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FOWLER, THOMAS, esq. of Pendeford Hall, in the county of Stafford, succeeded his father in 1815.


bruary, 26 ELIZABETH, seised of the manor of Pendeford, 9 messuages, 2 tofts, a water mill, and 1020 acres of land, &c. held in capite by the service of the 40th part of a knight's fee. His son and successor,

Walter Fowler, esq. of Pendeford, aged twenty-nine at his father's decease, married Margaret, daughter of Thomas Burton, esq. of Longner, in Shropshire, and had issue,

WALTER, his heir.
Thomas, D.D.
Matthew, D.D.

Lucy, m. to Richard Rowley, of Wyken. Roger Fowler, of Broomhill, in Norfolk, Letitia. of an ancient Buckinghamshire family, (see Elizabeth. vol. ii. p. 377,) married the sister and co-heir Judith. of the Right Rev. Rowland Lee, Bishop of Frances. Lichfield and Coventry, and had five sons, The eldest son, namely,

Walter FOWLER, esq. of Pendeford, m. ROWLAND, of Broomhill, who m. Mar- first, Margaret, daughter of Humphrey Sal

garet, daughter of John Bradshaw, wey, esq. and secondly a daughter of and had issue.

Harewell. By the latter he had a daughter, Bryan, seated at St. Thomas's Stafford. Margaret, wife of Baldwyn, and by the

shire. He m. Jane, daughter and former, besides two daughters, Hester, m. heir of John Hanmer, esq. of Betts- to Richard Gilman, and Anne to J. Astley, field, in Flintshire, and dying in 1587, esq. of Wood Eaton, a son and successor, left issue, from which the Fowlers Walter Fowler, esq. of Pendeford, living of St. Thomas's descended.

about the middle of the 17th century, who WILLIAM, who seated himselfat Harnagem. Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Hinton,

Grange, in Shropshire. He m. Mary, LL.D. of Lichfield, by Elizabeth, his wife,
daughter of John Blythe, M.D. and daughter of Sir Robert Chester, of Royston
was ancestor of the Fowlers of Har- and Cockenhatch, in Hertfordshire, (see vol.
nage Grange, who obtained a BARO-ii. p. 17,) and had issue,
NETCY in 1704. The last baronet, Charles, his heir.
Sir Hans Fowler, died s. p. in 1773, William, who had three sons, Samuel,
when the representation of this branch Richard, and Thomas. The two lat-
of the family devolved on his sister ter were of the city of London, and
Sarah, m. to Col. Hodges of the the eldest, Samuel, of Atcham. He
guards. (See vol. ii. p. 375, and m. Miss Mander, and had three daugh-
Burke's Extinct Baronetage.)

ters, Mary, m. to Sir Grant, knt. James, of whose line we have to treat.

Anne, and Sarah.
Thomas, died s.p.

Elizabeth, m. to Francis Wightwick, Roger Fowler was in the Scotch wars, and esq. of Tunstall and d. in 1731. died in the reign of Henry VIII. His Anne, d. unm. fourth son,

Mary, m. to John Wightwick, esq. of JAMES FOWLER, esq. inherited from his Farewell, who d. in 1703, and had uncle, the bishop of Lichfield, the manor of three sons and several daughters, (see Pendeford, in Staffordshire, which, together

p. 372). with other lands, had been conferred upon the prelate at the dissolution of monasteries. * Dr. Hinton, was son of William Hinton, D.D. He (James) married Catherine Moreton, of archdeacon of Coventry, and died 13th January, Houghton, in Shropshire, and died 21st Fe- 1668.

The son and successor,

TON LANE, esq. of King's Bromley. CHARLES FOWLER, esq. of Pendeford, liv (See vol. i. p. 174). ing in 1694, married Sarah, dau. and heir Elizabeth, (who d. 14th June, 1784,) m. of Robert Leveson,* esq. of Wolverhamp to the Rev. William Inge, A.M. caton, (only son of Col. Thomas Leveson, go non residentiary of Lichfield, grandvernor of Dudley Castle, by Frances, daugh

son of William Inge, esq. of Thorpe, ter of Sir William Pawlet, kt.) and had and had William, in holy orders; three sons and one daughter, viz.

