Re: Oldest gentry family?
- From: mjcar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: 4 Aug 2005 13:15:18 -0700
> Louis Epstein wrote:
> > So is it possible to determine Earl Ralph's present representative?
> The short answer is not strictly, since without the descent of a title,
> it is difficult to determine cadency.
> I am not certain which of the other two sons of Sir Bernard was the
> 2nd. Richard is often listed third, but he is the one most often
> mentioned in accounts. It is from him that the Tyrwhitt-Drakes, whom I
> mentioned, descend. Burke on-line traces as far as William Thomas
> Perceval Trywhitt-Drake, b. 1942, Lord of the Manor and Patron of the
> living of Amersham, though no male heir of him is listed. I hope the
> next edition will bring this up to date.
> So if one were to assert that he or his heir was the senior male
> representative of Earl Ralph, "for ought not seen," the challenge would
> be for someone to show evidence to the contrary.
> Charles E. F. Drake
Bill Tyrwhitt-Drake is still Lord and Patron of Amersham, and remains
active in local affairs although no longer resident here. I am pretty
sure he has a son (I know that when his father died in December 1996,
he left three grandsons, but I think at least some of them were by a
daughter rather than Bill's) - if you are interested, I can check and
get back to you.