'Ireland1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Ireland of Bewsey, Ireland of Garston, Ireland of Hale, Ireland of Hutt, Ireland of Lydiate

BLG1886 reports that the family "was founded by Sir John de Ireland, living temp. William the Conqueror" (who r. 1066-1087). It then identifies the Adam of Hutt (who m. Avena Holland) as son of Sir John Ireland of Hutt and grandson of Sir Robert Ireland of Hutt. However, it appears that Adam's family name was Austin and that he (probably) became known as de Ireland only after he returned to Lancashire from Ireland (where he had been brought up) to claim the inheritance of Hale through his mother.
Sir John (Austin?) (a c1080)
1. ?? Austin
  Uncertain on number of intervening generations.
  A. ?? Austin
  i. Sir Robert Austin of Hutt, Lancashire
  a. Sir John Austin of Hutt
  m. Edusa de Meath (dau of Richard de Meath of Hale by Cecily de Vernai (widow of Philip de Columbers))
  (1) Adam Austin 'de Ireland' of Hutt & Hale (d 1324)
  m. (1285) Avina de Holand (dau of Robert de Holand, sister of 1st Lord Holand)
  (A) Sir John de Ireland of Hutt & Hale (a 1357)
  m. Agatha (possibly sister/heir of David de Merton)
  (i) David de Ireland of Hutt & Hale (a 1377)
  (a) Sir John de Ireland of Hutt & Hale (d after 23.05.1411) - continued below
  m. Margery or Margaret Halsall (dau of _ Halsall of Halsall)
  (b) Emma Ireland probably of this generation
  m. (mcrt 1378) Sir John Bold of Bold (d 27.06.1436)
  (B) Robert de Ireland of Oswaldstre
  (C) Adam de Ireland



