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"Near this stone lyeth the body of SUSAN PHILIPOTT, late wife, and widdow "of John Philipott, Esq. Somerset herald, designed Norroy. She was daughter "and sole heire of William Glover, Esq. and Elizabeth his wife, daughter and "cohcire of Henry Harlackenden, Esq. As likewise the body of Susan Philipott, "her eldest daughter, both expectinge a glorious resurrection."
No date appears upon the stone. Mrs. Philipott died in 1664. Mr. William Glover being brother to the learned Glover, Somerset, was, no doubt, the cause of Philipott's bending his genius to the service of arms. The Harlackendens were seated in Bromley, Hollingborne, Bersted, and perhaps other parishes in Kent. Philipott's eldest son was Thomas Philipott, M. A., educated at Clare-hall, who published the "Villare Can"tianum," folio, London, 1659; a book, though written in an affected style, yet a very valuable performance, and continues to be highly and justly prized. Though the son takes the credit, there can be little doubt but that it was written by the father. The former says, his father wrote only the List of Sheriffs. Thomas was, undoubtedly, a man of good abilities, being a tolerable poet, and well versed in divinity and antiquities. He published a whimsical, mystical, heraldic book, intituled, "A Brief Historical Dis"course of the Original and Growth of Heraldry, demonstrating upon "what rational Foundations that noble and heroic Science is established." London, 1672, octavo, dedicated to John Earl of Bridgewater. He wrote, various other things. There are some verses of his prefixed to the Mo-. "nasticon Favershamiensis," 12mo. 1671; also an Appendix to it by him of the Descent of King Stephen. The book was written by his friend Thomas Southouse, of Grey's Inn, Esq. The elder Philipott is supposed to have been the author of "Apprenticeship in Trade, no Abatement to genti-,
lity, only making it sleep, or be in abeyance, during the Term of the In"dentures." Mr. Lyson gives an extract from the parish register of Greenwich, which he thinks relates to him. "Mr. Thomas Philipott, buried
September 30, 1682," adding, " that besides the above works, he wrote "on the Origin and Growth of the Spanish Monarchy, and a Life of Esop, "remarking, that Anthony Wood attributes to him some theological "works;" but it is more probable that they were the production of his contemporary, Thomas Philipott, D.D. rector of Turveston and Akeley, Bucks. Somerset bore Gules, a Cross between four Swords Argent, hilted
Ór; a Coat of Pretence Sable; a Chevron, charged with five —, be- CHARLES I. tween three Crescents of the second. The Philipotts of Tonbridge, in Kent, bore, Sable, a Bend Ermine.
It does not appear, that Charles I. appointed a successor to Philipott, Somerset; nor do I know whose name the Parliament put in to supply this office.
RICHM O N D.
James 1.-Sir HENRY ST. GEORGE, Knight.-See Norroy.
James I-WILLIAM PENSON, Esq.
Having obtained the place of Chester herald in a sinister manner, the Lords Commissioners not only refused to admit him into the office, upon his application to them, February 11, 1604-5, but ordered the validity of the patent to be tried at common law. The judge, Sir Richard Skynner, convinced of his ill-conduct, directed the office to be given to Mr. Thomas Knight, and committed Penson to prison. He sued for, and obtained an habeas corpus; but he was twice afterwards confined in the Marshalsea The expenses he incurred by his wickedness in acting wrong, and his folly in defending it, was so great, that it obliged him to sell all his lands. and other effects, with his wife's fortune, valued at £1800. He said that Mr. Knight, in the nine years contest, received £2500: this probably was untrue, Knight having been imprisoned for debt, and who, being pitied, was interceded for by Segar Garter, on February 22, 1610, and he solicited Penson to compromise the matter. The Lords Commissioners interfering, offered, that if he would release Knight from prison, and from all actions, they would permit him to act, in all respects, as Chester herald. To this he dictated a very severe reply, which his wife wrote, shewing his authority for executing his office, by producing a copy of the warrant given him by James I., signed by that Monarch, directing that he should have a coat of arms, or tabard, as Lancaster, dated 14th February, eleventh of his reign, which was directed to Lord Hay, master of the great wardrobe. At length he was permitted to retain this office, to which he was admitted.
CHARLES I. December 16, 1613. His patent was not dated until December 10, in the following year he received another September 24, 1617. Dying universally disliked, April 20, he was buried at St. Bennet's, the 28th, 1637. He had a family; for Thomas, Earl of Arundel and Surrey, Earl Marshal, ordered the proper officers to speedily put the wife, children, and family of Penson, then Lancaster herald, from the College of Arms, forbidding any of the members, in future, to bring either wife, child, or family in it, under pain of suspension. There was " a pompous title of a book which Mr. Pen"son intended to compose for the honor of his family; the main difficulty "would be," says the writer, "to find out the materials, or to invest his " ancestors, with proper honors and dignities." Though a disagreeable character, probably he was a good herald, leaving a manuscript upon matters relative to his profession. He bore Gyrony of Eight, Sable and Gules, on a Fesse Argent, three Cinque-foils Azure, seeded Or, three Eaglets displayed of the third.
