The South Gloucestershire Ansteys

The South Gloucestershire Anstey sub-branch, an offshoot of the South West Peninsula Ansteys (specifically Dulverton sub-branch ‘C’), is one of the largest Anstey sub-branches in existence today. It began when a gentleman called Robert Anstee, baptised in Knowstone, Devon in 1624, fought on the side of Sir Ralph Hopton’s Royalist army in 1643 during the English Civil War at the Battle of Lansdowne Hill near Dyrham in South Gloucestershire. After the battle, Robert decided to settle in Dyrham and marry Elizabeth, having two sons Robert (b 1646 in Dyrham) and George (b 1649 in Dyrham).

Hence the Dyrham Anstees are the principal and root Anstey sub-branch of the South Gloucestershire Ansteys, and Robert (b 1646) and George (b 1649) are the patriarchs of the two principal Dyrham Anstee sub-branches.

There are numerous South Gloucestershire Anstey sub-branches; those we have begun to upload include the:

How the South Gloucestershire Ansteys fit into the overall Anstey pedigree is illustrated nicely in the below schematic.

The entirety of the early South Gloucestershire Anstey pedigree has now been mapped out by researchers Gary and Tom and is thoroughly documented in the book

ANSTEY: The Stoke Gifford Branch

This is the fourth book co-authored by Gary and Tom, the first edition of which was privately printed in September 2019. Further research for the second edition is currently under way, for eventual publication and sale on Amazon, subject to there being enough demand to cover the costs of publication (anybody interested in being contacted when this second edition is available for purchase, please contact us at

It is intended that much of the contents of this book will be uploaded to this Anstey project website over time for all to enjoy. We have already uploaded quite a bit of information and documentation about the various South Gloucestershire Anstey sub-branches, and continue to upload more each day (see Project Updates), however it is spread over various segments of the website.

The best way to find said information is to enter ‘South Gloucestershire’ in the search box at the bottom of this page and a list of relevant pages will appear.

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