From Gareth Griffiths, UK (August ’05)

I am a member of SouthCheshire Family History Group and Gwynedd FHS too. I am researching the Turnock/Tunstall family living at Colclough Estate in Goldenhill.

Thomas Tunstall Esq had 2 sons and 2 daughters one of whom, Sophia Tunstall married Revd John Lowndes and Sophia and John lived for a time at Colclough House.Last week I went to the County Record Office at Stafford and from Sophias wills and the Lowndes family papers I noted that this John Lowndes had 2 brother William and Thomas, I have a 95 page document in MSWord running on my current research in which I have connected over 70 families.

Sophias estate was subdivied between 5 of the Tunstalls and I have these xeroxes already.

Now as Goldenhill isnt that far from Astbury (abt 5 miles) presumably John Lowndes is related to the Lowndes of Overton family?
There are many Lowndes graves in Wolstanton parish churchyard to the left of the gate as one enters the churchyard, many large graves with lots of MIs on – maybe worth a further look for you sometime?
Do John, William and their brother Thomas fit into any tree?

I do not have time to follow this up so if any of you do, please comment here [Mike]


From Mrs Margaret WOOD (jomar AT, Australia, June 2005

During a recent search on the web for details of a LORD & LADY LOWNDES who were in India during a time frame of 1895 to 1900, we came across your site…

Our reason for searching your family is that we are also compiling my Grandmothers history. Her maiden name was GERTRUDE ELLEN FORD and she was by occupation a school teacher, and was hired (we think) as a companion help and governess by a Lord and Lady LOWNDES while they were in India. We do not know which city was involved but we have been led to believe that Lord Lowndes was the Lord Chief Justice or of some such high status.

As children we were fascinated by a couple of brass ornaments always kept bright and shiney which stood on my Grandmother’s sideboard. One was a coiled cobra rearing and ready to strike (which I wasn’t quite keen on) the other which I loved was a small brass peacock. My Grandmother told that she got them while in India but that generation seemed to be very tight mouthed about family matters so that is about all we have to go on. So now we are trying to find the link which can give us the facts on that period of her life.

We noted that in your web site there was no mention of any of your LOWNDES being in India but we thought you may possibly know of which Lord and Lady Loundes we are referring to. We do not have their Christian names unfortunately. We presume they returned to England during or because of the Indian uprising.

My Grandmother married Hubert Harry BEST in 1900 in Dorset and they migrated with their family of 5 one of which was my Father 1n 1924.

If anynone can help, please comment here [Mike]

Here we go.

Lowndes ArmsNothing here yet, we’re brand new. This site really has a long history, however.

I began the Lowndes website in October 1995 and people have been writing to me ever since with comments, requests for research I had no time to do etc. I’d take these emails and post them to the website. All very static and old-web.

So, from now on, no need for email.

I’ll post here occasionally, but if you’re a Lowndes and want to blog on the name history please get in touch and I’ll add you to the contributor list.

Harcore genealogists may prefer to use the forum: