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Provincial Kings. Norroy.

GEORGE II. tiquities, was chosen the first president of the learned Society of Antiquaries, upon its revival in the year 1717. Quitting the chair in 1724, Algernon, Earl of Hertford, afterwards Duke of Somerset, was elected in his room. He died September 24, 1729, aged sixty-seven. This king at arms was an honor to the College. Frances, his widow, remarried to Thomas Martin, Esq. F. A. S., seated at Palgrave, in Suffolk, but a native of Thetford, a gentleman likewise eminently skilled in the antiquities of this kingdom: he died March 7, 1771, aged seventy-three years. He had been executor to Norroy, and had assisted him in compiling his "Monumenta Anglicana." With the widow he obtained many of her former husband's MSS. She was his second wife by her he had four children. Norroy's library was sold by auction in 1730-1, by Anthony Collins. His manuscripts and records relative to the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, collected with indefatigable industry, were dispersed; part came into the hands of Mr. Martin: at his death, Sir John Fenn, Knt. M. A. F. A. S. obtained some of them, particularly the letters written by, and to the Paston family, ancestors of the Earls of Yarmouth, a title now extinct, during the reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, and Richard III. In this collection are also the correspondence of the first personages during the government of those sovereigns. These Sir John published, adorned with portraits, and authenticated by engravings of autographs, fac similes, paper marks, and seals, in four volumes; and was preparing a fifth for the press, when he was unfortunately taken off by death, February 14, 1794. The public has had few such valuable presents as this work. This learned knight, by his will, bequeathed a sum of money to erect a monument to the memory of Mr. Martin, in the church where he is buried. No apology is offered for these remarks upon Mr. Martin and Sir John Fenn, as these particulars of them are in some measure necessarily given to elucidate the life of Norroy. Norroy shewed a singularity in his will, which strongly marked his character: it is dated May 5, 1729. He describes himself as late of the under-chamberlain's, or the court of receipts in the Exchange at Wesminster; son and heir of Francis Neve, alias le Neve, late citizen and draper of London, son of Fermian Neve, alias le Neve, late of Ringland, in the county of Norfolk, Gent. He directed that his putrid carcase should be buried in the chancel of Great Wychingham Church, and that it should be carried down thither in an herse, attended by his coach, and one other coach. No mourning was to be given to any of his relations or others, except his wife. He bequeathed £10 to his three nieces. To


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such of his servants as his wife should choose to retain £10 each, and GEORGE 11. £4 more for mourning; ordering that the rest of his servants should be Provincial dismissed as soon as possible after his decease, with their wages only. He desired that no rings should be given to any one; forbad any room to be hung with black; "or any undertaker of funerals, alias cold cooks, to "be employed: desiring to have no upholders' company, nor-Smith, " in Cocky-Lane, in Norwich, to be suffered to intermeddle in the direction or management of his funeral." He wished to have some eschocheons on silk upon the pall, of the arms of his office without the crown, impaled with the arms of his family, quartering those of Corey of Norfolk, which he was entitled to, his grandmother's brothers having deceased without issue, and also those of his grandfather, Peter Wright, of London, merchant. He forbad any funeral oration, or any other monument, than a plain marble stone, which he ordered should be set up in the church wall, on the inside, opposite his grave, signifying that his body lay thereabouts. Mr. Thoresby expressed his obligations to his honored and kind friends Peter le Neve, Norroy, and Robert Dale, Esq. then Suffolk herald extraordinary. It was a most singular circumstance, that after the death of this king at arms his estates at Wichingham, and in the other towns of Norfolk, were claimed by John Norris, Esq., whose grandfather had purchased their reversion upon failure of the male line. After much money spent in law they were confirmed to that gentleman by the House of Lords, the dernier resort in such cases. Such stipulations are not uncommon amongst the small Princes of Germany, but it is the only fact of the kind I ever remember to have known in England.

Dec. 8, 1729.-STEPHEN MARTIN LEAKE, Esq.-See Clarenceux.

Sept. 30, 1741.-JOHN CHEALE, Esq.

Seated at Finden-Place near Arundel, in Surrey. Descended from John Cheale, Esq. of that place, seated there in Charles II's reign. He obtained this office by the recommendation of Thomas Pelham Holles, Duke of Newcastle, to Edmond, Duke of Norfolk. This is another instance of favor prevailing over merit. The heralds must have seen such slights to them with the greatest concern, their interest being sacrificed to such who were strangers to the College, and to their profession. Norroy Ddd submitted






submitted the whole duty of his office to the management and care of his friend and agent Mr. Hutchenson, Chester herald. Dying unmarried, May 8, 1751, aged fifty-two, he was buried at Finden.

