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Notable Bagnalls - and the Irish Dynasty

Remember - These Surname Pages also cover the Bagenals, Bagnaults, Begnels, Bagnolds, Bagnells, Bignalls, etc!

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Sir Nicholas Bagenal
Ralph Bagnall
Sir Henry Bagenal
Beauchamp Bagenal
Enid Bagnold (Lady Jones)
Brigadier Ralph A Bagnold OBE FRS
Wing Commander Douglas Bagnall DSO DFC RAF
Field Marshal Sir Nigel Bagnall KCB GCB CVO MC & Bar
Air Chief Marshall Sir Anthony Bagnall GBE KCB FRAeS RAF

Some Notable Bagnalls in approximate date order.

Date Name Details
circa 1154 William de Bagenold was a witness to the deed of gift of Ela de Aldethelegh to Trentham Prior circa 1154. Dugdale's Monasticon vol.6 page 397.
1204 ROGER de BAGGENHALL and WILLIAM de BAGGENHALL The first documentary evidence of settlement of the village of Bagnall occurred in 1204 when they were recorded as holding land there.
1216 Roger de Bagenhall Was witness to a deed of gift from William de Cheddleton (Leek) to Phillip de Draycot circa 1216. Erdeswick, page 15.
between 1216 - 1272. John de Bagenhal Granted land in Shenstone and Footherly by Robert de Grendon. Shaw vol 2 page 33
1299 WILLIAM BAGGENHOLT In 1299 the Abbot of the Cheshire Abbey of Combermere sued him for half the Manor of Bagnall which William held of him "by fealty" for a yearly rent to the amount of six shillings.
1327 TOMAS de BAGGENHOLT In the subsidy roll of 1327 he paid taxes as head of household, in common with others possessing locally derived surnames, such as Rog O'Greneway and Her de Cliffe.
1327 BERTRAM de BAGENOLD Was taxed in Fenton, Staffordshire (now part of Stoke-on-Trent).
1327 RANULPH of Bagnall Gave his son WILLIAM land and tenements in the village and fields at nearby Broncott, Staffordshire.
1341 THOMAS of Bagnalll Acquired a "great house" in Broncott, Staffordshire with further land. In 1370 the estate was held by Thomas's son JOHN.
1279 JOHN BAGENELLE Recorded as living in the City of London.
1297 Ralphe de BAGENALD of Newcastle Deed with seal. Dodsworth Collections for County of Chester page 151.
b. before 1460, d. before 15 Jun 1620 William BAGENHALL

An Early dynasty worthy of a book in it's own right commences with William Bagenhall. His son Ralph Bagenhall married Elenor Sadler of Nantwich, Cheshire, dates unknown.

  John BAGNALL Ralph's son John was Mayor of Newcastle(-under-Lyme) in 1512, 1522, 1526, 1531, & 1533.
Knighted 1547 &
MP 1563-1567
d. 1586
(Click here for biog.)

John's 1st son Sir Ralph (of Leek, Staffs) was knighted after the Battle of Musselburgh in 1547 & was a Lieutenant on Henry VIII's army in Ireland, and Member of Parliament for Newcastle(-under-Lyme) 1563-67. His lone rejection of Catholicism before Cardinal Pole and the House of Commons is celebrated as "Honest Ralph Bagnall" in Tennyson's "Queen Mary".


Sir Nicolas BAGENAL
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(click here for more Irish Bagenal history)

John's 2nd son Nicholas fled to Ireland after killing a man in a brawl in Leek, Staffordshire in about 1539, and became a mercenary under con Bacach The Lame (King of Ulster and 1st Earl of Tyrone) who obtained a free pardon for him from King Henry VIII in 1543. He became Marshal of Ireland. He is the first recorded Bagenal settling in Ireland and he created a dynasty lasting many generations. One of descendants created Bagenalstown in County Carlow,
1556-1598 Sir Henry BAGENAL
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His son Henry was very a prominent soldier and was killed at the Battle of Yellow Ford.


John Bagnalls 3rd son Richard was Mayor of Newcastle(-under-Lyme) in 1559.
Mary Heriot (nee Bagnall) of New Zealand is fortunate in being able to trace her line back to the above William Bagnall and has in her possession a detailed family tree which was created in the 1880s).

