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Castle-ditch, and Elizabeth, daughter of Richard

Eliot, Esq. of Port Eliot, in the county of CornwaU.

His mother was delivered of two sons at one birth,

on the 23d of January l/G/,

At Marseilles, in France, of whom the elder,

Chakles-Ebward, died a few days after he

lirst saw the light, and was buried at that place j

the younger Edward-Charles

grew as a lily in the field.

The last day of his life in this world,

was the 6th of August l/Sl.

Thy will, O God! be done.

Sixth, Harriot, born August 28th, IjGg, unmarried.

His Lordship married. May 20th, 1/72, to his second wife,
Anne, daughter of Reginald Pole, of Stoke, in the county of De-
von, Esq. who took the additional surname of Carew; by Anne,
daughter of Francis Buller, Esq. of Morval, in Cornwall j and by
her he had issue two sons,

Philip-James, born December 2d, 17/4; late Lieut. -Colonel
in the First regiment of foot guards; and late M. P. for Ryegate.

Reginald, born January 14th, 1777> a"d 'lied November 19th,
1805 ; having married, on December 21st, 1802, his cousin, Anne,
second daughter of James Cocks, Esq.

And one daughter 3 Anna-Maria, born March 14th, 1773;
married, December 4th, 1797> the Rev. Philip Yorke, Prebendary
of Ely, fourth son of the late Bishop of Ely.

His Lordship died January 30th, I8O6, aet. 81 ; and was suc-
ceeded by his eldest son,

John Somers Cocks, present and second Lord Somers, who
was born March 6th, J 760, and represented, first, Grampoundj
and afterwards Ryegate, in parliament.

His Lordship married, in 1785, Margaret, sole daughter and
heir of the Rev. Dr. Treadway Nash, D. D. of Beven, near Wor-
cester fthe Historian of WorcesterskireJ, by whom he has several

His eldest son is Captain in the Bays, or second Regiment of
dragoon guards; and M. P. for Ryegate.


Philip, second son, is Captain in the l6th regiment of Light

Titles. John Somers Cocks, Lord Somers, Baron of Evesham,
and Baronet.

Creations. Baronet, September IQth, 1772, 12 George III.;
and Lord Somers, Baron of Evesham, in the county of Worces-
ter, May 17th, 1784, 24 George IIL

Arms. Sable, a chevron, Or, between three stags' scalps and
attires, Argent.

Crest. On a wreath, a mount proper, and thereon a stag
lodged and reguardant, Argent.

Supporters. On each side a lion. Ermine, gorged dancette.

Motto. Prodesse aUAM conspigi.

Chief Seats. At Castle-ditch, in the county of Hereford j at
Dumbleton, in the county of Gloucesterj and at Ryegate, in




Edmund Pakkee, of North Moulton, in the county of Devon,
Esq. of a very ancient family in that part of the kingdom (said
to have resided at this t-eat from the latter end of the 14th century)
by his last will and testament, bearing date May 18lh, 161I, to
wlsich i<; annexed a codicil, dated the 11th of next month, directs
that his body should be buried in the choir of North Molten
church; he married Dorothy, daughter o{ Sir Clement Smith, of
Little Raddow, in Essex, Knight, Chief Baron of the Exchequer;
and had issue one son, John; and four daughters; Francis, living
in l6il, unmarried; Jane, wifeof Jolm Norleigh, of Norleigh,
in Devonshire, Esq. Elizabeth, married to Walter Harlewin, E>^q.
and Mary, to George Drake, of Whiicombe, in Devonshire,

John Parker, Esq. the only son, dit d in his father's lifetime,
in the year I610, leaving issue by his wife, Frances, daughter
of Jeronemy Mayhew, of Bor'nii^don, in Devonshire, Esq. three

First, Edmund.

Second, Thomas, who was twenty-six years of age, when the
visitation of Devonshire was made in l620.

Third, John, then twenty-one years old. — Also one daughter,
Ann, who died unmarried.

