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WIGHILL: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1750.

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"WIGHILL, a parish in the Ainsty, Yorkshire, on the banks of the Wherfe, E. of Wetherby, the seat of the ancient family of the Stapletons, of whom Sir Robert, who was sheriff in the R. of Eliz. (descended from Sir Miles Stapleton, who was sheriff of this Co. for 5 years together in the R. of Edward III.) met the judges with 140 men in handsome liveries. He was so comely a personage, according to the report of Sir John Harrington, and so well acquainted with languages, that he had no superior in England, and scarce an equal, except Sir Philip Sidney."

[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Stephen Whatley's England's Gazetteer, 1750]