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Bosevile, the wife of Sir Edward Bosevile, Knt." See will.

Elizabeth Ridley 17 (5), second daughter of Thomas 16 (9), was unmar-
ried at her father's death, but was afterwards married to Shirley Snelling,
of West Grinstead, County of Sussex. In his will dated Oct. 11, 1628,
her father charges her to "bee advised by her deare Mother, both in her
marriage and in all other courses of her life besides." See will.

* I do not know the connections of this man, and have placed the notice here be-
cause of contemporary dates.



... AND
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GLOSTER RIDLEY" D.D.

DIED 1774 AGED 72.



BIDLEYS OF WILLIMOTESWICK, NORTHUMBERLAND. 431

The several pedigrees of the preceding family do not correspond in plac-
ing the children.

EIGHTEENTH GENERATION.

Rev. Gloster Ridley 18 (1), d. d., grandson of Thomas 16 (9), was born
at sea in 1702, on board the " Gloster," Indiaman, from which circumstance
he received his name. He was educated at Winchester School and be-
came Fellow of New College, Oxford, where he took his degree of B. C. L.
in 1739. He manifested a great partiality for the stage in early life, and
to this preference may be attributed the eloquence and graceful delivery
which he afterwards displayed in the pulpit. He obtained the living of
Westovv, Norfolk, and the donation of Poplar, in Middlesex; and after
some years spent in the peaceful obscurity of a country curacy, he was at
last presented to a golden prebend in Salisbury, by Archbishop Seeker,
who also conferred upon him the degree of LL. D. He was an eminent
scholar and divine. His publications were not numerous ; he wrote a
tragedy in four parts in early life, and afterwards a life of his kinsman,
Bishop Nicholas Ridley. He died Nov. 3, 1774, and had his virtues re-
corded in an epitaph* by the learned Dr. Lowth. His widow died at
Hingham, in 1837, aged 91 years ; they had a family of six children, of
whom hereafter. The following verses indicate his style of composition : —

Verses on Prayer.

" Prayer is the manna, the celestial bread,
By which our hungry souls are daily fed.
Through life's wild wilderness by this sustained,
We reach the heavenly Canaan's promised land.
Bring then thy choicest lays, inspiring muse,
This glorious subject of my verse I chuse :
The various motions of the mind declare
How Heaven itself is stormed by fervent prayer,
And all the artillery of that peaceful war.

And first Contrition does the soul employ,
That pleasurable pain, that grief of joy;
Affliction's waters are of bitter kind,
And grate the palate of the mind ;
But when God's grace, that Tree of Life, is cast
Therein, the streams forget their nauceous taste.
First on his knees the humble sinner falls,
And to the Lord for gracious succor calls ;
He prays his God to melt his frozen soul,
To break his heart, and make, by breaking whole.
He prays his God to strike the friendly blow,
That from the rock once more the streams may flow.
The volume of his life is now displayed,
And every page impartially surveyed;
And now upon the ground behold him roll,
Expi'essing thus the posture of his soul;
Shame o'er his face her scarlet mantle spreads,
And his torn heart with inward anguish bleads ;
His eyes of tears a grateful tribute bring,

* "if. S. E. Glosterus Ridley, vir optimtts integerrimus : Verbi Divini peritus fide-
lis indefensus : Ab Academic Oxoniensi pro meritus, et praeter ordinem, in Sacrd,
Thcologia Doctorate insignitus. Foeta natus, Oratorice facultati impensius studuit
Quam fuerat in concionando fecundus, plurimonum animus diei insidebit ; quam va-
ria eruditione instructus. Scripta ipsius semper testabunter. Obiit tertia die mensis
Novembris, A. D. 1774."



432 SIDLE YS OF WILLIMOTESWICK, X<)KTIIUMBERLA\ 1>.



From sweet Sincerity's pure crystal spring;

Deep from his heart the straggling groans arise,

And ardently he breathes the insence of his sighs.

