Welcome to the Brabazon Blog! We are trying to get a forum going that would be more instantaneous and universal than either the family website (brabazonarchive.com) or separate emailing. We have commenced with a handful of topics - taken from the website - to kick-start conversations. Your suggestions for additional areas of interest and emails of a personal nature can be sent to Michael Brabazon at mbbrabazon@yahoo.co.uk

As we are probably all now aware, the Brabazon Clan is not homogenous but rather a mosaic of smaller genetic groupings, sometimes explicable by descent via a Brabazon female line, sometimes due to the adoption of the Brabazon name for various known or unknown reasons. By casting the discussion network as wide as possible perhaps we can begin to shed more light on each of the sub-lineages of the Clan - worldwide brainstorming, so to speak!

The Earl and Countess of Meath remain the standard bearers of the Brabazon name, and I think we would all agree that we have an excellent family at the very heart of the Brabazon Clan. Across the spectrum of our Family we are a good microcosm of Irishness in all its cultural forms and our cohesiveness in diversity is perhaps the best testimony to the greatness of our ancestors. So start blogging and let's see where it goes!

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Brabazons and Catholic Emancipation

Daniel O’Connell, “The Great Liberator” 1775-1847
Irish Parliamentarian and leader of the Catholic emancipation movement

Two leading Brabazons - both Church of Ireland - of the time played significant parts in O’Connell’s movement: the 10th Earl of Meath, John Brabazon, and the 2nd Baronet of Brabazon Park, Swinford, William John Brabazon.

The Earl very courageously permitted a Catholic mass to take place at Killruddery in 1798, the year of the great rebellion.  He was a champion of Emancipation and in 1831 Daniel O’Connell commented he was “deeply convinced that Lords Meath and Cloncurry have it in their power to put themselves at the head of the popular party in Ireland, and to do more good to the country, and prevent more evil, than any two persons ever had before”.

Baronet Brabazon was elected in the 1830s as an MP for Mayo, serving then at Westminster until his demise in 1840 of a heart problem.  His support of the local community in Swinford was well recognized and his election victory was assured when he won the backing of the nationalist Catholic Archbishop of Tuam, John McHale.  In his acceptance speech, Sir William made reference to his ancestor Capt William Brabazon who had fought bravely for King James II at the Battle of Aughrim.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Killruddery - The movie set

Did you know that Killruddery has served as the backdrop for many famous movies.  Here are all the ones that we know about.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Brabazon Landmarks - Tasmania & Antarctica

Brabazon Point  Tasmania

Brabazon Point, also known as One Tree Point  is a point on the Huon River in Tasmania. Brabazon Park is nearby. There was a township called Brabazon at the Huon River in the 1850s. Sections were advertised by the Crown for sale in 1856, 1857 and 1858.

Brabazon Point: Antarctica - 64°24'00.0"S 61°16'00.1"W

A  headland forming the east side of the entrance to Salvesen Cove, on the west coast of Graham Land. It was charted by the Belgian Antarctic Expedition under Gerlache, 1897–99, and named by the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee in 1960 for John Moore-Brabazon, 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara, pioneer British aviator, the first Englishman to pilot a heavier-than-air machine under power in England (described in his Times obituary as the "first flight accomplished by any Briton in Great Britain"), in April 1909, and responsible for the R.F.C. Photographic Section during World War I and for the development of aerial photography.

Arial photographs courtesy of Google Earth.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Brabazon Landmarks - Brabazon Range: New Zealand

The Brabazon Range is located by the Rangitata River in Canterbury, in the middle of the South Island and is now part of the Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park. Brabazon Downs, Brabazon Saddle, Brabazon Stream and Mount Brabazon are all in the same area. They were named after John Brabazon from Co Westmeath, Ireland who was in partnership with Samuel Butler at Mesopotamia Station between 1862 and 1864. The Brabazon Range is mostly just past the north-west boundary of the property.

John Brabazon, eldest son of James Brabazon of Jamestown House near Mullingar, left Ireland in 1859 when he was about 18 years old and travelled to New Zealand via Australia. Early in 1861 he was at Mesopotamia Station as a cadet, to learn sheep farming. About March 1862 he bought a quarter share in the business, then looked after the property while Butler overwintered in Christchurch. By 1864 Samuel Butler had made his fortune and wished to return to England. The partnership was dissolved in March and the station was sold.
Brabazon Range from Crooked Spur Hut in summer, photograph by Hilary Iles. Crown Copyright: Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai.

