LEGH OF KNUTSFORD BOOTHS

 

Norbury Booths Hall, Knutsford (Grid Ref. SJ 765779) was the seat of the Leghs of Booths until sold in 1917. Peter Legh, who died in 1804, built it in 1745 to replace an older timber-framed quadrangular house. It was enlarged by his grandson, Peter, in 1845 to the design of E. Habershon. (de Figueiredo and Treuhertz)

The Legh family had several branches in Cheshire such as those of Lyme Park, Adlington, West Hall and East Hall at High Legh. A brief family tree from the 13th century is included here for the Legh family to show the connections with other branches of the family. It is taken from Ormerod, 2nd edition with corrections found in Appendix 4 "Additions and Corrections". Stuart Raymond, in Cheshire: A Genealogical Bibliography, Vol. 2 includes as a source Legh of Norbury Booths Hall, Cheshire, by J. Paul Rylands in Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, 4th. series 1, 1906, 135-6 which contains family notes from a devotional book.

I follow the line of the Legh of Booths. The years in Ormerod do not appear to be consistent or two generations have been confused. Further checking in alternative sources is required. However, this family is descended from the John de Legh of Booths shown above in generation number 3 and Isabel. According to the Lysons, the Manor of Over Knutsford, alias Knutsford Booths together with Norbury Booths was purchased in 1300 from William de Tabley by John Legh, ancestor of the then proprietor, Willoughby Legh. John Legh was a younger son of William Venables of Bradwell by his wife Agnes, daughter and heir of Richard Legh of West Hall in High Legh. He assumed the name of his maternal grandfather but retained the arms of Venables.

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