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William de Brereton, VII, Knight

Also Known As: "William De Brereton", "William Brereton"
Birthplace: Egerton, Cheshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: January 10, 1426 (74-82)
Sandbach, Cheshire, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Cley, Norfolk, England, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Brereton, Kt. and Helena ‘Ellen’ de Egerton
Husband of Margaret Donne and Lady Angela Brereton
Father of Elen Brereton; Lady Eleanor Savage; Nicholas Brereton; Sir William de Brereton, IV; Hugh Brereton and 5 others
Half brother of Randle Brereton, of Malpas and Elizabeth Cholmondeley

Occupation: Sir/Lord
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About Sir William de Brereton

In 1400, during the reign of the new King Henry IV, several more hundred men accompanied Richard and Thomas Vernon, William Brereton and Adam Bostock, John and Thomas Massey to Scotland. ____________________________________________________________________

Born: 14 Feb 1348-1349, Egerton, Cheshire, England 696,713 Baptized: 1348-1349, Malpas, Chesire, England 713 Marriage: Anyill de Venables of Kinderton in 1386 in Audley, Staffordshire, England 696,713 Died: Bef 31 Aug 1426, Egerton, Cheshire, England 713

  Noted events in his life were:

• Death. 696,713 Died of "honourable" wounds

• Background Information. 696 In 1386, Sir William Brereton, son of William and Ellena, married Anylla, daughter of Sir William Venables, a descendant of Gilberts de Venables, first baron of Cheshire, and grantee of the first Brereton estate, three hundred years before.

By a second marriage, to Elena, daughter of Sir William Massey of Tatton Hall, in 1426, the Brereton holdings were among the greatest estates of England, including the manors of Malpas and Picton, with lands in Woodhull, Cronton, Charlton and Norwich. ~Brereton, a Family History, pg. 14-15

• Background Information. 713 Sir William de Brerton, lord of Brerton, born at Eggerton in the Feast of St. Valtine, 23 Edward 3, and baptized at Malpas. He was a knight in 1385, and his Obit per Inquisition took place in 4 Henry VI. He married twice, first to Anyll, daughter of Hugh Venables, baron of Kinderdon. They were married at Audley, 1386. His second wife was Elena, daughter of Sir William Mascy of Taton, knight, remarried to Sir Gilbert de Halsall, Knight.

Children of Sir William and his second wife, Elena Mascy, as given by Ormerod: • Thomas de Brerton, rector of Brereton, 1433, heir of his mother.

Children of Sir William and Anyll Venables, as given by Ormerod:

• William de Brerton, living 11 Henry IV, died before his father at Harfeur, married to Alice, sister and heiress of Richard Corbet of Heghton in the barony of Caus, remarried to John Stretely, 37 Henry VI. • Nicholas de Brerton, living 2 Henry V • Hugh de Brerton, living 2 Henry V • Matthew de Brerton, living 2 Henry V • John de Brerton, living 2 Henry V Henry de Brerton, who with his son, Roger, is recorded 15 Edward IV • Elizabeth de Brerton, married to Sir John Savage, son of John Savage and Matilda Synnerton • Margery de Brerton, married to Richard Patten, alias Wanflete

~Ormerod's History of the County Palatine and City of Chester, Vol. III, p.88, "Brereton and Holt of Brereton"


