'Brome1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Brome of Brome (Broome of Broome, Norfolk), Brome of Brome (Broome of Broome, Shropshire)

(1) It seems that, at least until modern times, 'Brome' and 'Broome' were virtually interchangeable. There is a village called Brome in Suffolk and one called Broome in Norfolk. It appears that there were Brome or Broome Halls in (at least) Norfolk. Shropshire (Salop) & Warwickshire. It is not known if the families which founded those halls shared a common root and gave their names to the hall, or if they took their family names from different places of same/similar name, or (what is perhaps most likely) it was a combination thereof. Commoners starts its article on the family covered by the lower section below with the following: "The very ancient and eminent family of Brome lineally derives from the Earls of Anjou, who took the surname of Brome or Broome, after their pilgrimage to the holy land; Fulk, Earl of Anjou, having worn a sprig of the Broome plant, as the symbol of humility." Fulk's son Geoffrey was known as 'Plantagenet' in recognition of that symbol (see Plantagenet1).
(2) The earliest Brome or Broome ancestor we have so far found connection to is ...
William de Brome, Norfolk (a 1169) apparently succeeded by ...
1. Roger de Brome (a 1196, 1215) probably father of grandfather of ...
  A. Sir William de Brome (a 1240, 1265)
  i. Sir Roger de Brome of Brome (d 1303)
  m. Petronilla (d before 1343)
  BHO (Norfolk, vol 1, Norton), more fully identified below, suggests that Petronilla was probably coheir of Roger de Somery. BHO (Norfolk, vol 10, Loddon), the main source used for this section, specifically considers but rejects this, suggesting that she was possibly of a Bigot or Shelton famiy. Petronilla was Sir Roger's widow. It is therefore possible that she was mother of ...
  a. William de Brome of Brome (dvmsp)
  b. Sir Robert de Brome of Brome (a 1343)
  m. Joan (a 1336)
  (1) Roger de Brome of Brome (a 1347) apparently succeeded by ...
  (A) Robert de Brome of Brome (a 1398)
  (i) Henry de Brome of Brome & Sunderland Hall possibly father of ...
  (a) Robert de Brome of Brome (d 1438)
  m. Margaret de Thuxton (dau/coheir of Theobald de Thuxton son of Alice, sister/coheir of Sir Jeffrey de Frensham of Skerning)
  ((1)) Robert de Brome of Brome (d 01.1455)
  BHO (Norfolk, vol 10, Loddon), the main source used for this section, shows Robert & Oliva as parents of Richard (dsp c1510), Mary & Anne. We follow BHO ('An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk', vol 1 (1804), Hundred of Giltcross: Norton) which inserts some additional generations as the dates appear to support that.
m. Oliva
  ((A)) John Brome of Brome
  ((i)) Henry (Gilbert?) Brome of Brome
  ((a)) James (or Richard) Brome of Brome (dsp c1510)
  ((b)) Mary Brome (d 1540-2)
  m1. John Jenney of Herdwick (Jermy of Hardwick)
  m2. Ralph Shelton (son (sb brother?) of Sir John)
  ((c)) Ann Brome
  m1. Robert Stede
  m2. John Brampton



Commoners reports that "the family, of which we are treating", being that mentioned in the lower section of the page, "resided at Broome in Salop, and acted a distinguished part in the days of our early monarchs, for we find, from the pedigree in the College of Arms", which we have not seen, "that Sir William de Brome, was standard bearer to Edward III." Visitation starts with ...
William Broome of Broome, Salop
m. Alicia Ditton (dau of John Ditton or Detton)
1. John Brome of Brome
  m. Margaret Lingin (dau of William Lingin)
  A. George Brome (dsp)
  B. Mathew Brome of Brome
  m1. Alice Emmot (dau/heir of Richard or John Emmot or Emont by dau/heir of John Mynde)
  i. John Brome of Brome Hall
  ii. Thomas Brome
  iii. Margaret Brome
  m. John Hicks of Hawford
iv. Anna Brome
  m1. Richard Wall
  m2. Richard Norcot or Nornecott
  v. Ursula Brome
  m. Thomas Paramore
  vi. Elizabeth Brome
  m. Richard Paramore
  m2. Margaret Corbet (dau of ?? Corbet of Albrighton
  vii. Thomas Brome of Aston
  m. Elizabeth (dau of John ap Harry ap Richard ap Harry ap Adda ap er Margaret Leighton)
  a. Mathew Brome of Hope (a 1598)
  m. Anna Benlow (dau of Edward Benlow of Acton)
  (1) Edward Brome of Hope (a 1598)
  (2)+ other issue (a 1598) - Francis, Elizabeth, Susanna
  b. Philipp Brome
  m. Margaret
  c.+ other issue - Alice, Margaret
  C. Margaret Brome
  m. Thomas Reignold



BLG1862 reports that "For some time previous to the year 1300, the family of which we are treating are stated to have resided at Broome, in Salop, and, in the sixteenth century, to have migrated thence into Kent, whence they subsequently removed into Hertfordshire,, in consequence of the marriage of" the undermentioned John & Cordelia Sandford.
William Broome "the lineal descendant of Sir William de Brome, standard bearer to Edward III"
1. John Brome (b c1675, d 30.11.1734)
  m. Cordelia Sandford (dau/coheir of John Sandford of Hertfordshire by Anne, dau/coheir of Edward Denny of Bishop's Stortford)
  A. John Brome of Manor House, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire (b 12.11.1717, d 1783) the first mentioned by Berry
  m1. (1739) Martha Osborne
  i. John Brome (b 1740, d c1814)
  m1. Elizabeth Henrietta Bearsley (d 1777)
  a. John Brome (b 1775, d 1777)
  m2. (1788) Judith SWright (d c1827)
  ii. Ann Brome (b 1741, d 1743)
  m2. (1761) Mary Saxton (dau of Edward Saxton, sister of Sir Charles, Bart)
  iii. Charles Brome of Malling House, West Malling, Kent (b 1770, d 1830, RN, youngest son) had issue
  m. (1803) Cecilia Bythesea (d 12.1826, dau of William Bythesea of Blackheath & Week House)
  iv.+ other issue (d unm) - Edward (b 1763, d 1807), daughter (d infant), daughter (d infant), Maria (b 1767, d 1776)
  B.+ other issue

Main source(s):
(1) For the upper section : BHO ('An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk', vol 10 (1809), Loddon Hundred: Brome)
(2) For the middle section : Visitation (Shropshire, 1623, Brome of Brome)
(3) For the lower section (reviewed 26.01.17) : Commoners (vol 4, Brome of Salop, Herts and Kent), BLG1862 ('Brome of Salop, Herts, and Kent'), CountyGen (Kent, Berry, p289)
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