Edmund Parker, Esq. the eldest son, becanie heir to his
grandfather, and was twenty-seven years of age in I62O: he made
his last will and testament, November 6th, l642, which was
proved, November 1st, \64Q, and therein appointed to be buried
:;t North Molton. He married Amy, youngest daughter of Sir
Edward Seymour, of Bury Pomeroy, in the county of Devon,


Baronet, ancestor to the present Dtike of Somerset ; and had issue*
by her eight sons;

First, Edward, w ho died in his father's lifetime unmarried-
Second, Edmund, ivho became heir.

Third, John, baptized, February 24th, l6l3.

Fourth, William, born 16 15, and was living in 1(342.

Fifth, Heniy. Sixth, Charles. Seventh, Richard, And,
Eighth, James, all living 10'42.

Also tive daughters J First, Elizabeth. Second, Amv, who
was third wife to Sir John Davie, of Creedy, in Devonshire, Ba-
ronet. Third, Dorothy. Fourih, Mary. And, F.fth, Sarah,
were unmarried in l642.

Edmund Parker, E^q. the eldest surviving son and heir, wns
seven years old in 162O; he at first resided at Boringdon, where
he enjoyed an estate which came to him from his grandmother, but
afterwards removed to the family scat at North Molton, where he
departed this life in October Iti^lj his will is dated, July Stli,
1(J80, and the probate thereof October 31st, l6(jl, where he di-
rects his body to be buried at North Molton. It does not appear
into what family ha married; but his will cerlities," that he had
six son?, and a daughter, all living in 16SO3 viz.

First, George, his heir.

Second, Edmund, who left four sons.

Third, Edmund (father to John, Edmund, Thomas, and

Fourth, William. Fifth, Francis. Sixth, Charles. And, Mary,
who were all living in 1/25, as appears by the mariiage settlement
of John Parker, hereafter mentioned.

George Parker, of Boringdon, Esq. the eldest son and heir,
married, first, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Fowell, of Fowelis-
combe, in Devonshire, Baronet, but she dying in 1691, without

He, secondly, married Ann^ daughter of John Buller, of
Morval, in the county of Cornwall, Esq. by whom he had three

First, Edmund, who died before 1725, unmarried.

Second, John, who became heir.

Third, Francis, of Blagdon, in Devonshire, Esq. who left

* From a branch of the Parker?, ofB^ringJon, vva; t'escended Thomas P-;r-
ker, of Hoberton, co. Dev. whose sixth son, Hugh, Alderman of Londcn, was
created a Baronet, 1681, with remainder to his nephew, H.'nry. Fra.-n him come
rhe Baronets 0? Lang Melfo;d, :n Sutf. ivA the lat- Adn.iral Sir Hvd( Parker.


three daughters; First, , married to John Baring, of JRadford,

in Devonshire, Esq. Second, Elizabeth, first married to Thomas
Baring, of Larkbeer;^ and, secondly, to William Spicer, of "Ware,

near Exeter, in Devonshire, Esq. And , to John Fryer, of

Exeter. He died 1743.

John Parker, Esq. the eldest surviving son and heir, succeeded
to the family estate on the death of his father in 1743. On June
26th, 1725, he was married to Lady Charlotte Poulett, second
daughter of John, Earl Poulett, with whom he had 60OOI. for-
tune, and his father gave him 6OOOI. to purchase lands, as appears
by the marriage settlement, bearing date the 11th of the same
month. He died, April 1 8th, 176S, his Lady, on August l6th,
1758, and were buried at Plimpton Mary, in the county of Devon;
they had three sons, and three daughters; viz.

First, George, who died an infant. Second, John, first Lord

Third, Montague-Edmund Parker, of Whiteway, in the pa-
rish of ChiJleigh, married Charity, daughter of Paul Ourey, Esq.
and has two sons, Montagu and Francis.

Henrietta, the eldest daughter, died unmarried, 1808; Catha-
rine, married to Henry Lambert, of Hope End, in the county of
Hereford, Esq.; and Bridget, to Redmond Kelly, of Isleworth,
in Middlesex, Esq. Lieutenant-Colonel of the East Devonshire
militia; and had issue by him (who died 179S) ; First, Ellen-King.
Second, Susan-Barbara. Third, Lieutenant-Colonel John Francis
Kelly, of the first Foot-guards. Fourth, Montagu-Henry, in the
Navy. Fifth, Hinton.

