||2,282, including 7 of inland water;
Census Rep. 1901.
||Subs. R. Lancs. bdle. 250, no. 9.
||See Dict. Nat. Biog. His writings
were published by John Field in 1700;
appended is a biography by his brother
John Haydock, dated at Coppull.
Lancs. and Ches. Antiq. Soc. xvii, 19.
||It seems clear from many of the
charters and suits that 'Worthington,' as
commonly used, included Coppull. In
1300 one Jordan son of John son of
Robert claimed 19 acres in Coppull
against John de Coppull, and the defence
was that there was no vill named Coppull,
this being merely a place in Worthington; De Banco R. 131, m. 270. Nevertheless, in 1332 the name of the township
is given as Coppull-with-Worthington;
Exch. Lay Subs. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and
||He is called 'son of Thomas.'
Thomas de Coppull is named in the Pipe
Roll of 1213–15; Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R.
251. He released to Alexander son of
John lands held of his son Richard;
Kuerden MSS. iii, C 33.
||Burscough Reg. fol. 47; Duchy of
Lanc. Anct. D. 619–21; Dep. Keeper's
Rep. xxxvi, App. 201. The bounds in
one grant (620) are thus described:
Beginning where Blacklache descends
into the Perburn, up Blacklache northwards to a cross in the old ditch of Coldcotes, along the ditch to a cross in the
high road of Watling Street, along this
high road to a cross on the Perburn over
against the course of the great spring of
Langtree, and so down the thread of
Perburn water to another cross and the
said Blacklache. To this were added all
the grantor's part of the water of Perburn appertaining to 4 oxgangs, pannage
in the woods of Coppull and other easements. The seal of no. 619 shows a
bird with the legend + SIG. . . . ICARDI
DE COPHVL. The deeds may be dated
between 1230 and 1264.
At the Dissolution the lands appear to
have been held by Hugh Haydock by a
rent of 3s.—'late the inheritance of —
Perbronte' is added—and James Giller,
who paid 6d.; Duchy of Lanc. Rentals
and Surv. bdle. 4, no. 6, a & b.
||A number of brief abstracts of the
deeds are in Kuerden MSS. iii, C 33.
Thomas de Cophull has already been
mentioned as living in 1213, and Richard
his son as a benefactor of Burscough.
John de Coppull occurs from 1242 to
1254; Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 149, 193.
In 1275 Agnes widow of John de
Coppull claimed dower against John son of
John de Coppull, holding a messuage and
12 acres, and against others; De Banco
R. 20, m. 18. In 1276 John son of
John de Coppull claimed a tenement in
Coppull against William de Worthington;
Assize R. 405, m. 1. Later, in 1282,
John son of Richard de Coppull claimed
land in Coppull against John son of John
de Coppull; De Banco R. 47, m. 126 d.
At the same time John son of Richard
de Coppull was called to warrant in disputes concerning land in Coppull; ibid.
45, m. 19 d.; 47, m. 25. Henry de
Coppull was called to warrant in another
case; ibid. John son of Richard de
Coppull granted half the marsh in Coppull
and Worthington to Adam son of Ralph
and Amery his wife; Kuerden MSS. iii,
C 33. Roger de Bolton and Joan his wife
daughter of John de Coppull in the time
of Edward I granted land in Coppull to
Henry de Burgh at the rent of a barbed
arrow and 6d.; B.M. Add. Chart. 8491,
John de Coppull occurs in 1293; Inq.
and Extents, i, 281. In 1322 he made a
settlement of the manor of Coppull, with
remainders to his grandson John (son of
Richard), who had married Alice, and to
his own sons John and Thomas and to
Robert son of Emma Risserasse; Final
Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 47.
John the grandson died before July
1354, and one daughter, Clemency, having
died without issue, and the other, Margery
wife of Adam de Tyldesley, being adjudged
illegitimate, the manor was claimed by
John son of John de Coppull against
Adam son of Henry de Tyldesley and
Hugh de Worthington; Duchy of Lanc.
Assize R. 3, m. v d.; 4, m. 10. The
plaintiff in this case was called 'the
elder.' He was defendant in later suits,
e.g. in 1358 one by his brother Thomas
(Assize R. 438, m. 14) and in 1360 by
Nicholas le Norreys, at the same time as
Hugh le Norreys (as son and heir of
Maud daughter of John de Coppull)
brought one against Henry son of John
de Coppull; Duchy of Lanc. Assize R.
7, m. 5, 6.
In 1362 Hugh son of William de
Worthington claimed the custody of a
moiety of the manor of Coppull by reason
of the minority of John son of John son
of John de Coppull; De Banco R. 411,
m. 76. Four years later John son of
John de Coppull was contracted to marry
Emma daughter of John son of Robert
de Heskin; Kuerden MSS. iii, C 33.