Brabazon Landmarks - Brabazon Range: Alaska

The Brabazon Range, twenty-eight miles long, is situated in Tongass National Forest near Ketchikan, Alaska, close to the border with British Columbia, Canada. It was named in 1907 by Eliot Blackwelder for  A J (Jack) Brabazon of the Canadian Boundary Survey, who made a photographic survey of the Yakutat Bay region in 1895, and with the help of those pictures compiled the first topographic map of the area.

From the journal of Eliot Blackwelder of the University of Wisconsin 1907 https://archive.org/stream/jstor-30067852/30067852#page/n1/mode/2up
The Brabazon Range is low as compared with the lofty peaks west of it; but nevertheless it is a notable feature of the coast. It has a steep seaward front, which, although somewhat irregular in outline, plunges abruptly beneath the alluvial flat without extensive foot-hills or projecting spurs. One depression interrupts the continuity of the ridge in the area discussed — the open channel of the Yakutat Glacier. The photograph, below shows the Alsek River and the inner slope of the Brabazon Range with four small glaciers.

Alfred James Brabazon, son of Samuel Levinge Brabazon and Margaret Clarke was born 26 December 1859 in Quebec Canada and died 28 December 1939 in Portage du Fort Quebec. He played an important part in the surveys to decide the border between Canada and Alaska in 1890.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


The JM Brabazon will be Minerva Automobiles' first new car in 76 years and, if it can get beyond the pre-concept stage, it could give supercar companies a serious challenge in terms of luxury, exclusivity and performance.

Named after Lord John Moore‐Brabazon of Tara, Britain's first aviator and an all-round 19th-century polymorph, the car will be capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 2.1 seconds and onto a top speed of over 400km/h. But, because it will be using a hybrid petrol-electric powertrain, it will also be able to offer 100km of emissions-free motoring just on the battery.

photo credit by Credit: AFP-Relaxnews

Friday, August 29, 2014

In Memory, Ann (Brabazon) Shevill 1927 - 2014

It was with great sadness that I learnt of the demise of our beloved Ann. I can only speak on behalf of the wider Brabazon Clan and leave the closer familial memories to her nearer relatives and friends, of which, I know, she has many.

I first contacted Ann a good forty years ago and since then we have together and independently contacted the many geographically scattered members of the wider Brabazon Clan. Right up to the very end Ann was a contributor to the recently established Brabazon Blog, but always more than just a technical support she brought such great heart to the Family. And it is with that deeper love that she gave her time, abilities and patience to the goal of uniting a most excellent set of near and distant relatives.

I am sure we all have our fond memories of Ann and her exploits, and mine is of meeting her for the first time in England when I took her on a trip to see the ruins of Betchworth Castle, the supposed earliest site of settlement for the early Brabazons, just south of London. As we were walking up the grassy hill situated in Betchworth golf course toward the castle I became very annoyed with the superior attitude of one of the golfers (basically, “Hey, you! Get out the way!”). I think I (heatedly) likened this person to Adolf Hitler, which made Ann burst out laughing, breaking the ice (and my indignation), and then she added, “Michael, you should come to Australia – we love a good character!”

Well, those early days of pen & paper communications and the occasional meetings gave way to electronic communications and well-organised reunions. Ann certainly led the way. Even when there was not much going on she would keep us all posted with the Newsletter, transformed from a laborious print & post exercise to a mass email. She was so very supportive when I was preparing the Brabazon Archive website and that enthusiasm in general has been key to the whole Brabazon Family Project.

Dear Ann, we shall all miss you so very much, but you will remain in our hearts for as long as there is a Brabazon Clan.

Michael Brabazon

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Bristol Brabazon Aeroplane: The World's First Jumbo Airliner

By Michael Brabazon

The Brabazon aeroplane was the last of the great turbo-props, succeeded by the jet engine, built after the end of WWII. The ‘plane was manufactured in Bristol, England, hence the name The Bristol Brabazon. An entire village was flattened to create a suitably long runway and the specially built hangar was used for the later construction of  Concorde. The Brabazon was named after the 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara, John Moore-Brabazon, who had been the Minister of Aviation and had headed a committee charged with recommending a new commercial airliner. Although it never went into service it has always been remembered fondly by enthusiasts and the general English public alike. Anyone in England with the surname Brabazon was (and often still is) associated with The Brabazon, as the author of this piece can testify!

