Genealogy Notes for Coln St Dennis, Gloucestershire

A miscellany of pictures and data arising out of research into the KIRBY's family trees (but not all linked to them). This is a work in progress so please treat the data with appropriate caution. For related information see, Ancestor List, Place Index and Wills Index

Location and general description

The green opposite the church, Coln St Dennis

The tiny village of Coln St Dennis lies at the confluence of two deeply incised Cotswold valleys and is, as its name suggests, on the river Coln. It is just upstream from Coln Rogers, Gloucs, and Calcot, Gloucs, neither of which are now more than small hamlets. Still further downstream lies Bibury, Gloucs., then Coln St Aldwyn, Gloucs, Hatherop, Gloucs, and Quenington, Gloucs. A couple of hundred meteres to the west of the village lies the route of the Fosse Way (a Roman road).

In 1803 Rudge [Rudge, 1803, 106] stated ' It came afterwards to the family of the Masters, of Cirencester, who sold it to the Darells, of Oxfordshire, and Edward Darell, Esq. is the present lord of the manor. Considerable estates, independent of the manor, are held by the families of D'Oyley and Howse. Caldecote, or Calcott, is the only hamlet. Nine freeholders voted in 1776. Population, 80 [in about 1700]—112 [in about 1770]—163 [in 1801]. Houses inhabited, 30.'

Large Cotswold stone mansion viewed through a wrought iron lynch-gate


The parish church is St James.

Church tower viewed across vibrant-green watermeadows with willows

Oval wall plaqueWall plaque to KEMP:
"Near this Place
is Deposited in hope of
a Blessed Ressurrection the
Remains of S'r BENJAMIN KEMP Bar't
who departed this life January ye 25. 1777
Aged Sixty Nine years _ in Youth an Excellent
Scholar & through Life an Honest Man, He
was the only Son left of a Numerous Progeny,
of S'r ROBERT KEMP Bar't of Gissing in Norfolk,
by his second Lady a Miss BRAND, But the
Family Seat is now at Ubbeston in Suffolk: the
above S'r ROBERT had Four Wives & Fifteen Children
the Title descends to a Cousin _ & the Estate to a
Neice of the late Baronet. Miss KEMP, Daughter 
of the Rev'd Mr THOMAS KEMP _ This Marble
was Erected as an Affectionate & Grateful
Tribute to his Memory by his Executrix &
only Surviving Sister, Mrs SHORTE of
Sevenoaks in Kent, Youngest Daughter
of the said S'r ROBERT, & now the only
Surviving Child, and Relict of
Wadhurst in Sussex."
Square, white marble wall plaque with embelishmentsWall plaque to HOWSE:
"Near this place
were interred ye bodies of
He died May 13. `1760.
Aged 87.
She died Dec. 13. 1743.
Aged 68.
WILLIAM died Oct'r. 13. 1748.
Aged 5.
RICHARD died Jul. 22. 1744.
Aged 31.
SAMUEL READ their Grandson
who dies Sept'r. 15. 1747.
Aged 13.
And also
He died April 17. 1796.
Aged 86.
She died Nov'r 2d. 1779.
Aged 70.
Also HANNA their Daughter
who died Sept'r. ye 2d. 1809.
Aged 82."
Simple, square, black wall-plaqueWall plaque to BRIDGES:
"Neer this place was Interred
the Corps
John Bridges Sen November the first 1679
Elizabeth his Wife April ye tenth 78
John Bridger his Grandsone October ye fourteenth 88
John ye Son of ye above De. John Bridges Sen ye
19th of April 94 & William his Son ye 1 of Oct 1701"
Small, ornate, Cotswold stone headstoneHeadstone for RADWAY (incorperated at the base of the gatepost)
"Here lye the bones
of John Radway who
departed this life the
[broken, part of a 5 showing, from the layout it was probably 15] day of February
Anno Domini : : :


The TURK family

The TURK family of nearby Coln Rogers, Gloucs., owned property at Calcot, just over the river from Coln St Dennis and lacking a church of its own. 

The RADWAY family

The RADWAY name is more frequently found in the churchyard at Chedworth, Gloucs.

The HOWSE family

The HOWSE family were at one point substantial land owners in Coln St Dennis. They are likely to be related to the HOWSE family of Swinbrook, Oxon., as they were related to the TURK family of Coln Rogers by marriage into the KILLMASTER family.

Related links

A selection of links to other sites with information about this place


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