An Amazing Genealogical Discovery

It all began with Census records for Thornton (in Lancashire near Blackpool) showing that my Great Great Grandmother Ann Fenton (nee Brining) had been born in Galgate (Parish of Ellel) near Lancaster. She was a servant who had come to the Fylde looking for work and ended up marrying local boy John Fenton. Ellel Parish Registers soon revealed Ann Brining’s baptism and her parents Henry and Esther (nee Proddow). Henry and his father William were probably employed at the silk mill and were both natives of Galgate, but according to the census Henry’s mother Betty (nee Cartmel) originated from Keswick in Cumberland. Thanks to good Parish records in Cumberland and Westmorland we soon found Betty’s baptism in Lorton, and then her parents’ marriage, John Cartmel and Mary Patrickson, in Lamplugh in 1757.

The Patrickson family were long established and prominent in their part of the world and known locally as the ‘Kings of Ennerdale.’ A detailed history of the family was published by Colonel Ralph P. Littledale in 1924, this showed my direct line of descent stretching back to the early 1500s.

Around this time Anthony Patrickson married Katherine Curwen, the Curwens were wealthy landowners and business people with a family seat at Workington Hall, a grand mansion whose ruins still stand today in the small industrial town of Workington on the Cumbrian coast. Not surprisingly they were well documented, there was reference to a family history published in the 1928, I ordered this book from Carlisle Library through my local branch. It turned out to be a volume of encyclopedic proportions, a compete family history, the line could be traced back through many generations of Curwens, frequently prominent knights of their day.

In the 13th and 14th Centuries Curwens held influential positions in the garrison of Carlisle, a strategically important town in the feuds between the English and the Scots. Sir Gilbert Curwen II, so legend has it, played a major part in King Edward II’s defeat of the Scots rebel William Wallace at Falkirk in 1298, when in the nick of time he brought into the field such a retinue that it turned the battle. The story goes that in the flush of victory Sir Gilbert turned to the King and said “Ah, where would you have been if I had not been there?” Whereupon the saying became famous and Sir Gilbert took “Si Je N’Estoy” as his war cry, a motto that has remained attached to the family coat of arms to this day.

The earliest reference to Workington is Gospatric de Workington in the 12th Century, who was descended from a line of Saxon nobles, his grandfather, also Gospatric, led the Northumbrians to victory over the Normans at York in 1068. This led to King William laying waste to much of Northumbria yet realising he could not do without his enemy as he alone could overlord the district, he actually made him Earl of Northumbria in 1070, although by 1072 relations had soured and Gospatric sided with the Scots. His maternal grandmother was Elgyfa, daughter of Ethelred II (the Unready) King of England, and his paternal grandmother Bethoc, daughter of Malcolm II King of Scots.

It was astonishing to find a line of descent connecting myself to the Kings of both England and Scotland. The names and dates are shown below, Table 1 is 49 generations in England, Table 2 is 38 generations that start in England branching off to Scotland sometime in the 11th century.

Parish records only go back as far as Tudor times (if you’re lucky) so the sort of connections I have found are only possible if links can be established to the landed gentry or aristocracy. Such people have always been fond of keeping records of their lives as some sort of legacy. Whatever the original egotistical reasons for their creation these records are the holy grail to genealogists.

Steve Yarwood
December 2016

Table 1 – Direct Line of Descent from the Kings of England

Gen Direct Line of Descent Mother/Father
1 Ian Francis Yarwood
b 03/02/1996 Bedford
Alice Emily Yarwood
b 24/10/1988 Bedford
Anne Maria Yarwood
b 11/05/1987 Bedford
2 Stephen Yarwood
b 06/09/1957 Fleetwood, Lancashire
Jean Hadden
b 20/07/1961 Bristol
3 Bernard Yarwood
b 11/05/1929 Thornton, Lancashire
Nora Canning
b 22/08/1929 Fleetwood, Lancashire
4 Esther Wall
b 1893 Thornton, Lancashire
Fred Yarwood
b1897 Piel Island, Barrow
5 Elizabeth Fenton
b 1869 Thornton, Lancashire
Richard Wall
b 1867 Hatfield, Herefordshire
6 Ann Brining
b 1842 Ellel, Lancashire
James Fenton
b 1844 Thornton, Lancashire
7 Henry Brining
b 1813 Ellel, Lancashire
Esther Proddow
b 1807 Crosthwaite, Cumberland
8 Elizabeth Cartmel
b 1778 Lorton, Cumberland
William Bryning
b 1777 Ellel, Lancashire
9 Mary Patrickson
b 1734 Lamplugh, Cumberland
John Cartmel
b 1735 Burniside, Westmorland
10 John Patrickson
b 1699 Lamplugh, Cumberland
Martha Bragg
11 Richard Patrickson
d 1741 Lamplugh, Cumberland
Ann Littledale
d 1729
12 Richard Patrickson
b1625 Lamplugh, Cumberland
Elizabeth Grindal
13 William Patrickson
b1578 Lamplugh, Cumberland
Frances Salkeld
b 1587 Brayton, Cumberland
14 Anthony Patrickson
d 1627 Lamplugh, Cumberland
Jane Fletcher
d 1586 Cockermouth, Cumberland
15 Katherine Curwen
Workington, Cumberland
Anthony Patrickson
d c1578 Lamplugh, Cumberland
16 Robert Curwen
d 1531 Workington, Cumberland
?
17 Sir Christopher Curwen II
d 1499 Workington, Cumberland
Anne Pennington
18 Sir Thomas Curwen
Workington, Cumberland
Anne Lowther or Alice?
19 Sir Christopher Curwen I
d 1453
Elizabeth de Hudleston
Millom, Lancashire
20 Sir William Curwen
d 1403
Elena le Brun
d c1395
21 Sir Gilbert Curwen IV
d 1403
Alice de Lowther
22 Sir Gilbert Curwen III
d 1370
Margaret?
23 Sir Gilbert Curwen II
d 1352
Edith Harrington
24 Sir Gilbert Curwen I
d c1290
?
25 Patric de Culwen
d c1258
?
26 Thomas de Wyrkington
d 1200
Amabilis de Culwen
27 Gospatric de Workington
d after 1179
Egelina
28 Gunilda Orme
29 Gospatric, Earl of Northumbria
d 1074
Christiana
30 Elgyfa Maldred
d 1045
31 Elgyfa Uchtred, Earl of Northumbria
d 1016
32 Ethelred II, King of England
d 1016
Elflæd
33 Edgar, King of Wessex
Reigned 959-975
Aelfthryth
34 Edmund I, King of England Reigned 939-946 Aelfgifu
35 Edward the Elder, King of Wessex Reigned 899-924 Edgiva
36 Alfred the Great, King of Wessex Reigned 871-899 Ealhswith
d 904
37 Aethelwulf of Wessex
Reigned 839-855
Osburh
d 846
38 Egbert of Wessex Reigned 802-839 Redburh
39 Ealhmund, Under King of Kent Reigned 786
40 Eaba
41 Eoppa
42 Ingild d 718
43 Cenred
44 Ceolwald
45 Cuthwulf
46 Cithwine
47 Ceawlin, King of Wessex
Reigned 560-591
48 Cynric Reigned 534-560
49 Cerdic, First King of West Saxons Landed in England 494 from Saxony
d 534

