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secondly, Maria, daughter of Roger Costard, MATHEW Roope, esq. m. Joan, daughter of Aveton Gifford, in the same county. By of Adam Stroude, of Innerton, in Ugbothe latter he had issue,

rough, and had a son and successor, 1. Joseph, who d. young.

John Roope, esq. of Horswell, b. in 1663, 11. MATHEW, of whom presently. who m. Frances, daughter of Andrew Chollil. John, who m. Maria, daughter and wich, esq. of Oldston and Cholwich Town, in

co-heir of Head, esq. of Churston, Devonshire, and had two sons and three and left issue.

daughters; viz. John,b. in 1694, d. s. p. and 1. Elizabeth, m. to Michell, gent. of William, his heir; Frances, Joan, and EliCornwall.

zabeth. The second son, II. Maria, d. young.

William Roope, esq. of Horswell, marIII. Susanna, m. to Sir Samuel Lomis- ried Mary, daughter of Alexander Wills, of ter, knt.

Kingsbridge, and bad an only daughter and IV. Margaret, m. to J. Hanking, gent. heiress, FRANCES, m. as already stated, to The second son,

William Ilbert, esq. of Bowringsleigh.


BRANDRETH, JOSEPH PILKINGTON, M. D. of Stublach, in the county palatine of Chester, b. 8th September, 1781, m. 28th June, 1810, Alice, daughter and co-heir of William Harper, esq. of Davenham Hall, in the same shire, and has issue,

WILLIAM-HARPER, in holy orders, b. 16th September, 1812.
Frederick-William, in the Scots Fusileer Guards, b, 16th September, 1812.
Edward-Lyall, b. 4th February, 1823.
Charles, b. 20th March, 1826.
Catharine, m. George, eldest son of James Loch, esq. of Drylaw, in the county of

Edinburgh, and M.P. for Kirkwall.


THOMAS BRANDRETH, esq. of Lees, who married Mary Robinson, and was father of

Joseph BRANDRETA, esq. M.D. who married, in 1780, Catharine, daughter of John Pilkington, esq. of Anderton, in Lancashire, and had issue,

Joseph-PILKINGTON, his heir.
Thomas-Shaw, b. 24th July, 1788, m.

4th February, 1822, Harriet, daugh-
ter of Ashton Byrom, esq. of Fair-
view, Toxteth Park, Lancashire, and

has issue. Mary, m. to Benjamin Gaskell, esq. of

Thornes House, in Yorkshire. Catharine, m. to Edward Rowe Lyall,

archdeacon of Colchester. EDWARD BRANDRETH, second * son of The eldest son is the present JosEPH-PilJohn Brandreth, of Weeford and Lees, born

KINGTON BRANDRETH, M.D. of Stublach. in 1645, died in 1702, leaving two surviving sons, Obadiah, b. in 1678, who d. unm. in Arms-Sa. five lozenges or. 1750, and

since a stone was remaining at Lees bearing THOMAS BRANDRETH, of Lees, in Cheshire, the arms and date 1666. born in 1686, who d. in 1730, and was suc

Crest — Agnus Dei couchant with the ceeded by his son,


Motto-Fortunam honestent virtute. The descendants of the eldest son retained

Estate Stublach, Cheshire. the name of Brandreth, but assumed the arms of the family into which they married.

| Residence-Liverpool.

Some years

NICOLAS, OF EAST LOOE. NICOLAS, JOHN-HARRIS, esq. of East Looe, in the county of Cornwall, b. 22nd

November, 1758, m. 21st May, 1787, Margaret, youngest daughter of John Blake, esq. by Ann, his wife, daughter and co-heir of William Busvargus, esq. of Busvargus, in Cornwall, and has issue,

1. John-Toup, b. 22nd February, 1788, a post

captain R.N.companion of the most honour-
able military Order of the Bath, knight of
the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order, and
knight commander of the royal and military
Order of St. Ferdinand, and of Merit of the
Two Sicilies. Captain Toup Nicolas m. Ist
August, 1818, Frances-Anna, daughter of
Nicholas Were, esq. of Landcox, near Wel-
lington, in the county of Somerset, and has

