OF STOWE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
(Exerpts from “Colonel John Alston of North Carolina – something of Biography, Ancestry, Descendants” compiled by Mrs. Kate Harding Bates Parker and Mrs. C. Elizabeth Bates Nisbet, 1964, Houston Texas. Their cited sources: “Visitation of Leicestershire”, Lodges’ “Peerage of Ireland”, “Encyclopedia Britannia, Art. Harold”, Burtin’s “Leicestershire”, Fuller’s “Worthies of England”)
It is stated in Burke’s Peerage that this ancient family derives its surname from the manor of Temple Co., Leicester, and has its pedigree record in the “Visitation of Leicertershire,” A.D. 1619.
1. Leofern, or Leoferin, Ear of Mercia had
2. Leofric, King of Leicester (Lodges “Peerage of Ireland” under Viscount Palmerston). He married the famous Lady Godiva, who rode naked through Coventrytown by day to regain for the citizens the privileges taken from them, and dying August 31, 1027. They had issue:
3. Algar, King of the east Saxons in 1053, who had
4. Edwin, King of the East Saxons, deposed by the Conqueror, and killed in battle with the Normans, 1071. His sister married, 1st, the Welsh King Gruffydd. “Her name was Ealdgyth and her brothers were Eadwine and Morkers.” (Encyclopedia Britannia, Art. Harold). She married secondly, Harold, King of England. He (Edwin) was father of
5. Edwin, Earl of Leicestershire and Coventry, who assumed the surname, Temple, from the Manor of Temple, in the Hundred of Sparkenhor in Wellsboro, Leicestershire (See Burtin's "Leicestershire") whose descendant
3 John De Temple, Leicestershire, had
4 Henry De Temple, Leicestershire, who married Lady Maud, daughter of Sir John Ribbesford, Knight, and had
6 Richard De Temple, Baron of Temple Manor, who m. Catherine, daughter of Thomas De Langley, and had
7 Nicholas De Temple, who m. Lady Margery, daughter of Sir Roger Corbet, Knight, of Libton, and had
8 Richard De Temple of Shepey, who m. Lady Agnes, daughter of Sir Ralph Stanley, Knight, and had
Nicholas De Temple, who m. Maud, daughter of
John Burguillon, of
10 Richard De Temple, who m. Joan, daughter of William Shepey of Great Shepey, Leicestershire, and had
11 Thomas De Temple of Whitney, Oxfordshire, third son, who m. Mary, daughter of Thomas Gedney, Esq., and had
12 William Temple, of Whitney, who m. Isabel, daughter and heiress of Henry Everton, Esq., and had
Temple, of Whitney, who m.
14 Peter Temple of Stowe, second son, who in the latter years of Edward VI, obtained a grant of the Manor of Marston Botsler Co., Warwick, and m. Millicent, daughter of William Jeklye, Esq., of Nemington, in Middlesex, and had
15 John Temple of Stowe, eldest son b. 1542, d. 1603, m. Susan, daughter and heiress of Thomas Spencer of Everton, Northampton, and had Anthony, from whom the Viscount Palmerstone and
Thomas Temple of Stowe, Knight, created Baronet
Arms. A Quarterly, first and fourth, OR, an Eagle displayed, Sable. Second and Third, Argent, two Vars, Sable, on each three Martlets. OR.
Crest. In a Ducal Coronet, a Martlet, close, both or.
“Kimber & Johnson” Vol I p. 30
This family is said to be descended by a younger son from
Leoferic, who before the Norman invasion, was Earl of Chester. As stated hereinabove, they took their
He was succeeded by his son, John, who married Susan, daughter and co-heir of Thomas Spencer of Everton, in Northamptonshire (ancestor to the present Duke of Marlborough, and Earl Spencer), and dying in 1603, he left issue six sons and six daughters.
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