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The above William Coward, Esq., married secondly Lady Philippa Annesley,
daughter of Arthur, Earl of Annesley, and relict of Charles, third Lord Mohun ;
her burial is recorded in 1724.

Among the parish papers of St. Cuthbert, signed and sealed by Justices of the
Peace, we find Thomas Coward, jun., J.P., on 4 April 1758 using this coat, (Arg.),
two bars (vert) betw. nine martlets (gu.) ; Crest, A boar's head erased; being those
of his mother Grace, daughter and coheir of Thomas Moore of Hawkechurch, co.
Dorset, and Spargrove, co. Somerset. In 1703 (Sept. 25) William Coward seals
with his proper coat and crest, viz., two bars charged with three roses. Crest, A
demi-grey hound (sa.), betiv. the paws a stag's head caboslied (arg., attired or).

Will of T. Roberts.

Thomas Roberts of Wells, gent., named in the will of Francis Coward above as
husband of his dau. Jane, made his will 1 April 1688, which was proved 23 June
1688 by Jane his widow, who was to have with other lands the manors of Shepton
Mallet and Wells. He names his brothers Phineas Bowles, Capt. Charles Collier,
and Mr. William Sandes. His sister's son Thomas Harman ; brother Rev. Nathaniel
Roberts ; and cousin Nicholas Sanford.

Will of T. Coward.
Thomas Coward of Wells, Somerset, gent. Will dated 4 June 1662. Being
sick makes his will, and desires to be buried in the Lady Chapel in the Cathedral
Church of Wells, near his father and mother as conveniently can be done. To the
poor of the old almhouse 40 s ; aunt Blower a ring ; brother Francis Coward's
wife and children ; to brother Francis Coward all his lands except his wife's
jointure, he paying to M rs Hicks £500 ; to cousin Timothy Revell £150 ; to brother
Francis Coward two rings, one with Dr. Ryvett's arms on one side and a skull and
crossbones on the other; brother Peirce and "my sister his wife;" uncle William
James ; uncle Arthur Phillipps ; cousin Thomas Heath ; brother Samuel Heath.
Proved at Wells 4 Feb. 1662. Seal, (Arg.), on a chev. gu. three martlets or, a chief of
the second charged with a cannon dismounted of the third. This is really the coat of
Leigh, whose heiress married Coward. (See "Visitation of Somerset, 1623," Harl.
Soc, vol. xi., p. 30.)

Will of F. Coward.
Francis Coward of Wells. Will dated 6 May 1665 ; proved 24 March 1655. To be
bur. in the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral Church of Wells. Brother-in-law D r
William Piers ; kinsman M r Timothy Revett ; wife Elizabeth ; daughters Jane and
Mary, both under twenty -four; Catherine widow of deceased brother Thomas
Coward ; son Thomas Coward ; dau. Jane w. of Thomas Roberts of Wells ; and
Mary w. of William Sands. (Vide " Somerset Wills " by Rev. F. Brown.)



MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS AND HERALDRY. 135

In the Church of St. Lawrence, Winchester, were recently the remains of a hand-
some mural monument for Thomas Coward, who married Grace, daughter and coheir
of Thomas Moore of Hawkchurch, Dorset, and Spargrove, Somerset ; among the
debris of this monument and others in the tower are the following shields : the coat
of Leigh or Coward, as appended to the will of Thomas Coward above cited ; also,
Arg., a cross eng. betw. twelve billets gu., Heath ; also, Gu., a lion ramp, per fess
indent erm. and erminois, Stokes ; and, Az., a chev. betw. three pears pendant or,
Orchard. The coat of Leigh seems to have been occasionally used by Coward in
place of their proper coat, namely, Or, on ttvo bars sa. three roses, two and one, of the
first. This last is cut on one of the battlements of Ditcheat Church with the date
1667, and these initials, C. C, for Christopher Coward of Ditcheat.

Unfortunately there are no old monuments at West Pennard, with John Coward
of which place the Visitation pedigree commences, the nearest approach being a
floorslab on which can just be traced a shield with helmet and mantling, but the
charges on the shield and the inscription are quite gone.

