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able for his gigantic stature and strength, was preeminently distinguished by his loyalty to King CHARLEs I. and on the breaking out of the civil war, having raised a regiment of cavalry, was invested with the command of Chepstow Castle, which he gallantly defended against a very superior force, under Cromwell himself; but that general’s presence being required elsewhere, he left Colonel Ewer to prosecute the siege with seven companies of infantry, a train of artillery, and two squadrons of cavalry. The gallant Sir Nicholas Kemeys, however, with his son (afterwards Sir Charles) as his lieutenant, and one hundred and sixty men, held out and made several brilliant sorties, until, the garrison being worn down with fatigue, a breach was made, and the brave governor and forty men died in defending the castle to the last. Of such importance did Cromwell consider the capture of the castle of Chepstow, that parliament voted thanks to Colonel Ewer and his army, and ordered fifty pounds to be given to the messenger who brought the intelligence. Sir Nicholas m. Jane, daughter of Sir Rowland Williams, knt. of Langibby, and left at his decease a son and successor, SiR CHARLes KEMEYs, the second baronet, of Kevanmably, M. P. for Glamorganshire, who m. first, Blanch, daughter of Sir Lewis Mansel, bart. but by her had no issue; and secondly, Margaret, daughter of Sir George Whitmore, lord mayor of London in 1631–2, by whom he left at his decease a son and successor, SiR CHARles Kemeys, third baronet, of Kevanmably, who represented the county and borough of Monmouth in several parliaments. He m. Mary, relict of William Thomas, esq. of Wenvoe, and daughter of Philip, fourth BARON WHARtoN, by his lordship's second wife Jane, daughter and heir of Arthur Goodwin, esq. of Upper Winchendon, in the county of Buckingham, and had issue, CHARLEs, his heir. JANE, m. to Sir John TYNTE, bart. of Halsewell in Somersetshire, and had, with other issue, a son and a daughter, viz. SIR CHARLEs KEMEYS-TYNTE, bart. of Halsewell, who eventually inherited the estates of the family of KEMEYs, but died s. p. JANE TYNTE, who m. Major Hassell, and had a daughter and heiress, JANE PHAssell, who wedded Colonel Johnstone, and was mother of the present Colo
nel KEMEYs - TYNte, of Halsewell and Kevanmably.
Sir Charles d. in 1702, and was s. by his SOn,
SIR CHARLEs KEMEYs, fourth baronet, of Kevanmably, knight of the shire for Monmouth in the last parliament of Queen ANNE, and for Glamorgan in the two succeeding parliaments. This gentleman when on his travels was shewn great attention by George I. of Hanover, and frequently joined the private circle of the Elector. When his majesty ascended the British throne, he was pleased to enquire why his old acquaintance Sir Charles Kemeys had not paid his respects at court, and commanding him to repair to St. James's, sent him a message, the substance of which was, that the King of England hoped that Sir Charles Kemeys recollected the number of pipes he had smoked with the Elector of Hanover in Germany. Sir Charles, who had retired from parliament, and was a staunch Jacobite, replied that he should be proud to pay his duty at St. James's to the Elector of Hanover, but that he never had had the honour of smoking a pipe with the King of England.
Sir Charles Kemeys d. s. p. when the baronetcy expired, while his extensive estates devolved on his nephew, SIR CHARLEs KeMe YS-TYNTE, bart. of Halsewell, at whose demise also issueless, his possessions vested in his niece, JANE HAssell, who m. Colonel Johnstone, afterwards KeMeys-TYNte, and was mother of the present Colonel KEMEYsTYNTE, of Halsewell and Kevanmably.
MONTGOMERY, OF GREY ABBEY.
MONTGOMERY, HUGH, esq. of Grey Abbey, in the county of Down, b. at Florence, 26th June, 1821, succeeded his father in May, 1831, and became representative of the branch of the house of Montgomery settled in Ireland, and of that of
Braidstane in Scotland.
