Strickland's of Sizergh

Sir Thomas Strickland
Sir Thomas Strickland of Sizergh PC, MP (1621 – 1691)
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The lineage or ancestry of this family traces back to Sir Walter de Strickland who lived during the reign of King John I of England (1199-1216 AD). His great grandson was Sir Walter de Strickland, who lived around 1299 AD, and was present at the siege of Caerlaverock with King Edward I of England. He was a Knight of the Shire for Westmorland. He later obtained a grant to inclose his wood and demesne lands at Sizergh. His great grandson was Sir Thomas de Strickland, who entered into an agreement with King Henry V in 1415 AD to fight for the King in his wars in France, and he had the honor of bearing the banner of St. George at the Battle of Agincourt. His son and heir was Walter Strickland, Esq. who was on the side of Lancaster during the War of the Roses. He was succeeded by his son, Thomas. This Sir Thomas, Knight, married Agnes Parre, daughter of William Parre, son of Sir Thomas Parre and Elizabeth Fitz-Hugh. He was in turn succeeded by his son, Walter. Walter married Elizabeth Salkeld and was succeeded by his son, also named Walter. This Sir Walter Strickland, Knight, 1st, married Agnes, daughter of Richard Redman, but did not have issue with her. He secondly married Catherine, daughter and heir of Ralph Newell of Thornton Briggs, York, and had a son and heir with her named Walter. This Walter was an Esquire of Sizergh and Thornton Briggs, county Westmorland, England, who was a Member of Parliament in 1558 AD. He married Alice, daughter of Nicholas Tempest of Holm and died in 1569 AD. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir Thomas Strickland, K.B., who was a Member of Parliament. Thoas married Elizabeth Symon of Bristol and had a daughter with her named Alice (married Sri William Webb). He secondly married Margaret, daughter of Sir Nicholas Curwen of Workington, and had five issue with her: Robert, Thomas, Walter (progenitor or ancestor of the Stricklands of Catterick), Dorothy (married John Fleming of Rydal), and Margaret (married George Preson of Holker). He was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir Robert, Knight. This Sir Robert was a Member of Parliament for Westmorland during the reign of King James I of England. He was a Colonel in the army of King Charles I and led a troop of horse at the Battle of Edgehill. He married Margaret, daughter and co-heir of Sir William Alford, of Bylton, and had three sons with her: Sir Thomas, Walter (married Barbara Belasyse) and Dorothy (married William Grimstone).

John Francis Strickland
Thomas John Francis Strickland, Bishop of Namur, son of Sir Thomas Strickland
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He was succeeded by his eldest son, Thomas. This Sir Thomas Strickland was made a banneret by King Charles I in person on the battlefield of Edgehill in 1642. He married Jane, daughter and co-heir of John Moseley of Ulskelfe, county York, England, and had two daughters with her: Anne (married John Middleton of Stockeld) and Alice (married Sir Walter Blunt of Soddington). He secondly married Winifred, daughter and heiress of Sir Charles Trentham of Rochester, and had issue with her as follows: Walter, Robert, Roger (Page to the Prince of Conti from France who became King of Poland), and Thomas (Bishop of Namur). He was succeeded by his eldest son, Walter. This Walter married Anne, daughter of Gerard Salvin of Croxdale, county Durham, and had issue with her as follows: Thomas (his successor), Jerrard (married Mary Bagnal, had issue with her named George and Jerrard Edward). He was succeeded by his eldest son Thomas. This Thomas Strickland was an Esquire of Sizergh who first married Mary, daughter of Simon Seroope in Danby, in 1728, and had issue with her. He secondly married the widow of John Archer of Oxenholme. He was succeeded by his son Walter. Walter, Esq., in 1758, married Margaret, daughter of Michael James Messenger of Fountain Abbey, and died in 1761 without posterity, whereupon he was succeeded by his brother Charles. Charles, Esq., in 1762, married Cecilia, daughter of Thomas Towneley of Towneley and Cecilia Standish, and fathered four children with her: Thomas, William, Charles, and Mary (married Edward Stephenson of Farley). He died in 1770 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Thomas. Upon the decease of his uncle, Edward Townley Standish, he inherited the Standish estates and assumed the surname as well. In 1789, he married Anastasia, daughter of Sir John Lawson, Baronet of Brough Hall, and had three issue with her: Charles (of Standish), Thomas (of Sizergh), and Monica (married Sir John Gerard, Baronet of Bryn). He died in 1813 and was succeeded by his second son, Thomas. This Thomas Strickland, Esquire, was born in 1790 and in 1824, married Mademoiselle Gasparine Ursule Ida de Fingerlin de Bischingen, daughter of Baron Fingerlin Bischiugen, and had two sons with her: Walter Charles and Henry Charles (Lieutenant in the 69th Regiment). His son Walter Charles Strickland was an Esquire of Sizergh Castle, county Westmorland, England, Justice of the Peace, and Deputy Lieutenant born in 1825. He married Rosetta Emmeline, daughter of Charles Medex of Brussels, Belgium, and had five children with her as follows: Roger Walter (1872), Ida Matilda (1867), Mabel Susan (1869), Henrietta Maria (1871), and Mary Emma (1876). The Strickland Coat of Arms (erroneously called the Strickland Family Crest by those unfamiliar with heraldry and genealogy) is blazoned as follows: Sable, three escallops within a bordure engrailed argent. Crest: A bundle of holly vert fructed gules, banded round the middle with a wreath argent and sable. Motto: Sans mal. The family seat was Sizergh Castle, Milnthorpe, county Westmorland, England, in modern day Great Britain or the United Kingdom in the British Isles of Europe.

