|Barker of Haughmond|
James Barker (d. 1570) died in the lifetime of his father, leaving four sons and two daughters. The eldest son, and heir to the Haughmond estate, was Rowland Barker (c.1549-99), who was educated as a gentleman at Oxford and Grays Inn, and served as High Sheriff in 1585. It was, however, one of the younger sons, Richard Barker (c.1554-1636), who made the greater mark in the world, becoming MP for Shrewsbury and a circuit judge in north Wales. Rowland Barker (d. 1599) left three sons, the eldest of whom, John Barker (1579-1618), was also MP for Shrewsbury. He and his wife had no children, but were evidently close, for when she died unexpectedly in March 1618 he was taken ill the following day and died a fortnight later. The Haughmond estate passed to John's next brother, Walter Barker (1580-1644), who was a Puritan and an active Parliamentarian at the outbreak of the Civil War. Little is known about his early career, although since he attended Grays Inn he may have worked as a lawyer in London before he came into the family estate. On his death he was succeeded by his only son, Rowland Barker (1622-46), who died unmarried just two years later. Haughmond then passed to the third and youngest son of Rowland Barker (d. 1599), William Barker (1581-1652), who was a London merchant and evidently a Royalist supporter. At the time of the Second Civil War in 1648 his property was seized by the Shropshire County Committee and his tenants were ordered to pay their rents to the Committee rather than to Barker. The majority of the tenants, however, had other ideas, and quietly went on paying them to Barker. Somewhat surprisingly, this seems to have escaped official notice for almost four years, until Barker applied to recover his estate under the Act of Oblivion. It was then discovered that the proper procedures for sequestrating the estate had not been followed in 1648, and not only was Barker able to recover the estate without compensation, he evidently got to keep the rents. Unfortunately, both William and his son and heir apparent, Thomas Barker (c.1613-52) died before this matter had been sorted out, and it was actually William's grandson, John Barker (d. 1661), who recovered the estates. He died unmarried, and with his death the male line of the Barkers ended. The estates were divided between his sisters, Amy Kynaston (d. 1672) and Sarah, Lady Coke (d. 1686), although on the death of Lady Coke and her husband without issue the two moieties were reunited in the possession of the Kynaston family. Haughmond, which may have been damaged by fire during the Civil War, passed out of gentry occupation, and became a farmhouse on their estate.
William Barker (d. 1564), the younger brother of John Barker (d. 1572) of Wollerton, inherited his father's lease of Colehurst and also seems to have taken a long lease of Hopton Castle by 1554 at the latest. He had two recorded sons, William Barker (d. 1590?) and John Barker (1518-72), who inherited Hopton and Colehurst respectively. John's descendants George Barker (1544-1619), Andrew Barker (1578-1645) and George Barker (1601-81) inherited Colehurst in turn, but at some point in the early 17th century they appear to have moved to Longslow, a farm just outside Market Drayton. The circumstances of this are obscure, but it would seem that the present 17th century Colehurst Manor was almost certainly built after they left. The history of Hopton Castle is almost equally obscure: William Barker (d. 1590?) was succeeded by his second son John Barker (1553-1607), who became a merchant in Bristol, and Hopton may have been largely unoccupied by the end of the 16th century. In the Civil War it was the scene of one of the most barbaric acts of the conflict, when a Parliamentarian garrison was besieged there and executed after surrendering. The castle was apparently made habitable again after the siege but was finally abandoned about 1700. The Barkers seem to have had no connection with the castle by the time of the Civil War, and remained in Bristol in the 17th century. They were the immediate ancestor of the Barkers (later Raymond-Barkers) of Fairford Park.
