NameMartha LAIDMAN, 2690, K1042
Birth1 Sep 1693
Baptism19 Sep 1693, Woodhorn, NBL Age: <1
Martha Laidman’s christening is recorded in the Parish records of Woodhorn Church, Northumberland: 1693 19th Sept. Baptised. Martha, Daughter to Christopher Laidman, M.A., Vicar of Woodhorn. Godparents: Sir William Bowes, Madam Elizabeth Clavering, Madam Jane Blackiston. (Source: Peter McGuinness, An Outline History of Woodhorn, The Leisure & Publicity Department, Wansbeck District Council, Town Hall, Ashington, Northumberland, p.12, ISBN 0 907008 062.
[Sir] William [Bowes] was born in 1656. He was admitted of Trinity College, Cambridge in 1672 and of Gray’s Inn the same year. For a time he was employed under Sir Leoline Jenkins, and after the peace of Nimeguen travelled in France and elsewhere on the continent. Five times in the period 1679-1705 he was elected Member of Parliament for the county of Durham. In 1684 he was knighted by Charles II at Whitehall, and in the following year was made master forester and chief warden of all the king’s forests and chases in the lordship of Barnard Castle. ... In 1691 Sir William married Elizabeth, only child and sole heir of Sir Francis Blakiston [and his wife Anne Bowes] of Gibside [Durham], thus adding that considerable estate to the Bowes possessions. He died in 1706. (Charles E. Hardy, John Bowes and the Bowes Museum, Frank Graham, 6 Queen’s Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne 1970, pp. 7-8).
Sir William’s youngest son George, MP (1701-1760), had an only daughter Eleanor Mary (1749-1800) who became the heiress to the Bowes wealth, and married John Lyon, 9th Earl of Strathmore. A condition of the marriage settlement was that the name of the family would henceforth be Bowes-Lyon. From this marriage is descended Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and her daughter Elizabeth II Queen of England.
“Madam Jane Blakiston” was Sir William’s wife Elizabeth’s sister. She was born about 1659 at Gibside, the Bowes’ family home, and died before 1713.
Clavering: “... there being many of that [’popish’] persuasion in these parts, and they have several chapels in which they say Mass openly. The Claverings, Yeleinston [Yetlington], Calala [Callaly], or Wallington, near Whitingham are the chief of them.” “Madam Elizabeth Clavering” may be Elizabeth née Middleton, wife of Sir James Clavering (2nd Bt: 1668-1707) and daughter of Sir William Middleton (1st Bt: d. 1690). She was buried 6 May 1708 at Whickham, Durham. This branch of Claverings were clearly not Catholic.
Mentioned in the will of Christopher Laidman dated 21 October 1710.
Re her date of death, the Bill of Complaint dated between 1725 and 1728 issued by John and Laidman Green [q.v.] concerning the Will of their grandfather Christopher Laidman states: ‘That Martha was marryed to George Forster, Gent(leman), and is now liveing,...’
Occupation1724 - collier of North Shields
Of South Shields at time of marriage (1718)
Marriage19 Jun 1718, Woodhorn, NBL