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Fifth, Bulstrode, assumed the name of Knight, on his mar-
riage, June 8th, 1/25, with Elizabeth, relict of William Wood-
ward Knight, Esq. of West-Dean in Sussex, who left no issue. He


was thrice elected M. P. for Midiiurst in Sussex, and died in
Dean-strfet, Soho, January 14th, 1/35-6. He was buried at
Chawton in Hampshire, having left his estates to his brother

Sixth, George Peachey,

Seventh, Charles Peachey, died in Persia.

Eighih, James Peachey, of Titleworth in Sussex, Esq. who
having been formerly a governor in the service of the East India
Company, was afterwards M. P. for I;eominster in Herefordshire,
and dying February I5th, I77I, was buried at Petworth.

Sir Henry Vtachey, Jirst Baronet, eldest son and heir, repre-
sented the county of Sussex, in the parliament summoned lo meet
July 17OS, and was elected member for Midiiurst, in the same
county, on the death of his brother Bulstrodcj he married a

.daughter of Garret, Esq. by whom he had a son, who died

young; and a daughter, married to Gawen Harris Nash, of Pet-
worth, Esq. (to whom she was first wife.)

Sir Henry was advanced to the dignity of a Baronet, Q George
II. with remainJer, in case of failure of issue male, to John
Peachey, of the city of London, Esq. brother of the said Henry,
and the heirs male of his body, lawfully begotten, and in default
of such issue, to James Peachey, of Titleworth, in the county of
Sussex, Esq. another brother of the said Sir Henry, and the heirs
male of his body, lawfully begotten.

Sir Henry dying August 23d, 1/37, without issue male, was
succeeded, according to the remainder in his patent, by his next
surviving brother,

Sir John Peachey, second Baronet, who succeeded his brother.
Sir Henry, as repreventative in parliament for Midhurst. He

married a daughter of London, Esq. formerly principal

gardener in ordinary to her Majesty Queen Anne, by whom he
had two sons.

First, Sir John, his successor.

Second, Sir James, successor to his brother,j^/\y/ peer.

Also three daughters : Mary, married Michael Sure.s^ ol
Tring-grove, in Hertfordshire, Esq. (who left her a widow, with
one son and two daughters, October 31st, 1740) and Henrietta
and Rebecca,

Sir John died, April 12th, 17-^4j and was succeeded by

Sir John Peachey, third Baronet, his eldest son, who was
chosen to represent the borough of Midhurst, on the death of his
father. He married in August 1/52, the only daughter ol John


Meeres Fagg, ^ of Glenley in Sussex^ Esq. and died at West-
Dean in Sussex, June 30tli, 17<55, without issue, leaving his wife
surviving, who resided principally at Tunbridge-Wells ; and died
within these few years. '^ He was succeeded in title by his

Sir James Y'enchey, fourth Baronet, and first Lord Selsey.

He was groom of the bed-chamber to his present Majesty,
when Prince of Wales, and was member in several parliaments
for Seaford in Sussex,

In 1792, he succeeded the Earl of Cardigan as master of the
robes to the King j and on August 13th, IJQi, was elevated to
ihe Peerage, by the title of Lord Selsey, of Selsey in Sussex.

His Lordship married, August IQth, 1747, Lady Georgina
Caroline Scott, daughter of Henry first Earl of Deloraine, by his
second wife Mary, only daughter of Captain Charles Howard,
and aunt of John, now Earl of Suffolk, and by her h.;d issue.

First, John, present peer.

Second, Georgiana, married, April 1st, J77I> to the present
Earl of Warwick and Brooke, and died April 1st, 177^-

His Lordship dying February 1st, 1808, was succeeded by his
only son,

John Peachey, second Baron Selsey, of Selsey, in Sussex,
and a Baronet. Who was born March l6th, 1749; and inarried,
January 19th, 1784, Hester-Elizabeth, daughter of George Jen-
nings, Esq. of Newsells, in Herts, (by Lady Mary, aunt of the
late Marquis of Clanricarde), by whom he has three sons and two
daughters, viz.

First, James, born September 3d, 1785, late an ensign in the
first regiment of foot-guards.

