The Lamberts

First a warning

These pages were constructed by myself with contributions from many others and it exists to assist other Lamberts, who are researching their branch of the family's history. As  is the case with everything on the internet the accuracy of that information is always questionable! Much has come from sources that cannot always be validated and is no doubt submitted with the best intention of the submitter. Some items once believed to be true have subsequently be pronounced fakes (like the Lambert Charters) and some item thought to be fakes are perhaps not! Therefore please accept that little here should be considered 'a fact' Most of is probably fairly correct but unverified. Please take it for what it is and use it for a bases of your own research.

The Lambert family (and its derivatives like Lamberte, Lambart and Lamberton), continually appear throughout history. Usually the more successful are Merchants, Engineers, Land Owners, Doctors, or sometimes brilliant Soldiers (like Major General John) and 'Do-gooders' (like Zorro). They are always well respected and typically men of great honour. In fact - the most common thing about many of the famous ones, is how incredibly popular they were with those who fought, worked, or served with them. Fighting in all the major European battles since 1066, usually on the winning side (although the English ones did not do so well when we took on the yanks because they had their own Lamberts). We also have on occasions, been great humanitarians, notably in Ireland.  

Arguably our most questionable achievement, was in helping to bring Cromwell to power and weakening the English Monarchy. However against that, a lot of useful inventions were helped along by Lamberts, and many a patient has had cause to be grateful to a Doctor, or Surgeon called Lambert . Amongst much of modern everyday life - from the first USA Motor Cars, to horse racing's Oaks Cup (named after Lambert Oaks nr Banstead), a Lambert has had a hand in it.

In short the Lamberts are one of the oldest and more significant families of Greater Europe and now of course the 'Americas' and 'down under'. If you are one, try looking down the Family Shields without feeling something! This colourful but painstaking, collection of different Lambert family line's shields, was put together by Sanders Dumas Lambert 

I have compiled a database of the Lamberts I have details on, they are mostly Irish and English with a little French. You may wish to  search it yourself  and so I have loaded a copy on to the website. Important:- please read the warning notice on the first page of the dbase, if you are going to use it

Want to help all Lamberts?

You will notice in a lower paragraph a warning about research accuracy, well now we can all do something about it. Few things can be more accurate in tracing your line, than using DNA! Us Lambert are lucky to have one amongst us, who is an expert in that field. He is Professor Joseph Lambert, of The North Western University in the USA. The Professor is currently involved with a tracing the Lambert Family roots using DNA. You can read all about this at The Lambert DNA Project  and he would love to hear from you, if you are willing to participate.

A brief history of my own part of the line

These pages were constructed by me Andy Lambert, primarily to assist other Lamberts, who are researching their branch of the family's history. I am lucky in being able to trace my branch of the family's history, back to around the year 900. Of course there are many large gaps which I am still filling in.

My father was born at Barking in the 'East End' of London where Granddad had settled after coming across from Ireland. Granddad arrived with little money, but worked until he had enough to bring his seven sisters to England. Click here for a family picture Granddad is on the left and my father is on the right. Some of Granddad's seven sisters can also be seen.

Granddad's great granddad had owned Castle Lambert - Athenry Galway. Owning much land and many magnificent homes, the family had prospered since it had arrived in Ireland from Yorkshire some five generations before. The Yorkshire home had been the village of Calton nr. Skipton. It was here that the most famous Lambert -  Major General John Lambert  (of Calton House) was born, He was at times:- An escapee from the Tower of London. The man who introduced the Guernsey Lily to the island of Guernsey. One of Oliver Cromwell's best Major Generals, and for a short while, the second most powerful man in England.

Before these, it seems my ancestors had crossed to England with William The Conquer, fighting at the battle of Hastings. Prior to this, they had been land owners in Normandy having originally arrived there as Viking Raiders around 940 AD. The last Lambert I can get back to is Lambert the 1st Count of Mons.  It is rumoured that the Lambert line can be traced all the way to Mark Anthony via Boadicea, Old King Cole and a whole load of Kings of Europe... but that might take some proving. J

Of course this is the Lambert Male Line, we have a habit of marrying well. On the female side for example: My 22nd Granddad was King Edward the 1st, Plantagenet King of England. which of course means my 23rd Granddad is King Philippe of France (but lets not talk about that!). 

Emailing the site

I apologise for the use of an image, but its stops Spam Harvesters from collecting it

Before emailing please read:-  Most of this information on these pages has been sent to me from other peoples databases. many names in it are not lines I am investigating (they are currently Dunn, Weston, Sampson and Lambert). I am very sorry to say I even have trouble finding the time for them. Therefore I am restricting myself to only those Names and only the ones from the UK or Ireland.

I am very happy to hear from everyone, but will probably only respond if it concerns those names and countries mentioned. There are strong groups investigating the USA and Australia lines, if your interest lies there.   (Please note my new email address and erase the old one if you still have it).

Free Advice Section !

If you are starting out on the very, very, very long road that is genealogy and want to know where to start, let me suggest - don't.  If however you are a fool that does not take good advice (like me) - let me recommend a good starting point to ease the pain:- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites

I first exchanged emails with Cyndi, more moons ago than I care to remember. Her web site is an inspiration to all us web masters and must have started many thousand 'would be' Genealogical Detectives off on their quests.

The 1999 Symposium

A Symposium took place during the 18-20th June 1999 in Athenry Ireland. Claimed to be the biggest 'Lambert Event' since John's escape from the Tower of London :-)  it more than lived up to everyone's expectations. During the gathering, a book - The Lamberts of Athenry was launched and a magnificent banquet was held at Castle Ellen.     

Please go here to read more about this historic and fun event.

My thanks to the following who have helped me to compile this data:-

And especially to:-  Doris and Christopher Lambert,  (Auntie) Olive Lambert, Roger Hill (who started me off),  Dan Jordan, Finbarr O'Regan, Paddy Waldron, Peter Woods, Alan Lambert, Ian Mitchell Lambert, Lesley Elphick, Windsor Ancestry Research and anyone else who I may inadvertently missed.