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advanced age. Lord Burleigh purchased his MS. His arms were Sable, ELIZARETH a Chevron Ermine, between three Crescents, Argent. He married Elizabeth, daughter of William Flower, Esq., Norroy, born in Redcross-street, St. Giles' parish, by whom he had one son, Thomas, born in that parish, June 15, 1576; Elizabeth, born there June 20, 1573, and Ann, born likewise in St. Giles', May 25, 1575. In Mr. Brooke's MS. notes all their sponsors' names are mentioned; some of the members of the College were always a part of the number at each baptism. One of the daughters was. married to Richard Hinde, of Laxton, in Nottinghamshire. The sisters of Somerset were Joan and Elizabeth; the former was the first wife of Richard Milles of Ashford, son of Richard Milles of Hotfield. The Milles, or Mills of Norton-court and Davington in Kent, descend from this marriage. Thomas Milles, of Davington-hall, the publisher of his. uncle's work, was sent by Elizabeth to Henry IV. of France, and discharging his trust with great fidelity and incredible celerity, received for a crest, as an augmentation to his armorial bearings, a Chappeau winged. He was Customer of Sandwich, Keeper of Rochester Castle, and Esquire of the Body of James I. He married Ann, daughter of John Polhill, of Otford, Gent., widow of Thomas Gilman, of London, mercer, by whom he had no issue, and widow and relict of William Nutt, councellor at law, by whom she had only one son. Dying at Davington, 1624, she was buried in St. George's church in Canterbury.. Elizabeth, the younger sister of Somerset, was married to Thomas Deedes, of Hythe in Kent, Esq. and left issue Julius Deeds, first settled at Dover, but afterwards removed! to Davington; who dying in 1628, was buried at Norton, in that neighbourhood. By him she had six sons; Robert, the youngest, had a grant of arms confirmed to him, and Julius his nephew, and their heirs, by Byshe, Clarenceux, in 1653, of, per Fesse nebule, Gules and Argent,, three Martlets countercharged. There are many descendants from this marriage. Before I take leave of the respected name of Glover, I shall! observe, that in the Harleian Collection is a paper of his, intitled, “Proofs "that it has not been a rule, or custom, to advance the officers of arms ac-"cording to seniority.'


Jan. 4, 1588-9.-WILLIAM SEGAR, Esq. See Norroy,






Oct. 22, 1597.-ROBERT CRESWELL, EsqSee next reign.

His patent is not dated until 20 March, 45 Elizabeth, only four days before the Queen's death.


Mary 1.-NICHOLAS NARBOONE, Esq.-See Ulster.


Created in 1566.-Patent, July 27, 1569.

He had been a servant to Garter Sir William Dethick, probably an heraldic painter; for when Richmond, Garter Anstis says, he was called a painter. In May 15, he attended the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord President of the North, having livery and conduct money for that purpose. His arms were Gules, a Fesse dancette, between three Bugle-horns, Argent. He died in this office, probably, in 1584. Harvey, Clarenceux, employed him in visiting some parts of his province.

RICHARD LEE, Esq. See Clarenceux.

Nominated in 1584, says Lant.-Created at Derby-house, on Thursday,
June 10, 1585.

WILLIAM CAMDEN, Esq. See Clarenceux.

Created October 22, 1597.

He remained in this office only one day, being removed to that of a king at arms the next.

JOHN RAVEN, Esq.-See next reign.

Created October 23, 1597.

His patent for this office is not dated until August 13, 1 James I.



In the Harleian Collection are many pedigrees, drawn up by him. He died January 8, 1558-9, at Gravesend, upon his returning from burying Sir John Baker, of Sisinghurst in Kent, knight. He was buried the following day at Gravesend, and consequently with very little ceremony.


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Jun 13, 1558-9.-JOHN COCKE, Esq.

Had been a confidential servant to John Duke of Northumberland, whose "valliant and noble exploytes attempted and atchieved" he drew up, in all which he was present," from taking the French Admiral off Shrise, between Dover and the South-Downs, until his Grace's reducing the Norwich rebels." Much to his honor, when his unhappy patron was put to death, and his mutilated corpse lay neglected, he petitioned for, and obtained leave to bury the head, which otherwise perhaps would have been stuck up in some conspicuous place in the city of London. Pleased with his grateful fidelity, the government permitted him to take both the body and the head, and bury them in the chapel of the Tower, the receptacle of illustrious unfortunates, chiefly victims to ambition. He attended the obsequies with a pious care. To perpetuate the remembrance of this circumstance, he had a grant of a crest to his arms, of a Bear's Head Argent, crowned Or, allusive to the Duke's badge of a bear and ragged staff. For his arms he bore, a Chevron invecked, between three Parrots' Heads erased, Sable. After the death of Northumberland, he passed into the service of Lord Robert Dudley, one of his youngest sons. This nobleman becoming the favorite of Elizabeth, who created him Earl of Leicester, he raised Cocke by his patronage from Portcullis pursuivant to be Lancaster herald. When Leicester went as governor-general under Elizabeth to the United States, he took Lancaster with him. He never returned, dying at Amsterdam, March 17, 1585. He was to have assisted at a solemnity, but died before it was kept, for which reason a pursuivant wore his coat of arms, or tabard. He married May 9, 1580, Jane Harcourt, at St. Cle-ment Dane's church in London. This lady was probably of the Harcourt. family, perhaps nearly allied to that brave and gallant commander, Sir Simon Harcourt, who so eminently distinguished himself in the wars in Holland, under Sir Horatio Vere, Lord Tilbury. There can be little doubt. of the advancement of this herald, had he been a great one. Probably he had other valuable offices. His noble fidelity deserved the most lucra-tive post.

