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of Sir John Audley, km. of Swaffham, in Norfolk. The name of this Thomas occurs in the return of the gentry of Norfolk, made by the commissioners of HenT VI. " as Thomas de Dereham, of West Dereham." His descendant,

Thomas De Drreham, purchased from the crown, 33 Henry VIII. the scite of the then lately dissolved monastery, of West Dereham, and removed the residence of the family hack again from Crimpleaham to that place. From this Thomas we pass to

I. Thomas Dereham, esq. of Dereham Abbey, in the county of Norfolk, (son of Sir Thomas Dereham, knt.) who was created a Baronet by King Charles II. 3th Jane, 1601. He *». first, Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Richard Scott, esq. of Scotts Hall, Kent, but by her had no issue. He in. secondly, Elizabeth, eldest daughter and co-heir of Sir Richard Gargrave, knt. of Kingsley Park, in the county of York, and by that lady had

Henry, his successor.
Richard (Sir), heir to his brother.
Lucy, d. num.

Penelope, m. first, to Thomas Keble, esq. of Newton Hall, Suffolk, and had one surviving daughter, Penelope Keble, m. first, to Thomas Ruse, esq. and secondly, to the Rev. Robert Palmer, D.D. She (Penelope Dereham) m. secondly, John Shaw, esq. of Colchester. Sir Thomas was s. at his decease by his elder son,

n. Sir Henry Dereham, bart. who m. one of the daughters and co-heirs of Sir John Maynard, knt. serjeani-aMaw, hut dying *. p. in 1662, was s. by his brother,

in. Sir Richard Dereham, bart. who m. Prances Vflliers, daughter of Robert Wright, alias Villiers, the assumed son and heir of Sir John Villiers, Viscount Pnrbeck, (refer to Burke's Extinct Peerage,) and had issue,

Thomas, his successor.
Richard, d. unin.

Elizabeth, m. to Sir Simeon Stuart, bart. of Harteley Maaduit, in the county of Southampton. He d. in Jamaica, and was *. by his son,

It. Sir Thomas Dereham, bart. who was educated at the court of Cosmo III. Grand Duke of Tuscany, sad resided chiefly at Florence. He d. unm. at Rome, Kith January, 1738, when the Baronetcy became Extinct, and his sister, Elizabeth, wife of Sir Simeon Stuart, bart. became his heir. She was great grandmother of the present Sir Simeon-henry StuAET,bart,

Arms—Az. a buck's head caboshed or.


Created 3rd Sept. 1640.—Extinct


I* Sie Henry De Vic, of Guernsey, chancellor of the garter, was created a Baronet in 1640. He m. Margaret, daughter of Sir Philip Carteret, knt. of St. Owen's, in Jersey, and dying 20th November, 1072, was t. by his son,

ii< Sir Charles De Vic, at whose decease, in early life, unm. the title became Extinct.

Amu— Or, three ca]traps sa. a chief of the second.

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Paul D'ewes, of the six clerks in Chancery, son of Gerard D'Ewes, of I'mninster, in Essex, and a lineal descendant of the ancient family of D'Ewes, Lords of Kessal, in the duchy of Guelderland, married Cecilia, only daughter and heir of Richard Syinonds, esq. of Coxden, in Dorsetshire, and had issue,

Symonds, his heir.


Johanna, m. to Sir William Elliot, knt. of Godalming.

Grace, m. to Wyseman Bokenham, esq. of Weston, in Suffolk.

Mary, m. to Sir Thomas Bowes, knt. of Essex.