Strickland of Cokethorpe Park

This branch of the Strickland family tree begins with Walter Strickland, an Esquire of Flamborough, county York, England, the son of George (3rd Baronet of Boynton) and his wife Elizabeth Winn, who was born in December of 1771. In 1803, he first married Frances, daughter and co-heiress of Maximillian Western of Cokethorpe Park, Oxford, and secondly, Sarah Bucktrout. He had several issue, including a son named Walter. A one Katherine Strickland of Cokethorpe Park, county Oxford, and Flamborough, county York, was the daughter of Thomas Thornhill of Woodleys, who in 1844, married Walter Strickland of Cokethorpe, a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, and High Sheriff, who died in 1870. The Strickland Coat of Arms (erroneously called the Strickland Family Shield by those unfamiliar with genealogy) has the following heraldic blazon: Gules, a chevron or, between three crosses pattee, argent, on a canton ermine a buck’s head erased and attired sable, quartering Western. Crest: A turkey cock in his pride proper. This family was seated at Cokethorpe Park, Witney, England

Wassand Hall
Wassand Hall

Strickland of Wassand

Another branch of this family were the Stricklands of Wassand Hall, a house located in Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire, in England, which has been owned by the Constable family since 1520. Henry Strickland-Constable was an Esquire of Wassand, county York, who was born in 1821. In 1859, he married Cornelia Charlotte Anne, daughter of Colonel Henry and Lady Sophia Dumareq, with whom he had six issue: Frederick Charles (1860), Marmaduke (1862), Ethel, Rosamond, Maria Sophia, and Lucy Winifred. He was the son of Sir George Strickland-Cholmey, Baronet of Boynton, and Mary Constable. The arms or armorial bearing of this family is blazoned in heraldry as follows: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, gules and vair, a bend or, for Constable; 2nd and 3rd, gules, a chevron or, between three crosses-pattee argent on a canton ermine a buck’s head erased and attired sable. Crests: A ship to the sinister, sails furled, all or, for Constable; a turkey cock in his pride proper, for Strickland.

