Isle of Wight family
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.
A CHRONOLOGICAL GLIMPSE INTO THE HISTORY OF THE URRY FAMILY
- 1500 B.C. the Isle of Wight (or "Yns Yr Wyth" as it was known then) was a strategic trading post between the DUROTRIGE people of Dorset & Normandy, with their port at Hengistbury (near Christchurch), and the REGNUM people of Sussex & Flanders, with their port at Portsmouth. Evidence suggests that trading also existed with the Mediterranean.
- 55 B.C. Julius Caesar conquers France and attacks England. The Isle of Wight, being so strategically placed in the Channel, is a valuable asset and trading post.
- 43 A.D. The island is occupied by Titus Flavius Vespasianus (b9 - d79, Emperor of Rome 69-79 ) and becomes the home to a relatively large population of Roman ship owners and traders. The remains of several roman villas are still visible on the island today.
- 476 demise of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the "Dark Age".
- 938 King Orry conquers the Isle of Mann to become the first Norse King of Man, of whom the Manx are so proud. In a manuscript of unknown antiquity, now preserved in Castle Rushen, at Castletown, occurs the following passage: "And there came a son of the King of Denmark, who conquered the land, and was the first that was called King Orry; and after him succeeded twelve of that stock of Kings". It was King Orry who instituted the first constitutional representative Parliament the world ever saw. It was the precursor of the Imperial Parliament of the British Empire, and the cradle of constitutional and representative government. King Orry died 947 A.D., close on 120 years before William the Conqueror’s invasion of England. He was succeeded by his son Guthred, who commenced building the Castle of Rushen, which was afterwards completed by his son and successor, Reginald.
- 1066 King Harald "Hardrada" SIGURDSSON’s son-in-law, Eystein ORRI died in the Battle of Stamford Bridge. ORRI was the leader in charge of the Viking reinforcements at Riccall. After King Harald was struck in the throat by an arrow he took charge of the Raven banner "Land-Ravager". Leading his men, all clad in armour, into an ultimate attack. The battle was again fierce, and became known as "Orri’s charge". From this event some have drawn the conclusion that the origins of the URRY family were Viking. However evidence also suggests that the ORRI or URRY family resided on the Isle of Wight long before Eystein ORRI fought with the Viking fleet of Harold. There is also no evidence to support the assumption that ORRI was a native Viking. Harold’s other principal collaborator at Stamford Bridge was the Saxon Earl TOSTIG who was the brother of the English King Harold GODWINSSON. It is perhaps of some significance therefore, that TOSTIG was also then owner of the Afton and Thorley Manors on the Isle of Wight!
- 1066 (2 weeks after the above event) -------------William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, defeats King Harold GODWINSSON at the Battle of Hasting and takes the English throne.
- 1066 From the Conquest up to 1780, Rolls of parliament record that the URRI family are considered among the principal landowners of the Isle of Wight.
- 1100 Orri (or Urri) of Standen (IoW) is recorded in the Christchurch Priory Cartulary, as having robbed the establishment of land at Sopley.
- 1166 A certain Urri, a priest in Wiltshire, is recorded in the Pipe Rolls as having paid six marks into the treasury.
- 1189 Richard the Lionheart takes the throne of England and leads the third Crusade
- 1206 Sept 4th William Urry witnesses a charter by William de VERNON bestowing lands upon the abbey of Quarr. Pagan Urry witnesses a grant of Walter MATTE to Quarr Abbey and William Urry witnesses a grant of Haseley by De Bohum Abbey
- 1209 Herueus Urri appears in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk.
- 1210 Urry the Royal Engineer, the most conspicuous of the builders of large siege engines, is present at the Siege of Carrickfergus in N.E. Ireland. He was a member of the body precursor to the Royal Engineers.
- 1215 The Magna Charta is sealed by King John at Runnymede (Nr Windsor).
- 1219 Alan Hurry is entered in the Feet of Fines for Essex.
- 1250 The lease of a house in Newport I.O.W. is signed between Nicholas CLERKE and William Urri.
- 1273 Robert Urry, son of William and holder of Thorley estate, obtains land in Thorley from Walter HORREY (another misspelling?).
- 1280 William Urry holds the manor of Budbridge.
- 1280 John Urry holds the manor of Standen and commands the Isle of Wight militia.
- 1280 Under Henry VI, William Urry is considered as the principle landowner of the Isle of Wight.
- 1290 William de la MARCHIA, an uncle of Robert Urry, is Bishop for Bath & Wells.
