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The Leigh Family
aprox. 1300 to 1500...

The Leigh Family in Middleton ...

  • Gilbert de la Leigh of Middleton (1) = Alice (daughter of Richard Vernon  
    (Gilbert born about 1298 in Cheshire)               of Cheshire)              
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  •                         John de la Leigh (2) = Clarice (daughter of Thomas Fenton)
    (died 1361 and had brothers Thomas and William)                                    
  • |
  •                     Thomas de Leigh (3) = Margery (daughter of Peter Talbot
    (born 1346 and had a brother John de Leigh)           of Sealshawe)        
  • |
  •                           Gilbert de Leigh (4) = Isabella (daughter of William Skargill)
  • |
  •                         Gilbert de Leigh (5) = Alice (daughter of Walter Calverely)
    (died 1501 - they had a large family - see below)    
  • |
  •                           Roger de Leigh (6) = Elizabeth (daughter of John Neville
                                of Cudworth)

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(1) GILBERT DE LA LEIGH was born about 1298 and came from a Cheshire family. He married Alice, the daughter and heiress of Richard Vernon of Warforth, Cheshire, by whom he had three [identified] children:

Gilbert is mentioned on a document of 1328, relating to the purchase of land in Middleton by John de Radeclyve:

York: Octave of the Purification 2-Edward-3. [1328]
John de Radeclyve, vicar of the church of Rothwell, quer. Henry de Oulton and Helena his wife, def. of seven messuages and sixteen bovates of land in Middelton, near Rothwell. To hold to John and his heirs. Warranty by Henry and Elena for themselves and the heirs of Elena. John gave 100 marks. Gilbert de la Legh put in a claim. [1]

It may well be that at the time of the above document, Gilbert was living at Middleton, possibly on Margery Creppings estates, since the grant of the manor of Middleton in 1330 includes the date 1327:

York: Three weeks of Michealmas 1-Edward-3 [1327]. Westminster: Octave of Martinmas 4-Edward-3 [1330].
Gilbert de la Legh, quer; John de Merworth, chivaler and his wife Margery, def; of the manor of Middelton near Leeds. To hold to Gilbert and his heirs, together with the homage and service of Ralph de Beston, Thomas de Fenton, Henry de Oleton and Alianore his wife, and Robert Mok and of their heirs, subject as to one messuage, one mill, 180 acres of land and 30 acres of meadow to the life estate of Robert de Silkestone; and as to 2 messuages and 4 bovates and 2 acres of land to the life estate of Robert Short; an as to one messuage and 2 bovates of land to the life estate of William de Tonge and Dionisia his wife; and as to 3 messuages and 2 bovates of land to the life estate of William Wright of Middelton; and as to 1 messuage, 2 tofts and 3 bovates and 9 acres of land to the life estate of John de Salter of Middelton and Alice his wife. John and Margery warrant for themselves and the heirs of Margery. Gilbert gave 250 marks. [2]

Two years later, in 1332, Gilbert granted the manor of Middleton to his second son, John. Gilbert's date of death is unknown, but in 1383/84 his widow granted land to her grandson:

7th February 1383/4: Quitclaim of all land called Bradley in Hopton, by Alice, widow of Gilbert del Leigh to John, son of John del Leigh of Medulton. [3]


[1] Feet of Fines for the County of York 1327 - 1347. Yorkshire Archaeological Society Publications.

[2] Early Yorkshire Charters.



(2) JOHN DE LA LEIGH married Clarice (Clarier), the daughter of Thomas Fenton, about 1332. By this marriage he had a son, Thomas.

On John's wedding day (24th April 1332) he was granted the manor of Middleton by his father by a deed dated at Middleton on Friday of Easter Week, 6-Edward-III (1332). The remainder of his father's (Gilbert) estate being given to John's brother, William. In the deed Gilbert was to be given £18-6s-8d for his life.

