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Thomas Venables Beswick, of Winnington,
by whom, who d. in 1812, he had issue.

John, present Lord of the Manor of

William, b. in 1799, and d. in 1822.

A rms— Quarterly, first and fourth, arg.
a chevron or, between three squirrels sejant
gu. ; second and third az. two bars en-
grailed or, charged with three boars' heads
(two and one) couped, erect, sa.

Crest — A parrot, perched on the stump of
an oak tree, erect, ppr.

Motto — Teneo, tenuere majores.

Estates — Hatherton, Hartford, Castle
Northwich, and Leftwich, in Cheshire.

Seat— Hatherton Lodge, near Nantwich.


LEWIS, The Right Honorable THOMAS FRANKLAND, of Harpton Court, in

the county of Radnor, a member of his majesty's most
honorable privy council, and representative in parlia-
ment for that shire, b. 14th May, 1780, m. 11th
March, 1805, Harriet, fourth daughter of Sir George
Cornewall, bart. by whom he has two sons, viz.

George-Cornewall, b. 21st April, 1806, barrister at

Gilbert-Frankland, b. 21st July, 1808, in holy orders,

rector of Monnington, in the county of Hereford.

Mr. Lewis succeeded his father in 1797. In 1812 he
was returned for Beaumaris, and served for that borough
in the three succeeding parliaments. In 1826, he sate
for the borough of Ennis, the next year he was appointed
secretary of the Treasury, and afterwards made vice
president of the Board of Trade, which latter office, and
his seat for Ennis he resigned in 1828.




This family has resided at Harpton Court,
in the county of Radnor, as long as any re-
cord of that county exists, its lineage being
traceable for many generationsbefore the cus-
tom of using surnames prevailed in Wales.
Thomas Lewts, of Harpton, served the
office of sheriff for Radnorshire in 1552.
Towards the close of the ensuing century,
his descendant,

Thomas Lewis, was Colonel of the trained
bands of Radnor and Brecon. This gentle-
man m. Margaret, daughter and co-heiress
of William Howes, esq. of Greenham, in
Berkshire, and had, with other issue,
Thomas, his successor.
Hugh, b. in 1694, a Canon of Windsor,

where he d. in 1742.
Henry, b. in 1727, m. Henrietta-Maria
Gustafin, and had, with younger
John, b. in 1738, heir to his uncle
Colonel Lewis dying in September, 1724,
was s. by his eldest son,

Thomas Lewis, esq. of Harpton Court,
b. in 1690, who, upon the accession of the
house of Brunswick was returned to parlia-
ment for the Borough of Radnor, which
place he continued to represent for nearly
half a century. He wedded Anne, daugh-
ter and co-heiress of Sir Nathan Wright,

bart. of Lofts Hall, in Essex, Lord Keeper
of the Great Seal, but dying s. p. in 1777,
was s. by his nephew,

John Lewis, esq. of Harpton Court, who
m. first, 15th December, 1761, Mary,
daughter of Charles Colly, esq. a commis-
sioner in the navy, by whom he had three
daughters, viz.

Elizabeth, m. to James Lloyd Harris,

esq. of the Moor, in Herefordshire.
Sarah, m. to Charles Whalley, esq.
Marianne, m. to James Davies, esq.
of Moor Court, county Hereford.
Mr. Lewis espoused secondly, in March,
1778, Anne, daughter of Admiral Sir Thomas
Frankland, bart. of Thirkelby Park, in the
county of York, and had issue,
Thomas-Frankland, his heir.
Anne, b. in 1779, d. in 1793.
Louisa, b. in 1783, d. unm. in 1810.
Mr. Lewis d. in 1797, and was s. by his
only son, the present Right Hon. Thomas
Frankland Lewis, of Harpton Court.

Arms — Quarterly : first and fourth, arg.
an eagle displayed, gules. Second and third,
arg. a lion rampant, sa. ducally crowned or.
Crest — A Tiger, statant, on a cap of main-

Motto — Expertus Fidelem.

Estates — In Radnorshire.

Seat — Harpton Court, in Radnorshire.