- 1291 April 24: Henry Urri is appointed as Rector of Mottistone, IoW
- 1312 Robert Urry of Budbridge slays Nicholas de BOSCO, the Constable of Carisbrooke Castle (IoW). Consequently some of his land was apparently confiscated and he served a short term in prison. In view of the light sentence it is possible that this "slaying" may have been the result of a duel or suchlike. Certainly, an ongoing feud against the Constable seems to have been carried on by his sons and others for many years.
- c1325 Robert Urry is named in an inquisition (perhaps in consequence of the slaying above).
- c1328 William Urry raises men for the defence of the Island under King EDWARD III.
- c1330 Sir Robert Urry (he who slayed Nicholas de BOSCO) Lord of East Standen, Arreton, Whippingham, St.Catherines, Rookley, Nettlecombe, and Wooton is recorded as supporting King EDWARD III on his Scottish campaign.
- 1332 Robert and William Urry, sons of Sir Robert Urry, appeared on the 22nd September at Westminster charged with "hunting in the King's forest of Parkhurst in the Isle of Wight, and carried away deer".
- 1333 On January 30th at York, and on June 6th at Tweedmouth, Robert Urry, Theobold RUSSEL, KNIGHT, John de KINGSTON, and John de GLAMORGAN are accused by John de LANGFORD, Constable of Carisbrooke Castle, of breaking doors and windows of his Manor at Chale, carrying away his goods, and assaulting his servants.
- 1338 Start of the 100 years War with France.
- 1348 Sir Robert Urry dies leaving his manor at Arreton to his son Robert.
- 1349 The Black Death becomes widespread.
- c1350 John Urry, son of Sir Robert, is Captain of the IoW Militia & Lord of East Standen, Arreton, Whippingham, St.Catherines, Rookley, Nettlecombe, and Wooton.
- 1351 William Urry of Slinfold near Horsham is lieutenant of the Prior of Arundel. Father of John and grandfather of Walter.
- 1358 John Urry, is elected Mayor of Ipswich, he had been a prominent figure in the community throughout the 1350s, loaning the king (EDWARD III) 200 marks in 1351, exporting grain, salt, ale, and cloth 1354-55, and attending a Merchant Assembly in 1356. He became a jurat and remained so until his death in 1361 (probably a victim of the recurring pestilence).
- 1386 Walter Urry is a member of the (King's) Lynn franchise and becomes scabin of the merchant gild 1386-88 (and again 1396/97). Hs brief presence among the jurats in 1388/89 and 1391/92, suggests a moderate importance in the town which may have been through family reputation (merchant John Urry having been mayor in 1358/59, and Ralph Urry the Bishop's steward at Lynn in the 1360s). Walter was commercially active by at least 1385, when his merchandize was arrested in Prussia
- 1393 Sir William Urry is executor of the will of William BACON of Southampton. His seal is still attached to this document and shows a quarter & three crescents.
- 1395 - 1455 John Urry (later to become Member of Parliament for Arundel) is Clerk of Sussex
- 1410 Walter Urry acquired "Roseplace" in Horsham and over the next 30 years built up an estate of more than 1,400 acres and 22 dwellings, extending from Rusper in the east to Warnham in the west.
- 1414 William Urry of Newchurch is the offended party in a case, brought by the Abbot of Beaulieu at Westminster on July 15th, concerning 3 acres of land and a dwelling at Brondeston
- 1419 Walter Urry of the Manor of Roffey near Horsham is MP for that town.
- 1421 Walter Urry becomes MP for Reigate and in 1435 for Sussex.
- c1422 John Urry, the Rector of Hurstpierpoint, Sussex and Boston diocese, Norwich. He almost completely rebuilt Hurstpierpoint Church and is recorded as having spent 30 marks on repairs of his church at Boston.
- 1423 In April Walter Urry marries Williama, daughter of Sir William BURCESTER of the Maze, Southwark, Surrey.
- 1428 William Urry grants a lease of "Stourland and tenements in the Isle of Wight".
- 1431 Sept 25 : John Urry is appointed as Canon of Lincoln.
- 1439 John Urry becomes Canon of Chichester Cathedral
- 1446 Walter Urry dies leaving one daughter married to Thomas HOO who commemorated his father-in-law within a chantry which he established in 1480 at Battle Abbey.
- 1446 Great East Standen Manor (IoW) passed down by William Urry to his daughter Elizabeth who married George BRAMSHOTT. It was later passed down to the COOKE family in a similar way.
- 1447 John Urry is the Member of Parliament for Arundel, Sussex
- 1450 Great Budbridge Manor is recorded as still being owned by the family.
