(Excerpt from Burkes Peerage Barontage and Knightage. 1956 Volume. 101st Edition. Pages 1484 and 1485)

THOMAS MERRIMAN, weaver, of Witney, co. Oxford (see BURKE'S L.G.), left a will, which was proved 1559 by his three sons, Gregory, weaver of Witney (d. 1596), John and James. The third son, James may have been father of,
    THOMAS MERRIMAN, innholder, of Newbury, Berks, m. 15 jan. 1609-10, Alice Russell, and was bur. 8 Dec. 1640. His 2nd son,
    JOHN MERRIMAN, educ. Trin. Coll. Oxford (Matric. 2 May, 1634, B.A. 1636), Major, Col. Riche's Regt, of Horse in the Parliamentary Army, had custody of CHARLES I, during the transfer of the King from Carlsbrooke Castle to Hurst Castle, and to London, in 1648, bapt. at Newbury, 1 May, 1618; m. Mary Gough (d. 1 Jan. 1678-9), believed to have been a dau. of Col. William Gough, one of the signatories of the death warrant of CHARLES I, and d. 1670. He disclaimed Arms at the visitation of 1665. His 9th son,
    NATHANIEL MERRIMAN, grocer and brewer, of Marlborough, b. 1660; m. 1stly, 14 June, 1688, Mary (bur. 5 Dec. 1714), who may have been dau. of Thomas Hunt, maltster, of Marlborough. He m. 2ndly, Ann Hunt, a widow, of Newbury, but had no issue by her. His will of 7 Dec. 1741 was proved 28 Feb. 1742-3. He had twelve children, of whom the eldest son by his first wife,
    NATHANIEL MERRIMAN, s. to the family business 1720, and acquired land in the Parishes of Mildenhall and Ramsbury, b. 1696; m. 12 April, 1720, Elizabeth Hawkes, and d. 6 Oct. 1781, having had with other issue

  1. Benjamin, of Mildenhall, a brewer, and author of essays and letters on political economy, b. 24 Sept. 1722; m. 1stly, 8 Dec. 1746 Mary (b. 1720, bur. 30 May, 1766), dau. of Richard Marten, of Marlborough; 2ndly, 7 Feb. 1769, Mary (b. 12 May, 1730; d. 20 April, 1801), eldest dau.of William Hawkes, of Marlborough (by Hannah, his wife, sister of Sir Michael Foster, Kt., a Judge of the King's Bench), and d. 17 Sept. 1787 having by her had issue,
        Samuel, of Rodborne Cheyney, Wilts, and Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, London; Doctor of Physick; obtained a grant of Arms to himself and all the above descendants of his grandfather, Nathaniel Merriman (see above), 21 Dec. 1833), dau. And co-heir of his uncle, Samuel Merriman (see below), and d. 22 Nov. 1852, leaving issue,
            (1). Samuel William John, of Westbourne Park, Physician, educ. Gonville and Caius Coll. Camb (B.A. 1835, M.D. 1841), b. 22 oct. 1814; d. unm. 20 Feb. 1873.
            (1). Anne, b. 14 Aug. 1802; m. 9 Jan. 1823, Rev. John Ward, of Stramshall, co. Stafford, Vicar of Great Bedwin, and Rector of Wath, nr. Ripon, and d. 17 June, 1844, having had issue.
            (2). Hannah Eliza, b. 14 May, 1811; d. unm. 5 Nov 1887.
  2. Samuel, of Rodborne Cheyney, Wilts, and Half Moon Street, Westminster, Physician and Accoucheur, educ. Edin. Univ. (M.A. 1753, M.D.), b. 29 Dec. 1731; m. 6 Dec. 1753, Ann (d. 7 Jan. 1780), dau. And co-heir of William Dance, M.D., of Marlborough, and d. 17 Aug. 1818, having had with nine other children (d. young),
  3. Nathaniel, of whom presently.

The Third Son,
    NATHANIEL MERRIMAN, cheese-factor in Marlborough, b. 4 May, 1735; m. (licence dated 29 June, 1764), Elizabeth (b. 1 July, 1734; d. 16 march, 1804), dau. of Thomas Baverstock of Alton, Hants, and d. 11 July, 1811, having had issue,

  1. Nathaniel, of The Priory, Marlborough, b. 22 Jan. 1770; m. 24 Dec. 1798, Deborah Richens, and d.s.p. 22 April, 1825.
  2. THOMAS, of whom presently.
  3. John, of 45, Kensington Square, Middlesex, surgeon, attended the Duchess of Kent, 1827, and PRINCESS (later H.M. Queen) VICTORIA, 1828; Apothecary Extraor. To H.M. QUEEN VICTORIA 1837, b. 26 Oct. 1774; m. 2 April, 1800, Jane (d. 1 July 1844), dau. of John Hardwick, of Weston-under-Penyard, co. Hereford, and d. 17 June, 1839, leaving issue.
  4. Benjamin, Mayor of Marlborough, and a banker, .b. 28 April, 1776; d. unm. 11 April, 1847.
  5. James, Lieut. H.E.I.C.S. 24th Bengal N.I., served in the Bhurtpur Campaign 1804, b. 19 Sept. 1780; d. unm. in India, 22 march, 1809.
  6. Martha, b. 17 Jan. 1768; m. 17 Dec. 1798, Thomas Ward (d. 3 Jan. 1811), solicitor, and d. 31 Aug. 1867, in her 100th year, having had with other issue, Elizabeth, who m. her 1st cousin, Thomas Baverstock Merriman (see below).

The 2nd son.
THOMAS MERRIMAN, of Lockeridge House, Marlborough, Attorney, at-Law, and banker, Mayor of Marlborough 1815-16 and 1821-22, Town Clerk (1795-1815), b. 26 Dec. 1771; m. 13 Nov. 1801, Mary, dau. of William Clark, of Greenham, Berks, and d. 15 May, 1841, having had issue, with three daus.,

  1. Thomas Baverstock, of The Green, Marlborough, a banker, educ. Harrow, solicitor (1824), Town clerk (1824), Alderman (1841), and Mayor of Marlborough 1842-3 and 1853-4. The bank of Ward, Merriman and Co. was absorbed by the Capital and Counties Bank, b. 24 Aug. 1802; m. 1stly, 4 June, 1828, his cousin, Elizabeth (b. 30 Dec. 1800; d. 23 Sept. 1850), dau. of Thomas Ward, solicitor (by Elizabeth, dau. of Nathaniel Merriman (see above)), and had issue. He m. 2ndly, 30 Oct. 1851, Sarah Elizabeth Harrison, and d. 1 June, 1867.
  2. William Clark, of Lockeridge House, Marlborough, educ. Harrow, solicitor, and a banker, for many years Clerk of the Peace for Wilts. Town Clerk and thrice Mayor of Marlborough, b. 1 Jan. 1805; m. 1stly, 18 June, 1833, Elizabeth(d. 9 Nov. 1847), dau. of Francis Hill, of Burton Hill, Malmesbury, and had issue. He m. 2ndly, 12 June, 1849, Eliza Margaret, dau. of Samuel Hutchins, of Earl's Court, and d. having had further issue.
  3. Nathaniel James (Rt. Rev.), Bishop of Grahamstown 1872-82, Canon of Cape Town 1852-72, Archdeacon of Albany, S. Africa, 1847; educ. Winchester and Brasenose Coll. Oxford (M.A. 1834), b. 4 April, 1809; m. 19 Feb. 1840, Julia (d. 25 may, 1910), dau. of whom the eldest son, Rt. Hon. John Xavier Merriman was the last Prime Minister of Cape Colony, before the Union of S. Africa.
  4. John, surgeon, educ. Winchester and London Univ., b. 2 Aug. 1810; d. unm. 18 Sept. 1834.
  5. Samuel Benjamin, of Rodburn, Philip Lane, Tottenham, educ. Winchester; solicitor, Prime Warden of the Dyers' Company 1869, b. 17 Dec. 1812; m. 1stly, 23 Nov. 1841, Esther Reed (d. 23 Nov. 1842), Dau. of Thomas Hovell, of Clapton, Middx., and had issue. He m. 2ndly, 15 April, 1868, Louisa Katherine (d. 10 Sept. 1888), widow of John Lee (formerly Fiott), of Colworth House, co. Bedfor (see BURKE'S L.G., Lee(now EYRE) of Hartwell), and dau. of Richard Ford Heath, of Care House, Uxbridge, Middxl, and d. 30 April, 1888, having had further issue.
  6. CHARLES ANTHONY of whom presently.
  7. Fredrick Ward, of Auckland, N.Z., educ. Winchester, b. 18 Oct. 1817; m. 4 May, 1850, Susan Augusta (d. 1868), widow of Capt. Atkins, and dau. of Col. Greene, of Kilmanahan Castle, and Glen Abbey, co. Waterfor, and d. 21 July, 1865, leaving issue.
  8. Henry Gordon, educ. Winchester, and New Coll. Oxford (fell, 1845, M.A. 1850), ordained 1847, D.D. 1861; Headmaster of Bridgenorth Grm. Sch. 1850, and of Guildford Grm. Sch. 1859; Rector of East Woodhay 1884; b. 25 Dec. 1823, m. 7 Jan. 1852, Jane Augusta Edmonds, yst. dau. of Rev. Richard Edmonds, and d. 10 Aug. 1887, leaving issue.

