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ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL, BOUGHTON-UNDER-BLEAN. 1. On a mural monument to the memory of Sir John Routh, late of Brenley in this parish, and Dame Elizabeth his wife, is this coat: Argent, on a bend cotised sable three mullets of the field, for ROUTH; impaling, Sable, between double cotises three lions passant argent, for BROWNE.

The inscription informs us that Sir John Routh came of the family of Routh of Romley in Derbyshire; that Dame Elizabeth was of the family of Brownes of Bettisworth Castle in Surrey. Of this marriage there was issue four sons: William, Robert, Francis, and Richard, all dying without issue; and four daughters, Margaret, the eldest and only survivor, who married first Richard Bate, Esq., and afterwards John Boys, Esq.; Cecilia who married John Hay, Esq.; Barbara who died unmarried; and Dorothy who married John Farewell, Esq., left issue, John Farewell, her only son, and coheir with the said Margaret Boys and the said John Routh.

I have no date of the death of Sir John and Lady Routh. I believe Mrs. Margaret Boys died 22 July 1710, aged 83 years. 2. Arms. Quarterly: 1 and 4, ROUTH; 2 and 3, BROWNE.

This coat of arms is on a slab to the memory of Mr. Richard Routh, youngest son of Sir John Routh and Dame Elizabeth his wife, who died in June 1637 in his 1st year. Also to the memory of Barbara Routh, third daughter of Sir John Routh and Dame Elizabeth his wife, who died 1 June 1654, in her 21st year. Also to George Farewell, Esq., who died 21 March 1749-50, aged 57 years.

3. Arms.-Sable, a chevron between three escallops argent, for FAREWELL; impaling ROUTH.

This coat occurs on a slab to the memory of Dorothy Farewell, relict of John Farewell, late of the Inner Temple, London, Esq., by whom he had issue two sons John and Henry. She was the daughter of Sir John Routh of Brenley, Knight, and died 15 August 1666, in her 31st year.

4. Arms.-FAREWELL Crest.-A wolf (?) sejeant sable, murally gorged or.

This coat is on a mural monument to George Farewell, who died 16 December 1741, in his 79th year.

5. The Arms and Crest of FAREWELL occur on another mural monument which is to the memory of George Farewell, Esq., sole surviving child of George Farewell, Esq., late of Brenley. He died childless 21 March 1749-50, in his 50th year.

6. Arms.-Gules, a chevron between three leopards' faces argent, for PETTIT. Crest.-A leopard.

This coat is on a mural monument to Henry Pettit of Colkins, Esq., who had by Mary his wife fourteen children, six surviving him, namely two sons and four daughters. He died 11 November 1607, in his 55th year.

7. Arms.-PETTIT; impaling, Argent, a chevron between three farm-yard cocks gules for COBB. Crest.-A leopard.

This coat occurs on a mural monument to John Pettit, Esq., sometime household servant to Queen Elizabeth. He married Jane, daughter of Thomas Cobbes of Chilham, Esq., widow of John Osborne of Sheppey, Gent. He died 3 December 1630, in his 78th year. His nephew and heir erected the monument.

8. Arms.-Argent, on a chevron sable three fishes hauriant of the field, for PEMBLE.

This coat occurs on a mural monument to William Pemble, Esq., of this parish (Boughton). He was J.P. for the County of Kent, and died 3 August 1774, in his 54th year. By Margaret his wife he had two sons and one daughter, Charles, William, and Margaret.

9. Arms. Per chevron, sable and ermine, in chief two wolves' heads erased argent, for ALLEYN; impaling, Argent, a chevron between three griffins' heads erased sable, for SPENCER.

This coat is on a mural monument to Ann wife of John Alleyn, late of Stowtting, Gent. She was daughter of Robert Spencer of this parish (Boughton), Gent. She married first Renold Shrubsole of this parish, and had issue by him one son and two daughters; and by John Alleyn one daughter, who died before her. She died 12 January 1713, in her 78th year. The monument also commemorates John Alleyn who died 16 January 1716, in his 74th


10. Arms. A griffin segreant, for COLKINS.

This coat is on the brass of John Colkins, who died in 1405. 11. Arms.-On a fess between three boars passant, as many eagles displayed, for BUNER. Crest.-A demi-boar saliant pierced through with an arrow bendwise.

