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Early Whitmores of the United Kingdom

 This web page is a series of notes obtained from various sources, written as far as possible in chronological order, and is not meant to be a history story. It has information on the early Whitmores not included on other pages of this web site.

For pedigree charts of some of the early Whitmores of the U.K. see Downloads.

There are many different spellings of the name Whitmore because scribes and church officials frequently spelt the names they were recording as they heard it. As a result the same person could find different spellings of the name recorded on birth, baptismal, marriage and death certificates as well as other records such as tax and census. Some known spellings are Wetmore, Whetmore, Whitemere, Whitemore, Whitmore, Whittamore, Whittemore, Whittimere, Whittimore, Whytemere, Witmer, Witmore, Wytemore.

In the British 1881 Census National Index for England, Scotland and Wales there were:

An unnamed daughter of Sir Richard Bagot married Richard Whitmore (b. 1377). The Whitmore line eventually settled in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, in the person of Thomas Whittemore, who died there in 1617. ( see Genforum: BAGOT, Sir Richard in England, 1300s ).  

There was a Thomas Aston, b. Tixal, Staffordshire, England, who had a daughter, Anne, who married a Nicholas Whitmore ca. 1460. They had a son, Anthony Whitmore. (seeGenforum: ASTON Thomas b c1490,Ellen b c1518 ENG ).

The Parish records of St. Mary's Church, Dedham, co., Essex (see Genforum: Some Lull Records in England:), show the following:

Francis Watmore/Whitmore married Martha (unknown before 1695) when their only known child, Mary was born. Mary Watmore/Whitmore married Edward Gittings on 17 June 1717 in Cleobury Mortimer, near Ludlow, Shropshire, ENG. (see Genforum: Francis WATMORE-WHITMORE, SAL, ENG).

Glamorgan Gaol files of 1717 record a Richard Whitmore alias KAVANAGH; gaoled for uttering scandalous words against the King. (see Calendar Rolls and Gaol Files: ).

An Edward Whitmore was Major General in the 22nd Cheshire Regiment from 1757-1762. (see Regt Info 7: )

Arthur Guinness, of Beaumont (1725-1803) , born 1725, died 23 January 1803, married 29 May 1761, Olivia Whitmore, daughter of WilliamWhitmore and NN Grattan . His first brewery was at Leixlip, County Kildare. He was able to lease the small establishment in 1756 thanks to a legacy of œ100 left to him by Dr. Arthur Price, the Archbishop of Cashel. Three years later, leaving his brother Richard to take care of the Leixlip enterprise, he acquired a neglected brewery on a derelict acre at James's Gate, Dublin. The rent was œ45 per annum and the lease was for 9,000 years. In 1761 he married a Dublin heiress, Olivia Whitmore, and two years later he was able to buy a country house at Beaumont, County Dublin. By the age of sixty-four he had extended the brewery, invested about œ8,000 in Kilmainham flour mills and had fathered no less than 21 children, of whom only ten survived. He made financial provisions for his wife and his personal estate, valued for probate at around œ23,000 went to his children. (see Arthur Guinness of Beaumont (1725-1803) Biography:).

In 1813, a new route was built for the Stratford Canal between Wooten Wawen and Wilmscote and routes to link up with the Avon in Stratford were proposed. Water storage reservoirs at Earlswood were also planned. Parliament gave permission in 1815 but work on the canal was now rapid and by 24 June 1816, the canal was complete. This rapid finish was under the direction of William Whitmore who had been responsible for the canal for all of the southern section after Kingswood. He seems to have given the Southern Stratford a unique style. (see Canals Stratford upon Avon - Part 3:).

In 1814 Charles Babbage married Georgiana Whitmore, from a landowning Shropshire family. They had eight children of whom four died in childhood. Her half brother, Wolryche Whitmore, was the M. P. who rose year after year in the House of Commons to move the repeal of the Corn Laws. He was also a leading member of the Political Economy Club, and played an important part in Babbage's life. Charles Babbage was one of the key figures of a great era of British history. Born as the industrial revolution was getting into its swing, by the time Babbage died Britain was by far the most industrialized country the world had ever seen. Babbage played a crucial r˘le in the scientific and technical development of the period. Babbage's greatest achievement was his detailed plans for Calculating Engines, both the table-making Difference Engines and the far more ambitious Analytical Engines. He can truly be called "The Inventor of the Computer." (see The Babbage Pages Biography:).

