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the court, (no sentinel being in the way,) to the great wall of the castle, and thence let him down by a stick on a long cord. The signal given, his majesty put himself forward but then too late found himself mistaken, he sticking fast between his breast and shoulders, and not able to get forward or backward, but that at the instant before he endeavoured to get out, he mistrusted, and tied a piece of his cord to a bar of the window within, by means whereof he forced himself back. This attempt thus failing, Mr. Firebrace sent for files and aquafortis from London, to make the passages more easy, and to help in other designs which he proposed, but while they were thus concerting new plans for the escape, Hammond was directed from above to have a careful eye on those about the king which occasioned Mr. Firebrace, and others to be dis. missed; and in Mr. Firebrace's absence, the other attempt, of which Lord Clarendon gives account, and confounds it with this, was as fruitlessly made.” This Henry Firebrace, who afterwards received the honour of knighthood, was appointed by King CHARLEs 11, chief clerk of the kitchen, clerk comptroller supernumerary of his majesty's household, and assistant to his majesty's officers of the green cloth. He m. first, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Davell, of Stoke Golding, and had issue by her, HENRY, D.D. fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, aged thirty-two in 1682. Basil, aged twenty-nine, 1682, of whom presently. John, d. an infant. George. Susanna, m. to Thomas Hall, esq. of Elymore Hall, Durham. Sir Henry m. secondly, Alice, daughter of Richard Bagnall, of Reading, and widow of John Bucknall, Fent of Creeke, in Northamptonshire, but by that lady left no issue. He d. 27th January, 1690, aged seventy-two, and was interred in Stoke Golding Church, in Leicestershire. His second son, 1. Sir Basil F1 REBRAcE, was a merchant of the city of London, and Laving served the office of sheriff in *, received the honour of knighthood. He was created a BARoNET by King WILLIAM III. 28th July, *8. Sir Basil m. Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Hough, of London, merchant, and had issue, CHARLEs, his successor, b. in 1679. George, b. in 1681. Hester, b. in 1676, m. to Basil Fielding, fourth EARL of DENBIGH, and was mother of Willi AM, fifth earl. He d. 7th May, 1724, and was s. by his elder son, 11. SIR CHARLEs FIREBRAce, bart, who m. Margaret, daughter and co-heir of Sir John Cordell, bart of Long Melford, in Suffolk, and dying 2nd August, 1727, was * by his only son, int. Sir Corbell FiReBRACE, bart. M. P. for the county of Suffolk, temp. GeoRCE II, who m. in October 1737, Bridget, relict of Edward Evers, esq. of Ipswich, and third daughter of Philip Bacon, esq. of the *me place, (second son of Sir Nicholas Bacon, K.B. of Shrubland Hall, Suffolk,) but died without issue, *th March, 1759, when the BARoNErcy became ExTinct, and the estates passed to the Earls of Denbigh. Sir Cordell's widow married for her third husband in 1762, William Campbell, esq. brother to John, third Duke of Argylle, and died in 1782.

"." A branch of the Firebrace family settled in the West Indies. William Newton Firebrace, esq. a memher of the Hon. Court of Criminal and Civil Justice at Demerara. He d. in 1821, leaving three sons and one daughter, William, capt. 58th regiment; Samuel, LL.D. a judge at British Guiana; James; and Elizabeth-Ann.

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The first of this name that settled in Warwickshire, Was

John Fish ER, lord of the manor of Packington Magna, in that county, descended from an ancient faHe was gentleman pensioner to the Kings HENRY VIII. and Edward VI. and the Queens MARY and Eliza BETH, and in the fifth of the last, served the office of sheriff for Warwickshire, for which county he was in the commission of the peace from the beginning of MARY's reign, to the His wife was Katherine, daughter of Sir Thomas Digby, knt. of Olney, Bucks, and widow of Simon Wheeler of Kenilworth. By her he had two sons, Thomas the younger died in Ireland, unm. the elder,

SiR CLEMENT Fish ER, succeeded to his father's estate. Having been made treasurer by Robert, Earl of Leicester, for the expedition into the Netherlands in 1585, he subsequently received the honour of knighthood from King JAMEs I. Sir Clement m. Mary, daughter of Francis Repington, esq. of Amington, in the county of Stafford, and had issue,

Robert (Sir), his heir, who received the honour of knighthood, in his father's lifetime.

