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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Sunday, 3 February 2008
by Brad Storey


was my father's uncle; the Greenops who are his descendants, are in America. My father had an uncle named Thomas Greenop; he was a schoolmaster, and removed to London. One of his sons went out to the United States and died there. As to the orthography of the name, Greenop, some spell it with an o, some with u, with i, and even with e. Ours in Grasmere Register is sometimes spelt with o and sometimes with u, but Greenop is the form we adopt."

It seems fairly clear that Mary Greenop who married the grandfather of Sir Thomas Storey, Kt., was the sister of Jonathan Greenop, referred to in the foregoing communication.

There was a John Greenup engaged in the corn and provision business in Churchgate, Lancaster, in 1828, and probably years prior to 1828. Within the churchyard of St. Mary's Priory and Parish Church is a stone upon which several members of a Greenep family are mentioned.

Near Rosthwaite, Cumberland, is a place called Greenop's - or Greenup's Ghyll.

Mr. Edward Greenup, late Registrar of Woolwich Arsenal, was one of the Lancaster branch of Greenups. He had sons - Edward and Frank - who were solicitors in London.

An old time ceremonial may now be briefly noticed.

The "Troutbeck Mayor Hunt" took place on the 31st February, 1912. The following observations, taken from the Westmorland Gazette of the 9th March, 1912, will probably prove interesting to members of the Storey family:-

"It may not seem out of place here to briefly sketch the history of this ancient custom. Of its origin nothing can be ascertained. The earliest authentic records of the Mayor Hunt are contained in a series of manuscripts (dating from 1778) in the possession of Mr. Geo. Browne, of Townend, Troutbeck, to whom the thanks of the writer are due for his kindness in placing the papers at his disposal. A certain amount of ceremony attached to the proceedings even at that distant date, as may be gathered from the following verbatim extract:- 'Storey's Troutbeck Hunt, 28th December, 1778. - The person who has most votes to stand Mayor for the ensuing year and to have a Hare and spend one shilling extraordinarily each year. N. B. - The Mayor to be chosen next year at G. Woodburn's and so alternately, and the fines paid accordingly.' There were three candidates for the post - J. L. Dixon, J. Birkett and R. Birkett. Thirty-three persons recorded their votes, and R. Birkett was elected by a majority of six votes. A point worthy of notice is that 'Woodburn's Black Bull' was afterwards Auld Hoggarth's Cottage, which gave place to the more modern Hoggarth's Cottage at Midtown, Troutbeck, and also that 'Storey's Bay Horse Inn' was the cottage by the roadside at High Fold which until lately served as the Troutbeck Post Office. In the next year, more elaborate rules were laid down. The manuscript is headed:- 'G. Woodburn's Troutbeck Hunt, 12th January, 1779. - Proposals for the election of a Hunting Mayor for this township for the ensuing year. Conditions follow (viz.), The Mayor Elect, if not an Inhabitant in the Township, to spend half-a-crown at each public-house in the Township, viz. - Geo. Woodburn's and William Storey's, - the next ensuing year, and an inhabitant to spend two shillings at each public-house as above, and the said Mayor Elect to keep bis place and authority till the first of the said publican's hunts the ensuing year. N.B.-The Mayor Elect to have a hare upon his being elected, and if he do not appear the ensuing year to forfeit double the money mentioned, to be spent by him at each public-house.' There were two candidates for election, - John Birkett, Troutbeck, and Thomas Dixon, of Kentmere, the latter being elected Mayor by a majority of one vote. 'Memorandum that this 12th January, 1779, Thomas Dixon was duly