Lancashire Catholic Records


Entry for the village of Brindle, Lancashire, contains the following: 


            Margt Blacklidge age 55 Resident for 27 years
            Alice Blacklidge age 28 Resident for 28 years
            Ann Blacklidge age 27 Resident for 21 years
            Thos Blacklidge age 17 Resident for 17 years
            Jno Blacklidge age 15 Resident for 15 years
            Chrs Blacklidge age 11 Resident for 11 years
            Wm Blacklidge age 9 Resident for 9 years

Ref: 1767 Return of Papists

The Catholic register for Brindle has several Blackledge entries and also a footnote which may be of interest:

The family of Blackledge, originally Blacklach, was of some antiquity in Leyland, no doubt deriving from Blacklach House, subsequently known as the Old Hall of Leyland, in which parish the family continued to possess pro-Crty for many generations.

In the reign of Elizabeth the First  

John Blackledge, of Leyland, married Janet, daughter of William Fleetwood, of Heskin Hall, Esq.,
her brother John marrying Joan, daughter of Sir Thomas Langton, baron of Newton, and
her sister Agnes being the wife of Thomas Gillibrand, of Chorley Hall.

The Blackledges subsequently resided at Copthurst in Whittle-le-Woods, and a stone in Leyland churchyard is inscribed with the names of a number of the family buried there, John Blackledge, of Copthurst, yeoman, Sept. 9, 1688, and others.


William Blackledge, of Wheelton, yeoman, was a Catholic non-juror in 1717, and registered freehold and leasehold estate in which his son Henry and daughter Anne were interested.
It was the father and son who by deed dated May 1, 1729, conveyed to Matthew Talbot, of Wheelton, the premises for the chapel there. The son s wife was Jane, daughter of Oliver Whittle, of Wheelton.


About 1832 Mr. William Blackledge purchased the estate of White Lee in Goosnargh, the ancient inheritance of the Keighleys (or Kighleys), which descended to his son, John Blackledge, of Clayton-le-Woods, who left his estate to the Andertons of Euxton Hall.

Also the following baptism:


1770 February 4:

James Blacklidge Son of Alice Blacklidge, born in Brindle. Sponsors Henry Farnworth & Margaret Clayton.


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