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Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Har
Rachel Cookworthy, m. Robertrell, esq. and had issue,
Were Fox, of Exeter, and has WALTER, b. 1769, the present re
issue, Robert Were, and other presentative of this branch of
children. the ancient house of Prideaux. George Prideaux, m. secondly, Dorothy
Dorothy, b. 1745, m. Henry B. Harris, Wells, and by her had
esq. by whom she had seven children. George, b. 1744, married Anna Cook Mary, b. 1767, m. Christopher Hellyer, worthy, of Plymouth, and had issue, esq. by whom she had one daughter. George, of Plymouth.
George Prideaux, m. thirdly, in 1753, Jane,
county of Hants, and had issue,
John, b. 1758, m. Lydia, daughter of children.
James Fox, of Plymouth, merchant, Walter, m. Sarah Ball Hingston,
by whom he had six children. and had issue, Walter, and other
Arms—Arg. a chevron sa. in chief a label
of three points, gu.
Wadebridge, and has issue, Crest—A Saracen's head in profile, couped
at the shoulder, on the bead a chapeau, az. Dorothy, m. Samuel Tregelles, and turned up, arg.
has issue, Samuel Prideaux.
SPEKE, OF JORDANS.
SPEKE, WILLIAM, esq. of Jordans, in Somersetshire, b. in 1771, m. first in
1794, Mary, daughter of Benjamin Dickinson, esq. of Tiverton, and has had, by her, who d. 17th June, 1805, four sons and two daughters, viz.
WILLIAM, who m. Georgiana-Elizabeth, daughter of Wil-
William, George, and Benjamin.
Mary, died unmarried 21st March, 1827.
Charlotte. And thirdly, in 1823, Susan, daughter of J. Mico, esq. of Hortman, Somersetshire, by whom he had an only child who died in infancy.
Mr. Speke succeeded his father in 1792. He is a deputy-lieutenant for Somersetshire, and was high sheriff, in 1819.
Lineage. “ The family of Speke (we quote Collin- Richard Espec, or Speke, descended from son's History of Somerset,) were very an the famous WALTER Le EsPEC,* founder of ciently possessed of the manors of Wem three goodly abbies, Kirkham, and Rievworthy, and Brampton, in the county of laux, in Yorkshire, and Wardon in BedDevon, and chiefly resided in the former of fordshire was the first that fixed his seat at those parishes, at a seat denominated Hey- Whitelackington, and from him twenty gewood. In the time of Henry II., Richard nerations had descended in Camden's tine, Le Espek, (for so the name was formerly in 1607. written) held three knights fees of Robert John Speke, son of Sir William Speke, Fitzroy, lord of the manor of Okehampton. knight, by Constance Totwell, his wife, m. In the same reign, he held one fee of Wil as shewn above, Joan, daughter and heir of liam Tracy, and two fees of Oliver Tracy. John Keymes, of Dowlish, (an estate acThe said Richard Le Espek had issue, quired by the family of Keyines, temp. William, and he another, Richard, who was EDWARD III., in marriage with the daughter under age, 30 Henry II., Richard was fa- and heir of Thomas Wake) and acquired ther of Sir William Le Espek, who married thereby the lands of Dowlish, Cudworth, and Alice, daughter and heiress of Sir Walter Compton Martin. His son and successor, Gervois, of Exon, and by her had issue, Sir John Speke, knight, m. Alice, cousin William ; which William, by Julian, daugh- and heiress of Sir Thomas Beauchamp, and ter of Sir John de Valletort, of Clist St. with her came Whitelackington, AtherLawrence, was father of William, and stone, and Ashill, in Somersetshire. He John. This John who was of Bramford, was s. by his son, wrote his name L'Espek, he m. Constance, John SPEKE, esq. of Whitelackington, the daughter of John de Esse, and had issue, who m. the daughter of William Somaster, John, Robert, and William ; the two eldest and was father of, died without issue. William Speke, (the Sir John Speke, knight of Whitelackname being by him thus first abbreviated,) ington, living temp. HENRY VII., who m. was father of John Speke, who m. Joan, Alice, a Spanish lady who came to England daughter and heiress of John Keynes, of as maid of honour with Queen Catherine, Dowlish, in this county, and had issue by and had a son and successor, her John Speke, knight, which Sir John Sir John Speke, knight of Whitelackm. Alice, heiress of Sir Thomas Beauchamp, ington, temp. HENRY VIII. He m. Joan, after whose death the family constantly re- daughter and heir of John Wimworthy, esq. sided at Whitelackington.” Lysons in the and was s. by his son, Magna Brittannia,” states that the Le Es