Haughmond Abbey, Shropshire
|Haughmond Abbey: Samuel & Nathaniel Buck's view of the abbey ruins from the west in the 1730s. They have taken some liberties with the topography of the site to show the bay window of the abbot's lodgings (right) from this angle.|
|Haughmond Abbey: ground plan. Crown Copyright.|
The medieval abbey builders were significantly constrained in the layout of the monastery by the site on a west-facing hillside, and were obliged to adapt the standard monastic plan, so that whilst the church stood in its usual position at the north end of the complex, the other buildings were built around two cloisters to its south, with the larger northern one being the usual formal arcaded square and the southern one being a more irregular shape. At the south end of the site was the abbot's lodging, which consisted of a large ashlar-faced early 14th century hall occupying the south side of the south cloister, with an earlier rubble-built range at right-angles to it on the east side and projecting further to its south, which was adapted to private parlours and chambers when it was incorporated into the abbot's lodging. The south end of the chamber range was given a two-storey five-sided bay window by Richard Pontesbury, one of the last abbots (in office 1488-c.1521). The hall, which was some 78 feet long by 35 feet wide, was a particularly impressive one for its date, and stood comparison with anything in the area except perhaps for the halls of Ludlow Castle and Stokesay Castle.
|Haughmond Abbey: an early postcard showing the abbot's lodging buildings from the south-east, c.1910.|
|Haughmond Abbey: the interior of the chamber range in the early 20th century.|
Descent: Crown sold 1540 to Edward Littleton of Pillaton (Staffs); sold 1542 to Sir Rowland Hill (c.1495-1561), who gave it in 1548 to his nephew James Barker (d. 1570); to son, Rowland Barker (c.1549-99); to son, John Barker (1579-1618); to brother Walter Barker (1580-1644); to son, Rowland Barker (1622-46); to uncle, William Barker (1581-1652); to son, Thomas Barker (c.1613-52); to son, John Barker (d. 1661); to cousins, Amy (1638-72), wife of Edward Kynaston (1641-93) and Sarah (1641-86), wife of Sir Robert Coke (1645-88), 2nd bt., who partitioned the estate in 1668 with the Abbey demesne passing to Sarah, but on her death without issue the whole reverted to Edward Kynaston and descended to his son John Kynaston (1664-1733); to son, Corbet Kynaston (1690-1740); to kinsman, John Corbet (d. 1759) of Sundorne Castle; to son, John Corbet (d. 1817); to son, Andrew William Corbet (1801-56); to brother, Dryden Robert Corbet (1805-59); to sister, Annabella (d. 1864), wife of Sir Theodore Brinkman; to kinsman, Rev. John Dryden Pigot (d. 1865); to son, Rev. John Dryden Pigot (later Pigot-Corbet) (1808-89); to brother, Canon George William Pigot (later Corbet) (1824-1906); to son, Hugh Dryden Corbet (1873-1936); to daughter, Mrs. I.G.C. Scott; transferred to Ministry of Public Buildings & Works, 1931 (now English Heritage).
Colehurst Manor, Market Drayton, ShropshireA large half-timbered H-plan house, variously dated from c.1600 to the 1670s. Although the perfect symmetry of the front and the ornamental patterning of the timberwork suggests a later rather than an earlier building, a date after the Civil War seems improbable. The property was held in the 16th and early 17th centuries by the Barker family on a long lease from the Corbets, but they seem to have given up the lease around 1620, and it may be that the present house was built around that time.
|Colehurst Manor: entrance front|
Descent: leasehold tenants William Barker (d. 1563); to son, John Barker (1518-xx); to son, George Barker (1544-99); to son Andrew Barker (1578-1617); to son, George Barker, who gave up the lease c.1620; freehold sold 1656 to Jethro Tull; sold 1673 to William? Cotton of Bellaport; to Ralph Cotton (1674-1753); to son, William Cotton (1700-76); to son William Cotton (1740-1819); sold after much legal dispute to Purney Sillitoe (1772-1855); to Martin Harcourt Griffin of Pell Wall; sold 1902 to brother, Heneage Griffin (d. 1939); to niece, Annie Sophie Cory...sold c.1950... sold 1989 to Bjorn Teksnes (d. 2013); sold 2017.
