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MATERIALS FOR
A HISTORY OF THE WITHER FAMILY.



MATERIALS



A HISTORY OF

THE WITHER FAMILY,



REV. REGINALD F. BIGG-WITHER, M.A.

Rector of IVons/on, Hants.



lIQltncbester :

WARREN & SON, 85, HIGH STREET.



WINCHESTER :
PRINTED BY WARREN AND SON, THE WYKEHAM PRESS.



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Dedicated

to the njemorp of the Author's father,
and of bis Son Arthur Scrgius.



PREFACE.



TN the early sixties a young Oxford undergraduate, preparing
for the history schools, as he leant Sunday after Sunday
during the long vacation over the edge of the high family pew
in the unrestored parish Church of Wootton St. Lawrence, near
Basingstoke — gazed with increasing interest at the following
monumental inscription on the opposite wall : —

"William Wither esquire
died Oct: 31 17 89 aged 86.



On his death, all the male issue

Of an ancient and well respected family.

Who had resided at Manydown

During the space of four centuries

Became extinct."

"Four centuries" in 1789, that takes one back (he said to
himself) to the reign of Richard II. I wonder what the suc-
cession of the Withers of Manydown was, and what sort of life a
country squire lived in those days. Visions of the manorial
system ; of the estate divided into two portions, that in demesne
and that held by the villagers in villenage ; of the manorial courts
and of the lord dispensing justice — rose before him. " Some day
I will write a history of the family and of the manor."

Time passed. After Oxford came residence abroad. Then
Holy Orders with exacting ministerial work. At length, through
an enforced winter's rest, came the opportunity of putting into
shape materials that had for years been collected for a history of
the Withers of Manydown and of their offshoots at Oakley Hall,
Theddon Grange, and other parts of Hampshire, and of prefixing



to it a sketch of the origin of the family in Lancashire and, in the
nature of an appendix, to add some particulars of its ramifications
in other parts of England and of America.

The result is the present volume.

The title Materials for a History of the Wither Family is
an admission of incompleteness. It is hardly possible in the
lifetime of a busy man to collect and adjust all available facts
concerning an ancient family, that dates back to the twelfth
century, and then to weave them into a history proper. As it
is, the search for ancient records in the Public offices, the
examination of old family deeds, of wills at Somerset House
and elsewhere, of Church registers all over the country, has
taken up already too much time in a life set apart for more
important occupations. The writer, however, is confident that
the information here presented will interest many who bear the
family name, and many members of allied families : moreover
he is assured that it will usefully serve the wider purpose of
illustrating the history of his own county of Hampshire.

The Wither family may not have produced any, or many,
world-famous men and women ; but it is not without just pride
that its representatives to-day look back to forbears of distinction
in all branches of Church and State, of literature, law and
commerce ; and especially to a long succession of country
"squires" living on their estates, "good old English gentlemen,"
serving their country as magistrates, their parish as benefactors,
honoured by their neighbours, and beloved by the poor.

As the sheets were going through the press the author of
this family history experienced an irreparable loss in the death,
at the early age of eighteen, at Winchester College, of his only
surviving son. This fact may be a sufficient excuse for some
errors in correcting proofs.



It remains for the author to thank those relatives and friends
who have helped him in his congenial task. To his cousin,
Mrs. Norsworthy, whose skilled pen has drawn the coats of arms
from which the heraldic illustrations are printed, his thanks are
especially due ; also to Mr. F"rank Sidgwick, of the publishing
firm of Bullen & Co., for great help in connection with the life of
George Wither, the poet, and for the admirable bibliography
attached. The author is grateful also to Mrs. Beach and to
Mrs. Ellice Hicks Beach for help in the history of the Withers
of Oakley Hall, and to Mr. Gathorne Wood for those of Theddon
Grange ; to the Rev. F. T. Madge for researches in Winchester
Cathedral Library, and to Miss Trice Martin for the same at the
Record Office ; to the many clergy who have readily supplied
him with information from the Registers in their charge ; to the
Rev. C. S. Ward, of Wootton St. Lawrence, and the Rev. George
Horner, of Wimbledon, who, with the Dean of Durham, Messrs.
F. J. Baigent and W. H. Jacob, of Winchester, and Dr. Andrews,
of Basingstoke, have from time to time given him valuable help
and information on antiquarian and literary matters connected
with this work ; and not least is his gratitude due to Messrs.
Warren, of Winchester, for the admirable way in which the book
is printed and the facsimiles and illustrations prepared.



