2005-01-16 21:20:57 UTC
first Dean to be given a surname according to the
Whalley Coucher Book edited by Hulton. The surname
given in Charters was de Buckel, de Bucklegh, de
Buclegh, de Buckel, de Buckl, de Bukkel, de Bukl, de
Bukeley. Descendants used the name of Bucley, Buckley,
and a number of others.
The first Dean of Whalley as mentioned in the registry
of Lichfield, or whose name appears in the Chronicles,
was called Spartlingus.
A subscriber has claimed that the ancient family of
Towneley commenced with Spartlingus at the time of
Afred the Great (late 800s). However that claim does
not appear to agree with Hulton who states:
(1) Spartlingus appointed Dean by Pontefract Priory
after Hugh de Laval gave church between 1109 and 1121.
(2) Geoffrey Junior surnamed Bucklegh Dean of Whalley
1210-1237 had four children as follows:
Roger (last Dean of Whalley)
Richard " a quo Towneley"
Henry de Whalleye
Another subscriber kindly provided further information
(1) Richard, brother of Roger (Whalley P847) held a
vicarage of Walton Chapel at 20 marks per annum until
he got a better living by a deed confirmed by
Alexander Stavensby Bishop of Coventry in May 1228
(2) Roger gave Richard the Town of Townley and the
Manor of Coldcotes.
The evidence appears to suggest that the family of
Towneley originates from Richard Bucklegh (1220-1230).
Also that Spartlingus was first Dean of Whalley
1109-1121, and not at the time of Alfred.
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