Our Kate a Calderdale girl: of­fi­cial

Halifax Courier - - Front Page - By Joanna Wardill

IT’S of­fi­cial! Royal bride Kate Mid­dle­ton is from Calderdale.

His­to­rian David Glover has traced her an­ces­try back to the Mid­g­ley fam­ily of Mid­g­ley in the Calder Val­ley.

Fol­low­ing the blood­line from her fa­ther, Michael Mid­dle­ton, back through 14 gen­er­a­tions leads to Ed­ward Mid­g­ley, of the parish of Hal­i­fax, in the early 1500s.

This means Ed­ward is Kate’s great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grand­fa­ther. Mr Glover said:

“It was sim­ply a ques­tion of work­ing from in­for­ma­tion al­ready avail­able and in­ter­pret­ing it.

“I found there was a Midgely fam­ily and thought if I fol­lowed it there’s could be a link to this area, as quite a lot of Mid­g­leys are from Mid­g­ley near Hal­i­fax.”

He dis­cov­ered that Kate’s great, great, great, great, great, great, great grand­fa­ther Fran­cis Lup­ton, who was born in Leeds in 1658, mar­ried an Es­ther Mid­g­ley of Adel, Leeds, in 1688.

Ester Midgely’s great, great, great grand­fa­ther was Ed­ward Mid­g­ley of the parish of Hal­i­fax.

It was Ed­ward Midge- ly who is thought to have been the man who moved from Hal­i­fax to Adel where the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions lived.

Af­ter the dis­so­lu­tion of the monas­ter­ies in the later 1530s, Ed­ward Midgely set­tled in West Breary, in the parish of Adel, where he bought an es­tate which had been Kirk­stall Abbey prop­erty.

Mr Glover said: “The Mid­g­leys of Mid­g­ley were a very well-known fam­ily, of whom male­line descen­dents still ex­ist to­day.

“Ed­ward would have been a man of good fam­ily – not nec­es­sar­ily well to do, but the fam­ily would prob­a­bly have al­ready owned prop­erty.

“At the time of the dis­so­lu­tion, some prop­er­ties could be picked up fairly cheap. So he may have wanted to move to a new area to set up his own dy­nasty.

“I have no doubt that the de­scent from Kate Mid­dle­ton back to the Mid­g­leys of Hal­i­fax parish is proved.”

A few years ago, Mr Glover also fol­lowed Prince Wil­liam’s an­ces­try back to Calderdale.

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