Anne, m. first, to Sir Thomas Dilke, of Maxtock, in the county of Warwick, and secondly, to Sir Harvey Bagott, bart. of Blithfield, in Staffordshire.

Lettice, m. to Sir Robert Throckmorton of Haseley, in the county of Warwick.

Mary, m. to Sir Edward Littleton, of Pillaton Hall, in Staffordshire.

Sir Clement d. in 1619, was buried at Packington, and s. by his son, 1. Sir Robert Fish ER, knt. of Packington, in the county of Warwick, who was created a B.A.Ron ET by King JAMEs I. 7th December, 1622. He m. Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Anthony Teringham, knt. of Teringham Court, in the county of Northampton, and had issue, 1. CLEMENT, his heir. 11. Thomas, m. Dorothy, daughter of James Lacon, esq. of West Copies, in the county of Salop, and died before his elder brother, (he was buried at Packington in 1681,) having had issue, 1. CLEMENT, who s. his uncle as third BARoNET. 2. Thomas, d. an infant. 3. Francis, m. Mary, daughter of Sir Arthur Caley, of Newland, in Warwickshire, and relict of Sir Samuel Marrow, bart. but d.s. p. in 1701, and was buried at Packington. 4. Thomas, d. at sea, unm. 5. Robert, who s. as fourth baronet. 1. Lettice, m. first, to Sir Charles Lee, knt. and secondly, to the bishop of Worcester.

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2. Jane, m. to Thomas Byrch, esq. of Leacroft, in Staffordshire, son of Edward Byrch, serjeant-at-law. 3. Dorothy, m. to Griffin May, esq. a captain in the army. . Elizabeth, m. to John Jennens, second son of Humphry Jennens, esq. 5. Mary, m. to Edward Bedingfeld, esq. brother of Sir Henry Bedingfeld, bart. 111. Francis, m. Margaret, daughter of Sir Edward Littleton, bart. of Pillaton Hall, and relict of Sir George Brown, knt. of Radford, in the county of Warwick, but d. s. p. 27th March, 1692.

1. Lettice, m. to Sir Richard Shilton, knt. of West Bromwich, in the county of Stafford. 11. Catherine, m. to Thomas Whitwick, son of John Whitwick, serjeant-at-law.

He d. 29th March, 1647, was buried at Packington, and s. by his eldest son, 11. SiR CLEMENT Fish ER, bart. who m. Jane, daughter of John Lane, esq. of Bentley, in the county of Stafford, the lady so celebrated for assisting in the escape of CHARLEs II. after the unfortunate battle of Worcester, for which eminent service she obtained, after the restoration, a pension of one thousand a year for life. Sir Clement and his father Sir Robert, were severe sufferers in person and property by their loyalty to the Stewarts. Sir Clement d.s. p. 15th April, 1683, and his distinguished wife 9th September, 1689; both were buried at Packington. He was s. by his nephew, 111. SiR CLEMENT Fish ER, bart. who m. Anne, daughter of Humphrey Jennens, esq. of the county of Warwick, and by that lady (who d. 17th January, 1707,) had an only daughter and heiress, ‘MARY, m. to Heneage Finch, second Earl of Aylesford, and was grandmother of the present (fifth) Earl. She conveyed the manor of Packington to the family of her husband.

Sir Clement was s. in the title by his only surviving brother, Iv. SiR Robear Fish ER, bart, who m. Anne, daugh

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out issue about the year 1739, when the BARoNETcy be*came Extinct.

