~1240, Richard de Tounley born in Lancashire, England, s/o §§Peter de Tunlay.
1262-69, Abbot Simon gave Matthew son of Henry de Dinelay the lands east of Calder … and all the lands in Dineley; … Richard de Towneley attested.
11/16/1272, Edward I succeeded Henry III as King of England. [While on crusade.]
1274-77, Grant: Henry de Lasey, earl of Lincoln and constable of Chester … Witn: … William the Vavasur; Walter Beck; knights; Gilbert of Clifton, the earl's seneschal, Alexander of Kendal; William of the Hacking; Richard of Tunlay … (S) UKNA.
By 1292, Richard died. (S) Henry de Lacy granted to Oliver de Stansfield, his receiver for Pontefract, the homage and service of the free tenants of Worsthorne, 21 tenements being given, of which 3 had belonged to Richard de Towneley [1 each of daughters Agnes, Isabel, Cecily].
(S) Hist. of Lancaster, V6, 1911, Worsthorne with Hurstwood, and Cliviger, and Habergham Eaves.
· 1292, A Feet of Fines for Lancashire shows Richard de Towneley holding 3.75 knights’ fees.
· ~1215, §§Richard de Towneley held the chaplaincy St. Michael in the Castle at Clitheroe by gift of his brother Roger, the dean of Whalley. (S) Hist. of Lancaster, V2, 1908, The abbey of Whalley.
Child of Richard and ?:
i. Nicholas de Towneley, born ~1273 in Lancashire, England.
Nicholas married Isolda ?.
1292, Nicholas de Towneley named as a county magnate.
1295-96, Nicholas died, leaving his 3 sisters as his heirs. Each sister got a third of the manor of Towneley. [Richard’s heirs paid 10s. as relief on succeeding to the threefold estate.]
ii. Agnes de Towneley, born ~1275 in Lancashire, England.
1292, Agnes daughter of Richard de Towneley a free tenant of Henry de Lacy.
1315, Robert de Gretton and Agnes his wife sued John de la Legh and Cecilia his wife, and Philip de Clayton and Isabel his wife, complaining they refused to make a partition of the manor of Towneley, inherited from their brother Nicholas de Townelely.
[Bef. 1346, John de Catterall inherited this third of Towneley, which on his son John’s death went to his cousin William, s/o Richard le Parker.]
iii. Isabel de Towneley, born ~1278 in Lancashire, England.
Isabel married Philip de Clayton.
1292, Philip de Clayton and Isabel his wife (in her right) free tenants of Henry de Lacy.
1/27/1328, Between Gilbert de la Legh (5908584), plaintiff, and Philip de Clayton and Isabella, his wife, deforciants of a third part of the manor of Tounley, and of a 4th part of an oxgang of land in Wursthorn [Worsthorne]. (S) Final Concords for Lancashire, Pt2, 102, no.19.
11/18/1330, Philip and Isabella acknowledged the said tenements to be the right of Gilbert … Isolda, late the wife of Nicholas de Tounley, held in dower of the inheritance of the said Isabella, on the day this concord was made … Gilbert gave 100 marks. (S) Final Concords for Lancashire, Pt2, 102, no.19.
iv. Cecily de Towneley (2954293), born ~1280 in Lancashire, England.
1315, Robert de Gretton and Agnes his wife sued John de la Legh [2nd husband] and Cecilia his wife, and Philip de Clayton and Isabel his wife, complaining they refused to make a partition of the manor of Towneley, inherited from their brother Nicholas de Townelely. [Agnes, Cecilia, and Isabel are sisters.]