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T T is with much pleasure that I am at length enabled to issue the first
volume of " The Royal Lineage of our Noble and Gentle Families "

The time and labour involved in its compilation, and the various diffi-
culties incidental to the task, have proved greater than I had ventured to
anticipate, or than might appear credible at first sight. But I have reason
to believe that my efforts will not have been made in vain, and that the
plan of the work as now elaborated and carefully carried into execution is
such as to ensure general approbation. I may also fairly hope to accomplish
more rapid progress in the future, now that I am fairly embarked in this
novel undertaking.

Though this is not the first work that has appeared on Royal Descents,
it is the first in which they have been genealogically treated. Hitherto they
have only appeared in the form of chart pedigrees, which, though useful
adjuncts to a genealogical narrative, are by themselves meagre and uninstruc-
tive. The families included in the present work will have their descent from
the blood royal traced in the form of a detailed narrative, introducing the
various historic houses — now extinct, for the most part, in the male line —
through whom they derive their ro}-al descent. Most of the names illustrious
in our early annals are no longer to be found in works dealing with the extant
Peerage, but they will necessarily occupy a prominent place in the pages of the
present work. A well-known and almost solitary exception to the utter extinction
of these historic houses is to be seen in the mighty race of Nevill, still represented
in the English Peerage by a lineal descendant in the male line of Ralph Nevill,
first Earl of Westmoreland, and his second wife, the daughter of John of Gaunt.
Both on the ground of its exceptional paternal ancestry, and on that of its descent.

iv Preface.

in an unbroken line, from a match with the blood-royal of England, * the House
of Nevill fitly occupies the first place in my first volume, and deserves the unpre-
cedented elaboration which its pedigree has received at my hands. But it is not
only in these respects that I claim for my undertaking a novel character. Many
of those who are outside the charmed circle of the titled classes can prove their
descent from the kings of England, and I have taken the opportunity afforded me
by this fact, and by the wide sphere which the subject consequently presents,
to extend my genealogical operations beyond the Peerage and Baronetage,
and to deal on a somewhat comprehensive scale with the history of our gentle
though untitled families.

In so doing I shall be breaking new ground, not only so far as I am
myself concerned, but also in respect that, numerous as are the works dealing
with the Peerage and Baronetage, no worthy effort has ever been made to
deal with the families beyond their- pale; and yet there are to be found
among the latter houses of equal, if not of greater antiquity than those which
bear '* the guinea stamp." And of these many are no longer to be found in
the ranks of the " landed gentry," and are consequently supplanted in the
work which deals with that class, and which bears the imprimatur of Sir
Bernard Burke, by families either of no pedigree at all, or of pedigrees which
no one but Ulster King-of-Arms could dare to foist upon the public.

I have therefore decided to comprise in my work, as a supplementary and
special feature, accurate narratives of the "paternal ancestry" of the principal
families that figure in its pages. The usual plan in such cases is the
exceedingly simple one of printing a pedigree just as it is received, with the
result, in some instances, of including much that is false, and in others of
omitting much that ought to appear. To exclude, on the one hand, infor-
mation which is false, and to amplify, on the other, that which is imperfect,
is a work involving no little time, trouble, and cost, but I have set myself
to perform it to the best of my abilities, trusting that the members of the
families, whose history I undertake to compile, will, on tlieir part, loyally supply
me with that detailed and personal information without which it would be utterly
impossible to make my w^ork complete. I venture to think that in respect not only

* The issue of John of Gaunt by Katherine Svvynford received letters of legitimation from
Richard II. as ''entire Emperor of his realm of England," which was preceded by a similar act
by the Pope; the King's patent received the assent of parliament 5th February, 1397, rendering
the issue capable of succession to all honours. This patent was confirmed by Henry IV. loth
February', 1407. the royal dignity being excepted, but without the consent of ^arltametit ; they
were called Beaufort from the Duke's castle in Anjou, where thev were born. — '' Excerpta
His tor tea" pp. 152 seq.

