How I envy folk who have a long line of family history all ready
to link up
with, and the Mainwarings of Peover certainly have that.
Sir Randle Mainwairing married Margery widow of Richard Buckley
of Cheadle and daughter of Hugh Venables of Kinderton. It must have
been the latter connection which made her a most desirable heiress.
Randle married her in haste without getting King Richard 2's licence
and had to petition the King for the right to her dower.
Randle and Margery were successful in raising a dynastic family
who married well - three sons and three daughters were not enough
he also had three bastard sons and three daughters. In spite of
this illegitimate breeeding he was nicknamed Handkyn the Good!!!
was a courtier and served in Ireland and had various perks in Cheshire.
In his long life he lived through the reign of five kings, from
Edward 2nd to Henry 5th.
At Over Peover church there is an attractive memorial to them in
a chantry chapel, older than the rest of the present church. Tradition
has it that when he died his wish was to be buried in the churchyard
which his wife did, but later she had the chapel built over his
tomb. These, and other Mainwaring memorials, add great interest
to the church, which has a US flag presented by General Patton who
occupied the nearby Hall just before D-day. The Hall can be visited.
Joan Leach 2.12.02
on the Mainwarings by Joan Leach
information by Clive Mainwaring