The Warburton Family of Arley, Cheshire
The first member of this family was Odard (fl.1066), a Norman who was appointed, shortly after the Conquest, as steward by Nigel, first Baron of Halton. Odard's son, Hugh (fl.1119-35), also enjoyed the patronage of the Barons of Halton, such as William son of Nigel. Hugh married Murial, and his sons included Adam de Dutton, Hugh de Dutton (fl.1173-1212); and Geoffrey de Dutton (fl.1200).
Hugh's second son, Adam de Dutton (fl.1172-1212), also benefited from the patronage of the Barons of Halton. He was appointed to represent the Baron of Halton as Steward of Widnes, and from 1178 also as Steward of Blackburnshire, a role which he fulfilled for over thirty years. Adam married Agnes, daughter of Roger son of Alured, and had two sons, John and Geoffrey. The elder son, John, died without issue, so Adam's younger son, Geoffrey, was his successor.
Sir Geoffrey de Dutton I (d.1248) employed the name 'de Dutton' but also on occasion used the name 'de Budworth'. He was a member of the retinue of John de Lacy, Constable of Chester, on Crusade in the Holy Land in 1218. He returned to Cheshire at some time before 1228, and later served as Steward of Halton. He married Alice, the daughter of John de Lacy, and his estates were inherited by his son, Sir Geoffrey de Dutton II (d.1278). Sir Geoffrey II's son and heir was Sir Peter de Dutton (d. before 1315) who was knighted at some time after 1294. He employed the name 'de Dutton' until around 1311, after which date he preferred the name 'de Warburton'. His sons were Sir Geoffrey de Warburton III and Peter de Warburton.
Sir Geoffrey de Warburton III (d.c.1343) was Sheriff of Lancashire in 1326-7, and had been knighted by Edward III c.1328/9. He married Margaret, and had two sons, Geoffrey IV and Robert (fl.1327). In 1335, Edward III commanded Sir Geoffrey, amongst other leading Cheshire gentry, to conduct men at arms on royal service into North Wales. Later, during the Black Death of 1348-9, Sir Geoffrey served as Steward of Trafford and Dunham-on-the-Hill. Sir Geoffrey III's son and heir was Geoffrey IV (d.c.1370), whose son and heir was Sir Geoffrey V (d.1382).
Sir Geoffrey Warburton V was knighted at some time before 1360. In 1367, he was retained by Edward, Prince of Wales (d.1376), known as the 'Black Prince', to serve him in peace and war with two esquires. He married firstly to Ellen, and they had several children, including Geoffrey and John; and he married for the second time to Alina de Eland of Carlyna Hawe. Sir Geoffrey's eldest son, Geoffrey (d.c.1358), married Nichola, daughter of Sir John Danyers, but died without issue. Sir Geoffrey V's heir was his second son, John I (d.1391), who was contracted to marry Agnes, daughter of Richard de Wevre, in 1372.
John Warburton I's son and successor, Peter II (1372-1420), was a minor at the time of his father's death, and his wardship was granted to Sir John Massey of Tatton. Peter II received livery of his lands in 1393 and, on 21 July 1403, he fought at the Battle of Shrewsbury. However, he subsequently received a pardon from Henry IV on 5 September 1403 (which was later renewed on 6 February 1404). On 16 February 1407, Peter II was granted an annuity of 10 Marks p.a. by Henry, Prince of Wales (later Henry V). Peter II had married Alice, daughter of Henry de Baylesford in 1402, and his eldest son was Peter III (d.c.1428) who had married Alice Atherton (d.1428) of Bickerstethe but died without issue some time before 1428.
Peter Warburton III's younger brother, Sir Geoffrey VI (d.1448), married Ellen, daughter of John Bruyn. In February 1440, he was appointed, by Edward Neville, Lord Abergavenny (d.1476), as one of his special attorneys to receive the attornment of his Welsh tenants in the manor of Bromfield and Yale. In September 1441, Humphrey Stafford, Earl of Buckingham (1402-60), who was the Steward of Widnes and Halton, appointed Geoffrey as his lieutenant or deputy-steward with a salary of 100s. p.a. In February 1442, Geoffrey was imprisoned in Chester Castle on charges of making an illegal distress in the county of Meirioneth. It was on 1 September 1448 that Geoffrey VI made his last will and testament, which was proved shortly afterwards.
