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Garsdon Manor, home of Sir Laurence Washington


A group of Shirleys on our 1992 visit at Garsdon Manor

Church across the street from Garsdon Manor

Garsdon Manor was the home of the first Earl Ferrers and his wife, Elizabeth Washington.

"The manor of Garsdon in Wiltshire has been mentioned as the homestead of the ancestors of George Washington. This is a mistake. It was the residence of Sir Laurence Washington, second son of the grantee of Sulgrave Manor. Elizabeth, granddaughter of this Sir Laurence, married Robert Shirley, Earl Ferrers and Viscount of Tamworth. Washington became a baptismal name among the Shirleys--several of the Earls Ferrers have borne it."


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