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descendants continued to reside there. They
had several grants from the crown ; the last
of which was in the 12th year of James I.
when that prince granted to John Greaves,
esq. the then possessor of Beely, the power
of holding a court leet for the manors of
Beely, Stanton Birchover, Bridgetown,
Coroley, Gratton, and Winster. In 1664,
the old hereditary estates at Beely were
sold to John, Earl" of Rutland, and the head
of the family left Beely, and settled at
Mayfield, in Staffordshire, where his descen-
dants have ever since remained.

John Greaves, of Greaves, in the county
of Derby, espoused Alice, daughter of Wil-
liam Brown, of Holme, in the same shire,
and had issue,

John, his successor.




The eldest son,

John Greaves, of Greaves, and of Beeley,
in the county of Derby, m. Ellen, daughter
of John Slack, of Brough, in the same
shire, and had, with junior issue,
John, his successor.
Richard, of Birchover, in the county of
Derby, who m, Margaret, daughter
of Henry Supper, of Darley, in that
Mr. Greaves was s. by bis eldest son,

John Greaves, esq. of Greaves, Beeley,
and Woodhouse, all in the county of Derby,
who wedded Dorothy, daughter of George
Allen, esq. of Woodhouse, and had, with
other issue,

John, bis successor.
George (second son).
Joseph (seventh son), who left a son,
Charles, of Woodhouse, living in
1713, who m. Eliza, daughter of
William Taylor, esq. of South-
The eldest son,

John Greaves, esq. was father of an-

John Greaves, esq. who m. Ann, daughter
of George Birch, esq. and had issue,
I. William, his successor,
li. Joseph, of Ingleby, in Derbyshire,
who left issue,

1. Joseph, of Aston-on-Trent, who
m. the sister of Sir B. Boothby,



bart. by whom (who d. in 1820)
he had two daughters, one of
whom married — Sneyd, esq. of
Berkeley Lodge, and the other,
Anne, d. unmarried in 1827.

2. William, of Liverpool.

3. Robert, also of Liverpool.

ill. George, of London, who d. s. p. be-
fore 1738, leaving his property in
equal shares to the children of his
brothers, William and Joseph.
Mr. Greaves was s. at his decease by his

William Greaves, esq. of Mayfield, in
the county of Stafford, who m. Elizabeth,
sister of the Rev. Mr. Bradley, vicar of
Mayfield, by whom (who d. 17th July, 1736)
he had issue,

William, his successor.
Sarah, who m. the Rev. Edmund Evans,
vicar of Mayfield, and had issue,

1. William Evans, in holy orders,
vicar of Mayfield, who m. Miss
Elizabeth Spencer, of Wyaston,
and by her (who d. 28th October,
1825) left at his decease in 181G,
an only surviving child,

Sarah Evans, who became
the second wife of Dr.
William Greaves, the pre-
sent proprietor of Mayfield

2. Elizabeth, m. to — Goodwin,
esq. and has issue.

The only son and successor,

William Greaves, esq. of Mayfield and
Ingleby, espoused Dorothy, sister of George
Ley, esq. of Mayfield Hall, by whom (who
d. in 1784) he had issue,

1. George, in holy orders, of Stanton-
by-Bridge, Derbyshire, who married
twice, but d. s. p. in 1828.

2. Robert-Charles, of Ingleby Hill,
who assumed, by sign-manual, the
surname of Ley. He m. Miss Eliza-
beth Harthill, of Donesthorpe, in the
county of Leicester, and by her (who
d. in 1821) had two daughters, his
co-heirs, viz.

Anne-Lydia, who became the
first wife of Dr. William
Greaves, now of Mayfield Hall.

Frances, m. to Humphrey Sen-
house, esq. of Nether Hall, in
the county of Cumberland, and
has issue.

3. John-Davies, of whom presently.

6. Ralph Christopher, who m. Miss
Anne Vincent, but d. s. p. in 1781 .

7. Dorothy, m. to the Rev. Richard
Dodsley, of Spondon, Derbyshire,
and has issue.

The third son,

John Davies Greaves, esq. of Burton-
on-Trent, m. Elizabeth, daughter of Richard
Newton, esq.* by whom (who d. in 1822.
at the advanced age of eighty) he left issut
at his decease in 1784,

William, present proprietor of May
field Hall and representative of the
George-Williamson, m. and has issue.
John, d. in 1823, leaving three sons

and a daughter.
Robert-Christopher, m. and has issue.
Richard, d. unmarried.
Dorothy, m. to John Smith, esq. of
Repton, Derbyshire, and has a son
and daughter.


