A new heir to the Stucley title has been born.
The son of Mr Hugh Stucley and his wife Angela, of Affeton Castle, Worlington – the Stucley historical North Devon family seat – he will be named George after a 19th century ancestor, Sir George Stucley. It is the first time since the Civil War that a male child in direct line of accession to the Stucley title has been born to a couple living at Affeton. The child was born at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on Boxing Day.
Mr Hugh Stucley is the only son of Sir Dennis and Lady Stucley of Hartland Abbey. Sir Dennis said this week; ‘This is the first time the Stucleys have made their home at Affeton since the Civil War’. Maj-Gen Sir Thomas Stucley, who was defending Exeter, was turned out of Affeton Castle with his wife and family by Gen Fairfax. The general destroyed the castle and it stood in ruins until 1873, when Sir George Stucley MP for Barnstaple, restored the Gate House. ‘My son went to live in the Gate House two years ago, so our family are back there again after more than 300 years. My grandson is to be called George after Sir George Stucley, who restored the Gate House’.