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THOMAS-John Eyston, esq. who m. Mary, John.

daughter of George Bruning, esq. of East Joseph.

Meon, Hampshire, of an ancient family in Frances, an Austine nun, at Paris. that county, and had issue, This gentleman, a great sufferer during the BASIL. civil wars, both on account of his religion John. and loyalty, d. 11th April, 1670, when his William. estates passed to his eldest surviving son, George. GEORGE Eeston, esq. who adhering, like

Matthew-Robert. his predecessors, to the religion of his fore

Mary-Magdalen. fathers, suffered both imprisonment and se

Winifred, m. to Bryan Barrett, esq. of questration, and was obliged to compound Milton, in the county of Berks. heavily for his estates, at the corrupt period

Mary, m. to the late Charles Butler, when the perjuries of Titus Oates were esq. of Lincoln's Inn, an eminent bailed by a blood-thirsty faction, as a second lawyer, and recently one of the king's revelation. He m. in 1644, Anne, daughter

counsel. Mr. Butler obtained high 1 of Robert Dormer, esq. of Peterly, in the reputation by his literary labours, and county of Bucks, by whom he had five sons,

by his advocacy of religious liberty. CHARLES.

He was a Roman Catholic, and lived George.

to witness the total repeal of the law Robert.

which had so long and so unjustly William.

oppressed his brethren. He d. 2nd John.

June, 1832. Dying in 1691, he was s. by his eldest son,

Mr. Eyston d. in 1796, at the advanced age CHARLES Eyston, esq. who m. in 1692, of eighty-two, and was s. by his eldest son, Winifred-Dorothy, daughter of Basil Fitz

Basil Eyston, esq. b. in 1748, who m. herbert, esq. of Swinnerton, in the county Mary, daughter and heir of Richard Hudof Stafford, and had ten children, viz.

dleston, esq. of Gray's Inn, by whom he had

CHARLES, his successor.
Basil, d. s. p.

CHARLES, his heir.
Thomas-John, who inherited the estates

upon the demise, issueless, of his

elder brother,




He d. in 1817, and was s. in his estates by

his eldest son, Charles Eyston, esq. the Mary.

present proprietor. Anne-Catherine.

Arms—Sable, three lions rampant or, two Catherine-Mary.

and one. This Charles Eyston was a diligent and cu

QUARTERINGS: rious antiquary, and a friend and corres

Stowe. Arg. a chevron gu. between pondent of Thomas Hearne, of antiquarian

three crows sable, beaked or. celebrity, of Dr. Rawlinson, and of several

Arches. Gu. three arches arg. capitals other persons eminent in literary and sci

and pedestals or. entific pursuits. He d. in 1721, and was 8.

TURBEVILLE, Ermine, a lion rampantgu. by his eldest son,

BeRington. Sable, three dogs courant CHARLES Eyston, esq. who m. Mary-Mag

in pale argent, collared or. dalen, daughter of Thomas Hawkyns, esq.

THATCHER. - a cross moline, a chief of Nash Court, in the county of Kent, but

LAWKENER. Az. three chevrons arg. on dying without issue, in 1747, in the 42nd the upper a pallet. year of his age, was s, in the estates by his

Seat - East Hendred House, county of next surviving brother,



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


His lordship's third son,

The Hon. Robert BYNG, M.P. for Plymouth, was appointed one of the commissioners 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 his

eldest son,

George Byng, esq. M.P. for Middlesex, who m. Anne, daughter of the Right Hon.

William Conolly, of Castletown, in Ireland, This is a branch of the noble and ancient and had issue, house of Byng, Viscounts Torrington.