John and Emma his wife are mentioned
as late as 1398; ibid.
The other moiety of the manor probably remained with Worthington.
John de Coppull made a feoffment of
the manor in 1382–3, and this was regranted to him or his successor of the
same name in 1398; Kuerden, loc. cit.
About the same time (20 Hen. IV, probably for 2°) William son of John de
Coppull was engaged to marry Alice
daughter of William de Bredkirk (?); ibid.
A feoffment of the manor was made in
1412–13 by William de Coppull with
lands in Coppull, Worthington, Eccleston,
Heskin, Wrightington, Chorley and
Pleasington; and in 1429–30 the estate
was regranted to him and his issue with
remainders to Richard, Edmund, Robert,
John, Henry, James and Thomas Coppull, all bastards, and to Maud Coppull;
ibid. A new feoffment was made in
Again in 1441–2 a feoffment was made
by William Coppull and Isabel his wife;
ibid. William was perhaps the son and
heir of the preceding William, for he is
called 'William Coppullson,' and in
1453–4 brothers Richard and Gilbert are
named; ibid. A further settlement was
made in 1458–9 by the agency of William
Harrington of Westleigh; the remainders
were to William son of William and
Isabel, to Richard son of William the
elder, for the life of Gilbert son of William
the younger, to John son of William the
elder, and lastly to the right heirs of
William son of William; ibid.
||William son of William Coppull sold
all his father's lands in Coppull, Duxbury
and Chorley to Sir Thomas Stanley in
1461, and releases were made by Isabel
widow of William Coppull and by William
Harrington; ibid. As late as 1553, however, a release was made by one William
Coppull to Edward Earl of Derby; ibid.
||Thomas second Earl of Derby in
1508 granted the manor of Coppull to
Sir Edward Stanley, afterwards Lord
Mounteagle, for life. The manor was in
1521 stated (erroneously) to be held of
the king as of his duchy by the service of
a knight's fee; it was worth £30 a year;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. v, no. 68. A
similar statement as to the tenure was
recorded in the inquisition after the death
of Ferdinando fifth earl in 1595; Add.
MS. 32104, fol. 425b.
James Browne, lessee of the earl,
occurs in 1590; Ducatus Lanc. (Rec.
Com.), iii, 213, 412, &c.
||Notes of the deeds are in Kuerden,
Edward Rigby purchased messuages and
lands in Coppull in 1594 from John
Crosse, Alice his wife and Richard his
son; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 56,
Edward Rigby of Burgh and Layton in
1627 held the manor of Coppull, but the
tenure was unknown; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. xxvi, no. 5.
||The manor is named in Rigby
settlements in 1655 and 1681; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 157, m. 93; 206,
||In a fine respecting the manor of
Coppull and twenty messuages, two dovehouses, land, meadow, &c., in Coppull,
Shevington and Orrell the plaintiffs were
Richard and Thomas Livesey and the
deforciants Robert Livesey, Anne his
wife, Jane and Margaret Pearson; Pal. of
Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 355, m. 101.
John Pearson Livesey was vouchee in
a recovery of 'the manor or reputed
manor' of Coppull in 1803; Pal. of
Lanc. Aug. Assizes, 43 Geo. III, roll 8.
Thomas William Bridge and his wife
were deforciants in a fine of 1808; ibid.
Lent Assizes, 48 Geo. III.
||Baines, Lancs. (ed. 1836), iii, 516;
Raines in Notitia Cestr. ii, 395.
||See the account of Duxbury.
||Thomas son of John de Coppull is
named in the fine of 1322 already cited.
He left a son John and the two daughters
named in the text. John made a grant of
lands in 1360; Kuerden MSS. iii, C 33.
In 1365 Ellen widow of John de Bolton
recovered lands and rent in Coppull
against John son of Thomas de Coppull,
Amice the widow of Thomas, Henry son
of William Bibby and John de Ugnall; De
Banco R. 419, m. 155; 423, m. 319 d.
John had died without issue before
1374, when his sisters Isabel and Cecily
were in possession; De Banco R. 454,
||The name was formerly spelt Nightegale, and the family occurs frequently in
the district. Roger de Kendal and Mabel
his wife in 1319 claimed dower in a toft
in Worthington against John Nightingale; ibid. 231, m. 6. Henry son of
John Nightingale was one of the defendants in a claim by Adam son of Adam
del Head in 1313–14; Assize R. 424,
m. 6 d. In 1326 John son of Adam del
Head, a minor, was plaintiff respecting
lands in Worthington against John
Nightingale; De Banco R. 264, m. 265.
