Much of the following lineage was composed by Douglas Richardson
with the assistance of the Shirley Association
This family is clearly related to the Shurley family of
Isfield Sussex who also originated in Prestign Herefordshire.
There is also another Hugh Shirley Sr appearing in Herefordshire
records during this period, possibly another relative.
John Shyrley of Presthend [Presteigne]
Herefordshire. died about 1442.
42/25 - John Shyrley of Prestende Exec: Agnes his Relict.:
at Eardisland 6 Nov 1442 - Register of John Dylewe, Commissary
General 1442-1443 - Leominster Deanery; Calendar of Probate
and Administration Acts 1407 - 1550 in the Consistory Court of
the Bishops of Hereford; M.A. Faraday, ed. .
72/20 Agnes Shurleth (p 22: Shurley) of Presthende Exec: Hugh
her son (1475/6 p 29: junior); at Pembridge 3 Nov 1472 Register
of John Bayly Commissary General 1472-1473- Leominster Deanery
Calendar of Probate and Administration Acts 1407 - 1550
in the Consistory Court of the Bishops of Hereford; M.A. Faraday,
married Agnes ______
1(i). Hugh Shirley, Esq., of Stockton (in Kimbolton
Parish, near Leominster), co. Hereford, Burgess for Leominster,
14912, They had three sons, John Shirley, gent., Richard,
and Thomas, and one daughter, Joyce. Hugh Shirley, Esq., died
1499. His widow, Anne, died 17 Sep. 1510.
99/29 Hugh Shorley of Leominster; Exec Anne his relict; at
Pembridge 6 Nov 1499 Register of Richard Judde, commissary General
1499-1500 -Leominster Deanery Calendar of Probate and
Administration Acts 1407 - 1550 in the Consistory Court of the
Bishops of Hereford; M.A. Faraday, ed. .
J. Nichols, Hist. & Antiqs. of Leicestershire 3 Pt. 2 (1804):
*715*717 (Shirley pedigree: "Hugh [Shirley], of Stockton,
in Herefordshire."). E.P. Shirley, Stemmata Shirleiana (1873):
39, 54, 408. R. Tresswell, Vis. of Shropshire 1623 (H.S.P. 28)
(1889): 8184 (Broughton pedigree: "Anne [Heuin] vxor
Hughe Sherley (Shurley).") (Hevin arms: Azure, three boars'
heads couped [or?] between nine cross-crosslets fitchée
or [?argent]). List of Early Chancery Procs. 4 (PRO Lists and
Indexes 29) (1908): 383. J.C. Wedgwood, Hist. of Parliament 1
(1936): 765 (biog. of Hugh Shirley) [suggests Hugh might be son
of Hugh Shirley (died 1480), M.P. Leominster]. TAG 52 (1976):
216217. Will of Richard Shirley of Ware, co. Hertford proved
in 1510 [PCC, 29 Bennett].
married Anne Hevyn (or Heaven), daughter and co-heiress
of John Hevyn, of Hevyn (in Dilwyn), co. Hereford, and Cleobury,
co. Salop, by Isabel, daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Downton.
2(i). John Shirley, gentleman, of Enfield Chase, Middlesex,
son and heir. They had two daughters, Joyce and Anne. John Shirley,
gent., left a will dated 31 Aug. 1508, proved 16 Mar. 1508/9
(P.C.C., 12 Bennett) by his widow, Margaret.
References: E.P. Shirley, Stemmata Shirleiana (1873): 39,
54, 408. List of Early Chancery Procs. 4 (PRO Lists and Indexes
29) (1908): 383. TAG 52 (1976): 216217 (incorrectly identifies
John Shirley as Thomas Shirley). T. Hawley Vis. of Essex (H.S.P.
14) (1879): 132 (Wroth pedigree) (no mention of Margaret). S.T.
Bindoff, House of Commons 15091558 3 (1982): 666667
[biog. of Robert Wroth (c. 1488/9-1535), brother of Margaret
married Margaret Wroth, daughter of John Wroth, Esq.,
of Durants (in Enfield), Middlesex, by Margaret, daughter of
Richard Newdigate. She was born say 1485.
3(i). Joyce Shirley, daughter and co-heiress.
3(ii). Anne Shirley, daughter and co-heiress.
[no date] Joyce and Anne, daughters and heirs of John Schoreley,
of Enfield, son and heir of Hugh and Anne Schoreley. v. Hugh
Locharde and Thomas Scherealde.: Detention of deeds relating
to messuages and land in Leominster, Stockton, Lemsters Ore,
Radnor, and Presteign. - C 1/356/35
2(ii). Richard Shirley of Ware, Hertfordshire,
1493 Jan 30 Westminster - Grant during pleasure to Richard
Shirley, servant of the king's mother as bailiff of the lordships
of Nethewode and Wolferlowe, co Hereford, in the king's gift
by reason of the absence of Phillip Haward, late bailiff there,
from the king's service in the voyage beyond the sea. Calendar
of Patent Rolls, Membrane 19(2)
1504 Grant to Richard Shurley of the canonry of Wysbarough
in Chichester Cathedral void by death of master John Chambre
- cal of patent rolls
1510 PCC Will of Shirley, Richard, Ware, Herts - Richard Shirley
of Ware in the county of Herts. To poor of chamber of hehon Bramble.