A branch of which is now represented by
Dr. Greaves.

George Goring, esq. of Ovingdene, Sus-
sex, espoused Anne, daughter of Sir Henry
Denney, of Waltham, Essex, knight, and
sister of Edward Denny, earl of Norwich,
and had issue,

George (Sir), knt. of Hurst Pierpoint,
who was elevated to the peerage,
14th of April, 1632, as Baron Go-
ring, of Hurst Pierpoint, in the
county of Sussex, and in two years
afterwards obtained a grant of the
offices of secretary, clerk of the
signet, and clerk of the council,
within the principality of Wales.
His lordship subsequently rendering
the highest services to King Charles
I. after the breaking out of the civil
wars, was advanced to the dignity of
Earl of Norwich, by letters patent,
dated 8th of November, 1644. He
m. Mary, daughter of Edward, Lord
Bergavenny, by whom he had, with
several daughters, two sons, viz.
I. George, so gallantly distin-
guished in the civil wars, as
" General Goring." This he-
roic personage fought to the last
in the cause of his royal and
unfortunate master ; and, after
the surrender of Oxford, retiring
to the Netherlands, acquired
fresh laurels, as lieutenant-ge-
neral of the King of Spain's
army. He m. Lettice, daughter

* This gentleman was nearly related to Sir
Isaac Newton. An original portrait of that dis-
tinguished personage, as well as some of his plate,
are still in possession of the family.




of Richard, Earl of Cork, but d.
s. p. in 1662, prior to bis father.*

2. Charles, second earl, who es-
poused Lady Baker, daughter
of ■ — Leman, esq. and relict of
Sir Richard Baker, knt. but
dying without issue, in 1678, the
Barony of Goring and Earldom
of Norwich became extinct
(See Burke s Extinct Peerage).

3. Elizabeth, to. to William, Lord

4. Mary, to. to Sir Drue Dene,

5. Diana, m. first, to Thomas Co-
vert, esq. of Slaughan, and se-
condly, to George Porter, esq.

6. Catherine, to. to William Scott,
esq. of Scott's Hall, Kent.

ii. Henry.
The second son,

Henry Goring, esq. of Kingston, in
Staffordshire, living in 1659, was father of
William Goring, esq. of Kingston, b. in
1650, who m. in 1672, Sarah, only child
and heiress of John Gilbert, esq. of Frod-
ley Hall, by whom (who d. in 1707,) he had,
(with several children, the issue of all of
whom are now extinct),

Henry, of Frodley Hall, who died in
1748, leaving an only child and

* The attachment of the Gorings to the cause
of the ill-fated Stuarts, was not confined to the
heroic efforts of this gallant soldier. Of the same
branch of the family was also the famous Colonel
Goring, the faithful adherent to the fortunes of
the young Chevalier, who died a field-marshal in
the Prussian service. The present Dr. Greaves is
in possession of a beautiful silver medal, about the
size of a half crown, but considerably thicker, which
was presented by Prince Edward to the colonel.
On one side is the head of Charles-Edward.
On the reverse an old and dead tree, with a
young one springing up from its roots with the
simple inscription, " Revirescit," 1650.

heiress, who wedded Morgan Tho-
mas, esq. and left, at her decease, an
only sou,

Rees-Goring Thomas, father of
the present Rees-Goring Tho-
mas, esq. of Tooting. (See that
The daughter,

Sarah Goring, espoused William De-
bank, esq. of Barton under Needwood, and
had issue,

William, who d. unmarried at the age
of ninety.

Sarah Debank, who to. Richard Newton,
esq. of Burton-on-Trent, and left at her
decease, with several other children, who
all died unmarried,

Anne Newton, to. to John Newton,

esq. of Ashby de la Zouche.
Sarah Newton.

Elizabeth Newton, who to. as stated
above, John-Davies Greaves, esq.
and was mother of the present
Dr. William Greaves, of May-
field Hall.

Arms— For Greaves. Gu. and vert, an
?agle displayed or.


