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Leigh, Baron (E, 1643 - 1786)


Creation: let.pat. 1 Jul 1643


Extinct: 4 Jun 1786


Family name: Leigh




Gules a Cross engrailed Argent in the first quarter a Lozenge of the second


A Unicorn's Head erased Argent armed and crined Or


On either side a Unicorn Argent armed, maned, tufted and unguled Or


 Tout vient de Dieu



Thomas [Leigh], 1st Baron Leigh

only son and heir of Sir John Leigh (by his first wife Ursula Hoddesdon, dau. and hrss. of Sir Christopher Hoddesdon, of Leighton Buzzard, co. Bedford), only son and hr. ap of Sir Thomas Leigh, 1st Bt., of Stoneleigh Abbey, co. Warwick, by his wife Katherine Spencer, 3rd dau. of Sir John Spencer, of Wormleighton, co. Warwick, and Althopr, co. Northampton




11 Nov 1610 Mary Egerton (bur. 21 Mar 1669 at Stoneleigh, co. Warwick), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Hon Sir Thomas Egerton (by his wife Elizabeth Venables, dau. of Thomas Venables, of Kinderton, co. Chester), 1st son and heir ap. by his first wife of Thomas [Egerton], 1st Viscount Brackley


1. Hon Thomas Leigh MP, of Hamstall Ridware, co. Stafford (b. c. 1615; dvp. Apr 1662), mar. (1) ..... ....., and (2) Hon Jane FitzMaurice, dau. of Patrick [FitzMaurice], 18th Baron of Kerry and Lixnaw, by his wife Honor FitzGerald, 2nd dau. of Sir Edmond FitzGerald, of Ballymaloe and Cloyne, co. Cork, by his wife Hon Ellen Barry, dau. of David FitzJames [Barry], Viscount Buttevant, and had issue by his second wife:

1b. Thomas Leigh, later 2nd Baron Leigh

1b. Honora Leigh (bapt. 17 May 1649; d. 11 Sep 1730), mar. (1) her second cousin once removed Hon Sir William Egerton KB, of Worsley, co. Lancaster, 2nd son of John [Egerton], 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, 2nd dau. by his first wife of William [Cavendish], 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and (2) aft. 5 Oct 1692 as his second wife Hugh [Willoughby], 2nd Baron Willoughby of Parham, and had issue by her first husband

2b. Mary Leigh, mar. Arden Bagot, of Pipe Hall, co. Warwick

3b. Jane Leigh (b. c. 1665; d. 25 Jan 1707/8; bur. at Toddington, co. Gloucester), mar. aft. 30 Aug 1688 as his second wife her cousin William [Tracy], 4th Viscount Tracy, and had issue

2. Hon Charles Leigh, of Leighton, mar. (1) Anne Holt (widow of Sir Thomas Holt, 1st Bt.), sister of Sir Edward Littleton, 1st Bt., and dau. of Sir Edward Littleton, of Pillaton, co. Stafford, by his wife Mary Fisher, dau. of Sir Clement Fisher, and (2) ..... ....., and had issue by his first wife:

1b. Alicia Leigh (b. c. 1661; dsp. 4 Jun 1684; bur. at Stoneleigh, co. Warwick), mar. 3 Sep 1678 as his first wife Altham [Annesley], 1st Baron Altham

1. Hon Elizabeth Leigh (d. 20 Sep 1688; bur. at Toddington, co. Gloucester), mar. c. 1655 John [Tracy], 3rd Viscount Tracy, and had issue

2. Hon Vere Leigh (d. 29 Oct 1704), mar 1653 as his second wife Sir Justinian Isham, 2nd Bt., of Lamport, co. Northampton, and had issue

3. Hon Ursula Leigh, mar. Sir William Bromley, of Bagington, co. Warwick


22 Feb 1671/2 (but. at Stoneleigh, co. Warwick)


1 Jul 1643 Baron Leigh, of Stoneleigh in the County of Warwick

suc. by



suc. his grandfather as 2nd Baronet 1 Feb 1625/6;  Member of Parliament for Warwickshire 1628-29;  High Sheriff of Warwickshire 1636-37;  Commissioner of Array in Warwickshire;  entertained King Charles I at Stoneleigh Abbey in 1642;  suffered for his loyalty to the King during the Civil War, his "composition" or fine being 4,895