Other Strickland Pedigree & Family Trees

The earliest known ancestor or progenitor of this family was Bertrand de Baux or Vaux who was born in Normandy, France in 950 AD. The following is a pedigree or lineage from him, according to Eustace De Vaux (Vallibus Castle, Vaux et Falaise, Basse Normany, circa 970 AD)
Harold De Vaux (Vallibus Castle, Vaux-et-Falaise, Basse-Normandy, France circa 1010 AD)
Sir Robert DeVaux I (Falaise, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France circa 1035 AD)
Robert Harold II, Lord Calvados (Calvados, France circa 1065 AD)
Hubert de Vaux (Irthington, Cumberland, England, 1102 AD)
Eustace Vaux (Castle Carrock, Cumberland, England in 1145 AD)
Adam Vaux
Walter Fitzadam Strickland (West Ward, Westmoreland, England 1151 AD)
Robert Strickland (Great Strickland, West Ward, 1174 AD)
Robert Strickland (Great Strickland, West Ward, 1195 AD)
William de Strickland (Great Strickland, West Ward, 1240 AD)
Sir Walter de Strickland (Sizergh Hall, Westmorland, England, 1265 AD)
Thomas Strickland (Sizergh Hall, Westmorland, England, 1299 AD)
Sir Walter Strickland III (Sizergh Castle,1325 AD)
Sir Thomas “of Sizergh” de Strickland (1367 AD)
Walter Strickland (Sizergh Castle, England, 1420 AD)
Sir Thomas Strickland (Sizergh Castle 1442 AD)
Sir Walter Strickland (Sizergh Castle 1464 AD)
Walter Strickland (1439 AD)
Walter Strickland Esq (Sizergh, Westmoreland, England, 1516 AD)
Sir Thomas Strickland KB (1564 AD)
Sir Robert Strickland M.P. (1600 AD)
Sir Thomas Strickland (1621 AD)
Walter Strickland (England, 1675 AD). (This Walter married Anne Salvin and had three children with her: Thomas (1701), Jerrard/Gerald (1704), and Mary (1720).)

Thwait Strickland was born in Westmoreland, England around 1619 AD. He went to colonial America, where in 1647, he married Elizabeth Shepard Disborough in Dedham, Massachusetts. He had six children with her as follows: Elizabeth (Andrews), John, Rebecca, Joseph, Johnathan, and Ephraim. His son John was born in 1649 and he married Esther Smith in Hartford, Connecticut, having the following issue with her: Rebecca (Couch), Joseph Jr., John, Benjamin, Jonah, and Samuel. His son Benjamin Strickland was born in Westherfield, Connecticut in 1683. He married Elizabeth Loveland, and had numerous issue with her as follows: Benjamin I, Jonathan, Seth, Jonah, Elizabeth (Andrews), Stephen, Easther, Nehemiah, Simeon, and Benjamin II. His son Benjamin II was born in Hartford, CT around 1730. He married Mary Hollister and had a daughter with her named Ruth, who was born in 1760, and married William Buck.

Early American and New World Settlers

Early settlers in colonial America bearing this surname include John Strickland (Massachusetts 1631), Henry and Joseph Strickland (Virginia 1670), Henry Strickland (New Jersey 1769), Hugh Strickland (Delaware 1789), and Daniel Strickland (Mississippi 1798). In Canada, one of the earliest settlers bearing this name was Joseph Strickland, who came to Riders Harbour in Newfoundland in 1811. In Australia, one of the first bearers was Thomas Strickland, a convict from Wiltshire, England who came to New South Wales (then a penal colony) aboard the Asia in October of 1824.

Matthew "Mathew" Strickland (verified my direct descendant with DNA testing)

Born about 1639 in England and was first noted in Virginia (Isle of Wright) around 1678
Son of Edward Strickland [uncertain] and Elizabeth (Basse) Strickland
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of Elizabeth (Loreen) Strickland — married 1649 [location unknown]
Father of Elizabeth (Strickland) Boon, James Strickland, Joseph Strickland, Joanna Strickland, William Strickland, Samuel Strickland Sr., John Strickland, Thwaite Strickland and Matthew M. Strickland II
Died 5 May 1696 in Isle of Wight, Virginia


Matthew Strickland was born about 1639 in England. His parents are disputed, as no solid proof has been located to link him to any parents, unless the earlier christening date record mentioned above is a correct match.

The exact date of Matthew's immigration is uncertain, but the first record of him in Isle of Wight, Virginia was in 1678. On 26 Sep 1678, he received a land grant of 902 acres for transporting 18 people to the colonies. In 1680, he patented 1,803 acres of land in Isle of Wight.

There is a dispute among researchers whether a Matthew Strickland living in Maryland around the same time frame is the same Matthew Strickland from Isle of Wight or a different person. In an article written by L C Strickland in the Strickland Scene, he believes that there were two Matthew Stricklands.

