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HAVING never seen any description of the capital and interesting Portraits in Earl Poulett's house at Hinton St. George, co. Somerset, an account of them is here attempted. The mansion stands under the hill,, West from the church, in a beautifully wooded park, but now much thinued. The garden front was built by Inigo Jones*.

At the upper end of the great parlour, a groupe of family portraits, representing John first Earl Poulett on a gray horse, one of his three sons on another gray one, standing at his right hand in slashed sleeves, his hat and feather under his right arm, and his other two sons following him on light brown horses, each having one fore leg lifted up. They are all habited in light brown striped jackets and breeches, high boots, hat and feather, curled hair, switches elevated, and military saddles. Three of the horses have very keen eyes, particularly the first brown. Lady Poulett and her five daughters, the youngest holding her mother's hand, meet them under the entrance of a building. She is in black, with a laced handkerchief and ruffles, curled brown hair and bandeau, white ribbon round her waist; her left hand hangs down, her right gives a rose to her youngest daughter, who is looking up dressed in white, with orange ribbons round her waist and at her breast, and in her hair. The eldest daughter is first behind her mother, in pale red laced neckerchief, and ruffles, blue ribbons round her waist and at her wrist, and a blue cross knot on her neck, with a necklace; another daughter behind her right shoulder, in a cap and fea

Walpole's Anecdotes, vol. II. p. 176.

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ther, and cross breast-knot; a third behind her left shoulder, in blue, with brown breast-knot; the eldest daughter's left hand holds the right hand of the fourth, in yellow, with blue ribbons: three have pearls in their hair; the eldest and youngest are like their mother: over the two other sons are in the air two cherubs' heads. Under the legs of the Earl's horse is a view of a city. This was probably the work of Van Dyck; and the two children in the air, who died infants, complete the ten on the tomb.

A lady and child in yellow swaddling clothes laced, and broad border of


Lady Catharine, second daughter of John first Earl Poulett, and wife of John Parker, esq. Gibson pinx.

Letitia Poulett, daughter of John third Lord Poulett, and wife of Sir William Monson, bart. at a fountain, in black hair, yellow and blue drapery. Gibson pinx.

John second Earl Poulett, when a boy, in red coat and blue waistcoat, with a dog.

Sir Anthony Poulett, governor of Jersey, and father of John first Baron. Hilliard. Whole length, hair red, square beard, black armour, and silver joints and edges, dagger at his right hand, sword at his left, truncheon in his right hand, plain falling cravat, broad fringed gold garters to his knees, black boots, silver spurs, left hand on red leather fringed cover to table, on which lies his helmet open and plume. In a canton behind, a view of Jersey: a letter on the table, superscribed, "A Monsieur Paulet, chevalier, governeur de l'Isle de Jersey."

Vere,third Earl Poulett, by Gibson; leaning his left arm on a table on a cap and feather; V. P. in front, and view of a house behind him.

Susannah, daughter of John first Earl Poulett, by Gibson, emptying a basket of flowers on a pedestal with the Poulett arms.

Hon. Peregrine Poulett, second son of John first Earl Poulett, dressing a collared deer with flowers, his right hand on its head, blue coat, belt, and feather.

Three-quarters, John second Baron Poulett, in cap, curled brown hair, armour, leather doublet, lance across in his right hand, and his left brown gloves. Hales.


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Susannah, daughter of Philip third Earl of Pembroke, and second wife of John third Baron Poulett. Gibson.

William Powlet, Marquis of Winchester, by Holbein; large nose, cap, puffed ruff, collar of St. George, staff in his left hand, on fore finger a seal with the Poulet arms, two rings on his left.

John first Earl Poulett; in robes and coronet. Kneller.

Sir Amias Poulett, Chancellor of the most noble Order of the Garter, by Zucchero; black cap studded with jewels, red whiskers, grey cropt hair, laced ruff, jewels for buttons, Garter and George, which his left hand touches, Poulet arms on ring stone on fore finger, a square ring on his little finger.

John third Baron Poulett; three quarters, by Kneller; in wig, armour, truncheon, sash, left hand on his hef


Elizabeth, youngest daughter, of John first Baron Poulett, wife of William Ashburnham; in hair, white satin, sticking flowers in a pot. Threequarters, by Hales.

In Queen Anne's dressing-room: A small portrait of the Earl, by Holbein.

Under him, the lady from Wolvetoa house; with George and Garter round her neck, close ruff, small necklace, high shouldered gown, purled bandeau.

The Pembroke family at Wilton, in small, by Gibson.