This is a scion of the noble family of Montomery,” Earls of Eglintoun, in Scotland. Refer to Burke's Peerage). SiR Alexander Montgomerie descended from Roger de Montgomerie, kinsman of the Conqueror, and commander of the van guard at Hastings), was raised to the peerage of Scotland in 1448-9, as Lord MontGoMeRie. He m. Margaret, second daughter of Sir Thomas Boyd, of Kilmarnock, and had a son, Alex ANDER, master of Montgomerie, who m. Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Sir Adam Hepburn, of Hales, and
* There is an old manuscript at Grey Abbey, written about the year 1696, by William Montgomery, of that place, son of the Hon. Sir James Montgomery, giving an account of this family, in which he remarks, “For the honour of the nation in general, let it be known to all that there is at this day the title of a counte or earle of the name in all his Majesty's four kingdoms; viz. Count de Montgomery, in France; Earl of Montgomery, in England; Earl of Eglintoun, in Scotland; and Earl of Mount Alexander, in Ireland; the like whereof cannot be truly said (as I believe) of any other surname in all the world.” In the same manuscript he states, alluding to Roger, fifth Count de Montgomery, who led the van at the battle of Hastings, “In anno 1652, I saw in Westminster Abbey, this Roger's coat of arms and name written under it, as benefactor to the building thereof. He was in rank or place the seventh or eighth (as I remember) among the contributors to the said building, or to the convent thereof, but in anno 1664, I found that his name and arms, and all the rest (above forty noblemen's), were wholly razed out as writings (on a stone table book) are with a wet sponge.”
died before his father, in 1452, leaving three sons and a daughter, viz. 1. Alexander, successor to his grandfather, as second Lord Montgomerie. His son and heir, Hugh, third Lord Montgomerie, was created in 1507-8, EARL of Eglintoun. 2. Robert, Laird of Braidstane. 3. Hugh, of Hislot.
1. Margaret, m. to Alexander, first Lord Home. The second son of the Master of Montgomerie, and brother of the second lord, Robert Montgomery, obtained for his patrimony, from his grandfather, Alexander, first lord, in 1452, the lands of Braidstane, and thus became its laird. He was s. by his son, Robert Montgomery, second Laird of Braidstane, who left a son and heir, Robert Montgomer Y, third Laird of Braidstane, whose son and successor, AdAM Montgomery, fourth Laird of Braidstane, m. the eldest daughter of — Colquhoun, of Luss, and d. about 1550, leaving two sons, 1. ADAM, who inherited as fifth Laird, and purchased otherlands from Hugh, Earl of Eglintoun, m. the daughter of John Montgomery, of Hasilheads, and had four sons, viz. 1. Hugh (Sir), sixth Laird, who settled in Ireland, and was raised to the Peerage of that kingdom, in 1622, as Wiscount MontgoMeRY, of Ardes, in the county of Down. He had previously, anno 1605, obtained a grant from King JAMEs I. of the third part of Con. O'Neil's great territory in the counties of Down and Antrim. His lordship was grandfather of Hugh, third Wiscount Montgomery, who was created, in 1661, EARL of MoUNT AlexANder, honours which eacpired with Thomas, the seventh Earl, in 1758. 2. George, in holy orders, dean of Norwich, afterwards Bishop of MEAth, died in 1620, leaving an only child,
JANE Montgomery, wife of Nicholas, twenty-third Lord Howth. 3. Patrick, a colonel in the army of France, temp. HENRY IV. of that kingdom, d. unmarried. 4. John, d. in London, of the sweating sickness, unmarried, in 1596. II. Robert. The younger son, Robert Montgomery, was father of Joh N Montgomer Y, who went over to Ireland in the early part of the reign of King JAMES I, with his cousin, Hugh, sixth Laird of Braidstane, afterwards Viscount Montgomery, his lordship having brought several of his clan from Scotland, that they might settle upon his new estates, and assist in the plantation of the country. To this John he granted lands in Granshaugh, in the Ards where he (John) settled, and having married an heiress of the family of Stewart, in Scotland, was esteemed a man of opulence, which supposition causing his house to be attacked by robbers, himself, his wife, and all his servants were inhumanly murdered, save one, who escaped with his son, HUGH Montgomery, who had been left for dead in attempting to defend his father, but recovering from his wounds, he lived to an old age, on his property, at Maghera, in the county of Derry, to which he removed after the attack upon his paternal dwelling. He represented the borough of NewtownArds in parliament, from 1635 to 1641, and lies buried with his father in the church of Donoghadee. He left two sons, HUGH, his heir, and John, who was master of the excise to John, Earl of Donegal, married, but left no posterity. The elder son, HUGH Montgomery, was an officer in the army, and distinguished against the insurgents in 1641. He was captain in Sir John Montgomery's regiment, and afterwards major under Sir Charles Coote. He resided at Maghera, and married a daughter of Sir Robert M'Clellands, by whom he had several daughters and an only son, his successor, William Montgomery, esq. who m. Mary, eldest daughter and co-heir of Captain James Macgill, of Kishistown, in the county of Down, by which marriage he acquired a great accession of property, and had, with one daughter, Lucy, who d. unmarried in 1701, an only son, his successor, William Montgomer Y, esq. an officer of dragoons, who served with reputation in Spain, under Charles Mordaunt, the great
Earl of Peterborough. Captain Montgomery purchased, about the year 1715, the estate of Grey Abbey, from his kinsman, James Montgomery,” and rebuilt the mansion house, the former having been burnt accidentally in 1695. He m. first, in 1719, Catherine, daughter of Francis Hall, esq. of Strangford, and by her (who d. in 1723), had Edward, who d. in 1726, and William, his heir. He wedded secondly, in 1725, Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Hill, of an old family in Buckinghamshire, whose grandfather was treasurer of Ireland in the time of CRoMwell. By this lady (who died in 1789), he had, Hugh, d. unmarried, aged thirty-six, in 1765. James, in the revenue, d. at Belfast, unmarried, in 1796. Robert, d. unmarried, aged twenty, in 1758. Samuel, lieutenant-colonel of the 12th Foot, m. Miss Drury, sister of Admiral Drury, and d. s. p.
