'Agard1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Agard of Dunstall, Agard of Foston, Agard of Oslaston
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We have obtained the impression that there were Agard families 'of Foston' in Derbyshire, some of whom also held lands also in Staffordshire, and that there were also Agard familes 'of Foston' in Staffordshire. [We suspect that some sources have confused the 2 places.] Some family members lived in Ireland for at least a time so there may even have been a place called Foston in Ireland (perhaps temporarily). Perhaps they were all connected, perhaps closely so, but we have not yet been able to find a reliable source which pulls them together. The Derbyshire Visitation would have been more helpful if it had identified where the various people were seated but it only rarely did so.
Thomas Agard (a 1310)
The dates suggest that the following probably omits some generations.
1. Thomas Agard
A. John Agard (a 1426)
  i. Radulphus (Ralph) Agard (a 1507)
  m. Elizabeth Hussey (dau/heir of Henry Hussey of Bromley Regis in Staffordshire)
a. John Agard 'of Foston'
  m. (Elizabeth) Underhill of Etendon
  (1) Clement Agard 'of Foston'
  m. Eleanora Middlemore (dau of Thomas Middlemore of Edgbaston)
  (A) William Agard possibly the William 'of Foston, Derbyshire' who married ...
  m. ?? Agard (dau of Francis Agard of Ireland) @@ below, possibly mother of ...
  (i) Jacquet Agard daughter of William Agard of Foston Hall, possibly of this generation
  m. (1613) John Daniell of Daresbury (d 1680)
(ii)+ other issue (dsp) - Francis, John, Sir Henry
  (B) Arthur Agard (b 1540, dsp 1615, Deputy Chairman of the Exchequer)
  Dates from BHO (Magna Brittania, vol 5, 'Parishes: Sandiacre-Swarkston').
  (C) George Agard
  m. Katherine Barber (dau of Richard Barber of Yoxhall in Staffordshire)
  (i) Mary Agard (d 01.04.1679) daughter of George Agard of Foston, possibly fits here
  m1. Edward Smith
  m2. William Allestry (b 1597-8, 1655)
  (ii)+ other issue (dsp) - William, Peter, Richard, George, Ralph, Walter (d 08.1657)
(D) Isabel Agard daughter of Clement Agard of Foston, Staffordshire, probably of this generation
  m. John Stonor of Stonor
  (E) Catherine Agard daughter of Clement Agard of Foston, Derbyshire, probably of this generation
  m. Robert Brooke of Hasler or Haslour or Haselour (bur 23.06.1597)
  (2) Margeret Agard daughter of John Agard of Foston, Derbyshire, possibly of this generation
  m. Thomas Kynardesley of Loxley (d 1537-8)
  b. Thomas Agard
  m. _ Noble of Scalford
  (1) Francis Agard
  (A)+ 3 daughters
  ii. Margery Agard daughter of John Agard of Foston, possibly of this generation
  m. John Rolleston of Rolleston in Staffordshire (d 28.07.1485)
2. John Agard of Sudbury
A. John Agard
  i. Nicholas Agard of Dunstall, Staffordshire
  m. Elizabeth Ferrers (dau of Richard Ferrers of Walton)
  a. William Agard of Dunstall
  m. Margerie Clarke (dau of _ Clarke of Alderwas)
  (1) Henry Agard of Dunstall
  m. Catherine Avery (dau of William Avery of Fillongley)
  (A) Henry Agard (dspl)
  m. _ Chipingdale
  ii. Ralph Agard of Tonge, Salop
  a. Charles Agard of Oslaston, Derbyshire
m. Dorothy Kinnersley (dau of _ Kinnersley of Brailsford)
  (1) John Agard of Oslaston
  m. Florence Hull (dau of Thomas Hull of Godalming)
  (A) Charles Agard of Foston, Derbyshire (b c1610, a 1664)
  m. Lucy Brudnell (dau of Thomas Brudnell of Stanton Wivill)
  (i) John Agard (b c1646)
  This is presumably the John who is reported by BHO (Magna Brittania, vol 5, 'Parishes: Sandiacre-Swarkston') to have sold Foston in 1675.
  (ii) Dorothy Agard daughter/coheir of Charles Agard of Foston, Derbyshire, probably of this generation
  m. John Stanhope of Elvaston
  (iii)+ other issue - Charles (b c1649, a 1667), Francis (d young), Thomas (d young)
  (B) Dorothy Agard (dsp)
  m. John Haigh (rector of Croxall)
  (C)+ other issue - Francis, Ralph, George, Andrew, Thomas, John, Grace (dsp), Florence (dsp), Maria (dsp), Elizabeth (dsp), Sarah (dsp)



We have seen the following Francis & Sir Thomas identified as brothers.
1. Sir Thomas Agard of Foston (Derbyshire), Governor of Wexford
  A. Clare Agard (d 1590)
  m1. Sir Anthony Colclough of Blurton & Wolstanton (Staffordshire), later of Tintern Abbey (co. Wexford) (d 1584)
  m2. Sir Thomas Williams
2. Francis Agard of Staffordshire, Governor of Wexford
  A. daughter possibly of this generation, shown on some sites as eldest daughter of Francis Agard of Ireland, was the wife of ...
  m. William Agard of Foston, Derbyshire @@ above
  B. Mary Agard daughter of Francis Agarde of Fawston, Staffordshire, possibly of this generation
  m. Henry Moore (dvp)

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section : Visitation (Derbyshire, 1662-4, 'Agard of Foston')
(2) For lower section : various web sites, cross-references from elsewhere in the database
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