John, first Lord Boringdon, the eldest surviving son and
heir, represented the county of Devon in several parliaments, and
was advanced to the Peerage, by letters patent, dated May ISth,
178-1, by the title of Baron Boringdon, of Boringdon, in the
county of Devon, and to the heirs-male of his body lawfully be-
gotten .

His Lordship's first wife was Frances, daughter of Josiah Hort,
D. D. Archbishop of Tuam, in Ireland, and sister to Sir John
Hort, Baronet; they were married in December 1763, and she
died without issue, in 170"-!.

His second Lady, to whom he was married, May 18th, Ijdg,
was Theresa, daughter of Thomas Robinson, Lord Grantham (and
sister to Thomas, the late Lord); she died December 2Jst, 1775,

■? By vvho.-ii she was mother of the present Sir Francis Baring, B^rt. &c.


and was buried at Plimpton Mary, in Devonshire, leaving issue
one son,

John, born May 3d, 1772.

And a daughter, Theresa, born September 22d, 17/5, married
April i7th, 1798, the Hon. George Villiers, M. P. youngest bro-
ther of the Earl of Clarendon.

A few days after her birth, her mother " received a stroke of
the palsy, of which she appeared recovering; bat receiving a se- -
cond stroke, and soon after that a third, it put an end to the life
of one of the most valuable of women.

" Her amiable disposition, her softness and gentleness of man-
ners, endeared her to every one that had the happiness of know-
ing her. Her whole pleasure and ambition were centered in a
consciousness of properly discharging all the duties of a wife, a
mother, and a sister; and she neither sought for, nor expected
fame out of her own house. As she made no ostentation of her
virtues, she excited no envy; but, if there had existed so depraved
a being as to wish to wound so fair a character, the most artful
malignity must have searched in vain for a weak part.

" Her virtues Avere uniform, quiet, and habitual : they were
not occasionally put on; she wore them continually; they seemed
to grow to her, and be a part of herself; and it seemed to be im-
possible for her to lay them aside, or be other than what she

" Her person was eminently beautiful; but the expression of
her countenance was far above all beauty that proceeds from re-
gularity of features only. The gentleness and benevolence of her
disposition were so naturally impressed on every look and motion,
that, without any affected effort or assumed courtesy, she was sure
to make every one her friend that had ever spoke to her, or even
seen her.

" In so exalted a character, it is scarce worth mentioning her
skill and exact judgment in the polite arts. She seemed to pos-
sess by a kind of intuition, that propriety of taste and right think-
ing, which others but imperfectly acquire by long labour and

His Lordship died April 27th, 1788, and was succeeded by his
only son,

John, present and second Lord Borinqdon, who married,
first, June 20ih, 1804, Lady Augusta Fane, second daughter of
John, Earl of Westmorland; by whom he had issue,

^ This charactsx is said to have been written by Sir Joshua Reynolds.


Henry- Villiers, born May 28th, 1808.

This mariage was dissolved by act of parliament, February l4tb,


His Lordship is re-married to Miss Talbot.

Title. John Parker, Baron Boringdon.

Creation. Baron Boringdon, of Boringdon, in the county of
Devon, by patent May 18th, 1/84, 24 George IIL

Arms. Sable, a stag's head cabossed, between two flaunches,.

Crest. On a wreath, an arm erect, vested Azure, cuff Argent,
hand holding an attire of a stag, proper.

Supporters. Dexter, a stag. Argent, sinister, a greyhound
reguardant. Sable, each collared. Or, and thereto antique shields
appendant. Gules, that on the dexter charged with an horse's
head coupt. Argent, bridled, Or; the sinister with a ducal coro-
net. Or.

Motto. Fidelia certa merges.

Seats. At Boringdon and Saltram, in the county of Devon.




The name of the male lirie of this family was Harwood. The
late Peer's father assumed the name of Hill, in right of his
mother, who was sister to Dr. Richard Hill.

