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Families covered: Ireton of Ireton (Derbyshire), Irton of Irton (Cumberland)
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First displayed: 04.03.10Last updated: 04.03.10
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This page contains 2 different families who are often confused with each other due to the similarities of their names. On this page at least we shall be consistent in spelling the first as Ireton of Ireton and the second as Irton of Irton. However, cross-references to these families from other pages in the database are not consistent with this simply because the sources used for those pages are inconsistent on this. The Iretons of Ireton were based in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire whereas the Irtons of Irton Hall in Cumbria were based in Cumbria/Cumberland & Yorkshire, having (we presume) originated in the village called Irton which is near Scarborough in Yorkshire. We shall show the families on different pages in the database when we have obtained comfort that we have correctly differentiated between them! For the moment we show them on the same page in the hope that this will facilitate comparison between them.

(1) It appears that the first family shown, the Iretons, was a cadet branch of the Shirleys of Ireton. BHO (Magna Brittania, vol 5, Derbyshire, 'General history: Gentry families extinct since 1500') reports that it "derived its descent from the younger brother of an ancestor of the Shirleys, who settled at Little Ireton in the parish of Kedleston, and took that name." We have yet to see the 1611 Visitation which is reported to have a pedigree on this family.
(2) We have 2 marriages to John Ireton of Ireton in the middle/latter half of the 15th century from families in/around Derbyshire. We presume that they were of this family. Provisionally we show one as the father of the other but it is possible that they were the same person.

John Ireton of Ireton
m. Ann Curzon (dau of John Curzon of Kedleston) wife of John, possibly mother (or an earlier wife) of ...
1. John Ireton of Ireton
  m. Jane Eyre (dau of Stephen Eyre of Hassop) wife of John, possibly mother of ...
  A. ?? Ireton presumed father or grandfather of ...
i. German Ireton of Ireton possibly of this generation
  m. Margaret (Jane?) Cotes (dau of John Cotes of Woodcote) wife of German, possibly mother of ...
  a. William Ireton of Ireton possibly of this generation, father of Anne, possibly also of ..
  (1) German Ireton of Attenborough, Nottinghamshire
(A) Henry Ireton, Lord Deputy of Ireland (bpt 03.11.1611, d Limerick 26.11.1651, Lt. General)
  m. (15.06.1646) Bridget Cromwell (bpt 04.08.1624, d 06.1662, dau of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector)
  (i) Henry Ireton (dsp, Lt. Colonel)
  m. Katharine Powle
  (ii) Elizabeth Ireton (b c1647)
  m. (08.1666) Thomas Polhill of Oxford
  (iii) Jane Ireton (b c1648)
  m. (1668) Richard Lloyd of London
(iv) Bridget Ireton (b c1650)
  m. (1669) Thomas Bendish 'of Gray's Inn'
  (a) Thomas Bendyshe (b 09.1671, d 22.07.1722) apparently of this generation
  m. (11.06.1700) Catherine Smyth (b 09.10.1675, d 05.1747, dau of Sir Samuel Smyth of Colkirk)
  (v) Mary Ireton probably of this generation
  m. Nathaniel Carter name found on various web sites
  (B) Sir John Ireton, Lord Mayor of London (a 1658)
  (C) Mary Ireton probably of this generation
  m. William Bainbrigge of Lockington
  (D)+ 2 sons
  (2) Anne Ireton (bur 17.10.1636)
  m. Richard Cony of Grantham
  b. Sarah Ireton probably of this generation
  m. Sir Edward Ford of Harting