Hopton Castle, ShropshireA medieval castle which now consists of a substantial stone keep of c.1300, probably built for Walter de Hopton, and the earthworks of other and perhaps earlier buildings; the first fortification on the site is thought to have been a motte and bailey castle of the 11th or 12th century. The interior of the tower consisted of two principal rooms, one above the other, both of which were heated, and which were connected by a newel stair in the south-west turret. The other angle-turrets housed closets, so the function of the tower seems to have been largely domestic rather than defensive.
|Hopton Castle: the keep. Image: Ostrich. Some rights reserved.|
At the outbreak of the Civil War, the house was garrisoned for Parliament by Robert Wallop with a force of about thirty men. In February 1644 it was besieged by the Royalists, who eventually managed to force a breach in the walls and prepared to storm it. The garrison then surrendered, but instead of being given quarter as they expected, all of them except for the commander, Samuel More, were reputedly executed in a barbarous fashion. More subsequently made a great deal of valuable propaganda out of the event. The castle remained in use as a house until about 1700 but was then abandoned.
Barker family of Haughmond Abbey
(1) John Barker (d. 1572) (q.v.);
(2) William Barker (d. 1564) [for whom see below, Barker family of Colehurst Manor].
He lived at Colehurst in Market Drayton (Shrops.).
His date of death is unknown. His wife was probably the person of this name buried at Hopton Castle, 13 May 1554.
(1) James Barker (d. 1570) (q.v.);
(2) Edward Barker (d. 1558); married, c.1549, Katherine (c.1535-1600), daughter of Ralph Egerton of Wrinhill (Shrops.) and had issue one son and two daughters; died 1558; his son Rowland was a beneficiary in the will of Sir Rowland Hill, receiving three estates (Wollerton, Betton and High Hatton), all of which he sold in 1593;
(3) Alice Barker (c.1524-1603); inherited Stoneleigh Abbey (Warks) from Sir Rowland Hill; she married Sir Thomas Leigh (c.1504-71) of Adlestrop (Glos), Lord Mayor of London, and had issue three sons and four daughters; died 1603;
(4) A daughter; married [forename unknown] Sutton;
(5) A daughter; married W. Bentley;
(6) Joan Barker; married [forename unknown] Bradshawe.
He lived at Wollerton in Hodnet (Shrops).
He was buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 24 May 1572. His wife is said to have died in 1539.
(1) Rowland Barker (c.1549-99) (q.v.);
(2) Richard Barker (c.1554-1636); educated at Shrewsbury School (admitted 1563), Barnard's Inn (reader 1583/4) and Grays Inn (admitted 1569; called 1576; reader, 1594; bencher, 1595; treasurer, 1595-96); he was appointed tutor to Anthony and Francis Bacon, the youngest sons of Sir Nicholas Bacon (1510-79), kt., during their time at Grays Inn; freeman of Shrewsbury, c.1580; MP for Shrewsbury, 1584, 1604-13; JP for Shropshire, 1597-1636 and also for Anglesey, Caernarvonshire and Merionethshire, 1602-15, for Denbighshire, 1613-15 and for Montgomeryshire, 1614-15; member of the Council in the Marches of Wales, 1601-15; Recorder of Shrewsbury, 1603-13 or later; Justice of Assizes (North Wales circuit), 1602-10; Chief Justice, 1610-15; married, 1583, Dorothy, daughter and co-heir of William Poyner of Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, and had issue two sons and three daughters; buried at Wroxeter, 9 December 1636;
(3) James Barker (d. 1587); married, 15 May 1575 at St Julian, Shrewsbury, Elizabeth (d. 1600), daughter of Edward/Edmund Weale and widow of Roger Baker (d. 1573), and had issue two sons and three daughters; buried at St Julian, Shrewsbury, 1587;
(4) John Barker (d. 1622?); possibly the man of this name buried at High Ercall, 25 April 1622;
(5) Mary Barker; married Nicholas Chambers and had issue two sons and two daughters;
(6) Margaret Barker (d. 1617); married Andrew Charleton (d. 1617) of Apley Castle and had issue five sons and seven daughters; buried at Lee Brockhurst (Shrops.), 3 January 1617/8.
