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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Virginia Silvester
Posts: 47
Location: Dorney Reach, England
Date : Wed October 16, 2013, 12:01:14
How you found us : Search Engine

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
Posts: 47
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.
David Rees
Posts: 47
Location: Te Awamutu, New Zealand
Date : Sun September 01, 2013, 01:03:22
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

A very interesting and thought provoking book which I read carefully. Being a landowner and living from rents and probablby the closest you would get in NZ to the people you desribe, you have my total attention. It is a disgrace that the result of two world wars, the great depression and left wing governments who through envy and bloody mindedness with taxation which was nothing more than confiscation has resulted in the total annihalation of this class.
Jane Cobbald
Posts: 47
Location: Warks, UK
Date : Thu August 22, 2013, 08:00:45
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

Dear Adam

I was intrigued by the statistic you quote on page xvi of the introduction to your book: that by the turn of the 19th century there were 9500 noble families in England, and nearly forty times more in France just before the revolution, 30 times more in Austria-Hungary and over 50 times more in Spain. Have you any thoughts about this? Was power concentrated in the hands of a few English families, or was the nobility not such a big feature here? Another statistic I have come across is that Britain was more urbanised than any other country by the 19th century. Does this relate?

Thank you for writing this book!
Dave Hagland
Posts: 47
Location: Edgware
Date : Sat August 17, 2013, 18:30:22
How you found us : Search Engine

Dear Sir, Adam Nicolson

Hoping you maybe able to help me please ?

I have read some-where the Aclands are related to the Aglands ? of Devon

Do you know of any connection please ?

Thank you , Yours sincerely , Dave
Liz Broomfield
Posts: 47
Location: Birmingham, UK
Date : Thu July 04, 2013, 13:06:56
How you found us : Search EngineI don't remember

I was so pleased to find this excellent website backing up the book. I've reviewed the book on my blog (you can find it by searching for Adam Nicolson Gentry Librofulltime blog) with a more full review than the one I put on Amazon, and I link to your Amazon page and this website within the review (I also mention that if I see the name "Adam Nicolson" on a book I will always buy it!).
Thank you for writing such excellent history!
Best wishes,
Minnie Wylde
Posts: 47
Location: Dolgellau, Wales
Date : Mon July 01, 2013, 15:47:11
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

We wonder whether we have found yet another of HRH of Kinmel's carved H's It's a competent piece of wood carving, about 10 inches square,probably from a piece of furniture. It seems to be the right age and was in a bric-a-brac shop in Llanidloes. I'd like to email a photograph to you as I can't attach one to this comment box.

Marvellous book!
Pinky Subi
Posts: 47
Location: Plymouth
Date : Thu June 27, 2013, 14:59:59
How you found us : Other

Hi Adam,
I am hoping you can help me in a very urgent situation regarding permission to print an excerpt (351 words) from article “The Bible of King James” by Nicholson, National Geographic, December 2011.
Could you kindly review this permission request to reprint the listed material, in an upcoming Cengage Learning textbook, The Writer's Way, 9e by Rawlins. The following are the rights requested:
Distribution – Worldwide
Media - Print and electronic, password protected
Languages – English
Print Run – 40000
Product type: Product Family
I’m afraid we need this information as soon as possible – If you could please fill out, sign and return the attached form to me, I would greatly appreciate it. It can be returned via email or fax, whichever is most convenient for you.

Thank you so very much for your attention to this very urgent request.
Pinky Subi | Associate Project Manager-Text Permissions
US office: 4 Collins Ave., Plymouth, MA 02360, Tel: 508.746.0300 x000, Fax: 508.746.3233
Meredith Brooks
Posts: 47
Location: Cedar Mountain, NC USA
Date : Tue June 11, 2013, 17:58:19
How you found us : A link from another siteI don't rememberI don't remember

I sent my thanks for allowing us an unscheduled tour of Perch HIll to Sarah's website and received a kind acknowledgment. After being so surprised at seeing you @ Sissinghurst,particularly after having that chance encounter with your Father some years ago, I found that I quite forgot to mention just how much I've enjoyed your readings, discovered rather late in life for me. Actually, it was another Maugham prize winner, the late Jonathan Street, who suggested that I might find myself compelled by your writings. At any rate, I am working my way through your considerable collection and find you to be somewhat brilliant. I have now gifted several friends with some of your works. Thank you again for your consideration and generosity with your time when we met. All the best, Meredith (and bon chance with your ongoing work at Sissinghurst!)
Edith Crowther
Posts: 47
Location: King's Lynn, UK
Date : Sun April 28, 2013, 19:33:17
How you found us : Search Engine

Watching the first episode of your brilliant series The Century That Wrote Itself on iPlayer, wanted to know more about Harry Oxenden, put that into google spelt like that, and this amazing site is the fifth entry - another bonus from your TV series!

Thank you very much. Don't bother to acknowledge - use your precious time to do another series please. You have two later centuries before letter-writing dies out!
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