'Ridley02'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Rydley of Battersby, Ridley of Parkend, Ridley of Ridley (Northumberland), Ridley of Walltown, Ridley of Willimoteswick (Willymondswyke)

                               
Nicholas Ridley of Ridley (Northumberland), probably also of Willimoteswick (Northumberland)
(1) There is uncertainty as to how the Ripleys of Willimoteswick (spelt in many ways including Willimotswike, Willymondswyke & Willimons Wight) connected to the Ridleys of Ridley. Hodgson shows Nicholas as father (by _ Cramlington) of (a) Thomas of Ridley (father by Audrey Musgrave of Nicholas father of (William and) Nicholas father of Nicholas & Lancelot), (b) John, and (c) Nicholas of Willimoteswick (father by Anne Lawson of (Bishop Nicholas + Hugh of Unthank + John of Walltown and) ?? father of Nicholas). Betham starts with Nicholas of Willymondswyke father (by Alice Skelton) of Nicholas father (by Anne Eglesfield) of Sir Nicholas father (by Mary Curwen) of (Christopher of Unthank who was father of Bishop Nicholas and) Nicholas.
(2) The dates make it likely that the first Nicholas of Willymondswyke, mentioned by Betham (and others) as living in 1400, was of this generation but Hodgson suggests that it was his 3rd son who was the 1st Nicholas of Willimotswike. We suspect that this was indeed the first Nicholas of Willimoteswick and that one of several reasons behind the confusions is that Ridley, previously the family's principal seat, was passed to his 2nd son (Thomas) whilst the Nicholas who obtained Willimoteswich was not his 3rd son but his 1st son. However, this still leaves the discrepancies as the wives of successive Nicholases. We speculate that this was because both this Nicholas and his son Nicholas married more than once. Please note that this leaves us with uncertainty over the first 2-3 generations on this page. However, we have provided enough information to enable site visitors to separate what is given by Hodgson from what is given by Betham should they so wish. Please note also that we are concerned that too many generations may be shown here. It is possible that each successive Nicholas had children when still in their late teens/early twenties but such is perhaps unlikely for so many consecutive generations.
(3) As reported above, Hodgson shows Nicholas (with connection to his ancestors) as father of Thomas, John & Nicholas by _ Cramlington whilst Betham shows (the first) Nicholas (with no ancestors) as father of Nicholas by Alice Skelton. We speculate that he married and had children as shown below.
m1. Alice Skelton (dau/coheir of _ Skelton of Bramford)
1. Nicholas Ridley of Willimoteswike (a 1450?)
As partly reported above, Hodgson shows this Nicholas (son of Nicholas by _ Cramlington) as father, by Anne Lawson, of ?? (father of Nicholas), Bishop Nicholas, Hugh of Unthank, John of Walltown, Alice & Mrs. Whitfield. Betham shows this Nicholas (son of Nicholas by Alice Skelton) as father, by Anne Eglesfield, of Sir Nicholas & Thomasin. Noting that Wikipedia ("Nicholas Ridley (martyr)") supports Betham in showing Bishop Nicholas as 2nd son of the undermentioned Christopher, thereby reducing support for Hodgson as to the next generation, and that Betham is supported by various Visitations (as reported below), we speculate that this Nicholas married and had children as shown below.
  m1/2. Anne Eglesfield (Eglysfeld) of Cumberland
  A. Sir Nicholas Ridley
  m. Mary Curwen (dau of ?? Curwen of Workington)
i. Nicholas Ridley
  m. Mary Musgrave (dau of Richard Musgrave son of Sir Richard)
  a. Sir Hugh Ridley
  m. Isabell Heron (dau of Sir John Heron of Chipchase)
  (1) Sir Nicholas Ridley of Willymondswyke
  m. Mabell Dacres (dau/heir of Sir Philip Dacres of Morpeth, son of Lord Humfrey)
  The Visitations that support Betham, identified in Main Sources (2) below, end with naming their children. The following comes wholly from Betham.
