Re: Giffard of Chillington
A Peter Giffard of Chillington, 28th of the line to own the estate since the 1100s, died in 1998.Rather interestingly, the obit in the Daily Telegraph appeared on the same day as an article discussing the present Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) following in the footsteps of King Charles II during his celebrated escape.At one point, he was hidden by the Penderel brothers on the Giffard estates.Unfortunately, the obit contains no links to that page. [I turned these references up in a search of the Daily Telegraph]
One line worth pursuing into the present day is that of the 1st and 3rd Earls of Halsbury, both very distinguished men. (Not to mention their ancestors and close relatives, who were judges).The 3rd Earl died recently; his only son the 4th Earl (great-grandson maternally of the 3rd Marquess of Bute) has no sons, so the title is doomed to die out.However, this is a junior line of a great (but little-known) family.
Shinjinee (researching Catholic recusant families in general)