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at Weston, the 28th March, 1787, and was

s. bv his next brother,

Fdward-Elmsall Vavasour, esq. of Wes-



ton, m. Anne, daughter of Robert Sutton,
esq. of Scofton, in the county of Notting-
ham, (who m. secondly, the Rev. John Cha-
loner, of Newton Kyine, Yorkshire), by
whom he had no issue. He was s. by his
brother, the present
William Vavasour, esq. of Weston, the

only surviving male descendant of the an-
cient house of Vavasour.

Arms — Quarterly ; for Vavasor, first and
fourth, a fesse dancettee sa. : for Stopham,
second and third, arg. a bend sa.

Crest — A cock gu. crested or.

Seat — Weston Hall, Yorkshire.


STRICKLAND, THOMAS, esq. of Sizergh, in the county of Westmorland, b.
15th March, 1790; m. in November, 1824, Mademoiselle Ida de Finguerlin Bisahen-
gen, youngest daughter of the Baron Finguerlin Bisahengen, and has a son and heir,

Walter, b. at Paris, 5th September, 1825.

Mr. Strickland inherited the estates upon the demise of his father.


We shall begin the detail of this ancient
family with an extract from Nicholson and
Burn's History of the Antiquities of West-
morland and Cumberland.

" In Helsington there bath been a family
at Sizergh Hall, much more ancient than
any of the names of Bindlow or Bellingham,
as lords of the manor. Which family came
from Strickland, (or rather Stirkland,) which
was the pasture ground of the young cattle
(called stirks or steers) in the parish of Mor-
land, in this county, in which part they had
considerable possessions, as well as at Si-
zergh and other adjacent places, generally
holden under the barons of Kendal. It is
somewhat extraordinary, that amongst the
pedigrees of almost all the other ancient
families in this county we have met with no
satisfactory account of this family ; but the
indulgence of the late worthy owner of Si-

zergh Hall, Charles Strickland, esq. we have
been enabled to make out a regular and au-
thentic deduction of this family from the
clearest and most undeniable evidence, viz.
the family writings."

The first of the name of Strickland met with
is in the reign of King John, when Gilbert Fitz
Reinfred having been compelled, on account
of his involvement with the rebellious barons,
to give hostages for his future conduct, which
hostages were the sons, daughters, and heirs
of the principal mense lords holding under
the barons of Kendal, amongst whom was
the son and heir of Sir Walter de Stirk-
land. In the time of Hugh, bishop of Car-
lisle, who came to the see towards the be-
ginning of the reign of King Henry III.,
this Sir Walter had license to keep a do-
mestic chaplain in his family, within the
parish of Morland, so as it should be of no
prejudice to the mother church. Sir Walter
Stirkland granted to the church of St. Mary's,
York, and to the prior and monks of Weder-
hal (which was a cell of the said abbey) four
acres of land, in the territory of Stirkland
moulter free.

The son of this Sir Walter was

Adam de Stirkland, whose son,

Sir Robert de Stirkland, granted by

deed, dated at his manor of Great Stirkland,

on the eve of St. John the Baptist, 23rd

Henry III. to William his son, and Elizabeth,



daughter of Sir Ralph Deincourt, knt. on
their marriage, his whole manor of Great
Strickland. This Sir Ralph Deincourt had
an only son, Ralph, at whose decease, with-
out issue, the inheritance devolved upon the
above Elizabeth Stirkland. Sir Robert was
s. by his son,

Sir William de Strikeland, who, in the
4th Edward I. was under-sheriff of the
county of Westmorland. He confirmed in
the 20th Edward I. the grant made by his
great grandfather, to the abbot of St. Mary's,
York, and the monks of Wedeshal, and was
s. at his decease by his son,

Sir Walter de Strickland, who in the
28th Edward I. was with the king at the
siege of Carlaverok, and in the 1st and 6'th
of Edward II. was knight of the shire for
Westmorland. In the 15th of the same
reign, he was appointed sheriff of the county
of Westmorland. In two years afterwards
he was again knight of the same shire. In
the 9th of Edward III. Sir Walter obtained
a grant to inclose his wood and demesne
lands at Sizergh, and to make a park there,
and to hold the same so inclosed to him and
his heirs for ever.