Elizabeth, m. to Sir William Poley, knt.
Paul D'Ewes died in 1030, and was s. by his son,

i. Sir Symonds D'ewes, of Stowlangtoft, born in 1602, at Coxden, the seat of his maternal grandfather. This eminent antiquary commenced at a very youthful age, even while a student at St. John's College, Cambridge, those historical studies, in which he eventually attained such distinction, and, almost at the same early period, gained the friendship and acquaintance of Cotton, Selden, Spelman, and many others of the first rank, in the republic of letters. The labours of Sir Symonds have contributed not a little to illustrate the general history of Great Britain ; and his most prominent work, "The Journals of all the Parliaments during the Time of Queen Elizabeth," exists as an able record of the important transactions of one of the most glorious reigns iu English history. In 1630, Sir Symonds served the office of sheriff of Suffolk, having been knighted some time previously ; and in the long parliament, which was summoned to meet 3rd November, 1640, was elected member for Sudbury. In 16-11. he was created a Baronxt by Charles 1.; yet, upon the breaking out of the civil war, he adhered to the parliament, and took the solemn league and covenant in 1643. He continued to sit in the House of Commons until December, 1048, when he was turned out with others who were thought to retain some little regard for the person of the king, and the old constitution in church and state. He wedded, first, in 1626, Anne, daughter and heir of Sir William Clapton, knt., a lady of exquisite beauty, by whom he had two daughters, namely:

Cecilia, m. to Sir Thomas Dairy, bart. of St.

Osith's, Essex.
Isolds, died unm.

He m. secondly, Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of Sir Henry WUloughby, bart. of Risley, in Derbyshire, and by her, who m. secondly, Sir John Wray, had a son WiLLouoHBr, his heir. Sir Symonds died 18th April, 1650, aged forty-eight, and was *. by his son,

ii. Sir Willoughby D'ewes, who m. Priscilla daughter of Francis Clinton, esq. of Stourton, in Lincolnshire, and bad issue,

Symonds, his beir.

Priscilla, m. to John Hastings, esq. of Hinton, in

N orth ampton shire. Elizabeth, m. to Heigham Coke, esq. of Suckley, and had a son, D'ewes Coke, esq. of Suckley, great grandfather of the present D'ewes Coke, esq. of Brookhill Hall, Derbyshire.

Sir Willoughby died 13th Jane, 1685, and was s. by his son,

in. Sir Symonds D'ewes, who m. Delariviere, daughter and co-heir of Thomas, Lord Jermyn, and by her, who died in 1702, had issue,

i. Jermyn, his heir.

Ii. Willoughby, (/. in 1710, aged nineteen, ill. Symonds, d. 1693. iv. Thomas, d. 1698. i. Delaririere, m. to Thomas Gage, esq. eldest son

of Sir Thomas Gage, bart. Ii. Mary, m. to George Tasburgh, esq. of Bodney, in Norfolk, by whom she had one son,

George Tasburgh, who m. first, in 1755, Teresa, daughter of Thomas, Viscount Gage, which lady died s. p. in 1773, and secondly, Barbara, daughter of Thomas Fitzberbert. esq. of Swinnerton, by whom he had no issue. Mr. Tasburgh's widow wedded, for her second husband, George Crathorne, esq. of Crathorne, and died in 1808, leaving a daughter, Mary-Anne*Rosalia Crathorne. m. Harriott, m. to Thomas Havers, esq. of Thelton Hall, Norfolk, and from this marriage descends the present Thomas Havbrs, esq. of Thelton Hall. (See Burke's Commoners, vol. i. p. 381.) ir. Merelina, in. to Richard Elwes, esq.

Sir Symonds died in May, 1722, and was s. by his son, iv. Sir Jermyn D'ewes, who died unm. 21st April, 1731, when the Baronetcy became Extinct.

Arms— Or, a fess vair between three quatrefoils gu.

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From Roger de Mildenhall, of the parish of St. Stephens, alias Nackington, living temp. John, lineally descended,

James Diggs, esq. of Barham, (son of John Diggs, esq. of Barham, by Joan, daughter of Sir Gervasc Clifton, knt.) who m. first, Mildred, daughter of Sir John Fineux, chief-justice of England, and co-heir to his mother, one of the daughters and co-heirs of William Apulderfield, esq. by whom he had a son, John, of Barham. He wedded, secondly, Phillippa, daughter of John Engham, of Chart, and had another son,

Leonard Dices, esq. of Wootton Court, in Kent, a famous mathematician, temp. Edward VI. and

Queen Mary, who m. Sarah, sister of Sir James Wilsford, knt. and had, beside three daughters, Mary, wife of — Barber; Anne, ;//. to William Diggs, of Ncwington; and Sarah, m. to — Martin, a son and successor,

Thomas Diggs, esq. who m. Anne, daughter of Sir Warham St. Leger, knt- of Ulcombe, in Kent, and by her, who died in 1636, aged eighty-one, and was buried at Chilham, left at his decease in 1595, with other issue, a son and successor.