BUSVARGUS-Toup, b. 8th October, 1819.
Wyndham, b. 8th April, 1823, d. at the

Chateau de Nechoat, in Brittany, 2ud
August, 1828.
Were-Giffard-de-Rosmadec, b. 11th Feb-

ruary, 1825.
Beville-Granville, b. in Brittany, 28th

October, 1829.
Granville-Toup, b. 15th August, 1832.

11. Paul-Harris, b. Ist March, 1790, a retired officer of the Royal Marines, in which

corps he distinguished himself on board the “ Belleisle,” of 74 guns, in the battle of Trafalgar; and subsequently on board the “ Amazon" and "Armide” frigates. He m. Ann Morcoumbe, and has issue,


Ann-Morcoumbe. II. William-Keigwin, b. 23rd April, 1792, lieutenant in the navy, who was distinguished during

the late war, whilst belonging to his majesty's ship the “ Defiance, of 74 guns, in various actions with the enemy, and particularly whilst first lieutenant of the “ Pilot” brig, of 18 guns and 120 men, when she engaged and defeated, near Toulon, the French ship of war La Legère," of 28 guns and 300

men, on the 17th June, 1815, in which action he was wounded. 1v. Nicholas-Harris (Sir), b. 10th March, 1799, chancellor of the most distinguished

Order of St. Michael and St. George, and senior knight commander of the same
Order, knight of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order, barrister-at-law. This
gentleman, previous to adopting the profession of the law, served as a midship-
man in the navy from 1809 to 1815, when he was promoted to the rank of lieu-
tenant, having been often honourably mentioned in the Gazette, as being gal-
lantly employed in the boats of the“ Pilot” on the coasts of Naples and Calabria.
He m. in 1822, Sarah, daughter of John Davison, esq. and has issue,


Sir Harris is the author of many valuable works connected with the History and
Peerage of England. A late number of the Quarterly Review (April, 1836), iu
its comments on one of these, “ The Scrope and Grosvenor Roll,” thus concludes
its remarks: “ Meantime his (Sir Harris Nicolas's) efforts for the reform of the
Society of Antiquaries and the Record Commission, in which last he is, we hope,


still most usefully engaged-an Augean stable requiring the labours of such an Hercules—have been enough alone to afford full occupation to any ordinary man, in addition to his professional engagements. And this indefatigable antiquary and historian, whose writings are no less masterly and profound, than they are numerous and interesting, was, we believe, a lieutenant of the navy at the

close of the war!" We clied in August 1848

v. Charles-Henry, b. 15th April, 1801, married and has issue, Captain Nicolas, who served throughout the American War, retired in the year 1814 from the royal navy with the rank of commander.

Lineage. The family of NICOLAS, of CORNWALL, was | Nobility of his Extraction. He married originally of BRITTANY, in which province Jeanne Martin, Dame des Champs-Gérault. their ancestors possessed the Seigneuries of Their son, Jean Nicolas, Seigneur des KERVIZIOU, near LANNION; of QUINQUISA-Champs-Gérault, &c. was counsellor in the LIOU, near CARHAIX; of Plessix, of LA court of accounts at Rennes. He married Tocche, of Claye, and of CHAMPS-GERAULT Nicole le Vayer, Dame de Claye, near in the vicinity of Rennes; and also of Rennes. Their only child, Jeane Nicolas, CLERMONT, near Nantes; and they were Chevalier, Seigneur, de Claye, des Champsennobled before the 14th century.

