GERARD, of BRYN, Co. Lancaster.
22 May 1611
Sir JOHN GERARD, bart., born 8 Dec. 1804, succeeded his uncle, sir William, 2d Aug. 1826.
This family derives its origin from the same ancestor as the duke of Leinster, the marquess of Lansdowne, the lords Windsor (extinct), and many others, viz. Otho or Other, a powerful English baron in the time of king Edward the Confessor, whose son, Walter Fitz-Other was, at the time of the general survey of England 1078, castellan of Windsor. Gerald or Gerard, 3d son of Walter Fitz-Other, had a son, William Fitz-Gerard, who m. Emma, da. and h. of Richard de Kingsley; his descendants continued the surname of Gerard, and settled first at Kingsley, Co. Chester, and afterwards at the Brynne, co. Lancaster. From a younger branch of this family, settled at Ince, Co. Lancaster, descended Thomas Gerard, created baron Gerard, of Gerard's Bromley 1603; and Charles Gerard, created baron Gerard, of Brandon, and earl of Macclesfield, all which titles are now extinct. Fourteenth in descent from William Fitzgerald above named, was
I. Sir THOMAS GERARD, 1st bart. The £1000 which he was to have given for it was
returned, in consideration of his father's great sufferings upon account of queen Mary,
mother to king James the First. He m. 1st, Cecily, da. of sir Walter Maney, knt., by whom
he had issue,
1. Sir THOMAS, 2d bart.
2. Frances, m. Ralph Standish, of Standish, co Lancaster, esq.
Sir Thomas m., 2dly, Mary, da. of James Hawes, and widow of sir Thomas Lee, knt.; and 3dly, Mary, da. of William Dormer, esq., and widow of - Browne, esq.; by the last two he hah no issue. Sir Thomas d. and was succeeded by his only son,
II. Sir THOMAS, 2d bart., m. Frances, da. of sir Richard Molineux, bart. (ancestor of the earls of Sefton), and had issue,
1. Sir WILLIAM, 3d bart.
2. Richard, went into Maryland with Mr. Calvert, lord Baltimore's uncle, lord proprietor thereof. He afterwards signalized himself as an officer of the kings army in the civil wars. After the restoration of king Charles II. as appointed cup-bearer to the queen-mother, and d. Sept. 1686, leaving issue
6. John; all d. unm
7. Frances, a nun, at Gravelines
Sir Thomas d. and was succeeded by his eldest son,
III. Sir WILLIAM, who, having expended large sums in the king's
service during the civil wars, and being one of the last who held out for his majesty, had
his estate sequestrated, and was obliged to repurchase it from the parliament. Sir William
m. Elizabeth, da. of sir Cuthbert Clifton, knt., and had issue,
1. Sir WILLIAM, 4th bart.
2. Thomas, who was first a captain, and afterwards a monk.
3. Cuthbert, d. op.
4. John, who m. the heiress of Ince, but d. s.p.
5. Frances, wife of Francis Howard, esq.
IV. Sir WILLIAM, 4th bart., m., 1st, Anne, da. of sir John Preston,
bart., and by her had issue,
1. Sir WILLIAM, 5th bart.
2. Thomas; 3. John,
4. Francis; 5. Mate; 6. Elizabeth.
7. Anne, m. Charles Waterton, esq.
8. Bridget; 9. Frances; 10. Winifred.
Sir William m. 2dly, Mary, sister of sir Edward Mostyn, of Talacre, co. Flint, bart., and widow of James Pool, esq.; by her he had no issue. He was succeeded by his eldest son,
V. Sir WILLIAM, m. Mary, 2d da. of John Cancefield, esq., by whom he
1. Anne; 2. Mary; 3. Elizabeth, who all d. unm.
4. Sir WILLIAM, 6th bart.
6. Thomas, who d. an infant.
VI. Sir WILLIAM, who succeeded his father, m. Elizabeth, 4th da. of Thomas Clifton, esq., by whom he had,
1. Sir WILLIAM, 7th bart.
2. Sir Thomas, 8th bart.
3. Sir ROBERT-CANSFIELD, 9th bart.
Sir William d. 9 Dec. 1732, and was succeeded by his eldest son,
VII. Sir WILLIAM, who d. unm. 22 March 1740, and was succeeded by his brother,
VIII. Sir THOMAS, m. but d. without male issue 25 June 1780, was succeeded by his next brother,
IX. Sir ROBERT-CANSFIELD, m. Catherine, da. of William Anderton, of
Euxton, esq., and by her (who d. Jan. 1821) had issue,
1. Sir ROBERT, 10th bart.
2. Sir WILLIAM, 11th bart.
3. John, of Windle Hall, co Lancaster, m. 22 Feb. 1803, Elizabeth, da. of Edward Ferrers, of Baddesley Clinton, co Warwick, esq., and d. 22 May 1 2, leaving issue-1. Sir John, present bart.-2. William, b. 18 May 1806-3. Robert, b. 12 May l808--4. Frederick, b. 23 Dec. 1811-5. Thomas-Alexander, b 11 July 1812--6. Charles, b. 10 March 1814--7. Eliza, b. 26 Feb. 1805--fl. Catherine, b. 22 Oct. 1815.
4. Thomas, d. young.
6. Maria, m. Thomas Stapylton, of Grove, co. York, esq., and d. 9 Feb.
7. Catharine, m. Thomas-Strikland Standish, of Standish Hall, Co. Lancaster, esq.
8. Ellen, d. an infant.
Sir Robert d. 6 March 1784, and was succeeded by his eldest son,
X. Sir ROBERT, who d. during his minority, at Liege, in Germany, 26 Aug. 1791, and was succeeded by his brother,
XI. Sir WILLIAM, b. 12 July 1773, m. 21 Dec. 1795, Anna Maria, da. of Miles Stapleton, of Richmond, co. York, esq., but by her (who d. 13 Sept. 1808) had no issue, and d. 2 Aug. 1826 was succeeded by his nephew,
XII. Sir JOHN, present bart.
Arms-(See Plate 1.) Argent, a saltire, gules.
Crest-A monkey statant proper, chained round the loins, or.
Motto-En Dieu est mon espérance.
Seat-At Gareswood Hall, co. Lancaster.
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