Sir John Speke, knight, of Whitelackpecs, or Spekes, “ have, for many centu- ington, who m. Alice daughter of Sir John ries, been men of note in this county, Arundel, knight, of Lathern, in Cornwall, (Somerset,) and Devon, John Speke, being and with her acquired the estates of Sampa commissioner for administering the oaths, ford, and Rounton. Sir John's sou and in the 12 of King Henry VI., and George successor, Speke, sheriff in the 34 Queen ELIZABETH. Sir Thomas Speke, of Whitelackington,
* "KIRKHAM, a monastery of canons regular, of of Kirkham, where was one of his chief mansions, St. Augustine, dedicated to the holy Trinity, was which he turned into this monastery, Rievaulx, in founded by Walter Espec, and Adelina, bis wife, this county, and Warden, in Bedfordshire. The rest with the consent of King HENRY I. who endowed of his estates were left to his three sisters, of whom the same with divers lands, and tithes, and among to Adeline, the youngest (married to Peter de other things, with the tithes of venison which Ros), was given the patronage of the priories of he and his posterity should take, and of all fowl Kirkham, and Rievaulx, where he had his sepulcaught in and about his rivers, likewise the said ture, as he, (Walter the Founder,) for some time Walter granted them the tenth penny, or tithe of before his death became a monk in this abbey of the rents of his lands in Northumberland, Ailred, Rievaulx, died 18th Stephen 1153, Peter de Ros, abbot of Rievaulx, gives him this character, that of Hamlake, who had married one of his co-heirs he was prudent in council, discreet in war, and a Adeline, was also buried there. His descendant Joyal subject. He had by Adelina, his wife, a William de Ros, lord of Hamlake, in 1261, among son named Walter, who broke his neck hunting, to other things, granted to the prior and convent of the great grief of his famous father, who having Kirkhain, and their successors in lieu of the tithes acquired a great estate by his several public em of his hunting, three good wild beasts, as also the ployments, viz. General in War, &c., and being de- rent of £5, per annum, for other tithes, for which prived of an heir, was at some loss how to dispose consideration the said canons did quit their claim of it till by a consultation with his uncle, William of free chase in Hamlake. At the dissolution of de Espec, rector of the church at Garton, he was the monastery this priory was valued at £260. 9s. advised by him to make Christ his heir, at least to 9d. per annum, Dugdale, £300. 15s. 6d. per anpart of it, by building three priories, namely, this num.”-LELAND.
knighted by Henry VIII., was of the Privy Chamber to EDWARD VI. He m. Anne, daughter of Sir Richard Berkeley, knight, and dying, was buried at London, leaving a son and successor,
Sir George Speke, knight, of Whitelackington, who
m. first Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Andrew Luttrell, knight, and widow of Richard Mallett, esq. by whom he had one son, and two daughters, namely,
George, (Sir) his heir.
knight. Sir George wedded secondly, Dorothy, daughter of Edward Gilbert, esq. of London, and had by her, one son and two daughters, viz.
Hugh, who m. the heiress of Beke, of
Charleton, in Somersetshire.
knight, and d. at Ilminster. Their
of William Cary, esq. of Clovelly. The elder son,
Sir George Speke, knight, of Whitelackington, m. Phillippa, daughter of William Russell, esq. and had issue,
George, his heir.
