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the countie of Warr', lands and hereditaments in Rodbroke,
Gretston, Wikelford, Upton Haselor, Exall, Binton,


Barton, Betford, Benhall, and Mykleton with the
appurtenances. "

Sir Thomas Leighton, Knight, had " the manors and
lordshipps of Wattlesburgh, Bradsill, haye, Cardeston,
Ballesley, Braginton, Lughton, and Woodcote, and the
fourth parte of the lands and tenements in Walton afore-
said, in the county of Salopp " assigned to him as his
portion of Sir John Burgh's estates, and " the lordshippe
and manor of Clopton, w th appurt 8 in the countie of
Gloucester, lands and hereditaments in Clopton w th in the
said countie," as his portion of his grandmother's inheri-

John Newport had " the lordshipps and manors of
Tregarn Owen, w th the members and advowsons of the
churches ther in South Wales, Hem, Hynton, burgages
howses and gardens in the towne of Shirewsberye, the
mylle of Brocketon, the fourth parte of Walton, w th in the
countie of Salopp, lands and hereditaments in Tregarn-
Owen, Hem, Hynton, Sherosberye, Brockton, and the
fourth parte of the lands and hereditaments in Walton
aforesaid " as his portion of Sir John Burgh's estates, and
"the lordshipps and manors of Byckemershe, in the
countie of Warr', Crome Symond, Boughton, Kyrreswell,
and Crome Abitot, w^in the countie of Worcestre ; and
the lands and hereditaments in Bickemshe, Crome Symond,
Boughton, Kyrreswall, and Crome Abitot," as his portion
of his grandmother's inheritance.

Thomas Mytton and William his son had "the lord-
ships and manors of Mowthoy, w th advowsons in North
Wales, Haberly with advowson, Haughton, Librokehurst,
and the fourth parte of Walton, w th in the countie of Salop,
the lands and hereditaments in Mowthoy, Dynas
Mowthoy, with advowsons in North Wales, Haberley
with advowson, Haughton, Librokehurst, and the fourth
part of the lands and hereditaments with appurten ces in
Walton," as the portion of Sir John Burgh's estates which
fell to the said William Mytton and " the lordshipps and
manors of Morehall, Over Quynton, Wykewanford, Hal-
ford, Camden, Birlingham, Powick, Holbestre, ten ts
burgages and gardens w th rents in Alsetr, Defford, and
Brome, w th in the counties of Warr', Glowcestre, and
Worcestre, lands and hereditaments in Morehall,


ov' Quynton,Wykewanford, Halford, Camden,Birlingham,
Powicke, Holbestr, Alsetr, Defford, and Brome, with
appurt s ," as the portion which fell to him of his grand-
mother's inheritance. It was further agreed that Sir
Thomas Leighton and his heirs should pay to the said
Thomas Mytton and William his son, and to the heirs of
the said William, an annual rent of 205. payable out of the
lordship and manor of Clopton aforesaid in order to make
his portion equal to that of the other coheirs. 1

From this indenture it will be seen that the manors and
lordships which were inherited from the Princes of South
Wales descended to John Newport, the senior coheir of
the Burghs.

William Newport, of High Ercall, in the county of
Salop, Esq., the husband of Elizabeth de Burgh, was
Sheriff of Shropshire in 1 472-3. 2 Their son John New-
port was Sheriff of Shropshire in 1491, 1501, and 1511. 8

In the Pedigree of the Newport Family, drawn up in
1639, by Thomas Thompson, Esq., Lancaster Herald and
Deputy to Sir William le Neve Clarencieux King at Arms,
this John Newport is said to have brought a considerable
body of troops to the assistance of King Henry VII, in
1487, against Lambert Simnel, the Pretender to the
English Crown, and to have done good service at the
battle of Stoke, fought on the 16th of June, in which the
King was victorious, and the Earl of Lincoln slain.

