The following is a transcript of an original manuscript given to me by my grandmother. I believe it was written by one of my ancestors as he was investigating the history of the Agard family. Through the power of Internet search engines, hopefully it will become useful to somebody.
Note that I’m not expecting any of my normal blog readers to read this.
Families extinct or removed out of the County of Derby
Agard, of Foston & Judbury
This ancient family settled at Foston as early as the year 1310. The estate was sold in the reign of Charles II. & about the same time of the co-heiresses of Charles Agard Esq: the last heir, Male, married John Stanhope, of Elvaston, ancestor of the Earl of Harrington. One of the Agards, of Sudbury, married a co-heiress of Ferres of Jamworth. We do not find when this branch became extinct.
[Image of a coat of arms] Arms of Agard of Foston. – Argent a Chevron engrailed, Gules, between three Boars Heads. copued, stable, langued, Gules.
Chatsworth was sold by Frances Leche, who died in or about the year 1550 to the family of Agard of whom it was purchased by Sir William Cavendish.