Magna Britannica et Hibernia.Volume 6: Westmorland by Thomas Cox (Vicar of Bromfield, Essex) 45 pages, printed in 1731.
Transcription by Sarah Reveley, Joan Fisher and Lisl Schoenwald. (Rootsweb Westmorland Listmembers) (c) 2003:
"Strickland, the Lordship and Seat of a Family, that took their Name from it, of whom many were in their Generations Men of great Honour and Reputation; but their Name in our Records, is usually written Stirkland. Many of this Family were Knights of the Shire for this County, viz. Robert de Stirkeland 15 Edw. II. Walter de Stirkeland 1 Edw. II. and both of them together 16 Edw. II. John de Stirkland 1 Edw. III. Walter de Stirkland 6 Edw. III. and 17 Edw. III. Thomas de Stirkland 7 Hen. VI. Walter de Stirkland 20 Hen. VI. and John de Stirkeland 12 Edw. IV. And as this Family produced Men serviceable to the Civil State, so it wants not some of Eminency in the Church in their Time, viz.William Strickland, born here in 1396, descended of a good Family in this County, was chosen, by joint Consent of the Chapter, Bishop of Carlisle; but by the Concurrence of the Pope and King Richard II. One Robert Read was put into that See. Dr. Strickland could not but resent the Disappointment, as both unjust and affronting, but bore it with much Moderation. After some Time Read was translated to Chichester, and Thomas Marks succeeded him, but was not long after removed by the Pope to a Grecian Bishoprick; and Strickland being chosen again, was consecrated Bishop of Carlisle in the Year 1400. He sat nineteen Years, and besides other benefactions to his See, he will be ever memorable in the Town of Penrith in Cumberland for this extraordinary Work, viz. He caused a Passage to be cut with great Art, Industry, and Expence, from that Town to the River Petterel, for the Conveyance of Boats into the Irish Sea. He died in the Year of our Lord 1419. and was succeeded by Roger Whelpdale. John Strickland, educated in Queens College, Oxford, after he had taken his Degrees, and entred into Holy Orders, became Chaplain to the Earl of Hertford, and being admitted Bachelor of Divinity in 1632, was presented to the Rectory of Middleton, alias Pudimore Milton, in Somersetshire, by Sir John Horner, Knt. He was always puritanically inclined, and upon the Change of the Church-Government by the House of Commons took the Covenant, and was one of the Assembly of Divines, being then esteemed a Person of Learning and Judgment. He was afterwards Minister of St. Peter le Poor in London, and St. Edmund's in Salisbury, at both which Places he shewed great Zeal for the present Establishment, being in Judgment a Presbyterian. He was ejected in 1662, for Non-conformity, and dying in 1670, was buried in the church of St. Edmund in Salisbury abovesaid, in which Parish he some Years held a Meeting, and preached. Kings-Meburne, the Lordship of Roger Lord Clifford, who being inveigled, or rather forced to join with Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, 13 Edw. II. In his rebellious Attempts, was taken Prisoner by the King's Forces at Burrough-brigg, and beheaded at York. His Estate becoming thus forfeited, the King bestowed this Lordship on Anthony de Lucy, Esq.; for Term of Life. But upon the loyal and dutiful Behavior of his Son and Grandson, both Rogers it seems, this Lordship returned to the Family; for the last of them died possessed of it, with other the forfeited Estates of his Ancestors, 13 Rich. II. Leaving them with his other Lands to Thomas his Son and Heir, who was a great Favourite of King Rich. II. And sat in Parliament 13, 14 and 15th Years of that King's Reign, but died young in the last of those Years."
British History Online provides historical notes for Morland from The Later Records relating to North Westmorland by John F. Curwen (1932).
A history of Little Strickland Hall is given on EdenLinks.
Cumbria County History Trust has published a "Jubilee Digest" for the township of Morland , Strickland, Great, Strickland, Little, Kings Meaburn and Newby .