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Other notable bearers of the HARTLEY surname include:

General Sir Alan Fleming HARTLEY KCSI CB DSO ADC [1882-1954] 

Lt Gen Alan Fleming HARTLEY was General Officer Commanding in Chief, Northern Command, India, 1940. He then succeeded [Jan 1942] General Sir Archibald WAVELL for a short time as Commander in Chief of British forces during WWII. WAVELL was reappointed In Apr 1942 and Sir Alan appointed Deputy Commander in Chief..
The British Commander in Chief in India was the Chief Military Commander for the British administration in India and liaisoned with the civilian Governor General of India. The Commander in Chief's staff were known as India Command and most were based at the General Headquarters India [GHQ India]. Following Indian Independence the post was merged into the office of the President of the Republic of India. Thus, the Indian President is the Commander in Chief of the Indian Armed Forces.

Alex HARTLEY - England-Lancashire Cricketer [1993 b.Blackburn] Lancashire Women cricket team

Alexandra Hartley is an England-Lancashire international cricketer. Alex has played for Middlesex Women cricket team and Lancashire Women cricket team.
She is a right-hand batsman as well as a left arm orthodox bowler. Alex also co-hosts a podcast called No Balls with England teammate Kate Cross. She made her ODI debut against Pakistan women cricket team at County Ground, Taunton in June 2016.
Alex was a member of the winning women's team at the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup held in England. In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in the ICC Women's ODI Team of the Year. In February 2019, she was awarded a full central contract by the England and Wales Cricket Board [ECB] for 2019. She lost that contract in October 2019, but in June 2020 became one of the first 25 English women cricketers to be retained under a regional retainer contract. Alex featured as part of the BBC's Test Match Special coverage for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup. She was also part of the Test Match Special commentary team for the England men's T20 matches against Pakistan. Alex captained Thunder in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.


[Margaret] Ann HARTLEY [born 1942 Warkworth, New Zealand] Former New Zealand Labour MP
Margaret Ann HARTLEY was first elected to the New Zealand Parliament in the 1999 elections, winning the seat of Northcote. Ann was previously the Mayor of North Shore City, and before that, the Mayor of Birkenhead [now a suburb of North Shore City]. Before entering politics, she was a Real Estate Agent.
Ann was re-elected for Northcote in 2002 and was the first woman Assistant Speaker of the House, but in a 2005 election was defeated. She remained in Parliament as a list candidate. In the 2007 local body elections Ann was elected to the North Shore City Council, and left Parliament when it resumed in 2008.

Ann GILBERT [October 21, 1821 December 2, 1904 Rochdale, Lancashire] British - American Actress.
Ann GILBERT was born Anne Jane HARTLEY at Rochdale, Lancashire, England. At fifteen she was a pupil at the ballet school connected with Her Majesty's Theatre, in the Haymarket, conducted by Paul Taglioni, and became a dancer. Her first conspicuous appearance on stage was made as a dancer, in the Norwich theatrical circuit, England, in 1845. In 1846 she married George H. Gilbert (d. 1866), a performer in the theatre company of which she was a member. Together they filled many engagements in English theatres, moving to America in 1849.
Her first 15 years in America were spent in inland cities such as Chicago, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. Mrs Gilbert's first success in a speaking part was in 1857 as Wichavenda in John Brougham's Po-ca-hon-tas. One of the most brilliant and decisive successive successes of her professional life was gained at that theatre, when, on 5 August 1867, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Florence presented Robertson's fine comedy of "Caste," for the first time in America. On leaving the Broadway she went to Daly's Fifth Avenue Theatre, which was opened, in Twenty-fourth Street, on the site of the subsequent Madison Square Theatre - demolished in 1908, - with Robertson's comedy of "Play." The cast included E. L. Davenport, George Holland, William Davidge, J. L. Polk, Agnes Ethel, and George Clarke. Mrs. Gilbert played Mrs. Kinpeck. For many years she played opposite James Lewis as his "wife", or playing old women's parts, in which she had no equal. After Mr. Daly's death she came under Charles Frohman's management and later became a member of Annie Russell's company.
On October 24, 1904, at the New Lyceum Theatre, Mrs. Gilbert made her first appearance as a star, being then in the eighty-second year of her age, in a play, by Clyde Fitch, called "Granny." Her appearance in "Granny" was the beginning of the farewell season, and Granny was the last part she played.
Her final appearance on the New York Stage occurred at the Lyceum Theatre, on November 12, 1904. She acted for fifty-four years [after five years as a dancer], and she remained in active employment to the last. Mrs Gilbert was uniquely respected and popular, both with audiences and behind the footlights. She performed last in Chicago on December 1, and died there on the following day from a brain hemorrhage.