This Sir Walter, on the marriage of his
son, Thomas, with Cecilia, daughter of Ro-
bert de Wells, settled the manor of Hack-
thorp and his lands in Overwinder, &c. on
the issue of that marriage, with remainder
to John and Ralph, his other two sons. He
appears to have had issue,
Thomas, his successor.
John, who was knight of the shire for
Westmorland 1st Edward III., and
to whom Sir Walter granted 7th of the
same reign, all his lands of Wlienfell,
with remainder to his son Thomas.
In the 17th Edward III. Sir Walter again
represented the county in parliament, and
was s. upon his demise by his eldest son,

Sir Thomas Strickland, who in the 35th
of Edward III. obtained a patent empower-
ing him to impark his woods at Helsington,
Levesnes, and Hackerthorp, containing three
hundred acres, for his good services done in
France. In the same year, Katharine de
Ross, daughter of Sir Thomas Strickland,
and widow of John de Ross, of Kendal Castle,
assigns over to her father (Sir Thomas) the
ward and marriage of her daughter, Eliza-
beth de Ross, who was afterwards married,
in the 8th Richard II., to Sir William del

In the 36th Edward HI. there is an in-
denture of covenant between Sir Thomas
Strickland and Ranulph de Dacre, lord of
Gillesland, concerning the marriage of Wal-
ter, his son and heir, with Margaret de
Latham, niece of Ranulph. In four years
after, Sir Thomas made a settlement of
lands, at Siggeswick and Levens, upon his
younger sons, John, Peter, and Thomas, for
life, with remainder to his own right heirs.
Sir Thomas had a fifth son, William, who was
consecrated bishop of Carlisle, 24th August,
1400, and who d. at Rome in 1419.

Sir Thomas d. in 1377, and was s. by his
eldest son,

Sir Walter de Strickland. This gen-
tleman had no issue by his first wife, Mar-
garet de Latham. He espoused, secondly,
Isabella, daughter of John de Olney, which
John, in the 5th of Richard II., settled upon
the issue of that marriage a tenement in
London, known by the name of Great Place,
situate in the parish of St. Mary-at-Hill. In
the 14th of Richard II. Sir Walter was es-
cheater for the king on the inquisition post
mortem of Thomas de Ross, and, in four
years after, was a knight of the shire for
Westmorland. He was *. by his eldest

Sir Thomas de Strickland, who in the
5th of Henry V. conveyed his whole estate
to trustees, that if he should die in his voy-
age to serve the king, they should enfeoff
Mabel his wife therein, during her widow-
hood ; and if she should die before his son
Walter should come of age, then they were
to receive the profits during his nonage,
delivering the same to William de Tunstale
and John de Wellington. In the 5th of
Henry VI. Sir Thomas entered into articles
of agreement with Nicholas de Crofte, esq.
wherein both parties become bound under
the penalty of £400. for the solemnization
of a marriage between Walter Strickland,
Sir Thomas's son and heir, with Douce,
daughter of the said Nicholas, when he the
said Nicholas should attain his fourteenth

In the 7th Henry VI. Sir Thomas repre-
sented the county of Westmorland in par-

In the 9th of the same reign Sir Thomas
went to London, and joined the solemn
cavalcade that was to attend the young king
to Paris, in order to his coronation.

In the 10th Henry VI. Pope Eugenics
IV. granted to Sir Thomas, and Mabel, his



wife, license for a domestic chapel and por-
table altar, which Bull is yet extant, with
the seal of lead very fair, about the breadth
and somewhat more than double the thick-
ness of half-a-crown, with a cross on one
side, and underneath EvGENIVIS PPIIII.
On the reverse, two faces of venerable old
men, and above, the letters SPASPE. Sir
Thomas was ,?. by his son,

Walter Strickland, esq. In the 15th
Henry VI. this gentleman had a grant of
the office of keeper of the park of Calgarth.
In the next year the king appointed him
receiver general of all his rents in and about
Kendal, with a fee of £10 per annum, and
2*. per day when upon duty. And after-
wards, in lieu of these, the king granted to
him the pannager and herhage of the said
park, the fishing of Windermere, and all
his lands and tenements in the hamlets of
Applethwaite and Undermelbeck, for term
of life, he paying to the king five marks