He was granted Sir Rowland Hill's property at Haughmond, Uffington, Albrightlee, Haughton, Withington, Norton, Uckington and Walcot, together with the Upton Magna property which Hill had bought from the Earl of Arundel at the time of his marriage in 1548. Haughmond Abbey was the centre of this estate. He seems to have lived partly or mainly at his father's house at Wollerton.
He died 1 July and was buried at Upton Magna, 6 July 1570; administration of his goods was granted to his eldest son, 4 May 1571. His wife's date of death is unknown.
(1.1) Frances Barker (c.1577-97); married, 3 January 1595/6 at Uffington, Sir Edward Fox (b. 1578; fl. 1623), of Ludlow and later of Guernego (Montgomerys.) (who m2, Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir Charles Somerset and had issue three sons, and m3, Catherine, daughter of Sir John Thynne of Longleat (Wilts) and widow of Sir Walter Long), but died without issue, 1597;
(1.2) John Barker (1579-1618) (q.v.);
(1.3) Walter Barker (1580-1644) (q.v.)
(1.4) William Barker (1581-1652) (q.v.).
He inherited the Haughmond Abbey estate from his father in 1570.
He was buried at Upton Magna (Shrops.), 5 July 1599; will proved in the PCC, 2 May 1600. His first wife's date of death is unknown. His widow died in 1612; her will was proved in the PCC, 18 December 1612.
He inherited the Haughmond Abbey estate from his father in 1599.
He died, apparently of shock at his wife's death, and was buried at Wroxeter, 28 March 1618; his wife died 12 March and was buried at Wroxeter, where they are commemorated by a monument, 16 March 1618.
Barker, Walter (1580-1644). Second son of Rowland Barker (c.1549-99) and his wife Cicely, daughter of Andrew Charleton of Apley Castle (Shrops.), baptised at Uffington, 16 February 1579/80. Educated at University College, Oxford (matriculated 1599) and Grays Inn (admitted 1601). High Sheriff of Shropshire, 1621. In 1625 he was granted a general pardon by Charles I for a range of previous offences. He was apparently a Puritan and an active Parliamentarian in the Civil War, and was appointed DL by Parliament, 1642. He was briefly detained by the Royalists garrisoning Shrewsbury when he tried to send a large sum of money down the River Severn to the Parliamentarians at Bristol and it was intercepted. He married, 10 October 1619 at Condover (Shrops.), Ursula (1587-1629), daughter of William Elkin, alderman of London and widow of Sir Roger Owen (d. 1617), kt., of Condover Hall (Shrops.), and had issue:
(1) Elizabeth Barker (b. 1620), baptised at Condover, 24 August 1620; married Robert Powell (c.1600-54) of Park Hall, Whittington (Shrops.) (who m2, Rachel, daughter of Sir Cecil Trafford), son of Thomas Powell of Park Hall, but had no issue;
(2) Rowland Barker (1622-46) (q.v.);
(3) Cecily Barker (1626-54), said to have been born 27 April 1626; married, c.1651, Col. Henry Mildmay MP (1619-92) of Graces, Little Baddow (Essex), a leading Parliamentarian (who m2, 1657, Mary (d. 1715), daughter of Robert Mildmay of Moulsham (Essex) and had further issue four sons and five daughters), son of Sir Henry Mildmay, kt., and had issue one son and three daughters; will proved 27 January 1654/5;
(4) Anne Barker (c.1627-54), third daughter, born about 1627; died unmarried; will proved in the PCC, 3 February 1654;
(5) Ursula Barker (1629-88), said to have been born 20 April 1629; married, 7 February 1653 at St Matthew, Friday St., London, John Cardrow of London, and had issue; lived latterly at Enfield (Middx); buried at St Ann, Blackfriars, London, 9 April 1688; will proved 10 April 1688.
