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"had inclosed the copies of some papers, which he had presented before "to his Highness, to whose service he was devoted."*
The Restoration, which placed the imperial crown upon the head of his royal Master, deprived him of his usurped diadem, and of all his posts, which he had enjoyed from the commencement of the unhappy civil wars, retaining only that of Lancaster herald, which he had legally received from that Sovereign, whom he had so basely deserted. All the arms he had given during his intrusion were revoked. He was superseded in his office of clerk of the Tower records by the inquisitive and troublesome William Prynne, Esq., bencher of Lincoln's Inn, and a Member of Parliament for the city of Bath. Though, July 17, 1658, he had promised, says Whitlock, " great service to the "Parliament, about calandering the records in the Tower," yet Prynne speaks slightingly of him, and his research. In 1661, he printed,
Placita Parliamentaria," or Pleadings in Parliament, with judgments thereon, in the reign of Edward I. and II., being collections of statutes, ordinances, prohibitions, proclamations, with the confirmation of Magna Charta, Charta de Foresta, and other records from the Tower, to prove the homage of the Kings of Scotland due to the crown of England, &c.; and he made some additions to this long title-paged book. In the first part he calls himself, of the Middle Temple, Gent.; in the Appendix, of the Inner Temple. Mr. Prynne speaks of the author, as Mr. William Ryley the younger, in 1662, which would imply, that it was the son who wrote it. This he does in his "Brevia Parliamentaria rediviva," of which work it is sufficient here to say, that it consists of materials furnished to him by some curious bundles of records, which Ryley had neglected to notice, because they were covered over with dirt and dust. The indefatigable Brown Willis, Esq. says, "that Prynne has given these "very defectively." I cannot but lament, that this place of clerk of the records, which had for many years been vested in one of the members of the Herald's College, should have been taken from them, as none
* Ryley had declared for the Parliament, but he had been suspected of plotting against them, for which, in 1643, he was committed to prison; they accusing him, and Sir Bazil Brooke, of a design to make " a difference between the Parliament and City, to divert the Scots advancing "hither, and to raise a general combustion, under the pretence of peace." This supposed design was imparted to the City at a common hall.
CHARLESII. Could be better qualified, and the emolument made some addition to their situation, which certainly wants an augmentation. He was buried July 25, 1667, in the cloisters of Wesminster Abbey.
Mr. Ryley married Elizabeth, one of the daughters of Sir Anthony Chester, of Chichley in Bucks, Bart. by a lady of the Peytons, of Dodington in Cambridgeshire; families conspicuously loyal. Sir Anthony died in 1651. Probably Sir Anthony, his son and successor, who was every way an estimable character, used his interest to prevent Ryley's ruin in the court of Charles II. He had a numerous issue: one of his daughters was married to Barkham, who was in the College at the time of the death of the Protector Oliver. Quere, Whether Colonel Ryley, who served in Ireland. in 1653, Henry Ryley, Esq. consul at Aleppo, in 1656, Henry Ryley, Esq. a gentleman pensioner to Charles II, and the painter John Ryley, born in 1640, and died in 1662, were not sons of the herald.* Sir Philip Ryley, Knt. surveyor general of the woods, ranger of Dean Forest, commissioner of excise, and serjeant at arms to the treasury, who died at Norwich, June 24, 1733, I suppose was a descendant of Lancaster. In the Harleian Collection, 4314-(1) is a MS. of his, the herald's,. Vindication of the Sovereignty of the British Seas; and 4991, a Collection of Arguments in several Cases of Heraldry, dated 1646.
Garter Borough granted him arms whilst he was Blue-mantle. His books and papers were purchased by Sir Joseph Williamson, Knt. Secretary of State, who left them to the King's State Paper Office,. where are several funeral certificates taken during the civil wars, which, are not entered in the College of Arms.
1665.-ROBERT CHALONER, Esq.
The Chaloners of Cheshire greatly affected heraldry; but whether he was of this family I am not certain: it is probable he was. He died November 1, 1676,† and was buried the 17th, in the church of St. Bennet: his body was afterwards removed to Deptford..
* William Ryley and Martha Fuller were married September 4, 1623, at St. Bennet's, Paul's Wharf. Quere, If any ways relating to the herald.
+ Harleian Catalogue, 1966, is the "Baronage of R. Cook, Clarenceux, with additions "and continuation, and a table at the end begun to be written and printed by Thomas Chaloner, "and continued by his son Jacob Chaloner, Randle Home the younger, and others: and "1970, (12.) a tract, mostly in the Welch language, treating of Arms and Pedigrees, transcribed,
Nov. 16, 1676.-FRANCIS SANDFORD, Esq.-See next reign.
