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iv. Mary, m. to the Rev. John Downe, D.D.
Viii. Arabella, m. to Charles Playdell, esq. The eldest son and heir,
Robert Lovfrr, esq. of Liscombe, was sheriff of Buckiiigbanishin in 166*4, and died in 16D0, aged seventy-four. He m. first, Penelope, daughter and heir of Thomas Aylet, esq. of Howells, in Essex, and had issue,
Robert, who m. Thcodosia, daughter of Sir John Halsey, lent, but rf. t. p. in the lifetime of his father.
Lettick, m. to Thomas Pigott, esq. of Doddeshall,
Bucks, but rf. issueless. Penelope, m. to Edward Bate, esq. of Maid's Morton, Bucks, and had a daughter, who m. first, Clifton Packe, esq. of Prestwould, in Leicestershire, and had a daughter, Penelope Packe,* m. to Richard Verney, afterwards Lord Willoughby de Broke. Mrs. Packe m. secondly, Colonel James Pentlebury, of the artillery. Robert dying without surviving male issue, was *. by lis brother,
Edward Lotett, esq. of Corfe, in the county of Devon, who m. Joan, daughter and heir of James" Hearle, esq. of Tostock, and had two daughters, Penelope, wife of Sir Henry Northcote, bart. and Joan, of — Hatch, esq. with a son and heir,
Robert Lovett, esq. of Liscombe and Corfe, who rf. unm. and was *. by his first cousin.
Christopher Lotett,esq. eldest son of Christopher Lovett, lord mayor of Dublin, but this gentleman dying m.in. was s. by his brother,
Joh* Lovltt, esq. of Liscombe and Corfe, who m. first, Susannah, widow of — Horton, esq. and daughter and co-heiress of Laurence Lovett, esq. of Eythorp, and bad issue,
i. Robert, his heir.
Ii. Christopher, of Dublin, who m. Mrs. Wellington, and had issue.
Colonel Lovett m. secondly, the Hon. Mary Verney.t daughter of Ralph Verney, Viscount Fermanagh, of Middle Claydon, Bucks, and had further issue,
ill. Verney, M.P. for Wendover. This gentleman was major in the 3°th Foot, when that regiment went to India, the first of his majesty's regiments which served there. He rf. unm. and was buried at Soulbury. iv. John, captain R.N. a distinguished officer, rf. unmarried.
i. Mary, rf. young. II. Elizabeth, rf. unm. Colonel John Lorett died in 1710, and was succeeded by his eldest son by his first wife (Susanuah, widow of Horton, and daughter of Laurence Lovett, of Eythorp),
Robert Lovett, esq. of Liscombe, in Bucks, and of Kingswell, in the county of Tipperary. who served the office of sheriff of the King's County, and married Sarah, daughter of Jonathan Ashe, esq. of Ashe Grove, in Tipperary, by whom he had surviving issue,
Robert, who rf. unm.
Jonathan, heir to his father.
William, captain 1st regiment of horse, rf. unmarried.
Susannah, m. to Jonathan Darby, esq. of Leap
Castle, in the King's County.
Lettice, m. to Danier Darby, esq. younger brother of Jonathan, and died, leaving an only daughter. He was s. by his son,
Jonathan Lotett, esq. of Liscombe, in Bucks, and Kingswell, in the county of Tipperary,of which latter he served the office of sheriff. He tn. Eleanor, daughter of Daniel Mansergh, esq. of Macrony, in the county of Cork, and had issue, i. Jonathan, his heir, li. Robert, rf. young.
in. Verney, inherited the Irish property, and was of Kingswell. He was in holy orders, D.D. and chaplain to the Prince of Wales. He m.
