Gerard Family of Bryn

Reference sources -

1. Pedigree of Gerard, of Bryn, co. Lancaster - Foster Pedigrees
2. Knights of England, by Shaw
3. The English Jesuits From Campion to Martindale, by Bernard Basset
4. Prisoners of the Tower by A H Cook formerly Chief Warder at H.M. Tower of London. (2 hand-written volumes)
5. 1575 will of - Dame Jane Gerard of Bromley in the county of Staffs, widow - Lancashire Record Society - Vol. 30 - Lancashire and Cheshire Wills
6. Duchy of Lancaster: Court of Duchy Chamber: Pleadings, Depositions and Examinations, Series.II. Public Record Office Online Catalogue PROCAT
7. Records of the Palatinate of Lancaster (Ref. Public Record Office) - Lancashire Feet of Fines page.
8. Access to Archives (A2A) - Lancashire Record Office

Gerard Knights - Ref. 2

1544 May 11 Thomas Gerrat
(Gerard)
  Knight made by the Earl of Hertford at Leith in Scotland

Kt.

1553 Oct 2

 

Garret

Lord Fitzgerald

Knight Bachelor - made the day after the Coronation of Queen Mary, in the presence of the Queen, by the Earl of Arundel, lord steward of the Household.

Kt.

1553 Oct 2

Thomas

Gerrard

 

Knight Bachelor - made the day after the Coronation of Queen Mary, in the presence of the Queen, by the Earl of Arundel, lord steward of the Household.

Kt.

1555 William Garret
[Gerard]
Lord Mayor of London  

Kt.

1579 Jul 5

Gilbert

Gerard

Attorney General,

dubbed at Greenwich

Kt.

1579 Oct 11

William

Gerard
(Gerald)

Lord Chancellor of Ireland

dubbed in Ireland by Sir William Drury Lord Justice

Kt.

1591 Sep 27

Thomas

Gerrard

 

Knight, made by Robert, Earl of Essex, before Rouen

Kt.

1603 Jul 23 William Gerrard (Garrard Garrett) of Dorney Bucks Berkshire At Whitehall, before the Coronation of King James

Kt.

1603 Apr 18

Thomas

Gerrard

of Bryn

dubbed by King James

Kt.

1610 Jun 2

Gilbert

Gerard

Lord Gerard

Knight of the Bath at the creation of Prince Henry, Prince of Wales at Durham House. Gilbert Gerard, son of and afterwards 2nd Lord Gerard

K.B.

1615 Feb 26

John

Garrett (Garrard)

of Lamer, Herts.

At Whitehall

Kt.

1615 Mar 21

Thomas

Gerrard

 

at Royston

Kt.

1617 Aug 12

Charles

Gerard (Garrett)

of co. Middlesex

at Ashton Hall in Lancashire a mansion of Lord Gerard's

Kt.

1628 Jun 29 Thomas Gerrard (Garret) of Leicester at Whitehall

Kt.

1641 Dec 3

George

Garret

 

At Hampton Court

Kt.

1641 Dec 3

Jacob

Gerrard

 

At Hampton Court

Kt.


Prisoners of The Tower of London - Ref. 4
1540 Thomas Gerard A convert to the doctrines of Luther, was imprisoned in the Tower, then taken on a hurdle to Smithfield and burnt as a heretic on 30th July 1540.
1571 Sir Thomas Gerard Imprisoned in the Tower for alleged involvement in the Ridolfi plot.
1585 John Gerard A Jesuit imprisoned for attempting to leave England without licence. On release he went to Rome.
1588 John Gerard A Jesuit, who returned to this country, was betrayed by a servant, and committed to the Tower and tortured. With the help of John Arden, a Roman Catholic priest and also a prisoner, he escaped from the Tower in 1597. He was later suspected of complicity in the Gunpowder Plot, and escaped to Rome in 1606.

1. Thomas Gerard of Kingsley and Bryn
Baptised -
Burial -
Father -
Mother -
Married - Douce, daughter of Sir Thomas Assherton of Ashton-under-Lyme
Issue -
1.1 Peter

1.1 Peter Gerard
Baptised -
Burial - 1494 - Winwick
Father - Thomas Gerard
Mother - Douce, daughter of Sir Thomas Assherton of Ashton-under-Lyme
Married - Margaret, daughter of Sir William Stanley of Hooton (1464 - ) 1476 (Dispensation 1481)
Issue -
1.1.1 Thomas
1.1.2 Joan - married Richard Done of Uckington
1.1.3 Isebella - married Sir Richard Langton (Baron of Newton, Lancashire)
1.1.4 Alice - married Thomas Radcliffe Esq. of Wymersley, Lancashire
1.1.5 Jane - married John Southworth Esq. of Samelsbury

1.1.1 Thomas Gerard
Baptised -
Burial - 1510
Father - Peter Gerard
Mother - Margaret Stanley
Married - Margaret daughter of Sir Edmund Trafford
Issue -
1.1.1.1 Thomas
1.1.1.2 Margaret - married Peter Legh of Lyme
1.1.1.3 Catherine - married 1552 Thomas Hoghton of Hoghton Tower
1.1.1.4 Elizabeth - married Richard Bold of Bold
1.1.1.5 Anne - married Richard Assherton of Middleton

DL 41/257 Facts from the 1510 Post Mortem Inquisition of Thomas Gerard. Ref. 6 .

