ComputerRef No13206
Finding No899:1355 BA13206/1
Acc No13206
TitleRous Family of Rous Lench
DescriptionLetters, invoices and receipts.
Date16th-18th cent
Extent1 box
AccessConditionsOpen immediately unless legal closure periods
AdminHistoryThe manor of Rous Lench passed to the Rous family in the late 14th century. The first member of the family to hold a prominent position in Worcestershire was Sir John Rous (c1573-1645, son of Edward Rous and Mary), who was knighted in 1607, was twice High Sheriff of the county and briefly Member of Parliament. He was succeeded by his son Thomas Rous (1608-1676) who was created baronet in 1641 but became a Parliamentarian and a Member of Parliament in both 1654 and 1660. He was married 3 times: to Jane Ferrers, who died in [1650]; to Frances Murray, who died in 1667; and to an unknown Ann, who outlived him. The 2nd baronet was his son from his first marriage, Edward (died 1677), who married Elizabeth Lisle (died 1691). Neither he nor his half brothers and sister - from their father's second marriage - had any children, so each in turn inherited the estate. The 3rd baronet was therefore Edward's half brother, Francis (died 1687) who features strongly in the correspondence. He married Frances Archer. He was succeeded as 4th baronet by his brother, Thomas (died 1721) who married firstly Anne Hackerley and [possibly secondly an Elizabeth]. On his death his sister, Elizabeth (died 1729) administered the estate, after whom the direct line died out. The estate passed to a descendent of an earlier female member of the Rous family, Thomas Philips (died 1768) who adopted the name Rous and who similarly died without children.
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