From White's Directory of Nottinghamshire 1853:

The invention of the bobbin net machine was claimed by Robert Brown and George Whitmore of Nottingham, and John Lindley of Loughborough, about the year 1799. In 1807, the machine was much improved by Edward Whitaker of Nottingham. But not one of these poor, but ingenious artisans reaped any return for their labour; bobbins and carriages of the same construction being included in the specifications for the Loughborough machines for which a fourteen years' patent was granted to Messrs Heathcote and Lacy in 1809. (see Nottingham - Trades and Manufactures: )

There was Sarah Ann Whitmore born Martha Street Bethnal Green London in 1849 daughter of George Whitmore and Elizabeth Sarah Tuck. George Whitmore was a Coal Dealer/Coke burner, Sarah Whitmore married Reuben Charles Dabin in Greenwich Kent. She died in 1879 of Asiatic Cholera. (see Genforum: Sarah Ann Whitmore: ).

A branch of the Whitmore family moved to Edenbridge, Kent, circa 1860 and have been of profound influence there ever since. Tanners they moved in from Westerham, Kent, where they had two tanneries. Expanded to Bermondsey in South London and much later in Redhill, Surrey. All three operations closed down in the 1970s. Roger Whitmore is current Master of the Leathersellers Company. A history of tanneries in Edenbridge will be a feature in the forthcoming Museum which is due to open next month. They intermarried with Searle's. (AlanDell@aol.com, Edenbridge & District Historical Society, Eden Valley Museum Trust ).

From the records of Laxton, near Howden, Yorkshire, 1862:

The principal landowners in the village of Metham, near Laxton, are Messrs. J. W. and A. R. Empson, of Yokefleet, and the Rev. E. Whitmore-Simpson, of Metham Hall, who is also lord of the manor. This place formerly belonged to the Methams, who were seated here in early mediŠval days. Sir Thomas Metham commanded at Flodden, and another Sir Thomas, his descendant, was slain at Marston Moor. Jordan, son of the latter, lost his life at the siege of Pomfret Castle. The present hall, the seat of the Rev. Edward Whitmore Simpson, stands on or near the site of the ancient mansion. (see GENUKI Laxton: ). It seems likely that sometime prior to 1862 a Whitmore married a Simpson and had sufficient money to purchase Metham Hall and land.

There was a Lieut.-General Sir Edmund Whitmore, Military Secretary to the Commander-in-Chief serving in the War Office in 1884. (see Albert Franklyn).

An Abusive Neighbour, taken from the Cambridge Weekly News, 27th April 1894: (see Abusive Neighbour).

"At Bottisham Petty Sessions, before C. P. Allix (in the Chair), R. Jenyns and Col. Frost, John Brightwell of Reach was charged with using abusive and obscene language to the annoyance of Sabina Whitmore on April 8th. Sabina Whitmore of Reach, wheelwright, said on April 8th he saw the defendant at Reach against his house. About 4 o-clock, his wife went to feed the hens and the defendant called her a ------ old cow and said she killed his cat. He further abused his wife and used obscene language. Mrs Whitmore, wife of the complainant and Ellen Hall, her daughter, corroborated. Defendant called Esther King of Reach, who denied that Whitmore's door was open at the time, stated 'She did not hear the defendant use any bad language'. Martin Woollard, labourer, Reach, and Mrs. Webb of the same place corroborated but their evidence did not agree with the defendant's own statement . Fined 15s including costs."

There was an author Charles Algernon Whitmore who died 10 Sep 1908. (see Sep 10 - Author Anniversaries: ).

There was a play "Breaking the Code", a dramatisation of the events leading to Alan Turing's death, written by Hugh Whitmore, it opened at London's Haymarket Theatre in November 1986 with Derek Jacobi in the lead role. (see The Royal Society Promoting excellence in science:). Alan Turing was a key figure in cracking the code of the German Enigma machine during the second World War, so enabling messages to be read and many lives to be saved. For more on Alan Turing see Alan Turing Home Page.

 William Adam Whitmore (b. 1961) married 1991 - Lucy Denise Dickens (b. 1968), who is a direct descendant of the author Charles Dickins (1812-1870) and Catherine Hogarth. They have issue James Alexander Dickens-Whitmore (b. 1997) and Alice Joy Dickens-Whitmore (b. 1999). (see Charles Dickens Heritage Foundation - Dickens Family Tree:).


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