Arthur Clifford HARTLEY, CBE [7 January 1889 28 January 1960] British Civil Engineer.
Arthur was born at Springbank, Hull in 1889 to George Thomas HARTLEY, a Surgeon, and his wife Elizabeth BRIGGS. He was educated at Hymers College and Hull Municipal Technical College, the City and Guilds College, Imperial College London. He graduated in 1910. He was with the Royal Flying Corps during World War I, became a qualified pilot, with the rank of Major and joined the Air Board where he was involved with the development of interrupter gear. His war work was rewarded with his appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire [OBE]. During the Second World War Hartley was seconded to the government where he was involved in the development of the bombsight which sank the Tirpitz, the Operation Pluto pipeline project and the FIDO fog dispersion system. Following the war he was rewarded with an appointment as Commander of the Order of the British Empire [CBE], a United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and 9000 cash. He was elected president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He was elected president of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1959, but died three months into his tenure.
In 1920 Arthur married Dorothy Elizabeth WALLACE, the daughter of a Shanghai-based Marine Engineer, and had two sons. Dorothy died in 1923, and in 1927 he married Florence Nina HODGSON with whom he had a further two sons.

Bill HARTLEY [-1970] William Hethorn HARTLEY, BBC Motoring Broadcaster/Journalist/Writer

Bill HARTLEY was a much loved pioneering BBC Motoring Broadcaster in the 1950's-1960's. He had a weekly Motoring programme on BBC Radio and wrote many basic books on the subject of 'Motoring and the Motorist'. He also wrote Owner-Driver Handbooks for popular cars. Bill was to motoring what Percy Thrower was to gardening.

He lived in Devon and died at Cove near Tiverton in Devon, 1970.

Bill HARTLEY [26 October 1930 - 18 February 2006] Australian Labour Politician.
Born at Southern Cross, Western Australia, Bill was State Secretary of the Victorian branch of the Australian Labour Party and a leading figure within its Socialist Left faction until his expulsion in 1986. After his expulsion, he formed the Progressive Labour Party, which did not enjoy success in the elections it contested during the 1980s and 1990s. Prior to his involvement in left-wing politics, he was a Young Liberal and was active in the University of Western Australia's Liberal Club. He was a radio broadcaster from 1978 to 1995 on community radio 3CR with a programme called Par Avion which was the most influential left wing show in Australia. He was also a paid correspondent for various Arab governments' media organisations including Iraq and Libya. He gained public attention following his involvement with Gough Whitlam and David Combe in attempts to raise large sums of money for the Labour Party from Saddam Hussein's Baath Party in 1975 and for his outspoken views on a variety of issues, particularly the Middle East conflict. Bill died, aged 75, in Geraldton, Western Australia.

Catharine HARTLEY [b.1965]

Together with Fiona THORNEWILL, Catharine and Fiona became the first British women to walk the 680 mile journey across Antarctica to the South Pole between November 1999 and early January 2000. Later, between March and May 2001, Catharine and Fiona walked to the North Pole, hence they were the first women to reach both poles on foot. The trek went from tiny Ward Hunt Island in the Canadian Arctic to the North Pole, a distance of about 480 miles as the crow flies

Catherine HARTLEY Catherine Paul, Catherine, Fiona, Mike Paul, Catherine, Fiona, Mike at the North Pole Catherine North Pole Trek Catherine encounters rubble

Originally from Chichester, England but now living in London, Catharine has worked as a stage manager and location manager for theatre and then for the BBC. 
In 1992, Catharine set off for two years traveling on her own. During her time away she lived in the outback of Australia, jumped out of planes in New Zealand and spent time with the indigenous people of the Solomon Islands and Borneo. Her thirst for adventure increased and while cycling around Jordan she became intrigued by the polar regions. Three years later, after much research, Catharine was introduced to Adventure Network, who invited her to join their expedition to the South Pole. 

