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Sir John Tyrrell

yrrell County is named for Lords Proprietor Sir John Tyrrell (16851729). Sir John bought a share in Carolina, part of the the original proprietary grant to Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, the third Earl of Shaftesbury, sometime before May 28, 1725. 

Sir John never visited Carolina. He chose to stay in  England at one of his two estates, Heron and Woodham Mortimer, both in Essex. He was married twice with four daughters from the first marriage and three sons from the second. When he died in 1729, he was succeeded by his sons, as was the custom at that time. When the sons died, the title of the family became extinct (January 5, 1766).

Tyrrell was an old name in England and the family achieved some importance there.  The chief of the Tyrrells of Springfield, as they were known, was always a knight. Sir Walter, the original Tyrrell, received his lands in Essex from William the Conqueror but the family was not granted a seal until October 22, 1666, when another Sir John  was created a Baronet. In 1378, Sir Hugh defended his castle from the French. Jet, a third Sir John, was a Sheriff in 1423, a captain of Carpenters serving in France, and a treasurer for Henry VI.

The name been written at least two ways:: Tyrrell, as it is spelled here today, as well as Tirrell.  The Tyrrell seal is simple but colorful. Two cheveronels are silver in a azure field surrounded by a red engrailed border.

The most notorious of the Tyrrells allegedly smothered the children of Edward IV at the command of Richard III.  This villain, Sir James Tyrrell, is not one of the Springfields, however.

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