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Dethick, in 1595, put him down as a proper person to have the office of Norroy. In 1597, he says he had served twenty-three years, and was


Heralds. Lancaster.


ELIZABETH. of long continuance under Mr. Garter, and of experience for arms and funerals. He bore Sable, four Lions Argent, one, two, and one; a Coat of Pretence, Ermine.




FRANCIS THYNNE, Esq.-See next reign.

Created at the Palace of Greenwich in the Council Chamber, April 22, 1602.

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Mary 1.-HUGH COTGROVE, Gent.-See Richmond.

1566.-WILLIAM DETHICK, Gent.-See York.


Patent 24th March, 11 Elizabeth, 1559-Created March 25, 1570. Eldest son of Thomas Dawes, of Staffordshire, Gent. He published the Procession of the Knights of the Garter on St. George's-day, 1576, which was engraved: it is become extremely scarce. The elder Anstis has given a copy of it in his history of the Order of the Garter: it is intituled, "A Proceeding of the Sovereign and Knights Companions at the Feast of "St. George, designed by Marcus Gerard, and set forth in the twentieth


yeare of Queene Elizabeth, by Thomas Dawes, sometime Rouge-Croix pursuivant at arms. Marcus Gerardius. Hollar fecit, 1666." By the daughter of Violet, he had three sons; Clement and Thomas, who left no issue, and John, from whom descends the baronet family of Dawes, seated at Putney in Surrey, created June 1, 1663, now extinct. Sir Abraham Dawes, knight, grandson of Rouge-croix, was one of the farmers of the customs in the reign of Charles I., and until the civil war broke out was supposed one of the richest commoners of the age. "In splendor and "magnificence of house-keeping, he lived up to the port of any noble"man." Another descendant of Rouge-croix was that eminently pious and learned prelate, Sir William Dawes, Bart. D.D., Archbishop of York, who died April 30, 1724. The family of Dawes bore Argent, on a Bend Azure, cottised Gules, three Swans, Or, between six Battle-axes, Sable : for a crest, on a Battle-axe, Or, a Newt, or Serpent, winged, the Tail nowed, Sable, charged with Bezants. Lant evidently did not know how to give


Rouge-croix's arms; for in one shield he put Argent, a Bend cottised Sable, ELIZABETH. charged with three Axes of the first. Under this shield he gives another, Pursuivants. Party per Pale, Argent and Sable, a Carbuncle between three Cinquefoils, counterchanged. Perhaps this was designed for a Coat of Pretence.

1580.-RALPH BROOKE, Gent-See York.

March 26, 1592.-THOMAS KNIGHT, Gent.-See next reign.




Though appointed by Mary, Blue-mantle, he was not created until 9th December, 1. Elizabeth; and as Garter Anstis, senior, observes, without either bill or patent, at a time, too, when a pursuivant sent to France, bore the name of the same office, who in his absence had the name of Richmond. His patent passed September 1559, which he survived only a few days, being buried, October 10, following, in the church of St. Bride, Fleet-street. He bore Azure, on a Bend Or, three Leaves slipped Vert.

RICHARD TURPIN, Gent.-See Windsor.
Appointed in 1569.-Created January 22, 1560-1.

NICHOLAS DETHICK, Gent.-See Windsor.
Appointed 1564.-Created April 19, 1565.

HUMPHRY HALES, Gent.-See York.

Appointed in 1583.-Created at Chelsea by the Earl of Shrewsbury, E. Marshal,
November 3, 1584.

JAMES THOMAS, Gent.-See Chester.

Signet, 24th April, 29 Elizabeth.-Patent, 25.-Created by the Earl of Leicester, in his Chamber, Whitsunday, June 4, 1587.

ROBERT CRESWELL, Gent.-See Somerset.

Signet, February 21, 1588.-Patent, May 18, 1590.-Created March 26, 1592.

MERCURY PATTEN, Gent.-See next reign.

Created October 22, 1597.

His patent for this office is not dated in this, but 8th May, 2 James L



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