Captain John Crampton


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Captain John Crampton 1

  • Born: South Collingham, Nottinghamshire
  • Marriage: Catherine Stone

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Residence: South Collingham, Nottinghamshire. 3 4 All sources found to date record the birth of Captain John Crampton as being in South Collingham, Nottinghamshire.

The village is sited in the eastern side of Nottinghamshire on the eastern side of the Trent Valley near Newark. The name Collingham is derived from the Saxon words 'inga' meaning 'people', 'ham' which means a 'settlement' and Colla which is most likely the name of the chieftain or other principal inhabitant. It is interesting to note that the name Crampton is indicative of a Saxon origin. Archaeological finds have shown that there was a settlement in the area as far back as the Bronze Age.

The settlement was split in two by the Danes (Viking settlers) who called the one half 'Northbie' (North Collingham) and the other 'Southbie' (South Collingham). In later medieval times the villages served as two distinct parishes each with its own church.

South Collingham is served by the church of St. John the Baptist, primarily 14th Century although it contains some Saxon and Norman features.

We visited the village on 13th August 2011. We were unable to access the church however according to the book 'The History of Collingham and its Neighbourhood' by EG Wake (1867), the church contains no monuments to the Crampton family. We checked the surrounding churchyard and did not find any obvious Crampton memorials. There are no surviving stones from the 17th Century but the lack of more modern mentions of the Crampton name suggests that the family did not continue to inhabit South Collingham, unless female members married into some other families.

Occupation: Captain, Cir 1690, Ireland. 2 5 Recorded in the official records of the College of Arms, London as settling in Ireland during the reign of Charles II (Reigned 1660-1685). Recorded in the book Smyly Archives (1892) (Sir Phillip Crampton Smyly) as "went to Ireland as a Captain in William III's army (Cir. 1690) and settled there after the war". William III reigned from 1689-1702 and his reign is characterised by the invasion of Ireland and his victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

John married Catherine Stone.


1 Peter O'Donoghue Bluemantle Pursuivant, "College of Arms," p. 2; report to Ryan John Kriste, [STREET ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, 14 December 2009; Research done on behalf of Ryan Kriste by the Bluemantle Pursuivant of the College of Arms (Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4BT - The official repository of the coats of arms and pedigrees of English, Welsh, Northern Irish and Commonwealth families and their descendants.

2 Peter O'Donoghue Bluemantle Pursuivant, "College of Arms," p. 2; report to Ryan John Kriste, [STREET ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, 14 December 2009.

3 Collingham & District Local History Society, editor, Collingham Heritage Trail Pamphlet (Collingham, Nottinghamshire: Collingham & District Local History Society, 2006).

4 E.G. Wake M.D., The History of Collingham and its Neighbourhood (1867; reprint, Nottingham: Nottinghamshire County Council, 1998).

5 Philip Crampton (1838-1904) Smyly Dr., The Smyly Archives 1892 (N.p.: n.p., 1892).

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