In the 18th of Henry VI. this Walter
released to the king the demand of one
thousand marks, due to the said Walter,
from the crown, for taking of Henry Talbot,
a most notorious traitor of our Lord Henry
V. late King of England, by virtue of the
proclamation of the said late king ; in con-
sideration of the king's granting to him the
office of master of the king's dogs called

Walter Strickland appears to have been
a zealous Lancastrian, and of the forces
he was enabled to raise, with their proper
habiliments, we have a muster roll* yet ex-
tant, which seems to have been made out
chiefly in respect of the border service.

* The Books of Walter Strykelande, Esquier &
depute Steward off Kendal, his servants, tenants,
and Inhabitants within the Countie of Westmer-
land of his inheritance thayre.

The servants of the said Walter

Rowlands Becke, Horse harnes and a bowe
Richard Atkinson, Horse harnes and a Howe.
(And so, in like manner, nine servants more;
with each a Horse harnes and a Bowe.)
Thomas Macareth, horse harnes and a bowe.
Edward ."Macareth, horse harnes and a bowe.

(with seven more.)
Bylmeu within the same

In the 20th Henry VI. he was knight of
the shire for Westmorland, and in seven
years afterwards, according to the usage of
those times, he was retained by Richard,
Earl of Salisbury, to serve him in peace and
war. Upon the triumph of the house of
York, by the accession of Edward IV. we
find him obtaining a charter of pardon.
This Walter Strickland had issue,

Thomas, m. to Agnes Parre, daughter
of William Parre, son of Sir Thomas
Parre, and his wife Elizabeth, one of
the three sisters and co-heirs of Hen-
ry, Lord Fitz-Hugh.
John, knight of the shire for Westmor-
land, 12th of Edward IV.
Margaret, m. to William, son of Richard
Redman, for which marriage a dis-
pensation was obtained from Vincent
Clement, the Pope's Nuncio.
Walter was s. at his decease by his son,

Sir Thomas Strickland, knt. who was s.
by his son,

Walter Strickland, esq. who, in the
15th of Henry VII. had a dispensation to
marry Elizabeth Salkeld, and was s. by his

Sir Walter Strickland, knt. This gen-
tleman to. first, Agnes, daughter of Richard
Redman, but had no issue. He in. secondly,
Catharine, daughter and sole heir of Sir
Ralph Newell, of Thornton Briggs, in the
county of York, by whom he had
Walter, his successor,
Elizabeth, m. to Sir William Strickland,
knt. of Boynton, in the county of
Agnes, m. to Sir Thomas Curwen, knt.
of Workington.

Thomas Waryner, Horse harnes and by 11.
Thomas Syll, horse harnes and byll.

(with eleven more.)
Foytmen, with some Harnes, others none :
Thomas Spence ; ajak, fa sallet, and a bowe.
Rowdland Myles ; harnes, and a bowe.
HughHodson; a bowe.
Bryan Higgyn j a bowe.

Bylls :
Jhon Atkinson, a jake and a Byll.
Nycall Spyght, a sallet & Byll.
Robert Strykland, a sallet 6c Byll,

Here follow the whole of the men for Xatland,
amounting to fifty-five, and of each of the other
manors, the total making two hundred and ninety
men of all arms.

t Helmet of iron.



Catharine, Lady Strickland survived her
husband, and married twice after his de-
cease, first, Henry Brough, esq. and se-
condly, William Kniut, esq. Sir Walter
was s. by his son,

Walter Strickland, esq. of Sizergh, and
also of Thornton Briggs, who was a minor
at the time of his father's decease, and in
ward to the King until the 29th Henry VIII.
when he had livery of his lands. In the
5th of Elizabeth he was knight of the
shire for the county of Westmorland. He
m. Alice, daughter of Nicholas Tempest, esq.
of Holm, in the county of Durham, by whom
(who m. after his decease Sir Thomas Boyn-
ton) he had issue,


