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Brentford Dynasties - RonaldsThe following information was provided in 2007 by Carolyn Chalmers from Australia, who also has an interest in the Montgomrey family of Brentford.
In 2017 Dr Beverley Ronalds wrote:
'I plan to upload pages on other members of the Brentford clan in the coming months, including one on the Montgomrey family of timber merchants and another on Elizabeth Ronalds, who illustrated her father's book on apples in 1831.'
Beverley's website is well-illustrated and the page link above includes a link to a Royal Horticultural Society article (2010) on Hugh Ronalds' book which includes examples of Elizabeth Ronalds' illustrations (pages 46 onwards). It includes a list of apple varieties, a joy to read: Irish Peach, Kentish Fillbasket, Cornish Gilliflower, Nonsuch and many more. Her website also includes an overview of Sir Francis Ronalds family: 'A Unitarian Family in 19th-Century London'.
Hugh Ronalds, nurseryman & seedsmanHugh Ronalds the elder (d. 1788) occurred in rate-books c. 1754, lived at the Butts by 1760, and was a nurseryman and seedsman in 1786. By 1774 he occupied a house adjoining the Vicarage called Lamberts, probably Noy's House, with 2 acres between the church, the Ham, and the Brent, which was the firm's chief nursery in 1841. Ronalds occupied Butts closes of 9½ a. between the Butts and Boston Manor Road in 1774, and his firm in 1839 also occupied Isleworth nursery.
Hugh Ronalds the younger (d. 1833) was noted for fruit trees, growing 300 varieties of apple in 1829, and commemorated in his Pyrus Malus Brentfordiensis (1831). He supplied many plants to Kew Gardens from 1801 to 1816 and his firm provided 14,000 shrubs for Kensal Green cemetery. Robert Ronalds (d. 1880) still occupied the nursery by St. Lawrence's church in 1863. (From: 'Ealing and Brentford: Economic history', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 7: Acton, Chiswick, Ealing and Brentford, West Twyford, Willesden (1982), pp. 131-44. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=22579.)
Ronalds family treeThe family tree has been compiled through five main sources:
The tree is speculative and if you are a Ronalds descendant it would be advisable to check the details using primary resources such as certificates!Top
Hugh Ronalds (1726 - 1788): born Moidart, Inverness-shire, Scotland; settled in Brentford by 1754; possible marriage to Mary Clark (ca 1722 - 1799) in 1753 (Marriage Licence Allegations - Faculty Office) at Christ Church, Oxford; he had seven children, who were baptised at the Congregational Chapel, Brentford; I have included three here, Brian Rayner's tree has the complete picture; Val Bott advises that Hugh left a will, which mentions land in New Brentford & Isleworth and that he provided for his widow and four surviving sons; after her husband's death Mary Ronalds moved to Coventry with her son Henry: