IT’S official! Royal bride Kate Middleton is from Calder-dale.
Historian David Glover has traced her ancestry back to the Midgley family of Midgley in the Calder Valley.
Following the bloodline from her father, Michael Middleton, back through 14 generations leads to Edward Midgley, of the parish of Halifax, in the early 1500s.
This means Edward is Kate’s great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather. Mr Glover said:
“It was simply a question of working from information that’s already available and interpreting it.
“Looking back at it, there’s quite a lot of printed information on the Middleton ancestry. People have done various bits of research.
“I found there was a Midgely family name and I thought if I followed it back there’s could be the possibility of a link to this area, as quite a lot of Midgleys are from Midgley near Halifax.”
He said he’d seen on TV the mention of a link in the Middleton family tree to the Luptons of Leeds.
He discovered that Kate’s great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather Francis Lupton, who was born in Leeds in 1658, married an Ester Midgley of Adel, Leeds, in 1688.
Ester Midgely’s great, great, great grandfather was Edward Midgley of the parish of Halifax.
It was Edward Midgely who is thought to have been the man who moved from Halifax to Adel where the future generations lived.
After the dissolution of the monasteries in the later 1530s, Edward Midgely settled in West Breary, in the parish of Adel, where he bought an estate which had been Kirkstall Abbey property.
Mr Glover said: “The Midgleys of Midgley were a very well-known family, of whom male-line descendents still exist today. Edward would have been a man of good family - not necessarily well to do, but the family would probably have already owned property.
“At the time of the dissolution, some properties could be picked up fairly cheap. So he may have wanted to move to a new area to set up his own dynasty.
“I have no doubt that the descent from Kate Middleton back to the Midgleys of Halifax parish is proved.”
l A few years ago, Mr Glover also followed Prince William’s ancestry back to Calderdale.
The Spencer family line - the late Princess Diana’s family - can be traced back to the Saltonstalls who lived in Halifax in the 16th century.