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COKE, D'EWES, esq. of Brookhill Hall, in the parish of Pinxton, in the county of Derby, b. 22nd December, 1774; m. 2nd November, 1797, Harriet, daughter of Thomas Wright, esq. of Nottingham, and has issue,

1. Francis-LILLYMAN D'Ewes, b. 4th June, 1804, B. A.

Christchurch college, Oxford. 21. William-Sacheverell, b. 31st August, 1805, late a

lieutenant in the 39th Regiment. III. Edward-Thomas, b. 4th January, 1807, late a captain

in the 69th Regiment, m. 6th August, 1835, Diana, second daughter of the late Rev. John Talbot, of Ardfert Abbey, in the county of Kerry, Ireland, (descended from the illustrious John Talbot, first Earl of Shrewsbury), who assumed by sign manual the surname and arms of Crosbie, on the demise of his uncle John, second Earl of Glendore, (who m. the Hon. Diana, eldest daughter of Lord George Sackville, and sister to the present Charles, fifth Duke of Dorset), and

has issue one daughter, Jane-Susanna. iv. John-Henry, b. 12th December, 1811, B.A. Pem

broke college, Oxford, in holy orders. v. Richard-George, b. 12th February, 1813. 1. Harriet-Frances. 11. Elizabeth-Anne. II. Sarah-Sophia, m. 22nd June, 1827, to George Robin

son, esq. lieut. R.N. and has issue. iv. Mary-Agnes. v. Emma-Isabella, m. 16th August, 1832, to James Sal

mond, esq. captain 2nd Dragoon Guards, and has issue.

Mr. Coke, who succeeded to the estates upon the decease of his father, the Rev. D'Ewes Coke, B.L., 12th April, 1811, is a magistrate and deputy-lieutenant for the county of Derby, and was formerly recorder of Newark and deputy-recorder of Grantham.

Lineage. This ancient and respectable family, which / well as a moiety of the manor and the advowcan trace its descent in a direct male line son, passed into the possession of the Coke for upwards of five hundred years, settled family; Thomas de Lyes, lord of two parts at Trusley, in the county of Derby, in the of the latter, having conveyed it to William early part of the reign of EDWARD III., at de Odingsell and Maud his wife, by a deed which time

bearing date 1314. The Odingsells had long Hugh, son of Robert Coke, m. Agnes, been persons of distinction, Gerard de Odingdaughter and sole heir of Robert Owen, of sells, son of Basilia and Hugh de OdingMarchington* Woodhouse, in the county of sells, having a knight's fee in Eperstone so Stafford. His grandson,

far back as the time of HeNRY III. Thomas Coke wedded, about the year

WILLIAM Coke, fourth in descent from 1418, Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress Hugh, m. in 1448, Joan, daughter of John of Thomas de Odingsell, of Trusley. Through Hilton, and was s. by his son, this alliance a considerable portion of the

WILLIAM Coke, who having been married landed property in the parish of Trusley, as twice, died A.D. 1514, leaving as his suc

cessor, * It appears by an old deed, bearing date 46

William Coke, who m. Isabel, daughter EDWARD III. that'Hugh Coke had lands in March of Sir Ralph Longford, of Longford, high ington; and by another deed, dated 4 Richard II. sheriff for the county of Derby in 1501. In Agnes, his widow, gave to John Coke, her second the reign of EDWARD III. Sir Ralph Longson, lands in Witchnor.

ford, an ancestor of the above Sir Ralph,

married one of the two daughters of Sir | The eldest son, William le Wyne, to whom the manor of RICHARD Coke, m. Mary, daughter and Pinxton (or as it is written in old writings heir of Thomas Sacheverell,* of Kirkby, Penkeston) belonged. Sir Ralph sold his in the county of Nottingham, descendant of moiety to Francis Coke. The other daugh- Sacheverell, of Snitterton and Hopwell, in ter was married to Sir John Sulney, whose the county of Derby. The pedigree of this portion descended to the Staffords, and from family, in the visitation of 1569, begins with them to the Revells, from whom it was pur- Patrick Sacheverell, lord of Hopwell in the chased by the grandfather of the present reign of EDWARD I. Thoroton describes owner of Brookhill. William Coke died John de Sacheverell as having married a 1518, leaving one son,

co-heiress of Fitz-ercald, five generations William Coke, who m. Dorothy, daugh- before 15 EDWARD I. (about the year 1020). ter of Robert Fitzherbert, of the ancient and William, a younger son of John Sachevéennobled family residing at Tissington, in rell, of Hopwell, by the co-heiress of Leche, the county of Derby, and whose ancestor's married the heiress of Snitterton, and was name appears in the “Roll of Battel Ab- of Ible and Snitterton. Thomas Sachevebeie.” He died A.D. 1576, and left, with rell, his grandson, sold Ible about 1498; other issue,