  • Sir William Brereton1,2
  • M, #19970, b. circa 1363, d. 1425
  • Father Sir William Brereton d. bt 1381 - 1382
  • Mother Ellen Egerton d. a 1379
  • Sir William Brereton Governor of Caen, Normandy. He was born circa 1363 at of Kinderton & Brereton, Cheshire, England.3 He married Anyll Venables, daughter of Hugh Venables, Baron of Kinderton Manor and Margery Cotton, in 1386 at Audlem, Cheshire, England.2 Sir William Brereton married Elena Massey, daughter of Sir William Massey, circa 1412.3 Sir William Brereton died in 1425.
  • Family 1 Anyll Venables
  • Children
    • Eleanor Brereton+4,2 b. c 1388
    • Sir William Brereton+ b. c 1389, d. 1415
    • Hugh Brereton b. c 1392
    • Matthew Brereton b. c 1395
    • Margery Brereton b. c 1400
    • Margaret Brereton+ b. c 1402
  • Family 2 Elena Massey b. c 1392, d. c 1445
  • Child
    • Thomas Brereton, Rector of Brereton b. c 1420
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6167] Unknown author, The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester, by George Ormerod, 1819, p. 51; The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, by Ronny O. Bodine, p. 41; Magna Charta by Wurts, p. 1005.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 491.
  • 3.[S10297] Unknown author, History of the County Palatine and City of Chester, by George Omerod, 1819., p. 51.
  • 4.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 638.
  • From: ______________
  • Sir William Brereton1
  • M, #353711, b. 14 February 1349, d. 10 January 1426
  • Last Edited=27 Apr 2009
  • Sir William Brereton was born on 14 February 1349.1 He was the son of Sir William Brereton and Margaret Done.2 He married, firstly, Anilla Venables, daughter of Sir Hugh Venables.1 He died on 10 January 1426 at age 76.1
  • He lived at Brereton, Cheshire, England.1
  • Child of Sir William Brereton and Anilla Venables
    • 1.unknown Brereton+
  • Citations
  • 1.[S47] Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, editor, Burke's Irish Family Records (London, U.K.: Burkes Peerage Ltd, 1976), page 166. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Irish Family Records.
  • 2.[S47] Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, Burke's Irish Family Records.
  • From: ____________
  • Breretons of Cheshire, 1100 to 1904 A. D (1904)
  • Pg.70
  • Sir William de Brerton VI., eighth Lord of Brereton, 1300, heir to his grandfather. His first wife was Ellen, daughter of Philip de Egerton, of Egerton, sister and heiress of David de Egerton, joint baron with the Cholmondeleys, of Malpas. Through her he became joint Baron of Malpas. His second wife was Margaret, daughter of Henry Done, of Utkington, widow of Sir John Davenport ; by her he had Randle, the founder of the
  • Pg.71
  • Malpas branch ; Elizabeth, wife of William Cholmondeley ; and a daughter who became the wife of Spurstow, of Spurstow.
  • Sir Willam de Brerton VII., ninth Lord of Brereton, was born in 1350, died in 1426. His first wife was Anyll, daughter of Sir Hugh de Venables, Baron of Kinderton. By her he had six sons and two daughters: 1, Willam; 2, Nicholas; 3, Hugh; 4, Matthew ; 5, John ; 6, Henry ; 7, Elizabeth, wife of Sir John Savage ; 8, Margery, wife of Richard Putten Wanflete, of Wanflete. His second wife was Ellen, daughter of Sir William Masey, of Tatton. By her he had one son, Thomas, born in 1433 ; rector of Brereton ; heir to his mother of the Tatton estates.
  • William de Brerton, eldest son, died in 1420, at Harfleur, France, during his father's lifetime. He married Alice, sister and heiress of Richard de Corbet, of Leghton, in the barony of Caius, Shropshire. By her he had two sons and two daughters : 1, William; 2, Ralph; 3, Alice, wife of Peter Corbet, of Leghton; 4. Joan, wife of Robert Aston, of Park Hall, Staffordshire.
  • ______________________________
  • Brereton; a family history (1919)
  • About 1176, Ralph de Brereton, a grand-son of the first Ralph, is witness in a grant of Marton to Richard de Davenport.
  • About 1194, William de Brereton, son of this last Ralph, received a deed at the time of his marriage to Margery, daughter of Randle de Torhaunt, eight witnesses signing the contract. This William was knighted by Henry III in 1208, the beginning of honors held in the Brereton family for over five hundred years.
  • In 1216, Sir Ralph de Brereton, son of William, granted land to "Brereton" church, as shown by parish records still in existence.
  • About 1232, this Sir Ralph received payment of "half a salt works" for some public services done in Cheshire.
  • During the year 1250, Sir William Brere-