In 1334 a Lay Subsidy was levied by the king. This subsidy was a quota to be paid by each township. The returns for the locality of Middleton are as follows:-

      £     s   d  
Middelton 170
Rothwell and Carleton         1120
Lofthouse   80 [1]

On the 17th September 1335, Thomas de Fenton and John de la Leigh came to an agreement in the matter of lands and woods in Middleton. [2]

John's ownership of Middleton is referred to in the 'Aids' of 1346/47. [3] In this book of the exchequer we are told that each fee was required to give 40 shillings to pay for the making of the king's eldest son a knight. The document states that John de la Leghe now held Simon de Crepping's fee.

The book also shows Henry de Oulton holding of John de Leghe, one caracute of land and also three bovates once held by Alice de Lacy.

The same book shows the under tenant, Thomas de Fenton, holding of John de Leghe, several bovates of land formally held of Simon de Crepping.

The full extent of John's land at Middleton is revealed on John's death in 1361. The Inquest-Post-Mortem reads as follows:

John de Leghe. Writ after the death of the said John, who held of the honour of Pontefract, which is in the King's hand on account of the death of Henry, Duke of Lancaster. The writ relates only to lands of the same honour 10 July 35-Edward-III [1361]. York. Inq, taken at Pontefract. Thursday the morrow of Michealmas 35-Edward-III [1361].

Middelton; A capital messuage, 100a [cres], 4a meadow, a wood lately cut, 28 bovates of land in the hands of tenants at will, each containing 7a and a watermill, held of the honour of Pontefract by homage and fealty and the service of a moiety of a knights fee and suit to the court of the honour every three weeks. Gilbert de Leigh formerly held the premises in demesne as of fee, and by his charter gave them to John de Leghe, now deceased and Clarice his wife, lately deceased and the heirs of their two bodies, with remainder to William de Leghe, brother of John, and his heirs.

The deceased held no lands, etc. in the county or elsewhere, as the jurors understand.

He died on 13 may last, the honour of Pontefract being then in the Kings hand by the death of the Duke of Lancaster. Thomas de Leigh, son of the said John and Clarice, aged 16 years, and unmarried, is their heir. A certain William de Leigh has taken the said Thomas out of the honour, the jurors know not where. [4]

By October, the wardship of Middleton had been granted to Robert de Swillington:

29th October 1361. Grant to Robert de Swylyngton of the wardship of all the lands in Middelton late of John atte Legh, who held of the honour of Pontefract, which was lately in the king's hands, to hold the same until the lawful age of the heir, together with the marriage of the said heir, rendering 6l [£6]. yearly at the Exchequer by equal portions at Easter and Michaelmas for the wardship, and 10l [£10]. only for the marriage, and doing the real services due to the king and others. By K. & C. [5]


29th October 1361. Grant to Robert de Swylyngton for 10l [£10]. paid by him in the hanaper of the Chancery, of the marriage of the heir of John atte Legh, who held by knight service of the honour of Pontefract, which was lately in the king's hands; and commitment to him of the of all the lands in Middelton late of the said John, to hold until the lawful age of the said heir, rendering 6l [£6]. yearly at the Exchequer by equal portions at Easter and Michaelmas, and doing the real services due to the king and others. By K. & C. [6]


[1] The British Academy. Records of the Society for the Economic History of England and Wales.

[2] PHC/294

[3] Yorkshire Archaeological Society. MS405.

[4] Calender Inquest Post-Mortem. Vol:3.

[5] Calendar of Fine Rolls. Edward III. 1356-1368. Page 173.

[6] Calendar of Fine Rolls. Edward III. 1356-1368. Page 174.


(3) THOMAS DE LEIGH was born in 1346. Whatever William's (Thomas's uncle) reason for removing Thomas from Middleton, Thomas returned and claimed his inheritance.

