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Theresa, daughter of T. P. Metcalfe, esq. of Barnborough, Yorkshire, and has issue,

Charles. Mary- Anne. Frances.

George. Isabella. Catherine.

Mr. Eyston served the office of high sheriff for the county of Berks, in 1831.


The Eystonshave enjoyed their Berkshire
estates, in the male line, since the reign of
Henry VI. but inherit them from families in
whose possession they were at a much earlier

Robert de Turbeville was seised of a
manor in East Hendred, early in the reign
of Henry III. and from him the estate passed

Richard de Turbeville, who lived temp.
Edward I. and left an only daughter and

Amicia de Turbeville, who espoused Wil-
liam de Arches, and was s. at her decease by
her son,

William de Arches, knight for Berks in
1336, whose son,

John de Arches, also represented that
county in the 8th and 14th of Richard II.
and 4th and 6th of Henry IV. He left at
his decease a son and heir,

William Rawlin de Arches, who dying
without male issue, his estates passed to his
only daughter and heiress,

Maud de Arches, who conveyed those,
(since denominated the manor of Arches,)
with other territorial possessions to her hus-
band, John Stowe, of Burford, in the county
of Oxford, whose name occurs in the list of

Berkshire gentry of 1433. The only daugh-
ter and heiress of this marriage,

Isabel Stowe, espoused

John Eyston, (whose family had, for three
generations before, possessed a manor in
Isleworth, in Middlesex, now belonging to
the Duke of Northumberland,) and was s.
by her son,

William Eyston, esq. of East Hendred,
living there in 1494, who was father of

Thomas Eyston, esq. of East Hendred.
This gentleman m. Elizabeth, dau. of Robert
Hyde, esq. and had a son, his successor,

John Eyston, esq. of East Hendred, living
in 1544, who m. Maud, daughter of Hum-
phrey Tirrell, esq. of Wanley, Essex, and
was s. by his son,

John Eyston, esq. b. in 1531, who m.
first, Joan Clifford, but had no issue. He
espoused, secondly, Jane, daughter and co-
heir of Thomas Berington, of Streatly, in the
county of Berks, and had several children,
by the eldest of whom,

William Eyston, esq. he was succeeded
at his decease, in 1590. This gentleman
m. Mary, daughter and co-heir of James
Thatcher, esq. of Priesthawes, in Sussex, by
whom he had fourteen children. Adhering to
the tenets of the Roman Catholic religion, Mr.
Eyston had his lands repeatedly sequestered
during the reign of Charles I. He d. in
1649, and was s. by his eldest son,

William Eyston, esq. b. in 1611, who in.
Eleanor, daughter of George Smith, esq. of
Ash, in the county Palatine of Durham, and
had issue,

William, who was cast away in a vessel
sailing between Marseilles and Leg-
horn, in the eighteenth year of his






Fiances, an Austine nun, at Paris.

This gentleman, a great sufferer during the
civil wars, both on account of his religion
and loyalty, d. 11th April, 1670, when his
estates passed to his eldest surviving son,

George Eyston, esq. who adhering, like
his predecessors, to the religion of his fore-
fathers, suffered both imprisonment and se-
questration, and was obliged to compound
heavily for his estates, at the corrupt period
when the perjuries of TlTUS Oates were
hailed by a blood-thirsty faction, as a second
revelation. He m. in 1644, Anne, daughter
of Robert Dormer, esq. of Peterly, in the
county of Bucks, by whom he had five sons,





Dying in 1691, he was s. by his eldest son,

Charles Eyston, esq. who in. in 1692,
Winifred-Dorothy, daughter of Basil Fitz-
herbert, esq. of Swinnerton, in the couuty
of Stafford, and had ten children, viz.

Charles, his successor.

Basil, d. s. p.