This coat is on a slab to the memory of Mrs. Elizabeth and Mary Buner of this parish (Boughton). Mrs. Elizabeth Buner died 29 March 1692, aged 31 years and 4 months, Mary Buner died 12 April 1689, aged 24 years and 3 weeks.

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12. Arms.-Quarterly: 1 and 4, On a chevron three quatrefoils, for EYRE; 2 and 3, three horse barnacles, for PADLEY; on fess point over all a crescent for difference.

This coat (with no inscription) is in the Sacrarium, and I am informed by the Rev. Canon Scott Robertson, that Robert Eyre, Esq., of Brenley in the parish of Boughton Blean, was buried there on the 12th of September 1573. He had married Miss Elizabeth Roper, who inherited Brenley from her father John Roper, Esq. This carved shield, on the south side of the chancel of Boughton Church, shews by the horse barnacle charges upon the arms quartered by Mr. Eyre that he was descended from that member of the Derbyshire family who married the Padley heiress. Mr. Tilley in his Old Halls and Families of Derbyshire, vol. i., p. 53, says, that Robert Eyre, the famous son of Nicholas, married the heiress of the Padleys. 13. Arms. Or, a fess wavy between three escallop shells sable, a label of three points for difference, for LADE. Crest.-A leopard's head erased affrontée, Or.

This coat is on a brass to the memory of John Pryce Lade, born 22 October 1798, died 4 June 1878.

14. Arms.-LADE; impaling, on a fess between three mullets, five lozenges, for ADAMS.

These arms are cut on a slab to the memory of Elizabeth, wife of Michael Lade, Esq., of this parish (Boughton), by whom she left issue one daughter and two sons, namely, Elizabeth, John, and Michael. She died 5 November 1766, aged 67 years. This slab also commemorates William Adams, brother to the above Elizabeth, who died 12 May 1775, aged 72 years. The same slab is to the memory of Hester wife of John Lade, Esq., of this parish, who died 27 (2) July 1778, aged 47 years. Michael Lade, husband to the above Elizabeth, died 2 August 1778, aged 81. John Lade, Esq., eldest son of the above Michael, died 1 May 1811, aged 77 years. 15. Arms.-Ermine, a lion rampant, for KENWRICK. Crest.-A falcon standing on a sheaf of arrows fesswise.

This coat is cut on a slab to the memory of William Kenwrick of this parish (Boughton), Esq., sixth son of Robert Kenwrick of Kingsutton in Northamptonshire, Esq., and Elizabeth his wife, eldest sister to Sir Edward Hales of Tunstall, Baronet. He died 3 October 1681, aged about 67 years.

16. Arms.-A chevron between three griffins' heads erased Crest.-A stag trippant.

This coat of arms is on a slab to the memory of Edward Spencer, Esq., who died 3 June 1729, aged 56 years. He married firstly, Ann daughter of William Spencer of the City of Canterbury, Esq., secondly, Elizabeth daughter of Edward Clinch of Hernehill, Gent., of the family of Clinch of Eastling in the County


17. There is a fine altar tomb in Boughton Church on which are two

reclining figures and about the front many children.

This monument is to the memory of Thomas Hawkins and Ann his wife, daughter of Ciriack (?) Pettit, Esq. By her he had issue seven sons and six daughters. He died 19 April 1617, aged 68 years, and was succeeded by his son Thomas Hawkins. She died 5 October 1616, aged 64 years.

(1) Arms.-Argent, on a saltire sable, five fleur-de-lis of the field, for HAWKINS. Crest. On a mount a hind lodged or.

(2) Arms.-HAWKINS; impaling PETTIT.

(3) Arms.-HAWKINS; impaling sable, a cross or, between four peacocks close.

(4) Arms. A plain shield impaling HAWKINS.

