Monthly Archives: April 2011

Judith Kynaston … and connections with Royalty?

Updated 30 August 2015 Today the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is the focus of attention for many, not just in Britain but around the world. The marriage of a ‘commoner’ and a man who is second in line to the throne has inspired more than a few genealogists to investigate… Read more »

A good old Shropshire name – Part 3

< Back to Part 2 Mytley of old and Mickley of today are indeed one and the same – the index of the calendar of patent rolls which mentions Robert Acheley of Mytley listed the place as “Mickley, Mytley, co. Salop.” But what of Acheley and Aychley? This second question was answered by the Reverend Robert William Eyton in volume… Read more »

A good old Shropshire name – Part 2

Was the ancestor of the Atcherley family a Norman invader or settler, who brought his family name with him to England? Or was he an ancient Salopian, a native of Shropshire who took his name from the settlement where he lived? Since I last posed these questions, in my first article about the origins of this “good old Shropshire name,”… Read more »

The constitution, the monarchy, and Counsellor Roger Acherley

“On Wednesday [16th April] died, in an advanc’d Age, at his House in Greenwich, Roger Acherly of the Inner-Temple, Esq:” – London Daily Post, 21 March 1740. The “advanc’d age” at which Roger Acherley (or Atcherley) died on this day in 1740 was about 77. He had been baptised on 23 December 1662 at Baschurch in Shropshire, the first child of… Read more »

Kissing cousins

The marriage of William Henry Atcherley and Charlotte Emma Shakeshaft on this day in 1882 at High Ercall in Shropshire was one of many unions between members of the parish’s farming families. Given the number of intermarriages between these families, in particular the Atcherley, Brookes, Icke and Shakeshaft clans, some of the weddings were, inevitably, between people who were related…. Read more »

The rebirth of the Atcherleys of Stanwardine

John Atcherley, baptised at West Felton, Shropshire, on 6 April 1693, was the fourth child and second son of Thomas Atcherley of Twyford [1]. He was also a grandson of Thomas Atcherley, alias Edge, who had been born out of wedlock in the parish of Myddle and ended his days as a yeoman at Twyford (see Edge of the tree… Read more »