BROOKE, THE REVEREND CHARLES, M.A. of Ufford Place, in the county
of Suffolk, b. in 1765, m. 13th December, 1809, Charlotte, third daughter of the
Reverend Francis Capper, Rector of Earlsoham, and of Monksoham, in Suffolk, by
whom he has issue,

Francis-Capper, b. 18th September, 1810.

Mr. Brooke is rector of Ufford and Blaxhall, in the county of Suffolk.


The family of Brooke boasts of remote

William de la Brooke, seated in the
county of Somerset, was father of

Henry de la Brooke, of the Brooke near
Ilchester, who espoused Nichola, daughter
of Bryan Gonvile, and had a son and suc~

Henry de la Brooke, living temp. Ed-
ward II. whose son,

John de la Brooke, m. Joan, daughter
of Sir John Madston, and dying in 1347,
was s. by his son,

Sir Thomas Brooke, knt. who m. Con-
stance, daughter of — Mackenfield, and was
s. at his decease in 1339, by his son,



Sir Thomas Brooke, knt. who m. Joan,
daughter and co-heir of Simon Hannap, of
the county of Gloucester, and had a son and
successor at his decease in 1413,

Sir Thomas Brooke, knt. who m. Joane,
Baroness Cobham, daughter and heir of
Reginald Braybrooke, and had issue,

1. Edward (Sir), knt. who was sum-
moned to parliament as " EdwARDo
Brooke de Cobham, chevalier,"
from the 13th January, 1445, to the
30th July, 1460. His lordship was a
zealous supporter of the house of
York, under whose banner he parti-
cipated in the victory of St. Albans,
in the 33rd Henry VI., and com-
manded the left wing of the York-
shiremen at Northampton. He in.
Elizabeth, daughter of James, Lord
Audley, and from this alliance line-
ally descended
William Brooke, Lord Cobham,
summoned to parliament from
1558 to 1596, who in. first, Do-
rothy, daughter of George Lord
Abergavenny, and had an only

Frances, m. first, to Thomas
Coppinger, esq. of Kent,
and secondly to Edmund
Becher, esq.
Lord Cobham in. secondly, Fran-
ces, daughter of Sir John New-
ton, and had with other issue,
Maximilian, predeceased his

father, s. p.
Henry, successor to the title.
George, executed and attainted
in the reign of King James
I., as a participator in " Ra-
leigh's conspiracy," and left
issue by his wife, Elizabeth,
daughter of Thomas, Lord

William, restored in
blood, who m. Pene-
lope, daughter of Sir
Moses Hill, knt. and
left two daughters, the
elder m. to Sir John
Denham, the poet, and
the younger to Sir Wil-
liam Boothley, knt.
His lordship d. in 1596, and was
s. by his eldest surviving son,
Henry Brooke, Lord Cob-
ham, summoned to parlia-
ment 24th October, 1597.
This nobleman was consti-
tuted, by Queen Elizabeth,
warden of the Cinque Ports ;
and in the reign of King
James, being arraigned with
his brother George, for par-
ticipation in the alleged

treason of Sir Walter Ra-
leigh, they were found guilty
and condemned to death, but
George Brooke alone suf-
fered. His lordship was re-
prieved, yet, nevertheless,
attainted and left to drag
on in misery and the most
wretched poverty the re-
mainder of an unhappy life in
imprisonment, wherein he d.
in 1619. (See Burke's Ex-
tinct and Dormant Peerage).
2. Reginald.

The second son of Sir Thomas,

Reginald Brooke, of Aspall, in the county
of Suffolk, m. Anne, daughter of — Everton,
and had a son and successor,

Edward Brooke, of Aspall, who m. Flo-
rence, daughter of Robert Ashfield, of Stow-
langtoft, Suffolk, and had issue,

George, his successor.

Robert, alderman of London, who m.