The following relate to the Cowards at Dicheat : —

Will of H. Coward.

Henry Coward of Ditcheat, husbandman. Will dated 26 September 1664 ; proved
20 April 1665. Names son Thomas; son Henry and his son John; dau. Edith ;
dau. Mary ; son-in-law William Dover ; Thomas son of Thomas Coward, testator's
son, and his other children ; Francis son of testator's son Henry Coward ; Mary and
other children of testator's daughter Edith ; children of dau. Mary ; sister Amy
Bayley ; godson William Bayley ; children of testator's brother and sister ; John
Coward of Ditcheat, linenweaver, and Francis Jennings of Allington, overseers ; wife
executrix ; Elizabeth wife of son Thomas Coward.

Will of J. Coward.

John Coward of Ditcheat, yeoman. Will dated 5 July 1681 ; proved at Wells 23
March 1681. Names dau. Ann Coward; dau. Hannah Coward; dau. Mary Mason.
Lands in Ditcheat.

Will of C. Coward.

Christopher Coward of Ditcheat. Will dated 25 Jan. 1698 ; proved at Wells 13
June 1699. Names wife Mary Coward ; brother William Coward and his sons ;
sister Grace wife of poor brother Edward Coward ; sister Catherine Lite, widow ;
poor sister Reldon of Milborne Port. Seal, {Arg.), on a mount an oak-tree (ppr.),
surmounted by a fess (az.) charged with three crescents (of the first). Over the
shield the letters A. W. The arms on the shield are probably Watson or Watts.

Will of H. Coward.

Henry Coward of Ditcheat. Will dated 13 Feb. 1677 ; proved at Wells 6 March
1693. To be buried in the churchyard at Ditcheat. Names wife Joane ; son John
Coward at the age of 20 years ; dau. Ann ; dau. Elizabeth ; son Henry ; dau.
Frances ; brother-in-law John Maby ; brother-in-law Robert Clother.



136 WELLS CATHEDRAL.

Will of R. Cowaed.

Richard Coward of Kowtoune in parish of West Penuard, yeoman. Will dated
28 Sept. 1678 ; proved at Wells in 1679. Names dau. Margaret Lewis, widow ; John
Ash son of Margaret Lewis and my grandchild ; grandchild Richard Lewis ; grand-
child Edward Lewis ; John, Richard, and Morris Cozens sons of Morris Cozens of
Queen Camel, and Frances and Christian daus. of the same ; brother-in-law Morris
Cozens of Queen Camel ; wife Frances Coward.

Will of F. Coward.

Frances Coward, widow, of West Pennard. Will dated 7 Aug. 10 Q. Ann, 1711;
proved at Wells 1714. Names two kinsmen Morris and Nicholas Cussens, sons of
Morris and Elizabeth Cussens of Queen Camel ; kinswoman Frances Read, wife of
Henry Read ; two kinsmen Henry and Edmund, sons of Henry and Frances Read ;
John son of John and Mary Cussens, and Frances and Mary Coussens daus. of the
same ; kinswoman Christian Ede of Queen Camel, late wife of Robert Ede dec, their
brothers John, Robert, and Richard Ede, and her daus. Elizabeth and Frances Ede ;
son-in-law Richard Coward ; kinsman John Coussens ; John Coward the elder of
West Pennard. Inv. dated 21 Aug. 1714, £212 2s. 6d.

Will of T. Coward.

Tristram Coward of Street. Will dated 14 Sept. 1591, 23 Eliz. ; proved at Wells
28 Nov. 1591. To be buried in the churchyard of Street. Names five of Andrew
Coward's youngest children, viz., Edward, Bess, Robert, Catherine, and Joan
Coward ; sister Julian and her three children ; godsons Robert, Christopher, and
Thomas Robins, and Thomas Walter ; Margaret wife of Andrew Coward. Small
bequests to the poor of Street and Glastonbury.

Will of J. Coward.

