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From: "D. Spencer Hines" <>
Subject: Re: Leek/Leake Ancestry Of Her Majesty The Queen
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 07:31:54 +1000
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> The Leeks were ancestral to the Cavendish family, Dukes of Devonshire,
> thus:

SO, this probably makes them ANCESTORS of PETER STEWART as well.


Lux et Veritas et Libertas

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> Paget's 1977 work on the ancestry of the present Royal Family provides
> some details of the Leek/Leake family of Nottinghamshire.
> However, one of the links appears to be incorrect.
> The Leeks were ancestral to the Cavendish family, Dukes of Devonshire,
> thus:
> a. Thomas Leek of Hasland, had issue:
> b. Elizabeth Leek, married John Hardwick; issue:
> c. Elizabeth Hardwick - 'Bess of Hardwick', married (1) Robert Barlow,
> (2) Sir William Cavendish, (3) Sir Willam St Loe, (4) Gilbert, 6th
> Earl of Shrewsbury.
> According to Paget, Thomas Leek was the son of William Leek, who was
> son of John Leek and Alice Grey. He continues by stating that John
> was son of an earlier Sir John Leek, of Cotham, Notts. This is
> presumably based on the Leek details contained in the Hercy pedigree
> in the Nottinghamshire Visitations. Unfortunately, this pedigree is
> unreliable in a number of respects (eg it calls Sir John Leek's father
> "Sir John" when he is known to have been named Simon; it states his
> granddaughter Ann was a nun, whereas extant legal papers show she
> married Richard Willoughby).
> However, Roskell et al in 'History of Parliament 1386-1421', vol III
> sub Leek, states that John (the grandfather of Thomas Leek) was the
> son and heir of Ralph Leek, who was living in 1399. According to HoP,
> John was "probably a nephew of Sir John Leek", and elsewhere it calls
> him nephew of Sir John's younger brother, William Leek.
> That there was a close family relationship is borne out by the legal
> records linking the various Leeks in joint feoffeeships, sureties,
> wardships etc. A further clue is offered by the heraldic evidence
> from Bess of Hardwick's own tomb in Derby Cathedral.
> This shows her parents' impaled coat of arms, with Hardwick impaling
> Leek (argent, on a saltire engrailed sable, nine annulets or) which is
> charged with a crescent for difference. This is the cadency mark for
> a second son. We know that Bess's grandfather, Thomas Leek, was
> eldest son of William, eldest son of John, eldest son of Ralph, so it
> seems that the inference is Ralph was a second son.
> If HoP is right in their tentative placement of this branch of the
> Leeks, Ralph would be the second son of Sir Simon Leek by his wife
> Margaret de Vaux, and brother of Sir John Leek, William Leek MP, and
> Margaret, successively wife of Godfrey Foljambe and Sir Thomas
> Rempston, KG.
> MA-R

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