At the dissolution of the Ribston Preceptor, when the local estates belonging to the Knights of St. John were confiscated to the crown, King Henry VIII, in 1545, gave a grant to Henry Goodricke of Wisbeach, Isle of Ely, grandson of John Goodricke of Bolingbroke and his wife Agnes and son of William Goodricke of East Kirkby Co. Lincolnshire and his wife Jane daughter of William Williamson. Henry was also the brother of Thomas Goodrick Bishop of Ely. The cost of the grant was £699 9s 2d the Manor and Rectory and Church of Hunsingore, with the advowson and presentation to the vicarage of the church of Hunsingore, being part and parcel of the possessions of the late Preceptor of Ribston he this branch of the family firstly resided in Hunsingore Manor. He had purchased the Manor of Ribston in 1542, and also bought Kippax Hall and Park, Co. Yorkshire of Basse Gascoigne, who was kinsman of his late wife and in his service. He also possessed landed property at Doddington and Wisbeach in the Isle of Ely, at Newport in Essex, and in Aldermanbury in the City of London. Amongst other parcels of land conveyed by the grant just mentioned are a Close in Calthorpe in occupation of Sir John Rocliffe, Knt., diverse tenements in Hunsingore, two water mills at Hunsingore, and certain Closes at Ribston, the More Close, the Ventmyres, Brath and New Close, and all rights in the parishes or hamlets of Hunsingore, Calthorpe, Walshford and Ribston, appertaining to the Manor and Rectory of Hunsingore.

There exists an Exchequer receipt for £349 9s 2d, bearing date 30th July, 37th Henry VIII, paid by Henry Goodricke of the Manor of Hunsingore.

The will of the above Henry Goodricke dated March 1st 1553 is a long and carefully worded document, from which the following extract shows how the family estate was devised:

WILL, Extract from the will of Henry Goodricke dated 1st March 1553.

Item. I will that William Goodricke my son shall have and enjoy my Manor house called Ribston Hall, Hunsingore, Cattall, Calthorpe and Walche Ford with such interest as I have in the closes late belonging to the Duke of Suffolk grace, with all the tents, meadows, woods, pastures, Mylnelng, waters, tithes and arable lands belonging to the said Manor of Ribston, Hunsingore, Cattall, Calthorpe and Walche Ford during the time of his natural life...And after the death of my said son William I will that my foresaid Manor called Ribston with Hunsingore, Cattall, and other before rehearsed do remain to theirs males of his body lawfully begotten.........And if my son William do depart this present world without any male heirs of his body lawfully begotten then I will that after his death all the foresaid lands and tents with all their appurtenances shall remain unto Richard my son for the term of his life etc........And for the lack of such issue male of the body of my said son Richard lawfully begotten, then I will that all my said manor, tents, lands, and other the premises before to him bequeathed shall remain unto Christopher my son etc........And for default of such issue male to remain unto John my son and after to Alborowe my daughter successively, that is to say first to John my son and to his male heirs, and for default thereof to Alborowe my daughter and her male heir.........

Richard Goodricke, who succeeded his father, married Clare, daughter of Richard Norton, of Norton Conyers, Esquire, and was High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1579. According to an inquest post mortem taken at Wetherby, April 10th 1582, he is declared seized of the manors of Hunsingore and Great Ribston, Walshford, Cattall, Grewelthorpe, Little Ribston, lands in Calthorpe, Plompton, Kippax, Thorescrosse, etc., and the Rectory of Hunsingore and advowson of the church there. Richard Goodricke, his son and heir, was High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1591. He married a daughter of the second Lord Eure, of distinguished ancestry, who could claim descent from Kings William I, Henry III, Edward I, and Edward III, and by whom he left a family of seven sons and two daughters. He died at Ribston in 1601, and James I knighted his son Henry Goodricke at the Charterhouse, London.

