'Parr01'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Parr of Kendal, Parre of Parre (Parr)

BE1883 describes the arms of this family as "Arg. two bars, az., a border engrailed, sa". That indicates that there was no known connection with the Paris/Parris or Pares families. Indeed, BE1883 reports that "The surname of Parr is local, being derived from a manor of that name in the parish of Prescot, co. Lancaster, of which the family of Parr were anciently lords."
Sir John de Parre of Parre (a c1350)
m. Matilda de Leyburne (dau of Sir Richard de Leyburne)
1. Sir William de Parre (d 04.10.1405) the first mentioned by Nichols
  m. (1383) Elizabeth de Ros (dau/heir of John de Ros of Kendal Castle)
  A. John Parre of Parre & Kendal (d 1409)
  m. Agnes Crophull (dau of Sir Thomas Crophull, relict of Sir Walter Devereux)
  i. Sir Thomas Parr of Kendal (d 1464)
  m. Alice Tunstall (dau of Sir Thomas Tunstall of Thurland Castle)
a. Sir William Parr of Kendal (d before 1512)
  m. Elizabeth FitzHugh (dau of Henry FitzHugh, 6th (not 5th) Lord, m2. Nicholas, Lord Vaux)
  (1) Sir Thomas Parr of Parr & Kendal (d 12.11.1517)
  m. Maud Green (d 01.12.1531, dau/coheir of Sir Thomas Greene of Greene Norton)
  (A) William Parr, Earl of Essex, Marquess of Northampton (b 1513, d 28.10.1571)
  Information on William (and his parents) is supported by TCP ('Northampton (Marquessate)').
  m1. (09.02.1526/7, div 1551) Anne Bourchier (dau of Henry Bourchier, 2nd Earl of Essex)
(i)+ issue (illegitimated)
  m2. (01.1547-8) Elizabeth Brooke (b 12.06.1526, dsp 02.041565, dau of George Brook, 4th Lord Cobham)
  m3. (05.1571) Helen Suavenburgh (d 02.04.1635, dau of Ulf Henriksson Snakeburg or Suavenburgh of Sweden by Agneta, dau of Knut Lillie, m2. Sir Thomas Gorges of Langford)
(B) Katherine Parr (d 05.09.1548)
  m1. Edward Borough (dvpsp)
  m2. (1533, sps) Sir John Nevill, 3rd Lord Latymer (b 11.1493, d 03.1542-3)
  m3. (12.07.1543) Henry Tudor, King Henry VIII of England (b 28.06.1491, d 28.01.1547)
  m4. (03.03.1546-7) Thomas Seymour, Lord of Sudeley (dsp 10.03.1548-9, Lord High Admiral)
  (C) Anne Parr (d 20.02.1551-2)
  m. (before 1534) William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (d 17.03.1569-70)
  (2) Sir William Parr, Lord of Horton (d 10.09.1546)
  The following is supported by BE1883 ('Parr of Horton').
  m. Mary Salisbury (dau of John Salisbury of Horton)
  (A) Maud Parr
  m. Sir Ralph Lane 'of Horton'
(B) Anne or Mary Parr
  m1. Sir John Digby of Ketilby (d 1548)
  m2. Sir Henry Brooke
  (C) Elizabeth Parr
  m. Sir Nicholas Woodhall
(D) Mary Parr
  m. Sir Thomas Tresham of Rushton
  (3) John Parr (dsp 1504)
  m. Constance Vere (dau/coheir of Sir Henry Vere of Addington)
  (4) Anne Parr (a 11.1513)
  m. Sir Thomas Cheney or Cheyney of Irthlingborough (d 13.01.1513/4)
b. Sir John Parr, Sheriff of Westmoreland (a 1462)
  m. _ Yonge (dau of Sir John Yonge, Lord Mayor of London)
  BE1883 reports that Sir John "it stated" to have had issue in Derbyshire. We presume that this is the John Parre shown by Nichols as of this generation with descendants as shown on the continuation.
  c. Thomas Parr (d Barnet 1472)
  d. Margaret Parr
  m. Sir Thomas Radclyffe of Derwentwater
  e. Anne Parr
  m. William Harrington of Cartmell
  f. Elizabeth Parr
  m. Sir Christopher Moresby of Moresby
  g. Agnes Parr
  m. Sir Thomas Strickland of Syzergh (b c1440, d 1494)
  h. Maud Parr
  m. Humphrey Dacre, Lord of Gillesland (d 1509)
  i. Eleanor Parr
  m. Sir Henry Agard

Main source(s): BE1883 ('Parr of Kendal, Essex and Northampton') with some support from 'History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester' (John Nichols, vol 4, part 2, 1811, 'Pedigree of Parr', p725*)
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