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Heron: Heron of Ford, Heron of Thornton
The family is supposed to have derived its name from an ancestor who was nicknamed 'Heron' because he had long legs. BEB1844 Heron of Chipchase starts with a Sir John Heron of Ford who was "one of the soldiers of the Conqueror" and who married a daughter of Sir William Chipches, the Saxon lord of Chipches Castle, but that seems odd given that Ford may not have come into the family until a later generation. Whilst TCP starts with the William Heron who died in 1296, BE1883 and 'Northumberland Families' start with ...
He28 Jordan Hairun b about 1135 d before 1191
m dau of Radulf de Wircester
He27-1 Radulf Heron of Hadston d before 1196
He27 Jordan Heron of Hadston b about 1165 d 1221
He26 William Heron, Governor of Bamburgh then Scarborough Castle, Sheriff of Northumberland b about 1205 d 1256
m Mary dau of Odonel de Ford
He25 William Heron b about 1240 d 12.1296
m1 Christian de Notton dau of Roger de Notton
He24-1 Walter Heron of Hedleston b about 1270 dvp
m 27.10.1284 Alicia de Hastings dau of Sir Nicholas de Hastings of Gissing
1 Emmeline Heron b c1290
m John Darcy, Justice of Ireland, Governor of York, 1st Lord d 30.05.1347
He24 Roger Heron of Ford and Bokenfield, Governor of Bamburgh Castle b about 1275 d 1332-3
m1 Elizabeth or Isabel d by 1326, dau of Adam de Swinburne
He23 William Heron of Ford b about 1305 d 21.12.1379
m Isabel
The following takes account of the corrections to TCP Heron that are reported by 'MedieGen'.
He22-1 Sir Roger Heron of Ford b c1330, d by 1400
m Margaret d 1407
He22-1-1 William Heron of Ford d 10.11.1400
m Isabel Scot dau of Richard Scot of Newcastle
He22-1-1-1 Sir William Heron of Ford, Sheriff of Northumberland b 08.11.1400, d 01.09.1425
m Anne or Elizabeth Ogle dau of Sir Robert Ogle
1 Elizabeth Heron b c1422
m 1438 John Heron of Ford, Sheriff of Northumberland d Towton 29.03.1461below
p. Agnes de Kirkton
He22-1-1-2 Liell Heron of Bockenfield ancestor of Herons of Bockenfield
He22-1-1-3 other issue - Jordan of Bockenfield, Odinel
He22-2 William Heron b about 1332 d by 1351 ancestor of Herons of Cornhill
He22-3 John Heron of Thornton b about 1335 a 1377 possibly the same person as ...
He22-3-1 John Heron of Thornton d 05.10.1408
m Katherine was John's widow, presumed mother of ...
He22-3-1-1 William Heron of Thornton and Ford b 12.03.1395/6, d 15.01.1427/8
He22-3-1-1-1 John Heron of Ford, Sheriff of Northumberland d Towton 29.03.1461
m 1438 Elizabeth Heron He22-1-1-1-1 b c1422, dau of Sir William Heron of Fordabove
He22-3-1-1-1-1 Roger Heron of Ford d before 07.1485
m Joan d 1509/10
i John Heron of Ford b c1473, d unm 21.06.1497
ii Sir William Heron of Ford b c1475, d 18.07.1535
m1 Elizabeth a 1513
a William Heron dvp
m Margaret Forster a 1589, dau of Sir Thomas Forster
1 Elizabeth Heron b by 1532, d 14.01.1553/4
m c1549 Thomas Carr d 26.01.1557/8
m2 Agnes a 1539
He22-4 Thomas Heron b about 1335 ancestor of Herons of Meldan
He22-5 Walter Heron ancestor of Herons of Chipchase
m Cecily de Insula dau of John de Insula of Chipchase
He22-6 Elizabeth Heron
m William Lilburn of Beanley
He22 Margaret Heron b about 1335 possibly of this generation
Margaret is not mentioned by TCP, 'MedieGen', or BE1883 but is identified by BEB1844 Tyrrell of Springfield as the heiress who brought Heron into the Tirrell/Tyrrell family. If as is suggested by the dates she was of this generation rather than, say, 2 generations later then, noting that she had several surviving brothers, the place called Heron that she took into the Tyrrell family as her dowry was probably only a small part of the Heron family holdings of the time and was probably developed/expanded by the Tyrrells later.
m Sir James Tirrell
He23-2 Roger Heron
He23-3 Sir John Heron of Eppleton or Crawley ancestor of Herons of Eshot
BE1883 reports that William Heron, Lord Say, was a grandson of Odonel Heron, younger son of William Heron by Christian de Notton. TCP Heron shows this connection.
A Sir William Heron of Applynden, Lord Say dsp 30.10.1404
m before 11.1393 Elizabeth de Saye b 24.02.1365/6, dsp 08.07.1399, dau of William de Saye, 3rd Lord
m2 Margery a 1346
He24-3+ other issue - Gilbert d 1300/1, Odinel of Tritlington d 1311/2
m2 Mary
Possibly of this generation, but if so by which wife is unknown, was ...
He24-5 Isabel Heron
m Sir Nicholas de Worteley
He24-5-1 Margaret de Worteley
m1 Sir John de Lungeville
m2 Sir Peter de Saltmershe, 2nd of Saltmarshe, Constable of York Castle d 1338-9
He25-2 Lucy Heron
m Thomas de Dyvelston of Dilston
He25-3 Chirstina Heron
m Robert de Gunwarton of Gunnerton

1 TCP Heron, 'MedieGen', BE1883 Heron
2 'Northumberland Families', Volume 2 by W. Perry Hedley, 1970.
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