1751.-CHARLES TOWNLEY, Esq.-See Clarenceux. Appointed, Whitehall, November 2.-Created November 19. 1756.-WILLIAM OLDYS, Esq.-See next reign.




Fourth, and youngest son of Thomas Whorwood, of Halton, in Oxfordshire, Esq., of which county he had been high sheriff. He was natural son of Brome Whorwood, of Halton, Esq. if Mr. Brooke, Somerset, was accurate. Blome, in his " Britannia," calls his baptismal name Brown; his seat, Haulton. The herald had his residence in the College, where he had two children born: James, June 20, and baptized July 4, 1727, at St. Bennet's, Paul's Wharf; and Mary, born February 3, and baptized at the same church, March 5, 1728-9. The mother's name was Mary.

Aug. 1736.-JOHN KETTLE, Esq. F. A. S.

Windsor was not created until December 22, 1741. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in December, 1743, and died in May, 1745. After his death there was a vacancy in the office for a year.


Son of Charles Mawson, Chester herald, he constantly lived in, and gave attendance at the College. Unfortunately he died on the very day the warrant was made out for appointing him Windsor herald, after having been a pursuivant twenty-eight years: his death happened at the College, September 2, 1745, aged 60. His corpse was buried with his family in the church-yard of East Barnet, Middlesex. He left his widow about £1000, chiefly acquired by his profession. Mr. Warburton, Somerset, purchased some of his books; others were bought at their sale by the College. Probably he was a son of Mawson, Chester.

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Descended, I presume, from the Thornboroughs of Selside, in the county of Westmoreland. He died in this office; but the exact date of his death I have not seen.

HENRY HILL, Esq.-See next reign.

Patent, Nov. 26, 1757. Creation, July 4, 1758.


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Died of an asthma at his apartments in the College at Arms, January 10, 1739, and was buried on the 27th of that month, in the Abbey Church

in Bath, where lies John Stibbs, Esq. who died in 1708; probably his father;

and John Stibbs, Esq. who died in 1732, and captain Bartholomew Stibbs
who died in 1735, I suppose his brothers.

Feb. 22, 1739.-FRANCIS HUTCHENSON, Esq.

Son of William Hutchenson, Esq. by Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Francis, Lord Howard, of Effingham, and relict of William Roberts, of Wilsden, in Middlesex, Esq. He was one of the clerks in the Duke of Newcastle's office, to which nobleman he was related by his maternal grandmother. By his great connexions he obtained a commission, and acted as a justice of peace for the city and liberty of Westminster. The Deputy Earl Marshal made him his secretary and registrar. He was buried in St. Margaret's Church-yard, Wesminster, under a blue marble slab. To preserve the sculptured arms, and the inscription, strong iron nails are fixed in it. The arms, impaling his wife's, are Baron, a Lion rampant, between three Cross-crosslets; Femme, a Chevron, within a Border ingrailed. The inscription is:

"Here lie, in hopes of a blessed resurrection,

"the remains of FRANCIS HUTCHENSON,
"Esq. who died June 22, 1752, aged 45.

"And of ELIZABETH, his wife,
"who died November 16, 1769, aged 63.
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"their only surviving child, caused
"this stone to be laid down, in memory


"of her deceased parents.'

Aug. 1752.-JOHN MARTIN LEAKE, Esq.-See next reign. He was, at this time, only thirteen years of age; but the Earl of Effingham, Deputy Earl Marshal, gave him that place.



Geo. 1.-PHILIP JONES, Esq. F. A. S.

It does not appear that Mr. Jones ever was a pursuivant. He was elected December 5, 1723, a member of the Society of Antiquaries. About the year 1729, having purchased the manor of Somerby, in Lincolnshire, of Charles Brand, Esq., counsellor at law, and not complying with the terms agreed upon, which were to pay a certain sun, and an annuity, a bill was filed against him. This, with other imprudencies, obliged him to surrender himself a prisoner to the Fleet, and to dispose of his tabard to his successor.


Appointed in July, 1735.-Created in December following.-Patent, Aug. 26, 1736.
Nov. 23, 1753,-GEORGE FLETCHER, Esq.-See next reign.



Geo. 1.-JOHN WARBURTON, Esq. F. R. and A. S.

Son of Benjamin Warburton, of Bury, in the county of Lancaster, by Mary, eldest daughter, and in the end, heir of Michael Buxton, of Buxton in Derbyshire, born February 28, 1681-2. At his admission into the Society of Antiquaries he is stiled of Bedale, in the North-Riding of Yorkshire. If we believe Mr. Grose, Richmond, he was originally an exciseman. This gentleman says he was ignorant of not only the Latin, but his native language; that so far from understanding mathematics, he did not even understand gauging, which, he continues, "like navigation, "as practised by our ordinary seamen, consists only in multiplying and dividing

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