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together.' "

The following poem on the martyrdom of Bishop Ridley, was composed
by Miss Frances-Ridley Havergal, of Leamington, Eng., and is by her
permission given a place in this book : —

" Three hundred years ago was one,
Who held with steadfast hand
That chalice of the truth of God,
And poured its crystal stream abroad
Upon the thirsty land.


The moderate, the wise, the calm,

The learned, brave, and good,
A guardian of the sacred ark,
A burning light in places dark,
For cruel, changeless Rome a mark,

Our Bishop Ridley stood.

" The vengeance of that foe naught else

But fiery doom could still :
Too surely fell the lightning's stroke
Upon that noble English oak,
Whose acorn-memory survives
In forest ranks of earnest lives,

And martyr souls at will.

" Rome offered life for faith laid down:

Such ransom paid not he !
'As long as breath is in this frame,
My Lord and Saviour, Christ, His name,
And His known truth I '11 not deny ' ;
He said (and raised his head on high),

' God's will be done in me.'

" He knelt and prayed, and kissed the stake,
And blessed his Master's name,
That he was called his cross to take,
And counted worthy for His sake
To sutler death and shame.

" Tho' fierce the fire and long the pain,
The martyr's God was nigh ;
Till from the awful underglow
Of torture terrible and slow,
Above the weeping round about,
Once more that powerful voice rang out,
His Saviour's own last cry.

" Oh, faithful unto death! the crown

Was shining on thy brow,
Before the ruddy embers paling,
And sobbing aftergusts of wailing,
Had died away, and left in silence,
That truest shrine of British islands,

That spot so sacred now !


" In dear old England shineth yet

The candle lit that day ;
Right clear and strong the flames arise,
Undimmed, unchanged toward the skies.
By God's good grace it never dies,

A living torch for aye.

" 'T is said that while he calmly stood

And waited for the flame,
He gave each trifle that he had,
True relic-treasure, dear and sad,

To each who cared to claim.
I was not there to ask a share,
But reverently forever wear

That noble martyr's name."


Sir Nicholas Ridley 13 (7), eldest son of Hugh 12 (3), married Mabel,
daughter of Sir Philip Dacre, of Morpeth, third son of Humphrey Dacre,
a lord; was high sheriff of Northumberland in 1570; will dated 1573.
Had issue ten children, of whom hereafter.*

John Ridley 13 (6), second son of Hugh 12 (3), married Jane, daughter
of John Errington, who was a brother of Gilbert Errington, of Errington.

Cutllbert Ridley 13 (1), third son of Hugh 12 (3), went to Ireland, and
is supposed to have become ancestor of the Ridleys now 7 living in that
country, whose genealogy has not been found, though many efforts have
been made to procure it. There are two wealthy landed gentlemen in
Ireland at present (1880), of the name.

Thomas Ridley 13 (6), fourth son of Hugh 12 (3), was married to Eliz-
abeth, daughter and sole heir of John Ridley, of Walltown, Northumber-
land, before mentioned. (See "Ridleys of Walltown" in this book.)

Dorothy Ridley 13 (1), eldest daughter of Hugh 12 (3), was the wife of
Henry Jackson.

There were other sisters in this family whose names do not appear ; one
was married to Ralph Whitefield, and another to Weldon.

William Ridley 13 (3), only son of John 12 (5), was styled "of Whit-

Henry Ridley 13 (1), eldest son of Lancellot 12 (1), married Catherine
Stewart, and had issue, of whom hereafter.

Dr. Mark Ridley 13 (1), second son of Lancellot 12 (1), was born at
Cambridgeshire, and was educated at Clare Hall, Cambridge University,
as a member of which he proceeded A. B. in 1580, and A. M. in 1584.
As a master of arts he was admitted a licentiate of the College of Physi-
cians, Sept. 25, 1590. We gather from the annals that on April 7, 1592,
he had already taken his degree of Doctor of Medicine, in his University,
but he was not admitted a Fellow of the college until May 28, 1594. Im-
mediately after this he proceeded to Russia as a physician to the English
merchants trading there, and became chief physician to the czar. For the

* There was a Lancellot Ridley, son of Nicholas 13 (7), but the name of his wife
does not appear.

