THE MARKENFIELD IRREGULAR: Issue 32
A DISCOVERY. Property forfeited during the 1569 Rising of the North was disposed of to loyal and trusted advisors to Queen Elizabeth. Markenfield was such a property – the Markenfield family having taken such a leading role in the rebellion – and was gifted first for a fixed 21 years to Laurence Meres and then, in perpetuity, to Sir Henry Gates, MP. (1515 – 1589).
Alan Robiette has discovered that Trinity College Dublin has a manuscript New Testament, in Wycliffe’s English translation, which dates probably from the early 15th century and once belonged to Gates. This retains his handwritten notes on the flyleaves, recording the births of all his children – down to the hour of the day, as well as the date and place of each birth – and the names of their godparents. In his own words… To read more, please click HERE to open Issue 32 of the Irregular.