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It is observable, that neither Lant nor Weaver `mention this herald. He was at the royal interview of Henry VIII. and Francis I. in 1520. Windsor made his will, October 16, 1524, in which he styles himself "ci"tizen and wyntenore" of London: we must suppose he was of the Vintner's Company. After the usual religious forms of that period, he desired that his body might be buried in the tomb he had erected at the church-door of the Friers Augustine, if he died in London. He gives a small bequest to the Vintner's Company, and mentions his apprentices, John Burchat and John Palmer, whose interests he wished to have promoted it is difficult to say why he had apprentices. His property is given to Elizabeth, his beloved wife, Margaret, his daughter, married to Peter Cave of London, draper, and their son William. He appointed his wife and daughter executrixes, and his son-in-law supervisor and overseer. The will was proved November 4, following the date of it.


Created at Greenwich in 1524.

He was son, or grandson, of Norroy, and obtained this promotion for the proper manner in which he had summoned the city of Orleans, October 12, 1521, a little time after he had become Rouge-croix pursuivant. His next advancement was to the highest office in the College.-See Garter.


Created at Windsor, 26 Hen. VIII., on Christmas-day.-Patent, dated January 1, following.

Whilst he held this office, he saw four Sovereigns upon the English throne. See next reign.





Probably he was a brother, or other near relation, to John Waters, Esq. York. He bore the same arms, Sable, upon a Bend wavy Argent, two Waves Azure, between two Swans of the second.

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Created at Richmond, on Allhallows-day, 6 Henry VIII.-Patent, dated
January 2 and 30.

His fee was twenty marcs.-See Clarenceux.

1544.-LEONARD WARCUP, Esq.-See next reign.



Created at the Coronation of Queen Ann Boleyn, June 21, 1534. He was raised to this office after it had lain vacant some years. His arms were Vert, a Fesse Or, three Magpies proper; a Crescent for a difference, but which he discontinued when he became Chester. He attended the Earl of Huntingdon to Calais and Bolougne, in 1539.


In Lant's Roll he is given only in this place, but without mentioning the date of his promotion or death, or noticing his arms.

37 Hen. VIII.-WILLIAM FLOWER, Esq.-See next reign.


Hen. VII.-JOHN TONGE, Esq.-See Norroy.


He died in the year 1528. Lant places him in the reign of Henry VII. he has not given his arms. This was the York who attended Henry VIII., when he went to meet Francis I.


He was with the Earl of Surrey, the English general, when he went against the Scots, who had invaded the kingdom in 1513, and was sent, previous to the battle of Flodden, accompanied with Hay, Isley, the Scotch herald who had visited the English camp, to demand Hawley, then Rouge-croix pursuivant, whose freedom he obtained. He and Rougecroix, " apparelled in their coates of armes," conducted the parley, previous to that important engagement. He was in France also, as Bluemantle, at the magnificent interview of the English and French Monarchs; he was there again 1527. He died at Midsummer, in the year 1530. His



arms were Argent, a Chevron invecked Sable, between three Ravens HEN. VIII. proper.


I know not a single circumstance relative to this herald. Lant does not give his arms: they were Paly of six, Or and Argent, a Chief Gules. 24 Hen. VIII. ROWLAND PLAYNFORD, Esq. Created at Calais.

Lant does not notice his arms. Both he and Weaver give his appointment in the preceding reign, as they do that of Lagysse. The latter, who copies after the other, has the modesty to confess, that he was sensible of the omissions and mistakes he made of the York heralds. They might both, with equal justice, have extended the observation, as far as what relates to most of the kings, heralds, and pursuivants, in the reigns of Richard III., Henry VII., and Henry VIII.


Eldest son and heir of Sir John Wrythe, Garter, was a native of London, and when married, resided at the Barbican in that city. Though he early entered into the College, and was very industrious in his profession, making great collections in matters relating to it, as the elder Anstis informs us, yet he never rose higher than York, though his younger brother became Garter. He is represented as dying at an early age the exact time is not known. His will, if he left one, is not in Doctor's Commons. He married Agnes, daughter and heir of Drayton, of London. I have never seen any other child mentioned, than Sir Thomas Wriothesley, Baron Titchfield, Earl of Southampton, Chancellor of England, and K. G., until I read the will of that fortunate statesman, where he notices his sisters Breten, Pounde, and Lawrence, to each of whom he gives legacies, as he does to other more distant relations. The chancellor left Henry, second Earl of Southampton, whose son Henry, succeeding him, became K. G. The title expired in his son Thomas, fourth Earl of Southampton, and K. G. The College justly boast rearing the Wriothesley's, who in return repaid the parent with a gratitude truly



This herald does not occur in Lant or Weaver's successions. I give him upon the authority of the Wriothesley's pedigrees, in which he is styled

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HEN. VIII. York herald, and is said to have been husband to Catherine, daughter of Sir John Wrythe, Garter, a relation probably of Ann Mynne, that Garter's third wife.