Henry inherited the family patrimony, during the Royal progress from the north in May 1603. He married Jane, daughter of Sir John Saville, of Methley, Co. York, and was succeeded by his seventh and eldest surviving son, Sir John Goodricke, who was created a Baronet in July 1641. Sir John was a notable character during the great rebellion of Charles I, and warmly espoused the cause of the unfortunate King. He was born in 1617, and was married at York in his 24th year, to Catherine, daughter of Sir Stephen Norcliffe, of York, Esquire, Counsellor-at-Law, the lady being then only in her 21st year. The troubles and anxieties of that perilous period, and the constant fear for her husband’s safety seem to have been more than she could bear, and the poor girl died three years after the wedding, while her husband was a prisoner in the Tower of London. In 1642 she gave birth to an only son, Henry, who in manhood showed the same loyal adherence to the throne and the constitution as his father. Charles II created him a Knight, and sat many years in Parliament.

At the close of the war Sir John’s estates were forfeited to the Commonwealth, but on his humble petition to compound for the release of the sequestration his prayer was eventually granted, and a declaration of his personal revenues drawn up and certified.

Sir John Goodricke and his son Henry, by deed dated April 25th 1664, endowed the vicarage of Hunsingore. The deed recites the poor endowment of Hunsingore, and there vocation by Act of Parliament of the provision of £40 appropriated by the parliament, and then endows the vicarage with the tithes of corn, grain and hay for Hunsingore and Great Cattall. One of the conditions is that the vicar shall preach and administer the sacraments twice a year at the Chapel at Ribston Hall, namely: on New Year’s Day or Feast of Circumcision, and Midsummer Day or Feast of St. John the Baptist.


The old Hall at Hunsingore appears to have been wrecked during the war and afterwards razed to the ground. Hargrove (1769) describes it as situated on a mountain, the sides of which were cut in terraces, rising near ten feet above each other. There were four of these terraces above, which, on a flat area, stood the mansion, commanding a very extensive prospect. The late Mrs Georgina Dent told me that Mr Dent of Ribston Hall her farther inlaw has endeavoured from an examination of the old deeds in his possession to make out something of the history of the New Hall, as it is called, at Hunsingore and to try and identify the exact site I do believe that the original site could be found with time and a process of elimination a subject for debate within the family still. It is not mentioned in a deed relating to the marriage settlement of Henry Goodricke and Jane Saville in 1614, where the capital message or Manor house of Great Ribston is included in the list of properties. In the marriage settlement of Sir John Goodricke and Catherine Norcliffe, 1641, and also in that of Sir Henry Goodricke, his son, who married a daughter of Col. Sir, William Legge, amongst the properties which are charged for jointure are, All that Manor house, capital message or tenement commonly called the New Hall of Hunsingore, in the County of York, and of the site of the said Manor house as the same is now impaled, and of all the gardens etc., within the said pails to the site of the said Manor house, and capital message belonging.

This recital, said the late Mrs Georgina Dent, seems to have been handed down in deeds relating to the property up to the middle of the eighteen hundreds, but strange to say no trace of the house is discoverable in any account of the inhabitants of the place questioned by the late Mr John Dent during his search. It is not specially mentioned in the certificates above quoted as to the estate of Sir John Goodricke at the time of the Civil War, and its precise location is therefore a matter of some doubt.

A few references in old deeds may be made as the Goodrickes bought other small parcels of land over the years. There is an old license extant of the 36th year of the reign of Henry VIII by which the King grants to Robert Tyrwhit Kt. the younger, and Lady Elizabeth his wife, the right to alienate certain lands in Hunsingore called "Le Lounde" to Richard and John Paver. They afterwards sold the two closes near Hunsingore Mill, which are called the Mylne Ing and Woodcock Hill to Richard Goodricke in the 37th year of Queen Elizabeth. About the 35th year of Elizabeth Thomas Ellison or Allyson sells Eliotsmere to Richard Goodricke. There is also a smallpurchase from the Thompson’s. This family had purchased from the Hoppertons, and in the reign of Philip and Mary, William Tankard made an award as to the boundaries of property at Hunsingore, which were in dispute between Henry Goodricke and one of the Thompson’s. There are names attached to these deeds, such as Pulleyne, Bickersdike, and Bucktrout.