Struck down with frost bite and at the risk of losing her finger Catharine continued with the 680-mile journey, walking 8 hours a day, eating 5000 calories a day to keep her strength up and sleeping in 24-hour sunlight. She finally reached the South Pole in January 2000. 
North Pole 55-day Trek" - March 11th - May 5th 2001
The team had to battle extremely cold weather conditions, with temperatures as low as -50C, and a shifting ice pack on the Arctic Ocean. The real distance traveled, as a result of drifting ice, was probably closer to 600 miles.

My cousin Clive HARTLEY was a member of the 'bubblegum' band 'Peppermint Circus' [1967-1970]

From left to right: Alan Tallis [Bass Guitar] from Henley-in-Arden; John Roddis [Lead guitar & vocals] from Leamington [d.2007]; Paul Thomas [Lead vocals] from Leamington; Clive HARTLEY [Keyboards & vocals] from Coventry; Paul Langer [Drums] of Kineton [d.2011].
Prior to Clive Hartley joining the band the band had two other keyboard players, Peter O'Keife and John Rivers; Clive played the first time on a television programme "LIFT OFF" when their previous organist dropped out suddenly.
Peppermint Circus used an ex-Airport double-decker bus painted black, white and orange.They had it fitted with beds, lights, heating and a cooker. Other former members: incl. James Curtis [vocalist/songwriter] and Barry Naylor.

Peppermint Circus Peppermint Circus had a big hit with "One Thing Could Lead to Another" sold 300 copies a day - in Holland it reached no. 9 in the hit parade.

Peppermint CIrcus Other hits included "Let me go", arranged and produced by Mike Batt, and "School Days" They released 5 singles [Polydor/A&M label] between April 1968 and January 1970.

memorabilia from Alan Tallis: http://www.peppermintcircus.co.uk/



Doctor David HARTLEY MD FRS [1705-1757] David Hartley 1705

the English metaphysician, psychologist and philosopher was born June 1705 at Ludenden, Illingworth, Ovenden, Halifax, West Yorkshire, to Reverend David HARTLEY, vicar of Armley, and his wife Everald WADSWORTH. His mother died three months after his birth.
David's brother was James HARTLEY [James HARTLEY's son was Robert HARTLEY > Isaac HARTLEY > Robert Milham HARTLEY

see HARTLEY Family of Chorlton in Lancashire

David HARTLEY's father, an Anglican clergyman, died when David was only fifteen. David was educated at Bradford Grammar School and Jesus College, Cambridge, at first for the Church, then changed direction [he most strongly objected to the theory of eternal punishment] and became a successful medical practitioner.

His chief work "Observations on Man, his Frame, his Duty, and his Expectations" [1749] relates psychology closely to physiology and develops a theory of the association of sensations with sets of ideas which forms part of an associationalist tradition running from HUME through to MILL and SPENCER. His links with COLERIDGE can be seen in his poetry and in his decision to name his eldest son HARTLEY COLERIDGE David HARTLEY lived at Newark, Bury St Edmunds, London, and finally died on 28th August 1757 at Bath, Somerset.

David HARTLEY was married twice. The first time in 1730 to Alice ROWLEY, who died the next year giving birth to their son David [1731-1813]. His second marriage was in 1735 to Elizabeth PACKER [1713-78], the daughter of Robert PACKER and Mary WINCHCOMBE of Shellingford and Bucklebury, both in Berkshire.
Mary WINCHCOMBE's grandparents were Sir Henry WINCHCOMBE and Frances HOWARD and her aunt was Viscountess Frances WINCHCOMBE b.1680 who had married Sir Henry St JOHN, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke ... her father was also named Sir Henry WINCHCOMBE. He married Elizabeth HUNGERFORD. Mary's sister was also named Frances and married Frederick St JOHN ... Frederick later became 3rd Viscount Bolingbroke and later married Lady Diana SPENCER daughter of the Duke of Malborough ... all are related to the SPENCER and CHURCHILL families and thereby the British Royal Family, and related to King Charles I and the Stuart Throne.
Lady Diana later married Topham BEAUCLERK, a friend of the famous Dr JOHNSTON. Topham was the son of Lord Sidney, his grandfather was Lord William, his great grandfather 1st Duke Charles BEAUCLERK, the son of King Charles II and Nell GWYN.