Ursula, daughter of Robert Ofley,

and had a son,

Robert (Sir), knt. of Blithburgh,
in the county of Suffolk, who in.
a daughter of Humphrey Weld,
Lord Mayor of London, and d. in

The elder son and successor,

George Brooke, esq. of Aspall, espoused
Anne, daughter of John Carew, esq. and had
a son and successor,

George Brooke, esq. of Aspall, who m.
first Alice, daughter of Sir John Tyrrell, of
Gipping, in the county of Sufi'olk, knt. by
whom (who d. in 1580) he had a son, George,
his successor. He espoused secondly, Eli-
zabeth, daughter of Sir John Withypole, of
Ipswich, knt. and by her (who d. in 1592)
he had a son, Robert. — The elder son and

George Brooke, esq. of Aspall, who m.
Mary, daughter of Edward Jobson, esq. ot
Douiland, in Essex, and was s. by his son,

Edward Brooke, esq. of Aspall, b. in
1613, who was himself*, by his son,

Edward Brooke, esq. of Aspall, who in
Rebecca, daughter of — Wiseman, and had
a son and successor,

John Brooke, esq. of Aspall and of
Athelington, Suffolk, who m. in 1681, Mary,
daughter of George Green, esq. of Athel-
ington, and dying in 1733, was s. by his
only surviving son,

George Brooke, esq. b. in 1682, who
m. Mary, daughter of Robert Eames, esq.
by whom he left at his decease, in 1752, (his
second son,)

Francis Brooke, esq. his heir, of Wood-
bridge in Suffolk, who m. first, Anne, daugh-
ter and heiress of Samuel Thompson, esq.
of Ufford Place, by whom he had issue,



Thompson,? bothrfunmarried

Francis, )

Charles, now of Ufford Place.

Edward, d. s. p.
He espoused secondly, Mary, daughter of
the Rev. John Sparrow, rector of Skettle-
burgh, by whom (who d. in 1817), he had
issue, four daughters,

J* ai 7' I d. unmarried.
Louisa, )


Emma, d. unmarried.

At Mr. Brooke's decease, in 1799, the family

estates devolved upon his eldest son,CHARLF.s
Brooke, M.A. present proprietor.

Arms — Gu. on a chevron, arg. a lion ram-
pant, sa. crowned or, armed and langued of
the first.

Crest — On a chapeau gu. turned up er-
mine, a wing erect, of the first, charged
with a chevron arg. thereon a lion rampant
sa. crowned gold.

Estates — In the parishes of Ufford, Bred-
field, Martlesham, Westerfield, Bramford,
&c. all in Suffolk.

Seat — Ufford Place, near Woodbridge.


HALKETT-CRAIG1E, CHARLES, esq. of Hall Hill and Dumbamie, in the
county of Fife, formerly an officer in the 93rd regiment or Gordon Highlanders, b.
in December, 1802, m. in 1824, Susan, youngest daughter of Sir John Marjori-
banks, bart. of Lees, in the county of Berwick, and has surviving issue,



The ancient name of Halkett, in the
writs of this family, is promiscuously written
" de Hawkhead" and " de Halkett ;" it is
said to be territorial or local, and to have
been assumed by the proprietors of the
lands and barony of Hawkhead, in Ren-
frewshire, so soon as surnames became here-
ditary in Scotland.

The exact period when the Halketts es-
tablished themselves in Fife cannot at this
distance of time be precisely ascertained,
but we have proofs that they were free
barons, and had large landed possessions
in the western parts of that county six hun-

dred years ago. The first of the family upon
record who distinguished himself by feats
of arms was

David de Halkett, a powerful warrior,
living temp. King David Bruce, and father

Phillippus de Halkett, who flourished
in the reigns of Kings Robert II. and
Robert III. In the Chartulary of Dum-
fermline he is designated " Dominus de
Balingall, filius et haeres David de Halkett,
anno Domini 1393." From this Philip de
Halkett we pass over seven generations,
observing the remarkable fact, that the
chiefs of this family have always been in
the military service of their own country,
or that of some allied power.

George Halkett, the ninth in direct
lineal descent and a distinguished officer, es-
poused Isabella, daughter of Sir Patrick
Hepburn, of Waughton, and had three sons
and one daughter, of whom

Sir John Halkett, knt. the third son,
continued the line of the family, and re-
ceived the honor of knighthood from King
James VI. He attached himself to a mili-
tary life, and went into the service of the
states of Holland, where by his bravery and
merit he rose to the rank of general, and
had the command of a Scots regiment. He
was likewise president of the grand Court
Marishall in Holland. Sir John m. Mary
Van Loon, a lady of high rank in Amster-



dam, and was killed at the siege of Bois-le-
duc, in 1628, leaving a son and successor,

Maurice Halkett, a captain in the army,
who m. Mademoiselle Agnes Decquere, a
lady of the province of Artois, by whom he
had one son, Edward. Captain Maurice
Halkett was killed at Maestricht in 1675,
and was s. in his estates by his only son,

Edward Halkett, a major in the Dutch
service, who m. Judith de Pagniet, a lady
of the province of Guelderland, and had

Charles, his successor.