Susannah, second wife of John third Lord Poulett, was daughter of Philip Earl of Pembroke.

The Duke of Gloucester, Queen Anne's son.

Duke of Marlborongh.
Charles the First.

Head of Catharine Countess of Pembroke, and daughter of Sir William Villiers, and mother of Lady Poulett; in curled brown hair, necklace, laced blue round the shoulders and breast.

On the stair head, over a door, a stiff painting of the two daughters of Sir Anthony Poulett; in ruffs, green jackets, and hair.

Head of Sir Anthony Poulett, governor of Jersey, in armour.

In the state room, over the door : Countess of Carlisle, daughter of Edward Lord Howard of Escrick, by Mrs. Beale.

Mrs. Bertie, daughter of Sir Edward Manning, and mother of the first Countess Poulett. Kneller. Five old rounds of


2. Mary Tracy, wife of Horace Lord Vere, and mother of the second Baroness Poulett, by Gibson: her head in a millstone ruff.

3. Horace Lord Vere, father of the second Baroness Poulett; fine hair, ruff, piked beard, blue mantle.


4. Earl of Pembroke, by Gibson in white shirt, collar tied with a blue ribbon, rose in his right hand.

5. An elder man, in brown hair and whiskers, and falling band; Sir Edward Manning.

In the yellow room:

Whole-length of Catharine, daughter of Henry Lord Norreys, and wife of Sir Anthony Poulett, by Holbein; smiling countenance; loose array, laced ruffs and ruffles, head reclining on her shoulder, her left hand on a table and laced cushion, her right hand pendant holds a red book and blue string, blue shoes.

Three-quarters, in Chancellor's robes and fur, keeper's seal, William Legge first Earl of Dartmouth. Gib


Round head of Mary, daughter of Horace Lord Vere, wife of Sir Roger Townshend, bart. and afterwards of Mildmay Fane Earl of Westmoreland, and sister of the second Baroness Poulett. Riley.

Philip Herbert, fifth Earl of Pembroke, father of Susannah Baroness Poulet, by Old Stone; in red and white doublet, his right hand bare on his breast, his left a-kimbo in a brown glove.

Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Sawyer, knt. and wife of Thomas eighth Earl of Pembroke, by Dahl; his left hand on a cushion, his right on his breast.

Thomas Herbert, eighth Earl of Pembroke, brother of Susannah Baroness Poulett, in armour, with truncheon.

Another room above:

Baptist Noel Viscount Campden, 1679; round head, by C. Marratt.

Whole-length of Lady Mary Vere, daughter of John 16th Earl of Oxford, Lord Great Chamberlain of England, and wife of Lord Willough by of Eresby, by Hilliard; light brown hair, laced ruff, striped stay and sleeves (buttoned),

(buttoned), mantle like fellow commoner's gown, with laced frogs to sleeves and toward the bottom, laced apron with gold fringe, red stockings, white shoes, large black spaniel sitting holds her glove doubled in his mouth, her left hand on his head, her right on her other glove on a velvet cushion on an armed chair.

Whole-length of Elizabeth Countess of Essex, daughter of Sir William Poulet, and wife of Robert Devereux third Earl of Essex, by Mytens; in black satin, hair undressed, two eardrops, striped sleeves, her right hand pendant, her left on crape black veil, on a table.

Peregrine Bertie Lord Willoughby of Eresby, whole-length, by Hilliard; falling ruff, his right hand gloved on dagger, his left bare on his breast, sword, right boot turned down, white satin knee.

John Vere 16th Earl of Oxford, Lord Chamberlain of England, piked beard, dark hair, white gloves, right hand on table, on his knuckles, fingers doubled, staff in hand threequarters.

Mary Countess of Exeter, daughter of Mildmay Fane Earl of Westmore land, and niece to Catharine second Baroness Poulett; three-quarters length, by Mrs. Beale.

Herbert, son of Philip fourth Earl of Pembroke, uncle of Susannah Baroness Poulett, by Peter Lely; three-quarters length, round, looking over his left shoulder, long thin brown hair, blue gown.

George Villiers Duke of Buckinghám, Catharine his duchess, and their eldest son and daughter. He sits in garter and striped coat, black hair and whiskers, and beard. His lady has the love-lock and slashed sleeves. He holds the hem of his. son's frock, who reaches forward to his sister, who holds flowers in her lap.

Charles Lord Herbert, son of the Earl of Pembroke, and uncle of Susannah Baroness Poulett; in armour and gauntlets. Van Dyck.