On May 20, 1508, John Newporte, Lord of Travegarie
(Trefgarn) demises to David ap Owen, of Logh meyler,
Esq., a mill called Travegarie is mille, to which are
witnesses Thomas Leighton, Knight, John Lyngen,
Knight, and William Mytton, Esq. 4 John Newport, Esq.,
Lord of Trefgarie Owen, in the Lordship of Har'ford
(Haverford West) died in October, 1512, Thomas New-
port was his son and heir and 24 years of age and more
on April 12, 1513, the date of the Haverford Inquisition
post mortem. 5 The wife of John Newport and mother of

1 Hengwrt MSS. No. 119. 2 & 3 Blakeway's Sheriffs. 4 Newport Evidences (being
extracts from the Newport Deeds inter Blakeway MSS. in the Bodleian labrary at
Oxford). 6 Inq. p. m. 4 Hen. VIII, inter Newport Evidences. This Haverford inqui-
sition is not now to be found at the Record Office ; but the Salop and Warwickshire
inquisitions are both preserved there. In the Salop inquisition which was held on
Nov. 3, 1512, the age of Thomas is stated as being then twenty-one years and more
(Inq. 4 Hen. VIII, No. 198). In the Warwickshire inquisition, which was held at
Alcetur on April 26, 1514, his age is itated as twenty-two years and more (Inq. p. m.


his son Thomas was Alice, daughter of Sir Thomas
Swinnerton, Knight. 1

Thomas Newport, of High Ercall Esq., the son of John
and Alice, was Sheriff of Shropshire in 1542-3, and,
according to Blakeway, he was again appointed in Novem-
ber, 1549, to serve for the following year, 2 but he appears
to have died about that time. 3 He married Anne or
Agnes, daughter of Sir Robert Corbet, of Morton Corbet,
co. Salop, Knight, by whom he had a numerous family.

Richard Newport, of High Ercall, Esq., their eldest son,
was Sheriff of Shropshire in 1552, and again in 1558. 4
He was Knighted by Queen Elizabeth, and was again
made Sheriff of Shropshire in 1568. 5 Sir Richard Newport
greatly increased his estates by marrying Margaret, the
only daughter and heiress of Lord Chief Justice Sir
Thomas Bromley, Knight. 6 By this marriage he acquired
the manor of Eyton upon Severn, near Wroxeter, with a
fair house on the banks of the river, and other estates in
the same neighbourhood.

Sir Richard Newport died on September 12, 1570, and
was buried at Wroxeter. His wife Margaret survived
him many years, and dying in 1598 was buried by the
side of her husband at Wroxeter. Her death is thus re-
corded in a MS. Shrewsbury Chronicle preserved in the
Free School Library there and known as Dr. Taylor's
Manuscript, under the year 1598. " This yeare Lady
Margaret Newport of Eyton, Wydowe, departid this pre-
sent lyfe the 19th daye of August, and was buried at

6 Hen. VIII, No. 55). In such cases of discrepancy it is generally safe to assume the
greater age to be the true one. These inquisitions are also at variance as to the day of
the death of John Newport, Oct. 1 being the day given in the Salop inquisition, Oct. 4
in the Warwickshire, and Oct. 31 in the Haverford inquisition.

1 Newport Pedigree. 2 Blakeway's Sheriffs. 3 Collins' Peerage. 4 & 6 Blakeway's
Sheriffs. 6 The family of Bromley is descended from Sir Walter Bromley, of Bromley,
in the county of Stafford, Knight, who was living in the reign of King John. From
him the numerous branches settled in the counties of Stafford, Salop, Chester, and
Worcester, derive their origin. The family is remarkable for having produced many
eminent lawyers ; amongst whom were Sir George Bromley, Chief Justice of Chester,
in the time of Queen Elizabeth, Sir Thomas Bromley, Lord Chancellor, in the same
reign, and Sir Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, all living about the same time. The
Lord Chief Justice, Sir Thomas Bromley, was the second son of Roger Bromley by Jane
daughter of Thomas Jennings. He lies buried with his wife in the church of Wroxeter,
where there is a marble monument, to their memory, with recumbent figures, bearing
the following inscription ; " Here lyethe Sr. Thomas Bromley, Knyght, whyche dyed
beyng Lord Chyffe Justice of England, also beyng on of the executors to the Kyng of
most famous memorye Henry the Eygntthe, whyche desesed the XV day of May, anno
dni. 1555, and dame Isabell hys wyfe, the whyche desesed in the yere of our Lord
.... on whose sowles God av mer." Sir Thomas Bromley acquired the estate of
Eyton-upon- Severn at the Dissolution of the Abbey of Shrewsbury.