  • ton was witness to legal documents in Chester. In 1307, another William Brereton was witness to four deeds still on file there. The same year, William le Brereton, Kt, was witness to deeds of sale in Chester.
  • Sir William Brereton, Kt., son and heir of Ralph, married a daughter of Sir Richard de Sandbach, in fulfillment of a contract made with William de Venables.
  • About 1275, Sir William Brereton married Roesia, daughter of Ralph de Vernon. This wedding united the Breretons with the Vernons of "Haddon Hall," so well described by Majors in the novel "Dorothy Vernon." This Sir William later gave one hundred marks for the marriage of their daughter Margery to Thomas de Davenport in 1301. He was knighted by Edward III in 1321.
  • In 1342, Sir William and his wife, Roesia, united in a deed of lands in Brereton parish. Roesia must have believed in "woman's rights" and had her name put in the deeds. This Sir William received indulgences from the Pope for services rendered in
  • the Crusades to the Holy Sepulchre, about 1350. .... etc.
  • Returning to the records, we find that William de Brereton, son of the previous Sir William, died before his father, leaving a son of the same name.
  • In 1354, Sir William Brereton, heir to his grandfather, married Ellena, daughter of David de Egerton, a descendant of the Norman barons; by this alliance the Brereton estates were greatly extended, placing their social standing among the best in England.
  • In 1386, Sir William Brereton, son of the above, married Anylla, daughter of Sir William Venables, a descendant of Gilbert de Venables, first baron of Cheshire, and grantee of the first Brereton estate, three hundred years before. By a second marriage, to Elena, daughter of Sir William Massey of Tatton Hall, in 1426, the Brereton holdings were among the great estates of England, including the manors of Malpas and Picton, with lands in Woodhull, Crouton, Charlton, and Norwich.
  • William de Brereton, son of the above, married Alice, sister and heiress of Sir Richard Corbett of Leighton ; this William died during the life of his father. About this time the "de" was dropped from English names, as it was simply a descriptive
  • term and never a title, nor represented any special honor.
  • In 1409, a record says that King Henry removed the Mayor of Chester and placed Sir William Brereton in charge as military governor.
  • William Brereton, on the death of his grandfather, in 1435, was found heir to the vast estates of Brereton, and also the estates of his step-mother, in Tilston and Herthull, as recorded in 1438. He was knighted in 1485. His son, William Brereton, died issueless, breaking the line of descent, the succession passing to his nephew, son of Sir Andrew Brereton, in 1507. ______________________________
  • John SAVAGE (Sir)
  • Born: ABT 1410
  • Died: 29 Jun 1463
  • Father: John SAVAGE (Sir)
  • Mother: Maud De SWYNNERTON
  • Married: Eleanor BRERETON (dau. of William Brereton and Angela Venables)
  • Children:
    • 1. John SAVAGE (Sir Knight)
    • 2. Alice SAVAGE
    • 3. Ellen SAVAGE
    • 4. Margaret SAVAGE
    • 5. Margery SAVAGE
  • From: SAVAGE (Sir)4 __________________________
  • A genealogical history of the dormant, abeyant, forfeited, and extinct peerages of the British empire (1978)
  • Pg.74
  • RALPH DE BRERETON (son of William de Brereton, and grandson of William de Brereton,) was father (besides a 2nd son, Gilbert, and a dau., Isolda, wife of Gilbert de Stoke,) of an elder son and heir.
  • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, Knt, living temp. JOHN and HENRY III., who m. Margery, dau. of Randle de Thornton, and had a son, RALPH, and a dau., wife of Thurstan de Smethwick. The former
  • SIR RALPH BRERETON, of Brereton, Knt, had two sons, WILLIAM (SIR), and Gilbert, father of Henry and Sibella, wife of William de Bouths. The elder son,
  • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, Knt., m. the dau. of his guardian. Sir Richard de Sandbach, Knt., and was father of
  • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, Knt., who m. Roesia, dau. of Ralph de Vernon, and had issue,
    • I. WILLIAM, m. Margery, dau. of Richard de Bosley, and d. in his father's lifetime, leaving issue,
      • 1 WILLIAM (SIR), of whom presently.
      • 2 John.
      • 3 Ralph, in holy orders.
      • 4 Robert.
      • 5 Hugh.
      • 1 Margaret, wife of Henry, brother of Sir John Delves.
      • 2 Jane, wife of Adam de Bostock.
    • II. .... etc.
  • Sir William was s. by his grandson,
  • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, living 49th EDWARD III., who m. 1st, Ellen, dau. of Philip, and sister and finally heiress of David Egerton, of Egerton, and by her had a son and successor,
    • WILLIAM.
