|Sir Ralph Milbanke, 6th Baronet (1747-1825),|
father-in-law of Lord Byron
The Milbankes were settled at Chirton, in the parish of Tynemouth, Northumberland, by the close of the 16th century. Family tradition says that Ralph Milbanke was cupbearer to Mary Queen of Scots, but was obliged to leave her court after fighting a duel. He fled to England, and purchased the estate at Chirton. This Ralph's great-grandson, Mark Milbanke (1603-1677), a merchant and mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was so prosperous he was able to purchase the Yorkshire estate of Halnaby Hall, as well as lend large sums of money to Charles II in exile during the Protectorate. After the Restoration, the king wished to promote Milbanke to a baronetcy, but the merchant turned it down in favour of his eldest son, also named Mark. It was this Sir Mark Milbanke, 1st Baronet, with an annual income estimated at £2,000, who was the first of his family to marry into the Edward I bloodline, when he took to wife in 1660, Elizabeth Acclom, the heiress of a family who had been seated at Moreby Hall, in the parish of Stillingfleet, Yorkshire, for over two centuries. Their eldest son and heir, the second Milbanke baronet, was the first of the family to be returned to Parliament. Moreby Hall was sold in 1787 by the fifth baronet (the grandfather of Anne Isabella, Lady Byron). The Milbanke baronetcy continued in the family until the extinction of the legitimate male line in 1949, after which the Yorkshire seat of Halnaby Hall was, sadly, demolished.
Below is the 11th Baroness Wentworth's 18-generation descent from Edward III through Lady Elizabeth (née Mortimer) Percy.
Edward III had a 2nd surviving son
|Lady Elizabeth (née Mortimer) Percy|
- see Generation 3
2) Lady Philippa Plantagenet of Clarence (1355-1377) m. Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March (1352-1381), and had
3) Lady Elizabeth Mortimer (1371-1417) m. 1) Sir Henry 'Hotspur' Percy (1364-1403), and had
4) Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland (1394-1455) m. Lady Eleanor Neville (1403-1472, descended from Edward III), and had
5) Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland (1421-1461) m. Eleanor Poynings (1428-1484, descended from Edward I), and had
6) Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland (c.1449-1489) m. Lady Maud Herbert (c.1457-by 1487), and had
7) Lady MAUD PERCY, b. by 1487; d. before 1543; m. (settlement 7 Oct.) 1510, as his 2nd wife, Sir RALPH RYTHER of Ryther Castle, Yorkshire, b. c.1450; d. 2 Apr. 1520, bur. All Hallows Church, Ryher, son of Sir William Ryther of Ryther Castle (d. 1475) and Eleanor Fitzwilliam, and had [*1]
8) ELIZABETH RYTHER, b. c.1513; d. before 1544; m. by 1530, as his 1st wife, WILLIAM ACCLOM, Heir of Moreby Hall, Stillingfleet, Yorkshire, b. c.1510; d. c.1547, son and heir of John Acclom of Moreby Hall (d. 1551) and Katherine Pilkington (descended from Edward I), and had
9) WILLIAM ACCLOM of Moreby Hall, b. c.1532; d. 1568; m. c.1554, as her 1st husband, MARGARET MORDAUNT, b. c.1535; d. by 1584, dau. of John, 2nd Baron Mordaunt of Turvey (1508-1571) and his 1st wife Ela Fitzlewis (1510-1543), and had
|Detail of the Memorial to John Acclom (1555-1611)|
in St Helen Church, Stillingfleet
11) Sir WILLIAM ACCLOM of Moreby Hall, b. 1582; d. 1639; m. (lic. 10 Oct.) 1609, ELIZABETH DAWNAY, b. c.1590; d. unknown, dau. of Sir Thomas Dawnay of Sessay (c.1563-1642, descended from Edward III) and Faith Legard (d. 1639, descended from Edward III), and had
12) JOHN ACCLOM of Moreby Hall, b. there, bap. 25 Apr. 1619 St Helen Church, Stillingfleet; d. 1644; m. by 1640, ELIZABETH[?] WORMELEY, b. 1616; d. by 1657, dau. of Henry Wormeley of Riccall Hall (1584-1658) and Margaret Consett (d. 1652) [*2], and had
|Acclom of Moreby coat of arms|
14) Sir MARK MILBANKE, 2nd Baronet of Halnaby, b. Moreby Hall, bap. 11 Dec. 1661 St Helen Church, Stillingfleet; bur. 13 May 1698 St Peter Church, Croft-on-Tees; m. 3 Feb. 1680 St Michael Church, Houghton-le-Spring, co. Durham, JANE CARR, bap. 20 Oct. 1663 St Nicholas Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; bur. 14 May 1704 St Andrew Holborn, London, dau. of Sir Ralph Carr of Cocken Hall (1634-1710) and his 1st wife Jane Anderson (d. 1667), and had
15) Sir RALPH MILBANKE, 4th Baronet of Halnaby, b. 6 Oct. 1688 Halnaby Hall, Croft-on-Tees, bap. 30 Oct. 1688 St Peter Church, Croft-on-Tees; d. 9 May 1748 St James Square, London, bur. 28 May 1748 St Peter Church, Croft-on-Tees; m. 2nd (contract 11 Sept.) 1721, ANNE DELAVAL, b. Dissington Hall, Newburn, Northumberland, bap. 8 Sept. 1702 St Michael Church, Newburn; d. 21 Mar. 1765 Marylebone, London, bur. 28 Mar. 1765 St Marylebone Parish Church, dau. of Edward Delaval of Dissington Hall (1664-1744, descended from Edward IV) and Mary Blake (1664-1711, descended from Edward III), and had
|Milbanke of Halnaby coat of arms|
18) ANNE ISABELLA MILBANKE [later NOEL], 11th Baroness Wentworth (1792-1860), wife of Lord Byron
|Table II from Ruvigny's Mortimer-Percy volume|
[*1] For Maud (née Percy) Ryther as a daughter of the 4th Earl of Northumberland, see one of my earliest blogposts, 'Who Was Dame Maud (née Percy) Ryther?' That Maud was the daughter of the 4th Earl of Northumberland is certain. And, given her first name, she appears to have been his youngest legitimate daughter by his wife Lady Maud Herbert. In Table II (p. 2) of his 1911 Mortimer-Percy volume, Ruvigny has "Catherine Percy," wife of "Ralph Rethers," as a daughter of Sir Thomas Percy (second son of the 5th Earl of Northumberland) and Eleanor Harbottle, with a question as to whether there was any issue of the "Percy-Rethers" marriage. This is completely incorrect: there was no Catherine Percy, and instead, Lady Maud Percy, wife of Sir Ralph Ryther, should take her place on Table II as a daughter of the 4th Earl of Northumberland, alongside her sisters Eleanor (Percy), Duchess of Buckingham, and Anne (Percy), Countess of Arundel.
|Wormeley of Riccall coat of arms|
Continuing with the Milbanke family, the next blogpost will explore the family of Admiral Mark Milbanke, great-uncle to the 11th Baroness Wentworth, and include some of his lines of descent from Edward III.