Below this pedigree is the following information:
The above-mentioned arms appear on a seal to a deed of Ralph de
Woley's dated 43, Ed.3, and the crest appears on a seal to a deed
of William de Woley's bearing date 2, E, 2. It is, however, probable
that the arms were first assumed by some of the family at
a much earlier period than the above mentioned, to show its dependence
as tenants on the Ferrerses, Earls of Derby, (whose arms were vaire
or and gules) after the marriage of William ..... Ferrers
..... Earl of Derby to Agnes, one of the sisters and co-heirs of
Ranulf, Earl of Chester, with whom A° 8, H. 3. he had all the
Earl of Chester's land between the Ribble and the Mersey (within
which district Wolley is situated) assigned as part of her
portion of her brother's inheritance. _ Dugdale's Monasticon,
Additional notes about the pedigree:
- Six generations of the Wolley family lived at Riber
Hall. In some ancient deeds their surname is spelled as
- Generation 9. Both Anthony Wolley and his wife Agnes
are mentioned on an altar tomb in Matlock church, but only Anthony's
death date is shown. See the
One of the Wolleys is known to have married the daughter of Anthony
Bowne (Agnes?), but there is no clear evidence that it is this
See the abstract
of the Will of Anthony Bowne of the Lime Tree, 1619/20.
- Generation 10, includes Adam Wolley and his two wives,
Mary and Elizabeth. Only one of Adam Wolley's siblings is given
here. See the pedigree of Wolley
of Allen Hill for the remainder. His Will, proved in 1619
but written three years before, mentions a "new chamber" in
his Riber home (details of this Will are given in the Pre-1858
Wills, Surnames W) and his inventory (dated 1619) mentions
a new parlour as well as a new chamber, with at least 10 rooms
in the house.
- Generation 11
William Wolley added the 1661 wing to Riber Hall.
He served as a Colonel in the English Civil War under Thomas
Fairfax in the Derbyshire Garrison at Bolsover Castle on the
side of the Parliamentarians (Gell Ms 34/10 fold 43, 44,59:
foot, Lieutenant-Colonel William Wolley). In his father's Will,
mentioned above, he was bequeathed "my armour guns pykes
and all such like weapons". Whilst these items were not
listed in an inventory of his father's estate taken on 15 Apr
1619 it is likely that he or any of the men who served with him
would have used them in the Civil War. Interestingly, he later
contributed towards the return of Charles II to the British throne
(Free and Voluntary
William and his wife Susan had several children but they all
died before their him. Susan also pre-deceased him. His brother
Anthony, therefore, inherited the estate and returned to Riber
from Nottingham, where he was an Attorney-at-Law. He unfortunately
died within a year of his brother.
William's sister Troth Newton was buried at Matlock in early
1694 (Bryan uses the Old Calendar date here) - see burials
1894. Her husband, William Newton, was
also buried at Matlock. She was William's second wife and her
marriage settlement was dated 22 Dec 18 Car. 1. She died without
issue (from the Wolley Manuscripts).
- Anthony Wolley who died in 1669 (bottom row, no. 2 on
the right hand side - i.e. second son) was the last member of
this line of the family to live at Riber Hall. In his Will, that
was proved in 1669, he left money for the maintenance of a free
school at Matlock. He was buried at St. Giles (see both his burial and Charity
Boards in Matlock Church). Details of his Will are also
given in the Pre-1858
Wills, Surnames W. His sisters inherited the property but
sold it soon afterwards to Thomas Statham.
There seems to be some confusion that has arisen about Anthony
as he was not known to have been either a great historian or
to have written a ninety volume history of England, supposedly
to be in the British Museum. To set the record straight it was
another Wolley, William, who wrote a history of the county (see Pedigree
of Wolley of Darley Abbey). As for the ninety volumes of
English history in the British Museum, they do not exist. There
is, however, a large collection of manuscripts in fifty three
folio volumes, for a projected county history of Derbyshire,
that were collected by Adam Wolley (see About
the Wolley Manuscripts, elsewhere on this web site) who
was a descendant of the Allen Hill branch of the family (see their
Leonard Wheatcroft, parish clerk of Ashover, wrote the following
verses in 1672, some three years after Anthony's death:
(v.13) "Then rushing forth down by Darwen
My muses presently to Matlock hied,
And finding there the good ould Pastor gone,
I hide to Riber, there to make my mone,
But out, alas! my sorrows to increase,
That name is gone, now buried under hears(e).
(v.14) Wolley, Wolley, Wooley, farewell
A noble Esquire, thou was both kind and free
To all that came, I say both rich and poore,
There's few went empty that came to his doore.
Walker's fair Hous is almost wore away,
With several more now
going to decay".
(Extracts from: Wheatcroft, Leonard (1672), An
Elegy. Not published until it appeared in The Reliquary,
Vol. VI. 1865-6, ed. Llewellynn Jewitt, F.S.A.)
More on site information about the WOLLEY family of Riber:
Manuscripts Derbyshire A major collection of pre 1828 documents.
Wolley Manuscripts, Matlock - more detailed, with a series
of documents relating to the WOLLEY family.
Matches & Dispatches Find the WOLLEY family in Matlock's
Matlock & Matlock
Bath's Memorial Inscriptions,
Matlock & Matlock
Bath Wills Calendar, includes Wills for the WOLLEY family.
Pre-1858 Wills, Surnames W.
of Arms: Description of WOLLEY arms.
Find the WOLLEY surname in various
lists: Ayd to His Majesty
King Charles I, 1627 | Free
and Voluntary Present, 1661 | Hearth
Tax, 1670 |
Map of Riber