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esq. of the ancient family of that name in 1. Sarah, died unmarried in 1676. Gloucestershire, and had a son, 11. Susanna, m. 19th December, 1696,

John GoDDARD, his heir, who d. in 1688, to Caleb Bailey, esq. of the manor of having had issue, Berwick-Bassett.

1. John, deceased in 1681, s. p. ii. Thomas, deceased 10th Aug. 1683, Arms—Same as Goddard, of Cliffe, Swin3. P. don, &c.

WERDEN, OF LEYLAND.

BAYNTUN, ADMIRAL SIR HENRY-WILLIAM, of Rettenden-Hall, in Essex, commander of the most honourable order of the Bath, sole

i. representative of the ancient family of Werden. At the

* Å early age of eight years, this gentleman joined his majesty's ship the Levant, of 28 guns, Hon. George Murray captain. In 1793 he was in the Boyne, of 98 guns, as lieutenant,

f during the expedition for the conquest of Martinique and other French islands in the West Indies, under Vice-Ad

f miral Sir John Jarvis and General Sir Charles Grey; he

was then promoted to the Avenger sloop of war as commander; and having been honourably mentioned in the admiral's dispatches on the capture of Martinique, he was - soon after promoted to the rank of post-captain. In 1800, while commanding the Nereide of 36 guns, he surprised the Spanish port of Alguada, in the island of Porto Rico, and cut out all the vessels that were lying there, and sent them to Jamaica. During the short peace of 1802, while captain of the Cumberland on the Jamaica station, he was authorized to hoist the broad pendant as commodore, and in 1783, when the war was again declared, while cruizing off St. Domingo with a squadron, he captured one frigate, two sloops of war, and several armed vessels. Having been five years in the West Indies, he returned to England in the Leviathan of 74 guns, with the care of a convoy consisting of more than one hundred sail, and happily brought them home without the loss of a single vessel, though the passage was long and difficult, for which he received the thanks of the masters from the ports of London, Bristol, and Liverpool, accompanied from the first with the present of an elegant sword. As soon as the Leviathan was repaired, in 1804, he joined Vice-admiral Lord Nelson off Toulon; and in the memorable battle of Trafalgar, his ship went into action the third from the Victory; and after the enemies' line was here broken, was more particularly distinguished, by seeking an opponent in the van, and by the capture of the Spanish ship St. Augustin, of 74 guns, (commanded by Don Cagugal), a vessel which had not yet been engaged. Some time after this his majesty, George III., was pleased to present him, together with the other captains, with a gold medal, suspended by a blue and white ribbon, with this inscription: “The combined fleets of France and Spain defeated 21st October, 1805,” which will be left as an heirloom in his family. On the same occasion he received from the “Patriotic Fund" at Lloyds' a handsome sword, value one hundred guineas. In the promotion that took place, 12th August, 1812, Captain Bayntun was included as rear-admiral of the Blue. In 1815 he was knighted and presented with the star and cross as a knight commander of the most honourable military order of the Bath. From this time he went through the several grades till the 7th of January, 1837, when he was promoted to be admiral of the Blue. He m. 12th August, 1809, Sophia Mayhew, of Bath, niece of William Lutwyche, esq. of the county of Salop, by whom, who d. 16th September, 1830, he had issue one son and one daughter, viz.

WERDEN-William-Thomas BAYNTUN, b. 21st February, 1813, a captain in the Shropshire regiment of militia.

Clementina-Elizabeth-Mary, m, 6th June, 1834, to John-Christian Boode, esq. only son of John-Alexander Boode, esq. of Lucknam House, Wilts, and has issue at

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By a tradition which had always been kept up in this family, they claimed descent from a general called Werdan, who, under the Eastern Emperor Heraclius, (Gib. Rom. Emp.) A.D. 633, advanced with the command of a body of forces of 70,000 men to the relief of Damascus, at that time besieged by the Saracens. This General Werdan (the tradition proceeds) acquired a name and riches and honour in the court of Heraclius, and subsequently some of his family settled in Germany, where under the successors of Charlemagne their domain became a county, and was thence called Werdan, (it is now attached to Prussia), and themselves, Counts of the German empire; at some subsequent period a branch of the family emigrating to England became settled in Cheshire, with a considerable property in that and the adjoining county of Lancaster, of which they remained in quiet possession till the wars of Charles I. and his Parliament, when John Werden, at that time the representative of the family, joined the royal forces together with his son; and in the destruction of the family papers of the Werdens at that period, we have lost the earliest authentic records of their ancestors. The first to whom we now trace this ancient family, is Roger WeRDEN, of Leyland, in the county of Lancaster, who m. a daughter of Farringdon, of Farringdon, in the same county, and by her had issue, Richard WeRDEN, of Leyland and Chester, who m. Lettice, daughter of — Blacklake, gent. of Leyland, and had by her a son, . Thomas WERDEN, who m. Jennett, daughter of John Clayton, of Farringdon, and was father of Richard WERDEN, esq. of Chester. He m. Alice, daughter and co-heir of John Banistre, esq. of Cheshire, (of the ancient family of Banistre, who came from Normandy with William the Conqueror, and possessed the manor of Preston, in the county of Lancaster, of which Robert Banistre was lord temp. King Richard I.) Richard Werden had issue by her, 1. Edward, who m. Elizabeth, daughter of Justice Peter Palmer, of Ireland, and died without issue. 11. Thomas, d. s. p. 111. John, who succeeded his father. iv. Richard, d. s. p. v. George, d. 3. p. v1. William, d. s. p. 1. Alice, m. Charles Felton, esq. of Chester.

ii. Dorothy, m. Hugh Williamson, esq. iii. Ellen, accidentally drowned. 1 v. Mary, m. — Bennett, esq. v. Anne, d. unm.