Gerault, de la Touch, de Plessix, &c. was The representative of the second branch, first president of the court of requests of whose immediate ancestor is stated to be Brittany: by his marriage with the MarJean Nicolas Seigneur des Champs-Gérault, quise Pepin-du-Frettay, he had three sons ; being of the protestant faith, emigrated from the eldest, Germain, Seigneure de Claye, France on the revocation of the Edict of married Renée de Chenu, daughter and Nantes, in 1685, and settled at Looe, in heiress of René de Chenu, Seigneur de Cornwall, where be became the founder of Clermont, de Chenu, &c. near Nantes ; that part of this ancient family now domi- gentleman of the bed-chamber to the Prince ciled in England.

of Conde. This branch became extinct in The following abridged statement of their the male line, in 1725, when the only daughgenealogy, is extracted from the translation ter and heiress of Germain Nicolas, Seigneur of a certified pedigree, received from the de Claye, and de Clermont, married the Bureau de la Noblesse," at Paris, soon Marquis de la Bourdonnaye, Seigneur de after the peace; and the statements con Lire; their granddaughter and representatained in this document have been, in all the tive is the present Vicomtesse D'Allonville, principal points, most satisfactorily con Dame de Claye, wife of the Vicounte D'Alfirmed by subsequent researches in the 'ar lonville, late one of the aides-de-camp of chives of Rennes, of Lannion, of Cartraix, the Dauphin. and other places in Brittany, ncar to which Jean Nicolas, the second son, Chevalier, the ancestors of the present family formerly des Champs-Gérault, was with his brother, resided. It is likewise partly taken from Germaine Nicolas, Seigneure de Claye, on the 15th volume of the “ Nobiliaire Universel the reformation of the nobility of Brittany, de France,” in which work upon the ancient in 1669, recognized noblesse of an ancient French Nobility, the pedigree of Nicolas is, extraction, and of the quality of Chevaliers, in the last edition, continued down to the by an act of the chamber of reformation of existing branch in England, which it in- Brittany, on the 20th August, 1669. Jean cludes.

Nicolas married Marie Renée de Rosmadec, The pedigree commences with Oliver Ni- daughter of Sebastian, Marquis de Roscolas, Chevalier, mentioned in the year, madec, Count de Chapelles, Baron de Mo1336, with the title of “ Messire,” (which lac, de Juch, de Penhoüet, &c. Lieutenant style was only applied to persons of noble du Roi of the Province of Brittany, and discent), and who distinguished himself in i Governor of Nantes; by Renée de Kerthe wars of his time; his son, Jean Nicolas, gournadech de Kercoent; and by her had Seigneur de Kerviziou, was one of the Lords of Brittany, who ratified the treaty of peace Abei Nicolas, who, being of the protesof Guerrande, conciuded between CHARLES tant faith, emigrated from Brittany on the V. of France, and the Duke of Brittany, on revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, the 28th April, 1:381.

and settled at Looe, in Cornwall. He had Jean Nicolas's fifth lineal descendant was two sons and a daughter, namely, Paul, Yvox NICOLAS, Seigneur de Kerviziou, de James, and Renée. Having lost his estates Quinquisaliou, and la Touche, in 1543 ; in thus exiling himself from his hereditary whose grandsou, Jean Nicolas, Seigneur de possessions, he established himself at Love Kerviziou, de la Touche, &c. obtained, in the as a merchant. His eldest son, year 1614, letters of recognizance of the Paul Nicolas, an alderman of the bo

a son,

rough of East Looe, married Elizabeth Mel Crest-A wolf's head erased, or; issuing low, and had one child,

from a coronet of the nobility of Brittany, PAUL NICOLAS, (the name at this period, as over the arms. 1750, became corrupted to the English mode Supporters On the dexter side, a lion of writing the christian name of Nicholas, regardant, or; langued gules; on the sinisbut the ancient manner of spelling it was ter, a syren, proper. resumed by Captain Toup Nicolas, and his Motto-Issuing from the coronet, “ EN brothers, with permission, on obtaining the Bon Espoir.” pedigree of their ancestry from France,) an Previous to obtaining the attested docualderman of both the boroughs of East and ments from France, with the genealogy of West Looe, who married Martha Harris, their ancestors, the representative of the daughter and co-heiress of Nicholas Harris, family in England, Captain John-Harris of East Looe, a younger brother of John Nicolas, received a grant of arms from the Harris, esq. of Manadan, in the county of Heralds' College, in the year 1816 ; as Devon, and by her had three sons,

follows: 1. PAUL-HARRIS, an alderman of East “ Gironny of eight, argent and azure, an

