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than in the words of David Lloyd, author of a work, published in 1670, entitled “ State Worthies, or the Statesmen and Favourites of England since the Reformation.” “Sir John Coke, younger brother to Sir Francis Coke, born at Trusley, in Derbyshire, of ancient and worshipful family, and allied to the best family in that country, was bred fellow of Trinity college, in Cambridge, where his wit being designed his estate, he was chosen rhetorick lecturer in the university, where he grew eminent for his ingenious and critical reading in that school, where rhetorick seemed not to be so much an art, as his nature ; being not only the subject but the very frame of his discourse. Then travelled he beyond the seas for some years (when his judgment was fitted for foreign observations by domestic experience) in the company of a person of quality, returning thence rich in languages, remarks and experience, having all the dangers incident to him for his religion by a wary profession, that he came to learn and not to search; being first related to Sir Fulke Greville, Lord Brook, who did all men's business but his own : he was thence preferred to be secretary to the Navy, then master of the requests, and at last secretary of state for twenty years together. Being a very zealous Protestant, he did all good offices for the advancement of true religion: his contemporaries character him a grave and a prudent man in gait, apparel and speech; one that had his intellectuals very perfect in the dispatch of business, till he was eighty years old, when foreseeing those intrigues that might be too hard for his years, he with his majesty's good leave retired as Moses did, to die when his eyes were not dim, &c. having kept himself strictly to the law of the land: insomuch so that being sent to command Bishop Williams from Westminster, and being asked by the stout bishop, by what authority he commanded a man out of his house and freehold, he was so tender of the point that he never rested till he had his pardon for it. * * * * * * Never was any man more put to it to reconcile the two readings of that text, kaupd, kvpup have done, but that his old rule safeguarded him, viz. “That no man should let what is unjustifiable or dangerous appear under his hand, to
give envy a steady aim at his place or person. * * * * * * Indeed he had an happy mixture of discretion and charity whereby he could allow to things and persons more than men of straighter apprehensions or narrower affections were able to do.” He settled at Melbourne, in the county of Derby, as lessee under the Bishop of Carlisle, under which see the palace, now Melbourne Hall, together with the impropriate parsonage, was long held under lease. The bishops of Carlisle had occasionally resided at the palace, to which a large park was attached. During a great part of his official life Sir John Coke resided in a house which had been the residence of the Hynninghams, called the Black House, opposite to White Hart Lane. Bedwell, in his History of Tottenham in 1631, says that he had read the following inscription, in a chamber over the hall: “In this chamber King HENRY VIII. hath often lyen.” It was pulled down about ninety years ago. Sir John m. Mary, daughter of — Powell, esq. of Presteign, in Radnorshire, and left two sons and three daughters, 1. John (Sir), his heir, who was a member of the committee of sequestrators appointed by parliament for the county of Derby, 31st March, 1643, and also one of that for the purpose of raising 516l. levied upon the county, sor the maintenance of Fairfax's army from 1st February to 1st December, 1644; and in 1646 was one of the receivers (Sir John Curzon being the other) of 5000l. raised in the county for the disbanding of the Derbyshire forces, which money was to be repaid out of the composition of delinquent's estates in the said county. He was also one of the representatives of the county in the 16 CHARLEs I. He sold to Sir William Boothby the manor of Ashbourne, which had been granted by King CHARLEs I. to William Scriven and Philip Eden, and by them conveyed to his father Sir John Coke. Dying without issue at Paris, he was succeeded at Melbourne by his brother. 2. Thomas, who m. Mary, daughter of— Pope, esq. He compounded for his estate in 1655 for the sum of 2200l., agreeable to an ordinance by the parliament for the “ Decimation of the Cavaliers,” whereby all who had borne arms for CHARLes I., or declared themselves in his interest, were to pay the tenth of their estates that were left, to support the charge of the commonwealth without regard to future compositions, or any articles upon which they surrendered. We find the Gilberts, Harpurs and Fitzherberts, with whom the Cokes had intermarried, subjected to equally heavy penalties. He d. in 1656, and was s. by his son, John, who represented the
Nicholson, that in consequence of an increase of the annual rent of Melbourne from 45l. to 70l., and of the vicar's stipend from 20l. to 30l., the fee should be vested in perpetuity in Thomas Coke, his heirs and assigns. This agreement was confirmed by act of Parliament in 1704. The last heir male of this branch of the family was George-Lewis
borough of Derby in the first Parliament of JAMES II. The following spirited anecdote is related of him while occupying his seat in the house. In the year 1685 when James, contrary to the act of Parliament then extant, required the test to be taken by every one possessed of a public office, and told the Commons that instead of the militia he should employ a standing army, in which it was well known he had appointed a great many Roman Catholic officers, the house of commons voted an address to his majesty, remonstrating against the illegality of his purpose. This address was very ill received by that despotic prince, and his own determination was repeated with violent expressions. “The commons,” says Hume, “were so daunted with his reply, that they kept silence a long time, and when Coke, member for Derby, rose up and said, “I hope we are all Englishmen, and not to be frightened with a few hard words;” so little spirit appeared in that assembly, often so resractory and mutinous, that they sent him to the Tower for bluntly expressing a free and generous spirit.” William Allestrey was his colleague at this time, and he was again returned as member for the borough in the 1st of WilL1AM and MARY, in conjunction with the Hon. Anchetil Gray. His successor, Thomas, in 1701, made an agreement with Bishop
Coke, who died in 1750, when the Melbourne property, as well as the manorial rights of the subordinate manor” of Over-Haddon and lands in Bakewell, in the county of Derby, devolved upon his sister and sole heiress CHARLotte, the daughter of the Hon. Themas Coke, teller of the exchequer and vice-chamberlain to Queen ANNe. She was m. to Sir Matthew Lambe, bart. and was mother of Sir Peniston Lambe, created, in 1770, an Irish peer, as Baron Melbourne, deriving his title from the estate acquired by his father's marriage with the representative of this branch of the Coke family. He was s. in 1828, by his son, William, Viscount Melbourne, the present prime minister of England. Melbourne Hall and the parSonage manor, which abound with memorials of the Coke family, are his occasional residence, but the
* Allotments were made to Lord Melbourne in lieu of these rights at the time of the inclosure in 1806.