He inherited the Haughmond Abbey estate from his elder brother in 1618.
He died 15 June 1644 and was buried at Upton Magna, where he is commemorated by a monument erected at a cost of £200 under the will of his daughter Anne. His wife was buried at Condover, 7 May 1629.
He inherited the Haughmond Abbey estate from his father in 1644.
He died in 1646.
(1) Thomas Barker (c.1613-52) (q.v.);
(2) James Barker (b. 1615?), perhaps the person of that name baptised at St Andrew Undershaft, London, 2 April 1615;
(3) Hannah Barker (d. 1649); died unmarried and was buried at Uffington, 29 July 1649;
(4) Elizabeth Barker (b. 1612?), perhaps the person of that name baptised at St Andrew Undershaft, London, 30 August 1612;
(5) Margaret Barker; married [forename unknown] Owen, and had issue one son (who married twice).
He inherited the Haughmond Abbey estate from his nephew in 1646.
He was buried at St. Alkmund, Shrewsbury, 4 September 1652. His wife was presumably the Mrs Barker of Albrightlee buried at St Alkmund, Shrewsbury, 8 September 1644.
(1) Amy Barker (1638-72), baptised at Astley chapel, 13 November 1638 (but entered in the register of St Alkmund, Shrewsbury); married c.1661, Edward Kynaston (1641-93) of Hordley and had issue six sons and two daughters; buried 9 June 1672;
(2) John Barker (c.1640-61) (q.v.);
(3) Sarah Barker (1641-86), baptised at St Alkmund, Shrewsbury, 15 June 1641; married, 1663 (settlement 2 September), Sir Robert Coke (1645-88), 2nd bt., of Longford (Derbys), but had no issue; buried 13 February 1686.
He lived at Albrightlee near Shrewsbury.
He died in the lifetime of his father on 10 May and was buried at St Alkmund, Shrewsbury, 19 May 1652. His widow was buried at Upton Magna (Shrops.), 24 September 1666.
He inherited the Haughmond Abbey estate from his grandfather in 1652. At his death his property passed to his sisters Amy Kynaston and Sarah, Lady Coke.
He was buried at St. Alkmund, Shrewsbury, 15 June 1661.
Barker family of Colehurst Manor
(1) William Barker [for whom see Barker family of Hopton Castle below]
(2) John Barker (1518-72) (q.v.).
He inherited Colehurst Manor from his father and apparently purchased a long lease of Hopton Castle before 1554.
He was buried at Hopton Castle, 9 March 1563/4. His wife's date of death is unknown.
(1) George Barker (1544-1619) (q.v.);
(2) Jane Barker; married Nicholas Brograve of Wappenham (Northants), third son of William Brograve of Wappenham, and had issue five sons;
(3) Katherine Barker; married William Vessey;
(4) Dorothy Barker; married Adam Manwering of Highhouse;
(5) Mary Barker (d. 1560); buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 11 December 1560.
He inherited Colehurst Manor from his father in 1563.
He was buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 24 May 1572. His wife was buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 28 December 1561.
(1.1) Andrew Barker (1578-1645) (q.v.);
(1.2) Robert Barker; married Katherine, daughter of George Ackworthe of Kent, and had issue six sons and three daughters;
(1.3) Elizabeth Barker; married, 2 March 1590 at Drayton-in-Hales, Ralph Bulkeley, probably son of William Bulkeley of Woore (Shrops.) and great-nephew of Sir Rowland Hill;
(1.4) Margaret Barker; married William Griffith; living in 1623;
(2.1) Anne Barker (1582-1664), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 1 May 1582; married, 2 November 1596 at Drayton-in-Hales, Thomas Unton MP (1581-after 1623), only son of William Unton of Market Drayton (Shrops.), and had issue at least two sons; buried 25 October 1664;
(2.2) Isabel Barker (b. 1583), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 29 September 1583; married Arthur Ward (fl. 1623); living in 1623;
(2.3) John Barker (1585-1650), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 11 July 1585; married Joan alias Jane (d. 1630), daughter of George Southern of Fitz (Shrops.), and had issue; buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 18 August 1650.
