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Jack Priestley’s Family History

This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from Jack’s as (1)

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SIR ADAM DE ALCANCOTES was the son and heir of Peter de Alcancotes (Alkincoates). He is thought to have been born in 1255 in the manor of Alkincoats, on the western fringe of Colne. This stood above the River Hodder, looking across it westward to Pendle Hill.

Alkincoats was a medieval hall that predated the Elizabethan mansion of that name, itself demolished in 1957.  Alkincoats was at this time not only a mansion, but also a hamlet. The Alcancotes family were not the only ones to live there. In the time of the overlord John de Lacy, the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem held 20 acres of land there.

Pendle Hill from Alkincoats [1]


Some trees name Adam’s wife as Eleanor de Bere, who had royal connections to Edward I, but this has not been substantiated.


Adam was the father of John Parker, Richard Parker and William de Alcancotes, thought to have been born towards the end of the 13th century. John was born in 1285 at Ightenhill in Burnley and Richard in 1290 at Trawden in Colne.. This was the same year that Edward I expelled all Jews from England.

At this time, surnames were not fixed and hereditary. They simply described the person who bore them. So Adam de Alcancotes and his son William de Alcancotes were so called because they lived in the family home of Alkincoats. John and Richard were called Parker, because they were indeed parkers – deputy keepers of a deer park.


Adam and his sons lived on into the realm of Edward II. Adam died sometime after 1311.

An early mention of this family occurs in the Inquisition Post Mortem of the last Henry de Lacy, dated A.D. 1311. From this we learn that Adam son of Peter de Alkincotes held 23 acres at a rent of 7s. 8d., Richard son of Adam de Alkincotes held 32 acres for 10s. 8d. rent, and William son of Adam de Alkincotes held 7 acres for 3s. 6d.

William had paid the requisite fine on entry to his lands in 1296.


John appears to have predeceased Adam. This left Adam’s younger son Richard le Parker as his heir.

We know that William was still alive in 1332.

Richard died in 1346.


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