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1. Visitation Pedigrees
The visitations of the heralds were made to arms bearing families to check and validate their right to bear arms. These visitations also provided a useful source of income to the royal exchequer since fees were levied by the heralds. Visitations of Derbyshire took place in 1569, 1611 and after the restoration in 1662. Brailsford pedigrees also are found in the visitations of Nottinghamshire and of London in 1662 and 1664. Data from these visitations have been published by the Harleian Society.
1611 - Brailesford of Senor
Derbyshire Pedigrees, 1569 and 1611, p.14.
1662 - Brailesford of Senor
The Visitation of Derbyshire, 1662-1664. (Harleian Society Publications, New Series, 8, (1989), p.105)
1662 - Braylesford of Welley
The Visitation of Nottinghamshire, 1662-1664. (Harleian Society Publications, New Series, 5, (1986), p.61)
1664 - Braylesford (of London) This pedigree links with that of Braylesford of Wellow
London Visitation Pedigrees, 1664. (Publications of the Harleian Society, 92, (1940), p.28)
2. Pedigrees from Hunter's "Familiae Minorum Gentium"
The Rev. Joseph Hunter, "the Historian of Hallamshire and South Yorkshire", was born in Sheffield in 1783. During his life he amassed a considerable collection of manuscripts related to historical and genealogical matters, which, on his death in London in 1861, became the property of the British Museum. "Familiae Minorum Gentium" (or Families of the Minor Gentry), (catalogued as Add MS 24,458) is a manuscript book containing a collection of pedigrees mainly relating to families in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Lancashire. This manuscript was transcribed and published in a series of volumes by the Harleian Society in 1894-7.
Comparing the Brailsford pedigrees with each other and also with the visitation pedigrees it is apparent that there are some discrepancies. Some of these errors may have originated with Joseph Hunter, but others are likely to have arisen during the transcription of Hunter's handwritten manuscripts.
MS. 444 - Descendants of Richard Brailsford of Seynor
Familiae Minorum Gentium, Vol. 3, p. 1021. (Publications of the Harleian Society, 39, (1895).
MS. 444 - Descendants of Thomas Brailsford of North Wingfield (of Ankerbold in parish registers)
Familiae Minorum Gentium, Vol. 3, p. 1022. (Publications of the Harleian Society, 39, (1895).
MS. 586 - Descendants of Thomas Brailsford of Tupton (mainly in Southwell and Notts.)
Familiae Minorum Gentium, Vol. 4, p. 1246. (Publications of the Harleian Society, 40, (1896).
MS. 586 - Descendants of Thomas Brailsford of Staveley
Familiae Minorum Gentium, Vol. 4, p. 1247. (Publications of the Harleian Society, 40, (1896).
MS. 588 - Descendants of John Braylesford of Brailsford
Familiae Minorum Gentium, Vol. 4, p. 1249. (Publications of the Harleian Society, 40, (1896).
3. Burke's Landed Gentry
Burke's landed Gentry contains only one Brailsford entry, in its 1846 edition.
The Descent of Thomas Brailsford Esq. of Barkwith House, Lincolnshire.