'Tliis lady died in her eighteenth year, 31st Augnst, 1718, and the following lines compose her epitaph: Underneath this stone doth lie As mnch virtue as coold die; Which wben alive did vigour give To as much beauty as could live.
t In a pocket book of this lady's the following inemorandom was found some years since. "Soon after my marriage, I rode over to see Liscombe, the ancient seat of my husband's family, being only about twelve miles from my father's. Mr. Lovett, to whom it belongs, not residing in it, allowed Mr. Saint by, a very respectable man, the clergyman of the parish, to live in the house, wbo received us with great politeness. The house is very old and very gloomy, surrounded with high walls and old trees, but it has a venerable appearance. You enter through a great gateway into a court, round which the house and chapel are built. The windows, all of •tooe, give it more the look of a monastery than a manHoo ; bat Mr. Sandby, to whom I made the remark, assured me I must not judge from appearances, for though >i might have a gloomy outside, there were more joyful faces in it than in any house in the county, for there were m^re marriages in Liscombe chapel than iu any three churehes in the neighbourhood. From the court you enter tbe great hall, which is a large room, and is entirely enreTed with old armour. The gentleman assured ine they *tcre particularly curious, and endeavoured to explain to in*- their different uses; but I begged to be excused, as I did not intend murdering men. "Well, madam," says Mr. Sandby, " I will shew you something more in your own way presently." From thence we proceeded through a variety of long passages and little rooms, for except the
hall and the drawing room over it, which is a large and very handsome room, they are all small, but from their numbers must have held a very large family ; as Mr. Sandby assured me,of allsi7.es, there were more than fifty. But what with the old tapestry, and the dark gilt leather furniture, and black oak, (for I believe this family considered paint aB great an abomination in their house as they would on the faces of their wives and daughters,) I never saw any place more calculated to induce one to change this worm for another. We came at last to the nursery, and Mr. Sandby directed my attention to a something in a great old frame over the chimney, but which, being in the old black letter, like a church Bible, I could not read a word of. "That, madam," says he, " is the nursery song of this family, founded on tbe two characters of the warrior and the lover, which tradition represents as eminently united in William Lovett, the founder of this house. The song is as follows:
May my child be as stont,
May my child be as strong.
And my brave boy live also as long,
As Willy of Normandy. From the nursery we proceeded to a little closet with a thousand locks. Mr. Sandby shewed us a chest full of papers and parchments, which, be said, were the different grants and appointments for some centuries of this family; and in my lifetime I never saw anything niun: beautifully illumined than some of them were. He said the chest contained as curious a collection of letters as were in the possession of any private family in the kingdom. He said the letters were iu general from some of the fust people in the court of James I. and Chari.es I.
Frances-Mary, daughter and co-heiress of Henry Gervais,* of Lismore, D.D. archdeacon of Cashel, and had three sons and three daughters, viz. Jonathan-henry, who went to India, a writer in the Company's service, and was ambassador and resident, at one time, at the court of Persia. He died unmarried. "William, R. N. a*, unm. Henry-william, who inherited Kingswell, on the death of his father; and Soulbury and the tstates in Ireland (devised in 1770, by Verney Lovett, to the late baronet), on the death of Sir Jonathan. Elizabeth, m. to Colonel Cameron. Melcsiua-Henrietta, m. to the Rev. Mr. Woodward, son of the Bishop of Cloyne. Frances-Mary, m. to John Ashton Yates, esq. of Dingle Head, Lancashire, and Bryanstone Square, M. P. for the county of Carlow. l. Mary, Hi. to Richard Weekes, esq. of Limerick,
and survived his widow, without issue. II. Eleanor, m. to Jonathan Darby, esq. of Leap
Castle, in the King's County, in. Jane, in. to John Bonnet, one of the judges of the King's Bench, in Ireland, and d. leaving issue, iv. Elizabeth, rf. young.
v. Susanna, m, to William Henn, esq. master in chancery in Ireland, son of William Henn, one of the judges of the King's Bench.
iv. Elizabeth, m. to John Pigott, esq. of Capard, in the Queen's County.
The eldest son and heir,
i. Sir Jonathan Lovett, of Liscomhe, in the county of Buckingham, was created a Baronet t 23rd October, 1781. Upon the death of his uncle Verney in 1770, h<* succeeded to the Irish estates, so that in him centr»-d the remnant of the estates of the Lovett family in both kingdoms. In the year 177a he enclosed the common field of Soulbury and Hollingdon, and expended large sums of money in the reparation of the old house at Liscombe, which, from the non-residence of the family for nearly a century, had fallen into decay. He m. Sarah, daughter of Jonathan Darby, esq. of Leap Castle, in the King's County, and had issue, Robert-turville-jonathan, died in 1807.
