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From: "Brice Clagett" <>
Subject: Mabel Croft c. 1468
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 11:44:14 -0400
Larry Coats asked on July 13 about Mabel Croft, wife of Sir Piers Legh who d.v.p. 1468.
She was daughter and heiress of James Croft (d. 1457), of Dalton in Burton in Kendal, Co. Westmorland, and Yealand Conyers and Leighton, both in Warton, Lancashire. For this family see VCH Lancashire vol. 8 and Nicholas Carlisle, Notices of the Ancient Family of Croft, of the Counties of Lancaster, and York (1841).
The unrelated family of Croft of Croft Castle, Herefordshire, is treated fairly extensively in The House of Croft of Croft Castle, by O.G.S. Croft (1949).
The truth vel non of the story about Richard Croft at Tewkesbury will never be known. The main argument against it is that George, Duke of Clarence, wrote in a letter to Sir Henry Vernon that Prince Edward was killed in the battle rather than in cold blood afterwards. But I see no strong reason to assume that Clarence was telling the truth, a quality for he was not particularly noted.