Monday, 8 February 2016

(205) Ashfield of Stow Hall and Eastwood Park, baronets

Ashfield of Stow Hall, baronets
The Ashfields are said to have been settled at Stowlangtoft (Suffolk) from the mid 14th century until 1614, but very little is known about the house they had there, which was largely rebuilt in the 1620s. Sir Robert Ashfield (c.1555-1624), who sold the Stow Hall estate, had settled in Ireland, where he was knighted in 1598, but although it seems likely that he went there as part of one of the Elizabethan plantations, there seems to be no record of him in the surviving sources. His only recorded son, Sir John Ashfield (c.1597-1638), seems to have been brought up in England, and was knighted in 1615 at King James I's palace at Theobalds (Herts). Sir John was a near contemporary of the king's son, Prince Charles, and perhaps a close companion, for he was made a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to the Prince and in 1626 was the first person to be made a baronet after Charles succeeded his father as king. This position at court was not matched by his estate, which until he married seems to have consisted only of whatever property in Ireland his father left him. His marriage, in 1627, to Elizabeth, the daughter and heir of Sir Richard Sutton and the widow of Sir James Altham of Oxhey (Herts), brought him a farmhouse called Nether Hall at Harkstead (Suffolk) and a house called Fosters at Acton (Middx), where he seems to have lived, and which may have been on the site later occupied by East Acton Manor House. The family are sometimes said to have owned Nether Hall at Pakenham (Suffolk), but this is a confusion arising from the existence of a house with the same name as their Harkstead property in a parish adjacent to Stowlangtoft.

Sir John died in 1638, leaving as his heir his son Sir Richard Ashfield (c.1629-84), 2nd bt., then a boy of about nine, who was brought up by his mother at Acton. In about 1650 Sir Richard was married to Mary Rogers, the heiress of Sir Richard Rogers of Eastwood Park (Glos), who brought him that estate. In 1655 his mother remarried, and the following year he sold the Acton estate to a London alderman, John Perryn. Thereafter, he seems to have divided his time between London and Eastwood Park. By two wives he had twelve children, and when he died in 1684 his property passed to the eldest surviving son, Sir John Ashfield (1654-1714), 3rd bt. Sir John appears to have already been seriously in debt, perhaps as a result of speculations in North American property, and in the very year he inherited he sold the Eastwood Park estate to Sir Robert Jenkinson. This sale does not seem to have solved his problems, and in 1692 it was said that he had 'wasted his estate'. His wife and children predeceased him, and when he died in 1714 the little he had left passed to his sister, Elizabeth Selby. The baronetcy died with him.


Stow Hall, Stowlangtoft, Suffolk


The present Stowlangtoft Hall dates from 1859 and stands on a different site to the previous Stow Hall which was occupied by the Ashfield and D'Ewes families. Apart from its position, almost nothing is known about the Ashfields' house here, which was extensively remodelled for Paul D'Ewes in about 1625 and partly rebuilt in 1792 before being destroyed by fire in the mid 19th century. There are said to be some watercolours of the house made in 1835. 

Descent: Robert de Ashfield (fl. 1455); to son, John Ashfield (fl. 1470); to son, John Ashfield (d. 1499); to son, George Ashfield (d. c.1518); to son, Robert Ashfield (d. 1550); to son, Robert Ashfield (c.1535-1613); to son, Sir Robert Ashfield (c.1555-1624), kt., who sold 1614 to Paul d'Ewes (d. 1631); to son, Sir Simonds d'Ewes (1602-50), 1st bt.; to son, Sir Willoughby d'Ewes (c.1650-85), 2nd bt.; to son, Sir Simonds d'Ewes (1670-1722), 3rd bt.; sold 1716 to Thomas Norton (d. 1756); sold by his executors 1760 to Sir Thomas Rawlinson (d. 1769), kt.; to son, Sir Walter Rawlinson (1734-1805), kt., who partly rebuilt the house, 1792; to sister, wife of Sir George Wombwell (1769-1846), 2nd bt., who sold 1825 to Joseph Wilson (d. 1851); to son, Henry Wilson (1797-1866), who built a new house on a different site in 1859; to son, Fuller Maitland Wilson (1825-75); to son, Arthur Maitland Wilson (1857-1934); sold 1929 to A.J. Edwards who let it to London County Council as an evacuation centre; to daughter Joan Catchpole, who leased it as a care home from 1969; to Mr & Mrs John Catchpole.


Eastwood Park, Falfield, Gloucestershire


Eastwood Park was one of the chaces of the manor of Thornbury, and was granted with Thornbury Castle in 1554 to Henry, Lord Stafford; but in the 1560s, Eastwood was separated from this larger property and sold to the tenant, Thomas Tyndale. It is not clear whether there was a house here at that time, or if so whether it was anything more than a hunting lodge, but by the 1630s the house was evidently the residence of Sir Richard Rogers as he was described as ‘of Falfield’. From 1684 the owners were the Jenkinsons, who had their principal seat at Hawkesbury and used Eastwood only for hunting; and in 1779, Samuel Rudder reported that the house was 'a large mansion house...now converted to a farm house'. Even after the house at Hawkesbury was pulled down about 1780, the lack of a Gloucestershire seat was not a major issue for the Jenkinsons until the 1820s, when the 2nd Earl of Liverpool (Prime Minister, 1812-27) began to contemplate his retirement from politics. He married in 1822 at the age of 52, and shortly afterwards began to build a new house in Eastwood Park, but he had a severe and disabling stroke in 1827, which left him paralysed until his death eighteen months later, and the new house was abandoned unfinished.

Very little is known about the house which Lord Liverpool began because when Sir G.S. Jenkinson built the house which stands today, he pulled down part of it and entirely engulfed the rest.  No architect is recorded for the work and no drawings of the house appear to survive.  There is, however, a block plan on the Thornbury tithe map of 1842, which shows that the footprint of the house was very much the same as that of its successor.  It is also known that, although incomplete, the house was sufficiently far advanced to be occupied by a tenant in the 1840s; it was let with a garden but without other land to Timothy Roach, a member of a prominent yeoman family in the Thornbury area. The lack of information about the house is tantalising because Lord Liverpool employed Sir John Soane no less than four times: for alterations to Coombe Lodge, Kingston, Surrey, in 1801-09; to Fife House, Whitehall, in 1809; to Walmer Cottage, Kent in 1812; and to 10-11 Downing Street in 1825-26.  The latter was an official commission in connection with Soane’s post as one of the Architects of the Office of Works, but took place at just the time when Eastwood was under construction.  Soane was also a close friend of the family, and was reported to be much affected by the death of Lord Liverpool’s first wife, who was a daughter of the Earl-Bishop of Derry, who had been one of his first patrons. Soane’s practice is exceptionally well documented, however, and there is no record of his designing a country house for Lord Liverpool in the 1820s; indeed, Soane was 70 in 1823 and almost at the end of his professional career.

In 1855 the property passed to Sir George Samuel Jenkinson, who brought a typically Victorian moral earnestness to the management of the estate.  In 1857 it was proposed to enlarge the existing chapel of ease at Falfield, but Jenkinson offered to meet much of the cost of constructing a completely new church to the designs of Samuel Daukes, and this was begun in 1859 and consecrated on 30 July 1860. 

Eastwood Park: a Victorian photograph of the entrance front, showing the curious roof of the tower, later removed

It would seem very likely that it was also to Daukes that Jenkinson turned for plans for a new house, although no documentary evidence for this appears to survive.  The new house was finished by 1862, and it seems probable that Jenkinson first secured Daukes as the architect for his house, and obtained plans from him for the church subsequently. The new house that Jenkinson built included, as has been noted, some part of its predecessor, but nothing of this is identifiable today.  It now appears as a solid and imposing but not especially agreeable house in a free style that owes most to late 17th century French models, but which remains unmistakably Victorian.  It is built of coursed, squared rubble, so even as to look remarkably like white brick, with darker freestone dressings.  The north-facing entrance front has an off-centre porte-cochère tower that has now lost its original concave-sided pyramidal roof and gabled dormers.  The elevations are of two storeys, with French quoins at the angles, a modillion eaves cornice, gabled dormers in the hipped roofs (now with artificial stone slates) and panelled chimneystacks.  

Eastwood Park: garden front, c.1985. Image: Nicholas Kingsley. Made available under this Creative Commons licence

On the nine-bay east front, the two bays at either end are brought forward as wings, and the first-floor windows have balconies with pierced parapets supported on carved brackets.  The windows on this front have been replaced in the 20th century, and the dormers have been altered all round the house, but otherwise the original fenestration of cross-windows appears intact.  Inside, there is a cantilevered staircase with a cast iron balustrade, lit by a stained glass window depicting the heraldry of the Jenkinsons.  The dining room has a decorative plaster cornice, but otherwise the interiors are remarkably plain.  A fine pair of mahogany double doors under a fanlight in the former music room may conceivably be a survival from the house of the 1820s, but look earlier and were probably imported from elsewhere.

The Trustees of the Jenkinson estate sold the house and 1,579 acres in 1916 to Charles Tucker of Home Farm.  He in turn sold it in 1919 to Edgar Watts, a Bristol-based colliery and shipping magnate, who is reputed to have spent significant sums on modernising the house, and who probably took the top off the tower. He sold a good deal of the estate during the 1920s, but lived in the house until about 1930, when it was sold with 474 acres.  The house was then unoccupied until it was bought by the Government in 1935 for use as a civilian anti-gas training school, which opened in 1936.  It remained in use for civil defence purposes until 1968, when the Home Office transferred it to the Department of Health, which ran it as a residential training centre for hospital engineering and estate management.  In 1997 the conference centre moved into the private sector as part of Fujitsu Services, and in 2003 it became an independent concern following a management buy-out.  Eastwood Park Ltd. continues to run it as a training and conference centre and wedding venue.

Descent: Crown granted 1554 to Henry Stafford, Baron Stafford; sold 1560s to Thomas Tyndale (c.1530-71); to son or cousin, Thomas Tyndale (d. 1619); to son, Thomas Tyndale (d. 1671), who sold 1628 to Sir Richard Rogers (d. 1636); to daughter, Mary, wife of Sir Richard Ashfield (1629-84), 2nd bt.; to son, Sir John Ashfield (1654-1714), 3rd bt., who sold 1684 to Sir Robert Jenkinson (c.1654-1710), 2nd bt.; to son, Sir Robert Jenkinson (1685-1717), 3rd bt.; to brother, Sir Banks Jenkinson (1687-1738), 4th bt.; to son, Sir Robert Jenkinson (1720-66), 5th bt.; to brother, Sir Banks Jenkinson (1721-90), 6th bt.; to second cousin, Sir Charles Jenkinson (1729-1808), 7th bt. and 1st Earl of Liverpool; to son, Robert Jenkinson (1770-1828), 2nd Earl of Liverpool and Prime Minister; to half-brother, Charles Jenkinson, 3rd Earl of Liverpool; to cousin, Sir Charles Jenkinson (1779-1855), 10th bt.; to nephew, Sir George Samuel Jenkinson (1817-92), 11th bt.; to son, Sir George Banks Jenkinson (1851-1915), 12th bt.; to grandson, Sir Anthony Banks Jenkinson (1912-89), 13th bt., whose trustees sold 1916 to Charles Tucker; sold 1919 to Edgar Watts... sold 1935 to HM Government; sold 2003 to Eastwood Park Ltd.



Ashfield family, baronets



Ashfield, George (d. c.1518). Son of John Ashfield (d. 1499) of Stowlangtoft and his wife Margaret, daughter of John Wentworth of Gosfield (Essex). He married Margery, daughter of John Cheeke of Bludhall, Debenham (Suffolk) and had issue including:
(1) Robert Ashfield (d. 1550) (q.v.);
(2) Martha Ashfield (d. 1549); married John Doggett of Bures (Norfk) and had issue two sons; buried at Bures, 1549;
(3) Elizabeth Ashfield (fl. 1549); mentioned in her brother's will; unmarried in 1549;
(4) Henry Ashfield (d. by 1549); referred to in his brother's will;
(5) Florence Ashfield; married Edward Brooke of Aspall (Suffolk) and had issue;
(6) Amy Ashfield; married Reinold Rous of Haddingham (Norfolk);
He inherited the Stow Hall estate from his father in 1499.
He died about 1518.

