Great Brington Post Office and Village Store

St. Mary the Virgin with St. John Church, Great Brington, Northampton

Lawrence Washington

Rev. Lawrence Washington (1602 – 21 January 1653) was an English rector, and the great-great-grandfather of George Washington, the first U.S. President.

Lawrence Washington was born in 1602, He was the fifth son of Lawrence Washington (b. 1565 d. 13 September 1616) of Sulgrave Manor, Northamptonshire, son and heir of Robert Washington esquire, of Sulgrave by his first wife Elizabeth Lyte, daughter and heiress of Walter Lyte of Radway, Warwickshire.

His mother was Margaret Butler (d. 16 March 1651), the eldest daughter and co-heiress of William Butler, esquire, of Tyes Hall in Cuckfield, Sussex, and Margaret Greeke, the daughter of Thomas Greeke, gentleman, of Palsters, Lancashire.

Here in the church at Great Brington is the gravestone of the great, great, grandfather of George Washington - Laurence Washington.

The worn grave slab in the chancel commemorates Lawrence Washington (d. 1616), great, great grandfather of George Washington, first President of the United States.

The heraldic shield on Washington's grave lab shows the Washington coat of arms with alternating rows of stars and stripes, the model later used by George Washington for the American flag.

In the nave is another Washington grave slab, this time to Robert Washington (d. 1622).