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Family Background

The first of the Holland family to settle in Shropshire was William Holland of Denbighshire (b. 1460), who was descended from the Lancashire Hollands. William had served Sir Richard Corbet, of Moreton Corbet, at the Battle of Bosworth Field (1485). Sir Richard supported Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, meeting him at Shrewsbury with more than 800 followers. 

William Holland distinguished himself so honourably at Bosworth that his landlord rewarded him with a ‘messuage’ (a dwelling house with outbuildings and land assigned to its use), a ‘yard land’ (a measure of area of land in Medieval England, from 15 to 40 acres) of 30 acres in Burwarton, and his capital messuage and demeasne (a piece of land attached to a manor and retained by the owner for their own use) in lease; all amounting to half the manor. William was highly trusted by Sir Richard Corbet and accompanied him to France when he was appointed governor of Calais until his death. William married Matilda, daughter of William of Willaston and became father of Thomas (b. 1490).

The Holland family first came to reside in the estate of Burwarton in the year 1495 and continued to do so until Elizabeth Holland (b. 1733), the last remaining child of William Holland (b. 1704), married Benjamin Baugh at Ludlow in 1772. Their daughter Harriet married Gustavus, 6thViscount Boyne, at Ludlow in 1796. The Burwarton estate still remains in the possession of the Viscounts Boyne today.

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Childhood

Thomas, great-grandson of William (b. 1460) and second son of William* of Burwarton (b. 1525) and Alice, daughter of John Dedington of Detton, was born in Ludlow around 1549. Little is known about Thomas’ childhood, but according to St Laurence’s Church in Ludlow, he was taught grammar in ‘the scholars’ chancel’ in their South Aisle.

*[In the Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (1915), William is said to be Thomas’ uncle; Thomas’ father possibly being John, the younger brother of William.]

 

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