Shurleys of
Isfield, Sussex
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Caution: There are several published ancestral lineages for this Shurley family in c. 16th, c. 17th 'Visitations' that are clearly fraudulent - which sadly was not uncommon in those days
This lineage last reviewed and updated March 2019
Roger Shurley of Presteign Herefordshire
in the Marches of Wales. He was mentioned in the 1525 will of his son John Shurley of Isfield Sussex

15 May 1476 Probate Acts of Consistory of the Bishop of Hereford - 75/96 William Walker of Presthemd: Exec Master William Walker his son and Roger Shirleth [Sic] of Presthend at Aymestrey

1486 May 17 Calendar of Close Rolls - at Hereford - Roger Shirley, Wm Morys, Wm Walter, Thos Clun, Thos Bared, Phillip ap Rys Gogh, Thos Love, to the king. Bond in 100 marks. Condition that if [Roger Shirley and all other] tenants of the king in [Preston] pay the tollage according to custom in 4 installments.

married _______Walker; Her son John Shurley was the grandson of William Walker and Margery his wife of Presteign Herefordshire as named in the 1525 will of John Shurley esq


1(i). John Shurley esquire, Cofferer and Keeper of the Wardrobe to King Henry VIII. Son of Roger Shurley and grandson of William Walker both of Presteign, Herefordshire. He held the Manor of Isfield Sussex by at least 1506/7; He held the position of Cofferer to King Henry VIII from about 1509 (1 Henry VIII) to about 1526 (18 Henry VIII); His will was dated 1 March 1525 in which he directed a considerable amount of money for the decoration of his burial tomb and chapel in the parish church of Isfield Sussex. He died 3 August 1527 and was buried at Isfield parish, Sussex

Port: London Controlment of Customs on wool &c. by John Shurley 5-6 Hen.VII.; 6-7 Hen.VII;. 9-10 Hen.VII;. 4-5 Hen.VIII.; 18-19 Hen.VIII.

1506/7 3388. John Shurley, Edmund Dudley, esquire, Ralph Shyrley, esquire, John Erneley, Richard Broke, John Myklowe, esquire, Edward Leukenore, John Goryng, William Pawne and Thomas Grenewey v. Nicholas Gryffyn, knight, and Alice his wife; manor of Isfeld and 20 messuages, 300 acres of land, 100 acres of meadow, 300 acres of pasture, 200 acres of wood, £5 rent in Isfeld; to John Shurley, etc. 'Sussex Fines: 21-24 Henry VII', An abstract of Feet of Fines for the County of Sussex: vol. 3: 1308-1509 (1916), pp. 301-304. \

Wardrobe of the king's household: John Shirley, cofferer of the household, acting keeper - 1 Hen VIII through 18 & 19 Henry VIII.

Wardrobe and Household: Checker roll of the household, John Shirley, cofferer. 1 & 2 Henry VIII. 4 & 5 Henry VIII. 10 & 11 Henry VIII. 11 & 12 Henry VIII. 12 & 13 Henry VIII. 13 & 14 Henry VIII. 14 & 15 Henry VIII. 17 & 18 Henry VIII.

Email: Jo Kirkham (apparently of Rye village Kent) was nice enough to email these details in September 2008: "John Shurley was pardoned by Henry VIII (with 2 other Rye residents) - Robert Bawdwyn and Richard Berkeley – in 1509. (Cal of State Paper. For. ND DOM., 1509/13, VOL PT. 1,, PP 203, 218.) He was a Jurat in Rye from 1499-1502. He is the first recorded – or rather ‘documented’ person to have a brick chimney built in Rye – in a bond of September 1504 specifying ‘a chymney with lyme, sande and breke’ to be erected in a property owned by him within one month of the following Easter. By 1513 John Shurley had bought much property in the town and seems to have lived in large house to the west of the vicarage at the north-west corner of the churchyard. Other property of his was a house called ‘La Crowne’ with another to the south of it where Lloyds Bank now stands, and the one above it. At one time he owned in the town 24 houses, 7 shops, 6 gardens and 3 acres of land."

"The old Lord Chamberlain, the Earl of Worcester, had been getting decrepit and had been too feable...Lord Sandys, the treasurer of Calais was appointed to succeed him...and Edmund Peckham replaced John Shurley as cofferer. Master Shurley had gone about his duties in his own quaint way and when Cardinal Woolsey was working out details of the reforms had gone off to his Sussex home for the summer, setting a lamentable example to his staff." - The Cardinal and the Secretary, Henry VIII Changes and Reforms in Staff.

