It is the Holy Grail of many historians to unearth a famous
or infamous ancestor, someone to pep up what might otherwise
be a humdrum genealogy. If not the bastard son of a lord
or king, then perhaps a murderer or a highwayman, or perhaps
a petty felon transported to Australia for his sins.
The reality is that the great majority of us come from
humble stock and struggle to trace our ancestors beyond
the 1700s simply because their lives were of no great
significance in the scheme of things. If we're lucky,
we can trace a plausible thread into the 1600s, but only
if the family stayed put for long enough and parish records
I say this so that you understand that I am not given
to flights of fancy, so when an email droped into my inbox
suggesting that my wife's family might be descended from
one of the candidates for the Robin Hood legend, well
I had the salt cellar handy. But I have recorded the information
as it was sent to me that begings with my wife's gg-grandmother,
and leads all the way back to the 14th century and Thomas
Loxley in 1340.
I have tried to verify the information through the IGI
where I could and it has to be said there are odd discrepancies.
The most telling for me is William
Marshall. There was indeed someone of that name baptised
in 1594, but according to the IGI he died two years later.
But that said, the IGI also records that a William Marshall
married Alice Bromhead at St Nicholas, Bradfield, in 1618.
The Loxley connection is recorded in an 'Account of the
Loxleys of Hallamshire' in the Sheffield Archives and
the Local Studies Library. The Loxleys of Hallamshire
claim descent from the Earl of Huntingdon and also claim
de Loxley, better known as Robin Hood if you believe
The bloodline is convoluted, so follow the •
red dots from Rebecca.