David HARTLEY had two sons - by his first wife Alice ROWLEY, David HARTLEY MP [below] and by his second wife Elizabeth PACKER, Winchcombe Henry HARTLEY. Also a daughter, Mary HARTLEY, well accomplished in literature and the fine arts.

Winchcombe Henry HARTLEY was Colonel of the Royal Gloucestershire Militia, and MP for the County of Berkshire in the Parliaments of 1774-80-90. He was married to Ann BLACKWELL in 1787 and died in 1794. His only son was the Rev. Winchcombe Henry Howard HARTLEY, Vicar of Bucklebury.

Rev. Hartley married to Elizabeth WATTS on 21st August 1809 [her father was Samuel WATTS of Williamstrip Park, Gloucester] and died 9th September 1832, leaving a son

Winchcombe Henry Howard HARTLEY Winchcombe Henry Howard HARTLEY, Colonel of the Gloucestershire Militia, and High Sheriff of Berkshire in 1838, [also a daughter, Elizabeth Ann, who married the Count Demetrius de PALATIANO of Corfu, a Greek noble].
William Henry Howard HARTLEY came into possession of Lyegrove Manor and Shaw-cum-Donnington Manor in 1833. He married Emily BIEDERMANN, daughter of the Rev. George A BIEDERMANN. After he died in 1881 the estates in Berkshire and Gloucestershire descended to his co-heiresses - the Countess de PALATIANO of Corfu, Mrs. WEBLEY-PARRY, Mrs. Acreman WHITE, and Mrs. Charles RUSSELL, but a partition of the estates was carried out in 1906. [Since that time the families of each of these ladies have been lords of the manor in turn. The title now being held by Willie Hartley RUSSELL whose father restored the remains of the old mansion to form the present Bucklebury House in the late 1950s.]

* Henry Harclay [c. 1270 1317] Chancellor of the University of Oxford [1313-1316], a former Priest educated at the University of Paris [c.1300] where he was influeneced by Scotus. He was later a Secular Master [c.1310] and Scholastic Philosopher, a radical 'Thinker' who questioned Aristotle regarding Infinity and Eternity. His twenty-nine Quaestiones Ordinariae cover a range of topics in metaphysics, theology, physical science, philosophical anthropology and ethics, which were among the most important of those debated in the early 14thC. The articles provide a window to this era, as Harclay discusses many of the main questions of his day: whether and why we choose what is evil, how God can know the future and we can still be free, what a virtue is, whether the human soul survives death, whether all things are made up of atoms. He was the son of Sir Michael Harclay and Joan Fitzjohn, and the younger brother of Andrew Harclay [see History Page]

David HARTLEY MP [1729-1813]

son of the metaphysician, psychologist and philosopher David HARTLEY [above], he was born in 1729 at Cockermouth, Cumberland, and later lived at Bath, Somerset. David was a cousin of James SMITHSON, who gave the Smithsonian Institution to the USA [although he never set foot on American soil]. He was also related to Marcellus HARTLEY, who was instrumental in preventing Britain from taking sides with the South in the American Civil War.
David studied medicine at the University of Leyden. He lived at Little Sodbury House and later had homes at 20 Golden Square, London [1767-demolished in 1786], which he rented from his close relation Lady Frances Winchcombe, as well as an office for the commercial exploitation of his inventions on the opposite side of the square at No. 1, and a warehouse at Adelphi Wharf.. He also owned the Manor at East Shefford, which he bought from his half-brother, Winchcombe Henry HARTLEY in 1777, who bought it back in 1787 before passing it on to his son, Rev. Winchcombe Henry Howard HARTLEY.
During the 1760's David gained recognition as a scientist and, through mutual interests, became an intimate friend of Benjamin FRANKLIN.

