Date 17/1/2020.


Sources: 1-2

Summary 1-2

1       Tree 1-2

1      GENERATION 1-4

1.1      Lawrence Edward Mervyn Rich 1-4

2      GENERATION 2-4

2.1      Edward Charles Rich (Reich) 2-4

Alison Mary Richardson 2-7

3      GENERATION 3-8

3.1      Max Isaac Reich 3-8

3.2      Major Robert Mervyn Richardson 3-10

Helen Charlotte Croft 3-11

4      GENERATION 4-11

4.1      James Richardson 4-11

Alison Ponton Black 4-12

4.2      Richard Benyon Croft 4-13

Anne Elizabeth Page 4-13

5      GENERATION 5-15

5.1      Adam Black 5-15

Isobella Tait 5-17

5.2      Reverend Richard Croft 5-18

Charlotte Leonora Russell. 5-18

5.3      Henry Page 5-18

6      GENERATION 6-20

6.1      Charles Black 6-20

Isobel Nicol 6-20

6.2      James Tait 6-22

Isobella Bertram 6-23

6.3      Sir Richard Croft, 6th Bt. 6-23

Margaret Denman 6-24

6.4      Henry Page 6-24

Mary Parker 6-24

7      GENERATION 7-25

7.1      Adam Nicol 7-25

Alison Bunzie 7-25

7.2      Charles Bertram 7-25

7.3      Herbert Croft 7-25

Elizabeth Young 7-26

7.4      Thomas Denman 7-26

Elizabeth Brodie 7-26

7.5      Henry Page 7-26

Rachel Brown 7-26

7.6      Robert Parker 7-26

8      GENERATION 8-26

8.1      Robert Bunzie 8-27

8.2      Patrick Bartrum 8-27

Marion Dod 8-27

8.3      John Denman 8-27

Elizabeth Buxton 8-27

8.4      Alexander Brodie 8-27

Margaret Shaw 8-28

8.5      Henry Page ~ 1731 8-28

9      GENERATION 9-29

9.1      Francis Croft 9-29

Grace Bramston 9-29

9.2      Henry Page 9-29

Mary Richford 9-29

10        GENERATION 10-29

10.1         Sir Herbert Croft 10-29

Elizabeth Archer 10-29

11        GENERATION 11-30

11.1         Rt Rev Herbert Croft 11-30

Ann Brown 11-30

12        The Reiches on Tour 12-30

Sources:, ACt – transcript, ACi – Image
Findmypast: FMPt – transcript, FMPi - Image
Census’s: these are given as notes (status – Head or other, age, marriage, occupation, birth place). Where appropriate, these are abbreviated.
Marriages: OTP – of this parish.
The provided the start of the Rich/Reich family and the Croft family. It also produced the beginnings of the Richardson family of Scotland.
About 320 individuals.
Some newspaper archives have been searched, but by no means exhaustively.


The Rich family start with Max Reich, a German Jew and his wife, who may have been Danish; they lived at various time in London and the USA. His life is well documented as a preacher in several sects, could not make his mind up!

Max Reich’s son, Edward married Alison Richardson, whose father was from a prominent Edinburgh family of builders and then printers.
Alison’s mother was a Croft from Croft Castle in Herefordshire; the Maitlands had met her 1st cousin, Henry Croft of Croft Castle. Intertwined with the Crofts was a Page family from Hertfordshire, who were at one time said to be the biggest maltsters in Europe: Alison’s Croft grandfather was given a large estate in Hertfordshire by his father in law, Henry Page.

1            Tree


              |Max Reich (1867-1945)
         |Edward Charles Reich (1895-1959)
         |    |Esther Mary Lorenzan (1869-)
    |Lawrence Edward Mervyn Rich (1929-2018
         |         |James Richardson (1804-1868) 
         |    |Robert Mervyn Richardson (1858-1917)
         |    |    |         |Charles Black
         |    |    |    |Adam Black (1784-1874)
         |    |    |    |    |    |Adam Nicol
         |    |    |    |    |Isabella Nicol (1758-)
         |    |    |    |              |Robert Bunzie
         |    |    |    |         |Alison Bunzie
         |    |    |    |              |Rachel
         |    |    |    |
         |    |    |Alison Ponton Black (1820-1888)
         |    |         |
         |    |         |    |James Tait (~1760-1834)
         |    |         |    |   
         |    |         |Isabella Tait (1796-1877)
         |    |              |        |Patrick Bartram
         |    |              |    |Charles Bertram (1709-1765)
         |    |              |    |    |Marion Dod
         |    |              |Isobella Bertram (1759-1848)
         |    |                   |Isabel Brown
         |Alison Mary Richardson (1899-1974)
              |                                  |Herbert Croft
              |                             |Sir Herbert Croft (-1720)
              |                             |    |Ann Brown  
              |                             |
              |                        |Francis Croft (1687-)
              |                        |    |    |Thomas Archer
              |                        |    |Elizabeth Archer (-1709)   
              |                   7    |         |Anne Leigh
              |                   |Herbert Croft (1718-1785)
              |                   |    |
              |                   |    |     |Thomas Bramston
              |                   |    |Grace Bramston
              |              6    |   
              |              |Sir Richard Croft (1762-1818)
              |              |         |Richard Young
              |         5    |    |Elizabeth Young
              |         |Rev Richard Croft (1808-1869)
              |         |    |         |John Denman (?-1752)
              |         |    |    |Thomas Denman (1733

              |         |    |         |Elizabeth Buxton

              |         |    |Margaret Denham (1771-1847)
              |         |         |         |Alexander Brodie
              |         |         |    |Alexander Brodie (abt 1701-1772)
              |    4    |         |Elizabeth Brodie (1747-1833)
              |         |              |    |Samuel Shaw
              |         |              |Margaret Shaw (?-1773)

              |         |                   |Anne Antrobus
              |    |Richard Benyon Croft (1843-1912)
              |    |    |Charlotte Leonora Russell (1818-1854)
              |Helen Charlotte Croft (1875-1942)
                   |                             |William Page
                   |                        |Henry Page (1708-1783)
                   |                        |    |Ann   
                   |                   |Henry Page (1731-1799)
                   |                   |    |    |John Richford
                   |                   |    |Mary Richford (1712-1788)
                   |                   |         |Elizabeth
                   |              |Henry Page (1756-1812)
                   |              |    |Elizabeth Warren
                   |         |Henry Page (1780-1852)
                   |         |    |Rachel Brown (1754-1807)
                   |         |
                   |    |Henry Page (1812-1894)
                   |    |         |Robert Parker
                   |    |    |Mary Parker (1780-1854)
                   |Anne Elizabeth Page (1844-1921)
                   4    |Anne Elizabeth

Julius Rich
    |                   |James Wade

    |              |John Wade (1832-1888)   
    |              |    |    
    |              |    |Sarah Wade
    |              |
    |         |George Henry Wade (1878-)
    |         |    |                   |Stephen Gill  
    |         |    |              |William Gill (1763-1829)
    |         |    |         |John Gill (1792-1860)
    |         |    |         |    |Lucy Read (1768-1829) 
    |         |    |    |Jacob Gill (1814-1903)
    |         |    |         |Jane Bainbridge (1791-1865)   
    |         |    |Hannah Jane Gill (1840-1902)
    |         |         |    |John Brassey
    |         |         |Mary Brassey (1812-1885)
    |         |              |Elizabeth
    |    |Wilfrid George Wade (1907-1987)
    |    |              |William Troth (1814-1862)
    |    |         |Thomas Troth (1837-)
    |    |         |    |    |Henry Battin
    |    |         |    |Elizabeth Battin (1816-)?
    |    |         |         |Jane Proberts
    |    |    |Sarah Minnie Troth (1879-)
    |    |         |    |John Hadley (1802-)
    |    |         |Rebecca Hadley (1841-)
    |    |              |Sarah (1805-71)
    |    |
    |Helen Wade
         |              |Thomas Smith (1812-)
         |         |Francis Jessie Smith (1846-1907)
         |         |    |Sarah (1812-)
         |         | 
         |    |Gilbert Francis Smith (1882-USA??)
         |    |    |    |John Alvis (1808-95) 

         |    |    |Mary Alvis (1850-)

         |    |         |Eliza Scott (1809-68)
         |    |       
         |Frances Mary Smith (1908-1987)
              |                   |Richard Lawrence
              |              |William Lawrence (1795-1863)
              |              |    |Mary Huggins
              |              |
              |         |William Lawrence (1822-1877)
              |         |    |Hannah (1789-1875)
              |         |
              |    |Thomas Lawrence (1851-
              |    |    |    |William Sherborne (1784-1872)
              |    |    |Jane Sherborne (1820-1892)
              |    |         |    |Jonathan Bryant (1756-1844)
              |    |         |Hannah Bryant (1784-1829)
              |    |              
              |Mary Constance Lawrence (1884-1969)
                   |Kate Box (1860-)




1.1    Lawrence Edward Mervyn Rich

Rich 02/01

Born 1929
Parents: Edward Charles & Alison Mary (Richardson) Rich (Reich)
Died 2018

Married, 17/9/1960, Bath:
Helen Wade,
Born 10/2/1936, Harrow.
Parents: Wilfrid George & Frances Mary (Smith) Wade
1/1. Julius Rich



2.1    Edward Charles Rich (Reich)


Born: 1895, Battersea, reg Q3 1895, Wandsworth (as Reich)
Parents: Max I(saac?) & Esther Mary Reich
Died: 26/5/1959, St Thomas Hospital, London, Probate 9 Sept to Alison Mary, widow, £4747/2/1d Listed as Edward Charles Quinn Rich.

1922: ordained
[1]: The Rev. Edward Charles Rich, curate of St. Mary Redcliff, Bristol, from 1921 to 1923, at present curate of St. George’s, Hanover Square (in charge of St. Mary’s, Bourdon Street) been appointed by Christ Church Oxford, as Vicar of Batheaston. Bath, in succession to the Rev. A. M. Downes, who re­cently resigned. Also in the latter year was appointed Domestic Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford.

Edward Charles Rich, Chiswick Vicarage, The Mall, W.4, was summoned for failing to observe a halt sign.
Mr. Bernard Law appeared for defendant and entered a plea of guilty.
P.C. Elsbury stated that at 10.58 a.m. on Friday, September 10th, he was standing near the telephone kiosk in West Street when he saw defendant drive a motor car from Bridge Street into West Street at 15 m.p.h. When stopped, defendant said “I did not see the sign as I was looking to see the way to Brackley.”
Mr. Bernard Law stated that the majority of cases brought before their worships at this particular spot were those of cars being driven from the London Road direction into West Street, and that the sign, owing to the overhanging of the Town Hall, was difficult to see. Defendant had been driving 12 years and this was his first motoring offence.
Mr. T. Osborne; I did make a suggestion that the flowers should be moved.
Defendant was fined 10s.

