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....

Mary Lewis

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Mary Lewis

Mary Lewis, the third daughter of an impoverished Anglesey vicar, whose dowry on her marriage in 1765 was a small farm called Llysdulas near Amlwch, which included on its margins the most unpromising of assets: half of half of a small ‘barren hill’ named after a man called Parys who had owned it in the fifteenth century. The grazing there was poor and its annual rental was £25. It turned out to be made of copper.

Picture courtesy of the Kinmel estate