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Mary Leigh Backwell, wife of Edward Backwell.
In 1657 Ald. Backwell married firstly Sarah Brett and had one son, John Backwell.
In 1662, he married secondly Mary Leigh, da of Richard Leigh of Warw., by whom he had three sons and two daughters.
She was buried on 25 November, 1669.


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On 12 April, 1669, Pepys records that Edward Backwell ‘showed me the model of his houses that he is going to build in Cornhill and Lumbard Street; but he hath purchased so much there, that it looks like a little town, and must have cost him a great deal of money’. (His Parlimentary bio confirms that was his address when he was an MP in the 1670's. Since Pepys is walking her home after church, in 1669 after the Great Fire they must have lived close to the Navy Offices.)

It was on this occasion that Pepys first visited Backwell and his second wife: ‘I do, contrary to my expectation, find her something of a proud and vain-glorious woman, in telling the number of her servants and family and expenses: he is also so, but he was ever of that strain’.


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