More information here - http://flightclub.jalopnik.com/the-bristol-brabazon-was-the-prettiest-piece-of-useless-1625961379 

Monday, July 7, 2014


By Michael Brabazon

The 1798 Rebellion in Ireland was one of the most defining events in the nation’s history, and Swinford, Co Mayo was within an important location of political and military activity.  The Brabazons of Swinford played a significant and colourful role.  William Brabazon was one of the Swinford United Irishmen – the Society which organised the uprising – and was part of an armed group that turned back some 200 British Dragoons who were trying to reach Castlebar, the county town of Mayo.  William along with his compatriots then journeyed to Castlebar themselves and took part in the famous battle between the British and French-Irish forces.  The French had landed at Kilalla on the north Mayo coast and proclaimed an Irish Republic.  The British lost the Battle but won the war - they regrouped, counter-attacked and finally defeated the French-led army.  After the Battle of Castlebar, the French commander General Humbert marched through Swinford and rested at Corley’s Hotel in the town’s centre, the meeting place and HQ of the local United Irishmen.  The soldiers were encamped on the Brabazon demesne and Sir Anthony Brabazon provided two steers and large wrought-iron gates to roast them on for what was in effect a mega BBQ.

After the defeat, the Irish rebels were tried in the courts but many got off.  In the Swinford jurisdiction Sir Anthony’s youngest brother Edward, who was a local lawyer, successfully defended many of the rebels.  The authority in Dublin wrote (in vain) to Sir Anthony, the J.P., instructing him to make Edward desist – they were obviously unaware of Brabazon intransigence (and family loyalties)!  

The pics are from a recent 1798 commemoration ceremony in Swinford in which a plaque was placed on the exterior of Corley’s Hotel.

Pictures courtesy MichaelMaye.com

Sunday, May 25, 2014

William Patrick Brabazon

By Jan Barnes

William Patrick Brabazon, known at times as Patrick, was a soldier in the British Army. According to the inscription on his tombstone he was born in Ireland on 14 August 1799.  His father is said to be William Brabazon born cir 1759 who fought for the King during the American War of Independence and returned to Britain with his regiment afterwards.

William Patrick was in the 1st (King’s) Dragoon Guards, an elite cavalry regiment, most of whom, but not all, were mounted. Troop movements and his children's birth records indicate that he would have been in 'D' troop.

The only Brabazon recorded in the archives of 1st Dragoon Guards is Private P Brabazon with a date of 1834. This is probably him, but some of his children were born before this date in places where ‘D’ troop was stationed. His first four children's births, recorded in the GRO Regimental Birth's Indexes list him as William Brabazon, regiment 'D'Gds'. In church records he is called Patrick.

A Private of the 1st or Kings Dragoons Guards 
From Costumes of the Army of the British Empire 
by Charles Hamilton Smith.

This uniform was used from 1812 to 1822 when a more elaborate costume was introduced. The flowing horsehair tail on the helmet, seen here, was then replaced by an imposing bearskin crest. Trousers were light blue; later dark blue with a yellow stripe.

The regiment was in Ireland 1810-1814. Regimental headquarters in 1810 were Lisburn and Dundalk. In December 1811 headquarters moved to Dublin and in September 1812 to Clonmell. In May 1813 a detachment of a corporal and seventeen troopers was sent to the Peninsular and on 19 June 1813 the troops were augmented by four boys per troop. There were ten troops, so forty boys would have been recruited in June 1813. William Patrick might have enlisted then as a boy soldier, either by answering an advertisement in Ireland, or from within the regiment if his father was still in the army.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

IN MEMORIUM - Brabazons who served in the Great War 1914-1918


In Flanders Fields the poppies blow…..and now it is the one hundred anniversary of the war that was to “end all wars”. Let us remember those Brabazon family members who fought and gave up their lives between 1914 and 1918 so that we could be free.