The whole man labors in this heavenly war,

And every look and gesture is a prayer;

God's grace he still continues to implore,

Still he receives, yet still he sues for more;

Still meekly fervent is his prayer address't,

He asks for pardon for the cold request;

With tears he mourns the dryness of his eyes,

And, sighing deep, laments the want of signs.

His grief is with an eye of pitty seen,

And sweet-tongued Mercy speaks the leeper clean.

The native pureness of his soul returns,

The Angels triumph, the Apostate mourns.

And now for praise he does his soul prepare,
Seraphic praise, that heaven of heavens is prayer!
Great God! what holy raptures does he prove!
How melt before the sacred tire of love !
'T was thus, the wondering gratitude oppres't,
He would have spoke the fulness of his breast.
"Oh righteous Lord! who sit'st enthroned on high,
Look down and view me with a gracious eye ;
Accept the mighty tribute that I bring,
A mite of praise to Heaven's eternal King.
Greatly I long and ardently I burn,
To make a nobler and more large return ;
But hence each thought of retribution's rain,
That thou art God, and I ignoble man :
But oh ! what bright ideas shall I find
To represent thy image to my mind !
Can thought concieve the King of heaven and earth
That has in matter its plebeian birth?
And shall a word, a trancient sound, proclaim
The everlasting greatness of thy name?
Thou art, Oh Lord — teach me what to say —
A flood, an ocean of excessive day —
A glorious sun unutterably bright,
That sheds on vast immensity its light.
Creation is contained and rilled by thee,
Thou fill'st thyself, thou art immensity.
Thou wast before — Eternity 's thy name,
How great thy power! thou will'st ; and strait became
A beauteous world from nothing's barren womb.
Thou frown'st, and hell and misery appear;
Thou smil'st, and heaven and happiness are there.
How boundless is thy knowledge! — thou can'st see
The perfect state of them before they be,
And the world was before it was, in thee.
To thee Time stops his never-wearied haste,
To thee is perfect still the future and the past.
But one step further does my kuowledge go;
I know that thou art more than I can know ;
Whene'er I tread this dark, uncertain coast,
In thy perfections mighty, vast, I 'm lost.
In vain I strive the feable hymn to raise —
Hyperbole is meanness in thy praise.

But Goodness, that fair virgin, ever blest,
Nearest and dearest to thy sacred breast,
Who with her soft enchanting voice can charm
Justice herself, and stop her lifted arm,
Demands thy praise —
An age ago, my soul, what wast thou ? where ?



BIDLEYS OF WILLIMOTESWICK, NORTHUMBERLAND. 433



Wast thou a lump of clay or blast of air?

Where, in the world's wide circuit did'st thou dwell ?

On earth, in heaven, or in the depth of hell?

What part of vast Inane did'st thou fill ?

No, then in Fate's firm fetters I was kept,

In the dark womb of non-existance slept.

In my creation thy first love began,

It gave me being, willed me into man.

In thee I think, I speak, I move, I live ;

Myself from thee each moment I receive.

But here 's the life of goodness, here we prove

The full protection of all-perfect love ;

That he who in the world of glory shone,

The bright Paretius of the Eternal sun,

Was pleased to leave his dignity on high,

For us to live in man, for us to die.

See on the cross his bleeding body hung !

His flesh with pain, his mind with sorrow stung !

The sad, yet joyful minutes now begin,

Of Jesus' death', and of the death of sin.

In every groan he utters we revive ;

He faints, we quicken; he expires, we live.

By love like this my soul is quite o'ercome;

And gratitude and wonder strike me dumb;

A theme like this requires a seraph's lays ;

Give me new powers, great God, and then I '11 sing thy praise."



Invitation to the Country.

" Now, waiting on the Spring, soft gales
Smothe the rough waves and fill the sails.
The fields are green; the river flows,
Disburdened of its ice and snows.