There are no particularly old houses remaining at Hunsingore now. But in the mid 1800s there demolished a row of very old, small thatched cottages, and in these humble buildings the poor of the parish were lodged, when each parish maintained its own poor prior to the formation of the present Union. Each occupant of the dwellings paid a nominal acknowledgement of one shilling (five pence) per annum. Near by stood a number of other single storey thatched cottages (fourteen in all) and some of these were unroofed and an upper storey added, which are easily recognisable by the change in course work. One carved door lintel in the village bears the initials H.G. and dated 1672. Another house at the corner of the Cowthorpe road, near the church, was a well-known inn called the SHOULDER OF MUTTON, but this was closed as a pub in the early 1800s.


The will "et totam terram mean de Cahale" formed part of the first donations of Robert de Rosto the local Knights Templars in the first quarter of the thirteenth century, of which I shall give more detail in the Ribston heading. At the Dissolution, the manor with other local possessions of their successors, the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, passed to the Crown, and in 1564 was purchased by Richard Goodricke from the Fairfax’s. The old pre-Reformation Grange at Cattal was rebuilt in the early 1800s.

Amongst the old deeds at Ribston Hall, I was told by the late Mrs Georgina Dent is one of the 35th Henry VIII (1543), by Oswald Willesthorpe, now Wilstrop, conveys to Henry Mody, citizen of London, the Manor of Great Cattal with its appurtenances. In the reign of Edward VI (1548) Henry Mody conveys for £110 to William Fairfax, of Steeton, the same property, and in the seventh Elizabeth (1564) Thomas Fairfax, three score and ten pounds. The property comprised the Manor of Cattal, and ten messages, and eight cottages, with lands in the same and in Hunsingore.

In 1567 Thomas Fairfax appears to have sold 50 acres more land in Cattal to Richard Goodricke. The Fairfax’s had further connection with Cattal, for there is an old lease of the time of Henry VIII from Dame Isabel Fairfax, and two deeds of the time of Elizabeth of sales of land at Cattal by Gabriel Fairfax to Brian Wardell, a property which came into the hands of the Goodrickes at a later date.

About ten years before his death in 1581, Richard Goodricke settled his property to diverse uses, to his wife, Clare, if she succeeded him, and to his sons, Richard and Henry. He gives, inter alia, the following description of his seats: "Two manors of Magna Cattal and the manors of great Ribston, Hunsingore and Cattal," and in one clause he saves and excepts from that part of the settlement, "The rectories and parsonages of Cattal Magna, with the appurtenances thereof." There are " two mills at Hunsingore, the Manor of Walshford, with the appurtenances, together with the said parsonages and rectories of Cattal Magna and Hunsingore, with the rectories and parsonage of great Ribston, and the advowson and vicarage of Hunsingore aforesaid."

Cattal the name is a compound, probably meaning a hall or stone built house in a wood.


There must have been an especially good ale brewed at Walshford in older days, for in a letter written from Ribston in 1688 (vide Dartmouth Correspondence) there is a curious allusion to the fact. An election was then pending, and Charles Bertie writing to Lord Dartmouth at the Cockpit remarks that Lord Danby, Lord Dunblane and he are all at Ribston, "one of the most charming seats he has yet seen in the North, both in respect of its noble structure and the lovely country about it. Sir Henry Goodricke is enhancing his gardens with a kind of fortification, and has already finished two bastions and hopes when Lord Dartmouth visits the northern forts he will reckon these amongst the number. Thus while Lord Danby drinks the sulphur waters they remember his Lordship’s health and the prosperity of his family in most serene Florence, and in a sort of liquor called Walshford Ale, which transcends all that ever was named, and is the smoothest and best matured drink in the world, and cannot fail withal to carry an election; though Sir Henry and his Lady are so generally beloved and esteemed that they need no southern artifice to secure the affections and interests of their neighbours to them." So much for Walshford Ale and its potency in election contests!