Thomas married Margery, daughter of Mr Peter Talbot of Sealshawe, by whom he had a son, Gilbert. [1]

In 1364 land in Middleton was provided by John of Gaunt for the support of a chapel in Pontefract:

The Ordination of the Chantry in the Chappell vpon the hill nere Pontefract by Symon Symeon who gaue therevnto all the Messuages, Lands and Tenemts which he had in Rothewell & Oulton viz – 1 messuage 20 acres of Land in Oulton & one messuage and 24 acres of Land, with appurtenances in Rothewell. And because the forsaid Messuages and Lands are not sufficient for supporting the said chantry, John, King of Casteel and Duke of Lancaster hath giuen for the supporting of the said Chantry to the Prior & Couent of St John of Pontefract & their successors, by his Charter, 5 messuages and 16 bovates of Land in Midleton, nere Rothewell, in the County of Yorke, in pure & ppetual Almes; which said 5 messuages & 16 bovates of Land the said King had of the guift of me the foresaid Symon to him & his heires foe ever. Date: at the priory aforesaid 20 May 1364. [2]

On the 7th May 1369, Thomas and his wife, Margery, were granted a manor held by Francis Tyas, Thomas de Struwe, and John de Drydesthesull, chaplain. [3]

In 1371, there is a reference to Simon Symeon and land in Middleton:

25th November 1371. Westminster. Licence for the alienation in mortmain by Simon Symeon of 8 messuages, 16 bovates and 44 acres of land and 14 acres of meadow in Rothewell, Oulton and Middelton, not held in chief and of the clear yearly value of 4l 2s 10d as is found by an inquisition made by Thomas de Musgrave, late eseheator in the county of York, to the prior and convent of Pontefract in satisfaction of 10 marks of the 20l of land and rent which they had the king's licence to acquire. [4]

26th November 1373. Westminster. Whereas the king by letters patent lately granted licence for the prior and convent of Pontefract to acquire in mortmain 20l yearly of land and rent, not held in chief, and afterwards for the alienation in mortmain by Simon Symeon of eight messuages, sixteen bovates, 44 acres of land, and 14 acres of meadow in Rothewell, Oulton and Midelton, in satisfaction of 10 marks of the said 20l.; and now petition is made to him on behalf of the prior and convent that, whereas Simon only assigned to them three messuages, 44 acres of land and 14 acres of meadow by virtue of the licence aforesaid, and alienated the remaining five messuages and sixteen bovates of land in Midelton to John, king of Castile and Leon, and duke of Lancaster, in fee, and he has assigned the same to them in mortmain, by virtue of which assignment they have entered therein, without the king's licence, he will pardon the trespass in this; the king, for 5 marks paid to him by the prior, has pardoned the same and granted licence for the prior and convent to retain the five messuages and sixteen bovates of land with the messuages &c. assigned to them by Simon in satisfaction of 10 marks yearly of the said 20l. [5]

Thomas de Leigh is described as 'ffranklan', gentleman, in the Poll Tax of 1379. This poll tax was one of a series of four levied between 1377 and 1380, but 1379 is the one that we have figures for Middleton. Incidentally, it was these taxes, which led to the Peasants Revolt.

This tax imposed a minimum "flat rate" of a groat (4d) a head. All lay people were liable to pay except those under the age of 14 years or those who regularly begged for a living. Here the names of the individuals in Middleton, and Thorpe-on-the-Hill, who paid tax are listed:

[6] Wappentagium de Morley - Middleton                
Thomas del Lee, ffranklan [Gentleman] + vx [wife] ..     iiisiiijd[3s-4d]
Johannes Mokesson + vx .. iiijd[4d]
Rogerus Popet + vxiiijd
Johannes Milner + vxiiijd
Adam fillius Agnetus + vxiiijd
Johannes de Erdeslaw + vxiiijd
Johannes de Kychey + vxiiijd
Johannes de Bowes + vxiiijd
Johannes de Pole + vxiiijd
Richardus de ffentoniiijd
Johannes Storrur + vxiiijd
Radulphus Smyth + vxiiijd
Willelmus de Tonge + vxiiijd
Hugo Tasker + vxiiijd
Adam de Clifton + vxiiijd
Henricus ffox + vxiiijd
Willelmus de Eriplay + vxiiijd
Willelmus Casson + vxiiijd
Alicia Nurysiiijd
Willelmus Popetiiijd
Johanna de Ardeslaweiiijd
Oliva filia Adeiiijd
Isabella Ingelandiiijd
Johanna Bromelayiiijd
Johanna Cowhirdiiijd
Total Sum xjsiiijd[11s-4d]