Ashfield, Robert (d. 1550). Son of Robert Ashfield (d. c.1518) and his wife Margery Cheeke of Bludhall, Debenham (Suffolk). He married 1st, Margaret (d. 1536), daughter of Sir Simon Le Gros, kt. and 2nd, Alice (d. 1547), daughter of Sir Thomas Jermyn, kt. of Rushbrooke (Suffk) and had issue:
(2.1) Robert Ashfield (c.1535-1613) (q.v.);
(2.2) William Ashfield (fl. 1549);
(2.3) Thomas Ashfield (fl. 1549);
(2.4) George Ashfield; educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (admitted 1554);
(2.5) John Ashfield; educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (admitted 1554) and Middle Temple (admitted 1561)
(2.6) [Sir?] Edmund Ashfield of Shimpling Hall (Suffk); educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (admitted 1554) and Grays Inn (admitted 1561); perhaps the man of this name who was knighted, 1570; married [forename unknown] Harvey of Suffolk;
(2.9) Anne Ashfield (fl. 1549); married, after 1549, John Sturt of Highgate (Middx);
(2.10) Mary Ashfield (fl. 1549).
He inherited the Stow Hall estate from his father in about 1518.
He died in 1550 and was buried at Stowlangtoft; his will was proved 10 May 1550. His first wife died in 1536. His second wife died 4 January 1546/7 and was buried at Stowlangtoft.

Ashfield, Robert (c.1535-1613). Eldest son of Robert Ashfield (d. 1550) and his second wife Alice, daughter of Sir Thomas Jermyn, born about 1535. High Sheriff of Suffolk, 1576-77. He married 1st, c.1553, Alice, daughter of William Clopton of Liston (Essex) and 2nd, c.1560, Frances, daughter of Robert Spring of Lavenham (Suffk), and had issue:
(1.1) Sir Robert Ashfield (c.1555-1624), kt. (q.v.);
(1.2) Anne Ashfield; married, 1577 at Stowlangtoft, Anthony Denny esq. of Norfolk but had no issue;
(1.3) Jane Ashfield; died without issue;
(1.4) Mary Ashfield; died without issue;
(2.1) John Ashfield (c.1560-1639) of Wicken in Badwell (Suffk); a Puritan in religion; married, 1612 at Stowlangtoft, Mary Cleare (fl. 1633) of Stokesby but had no issue; living in 1638; will proved 12 July 1639;
(2.2) Dorothy Ashfield (d. 1626); in youth 'a beautiful brown woman' who was fond of the finer things in life; she married, 1590 at Stowlangtoft (and had issue by), Sir Richard Ogle (d. 1627), kt. of Pinchbeck (Lincs) who ran up debts and mortgages and died in the Fleet Prison; when his creditors foreclosed and he was imprisoned for debt in 1616 she attempted suicide but was saved by the prompt intervention of a passing surgeon; lived subsequently with her brother John and died 1626;
(2.3) Thomas Ashfield (d. before 1602) of Hopton (Suffk); married Ellen, daughter of John Holditch of Ranworth (Norfk) and widow of Thomas Prettyman of Bawton. and had issue two daughters;
(2.4) William Ashfield; died in the Portugal expedition, 1589;
(2.5) Francis Ashfield; died in the Portugal expedition, 1589.
He inherited the Stow Hall estate from his father.
He died in 1613; his will was proved 2 September 1613. His first wife died before 1560. His second wife survived him but her date of death has not been traced.

Ashfield, Sir Robert (c.1555-1624), kt. Only son of Robert Ashfield (d. 1613) and his first wife Alice, daughter of William Clapton of Lyston (Essex), born about 1555. Knighted in Dublin, 24 September 1598. He married, 1588, Anne (d. 1637?), daughter of Sir John Tasburgh of Flixton (Suffk), and had issue including:
(1) Sir John Ashfield (c.1597-1635), kt. and 1st bt. (q.v.).
On his marriage he received a dowry of £1,000. He inherited the Stow Hall estate from his father in 1613, but sold it in 1614 to Paul D'Ewes and according to the Visitiation of Suffolk went to live in Ireland.
He died about October 1624. His widow may be identifiable with the Anne Ashfield buried at Ixworth (Suffk), 2 September 1637.

Ashfield, Sir John (c.1597-1638), kt. and 1st bt. Only child of Sir Robert Ashfield (d. 1624), kt. and his wife Anne, daughter of Sir John Tasburgh, kt. Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to King Charles I. Knighted by King James I at Theobalds House, 3 June 1615; and created a baronet by King Charles I, 20 June 1626 (being the first person so honoured by the king after his accession). He married, 1627 (licence 30 April), Elizabeth (b. c.1600), daughter and heir of Sir Richard Sutton, kt. of Acton (Middx) and widow of Sir James Altham of Oxhey, kt., and had issue including:
(1) Anne Ashfield (c.1625?-98); married, 6 March 1644/5 at St Bartholomew-the-Less, London, Thomas Tresham of Lyveden (Northants); died about 1698; will proved 1 December 1698;
(2) Sir Richard Ashfield (c.1629-84), 2nd bt. (q.v.);
(3) Mary Ashfield;
(4) Sutton Ashfield (fl. 1683); living in Westminster (Middx), 1674-83;
(5) Dorothy Ashfield.
He inherited Nether Hall, Harkstead and Fosters, Acton (Middx) in right of his wife.
He was buried at Acton (Middx), 3 November 1638; administration of his goods was granted 30 November 1638. His widow married 3rd, 12 November 1655 at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London, Sir Richard Minshull (d. 1667) of Ongar Park (Essex); her date of death has not been traced.

Ashfield, Sir Richard (c.1629-84), 2nd bt. Elder son of Sir John Ashfield (c.1597-1638), kt. and 1st bt., and his wife Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Sir Richard Sutton, kt., and widow of Sir James Altham, kt., born about 1629. Sheriff of Gloucestershire, 1668-69. He married 1st, c.1650, Mary, daughter and co-heir of Sir Richard Rogers, kt. of Eastwood Park (Glos) and 2nd,  20 February 1673/4 at St Mary Magdalen, Old Fish St., London, Dorcas (d. c.1687), daughter of James Hore esq., goldsmith and Comptroller of the Mint, and widow of [forename unknown] Burchett, and had issue including:
(1.1) Richard Ashfield (1651-56), baptised at Acton (Middx), 26 February 1651/2; died aged 5 and was buried at Thornbury (Glos), 27 May 1656 where he is commemorated by a monument;
(1.2) Sir John Ashfield (1654-1714), 3rd bt. (q.v.);
(1.3) Richard Ashfield (c.1657-93), born c.1657; educated at Magdalen College, Oxford (matriculated 1673/4 aged 17) and Middle Temple (called to bar 1682); barrister-at-law; married c.1677 (licence 26 December), Mary Gunning of St Dunstan-in-the-West, London but had no issue; died 1693 and was buried at the Temple Church, London;
(1.4) Thomas Ashfield (d. 1661); buried 15 April 1661;
(1.5) Mary Ashfield; married, 3 August 1678 at St Mary Magdalen, Old Fish St., London, William Howell of Lincoln;
(1.6) Elizabeth Ashfield (b. 1659; fl. 1716), baptised at Thornbury (Glos), 28 July 1659; married, 1710 (licence 23 May), William Selby (fl. 1716) of the Inner Temple;
(1.7) Ann Ashfield (fl. 1698); involved in a legal action with her brother Richard against her stepmother and brother John concerning an inheritance dispute, 1689; residuary legatee and executrix of her aunt, Anne Tresham in 1698, when she was unmarried;
(2.1) Thomas Ashfield (b. 1675), baptised at St Giles-in-the-Fields, 22 February 1674/5;
(2.2) Charles Ashfield (1676-94), baptised at St Giles-in-the-Fields, 9 September 1676; buried at St. Giles-in-the-Fields, 14 September 1694;
(2.3) James Ashfield (b. 1677), baptised at St Giles-in-the-Fields, 27 December 1677;
(2.4) Frances Ashfield (d. 1755); married, 10 July 1705, John Isham (1659-1746) and had issue a daughter; died 3 April 1755; will proved 5 June 1755;
(2.5) Dorcas Ashfield (fl. 1728); married, 1698/9 (settlement 27 February), Maurice Kendall (d. by 1716) and had issue.
He inherited Nether Hall, Harkstead and Fosters from his father in 1635 and Eastwood Park (Glos) in right of his first wife. He sold Fosters to Alderman John Perryn in 1656.
He was buried at Thornbury, 8 August 1684; his will was proved 1684. His widow died at Thornbury, c.1687; her will was proved at Gloucester, 1687.

Ashfield, Sir John (1654-1714), 3rd bt. Elder son of Sir Richard Ashfield (d. 1684), 2nd bt. and his first wife, baptised 8 December 1654 at Hillesden (Bucks). He succeeded his father as 3rd baronet, August 1684. Described as Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to King William III in 1694, although he does not appear in lists of the appointees to that office. In 1675 he had a grant of 10,000 acres in New Jersey (USA), and this may be evidence that it was property speculation that caused the reputed ruin of his estate. He was evidently in debt in the mid 1680s when he mortgaged and subsequently sold his estate at Thornbury. He married, by 1675, Anne (d. 1702), daughter of James Hore esq., goldsmith and Comptroller of the Mint, the sister of his stepmother, and had issue:
(1) James Ashfield (b. 1677), baptised at Thornbury (Glos), 17 March 1677; probably died young;
(2) Charles Ashfield (b. c.1678; fl. 1699); educated at St Catherine's College, Cambridge (admitted 1694); living in 1699 when he was mentioned in his great-grandmother's will, but died in the lifetime of his father.
He inherited Eastwood Park (Glos) from his father in 1684 but mortgaged and later sold it to Sir Robert Jenkinson shortly afterwards. At his death the heir to his remaining property was his sister, Elizabeth Selby.
He was buried 9 March 1713/4, when the baronetcy became extinct. His wife was buried at St. Giles in the Fields, London, 13 December 1702.


Sources


Burke's Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies, 2nd edn., 1841, pp. 16-17; J.O. Halliwell, The autobiography and correspondence of Sir Simonds d'Ewes, 1845, vol 1, pp. 283-87; N.W. Kingsley & M.J. Hill, The country houses of Gloucestershire, vol. 3: 1830-2000, 2001, pp. 116-18; https://heritage.suffolk.gov.uk/Data/Sites/1/media/parish-histories/stowlangtoft.pdf


Location of archives


No significant archive is known to survive. There are a few family papers among the records of the Portman family of Buxton Place (Sussex) [East Sussex Record Office, SAS]


Coat of arms


Sable, a fesse between three fleurs-de-lys argent.


Can you help?


Here are a few notes about information and images which would help to improve the account above. If you can help with any of these or with other additions or corrections, please use the contact form in the sidebar to get in touch.

  • Can anyone supply images of the original Stow Hall at Stowlangtoft before its destruction by fire in the 1850s?
  • Does anyone have an illustration of the 'large mansion house' in Eastwood Park which had declined into a farmhouse by the 18th century, or of the unfinished replacement house begun by the Earl of Liverpool in the 1820s?
  • The genealogy of this family, especially for the 16th century, is sadly incomplete, and I would be most grateful to hear from anyone who can add further details from deeds, wills, parish registers or other sources.



Revision and acknowledgements


This post was first published 8th February 2016.

Friday, 29 January 2016

(204) Ashe of Freshford, Heytesbury Twickenham, Langley Burrell, Ashfield and Ashgrove

Ashe family
Burke's Landed Gentry traces the origins of the Ashe family back to medieval Devon, where they at one time owned Ashe House in Musbury. By the 15th century they were owners of the manor of Sowton, alias Clyst Forneson, just east of Exeter, which they acquired by marriage in the 13th century, and which the senior line of the family retained until the death of Henry Ash in 1763. In 1775 a Miss Salter was found to be heir-at-law to Sowton, and her heirs finally sold it to Lord Graves in about 1800. 

The families considered here branch off from this senior line in the 16th century and eventually outstripped it in wealth and importance. Nicholas Ashe (1497-1552) of Sowton had four sons, of whom the eldest, Richard, inherited Sowton. The second son, Thomas Ashe (1529-82) married an Irish heiress and founded the Co. Meath branch of the family (see below) and also the Ash (later Beresford-Ash) family of Ashbrook. The third son, James Ashe (c.1535-1615?) moved north to Somerset where he seems to have established himself as a yeoman farmer. James' grandson, James Ashe (c.1575-1646) was probably the first of his family to involve himself in cloth manufacturing, and his sons established a successful international business in the early 17th century. Indeed, the eldest son, John Ashe (1597-1659), was accounted the greatest clothier of his time, employing workers all over north Somerset and north-west Wiltshire, and sending hundreds of rolls of cloth to London every week by the 1640s. His brothers, who were London-based merchants and drapers, arranged the sale of the product at home and abroad. John in particular became wealthy and bought up property in the Somerset and Wiltshire area on which to establish his eight sons. He also became a vocal opponent of the religious and tax policies of Charles I, and in the 1640s, one of the advocates of armed rebellion, although as events span out of control he became more moderate in his views. Had he lived to see the Restoration, it seems probable that John Ashe would have suffered a severe penalty even in the prevailing atmosphere of reconciliation, but he did not, and his wealth and property were divided among his numerous children. His youngest son, Joseph Ashe (b. 1645), who inherited his property in Co. Tipperary, had some difficulty in securing his title, but with the help of his uncle and namesake - the one member of the family to be a Royalist, who was made a baronet in 1660 for his services to the Crown - he was able to gain possession and to found the second Irish branch of the family, the Ashes of Ashgrove (Tipperary).

