||Geoffrey de Buckley made a grant to
Stanlaw Abbey early in the 13th century;
he speaks of Geoffrey, Dean of Whalley,
as his patron; Whalley Couch, i, 142.
Robert the brother of Geoffrey also
occurs; ibid, ii, 608. A Geoffrey de
Buckley is styled 'dominus' about 1260;
ibid, ii, 609. About 1270 Geoffrey son of
Geoffrey de Buckley was one of the men
of Nicholas son of Michael de Wardle;
ibid, i, 157.
||Abstracts of the charters are contained in Add. MS. 32107, no. 396, &c.
||Add. MS. 32107 no. 432;
Geoffrey de Buckley to Randle
son of Henry de Stott, part of
Middlecliff at a rent of 14d.; Robert de
Buckley was a witness, so that this deed
may be one of the earlier Geoffrey's. In
1281 Geoffrey gave to Adam de Hulton
for life all his lands in Buckley, together
with an eighth part of the mill, at a rent
of 1 mark; no. 464. In 1296 he gave a
third part of three-fourths of Buckley mill
to Michael de la Shaw; no. 443, 422.
The grants to Adam de Hulton (no. 436,
461, 434) included the services of Henry
de Haworth, John de Holden, Michael de
la Shaw, and Alexander de Henesnape, for
lands in Hundersfield and Castleton.
Adam de Hulton received other grants,
as of Woldurth or Worldesworth, the mill,
&c.; see ibid. no. 448, 446, 447, 459,
445, 427, 425.
||John son of Adam de Buckley, as
early as 1335, released to his brother
Robert all claim on the latter's tenement
in the hamlet of Wardle in the vill of
Hundersfield; ibid. no. 421. A tripartite
agreement was made in 1369 between (1)
Geoffrey de Buckley, (2) John de Buckley
and others, and (3) John the son of
Geoffrey, who was a minor, concerning
the release of the last-named from all
claims arising out of the death of Thomas
son of William de Butterworth; no. 440.
Robert son of Adam de Buckley in 1373
made a grant of lands in Butterworth;
John de Buckley was a witness; Towneley MS. GG, no. 565. In 1392 John son
of Adam de Buckley gave lands to his son
Thomas; Add. MS. 32107, no. 460.
Thomas son of John gave a quittance to
Robert his brother (no. 439); Robert de
Buckley the elder was a witness. From
another charter it appears that Robert was
the elder brother; no. 473.
||In 1393 the same Thomas de Buckley
enfeoffed Roger de Clegg, chaplain, of all
his lands in Hundersfield, and four years
later the feoffee gave them to Robert son
of John de Buckley; no. 449, 396. About
the same time Robert made a settlement
of Buckley and its appurtenances, w th
remainder to John his son and his issue
by Alice daughter of Roger de Wolfenden,
and a further remainder to Robert de
Buckley; no. 444. Geoffrey de Buckley
was a witness. See also no. 430–1
Thomas de Buckley had a son Robert;
no. 452, 423.
After the death of Robert de Buckley
his widow Alice married Henry de Dearnley, an outlaw, whereupon the escheator
took the estate into the king's hands, or,
at least, the widow's third part. Alice
died in Sept. 1423, and John de Buckley,
son of Robert, in Oct. 1429, leaving a son
and heir James; ibid. no. 496; Towneley
MS. DD, no. 1483; Dep. Keeper's Rep.
xl, App. 536. The lands were held of
Sir Thomas Savile in socage.
In 1421 licence was granted to Randle
de Buckley and Katherine his wife for
an oratory; Add.
MS. 32107, no.
||In 1460 James son and heir of John
Buckley made a feoffment of all his lands
in Hundersfield and Spotland, and in 1476
granted messuages called Stockrode in
Hundersfield to his son Robert; ibid,
no. 454, 492.
It is at this point that the descent is
obscure. The next in possession was
Thomas Buckley, probably the son of
Alice widow of James Buckley, named in an
undated acknowledgement for 32 marks;
ibid. no. 481. Thomas appears in several
deeds of the time of Henry VII (no. 474,
468, 476), and in 1511 made a grant to
James his son and heir apparent; no. 478.
It was probably another James Buckley
who in 1492 gave his son John, for life,
a close of land at the east end of the vill
of Rochdale, which he had received from
Maud Buckley; no. 453. James Buckley
of Buckley arranged for the marriage of
his daughter Katherine in 1512, and
appears to have been in possession of the
family lands; see no. 406, 489, 433. He
was living in 1539, when he delivered up
a box containing thirty-two pieces of evidence; no. 403.
The next to appear is Thomas Buckley,
probably the Thomas who in 1521 procured a divorce from Agnes Shepherd;
no. 472. A little later, in 1528, a Henry
Buckley was divorced from Isabel Haworth, to whom he had been contracted
in childhood; no. 488. It appears that
Thomas Buckley was in possession in
1541 (no. 490, 475); in conjunction with
Robert his son and heir apparent he made
a lease of the Stockrode in 1557 to his
brother Hugh and Katherine his wife, and
in 1559 he assigned to Ellen widow of
Edmund Cowper a dower rent of 40s.
out of lands called Hastley in Buckley;
no. 452, 466. Thomas Buckley in 1569
made a settlement of his manor of Buckley and lands in Hundersfield, Spotland,
and Butterworth, with remainder to his
sons Robert, Arthur, James, Anthony,
and Francis; their surname is given as
Buckley alias Haworth, so that they were
probably illegitimate; Pal. of Lanc. Feet
of F. bdle. 31, m. 194.