Sir Dudley Diggs, knt. an eminent lawyer and master of the rolls, living in 1619, who purchased the estate of Chilham, in Kent. He m. Mary, youngest daughter and co-heir of Sir Thomas Kempe, knt. of Olantigh, by which lady he acquired Chilham Castle, and had, with other issue,

Thomas, his heir.

John, of Faversham.

Dudley, fellow of AH Souls' College.

Edward, of Virginia in 1684.

Anne, m. to Anthony Hammond, esq. of St. A1 ban's
Court, in Kent, and had four sons,
William Hammond,of St. Alban's Court,ances-
tor of the preaent
William-osmond Hammond, esq. of St.
Alban's Court. (SeeBuRKE'sCom/nonerx,
vol. i. p. 131.)
Dudley Hammond.
Anthony Hammond, grandfather of James

Hammond, the Elegiac Pokt.
Edward Hammond, died at sea.

The eldest son,

Thomas Diggs, esq. of Chilham Castle, w. Mary, daughter of Sir Maurice Abbot, knt. and died in 1687, having had, with six daughters, six sons, viz.

Maurice, his heir.
Dudley, of Gray's Inn, died s. p.
John, b. in 1642, died s. p.
Thomas, 6. in 1643, died s. p.

Edward, b. in 1649, a colonel in the army, who m. in 1679, Dame Frances Moore, of Bobbing, but died s. p. Leonard, 6. in 1651, of Chilham Castle, who M. Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Osborna, knt. of ChickBand, and died in 1717, leaving issue, John, of Chilham Castle, died in 1720, s. p. Thomas, a colonel in the army, who m. Elizabeth, daughter of John, Lord Delawarr. He sold the castle and manor of Chilham to James Colebrooke, citizen of London, whose son, Robert Colebrooke, esq. sold them to Thomas Heron, esq. of Newark on Trent, and from the Herons, Chilham was purchased in 1792, by Thomas Wildman, esq. Elizabeth, m. to Adam Williamson, lieutenantgeneral and governor of Gravesend and Tilbury, and died in 1746, leaving a daughter, Elizabeth Caroline Williamson, m. to Daniel Fox, esq. of the Six Clerks Office. The eldest son,

i. Sin Maurice Diggs, of Chilham Castle, was created a Baronet 6th March, 1665-6. He w*. first, Bennet, daughter of Mark Dixwell, esq. of Folkstone and Brome, in Kent, and secondly, Judith, daughter and co-heir of George Rose, esq. of Eastergate, Sussex, but dying s. p. in 1666, the title became Extinct. Sir Maurice's widow wedded, secondly, Daniel Sheldon, esq. of Ham Court, in Surrey.

Arms— Gu. on a cross arg. five eagles displayed sa.

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RoBERT, who predeceased his father, leaving with others, a son, Robert, successor to his grandfather, and a daughter, Mabell, m. to Sir William Meux, bart of Kingston, in Hants. Sir Robert died in 1664, and was s. by his grandson, ii. SIR RoakRT DILLINGToN, who m. first, Jane, daughter of John Freke, esq. of Shrowton, and secondly, Hannah, daughter of William Webb, citizen of London, *nd dying about the year 1687, was s. by his eldest son, iii. SiR RoseRT DILLINGroN, who died unm. in two years after his father, and was s. by his brother, ". Sir John DILLINGToN, who died s. p. about 1712, and was s. by his half-brother, * Sla TRIsrRAM DILLINGroN, major in the guards,

