Bradshaw/Bagshawe of Lancaster Family

"Marple Estate:  from the Vernon to the Bradshaw,  to the Stanley family:

"The date  of the original house on the Marple Hall Estate site is uncertain; it was probably built by the Vernons of Haddon Hall during the reign of King Henry VII."

My sources for this rendering are listed throughout this document, and at the end of my main webpage:

"William de Vernon, youngest son of the Baron of Shipbrook; married Margaret de Stockport.  Robert de Stockport was "Chief Justice of Chester" and gave William Vernon and his sister Margaret Stockport; "Marple Estate" in 1229 as a wedding gift.

William Vernon's mother had given him lands in Haddon, Derbyshire; and now "Marple" formed part of the patrimony of the "Lords of Haddon".  The estate remained as such until the death of his descendent; George Vernon in 1567.  George Vernon was known as "King of the Peak".  After his death his lands and estates were divided between his two daughters: Dorothy Vernon and Margaret Vernon.

Dorothy Vernon became the heroine of the romantic elopement with Sir John Manners, Ancestor of the Duke of Rutland. 

Lands and the estates of "Marple" and "Wyberslegh" fell to George's daughter; Margaret Vernon.  She married Sir Thomas Stanley of Winwick; second son of Edward Stanley, "Earl of Derby".  Thomas and Margaret Vernon Stanley's only son: Sir Edward Stanley of "Tonge Castle" in Shropshire; died without issue.  

Having no issue, Sir Edward Vernon sold "Marple"  into the Bagshaw family:  He sold it to Thomas Hibbert.  The Saxon name of "Bagshaw" became "Bradshaw.

"Sir Thomas Stanley and Margaret Vernon Stanley's descendents: Sir Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby, and Sir Edward Stanley of Tonge (having no male heirs);(were the last of the feudal lords);   sold off  Marple and Wybersley Estates in 1606."

 Excerpts from British "History of Lancaster Vol V"

" It appears from this that Mabel was the daughter of Henry,  father of Ughtred (Huthred).
Henry de Bradshaw had a charter from Henry Maudgeston [Monewdon], lord of Tottington till 1235, allowing him common of pasture for all cattle fed in Bradshaw; Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 149b This probably relates to the acre in Affetside, which long descended with Bradshaw.
Several other members of the Bradshaw family occur in deeds, &c., of the latter part of the 13th century. In 1285 Beatrice widow of Ughtred de Bradshaw in a claim for dower appeared against Henry son of Robert de Bradshaw respecting a messuage and lands in Bradshaw by Bury; against Alan son of William de Bradshaw, and  against Mary widow of William de Bradshaw

" Amery widow of Alan de Bradshaw in 1296 claimed dower in Harwood against Roger de Radcliffe; ibid. 113, m. 120. Simon de Bradshaw was a plaintiff in 1292; Assize R. 408, m. 5. In the same year a Richard de Bradshaw is mentioned; Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 229, 230, 605. In 1274 the sheriff was ordered to arrest certain persons on a charge of complicity in the death of John de Bradshaw; Coram Rege R. 12, m. 69. John son of Simon de Bradshaw was witness to a charter in 1335; Harl. MS. 2112, vol. 145/181.   From: 'Townships: Bradshaw', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5 (1911), pp. 270-272". 

"Henry de Bradshaw attested a charter in 1341 and John Bradshaw in 1350; Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 145b/181b, 152/188.
A few notes from charters are printed in the Visit, of 1613 (Chet. Soc.), 58. From one of these it appears that Robert de Bradshaw had a son Henry, occurring in 1343, and another son Richard, mentioned in 1393–4; a Thomas son of John de Bradshaw was living in 1378–9. Further, Henry de Bradshaw had a son Ellis, also living in 1378–9. The succession therefore was probably, in. spite of the long descents, Robert—s. Henry—s. Ellis.  Henry's daughter Jonet Bradshaw (born 1365) and married Adam Bostock (b 1363).  Adam Bostock became a ward of  Henry Bradshaw at aget 8.  There is not much information on Henry Bradshaw of the 12th century; possibly because this was the time period when the "Black Plague" sweft Europe.  Millions of people in Europe lost their lives, and thousands of children became "wards" of other surviving family members."