George, present representative of the ADMIRAL George Byng, (eldest son of family. John Byng, esq. of Wrotham), one of the

Robert. most distinguished officers in the naval an

John (Sir), K.C.B. G.C.H. and M.P. nals of Great Britain, received the honour

lieutenant-general in the army, and of knighthood from Queen Anne, 22nd Oc colonel of the 29th regiment of foot, tober, 1704; was created a baronet 14th No

a gallant and highly distinguished vember, 1715; and elevated to the peerage officer during the late Spanish war, 9th September, 1721, by the titles of Baron

and at the battle of Waterloo, who Byng and Viscount TORRINGTON. His lord has twice received the thanks of parship m. in 1691, Margaret, daughter of James

liament for his services, and who has Master, esq. of East Langdon, in the county

obtained from the crown an honoof Kent, and had eleven sons and four daugh

rable augmentation of his arms. Sir ters, of whom

John m. first, Mary, eldest daughter PATTEE, s. his father, as second vis of Peter Mackenzie, esq. by whom count, but dying s.p. the honors of

he has an only son, the family passed to his brother,

George-Stevens, M.P. captain in GEORGE, third viscount, whose great

the army and comptroller of the grandson is the present George Byng,

household to the lord-lieutenant VISCOUNT TORRINGTON.

of Ireland, b. 8th June, 1806; Robert, of whom hereafter.

m. 7th March, 1829, Lady Agnes John, the unfortunate Admiral Byng,

Paget, fifth daughter of Henry so unjustly executed in 1757, under

William, present Marquess of the sentence of a court martial.

Anglesey, and has two sons,

1. George-Henry-Charles, b.

Frances. 22nd February, 1830.

2. Another son, 6.21st August, Mr. Byng d. in 1789, and was 8. by his

eldest son, GEORGE BYNG, esq. now M.P.
Sir John Byng espoused, secondly, for Middlesex.
Marianne, second daughter of Sir
Walter James, bart, and has further

Arms—Quarterly, sa. and ar. in the first issue,

quarter, a lion rampant of the second. William-Frederick, an officer in

Crest-An heraldic antelope statant, erm. the Guards.

horned, tusked, maned, and hoofed, or. Harriet-Frances, m. in 1828, to

Captain Charles Ramsden. Seat-Wrotham Park, Middlesex.


CONGREVE, WILLIAM, esq. of Aldermanston, in the county of Berks, and of Congreve, 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 infirmity. Catarrhs in his eyes produced at length total blindness, and repeated attacks of gout prematurely undermined his

This family, one of the most eminent in the county of Stafford, was settled at ConGREVE soon after the CONQUEST, and thence derived its surname.

RICHARD CONGREVE, esq. of Congreve, was one of the thirteen Staffordshire gentlemen 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 of Boycot, in the county of Salop, and had
from the waters at Bath, but the issue,
accident of being overturned in John, his successor.
his carriage, left a permanent Ralph, a colonel in the army,

and lieupain in his side, and, probably, tenant-governor of Gibraltar, who m. accelerated his death, which oc Anne, daughter of

Hanmer, esq. curred in January, 1729, in the and had a son and a daughter, viz. sixtieth year of his age. The re

Ralph, M.P. an officer in the yeomains of the poet were interred

man of the guard, m. Charlotte, with great solemnity in West

only child of William Lord minster Abbey, and Henrietta,

Stawell, by his wife Elizabeth, Duchess of Marlborough, erected

heiress of the Forsters, of ALa monument to his memory. To

DERSMANSTON. He d. without isthis lady, who is said to have en

sue, but surviving his wife, betertained a most romantic regard

queathed his estates (which had for him, he bequeathed the great

been settled on the survivor) to the bulk of his fortune. Congreve's

elder branch of his own family. occasional poems are so far be

Anne, d. unmarried. low mediocrity, that we have not

William, a colonel in the army, and deemed it necessary at all to al

ancestor to Sir William Congreve, bt. lude to them. As a dramatist, The eldest son, his fame is imperishable, and he

John Congreve, esq. of Congreve, m. stands, if not at the head, in the

Abigail, daughter of John Harewood, esq. very first class of writers of co

of Shrewsbury, and had three sons, viz.
medy. Not so much, however,
for his humorous and natural

William, his successor.
portraits, as for those of eccen-

Charles-Walter, in holy orders, archtricity. His wit, indeed, flashes

deacon of Armagh, d. unmarried, in

upon us almost to annoyance,
and it is often difficult to distin-

RICHARD, who eventually inherited the
guish the false humour of his family estates.
fools from the genuine sallies of Mr. Congreve d. in 1728, and was s. by his
his lively characters. We shall eldest son,
conclude these observations with William CONGREVE, esq. of Congreve,
Congreve's literary character, who m. Jane, daughter of — Waller, esq. of
from the pen of Doctor JOHN- Ireland, a relative of the poet, Waller, but

