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Principal Internet sources
The Succinct Genealogy of the House of Mordaunt was a family history written by Henry Mordaunt, 2nd Earl of Peterborough, and published in 1685 under the pseudonym Robert Halstead. It gives an account of each of the eldest sons and after a few early concoctions to give the family the "prestige" of a Conquest pedigree, may be assumed to be reasonably accurate for Tudor and Stuart periods.
British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Much of the following is extracted, with minor editing, from the pages on 'Parishes: Turvey'.
While Turvey remained the home base, other manors and estates passed in and out of Mordaunt hands in this period as family wealth and prestige increased. As well as Turvey and Steppingley, family references can now be found in the records of properties from Yorkshire and Lancashire in the north to Hampshire, Sussex and Kent on the south coast. These include: Carlton and Steppingly in Bedfordshire, Burston (Aston Abbots), Chesham, Ellesborough, Emberton and Lavendon in Buckinghamshire, Comberton in Cambridgeshire, Grateley in Hampshire, Kimpton and Shephall in Hertfordshire, Buckworth in Huntingdonshire, Hackney in London, Earls Barton, Great Addington, Hardwick, Islip, Lowick, Ringstead and Slipton in Northamptonshire and others.
The Visitations of Bedfordshire were carried out in 1566, 1582 and 1634 by or on behalf the Clarenceux Kings of Arms for those years respectively. They contain lists and pedigrees of the knights and gentry of the county. A recent Clarenceux King of Arms has apparently cast doubt on the overall accuracy but many other lists also have inaccuracies. Without evidence to the contrary, I have followed the Visitation pedigrees. They are available for a modest price on www.worldvitalrecords.com and to purchase from various Internet sites
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography provides 56,521 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2004.
www.tudorplace.com.ar is a labour of love by its webmaster, Jorge Castillo, who wrote to me that he acquired all the information for the site from the Internet but could not remember the precise sources of all the information.
The Tudor dynasty provided the kings and queens of England 1485 - 1603, the Stuart dynasty from 1603 - 1715.
William Mordaunt, as seen on the previous (1197 - 1475) page, was much lauded by Halstead for restoring the family fortunes. This was clearly built upon by the two sons, John and William.
Sir John Mordaunt and the Barons of Turvey, 1475 - late 1600s
All Saints Church, Turvey
Sir John Mordaunt and his wife
Tomb of John, 1st Lord Mordaunt and his wife
John, 1st Lord Mordaunt and his wife
John, 2nd Lord Mordaunt and his two wives
Tomb of Lewis, 3rd Lord Mordaunt
Memorial to a faithful servant
- Sir John Mordaunt (? - 10th September 1504), William's elder son, succeeded to Turvey Manor about 1475. Halstead paints a martial portrait but this may have been exagerated and that his rise to prominence was more through the Law. It seems that the Law was the main profession of many of the Mordaunts of the Tudor period, many studying at the Middle Temple. A brief biography is included in the the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography He married Edith Latimer. Their elder/eldest son
- William Mordaunt died shortly after, leaving his younger brother the heir.
- John Mordaunt (1480/85 - 18 August 1562). He was admitted to the Middle Temple on 3rd July 1503 and then rose high in favour at the court of Henry VIII.
He was knighted in 1520, and the same year accompanied Henry to the Field of the Cloth of Gold. In 1533 he was created Baron Mordaunt of Turvey. He received Anne Boleyn at the Tower when she came to be crowned, and took part in her trial three years later, and in 1537 carried the banner at Jane Seymour's funeral. He married Elizabeth Vere. He died in 1562, succeeded by his son, John. His wife also seems to have died in 1562. The same reference records the purchase of much embroidery such as may be needed by a new Lord, her son.
A more complete account of the life of John Mordaunt, 1st Baron, is given in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Painted c.1550. From the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.
According to the www.tudorplace.com website they had perhaps 11 children including:
- Anne Mordaunt (abt 1506 - ?). There is confusion between sources. Halstead simply listed her as married to John Fisher. Using the Visitations and other sources I know not what, www.stirnet.com has that she married 1. John Rodney and 2. John Fisher. However, the will of John Rodney, dated 1548, refers to his late wife Ann, which must reverse the order of marriage. Curiously the Will apparently placed their daughter
John Rodney was also a godfather of William and Dorothy Fettyplace, presumably his wife's nephew and niece, two of the children of Margaret, below.
- Elizabeth Rodney under the guardianship of her bachelor uncle Edmund Mordaunt. Other children are named and placed under the guardianship of their father's sister.
- John Lord Mordaunt (1508 - 1571), (second Baron) succeeded his father, John, to Turvey Manor.
In 1562 He would required new livery and the diary of Henry Machyn, his tailor has miraculously survived, who also noted that Henry's second wife died later the same year. He had been among the first to take the side of Queen Mary on her accession, who conferred on him the dignity of Privy Councillor, and according to Halstead 'so much favour she had for him, and the Lady Joane his second wife, that had God afforded her a longer life, there was no advancement he might not expected under her Countenance and Government.'
He married 1. Ellen Fitz-Lewis (d. 2 June 1543), whose brother John, apparently, with his wife, were burnt in their bed on their wedding night! Undeterred by this family tragedy, Ellen bore her husband several children, not necessarily listed here in the right order.
A more complete account of the life of John Mordaunt, 2rd Baron is given in the History of Parliament.
Painted 1564. From Brasenose College, University of Oxford, where he was a benefactor.
John Mordaunt, the 2nd baron's second wife was Joan/Johanne Wilford, née Farmer/Fermor, (? - buried 16th September, 1562) who had been widowed barely three months earlier in 1545! With her he had daughters
- Lewis Lord Mordaunt (third Baron), his son, succeeded to his father's title and estates in 1571. He had been admitted to the Middle Temple on 8th February 1558 and, curiously, again on 3rd November 1559. He took part in the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots 'unto whose sentence he did most unwillingly concur'. Perhaps to make up for it, he and his family were prominent at her funeral in Peterborough Cathedral. He was also a judge in the trial of Thomas Duke of Norfolk. He died in 1601, when his property passed to his son.
He married Elizabeth Darcy. I have not found another candidate for the "Elizabeth Mordaunt late of Clement's Danes, widow" who in 1601/02 was listed among others for "not going to church, chapel or any usual place of Common prayer." (Extracted Parish Records, Middlesex, 31 December, 44 Elizabeth, transcribed on www.ancestery.co.uk)
A more complete account of the life of Lewis Mordaunt, 3rd Baron is given in the History of Parliament.
- Henry Lord Mordaunt, (fourth Baron), who, as a Catholic, was sent to the Tower under suspicion of being concerned in the Gunpowder Plot. He was released after the imposition of a heavy fine to the Star Chamber. The long imprisonment is said to have affected his health and hastened his death, which took place in 1608–9. His will, which is dated 6 February 1608, contains the following clause, 'and for the clearing of my conscience before God and Man, and to give a public satisfaction to the World, concerning such and those Imputations, which lately have been laid upon me, and for which I have in a high degree been censured, I mean the late Gunpowder Treason; … I do solemnly protest before God and his Angels, and that without all Equivocation or Duplicity whatsoever, that I am innocent of that fact, and Guiltless of all Foreknowledge thereof.'
He married the lady Margaret Compton, daughter of Henry, Lord Compton. I do not understand why but an Act for her naturalization was passed in Parliament in 1604. The records of the Middle Temple show that Henry was admitted as a member on 29th October 1602 which is curious as recusants were excluded.
- John Lord Mordaunt (5th Baron of Turvey and 1st Earl of Peterborough). Go to the Earls of Peterborough and Family page.
- Henry Mordaunt is not named by Halstead but is listed by Collin's peerage 1812 without, apparently, marrying.
- James Mordaunt (? - after 1651) was named by Halstead as the second son of Henry. He married first Mary Tyringham and they had at least one daughter
then, according to Halstead, James married 2." .....Gostwick; from whom is descended John Mordaunt of ..... in the County of Leicester."
- Frances Mordaunt (? - 1651) whose Will names her father James, her aunt Margaret, her uncle Lewis and a number of Tyringham cousins. She does not mention her other maiden aunts, her aunt Margaret's sisters, who were alive at the time.
However, Other sources, such as Burke's "Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England" (1838) and Collins Peerage 1812, states that Frances, daughter of a Sir Edward Gostwick, 2nd Bart of Willington, married the Hon
- Francis Mordaunt, whom the genealogical volumes identify as 3rd son of Henry, fourth Lord Mordaunt of Turvey. Francis is not mentioned by Halstead and you would think he should know as James/Francis was/were his uncle(s). Confusion!
So, whether there were two Miss Gostwicks or whatever, there is evidence of a John Mordaunt in Leicester at the time Halstead was writing, the 1680s, but whether he was the son of a James or a Francis I am confused;
- John Mordaunt (1640? - 1680) is mentioned in British History Online as living in "The Red House," Medbourne, (transposed in error as Wedbourne by the International Genealogical Index of the Church of Latter Day Saints). The Will of his aunt Margaret, written in 1658, proved in 1661, suggests that she was guardian for a young nephew, John Mordaunt, (although he was old enough to act as witness to the Will), and she commended his continuing care to her surviving single sisters, Elizabeth and Anne. He was a prominant Catholic rucusant.
He married Barbara Ludlow at St Pancras Old Church, Middlesex, on 24th October, 1667. His Will, written in 1676 and proven in 1681 leaves everything to his wife and makes mention of one son, Henry, who at the time was under 18 years of age; the education and provision for other children are alluded to.
His widow Barbara was soon snapped up, marrying John Goodman of Medbourne in St Michael, Queenhithe, 24th February, 1682 (1681 in the Julian calendar).
- Henry Mordaunt (after 1658 - ?) is named as the eldest son in his father's will
- John Mordaunt was christened at Medbourne (not Wedbourn), Leicestershire, in 1660 according to the International Genealogical Index of the Church of Latter Day Saints for Leicester. A John Mordaunt, presumably the same, married Elizabeth Atkins in Medbourne on 27th December 1685.
- Lewis Mordaunt (about 1606 - ?) was named by Halstead as the third son of Henry. He married Mary Smith, widow of Sir Robert Throgmorton on 16th January 1650 at Ashby Folville, Leicestershire, according to the International Genealogical Index of the Church of Latter Day Saints. The Throgmortons (Throckmortons) were another prominent Catholic family. He apparently died without issue.
