Post on London-L got this response from Eve McLaughlin, Genealogist. "A lot of Royals found it tactful to skip the country after Charles was defeated.If yours was actually attained, then he had been a really outspoken supporter of the King/attacker of Parliament, and would be classified as a 'Maglignant'.Such men could compound with the new government by paying a fine and getting their land back.If they refused, the land was confiscated and given to a loyal supported. Charles II in theory restored people, but in practice, only if they paid his rather more as a 'loan' than Cromwell would have charged. Charles never repaid anything he was 'lent'. (Corruption in blood suggests a doubtful title to the estate, pre the fighting.) Often those who had fled found a better estate - a league is a long measure, of 9 miles, which if it translated into square miles doesn't amount to a very big estate, hardly worth returning for.There were great pickings to be had in Ireland, and many men had gone there in the mid 1840's, sent by Charles, to put down the Irish revolt, with money he collected from a 'voluntary present' for the 'distressed Protestants' which never got them. In Ireland, there were far larger tracts of land, mainly conned out of the native Irish.Marying the girl instead of just seizing the land was something of a concession. The family may appear in the Landed Gentry, since it was much easier to acquire an estate of the right size in Ireland, even if half of it was bog. The famous Emmett was the patriot, Robert Emmett (1778 - 1830; his background was good but professional rather than gentry.His father was an important doctor in Dublin, his brother a lawyer and MP."
Eve McLaughlin Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society
*IGI records for surname Emmett does not list an Emmett married to a Brightwell including parents in birth records.