LEGH, Peter or Piers (c.1563-1636), of Lyme, Cheshire and Bradley Hall, Lancs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. c.1563, 1st s. of Peter Legh and bro. of Edward Legh II. educ. Winwick and Macclesfield schools; Caius, Camb. 1580 ?G. Inn 1585. m. (1) 1585, Margaret (d. 3 July 1603), da. of Sir Gilbert Gerard, 7s. 2da.; (2) 11 Mar. 1605, Dorothy (d. 4 Apr. 1639), da. of Sir Richard Egerton, wid. of Richard Brereton. suc. fa. 10 Aug. 1570, gd.-fa. 1589 or 1590. Kntd. by 1599.

Offices Held

Servant of Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby by c.1577.

Forester, Macclesfield forest 1589 or 1590; j.p. Lancs. 1583, Cheshire from c.1591; sheriff, Cheshire 1594-5, dep. lt. by 1595; capt. I.o.M. c.1600.


Legh spent part of his childhood in the household of the 4th Earl of Derby, whom he was serving as a page at the age of 14. Seven years later he attended the Earl, as gentleman waiter, when he went as ambassador to France. The followi