Thomas-John, who inherited the estates
upon the demise, issueless, of his
elder brother,







This Charles Eyston was a diligent and cu-
rious antiquary, and a friend and corres-
pondent of Thomas Hearne, of antiquarian
celebrity, of Dr. Rawlinson, and of several
other persons eminent in literary and sci-
entific pursuits. He d. in 1721, and was s.
by his eldest son,

Charles Eyston, esq. who m. Mary-Mag-
dalen, daughter of Thomas Hawkyns, esq.
of Nash Court, in the county of Kent, but
dying without issue, in 1747, in the 42nd
year of his age, was s. in the estates by his
next surviving brother,

Thomas-John Eyston, esq. who m. Mary,
daughter of George Bruning, esq. of East
Meon, Hampshire, of an ancient family in
that county, and had issue,

Winifred, m. to Bryan Barrett, esq. of

Milton, in the county of Berks.
Mary, m. to the late Charles Butler,
esq. of Lincoln's Inn, an eminent
lawyer, and recently one of the king's
counsel. Mr. Butler obtained high
reputation by his literary labours, and
by his advocacy of religious liberty.
He was a Roman Catholic, and lived
to witness the total repeal of the law
which had so long and so unjustly
oppressed his brethren. He d. 2nd
June, 1832.
Mr. Eyston d. in 1796, at the advanced age
of eighty-two, and was s. by his eldest son,
Basil Eyston, esq. b. in 1748, who m.
Mary, daughter and heir of Richard Hud-
dleston, esq. of Gray's Inn, by whom he had

Charles, his heir.
He d. in 1817, and was s. in his estates by
his eldest son, Charles Eyston, esq. the
present proprietor.

Arms — Sable, three lions rampant or, two
and one.
quartering s :

Stowe. Arg. a chevron gu. between

three crows sable, beaked or.
Arches. Gu. three arches arg. capitals

and pedestals or.
Turbeville. Ermine, a lion rampantgu.
Berington. Sable, three dogs courant

in pale argent, collared or.
Thatcher. — a cross moline, a chief —
Lawkener. Az. three chevrons arg. on
the upper a pallet.
Seat — East Hendred House, county of




BYNG, GEORGE, esq. of Wrotham Park, Middlesex, M.P. for that shire, b.
17th May, 1764, in. Harriet, eighth daughter of the late Sir William Montgomery, hart.
Mr. Byng has been, for a great many years, the popular member for the county of Mid-
dlesex; in the many fierce contests which have occurred in his time, his seat has never
been disputed.


This is a branch of the noble and ancient
house of Byng, Viscounts Torrington.

Admiral George Byng, (eldest son of
John Byng, esq. of Wrotham), one of the
most distinguished officers in the naval an-
nals of Great Britain, received the honour
of knighthood from Queen Anne, 22nd Oc-
tober, 1704 ; was created a baronet 14th No-
vember, 1715 ; and elevated to the peerage
9th September, 1721, by the titles of Baron
Byng and Viscount Torrington. His lord-
ship m. in 1691, Margaret, daughter of James
Master, esq. of East Langdon, in the county
of Kent, and had eleven sons and four daugh-
ters, of whom

Pattee, s. his father, as second vis-
count, but dying s. p. the honors of
the family passed to his brother,

George, third viscount, whose great-
grandson is the present George Byng,
Viscount Torrington.

Robert, of whom hereafter.

John, the unfortunate Admiral Byng,
so unjustly executed in 1757, under
the sentence of a court martial.

His lordship's third son,

The Hon. Robert Byng, M.P. for Ply-
mouth, was appointed one of the commis-
sioners of his majesty's navy, 21st June,
1731 ; and, in 1739, governor of Barbadoes.
He m. Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of
Jonathan Forward, esq. and had issue,

George, his successor.

Robert, smothered in the Black Hole

at Calcutta, 20th June, 1756.
John, d. in 1764.

Mr. Byng d. in 1740, and was s. by bis
eldest son,

George Byng, esq. M.P. for Middlesex,
who m. Anne, daughter of the Right Hon.
William Conolly, of Castletown, in Ireland,
and had issue,

George, present representative of the


John (Sir), K.C.B. G.C.H. and M.P.
lieutenant-general in the army, and
colonel of the 29th regiment of foot,
a gallant and highly distinguished
officer during the late Spanish war,
and at the battle of Waterloo, who
has twice received the thanks of par-
liament for his services, and who has
obtained from the crown an hono-
rable augmentation of his arms. Sir
John m. first, Mary, eldest daughter
of Peter Mackenzie, esq. by whom
he has an only son,