" Now does the nightingale return,
In sadly pleasing notes to mourn
The unhappy boy too rashly slain !
And wakens all her grief again.

" The shepherds stretch the grass along,
Indulge the cheerful pipe and song;
Pan, patron of Arcadian swains,
Well-pleased, might listen to their strains.

" Heat brings on drought; yet, friend, scot-free
Think not to quench your thirst with me.
You are so used with Lords to dine !
— I can't afford it: earn your wine.

" Clap in your pocket prose or verse,
And freely then my hogshead pierce ;
Drink till new warmpth inspire our hopes
To laugh at Grand Monarchs and Popes.

" On termes like these if you consent,
Haste here and bring the equivalent:
I am no Lord ; nor think it fit
To sell my wines for less than wit.

" Come, let the press stand still to-day;
True wisdom must have some allay.
To make it Stirling; tune and place
Give Folly's self a pleasing grace."

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434 RIDLEYS OF WILLIM0TE8WICK, NORTHUMBERLAND.

Selfishness.

" Self spoils the sence of all mankind,
And casts a mist before the mind ;
Whate'r 's the intrinsic of the coin,
Yours always will be worse than mine.
Each grovelling, despicable elf
Damns all the world besides and deifies himself."



John Ridley 18 (12), eldest son of Nicholas 17 (10), died unmarried in
1716, and w r as buried in St. Nicholas' Church, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Richard Ridley 18 (4), second son of Nicholas 17 (10), was born at New-
castle-on-Tyne; married Margaret, daughter of another eminent Newcas-
tle merchant, Alderman Matthew White, and his wife Jane, daughter of
Alderman Nicholas Fenwick, at Stannington, in 1707, and had issue, of
whom hereafter. He was alderman, mayor of Newcastle in 1713 and
1732, and Governor of the Merchants' Company. He purchased the es-
tate of Heaton, and built for his country-residence a large brick house
named Heaton Hall (see plate in this book), on the steep and woody banks
of the Ouseburn, in the neighborhood of extensive collieries owned by him.
Mr. Ridley died at Heaton, Nov. 2, 1739. The following account of his
funeral will be of interest here : —

"On the 5th, in the evening, his corpse was interred in St. Nicholas'
Church. The hearse, covered with escutcheons, and drawn by six horses,
was preceded by eighty-six of the deceased's tenants and agents on
horseback, two and two, with mourning gloves, and three servants; the
hearse w r as followed by a retinue of mourning and other coaches. In this
manner the corpse was conveyed from Heaton to Mr. Ridley's house on
the quay, Newcastle, where the company were invited, and where the
corpse was taken out of the hearse and from thence carried to the church,
the pall being covered with escutcheons, and supported by eight gentle-
men of note. The master of the charity school, with a scarf, leading the
charity boys of St. Nicholas, went foremost in the procession; after whom
came five beadles, who were followed by twenty men in cloaks, walking
two and two; betwixt these and the corpse walked three couples of ser-
vants in mourning; behind the corpse walked twenty-four chief mourn-
ers, two and two ; these were succeeded by the regalia of the town in
mourning, borne by the proper officers, who were followed by the mayor
and aldermen, with scarfs and black gloves; next to these walked the
clergy, with scarfs, who were followed by the relations of the deceased, in
scarfs; to these succeeded the wardens and secretary of the Merchants'
Company, with gloves, two and two, and closed with a beadle in a scarf.
Then followed a multitude of gentlemen and tradesmen, in gloves; after
these came the eighty-six tenants and agents on horseback, as before.
During the procession through the town half-minute guns were fired, and
a solemn silence was observed by the vast crowd of spectators. When
the corpse entered in at the west door of the church, a piece of solemn
music was performed upon the organ. After the funeral ceremony was
over the bells rung a mourning peal, which closed the solemnities of the
day."

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Mary Ridley 18 (5), eldest daughter of Nicholas 17 (10), was the wife of
Garvin Ainsley, Esq., of Little Harle.

