Name: William Baguley
Prefix: Sir 1
Burial: St. Mary, Bowdon, Cheshire 2
MEM: Bowdon, Cheshire: mutilated effigy
Change Date: 28 MAR 2007
In medieval times Bowdon had a distinguished array of tombs. Many described by Randle Holme have vanished entirely, whilst those spared are somewhat ill at ease in their new home. The modern church was built in 1856-1860.
Although dreadfully mutilated, one of the most interesting is the free stone effigy of a knight, Sir William Baguley known to be living in 1319 which after many vicissitudes again reposes in its original home in Bowdon Parish Church. Although broken away at the knees it must when
complete have been a figure of extraordinary size.
The knight's head rests upon a cushion, their hands clasped in prayer, holding what is evidently intended for a heart. The figure is clothed in a suit of chain mail, but has not been carved on the stone, but applied in gesso, traces of which maybe seen beneath the paint, of which many coats in varying colours have been applied in the past. The chief interest in the figure is centred upon the garment worn over the mail, namely a gambeson quilted in straight folds below the waist. This
garment was generally worn over a woolen shirt and beneath the suit of mail to soften the discomfort and ease the weight of the armour
The gambeson reaches to the knees, being gathered in at the waist by a broad belt from which depends a short sword lying in front of the figure towards the left side. The left arm is protected by a shield emblazoned with three lozenges, two lozenges being repeated on the upper part of the gambeson, being the arms of Baguley. The face of the effigy has entirely perished.
In 1314, before being knighted, he is mentioned at Matley by Earwaker in a transaction with his son William. His sons William and John died without issue, and his daughters became co-heiresses.
[This man seems rather early to have had a dau whose father in law (Ralph Bostock) who died aft 1379?]
Father: John Baguley
Lucy De Corona
- Isabel De Baggilegh
- Ellen De Baguley
- Type: Book
Author: Visitation of Gloucestershire
Publication: Harleian Society
- Text: Snelson Database Data Page