"Ellis de Bradshaw appears several times between 1385 and 1395; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), vol i, 13, 61.      He is probably the Ellis de Bradshaw who, with Margaret his wife, recovered seizing of lands in Coppull, &c., in 1403; Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxiii, App. 3. John son of Ellis de Bradshaw was in 1395 already married to Eleanor, one of the daughters and heirs of John de Arderne, then seven years of age, to whom his father was one of the guardians; Lancs. Inq. p.m. i, 60; ii, 7–9. John de Bradshaw is from time to time mentioned down to 1433; ibid. ii, 37; Pal. of Lanc. Chan. Misc. 1/9, m. 72. The land in Lower Darwen, afterwards in possession of the family, probably came from his marriage. After forty years another Ellis appears as lord of Bradshaw; Mamecestre iii, 480.From: 'Townships: Bradshaw', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5 (1911), pp. 270-272."

William Bostock (b1450) married Lady Eleanor/Elynor mentioned in several documents as a "ward" of Henry Bradshaw. It is my theroy that Lady Elynor's  name was Bradshaw, and that she was the daughter of Ellis Bradshaw and Eleanor Arderne Bradshaw.  William Bostock was the youngest son of Adam Bostock and Elizebeth Venables.  

"In 1501 Alexander (son and heir apparent of John) Bradshaw of Bradshaw agreed with Richard Holland of Denton concerning the marriage of Alexander's, son and heir John with Ellen daughter of Richard Holland; Harl. MS. 2112, fol. 154/190.
The Tottington court rolls (preserved at Clitheroe Castle and the Record Office) afford another clue, by means of the acre in Affetside. In 1508 Andrew Bradshaw had died, leaving a brother and heir John, who received possession of the land. The next in succession was Alexander Bradshaw, who died in 1514, and his son John succeeded him. At this point the inquisitions and visitations begin."

"Henry Bradshaw was a Monk and Annalist of St. Werburgh's Abbey and died in 1508. He is among the first poets of his time according to "Diocese of Chester".

"John Bradshaw the younger died on 10 July 1548, leaving a son and heir only fourteen years of age. His wife was Mary daughter of Ralph Orrell; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. ix, no. 31. By his will he gave all his lands, &c., in Bradshaw and Rivington to Mary his wife for a term of twelve years; they included the hall with its appurtenances, various closes named Mort's Hill, Beysingley, Chapel Fields, Holmes after the Water (formerly Holme Hurststead), Oldham, &c. Provision was made for his younger sons and daughters—Ralph, Robert, Alexander, Richard, Agnes, Ellen, Margaret, Anne, and Elizabeth. To his son and heir John he left 'all such heirlooms as are specified in my father's last will,' his best gelding, a great ark standing in the barn, and all his harness. He desired to be buried within Bolton Church, near the accustomed burial-place of his ancestors; Wills (Chet. Soc. new ser.), Vol i, 6–10. See also Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), iii, 15, 32."

"The heir, the third John Bradshaw in succession, had special license of entry in 1556; Dep. Keeper's Rep. xxxix, App. 551. He died on 14 May 1574, leaving as heir his son John, then twenty-two years of age. The manors and lands were unchanged; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xiii, no. 39. The day before his death he made provision for his younger son Nicholas and his daughters Anne, Elizabeth, Alice, and Mary; ibid. See also Manch. Ct. Leet Rec. (ed. Earwaker), i, 168." 

"In 1587 disputes arose over the provision made for the daughter Anne, who married Thomas Holt of Hagley, Bucks.; Duchy of Lanc. Plead, cxlii, H, 2; cxxv, H, 20." (You will fine Emma Holt daughter of Sir Edward Holt of Surrey in our lineage via George Bostock and Robert Bostock.)

"John Bradshaw, who succeeded, made a settlement of the manor and lands in 1580; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 42, m. 140. He was living in 1613, when a pedigree was recorded, which begins wrongly. He died 31 Dec. 1626 holding the manor of Bradshaw, with sixteen messuages, a fulling mill, 300 acres of land, 200 acres of meadow, 500 acres of pasture, 50 acres of wood, 500 acres of moor, &c., in Bradshaw, 1½ acres in Harwood, and a messuage in Bolton; John his son and heir was over forty years of age; Towneley MS. C, 8, 13 (Chet. Lib.), fol. 78; Manch. Ct. Leet Rec. iii, 128."

"John Bradshaw the heir was still living in 1664, when a pedigree was recorded, showing a son John and a grandson also John, the last-named being eighteen years of age; Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc), 50. This pedigree was signed by Hugh Bradshaw, a younger son of John the grandfather. John Bradshaw, a 'very ancient' man, was buried 3 Feb. 1665–6; an incident at his funeral is narrated by Oliver Heywood in his Diaries, iii, 94."

