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Eichard son of Henry at the Cliff, claimant 1292. Adam son of John de Rain-
ford in 1292 granted to John de Rainford land in the Luud (Bliuulell of Crosby
Evidences, K 277 ; Victoria History of Lanes., vol. iii.). The Luud is about two
miles from Preston, to wliicli Ik'iiry II. confirmed the estates of Preston to Warren
de Lancaster 1154—89, foinierly held by Gilbert FitzReinfred his great-grand-
father, and as we have already .seen, Jolin de Raynford in his will 1361 made a
bequest to the Friars of Preston in Amounderness.

From this Western stem descend the Reyneys or Rodneys of Rodney Stoke, the
Wrenfords or Rainsfords of Longdon, and the Rainsfords or Ransfords of Gup's
Hill, Tewkesbury ; and among the living representatives are Lord Rodney of
Rodney Stoke, the Hon. Thos. H. Rainsford, Member of the American Senate, and
Vernon Seymour Ransford the notable Australian batsman. Pedigrees of this line
may be seen in the "Visitations of Somersetshire," "Misc. Gen. et Her.," and a
detailed table of descent of Rainford of Rainford published in 1907.

To those who are desirous of continuing a further search into the origin of the
family the line suggested is the one descending from Malahulcius, uncle of Rollo,
first Duke of Normandy, from whom lineally descended Ralph, Count of Coutances,
1011, who had a son Roger de Toesni, surnamed de Espagne, whose brother Hugh
was surnamed de Lindsey from his Norman seigneure, living 1060. Among the
arms of Lindsey are Or, an eagle displayed pvrp. membered gvles, also ffides a fess
chequy ar. afid az. between three garbes of the second, banded of the first. The de
Albini's also descended fiom this line, and probably the Giffard's, Lords of Bi'ims-
field Gloucestershire, 1086.

I have endeavoured to take long and comprehensive views in rescuing from the
misty past the early history of our race, and weave what materials I have into an
intelligent whole, so that future generations of our family may take a legitimate
pride in the lines of knights and gentlemen who have long since passed away, but
whose memorials in ruined castles, ancient halls, manors, monuments and brasses
remain with us to this day. I cannot do better than close with the words of
Sir Matthew Hale, sometime Chief Justice of the King's Bench, and whose imme-
diate successor to the same position was Sir Richard Rainsford, Knt. : " The very
concurrence and coincidence of so many evidences that contribute to the proof,
carries a great weight."

The accompanying chart may be helpful in shewing the descent of the early
generations of the Barons of Kendal and their issue.



24 THE ORIGIN OF THE EANSFORDS.

The former Adam was the great grandson and heir of John TVestleigh who
had been enfeoffed of land in Rainford by a certain Hawise, grandmother of
Richard son of Henry at the Cliff, claimant i202. Adam son of John de Rain-
ford in 1292 granted to John de Rainford land in the Lnud (Bliindell of Crosby
Evidences, K 277 ; Victoria History of Lanes., vol. iii.). The Lund is about two
miles from Preston, to which Henry II. confirmed the estates of Preston to Warren
de Lancaster 1154—89, formerly held by Gilbert FitzReinfred his great-grand-
father, and as we have already seen, John de Raynford in his will 1361 made a
bequest to the Friars of Preston in Amounderness.

From this Western stem descend the Reyneys or Rodneys of Rodney Stoke, the
Wrenfords or Rainsfords of Longdon, and the Rainsfords or Ransfords of Gup's
Hill, Tewkesbury ; and among the living representatives are Lord Rodney of
Rodney Stoke, the Hon. Thos. H. Rainsford, Jlember of the American Senate, and
Vernon Seymour Ransford the notable Australian batsman. Pedigrees of this line
may be see'n in the "Visitations of Somersetshire," "Misc. Gen. et Her.," and u
detailed table of descent of Rainford of Rainford published in 1907.

To those who are desirous of continuing a further search into the origin of the
family the line suggested is the one descending from Malahulcius, uncle of RoUo,
first Duke of Normandy, from whom lineally descended Ralph, Count of Coutances,
1011, who had a son Roger de Toesni. surnamed de Espagne, whose brother Hugh
was surnamed de Lindsey from his Norman seigneure, living 1060. Among the
arras of Lindsey are Or, an eagle displayed pirp. membered (juIes, also gides a fess
chequy ar. and az. between three garles of the second, banded of the frst. The de
Albini's also descended fiom this line, and probably the Giffard's, Lords of Brims-
field Gloucestershire, 1086.

I have endeavoured to take long and comprehensive views in rescuing from the
misty past the early history of our race, and weave what materials I have into an
intelligent whole, so that "future generations of our family may take a legitimate
pride in the lines of kniglits and gentlemen who have long since passed away, but
whose memorials in ruined castles, ancient halls, manors, monuments and brasses
remain with us to this day. I cannot do better than close with the words of
Sir Matthew Hale, sometime Chief Justice of the King's Bench, and whose imme-
diate successor to the same position was Sir Richard Rainsford, Knt. : " The very
concurrence and coincidence of so many evidences that contribute to the proof,
carries a great weight."

The accompanying chart may be helpful in shewing the descent of the early
generations of the Barons of Kendal and their issue.



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