This gentleman built one wing of Sizergh,
part of the opposite wing, and made many
alterations, and put up many of the wain-
scots and carvings now in the drawing-
room and other parts. He also placed
the arms of Queen Elizabeth in the inner
room on the first floor of the tower, com-
monly called the ' Queen's room/ He d. in
1569, and was s. by his elder son,

Sir Thomas Strickland, K.B. M.P. for
the county of Westmoreland in the 43rd of
Elizabeth, and 1st of King James, by Avhom
the day preceding his majesty's coronation
he was created a Knight of the Bath. Sir
Thomas m. Elizabeth Symon, of Bristol, and
had a daughter Alice, m. to Sir William
Webb, knt. equerry to Prince Henry. He
m. secondly, Margaret, daughter of Sir Ni-
cholas Curwen, knt. of Workington, by
whom he had issue,

Robert, his successor.


Walter, from whom descended the
Stricklands, of Catterick, in York-

Dorothy, third wife of John Fleming,

esq. of Rydal.
Margaret, second wife of George Pres-
ton, esq. of Holker, Lancashire.
He d. in 1615, and was s. by his eldest son,
Sir Robert Strickland, knt. M.P. for
the county of Westmorland in the 21st of
King James I. This gentleman at the com-
mencement of the civil wars, espousing at
once the royal cause, obtained, in 1638, a
colonel's commission from Lord Wentworth,
Lord-Lieutenant of the county of York, to
command nine hundred militia in the North
Riding for the King's service. And in 1640

he received the King's commission from
Algernon, Earl of Northumberland, to regi-
ment, accoutre, and march the same to
Newcastle-upon-Tyne. After this he re-
ceived a third commission, to command a
troop of horse, which he himself did com-
mand at the battle of Edgehill, while his
son, Sir Thomas Strickland, led the regiment
of foot. In 1641 he was constituted one of
the deputy-lieutenants of the county of York.
Sir Thomas m. Margaret, eldest daughter
and co-heir of Sir William Alford, of Byl-
ton, in the county of York, by whom he
had issue,

Thomas (Sir), his successor.
Walter, m. Barbara Belasyes, fourth
daughter of the Honourable Henry
Belasyes, son and heir of Thomas,
Viscount Fauconberg, by whom he
had a daughter,

Dorothy, m. William Grimston, esq.
he d. in 1674.

a daughter, m. to Nicholas Har-

pur, esq. of London.
Sir Robert had the gratification of witness-
ing the restoration of the monarchy, and
dying in 1670 was s. by his elder son,

Sir Thomas Strickland, knt. who was
made a banneret by King Charles I. in
person, in the field at Edgehill, 23rd October,
1642. This gentleman represented the county
of Westmorland in 1661. He m. first, Jane,
daughter and co-heir of John Moseley, esq.
of Ulskelfe, in the county of York, by whom
he had two surviving daughters,

Alice, m. to Sir Walter Blunt, of Sod-
dington and Mauly, in the county of
Worcester, but d. without issue,
Anne, m. to John Middleton, esq. of
Stockeld, in the county of York, but
d. without issue.
Sir Thomas m. secondly, Winifred, daughter
and heiress of Sir Charles Trentham, knt.
of Rocester, in the county of Stafford, and
had issue,

Walter, b. in May, 1645.
Robert, d. unmarried.
Roger, who was page to the Prince of
Conti, when he went from France to
be elected King of Poland. He d.
unmarried, in the twenty-fourth year
of his age.
Thomas, in holy orders, Bishop of Na-
raur. He was sent ambassador to
England by the Emperor, Charles
VI. He d. at Namur, in the year



1743, and was buried in his own ca-
Sir Thomas Strickland, who had been privy
purse to King Charles II. was one of the
privy council to King James II. and follow-
ing the fortunes of that monarch, d. in
France, 8th January, 1694. He was s. by
his eldest son,

Walter Strickland, esq. whom. Anne,
daughter of Gerard Salvin, esq. of Croxdale,
in the county of Durham, by whom he had

Thomas, his successor, b. 29th June,

Gerard, b. 30th July, 1704, and d. 1st
September, 1791. He m. first, Miss
Mary Bagnal, and had, with two

Gerard, b. 4th October, 1741, m.
15th April, 1779, Cecilia, relict
of Charles Strickland, esq. of
Sizergh, and dying 23rd October,
1795, left issue,

