsall of Halsall, ar.) Molyneux
        • Anne, maryed to Alexander Standish of Standish, co. Lancaster, ar.
        • Jane, maryed to Richard Bolde of Bolde, ar.
        • Sir Richard Molyneux of Sefton, co. Lancaster, knt., now lyvinge, anno 1567. = Eleanor, dau. of Sir Alexander Radclif of Urdesall [Wardsall], knt., first wyf. ; ch: William (m. Bridgett Carrell), Richard (2 sonne), John (3 sonne), Alexander (4 sonne), Jane (m. Thomas Stanley & William Radcliff & Thomas Molyneux), Margaret (m. John Warren), Alice, Anne, Helene, Mary Molyneux ; = Eleanor, dau. of Robert Male, and wydow of Thomas Ives, second wyf to Sir Richard. ; ch: Anthony (5 sonne), Eleanor Molyneux
          • Jane, first maryed to Thomas Stanley of Bykerstaff, co. Lancaster, ar., and had no yssue; after to William Radliff of Wymerley, and had no yssue; thirdly to Thomas Molyneux, co. Nottingham, gent.
          • Margaret, maryed to John Warren, sonne and heire of Sir Edward Warren of Poynton, co. Chester, knt.
          • William Molyneux, ar., sonne and heire of Sir Richard, lyvinge anno 1567. = Brigett, dau. of John Carrell of Warnham, co. Sussex, ar. ; ch: Richard (m. dau. of Lord Strange), John (2 sonne), Thomas (3 sonne), Eleanor Molyneux
            • Richard Molyneux, eldest sonne, mar. ... ye dau. of ye Lord Strange.


  • 'Clifton01'
  • .... etc.
  • ((A)) Robert Clifton (dvp)
  • m. Margaret Butler (dau of Nicholas Butler of Bewsey)
    • ((i)) Cuthbert Clifton of Clifton (d 1512)
    • m. Alice Lawrence (dau of Sir John Lawrence of Ashton)
      • ((a)) Elizabeth Clifton
      • m1. Sir Richard Hesketh of Rufford (dsp 1520)
      • m2. Sir William Molyneux of Sefton
      • The estate of Clifton passed to the Molyneux family and then the Halsall family but came back into the Clifton family through the marriage of Ann Halsall with Thomas Clifton of Westby below.
    • ((ii)) William Clifton of Westby - continued below
    • m. (1517) Isabell Thornborough .... etc.
  • William Clifton of Westby - continued above
  • m. (1517) Isabell Thornborough (dau of William Thornborough of Hampsfield)
    • 1. Thomas Clifton of Westby
    • m. Ellen Osbaldiston (dau of Sir Alexander Osbaldiston of Osbaldiston)
      • A. Cuthbert Clifton of Westby (d 1596)
      • m1. Catherine Hoghton (dau of Sir Richard Hoghton of Hoghton)
        • i. Thomas Clifton of Westby
        • m. Mary Norris (dau of Sir Edward Norris of the Speke)
          • a. Sir Cuthbert Clifton of Lytham & Westby (d 1634)
          • m1. Ann Tildesley (dau of Thomas Tildesley of Mosley)
            • (1) Thomas Clifton of Westby
            • m. (1618) Ann Halshall (bur 16.04.1675, dau of Sir Cuthbert Halshall of Halshall and Clifton)
              • (A) Cuthbert Clifton .... etc.
  • Main source(s): BLG1952 (Clifton of Lytham)
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Sir William Molyneux, Lord of Sefton & Clifton's Timeline

Sefton, Lancashire , England
Age 17
Age 18
Probably Sefton, Lancashire, England
Age 24
Sefton, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
Age 29
Sefton, Lancashire, England
Age 40
Age 44
Age 47
Clifton, Lancashire, England