The list above is of interest in that it gives us an opportunity to calculate the population of Middleton and Thorpe. The list shows that 17 married couples and 8 single people paid the tax. If we assume that each married couple had 3 children under the age of 14 years we get:

    17 married couples34individuals
3 children per couple       51individuals
8 single persons   8individuals

A summary of the total number of people who paid tax and the amounts collected from the townships in the Parish of Rothwell is shown below:

    Township     Married    
Carlton46 £0-6s-0d26
Rothwell6828 £2-0s-2d368
Lofthouse1310 £0-8s-4d75
Middleton178 £0-11s-4d93

In 1401/2 Thomas still held Middleton, paying for the half fee once held by Simon de Crepping:

    De Thoma del Leygh pro di f Midelton, nuper Simonis Crypelyng .... Xs. [10s] [7]


[1] Thoresby. Ducatus Leodiensis

[2] Yorkshire Archaeological Journal. Vol: 12 Page 56.

[3] PHC/297



[6] Roll of Collectors 1379.

[7] Feudal Aids. Volume 6.


(4) GILBERT DE LEIGH married Isabella, daughter of William Skargill, in 1420. By her he had a son, Gilbert.

Gilbert succeeded to his father's estate at Middleton prior to 1434. In 1445 Gilbert was included in a grant of land in Calverley:

1445: Grant by Walter Calverley, esquire, to Thomas, Lord of Clifford and Westmoreland, John Tempest, knight, William Scargill, esq., Gilbert del Leigh, esq., William Bradford, and William Brearley, of the manors of Calverley and Robert Calverley, their heirs and assigns, my manor of Calverley, and all my messuages, lands, etc. in Calverley, Pudsey, Burley and Halliwell, and all his other lands, etc. in the county of York and Nottingham. [1]

In 1455, Gilbert ventured, into the making of cloth. In that year he erected in Leeds a fulling mill, for cloth finishing, and purchased land by a stream for a 'tenter' [tenter frames on which cloth was stretched and dried].

In 1462 Gilbert became a Bailiff of Leeds, the same year as we find him recorded in the Reeves Account paying taxes:

Gilbert Leigh, farmer of a fulling mill, common oven and other things for a quarter of the first year of King Edward IV.

The Reeves Account goes on to list:

And of 36s from the farm of the fulling mill on the east side of Leeds Bridge, so leased to gilbert Leigh, paying yearly thereof 32s at the old rent and 4s by increase .... And £9 from the farm of the town there, including £4.3s.2d from the rents of the burgesses of the aforesaid town and including the toll of the markets and fairs and the fines from baking and brewing and the amercements of the court of the burgesses of the aforesaid town, so leased lately this year to Gilbert Leigh .... And 3s 4d from the farm of a parcel of waste ground containing 18 feet in length by 30 feet in breadth to be taken both from the river called Aire and from the dry land there adjacent to the same in a place called Steander between the old fulling mill and a certain pit in the said river called "Parnelpitte" so leased to Gilbert Leigh for a fulling mill to be made and built there at his own proper costs in all things, to be held to himself, his heirs and assigns in perpetuity, paying annually therefrom 3s 4d at the usual terms. and the same farmer shall have, for the new-building at future times as need shall arise, 2 trees in Rothwell Park, under the supervision of the kings officer, for the fulling stock and "faltrough" and, of course, for the new building he shall still have 6 trees within this demesne as in the rolls of the court for the 33rd year of King Henry VI, provided always that the same mill be not injurous to the kings fulling mill there; and if the farmer there shall refuse to hold the same old mill, that then the said Gilbert shall hold the same farm as he has hitherto paid. [2]