Ley — Quarterly arg. and or, five lo-
zenges in a bend, gu.
Gilbert — Gu. an armed leg, couped
at the thigh in pale, between two
broken spears arg. headed or.
Newton — Sa. two shin bones saltire
ways, the sinister surmounted by the
Goring — Arg. a chevron gu. between

three annulets.
Harthill — Arg. on a mount ppr. a
stag lodged, gu.
Crest — An eagle displayed, or, winged

Mottoes — Aquila non captat muscas ;
Suprema quaero ; and Dum spiro spero.
Seat— Mayfield Hall, Derbyshire.



LITTLETON, EDWARD-JOHN, esq. of Teddesley, in the county of Stafford, and

one of the Knights in Parliament for that shire, b. 1 8th March,
1791, m. 21st December, 1812, Hiacinthe-Mary, daughter
of Richard Marquess Wellesley,. and has issue,

Emily, m. 16th Aug.

1832, to Charles, Viscount Newark.

Mr. Littleton succeeded to the estates of his great-uncle,
Sir Edward Littleton, baronet, in 1812, and adopted by sign
manual that surname in place of his patronymic Walhouse.


The family of Lyttelton has been of long
standing in the county of Worcester, and had
considerable possessions in the vale of Eve-
sham, particularly at South Lyttelton,whence
the name has probably been assumed, in the
beginning of the thirteenth century.

Thomas de Luttelton, about the nine-
teenth year of Henry III. m. Emma, only
daughter and heiress of Sir Simon de Frank-
ley, knt. by whom be had an only daughter,
Emma, who m. Augerus de Tatlynton (which
Augerus was distrained in the 40th year of
Henry III. for not taking upon himself the
order of knighthood). Thomas de Luttelton
m. secondly, Anselm, daughter and heiress
of William Fitswarren, of Upton, in the
county of Worcester, one of the justices-
itinerant and judge of the Common Pleas,
12th Henry III. and sheriff of Worcester-
shire the following year, by whom he left
three sons. This Thomas was a considerable
benefactor to religious institutions, particu-
larly to the convents of Pershore, and the
abbey of Evesham. He was s. at his decease
by his eldest son,

Edmund de Luttelton, who resided at
Coulesdon, and had lands at Naunton, in
Worcestershire, which still continue in pos-
session of a branch of the family of Lyttel-
ton ; dying without issue, his estates de-
volved upon his youngest and only surviving

Thomas de Luttelton, who repre-
sented the county of Worcester in parlia-
ment, from 9th Edward II. to the 34th Ed-

ward III. and was s. at his decease by his
eldest son,

Thomas de Luttelton, who recovered
the manor of Frankley, by a writ of right,
on failure of issue to his cousin, Thomas de
Tatlynton. This Thomas de Luttelton was
esquire of the body of three successive kings,
namely, Richard II. Henry IV. and Henry
V. ; and was rewarded with several grants
of money, timber, &c. from each of those
monarchs, pro bono et gratuito servitio, as
expressed in the grants. He d. in the 1st
year of Henry VI. and left an only daughter
and heiress,

Elizabeth de Luttelton, who m. Tho-
mas Westcote, esq. the king's servant in
court, a gentleman of Devonshire, anciently
descended ; but she being fair, and of noble
spirit (to use the phraseology of Lord Coke),
and having large possessions and inheritances
from her ancestors, de Luttelton, and from
her mother, the daughter and co-heiress of
Quatermain, and other ancestors, resolved
to continue the honour of her name, and
therefore provided, by Westcote's assent,
before marriage, that her issue inheritable
should be called by the name of Luttelton.
Upon this marriage, Mr. Westcote settled at
Franklev, and served the office of escheator
of Worcester 29th Henry VI. (1450) ; soon
after which he d. leaving four sons and as
many daughters. He was s. by his eldest

