Shirleys of Preston
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By an Act of Parliament passed in 1559 the Crown enforced an exchange of property with the bishop and Preston was amongst the manors ceded to Queen Elizabeth in 1561, when it was valued at £38 12s. 4d. (fn. 20) a year. Richard Elrington continued as lessee of the demesne lands until his death in 1569. He had married Mary, widow of William Shirley of Wiston, to whom he left his property and she left it to her younger son Anthony Shirley, (fn. 21) the author of a long moral and religious poem entitled 'Witts New Dyall: or A Schollers Prize', (fn. 22) written during an 'idle year' spent with his sister-in-law Mary and her husband Sir Thomas Pelham. He was the lessee of the demesnes in 1608. (fn. 23) Queen Elizabeth in 1597 had granted a lease in reversion to Richard Newman for a further 30 years, (fn. 24) which was acquired by Anthony Shirley. - From: 'Parishes: Preston', A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 7: The rape of Lewes (1940), pp. 268-73.
Anthony Sherley born about 1546 in Wiston, Sussex, England; died 7 DEC 1624 in Preston, Sussex, England; buried at Preston. second son of William Shirley, esq. of Wiston, and lineally derived from the Shirleys of Staunton Harold.
married Barbara Walsingham of Kent Co. England at 29 MAY 1575 in Chislehurst, Kent, England; she was born 1552 in Scadbury Park, Chislehurst, Kent, England
1.i Thomas SHIRLEY esq. b: 3 MAR 1570 in Preston, Sussex , England; He attended Queens College at Oxford - Shirleys of Preston, Sussex
1.iii Anthony SHIRLEY b: APR 1580 in Preston, Sussex, England d. 1622 without children; of Bishopstone, Sussex
1.iv Richard SHIRLEY b: JAN 1581 in Preston, Sussex, England - mentioned in 1638 PCC will of neice Abigail Shirley of Preston
1.v Walter SHIRLEY b: 1582 in Preston, Sussex, England; d. 1584
1.vi Judith SHIRLEY b: 1585 in Preston, Sussex, England
1.vii Edmund/Edward SHIRLEY b: NOV 1586 in Preston, Sussex, England - no info
1.viii Mary SHIRLEY b: 1587 in Preston, Sussex, England
1.ix Walsingham SHIRLEY b: 28 JUL 1589 in Preston, Sussex, England; died 13 Jun 1637. He was educated at Westminister and elected to Trinity college, Cambridge in 1608.He was minister of Haynes in Bedford Co. and is buried near the alter of that church.
1.x Elizabeth SHIRLEY b: 19 MAR 1590 in Preston, Sussex, England
1.xi Henry SHIRLEY b: 19 MAR 1591 in Preston, Sussex, England
1.xii Sarah SHIRLEY b: 1595 in Preston, Sussex, England
1.xii Robert SHIRLEY he is not found on any printed pedigrees, but his connection is undeniable. Died 1654 at East Hoathley Sussex
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