In 1455/6 Gilbert was granted land at Winkesly, near Ripon:

Feb 24; 34-Henry-VI. Grant by Thomas Ferby of Tadcastre to Gilbert Leghe of Mydelton, esq. of all his lands and tenements in Winkeslay, which he inherited after the death of his father, who had them of the grant an feoffment of William de Wynkeslay; and also of a burgage in Rypon in Bondgatefeld, abutting on Bersoytgate, and of all his land and tenements and of all right in certain lands and tenaments which his father purchased of John Wyxley in Bondgatefeld in the territory of Rypon. Rypon. [3]

Gilbert died after 1456.


[1] Thorsby Society Publications, Calverley Charters Page 257.

[2] Reeves Account. Manor and Borough of Leeds. Thoresby Society.

[3] Yorkshire Deeds. Vol:4. Yorkshire Archaeological Society. Record Series.


(5) GILBERT DE LEIGH married Alice, daughter of Walter Calverley, by whom he had numerous children:

  • Dorothy, who married Thomas Hague of Lincoln.
  • 5 sons who died young.
  • Nicholas (presumably died before his father, so Roger inherited).
  • Roger (7th son and heir).
  • Margaret, who married Thomas Gargrave of Wakefield.
  • Kath, who married John Scott of Scotthall.
  • Isobel, who married John Topcliffe, Justice in Ireland.
  • Eleanor, who married Mr Holland of Lincolnshire.
  • 3 daughters who died young.

Gilbert succeeded to the Middleton estates upon the death of his father.

The Calverley Papers reveal the agreements made between his father and the father of his wife at the time of Gilbert's marriage to Alice:

Grant from Gilbert de Legh, sen. to Walter Calverley, esq. of the marriage of Gilbert's son and heir apparent to Gilbert del Legh, senior, to be married to Alice, daughter of Walter. Gilbert senior is to settle an estate in lands of the yearly value of £4 13s 4d on his son Gilbert and Alice and the heirs of their bodies, and shall secure to Gilbert junior and his heirs the reversion after the death of Gilbert senior, in all lands of which Gilbert senior, or any one to his use, is now possessed, except lands to the yearly value of £13 6s 8d, which Margaret wife of Gilbert senior, ought to have for her jointure and dower [the right of a widow to a share, for her life, in her husbands property] and for which she shall have the capital messuage in Middleton, with the demesne lands, if it be of the proper value. Walter shall pay to Gilbert senior £40, namely £13 6s 8d on the day of the marriage and the balance by instalments of £6 13s 4d at Martinmas and Pentecost. Walter shall also pay to Gilbert junior 26s 8d and also for the next six years a further sum of 40s a year to find him at an Inn of Chancery in London. If Alice shall die without issue within two years of the marriage, then Walter's payment to Gilbert junior shall cease. And if Gilbert junior shall die within six years then Walter shall pay Gilbert senior the residue of the said £13 6s 8d. Gilbert senior undertakes that the said Margaret his wife shall accept the said lands for her jointure and dower. The parties shall execute cross bonds of £100 each to secure the due performance of this agreement. Walter's sureties being Robert Paslaw of Kirkstall, John Rathley of Pudsey and Thomas Wilson of Pudsey; Gilbert's sureties being Peter Talbot, John Hipperhome of Lofthouse and John Sausmer. [1]

In the Reeves Account 1483/84 Gilbert is recorded as being in the ownership of the lands, etc. held by his father in 1462/63. In later Reeves Accounts we find:

And of 50s from the farm of the fulling mill there on the east side of Leeds, so leased at farm, with all soke and suit pertaining to the said mill within the Lordship of Leeds, to Gilbert Legh and Nicholas his son, by indenture under the seal of the Duchy of Lancaster given on the 10th Day of May in the 9th Year of King Henry VII (1494) to be had and to be held to the same Gilbert and Nicholas from Michealmas in the said 9th year until the end of the term of 7 years then next following and fully to be completed by paying annually thereof 47s at the old farm and 3s over and above by increase, to be paid at Easter and Michealmas in equal portions, this year [being] the 7th and last.