There was a corn mill at Walshford as far back at least as the time of King John, for in the earliest deed of Robert de Ros to the Templars of Ribston, he gives them the hamlet of "Walesford" and the mills of the same hamlet. There was also, as we have seen a mill at Hunsingore at the same period, where the inhabitants were obliged to grind all their corn. In a Ribston deed of the 13th century Thomas de Stokelde engages to grind all his corn "totum bladum nostrum molendino suo de Waleford," and if the said mill at Walshford be broken or injured that they cannot grind at the Templars’ mill at Hunsingore until the Walshford mill be repaired. Moreover the said Thomas de Stokelde and his heirs shall keep no hand-mills, nor do anything by which the said mills may suffer loss, and he, the said Thomas and his heirs, will come or send other qualified persons in their name to repair the dam at Walshford as often as need be, as those used to do who held those lands which we now do in North Deighton. It may be observed that this obligation to grind corn at the lord’s mill was retained in agreements between landlord and tenant as late as the middle of the 1700s.

Before the markets were established at Wetherby in 1240 they were held at Walshford weekly on Tuesday, the grant having been obtained by the Templars soon after the foundation of their Preceptory at Ribston in 1217. They had also a yearly (midsummer) fair at Walshford, which lasted four days, and lively and happy indeed must have been the scene at that festive time when the hooded friar met the Norman-clad peasants, male and female, on the village green, and business and sport were the alternate occupations of the day. Walshford ale would no doubt be greatly in request at those merry fetes.

Not long after the Knights Templars received the gift of the hamlet and mill at Walshford in the time of Henry III they erected a small chapel here, subservient to the cell at Ribston. In 1545, after the dissolution of the House by Henry VIII when the Goodrickes purchased the forfeited estates from the Duke of Suffolk, mention is made in the royal grant of "All that our chapel and our garden to the same chapel adjoining, with all their appurtenances situate lying and being in Walshford in our said county of York, and now late being in the tenure or occupation of one William Thickpenny or his assigns"; and amongst other reservations in the grant is the following: "Except nevertheless always to us and to our heirs and successors altogether reserved all leaden coverings and all manner of lead in or upon the aforesaid chapel or any part thereof being, except the leaden gutters and lead in the windows."

In one of the earliest deeds preserved at Ribston, Henry III we learn that Robert de Staynburn gave to God and the Blessed Mary and the brethren of the chapel of St Andrew, (the chapel at Ribston Hall) half a toft at Walshford in order to maintain a light before our Lady in the same chapel of St Andrew.

It does not however appear that the manor at Walshford was purchased by the Goodricke`s until 1562, as up to that time it was in possession of Adam Darnell. In that year Richard Goodricke, son of the first proprietor of Ribston, had conveyed to him from the said Adam Darnell, "the manor of Walshford and 20 messages, 20 cottages and 2 water mills, with the lands and 2 fisheries there." On the original conveyance is an endorsement in a later hand: "It is probable that Darnell or his father had this manor of Walshford by purchase from Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, who had it of the Crown by letters patent, bearing date February 9th an. reg. 33, an. dmi. 1542. Therefore on all occasions touching privileges, fees, farms, etc, consult these papers." As will be explained in our account of Ribston, the Duke of Suffolk did not dispose of the whole of the property obtained by him from the King after the dissolution of the monasteries. After the death of the Duke of Suffolk a court was established of the manor of Walshford by the Lady Catherine, his widow, as guardian and custodian of the body of her son, Henry, Duke of Suffolk, in virtue of the grant of the excellent King Henry VIII. This court was held on the 9th day of January in the first year of King Edward VI.

On the lodges at the Walshford entrance to Ribston Park are still extant, carved in stone, the armorial bearings with the Ducal coronet and ribbon of the Garter of the Duke of Suffolk, and on a globe under the foot of one of the lions on the pillar are three lions guardant.