Table 2 – Direct Line of Descent from the Kings of Scotland

Gen Direct Line of Descent Mother/Father
1 Ian Francis Yarwood
b 03/02/1996 Bedford
Alice Emily Yarwood
b 24/10/1988 Bedford
Anne Maria Yarwood
b 11/05/1987 Bedford
2 Stephen Yarwood
b 06/09/1957 Fleetwood, Lancashire
Jean Hadden
b 20/07/196 Bristol
3 Bernard Yarwood
b 11/05/1929 Thornton, Lancashire
Nora Canning
b 22/08/1929 Fleetwood, Lancashire
4 Esther Wall
b 1893 Thornton, Lancashire
Fred Yarwood
b1897 Piel Island, Barrow
5 Elizabeth Fenton
b 1869 Thornton, Lancashire
Richard Wall
b 1867 Hatfield, Herefordshire
6 Ann Brining
b 1842 Ellel, Lancashire
James Fenton
b 1844 Thornton, Lancashire
7 Henry Brining
b 1813 Ellel, Lancashire
Esther Proddow
b 1807 Crosthwaite, Cumberland
8 Elizabeth Cartmel
b 1778 Lorton, Cumberland
William Bryning
b 1777 Ellel, Lancashire
9 Mary Patrickson
b 1734 Lamplugh, Cumberland
John Cartmel
b 1735 Burniside, Westmorland
10 John Patrickson
b 1699 Lamplugh, Cumberland
Martha Bragg
11 Richard Patrickson
d 1741 Lamplugh, Cumberland
Ann Littledale
d 1729
12 Richard Patrickson
b1625 Lamplugh, Cumberland
Elizabeth Grindal
13 William Patrickson
b1578 Lamplugh, Cumberland
Frances Salkeld
b 1587 Brayton, Cumberland
14 Anthony Patrickson
d 1627 Lamplugh, Cumberland
Jane Fletcher
d 1586 Cockermouth, Cumberland
15 Katherine Curwen
Workington, Cumberland
Anthony Patrickson
d c1578 Lamplugh, Cumberland
16 Robert Curwen
d 1531 Workington, Cumberland
?
17 Sir Christopher Curwen II
d 1499 Workington, Cumberland
Anne Pennington
18 Sir Thomas Curwen
Workington, Cumberland
Anne Lowther or Alice?
19 Sir Christopher Curwen I
d 1453
Elizabeth de Hudleston
Millom, Lancashire
20 Sir William Curwen
d 1403
Elena le Brun
d c1395
21 Sir Gilbert Curwen IV
d 1403
Alice de Lowther
22 Sir Gilbert Curwen III
d 1370
Margaret?
23 Sir Gilbert Curwen II
d 1352
Edith Harrington
24 Sir Gilbert Curwen I
d c1290
?
25 Patric de Culwen
d c1258
?
26 Thomas de Wyrkington
d 1200
Amabilis de Culwen
27 Gospatric de Workington
d after 1179
Egelina
28 Gunilda Orme
29 Gospatric, Earl of Northumbria
d 1074
Christiana
30 Maldred
d 1045
Elgyfa
31 Bethoc
Mother of Duncan I who was killed by his cousin MacBeth in 1040
Crinan
d 1045
32 Malcolm II (MacKenneth)
King of Scots 1005-1034
33 Kenneth II
King of Scots 971-995
34 Malcolm I (MacDonald)
King of Scots 942-954
35 Donald II
King of Scots 889-900
36 Constantine I
King of Scots 863-877
37 Kenneth I (MacAlpin)
King of Scots 839-860
38 Alpin
King of Dalriad Scots d 834

 

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