Snitterton was retained longer. Thomas

Sacheverell, son of Thomas, lived at Kirk1. Richard, his heir. 11. John, rector of North Wingfield, in by, which had been acquired in marriage

with the heiress of Kirkby; he had an only the county of Derby.

daughter, married to Coke of Trusley. By JI. Anthony, 2 IV. Arthur, died young.

this marriage, Kirkby Hall, and property v. Edward,

in that parish, was conveyed to, and has ever

since remained in the family of Coke, it 1. Elizabeth, m. to John Bird, or Bride, having been acquired by the great-grand

of Locko, in the county of Derby, father of Mary Sacheverell in marriage which family had possessed the ma with the sole heiress of Richard Kirkby. nor of Nether Locko as early as the Richard Coke d. in 1582, leaving, with a reign of Henry IV. She survived daughter, Dorothy, m. to Valentine Carey, her husband, having had issue a son, D.D. Bishop of Exeter, five sons, viz. William, who sold the manor in the

1. Francis (Sir), his heir. reign of Queen ELIZABETH to Wil

II. John (Sir), who bore a pre-emiliam Gilbert, then of Barrow, his

nent part in the public affairs of the mother's second husband. The Gil

stormy period in which he lived, bert family consequently removed

being principal secretary of state for there and resided at Locko Park for

upwards of twenty years to the unseveral generations. John Gilbert,

fortunate Charles I. It required a William's descendant, became pos

man of no ordinary abilities to steer sessed of Thurgarton Priory, in the

a happy course between the contendcounty of Nottingham, by bequest

ing parties of those troubled days, from the Coopers, and took the name

and the soundest discretion to reconof Cooper by act of Parliament in

cile oftentimes the king his master 1736, and having about the same time

and the factious parliament. His sold Locko to the Lowe family, who

sole desire was, as he expressed it in at present reside there, removed to

that house on the 22nd of March, Thurgarton, which place was sold a

1627,“ not to stir, but to be quiet; short time previous to his death by

not to provoke, but to appease-my Colonel John-Gilbert-Cooper Gardi

desire is,” he continued, “ that every ner, who d. unmarried in 1833. In

one resort to his own heart to reunite the year 1630 there was another in

the king and state, and to take away termarriage between the Gilberts and

the scandal from us." His life and Cokes, of which presently.

character cannot be better drawn 11. Elena, m. to Robert Key, Keyes or

Kays. ill. Margaret, m. to Geoffrey Whalley. * The name is derived from“ Saut de Chevreuil." iv. Dorothy, m. to Christopher Thacker, The celebrated Dr. Sacheverell is said to have

whose family, in 1540, had a grant of been of this family, but it is not clear that he was Repton Priory from Henry VIII. descended from them. He possessed an estate in Gilbert Thacker, the last of this fa- that county, who admired his political zeal and

Derbyshire by gift from George Sacheverell of mily, d. in 1712.

esteemed him as a cousin, and before whom, as v. Isabel, m. to John Danvers, of Swith high sheriff for the county in the 9th of Queen land, in the county of Leicester.

ANNE, he preached one of his inflammatory servi. Anne, m. to Philip Streethay, of mons, which brought him before the House of

Streethay, in the county of Stafford. Lords by impeachment of the Commons.


Powell, esq.

κυρια δολυέιν, which he could never

than in the words of David Lloyd, give envy a steady aim at his place or author of a work, published in 1670, person.

Indeed entitled “ State Worthies, or the he had an happy mixture of discreStatesmen and Favourites of England tion and charity whereby he could since the Reformation." " Sir John allow to things and persons more than Coke, younger brother to Sir Francis men of straighter apprehensions or Coke, born at Trusley, in Derbyshire, narrower affections were able to do." of ancient and worshipful family, and He settled at Melbourne, in the county allied to the best family in that coun of Derby, as lessee under the Bishop try, was bred fellow of Trinity col of Carlisle, under which see the palege, in Cambridge, where his wit lace, now Melbourne Hall, together being designed his estate, he was with the impropriate parsonage, was chosen rhetorick lecturer in the uni long held under lease. The bishops versity, where he grew eminent for of Carlisle had occasionally resided his ingenious and critical reading in at the palace, to which a large park that school, where rhetorick seemed was attached. During a great part not to be so much an art, as his na

of his official life Sir John Coke reture; being not only the subject but sided in a house which had been the the very frame of his discourse. Then residence of the Hynninghams, called travelled he beyond the seas for some the Black House, opposite to White years (when his judgment was fitted Hart Lane. Bedwell, in his History for foreign observations by domestic of Tottenham in 1631, says that he experience) in the company of a per had read the following inscription, in son of quality, returning thence rich a chamber over the ball: “In this in languages, remarks and experi chamber King HENRY VIII. hath ence, having all the dangers incident often lyen." It was pulled down to him for his religion by a wary pro about ninety years ago. Sir John fession, that he came to learn and not m. Mary, daughter of to search ; being first related to Sir of Presteign, in Radnorshire, and left Fulke Greville, Lord Brook, who did two sons and three daughters, all men's business but his own : he