(5) Arms.-HAWKINS; (on a lozenge.)

(6) Arms.--HAWKINS.

(7) Arms. As No. (4).

In the case of the last four coats the saltire is not charged, but left plain.

18. Arms.-HAWKINS' Arms and Crest.

Cut on a slab to the memory of Thomas Hawkins, Esq., who having had by his wife five children, three sons and two daughters, died 19 December 1678 in his 31st year. His wife was "Catherine daughter of Walter Giffard, Esq., of Chillington, who was plundered at the Revolution and forced into France, and was buried at the English poor Clares in Rouen. She was great by birth but more by virtue. Her son Thomas of a pious regard to her memory, and the great obligation he owes her hath order'd these lines to be cut." 19. Arms-HAWKINS; impaling, between two flanches each charged

with as many bars wavy, a fish hauriant, for SEA.

This coat occurs on a brass placed on the wall near the chancel and commemorates Eleanor Sea, daughter of Robert Sea of Herne, Esq., wife of Thomas Hawkins, Gent., and died 20 August 1553. 20. Arms.-HAWKINS; impaling a cross engrailed between four roundels, for . Crest.-HAWKINS.

These arms are on a slab to the memory of Mary wife of Thomas Hawkins, Esq., and daughter of Richard Clayton, Esq., of Lea Hall in Shropshire, and of Margaret Gower his wife. She died in 1713, and had borne five children; Mary Magdalene, who married Charles Eyeston, Esq., her two eldest sons died within the year and are buried in the same grave; she was aged 34 years; John who had the paternal estate; Edward; and Thomas who enjoyed the Gower Estate of Colmers in Worcestershire taking the name. She rebuilt in her lifetime the mansion house of Nash.

21. Arms.--Three coats arranged on a shield in tierce: 1, HAWKINS; 2, . . . . a bend ....; 3, Argent, on a bend azure three bucks' heads caboshed or, for STANLEY.

This coat of arms is blazoned on a mural monument to the memory of John Hawkins, Esq., and Mary his first wife, daughter

of William Wollascot of Sutton in Berkshire, Esq., "who by her fortune and joint prudence saved the family from ruin by sequestration in O. Cromwell's days." She left issue one son and four daughters. His second wife was Anne daughter of Sir Roland Stanley, Bart., of Oughton in Cheshire, by whom he had no children. 22. Arms and crest of HAWKINS.

This coat occurs on a brass affixed to a slab; there is also the representation of a man in armour, and also the following inscription, in Old English letters:

"I now that lye within this marble stone

was called Thomas Hawkins by my name:
My terme of life, an hundred yeares and one
King Henry theight I servd which won me fame
who was to me a gratious prince alwayes
And made me well to spend myne aged days."

23. Arms of Queen Victoria occur in this church.


The coats of arms at Davington are for the greater part painted on the plastered walls of the building by the late Thomas Willement, Esq., F.S.A., Herald Painter to King George IV. Other arms occur in the stained glass, most of them being executed by Mr. Willement, or selected from his collection.


1. Arms.-Quarterly: 1 and 4, Azure, three fleur-de-lis or, for FRANCE; 2 and 3, Gules, three lions passant-guardant in pale or, for ENGLAND; all surrounded by the garter proper, and surmounted by a Royal crown, for KING EDWARD VI. Badge-A Tudor rose. É. R., 1553.

In MS. notes to the History of Davington, by T. Willement, Esq., I find the following:

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During my many visits to the city of Wells, at the time of the work going on at the Cathedral there, I noticed particularly in the Deanery an Iron back to a grate, having on it the arms, Crown, and initials of King Edward VI., with the date of 1553. The Dean kindly presented to me a plaster cast from it. After his death I received the following letter from his widow.

"My dear Sir,

"On leaving the Deanery I find many rare objects of curiosity, etc., which I am having either packed up for removement or placing where they may be appreciated and be acceptable. Do you remember an ancient casting in Iron (I believe one of the earliest) in our Hall? I think you admired it, and had a plaster

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