George, b. 23rd October, 1780.
Gerard, b. 24th February, 1782.
Mr. Gerard Strickland, sen. m. se-
condly, Lady Gascoigne, relict of Sir
Edward Gascoigne, hart.
Mary, d. at the age of fifteen, unmar-
ried, 8th May, 1717.
Mr. Strickland was s. by his elder son,

Thomas Strickland, esq. who m. first,
2nd June, 1728, Mary, daughter of Simon
Scroop, esq. of Danby,bywhomhe had issue,
Walter, his successor.
William, who embraced a religious life
in the Church of Rome (the religion
of the family).

Mr. Strickland in. secondly, Mrs. Archer,
widow of John Archer, esq. of Oxenholme,
but had no issue. He was s. at his decease
by his eldest son,

Walter Strickland, esq. This gentle-
tleman m. 4th June, 1758, Margaret, daughter
of Michael James Messenger, esq. of Foun-
tain Abbey, in the county of York, but dying

without issue, in 1701, was s. by bis youngest

Charles Strickland, esq. who m. 30th
April, 1702, Cecilia, only daughter of Wil-
liam Townley, esq. of Townley, in the county
of Lancaster (by his wife, Cecilia, daughter
and sole surviving heir of Ralph Standish,
esq. of Standish, in the same county, and the
Lady Philippa Howard, second daughter of
Henry, Duke of Norfolk), by whom he had

Thomas, his successor.

Charles, d. 13th September, 1775.
Mary, m. 27th February, 1780, to Ed-
ward Stephenson, esq. of Earley Hill,
in the county of Berks.
Mr. Strickland d. 6th October, 1770, and
was s. by his eldest son,

Thomas Strickland, esq. who likewise,
upon the decease of his uncle, Edward
Towneley-Standish, of Standish, inherited
the Standish estates, and assumed the sur-
name of "Standish." He m. 24th Febru-
ary, 1789, Anastasia, eldest daughter of Sir
John Lawson, bait, of Brough Hall, in the
county of York, and had issue,

Charles, who inherited the Standish
estates, and continued the name of
Standish (see family of Standish).
Thomas, of Sizergh.
Anastasia, b. 11th May, 1797, and d.

22nd November, 1807.
Elizabeth, b. 1st March, 1800, and d.

17th September, 1813.

Catherine, b. 10th July, 1807, and d.
19th March, 1808.
Mr. Strickland m. secondly, Catherine,
daughter of Sir Robert Gerard, of Garswood,
in the county of Lancaster, and left at his
decease another daughter,

Monica, m. in December, 1827, to Sir
John Gerard, bart. of Garswood.
Arms — Sa, three escallops within a bor-
dure engrailed arg.

Seat — Sizergh Park, in the county of



SUMNER-HOLME, GEORGE, esq. of Hatchlands, in the county of Surrey, b.

10th November, 1760 ; m. 17th November, 1787, Louisa,
daughter of Colonel Charles Pemble, commander in chief
of the East India Company's forces, at Bombay, by whom
he has had issue, (with two other daughters, who both
died in infancy),

George, who d. at Paris in 1817, at the age of 21.

William, who in. Mary, daughter of J. Barnard Hankey,
esq. of Fetcham Park, in the county of Surrey.

Charles-Vernon, in holy orders, rector of Newdigate,
Surrey, and of Farnborough, in the county of Hants,
who in. in June, 1825, Katharine, daughter of William
Mason, esq. of Necton Hall, Norfolk.

Sophia, in. to Andrew-Henry Thomson, esq. son of John
Thomson, esq. of Waverley Abbey, in the county of

This gentleman, in consequence of inheriting (in 1794) the Holme property, assumed
by sign manual, the additional surname of Holme. In November, 1786, he was
elected M.P. for llchester ; in 1790, for Guildford; but retired in 1796. In 1806,
Mr. Holme-Sumner was again sent to parliament by the borough of Guildford, and in
1807, by the county of Surrey, which he continued to represent until 1826. He sub-
sequently sate for Guildford in 1830. He has been forty years a magistrate for the
county of Surrey, and ten years Colonel of the First Royal Surrey Militia.