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Sarah daughter and co-heir of Sir Thomas Fowler, bart of Islington, and had issue,

THoMAs, his heir. John, died young. Rich ARD, who succeeded as fourth baronet. Sarah, m. to Sir Henry Ducie, K.B. Susan. URs ULA, m. to Sir William Halton, bart. of Samford, in Essex, Sir Thomas died 22nd May, 1636, and was s. by his eldest son, 11. SiR THoMAs Fish ER, who m. Jane, daughter of Sir John Prescot, knt. of Hoxne, in Suffolk, and by her, who wedded, secondly, William Maynard, esq. second son of Lord Maynard, left at his decease in September, 1670, a son and successor, 111. SiR THoMA's FishER, who died unm. in April, 1671, aged eighteen, and was s. by his uncle, Iv. SiR Richard FishER, who m. first, Anne Legh, of St. John's Close, and secondly, Browne, eldest daughter of Sir William Ramsden, knt. of Longley, in Yorkshire, and relict of Sir George Dalston, knt. but as he died issueless, 7th October, 1707, the BanoNETcy became Extinct. His sister and eventual heir, Ursula, conveyed the manor of Berners (inherited from the Fowlers,) to the HALToN family, and it continued in their possession until 1754, when it was devised by Sir William Halton, bart. (grandson of Ursula Fisher) to the family of TUFNELL.

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SIR. Edward FITToN, knt. representative of the Gawsworth branch of the ancient Cheshire family of Fitton, temp. HENRY VIII. served as sheriff for the palatinate 35th of that reign. He m. Mary, daughter and co-heir of Guicciard Harbottle, of Northumberland, and had issue, EDw ARD (Sir), his heir. Thomas, of Siddington, d. 20th April, 1599, n. Anne, daughter of Peter Warburton, and had two daughters, Frances, m. to John Wills, of Staffordshire. Margaret, m. to Robert Hyde, of Norbury. Francis, m. 1588, Catherine, Countess Dowager, of Northumberland, and d.s. p. Anthony, died in Ireland. George. John. Jane, m. to Kynaston, of Oteley. , m. to Sir Francis Inglefield. , m. to Sir Richard Leveson, of Trentham. Katherine, m. to John Mere, esq. of Mere. Sir Edward died 17th February, 2 Edward VI. and was s. by his son, SIR Edward Firron, knt. of Gawsworth, lord pre sident of Connaught and Thomond, and treasurer of


Ireland, who a*, in 1539, Anne, daughter of Sir Peter
War burton, knt. of Arley, in Cheshire, and had issue,
Edwabd (Sir), his heir.
Alexander, settled in Ireland. On his son,
Wiixus, of Awne, in Ireland. Sir Edward Fit-
ton, settled the estate as heir male. He m.
Era, daughter of Sir Edward Trevor,of Bryn-
kynallt, and had two sons, via.

Alexander, who was seized of the Gaws-
wurth estate, which Charles, Lord Bran-
don, recovered from him in 1603 and 1664.
This Alexander became eventually chan-
cellor of Ireland, and was created Baron
Fitton, Lord Gawsworth, by Jambs II.
after his abdication. He m. the daughter
of Thomas Jolly, esq. of Cofton, and had
Edward, supposed to hare d. s. p.
John, 4. 4. p.
Richard, d. s. p.
Margaret, as. to Sir Handle Mainwaring, knt. of

Peover. Mary, m. to William Tatton, esq. of Withenshaw. Sir Edward died 3rd July, 1570, and was*, by his son, Sin Edwabd Fitton, knt. of Gawsworth, president of Mmister, who m. Alice, daughter and sole heir of John Holcroft, esq. of Holcroft, in Lancashire, and had by her. who d. in 1636, two sons and two daughters, vis, Edwabd, bis heir. Richard, *■/. A. p.

