The Gentry is a history of England told through its families. This website contains family trees, a few maps and many images illustrating some of the background to the twelve families who carry the story of England in the book.

Read a sample chapter about Sir John Oglander, the 17th-century squire of Nunwell in the Isle of Wight, his life and family, his dreams and ambitions and the tragedies that struck him....

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Daniel Ohman
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Location: Boston, MA
Date : Tue May 30, 2017, 03:38:49
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

Having finished yr book on the King James Bible I was impelled to read this one. I found it unputdownable. You sustain a single narrative through the lives of these families with such care in presenting and interpreting the documentation and landscape that I would feel remiss in not acknowledging yr accomplishment, and my gratitude. Thank you.
Donna
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Location: England, UK
Date : Fri September 30, 2016, 03:26:43
How you found us : Search Engine

That's a small Lascelles family tree, given the family is extremely large. But then I guess you are just highlighting the 'gentry' Lascelles, from which the Earls descend. I'm a descendent of both Daniel Lascelles and first wife Margaret Metcalfe, via son George. Interesting and informative website.
Bengt Kylsberg
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Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Date : Mon February 22, 2016, 10:38:06
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'I don't remember

I am an historian/arthistorian and I have been working 39 years at Skokloster Castle in Sweden, a lovely 17th century place and I read your book with the greatest interest. The families and there different situations over the centuries was absolut faschinating. This was the first book I have read by you, but very familiar with your father and grandparents.
Jack Feeney
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Location: Cardiff Wales
Date : Tue December 29, 2015, 14:10:29
How you found us : I don't remember

I'm currently writing an article about how derelict buildings used to look like.

Are you able to help me with where you gained the rights to use this image:

http://www.thegentry.org.uk/hughes_photos24.html

Many thanks,
Merrill L Plimpton Jr
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Location: White River Junction
Date : Sun March 29, 2015, 03:39:28
How you found us : Other

I was surfing and ran across your site. It is awesome
Stephen Govier
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Location: Eye Suffolk, England
Date : Sat October 11, 2014, 17:41:40
How you found us : OtherI don't remember

Hi am researching Peter Le Neve and Tom Martin of Thetford. Any ideas of when the old great Witchingham Hall was demolished. Any images on estate plans.
Robert Harney
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Location: London, Uk
Date : Fri August 29, 2014, 23:43:33
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

An elegantly written book about a complex topic.

It may be of interest to the author to know that during the Civil War and in decades preceding it, some Puritan gentry refused to confirm their arms when invited to do so by Heralds of the College of Arms. They were summoned and fined. See records of the College.
D Pinchbeck
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Location: Bugle Ranges Aouth Australia
Date : Tue November 12, 2013, 09:11:53
How you found us : Search Engine

searching Turner - Smythet family line a family descendant
Virginia Silvester
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Location: Dorney Reach, England
Date : Wed October 16, 2013, 12:01:14
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I found this excellent website by accident when trying to find a way to make contact, having much enjoyed the TV series "The century that wrote itself" and just finished reading "Arcadia". I am particularly interested in the Oxindens, who were landlords to my East Kent farming ancestors in the 17th century and are alleged to be related to my Jezard forebears through the Culling family. I hope to follow up not only the Oxinden letters but also their archives at Maidstone record office.
I would be most grateful for any advice you could offer me in relation to a quite separate family. Do you know of anyone who is an expert on the history of the Bruce family of Houghton Park in Bedfordshire in the second half of the 17th century? Neither Beds nor Wilts record offices have been able to help in identifying someone with the inside knowledge I'm looking for.
Helen Touboulic
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Date : Tue October 08, 2013, 13:34:19
How you found us : Search EngineI don't remember

Re Hugh Robert Hughes
I wonder if you could tell me how many daughters and there names if he had any.
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