Giles Lye was born in about 1520 of Eastnor, the son of John a Lye and Joan. Giles was mentioned in the will of Robert Danford of Eastnor in 1593 as owing a debt to Robert: "Item Giles Lye, 2s. 11d".

Giles was mentioned in the will of his father John a Lye of Eastnor: "Item I give and bequeath to my son Giles £3 6s. 8d."

Giles died and was buried 21 January 1607 in Eastnor. The next entry in the burial register was for Franncis a Lye, possibly a brother?

Giles Lye

Burial record of Giles Lye in Eastnor:
"Giles a Lye housholder buryed 21st of January"

Giles had the following children:

*1. Ellin, born about 1540 of Eastnor; married William Turner 10 February 1564 in Eastnor.

SOURCES: Eastnor parish record; will of Robert Danford, 1593.


John a Lye was born in about 1500 of Eastnor. He married Joan.

John was listed in the muster list for Eastnor in 1539. This was a list of the adult men of the town, and the weapons they owned which could be used in the defense of the town. John is the only Lye or a Ly listed. He owned a bow and sheaf of 24 arrows.

Eastnor muster roll

John died and was buried 27 March 1575 in Eastnor.

John a Lye

Burial record for John a Lye in Eastnor:
"John Ly was buried the xvijth of March 1575"

John left a will written 23 January 1572:

John a Lye of Eastnor, 1572/3 
In the name of God Amen, the twenty third day of January in the year of our Lord 1572, I John a Lye of the parish of Eastnor in the county of Hereford being sick in body and of good remembrance, thanks be to Almighty God, do make my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I bequeath my soul to Almighty God my maker and my redeemer Jesus Christ by whose precious blood-shedding I trust to be saved; and my body to be buried in Christian burial. Item I give and bequeath to my son Giles £3 6s. 8d. which Jeffery Newporte, gentleman, oweth me for two ‘harietes’. Item I give to my three daughters 3 beasts to be delivered unto them at the end and term of 3 years next after my decease. Item I give my daughter Alice, my daughter Margery and my daughter Catherine, every one of them a sheep, to be delivered immediately after my decease. The rest of all my goods and cattle moveable and immoveable, my debts paid, my legacies performed and my funeral expenses discharged, I wholly give and bequeath to Joan my wife, whom I do make my full and sole executrix of this my last will and testament. I do also appoint my wellbeloved in Christ, John Saulaunes to be my overseer of this my last will and testament. These being witnesses: John Branche, Richard Nethway, and Richard Bradford, clerk"
[Herefs. RO BO93/1]

John and Joan had the following children:

*1. Giles, born in about 1520 of Eastnor.

2. Alice

3. Margery

4. Catherine

SOURCES: Eastnor parish register; will of John a Lye of Eastnor, 1572; Herefordshire probate records on; The Herefordshire Musters of 1539 and 1542, M.A. Faraday