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Sir Rowland ALSTON 2nd Bart [3025]
Hon Temperance CREWE [3035]
Capt Thomas RAYNES [3059]
Sir Rowland ALSTON 4th Bt. [3041]
Lady Elizabeth RAYNES [3058]
(Abt 1698-1742)

Col Sir Rowland ALSTON 6th Bt. [3063]
(Abt 1727-1791)


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1. Gertrude DURNFORD [3064]

Col Sir Rowland ALSTON 6th Bt. [3063]

  • Born: Abt 1727
  • Baptised: 8 May 1727, St James Westminster London
  • Marriage (1): Gertrude DURNFORD [3064] on 22 Sep 1753 in The Fleet/St George Albermarle St LND
  • Died: 29 Jun 1791 aged about 64
  • Buried: 9 Jul 1791, Odell BDF

bullet  General Notes:

Rowland Alston
Baptism date 08 May 1727
Parish St James Middlesex
Parents names not included
Archive City of Westminster Archives Centre
Westminster Baptisms.
Not proven to Rowland [3063]

Alston Sir Rowland Bart., brother of Sir thomas Alston [q.v]; adm. (aged 8) Jan 1735/6; left 1743; Clare Coll. Cambridge. (adm. pensr. Sept 28 1743); matric. 1743; Ensign 1st. Foot Guards April 11 1745; Lieut. and Capt. Feb 26 1748; Capt and Lieut Col. May 2 1758; retired July 30, 1762; succ. his brother Thomas as 6th baronet July 18 1774; High Sheriff of Beds. 1779/80; m. Gertrude, daugher of the rev Dr Durnford; d. June 29 1791.
Ref: Old Westminsters Vol I. NZSOG.

Rowland Alston - Admitted pensioner at Clare College Camb. 28 Sept 1743; Matric 1743; First son of Sir Rowland MP for BED Bart. Born London. Succeeded Bart 1774. (G.E.C.)

Sir Rowland was Col 1st Foot Guards; High Sheriff of Bedfordshire 1779 - 80. Will dated 22 Mar 1790 proved PCC 13 July 1790 by Dame Gertrude his relict and devisee. Died aged 64. Upon his death the Odell Baronetcy became extinct, the title was nevertheless assumed by John Alston als Wasse, then his brother Charles Alston als Wasse. Died s.p.

Rowland Alston
ResidencePrecinet Of The Tower
Marriage date22 Sep 1753
ParishSt George's Chapel, Albemarle Street
Spouse's first name(s)Gertrude
Spouse's last nameDurnford
Spouse residencePrecinet Of The Tower
Westminster Marriages

Rowland & Gertrude's marriage is recorded both at The Fleet & St George Albermarle St?

Rowland inherited his father's manors in Pavenham, they then passed to a nephew, remaining in he family until 1845 when the estates, originally the Tyringham and Tyrrel Manors, were sold to the Duke of Bedford, who bought up Stevington at the same time.
Ref - PAVENHAM, The Life story of a Village by Rachel Marchbank. Published 1993.

The Times Friday July 8th 1791 Pg 3 Died. "Wednesday the 29th ult at Odell Castle Bedfordshire, Sir Rowland Alfton Bart. Being the laft of that ancient family, and dying without iffue the title is extinct"

Gentlemans Magazine,
29 June 1791 Pg 682,
At Odell castle co. Bedfordshire Sir Rowland Alston Bt. being the last of that ancient family and dying without issue the title has become extinct.

A ledger stone in the west end of the nave at Odell Church is inscribed "Sacred to the memory of Sir Rowland Alston Baronet who died the 29th Day of June 1791 aged 64 yrs. Also of Dame Gertrude Alston his widow who died on the 14th Day of March 1807 aged 75 yrs"
Ref Alstoniana Pg 248

Dated 22nd March, 1790.
I give my real estates unto my wife, Dame Gertrude Alston, and her heirs, also my personal estates and effects, and appoint her executrix, and George Brooks, of Green Street, Grosvenor Square, executor of this my will.
Witnesses: Mary Barlow, William Bullock, William Rutherford (Surgeon),
Proved 13th July, 1791, by Dame Gertrude Alston, widow, relict of deceased, and George Brooks, Esq., executors named in said will.

bullet  Research Notes:

Officers of the Militia 1805 - Gentlemen & Yeomanry Calvalry War Office 14 October 1805. Bedford & Odell.
Capt Rowland Alston 3 Oct 1803.
In the absence of any other Rowland Alston to fit this entry it is placed under Sir Rowland albeit he was dead !


bullet  Other Records

1. Hatchment Odell Church: Sir Rowland Alston & Gertrude Durnford.
There is a Hatchment hanging in Odell Church (2003) to Sir Rowland described as:
1 - Alston impaling sa. three rams heads cabossed ar. armed or. Durnford. IN COELO QUIES.
Ref: Harvey - Hundred of Willey co Bedfordshire.

2 - Dexter Background Black
Azure 10 estoiles four, three, two, one or, in centre chief the badge of Ulster (Alston), impaling, sable three rams heads cabossed argent (Durnford) Crest: Between the horns of a crescent argent an estoile of six points or Mantling: Gules and argent Motto: In coelo quies Two Cherubs heads flanking shield
For Sir Rowland Alston, 6th Bt., who m Gertrude, sister of Stillingfleet Durnford and d.s.p. 29 June 1790 aged 64 (B.E.B.)
Ref:Hatchments in Britain by Peter Summers

Refer Gen Francis Alston [4107] re correspondance in the 1950's about the hatchments.

(Hatchment - The Coat of Arms of a dead person placed on the front of a house, in a church or elsewhere at funerals, notifying the death and the rank of the deceased. Also called Achievement
Annadales English Dictionary.)


Rowland married Gertrude DURNFORD [3064] [MRIN: 1034], daughter of Rev Thomas DURNFORD Rector Rockbourne Hants. [3065] and Susanna [33846], on 22 Sep 1753 in The Fleet/St George Albermarle St LND. (Gertrude DURNFORD [3064] was baptised on 9 Aug 1731 in West Park Hants, died on 14 Mar 1807 in London and was buried on 24 Mar 1807 in Odell BDF.)

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