Lucy-Cornelia, m. to Colonel Van de
Schepper, Governor of Surinam.

Charlotte, m. to Sir George Nicholson,

Mary, d. unmarried.
Major Edward Halkett was killed at the
battle of Ramilies, in 1706, and was *. by
his only son,

Charles Halkett, esq. who, following
the example of his gallant ancestors, served
in the army with high reputation, rose to
the rank of Lieutenant-General, and had
the command of a Scot's regiment in Hol-
land. He espoused, first, Margaret, eldest
daughter of Brigadier-general Corbet, by
whom he had two sons and one daughter,

Charles, his successor.

John, an officer in the army//, in 1766.

Judith, m. to Colonel Heldevier.
General Halkett m. secondly, Mademoiselle
Anne le Faucheur, a French lady, by whom
he had issue,

Frederick, a captain in the army.

Mary-Cornelia, d. young.
The General d. in 1758, and was s. by his
eldest son,

Charles Halkett, esq. who was a colo-
nel in the Dutch service and Governor of
Namur. He m. Anne, heiress of John
Craigie, esq. of Dumbarnie, one of the lords
of justiciary in Scotland, (by Susan, eldest
daughter of Sir John Inglis, bart. of Cra-
mond, and Lady Susan Hamilton, his wife,
daughter of the fourth Earl of Haddington,)
and by the deeds of settlement her husband
and their successors were obliged to assume
the name and arms of Craigie, in addition

to those of Halkett. By this lady he had

Charles, a maior in the army, d. in

John - Cornelius, successor to his

Susanna-Judith, m. to — Cumin, esq.
of Relugas, (lineally descended from
the ancient family of the Comines,
in France).
Margaret-Maria, m. to Colonel Linde-
say, (claimant to the ancient title of
Lord Lindesay, of Byres).
Christian-Smith, m. to Major Sands.
Anna-Cockburn, m. to John Wanehope,

esq. of Niddry.
Isabella-Cornelia, twin with John-Cor-
nelius, m. to the Right Hon. Robert
Blair, lord-president of the Court of
Session, in Scotland.
The eldest surviving son and heir,

John-Cornelius Craigie-Halkett, esq.
colonel of the 55th regiment, gallantly dis-
tinguished himself in the East and West
Indies, as well as in Holland, and was ap-
pointed aid-de-camp to Sir Ralph Aber-
cromby. He m. in 1800, Margaret, eldest
daughter of John Davidson, esq. of Ravel-
rig, and had issue,
John, in the East India Company's

military service, b. in 1807.
Robert-Blair, in the East India Com-
pany's service, b. in 1808.
Frederick, b. in 1810, d. in infancy.
Henry, b. in 1811.

Hannah-Isabella-Cornelia, m. in 1824,
to William Thomas Thornton, esq.
second son of the late Edmund Thorn-
ton, esq. of Whittington Hall, in the
county of Lancaster, and has issue.
Arms — Sa. three piles conjoined in base
arg. and on a chief gu. a lion passant guard-
ant, or.

Crest — A falcon's head erased ppr.
Supporters — Two falcons ppr.
Motto — " Fides sufficit" above, and " Ho-
neste Vivo," beneath.

Seat— Hall Hill, Fifeshire.



CROKER, (tfribs Councillor.)