1421 Roger, Nicholas & John BAGNALD of Oncote, Leek, Staffordshire. History of Leek, page 82.
1491 Hugh BAGENALT & Roger BAGENALT of Leek Staffordshire. History of Leek, page 20
1579 Randle BAGNALL Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. Restored the mediaeval market cross in the town.
1595 Thomas BAGNALD "Dealing by fine with 2 messuages and various lands in Longton", Staffordshire (now part of Stoke-on-Trent).
1616-1652 William BAGNALL of Upper Wick gave his horse to King Charles II in order that the King might flee through St. Martin's Gate.
1618 Thomas BAGNALL held the largest estate in Little Fenton, Staffordshire (now part of the City of Stoke-on-Trent).
1620 Walter BAGNALL Recorded as living in Massachusetts, USA.
1628 Walter BAGNALL "A profitable trader" settled on Richmond Island, off Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA where he traded rum for Indian beaver skins. He was recorded as being "killed by natives" on 3rd October 1631. On 11th May 1855 "buried treasure" in the remains of a stone pot and consisting of of 21 gold, and 31 silver English and Scottish coins (acquired in 1920 by the Maine Historical Society) was ploughed up by a father and son on land reputed to have been owned by the notorious and dishonest Walter.
10 Jun 1654 John BAGNALL... ...and John Walton received 3900 acres of land at Westmoreland County, Virginia for transporting 78 persons to Virginia.
Oct 1662 William BAGENAL Cousin of the Duke of Ormond - was hanged by the High Court Justice at Kilkenny, Ireland.
1666 William BAGNALL In the Hearth Tax of 1666, he was recorded as having the largest assessment of hearths in Botteslow, near Longton, Staffordshire, and "possibly Berry Hill Farm, the lease of which had been granted to the Bagnalls in 1555".
1689 Richard BAGNALL "a younger son of a prominent Newcastle-under-Lyme family" - recorded as living in London.
1735-1802 Beauchamp
BAGENAL (Click here for biog.)
"The handsomest man in Ireland"
1889-1981 Enid BAGNOLD (Click here for biog.) Novelist and playwright. Best known work "National Velvet" (1935).
1896-1990 Brigadier RALPH A. BAGNOLD (Click here for biog.) Geologist and leading authority on mechanics of sedimentary transport and also eolian (wind effect) processes and instigator of the Long Range Desert Group (WWll).
1918-2000 Wing Commander Douglas Bagnall RAF (Click here for biog.) Intrepid WWII bomber pilot.
1927-2002 Field Marshal Sir Nigel BAGNALL(Click here for biog.) From infantry officer to Whitehall warrior and scourge of Margaret Thatcher.
1945 - Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony BAGNALL, RAF (Ret'd) (Click here for biog.)
Former Deputy Chief of the UK Defence Staff.
As at Oct 2002 Geoffrey BAGNALL National Secretary of UNITY (formerly the Union of Ceramic and Allied Trades Union (CATU)), Stoke-on-Trent, UK

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Irish Bagnalls/Bagenals

In "The Surnames of Ireland" by Edward MacLysaght MA DLITT MRIA published by Irish Academic Press (ISBN 0-7165-2367-1), he lists under Bagenal, "See Bagnall".

Under "Bagnall" he states "Named from an English village this family came to Ireland in the sixteenth Century, and were later prominent in the Catholic-Irish cause. The principle family was located in Co. Carlow and is remembered in the place-name Bagenalstown (now Muine Bheag).

In "A Dictionary of Irish Place-names" by Adrian Room published by Appletree Press (ISBN 0-86281-460-X) he states:

" Muine Bheag (Carlow) "little grove". The Former English name of Muine Bheag was Bagenalstown, from the Bagenal family who lived here from the 16th Century, and in particular from Walter Bagenal who founded the town in the late 18th Century. (He intended to build a grand architectural ensemble and to call it "Versailles")."

The 16th Century immigrant referred to is certainly Sir Nicholas Bagenal (Bagnall) originally of North Staffordshire (see above). He was certainly no supporter of Catholicism - later generations converted to the faith. There may have been earlier Bagnalls who crossed over the Irish Sea before the 16th Century but none are recorded, but Sir Nicholas and his brother Sir Ralph certainly created a great dynasty and played a fundamental part in shaping Irish History. Burke's Irish Peerage is a good source of reference about these swashbuckling individuals.

Look on the "BagnallFacts" page on this site to learn about Sir Nick's "Bagenal Castle" - recently uncovered in Newry.

The Linkswiler website gives details of the earliest traceable Bagnall family line from Staffordshire via Sir Nicholas Bagenal into Ireland.
jump to Linkswiler website - Irish Bagenal/Bagnall family tree to jump to the Linkswiler website.