The Percies of Bamburgh, Spindlestone, Tughall and Embleton.
My branch of the Percy family moved to Alnwick and Shilbottle from the Bamburgh district in the early 1700’s having lived in that vicinity for a very long time. Originally from Embleton, Spindlestone and Tughall (15th Cent). They owned family land at Newton, Tughall and Seahouses. They managed the Percy coal mine at Shilbottle and Charles Percy’s father was Estate Agent to His Grace The Duke of Northumberland in the early 1800’s. Charles attended the Dukes School at Alnwick with his elder brother William and both, became very successful businessmen in their own right. Their elder brother Algernon John Percy moved from Alnwick to Ramsgate, Kent, where from several family members emigrated to Canada and the USA.
A great deal of detailed research (recently completed 2015) has provided substantial published evidence that the ancestor of our Percy branch is John Percy of Emildon a direct descendant of the 2nd Earl of Northumberland. A link below.
Alnwick Parish Register 1876.
Old Percy names followed the family. Nicholas, Ralph, Algernon, William and John were prominent.
Charles Percy managed the Chillingham Estate for many years and was given an engraved silver ink stand with a beautiful hand crafted certificate signed by the tenants recording their sincere thanks when he retired.
Here we have a descendant, His Honour, Judge Rodney Algernon Percy at the Percy family burial plinth at St James Church, Shilbottle. All the names of the family are etched into the stonework.
So, what does all this add up to? A summary is simple. It is of considerable historical importance that direct male, blood descendants of the second House of Percy have survived the machinations and family turmoil of the 18th century. The next step is to publish DNA support analysis that shows that the Y DNA of our Percy family directly matches that of the ancient Earls of Northumberland. WTS