The Family of Medlicott
This is an account of Medlicott family history as largely recorded by Henry Edmondstone Medlicott up to 1916 and completed by his son Colonel Henry Edward Medlicott, who presented nine copies of the document to other members of the Medlicott family in 1938. This proposes that the origins of the family goes back to Llewellyn de Modlicott, who lived in the hamlet of Medlicott, situated on the English-Welsh border in modern day Shropshire, at around 1180 AD. The first five chapters of the document will be of most interest to those interested in the origins of the Medlicott name and migrations of the family within England up to the 17th Century.
I am indebted to Katie Morris of California who came across this picture of Henry Edmondstone Medlicott while carrying out research into the Scriven branch of the family. The picture was taken in 1868 by Montreal photographers Notman, while on a visit to Canada and the United States. At that time his cousin, Joseph Medlicott Scriven, was living at Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.
In 1985, Ronald Medlicott, the son of Henry Edward Medlicott, produced the “Supplement” to “The Family of Medlicott”, which both expands upon and provides clarification to the information given in the original publication. My family did not receive a copy of the supplement when it was issued so I was never quite sure if the copy I came across was completely accurate and complete. I was therefore very grateful when I received an email from George Bird, a first cousin of Ronald Medlicott with whom he had discussed the supplement several times, who was able to confirm the authenticity of the contents.
Henry Edmondstone Medlicott was descended from the Irish Dunmurry branch of the Medlicott family, which was started by George Medlicott of Tully in around 1672. Accordingly a large section of the “Family of Medlicott” is given to that branch of the family (chapter 6). The Supplement describes how Mervyn Medlycott established that George Medlicott of Tully was not a brother of Thomas of Binfield, from whom the Rocketts Castle line is descended. Instead, he suggests that George Medlicott was the product of the marriage between James Medlicott of Stockwell and Ashstead and Frances Culpeper, a cousin of the 1st Lord Culpeper. An inspection of the Culpepper Family Tree confirms that Frances Culpepper was indeed the first cousin of John, 1st. Lord Culpeper and that she did indeed marry a Medlicott, although the Culpepper family tree refers to him as James Medlicote of Feckenham, Co. Worc. The date of the marriage between James and Frances held in Feckenham is 7 January 1626, the same as that identified by Mr Mervyn T. Medlycott for James Medlicott, of Ashtead, Surrey. Hence it is likely that they are the same person. The Culpepper Family Tree does not identify any children by James and Frances, but this does not mean there were no children, since often only the children from the male line were identified who could carry on the family (i.e. Culpepper) name.
The Supplement also gives further information about the possible relationship of George Medlicott of Tully with Lord Ossory who lived from 1634 to 16880) and was an Irish nobleman;, the son of James Butler, 12th earl and 1st duke of Ormonde.
There are 12 sections in the original account and a “Supplement” added in 1985:
- I (a) Introduction by Colonel Henry Edward Medlicott.
- I (b) Preface by Henry Edmondstone Medlicott (1841 – 1916)
- II “Medlicott” by Henry Edmondstone Medlicott
- III Letter from William Medlicott (1862 – 1930) to H.E. Medlicott
- IV Note on Medlicott by William Medlicott
- V References to Accompanying Pedigree of the Descendants of John Medlicott
- of Medlicott, Co. Salop, (d. 1592) by William Medlicott
- VI Pedigree and Notes on the Family of Medlicott of Dunmurry (1-40) – Compiled from Glascott’s Pedigree and from material collected by Henry Edmondstone Medlicott
- VI Pedigree and Notes on the Family of Medlicott of Dunmurry (41-75A) – Compiled from Glascott’s Pedigree and from material collected by Henry Edmondstone Medlicott
- VII Lieutenant H.W. Medlicott (1895 – 1918). Some details of his adventures in the Great War collected from various sources
- VIII A visit to Medlicott by Colonel Henry Edward Medlicott
- IX Collateral Branches of the Family by Henry Edmondstone Medlicott
- X Heraldry of the Family by Henry Edmondstone Medlicott
- XI Sundry Occurrences of the Name of Medlicott by Henry Edmondstone Medlicott
- XII Family of Medlicott. Articles reproduced from the Centenary Edition of Burke’s Landed Gentry
- Supplement by Ronald Medlicott
Over the covid lockdown period between 2020 and 2022, I used the opportunity to research more about the Medlicotts, who resided in County Kildare, and at Tully, Ardscull, Youngstown as well as Dunmurry. I have documented the information in both a summary report and a more detailed document with appendices. If you would like to find out more about this branch of the family please contact me directly using the feedback link at the top of the page.
Examples of Medlicott Crest taken from Wentnor and Kildare are described.
Brief description of the Hamlet of Medlicott including a copy of the drawing made of the original manor house.
More specific information of Medlicotts within the world, but mainly from England, is given in the Feedback link, using information provided by past readers of this site.