Search brings cousins thousands of miles

The three cousins outside the front entrance of the Gregson estate at Lowlynn: Nikki Knewstub, Peter Taylor and David Allen.
The three cousins outside the front entrance of the Gregson estate at Lowlynn: Nikki Knewstub, Peter Taylor and David Allen.

THREE Australian cousins made a cross-the-globe trip to north Northumberland last week to find out more about their ancestors.

Nikki Knewstub, Peter Taylor and David Allen were in the area trying to answer questions about their roots.

Their great grandfather, George Charles Knight Gregson, was born at Lowlynn, near Lowick, and later married Charlotte Hughes from Middleton Hall before leaving Northumberland for Australia in 1876.

The family is also connected to the Selbys through their great, great grandfather Henry Knight Gregson, son of Rev Thomas Knight from Ford, who married Eliza Mary Donaldson-Selby.

In an appeal published in the Gazette, the trio wanted to try to answer four main queries.

They wanted to try to find a small green coffee table made from the lid of the coffin of General Tom Foster, who led the Jacobite rebellion in Northumberland in 1715 and was re-interred at Bamburgh,

It was referred to in documents that they had but sadly they couldn’t track it down.

But one of their other questions related to a quarrel that developed between Henry Knight Gregson and Viscount Waterford who had appropriated the tithes which were claimed to belong to the parish of Ford.

More details on this were discovered after another descendant spotted the story on the Gazette website.

Valerie Edwards, nee Knight Gregson, from St Albans, is related to David and the others as her great grandfather Charles Edward Knight Gregson was the brother of David’s great grandfather George Charles.

Through her own family research, she discovered documentary evidence of the court case lodged at the National Archives.

Peter said: “We have had a great time and have found quite a lot.

“No luck on the coffin-lid table but we did find our our great, great grandfather’s grave (Henry Knight Gregson) at Lowick.

“We also had a good look over the ruins of the original estate at Lowlynn which was fascinating.”