  (A) Nicholas Ridley
  (i) Nicholas Ridley
  Betham does not follow this Nicholas's line, reporting only that he was ancestor of Ridley of Craw Hall. We presume that Willymondswyke continued in this line and that this Nicholas was father or grandfather of the following 2 brothers who, along with Thomas's descendants, are reported in BLG1886 ('Ridley of Parkend') .
  (a) Musgrave Ridley, last of Willymondswyke (a 1652)
  (b) Thomas Ridley of Parkend, Northumberland
  ((1)) Thomas Ridley
  m. (1680) Dorothy Ridley (dau of George Ridley of Gate House)
  ((A)) John Ridley of Parkend
  m1. (1731) Susanna Maughan (dau of Nicholas Maughan of Whinetly)
  ((i)) Thomas Ridley of Parkend (d 1816)
  m. (1774) Mary Brown (dau of T. Brown of Corbridge)
  ((a)) John Ridley of Parkend (b 17.05.1780, d 08.1865) had issue
  m. (12.09.1811) Bridget Atkinson (d 11.1880, dau of Matthew Atkinson of Temple Sowerby)
  ((b))+ other issue - Mary, Susan, Dorothy, Catherine
  m2. Mary Ripon of Whasneyburn
  ((ii))+ other issue - John, George, Catherine, Mary, Elizabeth
((B))+ other issue - Mary, Catherine
  (ii) Lancelot Ridley
  (a) Sir Thomas Ridley (d 22-3.01.1628, doctor of civil law)
  Note that Hodgson shows Sir Thomas differently (#1# below). The following is supported by a note within BP1870 ('Ridley').
  m. Margaret Boleyn (dau/heir of William Boleyn son of William son of William son of Thomas & brother of Lord Mayor Sir Geoffrey)
  ((1)) Anne Ridley
  m. Sir Leonard Bosvile (son/heir of Sir Ralph of Bradborne)
  ((2)) Elizabeth Ridley
  m. Mark Cottle in Canterbury
  (iii) Thomas Ridley 'of Hardriding' (d c1604)
  m. Mary Ridley (dau of John Ridley of Walltown) see #2# below
  (B) William Ridley or Rydley of Battersley or Battersby, Yorkshire
  The following comes from Visitation (Foster, Yorkshire, 1612, 'Ridley of Battersby').
  m. _ Blakestone
  (i) Robert Rydley of Battersby
  m. Margaret Jefferson
  (a) Christopher Rydley of Battersby (a 1612)
  m. Anne Garbrfay (dau/heir of Richard Garbray)
  ((1)) Christopher Rydley (b c1592, a 1612)
  (b) Nicholas Rydley
  m. Elizabeth Marwood
((1)) William Rydley (b c1602, a 1612)
  (c) Robert Rydley
  m. Isabell Wilson (dau of Robert Wilson)
  ((1)) Henry Rydley (b c1610, a 1612)
  (C)+ other issue - Jane, Margery, Elsabeth, Mabell, Izabell, Anne
  (2) John Ridley
m. Jane Errington (dau of John Errington, brother of Gilbert of Errington)
  (3) Cuthbert Ridley
  (4) Thomas Ridley of Walltown, Northumberland
  m. Elizabeth Ridley (dau/heir of John RiIdley of Wall Town) @@ below
  (A) John Ridley of Walltown (a 1615)
  m. Anne Charlton (dau/coheir of ?? Charlton of Hesleside)
  (i) John Ridley
  m. Elizabeth Charlton (dau of Thomas Charlton of Charlton Hall)
  (a)+ 4 sons + 4 daughters
  (ii) William Ridley of London & Walltown
  m. Anne Woodman
  (a)+ issue - John, Cuthbert, William, Anne named in Visitation (London, 1633-5, 'Ridley')
(iii) Elizabeth Ridley
  m. William "of the Morrelle"
  (iv) Margaret Ridley
  m. Ralph Thurlway
  (v) Thomasin Ridley
  m. Daniel Stoughton
  (vi) Mary Ridley