CPT ALAN BRABAZON, MID. British Army 6th Btn. Leinster Regiment from Churchtown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. Twice Mentioned in Despatches. Son of Thomas and Haddie Brabazon of Churchtown, Co. Westmeath. He died of his wounds  8TH March 1918 and is buried in the Jerusalem Cemetary in Israel.

Gnr.  ANTHONY GODSELL BRABAZON (Tony). Australian Imperial Force Field Artillery Brigade from Elderslie, Winton, Queensland. Anthony Brabazon enlisted on the 23rd of February 1918 and embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Orontes on 5 June 1918, at the age of 18. At the end of the conflict he returned to Australia at own expense

CAPT. ERNEST WILLIAM MAITLAND MOLYNEUX BRABAZON. British Army 4th Bn Coldstream Guards from Woking, Surrey. He was born in Richmond Surrey on 22nd March 1884 to the Earl & Countess of Meath. He was married to the Hon. Dorothy Mary Brabazon of Bridley House, Worplesdon Hill, Woking, Surrey. He was killed in action  on 17th June 1915 and buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France

PTE.  FRANK BRABAZON. British Army 8th Btn Royal Dublin Fusiliers from Tubber Lane, Lucan, Co. Dublin, Ireland. KIA 12th June 1916. Son of Frank & Elizabeth Brabazon of 44 Mountjoy Street, Dublin and husband of Mary Brabazon. He died aged 37 and is memorialized on  the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Pte. GEORGE BERNARD BRABAZON. British Army 1st Btn. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of William Percival Brabazon. He WAS KIA  on 11th April 1915  aged 23 and is buried in the Aeroplane Cemetery in Belgium

MAJ. JOHN HENRY BRABAZON, MC. . British Army 137 Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery from Dublin. Fifth Supplement to The London Gazette, volume WO389/7, Number 30813, Page 8779. Awarded the Military Cross. T./Lt. John Henry Brabazon, R.G.A. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in remaining at his observation post in a precarious position and enabling the battery to inflict severe losses on the advancing infantry." At Essigny on 21st March 1918, while John Henry served with 137 Heavy Battery RGA.

2nd Lt. ROBERT EDWARD FITZGERALD BRABAZON, MC. British Army Inniskilling Fuliliers awarded the MC London Gazette 1st Feb 1919 for bravery in Flanders, France

PTE  SIDNEY (Sydney) HAMILTON BRABAZON, Australian Imperial Force 19th and 4th Battalions was born 8 Jan 1900 in Albacore Crescent, Lewisham, England, son of William and Mary Ann Brabazon. He enlisted at Sydney when still aged 15, giving false details, and was KIA 25 July 1916 near Pozières France. He was buried nearby. His name is on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Somme, France. His elder brother George Bernard Brabazon was killed in action in 1915.

CPT. TERENCE ANTHONY CHAWORTH BRABAZON. British Army 1st Btn. Essex Regiment from Rochester, Kent. Born in Rochester, Kent. Son of Lt. Col. W.B. & Mrs. Mabel Brabazon. He died of wounds ON 3rd August 1916 aged 20 and is buried in Wilton Cemetery, Wilshire

Pte. WILLIAM RICHARD BRABAZON. Australian Imperial Force 20th Battalion from Australia. He embarked from Sydney on HMAT Ajana, on the 5th of July 1916 and fought in WW1

Gp. Capt. LIONEL WILMOT BRABAZON-REES, VC MC MID. Royal Air Force 11 Squadron from Plas Llanwnda, Castle Street, Caernarfon. Lionel Rees was born in Plas Llanwnda, Castle Street, Caernarfon in 1884. Rees was 31 years old and a Temporary Major in No. 32 Squadron RFC,  he was awarded the VC.

MAJOR HUBERT FRANCIS FITZWILLIAM BRABAZON FOLJAMBE. Serving with B Company, 2nd Battalion, the King's Royal Rifle Corps, British Expeditionary Force, when he was killed in action on Monday, September 14, 1914 during the 1st Battle of the Aisne.  He is remembered at the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial located at Seine-et-Marne, France.

PRIVATE WALTER BRABAZON GRANTHAM #947, Australian Imperial Army, 5 Infantry Battalion departed Melbourne on 21 October 1914 on board the HMAT Orvieto en route to fight in World War I. He lived at 96 Claremont Avenue, Malvern, Victoria.