(The records of the manor of Newton Blossomville in Buckinghamshire relates "From them it passed to Henry Lord Mordaunt, who died seised of it in February 1608–9. The Mordaunts also held Lavendon (q.v.), with which Newton Blossomville descended for the next thirty years. In 1639 John Earl of Peterborough transferred his rights in the manor to his younger brother, Lewis Mordaunt, by whom it was leased in the following year to Humphrey Monoux of Wootton (co. Bedford) and Thomas Butler of Bedford for £500 for thirty-one years at a peppercorn rent. In 1649 Thomas Farrer acquired the ownership in fee and afterwards bought up the remainder of the lease. Newton Blossomville was sequestered for the recusancy of Lewis Mordaunt, and on 4 November 1651 Thomas Farrer was summoned to prove his title.")
- Frances Mordaunt married Sir Thomas Neville, son of Henry Neville, 7th Lord Abergavenny, and Lady Mary Sackville, according to Halstead. According to www.thePeerage.com she later married Sir Basil brooke.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt died unmarried according to Halstead. Collins' peerage of 1812 states it was she who married Sir Thomas Neville, not her sister Frances, but her sister Margaret's makes it clear she was unmarried in 1661
- Margaret Mordaunt (? - 1661) was mentioned in her niece Frances's 1651 Will. At the time of her own Will, 1658, she was living at Henwick Hall, Bedfordshire. She left legacies to her sisters Elizabeth and Anne and a nephew John Mordaunt.
- Anne Mordaunt (abt. 1600? - ) died unmarried. Collins' Peerage of 1812 failed to mention Anne and Margaret.
- Mary Mordaunt (b. abt 1561?), sister of Henry, 4th Baron of Turvey, married Thomas Mansell on 31st July 1582 at St. Luke's, Chelsea. "Burke's Extinct Baronetage" says he was created a baronet on 22nd May 1611. She bore him three sons before she died and he remarried.
- Katherine Mordaunt (died 1602) married Sir John Heveningham Kt. from Ketteringham Hall Manor, Norfolk
- Elizabeth Mordaunt. Halstead does not mention a husband but one family tree states that an Elizabeth Mordaunt, born about 1576, married Simon Latham from Bletsoe, Bedfordshire. It could be this Elizabeth or a still to be discovered cousin.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt, sister of Lewis, 3rd Baron of Turvey, married George Monoux of Walthamstow
- Margaret Mordaunt married William Acklam
- Ann(e) Mordaunt (abt. 1549? - ?) married Clement Tanfield in 1563 (according to British History Online Tetworth) or in 1575 according to Latter Day Saints transcripts.
- Ursula Mordaunt married Thomas Welbore according to Halstead and Edward Fairfax according to Collins' Peerage 1812, Burke's Peerage 1831 and www.stirnet.com
- Margaret Mordaunt (abt 1509 - 1576+), sister of John, 2nd Baron of Turvey, married Edmund Fettyplace (Fettiplace)(1510 - 1540) in abt. 1526. In the church of All Saints, Marcham, Berkshire, "on the south wall is a brass to Edmund Fettiplace (d. 1540) and Margaret his wife, with kneeling figures, the man in armour and the lady in a pedimental head-dress, five sons and six daughters" (British History Online). Among all these Fettyplace children were: John, Elizabeth, Edmund, George, Jane, William, Anne, Dorothy and Thomas.
In fact, Margaret was not buried there. Instead she married, by 1542, Thomas Denton of Hillesden, Bucks (d. 1558) and here I borrow unscrupulously from the A Who's Who of Tudor Women website which says that he was a lawyer and MP by whom she had yet two more children. They were buried in All Saint's Church, Hillesdon, Bucks, where a memorial still stands.
- Edmund Mordaunt (Any time before 1532 - between 1556 and 1562). He was admitted to the Middle Temple but the date is uncertain as "a volume of records is missing" covering the dates February 1525 - February 1551. A few details of his life are given in the History of Parliament. The other Edmund referred to was the son of his great-uncle, William of Hempstead.
- Edith Mordaunt (abt 1516 - ?) married John Elmes
- George Mordaunt (abt 1518 - ?), "of Moulson" (but where that was I have not been able to establish), married Cecilia Harding in Turvey about 1549, from whom are descended, according to Halstead 'the Mordaunts of the Hill.'
The Mordaunts of the Hill, so named by Halstead, were probably those who lived at Northill in Bedfordshire, about 20 miles east south east of Turvey. There was a Northill Manor but it was the smaller, neighbouring Upper or Over Caldecote and Under or Lower Caldecote Manors that, according to British History Online was "alienated" to George Mordaunt and his wife Cecilia in 1588. This would put George in his seventies.
For me, piecing together the family tree of the Mordaunts of the parish of Northill has been an intriguing problem because the major sources contradict themselves.
In 1556, 1582 and 1634 the College of Heralds, the genealogy police, sent representatives round many of the counties of England to record the major, land owning families of the time. These records are now known as the "Visitations" and the "Visitations of Bedfordshire" recorded that George and Cynthia Mordaunt had a son Lewis who had a son George who married Anne Smyth who then had children George, John (whose wife was Deborah), Lewis and Margaret. Straight forward enough but the Will of John's wife Deborah states that her father-in-law was called Lewis, not George. This is reinforced by the Latter Day Saints transcriptions of the Northill parish church christening records which also show that their father's name was Lewis. The confusion is added to by the British History Online page on Northill which twice refers to different holders of the manors of Upper and Lower Caldecot as grandsons of George and Cecilia when when they patently could not be so. What follows therefore is my best guess, that the children were from Georges's younger brother, Lewis, and that the relationship of the holders of the manors at the respective dates of 1657 and 1728 were George and Cynthia's great grandson and 4 x great grandson.
- George Mordaunt (abt 1518 - ?), "of Moulson," as we have seen, married Cecilia Harding in Turvey about 1549.
var. Readening(?) in the Lewis's Will) in Northill on 1st January 1623, as recorded in the Latter Day Saints transcripts.
A George Mordant (sic) is named as a justice involved in the examinations of Bartlett Green, John Philpot, Joan Potter and Robert Smith in Foxes 'Acts and Monuments of Martyrs.' Could this have been this George?
- Katherine Mordaunt according the Visitations of Bedfordshire. The Latter Day Saints transcription of the church records of Old Warden, Bedford, has a Kath Mordent marrying a Rob Barnidiston on 25th February 1587. As her younger sister, Parnell, married at the same church four years later I do not think it unreasonable to guess it must be this Katherine. The Visitations of Bedford made no mention of her marriage.
- John Mordaunt, the eldest son "whose posteritie remaineth in daughters" according to the Visitations of Bedfordshire.
- Lewis Mordaunt (abt 1543 - ?), born in Caldecot, Northill, Bedfordshire who married Jane Needham of Little Wimondley, Hertfordshire in 1573
- George Mordaunt (abt 1574 - ?). Both the Visitation of Bedfordshire and the the Latter Day Saints record agree he married Anne Smythe in about 1600
- Charles Mordaunt son of George and Anne Smith was born about 1605 in Caldecot according to a Latter Day Saints record
- Lewis Mordaunt son of George and Anne Smith was born about 1605 in Caldecot according to a Latter Day Saints record. If these records are correct these children and any others did not survive as the manors passed to Lewis's children.
- John Mordaunt (abt. 1576 - ?) (named as the second son in the record of the Visitations of Bedforshire). I have found no other reference to him to date.
- Lewis Mordaunt (b. abt 1578, according to a record of the Latter Day Saints, - after 1653) named as the third son in the record of the Visitations of Bedforshire. According to the Will of Deborah Mordaunt and the Latter Day Saints transcriptions the following were the children of Lewis Mordaunt. I have not yet found out the name of his wife which does not seem to have been written in the Northill parish record.
The will of his daughter in law, Deborah, indicates that at the time of her death in 1653, Lewis was still alive and had three surviving children, George, Lewis and Margaret (her own husband John having died). The Will touchingly required her Executrix, her sister, to "be careful(?) and diligent and allow unto my Father in Lawe Lewis Mordaunt the older, Esq. during his naturall life all things that shall be needful and necessary for his bodily livelihood(?) and maintenance whatsoever."
- Elizabeth Mordaunt An Elizabeth Mordaunt, daughter of Lewis Mordaunt, was christened in Northill 17th September 1598. The transcripts of Northill parish register records that an Elizabeth Mordaunt married Edmd. Mainard on 23rd December 1619 although other Latter Day Saints record that it was her Aunt Elizabeth who married an Edward Maynard. I have not found any later mention and assume she did not survive to to the date of her brother or sister-in-laws Wills of the 1650s
- George Mordaunt (b. 1601 - ?) was christened 8th May 1603 in Northill (Church of St Mary the Virgin?). He married Elizabeth Everard of Beeston, Bedfordshire, in 1629.
It was a dispute over inheritance between Elizabeth and her sisters which lead to the important legal case of Noys v Mordaunt 1706. If these dates are correct, this case dragged on well after the death of all those involved!
The history of Lower Caldecote refers it being in the possession of George, the grandson of George and Cecilia, in 1657, but he seems to have died before his brother Lewis's 1658 Will. The manor was sold in 1685/86.
- John Mordaunt was born about 1630 in Caldecot according to the Latter Day Saints records. he is also listed in the Visitations of Bedfordshire. He was not mentioned in his aunt Deborah's Will of 1653 or his uncle Lewis's 1658 Will.
- George Mordaunt son of a George Mordaunt, christened on 14th August 1635. The later George and Cecilia remained in possession of the manor of Upper Caldecote (also known as Blundells), still in the possession of their grandson in 1728. The records of Northill record another series of christenings with a George Mordaunt as the father and an Elizabeth Mordaunt as the mother.
- John Mordaunt, son of a George, christened 1659. The next generation christened in the church are the children of John and Elizabeth Mordaunt. In his Will written in 1728 he was living at Stanstead Abbot in Hertfordshire. It refers to his brother Charles, his sisters King and Lyle, a son and daughter to his deceased brother Lewis and his own children, John Mordaunt and Elizabeth Audley Britain.
