Sir Gilbert Gerard (see here),
Attorney General 1559 to 1581.
Elizabeth appointed him Attorney General on 22 January 1559, a week after her coronation on 15 January 1559. It was said this was to reward him for defending her during reign of Mary, but evidence for this is weak.
In 1564 he purchased (from a Gerard relative) the manor of Bromley, near Ashley, Staffordshire.
Around 1575 he built Gerrard's Bromley Hall at Bromley.
Master of the Rolls 1581 to 1593.
He was accused of protecting Catholics. An anonymous letter of 1586 denounced him as "a protestant at London and a papist in Lancashire".
He died 4 February 1593, probably at Gerrard's Bromley.
He was bur 6 March 1593 at Ashley, Staffordshire.
Ann died 1608.
They are both bur in impressive tomb in Gerard Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Ashley, Staffordshire. See street view. The tomb was completed about 1612 by their son the 1st Baron.
Sir Gilbert and Ann had issue:
The figure on the RHS.
This may be Ratcliffe Gerard.
Though other sources say it is Gilbert Gerard, 2nd Baron Gerard.
Photo 2018. See full size.
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