Mary, maid of honour to Qvurt Elizabeth, m. first to Captain Lougher, and secondly, to Captain Polwhele. Alice, m. to Sir John Newdigate, of Arbury, Warwick shire. Sir Edward died at Gawsworth, in 1606, and was s. by his son,

i. Edwabd Fitton, esq. of Gawsworth, born 3rd
December, 1572, who was created a Baronet in 1617.
He m. Anne, daughter and co-heir of James Barret, of
South Wales, and had
Edward, his heir.

Penelope, m. to Sir Charles Gerrard, knt. of Has-
sal, in Lancashire, and had a son, Gebbard, Lord Brandon, and Earl
of Macclesfield, who recovered the Gaws-
worth estate from Alexander Fitton.
Mary, n. to Geffry Minshull, of Stoke.
Frances, m. to Henry Mainwaring, esq. of Carin-

cham. Alice, at. to Sir John Meyrick, of Monkton. Anne, m. first to Sir John Brereton, knt. of Brereton, and secondly, to Sir Gilbert Gerrard, knt. Lettice, m. to John Cole, esq. of Shropshire. Jane, m. to Thomas Minshull, esq. of Erdeswick, in Cheshire. Sir Edward d. 10th May, 1610, and was 5. by his son, Ii. Sib Edwabd Fitton, of Gawsworth, bapt. 1603, sheriff of Cheshire in 1633, who m. first, 1622, Jane, daughter of Sir John Trevor, knt. of Plas Teg, in Denbighshire,and secondly, Felicia, sister of Ralph Sneyd, esq. of Keel, which lady married secondly, Sir Charles Adderley, knt. Sir Edward Fitton, who was a distinguished officer in the royal service, died shortly after tie taking of Bristol in 1643, without surviving issue, when the Baronetcy became Extinct. After the demise of Sir Edward, a violent dispute arose between Charles, Lord Brandon, and Alexander Fitton, esq. for the inheritance of the estates, and a very curious tract was published in 1663, giving a narrative of the proceedings that ensued. From that statement it appears that Sir Edward Fitton resolved, in 1041. to restore the ancient entail of the Gawsworth estate, and settled the same by indenture on William Fitton, his next male kinsman. The said settlement is said to

be confirmed by deed poll dated 3rd April, IB 1. by Sir Edward Fitton. This narrative further asserts that when importuned by divers people, and also immediately before his death, he said he would rather settle his estate on Ned Fitton, the bonny beggar, (a man who kept beggars from bis gate) than any one of his sisters' children. Nevertheless, a will was brought forward by Lord Gerard, nineteen years after Sir Edward Fitton's death, and after the mast singular species of litigation, his lordship succeeded in obtaining possession of the property. From his son the second Earl of Macclesfield, Gawsworth passed to Lady Mohun, daughter and heiress of his sister, and coheiress, with Charlotte Mainwaring. Having subsequently vested, under Lord Mohun's will, in his second wife, Elizabeth Lawrence, it passed to Anne Griffiths, issue of the said Elizabeth by a first marriage, and was sold by the trustees of her marriage settlement to her husband, the Rt. Hon. William Stanhope, from whom it has descended to Charles, present Earl of Harrington.

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This family, which had been seated many ages in Lancashire, removed into the county of Stafford in the beginning of the sixteenth century.

John Fleetwood, lord of the manor of PlumptonParva, in the county of Lancaster, was father of a daughter, Anne, the wife of John EthaIston,of Ribleston, and of a son and heir, fl

Henry Fleetwood, living in the 3rd Henby VI. whose son and successor,

Edwabd Fleetwood, living in the 13th Edwabd IV. m. Elizabeth, daughter of Roger Holland, esq. and was father of

William Fleetwood, esq. of Hesketh, in the county

of Lancaster, who tn. Helen, daughter of Robert

Standish, esq. and had issue,

i. John, his successor.