Second, Henrj^-John, a lieutenant in the royal navy, born
September 4th, 1787-

Third, John- William, born December 10th, 1788.

Fourth, Caroline-Mary, born May 24th, 1790.

Fifth, Charlotte-Hester, born October 19th, 1792, and died
March 3d, 1793.

His Lordship, while a commoner, represented St. Germains
in parliament, 177^3 3"d Shoreham, 1784, 1790.

a Son of Thomas Fagg, of Glenley in Westdean aforesaid, who was third
son of Sir John Fagg, first Baronet.

b She left her own property principally to her relation the Rev. Sir John
Fagg, Raft, rector of Chartham in Kent-


Title. John Peachey, Lord Selsey, cf Selsey in Sussex ; and a

Creations. Lord Selsey by patent, August 13th, lyQA; and
Baronet 9 Geo. If.

Arms. AzAire, a Hon, rampant, double queued, ermine ; on
a canton, or, a mullet, pierced, Gules.

Crest. On a wreath, a demi-lion, as in the arms, holding in
bis dexter paw a sword, erect, argent, pomeled and hilled, or.

Supporters. See the wood-cut.

Motto. Ne aursauAM serviat enses.

Chief Seat. At Grove-house, near Petworth in Sussex.




For the earlier part of his Lordship's pedigree, the reader is re-
ferred to the article of Viscount Melville, in vol. vi. oi this

James Dnndas, the eldest son, of James Dunda?, by Christian
Stewart, was returned heir to his father, in sundry lands, in 1^31,
and 1437. He was witness to King James the Second's charter
of confirmation, in favour of the priory of the Charter-house,
called Domiis Virtutis, at Perth, anno 1439. in ^t>at King's mi-
nority, he was one of the privy-council, with the governor, Sir
Alexander Livingston, his father-in-l.nv. He granted a charter
of confirmation to the Carmelite Friars, at Queen's-ferry, of
sundry acres, in which he obliged them to pray for himself,
Euphan, his wife, and their children, &c. dated 1-440.

William, Earl of Doughis, having prevailed at court. Sir Alex-
ander Livingstone, the Kings governor, his family, with his sons-
in-law, James Dundas, and Robert Bruce, were prosecuted, con-
demned, and imprisoned, and the lands of Dundas * were, by par-
liament, 1449, given to William, Earl of Douglas, their prose-
cutor, by a charter, February 10th, 1449. This Earl Douglas
being cut otf by the King's own hand, at Stirling, February 13th,

a Nisbet says, tliat these lands of Dundas, not being restored to Sir James
the heir, but afterwards granted to Archibald Douglas of Listen, Archibald
assumed the designation oi Dundas of that Ilk ever afterwards ; and Sir James
being dispossessed of them, he and his descendants laid aside that des'gna-
tion, and used only that of Fingask,


14.52, the King granted a pardon, dated August 27th, 1452,
Alexundro Livingstojie, de Cal/cnder, Militi, ilf quondam Jacubo
de Dundas de eodem, ex nostris benevulcntia, favore et gratia spe-
cia/e ; and which was, soon after, continued in the amplest
manner, in parliament.

James Dundas dying (during his confinement in Dunbarton
castle) in 1451, the Barony of Fingask, the freehold estate of
this family, remained in the King's hands from the forfeiture ia
14-J9, until the heir of James succeeded, after his pardon, in

James Dv>ndas married Enphan, daughter of Sir Alexander
Livingston, of Callender, by whom he had.

First, Elizabeth, married to Sir David Gutherie, lord treasurer
to King James IIL

Second, Margaret, married to Alexander Cockburn,of Langton.

Also one son, Alexander ^ Dundas, of Fingask.

By indenture, dated June 21st, 1455, Lawrence, Lord Oli-
phant, of Aberdag)^ with Alexander Dundas, of Fingask, be-
came bound in security to William, Earl of Errol, to keep him
unhurt and skaithed, in the payment of 200/. to William of
Murray, of Tillibardine, for the marriage right of Blair, of Bal-
l by wick.