Arabella, died unmarried. He died 12th January, 1812, when the Baronetcy Expired, and the paternal estates, Liscombe, Ac devolved upon his daughter as co-heirs, whilst the estates at Soulbury and in Ireland, devised by Verney Lovet, in 1770, passed to his nephew, Henry Wnxiis Lovet, esq. now heir male of this ancient family.
Arms— Quarterly; first and fourth, sa. three wolves' heads or, for Lovett of Normandy; second and third, arg. three wolves passant, in pale sa. for Lovett of England.
to Sir Robert Lovett; who, from them, appears to have been a man of distinguished abilities, as the letters are upon very important subjects, and those of Charles I. allude particularly to the times. One, the conteuts of which I wished my father to be informed of (I begged to take an account in writing): it was from the secretary of state, Sir Edward Nicholas, in the year 1642. He writes to Sir Robert Lovett as his old friend, wishing him to come to London, as he can assure him be will not have any difficulty to obtain what he lone ago should have been in possession of. "I asked," said Mr. Sandby," the late Mr. Lovett, my patron, what that alluded to. He said, his father had told him, that upon the first creation of baronets, he had been promised to have been one. Why he had been omitted he could never learn, but that he attributes it to a disagreement he once had with Lord Salisbury upon some militia business; but of this he was not certain. However, thinking himself very ill used, he retired into the country, and never went to court again. That upon hearing from Sir Edward Nicholas, he wrote to thank him, but declined the honour on account of the largeness of his family, and that from the declining state of his health, he was unequal to undertake the journey, and which was really the case, for he died soon after. My patron, one of the best of men, never made any ap
Elication for what I told him, many times, I thooght he ad such good pretensions. But his answer was always, I do not love obligations, and a refusal I should consider an insult; let things remain therefore as they are." Mrs. Lovett, in continuation, proceeds; " My father was so pleased with the account I gave him, that in a few days after, he went to Liscombe himself. Upon his return, lie said he was highly entertained ; that they were some of the most interesting letters he had ever read, and put many things in a different point of view from what he had before seen them in; that he had not time to go through the tenth part of them, but that he had promised to spend two or three days with Mr. Sandby to look over them all. I do not remember his ever mentioning whether he did so or not. Happening by accident, many years after, to find the above memorandum, and Mr. Lovett, to whom LiBcombe then belonged, being in England, (for the family have long resided in Ireland,) I took the first opportunity of inquiring after my old friends the arms and papers at Liscombe, but sorry am I to record their fate. He said upon the death of his elder "Sjtr, who died a few mouths before he was ot ajje, his
mother had ordered some new furniture, which had hreti put into the house (as he iotended residing there) to be sold; but that by some unfortunate mistake, the agent had sold the whole, old and new, and that a trace was not remaining. That a blacksmith, who had purchased some of the old armour, declared he believed it had been made by the devil, for that he could make no use of it; that tw an equal degree of inattention, the papers were all lost, that the chest was left open, and that the only account b* could ever receive of than was, that the children bad made kites of the letters, and that the tailor of the parUb told him he had cut up mauy of the parchment* for measures, and he believed others had done the same; that there were very pretty pictures at the top* of them, (alluding to the illumined letters,) wbich be had given bis child. To the public probably the loss is not uninteresting, but to the family it is irreparable.
* This gentleman's grandmother, Madame St. GervaK on the revocation of the edict of Nantes fled to Ireland with her youthful son, afterwards the celebrated Deaa Gervais, who, on account of his great wit and talents, Dean Swift used to say was the only person he was afraid of in company.
t The origin of the creation of the title is thus related: —In the summer of the year 1781, the Earl of Chesterfield having been some time absent from court, was asked by King George III. where he had been so longt "Oo a visit to Mr. Lovett, of Buckinghamshire," said the earl. "Ah!" said the king, "is that Lovett of Liscoabe* they are of the genuine old Norman breed; bow happ^o it that they are not baronrts f would he accept the title i Go tell him,'* continued the kine, " that if hell accept it. it's much at his service; they have ever t»een sue neb tithe crown at a pinch." The communication was accordingly made, and the baronetage accepted; and Sir Jonathan, on going to court, was uot less gratified than ■***>nished at the cordial reception he met with, his maje*T> not only shewing a perfect knowledge of his descent a*d of the loyalty of the family, but likewise making particular inquiries as to the contents of the curiotit lettrrs mentioned in the note below, as having been at Liscombe. At a later period Sir Jonathan, who po*se**ed great iaAuence in the county of Bucks, was ottered a pretax, but having lost his only surviving son, he declined th* honour.
