'Westby1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Westby of Burne, Westby of High Park, Westby of Mobreck, Westby of Rawcliffe, Westby of Westby, Westby of White Hall

(1) Commoners reports that "The Wesbys were originally from Yorkshire, but had a settlement in Lancashire prior to the conquest, and are of Saxon descent."MGH (NS1, vol 1 (1874), 'Westby of co. York', p445+) makes a very similar comment and then goes on to provide a 19 generation pedigree with many connections to significant families that looks intriguing until one realises that there are no dates and none of the connections appear in the other families. We have ignored it but note the matter here in case it becomes relevant in the future.
(2) Commoners starts with a William Westbie of Wesbie (Yorkshire), a temp Henry VII (who r. 1485-1509),and shows him as father of William of Westbie (a 1553, m. dau of Regmaiden of Wideacre) father of John of Westbye (m. Ellyn Kirby) father of Thomas of Mouldbury or Mowbreck (m. Perpetua Norris & Elizabeth Preston). Provisionally, we follow Richard St. George's Visitation (Lancashire, 1613) as follows:
William Westby of Westby, Yorkshire
1. John Westbye (a 1567)
m. Ellyn Kirby (dau of _ Kirby of Rawcliffe)
  A. William Westby of Westby (a 1567)
  m. ?? (dau of Regmaiden of Wideacre)
  i. John Westby of Westby 'of Mowbeck'
  m. Ann Molineux (dau of Sir Richard Molineux of Sefton, widow of Thomas Dalton)
a. Thomas Westby of Mouldbury or Mowbreck (d 1643)
  m1. Perpetua Norris (dau of Edward Norris of Speke)
  (1) John Westby (b c1608, dsp 08.1661)
  m. (1619) Dorothy Braithwaite (dau of Richard Braithwaite of Burnside)
  (2) Francis Westby of Myrscough, Lancashire (b c1624, a 09.1664, 5th son)
  m. Anne Bakehouse (dau of Richard Bakehouse or Backhouse of Myrscough)
  (A) Thomas Westby of Burne (b 1641, d c1649, eldest son)
  m1. (1661) Bridget Clifton (dau of Thomas Clifton of Westby & Lytham)
Commoners is not clear which wife was mother of Thomas's children but notes that, apart from John & Robert, he had other issue who d unm. Dudgale mentions only his marriage to Bridget with 2 sons by 1664, John & Thomas. We (provisionally) assume that all of Thomas's children were by ...
  (i) John Westby of Mowbreck & Burne (b 1662)
  m. (1688) Jane Parker (dau of Christopher Parker of Bradkirk Hall)
  (a) Catharine Westby
  m. Alexander Osbaldiston of Sunderland Hall
  (b) Bridget Westby
  m. William Shuttleworth of Turn-Over Hall, Upper Rawcliffe
  ((1)) Margaret Shuttleworth
  m. (1744) Thomas Westby of (Rawcliffe &) White Hall @@ below
  (c) Mary Westby
  m. Rev. Thomas Alderson
  ((1)) Rev. Christopher Westby Alderson
  m. (1767) Agnes Bickerstaffe (dau of Geore Bickerstaffe of Hambleton)
  ((A)) Mary Alderson
  m. (1789) Rowland Ramsden of Halifax
((i)) Agnes Ramsden
  m. John Rhodes Ralph of Halifax
  (d) Ann Westby
  m. Rev. John Bennison
  (ii) Robert Westby of Mowbreck & Burne (dsp 1762)
(iii)+ other issue (d unm) including Thomas
  m2. Margart Braithwaite of Westmoreland
  (B) Perpetua Westby
  m. Richard Blackburn of Thistleton
  (C)+ 3 sons (dap) and 5 daughters (dsp)
  (2) Margaret Westby
  m. John Talbot of Salesbury
  (3) Perpetua Westby
m. William Hesketh of Maynes & Poolton
  (4)+ other issue - Thomas (dp), Edward (dsp), William (dsp), Anne (d unm)
  m2. Elizabeth Preston (dau of Thomas Preston of Holkar)
  This marriage is not mentioned either in St. George's Visitation or in Dugdale's 'Westby of Mirescough' but is in Commoners and in Dugdale's 'Westby of Rawcliffe'. He is the first mentioned in the latter which, whilst confirming him as of Molbreck (and d 1643), suggests that his first marriage was sp even though he is shown in 'Westby of Rawcliffe' as having had children.
