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Rev Thomas DURNFORD Rector Rockbourne Hants. [3065]
Susanna [33846]

Gertrude DURNFORD [3064]


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1. Col Sir Rowland ALSTON 6th Bt. [3063]

Gertrude DURNFORD [3064]

  • Baptised: 9 Aug 1731, West Park Hants.
  • Marriage (1): Col Sir Rowland ALSTON 6th Bt. [3063] 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

bullet  General Notes:

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.

Gertrude's magnificent painting by Gainsborough is hung in the Louvre, the Denon aisle, 1st floor, salle 719.
from the Rothschild Collection

Gertrude Alston (née Durnford) was the sixth daughter of Reverand Thomas Durnford (circa 1682-1747) and Susanna (b. 1696). She married Colonel Rowland Alston (1725-1791) on 22 September 1753 in London, who later inherited the title of Baron following the death of his brother Thomas. The Alstons lived mostly in London, though they made frequent trips to Bath throughout their lives. It is in Bath that Lady Alston sat for Gainsborough for three separate portraits. The first portrait he executed of Lady Alston is the incredibly elegant and imposing full length depiction of her which now hangs in the Louvre (inv. RF 1947-1). That portrait of Lady Alston must be considered one of Gainsborough's finest, and among the best examples of his portraiture from not only his time in Bath, but from his entire illustrious career. The second portrait commissioned by Lady Alston was unrecorded

This work appears to have been sold out of the family about 1862
Roy Alston has commissioned a copy.

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.

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Kris Heron has a blog re least the Australia


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1. Hatchment & Ledger Stone Odell Church: Gertrude Durnford & Rowland Alston.
Unattributed painting of Lady Gertrude (can you help ?)

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 died 13 March 1807 (B.E.B. ; Complete Baronetage)
Ref:Hatchments in Britain by Peter Summers

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

Gertrude & Rowland's grave in Odell Church.

2. Gertrude Durnford: Will, 10 Jan 1772, Odell.
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


Gertrude married Col Sir Rowland ALSTON 6th Bt. [3063] [MRIN: 1034], son of Sir Rowland ALSTON 4th Bt. [3041] and Lady Elizabeth RAYNES [3058], on 22 Sep 1753 in The Fleet/St George Albermarle St LND. (Col Sir Rowland ALSTON 6th Bt. [3063] was born about 1727, baptised on 8 May 1727 in St James Westminster London, died on 29 Jun 1791 and was buried on 9 Jul 1791 in Odell BDF.)

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