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Bispham Hall

Margaret, daughter and sole heiress of Thomas Bispham Esq. of Bispham Hall, the last male owner of the Bispham property bearing the name, married Thomas Owen Esq. and died leaving two daughters and co-heiresses Frances and Mary, the latter of whom married Holt Leigh of Hindley Hall and Whitley Esq. from whom the priory descended to Lord Kingsdown, and at his death to Roger Leigh Esq. the present owner.

Mary Owen (second daughter) and Holt Leigh had issue, Robert Holt Leigh, afterwards Sir Robert Holt Leigh, Bart., Alexander Holt Leigh, Roger Holt Leigh, and Joanna Holt Leigh, who all died without issue.

The last survivor Sir Robert Holt Leigh dying in 1843 devised his estates to his cousin Lord Kingsdown for life, and afterwards to Roger Leigh, no relation, who is the present owner of that portion of the Owen and Bispham estates, which Mary Owen took.

Edward Leigh and Frances Owen had issue, Thomas Owen, who died in 1781 aged 20, without issue. Edward Owen, who died 1785, aged 22, without issue, and two daughters Margaret and Frances. Margaret married Robert Pemberton, Barrister, in 1788, and had issue, Loveday, Dorothy, Mary-Ann, and Thomas, afterward Lord Kingsdown. Frances married Matthew Pemberton in 1792, who had issue.

Edward Leigh and Frances his wife sold the Bispham Hall and Billinge property to his Aunt Joanna Holt who lived at Bispham Hall, and devised it by her Will in 1794 to her sister Mary Norcross, for life, and after her death to her niece Mary Holt, for life, and after her death to the children of her said niece Mary Holt, equally.

Mary Norcross died at Bispham Hall July 6, 1798. Mary Holt the niece survived her husband, and lived at Bispham Hall from 1798 till her death in Sept. 1815, and her two children John and Robert Holt became possessed of and resided at Bispham until the death of Robert who died a bachelor in 1829, and devised his share of the estates to his brother John who lived there till the date of his death 19th March 1841. He devised the estates to a remote cousin William Mills for life, remainder to his eldest son, conditionally on his taking the name of Holt.

William Mills took the name of Holt and lived at Bispham till his death in December 1852, when his eldest son William Thomas Holt then an infant became entitled and the Hall was kept up for the children. He died in 1857 aged 21, having immediately on attaining 21 barred the entail created by John Holt. He was succeeded by his brother John Holt who died in the same year 1857 under 21, and was succeeded by his five co-heiresses, his sisters, who sold the Estate in 1871 to Meyrick Bankes Esq. of Winstanley. On the death of John Holt, the infant, the Hall was let to William Hill Brancker Esq. who resided there until last year, since which time it has been unoccupied.

Source: Memoranda concerning the family of Bispham in Great Britain and the United States of America

Linked toMargaret Bispham; Joanna Holt; John Holt; Mary Holt; Robert Holt; Edward Leigh; Holt Leigh; William Mills; Mary Norcross

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