Preface. v

of elaboration, but of truth, I may fearlessly invite comp.irison between the pedi-
grees in these pages and those which have appeared in any other work.

Mr. Freeman has denounced, in scathing language, " the hideous nonsense
... of the absurd tales which fill the pages of Sir Bernard Burke " (" Pedigrees
and Pedigree Makers," Contemporary Revieiv, June, 1877). From his indignant
criticisms I here extract a few weighty sentences.

" What, for instance, can be the state of mind of Sir Bernard Burke ? Does
he know, or does he not know, the manifest falsehood of the tales which he reprints
year after year ? He may, one is tempted to say, be reasonably called on for a more
critical examination than we can ask from people who simply send him the stories
which they have been taught to believe about their own families. If he says that
he is not responsible for them, that he simply puts into his book what is sent to him
without examining- into its truth, if he says that the responsibility for the truth or
falsehood of the stories rests with those who send them to him, he shows a very
imperfect notion of the duties of authorship or editorship, even in its lowest form.
No man can have a right to publish, without contradiction or comment, as alleged
fact and not as avowed fiction, a number of stories which are false on the face of
them. The readers of the book accept the stories on the faith of the author or
editor. If they think about the matter at all, they hold that it is his business to
examine and verify the statements which are sent to him. Indeed, Sir Bernard
Burke himself tells us, in his 'Prefator}' Notice ' prefixed to the thirty-second edition
of his Peerage and Baronetage, that he has ' again subjected its pages to searching
revision and extensive amendment.' Here, then. Sir Bernard Burke distinctly
takes on himself what reason would have laid upon him even if he had not taken it
upon himself, namely, responsibility for his own book. It is the Ulster King-at-
Arms, not the unknown persons who send him the accounts of this or that family,
whom we must, in fairness, blame for the monstrous fictions which appear as the
early history of so many families."

These criticisms apply with special force to the pedigrees which appear in

his " Landed Gentry." For that work deserves, if possible, even more justly

than his " Peerage," the description of a " gorgeous repertory of genealogical

mythology " (Chester Waters' "Parish Registers in England," 1883 edition, page

39). In the words of an "eminent jurist and herald" (as he has been recently

styled by the Edinburgh Reviezv), whom the whirligig of time has oddly transformed

into Ulster's latest apologist, —

" While the ' Peerage ' may be, to a slight extent, improving from year to year,
the ' Landed Gentry ' is deteriorating. . . . The immense majority of the pedigrees
in the ' Landed Gentry,' including more especially the Scottish pedigrees, cannot, I
fear, be characterized as otherwise than utterly worthless. The errors of the
' Peerage ' are as nothing to the fables which we encounter everywhere. Families
of notoriously obscure origin have their veins filled with the blood of generations of
royal personages of the ancient and mythical world. . . . Other pedigrees contain
a small germ of truth eked out with a mass of fiction, in the proportion of Falstaff's
bread and sack ; while an extreme minuteness of detail is often combined with
reckless disregard of dates and historical possibilities" (" Popular Genealogists."
Edinburgh : Edmonston and Douglas, 1865).

vi Preface.

I would urge that though Ulster may still blazon this work as " an ade-
quate and faithful (!) record of a very influential and important class" (preface
to 6th edition, 1879), it has far too long been, to use his own words, " considered "
{i.e., by the simple-minded public) " an authority on the subject of which it treats."
Specially is this the case on the Continent, where the imprimatur of a King-
of-arms on a work adorned with his official insignia naturally carries all the
weight which it should, but which, alas ! it does not, possess. It is therefore on
behalf of Continental, even more than of home readers, that a vigorous protest
should be at length raised against this quasi-official publication of notoriously
fictitious descents. To quote from an article on " Pedigrees and Peerages " which
has recently appeared in the Edinburgh Review (July, 1883) : —