- John Mordaunt (1687 - 1738), son of John and Elizabeth, christened on 27th December 1687. He could be the John Mordaunt listed in the Bedforshire Poll Book of 1722 and British History OnLine states he was recorded as still being in possession of Upper Caldecote in 1728, after which date "the history of the manor becomes obscure." Clearly they had not seen his Will in the National Archives, written in 1732. All his "lands, tenements and hereditaments" were left to his sister Elizabeth and thereafter to her son, Robert Audley Britain. The will also made bequests to his only surviving uncle, Charles, his niece Mary, his aunt Lyle and some cousins. No Mordaunt is listed in the available 1784 poll book, apparently marking the end of a 500 year association of Mordaunts with the county of Bedfordshire.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt, daughter of John and Elizabeth, christened on 2nd December 1689. The Wills of both her brothers record she married Robert Audley Britain, the clerk of Hanstead Abbotts in the county of Hertford and that between them they had at least one son
- Robert Audley Britain. He was to inherit all the Mordaunt lands and estates in Caldicot marking in effect, the end of the "Mordaunts of the Hill."
- George Mordaunt (? - 1721), son of John and Elizabeth, christened on 2nd February 1692. He was admitted as a scholar at Sidney College, Cambridge, 12th April 1710. His wife, named in his 1718 Will, was Margaret and they had one daughter. After making provision for them and his sister Elizabeth, the residue of his estate passed to his elder brother John. Margaret's Will dated two years later, 1720, curiously instructed that she was to be interred "as near to my late dear father as possible" rather than her husband - hardly an indication of a happy marriage.
- Mary Mordaunt. Her mother's 1720 will placed her under the guardianship of the husband of one of her mother's sisters. She was remembered in the 1732 will of her uncle John Mordaunt who left her £20 to buy mourning clothes, a small bequest compared to those left to some of her cousins.
- George Mordaunt, son of a George, christened on 11th February 1664
- Lewis Mordaunt, son of a Lewis (I suspect this is a transcription error for George) and Elizabeth, christened on 28th November 1665. Certainly George Mordaunt, son of George and Elizabeth, just above, had an uncle Lewis whose son John was mentioned in his will as his heir of last resort
There are two copies of the records of St. Magnus the Martyr, London, on www.ancestry.co.uk. In one, which appears the older,
Lewis Mordent (sic) and his wife Easter were recorded as the the parents of a number of children christened and/or buried at St. Magnus the Martyr, London. In the other, which appears a later copy, Lewis Mordant (sic) and his wife Hester were the parents of a number of children christened and/or buried at St. Magnus the Martyr, London, until Lewis's own burial there on 30th December, 1699.
A "female child" was born to Lewis Mordent on 6th December, 1697. This was presumably:
and yet another (they were certainly determined)
- Elizabeth Mordent was baptised on 20th December, 1692, buried on 21st January, 1694 (1693 in the old calendar) while Elizabeth Mordant was buried on 21st January, 1694.
- Easter Mordent was christened and buried on 3rd August, 1694. Meanwhile Hester Mordant was christened and buried on 3rd August, 1694.
- George Mordent was buried on 24th September, 1695 while George Mordant was buried on 24th September, 1695. Just five lines below this later entry in the parish record is the sad record of the of a "Child found dead in the street".
- John Mordent was baptised on 29th November 1696. Unlike most of his siblings he seems to have survived to adulthood and this house of cards of relationships I have built depends on him as its foundation. A John Mordaunt, vintner, was his cousin George's heir of last resort in his Will, which was written in 1718. Certainly, John Mordaunt, son of Lewis Mordaunt of St. Magnus, London, was an apprentice vintner to a Dan. Webster in 1712 and took on his own apprentice in 1720. He was quite possibly the John Mordaunt, citizen and vintner of London, whose Will written in 1758, left his estate to his wife Sarah Mordaunt. No children were named. Another Mordaunt genealogical deadend? Or maybe not. By date and social position he is closest to the John Mordaunt who married Sarah Ewer at St. Olave, Southwark, on 18th October, 1719 and then had a son, John Stiles Mordaunt, whose descendents are recorded on the Mordaunts in London webpage. The only problem with this is that he did not mention his son in his Will, which is unusual for the time if he had had any.
- Elizabeth Mordent was baptised at St. Magnus the Martyr on 29th March 1700 (1699 in the Julian Calendar).
- Elizabeth Mordaunt, daughter of a George, christened on 3rd August 1667. An Elizabeth Mordaunt, spinster, aged 20, daughter of George Mordaunt of Southill, Bedfordshire, received a licence to marry Dennis Holder ( abt. 1663 - ?) at St Sepulchre's, London, on 21st December 1690, attested by Lewis Mordaunt of St. Magnus.
- Charles Mordaunt is not listed in the records of Northill church but is mentioned in his brother John's will as are his two unnamed daughters. A not particularly reliable Church of Latter Day Saints list records a Charles Mordaunt christened in Ewelme, Oxfordshire, in about 1668
- Ann Mordaunt, daughter of a George and Elizabeth, christened on 24th May 1673. She possibly married a King or a Lyle, as her brother John's 1728 Will refers to two sisters of those names
- Mary Mordaunt, daughter of a George and Elizabeth, christened on 1st January 1676. She possibly married a King or a Lyle, as her brother John's 1728 Will refers to two sisters of those names
- Anne Mordaunt is not listed on a church record transcribed on the Internet that I have found so far. I have placed her here listing the siblings in the order they were listed in their aunt Deborah's Will of 1653
- Lewis Mordaunt was born about 1634 according to a Latter Day saints record. I suspect he may have been born a little later because of a suggestion in his uncle Lewis's 1658 will that he was some years under 14 years of age.
- Mary Mordaunt, daughter of a George Mordaunt, christened on 10th December 1640. A Mary Mordaunt of Northill received licence to marry Christopher Chapman, aged abt. 27 years, of Grand Chester(?) at St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, on 24th June 1675. However, her age is given as 26 years and therefore born 1649. But, I have not found another candidate
- Charles Mordaunt, son of a George, christened on 24th April 1647. He was mentioned in his aunt Deborah's will in 1653 but not that of his uncle Lewis in 1658.
- John Mordaunt (abt. 1606 - 1653). The will of John Mordaunt, whose marriage to Deborah Deere (? - 1653) is recorded at Bletsoe on 14th January 1639 (1640 in the Gregorian calender), mentions his brothers, Lewis and George, and George's sons, Lewis and Charles. His Will is of less value than the Will of his wife because she did not disregard female members of the family.
Touchingly, in her will, having made her sister the Executrix, Deborah charges her to be alert to the needs of her father-in-law, the older Lewis.
- John Mordaunt, son of a John Mordaunt, christened at Northill Church on 11th December 1640. This seems sufficiently close to the wedding of John and Deborah to speculatively place him as their son. However, he was not mentioned in either his father's or mother's Wills.
- Margaret Mordaunt . A baby whose name is not given in the Latter Day Saints transcript was christened in the church at Northill on 27th August 1606. Maybe this was the daughter Margaret mentioned in both Deborah and Lewis wills although that would only make her 16 years old at Margaret's marriage to George Readings (
- Jane Mordaunt , daughter of Lewis, was christened in October 1610 according to the Latter day Saints transcripts. She was also listed in the Visitations of Bedfordshire. The transcripts also record the marriage of a Jane Mordaunt at Northill 10th February 1639 to a Thos. Kitchiner. Neither she nor any children are mentioned in Deborah's or Lewis's Wills.
- Lewis Mordaunt (abt. 1613 - 1658), son of Lewis, was christened on 28th November 1613. His surviving Will was written in Belvoir, Lincolnshire, when he requested to be buried in Oundle, Northamptonshire. I have not yet found any other family connection to Oundle. He seems not to have married but, if he did, he was widower at his death and had no surviving children.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt, daughter of Lewis and Jane Needham, was born about 1580 in Caldecot, according to a Latter Day Saint record entry, and married, according to the Visitations of Bedford, 1566, 1582 and 1634, 1. Edward Maynard of Great Windley and 2. William Ferne
- Margaret Mordaunt, daughter of Lewis and Jane Needham, was listed in the Visitations of Bedford, 1566, 1582 and 1634 marrying George Reding
- Jane Mordaunt, daughter of Lewis and Jane Needham, was born about 1584 in Caldecot, according to a Latter Day Saint record entry.
- Parnell Mordaunt, daughter of George and Cecilia, who, married Thos Peall at Old Warden, Bedford, on 15th September 1591 according to the Jatter Day Saints transcription of the church record. The Visitations of Bedford, 1566, 1582 and 1634 have his name as Thomas Pell of Northamptonshire.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt, who, according to the Visitations of Bedford, 1566, 1582 and 1634, married Daniell Cage of Buningford in Hertfordshire
Continuing with the children of John, 1st Baron Mordaunt
Elizabeth Mordaunt married Silvester Danvers
Winifred Mordaunt (abt 1520 - 1562) married John Cheyne/Cheyney of Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire. Was she also the nun pensioned off from the Benedictine Abbey in Barking, Essex, in 1539, along with her sister Audrey, below, at the dissolution of the monastries? On her death a brass was laid in the chancel of St. Leonard's church, Chesham Bois.
William Mordaunt (abt 1522 - 1580) from whom , according to Halstead, are descended the 'Mordaunts of Oakley.'
The Mordaunts of Oakley, as named by Halstead, were presumably those who lived at Oakley in Bedfordshire, a few miles north east of Turvey. British History Online states that William Mordaunt obtained half (a moiety) of the manor at Oakley in 1530. His heir Edmund is mentioned in reference to the manor in 1610 but by 1622 it was in possession of Edmund's son, Charles, who also obtained ownership of the other half of the manor in 1648. The family ceased ownership in 1679.
Having folowed Halstead on this, I should point out that "The Representative History of Great Britain and Ireland" of 1848 puts George Mordaunt, see above under "The Mordaunts of the Hill," and that Edmund was his son, not that of William.
William Mordaunt (abt 1522 - 1580)'s wife, Agnes Janet Booth, a determined recusant, is mentioned in this account. page 95, smuggling boys destined for a Catholic education on the continent through Ireland. The Catholic faith was kept alive by the women. As long as the menfolk were seen to conform, the estates were safe from sequestration. The wives, however, could continue to run catholic households. The menfolk, who too remained Catholic, relied on salvation by hoping to make deathbed confessions and to receive Catholic last rites. Among any other children they may have had were:
Humphrey Mordaunt (? - ?). A Humphrey Mordaunt, son of Edmund, was baptised in the church at Carlton, Bedfordshire, on 25th September, 1586. I have found no other reference to him.