Londonderry Sentinel - Saturday 16 May 1953:
An Enquiry into the Spiritual
Authority in the Church of England

Spiritual Authority in the Church of England By Edward Charles Rich. Published by Longmans,Green & Co., 5 and 7, Gifford Street. London W.1, Price 21s net.
Rev. Edward Charles Rich is Canon Emeritus of Peterborough and; was sometime Chancellor and Cathedral Librarian. He says he was moved to undertake the task of enquiring into the principles of the Church of Eng­land, and in particular the nature of her spiritual authority, because of his own misgivings and disquiet.

Problem of Authority
He points out that in his work as a parish priest and as an educationist the problem of authority became very acute, and the writing of this book came out of an inner sense of necessity.
He confesses, that, now that he has completed the task, as far as critical enquiry will lead, him, he finds the final result is strangely different from what he had anticipated. He says he approached the whole question with a conviction that if only his fellow churchmen could be faithful and loyal to their own principles, the Anglican interpretation would be found to be true. It was his hope that he might be able to trace the development of the Anglican Appeal and in the light of modem scholarship and research to restate its meaning and value for the present need.
But, he says, the book has not worked out quite like that. He acknowledges that the dominating con­viction with which he started was that the Church of England had true and abiding principles which only needed clarifying to bring peace. Otherwise his sole concern has been to discover the truth and not to support any a priori point of view.

The Anglican Heritage
The book is divided into two parts. In Part I Canon Rich traces the work­ing of the various elements which go to make up the Anglican heritage. He seeks to discover how the Reformed Church of England took shape and worked out her principles.
While in this Part he relies almost entirely on the researches of others, because he was concerned to discover what has been described by recognised authorities, in Part II, because his approach is strictly objective, he has relied on his own judgment and knowledge without in any way calling in the aid of authority which is the subject under review.
He considers that for that reason the final result may appear to some readers to be somewhat inconclusive, but he asks that they remember that this is an Enquiry.

Distinctive Character
Canon Rich says as we contemplate the place of the Church of England in Christendom it is not difficult to de­scribe her distinctive character since her separation from Rome; and to the question-, "For what does the Church, of England stand?" he answers that she stands for a liberal Catholicism, which should mean that her members are encouraged to subject the Revela­tion, to which the whole Church of Christ bears witness, to the critical judgment, "If we look at the historic Catholic tradition as it is presented not only by the Roman Catholic Church, but equally by the Orthodox East, we find, that the problem of authority there expressed is straight forward,” says Canon Rich, who adds that this could never be the case in the Church of England so long as she is true to her peculiar and special place in Christendom. ''Both the Latin West and the Orthodox East," he comments, "present the Faith in such a manner that her theologians and philosopher discuss it and comment upon, it as it were from the centre, whereas Anglicans approach the Faith from the circumference. The result is that in the East, because of her isola­tion from the keener intellectual cur­rents of modem thought and activity, hitherto at any rate, there has been a tendency to theological stagnation, whilst in the West, again by reason of the loss of the Northern European nations with speculative proclivities, Rome has tended more and more towards an intellectual regimentation, and utramontanism.

Result of Divisions
It is Canon Rich's view that in all these divisions—the East from the West and the Church of England from both—there has been a hardening of their respective tendencies to the mutual loss and detriment of all.
In the Church of England, he argues, the tendency is to over-emphasise the function of the Ecclesia Discous whereas particularly in the Latin West, the authoritative function of the Ecclesia Docens tends to override intellectual freedom and enquiry.
Nevertheless, Canon Rich, considers, the Church of England can never hope to make her proper contribution to the restoration of visible unity, either with East or West, unless and until she recognises that the task of theology is not that of intellectus fiden quaerens, but of fides inteltectum quaerens.

Thorough Survey
This is a thorough and scholarly survey of the many problems involved in the question of how much authority the Church of England has, and from where it is derived. It is the first attempt to examine in detail the vari­ous strands that make up the Church since Newman produced his "Lectures on the Prophetical Office of the Church" in 1837. In the light of his enquiry Canon Rich offers some sug­gestions towards solving the problem of Spiritual Authority, suggestions which are not confined to the Church of England, but envisage the Church as a whole in all the great Christian traditions, Roman, Orthodox and Protestant, no less than Anglican.
It is possible that this important book, dealing with matters which are now perplexing the thinking of the Church, will become a standard work on the subject.

1956: several newspaper reports of Edward Charles Rich, his son Lord Craigmyle and his wife became Roman Catholic.
1956[3]: Canon Becomes Roman Catholic
Canon Edward Charles Rich, Vicar of Padbury and Rector of Adstock, Buckingham, since 1954; was received into the Roman Catholic Church at Farm Street, London, today.
Mr. Rich is the author of number of publications on religious topics. His most recent, wonk "Spiritual authority in the Church of England." was pub­lished in 1953. He was formerly , editor of the "Church Teaching Quarterly."

1960[4]: The spiritual autobiography of Edward Charles Rich, at one time a canon of Peterborough, describes a pilgrimage which ended by his being received into the Church of Rome, Starting from a fundamentalist Evangelical background, he found the varied fundamentalist interpretations of scripture unsatisfying. He was net much helped by Quaker reticence on the inner light. He needed the fellowship and authority of the Church. So he joined the Church of England and came under the Influence of Dr. A. W. Robinson, to whom he pays a generous and affectionate tribute. He took orders and held a succession of appointments in the Church of England, whose standards provided the corrective for defects in earlier religious influences. A brief association with Buchman's Group Movement confirmed his confidence in the Church he loyally served for many years. But eventually doubts concerning the spiritual authority of the Church of England led him to seek in the Church of Rome a city that hath foundations. The promulgation of the dogma of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary caused him to hesitate for a moment, but an emotional experience overcame his hesi­tations His story will be read with sympathy by many who will hesitate to follow the author all the way and who cannot so simply resolve their hesitations
The Curé d'Ars died in 1859 and this handsome pictorial biography is a con­tribution to the celebration of the centenary. Under the title “As his con­temporaries saw him.” 80 pages are devoted to six studies of the life and character of this patron saint of parish priests. There follow over 100 pages of  “Pictures of Yesterday and To-day." The Curé d'Ars is not likely to be forgotten, but this volume will certainly help to keep him in remembrance.

Married, Q1 1927, Reg Ware:

Alison Mary Richardson


Born: 2/2/1899
Parents: Robert Mervyn Richardson, Major & Helen Charlotte Croft
1939 Census, the Vicarage, Brentford & Chiswick, b 2/2/1899
Died: London, 11/4/1974FMPt. No will found.

1/1. Helen Mary Rich, b Q1 1928, reg Ware, d 30/11/2015
1/2. Lawrence Edward Mervyn Rich, 1929-2018.
1/3. Alison Patience Rich, birth reg Hendon, Q1 1931, mother Richardson.
1/4. Anthea Esther Christine Theresa Rich, b Q1 1933, reg Hertford, d 30/6/2016

Anthea Esther Christine Theresa Rich was the daughter of Edward Charles Rich and Alison Mary Richardson. She married Thomas Donald Mackay Shaw, 3rd Baron Craigmyle, son of Alexander Shaw, 2nd Baron Craigmyle and Lady Margaret Cargill Mackay, on 22 September 1955. She died on 30 June 2016. She lived in 2003 at Cedar House, Chiswick Mall, London, England.
2/1. Hon. Alison Margaret Shaw b. 8 Aug 1956
2/2. Hon. Alexander Shaw2 b. 10 Jun 1957, d. 11 Jun 1957
2/3. Hon. Catriona Mary Shaw+2 b. 30 Oct 1958
2/4. Thomas Columba Shaw, 4th Baron Craigmyle+2 b. 19 Oct 1960
2/5. Hon. Madeleine Claire Shaw b. 23 Oct 1963
2/6. Hon. Justin Edward Magnus Shaw b. 1 Apr 1965
2/7. Hon. Alexander Joseph Ranald Shaw b. 1971




3.1    Max Isaac Reich



Born: 17/3/1867, Berlin, Germany
Parents: Adolphus & Emma (Wolff) Reich
Died: 11/8/1945DC, of Cardiac Failure.
     Usual Residence at death: George School, Bucks Co, Pa.
Bur Levittown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Married: 5/9/1888:

Esther Mary Christine Lorenzen

Born: 8/1862Gene, agrees with her age (83), when max died

1881 Census, 4 Montague St, Hackney
A Reich (41, Boot Manufacturer, Berlin), Julia (38, Wife, Jurbeck, Hannover), Max (14, Apprentice Boot mfg, Berlin, Prussia), George (12, Office Boy, Berlin).
1901 Census, 21/ Louraine Rd, Battersea:
Max I Reich (Hd, 34, Minister of the “Open Brethren”, Germany), Esther M (38, Germany), Florence (11, USA), Annie (9, USA), William (7, Battersea), Edward (5, Battersea), Esther (3, Battersea), Alice (1, Battersea)

1911 Census, 82 Highbury New Park, London N. Signed by William G Reich. All naturalised 1905.
Max Isaac Reich (crossed out, 44, Evangelist- absent in night of April 2, Germany), Esther Mary (42, Denmark), Florence Reich, (21, Nurse, USA), Annie (19, USA), William G (17, Insurance Clerk, Battersea) Edward C. (15, School, Battersea), Esther M (13, School, Battersea), Alice M (11, School, Battersea), John Fred (8, School, Battersea), Lawrence (7, School, Battersea), Joseph B (4, Battersea),

Leader among Christian Jews United States and Germany. A founder, 1915, president, 1921-1927, 1935-1938, Hebrew Christian Alliance America, honorary president 5 years. A founder International Hebrew Christian Alliance, 1927.
Came to the United States, 1915. British subject. Apprentice printing trade, London, 1880-1886. Served as minister Society of Friends[5].

After the death of his mother, Max Isaac Reich (b. 1867) came with his father to England from Berlin, Germany, to live with his stepmother, an orthodox Jew. Attending synagogue, he early discovered the glory of the LORD and the faithful traditions of his Jewish fathers. But one day he was faced with an intriguing challenge when, employed as a printing apprentice at a London firm, he asked foreman John Crane about the meaning of life. Crane simply responded: “Jesus.” Not long after that Reich heard one of the daughters of William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, proclaim the love of Jesus, further piquing his ruminations. If that were not enough, D.L. Moody, famed American evangelist, preached forcefully during a London crusade, shaking the entire city. Though Reich was forbidden to attend, he relished the warm, pious atmosphere generated by the revival. At last he realized that Christ is “…the completion and fulfilment of all that was best and holiest and highest in the faith of my beloved people.”