" The not unfrequent fabrication of a fictitious ancestry on behalf of wealthy
upstarts naturally reminds us of La Rochefoucauld's happy definition of hypocrisy,
' The homage which vice pays to virtue.' The heralds of the Middle Ages were
sometimes inclined to carry back their pedigrees to a remote period, and to invent
a good many ' forbears ' for the earliest ancestor on record. . . . The modem
professors of the science of genealogy are still bolder in their procedure, and such
is the persuasive power of wealth that in the course of a single week they contrive
to furnish the obscurest novus homo with an historic name, an elaborate pedigree,
and a highly respectable gallery of family portraits. ... It is much to be regretted
that these unscrupulous adventurers are no longer liable to the salutary punishment
administered to certain framers of false pedigrees in the sixteenth century — to wit,
the loss of an ear. ' '

We look anxiously, but in vain, for some signs of amelioration and

repentance. Undeterred by Mr. Freeman's emphatic warning, Sir Bernard assures

us in the "Prefatory Notice" prefixed to the Sixth Edition of this work (1879)

that —

" mo pains have been spared in the preparation of this edition of the ' Landed
Gentry.' Every available source of information has been exhausted, each memoir
has been carefully revised," etc., etc.

We are therefore entitled to claim, with Mr. Freeman, that " it is the Ulster
King-at-Arms, and not the unknown persons who send him the accounts of this
or that family, whom we must in fairness blame for the monstrous fictions which
appear as the early history of so many families." For notwithstanding the
revision here vaunted, these " monstrous fictions " bedeck its pages with more
reckless audacity than ever. Each successive edition of this imposing work bears
fresh witness to the esteem which it enjoys among those who manufacture spurious
pedigrees, and those for whom they are manufactured, for each successive
edition contains a fresh infusion of these transparent and contemptible con-
coctions, to the joy of their compounders, to the deception of the public, and
of course to the profit of the editor. The purveyors of pedigrees, when in the

Preface. vii

good old times such would have found their career abruptly closed by the official
intervention of a most formidable critic in the King-of arms, now find in a King-
of-arms their most powerful patron and accomplice, while the task of exposing
them is left to private enterprise, and is actually rendered increasingly difficult
by the official patronage they enjoy.

As to Coat Armour, I regret to say it has been allowed to drift into
so anarchic a condition as to be now in an even worse state than genealogy.
Here, again, though the irresponsible heraldic stationer — the tradesman who,
so obligingly " finds " arms for his customers — is in too many cases doubtless
to blame, the real responsibility must lie with those who give official currency
to these inventions and piracies. The official aegis of a King-of-arms has,
been freely cast over these spurious coats which it is his special official
function to expose and suppress ! And false heraldry, moreover, unlike false
genealogy, is net a mere imposition upon the public. In the innumerable
cases where coat armour, the peculiar property of a certain family, has been
fraudulently- assumed by strangers in blood, a deliberate injury is done to the
rightful owners of the coat. To such a farce, in fact, has heraldry now been
reduced, that were an " avenging angel " suddenly to arise and to exercise the
functions of a King-of-arms as they were exercised by a Dugdale, not only
would the coach panel, the note-paper, and " the familj' plate " be deprived
in the great majority of instances of the armorial insignia which now adorn
them, but few public buildings, from the cathedral to the banquetting house,
could pass unscathed through the ordeal, or undergo with impunity such a
" visitation."

I have consequently found myself reluctantly compelled practically to
exclude from these pages all mention of Coat Armour.

