Sir Thomas Leigh, 1st Bt., of Stoneleigh

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Thomas Leigh, Knight

Also Known As: "Thomas Leigh", "Legh", "Lee"
Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England
Death: February 1625 (80-85)
Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Thomas Leigh, Lord Mayor of London and Dame Alice Barker, of Caverhall
Husband of Katherine Leigh
Father of Catherine Catesby; John of Leigh, Sir and Alice Leigh, Duchess of Dudley
Brother of Alice Coney; Winifred Colles; Richard Leigh; Sir Rowland Leigh, Kt., of Longborrow; Sir William Leigh of Newnham Regis and 3 others

Occupation: custos rotulorum of Warwickshire
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About Sir Thomas Leigh, 1st Bt., of Stoneleigh

2. Sir Thomas Leigh, 1st Bt., of Stoneleigh, co. Warwick (cr. 29 Jun 1611), Sheriff of Warwickshire 1581-82 (d. 1 Feb 1625/6), mar. c.1570 Katharine Spencer (d. 1639), 3rd dau. of Sir John Spencer, of Wormleighton, co. Warwick, and Althorp, co. Northampton, by his wife Katharine Kitson, 1st dau. of Sir Thomas kitson, of Hengrave, co. Suffolk, and had issue:

  • 1a. Sir John Leigh (dvp.), mar. (1) Ursula Hoddesdon, dau. of Sir Christopher Hoddesdon, of Leighton Buzzard, co. Bedford, and (2) Anna Cope, dau. of Sir Anthony Cope, 1st Bt., of Hanwell, co. Oxford, and had issue by his first wife:
  • 1b. Sir Thomas Leigh, 2nd Bt., later 1st Baron Leigh
  • 2a. Sir Thomas Leigh (dsp.)
  • 3a. Ferdinando Leigh (dsp.)
  • 1a. Alice Leigh, suo jure Duchess of Dudley (cr. 23 May 1644 for life) (b. c. 1579; dspm. 22 Jan 1668/9), mar. before 25 Sep 1597 Sir Robert Dudley, titular Duke of Northumberland (d. 6 Sep 1649), illegit. son of Robert [Dudley], 1st Earl of Leicester, and had issue

source: Cracroft's Peerage The Complete Guide to the British Peerage & Baronetage: Leigh, Baron (UK, 1839)


From [ LEIGH, Sir Thomas, 2nd Bt.] (c.1595-1672), of Stoneleigh, Warws. and Leighton Buzzard, Beds.

Leigh’s family sprang to prominence in Warwickshire in the mid-sixteenth century, when his great-grandfather, a successful London Mercer, made extensive land purchases there, including the manor of Stoneleigh, a few miles south of Coventry. The old merchant spawned two significant gentry lines in the county. The junior, based at King’s Newnham, was represented in the early seventeenth century by Sir Francis Leigh I* and Sir Francis Leigh, 1st bt*. Stoneleigh became the principal seat of the senior branch, headed at the start of James’s reign by the prominent figure of Leigh’s grandfather, Sir Thomas, custos rotulorum (1) of Warwickshire (2), and a baronet from 1611. (24)


  • 1. From Wikipedia.  The Custos rotulorum is the keeper of an English, Welsh and Northern Irish county's records and, by virtue of that office, the highest civil officer in the county. ... Lambarde described the custos rotulorum as a man chosen either for his wisdom, countenance or credit.
  • 2. From [ Institute of Historical Research] - Custodes Rotulorum 1544-1646 By 1605 Leigh, Sir Thomas, Kt. (cr. Bt. 29 June 1611) First occ. c. 1605 (C 66/1682). Last occ. Nov. 1621 (C 193/13/1).
  • 24. Vis. Warws. 10-11; W. Dugdale, Antiqs. of Warws. (1730), i. 258-9; CB, i. 44