He continues, “…Upon that confession it seemed as if a weight had been lifted off my heart and mind, and I felt as though the Father Himself had come forth and kissed me.” His conversion occurred on a Sabbath evening, Midsummer’s day, 1884. Ostracized by his Jewish friends, he was blessed to have been quickly taken under the tutelage of John Galway McVicker of the Plymouth Brethren, who encouraged his young disciple to study the life of Christ as it is presented in the Gospels. Reich did so with characteristic diligence. Other notable Brethren who provided lasting influence were George Muller, founder of the English orphanage, and Thomas Newberry, editor of the Englishman’s Greek and Hebrew Bible.


In 1886 Reich travelled to New York City to preach, then traversed the U.S. and Canada. Two years later he married Mary, “…a true wife and a good mother.” Moving west they ministered to Native Americans on the frontiers of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. With a family of five sons and four daughters, he moved to Scotland in 1892, then ministered in Europe, gaining proficiency in five languages. Long affiliated with the Plymouth Brethren, Reich in 1904 drifted toward Quaker convictions, eventually associating with the Society of Friends for the remainder of his life, though his sympathies encompassed truths treasured by all Christians. Soon he and Mary became overseers of Beth-shan in North London, a rest home for retired Christian workers. They returned in 1915 to the U.S. where he founded the Hebrew Christian Alliance of America, serving as its president from 1921 to 1927. Similarly in 1937, he founded the Hebrew Christian Alliance in London. In 1930 he joined the extension staff at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, speaking at Bible conferences, preaching and interpreting prophecy, before joining the faculty as full-time lecturer of Jewish Missions. Instructors and students adored his humble, courtly demeanour and well-stocked mind. In addition to classroom teaching, he wrote articles and devotional verse for The Alliance Weekly (which he also edited) and various journals. These pieces were eventually gathered into books including The Deeper Life and Sweet Singer of Israel. As editor he occasionally published pieces by pastor A.W. Tozer and V. Raymond Edman, president of Wheaton College. Wheaton College conferred to Reich an honorary degree in 1936. After a distinguished fifteen-year career at MBI, he died in 1945 following an operation. He is buried beside a Friends Meeting House near his home in Pennsylvania.

1928: went on a tour of Germany & Britain, see end of this paper.

Max Isaac Reich’s papers (SC-91), comprising his Bible, diaries, photographs, sermon notes, verse and journals are archived at Wheaton College Special Collections.

The Friend (Philadelphia), Vol. 119 No. 5 (Eighth Month 30, 1945,) page 2:

[P582] MAX ISAAC REICH, of Fallsington Meeting, Pennsylvania, who died on August 11, was born of Jewish parents in Berlin, on March 17, 1867. He was educated there and in London, and was later apprenticed to a printer in this country. Through the a fellow-worker, influenced by D.L. Moody, Max Reich decided to become a Christian.

Later he went to work among the lumbermen in Ontario an, settlers in Michigan. After his return to England he joined Friends, and had much useful and wide service among Meetings in various parts of the British Isles till 1911, when he returned to the United States. From then until 1931 he did much library and research work for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, travelled widely in the ministry and wrote a considerable number of helpful booklets and tracts. After the last war he went to Germany on behalf of Philadelphia Friends.

He helped to found and was President of the Hebrew Christian Alliance of America, and for the past 15 years had been on the teaching and lecturing staff [P583] of the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. His last visit to this country was in 1937.

A writer and speaker whose message was conveyed with grace and sincerity, a deep student of the Bible and also of many languages, including Hebrew, Greek, Danish, German, and French, Max Reich made friends among all with whom he had dealings.

He married Esther Mary Lorenzan in 1888, and they had nine children, all of whom are living. One daughter, Anne Griffiths, is a member of Uttoxeter Meeting. One son, John Rich, is well known here for his work with the American Friends Service Committee, and another, Edward Rich, is Canon of Peterborough Cathedral.

1/1. Florence Reich, b abt 1890
1/2. Annie Reich, b abt 1892
1/3. William George Reich, b 2/11/1893LDS, d. 9/1/1980, Marin CO Ca.

M Susan McGuire, 1886-1955
2/1. George Henry Reich 1919-1943
2/2. Florence Evelyn May Reich, 1921-2012
2/3. Ann Elizabeth Rich 1922-2017

1/3. Edward Charles Reich, b abt 1894-6
1/4. Esther M Reich, b abt 1898
1/5. Alice M. b abt 1900, M Mr Griffiths.
1/6. John Frederick Reich, b 2/6/1902
1/7. Joseph B Reich, b abt 1907

3.2    Major Robert Mervyn Richardson


Born: 1858FMPt, Edinburgh. Birth record not found on OPR, but present at censuses. Newspaper has a son to Mrs Richardson 20/12/1857[6].
Parents: James & Alison (Black) Richardson of Edinburgh. (NFI on Peerage)
Died: 6/3/1917P.COM, Major 4th Hussars
He gained the rank of Major in the 14th Hussars.
1901 Census – none of the family found – maybe out of the country.
1911 Census. Offley Holes, Hitchin, Herts:
Robert H Richardson (Hd, 51, Mar 13, 5 live children, Major – retired, Edinburgh), Helen (32, Ware, Herts), Alison (12, Mayfair), Avril (10 Ware), Annie (6, Woodhay, Hants), Ralph (4, Woodhay, Hants), Richard (2, Woodhay) + governess, nurse, cook, parlour maid, House maid, Kitchen maid, Maid.


The marriage of Major Robert Mervyn Richardson, 14th (King’s) Hussars, to Helen Charlotte, daughter of Mr Richard B. Croft, of Fanham Hall, Ware, took place in St. Mary’s Church, Ware, on the 5th inst. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a dress of white accordion-pleated chiffon over white silk, with girdle of orange blossom, and white satin Court train. Her Irish lace veil was fastened with a diamond brooch, and she carried a bouquet of white flowers. Major the Hon. George Bryan, 10th Hussars, was best man. There were six bridesmaids, in dresses of pale yellow silk, with white fichus and sashes, and straw hats trimmed with white chiffon and cornflowers. Their bouquets of blue cornflowers and Prussian eagle brooches in blue enamel and gold (the badge of the 14th Hussars) were given by the bridegroom. The bride was also attended by her cousin, in Highland costume, with the Fraser tartan. The officiating clergy were the Rev. and Hon. Lewis Denman and the Rev. William Wilberforce (cousins of the bride) and the Rev. E. W. Kirkby, vicar of the parish. After the ceremony a reception was held by the bride’s parents at Fanham Hall, and later in the day the bride and bridegroom started for Paris, where the honeymoon will be spent. The bride’s going away attire was of pale blue cloth, trimmed with white silk braid, and a white hat, with lace and pink roses.

RICHARDSON —CROFT.—On the 5th May, at Ware Pariah Church, by the Rev. and Honble. Lewis Denman, assisted by the Rev. William Wilberforce and the Rev. E. E. W. Kirkby, vicar of Ware. Robert Mervyn Richardson, Major 14th “The King's” Hussars, to Helen Charlotte, daughter of Richard Benyon Croft, of Fanhams Hall, Ware[8].

Married, 5/5/1898:

Helen Charlotte Croft

Born: 12/8/1875
Parents: Richard Benyon Croft & Anne Elizabeth Page
Died 2/12/1942P.COM
1939 Census, Anwell Barns, Ware:
Helen C Richardson, B 12/8/1875, private means.

1/1. Alison Mary Richardson b. 1899
1/2. Margaret Helen Avril Richardson b. 1900
1/3. Anne Page Richardson b. 1904
1/4. Ralph Croft Richardson b. 1906, d. 1989

Mary Dugdale Boyd-Carpenter, daughter of Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter and Annie Dugdale, in 1935. He died in

1/5. Richard James Richardson b. 1908




4.1    James Richardson

Newspaper entries – some done as merchant & 16 Coates Crescent, but too common a name.

Born: 2/2/1804FGi, Edinburgh.
Parents: - no birth record found with date as on MI.
Died: 13/9/1868FGi, Edinburgh, Bur Old Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh.
Will: merchant in Edinburgh, probate of will & Inventory, probate 14/12/1868.

Merchant of Edinburgh. FRSE

1851 Census, 9 George’s Sq, Edinburgh:
James Richardson (47, Pobacoan Snuff Manafustine Employing 45 Men & 100 Boys) Alison P (31), Ralph (5, scholar), Alice M (4), Isabella (1).
1868, PO Directory, Richardson, Jas (R Brothers), 16 Coates Cresc
1861 Census, 16, Coates Crescent, Edinburgh, all b there.
James Richardson (57, General Merchant), Alison N (41), Ralph (14), Isabella (11), Adam B (9), Ann (5), Robert (1)
1871 Census, 16 Coates St, Edinburgh, all b there:
Nelson P Richardson (must be transcription error, 37), Ralph (25, Writer to the Signet), Mary A (24), Isabella (28), Anne (15), Robert M (11, Scholar).
1881 Census, 16 Coates Crescent, Edinburgh, all b Edinburgh:
Alison P Richardson (64, Dividends & Interest, Edinburgh), Mary N (34), Adam B (29), Ann (25, Retired Merchant?), Robert M (21, son, 2nd Lt 72nd Highlanders, Edinburgh)
1863[9]: Mr Paterson next rose to propose a candidate. He said the gentleman he had to propose was one that had been elected to two of the highest offices that his fellow- citizens had it in their power to bestow—namely, the presidency of the Chamber of Commerce, and the Merchant Company. He thought that the performance of the duties, connected with these offices certainly ensured them of a man that would bring to the work, if he were unanimously elected that evening, an ample knowledge of town business. He was sure that the interests of the George Square Ward would be safe in his hands, for he would do all in his power not only to cause sectarian feelings to be sunk in the Council, but also to maintain the dignity of the Council. The gentleman he alluded to was Mr James Richardson, merchant, West Bow. ({Loud cheers.)

I regret to find that, in my absence from home I have been nominated a CANDIDATE for the GEORGE SQUARE WARD ; at present, however, it will be im­possible for me to accept the honour you propose.

I remain, Gentlemen,
Yours respectfully, JAMES RICHARDSON
16 Coates Crescent, 28th Oct. 1863.

A meeting of Caledonian Railway shareholders was held in Edinburgh yesterday. Mr Adam Black of Priorbank was called to the chair. On the motion of Mr James Richardson, merchant, seconded by Mr John Weir, the following gentlemen were appointed a Committee (with power to add to their number) to adopt either singly or in conjunction with Committees of shareholders appointed in other places, all which measures which they may deem advisable in relation to, and for promoting the interests of the Caledonian Railway Company:- Mr Henry Bruce, papermaker, Mr J Falshaw, Bailie Handyside, Mr W.Lindsay, Leith and Mr James Richardson.