Sla HUGH de LouTHER, knt. having taken up arms with Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, and others against Piers Gaveston temp. Edward II. and being coneerned in the death of the said Gaveston, had the king's pardon, according to a special provision, in the Parliament held at Westminster 15th October, 1313, wherein it was enacted that none should be called to account for the said offence. In 17 Edward II. he was one of the knights of the shire for Cumberland, and the next year was a commissioner of array for the same county on the occasion of a menaced invasion by the French king, as he was again in the 11 EnwARD III. for the counties of Westmoreland and Cumberland. In the 14th of that reign he served for Westmoreland in the parliament held at Westminster. The next year he was again returned, with Peter de Tyliol, for Cumberland to the parliament held at Woodstock, and they had a writ for £19. 12s. to be tevied on the county, for their expenses in attending forty-nine days. He was sheriff of Cumberland 26, 27, and 28 Edward III. In the 23rd of the same reign he served again as one of the knights for Cumberland, in which year a complaint was made by Sir William Lydell, of Scotland, that being taken prisoner at the battle of Durham by John de Standish, whom he had paid for his redemption, was delivered to Sir Hugh de LGuthre, knt. to be conveyed safely from his enemies, who, in consideration of a falcon he presented to him, audertook to conduct him and entertain him at his *ouse for three weeks. After which he delivered him to John, son and heir of Thomas de Louthre, his kinsman, to convey him out of the king's dominions; but the said John and Thomas carried him to strange
CREATED 11th June, 1642.
Extinct 2nd Jan. 1755.
places under close confinement, until he agreed to pay the said John de Louthre and Thomas a fine of 230 marks; whereupon the king commissioned Henry de Piercy, Ralph de Nevill, and Thomas de Lucy, to inquire into the fact. He departed this life about the 46th of the same EDw ARD, and was s. by his son, SIR John De LouTHER, knt. who was returned to parliament by the county of Westmoreland 50 EDwARD III. and 2 Richard II. He was s. by his elder son,t SIR Robert De LouTHER, knt. M.P. for Cumberland 15 and 17 Rich ARD II. 2, 5, and 8 HENRY IV. and 2 HENRY V. In the 6th of the last reign he was sheriff of the same county. He d. in 1430, was buried in the parish church of Louther, and s. by his son, SIR Hugh DE LouTHER, knt. who, in the lifetime of his father, served under HENRY W. in the wars of France, and was one of the heroes of AGINcoURT. In the 4th, 9th, and 27th, Sir Hugh represented Cumberland in parliament, and was sheriff in the 18th and 34th of the same reign. He m. Anne, daughter of John de Darentwater, of Cumberland, and was s. by his son, SiR HUGH LouthER, who m. Mabel, daughter and heir of Sir William Lancaster, of Stockbridge, and was father of SiR Hugh LouTHER, who m. Anne, daughter of Lancelot Thirkeld, knt. and was s. by his son, SIR Hugh LouTHER, who was made a knight of the Bath 17th November, 1501, on the marriage of Prince ARTHUR, eldest son of HENRY VII. He in. Dorothy, daughter of Henry, Lord Clifford, and had a son and heir, SIR John Lowther, knt. sheriff of Cumberland 7 and 34 HENRY VIII. In 4 Edward VI. he m. Lucy, daughter of Sir Thomas Curwen, of Workington, in Cumberland; and was s. by his eldest son, SIR. RucHARD Lowth ER, knt. sheriff of Cumberland 8 and 30 Elizabeth. He was likewise lord warden of the West Marches, and thrice commissioner in the great affairs between England and Scotland. When Mary, Queen of Scots, sought safety in England, and arrived at Cumberland 17th May, 1568, Queen ELIZABETH sent orders to Sir Richard Lowther to convey her majesty to Carlisle; but he subsequently incurred Eliza BETH's displeasure by permitting the Duke of Norfolk to visit the royal captive. He d. aged seventyseven, in the year 1607, and was s. by his eldest son (by Frances, his wife, daughter of John Middleton, esq.) SIR CHRIsroPHER LowTHER, b. 8th September, 1577, who received the honour of knighthood from King JAMEs I. at Newcastle, whither Sir Christopher attended his majesty with “a gallant companie” from the Scottish border, 13th April, 1603. He m. first, Eleanor, daughter of William Musgrave, esq. of Hayton, in Cumberland, and had by that lady, with daughters, eight sons, viz. 1. John, his heir. 11. Gerard (Sir), of St. Michael’s, Dublin, chief justice of the Common Pleas in Ireland, and afterwards (1654) lord chancellor of that kingdom. He m. first, Anne, daughter of Sir Ralph Bulmer, and relict of — Welbury, esq.; secondly, Anne, daughter of Sir Laurence Parsons; and thirdly, Margaret, daughter of Sir John King; but died issueless.