Anne Ridley 18 (6), second daughter of Nicholas 17 (10), died young
and unmarried.

Anne Ridley 18 (7), third daughter of Nicholas 17 (10), was the wife of
Robert Douglas, of Newcastle-on-Tyne. .

Martha Ridley 18 (1), fourth daughter of Nicholas 17 (10), died young
and unmarried.

Richard Ridley 18 (5), only son of Edward 17 (2), was a colonel of
Guards ; died unmarried, and was buried in St. Margaret's Church, West-
minster.

Mary Ridley 18 (6).

Elenor Ridley 18 (1). I Daug hters of Edward 17 (2).
Dorothy Ridley 18 (2). ( to v '



Anna Ridley 18 (1).



Richard Ridley 18 (6), eldest son of Richard 17 (2).
Francis Ridley 18 (2), second son of Richard 17 (2).

NINETEENTH GENERATION.

Mary Ridley 19 (7), a daughter of Gloster 18 (1), was the wife of Capt.
Edward Evans (he died in 1807), and died in 1809.

Thomas Ridley 19 (11), a son of Gloster 18 (1), died of small-pox at
Madras, when young.

Rev. James Ridley 19 (1), a son of Gloster 18 (1), was educated at Win-
chester School and New College, Oxford, and after taking his orders suc-
ceeded his father in the living of Rumford and Essex. In 1761 he was
the chaplain of a regiment, and while exposed in the discharge of his du-
ties contracted some disorder, which, to the unspeakable sorrow of his
friends and family, terminated his life in 1765, at the age of twenty ; he
was buried at Poplar. His father in a letter writes : " He was as hopeful
a young clergyman as an affectionate father could wish his soh to be. So
generous a heart, such an intimate knowledge of the power and workings
of nature, so serious and earnest a desire to serve God and mankind, with
cheerful spirit and address in conveying his instructions, make him a loss as
great to the world as to me." He was author of " The Tales of the Genii" ;
a humorous paper called "The Schemer," afterwards collected in a vol-
ume ; " The History of James Lovegrove," and several other small works.
His writings were lucid, flowing, and eloquent, as his publications show,
and growing so fast in the preferment of the church, he promised to be-
come one of the most distinguished divines that ever adorned the family
of Ridley, — a family prolific in clergymen.



Matthew Ridley 19 (1), eldest son of Richard 18 (4), was born in 1712;
married, firstly, Hannah, daughter of Joseph Barnes, of Newcastle, by
whom (who died Nov. 17, 1741) he had one son. He married, secondly,
Elizabeth, daughter, and at length heir, of Sir Matthew White, of Blag-
don (which Matthew was brother of Margaret, wife of Richard Ridley
aforesaid), Nov. 18, 1742. By the second union there were seven sons and
four daughters, of whom hereafter. The first wife was buried in St. Nich-
olas' Church, Newcastle. Mr. Ridley's monument in St. Nicholas' Church,



436 BIDLEYS OF WILL IMOTES WICK, NOBTHUMBEBLAND.

erected in 1782, has an inscription which epitomizes his life and virtues ;
it consists of a figure in statuary-marble as large as life, bearing a resem-
blance of the person and features of Mr. Ridley (at the period to which
the medallion and inscription allude), who is represented as sitting in the
curule chair, the scat of magistracy, in Roman habit, with a serious but
placid countenance, as considering the general welfare of the people over
whom he presided. Under the chair are placed the scales and fasces, as
emblems of justice and authority; beneath this is the entablature, con-
taining the following inscription : —

" To the memory of
Matthew Ridley, Esq., of Blagdon and Heaton,

in the County of Northumberland,

senior Alderman of the Corporation of this Town,

and Governor of the Company of Merchant Adventurers.