Looe, who died in 1788, leaving a eagle displayed erminois : On a chief, wavy .son, Nicholas-Harris, who died in (in allusion to the services of Captain Nico

1806, captain of the royal artillery. las, and Captain Toup Nicolas) ermine, a 11. Nicholas-Harris, b. in 1755, captain trident, or, surmounted in saltire of a flag

in the 44th regiment, who served with staff, proper, thereon, hoisted, a pennant
reputation in the American war, and gules, both passing through a chaplet of
was severely wounded at Bunker's | laurel, vert.”
Hill. About the year 1788, he sold Crest-A demi-eagle, sable, wings ele-
out of the army, and in 1799 became vated, erminois, each charged with a cross,
major of the Royal Cornwall Fencible couped, gules, issuing from a naval crown,

Dragoons. He d. s. p. in 1816.
III. JOHN-HARRIS, the present repré-

And, on the 16th of October, 1816, Capsentative of the family.

tain Toup Nicolas received the following

augmentation to the above crest: “ The Arms—The ancient arms of the family of word . Pilot,' inscribed on the rim of the Nicolas, Seigneurs de Claye, de Champs- naval crown, to be borne by him and his Gérault, &c. and which were confirmed to descendants, in commemoration of his disthe present branch, are gu. on a fess arg. tinguished services in his majesty's sloop between three wolves' heads erased, or; Pilot, on the East and West coasts of Calathree martlets, sa. surmounted with an es- bria, during the years 1810, 1811, and cutcheon, bearing the arms of De ROSMA- 1812; and also in allusion to the gallant

action fought near Toulon, between his 1st Quarter. De Rosmadec.

majesty's said sloop, and the French na2nd Quarter. De Montmorency.

tional ship La Legère, of twenty-eight guns, 3rd Quarter. De Rohan.

and three hundred men, on the 17th of June, 4th Quarter. De Kergournadec, and over 1815.” all an escutcheon, with the arms of BourBON-VENDOME.

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WERE, OF WELLINGTON AND POOLE. WERE, ROBERT, esq. formerly of Runnington Manor, near Wellington, and now

of Poole, representative of this ancient family, m. Mary-Ann,
daughter of Thomas Morris, esq. and has issue,

Jl. Morris, m. Amy, daughter of Isaac Steele, esq. of

Ju. Henry.
IV. William-Alford.
1. Anna, m. to Robert Colman, esq.
JI. Elizabeth.
11. Mary-Ann.
IV. Esther, m. to J. Shepherd, esq.
v. Sarah, m. to her cousin, Joseph Were, esq. of Exe-

ter, and has, with other issue, Joseph and Bonville.

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Lineage. The family of Were, or, as it was for THOMAS Weare,* his son, however, wrote merly spelt, Weare, is of great antiquity in it in the modern mode, which has been the counties of Devon and Somerset. Tra- continued by his descendants. He resided dition states, that their original name was at Wellington in the beginning of the last GIFFARD, a younger branch, it is repre-century, and was possessed of the lands of sented, of the GIFFARDS of BRIGHTLEY, and “ Great and Little Sowden," “ the West HALSWORTHY; and that they took the name Leigh Estates," “ Old Baums,"

,” « Escotts," of Weare only, upon inheriting that part of

“ Osmonds,"