In the Worthington of Blainscough
abstract are several deeds referring to a
branch of the Nightingale family. Thus
Adam son of Adam de Blainscough gave
land to Richard de Linacre, who transferred it to Henry de Nightingale, and
Henry made a settlement of his lands
with final remainder to Henry Nightingale the elder. Henry son of John
Nightingale had a grant of lands in 1316
and John Nightingale in 1347.
||The Charnocks had previously held
land in Coppull, for in 1351 Thomas
de Coppull purchased two messuages
and 20 acres in Worthington and Coppull
from John son of Adam Hulcockson
de Charnock and Alice his wife; Final
Conc. ii, 131.
In 1374 Henry son of William de
Burgh claimed a tenement in Coppull
against John son of John de Charnock
and Cecily his wife; De Banco R. 453,
m. 151 d.; 456, m. 326. John and Cecily
made a settlement of their estate in 1391;
Final Conc. iii, 38. Christopher Charnock of Coppull occurs in 1442; Pal. of
Lanc. Plea R. 4, m. 3. He is mentioned
again in 1451 as son of William; Pal. of
Lanc. Writs of Assize, bdle. 4.
||Chysinhale, 1277; Chisenhale,
||In pleas for dower by Agnes widow
of John de Coppull; De Banco R. 21,
m. 68, 85 d. The case was proceeding in
1282; ibid. 44, m. 26 d.
||Assize R. 408, m. 74 d.
John de Chisnall the younger and Roger
de Chisnall were appointed to the assize
of ale in Lancashire in 1324; Fine R.
124, m. 16. William de Chisnall occurs
in 1331; De Banco R. 287, m. 127; and
John and Roger in 1332; Exch. Lay
Subs. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), 49.
Roger de Chisnall made a feoffment of
lands in Worthington in 1336; the remainder was to John son of Alice de
Standish; Standish D. (Mrs. Tempest's
abstract), no. 51. John de Chisnall of
Longshaw, Juliana his wife and Nicholas
his son were defendants in 1338; Assize
R. 1425, m. 6. Roger de Chisnall was a
plaintiff in 1347; Assize R. 1435, m. 37.
The wardship of the heir of John de
Chisnall was disputed in 1352; Duchy
of Lanc. Assize R. 1, m. v.
Roger de Chisnall, a plaintiff in 1324,
was son of Robert son of a Roger de
Chisnall who in the time of Henry III
had held the lands claimed; De Banco R.
253, m. 35. The abstracts of the Standish
of Standish deeds also show that Roger de
Chisnall was son of Robert; he had a son
John who died without issue between 1380
and 1399, the estate going to John's sister
Joan wife of Henry de Farnworth, who
seems to have had daughters and heirs—
Avice and Joan; Kuerden MSS. ii, fol.
217, &c. For the above John de Chisnall
see Final Conc. iii, 31.
Final Conc. ii, 123.
||Richard Chisnall of Coppull is mentioned in 1444; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 6,
Richard Chisnall in 1487–8 made a
feoffment of part of his demesne called
the Longfields and the Ridding near the
hall; Kuerden fol. MS. 88, C.
||Duchy of Lane. Inq. p.m. vi, no. 66;
John Chisnall also had land in Wrightington and a burgage in Wigan. It is recited that Thomas the father of John
had made a settlement of the capital
messuage of Chisnall and lands in favour
of Maud daughter of Thurstan Anderton
on her marriage with John Chisnall, and
that John had made a feoffment of his
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 15,
m. 95. Richard Chisnall was plaintiff
and Thomas Chisnall was deforciant. The
property included a water-mill, dovecote,
&c. For Richard, a brother of Thomas,
see the account of Little Lever.
Visit. 1567 (Chet. Soc.), 71. It
appears that Thomas died before 1588,
when his son John, thirty-six years of
age, was heir of his uncle Richard; Duchy
of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xiv, no. 39.
||Edward came of age by 1597, when
he was summoned to do service for lands
in Darcy Lever; Manch. Ct. Leet Rec. ii,
121. He was a freeholder in 1600;
Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i,
244. He recorded a pedigree in 1613,
in which it is stated that arms had been
granted in 1595; Visit. of 1613 (Chet.
Soc.), 24. He was the most considerable landowner in the township, and in
1631 paid £25 as composition on declining knighthood; Misc. (Rec. Soc.), i,
He died 23 Apr. 1635 holding the
capital messuage called Chisnall Hall, a
dovecote, messuages and lands in Coppull and neighbouring townships; also
a messuage in High Holborn called
Chisnall's Buildings, adjoining Gray's
Inn. The lands in Coppull were held of
Alexander Rigby and William Worthington in socage by a rent of 4s. 2d.
Edward his son and heir was sixteen
years of age; Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m.
xxviii, no. 8; Funeral Cert. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), 202.
||See the account of Shevington.