John Mordaunt (? - ?). Did he marry an Elizabeth. A number of children of a John and Elizabeth Mordaunt were christened in Oakley church
- Edmund Mordaunt (abt 1550/55 - ?). An Edmund Mordaunt "of Bedfordshire" matriculated at Exeter College, Oxford on 3rd December 1575, the university giving his age as 25. As with the Mordaunts of the Hill above, there seems to be too many years between each generation, almost as if a complete generation is missing. (Burkes's peerage 1831 describes him as "Edmund of Thundersley" but there seems to be come confusion with his distant cousin, the son of his father's uncle, William.) According to Latter Day Saints' research, he married Elizabeth Staveley (abt. 1558 - ?) of Leicestershire in, about, 1580.
- Charles Mordaunt (? - ?)"of Oakley." A Charles Mordaunt, son of Edmund, was baptised in the church at Carlton, Bedfordshire, on 10th February, 1584. He was probably the Charles Mordaunt at Queen's College, cambridge, on 26th January 1600/01. He was admitted to the Middle Temple on 29th October 1602. He was knighted for reasons I have not yet discovered. As already described he was in possession of the estate in 1622 and in 1648 united the two halves of the manor of Oakley. "The History of the Hundred of Wirral" (1847) relates him selling property in Little Neston, The Wirral, in 1618. He married Elizabeth Snagge of Marston in Bedfordshire at Lidlington, Bedford, on 21st September 1608.
There then follows, in effect, a generation jump in the christening records of Oakley church. The marriage of a Charles Mordaunt is recorded in Wootten By Bedford on 31st March 1642 and, with no other clues, I am for the moment assuming this is a son, the "missing generation" referred to above
- Charles Mordaunt (? - ?) who married Elizabeth Trochee in Wootten By Bedford in 1642. There then follows a number of christenings recorded in Oakley Church to a Charles and Elizabeth
- Charles Mordaunt (1644 - ?) on 15th February 1644. Presumably he died in infancy before 1650
- Charles Mordaunt again, (1650 - ?) on 18th March 1650. A Charles Mordaunt married Judith Mrs Crouch at Barton in the Clay, Bedford, on 10th April 1672. Was it this Charles? A Charles and Judith Mordaunt then baptised a daughter, Judith Mordaunt (b. 26th February 1672/3) on 1st March 1672/3 at St Giles, Cripplegate, London.
- John Mordaunt (1653 - ?) on 4th May 1653. Presumably he died in infancy before 1660
- Edmund Mordaunt (1655 - ?) on 14th February 1655
- William Mordaunt (1656 - ?) on 5th March 1656
- Henry Mordaunt (1659 - ?) on 30th March 1659
- John Mordaunt again, (1660 - ?) on 29th November 1660
- Mary Mordaunt (1663 - ?) on 3 April 1663
Edward Mordaunt (? - ?)
William Mordaunt (1600 - ?) was christened in Oakley on 11th October 1600. A William Mordaunt was the father of an Edmund Mordaunt christened at Roxton, Bedfordshire, on 2nd August, 1629.
Anne Mordaunt (abt 1594 - 1657) married 1. Simon Throgmorton on 13th July 1612 at Oakley and 2. Thomas Snagg who was probably her brother Charles brother-in-law. She died in Marston, Bedfordshire
Mary (? - ?)
Elizabeth Mordaunt. who married widower John Brocket, of Caywell, on 8th July 1624. (This link has an annoying habit of cutting out; press "print" to freeze the page)
Ann W. Mordaunt (abt 1562 - ?) who was christened in Oakley church on 26 October 1562. She married 1. Nicholas Williamson of Tismore, Oxfordshire, abt. 1570 and 2. Paul Cuddrington of Cuddrington in Surrey abt. 1574.
Audrey Mordaunt (? - ?) who married William Twynehon
Elizabeth Mordaunt (? - ?) who married William Ersley of London
Jane Mordaunt (? - ?) who married 1. Richard Bold, made Sheriff of Lancashire in 1576, and 2. John Edwards of Chirk Castell, Denbigh.
- Thomas Mordaunt (1627 - ?) on 8th August 1627
- John Mordaunt (1636 - ?) on 31 August 1636. A John Mordaunt of "Okeley", born abt. 1637, received a licence to marry Elizabeth Gurnay of Weston, Northants., a widow, (abt. 1637 - ?) on 10th December 1667 at St Mary, Savoy, or Great St. Bartholomew or St. Andrew, Holborn, or St James, Clerkenwell, Kent. I wonder if he could be the Sir John Mordaunt, "late of Tangier, Knight Banneret" buried in the parish church at Islington who is in the 'So far, "unplaced" references' section at the foot of my 'Mordaunts in London' page
- Robert Mordaunt (1640 - ?) on 28th February 1640
Continuing with the children of John, 1st Baron Mordaunt
Dorothy Mordaunt (abt 1524 - ?) married a Thomas Moore (no relation to St. Thomas More!)
Etheldreda Mordaunt (abt 1528 - ?). An alternative to the name Etheldreda is, apparently Audrey and it is as Audrey that she was listed with her sister Winifred as one of the displaced nuns of the Benedictine Abbey in Barking, Essex, in 1539. According the the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, she perhaps later married a John Broun.
Jane Mordaunt, (b. abt 1499?) is listed by the Latter Day Saints, International Genealogical Index as being born in Cople, Bedfordshire, the daughter of Sir John Mordaunt and Edith Latimer. I have not found her mentioned in any more authorative Internet source but John Mordaunt did mention a daughter in his will.
Robert Mordaunt, (b. abr 1501?) is listed by the Latter Day Saints, International Genealogical Index as being born in Cople, Bedfordshire, the son of Sir John Mordaunt and Edith Latimer. I have not found him mentioned in any more authorative Internet source nor is he mentioned in his "father's" will
George Mordaunt, (b. abr 1503?) is listed by the Latter Day Saints, International Genealogical Index as being born in Cople, Bedfordshire, the son of Sir John Mordaunt and Edith Latimer. I have not found him mentioned in any more authorative Internet source nor is he mentioned in his "father's" will
unnamed daughter Mordaunt, (b. abr 1504?) is listed by the Latter Day Saints, International Genealogical Index as being born in Cople, Bedfordshire, the daughter of Sir John Mordaunt and Edith Latimer. I have not found her mentioned in any more authorative Internet source nor is a second daughter mentioned in her "father's" will
William Mordaunt and his family, 1475 - late 1600s
Where it is not contradicted by more reliable sources, I have made use of "Massingham Parva, Past and Present" by Ronald Fisher McLeod, published by Waterow in 1882.
- William Mordaunt (abt 1461? - 16th January 1518), William's second son and younger brother of Sir John. Like his brother he went into the law and admitted to the Middle Temple. Among his clients were a John Styll and Thomas Hawles in 1488. He is recorded in the records of the Middle Temple as being appointed Treasurer 27th January, 1504 (1505 on modern calendar), and re-elected on 8th July, 1506, and 14th December, 1508, until 3rd July, 1509. He was appointed Prothonotary (ie chief clerk or registrar) of the Court of Pleas (which dealt with civil actions between one subject against another). He was also, presumably, the William Mordaunt appointed by Henry VII to his Council Learned in the Law. (With thanks to my correspondent Alison Szarvas, who can be found on the Mordaunt Family in London webpage, for finding this piece of information). He married Anne, one of the daughters of Thomas Huntingdon of Hempstead, Essex in June 1495, which is presumably why he is almost always referred to in sources as William Mordaunt of Hempsted/Hempstead (Essex). Details of his will, 22nd December 1517, are given in Collins' Peerage 1812. He apparently had four sons and eleven daughters. Two sons died childless.
- Robert Mordaunt (? - 1572) (of Hempsted), who married Barbara (? - 1581), heiress of Sir John L'Estange of Massingham Parva, (Little Massingham) in Norfolk. In her right he held a number of estates, including the manors of Walton Deyville and Maudit and Wellesbourne Hastings and in 1534 bought the manor of Little Massingham (Massingham Parva) and all its rights, thus "uniting under one lord the whole of the parish with the exception of the lands still held by the Castle Acre and West Acre priories....Several generations of the Mordaunts were born and baptized in this quiet village and lie buried under the shadow of the church." Robert's will, held by Essex Records office, touchingly leaves his wife, Barbara, all his sheep, twelve cows, linen, pewter and a portion of his silver.
He was possibly the Robert Mordaunt admitted to the Middle Temple on 2nd November 1518
The children off Robert present problems. A number died before him and so are not mentioned in his will. They have also been ignored by many of the secondary sources such as the Visitations and published Peerages and Baronetages
- John Mordaunt (? - 1559). He was a member of the Middle Temple and had a chamber there when he died. He was presumably the "John Mordaunt, jnr., of Essex" admitted 16th October 1552. His Will is difficult to read on pdf. He refers to, but does not seem to unnambiguously name, an oldest brother but he does name brothers Edward and Robert and sisters Elizabeth and Anne. He is not on any genealogical list but has to be somewhere in this family as he had the benefit of the income from the manors of Walton Deyville, Walton Maudit and Wellesbourne Hastings. The dates would only fit if he was the son of Robert. I am guessing he was the eldest only on the basis that he was enjoying the income of a sizable portion of the family estates.
- Philip Mordaunt (? - abt 1569). He married 1. Mary Calthorp (? - before 1558) according to one source.
The records of the Middle Temple between 1525 and 1551 have been lost but in that time a Philip Mordaunt was admitted.
Philip then married a widow, 2. Katherine Heath, née Carter (? - 1559/60) in 1558/59. A memorial in St Andrew's, Massingham Parva, records her death in 1559, barely a year after their marriage. According to 'Massingham Parva, Past and Present,' he married 3. Lady Ann Hollis (? - 1567), a widow of a rake and spendthrift who had ended his days in prison. She had formerly been a Maid of Honour to Catherine of Aragon. She too was interred at Massingham Parva. Philip died in abt. 1569, before his father, and so his children inherited the main family estates.
- John Mordaunt (after 1545 - 1574). At the time of his grandfather Robert's 1569 Will he was under 24 years old. He was his grandfather's principal heir. "Massingham Parva, Past and Present" states that John succeeded his grandfather Robert to the family estates in 1572 and died in 1574. Robert's will constantly refers to him as John "the older." John's own Will lsft bequests to his brother John. Curious!