Notk — Robert Ridley, Esq., was high sheriff of Northumberland in the twenty-
seventh year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and was no doubt a cadet of the Wilfi-
moteswick family, but Ins name is not found in any printed pedigree.


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latter office he was chosen by Lord Burghley, who recommended him as
a man learned and expert in his profession. He became a great favorite
at the court, and remained in Russia four years. After the death of his
royal patient, he was recalled by Queen Elizabeth, and permission was
oranted him to return to his native country by the czar's successor, who,
at the time of taking leave of Dr. Ridley, gave it to be understood, that
if in future an English physician, apothecary, or other learned personage,
should desire to come to Russia, he should depend upon a kind reception,
due maintenance, and a free permission to return home. On Dr. Ridley's
return to England he fixed his residence in London ; was appointed cen-
sor in 1607, 1609, 1610, 1611, 1612, 1613, 1615, 1618; elect Sept. 20, 1609,
on the death of Dr. Wilkinson ; treasurer April 2, 1610, and a^ain in
1620; consiliarius 1612, 1613, 1614, 1616, 1617, 1618, and 1621. He was
dead Feb. 14, 1623-4, when Dr. Gwinne was named elect in his place. No
issue. See poi-trait in this book.

John Ridley 13 (7), a son of Thomas 1 ' 2 (5), married Anne, daughter of
Edward Charlton, of Heleyside, and had issue, of whom hereafter. He
was living in 1615.


Sir Nicholas* Ridley 14 (8), eldest son of Nicholas 13 (7), married Mar-
garet, daughter of Thomas Forster, of Ederston, died without issue
in 1586, and was succeeded by his brother. He was high sheriff of North-

William Ridley 14 (4), second son of Nicholas 13 (7), married a daughter
of Sir John Heron, of Chipchase Castle, and had issue, of whom hereafter.
He succeeded his brother, Sir Nicholas, in the estate of Willimoteswick.

Laiicellot Ridley 14 (2), third son of Nicholas 13 (7), had issue a son,
of whom hereafter.

Thomas Ridley 14 (6), fourth son of Nicholas 13 (7), married his cousin
Mary, daughter of John Ridley, of Walltown, and had issue, of whom
hereafter. He was styled "of Hardriding, Northumberland."

Alexander Ridley 14 (1), fifth son of Nicholas 13 (7), of whom I have
no particulars, except that he married Barbara, daughter of Thomas Crane.

Jane Ridley 14 (2).

Margery Ridley 14 (2).
Elizabeth Ridley 14 (2).
Mabel Ridley 14 (1).
Isabelle Ridley 14 (2).
Anne Ridley 14 (3).

Daughters of Nicholas 13 (7).

John Ridley 14 (8), eldest son of John 13 (7), was his father's heir. He
married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Carlton, of Carlton Hall, in the
County of Cumberland, and had issue Jour sons and four daughters, of
whom hereafter. He was of Walltown.

William Ridley 14 (5), second son of John 18 (7), was an apprentice to
a dyer in Thames Street, London, 1634. He married Anne, daughter of
- Woodman, and had issue four children, of whom hereafter.

* Nicholas Ridley, the eldest son, is said in one account to be ancestor of the
Ridleys of Craw Hall, a family I am not acquainted with.


Thoma8ineflRidley" (2), eldest daughter of John 18 (?), was the wife
of Daniel Stoughton.

Margaret Ridley"i'(3), second daughter of John 13 (7), was the wife
of Ralph Thurlwav.

Elizabeth Ridley 14 (3), third daughter of John 18 (7), was the wife of
William of the Morralea.

Mary Ridley" (1), fourth daughter of John 18 (7), was the wife of
Thomas Ridley, of Hardriding, son of Nicholas Ridley.