- 1477 First edition of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" is printed. This was edited many years later by John Urry.
- 1542 Robert Urry of Thorley bequeaths Thorley Manor (IoW) to his eldest son David.
- 1567 Western Manor (IoW) is held by David Urry.
- c1570 A dispute over maintenance of the mill stream at Gatcombe creates friction between the Urry and WORSLEY families.
- 1578 Thomas Urry marries Joan PEYRE in Freshwater
- 1580 Richard Urry marries Alice SEARLE in Calbourne.
- 1582 There was a rabbit warren in Thorley; the tithe of the rabbits therein was granted in 1292 by Isabel de Fortibus, lady of the Isle, to the canons of Christchurch Twyneham. The warren was still one of the appurtenances of the manor in 1582, in which year it was mentioned in the lease granted by Queen Elizabeth to David Urry.
- 1585 John Urry marries Rose TAGGART in Calbourne.
- 1586 Sheat Manor is owned by David Urry, Yeoman of Afton.
- 1588 Thomas Urry subscribes 25 pounds to the "Defense of this Country" against the Spanish Armada who were defeated off the island during this year. The Spanish having planned on using the island as a base from which they could then invade England.
- 1590 Robert and Thomas Urry leased the Manor of King's on the Yar at Freshwater (IoW) from Queen Elizabeth. In 1608 a detailed survey of the manor was taken while still in the possession of the Crown, and in 1623 it was chosen by the famous Duke of Buckingham 'in part of the value granted to him by the king.' It was then apparently sold to the Urrys and passed through the marriage of Katherine daughter and heir of Thomas Urry to Anthony Morgan. In 1746 Thomas Morgan and his wife sold the manor to Thomas Holmes, afterwards Lord Holmes of Kilmallock in Ireland, and from this date the manor followed the descent of the fee-farm rent of Yarmouth until the death of William Frederick Holmes-A'Court third Lord Heytesbury, when instead of passing to his widow it passed to his son Leonard Holmes-A'Court fourth Lord Heytesbury.
- 1591 Richard Urry marries Agnis MYLLET (Agnes Millet) in Calbourne.
- 1591 Henry BRUNE, son of Sir John, sold Afton Manor to David Urry, from whom it passed to three descendants of the same name, the last of whom died childless in 1779, entailing the manor by his will on John Urry, second son of Captain Urry of Yarmouth, with contingent remainders to Thomas Urry of Sheat.
- 1592 Thomas Urry buys Bouldner Manor from Henry BOURNE.
17th Century home of Thomas & Penelope Urry
- 1600 Thomas Urry (son of Thomas Urry of Thorley Manor and widower of Mary LEGGE) marries Jane DAY and builds the present Sheat Manor using ten oak trees given by Sir William OGLANDER (an old and famous IoW family) of Nunwell, Jane's kinsman. Although Catholicism was then forbidden, the Urry's like many islanders, apparently remained faithful to this religion and a priest's hole was incorporated into the building.
- 1601 Thomas Urry takes over the lease of Freshwater Manor from Robert and Thomas Urry who had acquired it in 1590.
- 1604 June 8th, JAMES I grants a Royal pardon to John Urry of Thorley. The original document is presently in the hands of Southampton University who have been kind enough to photograph a copy for the family. Photocopies of this pardon can be sent to anyone interested.
- 1611 Western Manor (IoW) is sold by Sir Henry WHITEHEAD in 1611 to Robert Urry, from whom it passed to David Urry of Afton. It followed the descent of Afton until the 19th century, when it was purchased by the Wards of Northwood.
- 1620 The Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America.
- 1623 Thomas Urry purchases the Manor of King's on the Yar.
- 1625 Death of David Urry of Thorley. His manor goes to his son Thomas, who in turn passed it on to his son John. From John the manor was passed to his daughter Elizabeth who married Richard LUCY of Charlecote.
- 1628 28 June. Thomas Urry is excommunicated from the Anglican Church for not having removed his pews from the Church at Gatcombe, as required by the Bishop of Winchester. This may have had more to do with Thomas's suspected affiliation to Catholicism?
- 1628 John Urry sells Coombe Place, Brighstone to Thomas WAVELL of Atherfield.
- 1629 An outbreak of smallpox is reported by Sir John OGLANDER as having been brought to the Island from London by "young Thomas Urry of Gatcombe", the only son of Thomas Urry and Jane DAY.
- 1631 Thomas Urry of Thorley Manor (IoW) dies 25th December age 83.
- 1642 Captain Urry mustered 122 men for part of the Isle of Wight Militia and was superintendent of sea shore watch at Brighstone.