Sir Geoffrey Warburton VI's was succeeded by his eldest son, Peter IV (c.1427-95), who does not appear to have taken any active part in the Wars of the Roses, though it appears that he enjoyed the confidence of Eleanor, Lady Stanley, the sister of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick (d.1471). On 27 October 1461, Peter IV was also retained for life, for 6 Marks p.a., by Sir William Stanley (d.1495) of Holt, brother of Thomas, Lord Stanley, later Earl of Derby. Peter IV was married firstly to Elizabeth Mainwaring, but after the dissolution of this marriage, he married for a second time, in 1469, Ellen, daughter of Sir John Savage. Peter IV's estates were inherited by his son, John II.
Sir John Warburton II (d.1524) was Sheriff of Cheshire in 1494-5, 1504-5, and from 1508 until his death. He became one of Henry VII's knights of the body (1504), and his royal service was rewarded, in March 1505, when he was appointed Steward of Halton. He was awarded a general pardon by Henry VIII on 10 May 1509 (which was later renewed in 1515).
John II's son was Sir Peter V (d.1551) who married Elizabeth (b.1501), daughter of Richard Winnington of Winnington, Shropshire, in 1511. He was knighted at some time after 1539 and perhaps on Edward VI's accession. He died on 5 June 1551, and was succeeded by his son, Sir John III.
Sir John Warburton III (1523-75) married Mary, daughter of Sir William Brereton of Brereton, Cheshire. On 2 April 1570, he was granted 100 Marks for his service by Elizabeth I. Sir John III died, aged 52, on 31 August 1575, and was succeeded by his son, Peter VI (d.1613), who served as Sheriff of Cheshire in 1593-4. He married Mary, daughter of Sir John Holcroft of Holcroft, Lancashire, but died without issue, and his estates were inherited by his nephew, Peter VII, son of George (d.1612), who lived at the Lodge, Crawley.
Peter Warburton VII's son, Peter VIII (d.1638), inherited his father's estates whilst he was a minor. In 1638, he married Eleanor, daughter of Robert Needham, 2nd Viscount Kilmorey (d.1653), but he died of smallpox, without issue, shortly afterwards.
The Warburton Baronetcy
Peter Warburton VIII was succeeded by his brother, George Warburton I (1623-76), who was created a Baronet by Charles II (1660), and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire (1662). He died, aged 53, on 18 May 1676, and was buried at Budworth, Cheshire. The second baronet was Sir Peter IX (d.1698) whose son was the third baronet, Sir George II (1675-1743). Sir George was elected as Member of Parliament for Cheshire from 1702 to 1705 and from 1710 to 1722, but died without issue. His successor, the fourth baronet, was Sir Peter X (c.1708-74), the son of Sir George's brother, Thomas. Sir Peter married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Stanley, 11th Earl of Derby (1689-1776), and their eldest son was the fifth baronet, Sir Peter XI (1754-1813).
The Egerton Warburton Family
The death of the fifth Baronet, without issue, ended the baronetcy, but his estates were inherited by his grand-nephew. Sir Peter XI's sister, Emma, had married John Croxton of Norley Bank, Cheshire, and their daughter, Emma Croxton (1782-1881) had married Rev. Rowland Egerton (1778-1846) who assumed the additional name Warburton by royal licence in 1813. It was the eldest of their sons, the poet Rowland Eyles Egerton Warburton (1804-91), who inherited the Warburton estates from the last Baronet, his grand-uncle. One of Rowland's younger brothers was the explorer Peter Egerton Warburton (1813-89). It was at the request of Rowland Egerton Warburton that the antiquary, William Beamont (1797-1889), compiled a calendar of the family's charters in 1866.