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Brentford Dynasties - Ronalds
The starting point for this page 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 added more information:
In 2018, pages for other members of the Brentford clan were added: Jane Montgomrey, nee Ronalds, who came from a family of timber merchants and Elizabeth (Betsey) 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'.
2021: Beverley published a couple of articles about an old manuscript recipe book compiled by Elizabeth Ronalds née Clarke (1758-1823). Numerous other local residents in addition provided recipes and so the book is almost a "who's who" of Brentford in the Regency period, and particularly the protestant dissenters who attended the chapel in Boston Manor Road.
There are links to the articles and the original manuscript on the Ronalds Nurserymen page of my Ronalds Family website. The article can be downloaded - last item on page - and a list of contributors and their recipes is on pages 8 & 9.
In 2022 Beverley wrote:
To see portraits of Henry and Lucy, on the Dr Henry Ronalds page, link above, under Further Information choose "Before Eldon House: Lucy Ronalds Harris' Background and Upbringing (2019)". This takes you to the London & Middlesex Historical Society (Ontario, Canada) website, scroll down to Vol. 27 (2019) where the article on pages 44 and 45 can be accessed.
Hugh Ronalds, nurseryman & seedsman
Hugh 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 tree
The 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: