I am Gascoigne descent, from a convict transported to Sydney in the first fleet from England (1788), Olivia Gascoigne, formerly of Severn Stoke, Worcestershire, within a mile of Hanley Castle (a village) the then place of residence of Sir John and Lady Mary Gascoigne, he, the brother of Sir Thomas Gascoigne, Baron Lasingcroft Parlington.
I also descend from a fellow first fleet colleague, James Squire, who came from Kingston on Thames, the original place of residence of Olivia's husband, Nathaniel Lucas. Olivia's son William Lucas married James daughter, Sarah Squire (my ancestors).
James Squire died in 1822 leaving money and 1,000 acres of land in his disputed estate. The estate disputes ended in 1842. Two families then suddenly arrived in Australia from England and took some of the land. One was the Tooth family whose relative married Fanny Lucas, the asserted daughter of King George IV (born when he was the Prince Consort to his mad father.
The other was Henry Gascoigne who arrived on the ship "Fame". He settled in James Squire's former home. Henry's landing documents have survived and he said that he was born in Little Horwood, Buckinghamshire.
Olivia Gascoigne's family asserted descendency form the Wentworth's, Earls of Stratford. This family lived on their estate "Aldborough" which was near Little Horborough.
The family left a note which claimed a Robert Campbell as a cousin. Robert Campbell was the man arrested with Captain William Bligh in the Mutiny known here as the "Rum Rebellion" (Bligh sufferred four mutinies). Robert was Gascoigne descent through the Duke of Arygle who had married a Margaret Gascoigne in about 1700. The Duke's mother was a Miss Wentworth. The surname Wentworth appears among Olivia's grandchildren middle names.
I am actually writing a novel about all this.
I believe that the arrival here in Sydney of Gascoignes of Little Horwood is significant. I believe that James Squire had borrowed money from Lord Lassingcroft Parlington, the operator of the Gascoigne Brewery in East Ham, near Kingston, where Squire, it seems, learned his trade of Brewer. He was Australia's first commercial brewer.
I am in contact with the descendant Gascoigne family of Little Horwood in Sydney.
I might add that Australia celebrated its first centenary in 1888. That year the Little Horwood Gascoigne family had a baby girl born in James Squire's home. They named her ...Olive.
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