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Re: Battleys of Bury St Edmunds
Posted by: john battley (ID *****3634) Date: May 24, 2009 at 10:13:11
In Reply to: Battleys of Bury St Edmunds by Donald BATTLEY of 79

Hello Donald,
I see your entry dates back to 2005, so I wonder if you are still investigating. If so you will find lots of info under "Battley of Belvedere Hall" in Burke's 1912 Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland, now online at:
http://www.archive.org/stream/genealogicalhera00burkuoft/genealogicalhera00burkuoft_djvu.txt
(the families are listed in alphabetical order)
It looks like the grandfather of Rev Nicholas, the Vicar of Bekesbourne in Kent, whose name was William Battley, left Bury St Edmunds and settled in Co Clare, Ireland. There he had a son who entered Trinity College Dublin in 1638, so he must have been born around 1620. At some point, this son, also called Nicholas, returned to Bury St Edmunds, raised a family there, and died there. Perhaps this was the one you call Nicholas the Apothecary of Bury. With his wife Anne, he had 5 sons and 2 daughters: Rev John (ended up as Archdeacon of Canterbury Cathedral, d.1708), Rev Nicholas (who went on to be the Vicar of Bekesbourne, Kent d.1704), Samuel (who may have participated in Cromwell's Irish campaign for he was granted land in various parts of Ireland), Thomas who lived in London, Charles (who was a lawyer in London, d.1722), and the 2 daughters were called Anne and Beata.
The 4th son, Thomas (baptized at Bury St. Edmunds in 1651), had a son, William, who went to study Law at Trinity College Dublin. He stayed and married the daughter of Thomas Cade of Willowbrook, and later inherited his estate. His grandson Thomas Cade Battley married the daugher of Mary Rochfort, who was a niece of the first Earl of Belvedere. Their son, D'Oyly William Battley (b.1808; d. 1871) aquired the property called Belvedere Hall, Bray, in Co. Wicklow, which was inherited by their son, D'Oyly Cade Battley (b. 1841; d. 1911). D'Oyly Cade's brother, Rochfort Battley (b. 1844; d.1885) was the father of my grandfather, John, who spent most of his life in South and East Africa.
I would be interested to know a little more about Sir Walter de Battaile (1066) and his immediate descendents, and if you would like more detail on the above, I will try to help,
Best wishes,
John


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