Ii. Thomas, of the Vache, in Bucks, held the office

of master of the mint. He in. first, Barbara

, an heiress, and by her had

Everard, M.P. who m. Joan Cheney, and

left issue. Margaret, m. to Peter Dormer, esq. and was mother of Sir Fleetwood Dormer, knt. of Shipton Lee, Bucks. Thomas Fleetwood married, secondly, Bridget, daughter of Sir John Spring, knt. of Lavenham, Suffolk, and by that lady (who wedded, secondly, Sir Robert Wingfield, knt. of Letheringham, in the same county), had

George (Sir), of the Vache, in Chalfunt St. Giles's, Bucks, m. Catherine, daughter of Sir Henry Denny (by his wife, Honora, daughter of Lord Grey of Wilton), and sister of Sir Edward Denny, created Earl of Norwich (see Buake's Ertinct Peerage). By this lady Sir George Fleetwood had a numerous issue.* William (Sir), of Cranford, in Middlesex, receiver of the Court of Wards. * James, bishop of Worcester. Edward. Michael. Henry, of Longby, Bucks. Edmund, ancestor of the Fleetwoods of Rossall, now represented by PETER HEskETH FLEET wood, esq. of Rossall, M.P. Bridget, m. to Sir William Smith, of Hill Hall. Joyce, m. first to Sir Hewit Osborne, knt. and secondly, to Sir Peter Freetiville. 111. Robert, was father of Sir William FLEET wood, knt. an eminent lawyer of the Middle Temple, recorder of London, and serjeant-at-law in the time of Elizabeth. “He was a learned man, and a good antiquary, but of a marvellous merry and pleasant conceit.” He purchased an estate at Missenden, in Bucks, and dying in 1593, left two sons and two daughters, viz. . 1. Sin William Fleetwood, of Missenden, from whom descended the Fleetwoods of that place. Missen

den was on the expiration of Sir William's male descendants, conveyed by heirs female, to the families of Ansell and Goostrey. After the decease of Thomas Goostrey, esq. it was purchased in 1787, by J. Oldham Oldham, esq. 2. SiR THoMA's FLEETwood, attorneygeneral to Prince HENRY, eldest son of JAMEs I. 1. Cordelia Fleetwood, m. to Sir David Foulis, bart. of Ingleby, in the county of York. 2. Elizabeth Fleetwood, m. to Sir Thomas Chaloner, knt. tutor to Prince HENRY. iv. Edmund, a monk at Sion, in Middlesex. 1. Agnes, m. to John Jellibrand, esq. of Chorley, in Lancashire. 11. Janet, m. to John Blackledge, esq. of Leyland, in Lancashire. The eldest son and heir, John FLEET wood, esq. of Penwortham, near Preston, in Lancashire, m. Jane, daughter and co-heir of Thomas Langton, esq. baron of Walton and lord of the fee and manor of Newton, and thus became pos. sessed of that lordship: he had issue three sons and several daughters, and was s. by his eldest son,

* Of the seventh son, James, Anthony Wood gives the following details:

JAMEs Fleetwood, his seventh son, was admitted scholar of King's College, Cambridge, in 1622; afterwards he became chaplain to Dr. Wright, Bishop of Lichfield, by whom he was preferred to the vicarage of Prees, in Shropshire, and soon after collated to the prebendship of Eccleshall, belonging to the church of Lichfield, but before he was admitted or installed the Rebellion broke out. Afterwards, being forced for his loyalty to forsake his preferment, he betook himself to the wars, and became chaplain to the regiment of John, Earl of Rivers, and in the ''' of a chaplain he continued to the end of the wars. In 1642 he was, by the king's special command, honoured with the degree of doctor of divinity for the service he did him at Edge Hill fight, and soon after was made chaplain to Charles, Prince of Wales, and rector of Sutton Colfield, in the county of Warwick. After the wars were ceased, and he ejected thence, he became tutor to three earls, viz. to the Earl of Lichfield, Earl of Kildare, and Earl of Stirling; afterwards, to two dukes, namely, to Esme, Duke of Richmond and Lenox, with whom he travelled into France (where he died), and to Charles, who succeeded him in the dukedom. After the restoration of King CHARLEs II. he was the first that was sworn chaplain in ordinary to him, was made provost of King's College, Cambridge, in June, 1660, and about that time rector of Anstey, in Hertfordshire, and of Denham, in Bucks. In July, 1675, he was appointed Bishop of Worcester, and d. 17th July, 1683, aged eighty-one, and was buried in Worcester. Cathedral, over whose grave is a marble monument, with the following epitaph of his own making:

M. S.
Epitaphium hoc vivus vidensque scripsi.
Ponant quorum intererit.

Ego Ja, Fleetwood, S.T. P. Cathed. Wigorn. Epis-
copus nonagesimus, miserrimus Peccatorum: , Hic
lateo qui dignissimus in aeternum jacerem, sed Mise-
ricordia Domini gratiam consecutus sum,
$: mihi nobilitas fucata? Hoc glorior unum,

Quod Christus de carne mea est. Proinde.
Nemo me lacrymis decoret, me vindice Christo
Involumen renovet patefacti fossa Sepulchri
Mas Coeli tentabo vias, Christumque superné

Viv" (lame meaviventem in Carne videbo. Wixi. Dixi.

Johannes Fleetwood, Archidiaconus Wigorniensis, Filius predicti Presulis natu minimus, Epigraphen han poni enravit. In Memoriam Reverendi admulum I'atris, qui vitam cum morte mutavit Julii 11, Matia anal octagesimo primo Anno Consecra** ****alutis humana reparatae, anno 1683.

+ Sir William Fleetwood, of Cranford, receiver of the Court of Wards, m. Joan, sister to the Lord Clifton, by whom he had three sons: Miles, the elder, was receiver of the Court of Wards, and George, the third, went out to Sweden, was a famous general there, and created a baron; he was father of Gustavus, Baron Fleetwood of Sweden. The second son,

Sir William Fleetwood, cupbearer to JAMEs I. and to Charles I. comptroller of Woodstock. He married two wives; by the first he had

Sir Miles Fleetwood, knt. of Ardwinkle, in Northamptonshire. Colonel William Fleetwood.

By the second, Miss Harvey, he had several other sons of whom the eldest,

CHARLEs FLEET wooD, commonly called LoRD

FLEET wood, was general and commander-in-chief to Richard CRoMw ELL, the Protector, and m.

for his first wife, the widow of General Ireton,

Oliver Cromwell's daughter, but had no issue.

Fleetwood, Clarendon says, “was a weak man.

but very popular with all the praying part of the

army; a man, whom the parliament would have

trusted, if they had not resolved to have no general, being as confident of his fidelity to them as

any man's, and Lambert knew well he could govern him, as Cromwell had done Fairfax, and then in like manner lay him aside; and when any intelligence was brought of any murmur amongst the soldiers, by which a revolt might ensue, and he was desired to go amongst them, to confirm them, he would fall on his knees to prayers, and could hardly be prevailed on to go to them; and when he was amongst them, and in the middle of any discourse, he would invite them all to prayers, and put himself on his knees before them: and when some of his friends importuned him to appear more vigorous in the charge he had, without which they must all be destroyed, they could get no other answer from him, than ‘God had spit on his face, and would not hear him : so that men ceased to wonder why Lambert had preferred him to the office of general, and had been content with the second command himself.”

General Fleetwood's daughter, Elizabeth, married Sir John Hartopp, M.P. and was ancestor of the present Sir Edmund Cradock Hartopp, bart of Freathby.


Thomas Fleetwood, esq. whom. Mary, daughter of Sir Richard Shirburne, knt. of Shirburne, in the county of Lancaster (and Maud, his wife, daughter of Sir Richard Bold, of Bold, knt. by Margery, his wife, daughter of Sir Thomas Butler, knt. of Beausey, both in Lancashire), and left two sons, Richard, his beir.