SGT. RALPH AUSTIN BRABAZON.  Australian Infantry 5th Bn. KIA 26th June 1918. Son of John & Hannah Jane Austin Brabazon of Westmeath, Ireland. Husband of Adelaide Brabazon of Portsea, Victoria, Australia. KIA 25th June 1918 age 37  and is buried in Herne Bay Cemetery, Kent, England..

During Lord Mayor's Day celebrations in London, on 9 November 1915, an Australian nurse, Sister E Juist, braved the weather to chat to a group of Australian artillerymen, including Bombardier Brabazon. War records indicate that this was Ralph Austin Brabazon from Victoria.
The Lord Mayor's Procession began in 1215, when the citizens of London were allowed to elect a mayor for the first time. The newly elected Mayor was required by the King's charter to make a journey from the City to Westminster to swear allegiance to the Crown.
In 1915 the parade was a largely a military display. About 2,500 troops marched. German prisoners of war and captured guns and aircraft were paraded. The procession was timed to coincide with ten recruiting meetings as it passed.  Men fell in behind the Lord Mayor’s Coach and marched away to war. 

Photo: Australian War Memorial Collection.

John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-Brabazon, 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara, GBE, MC, PC (8 February 1884 – 17 May 1964) was an English aviation pioneer. At the outbreak of War he joined the Royal Flying Corps and served on the Western Front where he played a key role in the development of aerial photography and reconnaissance. In March 1915 he was promoted to captain and appointed as an equipment officer. On 1 April 1918, when the Royal Flying Corps merged with the Royal Naval Air Service to form the Royal Air Force, he was appointed as a staff officer(first class) and made a temporary lieutenant-colonel.
He finished the war with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He was awarded the Military Cross, and had become a commander of the Legion d’honneur.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Moore-Brabazon,_1st_Baron_Brabazon_of_Tara

Vernon Andrew Brabazon, United States Army, Company B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division. Vernon A. Brabazon was born in Gladstone, MI May 18, 1893, the son of Elbert William and Margaret Brabazon. He came to Oshkosh, Wisconsin with his family in 1910. He enlisted in Company B, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard in 1916 and saw service on the Mexican Border. Old Company B became Company B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division in 1917. He was killed in battle August 1, 1918 at Bellvue Farm near Sergy, France. His remains were returned to Oshkosh in 1921.

Brabazon Campbell, 2nd Lt. Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 4th Btn. killed 18/12/1914. His name is on the PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL in Hainaut, Belgium

Saturday, March 15, 2014


James (Jacques) le Brabanzon, an illustration of a statue at Stapleford Hall, Leicestershire made cir 1633, from John Nichols, A History of Leicestershire, Vol 2 Part 1 (1795) p.337. The statue is still on the outside of the house, which is now part of a luxury hotel named Stapleford Park.

According to tradition Jacques le Brabancon came to England from Normandy with William the Conqueror in 1066 and fought at the Battle of Hastings, possibly as the leader of a troop of mercenaries, and for this was rewarded with large tracts of land. However, although the Brabancon name appears in the Battle Abbey Roll there is no record of any Brabazon land-holding in England in the Domesday Book, 1086.  So far the earliest record of the name found otherwise in England is Thomas le Brabazun who witnessed a document sometime between 1175 and 1188, in York.

Perhaps Jacques was given land in Normandy rather than England. Two Brabancons are recorded there in the Exchequer Rolls of 1198, paying money into the Treasury. Thomas Brabencon was in Falaise and Roger de Brabancon was in the Forest of Roumare, near Rouen in Caux (1). Thomas of Falaise could be the Thomas who witnessed a document in York between 1175 and 1188, and also a charter in Lincolnshire cir 1200.

In 1199 John succeeded Richard as King of England and Duke of Normandy. By 1204 he had lost Normandy to Philip of France. The nobles of Normandy had to submit to Phillip or go elsewhere. It could be at this stage that a Brabazon moved to England and settled there.

The earliest record of a Brabazon landholder found in England was John Brabesun who held sixteen acres in Norfolk in 1206, but he may well have had more. Perhaps it was his son Adam who had land in East Betchworth in Surrey. Traditionally Adam son of John le Brabazun follows Jacques in the lineages, but he is unlikely to have had any descendants. If a tenant died without heirs his land returned to his lord, in this case the Earl of Surrey, who sold Adam’s land.