- 1646 17 September - House of Lords Journal Volume 8 - Order for Cownly and Urry, to search for Records in Bolingbroke, relative to Sutton Marsh.
"Whereas the Right Honourable the Earl of Pembrooke is, by Order of the Lords in Parliament, dated the 26th of March, 1644, to receive the Rents and Profits of Sutton Marsh, in Lincolnesheir, by Way of Sequestration; and whereas there are divers Court Rolls, Presentments, Accompts, and other Writings, touching the said Marsh, and the Manors of Sutton, and in St. Marye's to which the said Marsh adjoins and belongs, remaining at or near Bullingbrooke, which are necessary to be used for the better Execution of the said Sequestration: It is Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled, That all such Persons as have in their Hands or Custodies any the said Court Rolls, Accompts, or Writings, to permit and suffer Edward Cownly and William Urry Gentlemen, or either of them, to peruse the same, and to take Copies thereof; for which this shall be a sufficient Warrant in that Behalf".
"To the Keeper of the Castle of Bullingbrook, and to all other Officers and Persons whom these may concern."
- 1647 1st Nov. Alice SCOVELL, wife of Capt. John Urry lays on a reception at Thorley Manor for CHARLES I at his arrival on the Island.
- 1648 31 August - The House of Lords ordered that Lieutenant Colonel Urry shall have a Pass, to go into the Kingdom of Scotland.
- 1660 The Restoration - Charles II returns from exile and Samuel Pepys starts keeping his famous and most interesting diary.
- 1660 Thomas Urry & Penelope LEIGH marry, and are granted Northcourt Manor by Penelope's father Sir John LEIGH.
- 1666 Great fire of London
- 1667 Birth of James Urry in parish of Bonchurch and Luccombe (IoW).
- 1671 Death of Thomas Urry of Gatcombe aged 65 years. A memorial to him is erected in Gatcombe church .
- 1673 David Urry of Arreton marries Joan ELTON on the 23rd December, in Kingston, IoW.
- 1679 Thorley Manor is sold by Elizabeth LUCY née Urry to Sir Robert HOLMES, Governor of the Isle of Wight.
- 1682 Birth of David Urry of Arreton.
- 1687 David Urry is a sheep farmer at Newchurch (IoW).
- 1692 Capt. Thomas Urry R.N. of Northwood (IoW), commands the fire ship "Stromboli" at the battle of St Vaast La Hougue.
- 1696 - Thomas Urry resigns his position as Chief Burgess of the Borough of Yarmouth.
- 1698 Thomas Urry of Gatcombe (IoW), grandson of Thomas & Jane, and owner of the Sheat estate, marries Ann FOUQUET (coat of arms was a squirrel) daughter of Yves FOUQUET who arrived in the Isle of Wight in 1645 (This marriage supports the theory that the Urry's were catholic). He in turn was the fourth son of Francois FOUQUET Vicomte de Vaux, State Counsellor of LOUIS XIII, and brother of Nicolas Vicomte de Melun, the Minister of Finance to LOUIS XIV (The Man with the Iron Mask?). Yves FOUQUET the originator of the English branch was a lawyer and all his descendants down to John James FOQUETT (1795-1869) were also in the legal profession. Yves FOUQUET anglicized his name to FOQUETT (probably because of habitual misspelling).
- 1699 William Urry marries Mary FLASKETT (HASLETT) on the 14th May in Gatcombe Church.
- 1700 The Manor of Kings, is held by Thomas Urry.
- 1703 Wolverton Manor is leased to Thomas & David Urry for 99 years.
- 1705 Elizabeth MANN, wife of Robert BLANCHFORD of Sandhill (nephew of Thomas Urry), inherits Osborne Estate.
- 1709 The rector of Gatcombe, Joseph WORSLEY records "Given by Wm.URREY (lately deceased) a very handsome silver flagon for the use of the Parish church".
- 1710 A holding in the north of the parish, called Whitehall & Banks, is leased by Thomas Urry, lord of the manor at that time, to a certain John TICKNER.
- 1710 -1732 During this period several Urry's were burgesses and freemen of the town of Yarmouth (IoW), including David Urry Snr. Gent., William Urry Gent., David Urry Jnr. Gent., Walter Urry, John Urry, and Thomas Urry.
- 1711 Capt. David Urry R.N., six times mayor of Yarmouth, buys the house in Yarmouth High Street known as "The Refuge" and rebuilds it (later to become known as "The Towers"). He painted what appear to be gun ports on the sea wall of this house in order to deceive the French. These are still maintained to this day.