Thomas de Luttelton (or Lyttelton, as



he began to write it), who, having been
brought up to the bar, was called, in 1454,
to the degree of serjeant-at-law ; and, in the
following year, was nominated king's-ser-
jeant, when he rode justice of the assize in
the northern circuit. In 1464 (the fourth
year of King Edward IV.) Mr. Serjeant
Lyttelton was appointed one of the judges
of the court of Common Pleas ; and the king
granted him, at the same time, out of the
customs of London, Bristol, and Hull, 110
marks yearly, with the sum of 106*. \G\d. for
a robe and furs, and 66*. 6d. for a summer
robe, called linura. In the 15th year of the
same monarch, he was created with the
Prince of Wales, and other persons of dis-
tinction, a Knight of the Bath. Sir Tho-
mas wrote his celebrated " Treatise on Te-
nures," after he had ascended the bench ; a
book, which Lord Coke has characterized,
as the ornament of the common law, and
the most perfect and absolute work that ever
was wrote in any human science." Sir
Thomas Lyttelton m. Joan, widow of Sir
Philip Chetwynd, of Ingestre, in the county of
Stafford, and daughter and co-heiress of Sir
William Burley, knt. of Broniscroft Castle,
in Shropshire, by whom he had (with two
daughters) three sons, viz.

William, his successor, from whom the

Lords Lyttelton derive.
Richard, of whom presently.
Thomas, of Speckley, ancestor of the
Lord Keeper Lyttelton, and of Sir
William Lyttelton, Speaker of the
House of Commons, temp. William
III. See Burke's Extinct Peerage.
The second son,

Richard Littleton, followed the pro-
fession of his father, and to him that learned
and eminent person inscribed the " Treatise
on Tenures." He m. Alice, daughter and
heir of William Winesbury, esq. of Pillaton
Hall, in the county of Stafford, by whom he
had issue,

Richard, who d. s. p.

Edward, who became representative of

the family.
Ellen, m. first, to John Cotes, esq. of
Woodcote, in Shropshire, and se-
condly, to William Basset, esq. of
Blore, in the county of Stafford.
Margaret, m first, to Humphry Pigot,
esq. of Shropshire, and secondly, to

Clifton, esq. of Derbyshire.

Lucy, m. to Robert Swinnertou, esq.

of Eccleshall, county of Stafford.
Anne, m. to Thomas Middlemore, esq.
of Edgbaston, in Warwickshire.
Mr. Littleton d. in the 9th of Henry VIII.
and was s. by his only surviving son,

Sir Edward Littleton, knt. who in-
herited in twelve years after the estates of
his mother, upon that lady's decease. This

gentleman had a grant from King Henry
VIII. for life, of the office of constable and
keeper of the castle at Stafford ; keeper of
the king's parks, and bailiff of his manor of
Fairbriggs, in Staffordshire. He was sheriff
of Staffordshire in the 15th and 31st of
the same reign, and in the 4th of Edward
VI. He m. first, Helen, daughter of Hum-
phrey Swynnerton, esq. of Swynnerton, and
had surviving issue,

Edward, his successor.
Barbara, m. first to Henry Gower, esq.
of Worcestershire, and secondly to
John Folliot, of Pirton, in the same
Constance, m. to Sir J. Fuljambe, knt.
Sir Edward was s. by his son,

Sir Edward Littleton, knt. This gen-
tleman was sheriff of Staffordshire in the
5th of Elizabeth. He m. Alice, daughter
of Francis Cockain, esq. of Ashburne, in
Derbyshire, by whom he had issue,

John, who d. s. p.
Edward (Sir), his successor.
Thomas, m. Cassandra, daughter of
Thomas Lane, esq. of Bentley, and
had issue.
Francis, of Melsho, in Salop, m. Ger-
trude, daughter of Thomas Sutton,
esq. of Over-Haddon, in the county
of York, and left issue.
Walter, of Eccleshall, in Staffordshire,
m. Alice, daughter of John Comber-
ford, esq. in the same shire, and left
John, d. s. p.

James, m. Mercy, daughter of John

Stone, esq. of London, and relict of

William Bowyer, esq. by whom he

left issue.

Devereux, m. Jane, daughter of George

Allen, esq. of Woodhouse, in the

county of Derby, and left issue.

Jane, m. John Lane, esq. of Bentley.

Constance, m. to Thomas Holt, esq. of

Gristlehurst, in Lancashire.
Mary, m. to Walter Vernon, esq. of

Hounhill, in Staffordshire.
Grace, m. first, to Francis Harnage, esq.
of Belzardine, in Shropshire, and
secondly, to Silvanus Lacon, esq. of
the same shire.
Margaret, m. to Sir John Repington,
knt. of Amington, in Warwickshire.
Sir Edward d. 19th July, 1574, and was s. by
his eldest surviving son,

Sir Edward Littleton, who was high she-
riff of Staffordshire, in the 25th and 35th of
Elizabeth, and represented that county in
parliament, in the 39th of the same reign.
Sir Edward m. Margaret, daughter and co-
heir of Sir William Devereux, knt. youngest
son of Walter, viscount Hereford, by whom
he had issue,



Edward, his successor.