Rocksetter the next day e f ollowinge, being her will so ;
and the 29th day of August, all the bells in Shrewsbury
dyd ringe in remembrance of hir : the whiche towne
she lovid well, and she was belovid of the inhabitants
therein. There was bestowid uppon the poore 20,
besides many other places in the contrey very amply,
she was a vertuous lady in all her lyfe tyme, and very
good to the poore in towne, and contrey." 1

There is a handsome marble tomb in the Parish
Church of Wroxeter, in memory of Sir Richard Newport
and Dame Margaret his wife, surmounted by recumbent
figures, and on three sides of the Sarcophagus are effigies
of their numerous progeny, each with his proper coat of
arms. On a plate let into the wall above are inscribed
the following lines :

" Hie equitis tumulus domini tegit ossa Richard!

Newporti, portu navigat ille novo,
Navigat ille novo superum jam sede receptua,
Testis erat locuples anchora tuta fides."

Round the monument is the following legend : " Here
lyethe the bodies of Sr. Rychard Newporte, Knyghte,
whiche dyed, beinge one of the QuenesMaty' Counsellin
the Marches of Wales, and deceased the Xllth daye of
September, in the yeare of oure Lord God, 1570, and

Dame Margaret his wyef , which deceased the

in the yeare of our Lord God " 2 And on the

monument is a shield of arms, quartering (for Newport)
1 Newport ; 2 Grey of Codnor ; 3 Ercall ; 4 Burgh ;
5 Mawddwy; 6 Corbet; 7 Clopton; 8 Beysin ; and
impaling Bromley.

By the inquisition taken at Shrewsbury on January 9,
1571, after the death of Sir Richard Newport, it was
shewn that his father Thomas Newport, by indenture
bearing date September 20, 1545, had settled upon him
and Margaret his wife, in consideration of the dower
which had been given her by her father, the manor of
Hem, with the appurtenances, in the county of Salop ;
the manors or lordships of Crome and Careswell, in the
county of Worcester ; and all the lands and tenements of

l Blakeway's Sheriffs of Shropshire. Mr. Blakeway gives the day of Dame
Margaret New-port's death as the 10th of August, but I have treated this as a printer a
error, for the inquisition taken at her death records her to have died on the 19th (Ina.
41 Elk. part 1, No. 7). 2 The inscription omitting the date of Dame Margaret s death
suggests that the monument was erected before that event.

'-. M


the said Thomas Newport in the counties of Pembroke,
Cardigan, and Carmarthen, comprising the manor or
lordship of Trawgar' Owen in the county of Pembroke,
and certain messuages, lands, tenements, rents, reversions,
services, &c., in Bycketon, Walton, Wudland, Mylmore,
Snayleton, Lamiston, Nistehoke, Westerdudwell, Gyl-

bargh, Trawgar in the county of Pembroke ;

and all his free annual rent of 6 13s. 4d. with the
appurtenances issuing out of the manor or Lordship of
Iskarden with the appurtenances in the counties of
Cardigan and Carmarthen or either of them and all
other his lands and other hereditaments-
whatsoever in Iskarden or elsewhere in the said counties
of Cardigan and Carmarthen or either of them. 1 Sir
Richard, in his will made in 1570, speaks of these same
lands and tenements, as being the jointure of his wife and
as being of the clear yearly value of 34 or thereabouts.
Francis Newport, his son and heir was thirteen years,
eleven months, two weeks, and three days of age at the
date of the above-mentioned inquisition.