Commoners reports that "The Irtons have been seated at Irton in the county of Cumberland from a period antecedent to the Conquest, and have since that period been in a direct line successive lords thereof." Not least because of the issues mentioned below, which reduce our confidence in what Commoners shows on this family, we suggest that the following should be viewed with some caution.
Richard d'Yrton succeeded by ...
1. Adam d'Yrton of Yrton
  m. Joan Stutville
  A. Hugh d'Yrton
  m. Gertrude Tiliol
  i. Edmund d'Yrton (a temp Richard I who r. 1189-1199)
  m. _ Dudley (dau of Edmund Dudley of Yanwick)
  a. Stephen d'Yrton
  m. Jane Dacre (sister of Thomas Dacre)
  (1) Roger d'Yrton
  (A) William d'Yrton
  m. Grace Hanmer of Shropshire ("a near relative of the Hanmers, of Hanmer")
  (i) Roger d'Yrton (a 1292)
  m. Susan Basinthwaite (dau of Sir Alexander Basinthwaite, sister/heir of Sir Alexander)
(1) We are uncertain about the next few generations. We suspect that Commoners may on occasion have firstly interpreted "succeeded by" as meaning "father of" even though some of the successions were in fact by brothers (or cousins or nephews or even grand-nephews) rather than sons (this suspicion is partly-supported by the fact that Visitation (Cumberland, 1615) contains 2 entries, one called "Irton" (by the Harleian editor) and the other "Ireton", both of which contain names which appear in Commoners but which, except to show the same coat of arms as each other, could otherwise be of different families and/or secondly placed names into the pedigree somewhat arbitrarily. On the other hand, we are not convinced that the Visitations we have seen so far have not left out some generations. The following is very much 'open for review'.
(2) There are still some Visitations which we believe cover this family which we have not yet seen. For convenience we refer to those we have seen so far as being in two groups:
- VisitsAA: Visitation (Cumberland, 1615, Ireton), Visitation (Yorkshire, 1563-4, Irton), Visitation (Yorskhire, 1584/5, Irton of Irton).
- VisitsBB: Visitation (Cumberland, 1615, Irton), Visitation (Hampshire, 1530+1575+1622-34, Ireton), Visitation (Wiltshire, 1623, Irton).
(3) Commoners shows Roger & Susan as parents of ...
(a) Adam d'Yrton
  Commoners shows Adam's wife as Elizabeth, heiress of Sir John Copeland, with their sons being Richard (m. Margaret Broughton) and Alexander of Wolverley. Provisionally, we leave Elizabeth Copeland out here as we show an Elizabeth Copland (sister-in-law of an Alexander) elsewhere (below).
  ((1)) Richard d'Yrton
  m. Magaret Broughton (dau of John Broughton of Broughton)
  Commoners shows the next generation as Christopher (m. Margaret Redman) father of Nicholas (m. _ Dykes) father of John (m. Ann Lamplugh). VisitsAA show Richard & Margaret as parents of John (m. Ann Lamplewe). We leave out one generation as we show a Christopher (m. Margaret Redman) elsewhere (below).
  ((A)) Nicholas Irton of Irton omitted by VisitsAA
  m. ?? Dykes (dau of William Dykes of Wardell)
  ((i)) John Irton of Irton - continued below
  m. (1456) Anne Lamplugh (dau of Sir Thomas Lamplugh)
  ((2)) Alexander d'Yrton of Wolverly, Warwickshire
  m. _ Odingsels
  (2) Randolph d'Yrton, Bishop of Carlisle