Royalist Comp. Papers (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 35–38. His 'delinquency' was that, 'being newly called
to the bar at Gray's Inn, he adhered to
and assisted the forces raised against
the Parliament.' He compounded in
There was afterwards some trouble because his mother had been a recusant, but
nothing is said as to his having assisted
Prince Charles at Worcester. The
annual rental of the estates was about
||The Epistle Dedicatory, dated at
Chisnall 11 Feb. 1651–2, is addressed
'to the Right Reverend the Legal Clergy
of the Reformed Protestant Church of
England'; the author ignores as far as
possible the changes which had made 'the
Establishment Presbyterian,' 'our English
Sion being now laid waste.' At the end
the printer apologises for the numeroUS
misprints, 'occasioned by the difficult and
uncouth character of the author's hand,
whose remote abode admitted of no intercourse to instruct me therein.' The book
has an interesting engraved title.
There are notices of Edward Chisnall in
Dict. Nat. Biog., Civil War Tracts (Chet.
Soc.), 341, and War in Lancs. (Chet.
Soc.), 125. In the last-named work he
is called Colonel Chisnall, and is said
to have been taken prisoner at Wigan.
He was again captured at Appleby in
1648; Civil War Tracts, 275. In the
same collection will be found particulars
of his conduct at Lathom, 170, &c.
In a fine respecting the 'manor' of
Chisnall in 1652 the deforciants were
Edward Chisnall and Elizabeth his wite;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 150, m. 17.
||Memorial tablet in Standish Church.
Another inscription records two commissions, one by Prince Rupert, the other by
Charles II, dated in Aug. 1651.
||Pink and Beaven, Parl. Repre. of
Lancs. 229, 158. He was made a
knight in 1671, and died about 1728.
A settlement of the manor of Chisnall
and various lands was made in 1671 by
Sir Edward Chisnall, Elizabeth his wife,
Sir William Coney and Edward Moore;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 187, m.
28. A pedigree was recorded in 1665,
when Edward, eighteen years of age, was
the husband of Anne Atkinson; Dugdale, Visit. (Chet. Soc.), 78.
There are a number of references to
Sir Edward in Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. xiv,
App. iv (Kenyon MSS.), and a letter of
his (p. 248). A bill for the settlement
of his estates is named in 1678; Hist.
MSS. Com. Rep. ix, App. ii, 101b. See
also Le Neve, Ped. of Knights (Harl.
Soc.), 247–8. He married as his second
wife Elizabeth Playters in 1671; Chesters,
Lond. Mge. Lic. With her he had the
manor of Pirleston alias Prilleston alias
Billingford, Norf., with the advowson
of the church, and in 1693, after her death,
a settlement was made by Sir Edward
Chisnall, William his son and heirapparent (by Elizabeth); Agecroft deeds,
370. In the following year an assignment of the manor of Chisnall and the
other lands in Lancashire was made by
the son and heir William; ibid. 364.
In 1726 a settlement of the manor of
Chisnall was made by Sir Edward
Chisnall, with remainders to William
and Edward his sons, and to John Hammerton his grandson (son of Anne, Sir
Edward's daughter by his first marriage).
All three succeeded in turn by 1738.
Sir Edward also had a daughter by his
second marriage, and she was twice
married, having children by both husbands;
||Pink and Beaven, loc. cit.
There was a recovery of the manor of
Chisnall and lands in the parishes of
Standish, Eccleston, Wigan and Bolton
in 1772, James Hammerton being a
vouchee; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 615,
James Hammerton of Hellifield Peel
was the owner about 1836; Baines,
Lancs. (ed. 1), iii, 516. Chisenhall
Hamerton owned it in 1849; Raines in
Notitia Cestr. ii, 395.
||Richard son of Orm de Blainscough
granted Whitecroft and the Wra in Blainscough to John de Ingol; a rent of 12d.
was to be paid to Thomas de Coppull and
his heirs. He added other land, for which
5d. a year was due to Thomas de Wrightington; Towneley MS. DD, no. 1488.
Aimery widow of Roger son of Isabel
de Bleynescowe in 1281 claimed dower
in messuages and land in Worthington
against Henry son of Henry de la Lee.
William de Worthington was called to
warrant; De Banco R. 42, m. 22 d.; 45,
m. 6 d.; 47, m. 13.
From a 17th-century abstract of the
Worthington of Blainscough deeds (in
the possession of W. Farrer) it appears
that Adam de Blainscough made a grant
of land in the place to Thomas his son;
Adam son of Adam de Blainscough gave
to Adam son of Robert the Tailor of
Lathom all the land he had in the vill of
Worthington in Blainscough in 1311;
Henry son of Adam de Blainscough made
a grant in 1326, while three years previously John son of Henry de Blainscough
gave land called Newhey in the hamlet
of Blainscough to Henry son of William
the Woodward and Amery his wife.