John Coward the elder of West Pennard, husbandman. Will dated 17 Jan.
39 Q. Eliz. ; proved at Wells 13 Jan. 1597. Buried at West Pennard. Names son
John Coward ; son William Coward ; dau. Alice Coward ; sister-in-law Alice
Wookey.

Will of H. Coward.

Humphry Coward of St. John's, Glastonbury. Will dated 24 Dec. 1628;
proved at Wells 14 Jan. 1628. Names son Peter Coward and his children; dau.
Alice Cuffe and her children ; son Henry Coward " all my books, with the bed and
its furniture on which I lye in my parlour." Residue in trust to Humphry
Grinsteed of Balsbarowe (Baltonsborough, an adjoining parish), and Nicholas
Mapson of Glastonbury for Humphrey Coward, testator's son.

Will of J. Coward.

John Coward the younger, late of Street, husbandman, deceased 27 Aug. 1647 ;
proved at Wells 4 March 1647. His will nuncupative stated to John Coward in the
presence of witnesses. Names his children John, Robert, Agnes, Elizabeth, William,
Tristram, and Mary ; Alice Coward wife of the testator.



MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS AND HERALDRY. 137

Will of R. Coward.
Robert Coward of Street, husbandman. Will dated 30 May 1648 ; proved at
Wells 9 Aug. 1648. Names six children of Alice Coward of Street, widow ; three
children of John Joanes of Street ; three children of John Man of Bradley (West
Bradley, an adjacent parish) ; William Pavy of Mark, son of my sister ; sister
Jillan ; sister Susan ; sister Rebecca Pavie of Mark. Witnesses, Thomas Crooke,
clerk, and Richard Edwardes.

Will of W. Coward.
Walter Coward of Brewton, yeoman. Will dated 5 June 11 Q. Anne, 1712 ;
proved at Wells 12 July 1721. Names brother Arthur Coward ; sister Alice Coward ;
wife Martha Coward.

Will of T. Coward.
Tristram Coward of Glastonbury, husbandman. Will dated 6 March 10 K.
George, 1723 ; proved at Wells 31 Jan. 1724. Mentions his eldest dau. Elizabeth
Worm ; eldest son Tristram Coward ; dau. Alice Coward ; son John Coward ; wife
Alice Coward ; younger son James Coward, residuary legatee and executor, under
age ; trustees, Robert Mountstevens and John Vincent of Glastonbury. Seal
of arms, A chev. betw. three birds' heads couped. Crest, A head as in the arms.
? Hartop or Ley.



1655


Feb. 27


1657


Nov. 3


1660


Aug. 20


1660


Oct. 24


1662


Nov. 9


1664


June 23


1668


Jan. 17


1670


April 17


1702


April 1


1655


July 10


1657


June 10


1657


Aug. 4


1658


Feb. 17


1658


Feb. 28


1661


May 5


1662


Sep. 3


1670


Sep. 1


1673


Jan. 28


1696


July 10



St. Cuthbert Parish Register.

Baptisms.

Frances dau. of M 1 ' Samuel Heath and Sarah his w., of High Street.

Samuel s. of M r Samuel Heath and Sarah his w., of High Street.

Thomas s. of M r Thomas Heath.

Charles and William sons of M 1 ' Samuel Heath and Sarah his w.

Alice dau. of Samuel Heath.

Margaret dau. of Samuel and Sarah Heath.

Edmund s. of M r Samuel Heath and Elizabeth his w.

William s. of William Heath.

George s. of M r Edward Heath; born Feb. 12.

Burials.

M r Thomas Heath, of Sadler Street.

Samuel s. of M 1 ' Samuel Heath, of High Street.

Frances dau. of M r Samuel Heath, of High Street.

Ann dau. of M 1 ' Thomas Heath.

Thomas s. of M r Thomas Heath.

Charles s. of M r Samuel Heath.

Sarah dau. of M r Samuel Heath.

Virtue dau. of William and Ann Heath.

Mr Thomas Heath.

M r Martin Heath.