On Putney Heath, to the south of Putney, is an obelisk erected by the corporation of London, with an inscription commemorating the experiments made in 1776, by David, which appeared to prove the efficacy of a method of building houses fire-proof, for the trial of which he had in 1774 obtained a grant from parliament of 2500. It consisted of laying thin iron or copper plates underneath floor boards, a system that had been invented and patented by his father David HARTLEY, fifty years previously. Between two floor boards were sheets of laminated iron or copper. This metallic lining made the floor air-tight, and thereby stopped the heated air; so that, although the inferior boards were actually charred, the less inflammable material of metal prevented the process of combustion from taking place in the superior boards. These sheets of iron or copper were not thicker than tinfoil, yet when interposed between the double set of boards, and deprived of air, they effectually stopped the progress of the fire. The invention, however, seems to have sunk entirely into obscurity. In practice, it seems to have had little effect at preventing the spread of fire in other buildings where it had been installed.
David entered Parliament as MP for Hull, East Yorkshire in 1774 and sat until 1780 and again from 1782 to 1784. David was sympathetic to the Rockingham Whigs, although he did not hold office in either Rockingham ministry. He was expert in public finance and opposed both the slave trade and the war with the American colonies. In 1778 he wrote a pamphlet "Letters on the American War" which accused Great Britain of tyranny over the colonies, urged recognition of American independence, and proposed 'mutual naturalization' between the two countries. Although a liberal on American policy, David was a long-time friend of NORTH and strongly disliked SHELBURNE. He supported the Coalition by voting against Shelburne's peace preliminaries. Signing Treaty of Paris David was sent to Paris in April, 1783, to negotiate the definitive "Treaty of Paris" with the United States and to make a trade agreement. The Treaty was signed on 3rd September 1783. Featured in the picture [with David HARTLEY not yet painted in on the right] are John ADAMS, Benjamin FRANKLIN, John JAY, Henry LAURENS and William Temple FRANKLIN [the latter two were omitted from commemorative stamps] Treaty Of Paris Stamps A 20 cents US postage stamp in 1996, commemorated the 200th anniversary of the "Treaty of Paris" [1783], which marked the formal end of the US independence from Great Britain.
After 1784 David HARTLEY retired from public life. He died at Bath, Somerset on 19th December 1813. On Putney Heath is an obelisk erected by the Corporation of London, in 1776, commemorating David HARTLEY's experiments. Belvedere, where the Hartleys lived, is described as a "most beautiful spot, upon a high hill, at one of the extremities of the town of Bath, commanding an enchanting view of the Avon and all the surrounding country".

David HARTLEY had five children [1] Thomas [2] Martha [3] Jane [4] Robert [5] William.
[1] Thomas HARTLEY [born at Cockermouth 29 March 1770 - died in Pittsburgh USA 31 October 1854]. Thomas emigrated to the USA in 1799 via New York City. He married a widow, Sarah Reed KEMP who already had two children Carolyn and Belinda. Thomas and Sarah had at least six children together: James Reed HARTLEY [born 1819 - died 2 Feb 1899]; Martha; Robert; Sarah; William; and Jane. James Reed married Elizabeth MADDOX [b.Wales] and they had one child, Carolyn Maddox HARTLEY [16th October 1846 - 29 Dec 1886]. Carolyn married John Swope MERING [born 12 April 1843 at Carroll Co. Md USA - died 29 December 1902 in Pittsburgh, USA]. Carolyn and John had five children: James Hartley MERING [born 25 Nov 1877 - died 15 June 1959]; Walter S.; Eliz H.; William H.; and Ralph H. [Ray C. FRODEY 4345 Chippewa Trail, Fremont, Mi 49412 USA rafrodey@ncats.net]

see HARTLEY Family of Chorlton in Lancashire

'King' David HARTLEY [1730-1770] - Ringleader of a Gang, 'The Cragg Vale Coiners'