George-Stevens, M.P. captain in
the army and comptroller of the
household to the lord-lieutenant
of Ireland, b. 8th June, 1806 ;
m. 7th March, 1829, Lady Agnes
Paget, fifth daughter of Henry
William, present Marquess of
Anglesey, and has two sons,



1. George-Henry-Charles, b.
22nd February, 1830.

2. Another son, b. 21st August,

Sir John Byng espoused, secondly,
Marianne, second daughter of Sir
Walter James, bait, and has further

William-Frederick, an officer in

the Guards.
Harriet-Frances, m. in 1828, to
Captain Charles Ramsden.


Mr. Byng d. in 1789, and was s. by his
eldest son, George Byng, esq. now M.P.
for Middlesex.

Arms — Quarterly, sa. and ar. in the first
quarter, a lion rampant of the second.

Crest — An heraldic antelope statant, erm.
horned, tusked, maned, and hoofed, or.

Motto — Tuebor.

Seat — Wrotham Park, Middlesex.


CONGREVE, WILLIAM, esq. of Aldermanston, in the county of Berks, and of
Cono-reve, in the county of Stafford, m. Mary, daugher and co-heiress of Sir William
Pepperrell, bart.


1. John, his successor.

2. William, a colonel in the army,
father of

William Congreve, the celebrated
dramatist, b. in 1672.

This distinguished person is
spoken of in terms of admiration
by every English writer who has
had occasion to mention his name.
Steele made him the patron of his
Miscellany, and Pope inscribed
to him the translation of the
Iliad. Placed by circumstances
beyond the pecuniary anxieties
of an author's profession, he is
said to have affected contempt
for the profession itself. The
anecdote of his telling Voltaire
when he came to visit him, that
he desired to be considered as a
gentleman solely, and not in the
light of an author, is one of the
mortifying proofs that the highest
gifted minds are not always the
strongest. The latter years of
Congreve's life were rendered
miserable by sickness and in-
firmity. Catarrhs in his eyes
produced at length total blind-
ness, and repeated attacks of
gout prematurely undermined his

This family, one of the most eminent in
the county of Stafford, was settled at Con-
greve soon after the Conquest, and thence
derived its surname.

Richard Congreve, esq. of Congreve,
was one of the thirteen Staffordshire gentle-
men upon whom King Charles II. intended
to have conferred the order of the royal
oak, were the institution of such a degree of
knighthood persevered in. He m. Anne,
daughter of Sir Thomas Fitz-Herbert, of
Norbury, and grandaughter of Sir Anthony
Fitz-Herbert, the eminent judge, by whom
he had two sons,




constitution. He sought relief
from the waters at Bath, but the
accident of being overturned in
his carriage, left a permanent
pain in his side, and, probably,
accelerated his death, which oc-
curred in January, 1729, in the
sixtieth year of his age. The re-
mains of the poet were interred
with great solemnity in West-
minster Abbey, and Henrietta,
Duchess of Marlborough, erected
a monument to his memory. To
this lady, who is said to have en-
tertained a most romantic regard
for him, he bequeathed the great
bulk of his fortune. Congreve's
occasional poems are so far be-
low mediocrity, that we have not
deemed it necessary at all to al-
lude to them. As a dramatist,
his fame is imperishable, and he
stands, if not at the head, in the
very first class of writers of co-
medy. Not so much, however,
for his humorous and natural
portraits, as for those of eccen-
tricity. His wit, indeed, flashes
upon us almost to annoyance,
and it is often difficult to distin-
guish the false humour of his
fools from the genuine sallies of
his lively characters. We shall
conclude these observations with
Congreve's literary character,
from the pen of Doctor John-
son. " Congreve has merit of
the highest kind ; he is an
original writer, who borrowed
neither the model of his plot,
nor the manner of his dialogue.
He formed a peculiar idea of
comic excellence, which he sup-
posed to consist of gay remarks
and unexpected answers, but that
which he endeavoured he seldom
failed of performing. His scenes
exhibit not much of imagery or
passion ; his personages are a
kind of intellectual gladiators —
every sentence is to ward or
strike ; but they are the work of
a mind replete with images, and
quick in combination."