- James Mordaunt (? - 1575) who succeeded his brother but who, too, died without issue a year later nd was succeeded by his brother Robert, according to most sources. 'Massingham Parva, Past and Present' states he was a lunatic. All this is curiously at odds with the British History Online history of Massingham Parva page which states that the Crown appointed the rector of S. Andrew's church, the advowson of which was held by the family, in 1591, because of the lunacy of James Mordaunt. So, was there a second James Mordaunt, maybe a son of the first James Mordaunt, who was the lunatic?
- Robert Mordaunt (? - 1602) A short biography is published in The History of Parliament. He married a widow, Jane Porter, née Hyne (? - 1604). A memorial in St Andrew's, Massingham Parva, records the burial of Robert Mordaunt in 1602. The biography refers to his Catholic faith and the Will of his wife Jane made a very firm affirmation of her Catholic faith. She named her cousins L'Estrange, with his wife Margaret, a Robert, Henry and Anne Mordaunt as well as members of her own side of her family. ("Cousin" in this period of English, according to the O.E.D., commonly refered to any relation further removed than brother and sister and was more frequently used than niece or nephew, which would have been L'Estrange's relationship to her). I cannot work out who the "cousin" Robert Mordaunt may have been. She must have been given guardianship of the children of a brother and, curiously, she made L'Estrange their guardian under her will rather than a member of her own family. Robert too died without issue, so the estate went to the son of the fourth brother:
- Henry Mordaunt (abt 1531? - before 1602) (sometimes "of Kings Lynn," sometimes "of Massingham Parva") who married Anne Poley/Foley (? - 1583). Living at Massingham at least from 1572 - 1574, they moved to King's Lynn after 1574. Both were buried in St. Margaret's, Lynn.
- L'Estrange Mordaunt (1572? - 1627) therefore inherited the Little Massingham estates. He was to purchase the baronetcy in 1611 and his line continues on the Baronet Mordaunts and Family webpage.
- George Mordaunt (? - 1627/1633) "of Felmingham, County Norfolk". He was admitted to the Middle Temple on 16th February 1602. I have not found George Mordaunt on any genealogical list. However, in St Peter's Church, Heydon, Norfolk is a plaque to Dorothy Castell, or Castle, of Raveningham the wife of George Mordaunt, described as the son of Henry Mordaunt of Massingham Parva, stating that she died in childbirth with her youngest son. The source is confusing over dates; 1618 is correct as confirmed by Georges Will, proved in 1633, published in "Virginia Gleanings in England. Abstracts of 17th and 18th Century English Wills and Administrations Relating to Virginia and Virginians" republished by Clearfield in 1998. The will makes clear he was uncle to L'Estrange's children, Sir Robert Mordaunt, Henry, Jane and Anne
- Le Strange Mordaunt (? - 1639). From his Will dated 1639 it seems that he did not marry or else his wife and any children did not survive him.
- Robert Mordaunt (? - 1691). From his father's will he received "all my lands in Barton, Beeston Leemes, Beeston Kibballs, Smalborow, Neatshead and Irested, as well as other bequests.
The British History Online biographical record of the Aldermen and Common Councilmen of the City of London records that Robert Mordaunt, son of George Mordaunt of Felmingham, County Norfolk, was Common Councilman for Cornhill 1662-1667, and at various times for St Peter Cornhill and Trinity Minories. He had been apprenticed to the Skinners Livery Company in 1627, was a freeman 1634 and a Master in 1675. It, and his Will, record he died in 1691, which would have made him around 80 years old, a good age for that time. The noteworthy thing about his Will is that no wife, son, daughter, brother, sister, nephew or niece with the name Mordaunt is named except one goddaughter, Barbara Mordaunt, maybe a niece. It seems from this that he outlived them all and possibly that this particular line of the name Mordaunt ran out with him. Was he the Robert Mordent (sic) buried in
Holy Trinity, Minories, on 9th July, 1691?
- John Mordaunt.
- John(?) Mordaunt. The Will of his uncle and godfather, L'Estrange Mordaunt, dated 1639 made a bequest to the son of John Mordaunt whose name appears to me to also read John but which curiously is consistently in a different script from the name of the father John.
- Henry Mordaunt. From his father's will he received "all my adventure in Virginia" as well as other bequests.
- Mary Mordaunt. The Wills of two of her brothers, L'Estrange and Robert, are proof she married ?? Sherwood.
- George Mordaunt. Did he take the cloth? In 1643 a George Mordaunt was rector of St Edmund, King and Martyr, Horningtoft, Norfolk, a living in the gift of the Castell/Castles of Raveningham, his mother's family.
- Thomas Mordaunt (1618?) did not survive his father
- Barbara Mordaunt (? - ?)
- Edward Mordaunt was Philip's youngest son
- Robert Mordaunt was named and made executor in the will of his brother John in 1559
- Edward Mordaunt (? - 1583) was named in his brother John's will of 1559 and is recorded as being admitted ("Edward Mordaunt, son of Robert M. of Hempsted, Essex") to the Middle Temple on 28th May 1559. An Edward Mordaunt, gentleman, was buried in the church of Massingham Parva in 1583.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt. She and her sister below were not necessarily the youngest of the family but boys were considered so much more important that the girls in continuing the family name and hence the girls were usually relegated to the end of any family list. Her father Robert's Will only seems to refer to one daughter but his Will often seems to use singular nouns when plural ones would be expected now. She was definitely was named in her brother John's will of 1559. I have found no record pf a marriage.
- Anne Mordaunt was named in her brother John's will of 1559. "The History and Topography of Essex" published in 1836 states that an "Anne Mordaunt, daughter of Robert Mordaunt Esq. of Hempsted, of the dignified family of Lord Mordaunt of Turvey," married a Thomas Cracherode of Cust Hall, wherever that might have been. Is this where the family of Mordaunt Cracherode sprung from?
- Christopher Mordaunt under his father's will was bequeathed the manor of Weldberne and lands in Depden. He and his brother
- George Mordaunt are mentioned in Miller's "Baronetage of England," 1801, as both dying in the June following their parent's marriage. This does not seem to make much sense, although it is likely they both died young. Under his father's will he was bequeathed the manor of Dales in Thundersley and the lands in Wymbush
- Edmund Mordaunt who was bequeathed by his father William the manor of Burgh Hall and lands and tenements in Swaffham Bulbeck, Swaffem Prior and Roche and elsewhere in the County of Cambridge, Edmund married Agnes Rich, one of the many daughters of Richard, Lord Rich, one time Lord Chancellor (and the big survivor of the age, thriving in the service of Kings Henry (he was the villain in the play/film "A Man for All Seasons") and Edward and Queens Mary and Elizabeth, ending as one of the richest men in the kingdom).
The records of the Middle Temple between 1525 and 1551 are missing but scholars have compiled a list of those who must have been admitted in this period. They list an Edmund Mordaunt but appear not to have noticed that there were two Edmund Mordaunt members in this period, Edmond, son of Lord John, the first baron, above and this one. Among other things he became Sheriff of Essex.
William and Ann had at least two daughters
- Henry Mordaunt (? - before 1620) "of Thundersley" who married Susan Belknappe (? - 1622/3). He was admitted to the Middle Temple on 19th November 1559 and curiously again on 2nd March 1559-60.
- Henry Mordaunt of Thundersley. He was admitted to the Middle Temple on 4th June 1600, the first Mordaunt member for 40 years. He married Barbara Bradbury of Littelbury, perhaps around 1620 (Bradbury Memorial 48" on this link"). A Visitation of the county of Essex 1664 describes him as a captain. Among many other Mordaunt family papers, Essex Records Office holds a copy of a letter from "H.Mordaunt to Bailiffs of Colchester, sending for arms left by his soldiers at the dissolving of the camp. Thundersley, 1625."
- Henry Mordaunt (abt. 1626 - abbt. 1664), gentleman, of Wembish in the county of Essex, according to the Visitation of the county of Essex 1664, who married Lettice Holgate (abt. 1631 - ?) of Walden at St Peter le Poor, London, in 1649 and they had a son and heir
- John Mordaunt (abt. 1652 - ?)
- Martha Mordaunt who married Thomas Cornall of Wimbish(?)
- Jane Mordaunt who married William Brockett of Graveley
- John Mordaunt (abt. 1656 - ?)
- Barbara Mordaunt
- Mary Mordaunt
- Frances Mordaunt
- Charles Mordaunt (? - before 1650?) of Hempstead. He entered Magdalene College, Cambridge, B.A. in 1606; M.A. from Queen's, 1613; Fellow of Trinity Hall 1616-28 and Junior Proctor 1621-22. He married Armenia Gilda (var. Armenigilda), the daughter of Sir William Wade and Anne Wade, at Manuden in Essex on 8th April 1628. According to the history of Belsize Manor, Middlesex, Armenia Gilda was occupying the house, a property leased by her mother with her second husband, in 1650, with no reference to her husband Charles. The lease was not renewed in 1661
- Adryan Mordaunt. Presumably he did not live long as, in 1620 in the records of the Middle Temple, his brother Ferdinado was named as Henry's third son.
- Ferdinando Mordaunt who married Elizabeth Ward of Bixley. In the UK National Archives is a copy of a Deed of Covenant DG24/608 dated 27th February 1615/16 between Ferdinando "of Walden, gent," and his nephew,Thomas Cornell of Coule End, Wimbish. He was admitted to the Middle Temple on 5th July, 1620, and, as far as I have been able to do find, was the last family member to do so, ending a link of four generations over 120 years. On this website is reference to a deed to lead to a recovery of premises in Hempstead and Great Sampford by Ferdinando "of the Middle Temple, gent."
- Elizabeth Mordaunt who married Thomas Adams in Saffron Walden in 1587.
- Dorothy Mordaunt( ? - after 1645) who married 1. Humphrey Phipps, a merchant of London (died January 1620/21 depending which calendar you are using) ,2. Thomas Maunsell (died around 1631) in May 1623 ("14 PEDIGREE OF MAUNSELL" on this link) and, possibly 3. Richard Hazlewood of Belton, Rutland.