The younger brothers of John Ashe, Edward (1599-1656) and Samuel (c.1620-1708), also bought landed estates, at Heytesbury and Langley Burrell respectively. Edward was succeeded by his son William (1647-1713), who built a new house at Heytesbury in about 1700. William was succeeded by his son Edward (1673-1748), who lost a lot of money in the South Sea Bubble and was dependent on his income from public office, and when he died without issue the estate passed in quick succession to his nephew, William Ashe (1715-50) and then to the latter's nephew, Pierce A'Court. The A'Court (later Holmes A'Court) family, owned the estate until 1933, when it was sold to the poet, Siegfried Sassoon. Samuel Ashe was succeeded at Langley Burrell by his son, Joseph Ashe (1685-1725), whose descendants rebuilt the house in about 1760 and held the estate until 1998, when Robert Edward Arthur Scott-Ashe sold up and emigrated to Canada. 

Reverting to the 17th century, the Royalist brother, Sir Joseph Ashe (c.1616-86), 1st bt., bought an estate at Twickenham (Middx), where he lived, and another at Wawne in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The Twickenham property, which included a Jacobean house called Twickenham Meadows (later Cambridge Park), passed at his death to his son, Sir James Ashe (1674-1733), 2nd bt., and then to his daughter and her husband, Joseph Windham-Ashe (1683-1746), who enlarged and refronted it in the 1740s; their daughter sold it in 1749. The Wawne estate passed to Sir Joseph's elder daughter, who carried it by her marriage to the Wyndhams of Felbrigg Hall (Norfolk).

Thomas Ashe (1529-82), who went to Ireland in the mid 16th century, inherited lands at Trim (Co. Meath) through his wife, and his son, Gen. Sir Thomas Ashe (1567-1626) was granted further lands there and in Co. Cavan. Sir Thomas, whose only child was a daughter, distributed his property between his younger relatives. His lands in Co. Meath fell to the share of his great-nephew, Nicholas Ashe (1608-65), and on his death passed to his cousin, William Ashe (d. 1682), who built a new house known as Ashfield. Ashfield passed in turn to William's son Richard Ashe (d. 1728), to his son, Joseph Ashe (b. 1707; fl. 1799), and to Joseph's two surviving sons, Sir Thomas Ashe (b. 1732) and Maj. William Ashe (c.1753-1839). The latter's son, William Wellesley Ashe (1800-60?) apparently inherited both moieties but was an absentee landlord, and he probably pulled the house down before selling the estate in the Landed Estates Court in 1859.

Jonathan Ashe (b. 1645) of Ashgrove (Tipperary), who inherited John Ashe's lands in Ireland, was reputedly an officer in King William's army in Ireland in the 1690s and received a further grant of land from the King on his retirement from the army, on which the house called Ashgrove is said to have been built. Ashgrove passed in turn to his son, Lovett Ashe (b. 1696), grandson, Maj. Lovett Ashe (c.1735-94), who was killed in action, and to his great-grandson, Trevor Lloyd Ashe (1759-1820). Trevor seems to have let Ashgrove and to have built a new and grander house called Castle Mary nearby. This passed to his nephews, the Catholic Rev. Trevor Lloyd Ashe (1796-1864) and Capt. Waller Ashe (d. c.1869), who were both non-resident. Waller Ashe seems to have sold his share to his cousin, but by 1840 Castle Mary was in decay and when the estate was sold in the Landed Estates Court in 1854 it was once more Ashgrove which was regarded as the residence on the estate. All trace of Castle Mary has now disappeared.

In addition to the families discussed here, there was a further family of Ashes in Ireland, based at Ashgrove (Co. Cork). It is probable that they were related, but I have been unable to establish how, so they are omitted for now.


Heytesbury Park, Wiltshire

Heytesbury House in the early 20th century.

The 1st and only Lord Hungerford of Heytesbury was building a new house at Heytesbury at the time of his execution in 1540, but the structure of the present house is substantially that of a two storey building of c.1700 built for William Ashe (d. 1713), which had a long facade to the south with nine dormer windows, and a belvedere or lantern in the centre. This is now represented by the present eleven bay, two-and-a-half storey ashlar south front built for Sir William Ashe-A'Court in 1782, which is severely plain apart from a central semicircular porch with Tuscan columns. The return wall to the east has a central full-height bow and is no doubt of 1782 as well. 


Heytesbury House: visibly dilapidated, before the 1996 fire

On the north (entrance) front the house has two projecting wings, which are probably a legacy of the 1700 house although they too are wrapped in a plain neo-classical dress. The area between the wings was infilled about 1820 with a single-storey entrance hall with a Greek Doric portico in antis. Inside, the entrance hall has segmental arches of a Soanian kind which carry a ceiling with a glazed dome. 


Heytesbury House: dining room before the fire

Heytesbury House: drawing room before the fire
The other interiors were mainly remodelled in the 1780s. The former dining room has a serving alcove formed by two Roman Doric columns on unusually high pedestals and a Rococo wooden chimneypiece which came from Wardour Castle in one of the late 19th or early 20th century sales there. The drawing room also has a Rococo chimneypiece which looks earlier than 1782 and may therefore also have been imported later.
Heytesbury House: the entrance front following restoration after the fire.

The poet Seigfried Sassoon (1886-1967) bought Heytesbury in 1933 and lived here for the rest of his life, but by the time he died the house was seriously neglected. His son, George Sassoon (1936-2006), worked hard to restore the house and also to resist the building of the A36 Heytesbury bypass through the park, but in 1996 the house was damaged by fire and he had to move out. The house was sold and converted into six large apartments, and it is not clear how far the Georgian decorative schemes have been preserved or recreated where they were fire-damaged, although there is still a cantilevered stone staircase with a wrought iron balustrade and mahogany handrail.



Descent: sold 1640 to Edward Ashe (c.1609-56); to son, William Ashe (1647-1713); to son, Edward Ashe (1673-1747); to nephew, William Ashe (1715-50); to cousin, Pierce A'Court (1707?-68); to brother, Gen. William A'Court (later A'Court-Ashe) (1708-81); to son, Sir William Pierce Ashe A'Court (c.1747-1817), 1st bt.; to son, Sir William A'Court (1779-1860), 2nd bt. and 1st Baron Heytesbury; to William Henry Ashe A'Court Holmes (1809-91); to William Frederick Holmes-A'Court (1862-1903); to brother, Leonard Holmes-A'Court (1863-1949) who sold 1933 to Siegfried Sassoon (1887-1967); to son, George Sassoon (1936-2006); sold 1996 after fire to Sabre Developments, who restored the house and converted it into apartments.


Twickenham Meadows alias Cambridge Park, Twickenham, Middlesex


Cambridge Park: detail of an engraving of 1804 after a drawing by Landseer.
A three-storey Jacobean mansion built about 1610 for Sir Humphrey Lynd (d. 1636), which probably incorporated parts of an earlier, 16th century house. The house was altered and enlarged in the 1740s for Joseph Windham-Ashe, creating the garden front visible in the engraving above, which had three full storeys over a basement and eleven bays. This frontage was rather oddly divided by quoins into groups of 4,5 and 2 windows which perhaps reflected the organic development of the house. A single-storey canted bay was built out on the ground floor at one end of the house. There were further alterations in the 1830s, when it was renamed Cambridge House. It was demolished in 1937, at which time Tudor frescoes and a Tudor fireplace surround were uncovered within the building. 

Descent: Sir Humphrey Lynd (1579-1636); sold 1630 to Joyce, Countess of Totnes (1562-1637); sold 1638 to Sir Thomas Lawley (1586-1646), bt.; house (but not estate) sold 1657 to Sir Joseph Ashe (1617-86), 1st bt.; to son, Sir James Ashe (1674-1733), 2nd bt.; to daughter, Martha (1698-1749), wife of Joseph Windham (later Windham-Ashe) (1683-1746); to daughter, Mary (1718-89), wife of John Windham Bowyer (d. 1780), who sold 1749 to Valens Comyns; sold 1751 to Richard Owen Cambridge (1717-1802); to daughter, Charlotte Cambridge (d. 1823); to son, Ven. George Owen Cambridge (1756-1841); sold 1824 to 2nd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe (1764-1839), who leased the estate; sold 1832 to John Cam Hobhouse (1786-1869), who leased it; sold 1835 to Henry Bevan (d. 1860); to daughter, Lady Caroline Chichester; to grandson, Sir Edward John Dean Paul (d. 1895), 4th bt.; sold 1895 to Henry Creswell Foulkes, builder, who developed the land for housing; demolished 1937.


Langley House, Langley Burrell, Wiltshire


Langley House: a Victorian photograph

Nothing is known of the the property bought by Thomas Ashe in 1657, which was the predecessor of the present house, although its stables survive. The house itself was rebuilt as a handsome square, five-by-six bay, three storey house of mellow golden stone, for Rev. Robert Ashe (1718-74) in the mid 18th century. The house is traditionally dated c.1771 but there is no surviving documentary evidence to support this and a date a few years earlier, soon after Robert inherited the estate in 1758, seems more likely on both stylistic and genealogical grounds. On the entrance front the windows on each floor are evenly spaced but grouped in the centre of the facade, with an area of blank stonework to either side, while on the side elevation the six windows are evenly spaced across the facade. There is a lower service range attached to the north-east corner of the house.


Langley Hall in 2014.

Inside, the plan is somewhat unusual, as the house is designed around a disproportionately large drawing room (some 30 by 20 feet); as a result the hall is long and narrow and leads through a screen of two arches into a rather tight staircase hall, and a morning room, dining room and study are squeezed into the remaining corners of the house. The interior decoration is severely plain but has apparently been little altered, and still has the original moulded plaster cornices, panelling in the dining room, dado panelling in the drawing room and fielded panelled doors. The house remained in the Ashe family until 1998 when it was sold and subsequently restored by the new owners. The house was sold again more recently and is currently used as a wedding venue.

Descent: Henry White sold 1657 to Samuel Ashe (c.1620-1708); to son, Joseph Ashe (1685-1725); to son, Joseph Ashe (1711-58); to brother, Rev. Robert Ashe (1718-74); to son, Robert Ashe (1747-1829); to son, Rev. Robert Ashe (1781-1855); to son, Rev. Robert Martyn Ashe (1807-85); to daughter, Thermuthius Mary Ashe (1856-1935); to nephew, Maj. Charles Richard Leslie Scott (later Scott-Ashe) (1898-1978); to nephew, Robert Edward Arthur Scott-Ashe (b. 1938), who sold 1998.


Ashfield, Kentstown, Meath


The estate was sold by the Landed Estates Court in 1859 and nothing is known about the house apparently built in the mid 17th century by William Ashe (d. 1682) which stood here, except that the 1st edition 6" map shows only outbuildings on the site, so it is likely that the Ashe house was demolished some years before the present building was constructed. The present house was built in the later 1860s by William G. Murray (1822-71) for his younger brother, Arthur George Murray. It is a simple rendered, three-storey three-bay house  with a standard symmetrical plan, a rear central stairhall, and a conservatory adjoining the west wall. On the entrance side there is a porch with two Tuscan columns in antis

Descent: built for William Ashe (d. 1682); to son, Richard Ashe (d. 1728); to son, Joseph Ashe (b. 1707; fl. 1799); to sons, Sir Thomas Ashe, kt. (b. 1732) and Maj. William Ashe (c.1753-1839); to their sons, Joseph Ashe (1777-1853) and William Wellesley Ashe (1800-60?), who sold 1859.


Ashgrove House, Bansha, Tipperary


Ashgrove House: a lithograph from the sale particulars of 1854

An L-shaped house of c.1820, no doubt built for Southwell Moore who took out a renewable lease for three lives from Trevor Lloyd Ashe in 1815. It has a three-bay two-storey west front, a hipped roof, and plate-glass sash windows of the later 19th century, and there is a lean-to extension in the angle between the two wings. The rather curious pyramid-roofed lodges or summerhouses visible in the engraving of 1854 above have since gone.