He four times served in the office as Mayor,

in which station, in 1745, he rendered essential service to his country,

averting by his prudence and activity, the attack meditated against his town by the

enemies of the House of Brunswick,

and thereby materially checked the progress of their arms.

He was unanimously elected by his fellow-burg 'esses to represent them

in five successive parliaments,

and retired from that position only when the declining state of his health rendered him

incapable of conscientiously fulfilling the duties of it.

He lived respected and beloved, and died unfeignedly lamented,

April 6, 1778, aged 66 years.'"*

The base of the monument is formed by a medallion, on which the town
of Newcastle is represented by a female figure, having a shield by her,
bearing the arms of the town ; near her is an urn, from which are issuing
salmon, the peculiar attribute of the River Tyne. This female figure is
attacked by a figure of Rebellion, who, treading on the crown and scep-
tre (insignia of royalty), bears in one hand the torch of sedition, and in
the other the sword of destruction ; in an attitude of supplication she in-
clines herself toward an armed figure, who protects her with his shield,
and with a sword in his right hand resists the figure of Rebellion ; on the
shield are represented the arms of the family of Ridley ; the helmet is
ornamented with a bull, which is the crest. As a finishing, under the me-
dallion two cornucopias are introduced, representing the general effect of
plenty (attendant upon the care of good and active magistrates), con-
nected by a civic crown, the reward among the Romans, of civil virtue.
The figure of Mr. Ridley is placed against an obelisk of white marble, eight
feet high, on the top of which is a very elegant urn bearing the family

* " April 6, 1778, died at Heaton, in the sixty-seventh year of his age, Matthew-
Ridley, Esq., senior alderman, and lately one of the representatives of this town
(Newcastle) in Parliament. He was a gentleman of excellent natural parts, im-
proved by a liberal education. He was of a quick and clear conception of business,
and a peculiar address in the execution of it. These talents he early employed in
discharging the first offices of honour and trust in the corporation, where he since
continued an active, well-informed, and incorrupt magistrate. By a diligent atten-
tion to his duties in the senate he had acquired a consummate skill in the forms and
business of Parliament : to this he united a more general knowledge of the consti-
tution, applying both with a manly and disinterested spirit to the general welfare
of his country. These eminent qualities of the mind were adorned with a graceful
address, and polished manners. He was endeared to his friends by an hospitable,
generous and affectionate temper. Such are the outlines of this distinguished char-
acter, faintly but truly sketched by a friend who knew him well. "-Newcastle Courant.



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BID LEYS OF WILLIMOTESWICK, NOBTHUMBEBLAND. 437

arras emblazoned ; and on the foot of it is engraved the motto, "Constance
Fideo." The whole is relieved by a ground of dove-colored marble.
This is one of the most elaborate and beautiful monuments in England.
Mr. Ridley was styled "of Newcastle," and "of Heaton " (see view of
Heaton Hall), and was succeeded by his second son. He made a conspic-
uous figure in parliament during the American Revolution, and the rec-
ords copiously represent his speeches. In an address delivered before
the House of Commons, relative to the American Colonies, on Friday,
Oct. 27, 1775, Mr. Ridley said : " I have gone along with the minister dur-
ing the past session, upon the supposition that his information regarding
America was authentic, and to be depended upon; but now I have found
it otherwise. I went away last night without voting, a conduct I wish
to avoid, and therefore I call upon the minister to lay sufficient informa-
tion before the House that gentlemen may know the ground upon which
to proceed."

Capt. Richard Ridley 19 (7), second son of Richard 18 (4), married
Anne, daughter of George Roach, of Portsmouth, and died without issue.
He was commander of a company of foot-guards.

Elizabeth Ridley 19 (5), eldest daughter of Richard 18 (4), was married
to Robert Douglas, of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Martha Ridley 19 (2), second daughter of Richard 18 (4), was married
to Rev. Hugh Moises, a. m., lecturer of All Saints' Chm-ch, Newcastle-on-
Tyne, Feb. 2, 1754.