Henry son of Adam also occurs in grants
from 1344 to 1346.
||3 William de Worthington was in possession of Blainscough about 1340. It
does not appear how he was connected
with the Worthingtons of Worthington;
about the same time there was a William
son of William and a William son of
Robert. The latter was probably the
founder of the Blainscough family. Robert
son of William de Worthington is named
in the account of Worthington. In 1332
William de Worthington and 'William
son of Robert' contributed to the subsidy
in the township; Exch. Lay Subs. 49.
Various charges were made against
William de Worthington, coroner, in
1343; Assize R. 430, m. 28.
The following notes are from the
abstract referred to above: William Gerard
and his wife granted land in Brindle to
William de Worthington, Isabel his wife
and Thomas their son in 1339. To a
Blainscough deed of 1344 William de
Worthington and Robert de Worthington
were witnesses. Thomas de Coppull in
1350 gave all his lands to Thomas son of
William de Worthington, and the same
Thomas occurs in other deeds down to
1384. He received licence for his oratory
at Blainscough in 1388; Lich. Epis. Reg.
vi, fol. 124. He had a brother Nicholas,
and Nicholas de Worthington and
others (probably trustees) in 1384 granted
lands in Turton, &c., to Thomas de
Worthington the elder and Ralph his son.
There was a recovery of the lands of
Ralph de Worthington in 1396–7. A
Richard de Worthington, who seems to
have married Alice daughter and heir of
Henry de Bretherton, occurs in 1405 and
1413. In 1434–5 a settlement of land
in Wrightington was made by Ralph de
Worthington and Joan his wife, the
remainders being to Gilbert, Edward,
Eleanor and James, perhaps younger
children. A more general one was made
by Ralph in 1439–40, and the feoffees
regranted the lands to Henry de Worthington and Katherine daughter of William
de Heaton. (It seems probable that
Henry was son of Richard and grandson
The recorded pedigree (Visit. of 1567,
p. 77) begins with this Henry. The
abstract shows that in 1447–8 he made a
feoffment of his lands, &c., in Coppull,
Worthington, Brindle, Turton, Glazebrook and Wrightington. His son Peter,
who married Joan daughter of Richard
Lawde of Preston, occurs in 1461 and
1475, and was living in 1505–6, when
he contracted Richard, his son and heir,
in marriage with Alice daughter of John
Ashton of Bamfurlong. The marriage
may not have taken place. According to
the visitation pedigree Richard's wife was
Agnes daughter of Henry Rishton. In
1514 Richard and Agnes made a settlement of their estate, and Peter his son
was in 1520 contracted to marry Isabel
daughter of James Anderton of Euxton.
With Richard the inquisitions p.m.
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vi, no. 52.
||Ibid. xii, no. 18. He appears to
have conformed outwardly to the established religion. A pedigree was recorded
||Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xv, no. 27.
In 1584 it was reported to the queen's
ministers that 'Mr. Worneton, he keeps
a Jesuit in his house which is his brother,
and mass openly is said in his house';
Gibson, Lydiate Hall, p. 227 (from S.P.
Dom. Eliz. clxxv, no. 21). He is said to
have died a prisoner for religion.
||Brasenose College, B.A. 1570;
||He was taken at the house of a
friend, Richard Wood of Islington, grandfather of Anthony a Wood, the Oxford
antiquary. The Worthingtons attributed
his capture to treachery.
||See Wood's Athenae Oxon.; Dict.
Nat. Biog.; Foley's Records S. J. ii, 104–
10; vii, 866; and Gillow's Bibl. Dict.
of Engl. Cath. v, 595. In 1613 he joined
the Oratory of St. Philip Neri at Rome.
He published several volumes.
||The story is told, probably with
some exaggeration, in Bridgewater's Concertatio (1594), translated in Foley's
Records S. J. ii, 116–32. Their names
were Thomas (the heir), Robert, Richard
and John. Thomas and John escaped
from prison, but the former was captured
at Islington with his uncle and imprisoned
again. Robert was rescued by a trick,
while being conveyed to prison at Chester,
and Richard was allowed to go free. In
the same work (ii, 75–94) is an account
by John Worthington, who became a
Jesuit in 1598, of his capture and treatment by the Parliamentary soldiers in the
Civil War; he died in 1652, then on
parole. A younger brother Lawrence
also became a Jesuit in 1599, and worked
on the English mission; he was banished,
but returned for a time. For these and
others of the family see ibid. vii, 864, &c.
||His children were born in Louvain;
see ped. in Foley, op. cit. ii, 132. One
of his sons became a priest and two
daughters nuns. See Chronicle of St.
