A chronological list of the Patrons of Holy Cross.

This list of patrons - holders of the advowson of Holy Cross - is not necessarily complete. It has been compiled from several sources.

V Abbot and Convent of St Albans 1190 - 1539
V Crown 1539 - 1544 granted to William Ibgrave
V William Ibgrave of London 1544 - 1555 deceased
V Thomas Ibgrave (son) inherited 1555 - 1558/60 deceased
V Ellis Ibgrave (William`s son) inherited 1558/60 - 1563 deceased
Sancta Ibgrave (Thomas` widow, decd 1606) 1563 - c1570
George Fuller c1570 - c1579
Crown 1579 granted to Smithick and Ibgrave
V Robert Smithwick and Benjamin Ibgrave c1579 - c1598
V Benjamin Ibgrave (Ellis` son) c1598 - 1604 deceased
V William Ibgrave (Benjamin`s brother) 1604 - 1606 deceased
Thomas Ewer 1606
V Crown 1606 granted to Sir Edward
V Sir Edward, Lord Bruce of Kinloss 1606 - 1611 deceased
V Edward Bruce (Sir Edward`s first son) inherited 1611 - 1613 deceased (killed in duel)
Magdalen Bruce (Edward`s widow) 1613 - c1617
James and Magdalen (nee Bruce) Fullerton c1617 - c1619
V Thomas Bruce (Sir Edward`s second son) c1619 - 1624 sold
V Thomas and John Child of Langlebury purchased 1624 - 1644 Thomas deceased
V John Child (Thomas` first son) inherited
VC Henry Child (second son) c1640 - 1650
V Robert Child (third son) inherited 1650 - 1659
V Robert Gilbert of London (granted) 1659 - 1681 bankrupt (sold)
V John Duncombe of London (conveyed) 1681 - c1700 sold? deceased 1728
John Smith c1700 - 1702 sold?
John Duncombe (son of John) 1702 - 1746 deceased
Arnold Duncombe (son) inherited 1746 - 1770 deceased
William Hayton of Ivinghoe (Arnold`s brother-in-law) inherited 1770 - 1811 deceased
James Gordon of Much Hadham (William`s nephew by marriage inherited 1811 - 1832 deceased
James Adam Gordon of Stocks (James` son) inherited 1832 - 1854 sold
Charles Augustus Barnes of Chorleywood purchased 1854 - 1859 sold
Samuel Ryley of Edstason, Wem purchased 1859 - ?
Revd Edward Ryley (son) inherited ? - 1912
Canon Geoffrey C E Ryley (son of Samuel) 1912 - 1959
Revd Gilbert N Ryley (Edward`s son) 1959 - c1961
Bishop of St Albans c1961