,” “ Penslade," and other prothe property of the house of Giffard called perty in the county of Devon ; together with WEARE-GIFFARD ; whereupon, as was the the manor of “ Runnington," “ Landcox,' custom at that period, they assumed different · Rockwell-Green,' Perry-Elm,” “ Jurarms. How far this statement is correct, it ston,” and other estates in the county of Sois impossible at this distant date to establish, merset. He married about the year 1716, but these facts have been asserted by autho- Elizabeth, daughter of Peter Berry, esq. rities entitled to consideration. Certain it is, and had issue eight sons, between whom however, that the family of Weare, or, as he divided his different estates, and three now spelt, WERE, is of long standing in So- daughters, viz. mersetshire, as well as in Devonshire, and 1. Robert, of Runnington Manor, of the arms annexed have been used by the whom presently. existing branch, whose genealogy we now give, for many generations, as various engravings of them on old seals, plate, &c. * Thomas Were's second brother was Peter still in possession of its different members, Were, esq. of Sampford Arundel and Were's Cot, fully confirm. Those arms are to be found near Wellington, whose son Ellis was a partner in in the third edition of “Guillim’s Heraldry," the firm of Curtis, Were, Robarts and Co. bankers published in 1638, and again in the edition in London. Ellis's descendants are Thomas, of published in 1679, wherein it is stated, at ried and has seven children, Robert, Peter, and

Were's Cot, and Sampford Arundel, who is marpage 206, “ He beareth, argent, on a bend

Joseph. vert, between six cross croslets fitched, gules, Thomas Were had also one sister, Elizabeth, three croysiers, or, by the name of Weare, who m. George Fox, of Perran, near Falmouth. of Devon, and is quartered by Fortescue of The greater part of the different branches of the Filley," (the ancestor of the present Earl family of Were, together with most of those of their Fortescue.) “ This coat standeth in Weare several alliances, have for many generations bechurch in com: prædiet. The estate of longed to the Society of Friends, of which highly Weare-Giffard, it is believed, passed to the respectable sect, very many of them still are memfamily of Deynsell, by the marriage of an

bers. heiress of the house of Weare, between the

Another branch of the ancient family of Were years 1440 and 1450, and it was carried to became settled in the vicinity of Plymouth about that of Fortescue about the year 1480, by and at length sole heir of John Reid, esq. of Bur

year 1700, by a marriage with Joan, daughter the heiress of Deynsell. In a collection of rington, in Devonshire. The son of this marriage, abstracts of early charters in the library of John Were, esq. of Burrington, who died in 1778, Sir Richard Phillips, bart. there is a deed left the whole of his property to his only child relating to the family of Weare, of the con and heiress Mary, who wedded Richard Hall cluding part of which the following is a cor Clarke, esq. of Bridwell House, in Devonshire, rect translation:

and had issue, “ This Indenture made at Weare-Gif John Were Clarke, esq. of Bridwell House,

fard, between WILLIAM DE SALLEM and Burrington in Devon, a magistrate of “on the one part, and WILLIAM the county of Devon, who m. in 1810, “ Weare, Lord of Weare-Giffard, on Frances, daughter of Sir Thomas Carew, “ the other part,

bart. of Haccomb, and has issue, anno 13, Henry IV.” (1411)

1. Richard Hall. L.S. signed, “ Will: WeAre.”

2. Thomas. The arms attached to this deed are precisely

1. Mary Were.

2. Jane Were. the same as those now used by the family as

3. Agnes. herein described, but the crest, instead of

4. Marcella. being a demi lion, holding a cross crosslet,

5. Laura Catherine. fitchee, is a basket of fish. We are unable

6. Florence Smallwood. at this moment to go further back with the

Eliza Clarke, m. to Arthur Howe Holdsworth, genealogy, than to

esq. of Mount Galpin, in Devon, M.P. for Thomas Were, eldest surviving son of

Dartmouth, and d. leaving a dau. Eliza. Robert Weare, esq. of Sampford Arundell, Mary-Anne-Were Clarke, m. to William in the county of Devon, who, it appears, Adams Welsford, esq. of Exeter, and has Spelt his name in the ancient style.


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