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a verdict in favour of the Leghs.*

The total number of deeds and documents at High Legh consists in all of
eleven hundred, whereof three are Cornewall pedigrees, viz., by Vincent, Town-
send and another, and in the same collection is the finely illuminated pedigree
of Wogan. Townsend alleged that the Cornewall alliance gave the Leghs 86

* The following skit on the Leghs and Leighs was penned by Rev. A. J. Richardson, in 1879,
and was received by either party with good humour. His bias was Occidental.

" T'is an odd state of things a stranger would see,

If he came on a visit perchance to High Leigh ;

To his mind it would cause great confusion and bother,

To find things so mi.xed the one with the other :

Two estabUshments separate, two Hails and two Squires,

Two parsons, two chapels, two beils, and two choirs !

Whilst the magnates themselves could not fairly agree,

As to speUing correctly the name of ■ High Leigh ' ;

One stoutly insisting on ' i ' with the • e,'

The other on nothing betwixt ' e ' and ' g ' ;

On map and on sign-post you'd meet with the ' i,'

P.O.O. were without it, and folks wondered why ?

Then the Agent found out when he took the big ledger down.

The estates all mixed up with the farms of Lord Egerton ;

And directions for letters and parcels were wrapped in

A regular muddle 'twixt Colonel and Captain ;

For if to the Hall they should chance be addressed,

It was doubtful if meant for the ' East ' or the ' West ' ;

But for rights of precedence 'twas doubtful which had 'em

For neither could trace up much further than Adam !

So what you're about be particular, please,

For Cheshire is full of cats, cheeses, and Leighs,

Leghs of Lyme, Leghs of Adlington, everything Legh,

From the innermost bounds to the banks of the Dee ;

And for dropping a letter what comes there's no telling.

So you'd best mind your ' i ' and look after your spelling."
This effusion is dated " High Leigh," which perhaps accounts for the writer's antipathy to " Legh."


quarterings. Two deeds of the 15th century have five armorial seals of the
CornewaUs in good preservation, and we remark that a deed relating to Adam
De Legh, or De Lega, of the date 1230 is witnessed — with others — by Lawrence
De Merbury. In 1673 this entire collection of deeds could not be discovered.
Sir Peter Leycester desired to refer to them for his History of Bucklow Hundred,
but they had been secreted for safety during the Civil War. Towards the close
of the i8th century, i.e., in the time of Townsend, they had been unearthed by
George John Cornwall the then Squire, and Mr. Earwaker in the seventies
sorted and classified them. As a treasury of family history they must be
deemed of priceless value, few muniment chests being of such magnitude
and importance. By the courtesy of the present Colonel Cornwall Legh we are
enabled to give illustrations of two of the family portraits at High Legh.


Chapter XV.


TN Bloine's BriUannia (1637) ^^ ^ stated that a younger son of a Baron of
Burford " stole " the heiress of Bockland of Bockland (Buckland in
Docklow). This in the reign of Henry VIII. In Burghill rhurch is a brass mural
monument : — " Here lyeth the body of Robert Masters, Gent., late Lord of the
Manor, who travelld with Thomas Candish, Esq., to Virginia, and afterwards
about the globe of ye whole worlde, and after his returne marryed Winefrid,
ye daughter of Thomas Cornwall of Buckland, Gent., by whom he hath 2 sones
and 7 daughters. He departed this life the 3d of June, Anno Dom. 1619."

Arms, arg. a hon rampant holding a rose, impahng (Cornewall) erm. a Uon
rampant ducally crowned or within a bordure engrailed sable.

By the side of the coat of arms is a globe wdth a bende and fesse.

These arms bearing the field ermine show a connection with the line of the
Barons of Burford, and not with the Berrington Line of CornewaUs, who bore
for the field of their coat argent. The earliest mention, however, of the Buckland
line is found in the Visitation of Herefordshire, 1634, when the pedigree was
entered by Richard Cornewall of Brockhampton, a younger son, who may be
identical with the following, erroneously attributed by Judge Bayley to Richard,
son of Thomas Baron of Burford, wliich Richard was in 1607 only three years
of age, e.g..

Merchant Taylor's Company.