Philip fourth Earl of Pembroke; his right hand extended, in his left a glove, and staff and garter. Old Stone.

Montague Lord Willoughby, colonel of the regiment of guards, second Earl of Lindsey, son to Robert first

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Hon. Peregrine Bertie, son of Montague second Earl of Lindsey; threequarters length; in armour, red gown. Mrs. Beale.

In another room,called "The Royal Room:"

Thomas Savage, Earl of Rivers; in robes. Gibson.

Queen Elizabeth; globe and cross in her right hand, black and gold petticoat, a chair behind, and over it the arms of England. Zucchero.

Edward VI.; standing in robes of the Garter and George, gloves in his right hand, his left on his belt, slippers like straw. Sir A. More.

Prince Rupert; in robes. Sir P. Lely.

Bridget, daughter of the Hon. Peregrine Bertie, and wife of John first Earl Poulett. Gibson.

Thomas Osborne, first Duke of Leeds; in robes and staff. Gibson. John first Earl Poulett; three-quarters length; in robes. Gibson.

Henrietta - Maria; three-quarters length. Van Dyck.

Queen Anne, when young; in yel, low gown. And Prince George, sitting; in armour, and guns before him. Gibsop.

Charles I.; three-quarters length; in armour, his right hand on a glass globe, crown and sceptre by it, a truncheon in his left. Van Dyck.

John Holles, Duke of Newcastle, in robes; three-quarters length. Gib

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Hon. Amias Poulett, third son of John first Baron; in gown and hair, hands on helmet, army in back ground. Hales.

Lady Susannah Poulett,third daughter of John first Earl, half naked; an aviary, tree, and squirrel. Gibson.

Letitia daughter of John third Baron Poulett, and wife to Sir William Monson, bart. Gibson.

Edmund Bastard, esq. grandson to the first Earl Poulett, when a child. Creed.

Lady Bridget Bastard,second daugh ter of John first Earl Poulett. Gibson. Mr. Johnston, Secretary of State in Scotland. Gibson.

Catherine, daughter of John second Baron Poulett, wife of Mr. Secretary Johnston. Mrs. Beale.

Polexfen Bastard, esq. son-in-law to John first Earl Poulett. Creed. In the Library:

Three-quarters length of Henry Bertie, sixth son of Robert first Earl of Lindsey.

Vere, second daughter of John second Baron Poulett. Gibson. John Noel, son of Viscount Camp. den. P. Lely.

Two beggars, or beggar boys. Murillo.

Robert first Earl of Lindsey; with the Garter, bald pate, black hair, whiskers, and short pointed beard. Susannah Poulett, as before; half naked. Gibson.

Hon. Anne Poulett, fourth son of John first Earl; holding a stick. Queen Anne came to Hinton to stand godmother to him. Gibson.

Baptist Noel, son of Viscount Campden; in armour and gown, his left band on a cast head. Sir P. Lely.

John third Baron Poulett; head. Gibson.

Susannah, daughter of John third Baron Poulett; head. Kneller. Anti-room:

Three-quarters length; Bridget Noel, daughter of Viscount Campden; with crook and lamb. Lilley. Catharine second Baroness Poulett; head. Gibson.

Sir Thomas More; collar of SS. letter in hand. Holbein,

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Francis Fulford, esq. Kneller. Letitia, daughter of John third Baron Poulett, and wife to Sir William Monson; hair over temples, as before. Gibson.



Three-quarters length; Florence, daughter of John first Baron Poulett, and wife of Thomas Smith, esq. of Long Ashton, co. Somerset. Hales.

John first Earl Poulett; shooting, with a dog; whole length. Kelly.

Helena, daughter of John first Baron Poulett; wife of William Wilmot, esq. of Charlton, Berkshire. Hales.

Margaret, daughter of John first Baron Poulett, and wife of Dennis Rolle, of Steventon, Devon; black spaniel in lap, his left foot in her right hand. Hales.

Charlotte, daughter of Philip se venth Earl of Pembroke, and wife of Thomas Lord Windsor. Gibson.

Susannah, daughter of John first Baron Poulett, and wife of Michael Warton, esq. of Beverley; her left hand in a plate of peaches, right hand holding up drapery. Hales.

Michael Warton, esq. son-in-law of John first Baron Poulett; in armour and truncheon. Hales.

Sir William Monson, bart. of Burton, in Lancashire. John Riley,

Vertumnus and Pomona. Murillo.

