Following a trip to Easby, just outside Richmond in Yorkshire, I did a random search to see if anything showed up since it was an unfamiliar area to me. Unbelievably it appears that a John Close owned Easby Hall, which overlooks the Abbey and the river Swale.
Unfortunately he appears to have died suddenly on the night before he was due to move into the hall, but his family seemed to have been there for a while. So, this set of updates is dedicated to him, and his family. His 3 daughters all married into various landed gentry, and appear frequently in the books of Burke.
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