It appears by the visitation of Shropshire, made in the year
1623,^ that the name of this ancient family was originally
written Hull, from their residence at a place so called in Shrop-

Hugh Huil, of Hull, was living temp. Edw. II. and mar-
ried Eleanor, daughter and coheir of Hugh de Wlonkeslow, of
Wlonkeslow in Shropshire, whereby he became possessed of that
estate, and was father to

William Hull, of Hull and IFlonheslow, Esq. who flourished
in the reign of Richard II. and was succeeded by his son

Griffith (or GeofFry, as in the Baronetage) living temp.
Hen. IV. and had issue by his wife Margaret, sister of Griffith
Warren, Lord of Ighttield, in com. Salop, Esq. a son and heir,

Humphry, who was commonly called Hill (as his descend-
ants have since been). He resided at Buntingdale, and married
Agnes, or Ann, daughter and coheir of John Bird, of Charlton,
(niece and heir of David de Malpas) by whom he had three sons
and four daughters.

First, William, ancestor to the Hills, of Hill- Court, in Skrop'

Second, Ralph, of whom presently.

Third, Thomas, seated at Malpas and Hodnet, who, by Mar-

* The original in the Heralds Office, not C. 20.



garet, daughter of Thomas Wilbraham, ofWoodhayj in Cheshire^
was father to Sk Kowland Hill, Knight, Lord Mayor of London,
4 Edward VI. j William, parson of Stoke, in Shropshire j and
four daughters, ^ who at length became coheirs to their brother
Sir Rowland.

The daughters of Humphry were ; Beatrix, wife of William
Bromley; Catherine, married to Thomas Needham 3 Elizabeth,
married to Thomas Lemans, and Joan, to Thomas Gaywood.

Ralph Hill, the second son of Humphry, married

daughter of Thomas Greene, of Greene's Norton, Esq. by whom
he was father of

William Hill, of B/echley , in Shropshire, who married Eliza-
beth^ daughter of William Boslock, of Say, and had by her three

First, William, who by Catherine, his wife, daughter of Tho-
mas Bulkeley, of Ovre, in Shropshire, Esq. became ancestor to the
Hills of Bleckley and Soulton,

Second, Humphry, ancestor to Lord Berwick.

Third, Rowland, married to Margaret, daughter of William

Humphry Hill, ^ecowc? son of William, was seated at Bleckley

and Soulton, in Shropshire, and by Alice, daughter of

Bulkeley, of Stanlow, had issue live sons.

First, Rowland, of ivkom presently .

Second, William, died young.

Third, Robert, of Adderly, who left issue, Humphry.

Fourth, John^ who died young.

Fifth, Thomas, married to Elizabeth, daughter of ... . Dancy,
of Lancashire, and left no issue.

Also four daughters, Mary, Jane, Catheruie, and Dorothy.

Rowland Hill, the eldest son and heir, was living at Hawke-
stone, in Shropshire, anno 1502: he married Mary, daughter of
Thomas Dycher, of Muckleton, in Shropshire, Esq. and had by
her two daughters, Mary, married to Thomas Salisbury, of Flint-
shire ; and Elizabeth, to Thomas Braddock, of Kayhowell 3 and
one son,

Rowland Hill, of Haivkstone, Esq. who died in 1644. «^ His
wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas JoUey, '^ of Buglawton,

b Whence came the noble family of Leigh, of Stoneleigh, com. Warw. &c.
c Visit of Sh'.opshire, 1663, in the Heralds Office, C. 35.
" Shaw says, «« daughter of William JoUiffe, of Leke, com- Staff.'' Hist^
Staff, vol. ii. p 44.


in Cheshire, Esq. by whom he was father of six sons, and as
many daughters : the sons were.

First, Rowland, his heir.

Second, Humphry.
■ Third, Thomas. 11424^9

Fourth, James.

Fifth, John; who all died without issue; and.

Sixth, Another John.

The daughters were ; first, Jane, wife of Thomas PItchford,
of Lee, in Shropshire; second, Anne, unmarried; third, Sarah,
wife of John Cotingham, rector of Halstead, in Kent ; fourth,
Elizabeth, married to Richard Taylor, of Sherington, in Shropshire ;
fifth, Abigal, wedded to John Colt, of London ; and, sixth, Mary,

Rowland Hill, of Hawkstone, Esq. the eldest son and heir,
was thirty-nine years of age at the time of the visitation of Shrop-
shire, in 1663, and remarkable for his great piety, charity and
wisdom ; he suffered very much by the rebels in the beginning of
the civil wars of King Charles I. by coming to the relief of his
father, whom they had detained prisoner in the castle near Hawk-
stone. He married Margaret, daughter of Richard Whitehall, of
Duddington, •= in Shropshire, Esq. and had issue seven sons and

seven daughters, of whom one was wife of Barbour, Esq,

descended from a good family at Flashenbrook, com. Staff, and
had by her a son Samuel, who took the name of Hill. Margaret,
another daughter, married Thomas Harwood, Esq. and had a son
Thomas, hereafter mentioned, who took the name of Hill also.

