1986 Trip to England - 900th Anniversary of Ettington

ETTINGTON is the original seat of the Shirley family and has been inherited in the male line of the Shirleys to the present. In 1986, members of the Shirley Association traveled to England to join in the celebration of the 900th anniversary of the continual ownership of Ettington by the Shirleys. It is the only estate in England that has remained in the original family in an uninterrupted line of descent. Major John Shirley is the present owner.

Ettington is located about 6 miles from Stratford Upon Avon and is leased at present as a 5 star hotel.

During the 1986 tour, Shirley Association members visited many of the manor homes previously owned by Shirleys such as Staunton Harold, ancestral home of the Earl Ferrer, Wiston Manor, home of Sir Thomas Sherley, father in law of Lord Delaware West (first colonial Governor of Virginia). Preston Manor, birthplace of Massachusetts Governor, William Shirley (Born December 2, 1694)

The group also visited the home of Earl Ferrer who is Robert Washington Shirley. He serves in the House of Lords in Parliament and is descended from the Shirleys of Staunton Harold.

The 1986 tour has been referred to as "the trip of a lifetime" by the Shirley Association members who went to England with the group.

The Shirley Association took another group to England in 1989 and in 1992.





Another huge Shirley family pedigree. This one hanging in the home of the current and 13th Earl Ferrers

Current and 13th Earl Ferrers giving a presentation to the 1986 Shirley Association tour group in his home.

1986 tour group outside the home of the 13th Earl Ferrers

More of the 1986 tour group on the estate of the current and 13th Earl Ferrers

1986 group having tea at the home of the 13th Earl Ferrers. Note the stuffed Chartley bull from the now
extinct heard at Chartley Castle.


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