STORY OF BISHOP WEARMOUTH.
THE CATHOLIC BRANCH OF THE STOREY
In this section it is only fitting that a little more attention should be given to the Northumberland Storeys, especially those settled in Rothbury and Coquetdale. The Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness Storeys will then be dealt with.
Miss Storey, a lady now residing at Harrogate and a member of the family of Storeys of Rothbury, writing on the 26th May, 1910, states that the immediate ancestors of her branch of the family since circa 1600, have dwelt at Flotterton near to Rothbury; also that "the branch is connected with the Snowdons, from whom," says the writer, "we seem to have regained the Catholic faith. I fancy, too, that we are descendants of the Storeys of Netherby." This lady goes on to say that "Miss Forster, of Burradon, Rothbury, could give you a good deal of information; her grandfather and my greatgrand-father being a Storey. I will look up the wills of these later ones and send you copies of any parts which may be of use to you. Enclosed is a short account of the origin of the Storeys, with the coat of arms. . . . . . . . Many of our ancestors* were buried at Whittingam, about nine miles from Rothbury, and I fancy some would be married there. The later records would be kept in the Catholic churches. Although many were Catholics they would attend the private chapels of Callalay Castle or Biddlestone (Squire Selby's)."
The mention in Miss Storey's letter of Miss Forster, of Burradon, seems to indicate a Storey-Forster alliance, probably identical with the alliance shown in the Beanley and Aberwick Storey pedigrees.
The arms borne by the family to which Miss Storey, of Harrogate, belongs are as follow:-Argent, a lion rampant, purpure, on the shoulder a cross pattée, or; crest: a stork's head, erased, gorged, with a mural crown. Motto: Deus ineus et patria.
Miss Storey's enclosures allude to one Anne Storey, daughter of and eventually co-heiress of Thomas Storey, of Hawdon, in Northumberland, by Mary Smith, Thomas Storey's [alias De Sturey's] wife. One of the enclosures states that De Bolebet or De Bolebeck is identical with Storey, and that the Bolebecks carried similar arms, their lion being a white one; likewise that Bolebeck signifies "month of a brook or river." Sir Hugh de Bolebeck was High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1272, and left six co-heiresses according to another of the enclosures sent by Miss Storey. One of the co-heiresses married Hugh, or Sir Hugh De la Valle, and a Sir Thomas Storey was a member of Parliament, temp. Edward III. The manuscript quoted from says, further, that "Blessed John Storey," martyr, was a member of the same family as that of Bishop Edward Storey, of Carlisle, and subsequently of Chichester.
In the "History of Northumberland," Vol. I., edited by Edward Bateson, the name of Bolebec appears frequently.
* Many of the Beanley Storey are here interred.