The possessions of Matthew Strickland of Calvert County, Maryland were inventoried after his death Nov 1691. No heirs were mentioned. Matthew Strickland of Isle of Wight, however, was still alive during this time, and his date of death is thought to be in 1696. We know that he had died before Aug 1699 due to the fact that there was a division of his land on this date. His son Matthew inherited all his father's land and shared it with his brothers William, John, Joseph, and Samuel.

Matthew Strickland married Elizabeth. Her last name is disputed. Some sources say that it was Loreen, and others say Elizabeth Loreen married the Matthew Strickland from Maryland. Matthew and Elizabeth had at least 5 known children: Matthew, John, Samuel, William, Joseph, and Elizabeth. These have been proven to be their children through land deeds.

On 6 Jun 1687 Matthew Strickland gave a power of attorney to John Brown to execute a deed to William Evans "by reason of my nonability to travel to court held for this county the 9th if this instant June". This power of attorney was witnessed by Richard (RB) Booth and Elizabeth (S) Strickland.

On 6 Jun 1687 Matthew (X) and Elizabeth (E) Strickland of the Lower Parish deeded to William Evans of the Upper Parish for 4,000 pounds of tobacco in cask 800 acres in the Lower Parish between the main Swamp of King Sal and Beaver Dam Branch adjoining William Collins (from a tract of 902 acres patented by the said Strickland on 26 September 1678, of which ao2 acreas hd been leased to Thomas Jones for ninety-nine years on 6 November 1682. Witnessed by John Brown, Richard (RB) Booth, and Robert (R) Lawrence.

"To all persons whom these present shall come, Matt Strickland and William Strickland, sons of Matthew Strickland, late deceased, have made, concluded and agreed for a division between them and either of them, and their heirs forever. Decided and bounded as followeth, I, the said Matthew Strickland, doth give and make over my whole right and title for me and my heirs unto him and his heirs forever, a piece of land whereon my father lived at beginning of the Horse Swamp, S)S running up the Horse Swamp to the Gum Branch, thence running up the said Branch to Col. Pitts line, Sos running the line unto the Plantation whereon the said Matt Strickland deceased dwelt, now all the land above the forementioned, Branch joining unto -------- Plantation and also all the land that lieth on the South side of the Horse Swamp.

"Now I, the said Matthew Strickland, doth give one hundred and fifty acres of land at the Old Plantation unto my brother John Strickland and his heirs forever and never to go out of the name of ye Stricklands;"

This appears to be a disclaimer to the English "Primogenture" law which was passed in 1631. This law established that the eldest son should inherit any title and land of the father, and if the eldest died without issue, then the land and title would go the next eldest son, etc. Here, Matthew Jr. clearly disclaims his right to the entire land holdings of his father and chose to share with his brothers.

Just to add - this was a great gesture on the part of Matthew Strickland Jr.

"Also, ye said Matthew Strickland, doth give one hundred and fifty acres of land unto my brother Sam Strickland and his heirs forever and never to go out of the name of ye Stricklands, lying at the head of Watery Branch, joining upon Arthur Whitehead; Next, all the land above the forementioned Branch and only the south side of the Horse Swamp, the said Matt Strickland doth given unto my brother, William Strickland, and his heirs; "And the said Matt Strickland doth give unto my brother Joseph Strickland, one hundred and fifty acres of land lying upon the Blackwater between my Plantation and the line of M. Woodwards being on the (most of the rest is illegible, but it seems to speak about "defrauding" and if defrauded, "shall forfit his own part according to these articles to him or them that shall be defrauded" then something about the 150 acres to John Strickland, and then "of a piece of land joining upon the Black Pond at the head of the Horse Swamp, bargained, and sold from me, Will Strirckland unto Arthur Whitehead".) Witness of our hands and seal this 4th (or 9th ?) Day of August in the year of our Lord God, 1699. Signed "M" Strickland.

" Witnessed by Barnaby MacKinney, acknowledged at a (illegible) for ye Isle of Wight County, Virginia by Mathew Strickland and WIlliam Davidson , Maloney, Hendrick & Others - J. H. Maloney ."

