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....

Hugh Robert Hughes and his wife Florentia

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Hugh Robert Hughes

Hugh Robert Hughes of Kinmel, a man who seemed not quite to fit the life his inheritance had given him, and his wife Florentia in lace and cut velvet.