The said Francis Newport was knighted by King James I
at Worksop manor, the seat of the Earl of Shrewsbury, on
April 21, 1603, together with Henry Grey, John Manners
of Haddon, Henry Beaumont, Henry Pierrepont,
and others. 2 Sir Francis Newport married Beatrix
daughter of Rowland Lacon, of Willey and Kinlet, in
the county of Salop, Esq., and died on March 15, 1623.
Among the numerous possessions of which he died seised
was a moiety of the manor of Gwynnionith Iscaerdyn
and Dyhewyd with the appurtenances in the county of
Cardigan, which were held of the King in free and
common socage by fealty only and not by military
service, and were of the annual value of 10s. and upwards.
He also held the manor of Trawgerne Owen or Trawgerne
West with the appurtenances, and certain messuages,
lands, tenements, and hereditaments in Trawgerne Owen,
Bickton, Walton, Woodland, Milmoore, Calcott, Snailton,

Lamston, Nesthooke, Westerdudwell

Walterson, Sutton and le Dale in the county of Pembroke,

1 Inq. p.m. 13 Eliz. p. 2, No. 38. 2 Nichols* Progresses of James I, Vol. I, p. 88.
Sir Francis Newport in 1608 rebuilt the old Hall at High Ercall ; which was after-
wards garrisoned for King Charles I, and sustained a siege and severe assault.


which were held of the King as of his castle of Haverf ord
West in the same county in free and common socage by
fealty only and not by military service; and their
annual value was 6 16s. 4d.

Sir Richard Newport, Knight, was the son and heir of
the said Sir Francis, and upwards of 34 years of age at
the time of his father's death ;* having been previously
knighted by King James I at Theobalds, on June 2,
1615. 2 Sir Richard Newport represented Shrewsbury in
Parliament from January, 1621, to February, 1624. He
afterwards sat as one of the Knights for the Shire ; and
in October, 1642, he was created Lord Newport, of High
Ercall. Being stedfastly attached to his Royal Master,
King Charles I, Lord Newport was a heavy sufferer for
his loyalty; for he was himself fined in the sum of
3287 6s. 8d. by the triumphant party, and his son in
the sum of 5284 ; he was also condemned to pay an
annual sum of 170 to the puritanical clergy ; indeed,
so much were the rebels exasperated at his zeal for the
Royal cause, that in 1644 they had ordered his estate to
be sold outright. Being then full of years he was com-
pelled to seek for repose in voluntary exile, and retiring
to France he ended his days at Moulins, in the Bour-
bonnois, 3 on the 5th of February, 1650, in the 80th year
of his age. He married Rachel, daughter of Sir John
Leveson, of Haling, in the county of Kent, Knight, by
whom he had a family of seven daughters and two sons.

Francis Newport, his eldest son, was born on February
23, and baptized at Wroxeter on March 12, 1619. He
was elected Member of Parliament for the Borough of
Shrewsbury on April 16, 1640, soon after he had attained
his majority. He manifested the same ardent loyalty as
that which actuated his father, and ventured with rare
but honourable gallantry to vote for the acquittal of Lord
Strafford, at a time when such votes exposed those who
gave them to no small personal hazard ; the populace with
their usual intolerance of sentiments differing from their
own, denouncing all such, 56 in number, as Straffordians,
and exposing their names to execration and insult by
public placards. Mr. Francis Newport was soon expelled

i Inq. p.m. 21 Jac. I. 2 Nicholl's Progresses of King James I, Vol. Ill, p. 92.
3 Blakeway's Sheriffs.


