Sir Thomas Gerard, I, Kt.

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Thomas Gerard, I

Also Known As: "Sir Thomas de Bryn"
Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Bryn, Lancashire, England
Death: November 7, 1523 (35)
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England (Died during the Battle of Berwick.)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Peter Gerrard, Of Bryn Kings and Margaret Gerrard
Husband of Margery Gerard (Trafford)
Father of Sir Thomas Gerard, MP; Sir William Gerrard, Lord Chancellor of Ireland; Elizabeth Radcliffe; Ann Lever and Margaret Gerard, of Bryn
Brother of Jane Leigh; Margaret Stanley; Elizabeth Morindin; Alice Gerard; Richard Ryon Garard and 1 other

Occupation: Hero of Flodden Field
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About Sir Thomas Gerard, I, Kt.

Thomas Gerard

  • Baptised -
  • Burial - 1510
  • Father - Peter Gerard
  • Mother - Margaret Stanley
  • Married - Margaret daughter of Sir Edmund Trafford

Issue -

  • Thomas II born 1512
  • Margaret - married Peter Legh of Lyme
  • Catherine - married 1552 Thomas Hoghton of Hoghton Tower
  • Elizabeth - married Richard Bold of Bold
  • Anne - married Richard Assherton of Middleton
  • William 19 JUN 1518

DL 41/257 Facts from the 1510 Post Mortem Inquisition of Thomas Gerard. Ref. 6 .

  • At Lancaster
  • William Smith
  • Thomas Gerard
  • Ashton in Makerfield, Wyndill, Garston, Skelmasdale, Kirkby, Sutton, Melling, Golbourne
  • Peter Gerard and Margaret
  • William Stanley of Hooton, John Ashton, Peter Legh
  • Richard Langton, Robert Charnock, Roger Gerard, James Strangways, Peter Warburton,


  • 6. Duchy of Lancaster: Court of Duchy Chamber: Pleadings, Depositions and Examinations, Series.II. Public Record Office Online Catalogue PROCAT

ID: I116109

  • Name: Sir Thomas Bryn [@] Gerard
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 9 JAN 1487 in Newhall, Ashton, Under Lym, Lancashire, England
  • Death: 17 NOV 1523 in Berwick, Scotland
  • Father: Peter Gerard b: AFT 1450
  • Mother: Margaret [@] de Stanley b: ABT 1462

Marriage 1 Margaret [@] de Trafford b: 6 JUN 1470 in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

  • Married: 22 JUN 1515 in Ponty Pool, Gwent, Wales


  • 1. Has Children William [@] Gerard b: 19 JUN 1518 in Newhall, Ashton, Under Lym, Lancashire, England


"Of Kingsley and Bryn, Chester and Lancaster, England"


14. THOMAS GERARD, Knt., of Bryn (in Ashton-in-Makerfield), Brindle, Ashton (in Winwick), and Rainhill, Windle, and Windleshaw (all in Prescot), Kirkby, and Skelmersdale, Lancashire, Woore, Shropshire, Bromley, Staffordshire, son and heir, born about 1488 (aged 6 in 1494). He married before 19 August 1511 (date of property settlement) MARGERY TRAFFORD, widow of Nicholas Longford, of Longford, Derbyshire, and daughter of Edmund Trafford, Knt., K.B., by Margaret (descendant of King Edward I), daughter of John Savage, K.G. (descendant iof King Henry II) [see TRAFFORD 13 for her ancestry]. They had five sons, Thomas, Knt., Peter, William, Gent., Henry, and James, and four daughters, Margaret (wife of Peter Legh, Knt.), Katherine (wife of Thomas Houghton, Esq.), Elizabeth (wife of Richard Bold, Esq.), and Anne (wife of Richard Assheton, Esq.), SIR THOMAS GERARD was slain fighting the Scots at Berwick-upon-Tweed 7 Nov. 1523 (his will dated 13 Sep. 1522). His widow, Margery, married (3rd) JOHN PORT (or PORTE), Knt., of Etwall, Derbyshire, Justice of the King's Bench (died testate shortly before 22 March 1539/40). She died 10 May 1540, leaving a will dated 30 April 1540, proved 5 June 1540, requesting burial in the church of Etwall, Derbyshire with her 3rd husband. Children of Thomas Gerard, Knt., by Margery Trafford: ' i. THOMAS GERARD, Knt., of Bryn (in Ashton-in-Makerfield), Lancashire, married JANE LEGH [see LEGH 15].

  • *A SON can't be OLDER than his father**

If William Gerrard was born in 1509, Down, Ireland he CAN'T possibly be the son of Thomas Gerard who was born in England in 1580.

I have seen several family trees on a genealogy site which connects William with Thomas. They might be related not as father and son.

Sir Thomas Gerard sold his interest in the Kingsley estates of the family, (fn. 35) and purchased the other third part of the manor of Ashton from John Atherton, thus becoming sole lord. (fn. 36) His wife was the heiress of Sir John Port of Etwall in Derbyshire, and this manor-house became a favourite residence of the family. (fn. 37) After a brief period of compliance he became conspicuous for his resistance to the religion established by Elizabeth, and suffered accordingly. He was sent to the Tower in 1571, perhaps being suspected of a share in the rising of the previous year or for sympathy with Mary Queen of Scots; his release is said to have been purchased by the surrender of Bromley to Sir Gilbert Gerard, Master of the Rolls. (fn. 38) He was again committed to the Tower in 1586, but liberated about three years later, having been induced to give evidence against Philip Earl of Arundel, then in the Tower also, to the effect that he had prayed for the success of the Spaniards. (fn. 39) In 1590 he was reported as having 'made show of conformity' while in Lancashire, but was 'in general note of evil affection' in religion. (fn. 40) His younger son John became a Jesuit, and laboured in England until the storm aroused by the Gunpowder Plot, when he escaped to Belgium, and became the chief agent in the foundation of the English College at Liège. (fn. 41)

Sir Thomas Gerard is said to have died in September 1601. (fn. 42) His son Thomas, made a knight in 1603, and a baronet in 1611, succeeded him. (fn. 43) Like his father, he was in 1590 reported as 'of evil affection in religion'; his wife Cecily was then a 'recusant and indicted thereof.' (fn. 44) He died at the beginning of 1621, holding the manors of Ashton and Windle in Lancashire, and Etwall and Hardwick in Derbyshire; the tenure of Ashton was stated to be 'in free socage, by fealty only.' His heir was his son Thomas, aged thirty-six and more. (fn. 45) This Sir Thomas, second baronet, was succeeded in 1630 (fn. 46) by his son Sir William Gerard, who warmly espoused the king's cause at the outbreak of the Civil War, (fn. 47) and was appointed governor of Denbigh Castle; he sold the Derbyshire estates to provide money for the campaign. (fn. 48)

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Sir Thomas Gerard, I, Kt.'s Timeline

January 4, 1488
Bryn, Lancashire, England
Age 24
Bryn, West Derby, Lancashire, England
June 19, 1518
Age 30
Staffordshire, England
Age 32
Age 34
Ches Bryn, Lancashire, , England
November 7, 1523
Age 35
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England