The 6th son.
CHARLES ANTHONY MERRIMAN, M.R.C.S., of Heath House, Knutsford Cheshire, educ. Winchester, b. 28 June, 1814; m. 30 Sept. 1840, Catherine (d. 7 Dec. 1906), dau. of John Langshaw, and d. 30 March, 1870, having had issue.

  1. Charles Victor (Rev.), hon. Canon of Manchester 1907, educ.Christ's Hosp. and Queens' Coll. Camb (M.A. 1877), Rector of St. Mary's Hulme 1886-1925, and Rural Dean 1898-1921, b. 16 June, 1841; m. 14 July, 1880, Harriet (d. 18 Jan. 1918), dau. of Henry Trew, Colonial Sec. and Collector of Customs, St. Kitts. B.W.I., and d. 25 Sept. 1931, having had issue,
    • Clement Victor, founded the Settlement and Citrus Industry at White River, Transvaal, Chm. Central Land Board of S. Africa, b. 9 Feb. 1885, educ, Haileybury, m. 7 Oct. 1920, Winifred Sinclair, M.A. Camb. (Southern Acres, 52, Marine Drive, Barton-on-Sea, Hants), dau. of Clement Dukes, M.D., formerly School Physician at Rugby, and d. 7 Dec. 1948, leaving issue,
      • Geoffrey Clement Xavier, educ. Hilton Coll., Natal, Lieut. R.N., b. 22 Oct. 1929; k. in action in Pearl River Estuary, 9 Sept. 1953.
      • Joan Battley, L.Inst.P.S., served in World War II in Coastal Artillery, b. 5 March, 1925, educ. Roedean, Johannesburg; m. 19 May, 1956, Henry Charles Wolhuter, Ranger of Kruger National Park, Transvaal (P.O. Skukusa, El Transvaal), son of Harry Wolhuter, of White River, Transvaal, and has issue,
        • Geoffrey Harry, b. 7 May, 1957.
        • Henry Roy, b. 5 Jan. 1959.
        • Michael Glen (twin), b. 5 Jan. 1959.
      • Cecil Penelope, b. 19 Jan. 1927, educ. Roedean, m. 10 Sept. 1955, Arthur Graham Lines-Roberts (28, Shawfield Park, Bickley, Kent), son of late Arthur Lines-Roberts, of Bickley, Kent, and has issue,
        • Kevin Raymond, b. 23 July, 1956.
        • Ann Penelope, b. 27 Aug. 1957.
    • Charles Henry 2nd Lient. Wilts. Regt., served in World War I, b. 1893; k. in action in France, 9 April 1917.
    • Katharine Violet Sarle, R.R.C., served in World War I, sometime Matron, Royal Hosp. Sch. Holbrook, Suffolk, and other hosps. (St. John's Home, St. Mary's Road Oxford); b. 8 May, 1881.
    • Ethel Mary, b. 12 Jan. 1883; d. 19 March 1930.
    • (Frances) Eileen (Flat 3, The Godolphin, Marazion, Cornwall), b. 22 March, 1888.
  2. George Langshaw, educ. Sandbach Grm. Sch., b. 2 May, 1846; m. 22 Feb. 1887, Emma Florence (d. 19 May, 1941), widow of Lionel Albert Vaillant, and dau. of Lorenzo George Dundas, of Clobeman Hall, Ferus, co. Wexford, and d. 27 Oct. 1922, leaving issue,