  • He m. 2ndly, Margaret, dau. of -- Done, of Utikinton, and widow of John Davenport, and by her had a son and two dau.,
    • Randle, who m. Alicia, dau. and heir of William de Ipstones, and was ancestor of the BRERETONS OF MALPAS HALL AND SHOCKLACH, from whom the BRERETONS OF BRINTON, co. Norfolk, deduce their descent.
    • Elizabeth, wife of William Cholmondeley.
    • Another dau., wife of Spurstow, of Spurstow.
  • The eldest son,
  • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, m. 1st, in 1386, Angella, dau. of Hugh Venables, and by her had issue,
    • I. WILLIAM, d. before his father, having m. Alice, sister and heiress of Richard Corbett, of Leighton, and by her (who m. 2ndly, John Stretley, Esq.,) had issue,
      • 1 WILLIAM (SIR, successor to his grandfather,
      • 2 Ralph.
      • 1 Alice, wife of Peter Corbett, of Leighton.
      • 2 Johanna, wife of Robert Aston, of Parkhall, co. Stafford.
    • II Hugh.
    • III. Matthew.
    • I. Elizabeth, wife of Sir John Savage.
    • II. Margery, wife of Richard Patten, alias Wanflet, of Wanflet.
  • Sir William m. 2ndly, Elena, dau. of Sir William Massy, of Tatton, Knt., and by her, who m. 2ndly, Sir Gilbert Halsall, Knt., had a son,
    • Thomas, in holy orders, rector of Brereton, 1433.
  • Sir William d. 4th HENRY VI., and was s. by his grandson. ______________________________
  • The visitation of Cheshire in the year 1580 (1882)
  • Pg. 41
    • CHART- Brereton of Brereton Pg. 41-42 _____________________
  • Waynflete, William of (DNB00)
  • WAYNFLETE or WAINFLEET, WILLIAM of (1395?–1486), bishop of Winchester, lord chancellor of England, and founder of Magdalen College, Oxford, was the elder of two sons of Richard Patyn, Patten, or Patton, alias Barbour, of Wainfleet, Lincolnshire. From a deed (recently rediscovered and printed by the Rev. W. D. Macray in his Register of Magdalen College) executed by Juliana Chirchestyle, grandniece of the bishop, in 1497, it appears that Waynflete held the manor and manor-house of Dakenham Place, Barkinge (printed by Macray ‘Backinge’). This deed points to Essex as the home of at least one branch of the family, and corroborates the inference which may be drawn from other data that the bishop was of gentle blood. It also makes it probable that the trade-name of Barbour was not common to the family, but was only the name of the bishop's father's mother. The social position of Richard Patyn is indicated by his marriage with Margery, youngest daughter of Sir William Brereton (d. 1425–6), knight, of Brereton, Cheshire (Ormerod, iii. 81).
  • From:,_William_of_(DNB00) ____________________
  • Archaeologia, or, Miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity (1770) Vol. 33
  • Pg. 57
  • b Hence it appears that the noble family of Egerton originally sprung from David de Malpas, lord of a moiety of the barony of Malpas. Elena, sister and coheiress of David de Egerton, having married Sir William Brereton of Brereton in 1368, the elder line of the Egertons were afterwards represented by the Breretons of Brereton Hall, and, as was then added, of Malpas Castle. Much of the Brereton property eventually reverted to the Egertons, partly by devise. See post, Shocklack and Malpas Hall Breretons, and Breretons of Tatton. The Golbornes of Golborne David and of Overton, were descendants of the same David de Malpas. ....
  • Pg. 60
  • Elena Massey 2nd wife = Sir William Brereton (c 4 Hanry VI. 1426) = Anilla Venables, 1st wife
  • Pg. 61
  • Sir William Brereton m1. dau. of Philip Egerton m.2 had ch: Randal & dau. (m. William Cholmondeley)
  • the next Sir William Brereton m. Anilla Venables ___________
  • DELVES, Sir Henry (by 1498-1560), of Doddington, Cheshire.
  • b. by 1498, 1st s. of Henry Delves of Doddington by Margaret, da. of Sir William Brereton of Brereton. m. by 1519, Cecily, da. of (Sir) Richard Broke of London, at least 4s. inc. George† 2da. suc. fa. by 1533. Kntd. 30 May 1533.1
  • The Delves family, originally of Delves Hall in Staffordshire, had been established at Doddington since the time of Edward III. Although there is some confusion about Henry Delves’s parentage, the Cheshire historian Ormerod’s statement that he was the man of that name found heir apparent to Richard Delves, canon of Lichfield, appears to be untrue. The same authority adds, but without giving a source, that Delves was steward to the 5th Lord Fitzwarin in 1518 and to the 1st Earl of Rutland in 1526. The first clear trace of Delves appears to be his knighting at the coronation of Anne Boleyn in 1533, when he was one of four Cheshire gentlemen so honoured. In the following year .... etc.
  • From: _______________________________
  • A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great ..., Volume 3 By John Burke