" Rics. Cornwall filius Johes Cornwall nuper de Burchard in Com. Hereff.
generosi defuncti pro se apprend Jacobo Shawe de Ludgate Hill pro novem annis
a festo Sr Johes Bapte ult prefer Dat vicesimo nono die Junij Anno Dom 1607."
(Apprentice Book, vol. V. p. 113).

" Richard Cornewall made free by his service with James Shawe deceased,
afterwards translated to Humffrey Lee, Haberdasher, and the whole service
reported by the sayd Humffrey Lee. (Court g October, 1615). '


The following is the 1634 pedigree : —

Robert Cornewall=Jane,
of Buckland. | d. 1585.



Avis William Thomas, of=ANNE, d. of Wm. John, George,

Anne Buckland, I Berrington of 3 son. 4 sou.

J eldest son. Avias, in Hereford.

I \ I

John C. = . . • Winifred=Roeert Masters, Eleanor=Thos. Baugh,

of B., eldest son, of Nurfield. of Lyde.

living, 1634.

(i) Mary, d. of Geo. Bray= Richard, of Brockhampton,=(2) Margery, d. of
of Brockhampton. 2nd son, living 1634. | . . Hossey, of


I i i "1

Edith=George Gardner, Jane Richard, aged 9 in John, 2nd son.

of London. 1634.

Signed, Richard Cornewall.

We note further in the Visitation of Worcestershire, 1682, that Anne, daugh-
ter of Richard Walsh of Stockton, who died 1682, married John Cornewall of

The Parish Church of Buckland is not Docklow, but Humber. We append
the items given in the Registers of that Parish, which we are unable to fit with
the Visitation, or with the pedigree of Mr. Wohych of Croxley, Herts., e.g.,

Extracts from Register at Humber.
Wedded. John Cornwall and Anna Wall (?) of (utterly illegible). 1588.

Wedded. Richard Stubb ? and Jane Cornwall. 1589.

Married. John Cornwall, Gentleman, and Ehzabeth (undecypherable). 1594.
Married the i8th day of September (?) Head and Anna Cornwall, by

hcence, 1630.
Married. Wm. Cornewall, Gentleman, Margaret Loxley ? Nov. 24th, 1632.
Baptized. George, the son of Richard Cornwall, gentleman, and Grace hys

wiffe. 5th Feb., 1632.
Baptized. Frances, the daughter of Richard Cornwall and Grace liis wife.

Feb. 14th, 1633.
Baptized the 5th of Feby., 1635. Anne, the daughter of Richd. Cornwall

and Grace his wife.


Baptized. The i6th Oct., Elizabeth the daughter of Ricd. Cornwall and

Grace his wife. 1636.
Buried. John Cornwall, Gent., 28th day of Oct., 1628 (query 1638 ?)
Buried. Margaret, the wife of Wm. Cornwall, Gent., 1634 (query 1644 ?)
Feb. 12th day was baptized the son of Richard Cornewall, Gent., and Grace

his wife. 1650.
John, the son of Jane ? Cornwall of Burford (?) (illegible). Born the ist

day of J any. 1655.

Jno. Cornwall of Wickton was buried upon the 23rd June. i679-

Cornwall of Wishton (? Wickton) was buried the second of 1679.

John Cornwall and Ann (query Walsh ?) were married the 12th day of

July. 1680.

John Cornwall of the Parish of Harden, Gent., was buried Jany. 8th. i6g6.
Mr. Geo. Cornewall was buried Sept. 2nd. 1700.

Mr. Wm. Cornewall buried Deer. i8th. 1710.

To these items we are able to append from the Register of Marden the
following : —

" 1725. Mr. James CornwaD of ye City of Chester, Gent., and Mrs. Catherine
Cornwall of Kyperknowl were married Oct. i6th."

And in the Register of Waltham St. LawTence, Berks, in 1694-8, four children
of Humfrey and Elizabeth Cornwall were baptised, one being also buried there
in 1695. In 1706 Ehzabeth Cornwall married John CressweU, and in 1711
Elizabeth, wife of Humfrey Cornwall, was buried.

We have also perused a deed of July 15, 1740, between Robert Unett of
Birchend and Thomas Cornewall of Buckland, who signed with the Cornewall
arms. About 1750 the estate of Buckland was aUened.

Another deed relating to land in Great Marlow, and dated 1636, showed that
a Robert Cornwall was of Thame.

