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From: Brad Verity <>
Subject: Descents From Edward III For William Aislabie, M.P. 1721-81
Date: 28 May 2007 12:51:07 -0700

The Aislabies are a good example of a mercantile family marrying into
the Edward III bloodline in the mid-17th century. The family, which
may have originated and taken its name from the village of Aislaby in
county Durham, moved to York and grew very successful as merchants in
the flourishing Baltic trade that city experienced in the 15th and
16th centuries. By the beginning of the 17th century, merchant Robert
Aislabie (d. 1664) purchased a dwelling in Osgodby on the outskirts of
the city, and married Jane Barrett in 1616. Their son George Aislabie
(baptized at Hemingbrough 30 January 1618; killed 10 January 1675,
buried York Minster) was an active supporter of the royalist cause
during the civil wars and Commonwealth, and found a mentor in Accepted
Frewen, Archbishop of York from 1660 to 1664, who made George
principal registrar of the archepiscopal court, and appointed him his
receiver. George's first wife, a widow from Ripon, had died without
any children, and it was no doubt with the aid of the archbishop that
George made a splendid second marriage, in about 1662-63, to Mary
Mallory (baptized 21 October 1640; died 19 January 1683, buried York
Minster), eldest surviving daughter of Sir John Mallory of Studley
Royal, Yorks., royalist local war hero. At the time of her marriage,
Mary's father had been dead for over 5 years, her brother William was
a minor, and her widowed mother Dame Mary Mallory, who had come from a
York merchant family herself, must not have had a problem with a
daughter marrying a successful man of that class.

Though George was granted armorial bearings in October 1663 by Sir
Edward Walker, Garter King-of-Arms, he must have harbored
defensiveness about his mercantile roots and marrying "up", which
would lead to his tragic end. In 1667, Mary's brother William Mallory
died at age 19, and she and George stood to inherit the lion's share
of the substantial Mallory estate, though they stayed resident in
York, perhaps because her mother Dame Mary was still living on the
country estates. One night in January 1675, Mary's youngest sister
Jane Mallory (1645-1693) was being escorted back to the Aislabie house
in York (in Minster Yard, formerly the Treasurer's House, purchased by
George in 1663) from a party by Jonathan Jennings of Ripon, and for
some reason could not gain entrance, so Jennings escorted her to the
home of his brother-in-law instead. The following day, Jennings
commented to George Aislabie "that it was hard Sir John Mallory's
daughter must wait at George Aislabie's gates and not be admitted."
Jennings hit Aislabie where he hurt, a quarrel ensued which led to a
challenge. The duel outside the city gates took place on a Sunday
morning in January 1675, and Aislabie was killed. Jennings was
convicted of manslaughter, but managed to receive a pardon later that
year, though he never lived down the notoriety.

Tragedy continued to haunt the Aislabies: Mallory Aislabie, eldest son
of George and Mary, shot himself, while their third son (and eventual
heir to Studley Royal and several other Mallory estates) John Aislabie
ruined his promising career in Parliament by actively sponsoring the
mercantile South Sea Company scheme, which ended in disaster in 1720.
It was discovered John had accepted £20,000 from the company in
exchange for pushing their plan through Parliament, and he was
expelled from the House and forbidden to ever hold public office

John's son and heir William Aislabie (1700-1781) helped to salvage the
family reputation by being elected M.P. for Ripon in 1721, and sitting
for that borough in every Parliament until his death sixty years
later. He also purchased the remains of Fountains Abbey for £18,000
in 1768, adding it to the Aislabie estates. He married Lady Elizabeth
Cecil (1706-1733), daughter of the 6th Earl of Exeter, and their
descendants are covered in the Tudor volume of Ruvigny's 'Plantagenet
Roll'. As a compliment to that, William Aislabie's four descents from
Edward III thru Joan Beaufort are given below.

Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmorland (c.1379-1440), had 3 daughters
(A1, B1 & D1)

A1) Elizabeth Ferrers, Lady Greystoke (1393-1434), who had
A2) Eleanor Greystoke m. Sir Ralph Eure of Witton Castle (d. 1461),and
A3) Sir William Eure of Witton (1440-1484) m. 1)Margaret Constable,
and had
A4) Sir Ralph Eure of Witton (d. 1539) m. 1) 1482 Muriel Hastings (d.
by 1515), and had
A5) William Eure, 1st Lord Eure (c.1483-1548) m. Elizabeth Willoughby,
and had
A6) Sir Ralph Eure (1508-1545) m. Margery Bowes (descendant of Edward
III but not thru Joan Beaufort), and had
A7) William Eure, 2nd Lord Eure (1529-1594) m. 1548 Margaret Dymoke
(see B7 below), and had
A8) Anne Eure (by 1552-1627) m. c.1575 Sir John Mallory of Studley
Royal, Yorks. (1554-1619/20), and had
A9) William Mallory of Studley Royal (1578-1646) m. 1599 Alice
Bellingham (see C9 below), and had
A10) Sir John Mallory of Studley Royal (1610-1656) m. c.1638 Mary
Moseley (d. 1702), and had
A11) Mary Mallory (1640-1683) m. 1662/63 George Aislabie of York
(1618-1675), and had
A12) John Aislabie of Studley Royal (1670-1742) m. 1)1694 Anne
Rawlinson (d. 1701), and had
A13) William Aislabie of Studley Royal (1700-1781), M.P. 1721-81

B1) Mary Ferrers, Lady Neville of Oversley (1394-1458), who had
B2) John Neville of Oversley (d. 1482), who had
B3) Joan Neville m. Sir William Gascoigne of Gawthorpe, Yorks. (d.
1463), and had
B4) Sir William Gascoigne of Gawthorpe (c.1450-1487) m. Margaret Percy
(see D3 below), and had (with C5 below)
B5) Elizabeth Gascoigne (d. 1559) m. by 1493 George Tailboys, 9th Lord
Kyme (c.1467-1538), and had
B6) Anne Tailboys m. 1)by 1529 Sir Edward Dymoke of Scrivelsby, Lincs.
(by 1508-1567), and had
B7) Margaret Dymoke (d. 1591) m. 1548 William Eure, 2nd Lord Eure (see
A7 above)

C5) Anne Gascoigne m. Sir Thomas Fairfax of Gilling (c.1476-1520), and
C6) Sir Nicholas Fairfax of Gilling (c.1499-1571) m. 1) Jane Palmes,
and had
C7) Mary Fairfax m. Henry Curwen of Workington (d. 1597), and had
C8) Agnes Curwen m. Sir James Bellingham of Levens, Wstmrlnd (d.
1641), and had
C9) Alice Bellingham (d. 1611) m. 1599 William Mallory of Studley (see
A9 above)

D1) Eleanor Nevill, Countess of Northumberland (d. 1473), who had
D2) Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland (1421-1461), who had
D3) Margaret Percy m. Sir William Gascoigne (see B4 above)

Cheers, ------Brad

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