Descent: Jonathan Ashe (b. 1645); to son, Lovett Ashe (b. 1696); to son, Maj. Lovett Ashe (c.1735-94); to son, Trevor Lloyd Ashe (1759-1820), who let 1815 to Southwell Moore and later to John Henry Ashe; to son, Rev. Trevor Lloyd Ashe (1796-1864), who sold 1854 to Charles Moore of Mooresfort, who let from 1858 to Southwell Mulcahy and later to Samuel Holmes; to Count Arthur Moore, who leased to John Burnes, Michael Burnes, Margaret Burnes and later James Burnes, who bought the freehold in 1939.


Castle Mary, Bansha, Tipperary


The house (not to be confused with Castle Mary in Co. Cork) was described by Lewis in 1838 as "a castellated mansion in the Italian style of architecture" and was probably built in the late 18th century by Trevor Lloyd Ashe (1759-1820). According to a 20th century reminiscence, the house was built on a bed of sand which provided an unstable foundation, and started to collapse even before the owner had moved in. In 1840 the Ordnance Survey said it was "of modern construction but in very bad repair". By the 1890s it was marked on the OS 25" maps as 'in ruins' and nothing remains today.



Ashe family of Freshford, Heytesbury, Twickenham and Langley Burrell



Ashe, Nicholas (1497-1552). Son of John Ashe of Clyst Fornyson (Devon), born 1497. He married Joan/Joanna, daughter of Anthony Pollard of Harwood (Devon) and had issue:
(1) Richard Ashe (c.1527-91); inherited Clyst Forynson from his father; married Prudence Rudgeley (1540-91) and had issue two sons and three daughters; buried at Sowton (Devon), 12 September 1591.
(2) Thomas Ashe (1529-82) [for whom see below, under Ashe of Ashfield];
(3) Mary Ashe (fl. 1552);
(4) Elizabeth Ashe (fl. 1552); married Andrew Silvertop, who could be the man of this name from Camberwell (Surrey) who was fined for recusancy c.1580;
(5) James Ashe (c.1535-1615?) (q.v.);
(6) Anthony Ashe (b. c.1537); living in 1552 when he was a minor; 
(7) Petronella Ashe (fl. 1552); married Henry Thackham.
He inherited Clyst Fornyson from his father.
He died in 1552 and his will was proved at Exeter, 8 June 1552. His wife's date of death is unknown.

Ashe, James (c.1535-1615?). Youngest son of Nicholas Ashe (1497-1552) of Clyst Fornyson and his wife Johanna, daughter of Anthony Pollard of Harwood (Devon), born about 1530. He married Anne, daughter of John Walrond esq. of Bovey (Devon) and had issue:
(1) John Ashe (fl. 1634);
(2) Humphrey Ashe (fl. 1620); married and had issue;
(3) Thomas Ashe;
(4) Catherine Ashe (d. 1626); married [forename unknown] Clifton of Yeovil (Somerset); will proved 20 October 1626;
(5) Joan Ashe (d. 1589); buried at South Petherton, 4 April 1589;
(6) Cicely Ashe (fl. 1620); married [forename unknown] Phelps and had issue.
He lived at South Petherton (Somerset).
He may be the James Aysshe of South Petherton whose will was proved 6 April 1615. His wife's date of death is unknown.

Ashe, John (b. c.1553; fl. 1634). Son of James Ashe (c.1535-1615?) and his wife Anne, daughter of John Walrond esq. of Bovey (Devon), born about 1553. He married Anne, daughter of Thomas Strode esq. of Huxton Mallet and had issue:
(1) James Ashe (c.1575-1646) (q.v.);
(2) Alice Ashe; married John Pitt (1566-1625) of Melcombe Regis (Dorset);
(3) Margaret Ashe; married John Mansel esq. of Weymouth (Dorset).
He lived at Westcombe in Batcombe (Somerset).
His date of death is unknown. His wife's date of death is unknown.

Ashe, James (c.1575-1646). Son of John Ashe (b. c.1553; fl. 1634) and his wife Anne, daughter of Thomas Strode esq. of Huxton Mallet, born about 1575. He married, 15 November 1596 at Melcombe Regis (Dorset), Grace (c.1579-1647), daughter of Richard Pitt esq. of Melcombe Regis (Dorset) and had issue:
(1) John Ashe (1597-1658) (q.v.);
(2) Edward Ashe (1599-1656) (q.v.);
(3) Anne Ashe (c.1602-76); married 8 July 1622 at St Dunstan in the West, London, James Mann (d. 1670) of London and Battersea (Surrey), draper and had issue four sons and one daughter; will proved, 12 August 1676;
(4) Alice Ashe; married Edward Harris of London, mercer, son of Sir William Harris of Creeksea (Essex);
(5) Sir Joseph Ashe (c.1616-86), 1st bt. (q.v.);
(6) Jonathan Ashe (c.1618-65), born about 1618; cloth merchant in London; Common Councillor of City of London for Aldgate ward, 1665; married, 12 January 1645 at Holy Trinity Minories, London, Rebecca (b. 1620) (who m2, 14 May 1667, John Baptist Bardon Puteill), daughter of Thomas Leaver of London, merchant, and had issue six daughters; will proved 11 July 1665;
(7) Samuel Ashe (c.1620-1708) (q.v.).
He lived at Westcombe in Batcombe (Somerset).
He died in 1646; his will was proved 6 May 1646. His widow survived him and was executor of his will, but died in about 1647.


John Ashe 1597-1658
Ashe, John (1597-1659). Eldest son of James Ashe (c.1575-1646) and his wife Grace, daughter of Richard Pitt esq. of Melcombe Regis (Dorset), born at Westcombe (Somerset) and baptised at Batcombe (Somerset), 27 October 1597. A cloth manufacturer and merchant, he became 'the greatest clothier of his time' according to John Aubrey, reversing the decline in the west country broadcloth industry by introducing the new Spanish medley cloth into the villages of north SomersetBy 1640 he and his relatives were sending a weekly convoy of cloths to London, where the family firm of merchants (run by his brothers, Edward, Samuel, and Jonathan) arranged for their export to Antwerp and Paris. He brought Dutch technicians to Freshford to teach new methods to perfect the Spanish warp, by which innovation the amount of cloth produced from a given amount of wool was doubled, and Ashe profited accordingly. He also emerged as a local leader of opposition to Charles I's policies. In 1627 he was appointed collector of the forced loan, but defaulted on his own payment. In 1637 he joined five other clothiers in protesting against the soap monopoly, which denied them essential high-quality soap from abroad, and in 1639 he objected to the ship money assessments made for his local hundred. He was a Puritan in religion, and gave active support to his father's tenants at Beckington (Somerset) in their dispute with Bishop Piers over the positioning of altars in 1634. In 1637 he was charged in the Star Chamber with distributing the libellous writings of Prynne, Bastwick, and Burton attacking abuses within the church and was briefly imprisoned, but the dependence of thousands on the livelihood he provided helped to secure his release. He gave evidence at Archbishop Laud's trial in 1644. Committed to the reform of the church, he became an elder for the Bath and Wrington classis when the presbyterian church system was established in Somerset in 1648. He was MP for Westbury, 1640-48, Somerset, 1654-57 and Heytesbury, 1659; and was appointed Chairman of the Committee for Compounding, which set composition rates for sequestrated royalist estates (a role in which he demonstrated considerable compassion and fairness in his treatment of individuals); DL for Somerset, 1642 (in which capacity he helped to raise Parliamentarian troops in north Somerset in August that year) and JP 1646; he was also a member of the County Committees for Wiltshire and Somerset, although from 1643-46 he was mainly in London. After being an active member of the pro-war party in the early 1640s, Ashe increasingly identified himself with the moderates working for a compromise settlement with the king nationally and an end to military activity locally, and although he was close to John Pym and Oliver Cromwell personally, he could not be persuaded to be one of the King's judges. In 1657 he encouraged Cromwell to accept the Crown in a Parliamentary debate. He married, c.1621, Elizabeth (1600-74), daughter of Henry Davison of Freshford (Somerset) and had issue:
(1) James Ashe (d. 1671) of Fyfield, Milton Lilbourne (Wilts); educated at Inner Temple (admitted 1645; called to bar 1652); an active Parliamentarian during the Civil War, he was MP for Bath, 1645-53 and for Wiltshire, 1654-56, and a member of the Sequestration Committee for Somerset; Recorder of Bath; married, 16 September 1652 at Kensington (Middx), Margery (c.1637-91?), daughter of Sir James Harrington, 3rd bt., of Swakeleys (Middx), and had issue three sons and two daughters; he died in 1671 and his will was proved 14 February 1672/3; a commemorative medal struck after his death records his age as 56 but this is unlikely to be correct;
(2) John Ashe (c.1625-72) of Teffont (Wilts) and Beckington (Somerset); married, 1644, Elizabeth Forsbrooke (1622-c.1690) of Teffont Evias (Wilts) and had issue one son; died 1672 aged about 47;
(3) Nathaniel Ashe (b. 1632), born 20 December 1632 at Freshford; probably died young;
(4) Edward Ashe (1635-61) of Freshford, baptised 25 October 1635 at Freshford; married Mary Chappell and had issue two daughters of whom one died in infancy; died 31 December 1661 and was buried at Freshford, where he was commemorated by a monument erected by his widow; his widow married 2nd, c.1663, Stephen Odiame of the Middle Temple, who with his wife, defrauded his surviving stepdaughter of her inheritance at Freshford, which she only recovered at law in 1687;
(5) Samuel Ashe (d. 1671) of Chalcot (Wilts); died without issue;
(6) Joseph Ashe (d. c.1687) of Longstreet (Wilts); Surveyor of the Navigation Acts, 1660-c.1687;
(7) Benjamin Ashe (c.1644-73) of Iford (Wilts); married, 18 August 1670 at Bath Abbey (Somerset), Elizabeth (1653-75), daughter of Edward Stokes, but had no issue; died 1673; will was proved 3 May 1673;
(8) Jonathan Ashe (b. 1645) [see below, under Ashe of Ashgrove];
(9) Anne Ashe (1623-94); married 1st, Nathaniel Barnard of Shepton Mallet (Somerset) and 2nd, 4 March 1662/3 at St Dionis Backchurch, London, John Parker (d. 1679) of Frenches, Reigate (Surrey), haberdasher in London, and had issue four sons; died 6 February 1693/4 aged 71; will proved 12 March 1693/4;
(10) Grace Ashe (d. 1676); married, before 1649, perhaps as his second wife, Paul Methuen (1613-67), clothier of Bradford-on-Avon (Wilts), who took over the business of his father-in-law, and had issue five sons and one daughter; died 1676;
(11) Hester Ashe (1640-82), baptised 15 October 1640 at Freshford; married, 14 May 1657 at Freshford, Samuel Creswicke (1622-83) of Moreton-in-Marsh (Glos) and had issue four sons and three daughters; died at Moreton-in-Marsh, 1682;
(12) Alice Ashe; married John Barnard esq. of Surrey;
(13) Mary Ashe (1637-1701); married, c.1660, as his second wife, Jacob Selfe (1621-1702/3) of Beanacre Manor (Wilts) and had issue two sons and one daughter; died 8 June 1701 and was buried at Melksham (Wilts);
(14) Sarah Ashe (d. 1662); married, 25 October 1649 at Holy Trinity the Less, London, Sir John Shaw (1615-79), 1st bt., of Eltham (Kent) and had issue; died December 1662 and was buried at St Mildred Bread St., London.
In 1627 he bought Freshford Mill and built a mansion called Freshford House adjacent to it. He built up a landed estate worth £6,000 a year which was distributed among his numerous children.
He was buried at Beckington, 26/28 February 1658/9; his will was proved 20 June 1659. His widow was buried at West Bradley, 7 March 1673/4.