Charles, rector of Newton, and vicar RICHARD, his heir.

of Rugeley; Richard, of Shrewsbury, Robert, d. unm.

and Elizabeth,
Thomas, who m. Barbara, daughter of Mr. Fowler, survived his two sons, and was

John Newtor, esq.of King's Bromley, s. by his nephew,
by Mary, his wife, daughter of Sir THOMAS FOWLER, esq. of Pendeford, who
Thomas Vernon, of London, and had m. Miss Leversage, and had by her one son

and three daughters, namely,
Thomas, successor to his uncle.

Thomas, his heir.

Barbara, m. to Thomas Lane, esq. of
Charles, who m. and had issue.

the Grange, in Essex, and had four Mary, m. to George Fletcher, esq. sons and two daughters, Thomas, Sarah, m. to Heath, esq. of Bir John, Charles, and Richard, Sarah, mingham.

m. to William Cotton, esq. and Jane, Barbara, m. to John Wingfield, esq. d. young. (See vol. i. p. 176.) Elizabeth, m. to Samuel Newton, esq. Mary, m. to her cousin Richard Inge,

of Bromley Regis, in Staffordshire, esq. of Shrewsbury, son of the Rev.
and died 20th October, 1776, aged William Inge, canon of Lichfield.
eighty-two, leaving issue, John,d. s.p. Diana, m. to the Rev. Mr. Walter.
in 1783, Mary, m. to Edward Harpur, Mr. Fowler died in 1796, and was s. by his
esq. and Sarah, m. Sir Lister Holte, son,
of Aston.

Thomas LeVeRSAGE Fowler, esq. of PenMr. Fowler was s. by his eldest son, deford, who m. his cousin, Harriet Fowler,

RICHARD Fowler, esq. of Pendeford, who and had three sons and three daughters, m. Dorothy, daughter and heir, of Humphrey namely, Whadcock, esq. of Corley, and had issue, THOMAS, his heir. Humphrey,

Richard, who assumed the surname of Walter, p. unm.

BUTLER only on inheriting the estate Dorothy, died unm.

of Barton, in Staffordshire. He in. Sarah, m. to John Lane, esq. and by Elizabeth, dau. of William Wynne,

him (who d. in 1792, aged sixty-nine,) esq. and niece of Owen Wynne, esq. had, with a daughter, Maria, m. to the of Hazelwood, in the county of Sligo, Rev. John Lucy, of Charlecote, four

and has issue, sons, of whom the eldest, John, was

Richard Fowler.
grandfather of the present John New-


The Levesons of Staffordshire, the senior
branch of which family is now represented by the

William, of Birmingham, m. and has

issue. Fowlers, are of great antiquity, and the name occurs in the records of the county so early as the

Elizabeth, m. to Samuel Gerrard, esq. reign of EDWARD I. when

of Tallyho, in the county of WestRichard LEVESON, of Willenhale, was living.

meath. He had three sons,

Sarah. 1. RICHARD, d. s. p.

Mary, married. 11. WILLIAM, of Wolverhampton, whose lineal Mr. Fowler died in 1815, and was s. by his

descendant, Robert LEVESON, esq. of Wol- eldest son, the present Thomas Fowler, esq.
verhampton, left an only daughter to sur of Pendeford.
vive him, m, to CHARLES Fowler, esq. of

Arms-Az. a chev. arg. charged with III. John, of Willenhall, from whom descend

ed John Leveson, of Haling, in Kent, who three crosses formée sa. between three lions left two daughters, his co-heirs,

passant, guardant, or. CHRISTIAN, m. to Sir Peter Temple, bart.

Crest-An owl arg. crowned with a ducal
FRANCES, m. to Sir Thomas Gower, bart. coronet, or.

ancestor of the present Duke of Suther Estates-In Staffordshire.

Seat-Pendeford Hall, Staffordshire.

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BLAIR, WILLIAM, esq. of Blair, in the shire of Ayr, succeeded his father in 1782;

m. Magdaline, daughter of the late John Fordyce, esq. of
Ayton, in the county of Berwick, for many years commis-
sioner of the woods and forests and land revenue ; and by
that lady, who died in 1817, has had five sons and seven
daughters, viz.