It was at Ribston that Lord Danby and the Duke of Devonshire held frequent meetings to concert the time for the Revolution of 1688, and Sir Henry Goodricke was the leading spirit in the seizure of York, on the November 22nd of that year.


Goodricke of Ribston Bookplate 1550. The Armes shown here are: -

Quarterly 1&4: Argent on a fesse gules, between two lions passant guardant sable, a fleur-de-lis between as many crescents or 2&3: Argent on a chevron engrailed between three trefoils sable three crescents or.

Bookplate I believe done for Sir Henry Goodricke showing the very early Armes of Goodryke. These Armes are recorded as being used in 1579 by Sir Richard Goodricke along with the supporter’s two naked boys.


Goodricke of Ribston Bookplate 1694.

Arms. Quarterly 1: Argent on a fesse gules between two lions passant guardant sable, a fleur-de-lis argent between as many crescents or. For Goodricke. 2: Argent on a chevron engrailed between three trefoils sable three crescents or. For Williamson. 3: Part-per-fess under azure and sable, a castle four-squire argent. For Rawson. 4: Or on a chevron vert, three ravens heads argent. For Crawford.

The crest is that granted to Sir Henry Goodricke in 1694 along with his Spanish motto Leyal Y Libre, Loyal Yet Free.


Sir Henry Goodricke of Ribston Bookplate to celebrate the new century 1700.

Arms. Argent on a fess gules between two lions passant guardant Sable a fleur de lis or between two crescents argent.

Crest A demi Lion Ermines armed and languid gules issuing out of a Ducal Coronet or, holding in his paws a Battleaxe proper helved or.

Supporters. Two naked boys, which are on the Monument of Richard Goodricke Esq. High-sheriff of Yorkshire in 1579.


Ribston Hall

Great Ribston Hall, Knaresborough, Yorkshire. The Goodrick Yorkshire Family Seat for almost three hundred years.

This house was erected by Sir John Goodricke, and the date,1647, is over the entrance door on his Coat of Arms. The building, which remains practically unaltered, is an imposing structure with a long Renaissance facade. The main front was flanked by two small colonnades which have since disappeared; the arrangement of the roofs is also different. The Chapel of St. Andrew, attached to the hall, was just outside the garden wall. For so large a house the garden appears small, though there was a large deer park. The property was left by  Sir Harry James Goodricke, the seventh and last Baronet, to live at Ribston, to Mr. Francis L. Holyoake, who took the Goodricke name in order to inherit the Goodricke fortune, by him the estate was sold in 1836 to Mr. Joseph Dent Dent, in whose family remains the present occupier being Mr&Mrs. Charles Dent. The house is completely privately owned by this family.



 Ribston as seen across the river Nidd with partly Fortified garden 1688.


Entrance front of Ribston showing the French influence roof line.


A more in depth account of the Ribston Estates can be found in PDF files at the end on contents in Goodrick Family History First Edition 1885. BY CHARLES ALFRED GOODRICKE.


Kippax Park



The hereditary Order of Baronets was erected by patent in England by King James I.


In 1611, extended to Ireland by the same Monarch in 1619, and first conferred in Scotland by King CHARLES I. In 1625.

The Chapeau: Feudal Symbol of Baronial Rank

At the institution many of the chief estate owning gentlemen of the kingdom were selected for the dignity. The first batch of baronets comprised some of the principal landed proprietors, among the best descended gentleman of the kingdom; and the list was headed by a name illustrious more than any other for the intellectual pre-eminence with which it is associated the name of Bacon. A glance at the Roll of Baronets will convince anyone of the distinction and nobility of the institution. For some time the possession of territorial influence was the main qualification, and the Order was confined principally to country gentleman of property and decent. But in more modern times, the circle has been enlarged, and made to include men who have raised themselves and their families to greatness by their pre-eminence in science, literature, commerce, or arms.

