Spry (family)

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Place House

The Spry family has resided for many centuries at Place in the Cornish parish known as St Anthony in Roseland. There are a number of memorials in the church, St Anthony's. The Spry family settled in Cornwall in the early 16th century. With a long distinguished history of Military Service and of Agricultural Land Ownership members of the Spry family are particularly numerous in Cornwall and Devon in the United Kingdom. With the town of Spryton in Devon being named after the family.

Notable members[edit]

Also descended from the Spry family of Cornwall are:

  • Lieutenant-General Horatio Spry (1730–1811), whose daughter Rebecca married Rear Admiral Jonathan Faulknor of the Faulknor family of naval officers
  • Lieutenant-General William Spry (1734–1802)
  • Major-General William Frederick Spry (1770–1814)
  • William Spry (January 11, 1864 – April 21, 1929) was an American politician who was the third Governor of Utah. He is the namesake of the William Spry Agriculture Building that houses the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
  • Charles Spry Brigadier Sir Charles Chambers Fowell Spry CBE, DSO (26 June 1910 – 28 May 1994) was an Australian soldier and public servant. From 1950 to 1970 he was the second Director-General of Security, the head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).
  • Daniel Spry Major General Daniel Charles Spry CBE DSO CD (February 4, 1913 – April 2, 1989) was a senior Canadian Army officer who commanded the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division during Operation Veritable in World War II.[1]
  • Garry Howard Spry (born 9 May 1939) is a former Australian politician. He was the Liberal member for Bellarine in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1992 to 2002. His businesses included Agriculture.

Notable locations[edit]

  • Place House Cornwall, United Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • Spreyton town in Devon, United Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • West Midlands Conurbation. The third most populated area in the United Kingdom. Situated at the centre of England/Wales.


  1. ^ London Gazette 26 June 1773 Issue number: 11365 p:2
  2. ^ London Gazette 1 April 1775 Issue number: 11549, p. 1
  3. ^ London Gazette 10 April 1779 Issue number: 11969, p1