The removal by the Mint of wording around the edge of a gold Guinea, relying solely on the milling around the edge of the coin, was to make the act of 'coining' much simpler, since the milled edge of the coin could easily be reinstated with a file. The 'Coiner' having 'clipped' some of the gold away, first, the clipped gold was then used to forge fake coins. Even though the penalty for counterfeiting and 'coining' was death, it was too tempting, and lucrative, so the offence was fairly common during the 17th and 18th centuries.
'King' David's father was William HARTLEY of Bell House near Halifax [1703-1773]. His brothers were William of Erringden [1735-1789] and Isaac of [site of] Elphaborough Hall, Cragg Road, Mytholmroyd [1732-1815]. They were also 'Coiners'.
David [1729-1770] had served his Apprenticeship as an Ironworker in Birmingham [1760-1765], and it was from there that he returned to his fathers home in 1765 with his wife Grace SUTCLIFFE; she later bore their first son, David [1766-1847], a daughter Mary [1767-1793] and a second son Isaac [1769-1853].
'King' David was involved in 'Coining' in Yorkshire for five years and probably in Birmingham before that. On the evening of Saturday 14th October 1769, following information given by James Broadbent, David was arrested by William Deighton at the Old Cock Inn, Halifax. Broadbent attempted to withdraw his statement and get David released, but this failed and he was subsequently sentenced at the York Spring Assizes. Three local engravers were mentioned during the trial: Thomas Sunderland of Halifax, Joseph Shaw of Bradford, and a third man called Lightoulers.
On 6th April 1770, David was sentenced to death along with James Oldfield and William Varley. Along with James Oldfield, he was hanged at Tyburn, near York, at 2:30 pm on 28th April 1770 for "impairing, diminishing and lightening guineas". The records state that "They were detected at Halifax, and died penitent, acknowledging the justice of the sentence passed upon them" David's wife asked that his body be brought back to Calderdale for burial. He was buried in the churchyard of the Parish Church of Saint Thomas Becket, Heptonstall where the burial details in the church register were recorded in Latin:
1770 May I. David Heartley de Bellhouse in Villa Erringdinensis suspensus in collo prope Eboracum ob nummos publicos illicite cudendos et accidentos
translated: David Hartley of Bell House in the town of Erringden was hanged near York for unlawfully stamping and clipping public coinage
After his death, his friends carved his name and date on a rock at Holder Stones, Stoodley
It is estimated that nearly three and a half million pounds worth of fake Guineas had been paid into banks. Some 9% of genuine coins had been 'clipped'.

William HARTLEY [1703-1773] sons were:

>{ David HARTLEY [1729-1770] married Grace SUTCLIFFE 27 DEC 1764 at Heptonstall, Yorkshire.
'King' David and Grace's children were:
>{David HARTLEY [1766-1847] Killed at Eastwood Station 27 MAR 1847
>{ Mary HARTLEY [1767-1793]
>{ Isaac HARTLEY [1769-1853]
After David's execution in 1770, Grace bought Lodge Farm, Cragg Vale in 1774.

>{ Isaac HARTLEY [1732-1815] known as 'The Duke of York'. He lived as a farmer with his wife, Bessy, in a house built on the site of Elphaborough Hall, Cragg Vale. He was said to be the man who organised the plot to murder William Deighton, having offered 100 to anyone who would kill him. After the arrest of his brother, Isaac asked Thomas Spencer to find someone to dispose of William Deighton. It has been suggested that Isaac was a Gunsmith. The official notice of 1769 for his arrest described him as "Isaac HARTLEY, late of Erringden, in the Parish of Halifax [commonly called the Duke of York, being younger Brother of David Hartley, usually called King David, now a Prisoner in York Castle] about 35 years old. 5 ft 7 ins high, a dark down-looking man, wears his own hair, which is black, a little pock-broke, and generally wears light-coloured cloaths"
Although Isaac was the organiser behind William Deighton's murder, he was never brought to trial due to lack of evidence, and died a natural death, although a lingering and painful death, on 5th March 1815 at Lower White Lee, Cragg Vale, and was buried in a grave next to his brother David, at Heptonstall. Elphaborough Hall was a 17thC Manor Hall at Streamside Fold, Hebden Royd OS Grid Reference: SE0116625952.

>{ William HARTLEY [1735-1789] known as the 'Duke of Edinburgh'. In late December 1769, The Leeds Mercury reported that William escaped through a window, wearing only his shirt, when the local constables surrounded the house in an attempt to arrest him. It is believed that he took little part in his family's coining activities

further info: see Steve Hartley's "Yorkshire Coiners" website at: http://www.yorkshirecoiners.com/ and a book by Colin Spencer/Calderdale MBC - "Coiners of Cragg Vale"