First, Rowland, the eldest son, died unmarried.

Second, Richard, the second son, entered into holy orders, and
had afterwards the degree of LL. D. conferred upon him. He
was, in the time of King William, envoy extraordinary to the
court of Brussels ; as also in that reign, and Queen Anne's, to the
courts of Turin, and of all the other Italian princes, except the
Roman Pontiff. In King William's reign, he was paymaster of
his Majesty's armies in Flanders, where, by his remarkably punc-
tual and just dealings, he acquired so great credit, as to be able
by it to subsist the armies there when remittances carae too slow
for that purpose from England ; which great service gained him
the favour of the King his master, who, soon after the conclusion
of the peace, appointed him to be one of the lords commissioners
for executing the high office of Lord High Treasurer of England.

* Or " Whitchurch." Shaw,


His merit also recommended him to the favour of Queen AnnC;,
who, soon after her accession to the throne, appointed him one of
the council to his Highness, George Prince of Denmark, as Lord
High Admiral of England; and, in 1705, sent him to the Duke
of Savoy, a Prince remarkable for his politics, with whom he suc-
ceeded so well as to bring him into the grand alliance.

In the reign of King George I. he retired from civil employ-
ments, and became fellow of Eton College, which fellowship he
held till the time of his death.

He was a statesman of great abilities and eminent integrity, a
man of general knowledge, and remarkable for his extraordinary
fine address and good breeding. He added much to his own pri-
vate estate and fortune, which was of itself considerable, great
part of which he gave among his relations in his lifetime, and the
rest at his death ; he augmented many poor livings, and was a
considerable benefactor to St, John's College, Cambridge (where
he received his education), and an ornament to that society; he
left it five rectories, viz. Ditchingham, South and North Lophani
united, the two Forncets ditto, Sturston, and Aldborough ; his heir
to present, but always a fellow of that college. He subscribed
largely to public works of charity, and did a great many private
ones, in a wise and well-chosen manner. A few months before his
death, by the favour of his Majesty King George I. he obtained
for his family the dignity of a Baronet of Great Britain, in the per-
son of his nephew and heir at law, Rowland Hill, of Hawkstone,
Esq. to him and the heirs male of his body ; in default of such, to
his nephew, Samuel Hill, ^ of Shenston Park, in Staffordshire,
Esq. and the heirs male of his body ; in default of such, to his
nephew, Thomas Hill, of Tern Hall, in Shropshire, Esq. and the
heirs male of his body; and in default of such, to his nephew the
Rev. Mr. Rowland Hill, s rector of Forncett, in Norfolk, and the
heirs male of his body; which title of Baronet is now enjoyed by
Sir John Hill, of Hawkstone. This eminent person departed

f The son of a sister already mentioned by Barbour, Esq. who had

by her a daughter Elizabeth, wife of John Egerton, Esq of Tatton park, in
Cheshire; and the above Samuel, his son and heir, who took the name of
Hi l l, and was seated at Shcnstone Park near Lichfield, where he died Feb.
aist, 1758, aged sixty-seven, without issue by his only wife Lady Elizabeth
Stanhope, second daughter of Philip, Earl of Chesterfield, who died Nov.
24th, 1727, aged twenty-four. Mr Samuel Hill left all the unentailed part
of his property to his nephew and godson, Samuel Egerton, Esq. of Tatton
park, Cheshire. See vol. iii. p. 200; and Shaw's Staff", vol. ii. p. 45,
g Second son of Thomsis Harwood by Margaret Hill.


this life, unmarried, at Richmond, in Surry, June 1 1th, \'J1T, in
the seventy-third year of his age, and was buried at Hodnct, in

Margaret Hill, the sister, who married Thomas Harwood,
Esq." had issue by him two sons and two daughters; viz. first,
Thomas ; second, Rowland, rector of Forncet in Norfolk, who
died unmarried; third, Martha, wife of William Gough. Esq. of
Old Fallings; and, fourth^ AnnCj wife of John Kynaston, of
Hordley, Esq.