CROKER, The Right Honorable JOHN-WILSON, LL.D. F.A.S. b. 20th Decem-
ber, 1780, m. 22nd May, 1806, Rosamond, eldest daughter
of William Pennell, esq. His Majesty's Consul General in
the Brazils, by whom he had a son and a daughter,
who both died young. Upon the decease of his children,
Mr. Croker adopted the sister of Mrs. Croker, and the
young lady then assumed his name. The pencil of Sir
Thomas Lawrence has rendered the person of Miss
Croker familiar to the public in one of his most exquisite
portraits. She has lately espoused Mr. George Barrow,
son of John Barrow, esq. second secretary of the

Mr. Croker was educated at the University of Dublin,
which he entered as a gentleman commoner in Novem-
ber, 1796, and took his degree in 1800. During his
sojourn at college, he attained very high reputation as a
public speaker, in the celebrated Historical Society, and
as a political writer and poet. He is the presumed author
of two very popular works, published in Dublin about that period — " Familiar Epistles to
Fred. Ed. Jones, esq. upon the Irish Stage," and " A Sketch of the State of Ireland,
past and present." The former, which is in verse, attracted more than ordinary atten-
tion, passing, we believe, through ten editions, in as many months : the latter, as an
adaptation of the style of Tacitus to English composition, is a master-piece. Mr.
Croker was called to the bar in 1802, and offering himself soon after for Downe, in
Ireland, stood a contested election; but not being returned, presented a petition to
parliament. Another dissolution taking place, pending the petition, Mr. Croker
was chosen at the ensuing election, in 1807. From that time he has had a seat in
every succeeding parliament. Upon the promotion of Lord Plunket to the bench,
in 1827, Mr. Croker succeeded that eminent person in the representation of the Uni-
versity of Dublin, wherein he had taken the degree of LL.D. in 1809 : in which year
he was appointed secretary of the admiralty ; an office which he filled until the retire-
ment of his party, in 1830. He had been sworn a member of the most honorable privy
council in 1828.

Mr. Croker, during his long tenure of office, confined his parliamentary exertions to
subjects connected with his own department, which afforded but few occasions of dis-
tinction ; but he has acquired great celebrity as leader of the present opposition (1832)
in the House of Commons, and his abilities have been confessed by all parties. As a
political writer, many articles in the Quarterly Review, and several pamphlets upon
public questions, bear ample testimony to his great powers ; and a late edition of Bos-
well's Life of Johnson is a proof of more literary diligence than might have been
expected from a poet or a politician.


This family is a branch of the house of
Croker of Lineham, in the county of De-
von ; a name so eminent, that there is an
old proverbial distich, or, as Prince ( Wor-
thies of Devon, p. 274) calls it " old saw,"
recording its antiquity ;

" Croker, Crewys, and Copplestone,

\V hen the Conqueror came, were at home."

The Crokcrs, who were originally seated

at Croker's Hele and Crokern Tor in Devon-
shire, became possessed, in the reign of
Henry IV., of Lineham by marriage with
the heiress of Churchill of that place ; the
younger male branch of which family was
the ancestor of the Duke of Marlborough.

The genealogy of Croker of Lineham
is preserved with singular accuracy by
Prince, Risdon, Pole, and the other Devon-
shire historians, as well as by numerous



pedigrees and documents. There were no
less than eleven John Crokers in almost
uninterrupted succession, hut the last male
of the elder branch was Courteney Croker,
esq. whose only daughter and heiress, Mary,
carried the estate of Lineham into the fa-
mily of Bulteel, and her grandson John
Bulteel, esq. of Fleet, is now the owner of
Lineham ; which is in the occupation of his
eldest son John Croker Bulteel, esq. who
is thus the representative by the female
line of the eldest branch of Croker of Line-
ham. This gentleman married in 1826,
the Lady Elizabeth Grey, third daughter of
Charles, present Earl Grey, K.G. and has
been lately elected M.P. for South Devon.
We must now return to a junior, but at
present the eldest male branch.

Thomas Croker, of Trevillas in Corn-
wall, second son of the eighth John Croker,
of Lineham, obtained, about 1600, the estate
of Ballyanker, in the county of Waterford,
and while his eldest son remained at Trevil-
las, (where his branch is supposed to be ex-
tinct,) his younger sons, to the number of
three or four, migrated to Ireland. They
were all probably soldiers ; two of them, at
least, were so, and distinguished themselves
by the extraordinary and almost romantic
capture of the city of Waterford in 1650,
(see Smith's History of Waterford, p. 147,
ed. 1774.^ One of the brothers was killed
in the assault, the other (Hugh) after a long
course of military service settled at Bally-
anker, and died in January, 1663 : from him
the subject of this notice is descended.
His youngest brother, Edward, (who was
murdered in the Irish Rebellion, 1641) was
ancestor of the respectable and wealthy
family of Croker, of Ballynagard, in the
county of Limerick, and of a numerous
branch settled in Dublin, to which belong,
Anne, daughter and heiress of Thomas
Croker, and wife of Sir Ed. Crofton, bart.
created in 1797, baroness Crofton, in her
own right ; and Thomas Crofton Croker,
esq. known by many literary works.

