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Sir William Villiers, 1st Baronet

Brooksby Hall and church, around 1800.
From here.

Sir William Villiers, 1st Baronet (see here and here), born 1575,
of Brooksby Hall, Leicestershire,
inherited Brooksby when his father died 1605,

mar 3rdly, pre-1618, to Rebecca Roper [bapt St.Peter's Church, Derby, 17 Jan 1591 (regarded at the time as the end of 1590)],
Rebecca was dau of Robert Roper, of Heanor, Derbyshire, by his wife Elizabeth Nott [dau of William Nott of Imber Court, Thames Ditton, Surrey],
these Ropers are thought to be related to Roper, Viscount Baltinglass but the evidence is weak,

William was cr Baronet in 1619,
in 1628 he inherited Dromahair, Co.Leitrim, Ireland, from his half-brother the 1st Duke of Buckingham,
built Dromahair Castle in 1628-29,
died 12 June 1629, age 54 yrs [Complete Baronetage],

Rebecca re-married to Francis Cave,
she retained Brooksby Hall until her death,
Francis Cave died 1646,
Rebecca died 1661, age 70 yrs,
Sir William and Rebecca had issue:

  1. Sir George Villiers, 2nd Baronet, born 1620, succ 1629,
    inherited Brooksby Hall 1661,
    sold Dromahair in 1665.
    Baronetcy extinct 1712.

  2. Catherine Villiers (see here),
    mar 1649 to Philip Herbert, 5th Earl of Pembroke [bapt 1621] and had issue.

Brooksby Hall, Leicestershire

Brooksby Hall, Leicestershire.
See satellite view.
See Panoramio photos.

Brooksby Hall.
Photo 2007. From Geograph.

Brooksby Hall.
Photo 2009. From Geograph.

Brooksby Hall and church.
Photo 2010. See full size.
From Phil McIver. Creative Commons.

Dromahair Castle, Co.Leitrim

Dromahair Castle, Dromahair, Co.Leitrim.
Ruin of the 17th century castle survives.
See [Irish Country Houses].

Dromahair, Co.Leitrim, on 1887 to 1913 map.
The 17th century Villiers castle is "Old Castle" here.

The 17th century Villiers castle, Dromahair, Co.Leitrim.
Screenshot 2010 from street view.

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