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Macclesfield, Earl of (E, 1679 - 1702)

 

Creation: let.pat. 21 Jul 1679

 

Extinct: 26 Dec 1702

 

Family name: Gerard

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Arms:

Argent a Saltire Gules, a Crescent for difference

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Sir Gilbert Gerrard, of Gerard's Bromley, co. Stafford

born

mar.

Anne Ratcliffe, dau. and eventually hrss. of Thomas Ratcliffe, of Wimersley, co. Lancaster

children

1. Sir Thomas Gerard, later 1st Baron Gerard

2. Ratcliffe Gerard, of Halsall, co. Lancaster, barrister, mar. Elizabeth Somerset, dau. and cohrss. of Hon Sir Charles Somerset (by his wife Elizabeth Powell, dau., of Sir William Powell, of Llanpylt, co. Monmouth), 6th son of Edward [Somerset], 4th Earl of Worcester, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Hastings, 4th dau. of Francis [Hastings], 2nd Earl of Huntingdon, and had issue:

1a. Sir Charles Gerard, of Halsall, co. Lancaster, mar. Penelope Fitton, sister and cohrss. of Sir Edward Fitton, 2nd Bt., and 1st dau. of Sir Edward Fitton, 1st Bt., of Gawsworth, co. Chester, by his wife Anne Barret, dau. and cohrss. of James Barret, and had issue:

1b. Charles Gerard, later 1st Baron Gerard of Brandon later 1st Earl of Macclesfield

2b. Col Edward Gerard

3b. Sir Gilbert Gerard

1b. Charlotte Gerard, mar. Roger Whitley, of Ashton and Hawarden Castle, co. Flint

2a. Thomas Gerard (dsp.)

3a. Lt Col Ratcliffe Gerard, of Halsall, co. Lancaster (d. betw. 7 Mar 1660/1 and 29 Jan 1669/70), mar. Jennet Barret, dau. of Edward Barret, and had issue:

1b. Sir Gilbert Gerard, 1st Bt., of Fiskerton, co. Lincoln

4a. Sir Gilbert Gerard, Governor of Worcester Castle (dvp.), mar. Anne Brereton (widow of Hon Sir John Brereton, only surv. son and heir ap. of William [Brereton], 1st Baron Brereton), sister and cohrss. of Sir Edward Fitton, 2nd Bt., and 5th dau. of Sir Edward Fitton, 1st Bt., of Gawsworth, co. Chester, by his wife Anne Barret, dau. and cohrss. of James Barret

3. Gilbert Gerard, mar. Ellen Pearson, dau. of William Pearson, of Chester

1. Frances Gerard (bur. 19 Feb 1620/1 at Sefton, co. Lancaster), mar. Sir Richard Molyneux, 1st Bt., of Sefton, co. Lancaster, and had issue

2. Margaret Gerard, mar. Peter Leigh, of Lyme, co. Lancaster

3. Catherine Gerard (d. 17 Nov 1617), mar. Sir Richard Hoghton, 1st Bt., of Hoghton Tower, co. Lancaster, and had issue

4. Ratcliffe Gerard, mar. as his first wife Sir Thomas Wingfield, of Letheringham, co. Suffolk (d. 1609), 3rd but 1st surv. son and hr. of Sir Robert

Wingfield MP, of Letheringham, co. Suffolk, by his first wife Hon Cecily Wentworth, 2nd dau. of Thomas [Wentworth], 1st Baron Wentworth, and had issue

died

4 Feb 1592/3

note

Master of the Rolls 1581-92

 

Charles [Gerard], 1st Baron Gerard of Brandon later 1st Earl of Macclesfield, PC

born

c. 1618

mar.

bef. 1 Dec 1656 Jeanne de Civelle, a Lady in Waiting to Queen Catherine (d. 28 Sep 1671), dau. of Pierre de Civelle, Equerry to Queen Henrietta Maria

children

1. Hon Charles Gerard, later 2nd Earl of Macclesfield

2. Hon Fitton Gerard, later 3rd Earl of Macclesfield

1. Lady Charlotte Gerard, mar. (1) James Mainwaring, and (2) Sir Thomas Orby, and had issue by her first husband

2. Lady Anne Gerard, mar. Capt ..... Ebrington

3. Lady Elizabeth Gerard (b. c. 1659; d. 11 Jan 1699/1700), mar. 3 Sep 1678 Digby [Gerard], 5th Baron Gerard, and had issue

died

7 Jan 1693/4

created

8 Nov 1645 Baron Gerard of Brandon, of Brandon in the County of Suffolk

21 Jul 1679 Viscount Brandon, of Brandon in the County of Suffolk, and Earl of Macclesfield

suc. by

son

note

a supporter of the King in the Civil War; Col of a Regiment of Horse 1643; Commander-in-Chief in South Wales1644; Lieut General of the King's Horse 1644; left England 1646 and spent some time at The Hague and at St Germain's; Vice-Admiral of the Fleet 1649; a Gentleman of the Bedchamber 1649 and 1660-79; Col of the 1st Regiment of Life Guards 1660-68; Commander of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Militia 1666/7; Lieut General of all the Forces 1678-79; a supporter of the Duke of Monmouth, an attempt to arrest him was made in 1685 and he fled to the Continent; in command of the Prince of Orange's Bodyguard 1688; Privy Councillor 1688/9; Lord President of the Council of Wales 1689; Lord Lieutenant of North and South Wales and of Monmouthshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and of the City of Bristol 1689-93/4

 

Charles [Gerard], 2nd Earl of Macclesfield

born

c. 1659

mar.

18 Jun 1683 (div. by Act of Parliament 1698 and her two children declared illegitimate) Anne Mason (b. c. 1673; mar. (2) c. 1700 Lieut Col Henry Brett; d. 11 Oct 1753), dau. of Sir Richard Mason, of Bishops Castle, co. Shropshire, and of Sutton, co. Surrey, Comptroller of the Household, by his wife Anna Margaretta Long, dau. of James Long, of Draycott, co. Wiltshire

died

s.p.legit. 5 Nov 1701

suc. by

brother

note

Member of Parliament (Whig) for Lancashire 1679-81 and 1689-94; held in the Tower of London on suspicion of treason 1683; convicted of high treason 1685 for involvement in the Rye House plot, released 1686/7 and attainder reversed 1687; Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire 1689-1701 and of North Wales 1695/6-1701; Maj General in the Army and Col of a Regiment of Horse 1694; Custos Rotulorum of Montgomeryshire 1700

 

Fitton [Gerard], 3rd Earl of Macclesfield

born

c. 1665

died

16 Dec 1702

note

Member of Parliament (Whig) for Yarmouth (Isle of Wight) 1689-90, for Clitheroe 1693-95, for Lancaster 1697-98 and for Lancashire 1698-1700

 

On the death of the 3rd Earl of Macclesfield the Earldom of Macclesfield became extinct.

 

 First written 21 Mar 2003

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