William Ridley 15 (6), son of William 14 (4), was of Willimoteswick,
Northumberland, and owner of lands in Wark ; married a daughter of Sir
Richard Musgrave, of Norton, and had issue, of whom hereafter.

Michael Ridley 15 (1), second son of William 14 (4).

Mabel Ridley 15 (2), eldest daughter of William 14 (4).

Mary Ridley 15 (2), second daughter of William 14 (4), was the wife of
Charles Ripon, of Conside Park, in 1638.

Thomas Ridley 15 (7), son of Lancellot 14 (2), was styled "Gentleman,"
of Bewling, in Salop ; married Anne, daughter of William Day, of Wing-
field, in Salop, and had issue two children (and probably more), of whom

John Ridley 15 (9), eldest son of Thomas 14 (6), died without issue.

Nicholas Ridley 15 (9), second son of Thomas 14 (6), was of Hardriding,

in Northumberland ; married, firstly, Anne, daughter of Hiron, of

Birtley, Northumberland ; secondly, Barbara, daughter of Errington,

of West Denton, and had issue, of whom hereafter. He stands the sec-
ond proprietor of Hardriding.

Rev. Cllthbert Ridley 15 (2), d. d., third son of Thomas 14 (6), was rec-
tor of the parish of Simonburn, in Northumberland, in 1630(?), and of
Tecket Tower. He was a clergyman of great learning, and able in his
pulpit services. At North Tindale, Northumberland, at the east end of
the south aisle of the church, are effigies of the Rev. Cuthbert Ridley, a
reclining figure of a woman (one authority says " of a youth "), and a child
cut in stone. The drawing now before me, forwarded by the historian of
Simonburn, represents a window, before which, reclining on a pillow, is
the figure of a woman, under which is an inscription in Latin, as follows :

" Sensus vionus recorder misericordiam

Dei eripientis ex hac vita in vitam eternam

Albanum Bidley filium Cuthberti Bidley,

iniseri peccatoris Anno Bom. 1625."

On the left hand, in a standing position, is the figure of a child, under
which are the words "Defectits Memories" and under them, " God be mer-
ciful to Ridley, a sinner." At the right hand stands the figure of a man
with long beard, in priestly costume, looking down upon the reclining
figure, tinder these figures in panel-work is the tomb. I think the
date has not been correctly copied, as he was rector of Simonburn in 1630,
as'stated in the family pedigree. The church in which the tomb and effi-
gies stood was restored in 1877.

George Ridley 15 (1), fourth son of Thomas 14 (6), was probably of Gate-
house, Northumberland, and married a daughter of Ralph Pemberton, of


Belmond Castle; either her sister or daughter married J. Reed, of Chip-


Musgrave Ridley 16 (1), eldest son of William 15 (6), was styled "the
last of the Lords of Willimoteswick," as this chief possession of the fam-
ily was taken by parliament in 1652, in consequence of the steady adher-
ence of Musgrave Ridley to the cause of Charles I, and passed into the
])ossession of the Nevilles, by whom it was sold to the ancestor of the
present Sir Edward Blackett, of Matfenn, in 1680. (See account of Wil-
limoteswick in preceding pages.)

William Ridley 16 (7), second son of William 15 (6), of whom no more
information appears.

Thomas Ridley 10 (8), third son of William 15 (6), became ancestor of
the "Ridleys of Parkend," which see in this book.

Albany Ridley 16 (1), eldest son of Nicholas 15 (9), was a merchant in
London, and died without issue.

John Ridley 16 (10), second son of Nicholas 15 (9), of Hardriding, in
Northumberland, was born Sept. 1, 1615 ; married, firstly, Anne, daughter
of R. Featherstonhangh, of Stanhope; secondly, Mary, daughter of Ed-
ward Lawson, of Brumpton, and had issue twelve children. He was one
of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace, and a major of a regiment in the
army of the Rt. Hon. William, Marquis of Newcastle, for the service of
King Charles I ; also, major in the garrison of Carlisle, — Sir Philip Mus-
grave being the governor, — and afterwards major to Sir Marmaduke
Langdale, afterwards Lord Langdale.