Li a solemn submission, dated July 24th, 146(5, between the
abbots of Scone and Cupar, the arbiters are, Dominus Henricus
Douglas, de Lochleven ; Joannes de Moncrief de eodem ; Alexander
de Dundas, Baro de Fingask, Isc. their seals are appended, one of
which is a lion rampant, and around the legend is, Sigillum Alex-
andri de Dundas, Baro de Fingask.

Alexander de Dundas, Baron of Fingask, was, with four of his
sons, killed at the fatal battle of Flodden, anno 1513, having mar-
ried Isabel, daughter to Lawrence, Lord Oliphant, by whom he
left issue, Alexander, his heir, and Adam de Dundas, of Oxmure ;
and several other sons, some of whom were slain with him at

Flodden : also one daughter, Margaret, married to Law,

of Lawbridge in Galloway.

Alexander, his son, succeeded to the barony of Fingask, and
procured a charter of confirmation from King James V, of the
lands of Coates, in the lordship of Elcho.

•> Nisbet mentions also another son, Duncan Dundas, lion king at arms,
and several timci ambassador to England.


By Elizabeth Br-xe, his wife, daughter of Sir David Bruce, of
Clackmannan, and sister to the ancestors of the Earl of Elgin,
he had issue three sons and two daughters.

First, Archibald, his heir.

Second, Robert ; and.

Third, Thomas, of Findhorn.

Margaret, his eldest daughter, married William Kerr, of
Ancram ; their son was created Earl of Ancram, and his son Mar-
quis of Lothian. She married, after her husband's death, Sir
George Douglas, of Mordington, by whom she had Sir George
Douglas, who died while ambassador at Denmark; and one.
dano^hter, Martha, who was married to Sir James Lnckliart, of
liCe, by whom there were three sons, and one daughter ; Sir "Wil-
liam Lock hart, of Lee, ambassador to France, l6'50; Sir George
Lockhart, of Carnwath, and Sir John Lockhart, of Castle-hill;
and Anne, married to George Lockhart, of Torbreicks, whose
heir was mother to William, Earl of Aberdeen.

Nicholas Dundas, secood daughter of Alexander, married
Alexander Colville, lord commendator of Culross, ancestor to the
present Lord Colville, of Culross ; their eldest daughter, Grizel,
married to Sir John Preston, of V^alley-field ; their second daugh-
ter, Jean, married Eobert Bruce, of Blair-hall.

Alexander Dundas was killed at the battle of Pinky, Sep-
tember J 0th, 15-17, 3"^^ ^'^^s succeeded by his son

Archibald, at Perth, January lOih, 1548; William, Lord
Ruthven, being then sheriff.

This Archibald was in high esteem with King James the
sixth, as a person of singular worth and merit. His Majesty,
in a letter to Alexander Blair, of Blathiock, concerning the aflairs
in Perthshire, recommended him to consult and advise with this
Archibald Dundas, of Fingask, as a person in whom he entirely
confided; dated September 23d, lo/t).

He married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Colville, of Cliesh,
ancestor to Lord Colville, of Ochiltree; by her he had three
sons ;

First, William, who, anno 1582, married Margaret, eldest
daughter and heir of Sir David Carnegi, of Clouthie, and Eliza-
beth Ramsay : by the contract of marriage, the baronies of Fin-
gask, Cluthie and Leuchars, are provided to the heirs male, con-
form to the old infeftracuts; but there being no issue^ he was
succeeded bv,


Second, Archibald Dundas, his brother, in the estate of Fin-
gask, who was returned heir to his father, Archibald, at Perth,
February Sth, 1606, William, Master of 'i'ullibardine, being then
sheriff". He got a charter of confirmation of the barony of Fin-
gask, on his own resignation, in favour of his heirs male, dated
]60g, from King James the Vlth.

He married Jean, daughter to Sir David Carnegie, father to
the Earls of Southesk and Northesk, by his second wife, Euphan,
daughter to Sir David Wemyss, by whom he had his son and

Sir John Dundas, and a daughter, Nicholas, married toFairlie,
of Braid, an ancient family in JNIid Lothian.

He married, secondly, Giles, daughter to Lawrence Mercer,
of Aldie, by whom he had,

Second, I,awrence Dundas, professor of Humanity, In the uni-
versity of Edinb;ir?h.