REGINALD F. BIGG-WITHER.



Wonston Rectory,
July, 1907.



CORRECTIONS.

Page 22, for "Richard Fawkener," read "Peter."
,, 27, for "Alethea Wither," read "Alethea Bethell."
,, SS' fo"" "Thomas," read "WilUam Heathcote."
,, 81, for "Mrs. Charles Smith," read "Mrs. Charles Wither."

On Picture of Mrs. WiUiam Beach, for "1662 — 1742," read " 1718 — 15
,, ,, ,, Dorothy Wither, for "1783," read "1752."

„ ,, William Wither B. Beach, for "1900," read "1901."



CONTENTS.



List of Pedigrees ... ... ... ... ... ... xi\

List of Illustrations ... ... ... ... ... xv

Coloured Print of Wither Arms and Crest ... ... to face xv:

Epigram thereon by George Wither, the Poet ... xvi



The Name Wither.



.. XVll, xvu



CHAPTER L

(pp. 1—8.)
Wyther of Pendleton Hall, Lancashire.
The Cotgreave Pedigree (1189-1288).
Sir William Wyther, Knight, Judge (1279-1307). Executor to Edmund, ist Earl

of Lancaster.
Wyther of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.
Wyther of Hum (Ipstonesland), Staffordshire.

CHAPTER n.

(pp. 9-15.)
Descendants of the two Elder Sons of Thomas Wyther of Pendleton
Hall (1363).
(i.) Thomas of Whalley. (2.) Thomas of Hunstanton.
EHzabethan Pedigree, date 1576.

George Wyther, Rector of Danbury ; Archdeacon of Colchester (1525-1605).
Sir William Wither, Knight, Lord Mayor of London (1707).

CHAPTER in.

(pp. 19—42.)
Wither of Manydown, Hampshire (1389-1789).

Notices of Wither in Hampshire, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries.
Wither of Manydown— Thomas (1484-1506) ; John (1506-1536) ; Richard (1536-
•577); John (1577-1620); William i (1620-1653); Wilham ii (1653-1671) ;
William iii (1671-1679) ; William iv (1679-1733) ; William v (1733-1789).

CHAPTER IV.
(PP- 43— 6S-)
Bigg-Wither of Manydown and Tangier Parks (1789-1871).

Lovelace Bigg (1741-1789); Lovelace Bigg- Wither (1789-1813) ; Harris Bigg-
Wither (1813-1833) ; Rev. Lovelace Bigg-Wither (1833-1874).



CHAPTER V.

(pp. 6q— 8i.)
Wither of Hall (Oakley Hall) (i 583-1901).

George Wither of Dummer (l 520-1 586) ; Gilbert Wither of Dummer ( 1 586-1 599) ;
George Wither of Hall (1599-1666) ; Gilbert Wither of Hall (1666-1676) ;
Charles Wither the elder (1676-1697) ; Charles Wither Commissioner of Woods
and Forests (i 697-1 731) ; Mrs. Edmund Bramston, nee Wither (1748- 1 790) ;
Wither Bramston (1790-1832) ; Colonel Beach (1832-1856) ; The Right Hon.
William Wither Bramston Beach (1S56-1901). Pictures at Oakley Hall.

CHAPTER VI.
(pp. 85—103.)
Wither of Bentworth and Theddon Grange (i 562-1730).

George Wyther of Bentworth (1562-1629) ; George Wither, the Poet (1588-1667) ;
Robert Wither of Theddon Grange (1635-1667) ; Brigadier-General Hunt
Wither (1662-1718) ; Henry Wither of Theddon (1705-1730).
The Bonham Family.
Chronological Bibliography of the Works of George Wither.

CHAPTER VII.
(pp. 107—132.)
History of the Principal Estates held by Wither and Bigg.

1. Manydown : the Manor, the House, the Park, three old Inventories, twenty-one

Leases, Court Provisions.

2. Tangier, or Fabians.

3. Worting : the Manor and Advowson.

4. Andwell, twenty-four Leases.

5. Woodgarston Manor and Estate.

6. Wymering Manor and Estate.

7. Bighton Manor and Advowson.

8. Hainshill. 9. Chilton FoUiat. 10. Woolston.

CHAPTER VIII.
(PP- 133—173-)
Families Allied with Wither and Bigg-Wither.