Thomas Hill, Esq. of Tern-hall, eldest son, assumed the
name of Hill, on succeeding to part of his uncle's fortune. He
was many years representative in parliament for the town of
Shrewsbury, and dying in June, 1/82, aged about ninety, was
buried at Attingham, in Shropshire.

His first wife, was .... daughter of Sir Littleton Powis, Knt.
judge of the Common Pleas, (who died March l6"th, 1/32) by
whom he had issue Thomas, who died young; a daughter mar-
ried to Burton, Esq. of Longnore, near Shrewsbury, who

had issue by her; and Margaret, married to Bennet Sherard, Earl
of Harborough.

He married, secondly, Susannah Maria, eldest of the four
daughters and coheirs of William Noel, Esq. a judge of the
Common Pleas, and by her, who died February 14th, 1760, aged
forty-one, and was buried at Attingham, he had two sons;

First, Noel, first Lord Berwick.

Second, Samuel, who died unmarried.

Also, two daughters ; Maria, first married to Sir Brian Brough-
ton Delves; of Broughton com. StaflT. Baronet ; secondly, to Henry
Errington, of Sandoe, in com. Northumb. Esq. ; and Susanna,
who died unmarried.

Noel Hill, first Lord Berwick, represented the county of
Salop in three parliaments, and was colonel of militia of the same
county; on May 19th, 1/84, he was by patent advanced to the
dignity of a Peer of Great Britain, by the style and title of Baron
Berwick, of Attingham, in Shropshire^ and to the heirs male of
his body.

His Lordship married, November l/thj 1768, Anna, second
daughter of Henry Vernon, of Hilton, in com. Stafford, Esq. by
whom he had issue three sons.

" This Thomas Harwood was a younger son of John Harwood, a consi-
derable tobacco and sugar merchant in London, temp Car. H. whose eldeat
sonj John, was LL. D.


Firstj Thomas Noel, the present Lord,

Second, William, M. P, for Shrewsbury, envoy extraordinary
and minister plenipotentiary to the court of Sardinia.

Third, Richard, in holy orders, rector of Thornton, in Che-
shire, and Berrington, in Shropshire 5 married, in October, 1800,
Frances, daughter of the late William Mostyn Owen, Esq. and
has Richard Noel, and other issue.

Fourth, Henrietta Maria, married, April 10th, 1703, Charles,
Lord Bruce, only son of Thomas Bruce Brudenell, Earl of Ayles-
bury, K. T.

Fifth, Anne; and.

Sixth, Amelia Louisa.

His Lordship died in January, 1789, and was succeeded by
his eldest son,

Thomas Noel, the present and second Lord Bekwick,
who was born October 21st, 17/0.

Title. Thomas Noel Hill, Baron Berwick, of Attingham, in

Creations. Baron Berwick, of Attingham, May ipth^ ^7^'^}
24 Geo. in.

Arms. Ermine, on a fess Sable, a castle, triple towered pro-
per j in a canton. Gules, a martlet. Or.

Crest. On a wreath the upper half of a tower. Argent, with
a fawn trippant on the battlements, proper, collared and lined.

Supporters. Dexter a Pegasus, Argent, plain, collared, sable,
and thereon a martlet. Or ; sinister a stag, proper, collared as the
dexter, and thereon a leopard's face, Or.

Motto. Qui uti scit ei bona.

Chief Seat. At Tern park, in Shropshire. ''

" Shenstone park, in Staffordshire, was sold in January, 1797, to

Gfove, Esq.




This ancient family is denominated from the town of Duttofi, in
Cheshire 5 for Odard, being seated there in the Conqueror's time,
is posterity were surnamed de Button, from the place of their

Sir Peter Leycester, in his Historical Antiquities of Cheshire,
has given us the pedigree of the Z)«i/o?2s of Button, which, he

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