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  • ID: I13673
  • Name: John Nowell
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 8 MAR 1526 1
  • Burial: 1526 2
  • Residence: Read Hall, Whalley, Lancashire
  • Note: 3 3 4

    His son Roger (half brother to Alexander) bought most of the manor of Whalley Abbey and built Read Hall.
    His son Robert gave a genrous bequest to support Edmund Spenser, author of The Faerie Queene, while at school and at Cambridge.
    Presumably the man referred to here, as Great Harwood and Read descended together:
    The dispute [about land at Great Harwood] was renewed in 1491, when an award was made that the tenants of Thomas Talbot, kt., and Nicholas Rishton, esq., in Rishton, and of Thomas Hesketh and John Nowell, esqs., in 'Mikill Harwood,' should inter-common with all their cattle upon the common in variance as they had used in times past. Notwithstanding the grants of Henry and Robert de Lacy to Richard Fiton, the parcel of common on the north side of Norden, above Tottleworth, has long been reputed to be part of Rishton.
    In 1490?1 an award was made in a dispute touching rights of way, by which a way on horseback and foot from Martholme through Mr. John Nowell's ground called The Park was awarded to Mr. Thomas Hesketh. Further, Mr. Nowell and his tenants and servants were inhibited from using a way with cart, horse or on foot through Mr. Hesketh's grounds called the Lymetrough, Hyefurlong and Thyring (Thrunny) Moor, whilst Hesketh was inhibited from using a way through Nowell's ground to a ford called Sheyford without the latter's permission.
    John, who obtained a royal charter for imparking land in Read, (fn. 15) died in 1525 holding the manor with various messuages, &c., of the king as duke by the old rent of 9s. 9d. His son Roger, over thirty years of age, was his heir.
    John Nowell of Read, Esq., son of Roger, married, first, in i486, Dowse, daughter of Robert Hesketh of
    Rufford, Esq., and by her had a son and heir, Roger.
    His second wife, whom he married before 1505, was Elizabeth, daughter of (Robert) Kay of Rochdale, gent. ;
    and by her he had issue:
    John ; Alexander (Dean of St. Paul's)
    Lawrence (Dean of Lichfield)
    Robert (of Gray's Inn)
    Nicholas, steward to the Earl of Shrewsbury
    Beatrice, wife of Thomas Hammond of Whalley, gent.
    Alice, wife of Henry Whitaker of High Whitaker, gent.
    Maud, wife of William Deane of Tunworth in Billington, gent.
    Margery, wife of Thomas Aughton, gent.
    Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Whitaker of Holme, gent.
    Jane (perhaps she was the daughter who was wife of Hamlet Ashton, gent.)
    Margaret, married, in 1530, Thomas Rycroft
    Grace, wife of Richard Neve of London, fishmonger
    Isabella, wife of John Wolton of Whalley, yeoman, and mother of John Wolton, Bishop of Exeter.
    I have enumerated fifteen children of John Nowell by his second wife, and am not sure that the
    category is exhausted.
    John Nowell, Esq., died on the 4th (or 5th) of June, 1525.
  • _UID: 361466A5D9784DDB9F8481C6A79E8EF1FC85
  • Change Date: 14 FEB 2011

    Father: Roger Nowell
    Mother: Grace Townley

    Marriage 1 Douce Hesketh
    • Married: 1486
    1. Has Children Roger Nowell

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth Kay b: in Rochdale, Lancashire
    • Married: BEF 1505 4
    1. Has Children Beatrice Nowell
    2. Has No Children Alexander Nowell b: 1507 or 8 in Read Hall, Whalley, Lancs

    1. Type: Book
      Periodical: Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to ...
      Author: William Richard Cutter
      Date: 1908
    2. Type: Web Site
      Title: LDS Ancestral file
    3. Type: Book
      Periodical: Victoria County History of Lancashire
    4. Type: Book
      Periodical: The Spending of the Money of Robert Nowell of Reade Hall, Lancashire
      Author: Grosart
      Date: 1877
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