These remarks will doubtless be assailed by cynical critics and genea-
logists, who may charge me with posing as omniscient or immaculate. To
such a pretension, I need scarcely observe, I make no claim. I merely wish
it to be clearly understood that, so far as my knowledge and experience
enables me, I have tested every pedigree submitted to me for publication,
and that in no single instance Jiave I included a descent the truthfulness of
which I had the least reason to suspect merely because it was sent me for

I cannot but hope that though in some instances I ma}- be forced to
reject a descent altogether, and in others to prune and correct it, yet the
public at large will value this work all the more because of its efforts at

vlii Preface.

accuracy and truth, and will remember that such excision guarantees the
trustworthiness of the information which has joassed unscathed through the
ordeal. To quote once more from Mr. Freeman's Essay : —

"When a man is bold enough to begin his pedigree in the seventeenth or
eighteenth centuty, still more when he is bold enough to begin it in the nineteenth,
lovers of truth will respect him as a fellow-lover of truth. . . . All the more honour
then to those, and there are not a few, who withstand the temptation, and who claim
no forefathers save those to whom they can prove a right."

They will also find that the amount of rejected matter is far more than counter-
balanced by my original additions.

Irrespective, therefore, of its Royal Descents, this work should command
peculiar interest on account of the numerous genealogies which will only be
found in its pages, and which will enable many families for the firs^: time to
possess, in a permanent and handy form, an elaborate account of their rela-
tives and kin, with a trustworthy history of their ancestors.


21, Boundary Road,

October, -^883.



Abergavenny, Marquis ot .... 2

Acton, Admirals William and Ferdinand . . 19
Blachford, Frederic, Lord .... 66
Blake, Henry Edgar V., of Renvyle, co. Galway 122
De Blaquiere, Peter Henry, of Ontario . .118
Brackenbury, George, H.B.M. Consul, Lisbon no
Brackenbury, George, of Prescott, Upper

Canada 113

Burke, Michael George, of Drumkeen, co. Fer-
managh . . . . . . . .124

Cresswell, Charles Richard Estcourt, of Pink-

ney, Wilts, and Sidbury, Salop . . .126
Cresswell, Joseph G., of Philadelphia . . .131
Cresswell, Sackville Bawden .... 129

Roper-Curzon (Hon.), John Henry . . 88

Dawe, Charles Hill, of Ditcheat, Somerset . 50

Dawe, Ed. Marriot, of Christchurch, N.Z. . 50

Dawe, William Hill, of Christchurch, N.Z. . 50
Tennyson-D'Eyncourt, Admiral, of Bayons
Manor and Usselby Hall, co. Line. . . 24

Dockray, Robert Henry 159

Elwin, Hastings, of Booton, Norfolk . . 78

Emerton, Wolseley Partridge, of Banwell Castle,

Somerset 58

Foster, Augustus Billett, of Warmwell, Dorset 171
Foster, Edmund B., of Clewer Manor, Berks . 171
Fuller, Frederic Walter, of London . . 16

GiFFARD, Wearman, of Montreal . . .16
Gladstone, Rt. Hon. William Ewart, P.C,

first lord of the treasury 141

Gordon, William, of London . . . .81
Gorges, Major John Arthur, of Boyle, co. Ros-
common 26

Haines, Frederick, Gregory, and Evan, sons of

Gen. Sir F. P. Haines, G.C.B., G.C.S.L . 62
Hardinge, Rear-Admiral Edward . . .72
Kane, Sarah Anne, relict of John . . .32
Keane, Percival William, of Beechpark, co.

Clare 138

Lang, Rev, W. F, D., of Instow ... 16
Langton, William Mainwaring, of Brockville,

Ontario 113

Leeds, Frances, Dowager Lady . . .70

Leir, Edward Methuen, of Charlton Musgrove . 45
Leir, William Marriott, rector of Ditcheat,
Somerset ....... 42

Lethbridge, Eliza, wife of Roper (CLE.) . 102
Lloyd, Charles Arthur, of London . . 154

Lloyd, James Herbert, of Toronto ,

Lloyd, John Sanderson, of Adelaide, South


Lloyd, Richard Borradaile. of London
Lloyd, Sampson Samuel, of Dolobran, co.

Montgomery .......

Lloyd, Sampson Zachary, of Areley and King's,

CO. Wore. .......