- Catherine Mordaunt who married Thomas Cole of Walden. I cannot say for certain but this would seem to be the alliance that led to an important legal case of Cole v. Mordaunt:
As one source described it "Mr. Cole at a very advanced age married a young woman; who during his life did not conduct herself with propriety." Delicately phrased! After his death, his young wife, whom, I assume is the Mordaunt in the case name, declared that under a nuncupative (verbal) Will made at the time of his death, all his estate was left to her. This was contrary to an earlier written Will leaving £3,000 for charitable causes. The court, in 1676, ruled in favour of the written Will and nine witnesses to the verbal Will were all found to have perjured themselves. This case is said to have led to the inclusion the following year of a provision in the Statute of Frauds, 1677, under which Last Will and Testaments had to be in writing and signed by the testator and could not be overturned by unproven nuncupative Wills.
- Mabel Mordaunt who married Thomas Spring of Loosehall
- Gertrude Mordaunt who married ? Westley of Hempstead
- Agnes Mordaunt who married ? Bolney of Bolney in Sussex
- another daughter who married ? Stoughton on Northamptonshire
- Edward Mordaunt
- Hugh Mordaunt
- Anne Mordaunt who, according to the history of the manor of Slades, Navestock, Essex, married Henry Torrell in 1513. Of course, she may have been the daughter of a completely different William.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (abt 1505 - ?) married William Heigham according to a Berkshire history website
- Jane Mordaunt married Thomas (or George) St George in 1512, according to the history of the manor of Papworth Everard in Cambridgeshire. (What delicious names, Newton Blossomville, Swaffham Bulbeck, Papworth Everard - you couldn't invent them, could you?). Far more entertaining is the following account from the British History Online history of Tadlow in Cambridgeshire, "Sir Richard's son and heir Thomas, of age in 1492, conveyed Tadlow c. 1513 to his eldest son Thomas (or George) and his wife Jane Mordaunt for their lives. Jane took as her second husband Edward Slade, whom the local gentry resented as an intruder and c. 1522 drove from the manor house by threats and violence. About 1532 Slade had bitter disputes about dilapidations and waste of timber with the elder Thomas St. George (see also National Archives), whom Jane survived. Thomas's son Francis (fn. 81) sold the manor c. 1570, half to Henry Brograve, half to Robert Ayre."
So far, unplaced Mordaunts
- William Mordaunt was admitted to the Middle Temple on 5th February 1515 (1516 modern calender). He does not seem to fit into any of the major family lines above.
- Sir John Mordaunt, knight, married Joanna Willford at St Martin's, near Bishopsgate, 3rd December 1545
- Edmund Mordaunt who, according to the the www.tudorplace.com website, lived 1510 - 1556 and had at least one daughter. The History of Parliament refers to an Edmund Mordaunt who entered a son into the Middle Temple in 1559. This latter could have been Edmund, son of William, above, speculatively.
- Margaret Mordaunt (abt 1510 - 1556) who married Laurance Taylard
- Edward Mordaunt is mentioned in a British History Online webpage on the history of Berkshire being granted land at West Hendred in 1555. I often wonder if the names Edward and Edmund get confused by transcribers of old documents!
- Edmond Mordent was baptised at St. George's, Botolph Lane on 19th March 1548 (1547 Julian calendar). He could have been one of the Edmunds mentioned above but I cannot work out which one.
- Henry Mordaunt is mentioned in a British History Online webpage on the history of Cambridgeshire as disposing of land at Duxford in 1563.
- Harry Mordent married Susan Slyford(?) at St. Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, on 27th March, 1570.
- Thomas Mordaunt, knight, is listed as a Justice of the Peace in the Calendar of Essex Assize Records, 14th March 1556, in company with, among others, Lord Mordaunt, Lord Rich and Richard Rich, Knight. A Sir Thomas Mordaunt, possibly the same(?), is listed among those imprisoned for hearing Mass in the 'Calender of State Papers Relating to English Affairs in the Vatican Archives, Volume 1 - July to September 1561' published on the web by British History Online
- George Mordaunt was sharing a room with John Petre at the Middle Temple in 1570 according to a paper presented to the Royal Musical Association (4th page). I cannot find a George Mordaunt who fits this date or a George Mordaunt admitted to the Middle Temple around this time.
- Edward Mordaunt is mentioned in a British History Online webpage on the history of Norfolk being buried in St Andrew's, Massingham Parva in 1583.
- Lodovic/Ludovic Mordaunt, knight, is mentioned jointly with Lewis, Lord Mordaunt, 3rd Baron above, and his wife over the transfer of various properties in Yorkshire. See British History Online Feet of Fines of the Tudor period (Yorkshire), 1576 and/or West Yorksire Archive Service, Leeds, references WYL230/444-446 and 449, 1576.
- David Mordaunt and his wife Elizabeth are similarly mentioned in the West Yorksire Archive Service, Leeds, references WYL230/444-446 and 449 for 1576. However, I believe this is possibly a transcription error, "Lord" misread as "David"
- Nicholas Mordaunt is notorious in Irish history in the Elizabethan era
On my last visit to Ireland in 1982, primarily for family research, I came across by chance a reference, dated to the early 1600s from County Clare, to a Turvey Mordaunt family coat of arms but in reverse, white on black rather than black on white (no two people could have identical coats of arms and so relations had to devise minor alterations). When I recently did more research using the Internet I began to find out very much more about Sir Nicholas Mordaunt, onetime Captain Mordaunt and variously Marshal of Thomond, commissioner for Connaught, constable of the Castle of Gann/Glin and latterly knight of Carrick in County Clare. His ancestry is vague, appearing in neither the Turvey or Massingham Parva family lists but he certainly led an eventful life even if he is not much loved in Irish memory. He was involved in some very unpleasant events but he was probably no worse than many other of the English governors of the time. At first I was excited that, unpleasant skeleton in the family cupboard though he would have been, he might just have been the ancestor of at least some of the Irish Mordaunts but he appears to be another genealogical dead-end. I have found no record of him leaving a family, quite the opposite there is good evidence of a homosexual proclivity, but he did marry Sarah Stockdale, from Green Hamerton, Co, York. She was still alive, and living in her castle at Cahirdacon or Cahircon, about 17 miles south west of Ennis, in 1642 when it was commandeered by one Connor O'Brien during the seige of Limerick Castle. For those interested in Irish history his story is worth following as a microcosm of the time and he earns his place also in English literature as the inspiration for "Sir Mortdant" in Spenser's "The Faerie Queene." Edmund Spenser too had served in Ireland and was uncompromising apologist for the ruthless suppression of Irish resistance.
- A suggestion of a relationship with the Mordaunt's of Turvey is made in this volume
- In Dunmore but I suspect the date has been transposed and should read 1585. Near the bottom of a long page.
- A particularly bloodthirsty reference, (as Nicholas Mordant) about a third down the page.
- The unpleasantness continues in 1582 at Limerick and in 1588 at Spanish Point both, again, near the bottom of long pages.
- Most illuminative is Irish Names in The Faerie Queen, (section 4, starting page 31), which a kind library subscribing to Jstor forwarded to me in pdf format. Use the Glossary in the index list on the left of this page for the definitions of some archaic terms.
- Created a knight on 1st July, 1604.
- Finally his death is recorded - well, there was a link here but the URL has clearly been changed and I cannot now find it! It is so annoying when this happens. From memory it was in the early 1620s.
- Franncis Mordent baptised two children according to the records of the parish of Stonegrave, Yorkshire
- Franncis Mordent on 18th January 1589
- Elizabeth Mordent on 20th March 1591
- John Mordaunt, gentleman, who, according to the accounts of the churchwardens, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, was buried in the church on 29th November, 1593. His ground in the church, cloth, an afternoon knell and peals were paid for, total cost 4s. 4d. (in "old" pre-1970 money, now 22 pence/pennies). I have not found how he could fit in the "aristocratic" genealogies.
- Margaret Mordant married Ismael Turner at St Mildred Poultry with St. Mary Colchurch, London, on 2nd March 1594/95
- Henry Mordent was christened on 28th December 1596 at Old Warden, Bedford, by unrecorded parents. This is the same church and period in which Katherine and Parnell Mordaunt of the "Mordaunts of the Hill" were married but it is difficult to see how this Henry fits in.
- Barbara Mordaunt was a beneficiary of the will of Anne Brockett (d. 1616) of Wildhill (Hertfordshire?), described as "my loving friend," with a sum of money to buy a ring. A witness to the will appears to be an H. Mordaunt
- William Mordant, an infant, was buried at St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London, on 6th December, 1617.
- Francis Mordent (? - 1619) was buried on 2nd November 1619 at St. Mary le Bow, London.
- Thomas Mordaunt (? - 1620), a "stacioner" (in the early 1600s a seller or publisher of books), of the parish of "St. Michaelle att Quorne," is the earliest 'tradesman' Mordaunt I have found. He named in his will dated 1620 his wife Anne and two children
- John Mordaunt (b. before 1599) who seems to have been over 21 years old at his father's death
- Hellen Mordaunt (b. after 1599) who curiously, although her mother was still alive, was apparently under age and placed under the guardianship of one Matthew Royden "to have the custody and bringing up of her."
- John Mordant(?), his wife not named, had christened his son
- Charles Mordant(?) in 1620 in Sutton Coldfield, Warks.
- Charles Mordent and his wife Mary christened their daughter
Around the same period, on the same page of the church register as the baptism and burial of Juliet, a Mordent whose name I cannot read but which might be Peeter (sic) was buried on 16th April and a Charles Mordent (the father?), aged 45 years, was buried on 28th April, 1625. Then, an Elizabeth Mordent (a sister to Juliet?), a few days later, on 3rd May, 1625. A study on the London Plagues indicates that plague outbreaks in London regularly began around St Botolph's and that, in 1625, deaths started to increase above normal from 11th March that year.
- Juliet Mordent on 15th July, 1621 at St Botolph, Bishopsgate, London. Sadly, as was all to common in those days she did not live long and was buried in the same church 30th April, 1625, during one of London's recurring outbreaks of plague.
- Ann Mordant married Robert Cowell at the Royal Hospital and Collegiate Church of St Katherine by the Tower on 30th July 1621.
- Oliver Mordant was buried on at St. Mary le Bow, London, on 28th November, 1623. Presumably it was his son
- John Mordant, "son of Oliver" who was buried at St. Mary le Bow, London, on 8th October, 1625.
- Mary Mordantt married Henry Chitty at St Botolph Bishopsgate on 21th September, 1625.