• That is, lower than the hills that surround, as that part of the county is called the bottom of Westmorełań.
* His younger son, WiLLIAM Dr. LouTHER, obtained the King's license, 14 Richarp II. With Sir Thomas Calviiie and Sir John Elton, knts. William Selveyn,
Henry Wan-Croy-pole, and Simon Ward, to challenge certain persons of the kingdom of Scotland to perform and exercise feats of arms; and thereupon the king appointed John, Lord Roos, to fix a camp and to be judge in the said exercise. In 2 HENRY IV. this William de Louther was sheriff of Cumberland, and afterwards in the 7th, 8th, and 9th years of the same reign.
111. Richard. iv. Christopher. v. William. v1. Launcelot (Sir), of Youngston, in Kildare, one of the barons of the Exchequer, and a privy councillor in Ireland. v11. Robert, from whom descended the branch of Marske, in Yorkshire. viii. George.
Sir Christopher m. secondly, Mary, daughter of Thomas Wilson, dean of Durham (secretary of state to Queen Elizabeth), and relict of Burdett of Bramcote, in the county of Warwick. He was s. at his decease by his eldest son,
Sir John Lowther, knt. M.P. for Westmoreland temp. JAMEs I. and CHARLEs I. He was knighted by the latter king, and was of his majesty's council for the government of the northern parts. He d. 15th September, 1637, leaving by his wife, Eleanor, daughter of William Fleming, esq. of Rydale, three sons and two daughters, viz.
1. John, created a Baronet of Nova Scotia in 1640, and was s. in 1675 by his grandson,
SiR John Low THER, who was raised to the peerage in 1696 as Viscount LoNsDALE, which dignity expired with HENRY, the third viscount, in 1750, when the estates devolved upon
Sir JAMEs Lowther, who was created Earl of Lonsdale, in 1784, to himself and the heirs of his body; but having no issue, his lordship obtained a new patent in 1797, creating him Wiscounr Low THER, with special remainder, which conferred the inheritance upon
SiR William Lowth ER, of Swillington, present (1837) EARL or LoNsDALE. (Refer to BUR ke's Peerage and Baronetage.) 11. CHR1stopher. 111. WILLIAM, of Swillington, ancestor of the present EARL or LoNsDALE.
1. Agnes, m. to Roger Kirkby, esq. 11. Frances, m. to John Dodsworth, esq.
The second son, 1. CHRistophea Lowth ER, esq. of Whitehaven, in Cumberland, was created a BARon Et by King CHARLEs I. 11th June, 1642. Sir Christopher m. Frances, daughter and heir of Christopher Lancaster, esq. of Stockbridge, in Westmoreland, and had by her (who m. secondly, John Lamplugh, esq. of Lamplugh, in Cumberland,) a daughter, Frances, married to Richard Lamplugh, esq. of Ribton, and a son, his successor in 1644, 11. Sir John LowTHER, M.P. for Cumberland from 32 Charles II. to 12 William III. and was one of the commissioners of the Admiralty in the latter reign. He m. Jane, daughter of Woolley Leigh, esq. of Addington, in Surrey, and had issue, CHRIsroPHER,
successive baronets. JAMEs,
William, his heir. Richard, of Leeds, merchant, m. first, Christian, daughter of Sir Christopher Wandesford, bart. of Kirklington, in the county of York; and se condly, Mary, daughter of Sir Robert Fenwick; and had by the latter three daughters, Mary, Catherine, and Elizabeth. Robert, of Calverley. Christopher, sole executor to his father, who left him an estate at Little Preston, in the county of York. He m. Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel Maude, esq. of Alversthorp, Wakefield, and Sea croft. (See BUR KE's Commoners, vol. ii. p. 86. He died in 1718, leaving William, of Little Preston, rector of Swik lington and prebendary of York, of whom hereafter as heir to Sir William Lowther, the second baronet.