The third son,

John WERDeN, succeeded to the estates, and m. Katherine, daughter of Edward Dutton, since governor of Barbadoes, living in 1690, who died in Dover Street 22nd September, 1703, leaving two daughters. John Werden, d. 7th June, 1646; by Katherine his wife he had issue,

1. Robert, of whom presently. 1. KATHER INE, m. Cary Dillon, afterwards Earl of Roscommon, in Ireland, who died at Chester in 1689, and left issue, Robert, Earl of Roscommon. Anne, relict of Sir Thomas Nugent, in Ireland.

The only son,

Robert WeRDEN, in the old papers it is stated, “did eminently distinguish himself in behalf of King CHARLEs I. and the royal family, both with life and fortune, the latter of which he very much impaired thereby. He sometime served as a member of Parliament, and was colonel of a troop or regiment of horse. He was declared a traitor to the usurper and the realm of England, and a proclamation was issued out for apprehending him.” In consequence of this proclamation, “and a price being set upon his head, together with those of Crew and Cotton, &c. &c. being all staunch royalists,” he emigrated with his family and joined CHARLes II. and his brother James on the continent, with whom he continued till the Restoration, “having left,” (as a descendant of his writes), “his estates and property to all the violence of the Parliamentary forces. I have myself seen the marks where the soldiers of Cromwell played “nine pins' in the drawing of his mansion-house at Chester.” On his return with the royal family at the Restoration, he obtained again possession of his estates. After which at different times “he held several posts of high honour and trust; ” amongst others, he was major-general of the land forces to King JAMEs II. in 1688, and treasurer to Her Majesty Queen MARY. (De Roy. Hist. Old and N. Test.) He m. first, Jane Backham; and, secondly, Margaret Towse, granddaughter to Sergeant Towse, of Essex, who died s. p. By his first wife he had three sons and one daughter,

1. John, his heir.

ii. Robert, Captain of the Henrietta, third rate; slain in action against the Dutch 28th May, 1673, at the battle of Solebay.

iii. William, d. s. p. very young.

1. Katherine, sole daughter, m. Richard Watts, esq. of Muchmunden, in the county of Hertford, and had issue, Richard Watts, died young. Katherine Watts, only daughter, m. Lord Charles Murray, second son of the Marquis of Athole, and afterwards created Earl of Dunmore in Scotland, and had issue seven sons and three daughters, 1. James, Lord Blair, b. 7th December, 1683; d. 27th September, 1704. 2. John Murray, b. 31st October, 1685. 3. Robert Murray, b. 7th January, 1688. 4. Charles Murray, b. 19th March, 1693. 5. William Murray, b. 11th March, 1695. 6. and 7. Richard and Thomas, twins, b. 1698.

1. Henrietta, Lady Kinnaird, who d. 27th October, 1702.

2. Anne.

3. Katherine.

The eldest son, SiR John WeRDEN, bart. succeeded to the estates of his father, Robert Werden, of Leyland, Lancashire, and Cholmeaton, in the county of Chester, 23rd January, 1690. He was, by CHARLes II., made a baron of the exchequer at Chester, secretary to the embassy under the Earl of Sandwich to the court of Spain and Portugal, envoy extraordinary from the same king in 1669 to the court of Sweden, secretary to His Royal Highness James Duke of York, (as Lord High Admiral of England, &c.), and commissioner of His Majesty's navy. He was sometime M.P. for Ryegate, in Surrey. In the year 1672 he was created a baronet by King Charles. In “1684 he was made a commissioner of the customs, and upon the abdication of King JAMEs II., he managed alone that important post in the customs for some time to the general satisfaction, in which he continued most of King William's reign. Upon Queen ANNe's accession to the throne he was put into commission again, and she was pleased as a further mark of her esteem and favour for him, through a grateful sense of his own and his family's past services, to declare that he should continue in that commission, if he pleased, as long as she reigned, which he did.” He married twice; first, Lucy, daughter and