Monica's, Louvain, i, 154; at the end of
the volume is a pedigree of the family,
and a portrait of Thomas's wife Mary
Allen is also given. There are some
further particulars of the family in vol. ii
of the Chronicle. In 1597 two-thirds of
his lands were taken into the queen's
hands for his recusancy and 'contempt in
going out of the land into the parts beyond the seas'; Abstract. He received a
pardon on the accession of James I.
He died in 1619 holding certain
messuages, &c., in Coppull of Edward
Rigby by the rent of 2s. 9d. and a pair of
white gloves, and others of Thomas
Worthington by 2s. rent; also ½ rood of
land there of the king by the 200th part
of a knight's fee; with other lands.
William his son was seventeen years old.
Mary his wife, and younger children,
Richard, Anne, and Mary, were living.
Dorothy, his mother, was living at
Coppull; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), ii, 172–4.
||William Worthington obtained a
general pardon on the accession of
Charles I; Abstract. He was a convicted recusant in 1628; Misc. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 167.
Cal. Com. for Comp. iii, 2363–5.
William Worthington in 1652 asserted
that he was 'not liable to sequestration
save for recusancy,' but he was required
to prove 'that he was not in arms when
taken prisoner at Ormskirk, and that he
was under power of the enemy when he
maintained a man in Wigan garrison for
him.' He seems to have died before
||Dugdale, Visit. 341. Thomas the
son of William was then aged twentyeight, and had a son William, who died
without issue, and was succeeded by his
||The list of 'popish recusants'
drawn up in 1706 by the rector of
Standish contains this entry under Coppull: 'Mr. Worthington, his wife, his
son, and three children. His son in
prison and estate much indebted'; Trans.
Hist. Soc. (new ser.), xix-xx, 248. See
also Payne, Rec. Engl. Cath. 140.
Thomas Worthington (1671–1754), a
son of the Thomas of 1664, Prior of the
Dominican house of Bornhem, is noticed
in Dict. Nat. Biog.
||Richard Worthington (son and heir
of Thomas) seems to have mortgaged the
hall to Robert Holt in 1717–22; Piccope MSS. (Chet. Lib.), iii, 210, from
2nd 5th R. of Geo. I at Preston. The
sale was completed in 1732 by Thomas
Worthington son and heir of Richard;
ibid. iii, 246, from a roll of Geo. II.
According to the pedigree in the
Louvain Chronicle (cited above), Richard
Worthington was outlawed as a Jacobite,
and his son Thomas, having sold the estate
in 1732, died at Hooton in 1742.
||Baines, Lancs. (ed. 1836), iii, 516.
||Ellen de Torbock in 1302, as representative of Jordan de Sankey of Whittle,
who had purchased 3 acres in Worthington, claimed common of pasture against
William son of Thomas de Worthington,
John de Coppull and Henry de Ugnall;
Assize R. 418, m. 4 d. In 1308–9 John
de Chisnall, a poor man, claimed a piece
of land against Ellen de Torbock, Richard
her son and others; Ellen, in defence,
stated that she claimed nothing but lordship; Assize R. 423, m. 1.
William Carles and Emma his wife in
1352 claimed the wardship of the heir of
John de Chisnall, with lands in Whittle,
Worthington and Coppull, against Hugh
and Henry sons of Adam de Tyldesley;
Duchy of Lanc. Assize R. 1, m. 5. See
also Final Conc. ii, 139.
||Edmund de Nevill claimed a
messuage and two plough-lands in
Worthington against Mabel de Haigh in
1318, when William de Bradshagh,
William de Worthington and Ellen de
Rockley put in claims; Final Conc. ii,
28. In 1279 Margaret widow of Richard
son of John de 'Worlington' had claimed
a tenement against Henry de Rockley and
Ellen his wife; De Banco R. 29, m. 23.
Joan daughter of Henry de Rockley in
1320 granted to Roger de Chisnall the
lower meadow and other lands in
Worthington; Standish D. (Mrs. Tempest's abstracts), no. 32.
Robert le Norreys and Maud his wife
in 1325 claimed a messuage and land in
Worthington; De Banco R. 258, m.
||Roger de Chisnall in 1341 granted
2 acres in Worthington and Coppull to
Robert de Prescot, one by Crowlache and
the other by the Cloughs; Add. MS.
32107, no. 379.
Robert and Isabel his wife had a son
Edmund, whose son James de Prescot in
1445 claimed a messuage and lands in
Coppull against Hugh de Worthington
and others; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 8, m.
29b. A grant by Edmund de Prescot in
1373 of a rent from his lands in Coppull,
Worthington and Eccleston in Prescot
is in Add. MS. 32107, no. 367.