Martha, m, to George Thompson, esq. in 17: and had issue a son, George Wentworth Thompson.
Catherine, m. to Henry, son and heir of Henry
Slingsby, esq. master of the Mint. Mary, w. to John Stanhope, esq. of Horsforth, in the county of York. The eldest son,
i. William Lowther, esq. of NwillingtoD, high sheriff" of Yorkshire in 1697 and M. P. for Pontc'fract in the reigns of William III. Queen Aisnk, and George 1. wan created a Baronet 6th January, 1714-15. .Sir William /«. Amabella, daughter of Ban aster, third Lord Maynard, and had issue, William, his successor.
Henry, of Newcastle upon-Tyne, M.D. d. in 1743.
He if. fltn March, 16*29, and was s. by his eldest son,
n. Sir William Lowther, M.P. for Pontefract, Hi. first, tn 1710, Diana, daughter of Thomas Condon, eaq. of the county of York, which lady died issueless in 1730, and Sir William m. secondly, Catherine, eldest daughter of Sir William Ramsden, bart. but died *. p. *£tnd December, 1763, when the Baronetcy became Extinct. Sir William bequeathed the estate of Swillington to his cousin,
The Ret. William Lowther, of Little Preston,
WlLUAM, who inherited the barony and vis-
Arm.— Or, six annulets, three, two, and one, sa.
LOWTHER, OF MARSKE.
Created 15th June, 1607.— Extinct 3rd Feb. 1753.
Robert Lowther, esq. seventh son of Sir Christopher Lowther, knt. and Eleanor Musgmve, his wife (see Lowther Op Whitehaven), m. first, a daughter of Cutler; and secondly, Elizabeth, daughter of William Holcroft, esq. of Lancashire, by whom he had two sons; John, the younger, was a merchant at Dantzic, and marrying Mary, daughter of Colonel John Lowther, left issue- The elder son and heir,
Anthony Lowther, esq. of Marske, in the county of York, M.P. for Appleby in 1678-9, m. Margaret, daughter of Sir William Penn, knt. admiral to King Charles 11. and was s. by his eldest surviving son,
i. William Lowther, esq. of Marske, who was created a Baronet by King William 111. 15th June, 1007. Sir William m. Catherine, daughter and heir of Thomas Preston, esq. of Holker, in Lancashire, (see Bcrke's Commoner*, vol. i. p. 171),) and had issue, Thomas, his successorPreston. Catherine. Margaret. He ft. in April, 1704, and was .*. by his elder son,
Ii. Sir Thomas Lowther, M.P. for Lancaster, who m. in July, 1723, Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, daughter of William, second Duke of Devonshire, and dying 23rd March, 1745, waa $. by his son, V V
For the early descent of the Lucys refer to Burke's History of the Commoners, vol. iii. p. 97.
Sir Thomas Lucy, knt. of Charlecotc, in the county of Warwick., only son and heir of Sir Thomas Lucy, immortalized by Shakspeare as Justice Shallow, m. first, Dorothy, daughter of Nicholas Arnold, esq. and by her had a son, Thomas, who d. young, and a daughter, Joyce, wife of Sir William Cook, knt. of Highnam. Sir Thomas m. secondly, Constance, daughter and heir of Sir Richard Kingsmill, knt. of High Clere, Hants, and had a large family; of whom, Thomas, the eldest son, inherited Charlecote and carried on the principal line of the family; while the second son,
l. Sir Richard Lucy, acquiring, by intermarriage with Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of Sir Henry Cock, of Broxburne, Herts, and relict of the Hon. Robert West, the estate of Broxburne, setLled there. He received the honour of knighthood in 1617, and was created a Baronet nth March, 1617-18. Sir Richard m. secondly, Rebecca, daughter and co heir of Thomas Chapman, esq. of Wormley, Herts. By his 3*29