Biography of Robert Bertie 1st Duke Ancaster and Kesteven 1660-1723
Paternal Family Tree: Bertie
In 1669 [his mother] Elizabeth Wharton Countess Lindsey (age 36) died.
In 1689 [his wife] Mary Wynn (age 28) died.
Around 1700 [his father] Robert Bertie 3rd Earl Lindsey (age 69) and [his step-mother] Elizabeth Pope Countess Lindsey were married. She by marriage Countess Lindsey. She the daughter of Thomas Pope 2nd Earl Downe and Lucy Dutton Countess Downe. He the son of Montagu Bertie 2nd Earl Lindsey and Martha Cockayne Countess Lindsey and Holderness.
On 04 May 1704 [his son] Robert Bertie (age 21) died.
Around 1712 [his son] Vere Bertie was born to Robert Bertie 1st Duke Ancaster and Kesteven (age 51) and [his wife] Albinia Farington Duchess Ancaster and Kesteven.
On 24 Jul 1720 [his son] Thomas Bertie was born to Robert Bertie 1st Duke Ancaster and Kesteven (age 59) and [his wife] Albinia Farington Duchess Ancaster and Kesteven.
In 1721 [his son] Robert Bertie was born to Robert Bertie 1st Duke Ancaster and Kesteven (age 60) and [his wife] Albinia Farington Duchess Ancaster and Kesteven.
On 26 Jul 1723 Robert Bertie 1st Duke Ancaster and Kesteven (age 62) died. His son [his son] Peregrine Bertie 2nd Duke Ancaster and Kesteven (age 37) succeeded 2nd Duke Ancaster and Kesteven, 2nd Marquess Lindsay, 5th Earl Lindsey, 18th Baron Willoughby de Eresby. [his daughter-in-law] Jane Brownlow Duchess Ancaster and Kesteven by marriage Duchess Ancaster and Kesteven.
After 26 Jul 1723. Church of St Michael and All Angels, Edenham [Map]. Monument to Robert Bertie 1st Duke Ancaster and Kesteven (deceased) sculpted by Peter Scheemakers (age 32) and Henry Cheere 1st Baronet (age 20). A Classical Period with Corinthian Capitals supporting open dentilated pediment with garland, urns and putti. Before the Aedicule a rounded Pedestal supports a marble image of the deceased attired as a Roman General.
Gilbert Henry Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, created first Earl of Ancaster in 1892, was Joint Heereditary Lord Great Chamberlain of England. This dignity is held jointly by Lord Cholmondeley (age 27), Lord Ancastor, and Lord Carrington (age 67). The late peer filled it during the reign of Queen Victoria, Lord Cholmondeley during that of King Edward, and Lord Carrington fills it during the present reign.
Few noblemen possessed a longer lineage, for the lordship of Erresby in Lincolnshire was acquired by the family of Bee or Belec bv the marriage of Walter dc Bec with Agnes, daughter and heiress of Hugh Fitz Pincheon, a 12th century magnate of Lincolnshire. A John Beeke received permission from Edward I to make a castle of his manor house at Eresby and was summoned to Parliament as one of the barons of the realm. By his wife, Sarah, daughter of Thomas, Lord Furnival, be had, among other children, Alice, who was married to Sir William de Willoughby, one of those who went with Prince Edward to the Holy Land. His son, Robert, became first Lord Willoughby de Eresby. Subsequent holders of that title played a prominent part in the country's history at home and abroad. The 13th baron was created Earl of Lindsey. The fourth Earl of Lindsey was created Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven in 1713. That dukedom became extinct with the death of the fifth Duke in 1809. The barony of Willoughby de Eresby fell into abeyance between the sisters of the fourth duke until it was terminated by the Crown in 1780 in favour of the elder co-heir, Priscilla Barbara Elizabeth, whom the first Lord Gwydir married in 1779. Their eldest son Peter Robert, 21st Baron Willoughby de Eresby, married the daughter of the first Lord Perth, and one of their daughters became in 1840 the wife of the second Lord Carrington. Almeric, the 22nd Lord Willoughby do Eresby and third Baron Gwydyr of Gwydyr, County Carnarvon, Joint Hereditary Great Chamberlain of England, died in August, 1870. The barony of Willoughby do Eresby again fell into abeyance between his lordship's surviving sisters, and it was terminated in favour of the elder, the Dowager Baroness Aveland, who married in 1827 Sir Gilbert John Heathcote, created Baron Aveland in 1856. Their eldest son was the late Lord Ancaster, whose sister, Clementina Charlotte (age 78), married in 1869 Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon, who died in her Majesty's ship Victoria in June 1893.
