Gertrude DURNFORD 
- Christened: 9 Aug 1731, West Park Hants.
- Marriage: Col Sir Rowland ALSTON 6th Bt.  on 22 Sep 1753 in The Fleet/St George Albermarle St LND
- Died: 14 Mar 1807, London aged 75
- Buried: 24 Mar 1807, Odell BDF
Gent's Mag., 1753, Pg. 491.
Marriage - Alston Esq of the 1st Reg of Guards to Miss Gatty Durnford of the Tower.
Gertrude Durnford baptised at West Park Hants. 9th Aug. 1731. Married September 1753. Ob. s. p.
THE TIMES - Thursday March 19th 1807 pg. 3 col.d
"On Saturday at her house in Harley Street, Lady Alston, relict of the late Sir Rowland Alston of Odell Castle, in the County of Bedford, with whom the Baronetage of that very ancient and honourable family became extinct".
Lady Gertrude was not buried in wollen and a fine of £2/10/0 was paid for the poor, she is buried with her husband in the west end of the nave of Odell Church.
THE WILL of DAME GERTRUDE ALSTON
Dated 10 January 1772
This is the last Will and Testament of me Dame Gertrude Alston relict of Sir Rowland Alston Bart. late of Odell castle Bedfordshire.
I desire to be buried at Odell in the same grave as my late dear husband
I give to my niece Sarah Fetheston . . . . . an annuity of L100 for life
I give to Stillingfleet Rayner ? of the of the office of Ordinance Esq L1000
I give to Elizabeth Brookes my god daughter, daughter of John Brookes Esq of Beddenham in the co of Bedford L500
I give to my servant Mary Barlow L100 and all my wearing apparel
I give to my other servants in my employ one years wages
The residue of my estate to my nephew Henry Rowland Fetheiston . . . . .
George Brookes of Grosvenor Sq MDX appointed executor
Signed Gertrude Alston
Witnesses Jn Kirton Mr Grey Ben Dunn Jnr.
Codicil 10 Jan 1792
I give to George Brookes Esq my executor L500
Signed Gertrude Alston
Proved London 8 Apr 1807 on oath of George Brookes Esq.
Ref PROB 11/1458 Q256
Copy on file 2003
Kris Heron has a blog re Durnford....at least the Australia
n branch. But she would be my go to person everything Durford for sure.
1. Hatchment Odell Church: Gertrude Durnford & Rowland Alston.
There is a Hatchment hanging in Odell Church (2003) to Lady Gertrude described as:
All Black Background
On a lozenge surmounted by a cherubs head Azure 10 estoiles four, three, two, one or, in centre chief the badge of Ulster (Alston), impaling, sable three rams heads cabossed argent (Durnford) Motto: Resurgam
For Gertrude widow of Sir Rowland Alston 6th Bt. She d 13 March 1807 (B.E.B. ; Complete Baronetage)
Ref:Hatchments in Britain by Peter Summers
Refer Gen Francis Alston  re correspondance in the 1950's about the hatchments.
Gertrude married Col Sir Rowland ALSTON 6th Bt.  [MRIN: 1034], son of Sir Rowland ALSTON 4th Bt.  and Lady Elizabeth RAYNES , on 22 Sep 1753 in The Fleet/St George Albermarle St LND. (Col Sir Rowland ALSTON 6th Bt.  was born about 1727, christened on 8 May 1727 in St James Westminster London, died on 29 Jun 1791 and was buried on 9 Jul 1791 in Odell BDF.)