Horsely History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Horsely family
The surname Horsely was first found in Northumberland at Horsley, a township, in the parish of Ovingham, about 9 miles from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. There is also a parish named Horsley, in Gloucestershire and another parish, so named in Derbyshire. The name is derived from the Old English words hors + leah, and literally means "clearing or pasture where horses are kept".  The parishes in Derbyshire and Gloucestershire were both listed as Horselei in the Domesday Book.  At one time the family held a manor in Long Horsley. "The manor was at an early period the property of the Merlays; after them the Greystocks held it; and the Horsleys possessed lands here from an early period, till their heiress married into the family of Widdrington." 
Important Dates for the Horsely family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horsely research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1296, 1546, 1547, 1525, 1583, 1550 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Horsely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Horsely Spelling Variations
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Horsely occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Horsley, Horsey, de Horsey, O'Horsey and others.
Early Notables of the Horsely family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Horsey (died 1546), knight of Henry VIII and Lord of the Manor of Clifton Maubank; Sir John Horsley who was knighted at the Battle of Musselburgh in 1547. Later he was made Captain of Banborough Castle...
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Migration of the Horsely family to Ireland
Some of the Horsely family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Horsely migration to Canada
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Horsely, or a spelling variation of the surname include:
Horsely Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Horsely U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X