This Archibald died 1624.

Sir John Dundas succeeded his father in the barony of Fin-
gask, anno l0'24. He had the honour of knighthood conferred
upon him by King Charles I. at Dunfermline, anno 1633. His
loyalty to his sovereign, and his near relation by his mother to the
great Marquis of Montrose, induced him to expose his life and
fortune in the civil wars, having raised and maintained a troop of
horse at his own expense, for his Majesty's service, by which he
ruined his estate, which had 30 long been transmitted to him by a
series of worthy ancfistors.

He first married Anne, daugbter of Sir William Moncrief, of
that ilk, by whom he had no issue.

Secondly, jNIargaret, daughter of George Dundas, ofDunda«,
by his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander Hamilton, of Inner-
wick, by whom he had his only son,

John Dundas, who succeeded, anno 167O, and married Mag-
dalen, daughter to Thomas, son of Allardice of that ilk, by Jean,
daughter of Sir Alexander Burnet, of Leys, by whom he had his
only son,

Thomas Dundas, who succeeded, anno 1/24. He lived long
respected and esteemed by his fellow citizens in Edinburgh 5 and
having purchased a considerable estate in Stirlingshire, he got a
charter under the great seal, erecting his lands into the barony of
Fingask, anno 1/30, and is returned in the Chancery grandson
and heir to Sir John Dundas, of Fingask.


He died, nnno 1/62, having married Bethea, daughter to
John Baillie, of Castlecarr}' in Stirlingshire, by whom he left two
sons ; Thomas ; and Sir Laurence.

First, Thomas, the eldest son, member of parliament for Ork-
ney and Zetland, married, first, Anne, daughter of the Honour-
able James Graham, of Airth, judge of the high court of admiralty
for Scotland, and by her had no issue. He married, secondly, in
1744, Lady Janet Maitland, daughter of Charles, sixth Earl of
Lauderdale, by Elizabeth, daughter of James, Earl ofFindlater,
chancellor of Scotland, by whom he had issue (which carries on
the family of Finga>k), first, Thomas ; and, second, Charles, and
four daughters ; viz. Thomas, was a general in the army, and mar-
ried Eleanor-Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander, eighth Earl of
Home, and, dying at Guadaloupe, June 3d, \79^) ^^^t issue, one
son, Thomas, and six daughters, viz. Clementina ; Janet; Elea-
nor; Primrose; Charlotte; Anne Wheatley ; and Elizabeth Grey.
Charles, second son, member of parliament for the county of
Berks, married Miss Anne Wheatley, and has issue, Janet. Mar-
garet-Bruce, married A. Gibson, Esq.; Berthia, married George
Haldane, Esq.; Janet, married R. Deans, Esq.j and Mary, mar-
ried James Bruce, of Kinnaird, Esq.

Second, Sir Lawrence Dundas, of Kerse,^/\?^ Baronet, was
member of parliament for the city of Edinburgh, l/dS. In 1/50', '^
he attended his Uoyal Highness the Duke of Cumberland from
London, and had the charge of supplying all the troops in Scotland,
during the Duke's command. In I747, he was elected member
of parliament for the towns of Linlithgow, &c.

In 1748, his Royal Highness ordered him to attend in Flanders,
and appointed him Comviissary General to the army under his

In \7^9> J^c engaged in several large and extensive contracts,
with the lords of his Majesty's treasury, for the service of the
army in Germany, under the command of Prince Ferdinand,
where he so prudently ordered the multiplicity of affairs under his
direction, that he acquired tlie regard and esteem of the army, and
a large fortune to his family.

After the war, his Majesty, in consideration of the many ser-
vices he had been emploved in for twenty years, was pleased, in

c He was in the woollen trade at Edinburgh, 1738-9. See Ger.t. Ma^-
1805, p. 608.


November, 1762, to create him a Baronet of Great Britain, with
remainder to his brother Thomas.

He married Margaret, daughter of Alexander Bruce, of Ken-
net, by Mary Balfour, daughter to Robert Lord Burleigh, by
whom he had

Thomas Dundas, his son and heir; and dying September 21,
178I, was succeeded by his only son.