HENRY DETHICK, Esq--See Richmond.
HENRY BALL, Gent.-See next reign..
BLUE-MAN TL E.
July, 1660.-ROBERT CHALONER, Gent.-See Lancaster,
1665. R. HORNEBROCK, Gent.
Was never advanced, dying in July 1667.
THOMAS SEGAR, Gent.
Blue-mantle was fifth son of Sir William Segar, Garter, born 1609, admitted into Gray's-Inn, April 30, 1638. He married before 1633; died in 1670, and was buried at St. Peter's, Berkhampstead, in Bedfordshire. He had these children: 1, Richard; 2, Thomas; and 3, Francis, who died young: 4, Simon, born at Elstow in Bedfordshire, in 1636, and died in 1684, leaving, by Frances, daughter of Thomas Tayler, several children; 5, Thomas, born in 1638; 6, Thomas; 7, Edward; 8, John, born in 1641. The three last left issue. 9, Mary, born in 1633; 10, Alicia, in 1637, married to Galfrid Kirkham; 11, Catherine, who married twice, first to Joyner, then to Allen, and four other sons; 12, Robert; 13, William; 14, Francis; and 15, Charles; who died infants.
JOHN GIBBON. Gent.-See next reign..
Patent, February 10, 1668.-Not created until May 25, 1671.
"by Thomas Chaloner of Chester, king of arms for Ireland, from the book which G. Owen "wrote, with some additions." This Jacob Chaloner, mentioned in the former article, petitioned to be admitted to the office of Portcullis Pursuivant, at the death of Philip Holland. His father was born about 1594: the son made great collections about 1620. James Chaloner one of the regicides, the historiographer of Man, printed it at the end of the Vale Royal, in 1656, and he who settled a college in Man, is said to have been Jacob's son.
Cha. 1.-WILLIAM CROWNE, Gent.
Mr. Crowne published a true relation of all the remarkable passages in the travels of the Earl of Arundel, ambassador to the Emperor, 1637, quarto. Finding, probably, that he would be as much neglected by the court after the Restoration, as he had been by the usurping powers before that event, he resigned this office.
June 6, 1661.-ROBERT SANDFORD, Esq.-See Lancaster.
1676.-THOMAS MAY, Gent.-See Chester.
May 7, 1677.-GREGORY KING.-See next reign.
If no vacancy had fallen, he was to have been created Blanch-lion pursuivant extraordinary.
1660.-JOHN WINGFIELD, Gent.-See York.
July, 1663-THOMAS HOLFORD, Gent.-See next reign.
FRANCIS BURGHILL, Esq.
Created June 24, 1677.
He was created by the Earl of Peterborough, deputy Earl Marshal, at the College of Arms, with May, Chester herald, and King, Rougedragon pursuivant.-See Somerset.
Charles II, had an officer at arms who bore this title, but I have never seen either his baptismal or surname.
Acceded February 6, 1684-5;-Abdicated February 12, 1688-9.
JAMES II. affected vast state: he was the last of our Monarchs who kept up the regal state in its full splendor, as the late Mr. Pegge judiciously observes. His Majesty was extremely desirous of having his coronation magnificent, and he took such care that it should be recorded by posterity, as to command Sandford, Lancaster herald, to minute down the ceremonial, and have the whole procession engraved. This work now adorns the best libraries we have. It is a monument of the munificence of James, and the costume of the period; every year it will become more valuable.
James, not content with having the heraldic body attend him to the popish worship, at such times as had been accustomed when the Roman catholic was the national church, insisted upon their going with him upon Corpus Christi Day, the Nativity of the blessed Virgin, Christmas Eve (when they attended from eleven o'clock at night until three the next morning), Easter Eve, &c., which extremely disgusted the members of the College. For what idle ceremonies," said his grandson, "did my family lose
The subjects naturally take a bias from the taste of the Sovereign; great, therefore, was the splendor of the College, and every thing relative to it in this reign, as we may judge by the ceremonial of the creation of Sir Henry St. George, Garter; John Dugdale, Esq. Norroy; Henry Ball, Gent. Windsor; Charles Mawson, Rouge-croix. It is given in the manuscript of King, Lancaster herald, amongst the collections of Anstis, Garter. It recalls to the imagination the ages of chivalraic pomp.
Upon Wednesday, March 29, 1685-6, in pursuance of the King's "warrant, the Earl Marshal repaired to the office of arms, having first or"dered all the officers of arms to give their attendance, for performing the "ceremony of the said creations, and being seated at the upper end of the "hall, his staff of office in his hand, a little table placed toward his left "hand,