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(Translation.)

EXTRACT

FROM AN OLD MANUSCRIPT IN THE POSSESSION OF
THOMAS LEGH, OF LYME, ESQ.

MAY GRACE WITH RAY DIVINE
DEIGN ON THE SCRIBE TO SHINE.

BE it remembered, that the writing of this book was begun on Tuesday in the third week of Lent, in the year of our Lord 1465, and in the sixth year of the reign of King Edward IV., after the conquest of England.

Be it known that the annual and chief rents belonging to Sir Peter Legh, knight, in the towns of Burtonwood, Sankey Magna, Weryngton, and Orford, are received at the festivals of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Saint Michael the archangel.

Here beginneth the boundary, abuttal, or limits of all the manors, messuages, lands, tenements, rents, and services belonging to Sir Peter Legh, knight, lying scattered in various parishes and towns within the counties of Lancaster, Chester, and elsewhere.

Of the messuages, lands, and tenements held at the will of the said Peter Legh, knight, in the town of Weryngton,

JOHN FULSHAGH, of Weryngton, holds of the said Peter, in the aforesaid town, one messuage, with a barn, stable, and small garden,

cum loco vocato Foldestidde jacentia et situata in Sonky gate1 villæ de Weryngton videlicet ex parte australi dicti strati vocati Sonky gate jacentia in longitudine inter terram et messuagium Willielmi Botiller2 in tenura Ricardi Wynyngton ex parte orientali et terram dicti Willielmi Botiller in tenura Agnetis Barbor ex parte occidentali et extendunt in latitudine a dicta strata de Sonky gate ex parte boreali usque ad terram Ranulphi Rixton3 in tenura prædicti Ricardi Wynyngton ex parte australi.

1 This street, and the place called Butter lache, subsequently mentioned, had obtained their names as early as 14 Richard II., when John fil. Willi Perusson le Smythe de Weryngton grants to John Butiller of Weryington lands in Sonky strete and in Boterlache. - Deeds in Lord Lilford's possession.

The word gate, as applied here, seems to have meant street or way. It is used in the same sense in King Lear, act v. sc. i. :

Gloster. Know'st thou the way to Dover?

Edgar. Both stile and gate, horseway and footpath.

2 When the name of William Butler is mentioned for the first time, in a previous part of the manuscript, he is called William Butler esquire, son and heir of Sir John Butler knight. Notwithstanding much investigation, the pedigree of the Butler family still continues in many parts obscure; but the following portion, showing the descent of William Butler, is thought to be tolerably well ascertained: 2d wife.

Margaret, daughter of Thomas, first Lord Stanley, widow of Sir William Troutbeck. She survived Sir John Butler, and is said to have afterwards married Lord Grey of Codnor.

Sir Jno. Butler, knt.
baron of Warrington,
born 1430, obiit 26th
Feb. 1463.

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1st wife.
Anna, daughter of Sir

John Saville, anno 30
Henry VI.

Alice, wife of Sir Nich. Byron of Clayton.

Margaret, wife of
Adam Troutbeck,
who died 2 H. 8.

Johanna, daughter-William, born of Sir William 25 Nov. 1450, Troutbeck, knight. died 1472 s.p.

Sir Thomas Butler, knight, heir
after the death of his brother,

born 1460, died 1522.

3 One of the Rixtons of Sankey, a family whose pedigree is entered in several of the Lancashire visitations. They descended from a family of the same name at

with a place called the Foldstead, situate and lying in Sankeygate of the town of Weryngton, that is to say on the south side of the said street called Sankey-gate, lying in length between a messuage and land of William Botiller in the tenure of Richard Wynington on the east, and land of the said William Botiller in the tenure of Agnes Barbor on the west; and extending in breadth from the said Sankey-gate on the north, to land of Randle Rixton in the tenure of the aforesaid Richard Wynington on the south.

Rixton, and bore, like them, on a shield argent, a bend sable charged with three covered cups argent. According to Baines, (Hist. Lanc. vol. iii. p. 730,) Hall Whittle, in the township of Sankey, is supposed to have been the family seat. Smith's visitation of 1567 contains a short entry of the pedigree, from which the following is extracted:

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It was probably to an ancestor of this family that the story told in the History of Lancashire, and referred to in the preface to this work, relates. The cups in their armorial bearings seem to point to some alliance with the Butlers. In 1567, Sir Thomas Lynch, knight, was in possession of the family mansion of the Rixtons in Great Sankey, which was then called the Pele, and which had descended to him from his mother, the daughter and heiress of Thomas Rixton.