PCC Will of John Shurley Esq. and Cofferer to King Henry VIII, March 1, 1525, To be buried in parish church of Isfield in Sussex, To high alter of Isfield 13s 4d, To freres at Rye of the Five Portes 13s 4d. to pray for my soul and that of my late wife Parnell., To the gray freres at Winchelsea 13s 4d. To the white freres in the same town 13s 4d.To parish of Little Horsted, sussex Co. 20d. My son John Shurley - my best bason and ewer of silver etc. Mentions saltes given to my wife by her brother John Goring at her marriage. My son Edward Shurley My son William Shurley My daughter Brigget Shurley May daughter Joane To Sir Richard Broke Kt. Chief baron to the king's exchequyer To James Sutton To Roger More, sergeant to the king's bakehouse My friend Thomas Knight son of the kinge's brewere To parish church of Rye My old friend Henry Page and his wife To Thomas Weldon third clerk of the kinge's kitchen To son John, royalties and patronage of church at Isfield which I have taken for three score years of my lord of Canterbury Executors son John Shurley and Roger More, sergeant of the kinge's bakehouse. Will proved Nov 23, 1527

Memorial Inscription St Margarets Church, Isfield Parish - "Here under lyeth the body of Mr. John Shurley, Esquier, sometime chefe Clerke of the Kitchen to our Sov'ryn Lord Kyng Henry VII and Cofferer to our Sov'ryn Lord Kyng Henry VIII, which John decessed ye iii day of August, Ao, mvxxvii"

married 1) Parnell (Petronella) Grauntford She was named as the wife of John Shurley, esq of Isfield in several early Feet of Fine documents. She was named in the 1525 will of her husband when he granted the parish church of Rye Sussex an amount of money to honor the souls of him and his deceased wife Parnell. Her father John Grauntford was also identified in the 1525 will of her husband.

1499/1500 15 Henry VII 3340. John Ernley, John Ashby and Richard Broke v. John Shurley and Petronilla his wife; manors of Lyons and Wyke, 20 messuages, 400 acres of land, 80 acres of meadow, 300 acres of pasture, 60 acres of wood, £10 rent in Somptyng, Asshurst, Cokham, Northlauncyng, Southlauncyng, Little Brodewater, Steynyng, Wyston, Shepeley and Westgrenested; to John Shurley and Petronilla and heirs of their bodies, contingent remainders to heirs of body of Petronilla, heirs of body of John Shurley, or right heirs of Petronilla. 'Sussex Fines: 11-15 Henry VII', An abstract of Feet of Fines for the County of Sussex: vol. 3: 1308-1509 (1916), pp. 292-296.

married 2) ______ Goring. She was named in the 1525 will of her husband John Shurley as sister of John Goring "...which were given unto my wife by her brother John Gorying at her marriage..."


2(i). John Shurley- He was extensively named in his father's 1525 will as "heir apparent", inheriting all household items at Isfield etc; He inherited all cattle, oxen at Rye (Sussex), Sheep, horses, mares, foales etc as well as his father's 'grate cheyne of gold'. He was granted all royalties and patronage from the Lordship of Isfield; He was also granted all lands, tenements and hereidiments in Sussex and throughout the realm of England. Also inherited the Manors of Isfield Sussex and of Bassett in the parish of Hertfeld Sussex and Manor of Lyone and Wyk. He was also granted all lands that came to his father via his mother's father John Grauntford. Also granted the Manor of Worth in the parish of Little Horsted; The will stipulated that if John died in default of heirs, then the Manors would all go to brother William Shurley, and in turn if default then to brother Edward Shurley and in turn if default then to two sisters Joane and Bridget Shurley. John was also named Executor of father's Will. Nothing more known, however, he likely died without issue since Isfield passed to younger brother Edward.

2(ii). William Shurley - mentioned in father's 1525 Will as his 'second son'. His father ordered that William inherit the money generated from the sale of his estate if his brother Edward either died before the age of 24 or became a priest. Wiliam also inherited his father's land at Winchelsea and at Rye Sussex, with default of his heirs then to his brother Edward Shurley. Nothing more known, however, he likely died without issue since Isfield passed to younger brother Edward.

2(iii). Edward Shurley, esq - Named in the 1525 will of his father John Shurley of Isfield. After a list of bequests, his father ordered certain assets of his estate to be sold and the money given to son Edward. There is considerable discussion of Edward becoming a priest in his father's 1525 Will, which apparently did not occur. Edward was named residual heir of his father upon the failure of heirs by his two older brothers, John Shurley and William Shurley, and only if Edward did not become a priest. He clearly inherited the Manors of his father John Shurley, apparently upon the deaths of his two elder brothers John Shurley and William Shurley as well as the failure of either to produce a male heir. Edward died 16 March 1558.

married Joan Fenner, daughter of John Fenner, Esq. Joan married Anthony Morley next.

2(iv). Joan Shurley - She inherited various gilt objects in the 1525 will of her father John Shurley, esq. She and her sister Bridgett Shurley were named as residual heir of their father if brothers John, William and Edward failed to produce an heir.

2(v). Bridgett Shurley - She inherited £133 in the 1525 will of her father John Shurley, esq., to be paid for her marriage. She and her sister Joane Shurley were named as residual heir of their father if brothers John, William and Edward failed to produce an heir.


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