LEIGHTON, Edward (by 1525-93), of Wattlesborough, Salop.
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Family and Education
b. by 1525, 1st s. of John Leighton of Wattlesborough by Joyce, da. of Edward Sutton, 2nd Lord Dudley; bro. of Sir Thomas†. educ. G. Inn, adm. 1541. m. (1) Elizabeth, da. of one Edwards, wid. of one Meverell; (2) by 1553, Anne, da. of Paul Darrell of Lillingstone Dayrell, Bucks., 4s. inc. Thomas† 3da. suc. fa. 28 Feb. 1532. Kntd. 1591.1
Sheriff, Mont. 1549-50, 1591-2, Salop 1567-8, 1587-8; j.p. Salop 1561-d.; steward, barony of Cause 1562; escheator, Salop 1563-4; commr. musters, Shrewsbury 1563, Salop 1577-91; member, council in the marches of Wales by 1570; custos rot. Salop 1587; dep. lt. 1588.2
Edward Leighton came of a family prominent in the west of Shropshire; his great-grandfather and grandfather, and perhaps his father, had been knights of the shire. Until the 3rd Duke of Buckingham’s forfeiture the family had held its lands from the house of Stafford, of whose barony of Cause Leighton was to become steward in 1562. He was a kinsman of the houses of Dudley and Devereux.3
Leighton became a ward of his stepfather Richard Lee, who sent him to Gray’s Inn. He probably attached himself to his cousin John Dudley, whose appointment, as Earl of Warwick, to the presidency of the council in the marches was immediately followed by Leighton’s first shrievalty of Montgomeryshire. It is not known whether Leighton actively supported Dudley when as Duke of Northumberland he sought to upset the succession in 1553—Leighton’s name does not appear o