- 1711 The rector of Gatcombe, Jo.WORSLEY records "Given by Col. Urry of Sheat, a silver salver or patten for the use of this parish church".
- 1714 David Urry of Freshwater, by will, donated a messuage and lands at Brook Green, the rents to be used for instructing sixteen children. The trust property consisted of 1 rood of land and £1,849 10s. 2d. consols, arising from sales of land.
- 1721 Afton Manor is recorded as being held by David Urry.
- 1722 James Urry of Sandham fort (IoW) makes deposition, at the Dolphin Inn in Winchester on the 3rd October, that farmland held in Bonchurch and Luccombe are tithe free.
- 1727 James HILLS mortgaged his estate in the Manor of Merston (IoW) to John Urry of Arreton for the sum of £126.
- 1728 Handel is in London composing his music .
- 1729 John Urry of Arreton is overseer for the poor in the parish of Arreton (IoW).
- 1730 David Urry marries Martha SANDERS in Gatcombe, IoW.
- 1741 Thomas Urry (d.1747) marries Betty HILLIER in Northwood, IoW.
- 1745 Included on the 'Portsmouth Ordinary' was a yacht named the "Bolton", which, according to David LYON's Sailing Navy List was the Portsmouth yard yacht at this time; yachts were small fast vessels used for communications duties and for ferrying important passengers about in some style.
The Commander of the "Bolton" was David Urry and his servant, who was classed as an ordinary seaman, was Benjamin HEATH. The rest of the crew were able seamen viz: Hezekiah HILLS, Edward CHURCHILL, John WEBSTER, Thomas WEBSTER, John WARDER, Lazarus RACKETT, John BRIMSON, John DORE, William BRIMSON and James BARNES. The pay of Lazarus Rackett appeared to have been paid to Mary Urry.
- c1750 . A catholic priest, Fr. David MORGAN from Havant, used to travel to Sheat Manor to secretly say Mass. A priest's hiding hole was included when the house was built by Thomas Urry in 1600.
- 1751 James Urry marries Jane JOLIFFE (widow of John JOLIFFE of Elme). With this marriage Elme Manor comes into the family where it remains until c1850.
- 1751 John Urry is church warden at Effingham, Surrey.
- 1753 The first day of January is adopted as New year's day, until then the year began on Lady day, the 25th March.
- 1762 Commander John Urry RN., son of Capt. David Urry RN., pilots 200 Royal Navy ships into the enemy port of Havana. He later became Captain Sir John Urry and in retirement was renowned for his hospitality. This, to the point of being reprimanded by the Admiralty for continually delaying HM ships which were anchoring off his property whilst the officers and crews were ashore making merry. After his death, his house at Yarmouth (IoW) was leased to Sir William SYMONDS Chief Constructor of the Navy. A later occupant and eminent architect, Daniel ALEXANDER (1768 - 1846) installed battlements around the top of the house and turrets on the roof. which led to the house becoming known as "The Towers".
- 1766 James Urry is church warden of St. James in Yarmouth (IoW).
- 1768 Robert Urry is church warden of St. Michael's in Shalfleet (IoW).
- 1775 Thomas Urry marries Jane VICKERY in Bentworth, Hants on 2nd July 1775 and moves to Bentworth.
- 1781 Capt. Sir John Urry RN. obtains the lease of land known as "Brambles Orchard" adjoining "The Towers".
- 1786 John Urry baptized at Calbourne (IoW).
- 1777 Death of Thomas Urry aged 74 years and buried at Gatcombe. His manors at Sheat, Bentworth, Effingham and others then passed out of the family to his niece Elizabeth BROWNE who married Windsor HENEAGE. This inheritance allowed her to build St Thomas's Church in Newport.
- 1779 French Revolution
- 1789 William Urry, Miller of Blackwater Mill (IoW), causes flooding of some neighbours land through raising the head of his mill pond by eighteen inches.
- 1791 Elizabeth HENEAGE née BROWNE, sole heiress of Thomas Urry and his wife Ann FOUQUET, builds a new Catholic church at Newport in the garden of her home there. The house itself was also eventually given to the church for use as the presbytery. More information can be found here on the Church's website:www.stthomaschurchiow.co.uk and here.
- 1797 March 28th, John Urry marries Mary DIVALL at St Mary's church at Barcombe near Lewes. His brother James Urry was married to Rebecca MARTIN at Brighton on October 25th in 1802.
- 1797 William Urry of Blackwater Mill (IoW), and later of Ventnor (IoW), moves to Chichester (Curry Rivel, Sussex) after losing his wife in 1794 and remarries to Sarah INWARD.