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with John, of Durham, for the manor of Great Munden, in the same county. Some considerable lapse of time afterwards, William Dixwell, lineally of the same stock, having m. Margaret, daughter and heir of Adam Sampson, of Coton, in the county of Warwick, removed from Tingreth, in Bedfordshire, and settled there. He was s. by his son, WILLIAM Dixwell, esq. who m. Anne, sister and heir of Henry Mitchel, esq. of Dodford, in Northamptonshire, and left a son and heir, John Dixwell, esq. This gentleman wedded, Mary, daughter of Humphrey Grey, esq. of Enville, in Staffordshire, and was s. by his son, William Dixwell, esq. who m. Elizabeth, daughter of John Knight, esq. of Brookehoult, in the county of Northampton, and left a son and heir, CHARLEs Dixwell, esq. of Coton, who m. Abigail, daughter of Henry Herdson, esq. of Stourton, in Lin. colnshire, and had issue,

1. WILLIAM, who inherited Coton. (See Dixw ELL, of Cotton Hall, Extinct Baronets.) 11. Edward. 111. Humphrey. 1 v. Basil.

v. Barbara.

He (Charles) lies buried in Churchover, in the county of Warwick, where on a large alabaster monument, fixed to the south wall, are the images of a man and his wife, kneeling at a desk between them, with four sons and one daughter; on the top, a shield on the right hand, with the arms of Dixwell, another on the left,—or, a cross, between twelve billets, sable, between four fleurs de-lis, gules, and in the middle, quarterly, 1. The arms of Dixwell; 2. Or, a cross, between twelve billets, sa.. with this inscription:

This Monument was erected, Anno Dom. 1641, in the Memorie of Charles Dixwell, of Coton, Esq.; and of Abigail, his wife; he dying in the year of our Lord, 1591; and She, in the year 1635. And of four Sons, and one Daughter that issued from them, viz: William Dixwell, Esq; Edward Dixwell, Humphry Dixwell, Sir Basil Dixwell, Knight and Baronet, and Barbara Dixwell; all whose Figures, this Work doth represent.

The youngest son,

1. SiR BAsil Dixwell, bart. having inherited from his maternal uncle, John Herdson, considerable estates at Folkestone, and in other parts of Kent, transplanted himself into that county, and settled at Terlingham, where he continued until the year 1622, when he removed to Broome, in the same county, a manor of his, on which he had recently erected a handsome mansion house. He served the office of sheriff in the 2nd year of CHARLEs I. and was created a BARoNET by that monarch, 18th February, 1627. He died unm. in 1641, when the BARoNETcy became Extinct, and his estates devolved, under his will, upon his nephew,

MARK Dixwell, esq. son of his brother William, who m. Elizabeth, daughter of Matthew, and sister and heir of William Read, esq. of Folkestone, by which lady (who wedded, secondly, Sir Henry Oxenden, bart.) he had a son and heir,

1. Basil Dixwell, esq. of Brome, in the county of Kent, who was created a BARoNET by King CHARLEs II. 18th June, 1660. Sir Basil m. Dorothy, daughter and co-heir of Sir Thomas Peyton, bart. of Knowlton, and had issue,

Basil, his successor.

Eliza BETH, one of the maids of honour to Queen

MARY, m. to George Oxenden, LL.D. master of

Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and by him, (who was

third son of Sir Henry Oxenden, bart. of Dene, 161


and died in 1704,) left two sons, Henry and

George Oxenden, the elder, succeeding hie uncle

in 1708, became

Sir Henry Oxenden, fourth baronet, of Dene,

in Kent, but dying s. p. was J. byhis brother,

Sir Georoe Oxbndkn, fifth baronet, M.P. for

Sandwich, who m. in 1720, Elizabeth, eldest

daughter and co-heir of Edmund Dunch

esq. of Little Withenham, Berks, and had

two sons,

Sirhenrt OxENDEN.sixth baronet,father of Sir Henry Oxenden, seventh and present baronet. See Burke's Peerage and Baronetage. George Oxenden, of whom hereafter, as inheritor of the Dixwell estates. Sir Basil was *. at his decease by his only son,