138 WELLS CATHEDRAL.

Cathedral Register.
Baptisms.
1680 Sep. 17 John s. of M r Thomas Mattocks and Margaret his w.
1683 May 4 Catherine dau. of M r Charles Mattocks and Jane his w., of the
parish of St. Cuthbert.

1726 July 14 Margaret dau. of George and Margaret Mattock, born 14 July, priv.

bap., and publicly admitted to the church 11 Aug.

1727 Dec. 20 Mary dau. of M r George Mattock and Martha his w., born 15 Dec,

priv. bap., and brought to church 26 Dec.
1736 April 22 Robert Clayton s. of M r George Mattock and Martha his w. ;
priv. bap.

Weddings.

1698 June 30 Jasper Mattock of Axbridge, and Mary Dory of Brewton.

1699 Nov. 10 Richard Edghill of Axbridge, and Charity Mattock of the same

place.
1725 July 8 M r George Mattock of Wells, Notary Public, and Martha Penny ;
by licence.



St. Cuthbert Parish Register.
Baptisms.
Ann dau. of M r Arthur Mattock and Elizabeth his w.
Ann dau. of M r Arthur Mattock and Elizabeth his w., in

S* Andrew's Church.
John s. of M r Arthur Mattock and Elizabeth his w.
Elizabeth dau. of M r Arthur Mattock and Elizabeth his w.
Charles s. of M r Arthur Mattock and Elizabeth his w.
Thomas s. of M r Arthur Mattock and Elizabeth his w., of New

Street.
Arthur s. of Charles Mattock, gent.
Mary dau. of M r Charles Mattock.
Charles s. of M r Charles Mattock of Milton.
Katherine dau. of M r Charles Mattock and Jane his w.
James s. of M r Thomas Mattock and Margaret his w.
Margaret dau. of M r Thomas Mattock and Margaret his w.
Joseph s. of M r Thomas Mattock and Margaret his w.
Jane dau. of M r Thomas Mattock and Margaret his w.
Joseph s. of M r Joseph Mattock, born 4 Dec, priv. bap., brought to

Church March 6.
1729 Not. 11 Martha dau. of M r George Mattock, of New Street, born Nov. 7,

priv. bap.

1731 Mar. 22 George s. of M r George Mattock, of New Street, born March 3,

priv. bap., and carried to Church April 6, 1732.

1732 May 17 Ann dau. of Matthew Mattock, of Chamberlain Street, born May

11, priv. bap., carried to Church May 22.

1734 Dec. 3 Martha dau. of M r George Mattocks, of New Street, bom Dec. 2,

priv. bap., and carried to Church Dec. 26.

1735 Oct. 19 James s. of Matthew Mattock, of New Street, born Sep. 29.



1644


April 3


1645


June 21


1646


Aug. 2


1648


Mar. 15


1650


Mar. 30


1651


Dec. 4


1675


Nov. 8


1678


Dec 13


1681


May 13


1683


Mar. 29


1685


July 2


1689


Sep. 17


1690


Aug. 22


1696


Mar. 1


1718


Jan. 6



MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS AND HERALDRY. 139

Wedding.
1614 May 16 William Mattocke and Mary Bihatshell.

Burials.
Ann dau. of M r Arthur Mattock.

Richard s. of M r Arthur Mattock and Elizabeth his w., of Milton.
John s. of M r Arthur Mattock, of Milton.
Elizabeth dau. of M r Arthur and M rs Elizabeth Matox.
Arthur Mattock, gent.
Ann dau. of M r Charles Mattock, of Milton.
M rs Roberts, of the Liberty.
Joseph s. of M r Thomas Mattocks, of New Street.
Elizabeth w. of Arthur Mattock, of Ston Easton, gent.
Arthur Mattock, of East Harptry, gent.
Margaret w. of M r Thomas Mattock, gent., of New Street.
M rs Mattock, of High Street.
Martha dau. of M r George Mattock.
M rs Mattock, widow, from High Street.
George s. of M r George Mattock.
Martha dau. of M r George Mattock.
M r George Mattock, of the Liberty.