park has long been converted 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 3000l. 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.
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, sor by him alone can the forcible and happy expression of “sui Iesu,” and the concluding sentence, “verbo unicosed 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 genera
* The inscription in Eardisley church is as follows:— Hic jacet Reverendus in Christo Pater, Dominus, Georgius Couceus Dominus Episcopus Herefordensis Obiit Decimo sepultus Decimo quinto Die Decembris Anno sui Iesu 1646, AEtatis suae 769. Iam licet in occiduo cinere Resurgam.
tion to generation as the bishop's lady's wedding-ring. It is of massive gold, with a hand, a heart, a mitre, and a death's head, embossed upon it, with the following couplet on the inner circle,
These three I give to thee
Till the fourth set me free.
He has also a blood-stone necklace, once the property of the above lady, which bears a great name in the parish where its owner resides, as possessing the charm of stopping violent bleeding, for which purpose its aid is often requested, and the application is still supposed never to fail. Bishop Coke had issue, 1. Richard, B.D. of Suckley, in the county of Worcester, vicar of Eastnor, in the county of Hereford, prebendary of Bullinghope, and chancellor of the diocese. He m. Mary, daughter of John Kayse, of the county of Gloucester, and was s. by his only son, Heigham, who m. Mary, dau. of Sir Nicholas Lechmere, one of the barons of the exchequer, by whom he had issue one daughter. He m. secondly, Elizabeth, dau. of Sir Willoughby D'Ewes, of Stow Langtoft Hall, in the county of Suffolk, a descendant of Sir Symonds D'Ewes, the great antiquarian and topographical collector, whose very curious life, written by himself, is to be seen in the British Museum. His ancestor, Adrian D'Ewes, descended from the ancient stem of Des Ewes, dynasts or lords of the Dition of Kessel, in the dutchy of Gelderland, had settled in England not many years after the beginning of HENRY VIII., when that duchy had been so much wasted and depopulated by the intestine wars which raged there between Charles the Duke, Philip the Archduke, and Charles his son. Weever, in his ancient funeral monuments (1631), gives descriptions and drawings of some curious monuments and testimonials to Geeradt D'Ewes and others of the same family, in churches within the diocese of London. Heigham Coke
d. 3rd November, 1719, and was s. by his eldest son,
D'Ewes, who m. Frances, daughter and co-heiress of William Coke, of Trusley: of him pre
sently. 2. John, second son of the Bishop of Hereford, was rector of Whitborn and Ross, in the county of Hereford, and prebendary of Moreton Magna. He was deprived of the former of these livings by the committee of Hereford, 24th Sept. 1646, as related by Walker in his Sufferings of the Clergy (p. 36, fol. edit.), but so warmly were his flock attached to their pastor, that forcible means were ultimately resorted to to dispossess him. The crimes alleged against him were scandal and being an incendiary against the Parliament. He lived however to be restored to his living at Whitborn, and died there at a good old age; his successor at Ross being the celebrated Mr. Tombs. His widow Eleanor at her death bequeathed the property to his nephew, Heigham, son of Richard Coke, of Suckley. 3. William, of Quistmoor, in the county of Hereford, prebendary v of Colwall, vicar of Bosbury and portionist of Bromyard, who left, by Elizabeth his wife, five daughters and one son, FRANcis, of Quistmoor and Lower Moor, ancestor of the Cokes of Lower
FRANcis Coke, of Quistmoor and Lower Moor, (the son of William, the Vicar of Bosbury), m. Lucy, daughter of Thomas Coucher, of Parton, in the county of Hereford, and had issue by her one son and three daughters. She d. in 1692; and he m. secondly, in 1725, Barbara, relict of — Harper, by whom he had no issue. Dying in June, 1750, at the age of ninety, he was s. by his only son,
Geonor Coke, who m. Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Bytheway, of the ancient family residing at Leintwardine, in the county of Hereford, through which alliance a considerable property in the parishes of Llancril, Hirnant, and Llanrhayder, in Montgomeryshire, eventually fell (by the failure of male issue in the other lines) into the Lower Moor branch of the Coke family. He left at his decease (his widow dying 1st September, 1781, at the advanced age of ninety-six) a son and successor,
Rich and Coke, vicar of Eardisley for the period of forty years, a man of good scholarship and of original wit, excelling in the composition of 4. Thomas, fourth son of George, Bishop of Hereford, d. s. p. 5. Robert, was killed in action at Newport, temp. Elizabeth. The eldest son, SiR FRANcis Coke, of Trusley, m. first, Frances, daughter of Denzell Holles, son
and heir of Sir William Holles, and sister of Sir William Holles and sister to John Lord Haughton's first wife.” He m. secondly, Elizabeth, daughter of George Curzon, of Croxhall, in the county of Derby, and relict of Thomas Leigh, of Eggington, whose ancestor, Robert, son of Reginald
brief allegories and fables in verse. His memory too was an extraordinary one—such as to enable him, though for many years afflicted with blindness, to repeat long passages from the classics, amongst which Juvenal was his favourite author. He was an active magistrate for the county of Hereford. He m. Jane, daughter of Jeremiah Griffiths, rector of Disserth, and dying 27th December, 1793, aged seventy-five, left two sons and three daughters,