Pasture I late bought of John Hastehe. The souls of my father
and mother. Land I bought of Willam and John Margahoo. After
the death of Johann my wife to Leonard my son, then to Elizabeth
and Jone my daughters, then to my brother Thomas. To Leonard
my gilt goblette and signet of gold. To Thomas Hall. To John
Eldergate. To John Clerk the elder. To David Hagan my best bay
mare. To William Cyburn. To B. Humphrey a broad yard of cloth.
To my sister Joyce my broatch of gold which Thomas Jones hath
to make. Wife Jone and John Branghang executors. Wit: Robert
Law my curate of Ware, B Humphrey and William Syburn, Symon Maston.
married Joan _____
3(i). Leonard Shirley - named in Will of father
3(ii). Elizabeth Shirley - named in Will of father
3(iii). Joan Shirley - named in Will of father; alive
1528; married Richard Strode
1528 - 20 Henry VIII - Feet of Fines. Rich. Welles, Christr
Hales, John Pakyugton and John Gyll : Rich. Strode and Joan his
wife, dau. and heir of Rich. Shyrley. Messuage and lands in Ware.
- The Herts Genealogist and Antiquary
2(iii). Thomas Shirley - named as brother in Will of
Richard of Ware 1510; Living 1513 of Enfield Chase, Middlesex
[no date] Thomas Shurley was appointed baliff of Netherwood,
Hereford Co, for faithful service done to the King's sister,
the Princess of Castile, lately held by Philip Howard and Richard
1481 Release by Thomas Shurley, of Leomynster, co. Heref.,
yeoman, to Cecile, Prioress of Acornebury, of all actions. Seal
8 July 1481
3(i). Joyce Shirley daughter and heiress.
She married (1st) Richard Abington (or Habington), Esq.,
of Brockhampton, co. Hereford, son and heir of Richard Abington,
of Brockhampton, co. Hereford, by Eleanor, daughter of John Hanley.
They had three daughters, Mary, Jane (wife of Edward Stanford,
Gent., and Oliver Briggs), and Eleanor (wife of Thomas Baskerville,
Knt., and John Gage). His widow, Joyce, married (2nd) (as his
2nd wife) Thomas Blount, Esq., of Sodington, co. Worcester. They
had two sons, George, Knt., and Peter. His wife, Joyce, was living
in 15513. Thomas Blount, Esq., died testate (P.C.C., 20
Chayre) 10 Dec. 1562, and was buried at Mamble, co. Worcester.
References: T.R. Nash, Colls. for a Hist. of Worcestershire
1 (1781): pedigree facing 588; 2 (1782): 160 (sub Mamble Parish:
"In the east window of Mr. Blount's chapel, which is situated
on the north side of the chancel, were, in Mr. Habington's time,
these quartered coats, which he thus blazons
includes Blount, Shirley, Hevin, and Downton]). E.P. Shirley,
Stemmata Shirleiana (1873): 39, 54. R. Cooke, Vis. of Worcester
1569 (H.S.P. 27) 1888): 1314 (Barnaby pedigree: "Richard
Abington of Brokhampto' in com. Hereford. =
. da. to
Sherley."), 6264 (Habington pedigree: "Richard
Habington of Brookhampton. = Joyce da. & heire of
. Blount"). List of Early Chancery
Procs. 4 (PRO Lists and Indexes 29) (1908): 383; 9 (PRO Lists
and Indexes 54) (1933): 359. G. Owen Vis. of Worcestershire 1634
(H.S.P. 90) (1938): 13 (Blount Pedigree: "Thomas Blount
of Sodington. Will dated 19 Dec. 1562, proved 18 May 1563. P.C.C.
 = Katherine, dau. of Thomas Stanford of Rowley, co. Stafford.
1st wife,  = Joyce, dau. and heir of
Shirley 2nd wife"),
4345 (Habington pedigree: "Richard Habington of Brockhampton
= Joyce d. and h. of
. Shirley.") (Habington arms:
Argent, on a bend gules, three eagles displayed or). TAG 52 (1976):
In Mambel church Worcestershire lies the tomb of Thomas Blount
which states "
Joyce daughter and heir of Thomas Shirley
de Enfield Chase Middlesex "
2(iv). Joyce Shirley - named as sister in Will of Richard
of Ware 1510