1. Mason of Sydmanton. 13. Mackenzie.

2. Fawkener of Kingsclere. 14. Mansfield.

3. Ayliffe of Scures. 15. Awdry of Notton.

4. Love of Basing Park. 16. Short.

5. Pinke of Kempshott. 17. Stainforth.

6. Risley of Chetwoode. 18. Heathcote of Hursley.

7. Ernie and Pottenger. 19. Orde.

S. Bramston of Skreens. 20. Carleton.

9. Hunt of Bentworth. 21. Massey.

10. Harris of Compton. 22. Craven.

11. Blachford of Osborne. 23. Cuthbert.

12. Simeon. 24. Domville.
Families of the name Withers bearing the arms of Wither of Manydown :—

I. Withers of London. 2. Withers of Liverpool. 3. Withers of the United States.



APPENDICES,
(pp. 177— end.)

I.— Extracts from Ancient Documents (1005-1413).
Wither of Gloucestershire (1220-1379). The Family of Ipstones.

Wither of Staffordshire (1250-1412). Wither of Herefordshire (1255-1385).

Notices of Wither in other Counties (iigi-1413). pp. 177-194.

II.— Extracts from Domestic State Papers (1514-1690), and from Historical
Manuscripts (1558-1709). pp. 197-204.

III.— List of 186 Wills, with the Wills in full, of :— John Wether of Many-
down (1536), text, p. 26 ; Richard Wether of Hereford (1492) ; Richard Wyther
of London (1521) ; George Wyther of Dummer (1587); George Wyther of
Bentworth (1629) ; Richard Bigg of Oxford (1677); also
Abstracts of the Wills of :— Elizabeth Wethers of Burghclere (1539) ; Ann
Wither, nee Ayliffe (1544), text, pp. 26, 27 ; John Wyther of Ecchinswell (1570) ;
Gilbert Wyther of Dummer (1599); George Wither of Winchester (1662);
Richard Bigg of Hainshill (1670) ; Eliza Wither of Bentworth (1682) ; Thomas
Wither of Andwell (1700) ; Lovelace Bigg of Chilton FoUiat (1725) ; William
Wither iv of Manydown (1733) ; Elizabeth Wither, nh NicoU (i735) ; Warden
Henry Bigg (1740) ; and Lovelace Bigg-Wither of Manydown (1813). pp.
212-232.

IV.— A. Notes on Parish Registers.

B. Extracts from Hampshire Parish Registers :—

1. Wootton St. Lawrence. 9. Bentworth. 16. St. Mary Bourne.

2. Wickham. 10. Alton. i7- Hurstbourne Priors.

3. Dummer. 11. Basingstoke. 18. Burghclere.

4. Overton. 12. Basing. 19. Newtown.

5. Whitchurch. 13. Up Nateley. 20. Highclere.

6. Dean. 14. Kingsclere. 21. East Woodhay.

7. Church Oakley. 15. Itchinswell and 22. Romsey.

8. North Waltham. Sydmanton.

C. Records from Holt and North Walsham, Co. Norfolk.

D. Marriage Licences from Harleian Manuscripts, pp. 232— end.



LIST OF PEDIGREES.



I. Wither of Lancashire

II. Issue of Thomas Wyther of Whalley and Richard Wyther
Hunstanton (EHzabethan) ...

III. Wither of Manydown

IV. Wither of King-sclere, Sydmanton, and Itchinswell
V. Wither of Longparish

VI. Bigg and Bigg-Wither

VII. Issue of Rev. Lovelace Bigg-Wither and Emma J. Orde

VIII. Issue of (l) Rev. Harris Jervoise, (2) Charles Bigg-Wither

IX. Wither of Hall (Oakley Hall)

X. Wither of Bentworth and Theddon Grange ...

XI. Descendants of Thomas Bonham and Dorothy Perin

XII. Fawkener or Fauconer of Kingsclere

XIII. Ayliffe or Ayliff of Skeyres and Dean

XIV. Love of Basing Park
XV. Risley of Chetwode

XVI. Bramston of Skreens

XVII. Hunt of Popham, Theddon, and Bentworth ...

XVIII. Harris of Compton

XIX. Blachford of Osborne (Simeon, Mackenzie) ...

XX. Blackstone of Wallingford ...

XXI. Awdry of Notion (Short, Stainforth)

XXII. Heathcote of Hursley

XXIII. Orde and Shafto-Orde

XXIV. Issue of Rev. John Orde and the Hon. Frances Carleton
XXV. Withers of Liverpool

XXVI. Withers of Somerset

XXVII. Wither or Withers of the United States of America ...

XXVIII. (i) Sir William Wyther, Knight, Judge. (2) Walter Wyther of 111

XXIX. William de Ipstones, Co. Stafford ...



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I grow and wdther both together.



LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.



Coloured Print of Wither Arms and Crest ... ... ... ... xvi

Facsimile of Deed whereby the customary and immediate tenants of

Manydown Manor accept William Wither I as their overlord (1649) 34
Facsimile of portion of William Wither II's "Quietus" as High Sheriff

(1663) 36

William Wither IV (1732) from his Monument in Wootton Church ... 39

William Maynard, aged 6 (1727) ... ... ... ... ... 40

Jane Harris ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 47

Sir William Blackstone, Knight, LL.D. ... ... ... ... 48

WilUam Bigg, aged 5. Dorothy Bigg, aged 4. ... ... ... 50

Lovelace Bigg, aged 23, miniature by Conway ... ... ... 52

Lovelace Bigg-Wither, aged 70, miniature ... ... ... ... 52

Rev. Lovelace Bigg-Wither of Manydown and Tangier ... ... 59

Oakley Hall 67

Charles Wither the Elder of Hall (1663— 1694) ... ... ... 71

Mrs. Charles Wither, nde Dorothy Smith, by Sir Godfrey Kneller ... 73

Charles Wither, Commissioner of Woods and Forests ... ... ... 75

Mrs. Edmund Bramston, nh Henrietta Wither ... ... ... 77

Colonel Beach, by Fred Tatham ... ... ... ... ... 79

Colonel Beach's three children, by Fred Tatham ... ... ... 79

Rt. Hon. William Wither Bramston Beach ... ... ... ... 80

George Wither the Poet ... ... ... ... ... ... 89

Andrew Wither, 1665— 1752 ... ... ... ... ... ... 98

Manydown House, 1790 ... ... ... ... ... ... 109

Oak Mantelpiece, Manydown, 1603 ... ... ... ... ... 113

Facsimile of Lease of Manydown ... ... ... ... ... 115

Tangier Park ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 119

James Ley, ist Earl of Marlborough ... ... ... ... 130

Mrs. Charles Wither, by Henrietta Wavell ... ... ... ... 222

Sir Charles Counter Nicol, k.b. (1732) ... ... ... ... 227

Mary Bigg, nie Wade ... ... ... ... ... ... 228

Warden Bigg ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 230

Mrs. Gilbert Wither, n^e Hall, 1633 — 1694 ... ... ... ... 243

Mrs, William Beach, n^e Anne Wither ... ... ... ... 244

Dorothy, daughter of Charles Wither of Hall ... ... ... 245

Memorials to {a) Rev. Lovelace Bigg-Wither, {b) Arthur Sergius Bigg-
Wither ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 262



EPIGRAM BY GEORGE WITHER, THE POET, ON
THE WITHER ARMS AND CREST.



"To his loving friend and Cousin German Mr. William Wither"
(of Manydown), a.d. 1620.
"If that the Standards of the House bewray
What Fortunes to the owners may betide ;
Or if their Destinies, as some men say.
Be in the names of any signified,
'Tis so in thine ; for that faire antique Shield
Borne by thy Predecessors long ago,
Depainted with a clear pure Argent field,
The innocence of thy line did shew.
Three sable Crescents with a Chevron gul'de
Tells that black fates obscured our houses light ;
Because the Planet that our fortunes rul'd
Lost her own lustre, and was darkened quite :

And, as indeed our Adversaries say,

The very name of Wither shows decay.
And yet despair not, keep thy White sustained,
And then it skills not what thy Crescents be.
What though the Moon be now increased, now waned?
Learn thence to know thy life's inconstancy ;
Be careful as thou hitherto hast been,
To shun th' Abuses Man is tax't for here :
And then thy soul that's now eclipsed with sin.
When Moon and Sun are darkened, shall look clear ;
And what so'er thy English name may threat.
The Harvests son the Greeks entitle thee.
Ere thou shalt want, thy Hare will bring thee meat.
And to kill care, herself thy make-sport be :

Yea, yet (though Ennui's mists do make them dull)

I hope to see the waned Orbs at full."

Note by G. W. — For the better understanding of this Epigram, note that his Arms are

in a Field Argent, a Chevron Gules, betwixt three Crescents Sable. His name according to

the Greeks is uiflepos (vlhs, son ; e4pos, summer or harvest). His Crest a Hare with three Wheat
Ears in her mouth.



THE NAME "WITHER."



In the opinion of such learned authorities as Dr. Skeat of Cambridge, and
Professor Napier and Dr. Sweet of Oxford, the origin and derivation of the name
Wither is unknown.