Mr. Congreve was s. by his elder son,
John Congreve, esq. of Congreve, who

m. Mary, daughter of Thomas Nichols, esq.

of Boycot, in the county of Salop, and had

John, his successor.
Ralph, a colonel in the army, and lieu-
tenant-governor of Gibraltar, who m.

Anne, daughter of Hanmer, esq.

and had a son and a daughter, viz.
Ralph, M.P. an officer in the yeo-
man of the guard, m. Charlotte,
only child of William Lord
Stawell, by his wife Elizabeth,
heiress of the Forsters, of Al-
dersmanston. He d. without is-
sue, but surviving his wife, be-
queathed his estates (which had
been settled on the survivor) to the
elder branch of his own family.
Anne, d. unmarried.
William, a colonel in the army, and
ancestor to Sir William Congreve, bt.
The eldest son,

John Congreve, esq. of Congreve, m.
Abigail, daughter of John Harewood, esq.
of Shrewsbury, and had three sons, viz.

William, his successor.
Charles-Walter, in holy orders, arch-
deacon of Armagh, d. unmarried, in
Richard, who eventually inherited the
family estates.
Mr. Congreve d. in 1728, and was s. by his
eldest son,

William Congreve, esq. of Congreve,
who m. Jane, daughter of — Waller, esq. of
Ireland, a relative of the poet, Waller, but
dying s. p. in 1779, the family inheritance
passed to his only surviving brother,

Rev. Richard Congreve, of Congreve,
who m. Martha, daughter and heiress of
John Jones, esq. of Fynnant, in the county
of Montgomery, and had issue,
William, present proprietor.
Richard, of Burton, in the county of
Chester, who m. Mary-Anne, daugh-
ter of George Birch, esq. of Hamp-
stead, in Staffordshire, and has a nu-
merous family.
Mariamne, of Iswyd Park, Flintshire.
Mr. Congreve was s. at his decease by his
elder son.

Arms — Sa. a chevron between three battle
axes arg.

Crest — A falcon rising.

Motto — Non moritur cujus fama vivit.

Seat — Aldermanston-House Berkshire.


BASTARD, EDMUND-POLLEXFEN, esq. of Kitley, Devonshire, b. 12th July,

1784, m. 22nd January, 1824, the Honorable Anne-Jane
Rodney, only surviving daughter of George, second Baron
Rodney, of Rodney Stoke, (by Anne, daughter and co-
heiress of the Right Honorable Thomas Harley, of Ber-
rington, in the county of Hereford,) and has issue,

Edmund-Rodney-Pollexfen, b. 7th September, 1825.
Baldwin-John-Pollexfen, b. 11th March, 1830.
William-Pollexfen, b. 12th January, 1832.

Mr. Bastard, who represented the county of Devon in
several parliaments, succeeded to the estates upon the
demise of his father, in 1816.


The family of Bastard has been seated in
Devonshire ever since the Conquest. Robert
Bastard appears in Domesday Book to have
had grants of Efford Meavy, Stonehouse,
Blackford, Badestone, Haraldesore, Cumbe,
L>unestantone, and Bicheford, all in the
county of Devon. His descendants have
intermarried with the heiresses of Crispin
and of Killiowe, in the county of Cornwall, and
into the families of Fitz-Stephen, Besilles,
Damarell, Gilbert, Reynell, Hele, and Bamp-
fylde, and have at different periods served
as sheriffs of the county. Their seat for
many generations was at Garston, near
Kingsbridge, until about the end of the se-
venteenth century.

