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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sir Richard Vernon, MP, Speaker of the Commons

Since Vernon was only ten when his father died, in July 1400, he had to wait another 11 years for livery of his inheritance. This comprised the forestership of Macclesfield forest, together with the manors of Marpie and Wibersley in Cheshire; and estates centred upon Draycott, Harlaston and Pipe Ridware in Staffordshire, and Bakewell, Baslow, Calver, Haddon, Netherseal and Rowsley in Derbyshire. The custody of the Cheshire properties was granted piecemeal to (Sir) Roger Leche*, a senior official of the duchy of Lancaster, who was clearly anxious to extend his interests in the palatinate having already acquired the marriage and wardship of Sir Richard Vernon of Shipbrook’s young son and heir, Richard, after his father’s death fighting on the rebel side at the battle of Shrewsbury.7. The MP’s family (who are not to be confused with the Shipbrook branch) also owned the manors of Stackpole Elidor, Bosherton and Rudbaxton in Pembrokeshire, Pendine and ‘Cantrewyn’ in Carmarthenshire, Pitchcott and Adstock (with the advowsons of both churches) in Buckinghamshire and Meaburn Maulds and Newby in Westmorland, along with scattered holdings in Cumberland, but these, like the rest of the family estates, had been divided up to provide Richard’s mother and paternal grandmother, Juliana Pembridge, with dowers.8 The latter’s death, in 1410, not only enabled him to recover a substantial share of his patrimony, but also brought him the extensive possessions of Juliana’s brother, Sir Fulk Pembridge*, who had died childless shortly before. Thus, on his coming of age, Richard Vernon also became owner of the castle and lordship of Tong in Shropshire and the manor of Aylestone in Leicestershire. By July 1416 he was, in addition, seised of Little Appleby in the latter county, as well as land in Seckington, Warwickshire; and he duly settled the greater part of his inheritance upon a panel of trustees, which included Sir Thomas Maureward* and Hugh Erdeswyk*.   


Sir Richard Vernon, MP, Speaker of the Commons is your 17th great grandfather.
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your father →  Mamie C. Nichols (Collins) 
his mother →  Martha Collins (BARTLETT) 
her mother →  Nancy Rachel Bartlett (KING) 
her mother → Sarah Ann King (Bartlett) 
her mother →  Reuben S. BARTLETT 
her father →  John Garner Bartlett 
his father →  WILLIAM BARTLETT 
his father →  WILLIAM BERKLEY 
his father →  Margaret (Brent) Bartlett 
his mother →  Richard Brent 
her father →  Elizabeth Brent 
his mother →  Edward Giles Richard Reed 
her father →  Peter Reed 
his father → Isiod Reade 
his mother →  William Stanley 
her father →  Humphrey Stanley, Sir Knight, Sheriff of Stafford 
his father →  Elizabeth or Matilda (Vernon) Stanley 
his mother →  Sir Richard Vernon, MP, Speaker of the Commons 
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