Ii. Sir Basil Dixwell, bart. auditor of the Excise, and governor of Dover Castle, in which latter post he continued the greater part of the reign of William III. He was also M.P. for the town and port of Dover. In the reign of Queen Anne, he was dismissed from his employments, but restored at the accession of George I. He m. first, Dorothy, daughter of Sir John Temple, bart. of East Sheen, Surrey; and secondly, (his first wife dying about the year 1718,) Catherine, daughter of William Longueville, esq. son of Sir Thomas Longueville, of Bradwell Abbey, Bucks, baronet of Nova Scotia, but had issue by neither. He d. 25th March, 1750, when the Baronetcy became Extinct, and the estates devolved, under his will, upon his nephew, George Oxenden, esq. who, in consequence, assumed the name of Dixwell ; bat that gentleman dying unmarried in 1753, they are now in the possession of Sir Henrt Oxenden.

Arms—Argent, a cheveron gules, between three fleurs-de-lis.


Created 18th Feb. 1627-8—Extinct in 1641. Refer to Dixwell of Broome.


Created 11th June, 1716.—Extinct 14th Jan. 1757.


This was the senior branch of the family, from which the Dixwells of Broome, and of Tirlingham, in Kent.

Charles Dixwell, esq. of Coton Hall, in the county of Warwick, m. Abigail, daughter of Henry Herdson, esq. of Stourton, in Lincolnshire, and had issue, William, his successor. Edward. Humphry. Basil. Barbara. He d. in 1591, and was s. by his eldest son.

William Dixwell, esq. of Coton Hall, who wedded Elizabeth, daughter of Roger Brent, esq. of Pillerton,

in Warwickshire, and had several children. Hi* grandson,

Brent Dixwell, esq. of Coton Hall, m. Anne, daughter of John Sandys, esq. of Loveline, in the county of Worcester, and had issue, William, his successor. John, died aged twelve, 27th March, 1701. Elizabeth. He d. 10th June, 1690 ; his wife in 1692. He was *. by his elder son,

l. William Dixwell, esq. of Coton Hall, high sheriff of Warwickshire, in the 3rd of George 1. ; created a Baronet, by that monarch, 11th June, 1716. He m. in 1712, Mary, daughter of Sir Roger Cave, bart. of Stanford,* but that lady died 11th February, 1712-13, in less than a year after her marriage, without issue, and Sir William remained afterwards a widowei. He d. I4th January, 1757, when the Babonxtcy became EXTINCT.

Arms—See Dixwell of Broome.


Created 23rd July, 1661.


Extinct in 1726.

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Peter Dormer, esq. of Lee Grange, Bucks, younger son of Geoffrey Dormer.t esq. of West Wycombe, by Ursula, his wife, daughter and heir of Bartholomew Collingridge, died 1st April, 1555, leaving by Agnes, his first wife, daughter of Thomas Cowper, e»q. of Quainton, a son and successor,

Gabriel Dormer, esq. of Lee Grange and Purston. who m. Bridget, daughter of Thomas Lovett, esq. of Astwell, and by her, who wedded, secondly, John Hawtrey, esq. of Chequers, in Bucks, had a son,

Peter Dormer, esq. of Lee Grange and Purston, who m. in 1659, Margaret, daughter of Thomas Fleetwood, esq. of the Vache, and dying 3rd December, 1583, was s. by his son,

Sir Fleetwood Dormer, of Lee Grange and PurBton, who m. Mary, third daughter of Sir Euaeby Isham, of Braunston, and widow of Edward Reade. esq. of Cottesbrooke, by whom he had issue,

i. John, his heir. II. Peter.

ill. Fleetwood (Sir), of Arle Court, in Gloucestershire; emigrated to Virginia. IV. Euseby.