The Order of Baronets in Scotland, instituted in 1625, was in its origin connected with Sir William Alexander’s scheme for colonizing Nova Scotia. The number was not to Exceed 150; the sum payable for the honour was £3,000; and the patents down to 1638 included a grant of specified lands in Nova Scotia, though that colony had before the date in question passed into the hands of the French. The latter creations by CHARLES I. Included gentlemen unconnected with Scotland, and in one instance the dignity was granted to a lady, Dame Maria Bolles, of Osberton, co. Nottingham. In almost all the patents granted by CHARLES I. The limitation was to heir’s male whomsoever; afterwards, though there was some occasional variety, the most usual limitation was to heirs male of the body.




By the constitution of the Baronetage, it is declared and provided that Baronets and their heirs male, their wives sons, daughters, and sons wives, respectively, or any of them at whatsoever time to come, in all questions concerning any place, precedence, privilege, or other matter concerning them, shall be regulated by the use and practice of custom and law, as other hereditary degrees of dignity are ordained and directed, concerning place, prerogative, and precedence.

The wives of Baronets and Ladies, and enjoy place and presidency, both during the lives and after the decease of their husbands, according to the manner and usage of other hereditary degrees.

The daughters of Baronets have the rank and precedence of their eldest brother.

The Baronets of the several creations have assigned to them by the grant of the royal founder, as a perpetual military post of honour, place in the Royal armies of the Sovereign, near and about the Royal Standard for its defence.

The Baronets of England and Ireland bear, as an honourable augmentation, on a canton on their armorial ensigns, the royal arms of Ulster, argent, a hand couped gules, the earlier baronetcies having been erected to promote the Plantation of that province. It is curious to note that in practice this hand is usually represented as a sinister hand, though the Royal O’Neill’s bore a dexter hand in their arms.

It was at first provided that the Baronets of Scotland should charge their coat armour with a similar augmentation, the arms of Nova Scottie. By a Royal warrant of Charles I. In 1629, they became entitled to wear as a personal decoration, an Orange tawny Riband and Badge, in an escutcheon, argent, a Saint Andrews cross azure, thereon an in escutcheon of the Royal arms of Scotland, with an imperial crown above the escutcheon, and encircled with the motto, "Fax Mentis honestoe gloria," being the motto of HENRY, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of the Royal Founder of the Order.


On 10th May 1929, the King was pleased to issue a Warrant authorising all Baronets (other than Baronets of Scotland) on appropriate occasions to wear round their necks a badge consisting a shield of Arms of Ulster on a field of argent a hand sinister gules. Surmounted by an Imperial Crown enamelled in its proper colours, the whole enclosed by an oval border embossed with gilt scrollwork, having for Baronets of England a design of roses, for Baronets of Ireland a design of shamrocks, for Baronets of Great Britain a design of roses and thistles, and shamrocks. The badge to be suspended from an orange riband, with a narrow dark blue edge on both sides.

When the Legislation of Unions between England and Scotland, and between Great Britain and Ireland, took place the separate Orders of Baronets have been superseded by the one general institution of BARONETS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, who also bear on their coat armour, as an augmentation, a canton or inescutcheon, argent, charged with a hand couped gules.



William Goodricke, esq. had three sons, John, Thomas, and Henry. Thomas we have covered in detail became The Bishop of Ely and 39th Lord Chancellor of England, from which office queen Mary removed him, and died unmarried, 19 May 1554.

