'Airey1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Airey of Gateshead, Airey of Killingworth, Airey of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

BFR reports that "This family claims to be of Norwegian origin and derices its name from Ari or Ara, a personal name among the Scandinavian nations. They probably settled in Westmorland between the years 945 and 1000". BFR identifies their arms as "Az. oin a chevron arg. between in chief three mullets of the last and in base a mural crown or, as many cinquefolis of the field".
Richard Ayraie of Kentmore (d 1577)
m. Margaret
1. Ewan Airey later in Trimdon (co. Durham) then Bensham & Killingworth (Northumberland) (a 1613)
m. (1595) Ellinor Gilpin
  A. George Airey of Gateshead (d 05.1688)
  m. Mary Bedford
  i. Joseph Airey (d 1677)
  ii. George Airey of Gateshead (d c1740)
  m. (19.07.1688) Ann Barnes (dau of Ambrose Barnes (alderman of Newcastle-upon-Tyne) by granddau of John Clavering of Axwell & Anne, dau of Robert Shaftoe of Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
  a. Joseph Airey (dsp 06.02.1748, 2nd son)
  m. (09.05.1728) Ruth Hutchinson (dau of Jonathan Hutchinson (MP), cousin)
  b. George Airey
  m. Mary Goodyere (dau of Major _ Goodyere)
  c. Thomas Airey of Killingworth & Newcastle-upon-Tyne (bur 01.02.1771)
m. (12.11.1724) Mary Mulcaster
  (1) Joseph Airey of Killingworth (bur 15.11.1770)
  m. (28.05.1757) Frances Hendry (bur 21.12.1819, dau of Captain Milford Hendry, Governor of the Balearic Islands)
  (A) Joseph Airey (bpt 12.12.1759, dsp 30.01.1794)
  m. (03.03.1792) Julia Fawcett (b 1761-2, d 29.09.1792, dau of Christopher Fawcett, recorder of Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
  (B) Sir George Airey (d 18.02.1833, Lt. General) had issue
  m. (10.1797) Catherine Talbot (d 13.05.1852, dau of Baroness Talbot de Malahide)
  Their eldest son Richard (01.04.1803-13.09.1881) was created Lord Airey and had 3 sons (all dvpsp) + 3 daughters.
(C) Frances Airey
  m. (16.06.1788) William Haigh (vicar of Wooler)
  (D)+ other issue (d unm) - Henry (bur 15.09.1766), Jonathan (d 1800)
  (2) Henry Airey of Benwell & Newcastle-upon-Tyne (b 10.03.1771, d 06.07.1807, 3rd son)
  m. (30.05.1771) Maria Henrietta Cowper (d 10.06.1779, dau of Rev. John Cowper of Penrith)
  (A) Thomas Airey (b 10.03.1775, d 28.03.1826, captain) had issue
  m. (22.07.1806) Julia Atkinson (d 15.01.1869, dau of Matthew Atkinson of Temple Sowerby)
  (B) Maria Henrietta Airey (d 1833)
  m. (07.01.1805) Jelinger Symons (rector of Radnage, vicar of Monkland)
  (C) Anna Airey
  m. (29.09.1808) Henry Watson (cousin)
  (D)+ other issue (d unm) - John (d 1827, serjeant-at-law), Henry (d 1804)
  (3) Jonathan Airey (dsp 1796)
  m. (047.01.1762) Anne Watson
  (4) William Airey (b 1740, d 14.01.1807)
  m. Elizabeth Taylor (d 13.12.1798)
  (A)+ issue - Thomas (bur 03.04.1774), Sarah (bur 17.10.1767)
  (5) Ruth Airey
  m. (07.05.1758) Nicholas Walton of Fainacres
  (6) Jane Airey
  m. (14.11.1765) Richard Prince of London
  (7) Margaret Airey
  m. Francis Hurry of Howden
  (8)+ other issue - Thomas (d unm 1756), Gabriel (d 09.08.1751), Ambrose (bur 06.07.1730), George (bur 31.12.1730), Anna (d 13.10.1820), Mary (d 30.01.1821)
  d.+ other issue - George (d 06.1693), Anne (d unm 1774)
  iii. Mary Airey
  m. _ Spende
  iv. Ann Airey
  m. E. Bicton
  v. Ruth Airey
  m. Hauxley Stevenson
  vi. Margaret Airey
  m. (1702) William Leighton
  B.+ other issue
2.+ other issue

Main source(s): BFR (vol 1, 'Airey', p1+)
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