55In 1381, John of Gaunt granted to Edmund de Alkincotes the employ of ‘le Parker’ of Radholme Laund within the deerpark of the Forest of Bowland. The origin of the family tree can be traced back to his grandfather Peter de Alkincotes. Some genealogists go further back to suggest a connection to the descendants of Edward I; but the creation of ‘le Parker’ in the late 14th C is sound foundation for this Parker family tree.
In 1490 or thereabouts, Robert bought the leasehold of the vaccaries of Browsholme and Waddington from the crown and probably built the first dwellings for the family at Over and Nether Browsholme. From this period the family tree has been well documented, certainly for the eldest children of each generation. For the younger members and girls who have married, much less is known. Many of these moved to other parts of the country and to the America’s and beyond.
In 1688 Robert Parker, the second son of Thomas Parker of Browsholme, bought Alkincoats Hall near Colne and founded a distinct branch of the family tree with direct lineage to Robert & Amanda Parker today.
Another important family tree is the antecedents of Col Robert Parker. He died a bachelor in 1975, leaving Browsholme to his 4th cousin and godson Robert the current owner.