William Bastard, esq. by marriage with
the heiress of Pollexfen, of Kitley, acquired
that estate, which has since been the family
residence. His son,

Pollexfen Bastard, esq. of Kitley, in.
Lady Bridget Poulett, daughter of John, first
Earl Poulett, and was s. at his decease in
1733, by his eldest son,

William Bastard, esq. of Kitley. In
1779, a powerful French fleet appearing in
the Channel, great alarm was excited for
the safety of the Dock Yard and Arsenal at
Plymouth, on account of a large number of
French prisoners confined there, for the re-
moval of whom no troops could be spared
from the garrison, already insufficient for
the defence of the place. Mr. Bastard, as


a reward for his services in conducting these
prisoners to Exeter, assisted only by the
gentry and peasantry of the neighbourhood
whom he had collected on the occasion, was
created a baronet by his late Majesty. The
title was gazetted in 1779, hut lias never been
assumed. He in. Ann, daughter of Thomas
Worsley, esq. of Hovingham, in the county
of York, and had issue,

John-Pollexfen, his successor.
Edmund, who inherited the estates, upon
his brother's decease.
Mr. Bastard was s. at his decease, in 1782,
by his elder son,

John-Pollexfen Bastard, esq. who was
elected in 1784 member for Devon, which
county he continued to represent until his
death. Hew. Sarah, widow of — Wymonde-
sold, esq. of Lockinge, in the county of Berks,
by whom he acquired the estates belonging
to that family, but dying without issue in
1816, he was s. by his brother,

Edmund Bastard, esq. sometime M.P.
for Dartmouth, who m. Jane, daughter and
heiress of Captain Pownoll, R. N. of Sharp-
ham, Devon, and had issue,

Edmund-Pollexfen, present proprietor,
John, a captain in the Navy, and M.P.
for Dartmouth, who inherited the
Pownoll estates, and resides at Sharp-
ham. He in. Frances, daughter and
co-heiress of Benjamin Wade, of the
Grange, in the county of York, esq.



Philomen-Pownoll, in holy orders, m.
Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. Justice

Mr. Bastard died the same year he inhe-
rited the estates, and was s. by his eldest
son, Edmund-Pollexfen Bastard, esq. pre-
sent representative of the family.

Arms. — Or, a chevron az.

Crest. — A dexter arm embowed in plate
armour, ppr. garnished or, the elbow to-
wards the sinister, the hand in a gauntlet

grasping a sword also ppr. pommel and hilt
gold, in bend sinister the point downwards.

Motto — Pax potior bello.

Estates — Chiefly in Devonshire ; KlTLEY
the present residence, first possessed in 1700.
The original property at different periods
since the Conquest, but the dates uncertain.
Some possessions in Cornwall about 1630,
and an estate in Berkshire about 1780.

Seats — Kitley, near Yealmpton, and
Buckland, near Ashburton, both in the
county of Devon ; and Lockinge, Berkshire.


BATEMAN, JOHN, esq. of Knypersley Hall, county of Stafford, and of Tolson
Hall, in the county of Westmoreland, b. 31st October, 1782, m. 30th May, 1810,
Elizabeth, second daughter of the late George Holt, esq. of Redivals, in Lancashire,
and has issue, an only son,

James, b. 18th July, 1812.

Mr. Bateman served the office of High Sheriff for Staffordshire in 1830.


Thomas Bateman, esq. of Tolson Hall, in
the county of Westmoreland, dying in 1736,
was s. by his eldest son,

John Bateman, esq. of Tolson Hall, who
m. Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Branth-
waite, esq. of Carlinghill, in the county
of Westmoreland, (direct lineal descend-
ant from, and inheritor of the estates of,
Robert Branthwayt, of Carlinghill, keeper of
the Tower of London temp. James I. and se-

cretary to Sir Richard Weston, K.G. lord
treasurer of England for Irish affairs), by
whom he had issue,

James, his successor.
John, d. unmarried, in 1816.
Mr. Bateman d. in 1783, and was s. by his
elder son,

James Bateman, esq. of Tolson Hall, who
m. Margaret, daughter of Edward Nicholson,
of Kendal, merchant, and grandaughter to
the Rev. William Nicholson, of Old Hutton,
by Margaret, first cousin to Secretary Cragg,
and had issue,

John, his successor.

James, b. in 1784, d. in Germany in 1800.

Elizabeth, m. to William Thorpe, esq.

of Manchester,
Margaret, m. to O. P. Wathen, esq. fifth
son of Sir Samuel Wathen, of Wood-
chester, in the county of Gloucester.
Susanna, m. to Richard Gould, esq. third
son of Thomas Gould, esq. of Northaw,
in the county of Herts.
Mr. Bateman d. in 1824, and was s. by his
elder son, John Bateman, esq. present pro-

Arms — Az. on a fesse embattled between



three crescents, issuant from each an estoile
arg. the chemical character of Mars sa.