- 1799 Birth of James Urry (second son of James & Hannah of Arreton) later of Appleford Farm (IoW) and married to Elizabeth.
". Nannie may have lost her virtue but no one can steal her heritage or her place in our family.
A letter recounting life during this siege has been very kindly submitted by Sue Munro who is Robert Bradshaw Clarke Urry's granddaughter. Follow this link to see the letter...
- 1923 May 27th - Tommy Urry of Charltons died at 25, Stainton Street, North Ormesby on his 76th birthday.
- 1924 Robert R Urry born at Eastbourne Sussex on May 11th. Later became a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was responsible for "A History of the Urry Family", the notes that instigated this web page.
- 1939 Birth of Steven Urry the much appreciated North American contemporary artist and sculptor. Click here to see an example of his work.
- 1940 11th September F/Lt J.E.J. SING from No 213 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I (P3780) safely at 16:00hrs over Selsey. He was rescued from the sea by the SS "South Coaster" commanded by Capt.S.R.B.Urry.
- 1941-45 World War II
- 1944 USAF Bombardier Lt. William C. Urry is shot down over Germany and becomes a German POW. Click here for the story written by his grandson Justin Urry.
- 1951 Francis John Urry, has his cycling book "Wheeling Adventure" published by J A Phillips. A small illustrated paperback of 48 pages.
- 1951 15th November; An A.A.P. press release records that Edward James Urry, aged 28, was in gaol again yesterday for having travelled on a train without a ticket. He pleaded guilty in court and added that he came out of gaol last Thursday.
- 1952 June, Francis John Urry (author of Wheeling Adventure) was awarded the MBE for services to cycling.
- 1955 Friday 24th July: Staff Sergeant Robert R. Urry "Royal Army Medical Corps" being presented by Regimental Sergeant Major Lord MBE (late Grenadier Guards) to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Colonel in Chief of the "Royal Army Medical Corps".
- 2000 March 18th - Charles Comfort Urry is born to James & Nathalie of New York City.
- 2000 May 13th - Our much appreciated Australian URRY Historian, Christopher Urry and his wife, Lisa are blessed with a daughter Nikita Anne Urry. Here she is (at 5 weeks) in the arms of her sister Shantelle (6) with her big brother Keeley (4) protecting them both.
2001 October 9th - The birth of twins Liam and Jordan to Stephanie and Scott Urry of Port Perry on Lake Scugog in Ontario, Canada.. They also have a daughter Nicole who was born March 29 1999.
2001 November 2nd - Caroline Urry gives birth to Emily Beth LEWIS at Penllys Fawr in Wales.
2001 November - Twin sons, Jordan and Liam are born to Scott & Stephanie Urry in Canada
- 2002 August 28 - Mass was said at Sheat Manor for the first time in over 200 years. Peter CLARKE, President of the Isle of Wight Catholic History Society arranged the event with permission from the present owners, Lieut-Col & Mrs. G. W. WEBBER MBE. TD. K.St.J. The Mass was celebrated by F. Bruce BARNES, parish priest of St. Thomas', Newport, the Church that was built with a donation from Elizabeth HENEAGE, daughter of John BROWNE (of Kent) & Elizabeth Urry and the 3g-granddaughter of Thomas Urry & Jane Day. In 1777, Elizabeth inherited Sheat Manor and others from her uncle, Thomas Urry who died a bachelor. This inheritance allowed her to build St Thomas's Church in Newport (no doubt with some influence on the name) having already built another Catholic Church in Cowes in 1749. The Mass was to commemorate the recusant families like ours who risked fines and imprisonment to maintain the faith during penal times.
- 2002 November 29 - English TV and press, announced tonight that Mrs. Urry of Cowes has been given an eviction order from her flat by the Courts. The order is because she plays her music too loud and causes a nuisance with other residents. She is 79 years old!!! Click here to read what the local newspaper says...
- 2004 October 19th - LEWIS F. URRY, 77, who invented the long-lasting alkaline battery, died in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, USA. He had recently retired from his career with ENERGIZER Batteries (successor to Union Carbide's National Carbon Co.), where he developed the first practical long-life battery in the 1950s. An estimated 80 percent of the dry cell batteries in the world today are based on his work.
- 2004 December - Richard URRY, 60, passed away leaving his wife Anne and his children Louise & Simon. Until his recent retirement, he worked for Lloyds Register of Shipping – a job which took him and Anne to Italy, Singapore, South Korea and, for the last six years, to Hong Kong. Here Richard was an active member of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club racing his Etchells 22 there with noted success.