Henry, the third brother, purchased Ribston and other estates, co. York, of Charles Brandon, duke of Suffolk, and died. 1556 he married. Margaret. daughter and co-heiress of Sir Christopher Rawson, of London, Knt. and had several children. His son Richard, who became High Sheriff co. York, 1579, and died 1581, succeeded him in his Yorkshire estate. Richard married Clare, daughter of Richard Norton, of Norton Conyers, co. York, esq., and was succeeded by his son, Richard, who was High Sheriff co. York, 1591, and died1601. He married, Muriel, the daughter of the Right Honourable William, second Lord Eure. This Lady’s ancestry was unquestionably an illustrious one. Paternally she was descended from Baldwin, Earl of Flanders, by his wife Alfuth, one of the daughters of Alfred the Great, and through her ancestors, Katherine de Aton, Greystock, Muriel Hastings, and Margery Bowes, she could claim descent from William I., Henry III. Edward I. and Edward III. Kings of England. Through her mother, who was Margaret, daughter of Sir Edward Dymoke, of Scrivelsby, Co. Lincoln, Champion to Edward VI. In addition, Queens Mary and Elizabeth, she was descended from the ancient families of Marmyun, Ludlowe, Conyers, Welles, Waterton and Talboys, whose genealogy and history are well known. Muriel daughter of William, lord Eure, had several children by Richard and he was succeeded by his son, Sir Henry Goodricke, Knt., who died. 1541. He married Jane, daughter of Sir John Saville, of Methley, co. York, Knt. and had 12 children; and was succeeded by his Son Sir John.

I. Sir JOHN, 1st Bart. Born20 April 1617 and suffered much in the civil wars, for his loyalty to the king. He had his estate sequestrated and paid £1343. 10s. Composition to the sequestrators. He was prisoner, first at Manchester, and then in the Tower of London, fromwhence he made his escape into France, where he continued until the Restoration, when he was chosen Knt. of the shire co. York, and diedNov. 1670. He married. first, Catharine, daughter and heiress of Stephen Norcliff, esq., by whom he had Sir Henry, 2nd Bart. and secondly, Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander Smith, esq., and widow of William, viscount Fairfax, of Gilling, and by her had one son, Sir John, 3rdBart.

II. Sir HENRY, eldest son, and successor to his father, born14 Oct. 1642. He was envoy extraordinary from Charles II. King of England, to Charles II. King of Spain, and was lieutenant general of the ordnance, and privy-councillor to king William III. He married. Mary, daughter of colonel William Legge, and sister to George, lord Dartmouth, but diedwithout issue, 5 March 1704-5. His brother succeeded him,

III. Sir JOHN, born16 Oct. 1654, and died10 Dec. 1706. He marriedSarah, daughter of Sir Richard Hopkins, Knt. sergeant at law, by whom he left 5 sons and 5 daughters. : first Sir Henry,4th Bart. second. Francis, marriedMrs. Jane Prescott, and had one daughter third Richard, in holy orders, and died unmarried; fourth John-Saville, married Mrs. Adeliza Herbert, and had two daughters. Adeliza and Mary; and fifth. William married. Mrs. Mary Russet, by whom he had one son, Henry, and two daughters.

IV Sir HENRY, eldest son and successor to his father, died 8 Sept. 1677, married Mary, the only child of, Tobias Jenkins, esq. (by his first wife. Mary Paulet, second daughter. of the 1st duke of Bolton), and by her (who died14 March 1767) had seven sons and four daughters one the right hon., Sir John, 6th Bart. ; second Henry, died thirdThomas, late lieutenant colonel of the 25th regiment of foot, diedJuly 1803.

He married Elizabeth. daughter of Button, esq., of Rochester, and by her had one son, Thomas, and a daughter, fourth Harry, Prebendary of York, and vicar of Hunsingore. He was twice married, first, to Margaret, daughter of John Taylor, of Beverley, esq., and then to Ann, daughter of Philip Harland, of Sutton Hall co. York, Esq.

He died. 24th 0ct. 1801, without issue, aged 82. first daughter, Mary, died second daughter Elizabeth died, third daughterSarah, married. T. Clough esq. fourth daughter Jane married the rev. Mr Wanley, of Rippon. Sir Henry died. 21. July 1738, and was succeeded by Sir John.

