The Blackledge Family and Name can be
traced back to before the Norman invasion.

The name is derived from the Old English pre 7th century words
'bloec' meaning black, and 'loece' meaning a boggy stream.
Bloecloece became Blackleech (and other variations such as Blakelache),
which eventually became Blackledge

Or, two bars sable.

Attributed to John Blackledge 1575-1633
Respited in Lancashire,
visitation in his lifetime.

Arms used by Abraham Blackledge
(Tomb at Gloucester Cathedral)

Arms:  Or, two bars sable.
On a chief between two millrinds,
Or, a rose gules barbed and seeded proper.

Arms granted to
James Gressier Blackledge 1888-1975

(Note that the millrind is not only the sign of a baker but also of a judge or magistrate.)

The 1639 tomb of Abraham and Gertrude Blackleech in the south transept of Gloucester Cathedral.


Earliest recording of the name: Preston 1150 (less than 100 years after 1066)


Geoffrey Travers (henchman of the Earls of Derby) held Blythe Hall in 1189.


Recorded thereafter in Liverpool 1207.


John del Blakelache of Leyland recorded in the Lay Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire, during the reign of King Edward III 1327-1377.


Geoffrey Travers' line ended with Roger, whose daughter, Margaret,  married John Blackledge in the year 1480. (Probably of the family once living at Leyland Old Hall.)


Ewan, Bishop of Isles of Man and Sodor, consecrated 1487.


Nicholas Blackleech of Leyland, was 'doctor of phisick to King Henry VIII' in 1535.

"Recorded as Blackledge and Blacklidge, this very unusual surname is English.

It is locational and originates from a now "lost" medieval village thought to have been near to the town of Leyland in the county of Lancashire, and called Black Leache.

The derivation is from the Olde English pre-7th century word 'bloec' meaning 'black' and 'loece', a boggy stream.

The spelling Blackledge is particularly well recorded in the church registers of Lancashire from the late 16th century, and examples include those of Alicia Blackledge who on May 15th 1565, married a Willmus Wyton at the village of Standish, whilst on November 27th 1579, Richard, the son of Ewan Blackledge, was christened at Ormskirk."

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