I have to confess that I had never heard of the Towneleys of Lancashire, so I came as some surprise to see them described as one of the most notable families in that county. I do have an interest in a particular Lancashire family, the Holands of Upholland.
There is a connection with Richard III, in that one of the Towneleys took part in “the Scottish campaigns led by Richard Duke of Gloucester, soon to be Richard III, following the end of the second period of the Wars of the Roses”. This member of the family died of wounds sustained at Berwick-upon-Tweed in 1482. Afterwards they seem to have been well in with the Tudors.
Anyway, the Towneleys are definitely interesting, and were around for a long time, certainly throughout the medieval period. To read about them, please go here.