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Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield



Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield.
Portrait by William Dobson, c.1645.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand. Online at NZMuseums.
Also on Wikimedia Commons.



Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield (see here),
born c.1618,
educ Leiden University, Holland, entered 1633,
senior Royalist commander for Charles I in Civil War of 1642-51,
through his mother he inherited the Fitton property Gawsworth Hall, Cheshire, in 1643, though he fought a legal battle with his Fitton cousins for its ownership until 1662,
cr Baron Gerard in 1645,
left England 1646, stayed on the Continent until 1660 [DNB],
mar Jeanne de Civelle [or Jane, French, dau of Pierre de Civelle, Equerry to the queen Henrietta Maria],
Restoration 1660, returned to England,
Jeanne in 1662 was made lady-in-waiting to the new queen, Catherine of Braganza,
she lost her post in 1663, for telling the queen details of the king's affair with the countess of Castlemaine,
Jeanne died 28 Sept 1671,
he developed the Gerard estate, Soho, London, after 1677,
cr Earl of Macclesfield in 1679,
took London house, Gerard House, Soho, in 1682,
died 7 Jan 1694 [at the time regarded as the end of 1693], age c.76 yrs, presumably died in London,
bur 18 Jan in Westminster Abbey, London,
had issue:


  1. Charlotte Gerard, born c.1651.
    She mar 1stly to Thomas Mainwaring [or James] and had issue.
    She mar 2ndly, est c.1685, to Sir Thomas Orby, 3rd Baronet and had issue.
    He died 1724.

    She mar 3rdly (in old age, in her 70s) to Edward Manby.
    She fl 1726.
    She died c.1727, St.George Hanover Square parish, London, age 76 yrs.
    Administration of will 7 Mar 1729 [using [NJ] date format, note that at the time this was regarded as the end of 1728].


  2. Charles Gerard, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield, succ 1694, died 1701.

  3. Fitton Gerard, 3rd Earl of Macclesfield, succ 1701, died 1702. Title extinct.




Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield.
From NPG. See terms of use.




Tomb at Westminster Abbey

The 1st Earl of Macclesfield was buried in "the Exeter vault" (or "the Cecil vault") in the Chapel of St. John the Baptist at Westminster Abbey, London.
This is a floor vault beside the massive tomb of Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter in the Chapel of St. John the Baptist.
A diverse collection of people are buried in the floor vault. A floorstone lists their names.
See p.186 of [Brayley, vol.2, 1823].


Map of part of Westminster Abbey.
From [Brayley, 1818-23].
Tomb of Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, in Chapel of St. John the Baptist, is circled in red here.



Tomb of 1st Earl of Macclesfield (1694), floorstone at Exeter vault, Chapel of St. John the Baptist, Westminster Abbey.
Photo 2013. See larger and full size.



View of "St.Erasmus Chapel" (Chapel of St. John the Baptist).
Exeter tomb in centre.
The floorstone is on this side of the Exeter tomb, at the feet of the Exeter effigies.
From opposite p.176 in [Combe, 1812, vol.2].



View of "St.Erasmus Chapel" (Chapel of St. John the Baptist).
Exeter tomb in centre.
The floorstone is on the far side, at the feet of the Exeter effigies.
From opposite p.179 in [Combe, 1812, vol.2].





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