Hamilton, capt. R.N. died in March, 1815.
John Charles, capt. R.N. died in July, 1836.
Augustus, capt. 21st Scotch Fusileers.
Catharine,m. to Matthew Fortescue, esq.of Stephenstown,

in the county of Louth.
Magdalen, m. to Alexander Scot, esq. of Trinity in the

county of Midlothian.
Louisa, m. to Colonel Jackson, of Inniscoe, in the county

of Mayo.
Jane-Gordon, d. in 1829.
Georgiana, m. to James Hamilton, esq. of Cornacassa, in

the county of Monagban.
Col. Blair was formerly commanding officer of the Ayrshire
regiment of fencible cavalry.

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Lineage. The Blairs of Blair, connected by inter- and executed at Ayr, in 1296 : leaving no marriages with the first families in the West issue, he was s. by his brother, of Scotland, have maintained for upwards of David Blair, of that Ilk, who was comsix centuries a high position in the county pelled to submit to EDWARD I. in 1296. In of Ayr. They are chief of all the Blairs in the critical remarks in the Ragman Roll, he the South and West of Scotland, but the is particularly mentioned as progenitor of Blairs of Balthyock, settled in the counties the family. His son, of Fife, Perth, and Angus, dispute the ho ROGER DE Blair, ofthat Ilk, adhered with pour with them. JAMES VI. to whom the fidelity to Robert Bruce, from whom he obpoint was referred, determined, that “the tained a charter “ Rogero de Blair, dilecto oldest man, for the time being, of either et fideli nostro” of four Chalders of victual family, should have the precedency.” Both yearly out of the lands of Bourtrees, in Ayrfamilies appear to be equally ancient, but shire. He d. in the reign of David II. and the belief that they spring from the same was s. by ancestry is extremely doubtful: their arms Hugh de Blair, of that Ilk, probably his bearing no affinity.

son, to whom followed the next proprietor WILLIAM DE Blair, mentioned in a con in succession, tract between Ralph de Eglinton, and the

James BLAJR, of that Ilk, who got a grant town of Irvine, in 1205, is stated to have of several tenements of land in the vicinity died temp. ALEXANDER II. leaving a son, of Ayr, which had fallen into the king's

WILLIAM BLAIR, stiled Willielmus de hands by forfeiture, confirmed by charter, Blair, Dominus de eodem,” in a charter of 3rd February, 1368. He had two sons, ALEXANDER III, dated about the year 1260, James, his heir. to the abbey, of Dunfermline. He had two John (Sir), knt. ancestor of the Blairs, sons, by the elder of whom,

of Adamton, in Ayrshire, who flouSir BRYCE Blair, of Blair, he was suc rished there for a long series of years, ceeded. This gallant knight, one of the until CATHERINE, only daughter and heroic patriots associated with Wallace, who heir of David Blair, of Adamton, m. so long and gallantly defended the liberties in 1776, Sir William Maxwell, bart. of Scotland, was at length taken prisoner of Monreith, and had issue. She sold

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ters, viz.

Adainton to Robert Reid, esq. and d. | named Jean, became the wife of Alexander in 1798.

Cunninghame, commendator of Kilwinning, The elder son,

who together had a charter of the lands of James Blair, of that Ilk, obtained a char- Mountgreenan in 1582. He died in the ter from Robert II. dated 8th May, 1375, early part of the reign of James VI. and was confirming a charter granted to his father by succeeded by his son, David II. of the lands of Corshogyll, in

John Blair, of that Ilk, who had four Dumfriesshire, and another, of the same

charters' of lands, dated in 1573, 1575, 1580, year, of the lands of Hartwood. He died in and 1597. He espoused Grizel, daughter of the reign of James I. leaving a son, called Robert, third Lord Sempill, and had issue, David, by Douglas, but his name was more John, who predeceased his father, leavprobably, Hugh, as

ing, by Isabel, his wife, daughter of Sir Hugh Blair, of that Ilk, appears as

Thomas, fifth Lord Boyd, three daughwitness to several charters of the period in which he lived, the commencement of the