Phillippa, m. to Edward Bridger, esq. Sir George was s. by his son,
GEORGE Speke, esq. of Whitelackington, sheriff of Somersetsbire, in 1592, who m. Joan, daughter of Sir John Portman, bart. of Orchard Portman, in that county, (see vol. i. p. 62,) and had issue,
1. George,of Whitelackington, eminent
for his services and sufferings in the
tors in the Revolution of 1688. 3. John, who m. first Katherine,
daughter of Edmund Prideaux,
who m. first, Alice, daughter
of Nicholas Brooking, esq. by whom he had two daughters, who died young, secondly, Jane, daughter of
Heckmore, esq. and widow of William Pitts, esq. by whom there was no issue; and thirdly, Anne, daughter of William PeerWilliams, esq. by whom he had an only surviving daughter, ANNE, m. 20th May, 1756,
to Frederick Lord North, afterwards second Earl of Guildford, and had
issue. 4. Charles, was made prisoner and
hung at Ilminster by Jefferies. 5. Thomas, died in London aged
twenty. 6. William, of Shipton Beauchamp,
in Somersetshire, who m. Mar-
Somersetshire,b. 13th April,
m. to Sir Edmund Elwill,
Hawker, esq. and secondly, John
Margaret. 1. Mary, m. to Thomas Jennings,
esq. of Burton, in Somersetshire,
ried, aged twenty-two.
Edmund Star, esq. and se-
James Anderton, esq. and
secondly, to John Trevel WILLIAM, his heir.
Phillippa, m. to Dr. Musgrave, M.D.
of Exeter, and had one son, and one Jennings Anderton, m. daughter. The latter, m. to Thomas
first to Sir Charles Brown, esq. of Kings Carswell, De-
had, with other issue, a son and successor, 2. Phillippa, m. first to Sir John The Rev. WILLIAM SPEKE, of Jordans,
Trenchard, and secondly, to prebendary of Wells and Bristol, who
m. Juliana, daughter of Charles Webber, 3. Elizabeth, d. aged twenty-four. esq. of Exeter, and by her, who d. in 1792, 11. Henry, d. young.
left issue, II. William, of whom presently.
WILLIAM, his heir.
Mary, m. to Follet, esq. of Dorset.
esq. of Pylle, and was grandmother trell, of Somerset.
Anne, m. to the Reverend C. Marshall,
of Exeter. who ultimately inherited the es- Mr. Speke died 13th November, 1792, and tates, and assumed the surname was s.by his son, the present WILLIAM SPEKE, of Portman. His descendant esq. of Jordans.
is the present LORD PORTMAN. ul. Elizabeth, d. unmarried.
Arms—Barry of eight, az. and arg. over The youngest son,
all an eagle displayed, with two heads, gu. WILLIAM SPEKE, esq. of Jordans, in the Crests—A porcupine. county of Somerset, m. Anne, daughter of Estates-In Somersetshire.
Roynon, esq. and had one son and three Seat-Jordans near Ilminster. daughters, viz.
FRENCH, OF FRENCH PARK.
FRENCH, ARTHUR, esq. of French Park, in the county of Roscommon, late knight of that shire in parliament; succeeded his father in 1820.
was established in England by one of the companions in arms of the Conqueror, and in Ireland, by Sir Herbert, or Humphrey De Frayne, who accompanied Strongbow in his expedition against that country, and acquiring large possessions in the province of Leinster, settled at Ballymacuoge, in Wexford. He had two sons, Patrick and Nicholas, whose descendants early gained distinction and ranked amongst the most powerful of the Anglo-Norman barons. In 1332, Fulk de Fraxinis is mentioned as one of the good knights to whom the king looked for the maintenance of tranquillity in Ireland; in 1335, Fulk and Oliver De Freigne were
summoned to attend EDWARD III. with arms The family of French, whose name was and men in the war with Scotland ; in 1342, originally De Freigne, or De Fraxinis, is Fulk de Freigne was rated at ten men at of great antiquity, and claims descent arms and twenty nobelars, to attend the king from Rollo, first Duke of Normandy. It in the war with France; in 1344, Fulke de
la Freigne was summoned to attend the Earl | mon, whose great estates in Sligo were of Kildare, with Walter de Bermingham, seized on by the Earl of Strafford, and parGerard de Roche, Eustace Le Poer, Edward titioned amongst Lord Coloony, Sir Thomas De Burgo, Richard de Tuite, Miles De Radeliffe, and Sir Philip Perceval. They Courcy, &c.; in 1355, Sir Fulke de Freigne were, however, subsequently restored by was security for the Earl of Desmond, and order of the British Parliament, but Cromwhen Lionel, Duke of Clarence, came to well again dispossessed him. He m. a daughIreland, he knighted three of this family as ter of Martin, of Dangan, in the county of among the most distinguished soldiers of that Galway, and dying at Dungar, was s. by his kingdom. In 1862, Patrick de la Freigne, son, commanded a large force under the Earl of DOMINICK French, esq. of French Park, Ormond in the war with the rebels, and in and of Boyle, in the county of Roscommon, two years after, Sir John Freigne was fined who m. Anne, daughter of Dr. Edward King, £50 for refusing to attend parliament when Bishop of Elphin, and had by her, three summoned as a peer, in 1377. In 1376, sons and four daughters, namely, JAMES FRENCH, third son of Sir Robert
Patrick, who d. s. p. De Freigne, was chosen to represent Wex
JOHN, successor to his father. ford* in the parliament of Westminster.