Mrs. Henley, daughter of Peregrine Bertie, and sister of the first Countess Poulett; in yellow, blue mantle, with roses in it, long thin ruffles. Hogarth. She was first married to Anthony Henley, esq. of the Grange, Hants; secondly to Henry, third son of James Earl of Abingdon, who died 1735, before her.

In the Library are four volumes of MS Letters of Secretary Johnston.

Two MS volumes of History; beginning, "So black a scene of providence as is now, gives me dismal apprehensions."-written in the 40th year of my age."

"Reputation by long and painful talent of writing history. My mother is Rachel Johnston, eldest sister of Archibald Johnston, my father, after M. A. in Scotland 16 years, sent to his uncle's." P. Q.

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A FEW days since, I had occasion to look into Mr. Lysons's Magna Britannia, where, at p. 113, Bedford

shire, I found the following passage:


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They are the Tombs of the Rotherams of Someries: one of them was that of Sir Thomas Rotheram, nephew of the Archbishop of York, who married Katherine, only child of Anthony Lord Grey, of Ruthin, son of Edmund Earl of Kent. This Anthony Lord Grey, who is erroneously supposed to have died without issue, lies buried in the same chapel," &c.

This particular notice, I must confess, struck me with great astonishment; as in Collins's Parliamentary Precedents, there is detailed, at large, the case of William Dethick, Garter King of Arms, and George Rotheram, who were charged by the then Earl of Kent, with a conspiracy, in attempting to make a false pedigree, with a view to divest the said Earl of the Barony of Grey of Ruthin; on which complaint the before-named Garter and Rotheram were both found guilty, and sentenced to an ignominious punishment.

Now, if Messrs. Lysons be correct in their statement, it is evident that Garter and Rotheram were most hardly and unjustly treated. But if the circumstances of the investigation, which was made upon their conduct, authorized the sentence they experienced, it is equally evident that Messrs. Lysons have fallen into a very gross error. J. DETHICK.

Aug. 18.
EATSON, in his Political Index,

ing abstract of the patent granted by Charles II. in 1660, to Sir John Clotworthy, kut. entailing on him the tille of Viscount Massereene, viz. :

"Sir John Clotworthy, knt. Baron of Loughneagh, and Viscount Massereene, in the county of Antrim, with limitation of these honours, on failure of male issue of his own body, to his son-in-law, Sir John Skeffington, bart. and his issue male by Mary his wife, daughter of the said Sir John Clotworthy and on default of such issue, to the heirs general of the body of Sir John Clotworthy." From the wording of this patent, appears, that on the decease without issue male of Chichester Skeffington, fourth Earl, and seventh Viscount Massereene (who is the only male. descendant of Sir John Skeffington, bart. and Mary Clotworthy), the


titles of Baroness of Loughneagh and Viscountess Massereene will devolve on the Earl's only child, the Lady Harriet Skeffington, who married, Nov. 20, 1810, the Right Hon. Thomas Henry Foster, only son of the Right Hon. John Foster, late Chancellor of the Exchequer for Ireland, by Margaretta, in her own right Viscountess Ferrard. Lady Harriet Foster, therefore, it appears, on her father's demise without issue male, becomes, in her own right, Viscountess Massereene, and Baroness of Loughneagh, as heir general of the body of Sir John Clotworthy, the first Viscount Massereene.

A question may arise out of the wording of this patent (which some of your Correspondents may perhaps solve), whether, when the title once goes to the heir general, it will continue to descend (like a title in fee) to the female line: for instance, suppose Lady Harriet succeeds to the Viscounty, and leaves two sons, the elder son succeeds, and leaves a daughter only, would the title then go to the male heir (Lady Harriet's second son), or to the heir general, the daughter of the eldest son? The daughter of the elder son would be, I presume, the heir general of the body of Sir John Clotworthy.



Aug. 20.

I AM astonished to see the editors of the public newspapers, as also many other well-informed writers, make such frequent mistakes as they do in giving the titles of our Nobility. I am no adept in heraldry, but humbly conceive that, when a Marquis or an Earl takes his title from a place, he should invariably be styled the Marquis or the Earl of that place. For instance-I should say the Marquis of Winchester, and the Earl of Shrewsbury, because they derive their titles from those places. But when the family name is adopted for a title, it is self-evident that the of should be omitted. For example, I would not say the Marquis of Wellesley, nor the Earl of Stanhope, because by so doing I should obviously offend against the rules of propriety, which demand that they should be called Marquis Wellesley, and Earl Stanhope; yet how often do we see and hear these blunders (for blunders they manifestly


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