Mary, m. in 1749, to Robert Maxwell, esq. of the county of Down, but d.s.p. in 1755. Anne, m. to James Dobbin, esq. of Donaghadee, and d. in 1812. Catherine, m. in 1754, to George Matthews, of Springvale, in the county of Down, and was mother of MajorGeneral Matthews. She died in 1761. Captain Montgomery d. in 1755, and was buried in the family vault under the altar in the abbey.t. He was s. by his eldest son, William Montgomery, esq. of Grey Abbey, member for Hillsborough, in the parliament of Ireland, for more than thirty years. This gentleman m. in 1749, Susanna, daughter and sole heir of John Jolly, esq. of Rathmullen, in the county of Down, by which lady (who d. in 1797), he had issue, 1. William, major 40th regiment of foot, killed at the storming of Fort Griswald, near New London, in America, while leading his regiment to the breach, 8th September, 1781. II. HUGH, heir to his father. III. John, died young. Iv. Edward, R.N. d. unmarried. v. Francis, captain 67th regiment, d. in 1808, unm.
I. Dorcas, d. unm. in 1824. II. Catherine, d. young. Mr. Montgomery d. at Hillsborough, in
* Son of William, and grandson of the Hon. Sir James Montgomery, second son of Hugh, first Viscount Montgomery. , , t The fine ruins of GREY ARBEY, founded for Cistertian Monks, by Sir John de Courcy, in the reign of HENRY If, stand within a few perches of
the mansion house. There are several burying vaults under it, belonging to the neighbouring families. It was used as a Protestant church until the latter end of the last century, when the present church was built.
November, 1799, was buried in the family vault at Grey Abbey, and s. by his eldest surviving son, Hugh Montgomery, of Grey Abbey, a clergyman of the established church. This gentleman resided constantly at the abbey, made considerable improvements there, and extended his landed possessions by purchase. He m. in 1782, the Hon. Emilia Ward, youngest daughter of Bernard, first Viscount Bangor (by his wife, Lady Anne Bligh,t daughter of John, Earl of Darnley), and had issue, 1. Willi AM, his successor. 11. Hugh-Bernard, captain in the 3rd Guards, served in the Peninsular war, was severely wounded in the leg, 12th December, 1813, near St.Jean de Luz, and again at Waterloo, of which latter wound he never recovered. He d. in London, 2nd May, 1817. 111. Edward, in holy orders, rector of Portaferry, and chancellor of the diocese of Down, d. unmarried in 1825. iv. Arthur-Hill, settled at Tyrella, in the county of Down, m. in May, 1825, Matilda-Anne, third daughter of the Honourable Thomas Parker, and has, Hugh-Parker, b. in September, 1829. Amelia-Elizabeth. v. Bernard-Ward, d. young, in 1802. v1. Robert-Meade, d. young, in 1801. vii. John-Charles, barrister-at-law. viii. Charles-Octavius, captain in the 45th regiment. 1x. George - Augustus-Frederick-Sandys, lieutenant R. N. d. in Smyrna,
+ LADY ANNE BLIGH was first married to Robert Hawkins Magill, esq. of Gilt Hall, in the county of Down, by whom she had an only daughter, Theodosia MAGILL, who inherited all her father's great estates, and was married to Richard Meade, first Earl of Clanwilliam, grandfather of the present Earl.