Richard Prescott, yeoman, died in
1631 holding messuages in Coppull, one
being called 'Haultes House,' held partly
of William Worthington of Worthington
by a rent of 4s. and partly of Alexander
Rigby of Burgh by a rent of 3s. 4d. The
co-heirs were Margaret wife of Richard
Crook, aged thirty; Isabel Prescott, aged
twenty-seven; Elizabeth and Dorothy,
daughters of Robert Wathew, aged nine
and seven respectively; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. xxvii, no. 73. The above-named
Richard Crook, who married Margaret
daughter of Richard Prescott in 1630, died
in 1637 holding 'Holt House' and lands
in Coppull of Alexander Rigby; it had
been purchased by Richard Prescott from
Edmund Holt of Shevington. William
Crook the son and heir was six years
old; Towneley MS. C 8, 13 (Chet. Lib.),
Some further notes of the family will
be found in the accounts of neighbouring
townships. Some members were benefactors to the parish church.
||Thomas de Uggenhale paid to the
subsidy in 1332; Exch. Lay Subs. 49.
Robert Ugnall was a plaintiff in 1446;
Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 9, m. 1b.
A settlement of messuages, &c., in
Coppull, Chorley and Eccleston was made
by Robert Ugnall in 1520, the remainder
being to the male issue of Roger Ugnall;
Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 11, m.
209. The estate was claimed in 1536
by Roger Ugnall against Robert Lucas,
Cecily his wife, Lawrence Pilkington
and Alice his wife; Agnes the widow of
Robert Ugnall was living; ibid. m. 37.
Geoffrey Pilkington and Elizabeth his
wife had a messuage and land in Coppull
in 1565; ibid. bdle. 27, m. 94. For a
suit respecting Old Ugnall in 1558 see
Ducatus Lanc. (Rec. Com.), i, 289.
||Richard Worthington of Wetshaw
made complaints about breaking into his
houses, waylaying him, &c., about 1443,
and several members of the Wetshaw
family were concerned in these and other
suits; Pal. of Lanc. Plea R. 5, m. 2; 6,
m. 2, 19b.
||From what has been stated above it
seems that Perburn was the property of
Burscough Priory. The resident family
seem to have taken a name from it and
occur from time to time.
Hugh de Perburn of Coppull was in
1346 pardoned on going into the king's
service; Cal. Pat. 1345–8, p. 122.
In 1371 Margery widow of Robert son
of Robert son of Hugh de Perburn
claimed dower in Coppull and Standish
against Thomas son of Robert de Perburn; De Banco R. 443, m. 182 d.;
450, m. 217 d.
||The Haydocks became tenants of
Perburn. A settlement of lands in Coppull and Langtree was in 1589 made by
Roger Haydock, Margaret his wife and
William Haydock; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of
F. bdle. 51, m. 222. John Haydock was
a freeholder in 1600; Misc. (Rec. Soc.
Lancs. and Ches.), i, 245. He died in
1622, leaving a son and heir Roger, seven
years old; the tenure of his land in Coppull was not known; Lancs. Inq. p.m.
(Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), iii, 314.
||Standish D. (Mrs. Tempest's abstracts), no. 2. Richard de Charnock
was the grantor; his sister Ellen had
married William de Worthington. The
bounds were the stream of Culmariclough, Wetlache, Burysclough and the
stream of Yarrow.
||See Gillow, Bibl. Dict. of Engl. Cath.
i, 445; John Wilson, Verses and Notes,
71. The will of John Chadwick of
Birkacre, 1751, shows that he had land in
Chorley, Duxbury and Coppull. Two of
his daughters—Mary and Anne—were
then abroad; Piccope MSS. (Chet. Lib.),
iii, 282, from R. 29 of Geo. II at Preston.
Matthew Cragg of Burgh in 1746 gave
£800 to his daughter Eleanor Maria, who
married Thomas Chadwick of Burgh;
ibid. (p. 284). In 1758 the executors of
John Chadwick's will were Ellen Chadwick of Birkacre, widow, Thomas Chadwick of Burgh and James Chadwick of
Croxteth; ibid. iii, 372. It was owned
by John Thom, who died in 1891, and
was succeeded by his eldest son Colonel
Robert Wilson Thom.
||In 1386 Thomas son of Richard son
of Hugh de Duxbury purchased messuages
and lands in Coppull, Worthington and
Charnock Richard from Robert de Derby,
Joan his wife, Richard the Serjeant of
Walton-le-Dale and Anabilla his wife;
Final Conc. iii, 27.
In the Hoghton of Hoghton inquisitions the tenure of their land in Coppull
was unknown, and so in the cases of Sir
John Radcliffe of Ordsall and Sir Robert
Hesketh of Rufford.