1868[12]: DEATH or MR JAMES RICHARDSON - WE (Edinburgh Courant) regret to announce in our obituary today the death of Mr James Richardson, which took place at about 7 o'clock on Sunday morning at his residence, 16 Coates Crescent. Mr Richardson was long held in respect and esteem in Edinburgh. He devoted a considerable portion of his time to public and political affairs. As Chairman for some time of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, and as taking an active interest in other institutions of the city, he proved himself to be a useful citizen; while as Chairman of the Aggregate Liberal Committee, he rendered a vigorous and energetic support to Mr Moncrieff, M.P., and Mr Adam Black, the candidates of the Aggregate Liberal Committee at last election for the representation of the city. Owing to declining health, Mr Richardson was obliged, during the last few mouths, to refrain from taking part in any public business.

The quarterly meeting of the members of the Chamber of Commerce and Manufactures, was held on Thursday—Mr G. Harrison, chairman of the Chamber, presiding.
The Chairman referred to the death of Mr James Richardson since the Chamber had last assembled, and baring alluded to the services Mr Richardson had rendered to the Chamber and the city, and re­marked that his kindness of heart and geniality were such as to make him many friends but no enemies, he proposed that the Chamber should record its sense of the loss it bad sustained by the death of Mr Richardson, and that a copy of the minute should be transmitted to his family.
Mr M'Laren. M.P., seconded the motion; which was unanimously adopted.

Married, 19/4/1844ACt, Edinburgh:

Alison Ponton Black

Born: 30/1/1820Act, Edinburgh
Parents: Adam & Isabella (Tait) Black
Died: 14/3/1888FGi, aged 69, bur Old Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh.
Will: “or Black, 16 Coates Crescent, widow of James Richardson, merchant, died 14/3/1888”.

1/1. Ralph Richardson, b 22/11/1845ACt, Edinburgh, Scottish Lawyer

D 26/6/1933, Magdela Place Edinburgh.
1/2. Isobella Richardson, ch 20/7/1849OPRt.
1/3. Mary N Richardson ch 25/4/1847OPRt.
1/4. Adam Black Richardson, ch 17/8/1851ACt, Edinburgh,

mother Alison Ponton (Black).
1871 Census, 119 Huskison St, Liverpool
Mary E Parke (divis & Interest), ... Adam B Richardson (Boarder, 19, unm, Apprentice Clerk (Cotton), Edinburgh).
1874, Jan 23rd arrived  NY in “Java” from Liverpool & Queenstown, aged 22, a merchant.
Died 7/11/1909, Edinburgh. Henry Edward Richardson WS.

1/5. Ann Richardson, b abt 1856
1/6. James Richardson, died 1/1860, aged 2, 3rd son of JR of 16 Coates Cresc[14].
1/6. Robert Mervyn Richardson, 1857-1917
1/7. Son Richardson: 16 Coates Cresc, a son to Mrs Richardson 14th inst, November 1859[15].

4.2    Richard Benyon Croft

Born on 9 July 1843 at North Ockendon, Essex
Parents: Reverend Richard Croft and Charlotte Leonora Russell. He died on 28 January 1912 at age 68.
     He held the office of High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1892.2 He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of Hertfordshire.1 He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Hertfordshire.1 He lived at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire.
1891 Census, Fanhams Hall, Ware, all b Ware ex Richard:
Richard B Croft (47, Maltster, JP Herts, Rtd Lt, North Ockenden), Ann E (47), Richard P (18, scholar), Henry Page (9, scholar), Anne Page (17, scholar), Helen C (15, scholar), Violet M (14, scholar), Susannah G (10, Scholar) + 7 servants.
Fanhams Hall | Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Married: 22 September 1869.

Anne Elizabeth Page

Ch 9/11/1843ACt, Ware, Hertfordshire.
Parent Henry & Anne Elizabeth Page
Died 6/10/1921

Issue of Richard & Elizabeth Croft, most from

1/1. Joyce Margaret Page Croft b. c 1871, d. 23 Mar 1925

Geoffrey de Mountenay Gerard Hoare, son of Henry Gerard Hoare, on 6 January 1897.
2/1. Major Geoffrey Benyon Hoare.
2/2. Gerard Benyon Croft Hoare b. c 1900, d. 1 Aug 1918

1/2. Maud Elizabeth Croft2 b. c 1872, d. 14 Jul 1946

She married Spencer James Langton on 28 September 1898.

1/3. Lt.-Col. Richard Page Croft b. 4 Nov 1872, d. 27 Feb 1961

He married Eva Pansy Melicent Philippa Stanhope Waithman, daughter of William Sharp Waithman and Lady Leicester Philippa Stanhope, on 19 August 1908. He died on 27 February 1961 at age 88. He was Aide-de-Camp to Lord Methuen.1 He fought in the Boer War between 1900 and 1901, where he was mentioned in despatches and was wounded.1 He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Hertfordshire.1 He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of Hertfordshire.1 He held the office of High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1911.1 He gained the rank of Colonel in the 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.1 He fought in the First World War between 1914 and 1917, where he was mentioned in despatches.
Major Richard Arthur Fitzroy Page Croft+1 b. 25 Aug 1910, d. 10 Oct 1997

1/4. Anne Page Croft b. c 1874, d. 18 Oct 1949

She married Charles Alexander Nall-Cain, 1st Baron Brocket, son of Robert Cain and Anne Newall, on 27 October 1928. She died on 18 October 1949. She held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) She was appointed Commander, Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (C.St.J.)2 After her marriage, Anne Page Croft was styled as Baroness Brocket on 19 January 1933.

1/5. Helen Charlotte Croft b. 12 Aug 1875, d. 2 Dec 1942

1/6. Violet Mary Croft b. c 1877, d. 17 Oct 1947

She married William Frank Gardiner Baird, son of Sir William James Gardiner Baird of Saughtonhall, 8th Bt. and Hon. Arabella Rose Evelyn Hozier, on 24 November 1910. She died on 17 October 1947.
2/1. Lillias Mary Baird1 b. 26 Sep 1911, d. Oct 1938
2/2. Sir James Richard Gardiner Baird of Saughtonhall, 10th Bt. b. 12 Jul 1913, d. 13 Mar 1997
2/3. Major William Henry Gardiner Baird+1 b. 11 Oct 1914, d. 2 Jul 1989

1/7. Susannah Grace Croft b. c 1880 M Sir Edward Ernest Pearson 8/9/1904.
1/8. Brig.-Gen. Henry Page Croft, 1st Baron Croft b. 22 Jun 1881,

d. 7 Dec 1947, His son, Michael Croft of Croft Castle, the Maitlands had met him, a friend of Mary Dunne.

Book on him Rebel on the Right: Henry Page Croft and the Crisis of British Conservatism ...

By Larry L. Witherell

Birth of an Imperialist (1903)

The fact is the party to which I belong is the greatest party in the world—the British Empire; and I consider on a National Question like this we should rise superior to a petty party strife.

—Henry Page Croft, 14 December 1903

Don't be deceived by the puny, pithy, pandering, prattle of prehistoric, party-mad pessimists.

—Henry Page Croft, 14 December 1903

Britain entered the twentieth century suffering from a degree of nervous anxiety yet seeming oblivious to what a new age held in store. At the same time, the future for a young Henry Page Croft, as he entered into his own adulthood, appeared unmistakably clear and well defined. In June 1902, removed from Britain’s political debates and controversies, Croft celebrated his twenty-first birthday and left Trinity Hall, Cambridge, although without taking a degree. His departure from Cambridge took him only a short distance, back to the family seat at Fanhams Hall, Ware, in East Hertfordshire, where he returned to pursue a business career in the family enterprise, Henry Page & Co., Maltsters.

To understand the personal as well as the political deportment of Henry Page Croft, one must be given a glimpse of his ancestry, thus appreciating its burden. Lord Wedgwood, the former Liberal and Labour MP. believed that the Croft “family could claim more representatives in the House of Commons than is the case with any other family in England.” Beginning in 1296 members of the Croft family have sat in at least sixty Parliaments and in every century.2 The family descended from Bernard de Croft in the time of William the Conqueror and is listed in the Doomsday Book as having held the lands now occupied by Croft Castle, near Leominster, in Herefordshire.

In addition to parliamentary services, Croft’s various ancestors served Prince Edward, son of Henry III; fought at the battles of Mortimer’s Cross, Tewkesbury and Stoke; served Henry VII; served the duke of Northumberland and the earl of Leicester under Edward VI; had been imprisoned by Mary I; served as comptroller of the royal household under Elizabeth I; died in the service to Charles I; had been made bishop of Hereford by Charles II; and served as physician to Princess Charlotte, daughter of the prince of Wales, later George IV, at her tragic death in 1817.

Croft’s father, Richard Benyon Croft (1843-1912), was educated at the Royal Naval College and then joined the Royal Navy in 1858, serving over fifteen years. He later became a major and honorary lieutenant-colonel in the Hertfordshire Yeomanry and a lieutenant (retired) in the Royal Navy. In 1869 he married Anne Elizabeth Page (1843-1921), the only child and heiress of Henry Page of Ware, in East Hertfordshire. Henry Page had built up a very prosperous grain trade and a maltster business, Henry Page & Co. Maltsters of Ware. R. B. Croft was persuaded to leave the navy and enter business with Henry Page, in which he was engaged until his death in January 1912.

In 1880 Fanhams Hall, a large country house and estate located in Ware, was given to Elizabeth Page Croft by her father, and it became the seat for the Crofts of Ware. Here they raised their two sons, Richard Page Croft (1872—1961) and Henry Page Croft (1881-1947), and six daughters in relative luxury. As a child Croft was first sent to St. David’s School, Reigate, thereafter to Eton, where he did not particularly excel, and finally to Shrewsbury where he continued his interest in rowing. Even Croft confessed astonishment when he passed on to Trinity Hall, Cambridge. It was orthodoxy at Fanhams Hall that a degree in chemistry would benefit the family’s malting business. It was the same belief that only a few years earlier had sent Croft’s older brother, Richard, to Trinity Hall to study chemistry but with little precedent-setting success.

As may be gleaned from the brief pages on his “Cambridge Days” in his autobiography, it was neither scholarship nor intellectual curiosity that consumed his time, energy, and passion but instead was rowing. Croft had achieved a distinguished rowing career having won races at Eton at age thirteen, been captain of boats at Shrewsbury, twice won the Thames Cup at the Henley Regatta, and been captain of the Trinity Hall Boat Club. Interestingly, Croft’s earliest venture into the arena of national public debate was a 1901 defence of the Englishness of rowing, which he issued against the call to internationalize the competition at the Henley Regatta.3 This desire to preserve England and Englishness from the contamination of a foreign intrusion remained a consistent theme in his political and social thought.