of the small pox, 18th March, 1827, aged nineteen. 1. Anne-Catherine, d. unm. aged seventeen, in 1802. il. Emilia-Georgina-Susanna, m. in February, 1817, to James Miles Reilly, barrister-at-law, youngest son of John Reilly, esq. of Scarvagh, in the county of Down, and has, John Reilly, b. in November, 1817. James-Miles Reilly, b. in February, 1823. Francis-Savage Reilly, b. in February, 1825. Moyses Reilly, b. in January, 1827. Hugh-Arthur Reilly, b. in May, 1828. Emilia-Maria-Catherine. Jane-Hester. Theodosia-Hornitt. Mr. Montgomery d. at Grey Abbey, 30th March, 1815, and was s. by his eldest son, WILLIAM Montgomery, esq. of Grey Abbey, who wedded at Brussels, in March, 1817, Amelia-Elizabeth, second daughter of the Honourable Thomas Parker, second son of Thomas, third Earl of Macclesfield. Mr. Montgomery served the office of sheriff for the county of Down, in 1824. He d. in Dublin, 3rd May, 1831, was interred in the family vault at Grey Abbey, and succeeded by his only child, the present Hugh MontGoMERY, esq. of Grey Abbey.
Arms—Quarterly, 1st and 4th, azure, three fleurs-de-lys, or, for Montgomery; 2nd and 3rd, gules, three annulets or, gemmed azure for EGLINtoun ; all within a bordure or, charged with a double tressure flory, counter-flory, gules; on a surcoat, a sword and sceptre, salterwise, ppr.
Crest—On a wreath, out of a cap of maintenance, an arm in armour erect grasping a sword.
Estates—In the county of Down.
Seat—Grey Abbey, in the county of
SAMPSON, OF HENBURY.
SAMPSON, EDWARD, esq. of Henbury, in the county of Gloucester, b. 15th August, 1773, m. 24th November, 1807, Joanna, youngest daughter of George Daubeny, esq. senior alderman of the city of Bristol, and has had issue, EDWARD, b. 12th May, 1810, M.A. of Balliol College, Oxford, in the commission of the peace for the county of Gloucester. Mary-Joanna, b. 12th October, 1808, d. 10th June, 1824. Mr. Sampson succeeded to the estates at the decease of his elder brother, John Sampson, esq. who died unmarried 12th July, 1830. He is a magistrate for Gloucester3Lintage.
John SAMPson, living in the time of Elizabeth, as appears by copy of a court roll, dated in 1572, was father of John SAMPson, whose wife's christian name was Joan, and who had one son and five daughters, viz. Edward, his heir.
Mary, m. to John Eiton. Joan, m. to John Wasborow. Margaret, d. unmarried. Elizabeth, m. to Robert Bye. Elizabeth, m. to John Whiteing. The son, Edward SAMPson, esq. b. at Henbury, 7th July, 1583, m. 1st Sept. 1607, Mary, daughter of the Rev. Ralph Green, of Olverton, in the county of Gloucester, and had issue, Edward, d. 27th December, 1611. Ralph, killed in the cival wars, in action near Cirencester. John, heir to his father.
Mary, b. 29th November, 1610, m. to John Browning, of Dursley. Mr. Sampson was s. by his only surviving Son, Joh N SAMPson, esq. b. in January, 1618, m. in 1647, Martha, daughter of John Burcombe, esq. of Old Sodbury, in the county of Gloucester, and had two children, viz. John, who d. a bachelor, 5th May, 1674. Edward. The younger and only surviving son, Edward SAMPson, esq. who purchased HENBURY AUDelett, in the year 1627, wedded 23rd April, 1685, Mary, only daughter and heiress of Edward Long, esq. of Clodstow, in the county of Gloucester, and had a
Arms—Arg. a cross moline gu. between four escallop shells sa. Crest—A dragon's head erased, collared arg. Motto—Pejus letho flagitium. Estates—In the counties of Gloucester and Somerset, the greater part in the former, where the family mansion stands, surrounded by twelve hundred acres, called HENBURY AUDElett, which estate derived its name from Joh N AUDELEtt, and passed thus: Joh N AUDELETT, left an only daughter and heiress, Elizabeth AUDElett, who m. Richard Beke, and left a daughter and heiress, AGNes Beke, m. to — Edmonds, and left a son, Edward EDMoNDs, of Henbury, whose daughter and heiress, ANNE EDMoMDs, m. William Diggs, of Marlborough, Wilts, and the estate was sold by her descendant, Diggs, in 1627, to EDWARD SAMPSON. Seat—HeNBURY, Gloucestershire.