Elizabeth Ridley 16 (4), eldest daughter of Nicholas 15 (9), died when

Barbara Ridley 16 (1), second daughter of Nicholas 15 (9), died when
young, unmarried.

Susanna Ridley 16 (1), third daughter of Nicholas 15 (9), was married to
Michael Stockton, of Hedding Bridge.

Lancellot Ridley 16 (3), eldest son of Thomas 15 (7) and his wife Anne
Day; married, firstly, Frances, daughter of William Acton, Esq., of Alden,
ham, by whom he had issue five children, of whom hereafter ; secondly-
Elizabeth, daughter of Adam Otley, of Pitchford, in the County of Sal-
ops, by whom six children, of whom hereafter; thirdly, Mary, daughter
of Iremonger, of Stafford, by whom one son, of whom hereafter.

Sir Thomas Ridley 16 (9), second son of Thomas 15 (7), was a knight.
He was born at Ely in Cambridgeshire ; bred first a scholar at Eton, then
Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. He was a general scholar in all
kinds of learning, especially in that which was called melior literatura.
He was a doctor of civil laws, master in chancery, and vicar-general to
Archbishop Abbott of Canterbury ; also, chancellor of Winchester. He
was Member of Parliament for Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire, twenty-
eighth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. He published "A View of
Civil and Ecclesiastical Law," which was of great value; also, author of
a treatise on the Eucharist. He married Margaret, daughter of William
Boleyne (or Bullen) and his wife Annie Duffield, a relative of Sir Thomas
Boleyne, Earl of Wiltshire and Ornsond, who was the father of Queen


Anne Boleyne, mother of Queen Elizabeth, by whom he (Ridley) had is-
sue one son and two daughters, of whom hereafter. He died Jan. 23, 1628,
and was buried in St. Bennett's Church, near Paul's wharf, London. He
is said to have had a son Thomas, who was father of Gloster Ridley, D. D.,
but he makes no mention of a son in his will, and I have no good proof
that Gloster was his descendant.

Copy of the Will of Sir Thomas Ridley, Est.

" In the name of God, amen. I Thomas Ridley, Knight, Doctor of the Civill lawe,
being of perfect health and sound memorie, thanckes be to Allmightie God. Consid-
ering notwithstanding the uncertainty of this life and my greate age, and therefore
desirous to sett in order mine estate wherewith it hath pleased God to indowe me in
this life, before I goe out of this transitorie life, doe ordaine and make this my last
will and testament in manner and forme following, the eleventh daie of October, in
the yeare of our lord god one thousand six hundred and twenty-eight, ffirst and
principally I bequeath my sowle unto the haudes of the blessed Trinitie, the ffather,
the sonne, and the holighost, hoping assuredly to be saved and clensed from all my
sinnes and imperfections by the innocent death and passion of my sweet saviour
Jesus Christ, by whose meritts alone I trust to be delivered and acquitted from
eternall death and damnation," and to be made fellowheire with him and partaker
of all the ioyes in Heaven, with all his blessed angells and saintes in glory. And as
touching my bodie I will the same shallbe buried in full hope of my resurrection to
the ioyes eternall, with as small charges as convenientlie maybe, in such church as
I shall happen to decease, Knowing that costlie funeralls are rather a shew to such
as live than anie comfort to the deceased, ffirst, for my fee simple lands which
is my mannor of Babridge in the parish of Owslebury, and certain other parishes
thereto adioyniug in the Countie of South'n, I give and bequeath the same to my
dearly beloved wife Dame Margarett Ridley during her life. And after her decease
according as it is alreadie devised by me, in one Indenture Tripertite bearing date the
twentieth day of May one thousand six hundred and nineteen betweene myself and
the parties therein named, to which Indenture for more certainetie I referr myselfe.
ffbr my personall estate which god of his goodness hath bestowed on me, I have al-
readie disposed of the most of it. partly uppon my deare daughter Anne Ridley, now
Dame Anne Bosevile, the wife of Sr Edward Bosevile, Knight, my deare sonne-in-
lawe, for her marriage portion with him. And partly uppon my deare daughter Eliz-
abeth Ridley for her marriage portion with such an husband as it shall please god
to provide for her, if happilie shee doe marrie, or otherwise to be at her dispose as
it doth and maie appear by such instruments in writeing as I have heretofore made
to either of them under my hand and seale before competent witnesses in full satis-
faction or clayme of anie further portion of my goods. Charging my said daugh-
ter, Elizabeth (although I nothing doubt of her dutifull affection toward her moth-
er), that shee bee advised by her deare Mother both in her marriage and in all other
courses of her life besides. But as concerning my lease of Poyle farme in the parish
of Hanwell, in the Countie of Midd', I give the same wholy to my loving wife Dame
Margarett Ridley. All the rest of my goodes and chattells, plate, household stuffe,
leases, debts, and all other my rights whatsoever and by whatsoever other name
they be called, not before bequeathed to either of my loveing and dearly beloved
daughters aforenamed, my funeralls first discharged, I wholy give to my loveinjr
and best beloved wife, Dame Margarett Ridley, whom I make my full and sole ex-
ecutrix of this my last will and testament, fibr my servants I leave them to the
discretion of my executrix aforesaid, ffor Overseers of this nry last will I name
the right wor'll my very worthy Kind ffriend, Sr Morrice Abbot, Knight, Governor
of the East India Company, and my very loving and Kind freind and cosen, Georuv
Allington, Esq., hartilie desireing them to be assistants to my wife in anie thing
she shall desire their advice concerning this my last will and testament. And to
accept in remembrance of my love towards them and theirs, again towards me to
each of them a peece. THOMAS RIDLEY.

