Le15 Margerie (Maud) Legh
Le15 Margerie (Maud) Legh, daughter of Robert
Legh Le16 and Isabella
09. Sir Robert Legh, son of Robert and Matilda was born abt. 1363.
He was Sheriff of Cheshire in 1394 and 1399. He was still living
in 1412. He was heir to his father of the manor of Adlington, and
also lands juxta Lyme, Northwich, Stokeport and Hyde. He married
Isabel Belgrave, daughter of Sir Thomas Belgrade of Pulford, and Joan de
Pulford. This marriage of Joan de Pulford with her first husband, Thomas
de Belgrave, took place in her minority, when she was a ward of the Earl,
in consequence of her lands in Dunham Massy being held from the earldom
by military service. The marriage took place without the license of the
Earl, and for this breach of feudal privileges Thomas de Belgrave was fined
400 marks. The fine appears to have been paid by installments of 50 marks
each, one of which was paid 35th of Edward III, 1361, and the third payment
occurs in the ministers accounts, 37th and 38th of Edward III, œ166-13s-4d
being then due. The inquisition taken 35th of Edward III states Joan to
be 14 years of age. It has been stated in the accounts of Pulford that
the estates of this family name were settled 40th of Edward III, on the
issue of this marriage, namely, Maud, Elizabeth or Isabel and Joan. Joan,
wife of Thomas, de Belgrade, died before 1397. She married 2nd, before
1289, Sir Robert Grosvenor. It is proved that one of the heirs of Thomas
Belgrave did marry and have issue, in the following record: Robert Legh
of Adlington was asked, as the principal agent in a singular and impressive
ceremony, to relinquish his claims to Joan's estate in favor of his half-brother,
Sir Thomas Grosvenor, Joan's son by her 2nd husband. This relinquishment
was made with very unusual circumstances, devised probably from a wish
to add to its impressiveness and notoriety, it was then agreed that Sir
Thomas Grosvenor should take a solemn oath on the body of Christ, in the
presence of 24 gentlemen or as many as he wished. Accordingly, the Chaplain
celebrated a mass of the Holy Trinity, and Thomas Grosvenor swore on the
Lord's body that he believed in the truth of these charters. (This was
in 1412, when England was all Catholic; in fact, this was before the Reformation.
E. E. W.) On April 24, 1412, Grosvenor, Robert Legh and Henry de Birtheles,
counsel for Grosvenor, read in the Macclesfield Chapel a series of deeds
relating to successive settlements by the Pulford family of their several
manors. Then Robert Legh acknowledged the right of all said lands to be
vested in Grosvenor and his heirs and an instrument to that effect was
drawn by the notary, in the presence of the clergy, and attested by the
seals and signatures of 58 knights and gentlemen. Seldom will the reader
find a more goodly group collected together, nor will he devise a ceremony
which would assory better with the romantic spirit of the times, and which
turned a dry legal conveyance into an exhibition of chivalrous pageantry.
(Among the names of those 58 signers were many of your ancestors, William
Stanley, Hugh Venables, Hugh Dutton, Randle Maynwaringe, Lawrence Warren,
Robert Winnington, John Legh and Robert Davenport. E. E. W.) Belgrave's
paternal estates remained in the Legh of Adlington family until the reign
of Elizabeth, when they were sold in parcels, the Manor of Belgrave being
sold and conveyed to the Grosvenors. Pulford at the time of the Domesday
survey was divided into unequal shares, between the secular canons of St.
Werburg, the former possessors, and Hugh FitzOsborne, who had ejected the
Saxon proprietor. There is strong reason for believing the Pulfords to
be descended from Hugh FitzOsborne, the Norman grantee.
|Born: abt. 1446 in Holford, Adlington, Cheshire, England.
Married: (1) William Davenport,
son of John Davenport and Cicely Warren.
(2) John Mainwaring, son of William Mainwaring and Ellen Butler
| William Davenport and Margerie Legh had issue:
Da14 William Davenport
who married Blanche Warburton.
10. Robert Legh of Adlington, Esq., was born abt. 1384. Son and
heir, according to the inquisition 3rd of Henry V, 1416. He married Matilda
who remarried William de Honford. He held in demesne as of fee, two parts
of the manor of Adlington, also Iands in Bollington, Macclesfield and Stockport.
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