1. John (Sir), bis heir, who was a was thence preferred to be secretary

member of the committee of seto the Navy, then master of the re

questrators appointed by parliaquests, and at last secretary of state

ment for the county of Derby, for twenty years together. Being a

31st March, 1643, and also one very zealous Protestant, he did all

of that for the purpose of raising good offices for the advancement of

5161. levied upon the county, for true religion: his contemporaries cha

the maintenance of Fairfax's racter him a grave and a prudent

army from 1st February to lst man in gait, apparel and speech; one

December, 1644; and in 1646 that had his intellectuals very perfect

was one of the receivers (Sir in the dispatch of business, till he

John Curzon being the other) of was eighty years old, when foresee

50001. raised in the county for ing those intrigues that might be too

the disbanding of the Derbyshire hard for his years, he with his majes

forces, which money was to be ty's good leave retired as Moses did,

repaid out of the composition of to die when his eyes were not dim,

delinquent's estates in the said &c. having kept himself strictly to

county. He was also one of the the law of the land : insomuch so

representatives of the county in that being sent to command Bishop

the 16 CHARLES I. He sold to Williams from Westminster, and

Sir William Boothby the manor being asked by the stout bishop, by

of Ashbourne, which had been what authority he commanded a man

granted by King CHARLES I. to out of his house and freehold, he

William Scriven and Philip was so tender of the point that he

Eden, and by them conveyed to never rested till he had his pardon

his father Sir John Coke. Dying for it.


without issue at Paris, he was was any man more put to it to re

succeeded at Melbourne by his concile the two readings of that text,

brother. καιρώ

2. Thomas, who m. Mary, daughter

of — Pope, esq. He compounded have done, but that his old rule safe

for his estate in 1655 for the sum guarded him, viz.“ That no man

of 22001., agreeable to an ordishould let what is unjustifiable or

nance by the parliament for the dangerous appear under his hand, to

“ Decimation of the Cavaliers,"

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whereby all who had borne arms

Nicholson, that in confor Charles I., or declared them

sequence of an increase selves in his interest, were to

of the annual rent of pay the tenth of their estates that

Melbourne from 451. to were left, to support the charge

701., and of the vicar's of the commonwealth without re

stipend from 201. to 301., gard to future compositions, or

the fee should be vested any articles upon which they

in perpetuity in Thomas surrendered. We find the Gil

Coke, bis heirs and asberts, Harpurs and Fitzherberts,

signs. This agreement with whom the Cokes had inter

was confirmed by act of married, subjected to equally

Parliament in 1704. heavy penalties. He d. in 1656,

The last heir male of and was s. by his son,

this branch of the faJOHN, who represented the

mily was George-Lewis borough of Derby in the first

Coke, who died in 1750, Parliament of JAMES II.