Sir John de Ireland of Hutt & Hale (d after 23.05.1411) - continued above
m. Margery or Margaret Halsall (dau of ?? Halsall of Halsall
1. William de Ireland of Hutt & Hale (d 1435)
  m1. Margaret Handford (dau/heir of Sir William Handford)
  A. John de Ireland of Hutt & Hale (d 02.05.1462)
  i. William Ireland of Hutt & Hale
  a. Sir John Ireland of Hutt & Hale (d 29.07.1525)
  m. ?? Stanley (natural dau of James Stanley, Bishop of Ely)
  (1) Thomas Ireland of Hutt & Hale (b c1503, d 27.08.1545)
  m. (1522-3) Margaret Bold (dau of Sir Richard Bold of Bold)
  (A) George Ireland of Hutt & Hale (d 25.07.1596)
For George's wives, VCH names only Elizabeth Birkenhead but does note that she was his 1st wife. BLG1886 mentions only Elizabeth Colwiche, identifying her as mother of several sons (including Gilbert) plus Mary. We follow Visitation (Dugdale, Lancashire, 1665, Ireland of Hutt) which, other than showing his parents, starts with George and shows both marriages.
  m1. Elizabeth Birkenhead (dau/coheir of Ralph Birkenhead of Crowton)
  (i) John Ireland of Hutt & Hale (b 1557-8, dsp 17.10.1614)
  m. _ Leicester (dau of _ Leicester of Tabley)
  (ii) Sir Gilbert Ireland of Hutt & Hale, Sheriff of Lancashire (b c1559, d 04.1626)
  m. Barbara Legh (dau of George Legh of High Legh)
  (a) John Ireland of Hutt & Hale (b 1596-7, d 05.05.1633)
  m. Elizabeth Hayes (dau of Sir Thomas Hayes, Lord Mayor of London)
  ((1)) Sir Gilbert Ireland of Hutt & Hale, Sheriff of Lancashire (b 08.04.1624, dsp 30.04.1675)
  m. Margaret Ireland (d c06.1675, dau/heir of Thomas Ireland of Bewsey) @@ below
  ((2)) Eleanor Ireland
  m. Edward Aspinwall of Aspinwall & Ormskirk
((A)) Gilbert Aspinwall of Hale (d 1717)
  ((i)) Edward Aspinwall of Hale (d 1719)
  ((a)) Ireland Aspinwall of Hale (d unm 1733)
  ((b)) Mary Aspinwall
  m. Isaac Greene of Childwall & Hale (d 09.07.1749)
  (((1))) daughter (d unm)
  (((2))) Ireland Greene
m. (1752) Thomas Blackburne of Orford
  (((3))) Mary Greene
  m. (1757) Bamber Gascoyne
  ((3)) Martha Ireland
  m. Arthur Squibb
  ((4))+ other issue - John, George, Thomas, Barbara (d young), Elizabeth (d young)
  (b) Jane Ireland possibly of this generation
  m. Richard Molineux of New Hall
(c)+ other issue - Thomas (dsp), Peter (d young), George, Adam (dsp), Catherine (d young)
  (iii) daughter
  m. _ Birket of Manley
  (iv) Mary Ireland
  m. William Orrell of Turton
(v) daughter
  m. _ Molineux of the Grange
  (vi) Elenor Ireland probably of this generation
  m. Richard Gerard of Crewood (b 1581, dvp)
  (vii)+ other issue - George, Thomas
  m2. Elizabeth Colwiche (dau/heir of Edward Colwiche of Colwiche, widow of Peter Leicester of Tabley)
  (B) Sir Thomas Ireland of Bewsey, Lancashire (a 1599)
  This connection and the following were kindly brought to our attention by a contributor (OWC, 27.10.08).
(i) Sir Thomas Ireland of Bewsey (d 17.07.1625)
  m. Margaret Aston (dau of Sir Thomas Aston of Aston)
  (a) Thomas Ireland of Bewsey 
  m. (1625) Margaret Stanley (dau of Sir Thomas Stanley of Weever & Alderley)
  ((1)) Thomas Ireland
  ((2)) Margaret Ireland (d c06.1675)
  m. Gilbert Ireland of Hutt & Hale (b 1624, dsp 30.04.1675) @@ above
  (b) Robert Ireland
  (c) Elizabeth Ireland probably of this generation
  m. William Bankes of Winstalney Hall (b c1584, d 1676)
  (d) Eleanor Ireland probably of this generation
  m. John Atherton of Atherton (d 1646-7)
(e) Margaret Ireland probably of this generation
  m. John Jefferies of Acton (b 1608, d 1691)
  (ii) George Ireland of Pennington (d 1623)
  George and hs daughter reported in VCH (Lancashire, vol 3, Pennington).
  (a) Margaret Ireland (a 1652, heir)
  m. Peniston Whalley (a 1652)
(C) John Ireland
  (i) Margaret Ireland
  (D) Anne Ireland
  m. William Aston
  (E) Margaret Ireland probably of this generation
  m1. (1546) John Aston of Aston (d 05.08.1573)
  m2. Hugh Beeston of Beeston (d 1601)
  m2. Elizabeth Atherton (dau of Sir William Atherton)
2. Thomas Ireland of Garston & Lydiate (d by 1433)
  The following comes from VCH (Lancashire, vol3, Lydiate) with some input (shown in italics) kindly provided by a contributor (OWC, 27.10.08).
  m. (c1389?) Agnes de Blackburn (dau/heir of Robert de Blackburn (son of John of Garston) by Katherine, dau/heir of John de Lydiate)
  A. Lawrence Ireland of Garston & Lydiate (d before 03.1469?)
  m. Katherine Blundell (dau of Henry Blundell of Little Crosby)
  i. John Ireland of Garston & Lydiate (d 05.1514)
  m. Beatrice Norris (dau of Wlliam Norris of Speke)
  a. George Ireland of Garston & Lydiate (b 1466-7, d c1535)
  m. Isabell Nowell of Read
  (1) Lawrence Ireland of Garston & Lydiate, etc. (d 03.1566)
This is probably the Lawrence who married Ellen Molyneux (dau of Rev. Anthony Molyneux, widow of John Bond of Coventry). OWC shows his wife (and mother of William) as ...
  m. Anne Crosse (dau of John Crosse of Crosse, Mayor of Liverpool)
  (A) William Ireland of Garston & Lydiate (b 1519-20, d 1569)
  m1. Margaret Tarbock (dau of Thomas Tarbock of Tarbock)
  m2. Eleanor Molyneux (dau of Roger Molyneux of Hawkley)
(i) Lawrence Ireland of Lydiate (b c1551, d 06.05.1609)
  m1. (spms) ??
  m2. Mary Scarisbrick (dau of Edward Scarisbrick of Scarisbrick)
  (a) Edward Ireland of Lydiate (b 1592-3, d 01.04.1637)
  m1. ??
  ((1))+ 2 daughters
  m2. Margaret Norris (bur 1695, granddau of Edward Norris of Speke)
  ((3)) Lawrence Ireland of Lydiate (b c1634, d 30.06.1673, later a priest)
  m. (c1658) Ann Scarisbrick (d by 1664, dau of Edward Scarisbrick)
  ((A)) Margaret Ireland
  m. (Sir) Charles Anderton of Lostock (d 1691)
  ((B)) Katherine Ireland (nun)
  (b) William Ireland
  ((1)) Francis Ireland
  (ii) William Ireland (youngest son)
  (B) George Ireland of Gray's in
  (C) Margaret Ireland probably of this generation
  m1. Henry Stanley (son of an Earl of Derby)
  m2. (sp) Edward Stanley of Moor Hall (d 1603)
3. Margaret de Ireland
  m. Thomas Lancaster of Rainhall
4.+ other issue - Joan, Katherine

Main source(s): VCH (Lancashire, vol 3, Hale), BLG1886 (Blackburne of Hale and Orford)
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