Grizel, m. to Sir John Maxwell, 15th century. His son, or possibly his

of Pollock. grandson,

ANNA, m. to the young Laird of JOHN BLAIR, of that Ilk, was served

Porterfield. heir to his grandfather, and obtained from

MARGARET, m. to John Crawford, JAMES III. a charter, “ Johanni Blair, de

of Kilbirny. eodem, nepoti et hæredi Jacobi,&c. terrarum Bryce, of whom presently, baroniæ de Blair,” 19th January, 1477. He ALEXANDER, who married Elizabeth, left, with two daughters, Egedia, m. to James only daughter and heir of William Kennedy, of the family of Cassilis, and Eli Cochrane of that Ilk. Crawford, zabeth, m. to Ninian Stewart, of Bute, a son

under the title Dundonald,” thus and successor,

speaks of the marriage. “Her father John Blair, of that Ilk, who had a char wisely considering the proper way of ter 12th August, 1540, of the five Merkland, supporting his family, and declining of Dalquhone, in Ayrsbire, and another, 12th

to marry her into a richer family than March, 1544, of the nine Merkland, of Bog his own, was to settle his daughter in ton, Holmhead, and two third parts of the his own time, he made a prudent and Mill of Cathcart, in the shire of Renfrew,

discreet match for her with Alexanwhich lands continued with his descendants der Blair, a younger son of an ancient until 1679, when a portion was sold to Ha

and genteel family, in Ayrshire, whose milton, of Aikenhead. John Blair, m. Lady ancestors had been seated in the Elizabeth, Montgomery, daughter of Hugh, county foresaid for many ages before; first Earl of Eglinton, by Lady Helen Camp

so that beside a noble alliance and bell, daughter of Colin, first Earl of Argylle, a competent patrimony, he yielded to and had issue,

change his name to Cochrane, which John, his heir.

was almost the only condition the old Margaret, m. to John Crawfurd, of gentleman required. This Alexander,

Crawfurdland, and hence derive the so taking upon him the surname of Craufurds of Craufurdland. (See vol. Cochrane, was a virtuous and a frugal ii. p. 230.)

man, and studied as much the good of The Laird of Blair died towards the close of

the family as it he had been born the the reign of Queen Mary, deposed in 1567,

heir thereof." His grandson, and was s. by his son,

Sir William Cochrane, knt. of John Blair, of that Ilk, who obtained,

Cowdon, was created Earl of on the resiguation of his father, a charter from

DUNDONALD in 1669. His lordhim of the lands of Tunny bank head and

ship m. Eupheme, daughter of Blair Ardoch, in 1546. This seems to have

Sir William Scott, of Ardross, in been in consequence of his marriage, about

Fifeshire, and had with a daughthat time, with a lady of the name of Cun

ter, Grizel, m. to George, tenth ninghame, by whom he had a son, John, and

Lord Ross, two sons, it would appear, two daughters, as about

WILLIAM, ancestor of the first this period Uchtred Knox, of Ranfurly, m.

seven Earls of Dundonald. a daughter of the Laird of Blair, and another

John, of Ochiltree, ancestor

of the present Earl. oF DUN

DONALD, (see BURKE's PeerIf John Blair were grandson to Sir Hugh

age.) Blair, then Sir Hugh must have been succeeded by a son James, and he, by his nephew, John Blair,

James, who had a charter in June, 1615, who had the charter froin King James III, in • Jacobo Blair, de Malsmuir fratri which the expression, Nepoti,” must be intend

germano de Bricii Blair de eodem, et ed for “ nephew."

Annabellae Stewart, ejus Spousæ,

terrarum de Nether-Newark, Kirk- | in the convention Parliament which met in buddo, &c. in Ayrshire.

1689. He m. Magdalene, daughter of James Robert, of Bogtown, father of a son, Campbell, of Gargunnock, by whom he had

Sir Adam Blair, of Bogtoun, and of a son, who predeceased him unm. and a
a daughter Marrian, m. to Quintin daughter and heiress,
M’Adam, of Grimat.

