Links Between The Founding Fathers & Richmond, North Yorkshire
There are many links between the Founding Fathers of America, and the area of Richmond, North Yorkshire. 2020 will mark the 400 year anniversary of the Founding Fathers' landing in the USA.
John Lawson was born circa 1674 at Brough Hall, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, England. Brough Hall is now part of the town of Catterick.
John Lawson played an important role in exploring the interior of colonial North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, founding two settlements in North Carolina: Bath and New Bern, both at the coast.
He wrote and published multiple works detailing his exploration and experiences.
Francis Nicholson was born in Richmond, North Yorkshire in the area now called Downholme in 1655. He was the first man ever to be granted the Freedom of Richmond.
Francis Nicholson was governor of the Dominion of New England, Virginia (twice), Maryland, Nova Scotia and South Carolina throughout his career.
Nicholson made important contributions to Virginia's military and economy, and played a leading role in the creation of the capital at Williamsburg.
William de Wessyngton
William de Wessyngton was a forebear of George Washington, the first President of the United States, after whom the U.S. capital and many other places in the United States are named.
Although George Washington's great-grandfather John Washington left for Virginia from Essex, Washington Old Hall was the family home of George Washington's ancestors. The present structure incorporates small parts of the medieval home in which they lived, and is a very short drive from Richmond, North Yorkshire. The American Independence Day is marked each year by a ceremony at Washington Old Hall.
The design of the American flag originates with the Washington family crest, which can be viewed in both Durham and Selby cathedrals.
George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore was responsible for the founding of the state of Maryland as a colonial refuge for persecuted Catholics.
He was born in 1571 at Kiplin, Richmondshire, Yorkshire. Kiplin Hall maintains a very strong connection to Maryland to this day involving student exchanges.
Washington Old Hall
Washington Old Hall,
Tyne and Wear
Last updated 07/03/2015