Edward Ashe 1599-1656
Ashe, Edward (1599-1656). Second son of James Ashe (c.1575-c.1646) and his wife Grace, daughter of Richard Pitt esq. of Melcombe Regis (Dorset), born 1599. Apprenticed to the Draper's Company, 1616 and became a cloth merchant in Fenchurch St., London and a member of the Drapers Company, 1631-52 (warden, 1646-47). Alderman for Vintry Ward in the City of London, 1653-56. MP for Heytesbury (Wilts), 1640-46. He married 1st, 25 July 1627 at St Mary, Lambeth (Surrey), Elizabeth (d. 1638), daughter of Christopher Woodward, and 2nd, 11 March 1643 at St Matthew Friday Street, London, Elizabeth (d. 1698), daughter of William Jolliffe of Leek (Staffs) and widow of William Bowyer (d. 1636) of Knippersley (Staffs), and had issue:
(1.1) Katherine Ashe (1630-56?), baptised 2 February 1629/30 at St Michael Crooked Lane, London; married, 1649 at Holy Trinity the Less, London, Robert Wilson (1629-60) (who m2, Joan Parker), of Merton (Surrey), eldest son of Robert (or Rowland) Wilson, and had issue two sons; she was dead by 1656 and was perhaps the Katherine Wilson buried at Wandsworth (Surrey), 25 January 1655/6;
(1.2) Edward Ashe (1631-52), born 17 December and baptised 25 December 1631 at St Michael Crooked Lane, London; educated at Merchant Taylors School, Inner Temple (admitted 1649) and Lincoln College, Oxford (matriculated 1650); died unmarried, 1652; administration of goods granted 1652;
(1.3) James Ashe (b. 1634), baptised 10 June 1634; educated at Merchant Taylors School; apprenticed to a draper, 1649; probably died before 1656 as he is not mentioned in his father's will;
(2.1) Elizabeth Ashe (1645-86); married, before 1673, Thomas Foley (c.1641-1701) of Witley (Worcs) MP, and had issue four sons and four daughters; died 6 January 1686;
(2.2) William Ashe (1647-1713) (q.v.);
(2.3) John Ashe (1649-59), baptised 18 October 1649 at All Hallows Staining, London; died young and was buried 18 January 1658/9 in the chancel at All Hallows Staining;
(2.4) Anne Ashe (b. 1652), baptised 7 December 1652 at All Hallows Staining, London; married 1st, 25 June 1670 at Hackney (Middx), Edward Ernle (1649-75), son of Sir Walter Ernle, bt. of Ashlington (Wilts), but had no issue; married 2nd, 1 February 1675/6, Roger Yates of West Grimstead (Wilts); 
(2.5) Edward Ashe (1654-1731), baptised 4 May 1654; under his father's will inherited £5,000 and the premises from which he had traded as a draper, but seems never to have been in trade; lived in London; MP for Heytesbury, 1679-88; Captain in 1st Marine Regiment, 1690-96; Comptroller of Customs at Plymouth, 1698-1731; married Katherine [surname unknown] and had issue one son; died at The Friary, St James', London, 7 December 1731;
He acquired the manor of Halstead (Kent) and bought the manor of Heytesbury in 1640.
He was buried 29 July 1656 in the chancel of All Hallows Staining, London; by his will, proved 17 November 1656, he left an annual bequest to the poor of All Hallows Staining, London and Halstead (Kent). His first wife was buried in the chancel of St Michael Crooked Lane, London, 26 July 1638. His widow died 24 June 1698; her will was proved 7 January 1698/9.

Ashe, William (1647-1713). Only son of Edward Ashe (c.1609-56) and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Christopher Woodward, born 17 November and baptised 2 December 1647 at All Hallows Staining, London. Educated at St. Edmund Hall (matriculated 1664) and the Inner Temple (resident in 1668 but presumably not the William Ashe admitted in 1652 and called to the bar in 1653 when he would have been 6 years of age!). Captain in the Marquess of Worcester's regiment of foot, 1673-74. MP for Heytesbury, 1668-81, 1685-87, 1689-1701, and for Wiltshire, 1701-02. Assessment Commissioner for Wiltshire, 1673-77 and for Wiltshire and Kent 1677-80, 1689-90; JP for Wiltshire 1689-1713 and DL 1701-13. He suffered for many years from gout. He married 1st, 27 June 1670 at Chilton Foliat (Wilts), Anne (c.1648-84), daughter of Alexander Popham MP of Littlecote (Wilts), and 2nd, 5 April 1695 at St Marylebone (Middx), Mary (d. 1721), daughter of John Rivett, skinner, of London and Beeston (Suffk) and widow of Sir Henry Appleton, 4th bt. of Jarvis Hall, South Benfleet (Essex), and had issue:
(1.1) Edward Ashe (1673-1748) (q.v.); 
(1.2) William Ashe (1675-1742) (q.v.); 
(1.3) Alexander Ashe (b. 1677), baptised 29 September 1677; educated at Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1693; BA 1697; MA 1701); Fellow of Oriel College. Oxford, 1700; died unmarried, probably before 1713 as he is not named in his father's will;
(1.4) Letitia Ashe (1679-1742), baptised 5 February 1679/80; married Thomas Penruddock of Compton Chamberlayne (Wilts), son of Col. John Penruddock, leader of the 1655 insurrection against Oliver Cromwell, and had issue two sons; died 28 February 1742;
(1.5) John Ashe (1681-82), baptised 1 January 1681/2; died in infancy, 21 August 1682;
(1.6) Elizabeth Ashe (1682-1768); married, 27 November 1705, Pierce A'Court (c.1677-1725) of Ivychurch, and had issue five sons and one daughter, from whom descend the Holmes-A'Court family of Heytesbury who will be the subject of a future post; died 6 September 1768, aged 86.
He inherited the Heytesbury estate (Wilts) from his father in 1656 and built a new house there c.1700. He also inherited his father's lands at Adderbury (Oxon) and in Ireland and his chamber in the Inner Temple.
He died of dropsy, 22 October and was buried at Heytesbury, 29 October 1713; his will was proved 3 March 1713/4. His first wife died 20 April 1684 aged 35 and was buried at Heytesbury where she is commemorated by a monument. His widow died in 1721.

Ashe, Edward (1673-1748). Elder son of William Ashe (1647-1713) and his first wife, Anne, daughter of Alexander Popham of Littlecote (Wilts), baptised 27 February 1673 at Halstead (Kent). Educated at Wadham College, Oxford (matriculated 1690). MP for Heytesbury, 1695-1747; Father of the House of Commons, 1747. Storekeeper of the Ordnance, 1710-12; Clerk of the Ordnance, 1714-18; member of the Board of Trade, 1720-46. He was a heavy loser in the South Sea Bubble in 1720, and his appointment to the Board of Trade may have been made in response to an impassioned plea to Lord Harley for financial help. He married, 17 August 1710, Frances (1688-1743), daughter of Francis Luttrell of Dunster Castle (Somerset) and widow of Edward Harvey of Coombe (Surrey), but had no issue.
He inherited the Heytesbury estate from his father in 1713. At his death it passed to his nephew, William Ashe (1715-50) and then to his nephew A'Court.
He died 22 May 1748 and was buried at Heytesbury; will proved 23 June 1748. His wife died 30 March and was buried 6 April 1743 at Heytesbury.

Ashe, William (1675-1742). Younger son of William Ashe (1647-1713) and his first wife, Anne, daughter of Alexander Popham of Littlecote (Wilts), baptised 18 February 1675. London merchant; MP for Heytesbury, 1708-13, 1715-22. He married, 1710, Jane Allen (d. 1749), and had issue:
(1) William Ashe (1715-50), born 1715; educated at Inner Temple (admitted 1732) and Wadham College, Oxford (matriculated 1734); MP for Heytesbury, 1747-50; married, 3 February 1749, Lady Catherine Powlett (d. 1774) (who m2, 6 February 1755, Adam Drummond, 11th Baron of Lennoch and 4th Baron of Megginch), daughter of 4th Duke of Bolton, but had no issue; died 11 August and was buried at Heytesbury 20 August 1750;
(2) Bridget Ashe (d. 1776); owned an estate at Mixon Hay in Biddulph (Staffs); died unmarried at Eastwick (Herts), November 1776.
He lived at Eastwick (Herts)
He was buried 29 September 1742 at Eastwick (Herts). His widow was buried at Eastwick, 23 April 1749.


Sir Joseph Ashe, 1st bt.
Ashe, Sir Joseph (c.1616-86), 1st bt. Third son of James Ashe (c.1575-1646) and his wife Grace, daughter of Richard Pitt esq. of Melcombe Regis (Dorset), born about 1616. In consideration of his services to the Crown, was created a baronet, 19 September 1660. MP for Heytesbury, 1661 and for Downton, 1670-81. He married, 11 February 1650/1 at Merton (Surrey), Mary, daughter of Robert Wilson esq. of London, merchant, and had issue:
(1) Catherine Ashe (1652-1729), baptised 2 March 1651/2 at St Bartholomew Exchange, London; married, 19 June 1669 at Twickenham, William Wyndham (1647-89) of Felbrigg (Norfk) and had issue eight sons and three daughters; died 24 December 1729;
(2) Mary Ashe (1653-85), baptised 22 March 1652/3; married, 24 November 1673 at Twickenham, as his second wife, Horatio Townshend (1630-87), 1st Viscount Townshend, of Raynham Hall (Norfk), and had issue three sons; died 17 December 1685 and was buried at Raynham;
(3) Joseph Ashe (1654-86), baptised 17 August 1654 at St Bartholomew Exchange, London; died in the lifetime of his father; unmarried when he was killed at the (militia?) camp on Hounslow Heath (Middx), 1 August 1686;
(4) Anne Ashe (b. 1656; fl. 1714), born 21 January and baptised 5 February 1655/6 at St Bartholomew Exchange, London; unmarried in 1685 and probably in 1714; said to have married a "Lord Fairfax" but no record of such a marriage has been found;
(5) Martha Ashe (1658-1714), baptised 14 May 1658 at Twickenham; died unmarried and was buried 1 August 1714 at Twickenham; will proved 3 August 1714;
(6) Grace Ashe (d. 1665); died young of the plague, and was buried 12 June 1665 at Twickenham;
(7) Elizabeth Ashe (1664-69), baptised 24 June 1664; died young and was buried 9 March 1668/9 at Twickenham;
(8) Diana Ashe (b. 1666), baptised 17 July 1666; probably died young;
(9) Sir James Ashe (1674-1734), 2nd bt. (q.v.).
He lived at Twickenham Meadows, Twickenham (Middx) [later called Cambridge Park] and also built up an estate at Wawne (Yorks ER) which passed to his eldest daughter.
He died 15 April and was buried at Twickenham, 21 April 1686, where he was commemorated by a monument. His will was proved 21 April 1686. His widow died 27 November and was buried at Twickenham, 8 December 1705; her will was proved 4 January 1705/6.

Ashe, Sir James (1674-1733), 2nd bt. Second but only surviving son of Sir Joseph Ashe (d. 1686), 1st bt. and his wife Mary, daughter of Robert Wilson esq. of London, baptised at Twickenham, 27 July 1674. He succeeded his father as 2nd baronet, 15 April 1686. Although his mother regarded him as 'a very feeble son', in 1695 when he came of age she supported his candidacy for Parliament at Downton (Wilts) where she had a significant interest, but partly through the duplicity of the family's agent there he was not elected. Despite a rift with his mother over his marriage, he again stood in 1698 and again failed to be elected, as his mother supported another candidate. He did not contest either of the two succeeding general elections, but was finally successful at a bye-election in November 1701 and was MP for Downton, 1701-05. High Sheriff of Wiltshire, 1706-07. After his separation from his wife he appears to have declined public office. He married, after June 1697 (sep. 1707 as a result of his infidelity) and against his mother's wishes, his cousin, Catherine (1679-1717), daughter and co-heir of Sir Edmund Bowyer, kt. of Camberwell (Surrey), and had issue:
(1) Martha Ashe (1698-1749) (q.v.); 
(2) Catherine Ashe (1699-1705), baptised 1 December 1699; died young and was buried 15 February 1704/5 at Twickenham;
(3) Joseph Ashe (1702-03), baptised 2 January 1702/3 at St Andrew, Holborn (Middx); died in infancy in the lifetime of his father and was buried 10 January 1702/3 at Twickenham;
(4) Mary Ashe (1705-06), baptised 6 May 1705 at St Andrew, Holborn; died in infancy and was buried 14 July 1706 at Twickenham;
(5) Frances Ashe (1706-07), baptised 16 November 1706 at St Andrew, Holborn; died in infancy and was buried 14 July 1707 at Twickenham.
He inherited Twickenham Meadows from his father in 1686.
He died at Twickenham, 8 November 1733, when the baronetcy became extinct, and was buried at Halstead (Kent), where he was commemorated by a monument; administration of his goods was granted 22 November 1733 to his daughter Martha. His estranged wife died, of St Anthony's Fire (erysipelas), May 1717 and was buried 5 June 1717 at Camberwell; administration of her goods was granted to her sister.

Ashe, Martha (1698-1749). Only surviving child of Sir James Ashe (1674-1733), 2nd bt., and his wife Catherine, daughter and co-heir of Sir Edmund Bowyer, kt., of Camberwell (Surrey), baptised 5 January 1698/9. After her parents' separation she was brought up by her father's sister, Katherine Windham, and she married, 28 June 1715, her cousin, Joseph Wyndham or Windham (later Windham-Ashe) (1683-1746), MP for Downton 1734-41, 1742-46, and had issue:
(1) Mary Windham-Ashe (1718-89), baptised 26 February 1717/8 at St Michael Cornhill, London; married, 3 September 1734 at Twickenham, her cousin John Windham (later Windham-Bowyer) (d. 1780) and had issue one son and one daughter; buried 22 May 1789.
She inherited Twickenham Meadows from her father in 1733 and she and her husband enlarged the house in the 1740s.
She was buried 11 September 1749 and her will was proved 27 September 1749. Her husband died 30 July 1746.