the house as a malignant, after which he appeared in arms
against the Parliament and did great service to the Royal
cause until he was overpowered and taken prisoner at
Oswestry on the capture of that town by the Earl of
Denbigh and Colonel Mytton on June 29, 1644. After
he had obtained his liberty he still corresponded with Sir
Edward Hyde (afterwards Earl of Clarendon), and when
the rising in North Wales was planned in 1659, he was
considered one of the most zealous and powerful friends
that the King had in that neighbourhood. On the res-
toration of King Charles II in 1660, Lord Newport was
appointed Lord Lieutenant and Gustos Rotulorum of
Shropshire, and in 1668 he succeeded Sir Thomas Clifford
as Comptroller of His Majesty's Household, being sworn
of the Privy Council a few weeks afterwards. In 1672
he was made Treasurer of the Household, and on March
11, 1674, he was advanced by King Charles II to the
title of Viscount Newport, of Bradford in the county of
Salop. After the accession of King James II he continued
for a time in office as Treasurer of the Household ; but
though he and his family had so greatly distinguished
themselves in the cause of the Monarchy and proved their
fidelity to the House of Stewart, yet the true welfare of
his country held the first place in his heart. His
conscience would not suffer him to concur in the arbitrary
measures of James when they threatened the destruction
of the religious as well as the civil liberties of the nation ;
and he was consequently dismissed from his office in
February, 1686-7. Lord Newport took no pains to con-
ceal his political feelings, and his dissatisfaction was so
evident that he was removed from the Lord Lieutenancy
of Shropshire, which was given to the famous Lord
Chancellor Jeffries. In his treasurership of the House-
hold he was succeeded by the Earl of Yarmouth. His
connection with the court being now at an end he openly
took the part of the seven Bishops who had been im-
prisoned by the King in 1688 ; and in the year 1692 we
find him mentioned as one of those excepted from pardon
by the abdicant Monarch in the declaration he published
on the occasion of his intended descent upon England.

On May 11, 1694, Lord Newport was advanced by
William and Mary to the rank of Earl of Bradford, having


been previously reinstated by them in his offices of
Treasurer of the Household and Lord Lieutenant of
Shropshire. Upon the accession of Queen Anne he was
again sworn of the Privy Council, and continued in the
Treasurership of the Household and the Lord Lieutenancy
of the county of Salop, which last, when he reached the
age of 84, was conferred upon his son Lord Newport.
The Earl of Bradford died at his house at Twickenham
on September 19, 1708, in the 89th year of his age, and
was buried on October 4 at Wroxeter, near Eyton, his
seat in Shropshire, where a marble monument records
his honours and bears testimony to his virtues. He
married Diana, daughter of Francis Russell, 4th Earl
of Bedford, and sister of William the first Duke. She
died on January 30, 1694, in the 74th year of her age,
and was buried with her own family at Cheyneys in the
county of Buckingham.

His son Richard Newport, the 2nd Earl of Bradford,
was born on September 3, 1644. With a view to his in-
tended marriage with Mary Wilbraham, who was to have
10,000 for her marriage portion, a deed of settlement
was made on October 7, 1680, by his father Francis, then
Viscount Newport, and Diana his wife, in which the
several estates of the said Viscount are enumerated, and,
among them, the manors of Ginnioneth-ys-kerdine and
Dykewyde in the county of Cardigan, ana the moiety of
all messuages, lands, &c. within the said manors, the
messuage of the said Viscount in Sneyleton in the
parish of Dale and the county of Pembroke, and all
messuages, mills, woods, lands, &c. in the counties of
Cardigan and Pembroke ; and a fine was passed in Hilary
Term, 33 Charles II, in reference to the above settle-
ment. 1 This is the last mention that I have met with of
the Newport estates in South Wales. Richard, the 2nd
Earl, during the lifetime of his father successively
represented in Parliament first the Borough of Shrews-
bury and afterwards the county of Salop. He was
appointed Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire in 1704, and,
after his father's death, was sworn of the Privy Council
on February 18, 1709. He was also Lord Lieutenant
and Gustos Rotulorum of Montgomeryshire, all which

l Mr. Joseph Morris's MS.