That given by the poet George Wither in his Epigram quoted above, must be
deemed purely fanciful; hardly less so is the suggestion of Mr. Barber in his
British Family Names, namely, that Wither is a personal name with the root
wis = " against," c.f., the English " withstand," hence one who opposes or a
"warrior"; nor once more can Professor Mayhew's view hold, namely, that in
connection with the Icelandic viSr (pronounced Wither) a wood, the word is allied
with the old English "widu" " wudu," our wood, and so that the name means a
"woodman." That the Icelandic "Vijiarr" is the correspondic Norse name is
likely, and that it is allied to the Icelandic " viSr " is possible ; but the old English
name for wood, " widu," would rather give Wider.

What we clearly do know is that Wither is a genuine old English name of
great antiquity. It appears in various Anglo-Saxon documents, e.g., in a charter
of .(Ethelred, dated a.d. 1005, one of the witnesses signs his name as "Ego WiSer
minister," where S is the symbol for "th."i > Kembies Codex

vol. iii, p. 346. 1.

The name also occurs in the Domesday record (1086) as a tenant prior to that
census.- It constantly appears in the " Hundred Rolls," and always without prefix, » gee App. i, p. 17
suggesting that its origin is personal. It does not seem to be the name of a place,
though it occurs apparently as the first element of the place names " Witheridge "
(Devon), "Witherby" (Leicestershire), " Withersdale," " Withersfield " (Suffolk),
" Witherslack " (Westmoreland), " Witherstone " (Dorset).

The forms "Wyther" and "Wither" are used interchangeably, e.g., "Sir
Thomas Wyther {circa 1320), father of Thomas Wither,"^ "Otho Wither, son of = Hari. MS., Vol. :
Richard Wyther," baptised 1568.* In 1613, "Wyther" and "Wither" are the » wo'otton Registe,
same person.^ After the first quarter of the seventeenth century the form s Foster's Aiumni

Oxonienses.

" Wyther " IS no longer found.

With the possessive sign "s" the name becomes "Wythers" or "Withers,"
denoting of course son of "Wyther "or "Wither." The forms with and without
the "s" are also used interchangeably, e.g., in the House of Commons (7th August,
1646) the poet George Wither is called in the same speech "Mr. Wither" and
" Mr. Withers " : see also the Parish Registers of Wootton St. Lawrence, Kingsclere,



! App. IV, pp. 225-245. and Romsey, « " Foster's Alumni Oxonienses," and the " Feet of Fines " {passim).
At the present day the tendency of strangers to the name is to add the " s." It
thus seems probable that all persons bearing the name Withers in England and
America are descended from some original Wither or Wyther.

Sporadic forms of the name are "Wether" and "Wethar," both on several of
the Manydown Court and Compotus Rolls. "Wethers" and "Whethers" are
found in Foster's Alumni Oxonienses ; " Whither " and " Whithers " in several
Parish Registers ; " Wethur " in the Subsidy Rolls ; " Wythere " in the Basingstoke
Rental Rolls ; " Weethers " in the Alton Registers ; and " Wother " in those of
Basing. In the Magdalen College, Oxford, Register, " John Wythyrs " is Fellow
in 1485. In the Eton College Registers "William Whither" is elected Fellow in
1477 and is sometimes mentioned as "Master Wyther." There are still other
variations of the name.



CHAPTER I.



WITHER OF LANCASHIRE.

(1189-1389.)



^flrigrte 5.



WITHER OF LANCASHIRE.

(1 189— 1389.)



Sir Robert Wyther, Kgt.,
of Pendleton Hall, Lanca-
shire and of Halton, Che-
shire. Seneschal to Roger de
Lucy, Constable of Chester
(1 179-1189).



Joan, dgt. of Sir Adam de Bostock, Kgt.
(of Davenham, Co. Cheshire).



Reginald Wyther,
son and heir, of
Pendleton Hall.



Isabel, dgt. of Sir Thos. Winstanleye, Kgt.
(of Winstanleye, Lancashire).



Thomas Wyther, — Ursula, dgt. of Hugh Coigream, Esq.

son and heir. (Lord of Hargreave, Co. Cheshire),

living 10 and i6 Edw. I (1282-1288).



Sir William Wyther, Kgt., = Agnes
Judge, Exor. of Edmund, ist Earl of Lancaster,
living 1279-1307.