The late Lord Ancaster married in 1863 Lady Evelyn Elizabeth Gordon (age 64), second daughter of the tenth Marquis of Huntly, by whom be had four sons and six daughters. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, and sat as Member of Parliament for Rutland from 1856 to 1867. He was a magistrate for Kesteven and chairman of Quarter Sessions, lord of the manor of Thurlbv Baston and Langtoft, as well as chairman of the Stamford Division Conservative and Unionist Association; and was Lord Chamberlain during Queen Victoria's reign and contested the right to continue on King Edward's succession.
He is succeeded in the title by Lord Willoughby de Eresby (age 43),??? for the Hornecastle Division of Lincolnshire, who is a major and hon. lieutenant-colonel of the Lincolnshire Yeomanry and was formerly an officer of the Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry. He married in 1905 Eloise Laurence (age 28), eldest daughter of the late Mr. W. L. Breese, of New York, and has a son, Gilbert James (age 3), born in 1907, and two daughters.
The late earl's other children include Major Charles S. Heathcote-Drunmond-Willoughby (age 40), who married Lady Muriel Erskine, daughter of Lord Buchan (age 60); Major Claud Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (age 38), who married Lady Florence Astley (age 43), youngest daughter of the third Marquis Ponyngham; Lady Evelyn Clementina (age 46), wife of Major-General Sir Henry Peter Ewart; the Hon. Margaret Mary (age 44), who was married to the late Mr. Gideon Macpherson Rutherford; the Hon. Cecilie (age 36), wife of Mr. T. C. E. Goff; and Lady Dalhousie (age 32). The late peer assumed by Royal licence in 1872 the additional surnames of Willoughby and Drummond. He was a large landowner, owning Drummond Castle Crieff, and extensive deer forests in Perthshire and land in Lincolnshire and Rutland. Recently, however, he sold considerable portion of his estates, in many instances to the tenants who had the option of purchase. He was a very generous landlord, and was highly respected. He used Normanton Castle as his chief country house till Lord Willoughby de Eresby was married; then Normanton became the latter's home, and Lord Ancester lived at Grimsthorpe. He was president of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
[his son] Montagu Bertie was born to Robert Bertie 1st Duke Ancaster and Kesteven and Albinia Farington Duchess Ancaster and Kesteven.
[his daughter] Louisa Bertie was born to Robert Bertie 1st Duke Ancaster and Kesteven and Albinia Farington Duchess Ancaster and Kesteven.
Kings Wessex: Great x 19 Grand Son of King Edmund "Ironside" I of England
Kings Gwynedd: Great x 16 Grand Son of Owain "Great" King Gwynedd
Kings Seisyllwg: Great x 21 Grand Son of Hywel "Dda aka Good" King Seisyllwg King Deheubarth
Kings Powys: Great x 17 Grand Son of Maredudd ap Bleddyn King Powys
Kings England: Great x 10 Grand Son of King Edward III of England
Kings Scotland: Great x 14 Grand Son of William "Lion" I King Scotland
Kings Franks: Great x 15 Grand Son of Louis VII King Franks
Kings France: Great x 12 Grand Son of Philip "Bold" III King France
Great x 1 Grandfather: Robert Bertie 1st Earl Lindsey 8 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England
GrandFather: Montagu Bertie 2nd Earl Lindsey 9 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England
Great x 1 Grandmother: Elizabeth Montagu Countess Lindsey 10 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England
Father: Robert Bertie 3rd Earl Lindsey 10 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England
Robert Bertie 1st Duke Ancaster and Kesteven 10 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England
Great x 1 Grandfather: Thomas Wharton 7 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England
GrandFather: Philip Wharton 4th Baron Wharton 8 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England
Great x 1 Grandmother: Philadelphia Carey 7 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England
Mother: Elizabeth Wharton Countess Lindsey 9 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England
GrandMother: Elizabeth Wandesford Baroness Wharton