Sir Richard Brereton was the last owner of Tatton
before the Egertons took over. After owning Tatton for nearly 200
years the last Massey - Sir Geoffrey died c 1480 leaving a daughter,
Joan, as heiress: she married Willian Stanley. His daughter and
heir was Jane who married Sir Richard Brereton, younger son of Sir
Randle B. of Malpas.
Their grandson, another Sir Richard, married Dorothy Egerton of
Ridley, sister of Sir Thomas Egerton born illegititmate but became
a great lawyer and then Lord Chancellor. Sir Richard settled all
his estates on Thomas Egerton in 1598. Dorothy re married after
The Egertons became Earls of Bridgewater and had so much property
Tatton came to a younger son, about 1670.