He inherited Colehurst Manor from his father.
He was buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 19 September 1619. His first wife was buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 23 July 1579. His widow was buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 3 January 1623 and her will was proved at Lichfield, 1623.
(1.1) George Barker (1601-81) (q.v.);
(1.2) John Barker (b. 1603), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 3 April 1603; perhaps the man of this name educated at Clare College, Cambridge (mat. 1620; BA 1623/4);
(1.3) Thomas Barker (1604-39), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 5 August 1604; died unmarried? and was buried there 31 March 1639;
(2.1) A daughter (b. & d. 1607); died unbaptised and was buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 28 October 1607;
(2.2) Isabella Barker (b. 1608), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 4 December 1608.
He probably inherited Colehurst Manor from his father in 1619 but if so gave up the lease; he seems to have lived at Longslow near Market Drayton.
He was buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 12 December 1645. His first wife was buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 16 January 1606. His second wife's date of death is unknown. His third wife was buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 6 August 1635.
(1) John Barker (b. 1627), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 13 May 1627;
(2) Thomas Barker (b. 1629), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 8 February 1628/9; married (perhaps at Shrewsbury, 15 January 1666), Jane Davis (d. 1689), and had issue;
(3) George Barker (1630-59), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 11 April 1630; married Margaret [surname unknown] and had issue two sons (who died in infancy) and one daughter; buried at Stoke-upon-Tern, 5 November 1659;
(4) William Barker (b. 1631), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 22 January 1632;
(5) Joseph Barker (b. & d. 1632), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 4 November 1632; died in infancy and was buried in the same place, 20 November 1632;
(6) Jane Barker (1633-95), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 13 June 1633; died unmarried, 30 August 1695;
(7) Arthur Barker (b. & d. 1635),baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 8 February 1635; died in infancy and was buried in the same place, 1 April 1635;
(8) Richard Barker (b. 1636), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 3 April 1636;
(9) Rowland Barker (b. & d. 1639), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 23 July 1639; died in infancy and was buried in the same place, 11 August 1639;
(10) Charles Barker (b. 1641), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 30 May 1641;
(11) Elizabeth Barker (b. 1643; fl. 1695), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 5 February 1643; living, unmarried, in 1695;
(12) Mary Barker (1645-49); baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 20 May 1645; died young and was buried in the same place, 25 June 1649;
(13) Andrew Barker (b. 1647), baptised at Drayton-in-Hales, 8 July 1647.
He lived at Longslow near Market Drayton.
He was buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 6 January 1681/2. His wife was buried at Drayton-in-Hales, 30 April 1668.
Barker family of Hopton Castle
(1) Dr. Thomas Barker (1551-1617), baptised at Hopton Castle, 5 January 1550/1; doctor of medicine; in practice in London from c.1594; physician to Charterhouse Hospital in 1604 and in the service of Queen Anne of Denmark; married Anne, daughter of Thomas Lloyd of Monmouthshire, and had issue (including Dr. William Barker MD, who was also physician to Charterhouse Hospital and to Queen Anne of Denmark); died 20 August 1617;
(2) John Barker (1553-1607) (q.v.);
(3) Dorothy Barker (b. 1555), baptised at Hopton Castle, 27 July 1555; married, 20 February 1581/2, Francis Holland of Burwarton, and had issue;
(4) Andrew Barker (d. 1577); merchant in Bristol in partnership with his brother John, and engaged in hazardous trade with the Spanish colonies; after one of his ships was seized by the Inquisition and only released on the payment of a fine equal to the whole value of the cargo, he turned privateer and fitted out two vessels which took several prizes and collected quite a lot of booty; discipline among his men then broke down and they mutinied and stranded him and a party of loyal followers on the shore of the Gulf of Honduras, where they were surprised by the Spanish and eight or nine men, including Barker, were killed; he was unmarried and without issue;
He inherited or purchased a lease of Hopton Castle.