"A zealous Protestant, writing in 1595 to some one in authority urging the more rigorous prosecution of recusants, suggested John Bradshaw of Bradshaw as a proper person to be nominated a commissioner for the purpose; Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv, App. iv, 585. He was a justice of the peace; ibid. 583. In 1620 he and a number of others were presented 'for not communicating at Easter last or not receiving the same kneeling'; he appears to have conformed by deputy; Scholes and Pimblett, Bolton, 315. He was a member of the Presbyterian classis in 1646. After the Restoration Bradshaw Chapel, by the connivance of the Bradshaw family, remained in the hands of the Nonconformists for some time.
15'John Bradshaw of Bradshaw, Esq., in his will dated 15 March 1693–4, recites his indentures of 15–16 May 1692, whereby he empowered his trustees, Henry Wrigley of Langley, Thomas Bradshaw of Haslingden, and John Jenkinson of Failsworth, gents., by lease, mortgage, or sale to raise legacies for his younger children from his manor of Bradshaw, Bradshaw Hall, and all his lands in Bradshaw, Harwood, and Tottington; and these trusts fulfilled he devised the same lands to his son John Bradshaw and his heirs. This son shortly afterwards, having no issue by his wife, a daughter of — Gregge of Chester, sold the estate to Henry Bradshaw of Marple Hall'; Raines in Notitia Cestr. ii, 17."

Rev. John Bradshaw, Rector "The Tithe Hay Parish"  in Alvaston 1695-1712  "Diocese of Chester"

Source: "Ayrshire Nights' Entertainment by John Mcintosh

"Thirteen generations of the family de Stafford were dwelling at Eyam, Derbyshire.  The last of the de Stafford's:  Henry Stafford died in 1580 and his property was divided amongst his four daughters.  His daughter Anne Stafford married Francis Bradshaw of Eccles Pike, and they succeeded to the Eyam estate; and adopted the Presbyterian faith.  Their son John Bradshaw held nine halls in Cheshire, five halls in Derbyshire, and three halls in Dorset."


"The Bradshaws of Chapel-en-le-Firth were lawyers and politicians.

Later generations of the divine eminent nonconformist; William Bagshaw; known as "Apostle of the Peak" became a tenant of Marple.  He married his landlords daughter and had a son :William and two daughters: Elizabeth and Sarah.

13th Century Sir William Bradshaw and his wife Mable lived in the Wigans Parish at "Haigh Hall".

1324 ten years after the wars in Scotland; William returned home and found his wife had remarried (thinking William dead).  William killed he wife's new husband and made her walk barefoot and dressed in a sack cloth through the village to their home at Haigh Hall; once a week for the rest of her life.

Elizabeth Bagshaw  married Thomas Hibbert; son of the celebrated divine Henry Hibbet. 

Sarah  Bagshaw married John Milton; a wealthy scrivener of Bread Street, London.  After John's death, Sarah married James Henry Bradshaw, and was the mother of the epic poet; John Bradhaw.    James Bradshaw purchased "Marple" from Sir Edward Stanley in 1606." (Our ancestor Charles Bostock (b1569) was also a "Master Scrivener" in London at this SAME TIME)"


"Henry Bradshaw was the younger son of William Bradshaw of "Bradshaw Hall", near Bolton, parish of Chapel-en-6-Firth.  William was a representative of an old Lancashire family, of Saxon origin.

Henry Bradshaw of Marple, Chester; married Catherine Winnington in 1593; a wealthy heiress; adding to his territorial possessions. Catherine was the youngest of the two daughters of Sir Ralph Winnington.  Ralph was the last representative of the Winningtons of "Offerton Hall" where that resided for seven generations.  

Catherine Winnington Bradshaw bore four sons and two daughters:  Henry (b 1600) baptized in the old church of Stockport. Henry succeeded to the family estate of Marple in 1619.  He was a student of the bar at Gray's Inn, London in 1622. Henry married a wealthy heiress; Mary Wells, the eldest of the two daughters of Bernard Wells of Holme, in the parish of Bakewell.  Henry and Catherine resided at his father's second estate "Wyberslegh".  They moved to London in1644 where Bradshaw became "Lord President of the High Court Justice" and pronounced sentence at the trial of King Charles I."

Our first Bostock tie to the Bradshaw family was in the 12th century:  Adam Bostock (b1353) married Jonet Bradshaw (b1365)

Our second Bostock tie to the Bradshaw family is in the 13th century when William Bostock (b1450) married Elynor/Eleanor Bradshaw, daughter of Ellis and Eleanor Arderne Bradshaw.  Which at this point is only a theroy.

Read more about the Bradshaw family connection to "Rosehall" in my "Barony of Charles Bostock"  link on my main webpage.

Research and Posting by::    Wanda Bostic Dunlap         Nov. 2009



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