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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Sally
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Location: Redruth Cornwall
Date : Sat October 06, 2012, 09:07:44
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I wonder le neves is these family escaped from france. I noticed family tree got deaf I wonder run in the Neve family cos myself I am deaf too my distant cousins as well
David Platt
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Location: Falmouth, Maine USA
Date : Tue September 25, 2012, 20:05:54
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

I loved this book, which spoke to me on topics I became familiar with at Yale when I took a course called "English Civilization" with Lewis Curtis. Family history can be difficult to research and write because (I believe) families themselves can be ambivalent about their pasts, and because Americans, at least, aren't always comfortable with a "gentrified" heritage. Witness any US political campaign!
All of that said, you have told us a great deal about the Anglo-American experience through these families and should be congratulated.
One question: just who are the gentle-appearing people (and horse) on the cover of my paperback edition? I've looked everywhere and have not found any explanation. The photograph is wonderful, even if it came from a movie somewhere. Please enlighten me.
All the best

David Platt
Abigail Brundin
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Location: Cambridge UK
Date : Thu September 20, 2012, 18:15:17
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I am currently collaborating on a research project with the NT, and we are planning a workshop at Cambridge on the theme of English great house libraries. I was hoping to persuade you to come and participate! Could you email me if you are at all interested and I can tell you more? Many thanks.
Ford Lacy
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Location: Dallas, Texas 75205 USA
Date : Thu June 21, 2012, 16:03:38
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

manh years ago i went to sissinghurst. a few years ago i read the diaries of harold nicolson and several works by vita sackville-west. therefore, it was easy to get to adam nicolson after i read the review of the gentry in the economist. i recently finished reading the decline and fall of the english aristocracy and the gentry was a good follow up to that book.
Sarah Watson
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Location: Ashburton, UK
Date : Mon June 11, 2012, 10:32:16
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We are architects, and interior designers working on a project at Killerton Estate with the National Trust. We would like to use the image of Richard and Lady Acland taken on the day that they gifted the estate to the National Trust. Please can you advise where we would find this image to use on our project.
Adam Nicolson
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Location: Sissinghurst
Date : Thu May 10, 2012, 18:05:01
How you found us : Word of mouth

Thanks so much Patrick. I very much appreciate what you say about the Oxinden chapter. And I also understand what you mean by their connections to everyone else of importance. It was an extraordinarily self-confirming class. Every family in the book is related to every other, even though I chose them on a completely different basis.

with many thanks

Adam
Patrick Lawrence
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Location: Quainton
Date : Thu May 10, 2012, 14:07:31
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Nick, as both a direct descendant of the Oxinden family and as a historian I would like to thank you for raising the profile of this family in the way that you have. You have managed to highlight the humanity of their story in one chapter where other authors have failed to do so in several volumes. Hopefully this will attract others to study the Oxinden Letters in the British Library bringing fresh understanding to this period of British History.
If I have one criticism it is that although you quite rightly stated that the family was the most minor of gentry, there importance lay in the marriage connections they made, which linked them to and gave them influence with the most noble families in the kingdom. My line for instance follows from Henry's wayward brother James's son James who's marrage linked the Oxindens with the earls of Arrundel. Other marraiges linked the family with the earls of Oxford & Surry. In fact the wider family tree really is a who's who of british society at the time.
Keep up the good work...Patrick
Seymour
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Location: England
Date : Mon March 12, 2012, 20:26:35
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You appear to have a very jaundiced view of the Hughes family and I get the impression you do not approve of their wealth ...... Kinmel house was actually rather lovely and the grounds beautiful when the Hughes family lived there.
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Date : Thu March 08, 2012, 02:15:45
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This is such a great resource as you share so much useful information. I am fond of seeing web sites that realize the benefit of supplying a quality learning resource for free. Many thanks for this wonderful source of information
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Cesare Cantoni
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Location: Pradamano, Italy
Date : Sat January 21, 2012, 20:34:13
How you found us : I got the URL from the Book 'The Gentry'

An amazing portrait of a country, and a people, who had the guts for standing alone against nazi Germany for more than two years.
As a Jew, I feel unending gratitude for the English.
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