heiress of Dr. Osbourne, which lady died s. p.; and, secondly, Mary, daughter of William Osbourne, of Kenniford, Devon, by whom, who died of small-pox 22nd August, 1683, Sir John left at his decease, in October, 1716, an only son, SIR John WERDeN, bart. of Leyland and Cholmeaton, who succeeded to his father's estates and title, b. 28th April, 1683; m. first, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Breton, esq. of Norton, in the county of Northampton, and sister to Nicholas Breton, 9th July, 1704, and by her had issue an only daughter, Lucy, m. 13th December, 1722, to Charles, Duke of St. Albans, and ... had issue Lord George Beauclerk, b. 25th June, 1730, died young unm. and Lady Diana Beauclerk, also died unin. Sir John Werden m. secondly, Judith, dau. of John Eyre, esq. of Maidford, in the county of Northampton, but she died in May, 1726, without issue. He m. thirdly, Miss Werney, who had no child; and, fourthly, Susanna, daughter and co-heiress of John Stavely, esq. by his wife Frances, grandchild of Sir Walter Hawksworth, of the county of York, and by her had issue one daughter, SUsANNA WERDEN, co-heiress with her only half-sister the Duchess of St. Albans; she m. Edward BAYNTUN, esq. of the Coldstream Guards, afterwards appointed to the consulate of Tripoli, which office he quitted on becoming His Majesty's consul-general at Algiers, where he died 1st November, 1777; she died 25th August, 1819. They had a large family, but only three lived to grow up, viz. 1. WERDEN - GeoRGE - Edward BAYNtuN, eldest son, a captain in the army, served in America, in the 23rd regiment of Welsh Fusileers. He subsequently held a captain's commission in the 2nd Foot or Queen's Own regiment; died in 1793, unm. ii. HeNRY-William, the present SiR H. W. BAYNTUN. 1. Annica-Susan, m. 10th June, 1802, to the Rev. Edward Goddard, of Cliffe House, in the county of Wilts, (see page 323).

Arms—Sab, five loz. in bend arg. between two tridents or, a chief ermine quartering— Gul. on a bend ar. three leopards' faces of the first for WERDEN. Az. a cross flory sab. for BANIstre. Arg. on a chevron az. between three fusils of the second, three harts” heads cabossed of the field, for STAvely.

Estates—In Essex and Salop. Residence—St. James's Square, Bath. Seat—Rettenden Hall, Essex.

LOWNDES, OF HASSALL.

LOWNDES, WILLIAM, esq. of Hassall Hall, in the county of Chester, born 27th October, 1795, succeeded to his father's estate 7th November, 1806, being then

a minor. Smith, esq. of Lichfield.

He married 13th September, 1827, Mary-Elizabeth, daughter of William

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and by her, who died 5th July, 1760, had issue, 1. John, baptized 28th June, 1743, died young. 1. JoAN, elder daughter and coheir, m. to William Penlington, M. D. 2. ANNE, youngest daughter and co-heir, baptized 8th February, 1732, m. to Edward Salmon, esq. of Sandbach, and had issue, Richard - Lowndes - Salmon, clerk, Vicar of Sandbach. 3. Diana, baptized 9th November, 1741, died young. II. William, of whom hereafter. 111. John, baptized 23rd May, 1707, m. Mary, daughter of John Houghton, gent. of Baguley, and had issue. iv. Charles, baptized 28th August, 1711. v. Christopher, baptized 19th June, 1713, settled in America. vi. Edward, baptized 6th October, 1717. vii. Thomas, died unmarried. 1. Margaret, baptized 21st September, 1697. 11. Katherine, baptized 7th October, 1699, died unmarried. iii. Frances, baptized 26th March, 1701, died 9th November, 1716, unmarried. iv. Ellen, baptized 16th August, 1709, died 21st May, 1735, unmarried. v. Anne, baptized 6th October, 1715. In the year 1726, Mr. Lowndes settled his estate of Bostock House on his eldest son, Richard, for life, and his heirs general, in consequence of which it descended to the two daughters and co-heirs of Richard Lowndes, jun, esq. Weld House, and the Hall...of Hassall he settled on his eldest son for life, and then on his heirs male ; in fault of which on his younger sons in tail male, but reserving a power to trustees to lease, in order to raise portions for younger children: The trustees did so for 500 years, and transferred the term to Rich ARD LowNDEs, the son, who left the leasehold interest to his daughters before mentioned. The freehold and reversion, however, remained with William Lowndes, the second son, whose grandson and heir, the present William iowndes, esq. in 1819 purchased the term, and thus became possessed of the family estate. Mr. Lowndes died 30th August, 1744. His second son, William Low NDEs, gent. of Sandbach, baptized 11th August, 1705, m. 24th Sep: tember, 1740, Anne, eldest daughter and co-heir of William Berington, of Sandbach, gent. (by Anne, daughter and heir of Tho: mas Fletcher, of Creswellshaw) descended from the ancient family of Berington, alias

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EDRic, surnamed Stratton, or Streon, created Duke of Mercia by Ethelred, King of England, (whose daughter, Edina, he married), A.D. 1003, and afterwards put to death by King Canute, A. D. 1017, had a younger brother named Alfric, who had ISSue.

EDRic, surnamed Sylvaticus or Wild, a person of great power during the reign of Harold and William the Conqueror. He had issue,

Edric, surnamed Wild or Weld, living temp. HENRY I. father of

illiam Weld, living temp. Stephen and

HENRY II. father of

John WELD, father of

William Weld, living temp. Henry III. father of

Edward Weld, living temp. Henry III. and Edwa RD I. father of

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