Edmund HARTLEY [executed 1597] - Hung 'twice' for being a Witch

Edmund HARTLEY was a Magician and Travelling Cunjurer and was living at Cleworth, Leigh in Lancashire in the late 16thC. In 1597 he was accused of being a Witch and stood trial at Lancaster Castle.
The accusation was that in 1595, Edmund had used 'popish charms and herbs' to treat two children, John and Anne STARKIE of Cleworth Hall, who were said to have been 'seized with hysterical malady'. Edmund tried to charge their father Nicholas a fee of 40 shillings [equivalent to over a month's wages] for a year's treatment ... later he demanded more money from Nicholas, lest the children suffer further illness. A year later the children became ill again. Also that year, Edmund treated three girls, also from Cleworth Hall, who were suffering 'strange and sore fits' ... he treated them by kissing them, breathing the Devil into their bodies. He then repeated the act on three female servants. At one point Edmund drew a 'magic circle' around Nicholas whilst in a wood.
When questioned by local preachers, Edmund was found not to be able to recite the Lord's Prayer so they classed him a Witch, reported him, and he was arrested.
When Edmund's victims were examined they were found to be speechless ... somehow Edmund had paralised their mouths. One had seen an apparition of the Devil in Edmund. One child had barked and howled. Edmund was charged with 'bewitching' them.
Unfortunately at his trial, Edmund told the court the Devil would protect him, not a wise thing to have said. He was found guilty under an Act prohibiting 'conjuration of evil spirits' and was sentenced to death.
At the gallows, Edmund was strung up ... the halter broke ! He is said to have then made a full confession, whereupon a new rope was brought, he was stung up again ... after Edmund had been successfully hung a second time, priests attended to the children and women to drive away the demons ... they all, eventually, recovered.
In actual fact, the so-called 'Lancashire Witch Trials' were part of a wider Tudor 16thC-17thC campaign against Catholics, the most famous trial being the 'Pendle Witch Trial' of 1612, after which thirteen women and men were executed.

Edmund Baron HARTLEY [VC, CMG] [1847-1919] South African recipient of the Victoria Cross

Edmund Hartley Edmund was born 6th May 1847 at Ivybridge, Devon to Edmund HARTLEY and Sophia BARON.

Edmund aged 12 [photograph courtesy of James at WhatsThatPicture.com]

He received the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Aged 32 years old, and a Surgeon Major in the Cape Mounted Riflemen, South African Forces during the Basuto War, on 5th June 1879 in South Africa, Surgeon Major Hartley attended the wounded under fire at the unsuccessful attack at Morosi's Mountain. From an exposed position, on open pround, he carried in his arms a wounded corporal of the Cape Mounted Riflemen. The surgeon major then returned under severe enemy fire in order to dress the wounds of the other men of the storming party. VC medal Edmund died 20th March 1919 at Ash, Hampshire.

Professor Frank HARTLEY CBE, BSc, PhD, CChem, FRSC, FPS, HonFRCP, HonFRCS, Hon FRSC 1978 [b.19**] Former Vice Chancellor at Cranfield University, UK.

Prof Frank HARTLEY Professor Hartley graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford as a BA (later MA) DPhil and later DSc. From 1988 - 90 Professor Hartley acted as special advisor on defence systems to the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. He has been a member of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee since 1987 and vice president from 1995 until 1998. He was appointed a special advisor to the House of Lords select committee on science and technology for the 1993/4 parliamentary session. 
Professor Hartley became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1976 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1996.
He has published over a dozen books, several with Japanese, Chinese and Russian editions, in the fields of chemistry and military technology.
Professor Frank Hartley retired as Vice-Chancellor at Cranfield University on 22 December 2006.

His father Sir Frank HARTLEY is mentioned below.

Sir Frank HARTLEY [5 January 1911 - 26 January 1997] Pharmacist

Frank Hartley was a distinguished Industrial and Academic Pharmacist who began his career as an Apprentice in a Pharmacy in Nelson, Lancashire, became Vice-Chancellor of the University of London and was Knighted for his services to Pharmacy. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1979; later the surgeons similarly honoured him.
1937: married Lydia ENGLAND [who died 1996; two sons]
1946-1962 Director of Research and Scientific Services, British Drug Houses
1962-1976: Dean, School of Pharmacy, London University 1977: Fellow
1965-1967: President, Royal Society of Chemistry
1970: CBE
1973-1976: Deputy Vice-Chancellor, London University
1976-1978: Vice-Chancellor
1977: Knighted
died Easenhall, Warwickshire.

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