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1688 to 1727, the reigns of William and Mary, Anne and George I

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King James II fled overwhelming opposition to his Catholic religion and strong central rule, but the Dutch prince William of Orange was vulnerable as a usurper of the throne.  The Huguenots, Protestants fleeing persecution by Louis XIV of France, made reliable friends. How they got money out of France, or acquired new wealth, is a mystery, but somehow they paid for large houses.  David Gansel gained from a bitter quarrel that fellow Huguenot Charles Marescoe’s widow Leonora had with her daughter, also called Leonora 1.  David Gansel moved from Hackney to Leyton in 1695 2, and was living at Leyton House about 1706.  The quarrel between women in the Marescoe family was remarkable for the length of time continued, its extended legal proceedings and its significant consequences for more than one family.

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1  Markets and merchants of the late seventeenth century: the Marescoe-David letters, 1668-1680’ edited by H Roseveare, British Academy, Records of Social and Economic History, new ser[ies] 12 (1987)

2  ‘Leyton House and the Walthamstow Slip’ by David Ian Chapman published by Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society