“ Congreve has merit of dying s. p. in 1779, the family inheritance the highest kind; he is an passed to his only surviving brother, original writer, who borrowed Rev. RICHARD CONGREVE, of Congreve, neither the model of his plot, who m. Martha, daughter and heiress of nor the manner of his dialogue. John Jones, esq. of Fynnant, in the county He formed a peculiar idea of of Montgomery, and had issue, comic excellence, which he sup

WILLIAM, present proprietor. posed to consist of gay remarks

Richard, of Burton, in the county of and unexpected answers, but that

Chester, who m. Mary-Anne, daughwhich he endeavoured he seldom

ter of George Birch, esq. of Hampfailed of performing. His scenes

stead, in Staffordshire, and has a nuexhibit not much of imagery or

merous family. passion; his personages are a

Mariamne, of Iswyd Park, Flintshire. kind of intellectual gladiators, Mr. Congreve was s. at his decease by his every sentence is to ward or

elder son. strike; but they are the work of

Arms—Sa. a chevron between three battle a mind replete with images, and

axes arg. quick in combination." Mr. Congreve was s. by his elder son,

CrestA falcon rising. John Congreve, esq. of Congreve, who

MottoNon moritur cujus fama vivit. m. Mary, daughter of Thomas Nichols, esq. 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 coheiress of the Right Honorable Thomas Harley, of Berrington, 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 a reward for his services in conducting these Devonshire ever since the Conquest. Robert prisoners to Exeter, assisted only by the Bastard appears in Domesday Book to have gentry and peasantry of the neighbourhood had grants of Efford Meavy, Stonehouse, whom he had collected on the occasion, was Blackford, Badestone, Haraldesore, Cumbe, created a baronet by his late Majesty. The Dunestantone, and Bicheford, all in the title was gazetted in 1779, but has never been county of Devon. His descendants have assumed. He m. Ann, daughter of Thomas intermarried with the heiresses of Crispin Worsley, esq. of Hovingham, in the county and of Killiowe, in the county of Cornwall, and of York, and had issue, into the families of Fitz-Stephen, Besilles, John-Pollexfen, his successor. Damarell, Gilbert, Reynell, Hele, and Bamp EDMUND, who inherited the estates, upon fylde, and have at different periods served his brother's decease. as sheriffs of the county. Their seat for Mr. Bastard was s. at his decease, in 1782, many generations was at Garston, near by his elder son, kingsbridge, until about the end of the se John-PoLLEXFEN BASTARD, esq. who was venteenth century.

elected in 1784 member for Devon, which WILLIAM BASTARD, esq. by marriage with county he continued to represent until his the heiress of Pollexfen, of Kitley, acquired death. Hem. Sarah, widow of — Wymondethat estate, which has since been the family sold, esq. of Lockinge, in the county of Berks, residence. His son,

by whom he acquired the estates belonging POLLEXFEN BASTARD, esq. of Kitley, m. to that family, but dying without issue in Lady Bridget Poulett, daughter of John, first 1816, he was s. by his brother, Earl Poulett, and was s. at his decease in EDMUND BASTARD, esq. sometime M.P. 1733, by bis eldest son,

for Dartmouth, who m. Jane, daughter and William BASTARD, esq. of Kitley. In heiress of Captain Pownoll, R. N. of Sharp1779, a powerful French fleet appearing in ham, Devon, and had issue, the Channel, great alarm was excited for EDMUND-POLLEXFEN, present proprietor, the safety of the Dock Yard and Arsenal at John, a captain in the Navy, and M.P. Plymouth, on account of a large number of for Dartmouth, who inherited the French prisoners confined there, for the re Pownoll estates, and resides at Sharpmoval of whom no troops could be spared ham. He m. Frances, daughter and from the garrison, already insufficient for co-heiress of Benjamin Wade, of the the defence of the place. Mr. Bastard, as Grange, in the county of York, esq.

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