Crest — A tower arg. issuant therefrom a
demi-eagle, wings elevated sa. charged on
the breast witli the chemical character of
Mars or ; in the beak a wreath of oak, ppr.

Estates — hi the townships of Strickland
Kettle, Skelsmergh, and Burneside, West-
moreland, first acquired in 1022 and 1752.
In the townships of Manchester, Salford, and
Redivals, Lancashire, first possessed in
1793. In the townships of Knypersley, Up-

per Biddulph (including the manor of Kny-
persley, the great tithes of the parish of Bid-
dulph, and the perpetual advowson of the
vicarage of Biddulph), Wolstanton Horton,
Rushton Spencer, and Norton le Moors,
Staffordshire, first possessed in 1809. In
the township of Stroud, Gloucestershire, ob-
tained in 1818; and in the townships of
Congleton and Buglawton, Cheshire, ac-
quired in 1823.

Seat — Knypersley Hall, in the county of
Stafford; and Tolson Hall, Westmoreland.


WISE, AYSHFORD, esq. of Ford House, and Wonwell Court, both in the county of

Devon, b. 20th April, 1786, m. in June, 1809, Mary, daughter
of the Reverend Thomas Whitby, of Creswell-Hall, in Staf-
fordshire, (by Mabella, daughter of T. Turton, esq. of
Orgreve, and sister of the late Mrs. Portman, of Bryan-
stone) by whom he has had issue,

John-Ayshford, b. in 1810.

Henry-Whitby, b. in 1813, d. in 1828.

Reginald, b. in 1814.





Mr. Wise succeeded his father, 19th May, 1809. He re-
presented Totness in parliament, from 1813 to 1817.


This family, which resided in England
before the Norman Conquest, deduces its
descent from

William Wise, or Gwiss, living about
forty years after that great event. He was
s. by his son,

Serlonius Fitz-Wise, who had a daugh-
ter, m. to Fulford, of Fulford, and a son, his

Oliver Wise, who was s. by his son.

Sir John Wise, Lord of Greston, father

Henry Wise, whose son,

William Wise, held sixteen librates of
land in Cornwall, in the 40th of Henry III.
(anno 1255). He was s. by his son,

Serlonius Wise, lord of the manor of

Thrusselton ; which lands he inherited from
the Viponts. He was s. by his son,
Thomas Wise, who had two sons,
Oliver, who left a daughter,

Thomasine, m. to Hugh, son and heir
of Sir T. Beaumont.
The elder son,

John Wise, inherited lands from the
Trevages and Sydenhams, and was sheriff of
the county of Devon, in the 5th of Henry
IV. His son,

Thomas Wise, m. Margaret, daughter and
heiress of Robert Brett, esq. of Slottiscombe,
(descended from Alured de Brito). By this
lady he acquired the manor of Stoke Dama-



rell, where the Wises huilt a house, called
Mount Wise. He had issue,

John Wise, of Sydenham, in Devon-
shire, who m. Thomasine, daughter of Sir
Baldwin Fulford, of Great Fulford, in De-
vonshire, and had issue,

Alicia, m. to James Russell, esq. and was
mother of John, first Earl of Bedford.
He was s. by his son,

Oliver Wise, of Sydenham. This gen-
tleman m. Margaret, daughter of JohnTre-
mayne, esq. of Collacombe, in the county
of Devon, and was s. by his elder son,

John Wise, of Sydenham, who to. first,
Maria, daughter of James Chudleigh, esq.
of Ashton, in the county of Devon, by
whom he had Thomas, Nicholas, and Anna.
He espoused, secondly, Dorothy, daughter
of — Legh, of Legh, and had two other
sons and a daughter. He wedded, thirdly,
Anna, daughter of Sir George Mathew, of
Rader, in Wales, and had one son, Leonard.
He was s. by his eldest son,

James Wise, of Sydenham, who to. Alicia,
daughter of James Dinham, esq. of Wor-
tham, in the county of Devon, and had, with

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