Item tenet unum croftum cum sepibus et fossis inclusum cum quodam gardino parvo in parte boreali dicti crofti, continentem tres acras terræ arabilis jacentem in quodam loco vocato Stanfeld, videlicet ex parte australi prædicti strati de Sonky gate in latitudine inter terram dicti Petri in tenura Ricardi Hardwar ex parte orientali et terram prædicti Petri in tenura Radulphi Sothurne ex parte occidentali et extendentem in longitudine a dicta strata ex parte boreali usque ad terram Petri Werburton in tenura Henrici Garnet ex parte australi.

Item tenet quatuor acras terræ arabilis invicem jacentes in magno campo vocato Arpeley jacentes super litus aquæ de Merse ex parte occidentali dicti campi de Arpeley in latitudine inter litorem [sic] dictæ aquæ ex parte occidentali et terram Ranulphi de Rixton in tenura Johannis Norreis ex parte orientali et extendentes in longitudine a terra dicti Petri Legh in tenura dicti Ricardi Hardwar videlicet quinque acris ex parte boreali usque ad terram prædicti Petri Legh in tenura Johannis Hakynsall et terram Willielmi Gerard de Ince et scilicet terram Rogeri Arosmyth in tenura Johannis Hille ex parte australi.

Item tenet duas acras terræ arabilis cum sepibus et fossis inclusis cum quadam acra de dote uxoris Johannis Pigot sed hæreditate Ranulphi Rixton inclusa cum dictis duabus acris prædicti Petri Legh in loco vocato Weteakyrs jacentes inter terram sive campum Willielmi Botiller in tenura Henrici Wodecok ex parte australi et dictam terram sive acram dictæ uxoris de Pygot intus inclusam ex parte boreali et extendunt in longitudine a terra Petri Werburton in tenura Heurici Garnet ex parte occidentali usque ad terram dicti Willielmi Botiller in tenura uxoris Rogeri Clerk senioris ex parte orientali.

Item tenet duas acras terræ et dimidiam arabilis in prædicto loco vocato Weteakyrs cum sepibus et fossis inclusas jacentes in longitudine inter dictam acram dictæ uxoris de Pigot in tenura Johannis Webster1 ex parte australi et quoddam pratum dicti Petri

'A John le Webster is mentioned in a deed dated in the reign of Edward III. and which is given in a subsequent note.

Also he holds one croft inclosed with hedges and ditches, with a certain little garden on the north part of the said croft, containing three acres of arable land lying in a certain place called Stanfeld, that is to say, on the south part of the aforesaid Sankey-gate street, in breadth between land of the said Peter in the tenure of Richard Hardwar on the east, and land of the said Peter in the tenure of Ralph Sothurne on the west, and extending in length from the said street on the north as far as the land of Peter Warburton in the tenure of Henry Garnet on the south.

Also he holds four acres of arable land lying together in the great field called Arpeley, lying upon the shore of the water of Mersey on the west side of the said field of Arpeley, in breadth between the shore of the said water on the west, and land of Randle de Rixton in the tenure of John Norreis on the east, and extending in length from land of the said Peter Legh in the tenure of the said Richard Hardwar, namely, five acres on the north, as far as the land of the said Peter Legh in the tenure of John Hakynsall, and land of William Gerard, of Ince, and land of Roger Arosmyth in the tenure of John Hille on the south.

Also he holds two acres of arable land inclosed with hedges and ditches, with a certain acre of the dower of John Pigot's wife, the inheritance of Randle Rixton, inclosed with the said two acres of the aforesaid Peter Legh, in a place called Weteakyrs, lying between the land or field of William Botiller in the tenure of Henry Wodecok on the south, and the said land or acre of the said Pigot's wife so inclosed, on the north, and extending in length from the land of Peter Warburton in the tenure of Henry Garnet on the west, as far as the land of the said William Botiller in the tenure of the wife of Roger Clerk, the elder, on the east.

Also he holds two acres and a half of arable land in the aforesaid place called Weteakyrs inclosed with hedges and ditches, lying in length between the said acre of the said Pigot's wife in the tenure of John Webster on the south, and a certain meadow of the said

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