‘Middle Years’ Tree – Generation 05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James

1528-1597

Full name:

James Birtwistle

 

 

Born:

1528, Huncoat Hall

 

 

 

Married:

(1)     Agnes Ormerod (of Gambleside);

(2)     Emma Hulme in 1585

 

 

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Occupation:

Farmer / landowner

 

 

 

Resident in:

Huncoat Hall

 

 

 

Father:

Oliver 1508-1588

 

 

 

Additional:

Inherited Huncoat Hall at the age of 60 in 1588 on the death of his father Oliver. His first marriage was to Agnes Ormerod, an heiress from Gambleside, whose family was a branch of the Ormerod family of Worsthorne who had acquired lands at gambleside in rossendale. This marriage must have helpedthe finances of the Huncoat family as it is at this time that the east wing was built onto the house by James (this is referred to as the new house in the inventory of the will of John, son of James, in 1617.

 

This wing was an important addition to Huncoat Hall as it contained two further bedrooms, a new kitchen and larder or dairy section. This would have enabled the family to have a new kitchen and probably cease preparing food in the Great Hall. The Chapel, which was also built about this time, opened off the Great Hall. This would probably have been used by various members of the Birtwistle family plus other families with Catholic sympathies living in the village.

 

James married a second time in 1585 to Emma Hulme, presumably following the death of his first wife, and they are referred to in the Yorkshire Fines of 1596 in connection with three cottages and land at Calton and Malham – presumably property which came into the family via James’s grand-mother Margaret Lowde.

 

James died at Huncoat Hall in 1597. His wife Emma is mentioned again in the Court Rolls for 1597 when, shortly after the death of James, is stated as being Emma, lately widow of James Birtwistle of Huncoat, and is fined 3d for ‘not bringing her corn to the Kings Mill at Accrington’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver

1536-??

Full name:

Oliver Birtwistle

 

 

Born:

1536, Huncoat Hall

 

 

 

Married:

No record

 

 

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Occupation:

?Catholic Priest

 

 

 

Resident in:

Huncoat hall, Douay College (Nothern France)

 

 

 

Father:

Oliver 1508-1588

 

 

 

Additional:

Entered Douay College in Northern France in 1575 to complete his Catholic education before returning home to Huncoat hall.

 

Note: Douay College was founded by Cardinal Allen for the benefit of sons of the Old Catholic families who wished to be trained and instructed in the duties of  a true catholic, in the troubled times immediately after the reformation. Young Oliver was stated as being “instructed and reconciled to the church and was returned home with a collection of alms”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas

1542-1575

Full name:

Thomas Birtwistle

 

 

Born:

1542, Huncoat Hall

 

 

 

Married:

Isobel Habergham on 1 Sept 1572

 

 

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Occupation:

Farmer / Landowner

 

 

 

Resident in:

Habergham Eaves

 

 

 

Father:

Oliver 1508-1588

 

 

 

Additional:

A son John, born in 1573 is mentioned in his will and it appears that another son George was born after the death of his father in 1575.

 

This branch of the family settled at Habergham Eaves and later at Cliviger and Briercliffe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edmund

1545-1602

Full name:

Edmund Birtwistle

 

 

Born:

1545, Huncoat Hall

 

 

 

Married:

(1)     Mary Collins on 24 July 1580 at ?Bourton (Nr Buckingham)

(2)     Avice ……… c1590

 

 

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Occupation:

Tutor / teacher; Gentleman

 

 

 

Resident in:

Bourton, Nr Buckingham

 

 

 

Father:

Oliver 1508-1588

 

 

 

Additional:

Edmund attended and was awarded his BA degree from Brasenose College Oxford on 26th October 1564. Following this the next record of his whereabouts was in Bourton near Buckingham, on land owned by Fernando Poulton as Lord of the Manor. The reason for him settling in Bourton is unclear but the Poultons were an old catholic family and Edmund could have been friendly with them from his Oxford days. He appears to have obtained a teaching post in the town as the Buckingham parish registers refer to him as ‘Ludim’ or ‘schoolmaster’ and, in his will, Edmund is stated as being a ‘Gentleman of Bourton’.

 

Died in Bourton in 1602. His descendents are largely recorded as in Buckinghamshire and London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony

1550-??

Full name:

Anthony Birtwistle

 

 

Born:

1550, Huncoat Hall

 

 

 

Married:

 

 

 

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Father:

Oliver 1508-1588

 

 

 

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Anthony attended and was awarded his BA degree from Brasenose College Oxford on 16th January 1570. There are no records of him or his family returning to Lancashire but there are records in London indicating that he and his family settled there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mabel

Full name:

Mabel Birtwistle

 

 

Born:

 Huncoat Hall

 

 

 

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Father:

Oliver 1508-1588

 

 

 

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Isobel

Full name:

Isobel Birtwistle

 

 

Born:

Huncoat Hall

 

 

 

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Father:

Oliver 1508-1588

 

 

 

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Elizabeth

Full name:

Elizabeth Birtwistle

 

 

Born:

Huncoat Hall

 

 

 

Married:

 

 

 

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Father:

Oliver 1508-1588

 

 

 

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Thomas

1538-1580

Full name:

Thomas Birtwistle

 

 

Born:

c1538 in ?Calton in Craven

 

 

 

Married:

?

 

 

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Occupation:

Farmer

 

 

 

Resident in:

Calton in Craven

 

 

 

Father:

Robert 1516-1566

 

 

 

Additional:

Thomas was he eldest son of Robert and Isobel and who inherited the land at Calton from his father. His own will was very extensive and mentions in great detail the tenure of his land-holdings at Calton and Malham held of John Lambert and he clearly details how the land was to be divided between his tree sons Richard, Thomas and Robert.

Thomas died in 1580 in Calton in Craven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agnes

1542-??

Full name:

Agnes Birtwistle

 

 

Born:

c1542 in ?Calton in Craven

 

 

 

Married:

 

 

 

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Father:

Robert 1516-1566

 

 

 

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Richard

1548-1595

Full name:

Richard Birtwistle

 

 

Born:

c1548 in ?Calton in Craven

 

 

 

Married:

Elizabeth Smythe in 1558 in Gargrave

 

 

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Occupation:

Farmer

 

 

 

Resident in:

Calton in Craven

 

 

 

Father:

Robert 1516-1566

 

 

 

Additional:

Died c1595 in Calton in Craven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John

1550-??

Full name:

John Birtwistle

 

 

Born:

c1550 in ?Calton in Craven

 

 

 

Married:

Agnes Brashaw of Giggleswick in 1571

 

 

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Occupation:

Farmer

 

 

 

Resident in:

?

 

 

 

Father:

Robert 1516-1566

 

 

 

Additional:

No record of any children found

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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