honours he retained till the time of his death, which
happened on June 14, 1723. He was married, on April
20, 1681, to Mary, daughter and coheir of Sir Thomas
Wilbraham, of Woodhey in the county of Chester, Bart.,
by his wife Elizabeth, daughter and sole heiress of Edward
Mitton of Weston under Liziard in the county of Stafford,
Esq., by whom he had six sons, who all died without
issue, (of whom Henry and Thomas succeeded to the Earl-
dom) and four daughters, of whom Mary the eldest died
unmarried ; Elizabeth the 2nd, married James Cocks of
Worcester, Esq. (ancestor by a 2nd nxarriage of the
present Lord Somers), by whom she had an only child,
who died young; Anne, the 3rd, who died in 1752,
married Sir Orlando Bridgeman of Castle Bromwich, in
the county of Warwick, Baronet, whose issue eventually
became the sole representatives of the Newports, Earls
of Bradford; and Diana, the 4th daughter, married
Algernon Coote, Earl of Mountrath, whose only son Charles
Henry, last Earl of Mountrath died unmarried in 1802.

On the death of Richard, 2nd Earl, his eldest son
Henry succeeded to the title and estates of the Newports.
He died unmarried at his house in St. James's place, on
December 23, 1734, and was buried on January 10, 1735,
in King Henry the seventh's chapel in Westminster
Abbey. The title passed upon his death to his brother
Thomas, who had unhappily become imbecile in conse-
quence of a fall from his horse in early life through which
he received a concussion of the brain. Those estates to
which Thomas, Earl of Bradford, nominally succeeded
were managed during his life time by Trustees. He died
at Weston, unmarried, on April 18, 1762, when the titles
expired, and the estates which he had inherited from his
mother descended to the sons of his sisters.

By deed dated on January 15, 1723-4, (10 George I)
and by a fine passed in Hilary Term, 10 George I, to
make the said deed operative, Henry, Earl of Bradford
cut off and barred all the then existing entails of the
family estates ; and by his will, dated on May 8, 1730,
he left all his estates in trust to John Hill, Esq., Sir
Humphrey Briggs, Baronet, and George Middleton,
Goldsmith, subject to any future appointment to be duly
made by him and subject also to the payment of 10,000


which he gave to his said Trustees for the use of John
Newport otherwise called John Harrison (his reputed son
by Ann the wife of Ralph Smyth, Esq.), the same estates
to pass to his own right heirs. By a codicil, however, which
he executed two days afterwards, namely on May 10 of the
same year, he vested the said estates, in case the said
John Newport should die without issue, in the same
Trustees for the separate and personal use of the aforesaid
Mrs. Ann Smyth, to be devised by her as she might think
fit ; provided that during the minority of the said John
Newport, or until his death in case he should die under
21 years of age, she should apply such portion of the
rents and profits of the said estates to his maintenance,
&c., as she should think proper, retaining the residue
thereof to her own sole and separate use ; and by another
codicil dated on May 16 of the same year he also left to
her the 10,000 before mentioned. 1 On June 19, 1742,
the said Mrs. Ann Smyth made her will, by which she
gave all the estates left to her by the said Earl to
Alexander Small, Surgeon, until John Newport above
named should attain the age of 26 years, the whole to be
to the use of the said Alexander Small, excepting such
allowance as was directed, by the will and codicils of
the said Earl, to be made for the maintenance, education,
&c., of the said John Newport. And in case the said
John Newport should die without issue, then the reversion
and inheritance of the said estates she devised to the
Right Honourable William Pulteney, Esq., afterwards
Earl of Bath, his heirs and assigns for ever. The said
Ann Smith died on August 31, 1742, without altering her
will ; and various proceedings were afterwards taken
in chancery by the Earl of Bath, Mr. Small, and Mr.
Wilson, her executors, in order to carry it out ; and on
December 17, 1751, the court declared her will to be
proved. An act of Parliament was passed to enable the
said John Newport alias Harrison to take the name of
Newport. He afterwards became a lunatic, and a com-
mission of lunacy was taken out against him. 2

1 Mr. Joseph Morris's MS. 2 Ibid. It was about this time that the Earl of Bath
received such praise and commendations for his patriotism in being the great promoter
of a Bill for preventing the marriage of lunatics a measure undoubtedly most excellent
and wise but whether his motives in bringing it forward at this time were solely


The Earl of Bath devised his reversion, expectant
on the death of the said John Newport, to his brother

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