— Sumner, esq. a merchant of Bristol,
had two sons,

i. of whom presently.

ii. John, D.D. canon of Windsor, and
provost of King's College, Cambridge,
who left several sons, two of whom
left issue, viz.

1. Robert, who d. iu 1804, leaving
John-Bird Sumner, D.D. lord

bishop of Chester.
Charles-Richard Sumner, D.D.
lord bishop of Winchester,
who in. in 1816, Jane, daugh-
ter of J. P. Maunoir, esq. and
has issue.

2. Richard, whom. Susanna, sister
of Lord Gambier, and d. in 1778,
leaving (with a daughter, who m.
in 1825, C. Douglas Halford,
esq.) a son, the present

Richard Sumner, esq. of Put-
tenhain Priory, in the county

of Surrey, who in. in 1819,
Fanny, daughter of G. Moli-
neux Montgomerie, esq. of
Garboldisham Hall, Nor-
folk, and has issue.
The elder son,

— Sumner, esq. of Windsor, was father of
William-Brightwell Sumner, esq. who,
in 1768, purchased the estate of Hatchlands.
This gentleman went out early to India,
whence he returned after twenty-three years
spent in the Company's service, intending
to settle in his native country ; but the affairs
of India being in a critical situation, and
requiring the superintendence and exertions
of its most active and intelligent servants,
he was prevailed upon to go back in the
year 1763, as first member of the council
under Lord Clive, with an appointment to
succeed to the governorship-general in case
of his lordship's death or return to England.
The decline, however, of his health, neces-



sitated his own return before either of those
events took, place. He espoused, while in
India, Catharine, daughter of John Holme,
esq. of Holme Hill, in the county of Cum-
berland, and had by her (who d. in 1771,
and to whom a white marble tablet is erected
in the church of East Clandon), a son and

GEORGE, who inherited (as stated above)
from his maternal uncle, Thomas
Holme, esq. of Holme Hill, the pro-
perty of that family, and is the pre-
sent representative of the SrjMNEBS.
William, a banker of London, b. 4th

August, 1762, and d. in 1796.
Catharine, m. to James Laurell, esq.

Arms — Quarterly ; first and fourth, er-
mine, two chevrons or for SUMNER. Second

and third, arg. a buck trippant gu. for

Crests — First, a lion's head erased arg.
ducally gorged or, for Sumner. Second, a
hawk, wings elevated, ppr. for Holme.

Estates — In the parishes of East Clandon,
Westhorsley, Ripley, Ockham, Bisley and
Chertsey. Hatchland estate purchased from
the widow of Admiral Boscawen, in 1768.
The other possessions between that period
and 1806.

Seat — Hatchlands, in the parish of East
Clandon, in the county of Surrey.

* # * It is probable, from the circumstance
of bearing the exact same arms, that Mr.
Somner, the eminent antiquary, and learned
author of " the Antiquities of Canterbury
and of the Cinque Ports," was of this family.


SUMNER, RICHARD, esq. of Puttenham Priory, in the county of Surrey, b.
in 1795, m. in 1819, Fanny, daughter of G. Molineux Montgomerie, esq. of Gar-
boldisham Hall, in the county of Norfolk, and has, with other issue, a son and heir,

Morton-Cornish, b. in March, 1825.


For an account of this gentleman's family,
refer to that of George Holme-Sumner,
esq. of Hatchlands, representative of the
senior branch of the family.

Arms — Ermines, two chevrons, or.

Crest — A lion's head erased arg. ducally
gorged, or.

Estates — In the parishes of Puttenham
and Wanborough, first possessed in 1816.

Seat — Puttenham Priory, near Guildford.



PORTMAN, EDWARD-BERKELEY, esq. of Bryanston, in the county of
Dorset, and of Orchard Portman, in Somersetshire, b. 9th July, 1799, m. 16th June,
1827, Lady Emma Lascelles, third daughter of Henry, present Earl of Harewood,

and has issue,

William-Henry-Berkeley, b. 12th July, 1829.
Edwin-Berkeley, b. 3rd August, 1830.

Mr. Portman represents the county of Dorset in parliament.

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