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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Will someone explain?

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Why anglicans are allowed the use of our Churches in the Vendee, while traditional Catholics are excluded.

The Deputy Chaplain is a Revd M(r)s Gillibrand!

Catholicism and the Gillibrands

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The surname Gillibrand occurs in several places in South Lancashire, (fn. 69) but nothing is known of the origin of the Chorley branch. The earliest to occur is one Humphrey Gillibrand, who about 1430 was holding a small portion of the Hospitallers' land by a rent of 4d. (fn. 70) Thomas Gillibrand purchased a messuage in Chorley in 1563, (fn. 71) but the name is not recorded among the freeholders in 1600. Soon afterwards the family became prominent. A pedigree was recorded in 1613 (fn. 72) ; in 1628 Thomas Gillibrand, a convicted recusant, was one of the more considerable landowners, (fn. 73) and in 1631 was called upon to pay £10 as composition for having refused knighthood. (fn. 74) The residence of the family was already called Chorley Hall. (fn. 75) The fidelity of the family to Roman Catholicism was shown in many ways, and was probably the reason of the sequestration (fn. 76) and ultimate forfeiture (fn. 77) of Thomas Gillibrand's estates during the Commonwealth period.

Argent two swords in saltire sable hilted or.A pedigree was again recorded in 1664, (fn. 78) and Chorley Hall descended to John Gillibrand and Thomas his son, who in 1717 registered their estates as 'Papists.' The father, who, as above stated, purchased a moiety of the manor, was living at Astley Hall, which he had in right of his wife. (fn. 79) He died in 1732, and his will recites the settlement of the moiety of the manor of Chorley made on the marriage of his son Thomas with Alice Westby, and directs that it should go to his grandson Thomas, with remainder to another grandson Richard. (fn. 80) Thomas Gillibrand the son of John had five sons and three daughters. His will, dated 1733, mentions various of them, including a daughter Jane, who had married John Hawarden of Lower House in Widnes and had a son Thomas. (fn. 81) Two of the five sons, Richard (d. 1774) and William (d. 1779), became Jesuit priests; the latter, on the death of his elder brother Thomas in 1775, succeeded to the estate and lived at Chorley till his death. (fn. 82) His nephew, the above-named Thomas Hawarden, succeeded and took the surname of Gillibrand. The house had become known as Gillibrand Hall, but the owner in 1783 assured Dorning Rasbotham that it was rightly called Chorley Hall. (fn. 83) He did not long enjoy his estate, dying in 1787 (fn. 84) ; his son Thomas, (fn. 85) who purchased the other moiety of the manor and became sole lord, died in 1828, and left a son and heir Henry Hawarden Gillibrand, who in 1815 took the name of Fazakerley.


He fought a duel at Chorley in 1832 with T. B. Crosse of Shaw Hill, but neither party was injured. (fn. 86) His son Henry having died without issue, the inheritance went to a daughter Matilda Harriet, who in 1863 married Jocelyn Tate Westby, afterwards Fazakerley-Westby, of Mowbreck. The later generations of the family were Protestants. As already stated, the manor was sold in 1874, and in 1881 the hall, with 250 acres of park and woodland, was purchased by the late Henry Rawcliffe, to whom has succeeded his son Mr. Augustus Walter Rawcliffe. Lower Chorley Hall was taken down in 1807–8 and a large edifice was built by Thomas Gillibrand in its place


From: A History of the County of Lancaster, Volume 6