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The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Bishops Cannings, Wiltshire


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This is our interpretation of the inscription on this information sheet and therefore might not be accurate.


Ernle family




William Earneley of Erneley Co. Sussex had issue:-
John Earnley, of Earnley, succeeded his father and married Joan, daughter and heir of Simon Best, of Cannings, Co. Wilts. & (And of Agnes, his wife, daughter and heir of John Malwin, of Etchilhampton) by whom he had:-
John Erneley of Gro. Erneley, who succeeded and married Margaret, daughter of Michael Grove, by whom he had:-
John Erneley, of Erneley, married Anne, daughter of Constantyn Darell, of Cottingbourne, Co. Wilts, and by her he had:-
John Erneley, of Bishops Cannings, Co. Wilts, married Lucie, daughter of Thomas Cooke, of Salisbury, merchant, died 1556, he was succeeded by his son:-
John Erneley, of Cannings who was twice married, first to Mary, daughter of William Hyde of Denchworth, Co. Berks, and secondly, to Mrs Joan Drew, widow, and died 1572, leaving by his first wife (inter alia)
Michael Erneley of Borton, Canning, Co. Wilts, was High Sheriff in the 22nd Eliz.   He married, secondly, Susanna, daughter of Sir Walter Hungerford, Knt. of Farley Castle, Co. Somerset (eldest son of Walter Lord Hungerford) and widow of Sir Carew Raynell, gentleman of the Privy Chamber to King James I and dying 1595, left:-
Edward Erneley of Etchilhampton, born 1587, married Gertrude, daughter of John St. Loe, of Knighton, Broad Chalke, Co. Wilts and by her (who died 1662) had:-
Sir Walter Erneley, of Etchilhampton, created a Baronet 2 Feb. 1661, and died 1682, having had issue by Martha, his wife, daughter of Edward Tooker of New Sarum:-
Edward of Ashlington, Wilts, born 1649, married Anne, daughter of Edward Ashe, of Heytesbury, and D.V.P. 21 June, 1675, leaving:-
Sir Edward Ernle, of Maddington, Bart, M.P. for Wareham, succeeded his grandfather 1682, married Frances, only daughter and heir of Gen. the Rt. Hon. Thomas Erle of Charborough, and by her (who died 1728) had:-
Elizabeth, who married Henry Drax Esq. of Charborough
Enle. (Co. Sussex, and Wetham, Co. Wilts) so early as the time of Henry III Richard de Ernle was of Ernle:   subsequently Sir John Ernle of Ernle was Chief Justice of the Court of King’s Bench, his direct descendant, Michael Ernle, obtained by marriage with the heiress of Finnamore, the estate of Wetham in Wiltshire.   Sir John Ernle of Wetham Chancellor of the Exchequer and of the Privy Council Temp.   Charles II and James II left a son, John, who married the co-heir of Kyrle, Bart. of Much Marcle.   The family name of Earnley, or Ernle, is derived from a village in Sussex, so called from the Saxon words ‘Earn’ and ‘Lege’, the place of habitation of eagles; and in allusion, the eagles are borne in the Arms.   Ernle (Etchilhampton Co. Wilts) a younger branch of Ernle of Ernle, deriving from Edward younger brother of Sir John Ernle of Wetham Knt. who died in 1648:   Sir Walter Ernle of Etchilhampton was created a Baronet in 1661.   The eventual heiress in the direct line, Elizabeth, only child of Sir Edward Ernle, third Bart., by Frances his wife, only daughter and heir of the Rt. Hon. General Thomas Erle of Charborough, Co. Dorset, married Henry Drax of Ellerton Abbey, Co. York, esq.   The Ernles of Conock, Co. Wilts and the Ernles of Brimslade Park, in the same shire, were younger branches of the Etchilhampton family.

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