The Berties of Grimsthorpe Castle

by Allan Chilvers



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/15/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781452043272

About the Book


“The Berties of  Grimsthorpe” traces the history of the Berties in England from

when Grimsthorpe Castle, Edenham, Lincolnshire became the home of the Willoughby family in the 16th century when it passed in to the hands of Catherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk and Baroness Willoughby de Eresby.  The widowed Duchess married her Gentleman Usher , Richard Bertie.  This account relates the history of the Berties at Grimsthorpe thereafter until 1809.   They became Earls of Lindsey , Marquesses of Lindsey, and Dukes of Ancaster and Kesteven……


The life of Peregrine Bertie, Lord Willoughby de Eresby , the Berties son. His exciting and dangerous life serving Queen Elizabeth I as a military commander, Peregrine as the quintessential  Elizabethan hero….


Robert, Lord Willoughby de Eresby , loyal supporter of the Stuarts, killed at Battle of Edgehill in Civil War.  Created 1st Earl of LindseyLife as soldier, courtier and landowner in Lincolnshire.


2nd Earl of Lindsey,  Supporter of Stuart kings, survived the Civil War and subsequent Commonwealth, his large family and their marriages into other aristocratic dynasties. 


Robert Bertie,  1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven ,Life under the Hanoverian administrations and duties at Court , in Parliament and as Lord Great Chamberlain


Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster & Kesteven.  Very involved in equine pursuits with a stud at the Castle, called Ancaster Stud. Breeding and racing. 


General Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster & Kesteven -. The Duchess served for many years as Mistress of the Robes to Queen Charlotte, wife of George III.

Activities as Lord Great Chamberlain, responsible for state occasions and state trials at Westminster Hall. Featured in a satire by William Jackson titled “Sodom and Onan” along with other famous figures of the time as homosexuals.


Robert Bertie, 4th Duke of Ancaster & Kesteven. Served as a volunteer, as Marquess of Lindsey, in the English forces in the American War of Independence , serving in America until he succeeded his father. A handsome and rich young man with a tendency to unruly behaviour and consorting with the wrong kind of people.


Brownlow Bertie, 5th Duke of Ancaster & Kesteven .Life in Town, and at Court of his sister-in-law , Mary , Dowager Duchess of Ancaster. Died with no male heir who could inherit the dukedom and it expired along with the marquessate.


About the Author

Allan Chilvers pursued a career in corporate governance in the Retail sector in the United Kingdom.  At retirement he started an in-depth study of an English family, the Berties (pron. Barties) who are woven into the history of England for many centuries.  He is the author of  “The Berties of Uffington” Spiegl Press 2003 ISBN 0 902544 96 9