About this time, the name in its various forms appeared in several English counties, perhaps indicating more than one original ancestor. Of those found, some witnessed documents where land was given to the church. Some were landowners and others were money lenders. One seems to have been murdered.

The following is a list of those found so far, up to 1268, the date when Roger le Brabazon was first recorded in Mowsley, Leicestershire. From that time on the Leicestershire families have been reasonably well recorded.

1175-1188. Thoma (Thomas) le Brabazun was a witness to the confirmation of a gift to the Hospital of St Peter York. Thomas Hay confirmed the gift of a mill in North Cave which had been given to the hospital by his father Roger Hay, also the profits from four carucates of land that he held ‘which owe suit and ought to grind at that mill and give multure’ (2). A carucate was the amount of land that could be ploughed by a team of eight oxen in a season, approximately 120 fiscal acres. Traditionally twenty sheaves of corn from every plough in the diocese of York were given to the hospital, which was built to house the poor folk of St Peter’s York (3).

cir 1200. Thoma le Brabacum witnessed a charter where Robert son of William son of Gerard of Spaldington confirmed a gift to Ormsby Priory, of several lands and waterways, in and around Spaldington, Lincolnshire (4).

1206. John Brabesun was a sub-tenant holding sixteen acres of land in Stanford Norfolk by homage and services, from William son of Peter (who was a tenant of Lord Richard). The services were sixteen pence and two plough-services when summoned and one man for three days in autumn for food for William, and two hens and half a carcase of mutton and a half-penny at Christmas (5). This seems to be just land that John cultivated. There’s no mention of a house, so he could have lived nearby.

1206. Walter Brabezun was in court in Hertfordshire. He seemed to be representing a client (6).

1207. Hugo Br͂tbacon (Bratbacon) paid half a mark fine in Southampton (7).

1215-1220, Kent. William Brabacum, Brabacun Brabazun or brabazin and his brother Radulfo (Ralph) witnessed documents in Canterbury, relating to the Priory of St Gregory and the Convent of Canterbury Cathedral Priory (8).

1216-1272. John le Brabancon held lands in Nottingham under Henry III (9).

1219-22. Reginald Brabacun owed money to Robert of Castle Carrock, Northumberland (10).

1219-25. William de Warrene, Earl of Surrey, granted a virgate of land (about 30 acres) in East Betchworth Surrey to Thomas son of Ralph Niger, by charter. The land was previously held by Adam son of John le Brabazun (11). William de Warenne was also overlord to many lands in Norfolk, including part of Stanford, Wimbotsham, Methwold and Aylmerton, below.

1225-6. Robertus Le Brabicun was one of the people named in a claim of a property at Wimbotsham, Norfolk (12). He could be the son of John Brabesun of Stanford..

1230, 9 May. Simon Brabacun, a bailiff or faithful citizen associated with Portsmouth (13).

1232. Matilda daughter of Reginald attorned Roberto Brabacun, regarding twenty acres of land and half a messuage in Melewud (Methwold) Norfolk (14). This seems to be the same Robert as above because others are named in both documents. Attorn means to agree to be tenant to a new owner or landlord. A messuage was a house, gardens, orchard etc and the land on which they were situated.

Date unknown but probably early to mid 13th century. Suffolk, Grant by Richard le Brab . . . . of . . . . ., to John son of Richard de Suber [i], of land in . . . . . . ., in the field called 'Cleylond.' Witnesses:—Warin the clerk of Suberi, and others (15). (The document is damaged). This could possibly be another of the Norfolk Brabazon family. A field called Cleylond was near Attleborough in Norfolk. Warin the clerk and Richard of Sudbury were associated with St Bartholemew's Priory, Sudbury, in the early part of the 13th century so this could be a gift of land to the priory.

1241. John Brebanzon or Brabecun and his wife Cecilia had a free-holding in Barton Oxfordshire. They accused others in court of causing them a nuisance by knocking down a fence and destroying a dike (16). Between 1247 and 1261 they were back in court several times (17). In 1278 Walter Brabesun, who was probably their son and heir, was a free tenant with a virgate of land in Little Barton (18).