MAGDALINE Blair, who m. William Scott,
Jean, living in 1591, unm.

esq. advocate, second son of John Scott, esq. Margaret, m. to Ker, of Kersland.

of Malleny, in Midlothian (for an account Grizel, m. to David Blair of Adamton. of the Scotts of Malleny, an ancient branch John Blair died in 1609, and was s. by his of Buccleuch, see vol. iii. p. 172,) and had a son,

son, BRYCE BLAIR, of that Ilk, who was re

WILLIAM, her heir. turned, 10th April, 1610, heir on the whole The heiress of Blair died probably before lands and barony of Blair. He had long the year 1715, and Mr. Scott, her widower, previously married, Annabell Wallace, and who had assumed the surname of BLAIR, had two sons and five daughters, viz.

wedded, secondly, Catherine, only daughter

of Alexander Tait, of Edinburgh, merchant, Bryce, JOHN, } successively Lairds of Blair. and had by her five sons and six daughters,

viz. Margaret, m. in 1613, to Archibald

Hamilton, successor to his half-brother, Stewart, of Blackhall.

William. Isabell, m. in 1619, to James Chalmers,

Alexander, surveyor of the Customs of Gadgirth.

at Port Glasgow, who m. Elizabeth, Anne, m. in 1633, to Robert Boyd, of

only daughter of John Hamilton, esq. Pitcon.

of Grange, and had issue. Janet, m. in 1636, to Ninian Stewart, of

John, capt. of foot, killed at Minden in Ascog.

1759. Agnes, m. in 1640, to William Shaw,

Thomas, cornet in the Scots Greys, provost of Newton.

killed at the battle of Vald, in 1747. The laird died 4th February, 1639, and was William, lieutenant of foot, slain at s. by his son,

Oswego, in India, in 1756. Sir BRYCE Blair, of that Ilk, who was Anne, David Blair, esq. of Adamknighted by Charles I. He married in ton, and had an only daughter and 1618, Marian, daughter of Sir Walter Dun

heir, Catherine Blair, who m. Sir das of Dundas, by Anne, his second wife, William Maxwell, bart. of Monreith, daughter of Monteith, of Carse, and dying and conveyed to him the estate of a few months after his father, was succeeded Adamton. by his son,

Magdaline, m. to Sir William Maxwell, John Blair, of that Ilk, retoured heir to bart. of Monreith, and had issue, his father and grandfather in 1645. He

Sir William Maxwell, bart. of died soon after, without issue, and was s.

Monreith. by his uncle,

Hamilton Maxwell. John Blair, of that Ilk, who m. Lady

Dunbar Maxwell. Jean Cunninghame, daughter of William,

Catherine Maxwell, m. to John eighth Earl of Glencairn, and dying in 1662,

Fordyce, esq. of Ayton. was s. by his son,

Jane Maxwell, m. to Alexander, William Blair, of Blair, who acted a

Duke of Gordon. prominent part in the troubled times in

Eglinton Maxwell, m. to Sir Thomas which he lived. Though so much esteemed

Wallace Dunlop, bart. by the court party as to be put in the com Janet, m. to Alexander Tait, esq. one mission in Ayrshire, for holding courts on of the principal clerks of session, and the covenanters, he soon embraced the party

had issue. which effected the Revolution, was a mem

Barbara, m. to William Fullarton, esq. ber of the convention of estates, 16th March,

of that Ilk. 1689, and one of the committee for settling Catherine, died unmarried. the government. In that year be raised å Mary, m. to Sir John Sinclair, bart. of troop of horse in support of King WILLIAM, Stevenston and had issue. and marched with it into Perthshire, but was Magdalene Blair was succeeded, at her desurprised by Dundee, and carried prisoner cease, by her son, to the Highlands, where he died very soon WILLIAM Blair, esq. of Blair, who died after. He m. Lady Margaret Hamilton, unmarried in 1732, and was s. by his halfdaughter of William, second Duke of Hamil- brother, ton, and was s. by his son,

HAMILTON Blair, esq. who then became William Blair, of Blair, who was a com “ of Blair.” Early in life he entered the missioner of supply for the county of Ayr, army, and in 1760, was major of the Scots

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