1644


Aug. 13


1655


Feb. 25


1657


Aug. 13


1665


Dec. 18


1673


Jan. 2


1677


Sep. 18


1700


July 21


1705


April 15


1708


April 4


1714


Mar. 17


1719


May 19


1722


Jan. 3


1729


Nov. 30


1730


June 3


1733


Aug. 3


1735


June 2


1736


Oct. 8



In the Chancel Aisle of St. Cuthbert is a floorslab for Elizabeth wife of Arthur
Mattocke, gent., dau. and heir-at-law of Charles Curtis of East Harptree, gent. ;
she died 26 March 1708, aged 22. Thomas Roberts of this city, gent., who died 15
April 1688, aged 36. Arthur Mattocke, died 12 March 1713, aged 39 ; and George
Mattocke, gent., who died 5 Oct. 1736, aged 53. Above the inscription are these

Arms, .... a chev. quarterly per chev betw. three fleurs-de-lis . . . . ; imp.

{Arg.), three bulls' 1 heads caboshed (sa.). Crest, A bear salient. The impalement
is incorrect ; there should be a chevron between the bulls' heads for the coat of
Curtis ; as it stands it is really the coat of Walrond.

The following abstracts of "Wills in the Wells Registry throw some further light
on the pedigree and its connection with the Coward Family : —

Will of C. Mattocke.

Charles Mattocke of Wells, gent. Will dated 16 Sep. 1685 ; proved at
Wells 16 Oct. 1686. Names son Thomas Mattocke, daughters Mary and
Katherine Mattocke ; lands in Sutton, Mallet, Chilton, and Wincanton ; William
Westley of Wells, gent. ; Mr. Charles Thirlby, and Mr. Arthur Mattocke, both
deceased. Seal, A chev. betw. three fleurs-de-lis ; imp. J. chev. charged with three
martlets, and on a chief a cannon dismounted, for Coward ; really the coat of Ley or
Leigh. Crest, A bear salient. Burke gives for Matticke or Matoke of Hereford-
shire and Yorkshire, Az., a chev. quarterly or and arg. betw. three fleurs-de-lis of the
second. Crest, A bear salient per bend arg. and sa. Papworth makes the chev.
quarterly per chev., thus agreeing with the stone in St. Cuthbert.



140 WELLS CATHEDRAL.

Will of G. Mattocke.
George Mattocke of Wells, gent. Will dated 17 Jan. 1688 ; proved at
Wells 13 Jnly 1689. Names lands in Banwell, and leaves all to his wife Mrs.
Sophia Mattocke. Seal, On a bend three griffins' heads erased. Crest, A griffin's
head as in the arms. (Arg., on a lend sa. three griffins'' heads erased of the first,
White.)

Administration : A. Mattock.

Arthur Mattock of Wells, bachelor, deceased. Administration granted 3 Aug.
1685 to Richard Cupper, a creditor, Thomas and George Mattock, brothers of the
deceased, renouncing.



On the sides of the stairs leading from this aisle to the pulpit in the choir are
carved two shields, one charged with the arms of Jenkyns, the other with those
of Grove, as already blazoned.



Hie Jacet Guido Clinton

gent., obiit 9 die Feb. 1728.

Mt. 77.

(Floorslab.)



Cathedral Register.

Baptisms.

1681 May 6 Anne dau. of M r Guydo Clinton and Elizabeth his wife.

1682 Oct. 3 Guido s. of M r Guydo Clinton and Elizabeth his wife.
1685 Mar. 2 Guido s. of M r Guydo Clinton and Elizabeth his wife.
1688 May 27 Thomas s. of M r Guydo Clinton and Elizabeth his wife.

Wedding.
1702 Dec. 81 M r Richard Cross, of Broomfield, & Ann Clinton, of this Liberty.

Burials.
169| Mar. 19 Thomas s. of M r Guido Clinton.
1714 Sep. 8 M™ Elizabeth wife of M r Guido Clinton.



St. Cuthbert Parish Register.