And 3s from the new rent of a parcel of land from the kings waste with appurtenances in Leeds containing 80 feet in length and 60 feet in breadth, to be taken from the kings ground and waste both in the river Aire within the kings demesne of Leeds, and on the land adjacent to the said river, and existing in a certain place called Scan..hyll on the east side of Leeds Bridge, for a certain fulling mill to be built upon these waters and lands, so leased to Gilbert Legh, esq. As shown in the rolls of the courts for the second year of King Richard III.

And 9d from the farm of a tenter on the east side of the bridge there at tenter hill, so leased yearly to Gilbert Legh.

Gilbert also leased land from Nostell Priory as a 15th Century document shows:

Rothwell - From Gilbert Legh for a messuage and 8 acres of land, whereof 5 lie in Orgrevefelde, namely 3 acres in Pechrode and one acre abuts on carlton beck towards the west beside the land of the chantry of Rothwell on the north side, and one acre lies abutting towards Hely lane end and the land of Henry Hough lies on the west side of the same acre, and half an acre in the Hope besides Sterredsyde on the west side, and one acre abuts on Waltreston, and half an acre in the Hestsyde Calkdwell, and one acre in the Holmesley. P.2s 6d M. 2s 6d [2]

In 1494, Gilbert established a chantry at Middleton, for the use of its inhabitants. This chantry appears to have replaced a previous one.

The chantry details are recorded in the 'Certificates of Chantries, Guilds, Hospitals, etc.' compiled after 1545. [3] In that year, the break with Rome complete, Henry VIII, King of England set about dissolving the chantries. An Act was passed by Parliament giving power to Henry to dispose of all colleges, free-chapels, chantries, guilds and hospitals and their lands. The proceeds of this disposal were to be used to help finance the wars with Scotland and France. To administer this Act, commissioners were appointed to survey and seize the land and hand it over to the king for his use. The Yorkshire commissioners were appointed on the 14th February 1546 and were instructed to enquire into the following; the chantry incumbent and its founder, the purpose of its foundation and its "necessities" and to take inventories of all its plate and goods and to survey all their chantry lands. The details of Gilbert's chantry are as follows:

The Chantrie of Our Lady in the Chapell of Midleton in the saide Parache [Rothwell]. Richard Higane, incumbent. Of the foundacion of Gilbert Leighe, esquire. To th,entente in all things as bifore in the first chantrie is specified as apperyth by a dede of feoffment and a will thereunto annexed, dated iii die Aprilis, anno regni regis Henrici VII. The same chapell is distaunt from the paroche church ii myles. The necessitie is for the case of the inhabitants of Midleton to have masse dalye celebrate there. And ther is no lands alienate, etc. Goods, iijs xd Plate, nil.

First, ij messuages with th,appurtenances lienge in Salmond Burton, in the tenure of John Mitton, ixjs; one cotage with th,appurtenances in Carleton in the tenure of William Speight, xiiijs ijd,ob; one cotage with th,appurtenances ther in the tenure of Roberte Ferrowe, xs viijd; one ten. With th,appurtenances in Gilderstone in the tenure of Roberte Leigh xs; and a fre rent goinge furth of the landes of William Samell in Westhardeslawe viijs.

Sum of the chantrie, ciijs xd. Ob. Where of Paiable to the Kinges Majestie for tenth yerlie, vs viijd. Ob q; to the receyvor of the late disolved priory of Pountfret to the Kinges use, for a rent goynge furth of the landes in Salmondburton iijs; a rent paide yerlie to the ires of Norman goynge furth of the said landes, ixs; to the Kinges Majestie for rent goynge furth of the landes in Carleton, iijs iiijd; a rent paide to the howse of Newlande, iiijd, and a rente paide yerlie to the ires of Henry Hunte, xiiijd, ob. Sum of th,allowance xxijs vijd q. And so remanyth iiij li xvd.

