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Some Notes on the Family History

Summary put together by Major James Reid Peploe in 1958

                                 Some Notes on the Family History


                                   Major James Reid Peploe (1958)


The claims of many families to ancient lineage have often no sounder foundation than that of tradition as handed down from father to son. A family pedigree, to be of any value, must be obtained from the Heralds College who will only admit records which can be proved from official sources to their satisfaction.


About the year 1908 my father became very interested in the family history and we are much indebted to him for having obtained, at considerable expense, a proved pedigree from the Heralds College in 1911. This pedigree, now in my possession, shows in detail our direct descent from William Peploe of Shawbury, Co. Salop, whose will dated 6th Nov. 1551 and shows myself as the twelfth male descendant from the aforesaid William Peploe.


Here it should be mentioned that within the three years, 1536 to 1539, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the monasteries were suppressed and all their libraries in England utterly destroyed (‘Care of Books’ by J.W.Clark). As these monasteries were the repositories of records of every description the Heralds College often find it impossible to link up family pedigrees before that date. The further back one goes the greater is the difficulty in obtaining authentic records which, in those illiterate days, were incompletely kept or not at all.


Although our family pedigree cannot be traced further back than 1550 for want of authentic records there is not doubt that our family were residing in or around Shawbury long before that date. For instance there are references in Calendars of Patent Rolls to ancestors such as Richard de Peppelowe, Canon of Haghemon, Co. Salop (7 Edward ll 5 Sept. 1313). William de Peppelowe, Canon of the House of Lilleshull to be Abbot of the said house (27 Edward lll 17 May 1353). Roger de Peppelowe, Vicar of Sutton in the Diocese of Hereford (49 Edward lll 5 Oct. 1375).


There seems little doubt that the family came to England at the time of the Norman Conquest. In Domesday Book 1087 A.D. the following variations of the name occur – Papelau, Peplow, Peplowe, Peppelowe, Peopelow – the first of which is Norman, the remainder probably Anglo-Saxon. In those far off and illiterate days names were written down as pronounced, hence a family name many appear in a record or document under various spellings of the same name.


From various books on the history of Shropshire it would appear that our family was closely associated with the ancient family of Corbet which came to England at the time of the Norman Conquest. It seems indeed likely that our ancestor accompanied Corbet as one his Esquires – Corbet being one of Duke William’s Knights. In our family pidigree William of Shawbury is shown as being a tenant of Sir Andrew Corbet.


During my father’s residence in France in 1926 he met M. le Vte. de Motey, the greatest living authority on old Norman history. From correspondence, not win my possession, it appears that the family of Papelau was domiciled at Sees and Alencon in Normandy, before the Conquest, where it was associated with the family of Corbet. It seems probable that our family was of Scandinavian origin.


The township of Peplow near Shawbury, Shropshire


The Borough Librarian of Shrewsbury, in Marc h 1949, informed me that Peplow is a very ancient township and was a separate manor at the time of Domesday, in which it is called “Papelau’. It later became incorporated in Hodnet. At that time (1086) it was held by Ralph de Mortimer but was forfeited by him for rebellion and passed to Earl Hugh de Mongomery, by whom it was joined to Hodnet manor.


There is no record as to how ‘Papelau’ became so named but it seems reasonable to assume that it was founded by our family forbears.


Peplow Hall


The Hall was taken down and entirely rebuild in 1725 by the Pigot family. The original building dated from the 12th century. In 1800 it was sold by the Pigot family to Thomas Clarke of Liverpool on whose death it was sold to Arthur Clegg of Manchester. Clegg’s grand-daughter, Anne, married the 2nd Viscount Hill in 1831 and the property passed to the Hill family who lived at Hawkestone nearby.


In 1873 the estate was purchase by Francis Stanier Philip Broade of Biddulph, Staffs. He later changed his name to Francis Stanier.


The Hall was further enlarged in 18886 and is still owned by the Stanier family.


The Borough Librarian of Shrewsbury has been unable to find and direct evidence that the Peplow family ever owned or occupied Peplow Hall. In reply I told him that about 25 years ago we visited Peplow Hall, then occupied by Sir Richard Bloss Bt. , and the first thing I noticed on entering the front hall was the Peploe family crest carved on the mantelpiece over the fire-place. After this he agreed that it seemed likely that the Peploe family originally owned the Hall- before it was taken down and rebuild in 1725 – and it was for this reason that the family crest was re-established over the fire-place in the front hall. (The late William Peplow traced Peplow Hall back to Domesday and could find no evidence of Peploe’s having owned it! R.P.).


There are various other notes but nothing of any great interest - Rupert

Owner/Sourcedonated by Rupert Peploe

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