Could she be a sister of Elizabeth Mordente, married in the same church in 1635, below
- John Mordaunt and his wife Elizabeth had, among any other children
- Elizabeth Mordaunt on 1st October 1627 at St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, London. Six years later, on 17th August 1633, John Mordaunt, Earl of Peterborough, and his wife Elizabeth, had baptised in the same church their son William. This suggests that baby Elizabeth may also have been their child.
- William Mordaunt was the father of
Speculatively, he may have been the William, son of Edmund Mordaunt of the "Mordaunts of Oakley," above.
- Edmund Mordaunt christened at Roxton, Bedfordshire, on 2nd August, 1629.
- Thomas Mordent and his wife Elizabeth christened a daughter
- Sarah Mordent was buried at St. Mary Magdalen, Milk Street, on 13th July 1631. The proximity to Thomas and Elizabeth above suggests a possible relationship. Was Sarah another daughter? The church register does not identify her as a child.
- Elizabeth Mordente married Richard Dowglas (Douglas?) at St Botolph, Bishopsgate, on 5th November 1635
- George Mordant married Edith Brass? at St George the Martyr, Surrey, on 16th July 1640
- Thomas Mordent married Judeth Densell at St Andrew by the Wardrobe, London, 15th March 1646 (1645 in the Julian calendar).
- Robert Mordaunt, whose daughter
- Frances Mordaunt married Christopher Pickering on 5th August 1647 at St. Bartholemew the Less, London
- Richard Mordaunt, a serving man(?) and his wife Elizabeth presented a son for baptism at St. Andrew, Holborn, on 1st September, 1648
- Dority Mordant married Henry Johnson at St Margaret Lothbury, London, on 22nd ??, 1651. Speculatively, she could be the daughter of Ferdinado Mordaunt, above.
- Henry Mordent presented a daughter for baptism at St. Mildred, Poultry, with St. Mary Colechurch, on 28th October 1655
There are two obvious candidates, Henry of Wembish, son of Henry of Thundersley, or his cousin, son of Ferdinando. Of course it could be neither.
- Ann Mordant married Abraham Paratt in Potton, Bedfordshire 16th December 1658
- Alice Mordant married John Spann(?) at St. George The Martyr, Surrey, on 25th October, 1659.
All local to St. Michael's, Crooked Lane, and therefore possibly related were:
- Richard Mordant and his wife Margaret tried hard to have children:
- Sarah Mordant (1665 - 1665). Her baptism was recorded at St. Michael, Crooked Lane, on 17th February 1664/65. She was buried three months later, at the same church, on 14th May, 1665.
- John Mordant (? - 1669). His baptism was recorded at St. Michael, Crooked Lane, on 8th April 1669. His burial was recorded at St. Michael, Crooked Lane, on 26th September, 1669.
- Nathanial Mordant (1670 - 1670). His baptism was recorded at St. Michael, Crooked Lane, on 23rd October 1670. He was buried less that two weeks later, at the same church, on 5th November, 1670.
- Elizabeth Mordant (1672 - ?). Her baptism was recorded at St. Michael, Crooked Lane, on 7th January 1671/72. She seems to have survived childhood.
- Joseph Mordant (? - 1665?) and his wife Anne. Possibly it was his burial recorded at St. Michael, Crooked Lane, on 26th September 1665 or it may have been another son and he lived to marry again and have a further child. The children are listed below in the order of their death
Both families were clearly affected by the Great Plague 1665-1666. St Michael's, and all around, was burnt down in the Great Fire of London in September 1666 so I am a little confused by the continuing church records after that date. Perhaps the services took place in the ruins. I suppose the church ministers had to service their congregations, church or no church. It was rebuilt in 1687 but later demolished to make room for the enlarged London Bridge.
- Othniell(?) Mordant (? - 1665) was baptised at St. Michael's, Crooked Lane, on 11th January 1664/65. He was buried at at the same church on 21st August, 1665. (Othniel was a character from the Book of Joshua who conquered a city and married his brother's daughter, [chapt.15, v 17]. Odd choice of name!)
- Mary Mordant (? - 1665), buried at St. Michael, Crooked Lane, on 11th September, 1665.
- Ann Mordant (? - 1665), buried at St. Michael, Crooked Lane, on 14th September, 1665.
- Joseph Mordant (? - ?), who could be the same Joseph above, and his wife Elizabeth baptised their son
and could it have been the same
- Richard Mordant, late Citizen and Girdler, whose son
- William Mordant (maybe abt. 1667, assuming he started his apprenticeship aged 15 years - ?) was apprenticed as a tinplateworker in 1682.
- William Mordant presented a son for baptism at St George The Martyr, Surrey
- William Mordant (1666 - ?) on 29th December 1666
A short family tree on the www.geni.com site gives details of a family I have not otherwise come across:
- Joseph Mordaunt (abt. 1667 - ?) of Bermondsey had a son
- Charles Mordaunt (abt. 1688 - ?) of Bermondsey, who married Mary Cox. They had a daughter
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (1718 - 1768) who married William Betts. Certainly, an Eliz. Mordaunt, who had married a Captain William Betts, had at least one son
The tree lists four children but no Henry.
- Charles Mordaunt married Judith Crouch on 10th April 1672 in Barton In The Clay, Bedfordshire. Shortly after, a Charles and Judith Mordaunt christened a daughter
- Judith Mordaunt (b. 26th February 1672/3) on 1st March 1672/3 at St Giles, Cripplegate, London.
Curious entries in the parish registers (marriage and burials, not baptisms as claimed in one quoted source) of St Peter, Cornhill, London are
- Osmond Mordaunt married Mary Bulger from Gorey in Co. Wexford, Ireland, on 25th June 1673
These entries in the parish register have been denounced as forgeries to establish a false claim to the dormant Barony of Mordaunt (see marriage entry, burial entry, courtesy of London Metropolitan Archives) but neither The Royal College of Heralds nor the Privileges Committee of the House of Lords has any record of any claim based on these entries nor is there any questionable entry for the baptism of a surviving child. However, the parish entries have every appearance of being nonsense and Osmond, 4th son of John, Viscount Avalon, would only have been about 4 years old at the time. The earliest re-use of the name Osmond, after some 450 years absence from the family, is also a peculiarity. However, Bulger was and still is a common name around Gorey, which carries a ring of some authenticity. It may be an invention or a genuine entry which may have been obliterated and then rewritten for some purpose that was not followed through.
- Peter Mordaunt was buried on 29th June 1674.
- Robartt/Robert Mordent was the father of a number of children christened at St. Christopher le Stocks, London
It is tempting to think of Robert Mordaunt of the Worshipful Company of Skinners above but, as he had no surviving family at his death in 1691, neither wife nor children, this would have meant a colossal family mortality rate
- Mary Miordaunt married Thomas Holder at St Giles Cripplegate. London, on 24th June 1675
- Lewis Mordant and his wife Elizabeth were the parents of a number of children christened at St. Antholin Budge Row, London
- John Mordant was christened on 17th June 1677 (www.familysearch.org)
- Sary Mordant was christened on 29th December 1678. Presumably she was the Sarah Mordant, daughter of Elizabeth Mordant, who was buried at the same church on 2nd September 1693. Does the omission of her father in the record suggests that her father Lewis had died by this time?
- George Mordaunt (the name spelt with the 'u' in the church record) was christened on 28th February 1681 (1680 in old calender). A George Mordaunt, son of Lewis Mordaunt, dec'd., Citizen and Skinner, was apprenticed as a Draper in 1696. Although they may not be the same, this is the only possible match I have found to date.
- Elizabeth Mordant was christened on 14th February 1683.
- John Mordant married Anne Turner at St. Nicholas Cole Abbey, London, on 31st May 1681. Did they have a daughter:
They almost certainly had a son
- Ann Mordaunt who was christened on 14th April 1684 at St Matthew, Friday Street, London?
- John Mordaunt (1686 - ?, son of John and Anne Mordaunt, who was christened on 8th September, 1686, at St Mary, Hampton, Middlesex
- Charles Mordaunt, of the Middle Temple, by his 1681 Will, left money to brothers John Mordaunt, undergoing an apprenticeship at the time, Henry Mordaunt and a married sister whose name I cannot, with confidence, decipher. One of the beneficiaries and one of the executors was Sir John Mordaunt Bart., although what the family connection was I have no idea.
- Charles Mordant (Carolus in the transcription) married Bridgetta Parker at Eaton Socon, Bedford, on 5 June 1682. A Charles Mordant/Mordaunt, gentleman, a title indicating some family connection to the gentry, of Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire, is recorded in the Bedfordshire and Luton Records Office and Service records in 1688 under investigation for the serious sexual assault and possible rape of 7 year-old Mary Chamberlain. He seems to have been a young schoolmaster, Mary was one of his pupils. No real indication is given but the nearest fit seems to be with one of the "Mordaunts of the Hill" above. Unfortunately I have not yet discovered the outcome on the Internet (or else I do not understand the abbreviations of the Latin legal terms). His examiner, Gaius Squier/Squire J.P., is identified by British History Online as occupier of Eaton Socon manor at this time.
- Lewis Mordaunt married Anne Martin at St. Mary, St. Marylebone Road, London on 29th October, 1685.
- Charlotte Mordaunt(?) (21st August, 1688 - ?). A Charlotte Mordaunt, daughter of Lewis and Ann Mordaunt, was christened at St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster, on 24th August 1688
- Lewis Mordaunt, recorded in the original in Latin, transcribed in www.ancestry.co.uk as Ludovicaes was baptised in Chertsey, Surrey, on 30th June, 1687
- John Mordaunt married Mary Chatfield in Steyning, Sussex, on 15th December 1685 according to the parish records
- John Mordaunt was christened in Steyning on 23rd May, 1687 according to an entry by an LDS Church member.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt was christened in Steyning on 17th March, 1689 according to the parish records
- Mary Mordaunt was christened in Steyning on 17th March, 1689 according to the records
- Edward Mordent was the father of an 'unnamed' child born and buried at St. James, Colchester, Essex, on 21st March, 1685/86.
- The Lady Elizabeth Mordant was buried in St. Mary Magdalen, Old Fish Street, London, on 6th October, 1687. A curious entry and one I cannot satisfactorily explain. The church was demolished in 1893 and Old Fish Street is now part of Knightrider Street, London.