Reaching a certain level of maturity on the edge of the twentieth century, one might easily construct an image of both Croft and Britain coming to the end of their respective “splendid isolation" in the summer of 1902. After....

He married Hon. Nancy Beatrice Borwick (1884-24/1/1949), daughter of Robert Hudson Borwick, 1st Baron Borwick and Caroline Smith Johnston, on 10 July 1907.

2/1. Hon. Hilda Elizabeth Mary Croft b. 11 Feb 1909, d. 31 Mar 2005
2/2. Hon. Nancy Diana Joyce Croft b. 31 Mar 1912, d. c 28 Nov 1999
2/3. Michael Henry Glendower Page Croft, 2nd Baron Croft

b. 20 Aug 1916, d. 11 Jan 1997

2/4. Hon. Anne Rosemary Dorothea Croft b. 2 Apr 1918, d. 25 Jun 2015




5.1    Adam Black

Born: 26/2/1784OPR, St Cuthberts.
Parents: Charles & Isabella (Nicol) Black
Died: 24/1/1874FG, aged 89, bur Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh.
Will: 21/3/1874 esq of Priorbank, residing at 38 Drummond Place, Edinburgh.

Scottish publisher and politician and founder of the A & C Black publishing company. Publishers of the 7th, 8th and 9th editions of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Statue in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh.

Rt. Hon. Adam Black, Lord Provost of and M.P. for City of Edinburgh
Adam Black (1784–1874), Lord Provost of Edinburgh (1843–1848)

Black was born in Charles Street, Edinburgh, the son of Isabella Nicol and Charles Black, a master builder. He was educated at the Royal High School and the University of Edinburgh. After serving as an apprentice to Mr Fairbairn, an Edinburgh bookseller, he began business for himself in Edinburgh in 1808. By 1826 he was recognised as one of the principal booksellers in the city; and a few years later he was joined in business by his nephew Charles.


The two most important events connected with the history of the firm were the publication of the 7th, 8th and 9th editions of the Encyclopædia Britannica, and the purchase of the stock and copyright of the Waverley Novels. The copyright of the Encyclopaedia passed into the hands of Adam Black and a few friends in 1827.


In 1832 his bookshop is given as 27 North Bridge in the Old Town and his home is given as 30 Broughton Place in the eastern New Town. In 1851 the firm bought the copyright of the Waverley Novels for £27,000, and in 1861 they became the proprietors of De Quincey's works.


Adam Black was twice Lord Provost of Edinburgh, and represented the city in parliament from 1856 to 1865. He retired from business in 1865, and died on 24 January 1874. He was succeeded by his sons, who removed their business in 1895 to London. In 1877 a bronze statue by John Hutchison of Adam Black was erected in East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh. He is buried in Warriston Cemetery on the outer face of the catacombs close to James Young Simpson.

Married, 30/5/1817, Edinburgh:

Isobella Tait

Born: 12/9/1796, ch 10/10/1796ACt, Edinburgh
Parents: James Tait & Isobella Bertram
Died: 22/6/1877FG, bur Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh
Will: proved 14/7/1877 “or Tait, 38 Drummond Place, widow of Adam Black of Priorbank, died 22/6/1877”.

Issue, ch Edinburgh OPRt:
1/1. Alison Ponton Black, ch 30/1/1820
1/2. Charles Bertram Black, ch 3/11/1821 – 1906
1/3. Jemima Black, ch 2/12/1823
1/4. James Tait Black, ch 21/1/1826
1/5. Eliza Haliburto Black, ch 21/4/1828
1/6. Francis Black ch Edinburgh 20/8/1830, died 1892
1/7. Margaret Lothia Black, ch 18/4/1833
1/8. Adam William Black, ch 24/1/1836-1898

5.2    Reverend Richard Croft
Reverend Richard Croft was born on 22 August 1808. He was the son of Sir Richard Croft, 6th Bt. and Margaret Denman. He married, firstly, Charlotte Leonora Russell, daughter of Lt.-Col. unknown Russell, on 15 October 1839. He married, secondly, Louisa Holland, daughter of Samuel Holland, in 1856. He died on 17 February 1869 at age 60.

     He was the Vicar at Hillingdon, London, England
1851 Census: Hartburn Vicarage, Northumberland:
Richard Croft (42, Vicar, St James, London), Charlotte Leonora (33, Madras), Richard Benyon (7, scholar at home, North Ockendon) Thomas Denman (6, scholar at home, North Ockendon). 2 boarders - pupils, Marion Letitia Russell (niece, 7, military officer’s daughter GJCS, Madras)

Charlotte Leonora Russell.

Born abt 1818, Madras, not found on databases.
Charlotte Leonora Russell was the daughter of Lt.-Col. unknown Russell. She married Reverend Richard Croft, son of Sir Richard Croft, 6th Bt. and Margaret Denman, on 15 October 1839.1 She died on 9 November 1854.
Issue of Richard & Charlotte Croft:
1/1. Richard Benyon Croft b. 9 Jul 1843, d. 28 Jan 1912

1/2. Reverend Thomas Denman Croft b. 2 Mar 1845, d. 21 Jun 1913

5.3    Henry Page

Newspapers – many references to theft of barley etc
1853[16], present at a meeting to propose a new railway from Ware to Welwyn to connect with the Northern Railway.

1863[17]: NEW road, WARE Messrs. JACKSON AND SON

Are instructed TO SELL BY AUCTION, in June,

ABOUT 4a. 2r of fine old Pasture and eligible BUILDING LAND, close to the Town, and adjoining St. Mary's Church, in the occupation of HENRY PAGE, Esq.  and Mr. Wren.

1870: reference to 3 maltings at £412 pa.
1872[18]: Sale particulars...The malting occupied by Mr Page is spacious, strongly timbered, and partly brick built, constructed at very considerable cost, on most approved principles, with Barley Loft is contain 700 quarters, and a cistern 70 Quarter Steep, with three cemented and strong working floors measuring 103ft. 6in by 32ft 6in, supported by string iron columns, two brick built kilns, capacious Malt Loft, and tow corn steeps or screening rooms underway. At the side of the malting is a cartway leading to a piece of vessel ground used a landing wharf. Likewise
Two capital brick built dwelling houses with gardens occupied by Dr O’Reilly and Mr belle. The premises are amply supplied with water.
The whole let to Mr Henry Page of Ware at the moderate rent of £200 pa
1875[19]: Messrs. JACKSON and SON

Are favoured with instructions from Mr. Henry Page and Mr. Richard B. Croft,

To offer for Sale by Auction, on the respective Premises

On WEDNESDAY, March 3rd. 1875, at One o’clock precisely,


of superior



800 LOADS,

in fine condition, the growth of 1872, 3, & 4.
The whole standing convenient for carriage, adjoining good roads, and within about one mile of the Ware Station on the Great Eastern Railway, and in direct communication with the Midland and Great Northern systems.
The company is requested to meat at the Saracen’s Head Hotel, Ware, at 12 o'clock precisely, where Luncheon will be provided, and proceed thence to the place of Sale.
The Hey can be viewed at any time (Sundays excepted) by applying to James Bland, at Great Cozens Farm, of whom Catalogues may be had. Catalogues may also be had at the White Dart Inn, Puckrridge; Windmill, Standon; White Swan, Wadesmill ; Pied Ball, Stanstead, Bell, Widford; Red Lion, Hadham , Salisbury Arms, Stoddesdon; Bull Inn, Broxbourne; Coach and Horses, Cheshunt; Falcon, Waltham Cross; Bull, Enfield Highway, George, Enfield; Bell, Edmon­ton; at the Green Dragon Hotel, Bishopsgate-street; at the Inns in the Smithfield, Whitechapel, and Cum­berland Hay Markets; of Mr. Geo. Jackson, Auctioneer and Appraiser, Hitchin, Baldock, and Royston ; and of Messr. Jackson & Son, Land and Estate Agents. Hertford, Ware, and Bishop’s Stortford.

1878: Henry Page tenant on 3 maltings on New Rd at £412 pa

1883[20]: To the Editor of the Herts Guardian,

Sir—I notice a letter written by George Dye, in which he says a cart may stand in Ware, providing it has a policeman in it asleep. Now I don’t think anybody said so except Mr Chuck, the chairman of our local board. I don’t see why our superintendent, who appears often in ill health, should not be provided with a four wheel trap I hope somebody will enquire into the extra cost of the police since we had our new faddles and whims. I know they first had two wheelers, which I suppose they sold and bought four wheelers. Nobody seems to find fault, so I don’t see why they should not enjoy themselves. I should not have written to you, but I thought I should like to let you see we are not so bad at Ware as you are at Hertford.— I am, Sir, yours truly,

_______                          CHARLES HENRY PAGE

Ware, November 27, 1883.

At what is now called Southern Maltings, Ware:

The Southern Maltings was one of three maltings built in New Road, Ware by a local developer George Escott Smith for the production of Brown Malt. Brown Malt was used to brew the dark ale ‘Porter’, so called because it was drunk in large quantities by London porters. Its production required special skill and sold at a premium.

The Maltings were leased to local maltsters until 1880. They were then bought by Henry Page and operated by him and his descendants until 1962, when ‘floor malting’ in Ware ceased[21].
Southern Maltings picture from the 1960s

Born: 26/6/1812FMPi, Ware (also 14/2/1810, bur 3/3/1811, aged 1 yr)
Parents Henry & Mary page
Died: 16/1/1894, tomb in Ware Cemetery.
Baker, Maltster and Miller. Founder of Henry Page & son Malting Firm. In 1859 he purchased Fanhams Hall and its large estate known for £7,780 (over half a million pounds in 2007 terms) He left an estate valued at £1,037,698 to his wife and only daughter.

Married, Bishopsgate, London, Henry Page of Ware to Miss A.E. Collins of the same place[22]. 9/11/1842ACi: Henry Page, full age, maltster of Ware, father Henry & Anne Elizabeth Collins, of age, Spinster, father Thomas Collins.
Nothing further on her; if born in Ireland, the records were probably lost in 1921. No suitable Thomas Collins of Ireland on 1851 census.

