My Barnard Ancestors

[Page under development - updated 17 Dec 2020]

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 Barnard (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 Cambridge University.

This tree shows the Barnard family and its links to other families.

The first three generations of Barnard clergymen were all named Thomas:

There 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).