He is said to have died 30 October 1590. His wife's date of death is unknown.
(1) Joyce Barker; married 1st, 8 August 1601, William Bigges, and had issue; m2. 1607, Edward Hayles and m3, before 1623, Andrew Charleton of Apley Castle;
(2) John Barker (1584-1636) (q.v.);
(3) Elizabeth Barker;
(4) William Barker;
(5) Andrew Barker;
(6) Mary Barker; married Richard Longe;
(7) Grace Barker;
(8) Anne Barker;
(9) Robert Barker (b. c.1589); educated at Oriel College, Oxford (matriculated 1604); died without issue;
(10) Thomas Barker; merchant in Bristol; married Sarah, daughter of Richard Hawkins, and had issue three children who were living in 1636; living in 1636.
He inherited the lease of Hopton Castle from his father but may have given it up.
He died 13 September 1607; his will was proved 21 November 1607. His widow was buried with her husband at St Werburgh's church, Bristol, 10 November 1618, where they were commemorated by a monument.
(1.1) Elizabeth Barker (d. 1669); married, c.1630, John Gunning (1599-1662), merchant and mayor of Bristol, later of Cold Ashton Manor, and had issue two sons and three daughters; buried at St Werburgh, Bristol, 23 December 1669;
(1.2) John Barker (b. c.1613); educated at Lincoln College, Oxford (matriculated 1631, aged 17); inherited the manor of Southmead and a house in Small St., Bristol, from his father;
(1.3) Mary Barker; married either Richard Lock of Bristol, merchant, or Matthew Rogers;
(1.4) Joyce Barker; married either Matthew Rogers of Richard Lock of Bristol, merchant;
(1.5) Grace Barker; married 14 April 1633 at St Werburgh, Bristol, Edward Yeamans of Bristol and had issue five sons and three daughters;
(1.6) Andrew Barker (c.1618-1700) [for whom see my earlier post on the Barker and Raymond-Barker family of Fairford];
(1.7) Anne Barker; unmarried in 1636;
(2.1) William Barker; living in 1636; inherited his father's lease of 1/16th of the prisage of wines in Bristol;
(2.2) Edith Barker; unmarried in 1636.
If he inherited the lease of Hopton Castle from his father in 1607 he gave it up soon afterwards. He lived chiefly in Bristol but also had a house at Alderley (Glos), where he bought the manor in 1636 (it was sold again by his son Andrew in 1656). His property included the manor of Southmead in Westbury-on-Trym (Glos), and a farm at Brislington (Somerset).
He was buried at St Werburgh, Bristol, 8 April 1636; his will was proved 13 June 1636. His first wife died in 1625. His widow's date of death is unknown.
SourcesA. Ruscoe, Landed Estates and the Gentry: vol. 1, Haughmond and Grinshill areas, 2nd edn., 1999, pp. 5-10; ibid, vol. 2, High Ercall and Hodnet areas, pp. 79-80; and ibid, vol. 3: Market Drayton Area, 1999, pp. 78-80; A. Emery, Greater medieval houses of England & Wales: vol. 2, 2000, pp. 545-47; English Heritage, Haughmond Abbey: archaeological investigation report, 2003; J. Newman & Sir N. Pevsner, The buildings of England: Shropshire, 2006, pp. 285-90, 308, 618.
Location of archivesNo substantial accumulation of records is known to survive. There are some deeds and other records among the Corbet of Sundorne papers in Shropshire Archives.
Coat of armsGules, a fesse chequy, or and azure, between six annulets of the second.
Can you help?
- Can anyone provide fuller or firmer genealogical information about this family, and particular its earlier generations?
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- As always, any additions or corrections to the account given above will be gratefully received and incorporated.