when the Melbourne The following spirited anec

pro as well as the dote is related of him while

manorial rights of the occupying his seat in the

subordinate manor* of house. In the year 1685

Over-Haddon and lands when James, contrary to the

in Bakewell, in the act of Parliament then ex

county of Derby, detant, required the test to be

volved upon his sister taken by every one possessed

and sole heiress CHARof a public office, and told

LOTTE, the daughter of the Commons that instead

the Hon. Thomas Coke, of the militia he should em

teller of the exchequer ploy a standing army, in

and vice-chamberlain which it was well known he

to Queen Anne. She had appointed a great many

was m. to Sir Matthew Roman Catholic officers, the

Lambe, bart. and was house of commons voted an

mother of address to his majesty, re

Sir Peniston Lambe, monstrating against the ille

created, in 1770, an gality of his purpose. This

Irish peer, as Baron address was very ill re

Melbourne, derivceived by that despotic

ing his title from prince, and his own deter

the estate acquired mination was repeated with

by his father's marviolent expressions. “The

riage with the recommons, says Hume,

presentative of this were so daunted with his

branch of the Coke reply, that they kept silence

family. He was s. a long time, and when Coke,

in 1828, by his son, member for Derby, rose up

William, Visand said, 'I hope we are all

count MelEnglishmen, and not to be

bourne, the frightened with a few hard

present prime words ;' so little spirit ap

minister of peared in that assembly,

England. Meloften so refractory and mu

bourne Hall tinous, that they sent him

and the parto the Tower for bluntly ex

sonage manor, pressing a free and generous

which abound spirit." William Allestrey


memowas his colleague at this

rials of the time, and he was again re

Coke family, turned as member for the

are his occaborough in the 1st of Wil

sional resiLIAM and Mary, in conjunc

dence, but the tion with the Hon. Anchetil Gray. His successor,

• Allotments were made to Lord Melbourne in Thomas, in 1701, made an lieu of these rights at the time of the inclosure in

agreement with Bishop 1806.

park has long been convert

ed into tillage. 1. Anne, Sir John Coke's eldest

daughter, was m. to Henry Sacheverell, of Morley, 20th November, 1638. He suffered much during the civil war, his house being plundered by the Cromwellians to the amount of 30001. in money, in addition to the seizure of his horses and a large proportion of his goods. He was a branch of the same family, of which Richard Coke had married an heiress about the year 1560. Robert Sacheverell, the last of the Morley branch, died in 1714; his daughters and coheirs married Clifton and Pole, of Radburn, a descendant of Sir John de la Pole. She was m. secondly, to Henry Danvers, of

Swithland. 2. Elizabeth, m. first, to Anthony

Faunt; secondly, to Thomas

Stocke, of London. III. Thomas, third son of Richard, died

at Padua 1623, s. p. IV. Philip, fellow of Trinity college,

Cambridge, and died there. v. George, D.D. rector of Bygrave, in

the county of Hertford, was, in the year 1633, promoted to the see of Bristol, and in 1636 translated to Hereford. He was one of the twelve bishops who signed the petition and protestation to CHARLES I. and the house of lords against any laws which had been passed during their forced and violent absence from the house; and upon the accusation by the commons of high treason, he was, with the other subscribers, committed to the Tower of London, where they remained until the bill for putting them out of the house was passed, which was not till many months after. Walker, in his “Sufferings of the Clergy," describes George Coke as being “ born at Trusley, in Derbyshire, of a family that continued several hundreds of years on that estate,” and “ that he had his education at Pembroke Hall, in Cambridge, where he was taxer in the year 1605." He further states, that when “ Colonel Birch took the city of Hereford, in 1645, he rifled this good bishop's palace, and afterwards took up his habitation there till the restoration, and what is more had great part of the revenues of the bishoprick to his own use; and to this day the manor of Whitbourn, by the sorry compli

ance of those who might have prevented it, continues in his family. He had a temporal estate also in the parish of Eardisley, called Quistmoor; this the committee of Hereford laid their paws upon August 12, 1646, and let it out to a tenant upon condition to pay to the wife and children of the said Dr. Coke such exhibition as by ordinance is allowed unto them, provided that neither she nor the said Dr. himself do hereafter act, abet, contrive or procure any act or thing against or contrary to the votes, &c. &c. of the Parliament, or aid or assist the malignant party. By this and such other methods, he was reduced so low, that though he was otherwise a very thrifty man, yet he had wanted had not his relations supported him. This hard usage, as I am informed, hastened his death, which happened in the year 1646, though Lloyd saith that he bore his sufferings with admirable calmness and serenity, and adds that he was a pious and learned man." He m. Jane, daughter of William, son of Sir Clement Heigham, of Suffolk, and dying in 1646 was buried in Eardisley church, where a brass plate, with brief inscription, records the event,* while in Hereford cathedral a handsome cenotaph was raised to his memory, containing an inscription, which, as has been aptly observed, is indeed composed in the most unchastised spirit of the restoration; yet after due allowance has been made for the times in which it was written, there can be but little doubt that he was a man of distinguished learning and ability, of great firmness and discretion, and of singular piety. A perusal of the inscription is to the Christian classic a matter of considerable interest, for by him alone can the forcible and happy expression of “sui Iesu," and the concluding sentence,“ verbo unico sed latissimo semper pronuntiasse Resurgam," be fully appreciated. The Rev. George Coke, of Lower Moor, (of whom presently), has in his possession a singular ring, which

has been handed down from generaThe inscription in Eardisley church is as follows:

Hic jacet Reverendus in Christo
Pater, Dominus, Georgius Couceus
Dominus Episcopus Herefordensis
Obüt Decimo sepultus Decimo quinto
Die Decembris Anno sui Iesu 1646,

Ætatis suæ 76o.
Iam licet in occiduo cinere Resurgam.

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