Thomas [Leigh], 2nd Baron Leigh


17 Jun 1652

mar. (1)

Apr 1669 Elizabeth Brown (dsp. Jul 1678), dau. of Richard Brown, of Shingleton in Chart, co. Kent

mar. (2)

23 Oct 1679 Hon Eleanor Watson (b. 26 Feb 1658/9; d. 23 Jul 1705; bur. at Stoneleigh, co. Warwick), 1st dau. of Edward [Rockingham], 2nd Baron Rockingham, by his wife Lady Anne Wentworth, sister and cohrss. of William [Wentworth], 2nd Earl of Strafford, and 1st dau. by his second wife of Thomas [Wentworth], 1st Earl of Strafford

children by second wife

1. Hon Thomas Leigh (bapt. 10 Mar 1682;  dvp. an infant)

2. Hon Edward Leigh, later 3rd Baron Leigh

3. Hon Charles Leigh MP, inherited the Leighton estate from his uncle, Hon Charles Leigh (dsp. 1749), mar. Lady Barbara Lumley, dau. of the Earl of Scarbrough

1. Hon Anne Leigh (d. unm. 1734)

2. Hon Eleanor Leigh (d. 1756), mar. Thomas Verney


12 Nov 1710 (bur. at Stoneleigh, co. Warwick)

suc. by

son by second wife


a Trustee of Balsall Hospital


Edward [Leigh], 3rd Baron Leigh


13 Jan 1683/4


11 Sep 1705 Mary Holbech (d. 6 Sep 1743; bur. at Stoneleigh, co. Warwick), dau. and hrss. of Thomas Holbech, of Fillongley, co. Warwick, by his wife Elizabeth Paulet, dau. of Bernard Paulet


1. Hon Edward Leigh (b. c. 1708; dvp. 2 Aug 1737)

2. Hon Thomas Leigh, later 4th Baron Leigh

1. Hon Mary Leigh (d. unm.)

2. Hon Eleanor Leigh (d. unm.)

3. Hon Anne Leigh (d. unm.)


9 Mar 1737/8 (bur. at Stoneleigh, co. Warwick)

suc. by




Thomas [Leigh], 4th Baron Leigh


29 Apr 1713

mar. (1)

c. 1736 Maria Rebecca Craven (bur. 9 Dec 1746 at Stoneleigh, co. Warwick), sister of William [Craven], 5th Baron Craven, and 2nd dau. of John Craven, of Whitley, co. Warwick, by his wife Maria Rebecca Green, dau. of Henry Green, of Wykin in Coventry, co. Warwick

children by first wife

1. Hon Edward Leigh, later 5th Baron Leigh

1. Hon Mary Leigh, inherited the Stoneleigh estates from her brother (d. 2 Jul 1806)

mar. (2)

Dec 1747 Catherine Berkeley, dau. of Rowland Green later Berkeley, of Cotheridge, co. Worcester, by his wife Mary Bohun, dau. and cohrss. of George Bohun, of Coundon, co. Warwick


30 Nov 1749 (bur. at Stoneleigh, co. Warwick)

suc. by

son by first wife



Edward [Leigh], 5th Baron Leigh


1 Mar 1742


4 Jun 1786 (bur. at Stoneleigh, co. Warwick)


High Steward of Oxford University 1767-86; declared a lunatic 1774


On the death of the 5th Baron Leigh the Barony of Leigh became extinct. After the death of Hon Mary Leigh, sister of the 5th Baron Leigh, in 1806 the Stoneleigh estates passed to her sixth cousin once removed, James Henry Leigh, of Adlestrop, co. Gloucester, and Longborough, co. Warwick, who represented the senior line of the Leigh family. His son was created Baron Leigh in 1839.


 First written 29 Oct 2009



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