Thomas, m. Elizabeth, daughter and

heir of Adam Morton, esq. of Wil-

brighton, in Staffordshire, and left


Mary, m. to Richard Fowler, esq. of

King's Harnage, in Shropshire.
Anne, m. to Humphrey Salwey, esq. of

Stanford, in Worcestershire.
Jane, m. to Richard Knightly, esq. of

Fewesley, in Northamptonshire.
Ellen, m. to William Babington, esq. of

Curborough, in Staffordshire.
Margaret, m. to Richard Skinner, esq. of
Cofton, in the county of Worcester.
Lettice, m. to the Rev. John Fulnetley,

archdeacon of Stafford.
Constance, m. to Richard Hill, esq. of
Sir Edward was s. by his eldest son,

Sir Edward Littleton, M. P. for the
county of Stafford, in the 21st James I. and
sheriff of the same shire in three years
afterwards. He m. Mary, daughter of Sir
Clement Fisher, knt. of Packington, in War-
wickshire, and had four sons and four daugh-
ters, viz.

Edward, his successor.

Fisher, m. Anne, daughter of James

Baynton, esq. of Wilts.
Walter (Sir), chancellor of the diocese
of Lichfield and Coventry. Sir Wal-
ter m. Priscilla, daughter of Sir
Lewis Pemberton, knt. of Rushden,
in Northamptonshire, and had four

Walter, of Lichfield, who m. a
daughter of William Talbot, esq.
of Sturton Castle, in Stafford-
shire, and had issue.
Edward, m. Miss Mullins, but had

no issue.
Fisher, LL.D.jw. Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of — Pincebeck, of London,
and relict of — Skegnes, but left
no issue.
Henry, amerchant of London, d.s.p.

William, m. Miss Webster, daughter
and heir of John Webster, of Amster-
dam, merchant.

Lettice, m. first, to William Wash-
bourne, esq. of Washbourne, in Wor-
cestershire ; and secondly, to John
Clent, esq. of Knightwick, in the
same county.

Mary, m. to Euseby Shuckburgh, esq.
of Naseby, in Northamptonshire.

Margaret, m . first, to Sir George Browne,
knt. of Radford, in Warwickshire ;
and secondly, to Francis, third son of
Sir Robert Fisher, bart. of Pack-

Anne, m. to Sir Thomas Holte, bart. of

Sir Edward was s. by his eldest son,

Edward Littleton, esq. of Pellaton
Hall, in the county of Stafford, who was
created a Baronet in the 3rd of Charles I.
He m. Hester, daughter of Sir William
Courteen, knt. of London, by whom, who
espoused secondly Thomas Thorne, esq.
of Shelvock, Salop, he had surviving issue,
Edward, his successor.
Anne, m. to — Cole, esq. of Shrewsbury.
Margaret, m. to Robert Napier, esq.
eldest son of Sir Robert Napier, of
Luton Hoo, in the county of Bedford.
Sir Edward was s. at his decease by his son,
Sir Edward Littleton, second baro-
net, who m. first, Mary, daughter of Sir
Walter Wrotesley, bart. of Wrotesley, in
Staffordshire, and had issue,

I. Edward, who m. Susanna, daughter
of Sir Theophilus Biddulph, of Elm-
hurst, in Staffordshire, and dying be-
fore his father, (in 1704) left,

1. Edward, successor to his grand-

2. Theophilus, d. unmarried.

3. Fisher, m. Frances, eldest dau.
and co-heir of James Whitehall,
esq. of Pipe Ridware, in Staf-
fordshire, and had issue,

Edward, who inherited as
fourth baronet.

