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. While family lineage can be trace back to his grandfather Peter de Alkincotes this is the origin of the family tree for the Parkers of Browsholme. 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, but for the girls who have married and younger members, many who have moved to other parts of the country and to the America’s and beyond much less is known.
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, who died a bachelor in 1975, leaving Browsholme to his 4th cousin and godson Robert the current owner.