John Irton of Irton - continued above
(1) It is noted that Visitation (Cumberland, 1615, Lamplugh) identifies John as son of John (Ireton of Ireton), not as son of Nicholas. It is noted also that there are 2 Johns son of John near the foot of the page.
(2) Commoners shows John as father of (Joseph and) William father of Thomas brother of Richard. VisitsAA (identified above) show John as father of Richard and do not mention either William or Thomas.
m. (1456) Anne Lamplugh (dau of Sir Thomas Lamplugh)
1. William Irton of Irton (a 1493)
  m. _ Fleming ("of the ancient house of Fleming of Rydall")
2. Thomas Irton of Irton (dsp 1503)
3. Richard Irton of Irton, Sheriff of Cumberland (a 1530)
  m. Anne Midleton (dau of Sir William Midleton of Stockeld)
  Commoners shows Richard as father of Christopher without mentioning any other children. VisitsAA all show just one more generation after Richard, naming the successor as John with his siblings being George Dorothy & Alice, but do not mention any Christopher. Noting the date of Christopher's marriage, and noting that John's father-in-law was a Christopher, we speculate that Commoners omitted a generation.
A. John Irton of Irton omitted by Commoners
  m. Anne Stapleton (dau of Christopher Stapleton of Wighill)
  i. Christopher Irton of Irton
  m. (1543) Elizabeth Mallory (dau of Sir William Mallory of Studley Park)
  a. John Irton of Irton
  Commoners shows Christopher's wife as Anne, dau of Richard Kirby of Kirby by Mary (sb Anne?), dau of Sir Roger Bellingham. The dates for that look wrong. The Kirby records show a later marriage between the families as follows.
  m. (1577) Dorothy Kirkby (dau of Roger Kirkby of Kirkby)
  There is a 61 year gap between the marriage dates shown for the above generation and the John who follows, suggesting that there may be a generation missing here, possibly ...
  (1) Christopher Irton of Irton father of Matilda, possibly also of ...
  (A) John Irton of Irton
  m. (1638) Anne Ponsonby (sister of Sir Harry Ponsonby)
  (i) John Irton of Irton
  . m. (1658) Elizabeth Musgrave (dau of _ Musgrave of Meatrig, brother of Sir William of Crookdale)
  (a) George Irton of Irton
Commoners shows George's wife (and implied mother of his son) as Eliza, dau of Thomas Lamplugh of Lamplugh. It does look as though Eliza was probably his wife but the Lamplugh records report that she dsp whilst the date given for their marriage by those records show the marriage as after that of George's son. Provisionally, we presume that Eliza was (2nd) wife of his son.
  ((1)) George Irton of Irton
  m1. (1695) Elizabeth Poole (dau of David Poole of Knotingley & Syke House)
((A)) Samuel Irton of Irton
  m. Frances Tubman (dau/heir of Robert Tubman of Cockermouth)
  ((i)) Edmund Lamplugh Irton of Irton (d 02.11.1820)
  m1. _ Hodgson of Hawkshead
  m2. (02.08.1787) Harriet Hayne (dau of John Hayne of Ashbourn Green)
  ((a)) Samuel Irton of Irton (b 29.09.1796)
m. (25.07.1825) Eleanor Senhouse (dau of Joseph Tiffin Senhouse of Calder Abbey)
  ((b)) Richard Irton (Captain)
  m. Sarah Sabine (dau of Joseph Sabine)
  ((c)) Anne Irton
  m. Joseph Gunson of Ingwell
((d)) Frances Irton
  ((ii))+ 2 sons and 3 daughters
  ((B))+ other issue - George, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Frances, Hannah
  Named in FMG (vol 1, MS66, 'Poole-Sager', p146).
  m2. (13.03.1732) Elizabeth Lamplugh (b 16.06.1701, dsp before 12.09.1775, dau of Thomas Lamplugh of Lamplugh Hall)
  See note above about this marriage (under George's father).
  (B) Matilda Irton (d 1663) possibly of this generation
  m. Thomas Wybergh of Clifton Hall & St. Bees (d 22.02.1646/7)
  B.+ other issue - George, Dorothy, Alice
4. Joseph Irton
  A. Elizabeth Irton
Commoners shows Elizabeth (m. William Armorer) here. Visitation (Yorkshire, 1584/5) shows her as sister of Richard (m. Ann Middelton) whereas Visitation (Hampshire) shows her as sister of John (m. Elizabeth Copland) with another sister (m. _ Borne), see below.
  m. William Armorer 'of London'
  B. Mary Irton
  m. John Skelton of Armathwaite Castle
Visitation (Wiltshire) starts with the following John, identifying him as "John Irton de Irton younger brother of that familie". We presume to show him as of this generation. The following comes from VisitsBB (as identified above).
5. John Irton 'of Irton'
  m. Elizabeth Copland
  A. John Irton
  i. Christopher Irton 'of Irton' had issue
  m. Maud Redman (son of Edward of Harewood)
  B. Alexander Irton of Amport, Hampshire (d 05.07.1589)
  m1. Alice Hallett (dau of John Hallett of Devon or Dorset)
  m2. Elizabeth Cresswell of Surrey
  Visitation (Wiltshire) shows only one wife for Alexander, Alice Hallett, but Visitation (Hampshire) suggests that it was Elizabeth Cresswell who was mother of ...
  i. George Irton of Birtford near Sarum, Wiltshire (b c1565, d c01.03.1629)
  m. Elizabeth Bacon (dau of Richard Bacon of Michelmarsh)
  a. Richard Irton (b c1600, d 18.12.1638)
  b. Johanna Irton
  m. (08.05.1620) Thomas Goldston of Alderberie (Alderbury)
6. daughter (m. _ Armarar of London) - see probable duplication above
7. daughter
  m. _ Borne

Main source(s):
(1) For Ireton of Ireton : cross-references from elsewhere in the database, various web sites
(2) For Irton of Irton : Commoners (vol 3, Irton of Irton) with input/support/contradiction from various Visitations as reported above
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