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Guise of Elmore

The Guise family held the manor of Elmore from 1274 and members of the family represented Gloucestershire in parliament from the 14th century. They acquired the manor of Brockworth at the dissolution of the monasteries. Sir William Guise acquired the manor of Rendcomb by purchase in 1635.


John (1540-88)

He married Jane, the daughter of Richard Pauncefoot of Hasfield.

According to his great-grandson other daughters married 'Gough of the Forest' and 'Perry'.


Sir William (1566-1643)

He married

  1. Margaret, daughter of Christopher Kenn of Kenn, Som.
    • William - see below
  2. Elizabeth, daughter of Humphrey Waldron of Wood, Devon - who her step-grandson Sir Christopher described as 'a goship, makebate, wastall'.
    • John married Abigail, the daughter of Thomas Yate of Arlingham
      According to the 1682/3 Heralds' Visitation their son John and Christopher both married into the Rich family.
    • Edward married Mary Barrow
    • Margaret married William Leigh (d. 1682) of Adlestrop

He was knighted in 1619.


William Guise (d. 1653) Son

He married Cecily (d. 1682), daughter of John Dennis of Pucklechurch:

He was raised by his mother's stepmother Florence, who after the death of Christopher Kenn married Sir Nicholas Stallinge (d. 1605). After his marriage he lived in Bristol to be close to her, 'from whome he was in hope of a good blessing'. After her death he settled at Brockworth. Guise attempted to avoid commitment to either side during the civil war. He was buried at Elmore. As a widow Cecily lived at Elmore. By her will she left a jewel to her daughter Elizabeth and legacies to various grandchildren. She died a wealthy woman (her probate inventory was valued at over £650) with the bulk of her estate passing to Sir John Guise, her executor.


Memorial to Sir Christopher Guise, Brockworth

Sir Christopher (c1617-1670) Son

He married firstly Anne (c.1622-1642), the daughter of Sir Lawrence Washington of Garsdon, Wilts. by whom he had no issue. His second wife was Rachel, the daughter of Lucas Corsellis, a London merchant:

In 1654 he sat for Gloucestershire in the first Protectorate parliament. He was created a baronet in 1661. He died at Brockworth, where a memorial remians.

In 1672 his widow Lady Guise was assessed for 17 hearths at Elmore.


Sir John (c1654-1695) Son

In 1674 he married Elizabeth (d. 1720), the daughter of John Grobham Howe of Little Compton, Withington:

In 1672 he was assessed for 10 hearths at Brockworth. He was elected to parliament for Gloucestershire in 1679, 1681, 1689, 1696 and 1695. He built a new house at Rendcomb.


Sir John (c1677-1732) Son

He married Elizabeth (d. 1701), daughter of Sir Nathaniel Napier of Critchell More, Dorset in 1696: In 1711 he married Anne (d. 1734), daughter and co-heir of Sir Francis Russell of Strensham, Worcs. and widow of Sir Henry Every of Egginton, Derbys. and Richard Lygon of Madresfield, Worcs., by whom he had no issue.

Sir John (1701-1769) Son

He married Jane, the daughter and heir of John Saunders of Mongewell,Oxon. in 1732:

He was elected for Aylesbury, Bucks. in 1722 as a Whig.


Sir William (1737-1783) Son

Educated at Queen's College, Oxford and Lincoln's Inn, he went abroad on the Grand Tour in 1763, spent partly in the companyt of Edward Gibbon. He was MP for Gloucestershire in 1770. He never married.

On his death Elmore was inherited by John Guise of Highnam, the great-grandson of Henry Guise and Philippa Bridges (see above), while Rendcombe was devised to his Sir William's sister Jane and her husband Shute Barrington.


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