In 1499 Gilbert paid relief for half a knight's fee in Middleton. [4] Gilbert died two years later.

The following is a record of his Inquest-Post-Mortem:

Gilbert Leigh - Writ 7 May 16-Henry-VII. Inquisition 20 Oct 17-Henry-VII. [1501] Long before his decease he was seized of the under-mentioned manor, etc.; and being so seized, by charter enfeoffed William Hopton, Thomas Hopton, Richard Townley, William Calverley the eldest, esquires, William Calverley the younger, Robert Gargrave, John Calverley, Richard Leigh Vicar of Kyrkthorpe and Robert Lyndeley, chaplain thereof; the survivors of whom, William Calverley the younger and John Calverley are seized thereof in fee by virtue of the feoffments.
He died Lady Day 16-Henry-VII. Roger Leigh is his son and heir, aged 40 and more at the time of Gilbert's death.
York: Manor of Middelton, or Myddelton, by Rothewell, and 20s rent in Middelton, worth 10l, held of the King, as of the Duchy of Lancaster, service unknown. Twenty messuages, 200a land, 100a pasture, 40a wood, in Rothewell, Carleton, Lofthous, Wakefeld, Osset, Bradforth, Manyngham, Allerton by Bradforth, Ledes, Busslyngthorp, Selby, Cawod and Birton by Ferybrig, whereof:-
The messuages etc. in Wakefeld are held of the King, in burgage, viz by 6d rent yearly, for all service and are worth 20s. The land, etc. in Cawod and Birton by Ferybrig worth 20s held of the Arch-bishop of York, service unknown.
The land, etc. in Lofthous, Ledes, Busslyngthorp, Allerton by Bradforth, Rothewell, Carleton, Bradforth and Manyngham worth 40s, held of the King, as of the Duchy of Lancaster, service unknown.
The land, etc. in Osset, held of the King, as of his lordship in Wakefeld, in socage, viz by 2d rent yearly, for all service. [5]


[1] Thoresby Society Publications.

[2] A 15th Century Rental of Nostell Priory.

[3] Certificates of Chantries, etc. Surtees Society.

[4] Wakefield District Archives.

[5] Calender Inquest Post-Mortem.


(6) ROGER LEIGH was born about 1460. He married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of John Neville of Cudworth by whom he had a number of children:

  • Thomas, his heir.
  • William (who succeeded Thomas to the Middleton Estates).
  • Gilbert.
  • John (on some Leigh family pedigrees, referred to as "Sir" and "attainted"). [1]
  • Margaret, who married William Danby of Leek.
  • Anne, who married Edward Lacy of Methley.
  • Elizabeth, who married William Mawson of Churwell.
  • Alice, who married George Norman of Gateforth.

Since Roger inherited the Leigh estates it can only be supposed that Nicholas, his elder brother, had died. In 1502-1503, Roger was involved in a dispute with Christopher Slyngesby (the new husband of his widowed mother) regarding the detention of deeds relating to messuages and land in Middleton and other places. [2]

In the Reeves Account 1499/1500 Roger (referred to in the account as Robert) is listed as being in possession of the properties in Leeds earlier listed.

Other property transactions have been recorded:

1490     Roger LeighWilliam Moxson a Messuage in Middleton [3]
1495 Roger LeighLaurence Hoste Messuage with lands
in Rothwell
1498 Roger Leigh Robert Brygg
and Alice his wife
5 Messuages with lands in
Rothwell, Carlton and Oulton
1498 Thomas Wood
John Yonge and
Elena his wife
Roger Leigh, gent. Messuage and 2 cottages
with lands in Thornton

Roger died prior to 1506.


[1] PHC/298


[3] Visitations of Yorkshire 1584/5 and 1612.

[4] Yorkshire Fines. Yorkshire Archaeological Society. Record Series.

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