  m. Thomas Ridley of Hardriding see also #2# above
(5) Dorothy Ridley
  m. Henry Jacson
  (6) daughter possibly of this generation
  m. William Weltden
  b. William Ridley
  c. Jane (Joan) Ridley
  m. John Heron of Chipchase
  d. Anne Ridley
  m. William Wallis of Knaresdale (Walles of Knaresdell)
  e. Margaret Ridley
  m. John Fetherstonshaugh of Stanhope
  f. Mabell Ridley
m1. _ Fenwick of Little Harle
  m2. Sir John Lumley
  ii. Christopher Ridley of Unthank, Northumberland
  a. Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London (b c1500, d 16.10.1555)
  b. Hugh Ridley of Unthank
  c. Elizabeth Ridley
  m. Thomas (probably not John) Ridley of Walltown (d 1562) @@ above
  iii. John Ridley of Willimoteswick
  John is not shown here by any of our Main Sources but is shown at #2# below by Hodgson (as son of the first Nicholas by _ Cramlington). However, Wikipedia ("Lancelot Ridley") identifies Lancelot as son of John, grandson of Sir Nicholas, and 1st cousin of Bishop Nicholas, which would place him here. The dates make this look more likely than 2 generations earlier.
  m. Margaret Horton (dau of Richard Horton)
  a. John Ridley
  (1) William Ridley of Whittingham
  b. Launcelot Ridley of Canterbury & Cambridge (d 1576, rector in Stretham)
m. Margaret or Mary Parkinson (dau of Christopher Parkinson of Brampston)
  (1) Henry Ridley
  m. Catherine Stuart or Stewart
  (A) Lancelot Ridley
  (2) Mark Ridley (b 1560, d c1624, physician)
  Wikipedia ("Mark Ridley") reports that Mark became personal physician to the Tsar of Russia, compiled a Russian-English dictionary, and wrote about magnetism.
  iv. Jane Ridley
  m. Gilbert Errington of Errington
  B. Thomasin Ridley
m. Thomas Carnaby of Halton Castle (b 1455, d c1541)
  m2/1. Anne Lawson (dau of (Sir) John Lawson)
  C. Alice Ridley
  m. George Shipside
  D. daughter
  m. _ Whitfeld (or Whitfield)
  i. Raffe Whitfield
m2. _ Cramlington (dau of Sir John Cramlington)
2. Thomas Ridley of Ridley
  m. Audrey Musgrave (sister of Sir Simon Musgrave of Musgrave)
  A. Nicholas Ridley
  i. Lancelot Ridley (3rd son)
  Hodgson shows a 3rd son, Lancelot, as father of Thomas father of Sir Thomas Ridley (d 22-3.01.1628, doctor of civil law). We follow Betham in showing Sir Thomas (son of Lancelot) above (#1#).
  ii.+ other issue - Nicholas, William
3. John Ridley see #2# above

Main source(s):
(1) 'History of Northumberland' by Rev. John Hodgson (part 2, vol 3, 1840, 'Haltwhistle Parish - Ridley Township', p339+), Visitation (Surtees 1932, The North, Northumberland 1575, 'Ridley of Willimoteswick') with input/support as reported above
(2) Betham's 'Baronetage of England' (vol 3, 1803 , '263. Ridley of Heaton in Northumberland', p259+) with input/support from Visitation (Surtees (1921), The North, Part 2, 1567, 'Ridley of Willimoteswick (Northumberland)', p214) [which merely repeats Visitation (Surtees (The North, Part 1), Harvey, Northumberland, 1552, 'The Pedegre of Nycholas Rydley of Wyllymontysyke' (sic), p19)], Visitation (Yorkshire, 1563-4, 'Ridley')
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