Lloyd, Samuel, of Farm, Birmingham

Long, Walter Fortescue Kellett, of Dunston,


LoNGE, Robert, of Spixworth Park, Norfolk
Marriott, Rev. Harvey, M.A.
Marriott, Perceval, of Flint, Michigan, U.S.A.
Marriott, Randolph, of Avon Bank, co. Wor-

Marriott, W'alter Henry, Rev.
MoLESWORTH, Robert, Justice Supreme Court,

Melbourne .......

MoLESWORTH, Thomas Nepean, of Toronto
MuLLOY, Capt. William Gorges, R.A.
Nevill, Edward Augustus, of Dangstein, Sussex
Nevins, Henry Willis Probyn ....

NORTHCOTE, Hugh Oliver, of New York .

Loftus-Otway, Mrs 92

Palliser, Maj.-Gen. Sir Chas. H. . . .
Trevor- Roper, Charles James, of Plas Teg
Round, John, of West Bergholt, Essex
Savory, Aldennan, of Buckhurst Park, Berks,

Sheriff of London and Middlesex 1882-3
Starky, George B., ofAmberley, New Zealand
Sullivan, Frederic, of Jamaica
Templer. Maj.-Gen. H. J. ....
Tennyson, Frederick, of Great Grimsby .
Teynham, George Henry, i6tli Baron
Tyler, Charles John Roper, of Linstead, Kent

Tyler, George William, R.N

Tyler. William Hardinge

Tyler, Roper Trevor, rector of Llantrithyd
Westby. Edward Perceval, of Roebuck Castle,

CO. Dublin .......

Wilkinson, Frederick Green, Lt.-Gen.
Wilkinson, Henry Green. Lt. -Col. .
Wolseley, General Lord, G.C.B., G.C.^LG. .
Wolself.y, Sir Charles M., Bart.

Wolseley, Sir Clement. Bart

Woodforde, Rev. Alexander J., of Ansford

House, Somerset ......











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Brackenbury, of Lincolnshire 115 — 117

Cresswell, of Sidbury, Salop 153

Dawe, of Ditcheat, Somerset 52

Elwin, of Booton, Norfolk 83

Gorges, of Kilbrew, co. Meath 30

Hardinge, of King's Newton, co. Derby . . '77

Kane, of Drumreaske, co. Monaghan 35

Keane, of Hermitage, co. Clare 140

Leir, of Jaggards House, Wilts 44

Lloyd, of Dolobran, co. Montgomery 153

Longe, of Spixworth, Norfolk 97

Nevill, Earl of Westmoreland, etc. ri — 13

Rogers, of Devon, Lord Blachford 71

Roper, of Kent, Lord Teynham


Round, of Birch Hall, Essex 166, 167

Tennyson, of Great Grimsby, co. Lixc. , 23

Westby, of High Park, co. Wicklow 137

Wolseley, of Woi.seley, CO. Stafford 61

Woodforde, of Anshord, Somerset 48, 49


This list does tioi inchcde the iiatnes of those who are deceased. Italicised fiamcs
aJ>J>ear in the collateral or ;paternal lineages.

A'Beckett, Emma Louisa, wife of Arthur . . 83

Abergavenny, Marquis of Chart 2

Ackland, Dudley John. ) ,^5

Robert'Dudley. )'

Robert, Innes, Jane, Emily, Lilian . io6
Caroline . . . . . .106

Acton, Admiral Ferdinand, of the

Italian Navy . . . C!h

Acton, Charles, of Naples . . . . ,
Emerich, Ernest, Eugene, Fran- )
cis, Gastave, Harold, Willi im. \ '
Agar, Barbara Maria Roper, wife of Walter. \
Walter, Roper, Annie. i

Albright, Arthur. \

William, George, John. '
Alfred, Rachel, Mary, Maria . •

Allen, Ellen H., wife of George W. . ,
Emily, wife of Thomas. I
Ctarles, Griffith, Robert. J * *