BARTHOLOMEW BUTLER, Esq.-See next reign.

I give these heralds, as well as the others of Henry VIII., with great diffidence. There may be omissions. The successions may not be accurate, but it will be difficult to find any of those names that may be omitted; perhaps still more so, to place them in the exact order in which they lived.




He was the son of Thomas, and grandson of Jeffrey Younge, by Editha, daughter and coheir of Urian de St. Pere. Lant, and Weaver from him, says he was Norroy in the reign of Henry VII.; but he never had that, or any higher promotion. He died in 1510, and was buried at Brentford. His arms were Azure, three Dragons, Argent, beaked and langued, Gules. He was a person of uncommon merit in his profession. Henry VII. sent him to Scotland with the Princess Margaret, when she went to be married to James IV. He wrote the history of the nuptials, fyancelles" as he termed it, a piece extremely valuable. He was the better able to complete such a task, because he remained in that kingdom, attending the Scottish Queen, two years. Upon his return, he received a warrant to receive his two years' salary, though he had been munificently rewarded at the northern court.


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Whilst Somerset, he went to the interview between the English and French Monarchs. He officiated, in 1521, in the degradation of that great, but unfortunate Peer, the Duke of Buckingham, from the order of St. George. Henry VIII. sent him into Scotland, in 1542, to deliver a message to James V. He unfortunately fell beneath the stroke of an assassin, upon the borders of that kingdom, near Dunbar, in that skirmish in which Lord Bowes, and his brother, Mr. Sadler, Sir John Witherington, Mr. Salisbury, Mr. Heron, some of the Percys of Northumberland, Sir Ralph Ives, Mr. Brian Latour, and other captains of the Borders, were


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taken prisoners. As this was in open violation of peace, and in defiance HEN. VIII. of all honor, Somerset being basely slain in his tabard, Henry " vowed to "God, singularly, that he would have a revenge for the same:" telling James, by an herald which he dispatched thither, that if he did not make reparation," he would put such order to him as he had done to his father, having the self-same wand in keeping, that dang his father," meaning the Duke of Norfolk, who, whilst Earl of Surrey, had defeated and slain James IV. at Flodden. The Scottish Monarch saw his danger, and felt the disgrace, which is allowed by historians to have greatly contributed to bring on that complaint of which he died. The Scots, fearing the effects of a potent Sovereign, justly enraged, delivered up Leech, bailiff of Lowth (perhaps Leeth), Edward Leech his brother, with a priest, who were all executed at Tyburne, as traitors: the first, May 8, 1543; the other two, June 12 following. The Scots, rude as they were, could not object to this severe procedure, because, in 1515, when Drummond, a nobleman of great influence and power, struck Lion king at arms, he was tried for it, as a capital offence, though done in the height of passion, and condemned. First his life, and afterward his estate, were with difficulty saved, at the most earnest intercession of the principal nobility in the Scottish court. Previous to his pardon, he was obliged to acknowledge his offence upon his knees, and sue for mercy to Lion. It must be remarked, that Leech, who killed Somerset, was an Englishman by birth, having been one of the Lincolnshire rebels. Henry VIII. ordered Paget, his ambassa-dor, to demand that Francis I. should not assist his ally; but the affinity. between the two Crowns was too strong to be broken, though Francis was sensible how much pain could be felt by a like misfortune, having much in the same way lost one of his own heralds. His arms were Argent, a Fesse, Gules; in Chief two Boar's Heads erased, Sable, in Base a Cross Patee Fitchy of the second. I presume he married a daughter of Wriothesley, York herald, who surviving him, received a legacy of £40. from her. brother Thomas, Earl of Southampton, K. G. chancellor of England. Hen. VIII.-WILLIAM HASTINGS, Esq.

In the patent giving him this place, he is called Hasyng. He bore Or, a Fesse, two Mullets in Chief, Gules. He died in May following his promotion. His will is in the registry of the Bishop of London.


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