1/1. Anne Elizabeth Page, ch 9/11/1843

1851 Census, Church Gate, Ware:
Henry Page (39, Maltster & Miller, emp 30 men), Anne Elizabeth, 29, Tipperary), Ann Elizabeth (7, Ware)
1861 Census, High St, Ware, Herts:
Henry Page (47, Maltster & farmer, employing 82 men & 29 boys in malting & 7 men & 2 boys in farming, born Ware), Anne E (42, Irelend) Anne E (17, Ware).
Census 1881, Spread Eagle, Ware:
Henry Page (68, Maltster & Farmer of 139 acres, Ware). Annie Elizabeth (60, Ireland, English Parents)
1881 Census, Water Row, High St, Ware:
Henry Page (58, Landowner & occupier of 215A amp 5 ag lab & 2 boys & Maltster, emp 54 men and 43 boys, Ware.), Annie E (52, Ireland)
1891 Census, High St, Ware:
Henry Page (78, Maltster, Ware), Anne Elizabeth (70, Ireland)



6.1    Charles Black

Looks unlikely:
Charles Black born 20/11/1757OPRi, ch 23/11/1757, Edinburgh to William Black, a gentleman servant in Tro Kirk parish & Barbara Brown his wife, witness Daniel Grierson, chair maker and George Brown, mason.

A master builder in Edinburgh
built 76, 78, 80 Pleasance, University Of Edinburgh, Societies Centre
Edinburgh, Great King Street, General, as Charles Black and Thomas Ponton, builders.

In a Sasine, in favour of Charles Black builder, Edinburgh, dated 24th May 1800, of 'an area or piece of ground on the south side of Buccleuch Place on which the house called George's Square Assembly Rooms was built,' it is stated to have been 'enlarged and converted into three tenements of land and twelve cellars under the street. Vol XIX of Old Edinburgh Club, P86.

married, 9/6/1781OPR, Melrose.

Isobel Nicol

Ch 28/5/1758, Melrose
Parents: Adam & Isobel (Bunzie) Nicol.

Issue of Charles Black and Isobel Nicol, St Cuthberts:
1/1. Francis Black, 27/4/1782.
1/2. Adam Black, 26/2/1784
1/3. Alison Black, 2/5/1786
1/4. Isobella Black, 29/6/1788
1/5. Charles Black, 1/1/1791, died 18/8/1854, 23 Scotland St[23].
1/6. George Black, 7/1/1793
1/7. Robert Black, 25/5/1795
1/8. Margaret Black, 6/12/1796

Obituary for Charles Black
Born: 4 May, 1937, in London. Died: 9 October, 2013 in London, aged 76


Charles Black was a member of one of the most celebrated publishing families who owned the famous Edinburgh firm of A & C Back for four generations. For almost three decades Black was chairman of the company whose reputation for high quality publishing was maintained and which he astutely enhanced. The firm was renowned for its annual publishing of Who’s Who and gained a deserved reputation for its accuracy and concise biographies.


As the proprietor of such an august – and profitable – publication Black was under pressure from competitors to sell. He was also under pressure from people he met to be included.


A & C Black was founded in Edinburgh in 1807 by Charles’s great-great-grandfather, Adam Black, who was then a 23-year-old bookshop owner and publisher, and his nephew Charles.
Adam rose to become a major figure in the Edinburgh business community and society. He was twice Lord Provost of Edinburgh and represented (at the age of 72) the city at Westminster for ­a decade. To this day there is an imposing bronze statue of him in Princes Street Gardens – suitably beside the Scott Monument.


After his death, his sons moved the firm, in 1895, to London’s Soho Square but they would retain its Scottish identity.


The company’s involvement with publishing Scottish authors was central to their original business – they acquired, for example, the copyright to the novels of Sir Walter Scott in 1851. The firm has, over the years, been responsible for such popular publications as Whitaker’s ­Almanack, Wisden, Black’s Medical Dictionary, the Encyclopedia Britannica and P G Wodehouse’s first ­novel The Pothunters.


Charles ­Archibald Adam Black attended Winchester College where he demonstrated a love of golf and cricket that was to remain with him all his life. He played cricket for the Winchester 1st X1 and for the English Public Schools. Black did his national service in the Scots Guards and at Christ Church College, Oxford he captained the university’s Real Tennis team. After reading business studies at Harvard he joined A & C Black in 1968.
Black remained involved in sport – especially cricket – and became a playing member of MCC. He was proud to get mentions in Wisden in 1955 and 1956 for outstanding performances at the crease. Little did Black realise that within a few years his firm would own the famous title.


By far the most prestigious book the firm published was Who’s Who. When his father retired in 1973, Black took over as chairman and was careful to remain apart from the day-to-day running of the celebrated publication. He left all decisions to his editors and made it a policy never to interfere about those who were included. Significantly, he never allowed his own name to be considered.


Black proved a shrewd businessman and brought the company to the Stock Exchange and built a modern distribution centre in Cambridgeshire. But he was keen to expand the firm’s area of publications and chose to publish books connected with the arts – notably music, natural history, fitness and children’s books. All proved commercially successful, as did Black’s expansion into the reference book section by incorporating Peter Collin Publishing, the dictionary specialists.


Black retired as chairman in 2000 but he foresaw the world of publishing was about to radically change. He realised the digital revolution was already changing reading habits and he decided, as one of his last major commercial decisions, to find a suitable buyer for the company.
He was well aware that this would end a family connection with the book trade going back two centuries. Black finalised a deal with the fast expanding Bloomsbury (publisher of the ­Harry Potter books) which valued his firm at £16.4 million. Black continued as a non-executive director of Bloomsbury after his retirement.
It left him time to devote more time to his golf – he remained an enthusiastic member for many years of Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich and acted as the club’s captain. Black was also a member of the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon and a keen follower of the game. He flew to Australia in his first year of retirement to watch the Australian Open Tennis, and combined it with a few games of golf at the National Golf Course on the demanding Moonah Course.


In 1964 Black married Melanie Lowson, daughter of Sir ­Denys Lowson, a major – and controversial – figure in the City. Her mother, the Hon Ann Patricia Macpherson, came from an Invernesshire family, and was the daughter of Sir James Macpherson (later 1st Baron Strathcarron) the Liberal MP for Ross and Cromarty (1911 – 1936) and Cabinet minister.


She and their son and daughter survive him.


6.2    James Tait

Born: 1762, Penicuik, Midlothian, according to Findagrave.  Or 1759 from Burial.
9/9/1759OPRi, Traquair of Robert in Decenfoot?
or 16/4/1762 Traquair of Walter
No obvious burials seen, although a James of Walter bur Glasgow 29/7/1759, age 1.

Died: 15/8/1834FGi, Edinburgh, bur St Cuthberts, age 75 from OPR, at Portobello, of old age.
Will proved Edinburgh, 21/10/1834.

A James Tait buried Glencorse, age 93, 8/8/1765OPR.
Also tombstone for James Tate, headed 1754, but died 1746, aged 57, a miller, Glencorse Old Church. This gravestone commemorates James Tait, a miller from Penicuik, who died in 1754. Within the pediment are a pair of mill-stones, emblems of the miller's trade. The single bone symbolises death, though the grotesque head is of uncertain meaning[24].

27.1.1816. James Tait, Glencorese, architect, gets. Ren. 28.12.1815, - 15.1.1816 by the trustees of Robert Cathcart W.S., with the consent of Marion M'Miken Torrance of Kilsauintninian and George M'Miken Torrance, her husband, of parts of the land an barony of Glencorse; and of £2000 part £2999 balance of £3999 In bond and disp. to the said trustees. 25.5.1813[25]

A builder & Architect in Edinburgh

James Tait was born about 1762 in Glencorse near Penicuik, Midlothian. He later lived at Belwood and at Portobello. Colvin records the latter two addresses but so far the source of this information has not yet been discovered. It is interesting that the house in Maitland Street in which he lived from at least 1805 until 1820 was called 'Glencross' presumably because of the connection to his birth place. In 1795 anyone with claims against the plasterer Thomas Russell was to submit them to James Tait. In 1810 he was acting as agent in showing a house in Shandwick Place to prospective tenants.

About 1815 Tait appears to have dropped the title 'architect' and simply appears in directories as James Tait Esq. Probably about the mid-1820s he moved to 22 Lynedoch place (in the 1825-26 directory he has the epithet 'architect'). But afterwards he remains as 'Esq'.

Tait's son was the publisher William Tait and his daughter Isabella married the publisher Adam Black.

Tait died in 1834. He was survived by his wife, Isabella Bertram, who died aged 89 on 1 June 1848. Wiki.

Will Notes:
Architect in Edinburgh...Isabella Bertram or Tait spouse... to Isabella, spouse, William & Charles Bertram sons, Isabella Tait or Black, dau, Adam Black her husband to be trustees.
To Isabella, house in Lynedoch Place & contents...£50 ... annuity of £500..secured over the tenement of No 7 & 11 Hanover St, partly possessed by Charles Bertram Tait, William McBrie esq, carpet seller ... as also the 3 first floor flats of rent wear house No 78 Prices St, partially possessed by Mrs Anderson William Tait and Messres Rage & Sons Clothiers as also the .. use of Sallywell, Portobello...7 Hannover St...9, Randolph Crescent...19 Great Stewart St...56 Gidia St... Legacies - Jess Bertram, Margaret Bertram, Isabella Bertram...3 nance? Children of my dau Mrs Adam Black Isabella Black, Jemima Black & James Black. A date given as 17 June 1830, I years before

December 28 1791OPR:
Mr James Tait Architect at Kirk Brae-head and wife Isobella Bertram Residenter in the parish of Channelkirk, dau of Mr Charles Bertram, farmer in the parish of Garvet, gave up their names for proclamation of Banns and testimonial
Married, Edinburgh, 28/12/1791ACt, Chanelkirk.

Isobella Bertram

Born: 17/6/1759OPR, of Charles & Isable (Brown) Bertram, Garvald
Parents: Charles Bertram (from marriage), farmer of
Died 1/1/1848FGi, aged 88
Inventory: 28/3/1848 “Mrs, alias Bertram. Residing at No 22 Lynedock Place, Edinburgh, widow of James Tait, Architect”

Issue of James & Isobella:
1/1. William Tate, ch 28/5/1793ACt, Edinburgh, d 4/10/1864, see DNB
1/2. Isobella Tait, ch 10/10/1796ACt, Edinburgh
1/3. James Tait, 3rd son, died Florence, 20/5/1868, aged 64. Ch not found
1/4. Charles Bertram Tait, ch 2/10/1800OPR, Collington 4th son, died 19/7/1852, aged 51

6.3    Sir Richard Croft, 6th Bt.
Sir Richard Croft, 6th Bt. was born on 9 January 1762. He was the son of Herbert Croft and Elizabeth Young. He married Margaret Denman, daughter of Thomas Denman and Elizabeth Brodie, on 13 November 1789. He was also reported to have been married on 3 November 1789. He died on 13 February 1818 at age 56.

