Sir Gilbert Gerard was Elizabeth I's Attorney General. Sir Thomas Gerard (III) was imprisoned in the Tower of London around the same time in the late 1500s, for involvement in a plot to rescue Mary Queen of Scots. According to one notation I've found online, a portion of Sir Thomas' property was seized and given to Sir Gilbert, who was identified as "his cousin." It happens I'm descended from both as their grandchildren, Frances Molyneux and John Gerard, married. However, I've been trying to trace back their lines to find that they are indeed cousins and haven't been able to confirm this. Both seem to be part of the same Lancaster minor nobility family, but I can't find a connection on this side of the 1400s.
Second Question: Does anyone know whether Thomas Gerard the Protestant Reformer who was executed by order of Henry VIII was any relation to the Lancaster noble family described above? It would be surprising since the Lancaster bunch were all staunch Catholics, but just curious.