I have ancestors going back to the following who were in the same area (Norfolk) about the same time:
William Gay c 1540
William Gay is the first of our ancestors mentioned in Burke's Landed Gentry (1952 edn), where he is described as William Gay of Matlask. Matlask is a small township north west of Aldborough, Norfolk. If his son Philip was born in 1560, I assume William was born, and living in Matlask from around 1540 or so. Or was he the first of the Gay ancestors to arrive in England?
Benjamin Clarke's British Gazetteer (1852) says under “Thurning, Norfolk”
“contains 1,650 acres (6.7 km²): 18 houses: popn. in 1841, 166: assd. propy. £1,581: poor rates in 1848, £189, 13 s. The Hall, a pleasing mansion, is the seat of James Gay, Esq., the representative of an ancient family which originally came from Normandy and were settled early in the time of Elizabeth at Matlask and Thurgarton, in which and the adjoining parishes they possessed considerable landed estates. Mr. Gay of Thurning, who is the second son of the late John Gay, Esq., settled at Thurning: and having been under-secretary of Ceylon, and commissioner for the Kandian provinces, is now a magistrate and deputy lieutenant for the county.”
did William Gay arrive in England from Normandie, prior to the 1560 birth of his son Philip?
Philip Gay 1560 – 1638
Philip Gay purchased the Estate of Aldborough in c 1600. He married Margaret Parker (daughter of Richard Parker of Aldborough)
Not sure if that helps, or just adds more questions! Richard