1246, 22 January at Westminster. Brabacun Bonecuntre, citizen and merchant of Siena was given the ‘power to stay in the realm and carry on his merchandise as he did in times past’, ‘notwithstanding the king’s former mandate that transalpine merchants should leave the realm of England’. He and his associates lent 1,000l. to the king (19). Many later records mention James Brabazon and others, money lenders, described as merchants of the society of the sons of Bonsygnor of Siena, or similar.

1249-50. William Brabazun living in Aylmerton, Kent, was fined half a mark for not attending an inquest on the death by drowning, of a neighbour’s child. Neither the boy’s mother nor her neighbours came to the inquest. Aylmerton and other villages were fined for burying the boy without reporting his death to the coroner (20).

Mid 13th Century, Kent. Richard brabezun, brabacun, de brabansun etc. witnessed charters between landholders in Mongeham and the prior and convent of Canterbury Cathedral Priory (21).

1265, 14 November at Westminster. Richard Chase of Little Budun was pardoned for the death of Thomas Brabecun (22).  This is probably Little Bowden, now in Leicestershire, but then in Northamptonshire.

1265, 22 November at Westminster. Richard Chace was pardoned for the death of Gilbert Mayn and of any consequent outlawry. ‘The like to Thomas Brabacun for the same death’ (23).  Did Richard kill Thomas after he and Thomas had killed Gilbert?  A Thomas Brabazon, who is said to have married an heiress of Mowsley, follows Adam in the traditional lineages. Could this be the same Thomas, or his son ?

1268, 21 November. An inquisition found that Roger Brabazon was holding a carucate of land in Mowsley, Leicestershire from Hugh Gobion by knight’s service  - the service of one knight to the chief lord in time of war at his own expense for forty days (24). The inquisition was held to find out what properties were owned by Hugh Gobion. Roger could have held his land before this date. He could have held other lands in Mowsley belonging to other lords. He was the son of William and Amice Brabazon and later became Chief Justice of England.

Many thanks to John Lacey who discovered and passed on records.

For more information, see here

1.  Stapleton, Thomas, Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae sub Regibus Angliae, Vol 2, p.406 & p. 445.
2.  Farrar, William, Early Yorkshire Charters, Vol 2, p.419, Chartulary of St Leonard’s York, Rawl Ms B 455, f.213.
3. British History Online.
4.  Stenton F M (ed) Transcripts of Charters Relating to the Gilbertine Houses of Sixle, Ormsby Catley, Bullington, and Alvingham by Sixles, Linc. Rec. Soc. Vol 18, 1922, p.64.
5.  Pipe Roll Society Vol LXX, New Series Vol 1 XXXII, 1954, Feet of Fines, Case 154, file 25 No 322.
6.  Curia Regis Roll 42, membrane 19.
7. Hardy, Sir Thomas Duffus, Rotuli de oblatis et finibus in Turri Londinensi asservati, tempore regis Johannes, p. 451, Pledges to Roger son of Adam, sheriff of Southampton.
8. Woodcock, Audrey M, Cartulary of the Priory of St Gregory,Canterbury; Canterbury Cathedral Archives, Grants, in pure and perpetual alms  CCA-DCc-ChAnt/I/84 and CCA-DCc-ChAnt/L/357.
9. Brown, Cornelius, History of Newark-on-Trent; being the life story of an ancient town, p.180.
10. Fine Roll 3 Hen III and Fine Roll, 6 Hen III.
11. British History Online; Manning and Bray, History of Surrey, Vol 2, p.209, quoting from a deed in private hands.
12. Curia Regis Rolls Hen III, Vol 12, p. 137, No 680, Trinity term 9 Hen III..
13. Calendar of Patent Rolls, Hen III, Vol 2, p.370.
14. Calendar of Close Rolls, Hen III, 1231-1234, p.149.
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Monument to Sir William Brabazon - Lord Justice of Ireland

Monument to Sir William Brabazon - Lord Justice of Ireland
in the reign of Henry VIII - Erected in St. Catherine's Church Dublin

Lord Justice of Ireland in 1543, 1546 and 1550. Appointed Vice Treasurer and General Receiver of Ireland in 1534, which office he retained until his death.  See more at: http://www.brabazonarchive.com/Pages/Sir%20William%20History.htm