1664 Sep. 22 Elizabeth w. of Guido Clinton, bur.

1664 M r Guido Clinton and M rs Ann Stasey, mar.

Martha dau. of M r Guido Clinton and Ann his w., bur.

Sarah dau. of M r Guido Clinton and Sarah his w., bap.

Sarah dau. of Guido Humphries, bap.

M r Richard Stasey, of S* Cuthbert, and M rs Constance Jane, of
S* Thomas, Bristol.

Ann dau. of M r Guido and M rs Ann Clinton, bur.

M r Guido Clinton, bur.

A child of M r Guido Clinton, bur.



1666


Sep. 7


1667


Aug. 7


1668


Feb. 14


1668


Nov. 10


1668


Dec. 23


1678


June 22


1684


April —



MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS AND HERALDRY. 141

1684 July — M r John Clinton's child.

1684 Aug. — M>' Richard Stacy.

1712 Sep. 3 M rs Ann Clinton, wid., bur.



Administration : G. Clynton.

Administration 16 Oct. 1650 of the effects of Guy Clinton of Alford granted
to his son Guy Clinton. Administration 18 Jan. 1678-9 of the effects of Guy
Clynton of Wells, deceased, to his son Guy Clynton, Ann Clynton the relict having
renounced.

Will of A. Clinton.

The will of Ann Clinton of Wells, widow, dated 10 Oct. 1702 ; proved at Wells
27 Nov. 1712. To be buried at St. Cuthbert's; goddau. Jane Prickman a guinea ;
goddau. Eliz. Norton dau. of William Norton ; to every poor housekeeper living in
New Street from the sign of the Globe to the upper end of the street, one shilling ;
lands and tenements, etc., in New Street to Elizabeth wife of John Paine of Wells ;
said daughter-in-law Elizabeth Pain to be executrix. Seal, (Or), two bars az. betw.
three crescents sa., inter the bars three roses of the second, Merrifield. A family of
Merrifield had long been resident in Wells. The "Globe" Inn has disappeared
from New Street, nor are there now many " poor housekeepers " in the street in
the sense implied by Ann Clinton's will.

Will of R. Stacie.

The will of Ann Clinton's father Richard Stacie ; proved at Wells 19 Aug.
1685 ; in it he calls himself aged but of good health. Names house and gardens in
New Street purchased from George Bisse, Esq., to his dau. Ann Clinton and her
heirs ; Elizabeth Paine dau. of John Payne ; to the poor of St. Cuthbert forty
shillings ; M r Philip Hodges, gent., and M r Guydo Clinton, notary public, overseers.

The following abstract of a will explains the appearance of the seal with the
arms of Merefield : —

Will of C. Merefield.

Christable Merefield of Wells, spinster. Will dated 20 Aug. 1664 ; proved at
Wells 22 March 1664. Names brother William Merefield , niece Martha Gold ;
nephew Gold ; nephew Rowland ; brother M r Richard Stacy ; nephew Thomas
White, to have her lands in Somerset and be executor.



St. Cuthbert Parish Register.
1664 Sep. 8 M rs Christabell Merefield, bur.



142 WELLS CATHEDRAL.

CRYPT.

This occupies the space beneath the Chapter House, and contains a collection of
fragments of architectural details, five stone coffins, three memorial slabs with
floriated crosses, the effigy of one of the architects of the Cathedral with a plummet
in his hand, and a stone with the following portion of an inscription, viz. : —

iEtatis sua3 57

Hie etiam jacet

Johannes filius

Eldredgii aris dictae

dnge natii obiit 3°

Jan. 1696

Mt&t l m0 .



There is also a hatchment for Dean Jenkyns, whose monument has been already
mentioned ; it has the dexter side black. The arms are, Jenkins, Az., on a saltire eng.
or, Jive crosses patee fitchee sa. ; imp. Erm., on a chev. gu. three escallop shells or,
Grove ; on an escutcheon of pretence, Grove repeated. For Dean Jenkyns see p. 75.



Will of H. Clarke.