James Crosse of Liverpool in 1557
held lands in Coppull of Thomas Worthington of Worthington by a rent of 4s.;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. x, no. 20.
George Aspinwall of Scarisbrick in
1559 held in Coppull and Langtree of
Edward Earl of Derby and Gilbert Langtree; ibid. xi, no. 36.
Robert Werden of Clayton in 1580
held land of the lord of Coppull by a rent
of 12d.; ibid. xiv, no. 71.
Edward Standish of Standish in 1610
held lands in Coppull and Worthington
of Edward Rigby by 5s. 0½d. rent; Lancs.
Inq. p.m. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.), i,
190. Edward Langtree of Langtree in
1619 likewise held of Edward Rigby; ibid.
ii, 207. Ellen Chamberlain, widow,
daughter of Roger Fairclough, in 1623
held of the same; ibid. iii, 347.
Richard Lancaster of Wrightington in
1632 held of Alexander Rigby by a rent
of 3d.; ibid. xxvii, no. 27. Henry
Banastre also held of Rigby; ibid. xxix,
||Subs. R. Lancs. bdle. 130, no. 126.
||Ibid. bdle. 131, no. 210.
Engl. Cath. Non-jurors, 93, 132,
130. The names are Richard Johnson
of Lea, maltster; Oliver Taylor and
William Taylor, yeomen.
||Land tax returns at Preston. The
principal names in 1798 were Mr. Livesey, Mr. Chadwick, Samuel Crook, James
Hammerton and Edward Holt.
||Coppull Chapel is mentioned in the
early part of the reign of Henry VIII in a
complaint as to illegal distress by a certain
Rowland Kirkby. The constables tried
to arrest him in the chapel, but were resisted; Duchy of Lanc. Plead. Hen. VIII,
xxii, W 4.
In a marriage covenant between
Richard Worthington of Blainscough and
James Anderton in 1520 is a proviso that
the former might bequeath lands at Preston to the annual value of 13s. 4d. for
the use of a priest for ever to say mass in
the chapel of Coppull in the parish of
Standish; Worthington Abstract.
The chapel, however, does not appear
to have had any endowment and is not
named in the church surveys of the
||The site, at Cow Moss, was known
in 1650, when it was intended to build a
new chapel and to form a separate parish
for Coppull and the neighbourhood;
Commonw. Ch. Surv. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), 100.
||Gastrell, Notitia, ii, 395. It was
not consecrated in 1715, but had never
been used for a Dissenters' meeting.
||Ibid.; in the notes is printed a long
account of the disputes. The curate at
Standish had preached at Coppull once a
month, and after the chapel had been
repaired with the interest of £200 left
'to maintain an orthodox Protestant
preacher,' the people desired a resident
curate and subscribed for an addition to
the stipend. The curate afterwards 'gave
great offence by his immoral life,' and the
contributions ceased. Mr. Crook, the
trustee, tried to transfer his right to Lord
Willoughby of Parham. He was soon
afterwards killed in a duel with Captain
Buckley of Buckley.
Lord Willoughby in 1733 transferred
his right in the land and building to Sir
Henry Hoghton, also a Presbyterian, and
Sir Henry in 1764 transferred it to Samuel
Crook of Whittle; Chester Dioc. Reg.
||Gastrell, Notitia, ii, 396. The £400
from Queen Anne's Bounty, together with
the £200 named in the last note, purchased the tithes of Elston in Preston
Lond. Gaz. 16 Aug. 1842.
||a Note by Rev. T.C Porteus.
||The curate named in a preceding
note; he was there until 1715. There
is a notice of him in Preston Guardian
Sketches, no. 650.
The disputes as to the patronage led to
several independent nominations for the
curacy. Ingham died in or before 1729,
for in December of that year the king
nominated Thomas Orrett 'by lapse,' and
in the following January Lord Willoughby
nominated John Norcross.
||This and subsequent names are from
the church papers in the Chester Diocesan
Registry. Hargreaves was nominated by
Sir Henry Hoghton.
||He was also curate of Heapey. He
and his successor were nominated by
Samuel Crook of Whittle-le-Woods.
||Joseph Taylor was head master of
Eccleston School; he was nominated to
Coppull by the rector of Standish. A
Joseph Taylor was vicar of Snitterfield
(Warw.) in 1802.
In reply to the Bishop of Chester in
1821 it was stated that divine service
was performed twice on Sundays, with a
sermon each time, also on the great
festivals. The sacrament was administered quarterly. The children were catechized during the summer.
||A monthly meeting of Quakers was
held at Coppull in 1669; Visit. Papers at
Chester Dioc. Reg.
It is again named about 1750 in the
Life of John Griffith and is probably the
'Standish meeting' existing in 1849.