Lastly, the Register of Brimfield, Herefordshire, gives details concerning a
branch of the family who settled at Nun Upton in that Parish, e.g.,

Richard Cornewall of Nun Upton gave the Register to this Church, 1671.
[It ends 1812].



Hellen, daughter of Humphrey Cornewall, and Mary his wife, baptized
July i8, 1733.

Humphrey, son of Humphrey Cornewall, and Mary, baptized Nov. 2, 1734.

Humplu"y Cornewall buried July 5, 1752, aged 17.

Humphry Cornewall, gent., buried July 4, 1754.

Mary Cornewall, widow, buried Feb. 17, 1763.

Thomas Cornewall Pitt of Nurton, Middleton, buried April 5, 1845.

[A stone in the Chancel floor marks the grave of Thomas Pitt, late of Nun
Upton, who died in 1811.]

The lacunae in these entries are numerous. Mr. Wolrych of Croxley, the
descendant of the Wolrych family of Dinmore, has favoured us with the following,
which, however, does not account for all of the above details, and passes over
the Brockhampton line entirely.

Robert Cornewall=Jane . . .
of Docklow. I Bur. 22 Nov., 1585.


Thomas=Ann Berrington.

born 1613. 1


of Docklow, d. 1686.

(Will proved Hereford) s.p.

JoHN=JoYCE Jones,

I mar. Nov., 1626,
Reg. Harden.

John Cornewall,=Fortune
of Marston, in Pen- I (d. Stoke Prior,
comb, Hereford. 1679).

John, bapt. 1682, d. 1697. WiLLiAMof Marden, bapt. 1655, Humphrev, of Kippernoule,

Will proved at Hereford by d. 1710. Will proved 26 bapt. 1669. Will proved

his brother Humphrey, bapt. March, 1710, by his brother C.P.C., 6 Nov. 1724. He

at Stoke Prior. Bapt. at Humphrey. Eleanor, his wife, devised his Nunupton Estate to

Humber, 1697. Reg. Marden. wife of Wm. Cornwall, of his son Humphrey. Residue to

Kippernoul, now of Humber, his 2 daughters.

29 April, 1707.

Helen, wife of John
Woohrych, of Kip-
pernoule, born at
Dinmore, 10 June,
1757- Keg. at Mar-

Catherine, sole exix. of
her father's will, mar.
16 Oct., 1725, James
Cornwall, of London,
gent. Reg. at Marden.

Humphrey, " of Nunupton," John,
parish nf Brimfield, nr. Tenbury, he had a
and " Little Hereford," admon. legacy of
14 Oct., 1754, to Mary Cornwall. £50-
She was married, 1760, to
Thomas Pitt, and their only son,
Cornwall Pitt, was a lunatic, and
the estate held in trust by his
brother-in-law, E. S. Pntchett.

Humphrey Cornwall, =Elizabeth, d. 1711, Waltham, St. Lawrence,
buried in grave there. Berks. She was maternal guardian of
Edmund Woolrych.
A bend between 1 .j ,

3 roundels, f wiie s arms.
This John Woolrych was ancestor of Woolrych, of Croxley. [See Burke, Shirley, Foster, &c., &c.]




This line was for long supposed to have been linked with that of the Barons
of Burford, through a William, alleged to have been eldest son of John ComewaU
of Rochford by Mary Reade. Recent researches, however, have shown an
earlier origin for this distinguished line of Comwalls, while the following epitaph
in Hendon Church is manifestly erroneous in other details, e.g. :

John Cornwall, of Hendon
House, in this Parish,
Esqre, eldest son and heir
of William Cornwall, of
Kingston upon Hull, and
of N. Frodinghani, and
Headon, Co. York, Esqre,
by his wife Elizabeth,
daughter of Samuel Wat-
son, Esqre, Co. York, and
descended from John Corn-
wall, Esqre, a younger son
of Sir Gilbert Cornwall,
Knt., Baron of Burford, Co.
Salop, by Mary, sister of
Sir Thomas Reade, Knt.,
of Barton, Co. Berks.

Born Dec. 21, 1713.
Died Jan. 27, 1800.

John Cornwall, &c., &c.

William Henry, &c., &c.

