Ingatestone Hall


SIR WILLIAM PETRE K.G.

Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs.  Second Founder of Exeter College, Oxford.  His daughter, Dorothy, married Sir Nicholas Wadham and founded Wadham College Oxford.
(1505-1571)

was succeeded by his son

JOHN, 1st Baron PETRE

J.P., High Sheriff, Deputy Lieutenant & Knight of the Shire.  Patron of the composer, William Byrd.
(1549-1613)

was succeeded by his son

WILLIAM, 2nd Baron PETRE

His wedding to Katherine, daughter of the 4th Earl of Worcester is commemorated in Edmund Spenser's poem Prothalamion.
(1573-1637)

was succeeded by his son

ROBERT, 3rd Baron PETRE

Married Mary, daughter of the 2nd Viscount Montagu.  Survived his father by only a year.
(1599-1638). 

was succeeded by his son

WILLIAM, 4th Baron PETRE

Suffered under the Commonwealth as a Catholic and suspected Royalist.  Subsequently imprisoned in the Tower of London, falsely accused of participation in the Popish Plot.
(1627-1683)

was succeeded, briefly by his brother

JOHN, 5th Baron PETRE

(1629-1684)

was succeeded by his brother

THOMAS, 6th Baron PETRE

Lord Lieutenant of Essex
(1633-1706)

was succeeded by his son

ROBERT, 7th Baron PETRE.

His romantic dalliance with Arabella Fermor is satirised in Alexander Pope's Poem The Rape of the Lock.  He married Catherine Walmesley, a Lancastrian heiress.  Died of smallpox when he was 24.
(1689-1713)

was succeeded by his son

ROBERT, 8th Baron PETRE

A distinguished botanist and horticulturalist.  Married Anna Maria, daughter of the 3rd Earl Derwentwater who had been executed for his part in the 1715 Jacobite uprising.  He too died of smallpox at an early age.
(1713-1742). 

was succeeded by his son

ROBERT, 9th Baron PETRE

A leading figure in the movement for Catholic emancipation.  Grand Master of All England Freemasons.  Built the new Thorndon Hall.
(1742-1801)

was succeeded by his son

ROBERT, 10th Baron PETRE

(1763-1809)

was succeded by his son

WILLIAM, 11th Baron PETRE

A passionate horseman who maintained his own pack of hounds and a racecourse near Writtle.
( 1793-1850)

was succeeded by his son

WILLIAM , 12th Baron PETRE

"A pattern of charity and piety" Contributed significantly to the building of half a dozen or more new Catholic churches.  Awarded the Order of Pope Pius IX.
(1817-1884)

was succeeded by his son

Monsignor WILLIAM, 13th Baron PETRE

A Catholic priest.  Wrote many polemical pamphlets and ran his own school at Woburn Park, Weybridge.
(1847-1893)

was succeeded by his brother

BERNARD, 14th Baron PETRE

(1858-1908)

was succeeded, very briefly, by his brother

PHILIP, 15th Baron PETRE

(1864-1908)

was succeeded by his son

LIONEL, 16th Baron PETRE

Died from wounds received in the First World War while serving in the Coldstream Guards.  His widow, Catherine, subsequently married Sir Carne Rasch and supervised the refurbishment of Ingatestone Hall.
(1890-1915)

was succeeded by his son

JOSEPH, 17th Baron PETRE

(1914-1989)

was succeeded by his son

JOHN, 18th and present Baron PETRE

Lord Lieutenant of Essex.
(b.1942)