  • Pg.79
  • NICHOLAS PATTEN, of Waynflete in the county of Lincoln, who had three sons, namely,
    • I. JOHN, of Waynflete ... etc.
  • Pg.80
  • The third son,
  • RICHARD PATTEN, alias WAYNFLETE, of Waynflete, sometime in the reigns of the fifth or sixth HENRIES, wedded Margery, daughter of Sir William Brereton, knt. of Brereton, in Cheshire, (who d. 4th HENRY VI., by Anylla, his wife, daughter of Hugh Veneables), and had issue,
    • I. WILLIAM PATTEN, alias WAYNFLETE, the illustrious founder of Magdalen College, Oxford, who was born at Waynflete .... etc.
    • II. John Patten, alias Waynflete, dean of Chichester, there buried.
    • III. RICHARD PATTEN, founder of the Lancastrian family before us.
  • The third son of Richard Patten, and brother of Bishop of Waynflete,
  • RICHARD PATTEN, of Boslow, in the county of Derby, living in the reign of HENRY VI. m. and had two sons and one daughter, viz. .... etc. _________________________
  • Remains, Historical and Literary, Connected with the Palatine ..., Volume 97
  • Pg.175
  • Sir John Savage married Maud, daughter and heiress of Sir R. Swimmerton of Magna Barrow, in Cheshire. He was succeeded by his son, John Savage, who married Eleanor, daughter and heiress of Sir William Brereton. He died in 1463, and was succeeded by his son Sir John Savage, who married Catherine, daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Stanley, and sister .... ______________________________
  • The history of the county palatine and city of Chester: .... Vol. II.
    • EGERTON, OF EGERTON. Pg.350-351
  • DAVID DE EGERTON, eldest son and heir, sheriff of Cheshire 7 Edw. III. = ISABELLA, daughter of Richard de Fulleshurst, lord of Crewe.; ch: PHILIP (m. ELLENA St. Pierre & MATILDA . . . ), URIAN (m. AMELIA Warburton), DAVID, MARGARET EGERTON.
  • PHILIP DE EGERTON, son and heir, Inq. p. m. 36 Edw. III. = ELLENA, dau. of John de St. Pierre, marriage covenant dated 9 Edw. II.; ch: DAVID (m. Isabella Venables), ELLENA (m. sir William Brereton), ISABELLA (m. Robert de Bulkeley & John Venables & sir John Delves) EGERTON ; = MATILDA, dau. of . . . . Edw. III
    • DAVID DE EGERTON, son and heir, married before 20 Edw. III. Isabella, dau of sir Hugh Venables, of Kinderton, knight; o. s. p.
    • ISABELLA, sister and coheiress, wife of Robert de Bulkeley; 2dly, of John Venables; and 3dly, of sir John Delves, knight; recovered a moiety of a fourth of the barony of Malpas from John de Brunham, trustee of the Cokesays, in 1363; and another moiety of a fourth from John, son of sir John de Sutton, in 1368; o. s. p. 19 Ric. II.
    • ELLENA, sister, and finally sole heiress, wife of sir William Brereton, of Brereton, knt. claimed a moiety of a fourth of the barony of Malpas against John Sutton in 1368, and another moiety of a fourth against sir Walter Cokesay, in 1379., ch: SIR WILLIAM BRERETON
      • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, knight, son and heir, succeeded to divers parcels of the aforesaid barony, on the death of his aunt Isabella, and was ancestor of sir William Brereton, knight, who recovered the residue of the said moiety of the barony, from the assigns of the Sutton, a0 22 Hen. VIII. _________________
  • The history of the county palatine and city of Chester: .... Vol. III.
    • BRERETON AND HOLT OF BRERETON. Pg.51-52 ___________________________
  • Stirnet - 'Brereton01'
  • (i) William Brereton (dvp)
  • m. Margery Bosley (dau of Richard de Bosley)
    • (a) Sir William Brereton of Brereton (a 1376)
    • m1. Ellen Egerton (dau of Philip Egerton (of Malpas))
      • ((1)) Sir William Brereton of Brereton (b 14.02.1349, d 10.1.1426)
      • m1. (1386) Angella or Anilla or Emily Venables (dau of Hugh Venables)
        • ((A)) William Brereton (dvp)
        • m. Alice Corbett (sister of Richard Corbett of Leighton) .... etc.
        • ((B)) Elizabeth Brereton
        • m. Sir John Savage
        • ((C)) Margery Brereton
        • m. Richard Paten, later Wanflet of Wanflet
        • ((D))+ other issue - Hugh, Matthew
      • ((2))+) 2 sons mentioned by BIFR1976
    • m2. Margaret Done (dau of ?? Done of Utkinton, widow of John Davenport)
    • BE1883 shows Margaret as mother of Randle but Visitation (Cheshire, 1580, Brereton of Brereton) suggests that his mother was Hellin (of) Mallpas.
    • BIFR1976 (Brereton) supports the view that Randle was son of Margaret.
      • ((4)) Randle Brereton of Malpas
      • m. Alice Ipstones (dau of William de Ipstones)
      • ((5)) Elizabeth Brereton
      • m. William de Cholmondely of Cholmondely (d 1375)
      • ((6)) daughter
      • m. (Richard William) Spurstow of Spurstow
  • Etc. ... ________________________

