PERRY/HUNGERFORD [no ref. or date]
Humphrey Perry acted as agent to Sir Edward Hungerford, of Somerset, whose Staffordshire interests resulted from his marriage in 1673 to Lady Jane Gerard, widow of Charles Lord Gerard of Gerards Bromley, who had a life interest in a large proportion of the Gerards' Staffordshire estate as her jointure. Jane Gerard was also the Digby heiress and also had a life interest in the Sandon estate.
The Gerard estate in Staffordshire consisted of Gerards Bromley, Willoughbridge, Tillington, Tyrley and Blore, with various land at Ashley, Audley, Winnington and Podmore, and Sandon arising from the Digby Connection.
The Gerards and the Hungerfords seem to have been continually in debt and the descent of the estates was governed by a complex maze of settlements which do not seem to have been understood at the time. The result was continual litigation on a whole series of subjects, particularly who was entitled to receive the rents and profits of particular estates.
After the death of Lady Jane Gerard/Hungerford in 1703, the Sandon estate passed to Elizabeth, Duchess of Hamilton, daughter of Digby Lord Gerard, and granddaughter of Charles Lord Gerard. Perry continued as agent for the Sandon estate for the Duke and Duchess of Hamilton until 1715.