Thomas Legh of Lyme 1793-1857
Roger O. De Keersmaecker
Son of Thomas Legh and Margaret Gerard. Richard was born 7 May 1634, died 31 August
1687 and was buried in the Legh chapel of Winwick Church.
married Elizabeth Chicheley, born circa 1630, Wimpole, Orwell, Cambridgeshire,
died 1728. Her funeral took place in the family burying-place at Winwick, Lancashire, where she rest by her husband. Richard and
Elizabeth had thirteen children, Lettice, Elizabeth,
Sarah, Anne, Thomas, Margaret, Richard, Isabella, Calveley, John, Francis. They where all born in Lyme Handley, Cheshire. Some time in May 1688 a tragedy occurred at
Lyme, John, born 10 October 1683, Elizabeth’s
fourth son, five years old was drowned in the water in front of the house. Richard Legh planted the first avenues of
trees in the park at Lyme.
Peter Legh XI,
First son of Richard Legh and Elizabeth Chicheley. Born 22 Augustus 1669, Lyme
He was buried at Winwick on 16 January 1744. Peter Legh was elected in
Parliament for the family borough at the age of fifteen owing to his father’s
unwillingness to sit again. Lord Willoughby de Eresby was prompted to move for
the expulsion of minors from the House, but no action was taken, and Peter Legh
remained, circumspectly avoiding attention by total inactivity. Peter Legh
politely refused to serve under Lord Molyneux, the Roman Catholic lord
lieutenant of Lancashire. He never stood for
Parliament after the Revolution. The leading spirit of the Cheshire Club, a
society of Jacobite country gentlemen, he was arrested in 1694, at the time of
the Lancashire Plot, and again in 1696, but on each occasion the prosecution
broke down for lack of witnesses. He
employed the Italian architect Giacomo Leoni to carry out a major
restoration of the hall.
Peter Legh XII,
XII, was a nephew of the above, Peter Legh XII. Born 1706, Baptism 7 January
1707, died 20 May 1792., he was buried at St Mary’s
Church, Disley, Cheshire.
Thomas Peter Legh.
inherited as a nephew, He was born 1753, died 7 August 1797, buried
at Winwick. In March 1794, he became a Colonel of the Light Dragoons,
Lancashire 6 troops 14 March Colonel Thomas P. Legh [first known as Thomas
Peter Legh, his regiment of Fencible Calvary], De died aged 44 at Edinburgh on 7 August
1797 and was buried at Winwick. Thomas Peter had seven illegitimate children by
seven different women. They were Thomas, William, Peter, born 1796 who became incumbent of St. Peter’s in Newton, Maria, Margaret, Emma and Mary. The
first three daughters all married men given the appellation Esquire in
Earwaker’s family tree, indicating that they must have been brought up as
Born 1793, son of Thomas, illegitimate son of
the above Thomas Peter Legh, was a Fellow of the Royal Society and travelled
widely. He visited Egypt
in 1812-1813, together with Reverend Charles Smelt and François Barthow. He
wrote Narrative of a Journey in Egypt
and the Country Beyond the Cataracts, London 1816.
He visited Egypt again in
1814. Thomas Legh, married in
January 1828 Ellen
Turner, at the age of 17, daughter and only child of William Turner, an wealthy
resident of Shrigley, Pott Shrigley, Prestbury,
died in childbirth at the age of 19, January 1831. They had a daughter Ellen
Jane Legh. In his Parliament papers we read
the following: (He received three weeks’
leave on account of his wife’s illness, 15 April 1830. He was granted three
weeks’ leave, 14 February 1831, following his wife’s death, and another
fortnight on account of illness in his family, 9 March 1831). He left
Parliament on 1832. Ellen was buried Winwick, Warrington,
He married in
1843 for the second time Maud Lowther, daughter of Gorges Lowther of Lancashire.Thomas Legh, died at Milford Lodge, Lymington 8 May 1857,
and was buried at Disley. At Lyme he
commissioned Lewis Wyatt to carry out extension alteration to the house.
Thomas Legh, D. C. L. F. R. S. (DCL = Doctor of Civil Law; FRS = Fellow of the
second wife Maud Lowther, married for the second time, Auguste Jacques des
Champs de la Tour, of Everton House,Hampshire.
Legh’s, are all descended from the second illegitimate son of Thomas Peter Legh, William Legh..
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THOMAS LEGH ESQ RE
OF LYME PARK CHESHIRE. D. C. L. F. R.
MAY 8TH 1857.
BY HIS WIDOW
A NOBLE AND A GOOD MAN, AND GOD CALLED HIM
FROM A LIFE OF SUFFERING TO HIS REST ON HIGH.
Memorial tablet, St Mary’s Church, Disley
of Thomas Legh, St. Mary’s Church, Disley
Thomas Legh D.C.L. , F.R.S.
Aged 64 years