John de Legh
- Born: 1270, Legh, Cheshire, England
- Marriage: Elena de Corona
- Died: 1324, Adlington, Cheshire, England at age 54 685
Another name for John was John de Venables.
Ormerod's History of the County Palatine and City of Chester, Vol. I p. 499, Vol. III, p. 661 Legh of Adlington Pedigree, alias, John de Venables, lord of Knottesfordbothes before 28 Edward I, ob. in or ante, Mar, 1325. 713
~The Visitation of Cheshire, 1580, p. 145, as son of Agnes Legh and William Venables, married to Ellin, daughter and heir to Sir Willam Bauley. 763
Noted events in her life were:
• Background Information. 685
Ellen, daughter of Lucy de Corona, married Sir John Legh, son of Sir William Venables of Bradwell, and called "de Legh" from having been left to care of his mother, whose maiden name was Legh and which was also the name of the place where he was born, and where he lived untl his married. From this marriage, the Leghs of Adlington descended.
Ellen's grandnephew, Thomas de Corona, was the last of his line, having no issue, and he gave a moiety of Adlington to John and Ellen Legh for life, with remained to Robert their second son, and his heirs, by a deed bearing date in ye early part of ye reign of Edward II. "Thomas de Corona grants to John de Legh and Ellen his wife, all his part of the manor and will of Adlington (except the lands which Margaret, his mother, and Lucy formerly wife of Hugh de Corona had in dower) to hold to said John andEllen for their lives." This John is probably the same who is called "John de Adlington" in a presentment against twelve persons for hunting in the king's forest with hounds and horns, and destroying deer, and finally joining in an affray with keepers, 13 Edward II. [Ormerod's History of Cheshire]
In 17 Edward II, John de Legh being lately dead, Ellen his widow obtained a re-grant of Adlington manor, on her purchasing a pardon from the Queen. To this pardon a fair seal of Queen Isabella is affixed.
Ellen de Legh continued in the enjoyment of the manor of Adligton until her dath in 26 Edward III. By an inquisition held the same year, it was found that she died seized of the manor of Adlington for life, held of the manor of Macclesfield, in chief, by the service of fourth part of a knight's fee, and that Sir John de Legh was her heir.
John de Legh (Venables) and Elena (de Corona), his wife had four sons, John de Legh of Isall in Cumberland, from whom descended Sir William Legh, bart, lord chief justice of England, and the Leghs of Rowcliffe and Eggington; and Peter de Legh of Bechton, jure uxoris. Agnes daughter and heiress of Philip de Bechton. This latter had issue Margaret, who married Thomas Fitton of Gawsworth, and another daughter married to Thomas Davenport of Henbury. They were co-heiresses, and shared between them Bechton and other paternal estates.
~~Contributions Towards a History of the Ancient Parish of Prestbury in Cheshire, Adlington, and Legh of Adlington,pgs. 78-83
• Background Information. 763
John Leigh was the son of William de Venerables and Agnes Leigh. He took his mother's name, but bore the arms of the Venables. John married Ellen, heir of the Corona family. The gave the estate of the Corona family to their second son, Robert. The eldest son, John, became the ancestor of the Leghs of Booths. Their other sons were William, from who descended the Leghs of Isall in Cumberland, Peter of Becton, jure uxoris, and Gilbert.
~Visitation of Lancashire and a Part of Cheshire: Made in the Twenty-Fourth Year of the Reign of King Henry the Eighth, A.D. 1533, Part II, pp. 152, 153
John married Elena de Corona, daughter of Sir William Baggiley and Lucy de Corona. (Elena de Corona died in 1353 in Adlington, Cheshire, England 685.)