  (8) George Westby of Rawcliffe (Major)
  m1. (c1650) Margaret Hesketh (dau of Thomas Hesketh of Mayne)
Dugdale ends with showing George's marriage to Margaret Hesketh with 3 children : Thomas (b c1654), John & Elizabeth. Provisionally, we follow Commoners in showing a Thomas (could be a later one?) as son of George's 2nd marriage.
  (A) John Westby of Rawcliffe (d 1708)
  m. (1684) Jane Blessdale (dau of Thomas Blessdale of Alston)
  (i) John Westby of Rawcliffe (d 1728)
  m. (1709) Mary Hawett (dau of Thomas Hawett of Ormskirk by dau of Hugh Holland of Raby)
  (a) Thomas Westby of Rawcliffe (b 1715)
  m. (11.1744) Margaret Shuttleworth (dau of William Shuttleworth of Turn-Over Hall by Bridget, dau/coheir of John Westby of Mowbreck) @@ above
  ((1)) John Westby of Rawcliffe, Mowbreck & White Hall (d unm 01.03.1811)
  ((2)) Thomas Westby of Rawcliffe, Mowbreck & White Hall (d unm 17.11.1829, 5th son)
  ((3)) Mary Westby (dsp 1805)
  m. J. Menzies of Aberdeen
  ((4))+ other issue (d unm) - William (d 1811), Joseph (d young), Robert in Lancaster (d 1800), Bridget (nun)
  (b) George Westby (b 1720, d 1776)
  m. (1755) Mary Field of Middlesex
  ((1)) Thomas Westby of White Hall (b 30.07.1757, 2nd son)
  m. (07.02.1787) Ann Ashley (dau of John Ashley of London)
  ((A)) George Westby of Rawcliffe, Mowbreck & White Hall (b 09.03.1789) had issue
  m. (08.09.1827) Mary Tate (dau of Major John Tate)
  ((B)) Julia Westby
m. (30.08.1830) Samuel George Gardom of London
  ((C))+ other issue including Edmund (b 1804), Mary Ann
  ((2))+ other issue (d infant) - Mary, others (d infant - John, George, George Valentine, John, Ann)
  (c)+ other issue - John, Cuthbert, Jane
  (ii) Alice Westby
  m. (1706) Thomas Gillibrand
  (iii)+ other issue (dsp) - Joseph (d 1725), James (d 1725)
  m2. Rosamond mentioned by Commoners but not by Dudgale
(B) Thomas Westby of Clonmel, Ireland ancestor of Westbys in Tipperary
  Commoners (vol 1, Westby of Mowbreck and Rawcliffe) identifies this Thomas as having settled at Clonmel "and hence sprang, it is presumed, a large and highly respectable family, seated in the county of Tipperary." The following comes from Commoners (vol 3, Westby of Thornhill), supported by BLG1886 (Westby of Roebuck Castle), which picks up on that presumption and notes that "he is supposed ... to have left the following issue".
  (i) Nicholas Westby of Ennis (co. Clare), later of High Park, col Wicklow (d 19.10.1716)
  m. (1698) Frances Stepney (d 29.03.1732, dau of John Stepney of Durrow)
(a) William Westby of High Park, Sheriff of co. Wicklow (b 03.11.1702, d 12.10.1757)
  m. (1743) Mary Jones (dau of Brigadier ?? Jones by Mary, dau/heir of Richard Neville of Furnace by Mary, dau of Richard Barry of The Rock)
  ((1)) Nicholas Westby of High Park, Sheriff of co. Wicklow (b 26.03.1751, d unm 30.11.1800, 2nd son)
  ((2)) William Westby of Thornhill, co. Dublin (b 18.06.1753, d 05.11.1835, 4th son)
  m1. (18.04.1781) Mary Fletcher (d 17.05.1797, dau of George Fletcher of Tottenham)
  ((A)) Nicholas Westby of co. Clare (b 23.10.1787, d 24.08.1860) had issue
  m. (26.08.1815) Emily Susan Waldegrave (d 12.04.1870, dau of William, Lord Radstock)
  ((B)) Wilhelmina Westby
  m. Richard Moore (Judge)
((C))+ other issue - George (b 02.06.1790, d unm Fuentes D'Onore 05.05.1811), Edward (b 25.08.1794, d unm Waterloo 18.06.1851), Mary
  m2. (28.08.1809, sp) Elizabeth Whitney (dau of George Boleyn Whitney of Newpas)
  ((3)) Edward Westby of High Park, Sheriff (b 11.09.1755, d 08.10.1838, Master of Chancery)
  The following comes from BLG1886 (Westby of High Park).
