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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Thursday, 31 January 2008
by Brad Storey


letter of Mr. J. Cleghorn, hon. treasurer of the Show, announcing to Wilson the result. In it the writer says:- 'I have pleasure in intimating the gentleman who gave the prize of one guinea for the hind who has been longest in the service of one master awards it to you, and I enclose you herewith a cheque for that amount. I congratulate you on your success in winning the prize. Your fifty-one years of service will be bard to beat I am sure, and I hope you may have many years before you yet in which to lengthen and extend the already long period during which you have worked at Beanley. Mr. Storey tells me your family has worked for his for two hundred years. That is something worth while to look back upon. You should be proud of it. I hope those who live in North Northumberland a couple of centuries hence may still see Wilsons and Storeys at Beanley.' Certainly the above is a record of which both may well feel proud, in that it shows the cordial relations that have existed between master and man for so many generations.

"Mr. 'T. B. B.,' Eglingham, as a supplement to the above, writes:-The Storeys have now farmed the extensive farm at Beanley since the time of Oliver Cromwell, and there is every reason to believe that they can date back even further than this. The present shepherd-Samuel Thompson-who is employed by them, followed his father, who was born under the Storeys, and died in their service at the age of 77 years. Mr. Storey himself informs me that for 50 years he never missed a single day at the 'clipping' at Beanley. The grandfather of the present Samuel Thompson also practically served under the Storeys all his life, and his eldest son is now also shepherd in their employ. Then, again, is the family of Dunn, who have served as hinds under this same family for four generations. Surely this is a record of which both master and servants may well feel proud, Certainly it is one for which I can vouch to be true in every detail.'"

In the will of Richard Wallis ("Wills of Durham." p. 125, Surtees Society) a Roland Stoirhie, of Todell Woodd, son of George Storrie, appears; and in the will of Mary Thornell, dated 15th April, 1586, daughter of Laurence Thornell, Bayliff of Darlington, the testatrix leaves to certain persons, among whom is Richard Storie, the sum of 2s. each.

In the will of Thomas Graye, militis, made December 20th, 1589, of Chillingham, Northumberland, eldest son of Sir Ralph Graye, Kt, testator leaves "the fyrmett he hath in Yeavering to *John Storie and his wife and to the longer lyver of them. To Phargus, the sonne of John Storie, is left one tenement in Yeavering, now in the occupation of his uncle, Robert Storie, of rent 26s. 8d. for xxxi. yeares." P. 175, Wills of Durham.

In the will of George Lawson, of Little Usworth, made 29th December, 1587, among the servants of the testator, is William Storie, and the testator "wills that his sone shalbe good to him. (P. 324, Wills of Durham.)

In the will of Thomas Radclif, made 4th June, 1593, under Debtes owing to testator, is "one obligacon by Christofer Storie and others of £40 for the payment of £20." (P. 241, ibid.)

The Rev. George Story, or Storey, was the third son and fourth issue of Ralph Storey, Esq., of Beanley, subsequently-as we have seen in the pedigree notes-of Abberwick, in the parish of Edlingham. The reverend gentleman was Curate of Lanercost. The Rev. T. W. Willis, M.A., Vicar of Lanercost, writing on the 18th

*(See, tabulated pedigree of Bishop Wearmouth Stories.)