The EXCITING ADDENBROOKEs and Related Families Home Page


The ADDENBROOKE line is an important element in my paternal grandfather’s ancestry.    Through this are established countless links to the clergy as well as the legal and medical worlds; not least to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Grateful Thanks

Naturally I could not have achieved all this singlehanded.   I owe a deep indebtedness to the work of others, much published, a lot not.   The most important source is Burke’s “Landed Gentry”.    The various Oxford and Cambridge ‘Alumni’ volumes need to be mentioned, as well as Stebbing Shaw’s “History of Staffordshire”; although some of the secondary sources appear to be in conflict - indeed I still cannot be sure as to the precise parentage of the famous Dr John ADDENBROOKE, Bishop of Lichfield, who married Dorothy WEDGWOOD - for whom please consult the Exciting WEDGWOOD site.   The result is much COMPLETELY NEW MATERIAL never before published.   Although nothing genealogical can ever be 100% reliable, I believe that the following tree is the most definitive yet.

I have recently been fortunate enough to acquire an original manuscript Birthday Book containing names and vital dates of several hundreds of individuals from an inter-related family of ADDENBROOKEs, BLAGGs, HALCOMBs, FOOTTITs, etc.   The name of the author remains a mystery; but, from clues in the text, I am almost certain that she may be identified as Susan BLAGG, born in 1861 and married to John MASEFIELD in 1881.   The earliest dates in the book are from people born towards the end of the 18th. century; the latest date is 1940.   This is a valuable primary source, supplying much information not available elsewhere.

I have transcribed the volume and you can view the content here.    Comments and corrections will be gladly received.


I can do no more than apologise for the chosen display medium.   GED2HTML aka Gendex is the ‘only/best of a bad lot’ of programs to choose from; it was designed in the stone age and cannot cope with the sophistication of modern genealogical software.   It very reluctantly now accepts dates by ‘quarter’ in the Q1 1845 format meaning the first quarter of 1845 - essential when using the GRO indexes.   The occupation and notes fields are a plain mess; although part of this is a result of a change in the GEDCOM standard some years back.    Many of my favourite fields are missed out altogether.

© Philip Richards  May 2016.