S. Side.

N. Side.

Susanna Cornwall, daughter
and co-heir of Stephen
Peter Godin, of CuUands
Grove, Southgate, Co. Mid-
dlesex, Esqre, relict of
John Cornwall, of Hendon
House, Esqre.

Born 17 Jan., 1735.
Died 7 Aug., 1801.

Honble. Susanna Hall
Cornwall, &c., &c.
B. 17 Oct., 1772.
D. 21 June, 1802.

Louisa Grace, second

daughter of Lord Robert

Kerr, &c., &c.

Susanna Caroline,
&c., &c.


The first of the line appears to have been the Rev. William Cornwall,
minister of Heddon, or Headon, Yorks., 1642, who seems identical with the
WiUiam Cornwall who graduated at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1639.

His relative, William Cornwall of North Frodingham and Headon, co. York,
was a merchant of HuU, and rose to great eminence in that city, being four times
elected Warden of the Trinity House — 1691, 1699, 1704, and 1711. Unfor-
tunately no more is known of his wife than that her baptismal name was
Hannah, and that she was buried in Trinity Church, Hull, three months after
her husband. He died January 29, 1716-7, and also hes in Trinity Church.
He had a brother Thomas, who married Mary Bailey.

William and Hannah Cornwall had three sons and four daughters. Of these
Esther and Mary died shortly after birth, and Elianore after four years ; Anna
attained the riper age of thirty, and had become the wife of Thomas EUis.

Of the three sons, John, the eldest, was baptized at Trinity Church, Hull,
1679, and in 171 1 married Mary Hydes. Their two infant children died respec-
tively in Nov. and Dec, 1714, and John himself died in the previous October.
Perhaps they were the victims of small pox, or some such fell disease, but the
inscription to their memory in Trinity Church gives no details : —

" Here lies interred the Body of Mr. John Cornwall, merchant, who departed
this Ufe in the Faith of Christ, the 20th of October, 1714. He marryed the
Daughter of Alderman Hydes, by whom he had one son and one Daughter, who
are also here interred. iEtatis sua 35."

WilHam, the second son of WiUiam and Hannah Cornwall, was born in 1683,
and died two years later. When a third son was bom in October, 1686, he also
was named WiUiam, and he and Anna alone survived their parents. WiUiam
was left sole executor and proved his father's wiU at York, February 12th,
1716-7, aU lands, tenements, houses, and estates being bequeathed to him,
besides aU " goods and chattels and personal estate." The only exceptions in
the wiU are to " my cousin, Mary Raven," ^^5 ; to " my son and daughter
Thomas and Ann EUis," £100 ; and the payment of a debt of £60 ; besides
" one sUver tankard, ye gift of ye owner of my ship Headon to me." The
tankard was engraved with the foUowing lines, which may be fuU of hidden
meaning, but are hardly in the style of the Spenser of a century before !


" The gift of R. Spencer to
W. Cornwall, 1685.
Hands off, I pray, handle not,
For I am blind and you can see.
If you love me lend me not ;
For fear of Breaking bend me not.
No cut to unkindness, no woe to want.
When means fail, friends grow scant."

William Cornwall undoubtedly found himself well endowed with this world's
goods on the death of his father. He was already a widower, for his wife Eliza-
beth, daughter of Samuel Watson, Esqre., had been buried at Hull on August
25th, 1714, leaving him at the age of thirty with three Httle children, Sarah,*
John, and William. He subsequently married Sarah, daughter of ... .
Brooksbank, Esqre., and had by her seven children. Four of these, Joseph,
Sarah, Hannah, and Bathshua, were buried at Hull, between the years 1721 and
1730 ; another Sarah married . . . Leggatt, Esqre., and the two youngest,
Judith and Mary, appear to have made a home together at Westerham in Kent,
a far cry in those days from Yorkshire. They are buried in a brick grave in the
Rectorial Chancel in Westerham Church, under a white slab bearing this in-
scription : —

" Mrs. Mary Cornwall, Daughter of William Cornwall, Esqre., of Hull,
Yorkshire, by Sarah his wife, died 14 Aug., 1798, aged 62 years.

" Mrs. Judith Cornwall, Daughter of the above William and Sarah Cornwall,
died 23 January, 1S07, aged 76 years."

From another source we learn the pathetic fact that Mrs. Mary Cornwall
was burnt to death by her veil catching fire while she was seaUng a letter.

William Cornwall buried his second wife at HuU, Feb. 3rd, 1732-3, and
married Elizabeth, daughter of . . . Wood, Esqre., about the year 1734, as
appears from a deed of assignment in trust, made previous to his marriage.
A letter from him is extant, dated from Hull in 1739, and addressed to his
daughter " Sally " — presumably the lady who became Mrs. Leggatt. She was
visiting her dead mother's friends in London, and the anxious father begs her
to remember " They will expect you to resemble her, and this will be ye best

* She married — Robinson, Esqre., of Redhall, Co. Lincoln.


way to maintain their good opinion." Then follows a fond reminiscence of her
character : —

" High grace, the dower of queens ; and therewithal
Some wood-born wonders sweet simplicity."
And the letter ends with a few words of fatherly affection : "I often want you
and am ready to call for you, nothing but ye hopes of your advantage should
separate us so long."

We catch a gUmpse here of happy family life, and a letter written by Sally's
half-brother John in 1732 displays nothing of the servile deference usually
expected of sons in those days. He had sailed from Hull to London in so rough
a gale that the ship was nearly driven ashore, and the voyage unduly prolonged ;
none the less did he appreciate the cakes and pie provided by a thoughtful
aunt, and notes that he took good care of them ! It was probably through his
relations in London that he became acquainted with the Godin family, who
lived at Cullands Grove, Southgate, co. Middlesex, and he eventually married
Susanna, daughter and co-heiress of Stephen Peter Godin, Esqre., and selling
his estate in Yorkshire, settled in his wife's county. At Hendon, about a
quarter of a mile from the Church, they found on sale the old mansion of the
Whichcote family, and here they settled down to many years of prosperity and
benevolence. Lysons in 1795 describes the house as " the property of John
Cornwall, Esqre.," and adds " there are 60 children in a Sunday School, 30
of whom, being girls, are clothed at the sole expense of Mrs. Cornwall." John
Cornwall died at a ripe age in 1800, and his wife some 18 months later, and
both are buried in the Churchyard at Hendon in a vault over which their family
have erected a tomb. They had one son and seven daughters, of whom Sarah
died in infancy, and of the others, Rebecca m. Sir John Simeon, Bt. ; Susanna
m. Samuel Hejrwood, Esqre. ; Elizabeth m. Baron Rendelsham ; Augusta m.
James Stanley, Esqre. ; Sophia m. Edward Boldero, Esqre ; Mary Ann m.
Hon. Herbert Gardner.

John Cornwall, the only son and seventh child of William and Ehzabeth
Cornwall, was eight-and-twenty when his father died, and had for six years been
married to Susanna Hall, the only daughter of Admiral Sir Alan Gardner, Baron
Gardner of Uttoxeter, co. Stafford. The happiness of this union is shewn by a
letter written in 1802, in which he says : " I have not a thing to wish for, a
charming wife whom I love from my heart, a fine famUy full of health and strength


. . . money enough to accomplish every wish in reason, and friends to use,
I hope, if ever misfortune should befall me. ... A happier and more
thankful man does not exist on God's earth." It is tragic that, two and a half
months after this letter was written to his wife, John Cornwall died suddenly
at Hendon, from an injury to his head on the staircase while coming down
to dinner. He was buried in the family vault at Hendon, being but thirty
years of age. His young widow cared no longer for her once happy home, and
quickly selling it, took her six little children to London, where she is remem-
bered as a grande dame in Grosvenor place. She died more than fifty years later,
and was buried in the vault at Hendon, having remained a widow for her children's
sake. She devoted her life to them, and would often tell them of an event that
occurred when she was five years old. She was taken to Portsmouth for the
rejoicings on the return of Rodney's fleet, victorious over the French, and the
captive Comte de Grasse put her on his knee and praised her brother,* a boy of
ten who had fought under their gallant father on " The Duke," and had been
wounded. "If all my men had fought as well as your little broder," he said,
" I should not have lost the day."

One Httle daughter of John and Susanna Cornwall died in infancy, and
another, Susanna, at the age of twenty-three, having been married for sixteen
months to John Ashley Warre, Esqre., of Cheddar Fitz Pa5me, co. Somerset.
She is buried at Epsom, where a beautiful monument by Chantrey represents
her with the infant son, who survived her but seven months.

