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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Mark Cripps
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Location: Oldham
Date : Thu July 20, 2017, 14:06:45
How you found us : I don't remember

Hi Adam,

Just a quick note to say hope much I enjoyed your book. In fact, the more I read it, the more difficult I found it to put down.

Reading the book has made me want to go and visit some of the houses which still exist and others closer to home here in Lancashire.

Recently, I read Black Gold about Wentworth- Woodhouse and the Fitzwilliam family and although by the definitions in the book, strictly speaking, this house / family are aristocracy not gentry, that book got me interested in the way of life at the large houses. I particularly like an anecdote from that book about ways that guests tried to remember how to get back to their rooms, considering the huge size of the house and lengths of the corridors etc

Anyway, congratulations on producing such an interesting, thoroughly researched and well written book.

Best wishes for any future projects.

Mark Cripps
Dr Eryl Wyn Rowlands
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Location: Amlwch, Wales
Date : Sun July 02, 2017, 04:07:07
How you found us : Search Engine

It would be interesting to know why you have included the Hughes family of Llys Dulas and Kinmel who were Welsh in a site dedicated to 'STORIES OF THE ENGLISH.'
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
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