Piers Legh II

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Sir Piers Legh II
Died16 June 1422
Cause of deathWounds sustained from the Siege of Meaux
Resting placeMacclesfield, Cheshire, England
Known forBattle of Agincourt
Spouse(s)Joan Haydock
ChildrenPiers Legh, Blanche de Legh, Margaret Leigh
Parent(s)Peter Legh (c. 1320-1399) and Margaret Danyers (1347-1428)

Sir Piers Legh II (1389 - 16 June 1422), also known as Sir Piers de Legh and Peers Legh, was the second generation of the Leghs of Lyme.[1]

He was wounded in the Battle of Agincourt on 25 October 1415. His mastiff stood over him and protected him for many hours through the battle. The dog returned to Legh's home and was the foundation of the Lyme Hall Mastiffs. Five centuries later, this pedigree figured prominently in founding the modern English Mastiff breed.[2] An old stained glass window remains in the drawing room of Lyme Hall portraying Sir Piers and his devoted mastiff.[3][4]

He was injured again in action in 1422 and died as a result of his wounds in Paris.[5] He was buried at St Michael's Church, Macclesfield in the Legh Chapel, which had been built to receive his body.[6]


  1. ^ Ormerod, George (1882), Thomas Helsby, ed., The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester (2nd ed.), London: George Routledge and Sons, pp. 676–677 Hence the Roman numeral following his name
  2. ^ Homan, Mike (1999), A Complete History of Fighting Dogs, Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, p. 10, ISBN 978-1-58245-128-2
  3. ^ As A Lion Is To A Cat, So Is A Mastiff Compared To A Dog., Chivalry Sports, retrieved 2008-12-11
  4. ^ Re-opening of The Cage, Mastiff Association, archived from the original on 2008-10-16, retrieved 2008-12-11
  5. ^ Waterson, Merlin (1975), Lyme Park, National Trust, p. 5
  6. ^ A History of the Church, St Michael's, Macclesfield, archived from the original on 2008-07-25, retrieved 2008-11-02