See also

Rebecca VYNER ( - )

1. Rebecca VYNER, daughter of Sir Thomas 2 VYNER MP, 1st Baronet (1588-1665) and Anne PARSONS ( - ), married Richard PIGOT.

Second Generation

2. Sir Thomas 2 VYNER MP, 1st Baronet, son of Thomas 1 VYNER and Anne EYCOTT, was born on [Julian] 15 December 1588 in North Cerney, Gloucestershire. He had the title 'Lord Mayor of London'. He was a Goldsmith, Banker, Lord Mayor of London. He died in [Julian] 1665. He married Anne PARSONS. He married Alice BAT.

 

Thomas Vyner was born into a family from near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. His mother, an Eacott (sometimes spelled Ecott, Ekott or other variations), came from a well-to-do family who may have had farming connections and also something to do with the goldsmith trade in Cirencester.

Thomas relocated to London, where he became immensely successful as a goldsmith, at a time when the company was going through extremely difficult times, with King James I repeatedly forcing the company and other city companies to lend the exchequer vast sums of money; this included money for the notorious "plantation of Ulster", when Irish land was sequestered from the Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnell, and an attempt was made to settle Ulster with English and Scottish protestants. However, it was when there were not enough takers for this venture that the King forced companies such as the Goldsmiths' Company to become involved.

In 1662, Sir Thomas and his nephew Robert were granted a contract to coin small silver money in Irealnd.

Thomas fared better under the Protectorate, and was in 1665 knighted by Oliver Cromwell, took over the pivotal role of Comptroller of the Mint, and was also, between 1653-4, Lord Mayor of London.

As an insight into his religious beliefs, Sir Thomas, on his death in 1665, left money for the work of the non-conformist church of Dr. Spurstow in Hackney: Dr. Spurstow's assistant at this time was one Ezekiel Hopkins (who married Sir Thomas' niece Alicia Moore, daughter of the goldsmith Samuel Moore). Incidentally, Hopkins later conformed and was to become Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, and be embroiled in the turmoil of contemproary Irish poiltics.

Thomas groomed his nephew Robert to be his successor, both in business and in politics (see article on Sir Robert Vyner).

 

3. Anne PARSONS was the daughter of Richard PARSONS and Honor HUMBLE. She and Thomas 2 VYNER had the following children:

 

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Rebecca VYNER ( - )

Mary VYNER ( - )

Elizabeth VYNER ( - )

Third Generation

4. Thomas 1 VYNER, son of John VYNER of North Cerney, married Anne EYCOTT.

 

5. Anne EYCOTT was the daughter of Richard EACOTT Snr..

 

From the will of Thomas Ekott of Bagendon 1583 we learn that he had six daughters by his wife Elizabeth. Their baptisms are recorded at Bagendon. He makes reference to his brothers:

Robert, who may have been the father of Ellen in 1575 and whose will may have been the lost will of 1629 of Robert Eacott; John the elder, who may have had 7 daughters; John the younger; Richard, who may have been the Richard of the other will noted here but more likely is not - since the family names do not match; Edward, who is probably the Edward of Winstone who became Eacoote; William, who is most likely the father of Richard 1590, who may have become the Richard Eacott Sr. and father of Thomas etc. We know that Thomas lived at Bagendon and more specifically likely at Woodmancote (field reference). He was a fairly well-to-do person, being a farmer: at that time farming was prosperous especially for those in the sheep and wool trade. This man was also very well connected by marriage, his sister( Anne?) being married to Thomas Vyner of North Cerney. Anne was the mother of Thomas Vyner (1588-1665) who became Sir Thomas Vyner, and was a wealthy goldsmith of London and Comptroller of the Mint who was knighted by Oliver Cromwell and in 1653 became Lord Mayor of London.

This was a time when the Eacotts generally did very well economically. They seemed to develop some sort of relationship with the Berkeleys and they may also have been in the goldsmith business in Cirencester during the 1600's. Samuel in fact was listed as a goldsmith there. Because of the relationship with Vyner and Vyner's with Oliver Cromwell the Eacotts may have had strong links with the Roundheads during the revolution. However,in later years (the early 1700's) there were at least some of the Bagendon Eycotts who were Roman Catholic. Finally - and this is speculation - there seems some linkage between Sir Thomas and the use of the Eacott version of the name, and there is little to link it with the continuing Eycott version.

 

Thomas 1 VYNER and Anne EYCOTT had the following children:

 

Mary VYNER ( - ). Mary celebrated her Bar Mitzvah.

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Thomas 2 VYNER (1588-1665)

William VYNER ( - ). William was born. He died.

 

6. Richard PARSONS was a Merchant. He married Honor HUMBLE.

 

7. Honor HUMBLE was the daughter of George HUMBLE. She and Richard PARSONS had the following children:

 

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Anne PARSONS ( - )