Revised 18/01/2020




Robert Moore.

Robert was probably born at Middleton, where there were several families with this surname. However the Robert, son of Giles, who was baptised at Kirkby Lonsdale, 12th August 1631, is not the right one. He was was buried at Kirkby Lonsdale, 27th November 1632.

Robert Moore married (at Kirkby Lonsdale, 22nd March 1654-55) Isobel Harling, both of Middleton.

The parentage of Isobel is difficult to deduce. There were two likely possible baptisms (and possibly others too):

Isabella Harling (daughter of Christopher) was baptised at Kirkby Lonsdale (27th November 1631);
Isabella Harling (daughter of Edward) was baptised at Kirkby Lonsdale (4th December 1631).

Robert and Isobel had at least three children baptised at Kirkby Lonsdale as follows:

Robt. Moore had 1 hearth in the Hearth Tax survey at Elves in Middleton (1674). Isobel “wife of Robert” died at Middleton (buried there 31st March 1680), and Robert died at Middleton also (buried there 31st January 1703-04).

The will of Robert Moore of Middleton, dated 9th December 1703, is deposited with the papers of the Rigg Family of Middleton, (Kendal Record Office, refce: WDX 450/1.)  The contents of the will suggest that at that date he had two surviving children John (who was probably married and living in the same house as his father) and Jane (who had married and left home). Robert left "that part of mansion house and dwelling" now in possession of John, to his son John. He left "that part of mansion house and dwelling now in possession of the testator", to his daughter Agnes, wife of Edward Baylie. Agnes was also to receive all the household goods. The barn was to be split three ways, one third to John, one third to Agnes and one third to Agnes' husband Edward Baylie. Agnes' daughter Isabel Baylie was to receive one chest which was Robert's late wife's. Finally John and Agnes were to equally receive all sheep. The will was witnessed by Edmund Walker see WALKER, Richard Firth and James Farrer. The supervisors of the will were to be John Bainbrigg of Barbon Fell house and William Baylie jun. of Middleton, each to be paid 12d. The presence of this will in the Rigg papers instead of being sent to the Archdeaconry at Richmond seems unusual. The answer could be due to one of the beneficiaries, [BAYL621] Edward Baylie, having died about four days after Robert.