The Brereton family tree begins in 1175 with William de Brereton. His family had arrived from France with William the Conqueror, and that William was named after him as a tribute - it was to become a recurring name within the family. Later, another unfortunate William Brereton, along with four companions, was arrested and sent to the Tower of London charged with high treason as lovers of Anne Boleyn . Despite protestations of innocence, they were sentenced to death and beheaded on Tower Hill in 1536. The Brereton family exerted power and influence over Cheshire with holdings in Handforth, Malpas, Cheadle and at their country seat at Brereton Hall. It was a Sir William Brereton who also headed parliamentarian forces at the Battle of Middlewich and the siege of Nantwich in the English Civil Wars. The Brereton's established Handforth Hall when they became lords of the manor of the Bosden area in the early 1500s. One Sir Richard Brereton was the last owner of Tatton Park before the Egerton family took it over.


_________________________________________________________________________________ THE BRERETON FAMILY

Ormerod describes the Parish of Brereton as having only one township - Brereton-cum-Smethwick - bounded by the parishes of Sandbach, Middlewich and Astbury. At the time of the Norman Conquest, Brereton came under Gilbert de Venables, Baron of Kinderton. It was granted to a family which assumed the local name but from the arms subsequently adopted it is likely that they were related to the Venables family. The Brereton family tree goes back to Ralph de Brereton who is known from being a witness to a charter by Gilbert Venables in the time of William II or Henry I. The manor and advowson continued in the male line of the Brereton family until Francis, 5th Lord Brereton died unmarried in 1722.

The connection with the Egertons of Malpas is shown in the first tree below leading to the Breretons of Malpas and Shocklach. The first five Breretons shown below were called William and following inheritance through a brother called Andrew the next three were called William also.