1706 - Isle of Wight Co., VA - Deed Book 2, p. 47

Some of the above discussion was derived from Find A Grave: Memorial #50130329.

It is not known the exact location in England of Matthew Strickland's birth, but it is believed it was in the old Westmoreland county, now known as Cumbria. (Strickland Research Group).

Matthew Strickland, Sr. died intestate. His sons, Matthew, Jr. and William, divided the property in 1699 among themselves and brothers, Samuel, John and Joseph, 150 acres each.

Book Cavaliers and Pioneers, 975.5 R2n Vo. 2, p. 238: Thomas Mandue 320 acres in Isle of Wight, Virginia to Matthew Strickland 20 Apr 1682. He expanded this acreage to 800 acres.

17th Century Isle of Wight, by John Bennett Boddie, 975.554 H2b, p. 596: 6 Nov 1682, Matthew Strickland with wife Elizabeth sold 800 acres for 4000 lbs. of tobacco to William Evans on main swamp of King Sale.

PatentBook 6, p. 653, Matthew Strickland, 26 Sep 1687, Isle of Wight, Va. rec. 902 acres of land between main swamp of King Sale and Beavor Dam Swamp, on the one of Wm. Collins house then transported 18 persons over, including Richard Strickland. This land was either within the patent of Thomas Parnell, or near the same patent.

Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight, by John Bennett Boddie, page 639, (Land deed) Matthew (Jr.) Strickland and William Strickland, sons of Matthew Strickland (Sr.), dec. have made a division of their lands. Matthew gave his brother, Samuel Strickland 150 acres, and his brother, John Strickland 150 acres; to his brothers, Wm. and Joseph, 150 acres apiece, 4 Aug. _1699; Barnaby McKinny, Thomas Marks, witnesses. Matthew, Sr. could have died anytime between 1687 and 1699.


I have identified two Strickland family mottoes:
1) Sans mal (Without death)
2) A la volonte de Dieu (At the will of God)*
*Perhaps derived from Psalm 8 of the Bible: “I delight to do thy will, O my God”.


We have 12 coats of arms for the Strickland surname depicted here. These 12 blazons are from Bernard Burke’s book The General Armory of England, Ireland, and Scotland, which was published in 1848. The bottom of this page contains the blazons, and in many instances contains some historical, geographical, and genealogical about where coat of arms was found and who bore it. People with this last name that bore an Strickland Coat of Arms (or mistakenly called the Strickland Family Crest) include: 1) Strickland to Standish, of county Lancashire and Westmorland. Quarterly Arms, 1807

Sir Gerald Strickland, 6th Count della Catena, 1st Baron Strickland (1861-1940), 4th Prime Minister of Malta & Governor of New South Wales, Western Australia, & Tasmania


There are hundreds of notable people with the Strickland surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include: 1) Donald Darrell Strickland (1980) was a professional NFL cornerback who played for six different teams from 2003-2011 born in San Francisco, California, 2) Gerald Strickland (1861-1940), who was the 4th Prime Minister of Malta, as well as the Governor of Tasmania, Governor of Western Australia, and held other positions, was the 1st Baronet Strickland and 6th Count della Catena who was born in Valletta, Malta whose full name was Gerald Paul Joseph Catejan Carmel Anthony Martin Strickland, 3) Hugh Edwin Strickland (1811-1853) who was an English geologist and naturalist born in Reighton, in East Riding of Yorkshire, 4) James Michael Strickland (1946) who was a pitcher in the MLB for the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians between 1971-1975, who was born in Los Angeles, California, 5) Jim Strickland (1963) who was born in Mishawaka, Indiana who became the 64th Mayor of Memphis in 2016, 6) Major General Eugene Vincent “Michael” Strickland (1913-1982) who was the a officer in the British Army educated at Mayfield College and the Royal Military College who served in the Second World War and was the military adviser to the King of Jordan, 7) Lieutenant General Sir Edward Peter Strickland (1869-1951) who was a British Army officer who commanded the 1st Infantry Division during World War I, born in Snitterfield, Warwickshire, 8) Shirley Strickland (1925-2004) who was an Australian athlete who won more Olympic medals than any other Australian in running sports, who was born in Guildford, Western Australia, 9) William Strickland (died 1598) who was an English landowner and explorers who is credited as having introduced the turkey from America to England and was a Puritan Member of Parliament, and 10) Tom Strickland who is an American politician who was the US Attorney in Colorado from 1999-2001 and later the Assistance Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

