' THE LEYS OF BEERFERRIS AND OLD PLYMOUTH.
These memoranda about the family of Ley of Beerferris are taken from a manuscript of the time of the early Stuarts, preserved at Oxford, in the possession of Professor H. N. Moseley. They contain interesting notices about Old Plymouth, its mayors, its leading families, and old mansion houses. Incidentally, the Cornish parishes of Altarnun, Lanteglos-by-Camelford, and St. Enoder occur, and some arms are described as existing in old painted windows of the churches which have probably now perished. Any additional ' information on these matters -from your readers will be acceptable, particularly with regard to the painted windows in old Cornish churches and Plymouth houses.
Exeter College, Oxford. Charles W. Boase.
The landes of Leigh within the parish of Beerferris within the hundred of Rowborrough in the countie of Devon and situated between the rivers of Tamer and Tavy, and is the westernmost parte of Devon borderinge uppon Cornwayle.
This lands descendinge in the name of the Leys from the raigne of K. H. iii. unto thend of the raigne of K. H. viii at which time Henry Ley Esquire sold the same unto John Servington, from whom it descended unto Richan Servington and from him to his sonne arid from tha aonne to his sister who married George Eveleigh who sold the same unto Sir James Ley beinge the iiiith sonne of the said Henry Ley, and Sir James Ley exchanged the sam with Charles Erie of Devon'for other lands lyenge in, Westbury and Brooke in Co. Wiltes.
i. William de Leigh lived in anno xxiiii E. 1 and is founde by Inquisition to hold his lande of Leigh by th service of half a knight's fee of Reginald de Ferrariis wh held the same and the whole tythinge of Byre of the-Erl of Cornewaile who held the same of the kinge : which Inquisition is recorded'in the booke calleds Feoda Militum in thexchequer.
It appears also by a record of the Chancerie in the Tower that in anno li H. 3 the kinge by letters patent at the request of the Bishopp of Sarum granted unto William de Leigh of the Countie of Devon that he shold not be Sheirif Escheator Coronor or put in jurys or inquisitions.
ii. Henricus de la Legh lived in anno xxxiiii. E. 1 and was one of the Enquest for findinge of an office after the death of Reginald de Ferrariis lord of Byre which was founde at Byre iiii Septem. anno xxxiiii E. 1.
iii. Henry de Ley lived in anno xx R. ii and had to wife Elizabeth.
iiii. Walter de Ley lived in anno x and xii. iiii and anno viii" H. v of whom it is recorded in the booke of Knights Fees in the time of H. 6 remayninge in the Exchequer, that Alexander Champernori Thomas Bonvile Richard Hoper Valter Legh and Roberte Heath did hold one knights ree in Byreferrers and Legh which they held severallie etwene them and none of them held a whole fowerth jarte and that of anncient time John Ferrers did hold the mo. v. Thomas Ley lived in anno xix H. vi and in the time of E. iiiith He enfeoffed of his land John Champernon Esquire lord of the manner of Byreferrers who in anno ii E. iiii gave it againe to Thomas Ley and the heires of his bodie begotten, the remainder unto Roger Ley his brother and to the heires of his bodie begotten, the remainder to he heires of the bodie of Johan late the wife of Nicholas Parker sister of the said Thomas begotten.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES OF THE COUNTESS OF DEVON temp. HENRY VIII
Contributed by Mr. Mark Cann, Plymouth.
Foreign Expenses. - A case of glass, 26s. 6d.; bearing the same to the Friars, 1d. A russet cap for Larder, 14d. to have in his purse at his departing, 1s. For carriage of 6 horseload of fish from Exeter to Columbe John, 18d. To Phylyppe when she was married, 8d..... '
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