Robert Buckley died in 1576, holding
the manor of Buckley, and messuages, &c.,
in Hundersfield of Robert Savile in socage
by a rent of 2s. 11d.; also holding a close
called Dicon Meadow in Hundersfield of
the queen as of her manor of Rochdale in
socage by a rent of 2s. Thomas the son
and heir was twenty-three years of age;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xii, no. 13.
Thomas Buckley died in 1588 holding the
same manor and lands, together with
Fisher Field and Green Intake in Spotland,
held of Charles Holt by rents of 3s. 2d.
and 6d.; Robert his son and heir was
ten years of age; ibid, xv, no. 54; xvi,
Robert Buckley died in 1598, leaving a
brother and heir named Abel, aged twenty;
ibid, xvii, no. 58. In addition to the
lands previously named he held a capital
messuage, &c., called Fieldhouse in Hundersfield, formerly the inheritance of Henry
Holt, held of John Byron in socage by a
rent of 3s.
Abel Buckley made a settlement of the
manor of Buckley and various lands in
1601; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 63,
m. 332. He held the manor and 291 acres
of land in 1626, paying a rent of 3s. 10d.
to Savile and 2s. to the king for Ditton
(or Diccon) Mead; Surv. ut sup. 78. He
died in Oct. 1637 holding the family
estates, together with a messuage in
Butterworth formerly belonging to the
Hospitallers, another in Saddleworth, and
others in Todmorden. John his son and
heir was twenty-three years of age; Duchy
of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxvii, no. 67. John
Buckley recorded a pedigree in 1665, his
son Abel being then twenty-five years old;
Dugdale, Visit. 60.
||Abel Buckley had a son Thomas,
who died in 1697, his daughter Anne's
son, Thomas Foster, being his heir; but
a brother, William Buckley, who died
about 1730, succeeded. Thomas Foster
then inherited Buckley, and took the
local surname. His son Edward was the
vendor; see Fishwick, Rochdale, 393, 397
(where there is a pedigree), and the account
||a Many Fieldhouse deeds are contained in the Buckley charters in Add.
MS. 32107. The earliest is dated
1369, being a grant of it by Robert del
Shore, chaplain, to William son of Thomas
del Stock (or Slack), with remainder to
the grantor's mother, Margaret; no. 450.
Alice Holt of Fieldhouse, widow of John
Holt, granted it to her son Alan Holt
in 1506; no. 477. Henry Holt, brother
of Alan, was in possession in 1507 (no. 415)
and,dying in or before 1526, left a daughter
Grace, about whose inheritance there was
some disputing; nos. 398, 407, 412, 402,
414,417, 418, 456. Grace married Thomas
Buckley,who died in 1588, and the abovenamed Robert was her son, as appears by
the inq. p.m. of Thomas. Robert Holt
of Fieldhouse occurs in 1581; no. 494.
||b Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 11, m. 32. In a
dispute in 1448 between William and Alice
Stock concerning a box of charters, the
following pedigree was alleged: Thomas
—s. William —s. Henry (died 1446) —s.
John —dau. Alice; ibid. m. 16b.
||To Robert son of John de Buckley
the trustee in 1397 granted the parcels
of land called Foxholes and ' Woodfulrode'
in Hundersfield and Tong Moss in Spotland; Add. MS. 32107, no. 483. A
year later Thomas son of John de Buckley
released to Robert his son (? brother) all
his claim to messuages, &c, in 'Wolfalrode,' Foxholes, and Stockrode; no. 452.
In 1400 John son of Robert de Buckley
granted the Foxholes and 'Wolfenhole' to
Thomas Dickson and his heirs at the rent
of a grain of pepper for twenty-four years
and 40s. afterwards; no. 451.
||In an indenture of — Hen. VII
William Entwisle and Janet his wife
agreed with Thomas Buckley and James
his son as to the division of lands called
Foxholes; Janet was to have a close called
Summerhey, while the Buckleys were to
have some other closes; ibid. no. 474.
Janet, therefore, was probably the heir of
the Thomas Dickson of 1400.
Edmund Entwisle contributed to the
subsidy in 1523; Fishwick, op. cit. 37.
Robert Entwisle died in Aug. 1574, leaving
as heir his eldest son Richard; to Jane
his wife and Richard he bequeathed a
little Bible, 'they to see the same occupied every Sabbath day when there is no
sermons or sacraments in ministering, and
in the week day my will and mind is that
my poorest kinsfolks which are not able
to buy a Bible shall have the same lent
unto them'; Piccope, Wills, ii. 221–3.
Richard Entwisle died in 1621 holding in
Wardleworth, Spotland, and Hundersfield
of Sir John Byron in socage, by a rent of
4s., also lands in Worsley. Richard his
son and heir was thirty-four years old;
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
Ches.), ii, 241.
||Surv. ut sup. 80. In 1631 Richard
Entwisle paid £10 on refusing knighthood; Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
i, 215. He died in 1645.
||He recorded a pedigree in 1665;
Dugdale, Visit. 104. For some notices of
his doings with letters see Hist. MSS. Com.
Rep. xiv, App. iv, 101, 135, &c.; O. Heywood, Diaries, ii, go.
||See the pedigree and account of the
family in Fishwick, Rochdale, 409–13.
||They were given by Gilbert de
Notton to Stanlaw Abbey, together with
two oxgangs in Healey; Whalley Couch.
ii, 623, 626, 627; iii, 680.
||Land Tax Ret. at Preston.