Ashe, Samuel (c.1620-1708). Fifth and youngest son of James Ashe (c.1575-1646) and his wife Grace, daughter of Richard Pitt esq. of Melcombe Regis (Dorset), born about 1620. Educated at Inner Temple (admitted 1646; called to bar, 1653). Described as a barrister but there is no evidence that he practised and he operated as a cloth merchant in London in the early 17th century. MP for Heytesbury, 1659 and for Chippenham, 1679-81; JP for Wiltshire, 1660, 1674; Assessment Commissioner for Wiltshire, 1649-52, 1657, 1660-62, 1665-80; Militia Commissioner for Wiltshire, 1660. He married, 5 December 1659 at Shrivenham (Berks), Anne (1642-1709), daughter of Oliver Pleydell of Shrivenham, and had issue:
(1) Martha Ashe (b. 1661), baptised 25 July 1661; married, 23 September 1680 at Langley Burrell, Lionel Duckett (1652-93) of Hartham Park, Corsham (Wilts) and had issue six sons (of whom three died young); she may have been the Martha Duckett who married, 20 March 1700 at Thatcham (Berks), Robert Webb;
(2) Anne Ashe (1664-65), baptised 1 February 1663/4; died in infancy and was buried 5 February 1664/5 at Langley Burrell;
(2) Anne Ashe (b. 1665), baptised 11 August 1665 at Langley Burrell; married, as his first wife, Henry Goldney (b. 1665) of Chippenham (Wilts) (who m2, 1713, Elizabeth, daughter of George Speke of Hazlebury (Wilts) and had issue); died before 1713;
(3) James Ashe (1666-1704), baptised 11 October 1666 at Langley Burrell; educated at Inner Temple (admitted 1683); married, 29 April 1703 at Grays Inn Chapel, Playdell Tomlinson (b. 1682) (who m2, April/May 1719, John Mills (d. by 1727)) and had issue one daughter; buried at Langley Burrell (Wilts), 20 February 1704;
(4) Mary Ashe (1670-95), baptised 12 May 1670; married, 16 July 1694 at Langley Burrell, Nicholas Rayner, mercer, of Covent Garden; died without issue and was buried 13 June 1695 at Langley Burrell;
(5) Elizabeth Ashe (1671-72), baptised 3 October 1671; died in infancy and was buried 10 June 1672 at Langley Burrell;
(7) Samuel Ashe (b. 1673), baptised 27 January 1672/3; probably died young;
(6) Elizabeth Ashe (1674-76), baptised 18 December 1674; died in infancy and was buried 4 February 1675/6 at Langley Burrell;
(8) Joseph Ashe (1685-1725) (q.v.).
He was described as 'of Stoford (Wilts)' in 1646. He acquired the Langley House estate at Langley Burrell (Wilts) in 1657.
He died 'very aged', 4 November and was buried at Langley Burrell, 8 November 1708; his will was proved 18 November 1708. His widow was buried at Langley Burrell, 8 April 1709.

Ashe, Joseph (1685-1725). Only surviving son of Samuel Ashe (c.1620-1708) and his wife Anne, daughter of Oliver Pleydell of Shrivenham (Berks), baptised 8 April 1685. Educated at Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1701/2) and Inner Temple (admitted 1703; called to bar, 1708). Barrister-at-law; counsel in the Marshalsea Court; elected MP for Chippenham, 1710, but was unseated on appeal. He married, at midnight, 8 March 1710/11 at Grays Inn Chapel, Elizabeth (c.1690?-1750), daughter of Sir John James of Heston (Middx) and had issue:
(1) Joseph Ashe (1711-58), baptised at St Clement Danes, London, 19 January 1711/12; educated at Inner Temple (admitted 1726); inherited the Langley Burrell estate from his father in 1725 and came of age in 1732; married, 19 May 1740 at Preston Deanery (Northants), Frances Samwell (d. 1762), who lived in widowhood at Milton Malsor (Northants); buried at Langley Burrell, 13 June 1758;
(2) Ann Ashe (d. 1793); died unmarried at St Pancras (Middx), 27 December 1793; will proved 4 January 1794; a further grant of administration was made of the effects unadministered, 1863;
(3) Rev. Robert Ashe (1718-74) (q.v.);
(4) John Ashe (1719-81), baptised 21 November 1719; attorney; lived at Arundell St., Westminster and was lessee of the great tithes of Heston (Middx); married, 8 May 1747 at St Gregory by St. Paul, London, Mary Selby (d. 1797?), widow and had issue three sons (John, Joseph (1749-1822), and Rev. Samuel (1753-1807)); paid his nephew Robert £500 to build a new parsonage at Langley Burrell for his son Samuel who was rector there, 1777-1807; died 1781 and was buried at Heston (Middx); will proved 26 January 1781; his widow was living in 1790 and may have been the Mary Ashe buried at Twickenham (Middx), 23 October 1797;
(5) Matilda Ashe (1721-1807), baptised 11 June 1721 at Langley Burrell; married, 14 August 1755, Edward Hodsoll (1720-94) of St Mary Cray (Kent) and had issue one son and one daughter; died 14 July 1807 and was buried at St Mary Cray;
(6) Emma Ashe (b. 1722), baptised 30 August 1722 at Langley Burrell; probably died young as she is not mentioned in her mother's will;
(7) Elizabeth Ashe (b. 1723), baptised 4 November 1723 at Langley Burrell; living in 1743.
He inherited the Langley Burrell estate from his father in 1708, but lived mainly in Kensington.
He died in Kensington, 8 October 1725; administration of his goods was granted to his widow. His widow was buried 25 January 1749/50; her will was proved 26 January 1749/50.

Ashe, Rev. Robert (1718-74). Elder son of Joseph Ashe (1685-1725) and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John James of Heston (Middx), baptised 7 August 1718 at Langley Burrell. Educated at Charterhouse and Worcester College, Oxford (matriculated 1738; BA 1741/2). Rector of Langley Burrell, 1744-74. He married, c.1746, Sarah Knapp (1719-72) and had issue:
(1) Robert Ashe (1747-1829) (q.v.);
(2) Elizabeth Ashe (1748-1834), baptised 25 November 1748; married, 27 March 1775, Rev. Samuel Smith (1751-1823), rector of Hardenhuish and Stanton St. Quintin (Wilts) and had issue two sons and one daughter; died in Bath (Somerset), 1 April 1834;
(3) Anne Ashe (1750-80), baptised 17 May 1750; married, 6/7 March 1776 at Langley Burrell, Matthew Humphries (1734-1810) and had issue two sons; died 15 June 1780.
He inherited the Langley Burrell estate from his elder brother in 1758 and built a new house on the estate c.1758-70.
He died 4 January 1774; his will was proved 11 February 1774. His wife died 10 October and was buried 15 October 1772.

Ashe, Robert (1747-1829). Only son of Rev. Robert Ashe (1718-74) and his wife Sarah Knapp, baptised 28 December 1747. Educated at the Middle Temple (admitted 1768). High Sheriff of Wiltshire, 1788-89. He married, 27 February 1775 at Avebury (Wilts), Thermuthis (1747-1823), daughter of Samuel Martin, and had issue:
(1) Thermuthis Ashe (1778-1825), baptised 2 June 1778; married, 16 April 1807, Walter Coleman (1778-1845) of Kington Langley (Wilts) and had issue two daughters; died 7 April 1825;
(2) Rev. Robert Ashe (1781-1855) (q.v.);
(3) Martin Smith Ashe (b. & d. 1790), baptised 4 February 1790; died in infancy and was buried at Langley Burrell, 3 May 1790.
He inherited the Langley Burrell estate from his father in 1774.
He died 9 December and was buried at Langley Burrell, 14 December 1829. His wife died 21 December and was buried at Langley Burrell, 27 December 1823.

Ashe, Rev. Robert (1781-1855). Elder son of Robert Ashe (1747-1829) and his wife Thermuthis, daughter of Samuel Martin, baptised 11 January 1781. Educated at Trinity College, Oxford (matriculated 1799; BA 1803; MA 1811). Curate of Hardenhuish (Wilts), 1803-07; Rector of Langley Burrell, 1807-55 and of Harnhill (Glos), 1825-33. He married 1st, 30 August 1803 at Purton (Wilts), Mary Jane Jenner (1783-1811), daughter of Richard Watts; 2nd, 1 November 1814 at Bath (Somerset), Elizabeth (1774-1829), daughter of William Selby-Lowndes and widow of Bernard Harman of Monks House (Wilts); and 3rd, 2 December 1830 at Box (Wilts), Elizabeth Rous (1801-49), daughter of John Pybus, and had issue:
(1.1) Thermuthis Mary Ashe (1804-36), born 21 June 1804 and baptised 27 February 1805; died unmarried, 16 May and was buried at Langley Burrell, 20 May 1836;
(1.2) Emily Ashe (1805-87), born 8 November 1805 and baptised 8 February 1807; died unmarried at Torre Pollici near Turin (Italy), 5 May 1887;
(1.3) Rev. Robert Martyn Ashe (1807-85) (q.v.);
(1.4) Rev. Edward Ashe (1809-39), born 20 August and baptised 23 September 1809; educated at Balliol College, Oxford (matriculated 1825; BA 1830; MA 1832); ordained deacon, 1831 and priest, 1832; rector of Harnhill and vicar of Driffield (Glos), 1833-39; died unmarried at Madeira, 14 October 1839.
He inherited the Langley Burrell estate from his father in 1829.
He died 12 February and was buried at Langley Burrell, 17 February 1855; his will was proved 5 March 1855. His first wife died 4 April and was buried at Langley Burrell, 10 April 1811. His second wife died 25 August and was buried at Langley Burrell, 30 August 1829. His third wife died 7 July and was buried at Langley Burrell, 13 July 1849.


Rev. Robert Martyn Ashe (1807-85)
Ashe, Rev. Robert Martyn (1807-85). Elder son of Rev. Robert Ashe (1781-1855) and his first wife, Mary Jane Jenner, daughter of Richard Watts, born 18 January and baptised 8 February 1807. Educated at Trinity College, Oxford (matriculated 1824; BA 1828; MA 1832). Ordained deacon, 1830 and priest, 1833; curate to his father at Langley Burrell, 1830, but appears not to have sought preferment in the church. He was the "Squire Ashe" referred to in the diary of Rev. Francis Kilvert, who was curate to his father at Langley Burrell, 1863-64. He married, 4 November 1852 at Milverton (Warks), Letitia (1827-84), daughter of Capt. Arthur Daly, and had issue:
(1) Robert Ashe (1853-55), born 26 October and baptised 27 November 1853; died in infancy, 11 June and was buried at Langley Burrell, 13 June 1855;



Thermuthis Mary Ashe
(2) Thermuthis Mary Ashe (1856-1935), born 5 May and baptised 8 June 1856; inherited the Langley Burrell estate from her father in 1885 and took a very active part in village affairs; died unmarried, 24 January 1935; will proved 14 June 1935 (estate £69,642);
(3) twin, Emily Ashe (1857-1926) (q.v.); 
(4) twin, Henrietta Mary Ashe (b. 1857), born 30 November 1857 and baptised 27 December 1857; died unmarried after 1881;
(5) Lucy Ashe (1859-1949), born 6 September and baptised 23 October 1859; died unmarried, 9 January 1949; will proved 28 September 1949 (estate £207).
He inherited the Langley Burrell estate from his father in 1855.
He died 18 January and was buried at Langley Burrell, 24 January 1885; his will was proved 4 March 1885 (effects £11,911). His wife died on 17 December 1884 and was buried at Langley Burrell, 22 December 1884.

