GERARD, Sir Thomas (d.1601), of Bryn, Lancs. and Etwall, Derbys.
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Family and Education
1st s. of Sir Thomas Gerard of Bryn by Jane, da. of Sir Peter Legh of Haydock, Lancs. and Lyme, Cheshire. m. Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Sir John Port† of Etwall, Derbys., 2s. inc. Thomas II 3da. suc. fa. 1553. Kntd. Oct. 1553.
Sheriff, Lancs. 1557-8; j.p. Derbys. 1564, Lancs. by 1570, prob. rem. from both commissions 1571.
Gerard succeeded to large estates in Lancashire, centred on the main family seat at Bryn, near Wigan. He also had property in Cheshire, and in November 1558 came into possession of Etwall in Derbyshire by right of his wife, who shared her father’s lands with her two sisters, Margaret, who later married Sir Thomas Stanhope, and Dorothy, wife of Sir George Hastings. Gerard often lived at Etwall, and it was probably here that his younger son, John Gerard the Jesuit, was born in 1564. Both Sir Thomas and his wif