Peel Family History

The Peel Family originated in Yorkshire and moved to Lancashire, where they had farming and textile interests and where they did so much to found the great Lancashire calico-printing trade. In the 1790’s Robert “Parsley” Peel came south to Burton and opened mills around the town. His 3rd son Robert also migrated south to Staffordshire where he acquired the Manor of Drayton and realised his ambitions to achieve “rank and consequence” in society, first entering Parliament as the Member for Tamworth in 1790 and earning his baronetcy in 1800. He also rebuilt the old Tudor Drayton House. 

<< Peel Fold, Lancashire, Peel family home,
     birth place of Robert "Parsley" Peel in 1723.

Peel House, Burton, Robert “Parsley” Peels' home >>

<< Fish Lane, Blackburn, home of cotton manufacturer Robert "Parsley"       Peel and his family, who began the art of calico printing by rollers in       Lancashire. Traditional birthplace of Sir Robert Peel, first baronet in       1750. 

A new Drayton Manor was built for Sir Robert Peel Second Baronet, the Prime Minister by Robert Smirke, the fashionable architect, and William Gilpin, the great landscape gardener of that time, and it was in the little parish church at Drayton that Sir Robert was buried following a fall from his horse on Constitution Hill, London. There were six baronets, all named Sir Robert Peel, until the direct line ended in 1942.  The title transferred to a younger branch of the family and the present Earl Peel is the third Earl, fourth Viscount and eighth Baronet.