1. Sir William Brereton, Kt., heir to his grandfather, had a grant of free warren and market in 1369. +1st Ellen, dau. of Philip and the sister and eventually heiress of David de Egerton of Egerton, joint baron of Malpas. 2. Sir William de Brereton, born at Egerton on the feast of St. Valentine, 1350, baptised Malpas, a knight in 1385, died 1426. +1st wife Anyll or Anilla dau. of Hugh Venables, Baron of Kinderton married at Audley in 1386. Children were William, Nicholas, Hugh, Matthew, John, Henry, Elizabeth and Margery. 3. William de Brereton, known to be living in 1410 and 1417, died before his father, at Harfleur. + Alice, sister and heiress of Richard Corbet of Leghton in the barony of Caux. Children were William, Ralph, Alice, Joan. 4. Sir William Brereton of Brereton, Kt., heir to his grandfather, aged 12 in 1426 died about 1485. + Philippa, dau. of Sir Hugh Hulse. Children were William, Andrew, John, Hugh, Elizabeth, Jane, Eleanor, Matilda. See footnote. 5. Sir William Brereton of Brereton, son and heir. + Katherine, dau. of Sir John Byron, both living 1452. Children were Robert, Roger, Henry, Matthew, but succession went through William’s brother, Andrew to his nephew, William. 5. Sir Andrew Brereton, Kt., living 1460 and 1495. + Agnes alias Anne, dau. of Robert Legh of Adlington. They had William, John, Andrew, Matthew, Johanna, Ellen, Alice, Elizabeth, Catherine and Matilda. William the eldest son succeeded his uncle Sir William Brereton. 6. Sir William Brereton of Brereton, Kt., chief justice and lord high marshal of Ireland died 1541 in Ireland. +1st Alice the daughter of Sir John Savage. 7. Sir William Brereton, son and heir apparent. + Ann the daughter of Sir William Booth of Dunham Massey. This couple had six sons and three daughters. The eldest son was William. 8. Sir William Brereton of Brereton, Kt., Sheriff of Cheshire in reign of Edward VI, died 1559. + Jane, dau. of Peter Warburton. This couple had one son, William, whose family is shown in a separate tree below, and five daughters. +2nd wife Elenor, dau. of Sir Ralph Brereton of Ipstones. This couple had eight children. +2nd wife of Sir William was Ellen, dau. of Sir William Mascey of Tatton, Kt. Their son was Thomas de Brereton, rector of Brereton in 1433, who was heir to his mother. 3. Thomas de Brereton, rector, 1433 and heir to his mother, was 34 in 1445. + 2nd wife of Sir William was Margaret, dau. of Henry Done of Utkinton, widow of John de Davenport of Henbury, living in 1418. 2. Randle de Brereton, Esq., ancestor of the Breretons of Malpas and Shocklach. + Alice, daughter and heiress of William de Ipstones. 2. Elizabeth who married William de Cholmondeley. The family tree is continued below from the Sir William Brereton shown above in generation 8. Sir William in generation 1. below was born in 1550 and his father died in 1559. As a boy he lived with the Savage family and saw Rock Savage being built. Subsequently he married Alice Savage and built Brereton Hall in the style of Rock Savage. This tree shows the end of the Brereton male line at Brereton and the succession through the Holte and Bracebridge families. The 2nd Lord Brereton was a leading Royalist in the Civil War and after the surrender at Nantwich was taken prisoner, with his wife and son at Biddulph Hall in Staffordshire. His distant cousin, Sir William Brereton of Handforth, was a General in the Parliamentary Army. The 3rd Lord Brereton was one of the founders of the Royal Society.

In the Town Hall at Chester there is a tableau above one of the doors as shown below, entitled Sir W. Brereton before the Mayor's Court. _________________________________________________________________________________

Sir William Brereton
BIRTH 1350
Brereton, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
DEATH 10 Jan 1426 (aged 75–76)
Malpas, Cheshire West and Chester Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
St Margaret Churchyard
Cley, North Norfolk District, Norfolk, England
MEMORIAL ID 109736036

  • The headstone photo at the top of this page does not belong on this memorial, as it is for a different person.

Husband of Anill (Venables) and Elena Massy. Son of Sir William Brereton and Margery de Bosley.

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Sir William de Brereton's Timeline

February 14, 1347
Egerton, Cheshire, England (United Kingdom)
Age 1
Malpas, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Brereton cum Smethwick, Congleton, Cheshire East, England, United Kingdom
Brereton Cum Smethwick, Cheshire, England (United Kingdom)
Cheshire, England
Brereton, Cheshire, England (United Kingdom)
Cheshire, England
Cheshire, England