Widdrington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Widdrington family

The surname Widdrington was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times at Widdrington Castle. "High Trewhitt is 4¼ miles (N. W.) and Low Trewhitt 4½ miles (N. W. by N.) from Rothbury. These places were in the time of James I. possessed by Sir Ephraim Widdrington: the family of Clavering held the former in the reign of Charles I., but forfeited it by their attachment to the Stuarts." [1]

As one would expect the eponymous parochial chapelry of Widdrington, again in Northumberland is of special note to the family. "This place was long the seat of the Widdrington family, many of whom at various periods greatly distinguished themselves against the Scots, and on other occasions. Sir William Widdrington, in 1642, was expelled from the house of commons for raising forces in defence of Charles I., by whom, in the following year, he was elevated to the dignity of baron; after the battle of Marston-Moor, he left the kingdom, when his estates were confiscated by the parliament, but returning in the service of Charles II., he was slain at the conflict of Wigan.

William, 4th lord Widdrington, was attainted in 1715, for his share in the rebellion of that year, and his property, to the amount of £100,000, was sold for the public advantage; thus consummating the downfall of a family that had flourished during a space of seven centuries." [1]

Witherington is a tything, in the parish of Downton, union of Alderbury, hundred of Downton, Salisbury and Amesbury in Wiltshire.

Early History of the Widdrington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Widdrington research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1716, 1663, 1563, 1640, 1610, 1651, 1640, 1718, 1685, 1689, 1678, 1743, 1640, 1660, 1660, 1664, 1656, 1665 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Widdrington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Widdrington Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Widdrington, Widrington, Witherington and many more.

Early Notables of the Widdrington family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Thomas Preston (1563-1640), a Benedictine monk assumed the name Roger Widdrington while in prison; William Widdrington (1610-1651), 1st Baron Widdrington; and his son, Ralph Widdrington (c. 1640-1718), Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed (1685-1689); Baron William Widdrington (1678-1743), 4th Baron Widdrington of Blankney; Thomas Widdrington (1640-1660), an English politician who sat...
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Australia Widdrington migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Widdrington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Widdrington (post 1700) +

  • Thomas "Tommy" Widdrington (b. 1971), English former footballer, current football manager
  • Peter Widdrington (b. 1930), Canadian Major League Baseball executive in the Blue Jays organization, inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame (2008)

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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