Sir Thomas, second Baronet, now Lord Dundas, who was
elevated to the British Peerage, by the title of Lord Dundas,
of Aske in Yorkshire, August 13th, 1794.

He is also lord lieutenant and vice-admiral of Orkney and

His Lordship married. May 24th, 176-J, Lady Charlotte
Wentworth, sister of William, Earl Fitzvvilliam, and has issue,

First, Lawrence, married to Miss Hale, daughter of General
Hale, and has issue, Thomas and Charlotte, antl a daughter, born
July 2d, 1803. He was elected member of parliament for Rich-
mond, 1790, 1796; and for York, 1802, 180().

Second, Charles-Lawrence, late member of parliament for
Richmond, 1802, I8O6, I8O7, died in February, 1810, having
married Lady Caroline Beauclerk, sister to Aubrey, Duke of St.
Albans, and had issue, of whom William, his youngest son, died
June 24th, 1805.

Third, William, born in 17/7, late in the army, died in 1796.

Fourth, George-Heneage-Lawrence, a captain in the royal
navy. Member of parliament for Richmond, 1802.

Fifth, Thomas-Lawrence, in holy orders, rector of Harpole in

Sixth, Robert Lawrence, a major in the army, member of
parliament for Malton.

Seventh, Margaret, married to Archibald Spears, Esq. and
has issue.

Eighth, Charlotte, married, July 8th, I8O6, Charles- William,
Viscount Milton, only son of William, Earl Fitzwilliam.

Ninth, Frances-Laura, married, January 24th, 1805, Robert
Chaloner, Esq. of Gisborough in Yorkshire.

Tenth, Mary, married, April 9th, 1808, the Rev. William

Eleventh, Isabella.

While a commoner, his Lordship represented in parliament
the county of Sterling, 1768, 1774,1780, 1784, 179O.

VOL, VIII. a c


Title. Thomas Dundas^ Lord Dnndas, and a Baronet.

Creation. Lord Dundas by patent, August 13th, 1794} and
Baronet, November, 1762.

Arms. Argent, a lion rampant, gules.

Crest. A lion's head, full faced, looking over an oak bush,
crowned with an antique ducal crown.

Supporters. Two lions crowned j each charged with a shield
on the shoulder, of which the dexter contains the arms of Bruce,
and the sinister the arms of


Chief Seats, Aske-hall, in Yorkshire ; Kerse, in Sterlingshire ;
Clackmannan, and the Orkneys.




OirWilliam Velham, thirdsonofSh- William Pelham, of Laugk^
ton in Sussex, ancestor to the Earl of Chichester, (for whom
see vol V.) by Mary, his second zuife, daughter to IVilUam, Lord
Sands oythc line, was one of the most huiious men of his time,
being from his youth in the service of his country j and having, by
his courage and conduct, gained the reputation of an experienced
martial officer, had the command of the pioneers in the army
under the Duke of Norfolk, sent to the assistance of the Scots,
against the French, in March I5t)0, the second year of Queen
Elizabeth. Also on the forces approaching Leith, he was one of
those appointed (o confer with the Qupen-regent at Edinburgh,''
and when the town of Leith was invested, having the chief direc-
tion of the siege, caused a square fort to be built, called Mount-
Pelham, with a buKvark at every corner, and twelve battering
pieces planted at places convenient, to batter the south side of
the town. This siege continued until a peace was concluded,
and all the French, except sixteen left in Inch-Keith, were obliged
to leave the kingdom. In September, 1563, embarking with
Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick, general of the army, sent to
the assistance of the protestants in France, he was at the taking
of Caen, ^ in Normandy, and in the year 1563,"-" was wounded in
the defence of Newhaven, which endured a long siege, and held
out till Queen Elizabeth expressed, with tears, the commisera-
tion of the sad state they were reduced to, and by proclamation
(wherein she commended the valour of her commanders and

a Stow's Annals, cdif. 1614, p. 641.
b Ibid. p. 65J. "■ IbUI. p- 654.


soldiers) declared, she would no longer expose her bravest men to
the fury of two enemies, the plague and the sword. And there-
upon '^ her Majesty gave orders to the Earl of Warwick to capi-
tulate on honourable terms, who immediately sent Mr. Pelham to
the Mareschal Montmorency, constable of France, to agree upon
articles of surrender; and when they were signed, he was one of
the four hostages for the performance of them.