I. Margaret. II. Dorothy, in. Mary, m. to William Shepherd, of Rollwright.

Sir Fleetwood d. 1st February, 1638-9, and waa ». by his son,

• By his seoud wife, Mary, sister of the Riglil Hon. William Bromley, speaker of the House of Commons, and secretary of stale, temp. Queen Anne.

+ From Geoffrey Dormer's eldest son, Sir William Dormer, descends the Baron Dormer.

John Dormer, esq. of Lee Grange and Puraton, harrister-at-law, who m. Katherine, daughter and heir of Thomas Woodward, esq. of Ripple, in Worcestershire, and had issue,

i. John (Sir), his heir.

Ii. Robert, who inherited Lee Grange and Purston
on the demise of his nephew, Sir William, and
was Ml', for Bucks. He eventually became
a judge of the Court of Common Pleas. He
tn. Mary, daughter and co-heir of Sir Richard
Blake, of London, and dying 18th September,
1720, left four daughters, his co-heirs, viz.
Elizabeth, m. to John, Lord Fortescue, of

C redan.
Ricarda, m. to John Packhurst, esq. of
in. Fleetwood, barrister-at-law, M. P. for Chipping

i. Mary, tn. to Sir John Busby, of Addington, in

Bucks. Ii. Catherine, m. to John Packhurst, esq. of Catesby, M.P.

The eldest son,

i. John Dormer, esq. of Lee Grange and Purston, was created a Baronet in 1661. He m. Susanna, daughter and co-heir of Sir Richard Brawne, of Allscott, in Gloucestershire, and dying 7th November, 1675, left, with a daughter, Susanna, wife of Francis Sheldon, esq. of Abberton, in Worcestershire, a son and successor.

Ii. Sir William Dormer, of Lee Grauge and Purston, at whose decease, unmarried, Oth March, 1725-6, aged fifty-seven, the Baronetcy became Extinct.

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ter of Peter Corrie, esq. and had issue, George, William, Elisabeth, Margaret, Harriot, and Elizabeth, v. Samuel, of Crae and Cannick, in Kirkcudbright, merchant, m. Elizabeth, daughter of William Stephenson, esq. of London, and had an only daughter, Elizabeth.

i. Margaret, m. to David M'Haffie, merchant. The eldest son,

i. William Douglas, esq. of Castle Douglas,in Kirkcudbright, and of Newton Douglas, in Wigtonshire, was created a Baronet in 1801, but dying unm. in 1809, the title became Extinct.

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Arthur Downing, esq. of Norfolk, (son of Geoffrey Downing, by Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Wiugtield, esq. of Dunham Magna,) tn. Susan,daughter (and co-heir with her sister Anne, wife of John Wingfield, esq. of Upton,) of Thomas Calybut, esq. of Castle Acre, in Norfolk, and had a son,

Calybut Downing, esq. of Shennington, in Gloucestershire, who Hi. Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Wingfield, esq. of Upton, in Northamptonshire, by Elizabeth, his wife, sister of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, treasurer to Queen Elizabeth, and was father of

Calybut Downing, who became a commoner in Oriel College, Oxford, in 16*23, and subsequently entering into holy orders, was made rector of Hickford, in Buckinghamshire, and of West lldesley,iu Berkshire; which latter he afterwards exchanged for the living of Hackney, in Middlesex. He in. Margaret, daughter and co-heir of Robert Brett, D.D. and dying in 1644, left two sons,

i. George (Sir), his heir.

ii. Hbnrt, whose son Col. Adam Downing, was a distinguished officer in King William Iii.'s army in Ireland. His descendant and representative, is the present George Alexander Fullerton, esq. of Westwood, in Hampshire, and of Balliutoy Castle, in Ireland. (See Burke's Commoners, vol. iv. p. 298.)

The elder son,

i. Sir George Downing, of East Hatley, in Cambridgeshire, was created a Baronet, 1st July, 1663. This distinguished person, who acted a prominent part in the eventful period in which he lived, was sent, during the Protectorate, ambassador to the States General of Holland. He sat for several years in par

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