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Cousins: The Baronets Ruggles-Brise of Spain’s Hall, Essex

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From Burke’s Landed Gentry (1972)

Arms: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, gu. a cross between four mascles arg., all within a bordure sa., charged with eight quatrefoils of the second (for BRISE); 2nd and 3rd, arg. on a chevron gu., between three roses of the second, barbed, seeded, leaved and slipped ppr., as many estoiles or (for RUGGLES). Crests: 1 A demi-crocodile sa. (for BRISE), 2 In front of twelve arrows in saltire ppr., heads outward, a tower or, inflamed ppr. (for RUGGLES). Motto: Struggle. Creation: Bt. (UK) 31 Jan 1935.

SIR JOHN ARCHIBALD RUGGLES-BRISE, 2ND BT , of Spains Hall, Finchingfield, Co Essex, CB (1958), OBE (1945) TD, JP (Essex 1946) [Sir John Ruggles-Brise Bt CB OBE TD, Spains Hall, Finchingfield, Essex CM7 4PF]; born 13 June 1908; succeeded f 1942; educatedEton; WW II in AA Cmd, cmded 1st 450 Mixed HAA Regt, formed and cmded 459th Mixed HAA Regt (TA), Essex: Lord Lt 1958–78, V-Lt 1947–58, DL 1945, Pres T&AFA 1958–66; Church Commr 1959–65, pres CLA 1958–1959 and Game Fair, chm Standing Cncl Baronetage 1958–63, Pro-Chllr Essex U 1964–79, Hon Freeman Chelmsford, former govr Felsted and Chigwell Schs, memb Lloyd’s Underwriters, KStJ

Lineage: Col Sir SAMUEL RUGGLES-BRISE, KCB, of Spains Hall, Essex, JP (Essex), DL; had:

ARCHIBALD WEYLAND RUGGLES-BRISE, of Spains Hall; born 2 April 1853; barrister, Capt Suffolk Yeo; married 26 Sept 1876 Mabel (died 29 April 1929), eldest daughter of Octavius Edward Coope, MP, of Rochetts, Essex, and died 30 July 1939, leaving:


2a Evelyn Coope; born 5 June 1888; educated Eton; Capt Norfolk Yeo WW I; married 11 Feb 1920 Mildred Dorothy, younger daughter of Edward George Cubitt, of Honing Hall, Norfolk, and died 28 Sept 1977, leaving:

1b Stephen Evelyn; born 25 March 1921; educated Eton; Rifle Bde and RAOC WW II; died unmarried 31 Oct 1977

2b Thomas Oliver; born 18 Nov 1922; educated Eton and Trin College Oxford; Lt 2nd Armoured Bn Gren Gds WW II; killed in action France 18 July 1944

1b •Jane Mary; born 6 Jan 1925; married 16 May 1951 Anthony Addison Birley, 2nd son of Charles Fair Birley, of Jersey, and has:

1c •Mary Eileen; born 16 March 1957

2c •Susanna Jane; born 5 Nov 1958

3a Cecil Weyland; died young 1890

4a Harold Ralph, MC; born 18 Feb 1891; educated Winchester; RE WW I (Belgian Croix de Guerre), MLC Tanganyika Territory 1926–31, KAR WW II; married 25 June 1925 Cecily Jane, MBE (died 6 Jan 1958), daughter of John Henry Gurney, JP, DL, of Keswick Hall, and died 23 April 1951, leaving:

1b •Alethea Mabel; born 29 May 1926; E African WTS WW II; married 8 May 1948 (divorce 1965) Ernest Mackenzie Waller, Lt Gren Gds, s of Ernest Waller, of Inglaterra, Tangier, and has:

1c •Jeremy Mark Ralph [Jeremy Waller Esq, The Red House, 17 Nethergate St, Clare, Suffolk CO10 8NP]; born 6 Aug 1953; educated King’s Sch Canterbury

2c •Martin Christopher; born 4 Jan 1956; educated Eton

1a Marjory Mabel; died unmarried 22 Feb 1955

2a Emily Ada Pleasance, JP Norfolk; married 21 Nov 1911 Quintin Edward Gurney, TD, DL, of Bawdeswell Hall, Norfolk, and Keswick Hall, Norwich, and died 22 Oct 1972, leaving issue. He died 30 June 1968

3a Dorothy Clara; married 22 May 1913 Christopher Richard Gurney, of Northrepps Hall, Norwich, and died 7 Oct 1960, leaving issue. He died 27 Nov 1969

4a Octavia Florence; married 4 April 1922 Francis Guy Pym (see PYM, B) and had:

1b •Stephen Guy; born 18 Sept 1925; married 3 April 1947 •Florence Tereson, daughter of Louis Bourassa, OBE, of Pearce River, Alberta, Canada, and has:

1c •Charles Stephen Guy; born 15 Jan 1956

2c •Michael Ruthven; born 11 Jan 1959

1c •Coryn Barbara; born 14 March 1948

2c •Jacqueline Margery; born 10 Feb 1950

3c •Stephanie Louise; born 28 May 1951

4c •Roxanne Marie; born 9 Sept 1953

The eldest son,

Sir Edward Archibald Ruggles-Brise, 1st Bt (UK), so created 31 Jan 1935, MC, TD, JP, DL; born 9 Sept 1882; served WW I, MP (C) Maldon 1922–23 and 1924–42; Lt-Col cmdg Essex Yeo 1927–34, Brevet Col 1931; V-Lt Essex 1939, V-Chm Essex T&AFA; married 1st 25 June 1906 Agatha (died 2 April 1937), eldest daughter of John Henry Gurney, JP, DL, of Keswick Hall, Norfolk (see BLG 1965), and had:

1a Sir JOHN ARCHIBALD RUGGLES-BRISE, 2nd and present Bt

2a +GUY EDWARD, TD, DL (Essex 1967) [Guy Ruggles-Brise Esq TD DL, Ledgowan Lodge, Achnasheen, Wester Ross IV22 2EH]; born 15 June 1914; heir presumptive; educated Eton; High Sheriff Essex 1967, memb London Stock Exchange, sr ptnr Wontner, Colphin & Francis, dir The Investment Co 1972, consultant Brewin Dolphin & Co (stockbrokers), V-Chm Riding for Disabled Tst, late Capt 104th (Essex Yeo) Field Bde RA and Commando No 7 WW II (POW, escaped); married 1st 7 Dec 1940 Elizabeth (died 1988), only daughter of James Knox, of Smithstone House, Kilwinning, Ayrshire; married 2nd 1994 •Christine Margaret Fothergill-Spencer, only daughter of Lt John A Fothergill, and by his 1st wife has:

1b +Timothy Edward; born 11 April 1945; educated Eton; married 3 May 1975 •Rosemary, younger daughter of J S Craig, of London NW3, and has:

1c +Archibald Edward; born 1979

2c +Charles Evelyn; born 1983

3c +Iain; born 1989

1c •Olivia Agnes; born 31 May 1977

2c •Felicity Rose; born 1984

2b +James Rupert; born 22 June 1947; educated Eton

3b +Samuel Guy; born 19 Jan 1956; educated Stowe; married 23 June 1979 •Katherine Margaret, daughter of Brig R J Bishop, MBE, MC, RA (see THURSO, V), and has:

1c +Edward James; born 30 July 1985

1c •Camilla Jane; born 12 Aug 1983

1a •Violet Agatha [Mrs Hubert Barry, Flat 5, Sutton Manor Mews, Sutton Scotney, Hants SO21 3JX]; born 24 May 1907; married 19 Aug 1936 Cdr Hubert Wyndham Barry, RN (see BARRY, Bt), and has issue

2a Cecilia Margaret; born 21 Oct 1919; Section Offr WAAF WW II; married 28 Sept 1943 (John) Julian Riddick (married 2nd Ruth Milson and died 13 Jan 1997), eldest son of Col John Galloway Riddick, CBE, DSO, TD, JP, of Hanson House, Mobberley, Cheshire, and died 1991, leaving:

1b •Robert John Gurney; born 19 Jan 1951; educated Stowe

2b •Graham Edward Galloway; born 26 Aug 1955; educated Stowe

1b •Elspeth Marjorie; born 22 Sept 1952

Sir Edward married 2nd 14 March 1939 Lucy Barbara, MBE (1957), Sr Social Worker Boys’ Prison Wormwood Scrubs 1945–64, younger daughter of Rt Rev Walter Ruthven Pym (see PYM, B), and died 12 May 1942

Seat: Spains Hall, Finchingfield, Essex. The Ruggles, later Ruggles-Brise, family bought Spains in 1760. Previously it had belonged to a family called Kempe, who built the earliest part of the present house in the 15th century and greatly added to it in the late 16th. Around the time of its acquisition by Samuel Ruggles a further extension was made. ‘Spains’ is a corruption of ‘de Ispania’, the name of the family who held the manor at the time of the Domesday survey. It was acquired by the KEMPEs some two hundred years afterwards.

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Written by copfordgenealogist

July 29, 2011 at 10:41 am

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