Fisher, barrister at law, who
m. Mary, only daughter and
heiress of Thomas Seace,
esq. of Northreps, in Nor-
folk, but had no issue.


house, esq. of Hatherton, in

4. Susan, m. to Sir John Coryton,

5. Mary, m. to Edward Arblaster,
esq. of Longdon, in Staffordshire.

6. Elizabeth, m. to Humphry Hod-
getts, esq.

7. Catherine, m. to John Floyer,
esq. of London, in Staffordshire.

8. Jane, m. to John Egenton, esq. of
Zodbaston, in the county of Staf-

n. Walter, a major in Lord Oxford's re-
giment, m. Lady Anne Knowles,
daughter of Nicholas, earl of Ban-
bury, by whom he had a daughter,
Anne, who d. unmarried. Major Lit-
tleton fell in a duel,
in. Elizabeth, m. to Walter Chetwynd,
esq. of Ingestre, in Staffordshire, and
had issue,
iv. Hester, m. to Humphry Persehouse,
esq. of Reynolds Hall, in Stafford-
shire, and had issue.
The baronet espoused, secondly, Joyce,
daughter of his cousin, — Littleton, esq. of
Teddesley-hay, and had by that lad}*,



I. Devereux, who d. a bachelor, at his
seat at Tamworth, in Staffordshire,
7th June, 1747.

II. Walter, d. unmarried.

in. Henry, deputy governor of Cork,

left no issue.
iv. Fisher, barrister at law, succeeded to
the estates of his brother Devereux,
but d. unmarried.
v. William, captain R.N. left a son,
Edward, who inherited the estates
of his uncle, Fisher. He m. his
cousin, Joyce, eldest daughter of
Stanford Wolferstan, esq. of
Statfold, and d. s. p.
vi. Adam, killed in a duel, and d. un-

vii. , m. to— Dilke, esq. of

Maxtoke Castle, in Warwickshire,
and had issue,
vin. Sarah, m. to Stanford Wolfer-
stan, esq. of Statfold, and had issue.
(See p. 189.)
Sir Edward Littleton was s. by his grandson,
Sir Edward Littleton, third baronet. —
This gentleman m. Mary, only daughter of
Sir Richard Hoare, knt. (who had been Lord
Mayor of the City of London, and one of its

representatives in parliament, temp. Queen
Anne), but died without issue, 2nd January,
1741-2, when he was *. by his nephew.

Sir Edward Littleton, fourth baronet,
who removed the family seat from Pillaton
to Teddesley. He m. Frances, eldest daugh-
ter of Christopher Horton, esq. of Catton,
in the county of Derby, but d. s. p. in 1812,
when the baronetcy expired, but the estates
devolved upon his grand nephew,

Edward-John Walhouse, the present
proprietor, who assumed, as stated above,
the surname and arms of Littleton, and now
represents the Staffordshire branch of that
family. It is singular that the inheritors of
the honors and estates of this family have
all borne the name of Edward since the 9th
of Henry VIII.

Arms — Ar. a chevron, between three es-
callops, sa.

Crest — A stag's head caboshed, sa. attired,
or ; between the attires, a bugle horn of the
second, hanging and fastened by a bend,

Motto— Ung Dieu, et ung Roy.

Town Residence— Grosvenor-place.

Seats— Teddesley and Hatherton, both in


METHUEN, PAUL, esq. of Corsham House, in the county of Wilts, a magistrate

and deputy-lieutenant of that shire, and representative
in parliament of its northern division, b. 21st June,
1779, m. in July, 1810, Jane-Dorothea, eldest daugh-
ter of the late Sir Henry St. John Mildmay, bart. of
Dogrnersfield Park, and has issue,

Paul-Mildmay, b. 31st January, 1814.
Frederick-Henry-Paul, b, 23rd February, 1818.
St. John-George-Paul, b. 23rd November, 1819.

Mr. Methuen succeeded his father in September, 1816.
He represented the county of Wilts in two parliaments
before 1819, but retired from ill health in that year.


The surname of Methuen, written at dif-
ferent times Meff'an, Methfen, Metkfin,
Methfyn, Methvyn, Methwen, and Meth-
ven, is local, and was assumed from the ba-

rony of Methven, in Scotland, as soon as
such designations became hereditary in that

" The traditional account of the origin of



the Methvens (says Sir Robert Douglas)
that a man of distinction accompanied Queen
Margaret from Hungary ; and being of sin-
gular merit, as well as of high rank, became
a mighty favorite with King Malcolm Can-
more, who, to induce him to stay in his king-
dom, bestowed upon him the lands and ba-
rony of Methven, in Perthshire, where he
settled, from which his posterity assumed
their surname ; and, to keep in remembrance
their descent from Germany, they often car-
ried their arms blazoned on the breast of a
spread eagle."

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