Of the other two daughters, Augusta m. Francis Boyle Shannon Wilder,
Esqre., and died childless in 1858, and Sophia (d. 1875) m. Rev. Robert William
Shaw, youngest son of Sir John Gregory Shaw, Bt., and had six children : Robert
John (d. 1903), m. Ella de Visme Thomas (4 sons, 2 daus.) ; John Monson, m.
Sarah Pain Francklyn ; Hugh Cornwall (d. 1881) ; Sophia Anna, m. Rev. Harry
Lancelot Wingfield (6 sons, 4 daus.) ; Ellen Frances (d. 1854) ; Margaret Augusta,
m. 1st Rev. Spencer Philip Harvey (i son) ; 2nd, William George, Esqre. (2 daus.)

The three sons of John and Susanna Cornwall entered respectively the
three leading professions of their day. WUham Henry, the youngest (b. 1799)
was given a commission in the Coldstream Regt. of Foot Guards by the Duke
of Cambridge, and was then selected by William IV. to attend upon Prince
George of Cambridge. He accompanied him in various foreign tours, and later
* Afterwards 2nd Baron Gardner.


became equerry to the Duke of Cambridge, and also to the Queen Dowager
Adelaide. His wife, Louisa, 2nd daughter of Lord Robert Kerr, was appointed
one of Queen Adelaide's Bedchamber Women, and together they accompanied
her majesty to Madeira and were with her in devoted attachment till her death.
Major Gen. Cornwall was then selected by Queen Victoria as her Marshal, and
afterwards as her Assistant Master of the Ceremonies. He died without issue
in 1855, and is buried, with his widow who died a year later, in the family vault
at Hendon. He excelled in the arts of heraldry and painting, and exhibited in
the Royal Academy.

Alan Gardner Cornwall, second son of John and Susanna Cornwall (b. 1798)
was M.A. of Trinity Coll., Cambridge, and took Holy Orders. He was Chaplain
in Ordinary to Queen Victoria, and in 1827 became Rector of Newington Bagpath
cum Owlpen, and also in 1839, °^ Beverston cum Kingscote, co. Gloucester. In
1828 he married Caroline Marianne, youngest daughter of Thomas Kingscote of
Kingscote, Esqre. He died in 1872 and she in 1875, and both are buried in the
Kingscote family vault in Kingscote Churchyard. Their 44 years of married
life were spent at Ashcroft House, co. Gloucester, and their children numbered
fourteen, three of whom (Susan, Robert, and Ashley) died young and are buried
at Kingscote. Their eldest son, Alan Kingscote (b. 1830) m. Sophia Ann, dau.
of Robert Whitmore, Esqre., and had four children : (i) Alan Whitmore, b. 1858,
m. Alice Louisa, dau. of Edward Cripps, Esqre. (4 sons and 3 daus.) ; (2) Archi-
bald Robert, d. inf. ; (3) Minna Elizabeth Mary ; (4) Isabel Josephine. The
remainder of the family of Alan and Caroline Cornwall is as follows :

Caroline Augusta (d. 1898), m. John Bengough, Esqre. (6 sons, 4 daus.) ;
WiUiam Henry Gardner (d. 1897), m. Margaret Campbell (i son, 5 daus.) ;
Clement Francis, m. Charlotte Pemberton (4 sons, 2 daus.) ; Henry Pennant
(d. 1892), m. Mary Eyre (3 sons, i dau.) ; Robert Hugh Wilder (d. 1881) ; Edmund
Septimus ; Harriet Louisa ; John Fitzalan, m. Louisa Young (i son, i dau.) ;
Gilbert Edward ; Emily Susan. Two of the above, Clement and Henry, settled
in British Columbia, where their famihes still reside ; Clement rose to eminence
as Lieut. Governor of the Province.

John Cornwall of Burford Lodge, co. Siurrey, eldest son of John and Susanna
Cornwall, was born in 1795, entered the navy in 1809, and was wounded at the
destruction of ten armed vessels in the Gulf of PoUcrasto in 1811. He joined in
due course the " Repulse," the " Thames," and the " Gloucester," and in the latter


conveyed the Duke of Devonshire when Ambassador to St. Petersburgh. During

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