     He graduated with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)1 He held the office of Physician to King George III. He succeeded as the 6th Baronet Croft, of Croft Castle, co. Hereford [E., 1671] on 27 April 1816

Married, St James Piccadilly: Richard Croft of St Pancras and Margaret Denman of this parish a minor, married with the consent of Thomas Denman, Doctor in Physick and father of the minor by licence from the ABofC 3 November 1789FMPi. By Herbert Croft, vicar of Prittlewell?, wits Thos Denman.

Also Joseph Croft & Sarah Folderoy both OTP 15/10/1789.

Margaret Denman

Born: 9/7/1771, ch 4/8/1771FMPi, St Martin in the Fields, London, with twin Sophia.
Parents: Thomas & Elizabeth Denham, marriage not found.
Dowager Lady Margaret Croft of Welbeck St, bur 30/9/1847FMPi age 77.

1/1. Sir Thomas Elmsley Croft, 7th Bt. b. 2 Sep 1798, d. 29 Oct 1835
1/2. Sir Archer Denman Croft, 8th Bt. b. 7 Dec 1801, d. 10 Jan 1865
1/3. Frances Elizabeth Croft b. c 1802, d. 2 Aug 1877
1/4. Reverend Richard Croft b. 22 Aug 1808, d. 17 Feb 1869

6.4    Henry Page

Findagrave has him b 1780, son of Henry & Rachel, but this is not confirmed by the parish records as found.
died 7/12/1852, St Mary’s Ware, bur 16/12/1852FMPi, age 71. In 73rd year, “after a long and protracted illness”.

The only one found was in Baldock, of Thomas & Eleanor, 19/11/1780.
The 1851&41 censuses tie Henry senior and junior together, particularly the addresses. Since the most probable Mary Parker was also of Baldock, this might be correct. However, according to Findagrave, his father was Henry of Ware, also a baker.

1841 Census, Church Ho, Ware, all b Herts:
Henry Page (60, Baker), Mary Page (59), Henry jnr (29, Baker), William (21)

1850[26]: ACCIDENT TO MR. HENRY PAGE—On Friday evening, Mr. Henry Page, a highly-respected inhabitant of Ware, met with a serious accident. Mr. Page was stepping out of the door which opens to the garden, at the back of his house, when he slipped down on the frozen ground, and was much hurt. Messrs. McNab and Bowden, surgeons, were immediately sent for, and on examining their patient discovered that he had sustained a dislocation of the left hip. Their investigation also led them to suspect that the small bone of the hip joint was fractured. In consequence of the advanced age of Mr. Page, considerable apprehensions were at first entertained, but we are happy to be able to say, that he is now doing well.
1851 Census, Baldock St, Ware, all b there:
Henry Page (72, Gent, Ware), Mary (71), Elizabeth Long (dau, widow, 44), Caroline Long (unm, g/dau, 20).

Index to D/D reg 1853, Henry Page snr of Ware, to Henry of same place.

Married: Ware 12/2/1806FMPi, both OTP, by licence, wit Harie? Page & Sarah Parker.

Mary Parker

Born: 1780-2
Possible: Hitchin Baptist, the father’s trade as a Maltster makes this a good possibility:
Baptist entry: Mary Parker, daughter of Robert Parker, of Baldock, maltmaker, and Ann his wife, born 16/4/1780FMPi, registered 17/2/1787, Hitchin Non conformists.
Mary (Parker) Page, died 10/1/1854, Ware, bur 22/1/1754FMPi, aged 72,

Issue of Henry & Mary Page, Ware, Findagrave:
1/1. Elizabeth Page Long 1807-1856FGi, married Edmund Long, Ware 9/9/1828FMPt.
1/2. Henry Page, ch 14/10/1810, bur 3/3/1811 Ware.
1/2. Henry Page 1812-1894
1/3. Thomas Page, 1817-1849
1/4. William Page, 1820-1846

Appeared working for the maltings in a newspaper 1858:
Benjamin Richard Page, bur 2/12/1859FMPi, Ware age 20, of West St.
Son of Benjamin & Elizabeth Page, a clerk 26/7/1840FMPi, of Castle St.
Benjamin, son of Benjamin, M Elizabeth Church, dau of George, Hertford.
Benjamin ch 12/1/1812 Little Berkhamstead, of Benjamin & Mary.



7.1    Adam Nicol

Several on the OPR, 2 at Mint, south of Melrose, both by Adam
Tenant in Drygrange Mill on MI, there is now a road bridge there across th Tweed.
Bur Melrose, died 20/10/1791WkikMI, aged 70

The tombstone mentions George Black, the correct one for Isobel’s son.

married: Melrose, 9/12/1752OPRt.

Alison Bunzie

Probably ch 9/1/1726OPRi, Melrose, of Robert and Rachel Forsan
Daughter of Robert & Rachel (Forsan) Bunzie
Died: 3/4/1804MI, age 77
Issue, at Melrose, of Adam Nicol & Alison Bunzie:
1/1. Margaret Nicol, 4/11/1753
1/2. George Nicol, 12/9/1756
1/3. Isobel Nicol ch Melrose, 28/5/1758 of Adam Nicol & Alison Bunzie.
1/4. Robert Nicol, 7/9/1760
1/5. James Nicol, b 10/6/1765WkikMI,
1/6. Thomas Nicol, b 29/1/1769WkikMI.

7.2    Charles Bertram

Ch: 19/12/1709OPR, Garvald as Bartrim.
Parents: Patrick & Marion Dods.
Died: Bur prob Garvald, 10/8/1765FMPt Best m/c £4

1759, July 16OPRi: Charles Bertram tenant in West Hopes and Isable Brown his spouse had a daughter baptised called Isable (was born 7th inst), witness John Brown and John Bertram.
This would be about 10 km SSW of Garvald.

Married Isabel Brown, 22/11/1751OPR, Lasswade
Too many Isabel Browns!

Issue of Charles & Isabel Bertram, at Garvald, OPR index:
1/1. John Bertram, ch 19/11/1752
1/2. Janet Bertram, ch 7/8/1754.
1/3. William Bertram, ch 22/6/1757.
1/4. Isable Bertram, ch 16/7/1759
1/5. Margaret Bertram, ch 29/10/1761.
1/6. Edmund Bertram ch 7/4/1763

7.3    Herbert Croft
Herbert Croft was born on 14 June 1718. He was the son of Francis Croft and Grace Bramston. He married, firstly, Elizabeth Young, daughter of Richard Young. He married, secondly, Mary Chawner, daughter of Thomas Chawner. He died on 7 July 1785 at age 67.

     He lived at Waterhouse, Essex, England
Married 2nd: esq of St Andrew Holborn, widower Mary Channer spinster OTP, 4/3/1769ACi, by licence.
Married 1st: Herbert Croft of the Liberty of the Rolls, London married Elizabeth Young, of Midhurst, 10/5/1749ACi, at Long Ditton, Mortlake.

Elizabeth Young

Ch only one was at Shoreditch, 18/8/1725ACi of Richard & Elizabeth, of Hoxton: the marriage details do not support this.
Parents: Richard Young –
1/1. Rev. Sir Herbert Croft, 5th Bt. b. 1748, d. 27 Apr 1816
1/2. Sir Richard Croft, 6th Bt. b. 9 Jan 1762, d. 13 Feb 1818

7.4    Thomas Denman

See DNB for his bio.
Born: 27/6/1733, Bakewell, Derby, ch 13/7/1733FMPt.
Parent: John Denman, an apothecary
Died, Mount St London, 26/11/1815DNB.
Married DNB, 1/11/1770FMPi, St James, Westminster, Doctor of Physic of St Martin in the Fields, and she OTP, by licence, wit Jane Brodie

Elizabeth Brodie

Born: 12/1/1746-7, ch 1/2/1746-7, St James, Piccadilly.
Parents: Alexander & Margaret Brodie.
The only marriage found on FMP was Alexander & Margaret Waxter, Auldearn, Nairn (East of Inverness) 3/2/1737.

Died: 1833, prob bur St James, Piccadilly, 24/1/1833FMPi, of Cavendish St, aged 86.
1/1. Margaret Denman, b 1771
1/1. Sophia Denman, ch 9/7/1771
1/2. Thomas Denman, Lord Denman, 1779-1854

Married 18/10/1804FMPi, of Lincolns Inn, & Theodosia Ann Vevers, spinster at Saxby, Leicestershire, wit Richard William Vevers.

1/3. Dau Denman married Dr Matthew Baillie, anatomist

7.5    Henry Page

Ch: 18/10/1756FMPi, Ware
Parents: Henry & Elizabeth
Bur St Mary’s 30/11/1812, aged 56.
Findagrave: Baker in Ware - lived in Churchyard now known as Church St (ties in with censuses). His bakery is now Jacoby's Restaurant.
D/D reg 1813, Henry Page to Joshua Page of Ware.
Married - 8/10/1777FMPi, by licence both OTP, wit Joseph Page & Thomas Stockbridge:

Rachel Brown

1754-1807, Rachel Page bur Ware, 29/11/1807FMPt, aged 54

Henry Page, 1780-1852

7.6    Robert Parker

No marriage found.
Issue of Robert & Anne Parker, Hitchin Baptists.
Robert & Anne of Baldock, Maltster:
1/1. Ann Parker, born 14/12/1771.
1/2. Edward Parker, born 20/7/1776
1/3. Katherine Parker, born 11/5/1777
1/3. Mary Parker, 16/4/1780.
1/3. John Parker, born 30/5/1782




8.1    Robert Bunzie

2 births of Robert Bunzie, Melrose, 9/10/1692 & 29/9/1695: no means of choosing which. No marriage found.
Issue of Robert & Rachel Bunzie, Melrose, Scotland:
1/1. Agnes Bunzie, ch 17/3/1723
1/2. Alison Bunzie, ch 9/1/1726
1/3. Janet Bunzie, 18/2/1728.
1/4. Robert Bunzie, ch 22/11/1730

8.2    Patrick Bartrum

Married: 2/7/1693OPRi, Stenton, Scotland. OPR shows only a payment of 12/- to the poor at their marriage:

Marion Dod

No further details found on Patrick, maybe due to variable spelling. Several Marion Dods baptised in the period 1660-1675, but no reason to choose one or the other.
Issue of Patrick & Marion:
1/1. Alison Bartrim, ch 5/1/1703
1/2. Margaret Bartrim, ch 28/9/1707
1/3. Charles Bartrim, ch 19/12/1709

8.3    John Denman

Birth: not found.
Jno Denman bur 28/9/1752ACi, Bakewell, of Bakewell
Married 6/5/1726ACi Bakewell, both OTP

Elizabeth Buxton

A possibility: ch Pentrich, Derbyshire, 27/2/1710-1 of George.