    • Reginald Dundas, D.S.C., Cmdr. R.I.N. (ret.), served in World War I(prisoner at Kut, Aug. 1916), and in World War II; educ. Stubbington and H.M.S. Conway, (Somerdown, 26, Somers Road. Reigate), b. 30 Nov. 1887; m. 6 Oct. 1923, Louise ygr dau. of Late Rev Francis Edward Haviland of South Stock and d. 10 July, 1960. George Victor b. 10 March. 1895; m. 1919 Jessie Edith Frost and has issue,
      • John Langshaw b. 1920
      • Harold Victor Bran b. 1929.
      • Cynthia Pauline Beryl b. 1923
      • Daphne Noel b. 1926l
    • Mona Langshaw (Newlands, 32, Beaufort Road, Reigate), b. 6 June 1889.
    • Florence Kathleen, b. 1 Aug. 1890; m. 5 April, 1910. Rev. Edward Rhys Jones, Vicar of St. Luke's Reigate, 1900, Rector of Mottingham, 1909, Vicar of Amesbury 1919-25, and d. 9 July, 1941. He d. 1946.
  3. John Henry, Dep. Commr. of Salt Revenue, Madras (1885), educ. Guildford Grm. Sch., b. 29 Dec. 1847; m. 29 May, 1879, Florence (d. 23 may, 1909), dau. of Major Horatio Edenborough, of Chobham, Surrey, and d. 2 June 1920, leaving issue,
    • John Langshaw, I.C.S., Magistrate and Collector, Bihar and Orissa, educ. Marlborough, Worcester Coll. Oxford (B.A.), and Cuniv. Coll. London, b. 26 Dec. 1886; m. 1919, Ida Pettit, and d.s.p. 26 Feb. 1940.
    • Frank Leopold, educ. Haileybury, b. 26 July, 1889.
  4. Nathaniel, of Beacon House, Bromborough, co. Chester
    • Nathaniel Alfred, educ. Magdalen Coll. Oxford, b. 28 March, 1892; m. 1923, Mabel, dau. of R.S. Lake.
    • Katherine, Ada Eliza, b. 21 Aug. 1884; is dec.
  5. FRANK of whom presently
  6. William Semple, M.R.C.S., of Heath House, Knutsford, educ. Guildford Grm. Sch., b. 2 April, 1854; d. unm. 10 April, 1894.
  7. Sarah Mary, b. 27 Sept. 1842; m. 10 Jan. 1884, William Ormsby Pooley, J.P., of The Mount, Knutsford, and d.s.p. 1920.
  8. Katherine Jane, b. 31 Aug. 1849; m. 23 July, 1872, Howell Thornthwaite Pattisson, of Heath House, Knutsford, and d. 18 Feb. 1881, having had issue. He d. 17 July 1892.
  9. Julia, b. 6 Nov. 1855; d. unm. 16 Feb. 1951
  10. Elizabeth, b. 25 June, 1857; m. 7 Jan. 1886, Most Rev. Charles Owen Leaver Riley, Bishop (1894) and Archbishop of Perth, W. Australia 1914-29, Chap.-Gen. to Commonwealth Forces 1914-19, and d. 4 June, 1950, having had issue. He d. 23 June, 1929.

The 5th son,
FRANK MERRIMAN, of Hollingford House, Knutsford, co.Chester, educ. Sandbach Grm. Sch., b. 18 July, 1852; m. 8 July, 1879, Mariquita (d. 15 Aug. 1930), dau. of John Pringle Boyd (whose Grandfather's Grandfather was Robert Boyd (1676-1749) of Dykehead), and d. 25 Feb. 1920, leaving issue,