William, m. Dorothy, daughter of Sir Edward Cokaine, knt. of Ashborne, in the county of Derby. He was x. by his elder son,

i. Richard Fleetwood, esq. of Calwich, in the county of Stafford (the first of the family who resided), who was created a Baronet, by King James I. Wth June, 1611. Sir Richard m. Anne, daughter of Sir John Fershall, hart, of Horsley, in the same county, and had issue,

Thomas, his successor.

Richard, d. s. p.

William, living in I6ti3.

Robert, m. a daughter of Mr. Colman, of Canth,

in Staffordshire. Henry, ui. Agatha, daughter of Thomas Ciffbrd, esq. of Plardick, in the county of Stafford, and d. in 1689; his widow d. in 1692. Mary, d. s. p.

Elizabeth, m. to — Broughton, esq.

Dorothy, m. to — Barnesneld, esq.

He was s. at his decease by his eldest sou,

ii. Sib Thomas Fleetwood, bart. who tn. Gertrude, daughter of Rowland Eyre, esq. of Hassop, in the county of Derby, and had issue, i. Richard, bis heir. Ii. Thomas, m. first, Elizabeth, daughter of— Coyney, esq. and had a sun, Thomas, who succeeded his uncle as fourth baronet. He at. secondly, and bad two other sons, William, who d. a bachelor, and John, who inherited as fifth baronet. Hi. Rowland, of Prestwood, in the county of Stafford, who d. s, p. and left his estate to his nephew. Sir John Fleetwood. iv. William, who m. Mrs. Pigot, widow of — Pigot, esq. of Shropshire.

i. Anne, m. to Edward of the Lodge, in the county of Lancaster. Sir Thomas was s. by his eldest son,

in. Stn Richard Fleetwood, bart. who- m. Anne, daughter of Sir Edward Golding, bart. of Colston Basset, in the county of Nottingham, and had three son.* and fire daughters,

Thomas, who m. the daughter and heir of Christopher Bannister, esq. of Bank, in the county of Lancaster, and dying in the lifetime of his father, left an only daughter, Elizabeth who became the wife of Thomas Lech, esq. younger brother of Peter Legh, esq. of Lyme, in Cheshire. (See Burke's Commoners, vol. ii. p. 633.) Rowland, 1 . , . . _ .

Edward I Pret,eeea8eii their father uum.

Sir Richard surviving his sons, was s. at his decease by his nephew,

It. Sir Thomas Fleetwood, bart. This gentleman «. Magdalen, daughter of Thomas Berrington, esq. of Mott Hall, in Salop, and dying without issue in Derember, 1739, was interred at New Church, in Cheshire, and s. by his half brother,

v. Sir John Fleetwood, bart. who m. Philippa, daughter of William Berrington, esq. of Shrewsbury, and dying in 1741, was .v. by his son,

Ti. Sir Thomas Fleetwood, hart, who died unm.

in January, 1750, when the title is supposed to have

become Exti Nct, although it was assumed by a Thomas

Fleetwood, who d. *. p. in 1802. The estate of Cal

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Henry Fletcher,esq. of Cockcrmouth, son of William Fletcher, who bad augmented the family estates by commercial pursuits, was a person of so much importance, as he entertained Mary Queen of Scots with great magnificence, in her journey from Workington to Carlisle in 1508, and presented her majesty with robes of velvet. He married, and bad, with three daughters, seven sous, viz.

i. William, who purchased Moresby, was ancestor of the Fletchers of that place, which branch became extinct in the eighteenth century, at the demise of Thomas Fletcher, esq. II. Lancelot, from whom descended the Fletchers of Taltantire, who became extinct in the male line at the death of Henry Fletcher, esq. The manor of Tallantire was given by that gentleman to his daughter, Anne, who m. Matthias Partis, a merchant at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In 1776 the estate was purchased of Henry Hopper, devisee of Fletcher Partis, esq. by William Browne, esq. in. James, d, s. p. iv. John, if. s. p. v. Henry, d. s. p.

vi. Thomas, of whose line we hare to treat. vii. Robert.

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