  • At Lancaster
  • William Smith
  • Thomas Gerard
  • Ashton in Makerfield, Wyndill, Garston, Skelmasdale, Kirkby, Sutton, Melling, Golbourne
  • Peter Gerard and Margaret
  • William Stanley of Hooton, John Ashton, Peter Legh
  • Richard Langton, Robert Charnock, Roger Gerard, James Strangways, Peter Warburton,

1.1.1.1 Thomas Gerard
Baptised -
Burial - 1540
Father - Thomas Gerard
Mother - Margaret Trafford
Married - Jane ( - 1575) daughter of Sir Peter Legh of Haydoc and Lyme
Issue -
1.1.1.1.1 Sir Thomas
1.1.1.1.2 Catherine - married William Tarbock

30th July 1540 - Thomas Gerard, a convert to the doctrines of Luther, was imprisoned in the Tower, then taken on a hurdle to Smithfield and burnt as a heretic. Ref. 4

Facts from the 1575 will of Dame Jane Gerard of Bromley in the county of Staffs, widow. Ref. 5

  • made - 20 November 1575
  • Sir Thomas Gerard - son
  • Dame Elizabeth Gerard - daughter in law
  • Margaret Tarbock and her sister Frances Tarbock - her daughter's children
  • Their 2 Uncles - 1) Dame Jane's son, and 2 ) Uncle Tarbock (this must be Sir Edward Tarbock)
  • Sir Peter Legh - brother
  • Henry Eccleston - cousin
  • George Legh - brother
  • Robert Charnocke - son in law
  • Ellen Standley - sister
  • Elizabeth Downes - sister
  • Alice Rowley - sister
  • Jane Worsley, Edmunde Allat, John Langton, William Dorringe - servants
  • Margaret Allat, Fraunces Whyte, Alice Knoell, Richard Asseldey, Edmund Davy, Margery Langton,
  • Executors - Sir Thomas Gerard, Sir Peter Legh her brother, Robert Charnocke her son in law, Henry Eccleston her cousin, and Edmund Allat her trusty servant
  • Witnesses - John Langton, William Doryngton, Elizabeth Downes, and Alice Rowley
  • Will is signed

1.1.1.1.1 Sir Thomas Gerard
Baptised -
Burial -
Father - Thomas Gerard
Mother - Jane Legh
Married - Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Port of Etwall, Derbyshire
Issue -
1.1.1.1.1.1 Sir Thomas Gerard
1.1.1.1.1.2 John Gerard - Jesuit Priest
1.1.1.1.1.3 Mary Gerard - married John Jennison Esq. of Walworth, Durham
1.1.1.1.1.4 Martha - married Michael Jennison, brother to John Jennison Esq.
1.1.1.1.1.5X Sir Thomas Gerard - illegitimate

Sir Thomas Gerard - Knight Bachelor made 2nd October 1553, the day after the Coronation of Queen Mary, in the presence of the Queen, by the Earl of Arundel, lord steward of the Household. Ref. 2

1571 Sir Thomas Gerard - imprisoned in the Tower for alleged involvement in the Ridolfi plot. Ref. 4

1585 - John Gerard a Jesuit Priest - imprisoned in The Tower of London for attempting to leave England without licence. On release he went to Rome. Ref. 4

1588 - John Gerard returned to this country, was betrayed by a servant, and committed to the Tower and tortured. With the help of John Arden, a Roman Catholic priest and also a prisoner, he escaped from the Tower in 1597. He was later suspected of complicity in the Gunpowder Plot, and escaped to Rome in 1606. Ref. 4

John Gerard now in exile, bought a site in Liege. The chief benefactor being William Browne, brother to Lord Montacute, helped by Sir William Stanley and Sir George Talbot, John Gerard's relatives - Ref. 3

1586 - Records of the Palatinate of Lancaster PL 17/48 - folios - 258, 259, 260, 261 and 262 - Land lease between Sir Thomas Gerrard, Elizabeth his wife, their son Thomas Gerrard Esq., Richard Standley, James Rogerson and William Slyneheade, concerning 30 acres of pasture in Ashton in Makerfield in the parish of Winwick. This agreement is for the whole lifetime of Richard and the whole lifetime of Thomas Standley, the second son of William Standley, Richard's brother. - Ref. 7


1.1.1.1.1.1 Sir Thomas Gerard
Baptised -
Burial -
Father - Sir Thomas Gerard
Mother - Elizabeth Port
Married 1) - Cecily, daughter of Sir Walter Mansey of Staplehurst, Kent
Married 2) - Mary, daughter of Sir James Hawes Lord Mayor of London
Married 3) - Mary, daughter of William Dormer Esq
Issue -
Knighted by the King 18th April 1603 Ref. 2

Records held by Lancashire Record Office relating to Heighley Carr - Ref. 8

LANCASHIRE COUNTY QUARTER SESSIONS, Catalogue Ref. Q, ENROLLED DEEDS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS, Deeds of bargain and sale -

  1. Sir Thomas Gerarde of the Brynn and Thomas his son and heir of Heighley Carr, to Thomas Langton, esq., Baron of Newton-in-Makerfield Wyndell - ref. QDD/9/m29 - 5 Jun 1597

  2. Sir Thomas Gerarde of the Brynne and Thomas his son and heir of Heighley Carr, to Gylbert Crofte of Wyndell, husbandman - ref. QDD/9/m21 - 5 Jun 1597

  3. Sir Thomas Gerarde of the Brinne and his son and heir Thomas of Heighley Carr, esq., to Peter Nalior of Ashton-in-Makerfielde, yeoman - ref. QDD/9/m2 - 5 Jun 1597

  4. Sir Thomas Gerard of the Brinne and his son Thomas of Heighley Carr, esq., to Raphe Morres of Newton-in-Makerfield, yeoman - ref. QDD/5/m17d - 1 Sep 1598

  5. Thomas Langton, Baron of Newton, and Thomas Gerrarde of Heighleygh Carr, gent, and his son and heir, Thomas, to William Woddfall, citizen and tayler of London. - Windle - ref. QDD/12/m22 - 13 July 1599


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