Ashe, Emily (1857-1926). Second daughter of Rev. Robert Martyn Ashe (1807-85) and his wife Letitia, daughter of Capt. Arthur Daly, born 30 November and baptised 27 December 1857. She married, 25 August 1891, Edward Lucas Montgomery Scott (1862-1931) of Cryalls, Matfield (Kent), son of Maj-Gen. Theophilus Leslie Scott and had issue:
(1) Gladys Letitia Julia Scott (1892-1954), born Jul-Sep 1892; died unmarried, 26 June 1954; will proved 4 August 1954 (estate £9,970);
(2) Robert Edward Leslie Scott (1897-1918); educated at Tonbridge School; Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery during WW1 (MC and bar); unmarried; killed in action, 13 September 1918 and was buried at Lebucquiere Communal Cemetery;
(3) Maj. Charles Richard Leslie Scott (later Scott-Ashe) (1898-1978), born 12 August 1898; an officer in the Royal Marines, 1917-46 (Capt., 1928; Major, 1941); inherited the Langley Burrell estate from his aunt in 1935 and took the additional surname of Ashe; died unmarried, 23 February 1978 and was buried at Langley Burrell; will proved 7 June 1978 (estate £486,353);
(4) Arthur Lucas Noel Scott (later Scott-Ashe) (1899-1988) (q.v.).
She died 21 February 1926; administration of her goods was granted 21 June 1926 (effects £493). Her husband died 1 December 1931; will proved 21 January 1932 (estate £4,225).

Scott (later Scott-Ashe), Arthur Lucas Noel (1899-1988). Youngest son of Edward Lucas Montgomery Scott (1862-1931) and his wife Emily, daughter of Rev. Robert Martyn Ashe, born at Tunbridge Wells (Kent), 21 December 1899 and was baptised 11 March 1900. Served as 2nd Lt. in Royal Marines, 1919. Working as a dairyman, 1931. He married, Oct-Dec 1935, Eileen Gertrude Lee (1915-2004) and had issue:
(1) Robert Edward Arthur Scott-Ashe (b. 1938); married Beverley Ann Rhindress and had issue two sons and one daughter; inherited the Langley Burrell estate from his uncle in 1978 and took the additional surname of Ashe, but sold the estate in 1998 and emigrated to Canada;
(2) Martyn Charles Lucas Scott (b. 1941); married, 1968, Colette Cadoré and had issue two sons;
(3) Lucy Jane Scott-Ashe (b. 1949), born Oct-Dec 1949; took the additional surname of Ashe prior to her marriage; married, 4 July 1992 at Langley Burrell, as his second wife, Antony Lawford Shield (b. 1947).
He died 20 February 1988 and was buried at Langley Burrell; his will was proved 17 May 1988 (estate £16,723). His widow died 30 November 2004 and was also buried at Langley Burrell; her will was proved 10 February 2005.


Ashe family of Ashfield



Ashe, Thomas (1529-82). Second son of Nicholas Ashe of Clyst Fornyson (Devon) and his wife Joan/Joanna, daughter of Anthony Pollard of Harwood (Devon), born at Bucknell (Oxon), 1529. After his marriage, he moved to Ireland in the mid 16th century. He married, after 1558, Mary (d. 1629), daughter of Nicholas Bailey of St. John's Abbey (Meath) and had issue including:
(1) Gen. Sir Thomas Ashe (1567-1626) (q.v.);
(2) Nicholas Ashe (b. c.1570) of Newtown (Meath) (q.v.);
(3) John Ashe (d. 1636); received from his eldest brother the St John's Abbey estate and Talbot's Castle (Meath), Moyvalley and Dromshill (Cavan); married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Casey of Chester and had issue one son and two daughters; died 29 April 1636 and was buried at Trim (Meath);
(4) Josias Ashe (b. c.1580); married Mary Hogan and had issue three sons and two daughters, from whom descend the Ash (later Beresford-Ash) family of Ashbrook.
He settled at St John's Abbey (Meath) in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
He died in 1582, aged 53. His widow died in 1629.


Ashe, Gen. Sir Thomas (1567-1626)Eldest son of Thomas Ashe (1529-82), born 1567. He was knighted at Dublin Castle, 25 July 1603, as a reward for his part in suppressing the revolt of the Irish earls; MP for Trim (Meath). He married Elizabeth [surname unknown] (d. 1632) and had issue*:
(1) Anne Ashe; married Rev. Joseph Synge, rector of Manfieldstown and vicar of Dundalk, son of Richard Synge of Bridgnorth (Shropshire) and had issue a son.
He lived at St. John's Abbey near Trim (Meath) and Dromshill (later Ashfield Hall) (Cavan), where he was granted 6,500 acres. He was succeeded in these estates by his younger brother, John Ashe (d. 1636) or, according to some accounts, by his great-nephew, Nicholas Ashe (1608-56) of Moyrath at whose death without issue, they were inherited by his cousin, William Ashe of Summerstown. Sir Thomas was reputedly also granted lands near Londonderry including Cornerrin (later Ashbrook) after the flight of the Earls in 1607, which he gave to his relative (probably younger brother), Josias Ashe. 
He died 14 October 1626. His widow died in 1632; her will was proved in the Prerogative Court of Ireland in that year.
* Some sources say he died without issue.

Ashe, Nicholas, of Newtown (Meath) (b. c.1570). Second son of son of Thomas Ashe (1529-82), born c.1570. He married and had issue:
(1) Henry Ashe (b. c.1590) of Moyrath (q.v.);
(2) Richard Ashe (d. 1659) of Summerstown (Meath) (q.v.);
(3) Thomasine Ashe; married John Malone esq. of Trim (Meath).
He lived at Newtown (Meath).
His date of death is unknown.

Ashe, Henry (b. c.1590). Elder son of Nicholas Ashe (b. c.1570), born c.1590. He married and had issue:
(1) Elizabeth Ashe (fl. 1655); married Oliver Nugent esq. of Correllstown (Westmeath);
(2) Mary Ashe (fl. 1655); married 1st, William Cuffe esq. and 2nd, before 1632, William Crofton;
(3) Nicholas Ashe (1608-65) (q.v.).
He lived at Moyrath.
His date of death is unknown.

Ashe, Nicholas (1608-65). Only son of Henry Ashe, born 1608. He was unmarried and without issue.
He inherited the St John's Abbey (Meath) and Dromshill (Cavan) estates from his great-uncle, Sir Thomas Ashe, in 1626. At his death they passed to his cousin, William Ashe.
He died in 1665; his will was proved 6 February 1665/6.

Ashe, Richard (d. 1659) of Summerstown. Younger son of Nicholas Ashe (b. c.1570), born about 1595. He married Alice, daughter of Rt. Rev. Lewis Jones DD, Bishop of Killaloe and sister of Sir Theophilus Jones, kt., and had issue:
(1) William Ashe (d. 1682) (q.v.);
(2) Richard Ashe (fl. 1700) of Moyderry (Meath); married and had issue one son.
He lived at Summerstown (Meath).
He died 21 June 1659.

Ashe, William (d. 1682) of Ashfield and Summerstown. Elder son of Richard Ashe (d. 1659) and his wife Alice, daughter of Rt. Rev. Lewis Jones DD, Bishop of Killaloe. He married 1st, Martha Leigh and 2nd, Mary (fl. 1686) (who m2, 12 December 1686, James Brabazon (1661-1728) of Corrstown (Louth) and had further issue two sons and one daughter), daughter of Dudley Colley esq. of Castle Carbery, and had issue:
(1.1) Richard Ashe (d. 1728) (q.v.);
(1.2) Mary Ashe; married Edward Crofton (d. 1745) of Clonard (Meath) and had issue one son;
(1.3) Martha Ashe; married Joseph Fish esq. of Kilcullen (Kildare);
(1.4) Alice Ashe;
(1.5) Elizabeth Ashe;
(2.1) Dudley Ashe (d. 1732); excise officer; married Ann [surname unknown] and had issue one son and three daughters; buried at Drogheda (Louth), 26 April 1732;
(2.2) Mary Ashe; married Bligh Darnley.
He inherited St. John's Abbey from his cousin Nicholas Ashe in 1665 and the Summerstown estate from his father in 1659, and was apparently responsible for building a new house at Ashfield.
He was buried 14 March 1681/2 at Trim (Meath). His first wife died before 1680. His widow's date of death is unknown.

Ashe, Richard (d. 1728). Only son of William Ashe (d. 1682) of Summerstown and his first wife, Martha Leigh, born before 1682. MP for Trim, 1713-14, 1727-28 and for Athboy, 1721-27. He married Anne, daughter of [forename unknown] Deane and had issue:
(1) Joseph Ashe (b. 1707; fl. 1799) (q.v.);
(2) Rev. Dillon Ashe (b. 1710/12), born 1710; educated at Trinity College, Dublin (matriculated 1727; BA 1733; MA 1736); curate of Dunkitt, Kilrossanty, Rosmire and Stradbally (Lismore) 1760; curate of Modeligo 1769; vicar of Rosmire 1769-80; vicar of Kilgobinet (Lismore) 1776-79; vicar of Kilrossanty 1779-80; died unmarried, c.1780;
(3) Rev. St. George Ashe (c.1716-99)*; educated at Trinity College, Dublin (BA 1737); ordained deacon 1739 and priest, 1740; vicar of Clonard (Meath), 1770-99 and Killyon (Meath), 1771-99; married and had issue three sons and one daughter; buried at Clonard, 19 July 1799; 
(4) Thomas Ashe (fl. 1761); mentioned in the will of his brother, Richard;
(5) Richard Ashe (d. 1762); married, 1746/7 (settlement 2 February), Mary, daughter of John Morrison of Dublin, merchant but had no surviving issue; died 1762; will proved in PCC;
(6) Anne Ashe; married, 21 July 1734, Hans Baillie (d. 1773), Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1754 and son of James Baillie esq. of Dublin, and had issue;
(7) Mary Ashe (d. 1780); married, 13 July 1740 at St Mary, Dublin, William Lyndon (1710-1803); died 27 June 1780 and was buried at Bromley (Kent) where she is commemorated by a monument on which her husband recorded her "sweetness of countenance, that engaged the liking of every one who saw her; and was an index of a mind fraught with those exalted virtues, which she practised in their sublimest excellence";
(8) Elizabeth Ashe (d. 1742); married Benjamin Fish (d. 1733); will proved 1742.
He lived at Ashfield (Meath).
He died 20 January 1727/8. His wife's date of death is unknown.
* The Clergy of Meath, 2009, p.303 mistakenly identifies him as the son of the Rt. Rev. St. George Ashe (d. 1718), bishop of Clogher, and gives his date of birth as 1698.

Ashe, Joseph (b. 1707; fl. 1799). Eldest son of Richard Ashe (d. 1728) and his wife Anne Deane, born c.1707. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1725; BA 1733; MA 1736). High Sheriff of Meath. MP for Trim, 1735-60. He was offered, but declined, a peerage if he would vote for the union of Great Britain and Ireland. He married, 1 August 1730 at St Mary, Dublin, Susanna (b. c.1706; fl. 1764), daughter of Dudley Loftus esq. of Killian, and had issue:
(1) Richard Ashe (d. 1768); educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1748) and Middle Temple (admitted, 1751; called to Irish bar, 1757); barrister-at-law; married Anne (who m3, [forename unknown] Ormsby), daughter of Richard Warren esq. of Grangebeg (Kildare) and widow of Thomas Cooper (d. 1758), registrar of the court of chancery, but had no issue; died in the lifetime of his father, July 1768;
(2) Dudley Ashe (c.1730-62); Lieutenant in 1st Regt. of Foot; killed at the storming of Morro Castle, Havana (Cuba), 1762; will proved at New York (USA), 23 October 1762;
(3) Sir Thomas Ashe (b. 1732), kt. (q.v.); 
(4) Joseph Ashe (1737-62), baptised 23 December 1737 at St Mary Dublin; killed at the storming of Morro Castle, Havana (Cuba), 1762;
(5) William Ashe (c.1753-1839) (q.v.);
(6) Alice alias Ellen Ashe (fl. 1795); married Damer Edgeworth esq. of Longwood (Westmeath);
(7) Anne Ashe (fl. 1795); married Dudley Loftus (d. 1805) of Clara Castle and Anneville (Meath) and had issue one son and two daughters.
He inherited the Ashfield estate from his father in 1727.
He died after 1799.

Ashe, Sir Thomas (b. 1732), kt. Third but eldest surviving son of Joseph Ashe (b. 1707) and his wife Susanna, daughter of Dudley Loftus esq. of Killian, baptised 10 September 1732 at St Mary, Dublin. High Sheriff of Meath, 1782-83. Knighted, September 1782. He married, 20 September 1775, Mary (d. 1828), daughter of Sir David Kinloch, 5th bt., of Gilmerton (East Lothian) and had issue:
(1) Joseph Ashe (1777-1853), of Drogheda (Louth); inherited a portion of the Ashfield estate from his father; Captain in the Louth militia; married 1st, 1802, Catherine, daughter of [forename unknown] Sheppard esq., but had no issue; married 2nd, 10 June 1851 at Colpe (Meath), Jane (who m2, 20 April 1860 at St Anne, Dublin, John Johnston), daughter of Richard Shegog of Drogheda; died 8 November and was buried at Drogheda, 13 November 1853;
(2) Harriet Ashe (c.1778-1861); married Robert Sheppard (d. by 1848), collector of customs at Londonderry and formerly secretary to Lord Castlereagh, and had issue; died in Dublin, 4 July 1861, aged 83;
(3) Catherine Ashe (d. 1838); married James Stirling esq., British consul at Genoa (Italy); died 9 November 1838.
He inherited a portion of the Ashfield estate from his father.
His date of death is unknown. His widow died 'at a very advanced age' at Drogheda (Louth), April 1828.