" Signed, sealed and subscribed, published and delivered for his last will and tes-
tament by the said Sr Thomas Ridley, in the presence of us.
"Gilbert Dethicke, Edward Phillipps, Thomas Willyms, Richahd Webb."

The above will was proved Feb. 26, 1628-9, in the Prerogative Court


of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and is now preserved at Somerset
House, London.

[Dr. Humphrey Ridley 16 (1), m. d., was a son of Thomas Eidley, of
Mansfield, County Nottingham ; born in 1653, admitted a student of Mer-
ton College, Oxford, in 1661. "He left the University," says Wood,
" without taking his degree, and went to Cambridge, where he was doc-
torated in physic. He graduated Doctor of Medicine at Leyden, in 1679,
and was admitted at Cambridge, in 1688. He was admitted a candidate
of the College of Physicians, 30th September, 1692. He was Gulstonian
Lecturer in 1694, and performed the duties of his office to the honour of
the College, to the establishment of his own reputation, and the general
satisfaction of the learned auditory. He practised his profession in Lon-
don. Wrote ' The Anatomy of the Brain, containing its Mechanism and
Physiology; together with some new Discoveries and Corrections of an-
tient and modern Authors upon the subject,' London, 1695; and 'A par-
ticular account of Animal Functions and Muscular Motion.' Both tracts
published in 1694, were dedicated to Dr. J. Lawson, president of the Col-
lege of Physicians. He died in April, 17U8." *]


John Ridley 17 (11), eldest son of John 16 (10), died unmarried.

Nelville Ridley 17 (1), second son of John 16 (10), died young.

Wilford Ridley 17 (1), third son of John 16 (10), died young.

Nicholas Ridley 17 (10), fourth son of John 16 (10), was born at Hard-
riding, an ancient seat of the Ridley family, about 1650; married Martha,
daughter of Richard March, a merchant of Newcastle, and had issue^ye
sons and four daughters, of whom hereafter. He moved to Newcastle-
on-Tyne when a young man, entered heartily into trade, and soon became
an eminent merchant. He was twice mayor of the city, first in 1688, the
year of the "glorious Revolution," and again in 1706, that in which the
treaty of union between England and Scotland was signed. " He was,"
says Bourne, " esteemed a man of great honour and integrity, and an ex-
cellent magistrate." By his last will and testament, dated 7th December,
1710, he gave and bequeathed to the poor of the parish of Haltwhistle
forty shillings per annum out of a little farm or tenement called Wagtail
Hall. He also bequeathed an annual rent-charge of four pounds ten shil-
lings to the poor of Newcastle, while he gave a donation of fifty pounds
to the poor of Carlisle, and twenty pounds to the poor of Hexham town-
ship. He died Jan. 22, 1710-11, and lies buried in St. Nicholas' Church,
at the entrance into the chancel from the body of the sacred edifice.

Godfrey Ridley 17 (1), fifth son of John 16 (10), died young.

Edward Ridley 17 (1), sixth son of John 16 (10), was born in 1652; mar-
ried Dorothy, daughter of Allen Chamberlayne, and had issue one son and
four daughters. He was styled "of Lincoln's Inn."

Jane Ridley 17 (3), a daughter of John 16 (10), was the wife of Christo-
pher Barrows, Gentleman.

Mary Ridley 17 (3), a daughter of John 16 (10), was the wife of Thomas
Pate, clerk vicar.

Barbara Ridley 17 (3), a daughter of John 16 (10), died young.

* I do not know the pedigree of this niau, and place this notice here because of
contemporary dates.


[Capt. Hugh Ridley 17 (4), parents unknown, was, on the 12th June,
1667, appointed captain of the "Star," firesbip, and soon after removed
to the "Tilbury," prize. In the following year he was commissioned to
the " Providence," fireship. He had no other command till the year 1673,
when he was made, by Prince Rupert, captain of the "Woolwich," sloop.
On the 3d June, 1675, King Charles II, who had taken upon himself the
management of all affairs relative to the navy, gave him command of the
" Wivenhoe," sloop. On the 23d February, 1681-2, he was made captain
of the boats of Portsmouth, from which station he was removed into the
"America," guard-ship, on the 29th July following. After the accession
of King James, he was, on the 25th May, 1685, again made captain of the
"America," from which he was, on the 9th June following, removed into
the "Swan." He continued in the command of this vessel till the 15th
of August, when he was appointed to the "Guardland," and sailed for
the Straits on the 25th of the same month, under orders of Sir Rosier
Strickland. He continued on this station till the year 1688, and arrived
at Plymouth on the 30th of March. He was, on the 9th of September,
made captain of the "Antelope," one of the fleet fitted out under his old
commander, Sir Roger Strickland, for the purpose of counteracting, if
possible, the invasion then meditated by the Prince of Orange, afterwards
King William III. He is known to have commanded a ship of the line
after the Revolution ; but we have not been able to procure any farther
information relative to him, except that he was still living, but unem-
ployed, in February, 1698-9.]*

Richard Ridley 17 (2), eldest son of Lancellot 16 (3), married Jane, daugh-
ter of Robert Dockham, and had issue two sons, of whom hereafter.

Francis Ridley 17 (1), second son of Lancellot 16 (3), married a niece of
Baron Denham. He was of Egham, County of Surrey.

John Ridley 17 (12), eldest son of Lancellot 16 (3) by second wife.

Thomas Ridley 17 (10), second son of Lancellot 16 (3) by second wife.

Richard Ridley 17 (3), third son of Lancellot 16 (3) by second wife, was
styled "of Bolding."

Mary Ridley 17 (4), eldest daughter of Lancellot 16 (3) by second wife,
was married to William Putter, parson of Leneland, and vicar of Throw-
ley, in Kent.

Jane Ridley 17 (4), second daughter of Lancellot 16 (3) by second wife,
was the wife of John Cradock, Doctor of Civil Laws.

William Ridley 17 (8), only child of Lancellot 16 (3) by third wife, died
sine prole.

Anne Ridley 17 (5), eldest daughter of Thomas 16 (9), was married to
Sir Edward Bosvile, son and heir of Sir Ralph Bosvile, of Bradborne,
County of Kent. She is mentioned in her father's will as "Dame Anne

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