Isabella Ridley 19 (3), third daughter of Richard 18 (4), was married to
Thomas Waters, of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Jane Ridley 19 (5), fourth daughter of Richard 18 (4), was married to
Matthew Bell, of Newcastle and Woolsington.

Mary Ridley 19 (8), fifth daughter of Richard 18 (4), was married to
Matthew White, Esq., of Blagdon, County of' Northumberland, who,
surviving her, married, secondly, Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of John
Johnson, of Newcastle, and had a daughter Elizabeth, who became the
wife of Matthew Ridley, brother of his first wife.

Nicholas Ridley 19 (11), third son of Richard 18 (4), died young.

Nicholas Ridley 19 (12), fourth son of Richard 18 (4), died young.

TWENTIETH GENERATION.

Maj. Richard Ridley 20 (8), eldest son of Matthew 19 (1) by his wife
Hannah Barnes, was born July 5, 1736, in the parish of St. George, Martyr
Queen's Square, London. He was an officer of foot-guard, and a gal-
lant soldier. The representation of the family devolved upon a half-
brother. *

Sir Matthew-White Ridley 20 (2), second son of Matthew 19 (1), and
first by his wife Elizabeth White, was born in the parish of St. John,
Newcastle-on-Tyne, Oct. 28, 1745 ; married July 12, 1777, to Sarah, daugh-
ter of Benjamin Colburn, Esq., of Bath, by whom (who died in August,
1806) he had five sons and one daughter, of whom hereafter. Matthew
White, Esq., of Blagdon, Northumberland, was high sheriff of his County
in 1756; and was, on presenting -an address to His Majesty, created a
baronet of the kingdom, with limitations in the patent, on failure of his
issue male to the heirs male of his sister Elizabeth, wife of Matthew Ridley.



*One pedigree names a Jane, Mary, and Martha, in this family, who died young
and unmarried.



438 RIDLEYS OF WILL1M0TESW1CK, NORTHUMBERLAND.

*

Matthew White, Bart., died March 21, 1763, and was buried in All Saints'
Church, Newcastle-on-Tyne, and the subject of this notice succeeded to
his title and estate, in accordance with the patent aforesaid. Mr. Ridley was
one of the oldest members of the Merchants' Company, of Newcastle-on-
Tyne, and was its governor for thirty-five years. In so high a degree did
he possess the confidence and esteem of his townsmen, that, in eight suc-
cessive parliaments, they chose him as a representative. He was a firm
friend of the British Constitution; and during the long time he sat in the
senate, he had the merit of maintaining perfect consistency in his politi-
cal conduct. Displaying an urbanity of manners and a most endearing
condescension in his general intercourse with society, he invariably per-
formed all the relative and social duties of life in a way that threw an
amiable resplendency over his whole character. As a large landed pro-
prietor he showed himself one of the best landlords to his tenants, as all
who were so connected were loud in declaiming; in years of scarcity, in
particular, these experienced the liberality of his heart; and he granted
indulgences to them that must have embalmed his memory among those who
were the immediate objects of his generosity. Exclusive of serving his
town as a Member of Parliament, he discharged, for a number of years,
the duties of an active magistrate, and was three times mayor of the city
of Newcastle. Early in a contemporary war, when his country was
threatened with invasion, Sir Matthew-White Ridley was placed at the
head of a corps of volunteers excelled by none in the kingdom, either for
loyalty to their sovereign, or efficiency in military tactics. While a soldier
he discharged the important functions of chief; he might be said to live
in the hearts of his men, for the liberal and indulgent attention he paid
to the convenience and comfort of all under his command. He died at
Portland Place, London, after a two years' illness, in 1813, aged 67 years,
and was succeeded by his eldest son and namesake, of whom hereafter.
There is a fine monument with a statue of this man in St. Nicholas' Church,
Newcastle-on-Tyne, of which the author has a photograph. (See portrait



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