Rosina Kate “Rose” Mortimer (1844 – 1936) and Lawrence Heyworth (1831 – 1903) were my husband’s great-great-grandparents. Rose descended from a line of wealthy Mortimers who were prosperous clothiers in England. For almost 200 years over six generations, the Mortimers lived in the Trowbridge area in Wiltshire. Rose was seven generations removed from the first known progenitor, Edward Mortimer (1635 – 1704), and the first one in her line not to be born at Trowbridge. She was born in India.
An authentic Mortimer Family Crest was granted to Edward Horlock Mortimer II (1786 – 1857) and his offspring, but no description or image of it could be found thus far. The Mortimer surname of our branch ceased when Rose Mortimer died, as she had no brothers. The Mortimer name, however, was ceded to and received by her grandson, Peter Lawrence Jamison (1909 – 1962). He denounced his surname in 1938 and adopted the surname of his grandmother, to became known as Peter Lawrence Mortimer. He was also granted his own official, authentic Coat of Arms by the Royal Charter. Both his son and grandson have carried forth the Mortimer family name.
2. Our Mortimer branch
A simplified view of the line is shown below. To read more about the life of each individual in the line and their families in their particular political, social, religious and culture-historic context of the day, please navigate to Mortimer: Individuals, and select the name of the relevant person.3. Our Mortimer family tree
The more comprehensive family tree – with a name index at the end – includes extended family members such as siblings and their spouses, the in-laws, cousins, etc.