Mary, who m. in 1716, Francis Ormsby, PATRICK FRENCH, who was sent as a judge
esq. of Willy brooke, in the county of to Connaugbt to try the Blakes for the mur
Sligo, and bad with other issue, a son, der of the Athys. He m. Mary, daughter
William Ormsby, esq. M.P. for the of John D'Athi, a family of great antiquity
county of Sligo, (grandfather of the long settled in that province, and was ances
present Mrs. ORMSBY GORE, of Porktor of
ington, in Shropshire,) and a daughJohn FRENCH, esg. of Galway, a man of
ter, Sarah Ormsby, who m. in 1758, great wealth and unbounded liberality. He
John Morgan, esq. of Monksfield, and contributed largely to the church of Galway,
was mother of an only child, Sarah, and built, beside other works, a great part of
wife of Michael Burke, esq. of Ballythe cathedral of St. Nicholas, in that town.
dugan, in the county of Galway. (See His son and successor,
vol. iii. p. 289.) Peter French, esq. Mayor of Galway
Margaret, m. to J. Ffolliott, esq. of the in 1576, married Mary, sister of William county of Sligo.
Sarah. Martin, esq. and had five sons, Peter (who
Anne. had a son John); Francis, of whom presently ; Robert, of Galway; Nicholas ; and Dominick French, whose will bears date 3rd Jasper. Peter French, whose will, dated May, 1670, was buried in the cathedral of 24th September, 1584, was proved in Dublin, Elphin, where his monument is still to be was interred at Galway, and a vast sum ex
He was s. by his son, pended on his monument, which adorned the John FRENCH, esq. of French Park, called church there, until destroyed in Cromwell's
“the Tierna More,” who represented Cartime, by Col. Stubber, then governor of the rick on Shannon in parlianient in 1695, betown. His son,
came knight of the shire for Galway in 1703, Francis French, esq. of Gortrassy and and was again elected for Carrick'in 1713. Sessueman Castle, in the county of Sligo, m. He m. Anne, daughter of Sir Arthur Gore,+ Una O'Conor, of the ancient race of O'Conor, bart. of Newtown, ancestor of the Earls of of Sligo, and dying 20th October, 1624, left Arran, and by her, whose will dated 8th a son,
May, 1734, was proved 22nd June, 1766, had Stephen French, esq. to whom Sir Do- issue, nogh O'Conor, of Sligo, inade a devise in ARTHUR, his heir. his will, dated 11th August, 1609, and Sir Robert, M.P. for Jamestown, succeeded Charles O'Conner igo, made a grant of the his uncle Gore, as judge of the Comlauds of Rathborney, Ardneglass, &c. by mon Pleas in Ireland. deed dated 26th July, 1622. Stephen French John, of High Lake, in the county of married Marian Lynch, of the family of Le Roscommon, whose will dated 14th Petit, barons palatine of Mullingar, and was April, 1733, was proved in 1756. He s. by his son,
m. in 1730, Judith, daughter of John PATRICK FRENCH, esq. of Dungar, other King, esg. of Charlestown, and by wise French Park, in the county of Roscom
her, who wedded, secondly, the Rev.
* Wexford was frequently represented by mein + Son of Sir Paul Gore, bart. of Manor Gore, in bers of this fanily until 1612, when P. French was the county of Donegal, by Isabella, his wife, daugh. expelled from his seat in the House of Commons ter of Francis Wichliffe, esq. and niece of the celefor being in arms with the rebels.
brated Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford.