1 Feb 2009, 12:40 a.m. - Michael Robinson

Per L&M Companion:- sp. "Knightley." kt. 1677 (d. 1699) A Merchant long resident in Seething Lane; also of Ashtead, Surrey; churchwarden of St. Olave's in 1667; and a Common Councilman in 1675. Pepys consulted him about the history of customs dues when gathering material for his history of the navy. LITTLE ASHTEAD, or PRIOR'S FARM " ... In 1650 Thomas conveyed it to John Wall in trust for Peter Evans, (fn. 79) who died 1661, leaving a son and heir Peter. This Peter conveyed the estate to Leonard Wessell, (fn. 80) and it was sold by him to Robert Knightley (afterwards knighted), whose grandson John (1713) suffered a recovery of the manor, and probably sold it to Aquila Wyke, (fn. 81) ..." http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42962 Includes some information about the family: http://web.ukonline.co.uk/the.nook/dacinfo/ashtead.htm


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