Henry Clarke of Wells, Esq. Will dated at Wookey, 3 September 6 Eliz.,
a.d. 1564. To be buried in St. Cuthbert's, near dau. Elizabeth. To the church
of St. Cuthbert 20 s ; to the fabric of the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew 10 s ;
for the repair of the Chancel of the Parish Church of Locking 20 s ; to the Church
Works of the Parish Church of Wookey 6 s 8 d ; to the Church Works of Kingston
Seymour 3 s 4 d ; wife Elizabeth £100 and plate ; son William "my best greate salte
of silver gilt, having upon the reverse my father and mother's arms graven, a ring
of gold with my seal of arms," at 24 years of age; if he die before, to s. Thomas ; if
he d. s.p., to s. Harry ; if he d. s.p., remainder to " my daughters then living ;" cousin
Sir Rowland Clarke ; friend M r William Horman, scrivener, of Wells ; cousin John
Cawood (? Coward) ; friend William Watson.

Codicil dated 7 May 1565. Master William Bowerman, Sub-Dean of Wells.
Sir John Turner, Priest. Wife Elizabeth, mansion house in Wells ; Manors of
Locking and Kingston to son William ; remainder to son Thomas ; remainder to son
Harry ; remainder to Elizabeth Hill, daughter of my sister Alice, dec. ; remainder
to Sir Rowland Clarke ; remainder to testator's sister Anne Claxton ; remainder
over to right heirs ; Manor of Blackford, lands and mansion house at Wookey,
lands at St. Decumens ; dau. Joane ; dau. Anthonye (sic) ; dau. Anne ; dau. Mary ;
dau. Elizabeth, at 18 years of age ; father Thomas Clarke, late deceased. Proved
11 April 1565, at Wells (book 14, fol. 107). The original does not exist, consequently
there is no seal.

In the Church of Wookey is an altar-tomb for the father of the above Henry ;
on the top round the edge is this inscription, " Here lyth the bodye of Thomas
Clarke Esquyer and Anthony his wyfe whiche Tho. was departid to Code the 2 day
of Marche 1555, and also Anthony departid the . . day .... whose soules God p'do



MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS AND HERALDRY. 143

amn." At the west end of the tomb are these arms, (Or), two bars (gu.), and in chief
three escallops (az.), Clarke ; imp. Quarterly — 1 and 4, (Arg.), three birdbolts paletvays
in/ess (gu.), Bolton ; 2 and 3, (Arg.), afess betw. in chief two mullets and in base a
crescent (gu.), Elder. This last coat is rather doubtful, it represents an early match
of the old Yorkshire family of Bolton. It is much to be wished some light could be
obtained regarding this match of Clarke. In St. Cuthbert's Church are the remains
of a monument to one of this family, consisting of a recumbent effigy in armour, a
large shield, Quarterly — 1 and 4, Clarke, as above ; 2 and 3, Three birdbolts -paletvays
in fess, as above. Crest, A demi-eagle wings addorsed. Two smaller shields are
charged, the one with this quartered coat, the other with Clarke alone. The follow-
ing inscription is on a panel, "Clara Chara Clarcko A Dni 1587," a trefoil being
placed between each word. The "Wills at Wells give us no further information
immediately connected with this family.

"Will of T. Claeke.
Will of Thomas Clarke of Shapwick, husbandman, dated 2 April 1550. Names
sons John, William, and Thomas ; daughters Joan and Edith ; wife Joan. Proved
at Wells 6 July 1551.

Will of J. Clarke.
Will of John Clarke of Shapwick, dated 27 March 1582. Names sons William
and Thomas ; daughters Agnes and Joan ; wife Margaret. Proved at Wells 27
May 1582.

Will of T. Clarke.
The Will nuncupative of Thomas Clarke of Shapwick, husbandman, deceased,
dated 22 November 1610. Names wife and children without their names. Wife
Mary Clarke ; son William, aged two years ; William Clarke, brother of deceased.
Proved 27 February 1610-11. William Clarke, Notary Public of Wells, is a witness,
and is probably the person named in the following entry from St. Cuthbert's Register,



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