- 2004 Alan Urry retired as managing director of H Bauer publishing after running the company since it arrived in Britain 17 years ago.
- 2005 Bob MARSHALL has kindly informed us that "On the lancet window at St. Olave's Church Gatcombe the is a signature probably done with a diamond ring. It reads "R.W.Urry 1832 Hill". Close by are a number of Urry gravestones, residents of Hill Farm and it could be that the writer is in one of them".
- 2005 Saturday 15th October - the sad death of one of our family's most eminent researchers. Capt. Robert Reginald URRY (R.A.M.C. Ret'd.) or "Bob", as he was known to his friends. He has now gone to join our ancestors that he loved so much and with whom he has engraved for himself a rather special place. We can all be grateful to him for his very efficient and unrelenting research that has given present and future generations a more interesting and more accurate past. I think it will be a pleasure for him to know that his work is not lost and will not be forgotten in some dusty archive. Having spent his working life caring for the most basic needs of others, it is a natural reflection of his vocation that Bob should spend his retirement, and perhaps eternity, looking after their roots.
- 2006 January 4th - death of Professor Grant William Urry a noted researcher in Chemistry and father of four, all equally highly noted in the domains of Astrophysics, Biology, Art Restoration and Mechanical Engineering.
- 2006 Rosalind WESTON (nee Urry) followed her father, John Marshall Urry, into Golf Administration and became Chairman of The English Ladies Golf Association.
- 2006 Monday 1st May - Delbert H. Urry died at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Monday May 1st 2006. Delbert Urry in his 90th year. Beloved husband of Jean Urry of Barrie. Dear father of H. Ron Urry and his wife Elsie of Sarnia, and Donald B. Urry and his wife Mary of Barrie. Loving grandfather of Bonnie, Patricia, Robert, Steven, Neil, David and Scott and 14 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Harvey Urry and the late Ross Urry, Annie O'Connor, Clifford Urry, Beatrice West, Edna Boyd and William Urry.
- 2006 August 24th a Mass of Thanksgiving was held at Sheat Manor to commemorate recusant families such as the Urrys who kept alive Catholicism in penal times. More here..
- 2006 Sunday 15th October- Michelle URRY née KAPLAN died at her Manhattan home in New York. Michelle is known to many of us as the Cartoon Editor of Playboy Magazine and is heralded by her peers as being one of the best cartoon editors of her time. A very fitting obituary was published by Douglas MARTIN in "The New York Times" and has been reproduced here.
2007 March 13th - John Paul Urry of Thunder Bay is married to Vanessa Breves LOMBARDI from Sao Palo Brazil.
2007 August 4th - Minnie Rhodes Urry (nee JOHNSON) - died on Saturday August 4, 2007 at the age of 93 years. Wife of the late Robert F. Urry and mother of Bob, Doreen and Allan.
For my own Bastiani-Urry branch of the family I have now created a separate website...
The Isle of Wight Family
of the information previously recorded in this space has now been moved
onto a new website that I have devoted to the Bastiani 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.
c410 - The Romans retreat from Scotland and abandon Hadrian's Wall.
1050 - Huwe Urri is recorded as having given homage to King MALCOLM III.
1260 - Adam Urri and again a Huwe Urri of Ayrshire render homage to ALEXANDER III.
1296 - Huwe Urre swore fealty at Perth and was a burgess of Stirling.
1296 - 28 August, Edward 1 held a "parliament" at Berwick. All the prominent Scottish landowners, churchmen and burgesses were summoned to swear allegiance to Edward and sign the parchments and affix their seals. In addition to such prominent people as Robert BRUCE, 6th Lord of Annandale, his son, the 2nd Earl of Carrick and William WALLACE's uncle, Sir Reginald de CRAUFORD, 2,000 signatures were inscribed, including that of Hughe Urre of Dumfries and another Huwe Urre of the county of Ayr. These records are known as the "Ragman Rolls" and it is suggested that the term derived either from the ribbons attached to the seals on the parchments or it may also have been derived from an earlier record compiled for the purposes of Papal taxation by a man called RAGIMUNDE,
1297 - Duncan Urri was a prisoner of war taken at Dunbar on the Firth of Forth and held in Gloucester Castle. He escaped from the latter in 1302.
1323 - Reginald Urry held land at Irvine in Ayrshire.
1366 - Hugo Urry is a burgess of Stirling.
1387 - Gilbert Urry held lands in Forglen (?).
1398-1400 Reference is made in Aberdeen Burgh Records to Alanus Urry.