Arion, Henry ...,,,

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Backhouse, Rosellen, relict of John. I q

Arthur, Rose, Rosellen, Agnes. ' * ' ^

Baddeley, Harriet Louisa, wife of Eraser . .108
Barclay, Elizabeth Mary, wife of Edward E. . 152
Barton, Agnes, wife of Rev. Edwin . . .38
Bassett, Augusta Maria, wife of Ralph . . 108
Bawden, Jane, wife of Rev. Joshua . . .130
Baxendale, Francis, Herbert, Arthur, Cyril, ) o
May, Ethel, Margaret. ] ^^

Bayldon, Daniel H " . 130

George Wood . . . , .130

Edward Herbert 130

John Cresswell ..... 130
Philip, Francis, Cyril, Edith . . . I30

Elizabeth Sarah . . . . .130

Bazeley, Elizabeth H., wife of Rev. Frank. |.

Hester, Beatrice, Ella, Florence, Dorothea. ) ' "
Beamish. Blanche Georgina, wife of Rear-Adml. 93
Beattie, Alice Jane, wife of Henry . . .89
Beatty. Sarah Jane, relict of James, i

Wallace, Henrj-. I ' * ' '^^J

Becher. Kathleen ...... 164


Belben, Emily, wife of George . ■ » . 132
Bell, Isabella, wife of William . . . .65

De Bertouch. IJeatrice Caroline, wife of Montagu . 1 70
Betty, Cordelia Frances, wife of Col. . . .93
Binyon, Mary, wife of Rev. Frederic. I , .0

John, Robert. Francis, Charles, Gilbert. ) " ^5°

Birkbeck, William Lloyd 150

Eirket, Emily (Mrs.) 90

Birkett, Lucy M., wife of John. I ,.^

Percival, Herbert, Arthur, Evelyn, > • '^^O

Francis John. N

John, Eleanor. /

Louisa. I ,

Mar>', Elsie. f • » • • '50

Reginald Halsey. \

Gerald. J

Blachford, Frederic, Lord . . chart 66
Blake, Henry Edgar V., of Renvyle,

CO. Galway . . . Chart 122

Blake, Caroline Johanna, relict of Edgar. )

Robert, Julia f ' '^^

Ethelbert Henry.
Arthur, William, Emma, Caroline, Ethc
Ethelstane Henry. }■ 12^

Herbert, Edgar, Ellen,
• Henry. ]

Valertine Henry. ^

Henry Anthony. \

Henrj', William, James, Edgar, Michael, K. j2(-
John, Julia, Mable, Anna, Sarah, Caroline, | ^
Eliza. -'

De Blaquiere, Peter Henry, of

Ontario Chart 118

George 120

Henry ...... 120

William . . . . . .120

Bligh, Lady Isabel M. F., wife of Rev. and )

Hon. E. V. ; ^°

Bosanquet, Louisa, wife of Edmund ¥.\

Edmund, Ernest, Catherine. ) ' '4

Boys, Fanny, rehct of George S. . . .115

Brackenbury, George, H.B.M. Con-
sul, Lisbon . . . Chart no
George. Augusta . . .11


Marion, Jessie,

Brackenbury, Edmund Bennet,
Edmond, Bennet,

Brackenbury, George, of Prescott,

Upper Canada . . • Chart

Thomas, Juliet, Minnie
Henry, Major ....
Julia, Henry, Mabel
Matilda Pell, relict of Algernon C.
Walter Charles, of Auckland
Brackenbur}', Catherine Mary . . • •
i.Col.\ Charles Booth. )

William, Charles, Richard, Lt. nel, >
Cyril, Hereivard, Georsiana, Maria. )
Ed'i-ard Feinvick. )

Edward, Arthur, Harold, Reginald, ■
Hilda. '

{Col.), Henry, C.B.


John William, C.M.G.
Julia, relict of Henry, i
Henry, Julia. S

Langley Joseph .
Louisa . . . • •

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