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Re: ERNLE and variants in Wiltshire and Sussex, England
Posted by: Richard Carruthers (ID *****8238) Date: September 20, 2005 at 18:28:17
In Reply to: Re: ERNLE and variants in Wiltshire and Sussex, England by BERNARD RUMBOLD of 22

Dear Bernard,

Thank you for your interesting message.

It would be wonderful if you could examine the Money-Kyrle notes etc. at WSRO in Trowbridge. I had one of the notebooks photocopied and sent to me some time ago, but alas it was not the really interesting one, which they won't copy. They inform me that it is quite permissable to take digital photos of these otherwise uncopiable papers.

There are a number of similar fonds at WSRO that cannot be copied by the more conventional machineery, which makes the life of a remote genealogist full of unexplored avenues, but the advent of the digital camera is a boon.

One of my other unexplored avenues is that after Oxford I almost went into the Church (CofE) myself. Now I live in one of the most controversial dioceses in the Anglican Communion (New Westminster, where the bishop was once my parish priest in West Vancouver).

It is quite likely that your Anne belongs to the same branch of the Ernles as mine do. This branch was founded by Thomas Ernle, gent., second son of John Ernle, Esq., of Bourton manorhouse, Bishop's Cannings, Wilts. by his wife, Mary Hyde (of Denchworth, Berks.). Thomas had at least 14 children by his wife Bridget, daughter of Richard Franklin, and leased the manor of Brembridge in the chapelry of Dilton, parish of Westbury (Leigh), Wilts.

Their eldest son, Thomas, of Coulston and lessee of Abingdon Court manor in Cricklade (St Sampson) was my forebear, and father of Thomas Ernle, gent., of Bradon in Purton. This Thomas was father of Cisalia wife of Robert Phillips alias Major, gent., of Purton, Wilts. Their daughter was Ciss (1672/3-1757), first the wife of John Holliday, and next the wife of my ancestor, William Large (1679-1747).

The other children of Thomas and Bridget include Richard Ernle, gent., of Dilton. His line remained at Dilton, but there are so many gaps in the registers that I have as yet been unable to reconstruct it beyond the first generation. It may be that your line fits in somewhere here. The Money-Kyrle papers will probably yield the answer as the one-page prospectus for "Stemmata Ernleiana" that the WSRO kindly sent me mentions that it contains material including a genealogical table on the Brembridge branch of the Ernles, which I would dearly love to examine.

Do feel free to contact me at purton at shaw dot ca, which is my email address for my Wiltshire research and, particularly, my study of the genealogies of all the people of Purton, Wilts.


your likely kinsman,


I have a friend who is an assistant editor of Burke's Orders of Knighthood and Merit who periodically visits his kinsman the current Rumbold baronet seated in Wiltshire. I looked at the latter's pedigree but could see no connexion to any of my Wiltshire Rumbolls.

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