Sir Thomas
Sir Thomas Strickland (1563–1612)
credit: National Trust Images

Sir Thomas
Sir Walter Strickland, (c. 1623-1671)
credit: Sewerby Hall Museum and Art Gallery

Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Thomas Strickland Standish

1) (Sizergh, co. Westmorland; descended from Sir Robert De Strickland, who granted by deed, temp. Henry III., to William Strickland, his son, and Elizabeth, his wife, dau. of Sir Ralph Deincourt, Knt., on their marriage, his whole manor of Great Stirkland). Sa. three escallops ar. a border engr. of the last. Crest—A bundle of holly vert, fructed gu. banded round the middle with a wreath ar. and sa. Motto—Sans mal.
2) (co. Cumberland, 1615). Sa. three escallops ar. a border engr. of the last.
3) (co. Lancaster). Ar. three escallops sa.
4) (co. Suffolk). Ar. on a chief indented az. three escallops of the first.
5) (Thornton Bridge, co. York). Sa. three escallops ar. a border engr. of the last. Crest—A full-topped holly bush ppr.
6) (William Strickland, Bishop of Carlisle, 1400-19, his dau. and heir, Margaret, m. Sir Robert Lowther, Knt., of Lowther, co. Westmorland. Visit. Cumberland, 1615). Sa. three escallops ar. a border engr. of the last.
7) (Boynton, co. York, bart.; descended from Roger Strickland, Esq., of Marsk, co. York, temp. Henry VII., supposed to have been a younger branch of Strickland, of Sizergh; his son, William Strickland, purchased Boynton, co. York, and m. Elizabeth, dau. of Sir Walter Strickland, Knt., of Sizergh. He obtained a grant of arms 1550, and d. 1598; his grandson, Sir William Strickland, first bart. of Boynton, was summoned to Oliver Cromwell’s “Other House of Parliament” as lord Strickland; Sir George Strickland, seventh bart., son of Sir William, the sixth bart., by Henrietta his wife, dau. and co-heir of Nathaniel Cholmley, Esq., of Whitby, assumed by royal licence, 1865, the surname of Cholmley only; his son, the eighth bart., resumed the name). Gu. a chev. or, betw. three crosses pattee ar. on a canton erm. a buck’s head erased and attired sa. Crest—A turkey-cock in his pride ppr. Motto—A la volonte de Dieu.
8) (Strickland-Constable) (Wassand, co. York; Henry Strickland, Esq., second surviving son of Sir George Cholmley (Strickland) seventh bart. of Boynton, by Mary, his wife, only dau. and heir of Rev. Charles Constable, of Wassand, assumed by royal licence, 1863, the additional surname of Constable). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, gu. and vair, a bend or, for Constable; 2nd and 3rd, gu. a chev. or, betw. three crosses pattee ar. on a canton erm. a buck’s head erased and attired sa., for Strickland. Crests— 1st, Constable: A ship to the sinister sails furled all or; 2nd, Strickland : A turkey-cock in his pride ppr.
9) (Cokethorpe Park, co. Oxford, and Flamborough, co. York; descended from Walter Strickland, Esq., of Flamborough, third son of Sir George Strickland, fifth bart of Boynton). Gu. a chev. or, betw. three crosses pattee ar. on a canton erm. a buck’s head erased and attired sa., quartering Western. Crest—A turkey-cock in his pride ppr.
10) Sa. a fess componee ar. and gu. betw. three escallops of the second.
11) Ar. two bars gu. a canton of the last.
12) (Dorchester). Sa. a chev. betw. three escallops ar. Crest—An escallop shell ar.

Thomas Strickland Standish
Lord Thomas Strickland Standish (1763-1813)

Boynton Hall
Boynton Hall – seat of the Strickland baronets

Sir William Strickland
Sir William Strickland, 6th Baronet of Boynton (1753-1834)
Collection of the New York Historical Society

Cokethorpe Park
Cokethorpe Park