Walter Croker, esq. of Tallow, the
grandson of Hugh, the captor of Waterford,
had by the daughter of Reginald Bray, an
only son,

John Croker, esq. of Tallow, who was
born in 1695, and died in 1743, leaving three
sons, — Walter, of Tallow, — John, of Airhill,
— and William, of Johnstown. — John left
male issue, but William left an only daugh-
ter and heiress, who married the Honorable
Frederick Mullins, son of the first Lord
Ventry, and by him has issue, Frederick-
William, M.P. for Kerry, in the present
and two last parliaments.

Walter Croker, esq. the eldest son of
John, of Tallow, was born in 1728, and d.

in 1789, leaving by his wife, Sarah, daugh-
ter of Edward Devereux, esq. one son,

John Croker, esq. surveyor-general of
Ireland, who was horn in 1743, and died
29th April, 1814. He was a man of great
abilities and most amiable manners, an able
and upright public servant, and in private
life universally respected and beloved. He
m. first, Catherine Welstead, by whom he
had surviving issue,

Walter, who d. in 1807, leaving two
daughters, Catherine, the wife of
William Pennell, jun. esq. and Mar-
garet, the wife of Lovell Pen-
nell, esq. These ladies both have
Catherine, m. to William Miller, esq.
of Londonderry, and has issue.
Mr. Croker espoused secondly, Hester, only
daughter of the Rev. Richard Rathborne,
and grandaughter of Admiral Wilson,* by
whom he had two surviving children, the
present Right Honorable John Wilson
Croker, and Sarah, who m. in 1815, the
very Rev. J. T. Bond, dean of Ross. Mrs.
Bond died in 1820, leaving an only son, who
died in 1828.

The surveyor-general d. 29th April, 1814,
at the age of seventy-three.

Arms — Arg. a chevron engrailed gu. be-
tween three ravens, ppr. quartering the arms
of Churchill.

Crest— A drinking cup or, with three fleurs
de lis ppr. above it, and on the centre a
rose ; granted by Edward IV. to Sir John
Croker, who accompanied him as cup and
standard bearer in his expedition to France
in 1475. The addition of the fleurs de lis
was one of those attentions on the part of
the French monarch Louis XL by which
he sought to flatter the vanity, and gain the
good will of the English gentry. On minis-
ters, says Hume, he lavished pensions and
pecuniary bribes. To less influential per-
sons such lighter but more honorable favors
as this to Sir John Croker. The tomb of
this Sir John Croker, " Signifer Regis Ed-
vardi Quarti," with his effigy in brass, is in
perfect preservation in the church of Yeal-
hampton, near Lineham.

Mottoes — Deus alit eos, and, J'ay ma foi
tenu a ma puissance.

Town. Residence— Kensington Palace.
Seat— Molesey Grove, Surrey.

* By Mary, daughter and co-heiress of Henry
Paschall, esq. of Great Baddow, in Essex; Ca-
therine, the other co-heiress, married Lord Verney ,
and was mother of the last Earl Yerney, who left
an only daughter, Mary, created, in 1792, Ba-
roness Fermanagh. Her ladyship d. unmarried
in 1810, when the title became extinct.



ROUNDELL, RICHARD-HENRY, esq. of Gledstone, in the county of York, b.
14th December, 1776, a magistrate for the West Riding, and in the nomination list
of sheriffs for Yorkshire for the present year (1833).




John Roundell, of Screven, near Knares-
borough in Yorkshire, living temp. Henry
VI., wedded Jane, daughter of Thomas
Coke of York. His great grandson,

Richard Roundell, of Screven, living
in the reigns of Henry VII. and Henry

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