Ashe, Maj. William (c.1753-1839). Fifth and youngest son of Joseph Ashe (fl. 1799) and his wife Susanna, daughter of Dudley Loftus of Killian, born c.1753. An officer in the army (Lt., 1776; Maj.), who served in the 5th, 17th and 23rd regiments of Royal Fusiliers during the American War and fought in 32 engagements with the enemy; aide-de-camp to General Lord Harrington. He married, 22 July 1793 at his brother's house, Mary, daughter of Ven. James Mockler and widow of John Rawlins esq. of Dublin, and had issue:
(1) Lt-Col. William Wellesley Ashe (1800-60?) (q.v.);
(2) A son;
(3) A son;
(4) Emily Louisa Ashe (d. c.1828); married, 28 September 1824 at St George, Dublin, William Butler of Aghomagart alias Annagarry (Leix); died before 1830;
(5) Susanna Ashe; married, 1815, Patrick C. Archbold (fl. 1831), who was charged in 1831 with forging bills drawn on his father-in-law;
(6) A daughter.
He inherited a portion of the Ashfield estate from his father, and had a house in Rutland St., Dublin.
He died at Lucan (Co. Dublin) aged 86, 12 December 1839.

Ashe, Lt-Col. William Wellesley (1800-60?). Only surviving son of Maj. William Ashe (fl. 1793) and his wife Mary, daughter of Archdeacon Mockler and widow of John Rawlins of Dublin, born 1800. An officer in the army (Capt., 1824), serving with the 41st, 65th and 93rd Highland regiments; Brevet Lt-Col., Foreign Service; in 1834 he fought a duel with Sir Charles Hampton at Kingstown near Dublin, when 'after an exchange of shots, the affair was amicably arranged'. He married, 2 July 1828 at Halifax (Yorks WR), Maria Walker (1803-36), only daughter of George Haigh of The Mount, Halifax (Yorks) and had issue:
(1) A son; died in infancy;
(2) A daughter; died in infancy.
He inherited a portion of the Ashfield estate from his father in 1839 and the other moiety in 1853. In 1843 he was living in London. Ashfield was sold in the Landed Estates Court in 1859.
He was living in 1849 and may be the man of this name who died at Chippenham (Wilts), 27 September 1860; administration of the unadministered portion of his effects was granted 9 May 1912. His wife was buried at Halifax, 8 April 1836.



Ashe family of Ashgrove (Tipperary)



Ashe, Jonathan (b. 1645). Youngest son of John Ashe (1597-1658) of Freshford [for whom see above] and his wife Elizabeth Davison, baptised 2 October 1645 at All Hallows Staining, London. Educated at Lincoln and Oriel Colleges, Oxford (matriculated 1661; BA 1666; MA 1668) and Inner Temple (admitted 1664). He settled in Ireland on the estate granted to him by his father.  He married, 19 September 1695 at St John, Dublin, Rebecca, daughter of Christopher Lovett of Liscombe (Bucks), Lord Mayor of Dublin, and had issue:
(1) Sarah Ashe; married, 29 October 1718 at St Andrew, Dublin, her cousin, Robert Lovett of Liscombe (Bucks) and Kingswell (Tipperary) and had issue three sons and three daughters;
(2) Maj. Lovett Ashe (b. 1696) (q.v.);
(3) James Ashe (b. 1698), born in Dublin, 1798; educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1717); perhaps died unmarried;
(4) Capt. Jonathan Ashe (d. 1750), of Ashville; married and had issue;
(5) Elizabeth Ashe (probably of this generation); married William Russell;
His father granted him a large portion of the barony of Clanwilliam (Tipperary). He is said also have been the recipient of a grant of land from King William III on which Ashgrove was built.
His date of death is unknown.

Ashe, Lovett (b. 1696). Eldest son of Jonathan Ashe (b. 1645) and his wife Rebecca, daughter of Christopher Lovett of Liscombe (Bucks) and Dublin, born 3 July and baptised at St John Dublin, 4 July 1696. He married and had issue:
(1) Maj. Lovett Ashe (c.1735-94).
He inherited the Ashgrove estate from his father.
His date of death is unknown.

Ashe, Maj. Lovett (c.1735-94). Son of Lovett Ashe (b. 1696), born about 1735.  An officer in the 63rd Regiment, he took part in the American and French wars (Lt., 1776; Capt. by 1782; Maj. 1794). He married, 1756 (settlement 28 August), Waller (1734-1824), daughter of Trevor Lloyd of Gloster (Offaly), and had issue:
(1) Capt. Trevor Lloyd Ashe (1759-1820) (q.v.);
(2) Henrietta Ashe (fl. 1798); married Lt-Col. John Dormer Alcock (d. 1797) of 47th Foot, and had issue two sons and one daughter;
(3) Arabella Ashe (d. 1807); married, 1791, her cousin, Capt. Henry Ashe (d. 1833) of 16th Regiment and later Adjutant of Wiltshire militia, son of Capt. Jonathan Ashe of Asheville, and had issue two sons, the Rev. Trevor Lloyd Ashe (1796-1864) and Capt. Waller Ashe (d. 1869) (qqv.), who jointly inherited Ashgrove in 1820; died 1807; her widower married 2nd, 29 November 1808 at Bath Abbey, Elizabeth Springett (b. 1769), daughter of Rev. John Williams of Abergavenny and had further issue three sons and one daughter;
(4) Rose Ashe; perhaps the person of this name who married, 1796 in Co. Cork, William Ferrall.
He inherited the Ashgrove estate from his father.
He was killed in action, December 1794, on the Rhine, and was buried at St Bartholomew the Great, London, 15 January 1795, when his age was mistakenly given as 44. His widow died in Dublin, 4 March 1824 and was buried at Donnybrook (Dublin).

Ashe, Trevor Lloyd (1759-1820). Only son of Maj. Lovett Ashe (c.1735-94) and his wife Waller, daughter of Trevor Lloyd of Gloster (Offaly), born 1759. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1774), Trinity College, Cambridge (admitted 1777; matriculated 1780; BA 1781; MA 1784) and Lincolns Inn (admitted 1790). In 1785 he was joint manager of a charity performance by Limerick Theatrical Society, and he was later described as "a skilled instrumentalist, who appeared at the Fishamble Street Theatre, Dublin, and elsewhere on the Irish stage". One source describes him as a Captain in the Grenadier Guards. He was apparently unmarried and without issue.
He inherited the Ashgrove estate from his father in 1794 and was probably responsible for building a new house, Castle Mary, on the estate. At his death he left the estate to his nephews, Rev. Trevor Lloyd Ashe and Capt. Waller Ashe.
He died in December 1820.

Ashe, Rev. Trevor Lloyd (1796-1864). Elder son of Capt. Henry Ashe (d. 1833) and his wife Arabella, daughter of Maj. Lovett Ashe of Ashgrove, baptised 16 May 1796 at St Swithin, Walcot, Bath (Somerset). Educated at Alban Hall, Oxford (matriculated 1815) and Oscott College (admitted 1821); ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic church although the anxiety of managing an incumbered estate, together with injuries sustained in a serious accident left him 'unable to devote himself to the duties of the priesthood'. In 1842 he took the pledge as a teetotaller, and in 1844 he published a book, The Attorney or The Contrast, which promoted teetotalism and linked this with a narrative of his legal fight to recover funds under his mother's marriage settlement from his father and his solicitor. By 1854 he was apparently bankrupt, and his estate was sold. He was unmarried and without issue.
He inherited a share in the Ashgrove/Castle Mary estate from his uncle, Trevor Lloyd Ashe (1759-1820), and seems to have acquired the other moiety from his cousin, Capt. Waller Ashe. The estate was sold in the Incumbered Estates Court in 1854 and realised £41,575.
He died at Booleen Cottage (Tipperary), 11 December 1864; his will was proved at Waterford in 1866 (effects under £3,000).

Ashe, Capt. Waller (d. c.1869). Younger son of Capt. Henry Ashe (d. 1833) and his wife Arabella, daughter of Maj. Lovett Ashe of Ashgrove, born about 1800. An officer in the 16th Regiment (Capt.); while on half-pay he served as a volunteer under Sir de Lacy Evans at the siege of Oporto during the Civil War in Portugal and was mentioned in despatches for conspicuous gallantry. He married, 23 January 1829 at Tipperary, Ellen Lucinda, daughter of Cornelius Manning and had issue:
(1) Waller Lovett Ashe (b. 1829), born 17 December 1829 and baptised 1 January 1830 at St Peter, Dublin; probably died young;
(2) Maj. Waller Ashe (1835-c.1888), born 21 January 1835; an officer in the 85th Foot and from 1860 the 1st Dragoon Guards (Ensign, 1853; Lieutenant, 1854; Captain, 1858; retired 1869); author of The military institutions of France, A story of the Zulu War, 1880 and Personal records of the Kandahar Campaign, 1882 (for which he was threatened with a libel action) and other works; bankrupted and imprisoned for debt, 1869, but the bankruptcy order annulled, 1870; Deputy Governor of Perth Gaol, 1876; Major in the Perthshire Rifle Volunteers, 1876-77; estate sequestered, November 1876 and after failing to appear for a bankruptcy hearing he was arrested and imprisoned on a charge of making away with his sequestered effects, January 1877, but the sequestration order was recalled, February 1877 (implying he had paid his debts); freeman of the City of London, 1886, when he was renting Langley Burrell House; married, 7 March 1863 at Calcutta Cathedral (India), Janet Hume (1841-75), eldest daughter of Alexander Sibbald Sawers of Dunbar (East Lothian), and had issue two sons and two daughters; he died in about 1888.
He inherited a share in the Ashgrove/Castle Mary estate from his uncle, Trevor Lloyd Ashe (1759-1820), but appears to have sold it to his cousin, Rev. Trevor Lloyd Ashe. In 1841 he was living in lodgings in Queen Square, Bristol.
He died about 1869. His wife's date of death is unknown.


Sources


Burke's Extinct & Dormant Baronetcies, 2nd edn., 1841, pp. 15-16; Burke's Landed Gentry, 1850, p.28; T. Ashe, Memoirs and confessions of Capt. Ashe, 1815; June Badeni [Countess Badeni], Wiltshire forefathers, n.d. [c.1965], 96-99; Sir N. Pevsner & B. Cherry, The buildings of England: Wiltshire, 2nd edn., 1975, pp. 267, 292; C. Casey & A. Rowan, The buildings of Ireland: North Leinster, 1993, p. 343; M.C. Lyons, Illustrated Incumbered Estates in Ireland 1850-1905, 1993, pp. 98-99; www.ashefamily.info/


Location of archives


Ashe family of Langley Burrell: deeds, estate and family papers, 16th-19th cents, including family memorandum book of Rev. Samuel Ashe, 1785-88 [Wiltshire & Swindon Archives, 118, 568, 3623]


Coat of arms


Ashe of Langley Burrell: Argent, two chevrons sable.


Can you help?


Here are a few notes about information and images which would help to improve the account above. If you can help with any of these or with other additions or corrections, please use the contact form in the sidebar to get in touch.

  • Can anyone provide a copy of the illustration which is mentioned by Pevsner of the house of c.1700 at Heytesbury? And can anyone tell me whether the 1996 fire damaged the period interiors and if so, whether they have been restored?
  • Cambridge House, Twickenham, survived until 1937. Can anyone provide a photograph of it which shows what was done in the 1830s? Or a view of the entrance front?
  • Can anyone provide any information about the house of the Ashe family at Ashfield (Meath)? Or the descent of the property from Arthur George Murray to the present day?
  • Can anyone supply a photograph or other illustration of Castle Mary near Bansha?
  • Does anyone know how the Ashes of Ashgrove (Co. Cork) were related to any of the families discussed in this post? The earliest member of that family whom I have been able to trace was Robert Ashe (d. 1763) of Macroom (Cork).
  • Can you supply portraits or photographs of any of the people whose names are given in bold in this account, and for whom images are not already provided?
  • If anyone is able to supply additional genealogical information about the families discussed here, I should be very pleased to hear from them.



Revision and acknowledgements


This post was first published 29th January 2016.