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Salusbury Family Including Myths


An ancient Welsh family of oligarchs, the Salusbury Family arrived with William the Conqueror in 1066. The family was first recognized by the crown during the reign of Henry VII after Thomas Salusbury put down a rebellion in Cornwall. Fighting as a Royalist during the English Civil War, John Salusbury, the second son of Sir Thomas Salusbury, received a baronetcy on 10 November, 1619 during the reign of Charles II for his father's contributions to the Crown -- despite the fact that a relation, Thomas Salisbury, had been executed thirty years earlier for his involvement in the Babington Plot.

A commonly acknowledged legend is that after the Babington Plot, the Salusbury Family was split into two scions: those that supported Elizabeth I and those that did not. The parent branch of the family continued to use the original spelling, while the cadet branch, which supported the overthrow of Elizabeth, began to spell their name as Salisbury - as in the Marquess of Salisbury.

The family produced several members of the House of Commons, the diarist Hester Thrale, and the journalist Frederic Salusbury.

This is from a commercial vendor for family displays.

I have several problems with it.

The William the Conqueror 1066 (from Salzburg is pure myth) and the only "proof" was a phoney brass plaque made at a much later date.

Robert Barnsdale of Wales did some serious research in the records at Sawley Abbey (along the Ribble), and he found the family came from Sweden in 1108.

"Marquess of Salisbury" is a title for a family living in the city of Salisbury (probably the Cecils) and has nothing to do with the family name.

This Salisbury/Salusbury/Salesbery comment is silly. Almost all families have spelling variations because the majority couldn't spell.