1409 - William Urry resigned the lands of Fulton.
1418 - John Urry purchased a tenement in Glasgow.
1564 - Pitfichie Castle is built by the Urry family on lands they had owned since the 14th century.
1597 - Pitfichie Castle was sold to John CHEYNE of Fortrie who was to become MP for Aberdeen. Pitfichie remained in the CHEYNE family until about 1650, when it passed to the FORBES family of Monymusk.
c1600 First references to John Urry of Pitfichie (in the parish of Monymusk, Aberdeenshire), spouse of Mariora CAMERARIA (Marion CHAMBERLAIN) of Coullie in the same parish.
1620 - Thomas Urry, a maltman, was a burgess of Glasgow.
1641 John Urry (later to become Major General Sir John Urry) son of John Urry of Pitfichie, returns to Scotland after spending the early part of his life in the foreign service (probably in Germany) and receives the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
1641 October, Lieutenant Colonel John Urry is solicited to join in the mysterious plot against HAMILTON and ARGYLL,
1642 June, At the outbreak of Civil war John Urry was nominated as Lieutenant Colonel of the "4th Troop of Horse" appointed for Ireland under Philip Lord WHARTON.
1642 November 12th, Lieutenant Colonel John Urry, takes part in the battle of Edgehill, and at the combat at Brentford "for his stoutness and wisdom was much cryed by the Londoners".
1643 In the beginning of the year John Urry was nominated a major of cavalry under the Earl of Bedford.
1643 June, Colonel John Urry deserts to the royalists, where his information enabled Prince RUPERT to rout the forces of Essex and frighten him into abandoning the attempt to blockade Oxford.
1643 June 18th, Colonel John Urry has a large share in the Royalist success at Chalgrove, and is knighted for his services on the same day.
1643 June 25th, Colonel Sir John Urry sacks West Wycombe.
1644 August, Judging that the Royalist cause was lost, Colonel Sir John Urry flees to the Parliamentary Army at Shaftsbury, under Sir William WALLER, desiring leave to return to Scotland. He is instead sent to London where the committee of both Kingdoms orders him into custody.
1644 October 30th, On WALLER vouching for his good faith, and on the representations of the army committee that his knowledge would be useful, Colonel Sir John Urry was suffered to rejoin the army on parole.
1644 November, After the second battle of Newbury, Colonel Sir John Urry (who occasionally signed his name as Urie) manages to seduce "a greater sojour than himself" (probably the Earl of Brentford) to take his place.
1645 March 8th, After joining the Earl of Leven in the north of England, Colonel Sir John Urry was dispatched to the Highlands to oppose MONTROSE. He was given the rank of Major General and command of the cavalry under Lieutenant General William BAILLIE in his fight against Lord George GORDON.
1645 Sir John Urry leads the fight against James GRAHAM, 1st Marquis of Montrose and his army at Auldearn . Apparently he later joined Montrose's side. .
1650 April 27th, Major General Sir John Urry commands the van at the fateful battle of Carbisdale, and was taken prisoner.
1650 May 29th, Major General Sir John Urry was beheaded at Edinburgh.
1651 Colonel William Urry joins the northern Royalists under Middleton.
1658 October 31st, The children of Major General Sir John Urry received a certificate from King CHARLES II testifying to the gentility of their birth.
1666 Birth of John Urry to William Urry & Jane SCOTT
1672 Grant of Arms to Colonel William Urry, brother of Sir John Urry of Pitfichie. It was officially recorded thus; Urrie (Scotland) 1672 Ar. a lion ramp. Gu. Crowned and Chained Or. Crest----A lions paw erased Gu.
1673 Autumn - Death of Colonel William Urry leaving, by his spouse Jane SCOTT, a son John.
1682 June 30th, John Urry matriculates from Christ Church, Oxford
1686 John Urry graduates as a Bachelor of Arts at Oxford.
1711 John Urry becomes editor for CHAUCER (albeit, rather infamously).
1714 July 25th, John Urry obtains a patent for the exclusive right of printing CHAUCER's works for fourteen years.
1715 March 18th, John Urry dies unmarried.
c1920's one Urie (of Scottish descent) a Loco builder for the Southern Railways forbears developed the King Arthur class of 4-6-0 locomotive
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.
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 ".
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And just for fun...
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
In Memory of Selwyn Sanderson Urry
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Books - 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"
I CAN HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK WHICH IS AS EASY TO READ AS IT IS HARD TO PUT DOWN. (Ed.)
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.
|The author and editor of this website...||
||Mark Sebastian Bastiani