Issue, ch Bakewell:
1/1. Anne Denman, ch 9/8/1728
1/2. Joseph Denman, ch 7/4/1731
1/3. Thomas Denman, ch 13/7/1733FMPt.
1/4. Elizabeth Denman, ch 27/5/1735
1/5. Sarah Denman, ch 27/5/1735
1/6. Hannah Denman, ch 7/7/1736
1/7. Mary Denman, ch 7/4/1741
1/8. William Denman, ch 7/4/1741

8.4    Alexander Brodie

Born: in 1701 at Glassaugh, Banffshire. (a manor near Fordyce)
Parents: Alexander Brodie.

He lived before 1740 at Brewer Street, London, England.
Isabel Brodie1 b. 1704

James Brodie1 b. 1706

Bur St James, 28/1/1772FMPi “M” (married ?)

His will, notes:
Alexander Brodie in the parish of St James in the liberty of Westminster, Linen Draper..
To son Peter Billingham Brodie £100 and gold watch
To my brother James Brodie in Strabane in the Co of Tyrone if alive, or his children £30
if James dead and no children the
£30 to my sister Isabell Duff’s children

To sister Isabell Duff £30.. she lived near ??? near Strabane..
worthy friend James Mogrish...
Wife Margaret exec
2 daughters Margaret & Jane Brodie not already provided for dated 13 Nov 1770
addition to my grand daughter Ann Holloway dau of John and Ann Holloway

Dublin marriage licence in 1740. He married:

Margaret Shaw

daughter of Dr. Samuel Shaw and Anne Antrobus
Buried: 24/3/1773FMPi “W”, St James Piccadilly.
Samuel Shaw & Anne Antrobus married 5/4/1708ACt, Tamworth
He was a teacher at Tamworth.

The earlier St James births conflict with the Auldearn births, so it is very unlikely that Alexander & Margaret Brodie in Auldearn are the same as the couple in St James
St James:
1/1. Ann Brodie, B 3/5/1741, ch 30/5/1741,

Married John Holloway, widower OTP Willesden, 12/9/1769ACi and Ann Brodie of St James, spinster, by PB Brodie, Clerk.
2/1. Ann Holloway, dau of Johnn & Ann at the Holborn Lying in hospital., born 1/6/1772, ch 4/6/1772ACi.

An Ann Brodie bur 1/10/1750 “C”
1/2. Peter Bellinger Brodie, b. 6/11/1742, ch 4/12/1742FMPi,

priest Willesden.
Reverend Peter Bellinger Brodie was born on 17 November 1742. He married Sarah Collins, daughter of Benjamin Collins, on 1 November 1775. He died on 19 March 1804 at age 61.
     He graduated from Oxford University, Oxford, in 1768 with a Master of Arts (M.A.) He was the Rector at Winterslow, Wiltshire. He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.)
Children of Reverend Peter Bellinger Brodie and Sarah Collins
Peter Bellinger Brodie1 b. 30 Aug 1778
William Bird Brodie1 b. 26 Sep 1780, d. 1863
Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, 1st Bt.+1 b. 9 Jun 1783, d. 19 Oct 1862

1/3. Margaret Brodie, B 6/6/1744, ch 10/6/1744
1/4. Jane Brodie, B 4/12/1745, ch 20/12/1745
1/5. Elizabeth Brodie, b 12/1/1746-7, ch 1/2/1746-7.
1/6. Esther Brodie, b. 19/5/1748, ch 12/6/1748
1/7. Samuel Brodie, b 30/3/1750, ch 22/4/1750
1/8. Isabella Brodie, b 3/4/1753, ch 3/5/1753


8.5    Henry Page ~ 1731

Findmypast has him born of Henry & Mary, (1731-1799), but not found in the PR.
The PR volume on FMP starts in 1731, so he may have been in another volume.

Ancestry has:
Ch 17/2/1730ACt, St Andrew Holborn, of Henry & Mary, as the nearest.

Possibly ch 29/9/1728, of Joseph & Mary, Little Munden (a couple of miles north of Ware).
b 1731, died 31/7/1799 aged 67, bur St Mary’s 5/8/1799FMPi, Elizabeth Warren Page bur 10/7/1804, aged 70-71. PCC will 11/1799, Maltster & coal merchant of Ware.
1767: reference to William & Henry Page as barge owners & maltsters[27].
Married, Ware 29/11/1754, Henry Page to Elizabeth Page, late Warren, Ware, by licence.
Elizabeth Warren ch Ware, 1/4/1733FMPt of Edward & Elizabeth Warren.
Elizabeth Page died 10/7/1804 (age 70-71), bur 23/7/1804FMPi, Ware.
1/1. Henry Page 1756-1812
1/2. Edward Page, 1758-1822
1/3. Joshua Page 1770-1836
1/4. Jonathan Page 1775-1818



9.1    Francis Croft

Ch 25/1/1687FMPt, Croft
Parents: Herbert & Elizabeth
Francis Croft was born in 1687. He was the son of Sir Herbert Croft, 1st Bt. and Elizabeth Archer. He married Grace Bramston, daughter of Thomas Bramston. He lived at London, England.
Marriage Allegation, London 24 Feb 1716-7ACi:
Appeared personally Francis Croft of parish of St Margaret, in now Fishstreet, London, Bachelor, Aged 28 an alleged that he intends to marry with Mrs Grace Bramston of St Andrew Holborn, spinster nineteen years, having consent of Thomas Bramston esq, her father... to be married St Andrew Holborn.

Grace Bramston

Ch 30/7/1697FMPt, London
Parent: Thomas Bramston
1/1. Herbert Croft b. 14 Jun 1718, ch 25/6/1718ACt, ST Andrew Holborn
d. 7 Jul 1785

9.2    Henry Page

Ch 1/8/1708FMPi, Ware, of William & Ann.
1708-1783 died 16/9/1783 (age 73-74), bur 23/9/1783FMPi, Ware.
Married, Ware 25/12/1730ACt

Mary Richford

 1712-1788, died 22/6/1788 (age 75-76), bur 26/9/1788FMPi, Ware
Mary Richford, ch 27/6/1712FMPi, Ware, John & Elizabeth Richford.
1/1. Henry Page 1731-1799
1/2. Mary Page, ch 4/4/1733FMPi, Ware of Henry & Mary
1/3. Edward Page, 28/11/1740FMPt, Ware
1/4. Jos Page 5/1/1750FMPi, Ware




10.1Sir Herbert Croft
Sir Herbert Croft, 1st Bt. was the son of Rt. Rev. Herbert Croft and Ann Brown. He married Elizabeth Archer, daughter of Thomas Archer and Anne Leigh. He died on 3 November 1720.

     He was created 1st Baronet Croft, of Croft Castle, co. Hereford [England] on 18 November 1671. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Herefordshire in 1679. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Herefordshire between 1690 and 1698.
Marriage not found.

Elizabeth Archer

Elizabeth Archer was the daughter of Thomas Archer and Anne Leigh. She married Sir Herbert Croft, 1st Bt., son of Rt. Rev. Herbert Croft and Ann Brown. She died in 1709.

1/1. Mary Croft.

1/2. Elizabeth Croft.

1/3. Margaret Croft.

1/4. Frances Croft.

1/5. Sir Archer Croft, 2nd Bt. b. 3 Mar 1683/84, d. 10 Dec 1753

1/6. Francis Croft b. 1687



11.1Rt Rev Herbert Croft


Ann Brown

daughter of Very Rev. Jonathan Brown
1/1. Sir Herbert Croft, 1st Bt. d. 3 Nov 1720

Herbert Croft: Ch 19/2/1790FMPt, Hereford
Parents: Herbert & Ann

12   The Reiches on Tour

5th Mo 29th 1928

Max I and W Mary Reich both seconded ministers among us presented to the meeting a concern they felt to visit in the love of the Gospel the yearly meeting of Friends in Germany and some of the sub ordinate meetings thereof; also some meetings in the north of England, Scotland and Ireland. This meeting felt unity with this concern and directed that the Quarterly Meeting endorse the following minute prepared and forwarded by Falls monthly meeting liberating our friends for this service.

Fallsinton Penna USA
fifth mo 10th 1928
To Whom this may come greeting:
Max I Reich and Esther Mary Reich, his wife, esteemed ministers of the Gospel and devoted followers of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, presented to this meeting (of which they are members), a concern to visit, in the love of the master, the yearly meetings of Friends in Germany, and some of the sub-ordinate meetings whereof. Also some meetings in the North of England, Scotland and Ireland.
We unite in loving sympathy, with their concern and sincerely trust that they may be instruments in the hand of the Master, to draw us more closely together in the bonds of Christian fellowship.
In liberating them for this and any other service, in the line of duty which our Heavenly Father may call for at their hands, we earnestly desire that we may all be increasingly diligent in the building up of Christ’s Kingdom in the earth, and remain your friends.
Signed on behalf of Folle monthly meeting of Friends held at Fallsingham, Pa, the tenth of the fifth month, 1928

[1] Central Somerset Gazette - Friday 13 January 1928 & Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 07 January 1928

[2] Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 07 October 1939

[3] Coventry Evening Telegraph - Saturday 19 May 1956

[4] Birmingham Daily Post - Tuesday 19 January 1960


[6] Edinburgh Evening Courant - Tuesday 22 December 1857

[7] The Queen - Saturday 14 May 1898

[8] The Queen - Saturday 14 May 1898

[9] The Scotsman - Wednesday 28 October 1863

[10] Caledonian Mercury - Thursday 29 October 1863

[11] Dundee Courier - Tuesday 28 January 1868

[12] Alloa Advertiser - Saturday 19 September 1868 & Edinburgh Evening Courant - Monday 14 September 1868

[13] Edinburgh Evening Courant - Saturday 10 October 1868

[14] Caledonian Mercury - Tuesday 31 January 1860

[15] Caledonian Mercury - Tuesday 15 November 1859.

[16] Hertford Mercury and Reformer - Saturday 10 December 1853

[17] Herts Guardian, Agricultural Journal, and General Advertiser - Tuesday 19 May 1863

[18] Hertford Mercury and Reformer - Saturday 10 February 1872

[19] Hertford Mercury and Reformer - Saturday 27 February 1875

[20] Herts Guardian, Agricultural Journal, and General Advertiser - Saturday 01 December 1883


[22] Hertford Mercury and Reformer - Saturday 12 November 1842

[23] The Scotsman (Edinburgh) - Wednesday 23rd August 1854

[24] - Scottish National Buildings Record SC1553177


[26] Hertford Mercury and Reformer - Saturday 26 January 1850

[27] The Brewing Industry in England, 1700-1830. By Peter Mathias (google books)