Sir Thomas Wyther, Kg
Killed Sir Robert Holland, Kgt
1328, d. 1329.



q



of Wm. de Ipstat



Thomas Wyther,
son and heir. Steward to
Abbot of Walley, Lancaster.



Thomas Wyther,

of Vale Royal, Cheshii



Issue, see Chap. II.



her, =T=



Richard Wyther,
of Hunstanton, in
Wynbury, Co. Chester.

Issue, see Chap. II.
Wither of Essex, London,
Somersetshire.



Robert Wyther.
Came to Manydown,
Hampshire.

Issue, Wither of Ha
shire.



CHAPTER I.




WITHER OF LANCASHIRE.

(i 189— 1389.)

^/^|LTHOUGH isolated instances of Withers are found

'■ ' "ll in the Domesday Survey (a.d. 1086)^ and elsewhere, ' see Appendix i.

no certain record of any family descent is to be found

earlier than the time of Henry H (1154-1189). At

this period we have definite information. The Pedigree of the '^gITe'^TiSq^i'Lss

Cotgreave family, executed by Randies Holme (one of a family of

heralds), of Chester, in 1672, from documents compiled by

William Camden in 1598, affords (if correct) a definite and

distinct starting point for all Wither Pedigrees.

It gives three generations of Withers, their

marriages, and their armorial bearings : the

Wither Arms of that Pedigree being identical

with those now and without question for more

than 500 years borne by the Wither family,

namely, "Argent, a chevron gules between three

crescents sable!'

The Wither family as it can be traced is clearly (as it is

by tradition) of Lancashire origin. The Pedigree opposite this

Chapter is taken as to the first three names from the Cotgreave

Pedigree, and the date fixed within the ten years (1179-1189),

when Roger de Lucy was Constable of Chester, temp. Henry H.

His Constableship lasted till 12 John (121 1).




HISTORY OF THE WITHER FAMILY.



The following is the statement of one of the documents
attached to the Cotgreave Pedigree, attested by Lady Harriet
Cotgreave 19 November, 1841 : —

"Hugh Cotgreave, Esq., living y" 10 & 16 Ed. I (1282-1288), Lord of
Hargreave, Tarvin, & Guilder-Sutton in y" Countie Palatine of Chester, married
Ellinor daughter of Robert del Holme, Lord of Tranmere, and had issue Ralph his
heir and Ursula who married Thomas Wyther or Wither, Esq., son and heir of
Reginald Wyther, Esq., of Pendleton, Lancashire, by his wife Isabel, daughter of
Sir Thomas Winstanleye, of Winstanleye in y" last named shire, which Reginald was
son and heir of Sir Robert Wyther, Knt., of Pendleton, Lancashire, and Halton,
Cheshire, Seneschal to Roger de Lucy, Constable of Chester and Baron of Halton,'
temp. Henry H (11 79-1 189). Y' above named Sir Robert married Joan dg'. of
Sir Adam de Bostock, Knt, in y' last named countie."

The Arms emblazoned on the Cotgreave Pedigree are as
follows : —

ist Shield. Quarterly, ist, argent, a chevron, gules between 3 crescents

sable; for Wytlur.
2nd, azure a chief, 3 chevronells in base, or ;

for Fitz Hugh, Baron of Malpas.
3rd, quarterly or and gules, a bend sable ; for Malban,

Baron of Nantwich.
4th, azure, a lion rampant, argent ; for Eustace Crewe
de Montalt, Lord of Hawarden, P"lintshire.
Impaling, gules, a fess indented, ermine between 3 bugle
horns, or, stringed argent ; for Cotgreave.



Wyther, quartering the arms as above. Impaling, or,
2 bars azure, in chief 3 crosses patee gules
for Winstanleye.



we


m


t i i t t


1






Wyther, quartering the arms as before. Impaling, sable,
a fess humette argent ; for Bostock.



WITHER OF LANCASHIRE. 5

The issue of Thomas Wyther and Ursula Cotgreave is
uncertain. Three generations from Sir Robert Wyther ( 1 1 89)
would, according to the ordinary reckoning, bring us to a.d. 1279,
thus the son of Robert and Ursula may well have been that

Sir William Wyther, knight and judge, of whom we hear sm willm wyther
-^ ' » J & (1279-1307).

repeatedly between 1 279-1 307 through the Patent and Close

Rolls of the time of Edward I, and of whom it is said in Foss'

Lives of the Judges^: " His descendants removed from Lancashire 'Vo'- s.p- '76, ej- ■•

to Manydown in Hampshire, where the family settled in the reign

of Edward HI."


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