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Sir Peter Leycester (1614-78)

Antiquary of Nether Tabley, Ches. He met Dugdale in Oxford during the civil war. He published the Historical antiquities (1673), which led him into dispute with Sir Thomas Mainwaring.

Sir Peter Leycester, Nether Tabley, Cheshire to William Dugdale, Heralds' Office, 30 April 1663

'Sir, I have receaved your Letter concernninge Mr Drakeford & am informed that there are some of that name about Congleton; but whether gentlemen of Coate-Armour, or what Armes, I cannot yet assure you: I shall endeavour to be better satisfyed so soone as I have an Opportunity: and then your shall Know more. I shall not visit London this Tearme, nor yeare: but my wife & Sonne are just now preparinge for it: by whom I have conveyed this unto you, which had otherwise come post. I shall be very glad to see you at Tabley, when your occasions shall draw you into Cheshire: where you shall be very welcome unto your reall freind & servant'.

College of Arms, Visitation Papers: Shropshire & Staffordshire


Sir Peter Leycester, Nether Tabley, Cheshire to William Dugdale, 24 February 1665

'Sir, These are to Certify, that I know Thomas Grasty Gentleman now of Greate-Warford to be a freeholder there, and that I know his Ancestours have for some descents past beene amongst the freeholders there, and likewise that I fynd in my old ..booke written in the year 1590, Randle Grasby of Warford then reckoned amongst the freeholders of Maxfield-Hundred: and I have seene a Coate of Armes ... which is reputed the Armes of this Mr Grasty: And I know of noe reason at present, wherefore (if you please) it may not be confirmed unto him: which I doe here Certify & Remaine Your humble servant'.

Endorsed by Dugdale (in margin): 'It is a late paynting, & therefore not allowed'

College of Arms, Visitation Papers: Cheshire & Lancashire

The visitation of Cheshire records the Grastie arms, but notes that 'no proofe' was given.