Name: Thomas PARATT , of Shillington
ALIA: Thomas /Perrot/, of Shillington
Birth: ABT 1540 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Death: OCT 1613 in Shillington, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England
However, the will of a Thomas Parrott of Shitlington (now called Shillington - perhaps for obvious reasons!!) provide the answer. This Thomas made his will in 1613 and was an extremely wealthy man besides siring many sons, six of whom were living in 1613 with a total of 14 grandsons and 14 grandaughters on the male side alone. The total monetary bequests come to £1390 to his kin besides large bequests to others. The land - mostly given in acres - totals 267 acres plus many other areas mentioned where the acreage is not given. He still owned much land in Luton and 210 acres in Old Weston which went to two of his sons, Richard and Robert.
A series of Feet of Fines for Hunts, extracted at the PRO by Joyce Gibbs, mentions five occasions between 1580 and 1601 when a Thomas Parratt, Gent, let his lands there to various tenants. including areas at Brington and Bythorne. It is not possible to tie up these acreages with his will as they are not all denoted. However he owned farmhouses and tenements as well as the land. Luckily Bishops Transcripts exist for the parish of Old Weston and it is possible to tie up the connection very easily.
Thomas left the lands and farms at Old Weston to his sons Hobert and Richard in two separate bequests of approximately half each. Barnwell states that the first recorded there was a Henry Perrott with the three pears coat. Richard was unmarried at the time of his father's will, being the youngest son. However he did marry and in 1622 a son Henry was baptised to him. We know the children of Robert the other son to whom the lands in Old Weston were left, from his will. He moved from there back to Meppershall, the parish adjacent to Shillington and died there. Some of his children were born at Old Weston and complete the names mentioned in Thomas's will. [The Bedfordshire "P"s, 1989, linked to from the website "Perrot's of Bedfordshire"]
Father: John PERAT , of Luton b: ABT 1517 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Margaret ASHTON b: ABT 1540
- Thomas PARATT , of Kings Walden b: ABT 1558 in Shillington, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England
- Mary PARATT b: ABT 1568 in Shillington, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England