Sub hoe Tumulo in Christo
ob dormit GULIELMUS.
Brabazon, Eques Auratus,
qui bringinta annos belli
Thesaurarius & obiit Knochfergus
Anno Salutis 1548

And on the Graves-stone, under the Monument, is this inscription:
Here Lieth the Body of Sir William Brabazon, Knt. 
Who continued Treasurer in this Kingdom XXXII 
Years, in which Time he was Lord Justice v several 
Times; he was the first Englishman that planted in 
Connaught, and wan the Castle of Athlone. He served 
In the Reigne of King Henry the VIII, and King Edward 
The VI. His Son, Sir Edward Brabazon, Knt. Lord Baron of 
Ardee, purposeth to be entomed by his Father and Mother

Brabazon Statues and Memorials

Brabazon Statues and Memorials

[from http://www.secret-london.co.uk/Empire.html]

This memorial to Reginald Brabazon, 12th Earl of Meath (1841-1929) situated in Lancaster Gate, London W2 commemorates his philanthropic work. He is responsible for many of London’s public parks and the Green Belt around London. He was also the man behind the creation of Empire Day, believing fervently in the benefits of imperialism.

Brabazon Family Vault, Kilconduff, Swinford.
The memorial plaque is to Sir William Brabazon Bart.:
“Sacred to the memory of Sir William John Brabazon Bart. M.P. of Brabazon Park who died the 24th October 1840 aged 64 years having twice represented in Parliament the County of Mayo.  He was a true patriot ardently attached to the interests of this County and of Ireland.  Beloved by all and deeply lamented by his attached friends and countrymen.”

The Brabazon Enclosure, Termonfeckin graveyard' (left) and 'The Jenney Gable (right), Termonfeckin graveyard' courtesy of the Termonfeckin Historical Society (THS).
[From: http://www.brabazonarchive.com/Pages/Termonfeckin.htm]
This monument in Termonfeckin graveyard Co Louth was erected by Mrs Elizabeth Jenney, daughter of William and Elizabeth Brabazon of Rath House, in memory of her husband Christophilus Jenney who died October 1741 in his 48th year and one of her daughters: also Henry Jenney Brabazon, grandson of Christophilus Jenney who died 8 January 1824 in his 57th year.

Roger Brabazon of Odeby, a doctor of Canon law who became a residentiary of St Paul's Cathedral, London. He died 3 August 1498 and was buried at St Pauls. This brass over his tomb was situated in the South Isle. At the foot was the scroll, Nunc Christe,te petimus, miserere quaesumus: Qui venisti redimere perditos, nolidamnare redemptos. Now Christ, we ask you, have mercy, we pray Thee, Thou who came to redeem the lost, do not condemn the redeemed.

From: The History of St Paul’s Cathedral in London by William Dugdale,1658, p.76 & 77 and The Genealogical History of the family of Brabazon by H Sharpe,1825. Latin translation by Google.

The monument to Lady Mary Brabazon in St Mary’s, Nottingham, eldest daughter of Chambre 5th of Earl Meath who died at her lodgings in Nottingham on 2 January 1738 (new dating). She never married.

Captain Ernest Brabazon - Christ Church in Bray, Co. Wicklow

John Brabazon Ellis (Photo courtesy of FLICKR user - GavG)
On enlistment, 18th January 1915 he was 22 and 5 foot 3 inches. Grey eyes, brown hair and fair complexion. Weighed 120 pounds, or 54.43kg. He was an Iron worker in civil life and Church of England. His service number makes you look twice if you note death & have a military bent.

Wounded or sick in Gallipoli 11/8/15, 6 days after he arrived. Reported as both?

Wounded in action at least 2 more times, army record is all over the place where nothing less than understanding a doctors writing skills and several calendars would help. Gunshot wounds to head arms, femur and buttocks over this time.

Died in hospital at Enoggera, Brisbane 05/01/20 of Pernicicus Anaemia and Asthena

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Built by George Brabazon in the 1770s, this picture shows his son Sir Anthony with some members of the family.  The house was vacated by Gen John Brabazon in the late 1800s and later used as an agricultural college for young ladies.  It was demolished in the 1980s.

View of the House from Brabazon Park.

The vacant House in 1978.