WILLIAM GRIFFIN, Esq.
1637.-THOMAS THOMPSON, Esq.
Son of Samuel Thompson, Esq., Windsor herald in the reign of James I. When Rouge-dragon, he was employed by Clarenceux and Norroy, in visiting, jointly with Chitting, Chester. His arms were Sable, a Lion between three St. Andrew's Crosses, Argent.
Nov. 11, 1641.-WILLIAM RYLEY, Esq.
Removed by the Parliament to the office of Norroy, but illegally so; and thence, by the "powers then in being," to the place of Clarenceux, with no better authority. At the Restoration, he was reduced to his proper situation of Lancaster.-See next reign.
1646.-EDWARD BYSCHE, Esq.-See Clarenceux.
It must be here remarked, that in the register of burials for the parish of St. Bennet, Paul's Wharf, is this entry: "St. George, sonne of "Mr. Geo. Gwin, harrald, baptized 2 April, 1635;" no such herald have I seen: yet we cannot doubt the fact, but that there was such an officer at arms. He was noticed, if not allied to the family of St. George, we must suppose, from his baptizing his son by their surname.
In the same register is, "Mr. Dillinghams, from the harrollds, buried CHARLES I "14 Aprill, 1643." Query, Was this gentleman an herald.*
James 1.-JOHN BRADSHAW, Gent.-See Windsor.
GEORGE OWEN, Gent.-See York.
Privy Seal, March 2, 1625-6.-Warrant for his creation July 26 following.
EDWARD WALKER, Gent.-See Chester.
By Signet, May 1637.-Great Seal 19-Created with much ceremony by his Majesty
HENRY LILLY, Gent.
Signet in January 1637-8.
Second son of John Lilly, of London, but born in Worcestershire; his mother was Mary, daughter and coheir of John Gabott, of London, merchant-taylor. Whilst Rouge-rose, he was employed, in 1634, with Owen, York herald, to visit the counties of Essex and Worcester, for Sir Richard St. George, Clarenceux, and Sir John Burrough, Norroy. There can be but little doubt, that Rouge-croix was the Mr. Henry Lilly, "an arms painter in Little Britain," who Mr. Dugdale, afterwards Garter, gained an acquaintance with, before he became an officer at arms; and who, that great antiquary says, "according to that measure of learning "he had gained, was not a little versed in those studies, having been em"ployed by divers persons of honor and quality, in framing their pedigree "out of original evidences, and other warrantable authorities." This taste for heraldry and genealogy, led him to obtain a place in the College. Unfortunately he died in the same year he became Rouge-croix. The manuscript pedigrees he left of the nobility, so justly prized, evince he was a person of great merit in his profession. He was buried in Farnham church, in Essex. In the chancel, on the south side, is a mural monument erected to his memory, inscribed,
* In the register are these two items, " John Dounce, porter of the herralds buryed,
3 July 1631. John Tucke, porter to the herrald's office, buryed 12 August 1649”.
CHARLES I. "Here lyeth the body of HENRY LILLY, Rouge-dragon, one of his Majesty's "officers at arms, who departed this life, 19 August, 1638."
He married Elizabeth, daughter of Gregory Flint, of Salisbury, Gent. by whom he had Henry, Elizabeth, Hannah, Mary, and Dorothy, all living in 1634 at length one of his daughters became his heir, and disposed of his books.
March 18, 1638-9.-WILLIAM DUGDALE, Gent.-See Chester.
Mr. Dugdale was promoted to be an herald in 1644, after which this office does not seem ever to have been filled up by the King.
1646.-EVERARD EXTON, Gent.-See Usurpation.
James 1.-SAMPSON LENNARD, Gent.
Son of William Lennard, of Chevening and Knoll, in Kent, Esq., a younger brother of John Lennard, Esq. of the same place. His mother was Ann, daughter and heir of John Perkins, of Richmond in Surrey, by Ann, daughter and heir of Ralph Annesley. He was undoubtedly a man of ability, publishing translations of some books from the French into the English language, though some attribute these works to Mr. Webb, a clergyman, who had the parish of Chalsey in Berks: perhaps he assisted Blue-mantle. He was buried in the church of St. Bennet, Paul's Wharf, August 17, 1633. The large collection of his in the British Museum, prove alike his skill and industry. He married a daughter of Henry Creswell, of Odiham, in Hampshire: whether she was his first or second wife is uncertain. Query, Whether she was not a relation of Creswell, Somerset. His first wife was buried at St. Bennet's, September 29, 1620, by whom he had a daughter, named Mary, baptized June 23, 1620, and buried there August 23 following. His second wife was buried at the same place, August 24, 1625. He mentions, in one of his letters to Garter Segar, that his daughter Dorothy intended paying a visit to Lady Segar. He bore Or, on a Fesse Gules, three Fleur-de-lis of the first. The crest which he used was, on a wreath, a Lion rampant, Gules, semé of Stars, issuant out of a cloud, proper; over the Lion's head a Scroll," Inter nubes resplendeo,"