V. Sir JOHN, The right hon., resided for some time at Stockholm, as envoy extraordinary from his majesty to that court, and was made a privy councillor, 1Sept 1773, and served in parliament for the borough of Ripon, married Mary, natural daughter of Robert Benson, Lord Bingley, 28 Sept 1731. She died 4 March 1791. They had issue, one son and two daughters who both died young. Henry, born 6 April 1741, and died 9 July 1784, having married Miss Lavinia-Benjamina Sessler, and had issue, two sons and three daughters. First John died. Second Sir Henry succeeded to his grandfather. First daughter Harriet, married Sir Thomas Goodricke, her cousin, and son of lieutenant-colonel Goodricke, second Mary, married Charles-Gregory Fairfax, of Gilling Castle, co. York, esq., who have issue two sons and three daughters; three Elizabeth. Sir John died. 3 Aug. 1789, and was succeeded by his grandson,

VI Sir HENRY married. 30 Nov. 1796, Charlotte Fortescue, second daughter of the right hon. James Fortescue, of Ravensdale Park, and sister of William-Charles 1st viscount Clermont in Ireland. He died 23 March 1802, and was succeeded by his only son.

VII Sir HARRY James The right hon., Bart. born16 Sept. 1797, succeeded his father, sir Henry, 23 March 1802, died 22 August 1833 unmarried.

VIII Sir THOMAS Francis Henry Goodrick eighth Baronet was only surviving son of Colonel Thomas Goodricke, and grandson of Sir Henry, the fourth Baronet. He was born at Rochester, 24th September 1762, and was consequently in his seventy-first year when the Baronetcy fell to him. He married, at Hunsingore, April 1794, Harriet, eldest daughter of Henry Goodricke, Esq., of York, and granddaughter of Sir John Goodricke, fifth baronet; but by her, who predeceased him, dying in Edward Square, Kensington, he had no issue.

Sir Thomas died at No. 1, Star Street, Edgware Road, London, 9th March 1839, and was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, where a stone bearing the following inscription marks his grave today.


ON 9TH OF MARCH 1839. IE. 78.

Sir Thomas's will, dated the day before his death, and was proved in London, 23rd March 1839. He bequeathed his property of Trinity Gardens, in the city of York, to Major John Jeffrey O’Donoghue, subject to the payment of an annuity of £20 to his sister Harriet Goodricke, to whom he gave a legacy of £20. Sir Thomas was in reduced circumstances during the latter part of his life: the fact that he accepted an annuity of £20 from Sir Francis Littleton Holyoake-Goodricke sufficiently corroborates this. This wretched amount used to be paid to him by Messrs. Glyn Mills & Co., Sir Francis' bankers, by quarterly instalments.

Sir Thomas Francis Henry Goodricke was the last Baronet.

SOURCE Material.

1 Referance Work Nidderdale and the Garden of the Nidd a Yorkshire Rhineland by

H. Speight 1894.

2 Referance Work Lower Wharfedale by H.Speight.1902

3 Debretts Baronetage of England 5th Edition. 1824

4 Reference Work The History of Temple Newsam by Weater 1889 Edition

Edited By Michael B Goodrick 2003.


Great Ribston Hall, Knaresborough, Yorkshire. The Goodrick Yorkshire Family Seat for almost three hundred years.


This house was erected by Sir John Goodricke, and the date,1647, is over the entrance door on his Coat of Arms. The building, which remains practically unaltered, is an imposing structure with a long Renaissance facade. The main front was flanked by two small colonnades which have since disappeared; the arrangement of the roofs is also different. The Chapel of St. Andrew, attached to the hall, was just outside the garden wall. For so large a house the garden appears small, though there was a large deer park. The property was left by  Sir Harry James Goodricke, the seventh and last Baronet, to live at Ribston, to Mr. Francis L. Holyoake, who took the Goodricke name in order to inherit the Goodricke fortune, by him the estate was sold in 1836 to Mr. Joseph Dent Dent, in whose family remains the present occupier being Mr&Mrs. Charles Dent. The house is completely privately owned by this family.


 Ribston as seen across the river Nidd with partly Fortified garden 1688.



Entrance front of Ribston showing the French influence roof line.


A more in depth account of the Ribston Estates can be found in PDF files at the end on contents in Goodrick Family History First Edition 1885. BY CHARLES ALFRED GOODRICKE.