  1. FRANK BOYD (Sir), P.C., O.B.E., created a Baron 1941.
  2. Gordon Holland, Capt. R.R.A., served in World War 1, educ. Winchester and R.M.A., b. 10 Dec. 1884; k. in action near Ypres, 12 May, 1915.
  3. Claud Anthony, educ.Winchester and H.M.S. Britannia, Capt. R.N. (ret.), served in World War 1 1914-19, and in World War II; Bursar of Winchester Coll., from 1938; had Order of the Star of Roumania, b. 5 Feb. 1889; m. 9 Aug. 1928,  Alice Joyce, 3rd dau. of John Francis Gaskell, and d. 12 May, 1952, leaving issue.
    • Anthony Gordon, educ. Winchester, Liet. R.N. (Newton House, Longparish, Hants.; United Service Club), b. 13 Nov. 1931.
    • Ann, educ. Sherborne; b. 10 Aug. 1929; m. 15 May, 1954, Lt.-Col. Edmund Clavell Mansel, M.C., R.A. (Naval and Military Club), 2nd son of late Algernon Lascelles Mansel, of Holm Place, WIndlesham, Surrey (See MANSEL, Bt.), and has issue.
  4. Janet Boyd (Pull Scar, White River, East Transvaal), b. 1 Dec. 1882, m. 30 June, 1903, Eric Crossley, O.B.E. (See CROSSLEY, Bt.), and has issue. He d. 23 May, 1949.
  5. Marian Boyd (Oakeys, Overbury, nr. Tewkesbury, Glos.), b. 3 Aug. 1886, m. 15 Nov. 1913, her 2nd cousin, Nathaniel James Merriman Barry, and has issue. He was k. in action in German E. Africa, Oct. 1917.

The 1st Baron Merriman (Sir Frank Boyd Merriman P.C., G.C.V.O., O.B.E.), of Knutsford in the co. Palatine of Chester, educ. Winchester, hon. LL.D. McGill Univ. Montreal, 1930; Barrister-at-law, Inner Temple, 1904; Bencher, 1927, and Dep. Treasurur to H.M. King George VI 1949; K.C. 1919; served in World War I 1914-18, as T/Major Manchester Regt., and D.A.A.G. (despatches three times); Recorder of Wigan 1920-28, M.P. for Rusholme Div. of Manchester Oct. 1924-Sept. 1933, Solicitor-Gen. March, 1928-June 1929, and Jan. 1932-Sept 1933; Pres of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Div of the High Court of Justice from 1933; hon mem. Canadian and American Bar Assocs, Chm. of Bishop of London's Commn. on City Churches 1941-46; Chm. co. Hereford Quarter Sessions, 1948-50; received O.B.E. 1918, Knighted 30 March, 1928, sworn of the Privy Council of Great Britain 10 Nov. 1933, and created BARON MERRIMAN, of Knutsford in the co. Palatine of Chester, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom 27 Jan. 1941, G.C.V.O. 1950; b. 28 April, 1880; m. 1stly, 11 Sept. 1907, Eva Mary (d. 1 May, 1919), dau. of Rev. Henry Leftwich Freer, Vicar of Cudham, Orpington, Kent and has issue,

  1. Rosemary Catherine, educ. Bedgebury Park, and Tours, b. 4 June, 1908; m. 22 Sept. 1934, Hunphrey Morgan Hughes, A.M.I.E.E., A.M.I.Mech.E. (The Mount, West Stratton, nr. Winchester, Hants.), son of Morgan Hughes, M.R.C.S., of Croydon, and has issue,
    • Gillian Merriman, b. 18 Sept. 1938.
  2. Violet Grace, O.B.E.(1948), educ. Bedgebury, and Auteuil; late Ch. Cmdr. A.T.S., served in World War II (c/o British Council, 65, Davies Street, W.1), b. 13 Sept. 1911.

His Lordship m. 2ndly, 18 Dec. 1920, Olive McLaren, M.B.E. (1920) (d. 14 March, 1952), 3rd dau. of late Frederick William Carver, J.P., of Oakhurst, Knutsford, by Isabella, his wife, dau. of James McLaren, of the family of Gask, and Lilias, his wife, dau. of David Bannerman (uncle of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, G.C.B.).
He m. 3rdly, 1 Jan 1953,
Jane Lamb, yr. dau. of late James Stormont, Belfast.

Creation-Baron (U.K.), 27 Jan. 1941.
Arms-Arg. on a chevron cottised sa. between three Cornish choughs ppr. as many crescents of the field. Crest-A serpent nowed therefrom issuant a dexter arm embowed in armour ppr. garnished or the hand grasping a short sword also ppr. pommel and hilt gold. Supporters-On the dexter side a Welsh Corgi and on the sinister side a Springer Spaniel both ppr. Motto-Terar dum prosim.