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URRY an Isle of Wight family
Chronological Notes by Mark Sebastian Bastiani Urry


Last updated 28 November 2012
after a long pause and still much to be updated



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The following calendar of events in the history of the URRY family of the Isle of Wight (UK) is only intended to give an overall impression of the development of the family and is not a list of descendants. Contributions have come from 'cousins' all over the world and I'm especially grateful to Capt. Robert R. Urry (RAMC. Ret'd.) whose compilation of notes entitled "A History of the Urry Family" inspired this site.

As far as is possible this is intended as a factual account although, as with most research, some suppositions and errors are inevitable. However, I try to honour the family's motto "Sans Tache" which is French and translates literally as "Without stain".

The name URRY is usually and traditionally pronounced as in 'hurry' although some members of the family (particularly our American cousins) prefer to pronounce it as in 'fury'. Different pronunciations have, of course led to many different spellings, especially in the past when reading and writing were the reserve of rare scholars. Consequently many variations of the name exist today and include URRAY, URREY, URRE, URY, URIE, URRIE, URI, URRI, UREY,  EURIE, HURRY, ORRI, ORRY, ORRIE, OREY, OURRIE, HORREY, WRRE, VERRY, VRRY, VRY, YOURRIE, YRRY, YERRY,  and probably many others which you may like to send me.

From this, my perhaps erroneous base, it is hoped that other members of the family will contribute in order to compile a more complete history. Please don't hesitate in calling to my attention any errors that you may notice. Only in this way can a true account eventually be achieved.



Northcourt Manor
17th Century home of Thomas & Penelope Urry 

 Gatcombe Church
Gatcombe Church
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"What were you in for?" he was asked.
 "Travelling without a ticket." he replied
Where were you going?
"To Salisbury, to answer a summons."
What For?
"Travelling without a ticket."


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Visit some of the Urry homes on the Island. The contents remain limited but it is hoped that with your help this may grow into a fairly complete history of our family's homes. Manors attract the first attentions but I do not wish to exclude more modest dwellings or  business premises. Any information or photos would be most welcome!


For my own Bastiani-Urry branch of the family I have now created a separate website...


BASTIANI The Isle of Wight Family

Most of the information previously recorded in this space has now been moved onto a new website that I have devoted to the Bastiani Family.

This Link will take you over to that new page


If I am biased toward my own branch of the family it's mostly because I'm self indulgent and partly because that's where most genealogy begins. I hope that in time we'll be able to regroup all the branches into an interesting family tree


There is strong evidence to suggest that the Urry's of Pitfichie were descendants of the Isle of Wight family. However, it is interesting to note that the Scottish Urry's seem to have been based in two main areas. Those of Ayrshire and Dumfries in the southwest and those of Aberdeenshire in the northeast. It is also interesting to note that in both areas the family's name can be closely linked with local rivers, the Urie in Aberdeenshire and the Urr in Dumfries. Scottish place names such as Haugh of Urr,Urie and Ury are also noteworthy. 

Scottish pronunciation of our name as in 'fury' has led to various different spellings of our family name.  However, it is quite possible that the Urie family is quite distinct from the Urri/Urry family of Pitfichie or the Urre's of Dumfries.  For further information about our URIE cousins, Maria Kay URIE-PRICE has a most interesting website about URIE Family History which I can thoroughly recommend.

There are many place names and references to URRI / URRY / URY / URIE in Scotland. The parish of URIE in Fettersso, Kincardenshire, not too far from Pitfichie. Glen URY, URY House, and the Howe (valley) of URY, are all at Stonehaven and associated to the Clan KEITH. The  URY castle, south of Strath Spey, was a Keith stronghold later owned by the Barclays. There are several streets called URY / URIE and the village of URRAY near Inverness. North of Aberdeen is the river URY and the town of INVERURIE or INVERURY as it was originally named (inver = river mouth). However, Urie is also described in different dictionaries as meaning "dune coloured hill (Gaelic)" or "greyish clay likened to coal" and it is therefore quite possible that there is no connection between these places and the URRY family. According to the clan books the URRY family was also part of Clan URQUHART, and that castle in north of Inverness; URQUHART is Gaelic for green wooded place. 

There is also a whisky called GLEN URY ROYAL (hmmm...)

NB. Many thanks to Terry ASHTON of Inverurie who has helped with local history and geography. 

PS. Jon METCALF adds: "Thought you might be interested in an older spelling for the town of Inverurie / Inverury in Grampian Scotland, where I live. On a 1654 map of Scotland by the Dutch Atlas maker BLAEU, Inverurie is spelled Iner -Ourie ".


An URRY Tartan?

It has been said that a personal tartan was granted to the Urrys of Pitfichie although I have no evidence of this for the moment. However, as septs of the KEITH clan, they are apparently entitled to wear the tartan of the latter as shown here.



URRY Links...


And just for fun...

"Sir Urry"

An extract from "Knights of the Round Table" by Sir Thomas Malory

    "Then all the fellowship of the Round Table, one hundred and ten of them, laid hands in turn upon Sir Urry; but none might heal him. 

     "'Where is Sir Lancelot of the Lake?' asked King Arthur then. 'For if he cannot do this thing, then surely there is no knight worthy enough.' 

     "And while they stood speaking of these things Lancelot came riding back to Camelot. Arthur told him what had chanced and begged him to attempt the cure of Sir Urry. 

     "'Not so,' exclaimed Sir Lancelot. 'It were but evil pride in me to think that I might succeed where so many noble knights have failed.' 

     "'You shall not choose,' said King Arthur, 'for I lay my command upon you.' 

     "'Then, my most noble lord,' answered Lancelot, 'I will not disobey you.' 

     "So Lancelot knelt down beside Sir Urry, and when he had prayed a while he laid his hands on the three cruel wounds: and at once Sir Urry was as whole and as well as if he had never been wounded at all. 

    "All the knights, and King Arthur among them, shouted aloud for joy and thanked God for His mercy. But Lancelot wept as if he were a little child that had been beaten. Then King Arthur grew silent too, for he remembered how upon the day when he first came to Camelot, Lancelot had healed a wounded knight in the very same way, and how Nimue, the Lady of the Lake of Avalon, had prophesied that Lancelot would do just such another deed, his very last before the passing of Logres  . . .


An Italian tribute to one of our South African cousins

In Memory of Selwyn Sanderson Urry 

Major Selwyn Sanderson Urry 102736V 31 Sqdn., South African Air Force died on Thursday, 12th October 1944 aged 29 when six Liberator Bombers of the 31st Squadron SAAF - 2nd Wing South African Air Force from Section 5, Bomber Command RAF, crashed into the side of the Italian Alps near Turin. They were part of a flight of 20 that set out from South Italy to supply partisans in the Turin area. 48 young men were killed in this major catastrophe due to an unpredicted change in the weather. Only recently have the full details of the reason for the flight, the names of the crew and the impact on the mountainside villages, been released. Major Selwyn Sanderson Urry was the pilot of one of the lost aircraft N°KH158 that was bound to a drop site in the hills behind Rappallo on the Ligurian Riviera. Unfortunately the remains of KH158 were never found.

Selwyn (grandson of the famous South African banker, Robert Bradshaw Clarke Urry) joined the Active Citizen Force in January 1937 and was trained as a pupil pilot at the Central Flying School at Roberts. Prior to that he served with the Natal Mounted Rifles as a volunteer while employed as a motor dealer in Durban. He was then 21 yrs of age 5ft 6in and weighed 143lbs. He served with distinction attaining the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in1939, Lieutenant in 1940, Captain in 1941, and Major in 1943. He joined 31 Squadron in April 1944, and is remembered by his colleagues as a fine pilot and leader. He was married to Maureen Muncastor and they lived in Johannesburg while he was on active service.

In remembrance of those airmen lost while getting supplies to them The City of BRA (30mls. SE of Turin) invited families of the aircrews to participate in the commemoration of the Allied Liberation held on 23-25th April 2001. The event  was a success and Selwyn was well represented by his sister Pauline, and other members of his family.


Special thanks go to Nick and Catherine MADINA who informed us of this event and who went to so much trouble to contact all the relatives of the missing crew members. Thanks also to Pauline KAHN née URRY, Selwyn's sister, for supplying much information and correcting my errors. 

Nick and Catherine MADINA, E-mail: xhu81@dial.pipex.com


Dr. William George UrryBooks - Those of you who enjoy a good read may be interested by the publication of Dr. William George Urry's last book, published almost nineteen years posthumously. The title very literally describes the content "Thomas Becket - His Last Days", is a biographical account of Becket's life, focused very much on the short period between his return from exile, and his assassination in Canterbury Cathedral.  This is based mostly on William's research during the years that he was archivist to Canterbury Cathedral, and draws on the contemporary accounts of the murder.  It is however, a book aimed at the general reader, and is a detailed account of events right down to Becket's last meal. Dr. William George Urry who died in 1981, was Archivist and Librarian to the Cathedral and City of Canterbury up to 1969 then a Reader in Medieval Western Palaeography, and Fellow of Saint Edmund Hall, Oxford University. Special thanks go to his son, William "Bill" Urry of Leeds, who has made this available to us today.

"Thomas Becket - His Last Days"
 by William Urry
Sutton Publishing
ISBN 0-7509-2179-X



Forest House Puddings  - Forest house was the workhouse situated in Parkhurst forest and created in the early 1770's. The puddings were served to the residents on Saturdays and were made from a mixture of flour and suet. They differed from the more usual pudding recipes of the period in that they contained no raisins or sugar.
At a contemporary public meeting held in the Corn Market at Newport, Farmer Urry of Gatcombe Hill Farm and others were voicing opposition to a proposed reform when they were interrupted by a cry of "Three cheers for the Forest House Puddings". When asked why they qualified for such a title, the wit replied "Because ye ain't got no raisins"!

There are almost enough Urry's with boats to start an Urry Sailing Club and just for fun I've started a web page for Urry sailors. Check and see who is there and what boats they sail...  I will happily remove anyone who prefers not to be mentioned but I'm rather hoping that more people will volunteer information and photos.


URRY Family Tree Files !

What is shown on this page is only a fraction of the information that has been collected.
I have very extensive family trees  but I no longer publish these on the web as they tend to be copied and corrupted at will.




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