  m1. (1787) Anne Palmer (d 22.06.1791, dau/coheir of Richard Palmer of Glannacurragh Castle)
  ((A)) Frances Westby
  m. (18.10.1816) Richard Donovan of Ballymore
  ((B)) Mary Westby
  m. (1817) Joshua Nunn of St. Margaret's
m2. Phoebe Palmer (dau/coheir of Richard Palmer of Glannacurragh Castle)
  ((C)) William Jones Westby of High Park, Sheriff (b 23.11.1802) had issue
  m. (09.06.1828) Catherine Grogan (d 11.10.1882, dau of Col. George Grogan of Seafield)
  ((D)) Nicholas Henry Jones Westby (b 17.07.1805) had issue
  ((E)) Henry Humbertson Jones Westby (b 09.07.1809, Canon of St. Patrick's) had issue
  m. (05.03.1835) Mary Cash (dau of Col. _ Cash of Belville)
  ((F)) Martha Jones Westby (d unm)
((G)) Anne Palmer Westby (d 12.03.1884)
  m. (02.08.1831) Parsons Crofton (son of Sir Hugh, Bart of Mohill House)
  ((H)) Jane Jones Westby
  m. (17.12.1831) James Perceval of Barnstown House (Major)
  ((4)) Mary Westby (b 08.07.1744, d 02.1766)
  m. (1765) Thomas Brown of New Grove
  ((5))+ other issue (d unm) - William (b 19.11.1745, d young), Edward (b 05.05.1752, d young), George (b 20.10.1756, d 01.1763) Frances (b 28.02.1747, d 06.07.1808), Jane (b 05.10.1748, d 11.03.1825), Martha (b 29.11.1749, d 13.12.1779)
  (b) Jane Westby (b 12.09.1699)
  m. (13.06.1717) Robert Perceval of Knightsbrooke
  (c) Frances Westby (b 10.10.1701, d 13.10.1701)
(ii) John Westby
  (a)+ other issue (d unm) - Nicholas (d 1729), Mary (d 1775)
  (iii) Humberston Westby of Strokestown, co. Roscommon
  m1. (1684) Rhodia Perceval (dau of Colonel _ Perceval)
  (a) Edward Westby (d unm 09.11.1732) presumed of this marriage
  m2. _ Mahon
  (iv) George Westby
  (C)+ other issue - Elizabeth, Ann
  (9) Richard Westby of Winder, Lancashire (youngest son?)
  m. Jennet Taylor (dau of Brian Taylor of Midhope)
  (A)+ 3 daughters
  (10)+ other issue - Robert of Killington in Westmoreland, Charles, Bernard, Elizabeth
  b. Mary Westby
  m. Thomas Hesketh (son/heir of Hugh of the Merles or Maynes (Meoles))
  c. Ellin Westby
  m. Robert Molineux of the Wood
  d. Elizabeth Westby possibly of this generation
  m. Thomas Fitzherbert of Norbury (dsp)
2. Alice Westby possibly of this generation
  m. Richard Butler of Layton

Main source(s): Commoners (vol 1, Westby of Mowbreck and Rawcliffe), Visitation (St. George, Lancashire, 1613, Westby), Visitation (Dugdale, Lancashire, 1664-5, Westby of Mirescough), Visitation (Dugdale, Lancashire, 1664-5, Westby of Rawcliffe)
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