1. Richard, who d. s. p.
11. Francis, B.A. of Baliol college, Oxford, and admitted ad eundem at Cambridge, where he took his master's degree. He was rector of Gladestry, in the county of Radmor, vicar of Sellack and Caple, in the county of Hereford, magistrate for the county, and prebendary of Piona Parva, in the cathedral church of Hereford. In 1791 he m. Anne, daughter of Robert Whitcombe, esq. of Kington, (of the ancient family of Whitcombe, of Eastham, in the county of Worcester), by Winifred, eldest daughter of Richard Hooper, esq. of the Whittem, Herefordshire, descended from Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester, who suffered at the stake in Queen MARY's reign. She died in 1826, and the Rev. Francis Coke, in 1831, having had issue fifteen children, seven only of whom survived their parents, viz.
1. George, b. 8th January, 1797, of
St. John's College, Cambridge, ordained in 1821, and afterwards appointed to the ‘. of Aylton, in the county of Hereford. He succeeded to the family estate at Lower Moor on his father's death, and m. in 1825, Anne-Elizabeth, only daughter of the Rev. James Hodgson, rector of Barwick, in Yorkshire, (by his second wife, Winifred, eldest daughter of Robert Whitcombe, esq. of Kington), and by her, who d. 28th March, 1831, had one son and two daughters,
George-Francis, b. 15th January,
1830. Anne-Elizabeth. Lucy-Elizabeth Hodgson.
The Rev. George Coke holds a commission of the peace for the county of Hereford. 2. Robert Coke, b. 2nd September, 1801; m. in 1832, Isabella, only daughter of Walter Hill, esq. formerly of Rocklands, in the county of Hereford, immediately descended, on her mother's side, from Colonel Hutchinson, who held so distinguished a command under Parliament in the civil wars.
3. William, B.A. of Trinity college, Cambridge, b. 2nd November, 1803, is perpetual curate of the parishes of Marstow and Pencoyd, in the county of Hereford.
4. John, b. 17th November, 1806, lieutenant and adjutant of the 10th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry.
1. Anne, m. 15th October, 1823, to William Sarsfield-Rositer Cockburn, esq. (only son of Lieut.-Gen. Sir William Cockburn, bart. of Cockburn and Ryslaw, Berwickshire) who, on his father's death in March, 1835, succeeded to the title and estates. The common ancestor of this line, and of Sir James Cockburn, of Langton, was Sir William Cockburn, knt. and Baron of Langtoun, who fell at the battle of Flodden Field, and was descended from Sir William Cockburn, of Langtoun, keeper of the great seal of Scotland in 1389. Sir William Cockburn has issue, Devereux Plantagenet, b. 9th June, 1828, and other children.
2. Jane. 3. Lucy.
II. Jane, m. to the Rev. James Hodgson, M.A. of Christchurch college, Oxford, and of Humber, in the county of Hereford, and died 15th February, 1790, having had issue,
James-Coke Hodgson, who died in his fifteenth year, having been blind several years, but still having attained much knowledge for his early age. John-Richard-Henry Hodgson, d. young. Francis Hodgson, b. 16th Nov. 1781, formerly of King's college, Cambridge, archdeacon of Derby, and vicar of Bakewell, in the same county, a gentleman well known in the literary world as the translator of Juvenal and author of the Friends, and other poems. He enjoyed the warm friendship of the late Lord Byron. He m. 15th August, 1815, Susanna-Matilda, daughter of Archdale-Wilson Tayler, esq. of Barham Wood, in the county of Hertford, which lady d. 6th October, 1833, s. p. Jane Hodgson, d. young. III. Lucy, third dau. of Rev. Richard Coke.