After this he was sent into Ireland, and, for his services against
the rebels, was knighted, 1579, by the lc;rd deputy. Sir William
Drury ; ^ who deceasing September 30th, the same year. Sir Wil-
liam Pelham was by the council, on October 11th following,
chosen Justicier of Ireland, with the authority *' of lord deputy,
until a lord deputy was created ; and thereupon he knighted, the
same day, § the lord chancellor Gerrard, and young Edward Fitton,
son of Sir Edward Fitton, president of Connaught, who had per-
formed great services against the rebels.

During the time of his government, he shewed an earnest ap-
plication to business, and the affairs of the kingdom. He con-
strained the Baron'' of Lixnaw to yield; besieged Carrigfoir in
Kerry, (kept by Julio an Italian, with some Spaniards and Irish)
which he took by storm, putting the Spaniards ' to the sword, and
with them, Julio himself, and hanging the Irish. But the Earl
of Desmond, chief of the family of Fitzgerald, and who had been
long in rebellion, gave him most trouble ; for being assisted by
many of the chief papists, he wrote to the lord justice, " That he,
and his brethren, were entered into a league for the defence of
the Catholic faith, under the protection of the Pope, and the King
of Spain, and advised him to join with them." The lord justice
smiled at his presumption, and by his vigilance, conduct, and
courage, dispossessed that lord of all his castles ; forcing him, and
his followers, to lurk in places of secrecy. He continued lord
justice of Ireland, until September 14th, J5S0, when ^ he surren-
dered the sword to Arthur, Lord Gi'ey, of Wilton, Knight of the
Garter, and then embarked for England.

Our historians give this character of him, " That in council
he was wary and circumspect, was a strict observer of justice, and

(1 Camden's Annals of Oucen Elizabeth in Hist. Eng. vol. ii. p. 392.
e Cox's Hist, of Ireland, p. 358. f Camden, ibid, p 466.

s Cox, p. 359.

h Borlace's Account of the Reduction of Ireland, p. 134.

» Camden, p. 360. k Cox, p. 366.


by wholesome severities, kept those in awe that had not the will
to be quiet, ' sitting in person in the courts of justice, to see the
laws duly executed ; and he reconciled many differences, between
some of the most potent families of the kingdom of Ireland, who
had long contended one with another."

The Queen was so well satisfied with his services in Ireland,
that she constituted him master of the ordnance/" and swore him
of her privy-council : and in the year 1585, wlien the States De-
puties had earnestly besought her Majesty to accept of the govern-
ment of the United Provinces, and receive the people thereof, who
were most unjustly oppressed, into her protection and perpetual
vassalage, and her Majesty thereupon had appointed Robert Dud-
ley, Earl of Leicester, general of her forces, Sir "William Pelham
was likewise" constituted Field-Marshal.

In 1586, having the command of the English iiorse, he ° ranged
all over Brabant, taking in several ])laces, and performed many
gallant acts, which are particularly related in Stow's Annals, from
page 733, to 741. At the siege of Dowsborough he narrowly
escaped with life, from the rebounding of a bullet, which hit him
on the belly, pierced his buff' jerkin and doublet, and wounded
him. It was likewise owing to his particular conduct and courage,
that Daventry was secured.

At length, after many signal services, he died at Flushing, on
November 24th, 15S7, '' leaving

William, his son and heir, twenty years of age, on April 1st,
preceding his death.

I find this character of him among the worthies of that age : i
" Sir William Pelham had a strong memory, whereof he built his
experience, there being no town, fort, or passage, either in Ire-
land or Holland, but he retained by that strong faculty, which
was much his nature, more his art Three things were observed in
his converse, that his friends were either valiant, ingenious, or
wise, being soldiers, scholars and statesmen ; and four things he
was very intent upon, during his government in Ireland ; the

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