10th Great Grandma

After doing a little internet surfing Saturday evening – bored with TV – I decided to check out my Philadelphia lines. After finding numerous cousins whom I’ve never met who have put family tree information on line, I found something new that made me almost fall off my chair. That’s when that song just running through my head.

Not only was there a photo of my 10th great grandmother but also a history that took my breath away.  After two days of proofing to make sure that she was indeed my 10th great grandma, I began to read the history. 

Lady Alicia Beconsawe Lisle

No one in my family tree was famous or in office or of worthy note.  Most were farmers, a few Quakers, some in Yorkshire were basket makers so I figure that is why I am good with my hands.

I was shocked to find that Lord Robert Lisle (her husband) was assassinated in Switzerland during 1664. 

When she was in her 70’s, she was tried in court for treason against the king by harboring his enemies. Judge Jefferies coerced the jury into finding her guilty and she was sentenced to be burned at the stake. After intercession of the Clergy of Winchester, James II commuted the sentence to beheading at Ringwood Market Square.  She was beheaded in 1685.

Moyles Court family Home near Ringwood – now a school.

Infamous relatives I have, but now it is said that Lady Alicia haunts Moyles Court and at other times the Eclipse Inn where she spent her last few days life.  

What does this mean? If he was a Lord and she a Lady, are they attached to royal lines? I haven’t a clue.

6 thoughts on “10th Great Grandma

  1. Anne

    What a fascinating story Ruth. How did you find all that out? I never seem to be able to progress back much before the late 1700's, let alone flesh out any stories.


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