- Skinner and Haberdasher Mordaunts
- Lewis Mordaunt (? - 1689) in his Will dated 1688 left his affairs in the hands of his spinster sister Mary Ryder (presumably a half-sister?) of Elbow Lane and his "kinsman" Lewis Mordaunt, a haberdasher of hats, of London Bridge. It is tempting to seek some kinship with Robert Mordaunt, nephew of the L'Estrange, the first baronet, who was a member of the Skinners Livery Company, but I have yet to find a connection.
- Jeremiah Mordaunt, a dyer, buried his wife Elizabeth at St. Saviour, Denmark Park, Southwark, on 21st November, 1692.
- George Mordaunt was, in 1688, a member of a grand jury considering the cases of a number of people accused of not attending Divine Service for four successive Sundays, and one instance of having unlawful meetings, as reported in the Bedfordshire and Luton Records Office and Service records. These could have been Catholics or dissenters: it is not clear.
- Sir Thomas Mordaunt, knight, is mentioned in the Calender of State papers, William and Mary, 1689-1690, 1st August, 1689, a warrant to the Earl of Winchelsea, lord lieutenant of Kent, to appoint as deputy lieutenants, Sir Thomas Mordaunt, kt, and others.
An indication he maintained the family's Catholicism is given in a further State Paper of William and Mary, 1690-91, "An account (unsigned) of what persons are lately come over from France: First, Miss Aldridge carried four children to France, very lately, to be put into a monastery, and brought back Sir Thomas Mordaunt's (?) son, a sickly young man, and brought him out of the Prince's House, a religious house in Bruges, in the month of September last. She has been convicted for the same fact, but she fled from her bail formerly, and was in custody and was committed to Newgate."
(From British History online)
- Elizabeth Mordaunt obtained a licence to marry Dennis Holden (or Helder?) on 31st December 1690. I have yet to find record that a marriage actually followed.
- John Mordent, widower and gentleman of St. Martin in the Fields married Frances Brent, spinster, of the same in Holy Trinity Minories on 21st December, 1699. He could be any one of the above Johns.
- Harry Mordent and his wife Margaret baptised
- Thomas Mordent (b 10th January 1700/01 - ?) at St. Martins In The Fields, Westminster, 16th February 1700/01.
- Mordaunts in Clerkenwell
These Mordaunts overlap the Tudor and Stuart era and are therefore included on both pages
- Eliz. Mordent, a widow, was buried in St. James, Clerkenwell, on 26th June, 1642.
- A Sir John Mordaunt (abt 1637 - 1723) of Islington made his Will in 1723, leaving his property in neighbouring Clerkenwell between his wife Elizabeth and one named son. He was buried in the parish church at Islington, described as "Sir John Mordaunt, late of Tangier, Knight Banneret." He could possibly be the John Mordaunt of Oakley, above, who married Elizabeth Gurnay,he could be John Mordaunt, grandson of George Mordaunt, younger brother of L'Estrange, the first baronet, or he could be from some other quite separate branch of the family
Some doubts have to be expressed. Knights banneret were created only in the field of battle by the King or a general. According to the website of the Imperial Society of Knights Batchelor, the last knight banneret was created in 1642, when this Sir John would have been about five years old. England had nothing to do with Tangier until it was occupied by an Army garrison from 1661, when it was received from Portugal as part of Catherine of Braganza's dowry on her wedding to Charles II. It was evacuated in 1684. (Henry Mordaunt, 2nd Earl of Peterborough was sent as its first Governor and Charles Mordaunt, later 3rd Earl, also served there briefly as a sort of gentleman adventurer). So, how and when was "Sir John" made a knight banneret? The evidence can be interpreted as suggesting he may have been a bit of a fraud.
- John Mordaunt.
- A daughter Mordaunt is mentioned in Sir John's will
- John Mordaunt (? - 1736) of the parish of St Ann, Westminster was clearly comfortably off. His wife, remembered in his Will, was Jane. Despite his main property and financial assets, clearly that dearest to his heart was his share in the playhouse in Drury Lane, which he made sure to preserve for his grandson's use. Only one child is mentioned in his Will, a daughter.
- Diana Mordaunt who married a John Furbar. I am grateful to Rosemary Gardiner, conducting her own research, who contacted me through my Guest Book with the information that he was to rise to the rank of Major General in the army. They had, by the time of her father's Will in 1736, one son
She is, presumably, the Diana Mordaunt, daughter of John and Jane Mordaunt, who was christened at St. James, Clerkenwell, on 23rd February, 1709, in which case she had a sister
- Elizabeth Mordaunt who was christened at St. James, Clerkenwell, on 30th August, 1710. She would have had to have died by the date of her father's Will written in 1736.
- John Mordaunt married Elizabeth Flood at St James, Clerkenwell, on 1st July, 1715. This is the same church and around the same time as the family above but whether there was any connection with this family I do not know.
These bits of information could be forced together as follows:
Conversely, this tree could equally be completely wrong! In any case, I have not been able to fit Mary Mordaunt into the picture at all.
- Sir John Mordaunt (abt 1637 - 1723) of Islington, whose first wife is not known, had one surviving son
Sir John, a widower, married Elizabeth Flood at St James, Clerkenwell, on 1st July, 1715.
- John Mordaunt whose wife was Jane. They had children:
- Diana Mordaunt who was christened at St. James, Clerkenwell, on 23rd February, 1709, and who married John Furbar(?) and they had, by the time of her father's Will in 1736, one son
- Elizabeth Mordaunt who was christened at St. James, Clerkenwell, on 30th August, 1710. She would have had to have died by the date of her grandfather's Will written in 1723.
Also in Clerkenwell at this time was
- John Mordant, of Paretree(?) Court, who was buried at St. James, Clerkenwell, on 27th May, 1721.
- Henry Mordaunt, of Clerkenwell who had a son
- Henry Mordaunt who in 1724 was an apprentice vintner (or so it seems to me, the writing is difficult) to a Tho. Perry.
- Mary Mordaunt (? - 1725) was buried in St. James, Clerkenwell, on 18th July, 1725. I wonder if she was wife to the older Henry and mother to the younger.
- Mordaunts in and off Fleet Street: St Dunstan in the West and St Bride
- Elizabeth Mordant married Laurence Harwood at St. Dunstan in the West on 22nd December, 1698.
- Charles Mordent, a vintner of the ?? Tavern in Fleet Street buried his son:
Presumably be was the same Charles Mordent of Fleet Street, who, with his wife Frances, had baptised:
The next child of a Charles Mordent of Fleet Street to be baptised in St. Dunstan in the West had a mother Elizabeth Mordaunt. If his first wife, Frances, had died, he did not waste much time in finding a replacement!
He is presumably also the Charles Mordaunt, citizen and vintner, who took on an apprentice in 1709 and who is then recorded in a City of London 1713 poll list voting for the Tory candidate in the general election.
- George Mordent at St. Mary's, Acton on 24th August 1706 (1705 in the Julian Calendar). What he was doing so far west, I have no idea.
St Bride's church, Fleet Street, is now some 30 yards south of Fleet Street, down St Bride's Lane, behind a row of shops. A 15th century church was burnt down in the Great Fire 1666 and rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren.
Salisbury Court still exists in the shadow of the church's tall spire. Now offices, it was quite a respectable address in the 1660s when Samuel Pepys's sister and cousin both lived there. The church records show baptisms and burials from Salisbury Court every week, suggesting over 100 families must have been resident there, including:
- Frances Mordant of Salisbury Court was buried at St. Bride's, Fleet Street, on 25th February, 1719 (1718 in the Julian calendar). The parish record says she died of a fever.
- Henry Mordaunt and his wife Mary who christened their son
- Henry Mordaunt of Salisbury Court, married to Margaret, presented children for baptism at St Bride, Fleet Street. Maybe he is the son Henry immediately above.
Then there is a daughter baptised whose parents are given as Henry Mordaunt, presumably the same Henry, and his wife Mary, both of Salisbury Court, but whether she is the same person as Margaret or a new wife I have no idea.
- Edward Mordaunt on 5th December, 1732
- Thomas Mordaunt on 15th July, 1734. The parents' address now given as White's Alley. The only White's Alley I have been able to trace is some distance away, south of High Holborn, in the space between Fetter Lane and Furnival Street. Perhaps there was another one off Fleet Street.
- Henery (sic) Mordaunt of "Fleet Street" was buried at St. Dunstan in the West in Fleet Street church yard on 10th February, 1731 (1730 in the Julian Calendar). Maybe he was the older Henry.
Bell Savage Yard, with its variant spellings, named from an old inn and playhouse, was on the north side of that part of Fleet Street now known as Ludgate Hill. It is difficult to tell from reports and illustrations I have found to date whether is was a smart or poor area at this period.
- Elizabeth Mordant "of St Brides at Mr Harwoods in Bell Savage yard" (a servant perhaps?) married Peregrine Tawney of St. Olave, Silver Street, a watchmaker at Mr Hantons(?) near Surgeons-Hall in Mugwell Street on 3rd December 1702 at St Anne and St Agnes, Aldersgate, London.
- George Mordant "of Belsauage Yard" was buried at St. Bride's, Fleet Street, on 30th July 1717. He was recorded as dying from convulsions. Nowadays convulsions are associated with epilepsy but, as convulsions seem the commonest form of death in the parish record, interspersed with fever, dropsy and consumption, they presumably meant something else in those days, maybe a stroke.
- John Morduant (sic) and his wife Jane christened their daughter
Was it the same John and Jane Mordaunt who had ealier christened two children in Clerkenwell, above?
- Elizabeth Morduant on 20th August 1713 at St Andrew, Holborn, London, according to a www.familysearch.org transcription. Was it simply coincidence that an Elizabeth Mordent (sic) was buried in St. Andrew, Holborn, a week earlier on 5th August, 1713.
- George Mordaunt was baptised at Carey Street, New Court, Independent Non-Conformist, London, on 19th September 1714
- Sir(?) Philip Mordaunt, aged about 27 years-old, shot himself in the head. This was clearly a well known event in its time, being refered to by Voltaire, Goldsmith and a 1835 medical textbook on diseases of the mind written in Pennsylvania. Described by Voltaire as a cousin-german (today we would say first cousin) to Charles, the 3rd Earl of Peterborough, this places him in time anywhere from 1690 - 1735 but Earl Charles did not have any male cousins. I have been unable to place him in any family tree.
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