  • 'A general and heraldic dictionary of the peerages of England, Ireland, and ... By John Burke
  • A general and heraldic dictionary of the peerages of England, Ireland, and ... By John Burke
  • Pg. 310
  • ROGER LEIGH, of Wellington, in Shropshire and Rushall, in the county of Stafford. This gentleman had issue, . . . .
  • And a younger son,
    • THOMAS LEIGH, who was brought up under Sir Rowland Hill, a rich merchant of London, and Lord Mayor of that city; by whom, for his knowledge and industry, he was made his factor beyond sea; and in that trust deporting himself with the highest integrity, Sir Rowland bestowed upon him the hand of his favourite niece, Alice, daughter of John Barker, alias Coverall, of Wolverton, in the county of Salop, by Elizabeth, his wife, daughter of Thomas Hill, and upon the issue of the marriage he entailed the greater part of his estate. Thomas Leigh subsequently served the office of Sheriff of London, and was Lord Mayor at the death of Queen Mary. He was knighted during his mayoralty, and dying in 1571, was buried in Mercer's Chapel, London, with this epitaph upon is tomb: . . . .
    • His widow lived at Stoneleigh to a very advanced age, having seen her chiildren's children to the fourth generation. She died in 1603, and was buried at Stoneleigh, where she had founded an hospital for five poor men, and five poor women, all of them to be unmarried persons, and nominated after her decease by Sir Thomas Leigh, her son, and his heirs for ever. Sir Thomas Leigh had issue by this lady,
      • ROWLAND, who was largely provided for at Longborough, in Gloucestershire, by Sir Rowland Hill, his godfather. He m. first Margery, daughter of Thomas Lawe, of London, vintner, and secondly, __, daughter of Sir Richard Berkeley, Knt., of Stoke-Gifford, in Gloucestershire.
      • Richard, died s. p.
      • ' THOMAS, of whom presently.
      • William (Sir), of Newnham-Regis, in Warwickshire, who m. Frances, daughter of Sir James Harrington, of Exton, in Rutlandshire, and left a son, . . . .
      • Mary, m. first, to Robert Andrews, of London and secondly, to __ Cobb.
      • Alice, m. to Thomas Connye, of Lincolnshire.
      • Katherine, m. Edward Barber, of Somersetshire, Serjeant at Law.
      • Winifred, m. Sir George Bond, Lord Mayor of London.
      • 'The second surviving son,
      • ' THOMAS LEIGH, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, and created a baronet, upon the institution of that order, 29th June, 1611. Sir Thomas m. Catherine, fourth daughter of Sir John Spencer, Knt., of Wormleighton, in the county of Warwick, and had issue,
        • JOHN (Sir), who married, first, Ursula, daughter
        • Pg. 311
        • of Sir Christopher Hoddesdon, Knt., lord of the manor of Leighton, in Bedfordshire, by whom he had a son,
          • THOMAS, successor to his grandfather.
        • Sir John espoused, secondly, Anne, eldest daughter of Sir John Cope, Bart., of Hanwell, in Oxfordshire, but had no issue. He died before his father.
        • Thomas (Sir), d. issueless.
        • Ferdinando, d. issueless.
        • Alice, m. to Sir Robert Dudley, Knt., and was created Duchess of Dudley for life (see Dudley, Duchess of Dudley).
      • 'Sir Thomas d. in February, 1625, and was s. by his grandfather,
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  • 'The Visitation of the county of Warwick in the year 1619. Taken by William Camden, Clarenceaux king of arms (1877)
    • Leigh.
  • Rich. Leigh of Walington in Com. Salop yonger son of John Leigh of Ridg 2 sone to Sr Peirs Leigh of ye Lime in Chesh.
    • Roger Leighe of Walington.
      • Will'm Leighe of Walington. m. Dau. of Trafford.
      • children of Will'm Leighe of Walington & Dau. of Trafford
        • 1. Will'm Leigh Usher to K. H. 8. m. Elizb. d. & hey. or Sr John Harper of Rushell Kt. 2. Sr Tho. Leigh Kt. Maior of London ye 1 of Quene Elizb. m. Alice Da. of John Barker Al's Couerall of Camo' in Shropsh. 3. Roger Leigh Usher to Qu. Mary ob. s.p.
        • children of Sr Tho. Leigh Kt. & Alice Barker
          • 1. Raph 2 sonne ob. s. p. 2. Kath. ux. Edward Barber Sergiant at Lawe. 3. Winifred ux. Georg Bond of London. '4. Sr Tho. Leigh of Stnley in Com. Warw. Kt. & Baronet 3 sonne. m. Kath. Da. of Sr John Spencer of Wol'uton.' 5. Alice ux. Tho. Conney of Leicestsh. 6. Mary 1 mar. to Nicho. Cobb. 2 to Ric. Andrewes. 7. Sr Wm Leigh of Kings Newnam in Com. War. Kt. m. Fran. Da. of Sr James Harington of Exton Kt. 8. Sr Rowland Leigh Kt. 1 sonne. m1. Margery Da. of Tho. Lowe of London. m2. Da. of Sr Rich. Barkeley, Kt.
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  • Stoneleigh Abbey from its foundation to the present time. By Stoneleigh Abbey, Frederick Leigh Colville.  "A Genealogical Table of the Family of Leigh, Lord Leigh" Page 43-44
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Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England
Age 33
Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England
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Warwickshire, England
Age 38
Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England
February 1625
Age 85
Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England