My Barnard Ancestors
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My Barnard ancestors were mainly Anglican clergymen.
Between the 17th and 20th centuries there were 5 consecutive
generations of ordained ministers, my father being the first to break
from the tradition (though actually his father, Rev. Percy Mordaunt
(1868-1941) resigned from the church in 1906 after losing his
faith, and became an antiquarian bookseller in Tunbridge Wells).
Most were also classical scholars, and were educated at
tree shows the Barnard family and its links to other families.
The first three generations of Barnard clergymen were all
- Rev. Thomas Barnard (1685-1750) was Headmaster of Leeds
Grammar School. He was the brother-in-law of Francis Drake, FSA, FRS (1696-1771), a
well-known surgeon and antiquarian and author of Eboracum, or the History and
Antiquities of the City of York (York: William Boyer,
1736), a work of which the gestation was encouraged by Barnard [Yorkshire Archaeological Journal,
- The headmaster's elder son Rev. Thomas Barnard (1720-1781) was Rector of
Withersfield in Cambridgeshire. He was a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, where he was tutor to
Philip Rosenhagen (a notorious
gambler, and later Archdeacon of Columbo
in Ceylon), whose father Arnold was head of the household of one of
King George I's mistresses, Melosine, Duchess of Kendal, who lived at
Isleworth in Middlesex. This connection not only provided Thomas
Barnard (Withersfield) with a wife in the shape of Rosenhagen's sister
Melosine, but may also have assisted his social advancement, as he
later became a Chaplain to the King. The connection may also have
enabledRev. William Drake (bapt. 1723), the son of his uncle Francis Drake, to become Vicar of
- Thomas Barnard (Withersfield)'s fifth son Rev. Thomas Barnard (c. 1765-1799) was Vicar of
Great Amwell in Hertfordshire.
appear to have been at least two other unrelated families including one
or more Rev. Thomas Barnards in 18th century England: one included a
Provost of Eton College and another also included three generations of
Thomases, all of whom were Rectors of Little Bardfield in Essex, a
parish later held by my great-grandfather Rev. Mordaunt Barnard
(1795-1885), son of Rev.
Thomas Barnard (Great Amwell).