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COLLINS, The Reverend JOHN FERDINANDO, of Betterton, in the county of Berks, b. 15th October, 1812, m. 30th September, 1836, Sarah, daughter of John Hawthorn, esq. of Glenluce, in the county of Wigton, and late of the island of Jamaica,
and has issue,
Mr. Collins succeeded to the estates of his father on attaining his majority.
The family of Collins is of great antiquity in the county of Berks, but appears to have come originally from the county of Salop; for in Doomsday Book, the name is found as possessing property in the hundred of Hodnet, in that county. The family have held the estate of Betterton from the reign of HENRY VI. descending from father to son, to the present time. Whether they were inhabitants of these parts previous to HENRY WI. is not exactly known; but in an old family record, written by John Collins, the seventh in descent, (living 1640,) we find the following account, entitled, “To the memory of posterity the history of the family of Collins of Betterton. “John, Lord Strange, of Knocking, in Shropshire, for want of issue, as the manner of the times was, for the health of his soul, gave to the Priory of Poughley, the Manor
of West Betterton, in the time of Henry VI. at which time the ancestor of this family, Thomas Collins, was possessed of it, (as lessee) the first in descent. If he was the first Collins settled here originally is not known, then he may be supposed to have ascended out of Shropshire, and tenant in some sort to Lord Strange, of Knocking, in Shropshire, where in the Hundred of Hodnet, the family of Collins is recorded in Domesday. But the common report of the country was that this family is much ancienter in this place of Betterton, and I am induced to believe so, because there are no vestigia mentioning of any preceding family.” THoMAs Collins, of Betterton, temp. HENR Y VI. had a son, Joh N Collins, b. 1st HENRY WII. Of this gentleman it is recorded in a lease now in the possession of the family, that in the time of HENRY VII. a lease for forty years was granted by the Prior of Poughley to himself and Joan his wife: he had issue, John Collins, b. 13th HENRY VIII. to whom and his wife Joan, daughter of Coxedge, of Ginge, in the county of Berks, the second lease of Betterton was granted in the time of HENRY VIII. of whom nothing is so much remarkable, as that he was a Wickliffe, and persecuted for his religion, and it is supposed some of his predecessors were, as appears ex Reg. Epis. Lincoln. By his wife, Joan, he had issue, John Colli Ns, b. 1 MARY, who it appears likewise suffered for his religion, and had his lease sold over his head, to one William Cottesford, of Ludgershall, who
sold it again to the said John for the sum of £100. as appears by a lease now extant. He m. Joan, daughter of — Blagrove, of Elton, in the county of Berks, and had an only son, Joh N Colli Ns, b. temp. Elizabeth, who m. Joan, daughter of Richard Smallbone, esq. of Steventon, in the county of Berks, and was s. by his son, John Collins, b. 1609, who by his industry considerably enlarged his property, and left good portions to his children. He m. Maria, daughter of Richard Dew, csq. of Harwell, in the county of Berks, and had a son and successor, John Colli Ns, b. 1640, who m. first, Ann, daughter of Charles Fetyplace, esq. of Earls Court, Lambourne, in the county of Berks, and by that lady (who by the death of her brothers, finally became the heiress of a branch of the Fetyplace family) he had issue, 1. John, b. 27th September, 1664, d. young. 11. CHARLEs, his heir. III. Jonathan. iv. John, died young. v. Richard, d. s. p. vi. Thomas. 1. Ann.
He m. secondly, Elizabeth, widow of Richard Matthews, esq. of Hampstead Norris, in the county of Berks, and had issue by her,
The eldest surviving son, CHARLEs Collins, of Pembroke College, Oxford, and of the Middle Temple, justice of the peace of the county of Berks, b. 13th June, 1666, heir after the death of his brother, m. first, Ann, eldest daughter of John Head, esq. of Hodcut, in the county of Berks, and had, with four sons who died before him s. p., two daughters, viz.
Charlotte, m. John Saunders, esq. of
Frances, m. Richard Hartend, esq. and
Charles Collins m. secondly, Elizabeth Coghill, of Bletchington, but had no issue; and thirdly, Ann, eldest daughter of Ferdinando White, esq. of Fryers Court, in the county of Berks, and by her had issue,
FERDINANdo, his heir. Charles, died without issue. Lorenzo, died without issue. Anna-Maria. The eldest surviving son, FERDINANdo Collins, esq. justice of the peace for the county of Berks, M.A. of Pembroke College, Oxford, m. Katherine, daughter of — Boote, esq. of Deuciss, since called Belmon, in the county of Berks, and had issue,
Ferdinando, b. 28th February, 1746, d. s. p. John, heir to his father.
Ann, m. to Francis Brownsword Bullock, esq. of the county of Warwick, and had two sons, Francis and Ferdinando, both deceased, and four daughters, Ann, Catharine, Sarah, and Mary. Katharine, m. Isaac Pickering, esq. of Foxleaze, Hants, and had with other issue deceased, . Berwick Pickering. . Henry Pickering. . Katharine Pickering. . Mary-Ann Pickering. . Eliza Pickering. . Louisa Pickering. . Emma Pickering. Mary Pickering. . Ann Pickering. . Ellen Pickering. The only surviving son and heir, THE REv. John Collins, of Betterton, vicar of Cheshunt, b. 6th July, 1753, m. Martha, daughter of James Smith, esq. of Rotterdam and Hammersmith, and had issue, Joh N-FERDINANdo, his heir. Katharine, m. to the Rev. Giles Daubeney, of Lydiard Tregoz, Wilts, and has had issue, Giles-Warren Daubeney,deceased. Giles-John Daubeney, b. 23rd June, 1833. Charles-Joseph Daubeney. Amelia-Elizabeth Daubeney. Ellen-Katharine Daubeney. Anna-Maria, m. to the Rev. Benjamin Morland, of Chilton, Berks, and has issue, Rose-Louisa Morland. Elizabeth Morland. Mr. Collins died 17th March, 1826, and was s. by his son, the present Rev. John-FERD1NANDo Collins, of Betterton,
Arms—Vert, a griffin passant or, a chief erm.
Crest—A griffin's head erased vert, crowned or.
Motto—Per callem collem.
BRUCE, OF CLACKMANAN AND COWDEN, OR NEWTON.
BRUCE, MISS MARGARET, of Cowden, Perthshire, succeeded her father, Captain William Bruce, of Cowden, on the 22nd January, 1807.
The present proprietrix is descended both of the Bruces of Clackmanan, and of the Bruces of Cowden, or Newton, sprung from the family of Airth, an early and distinguished branch of the former. The direct line of the Bruces, of Clackmanan—eventually chiefs of all the Bruces in Scotland—having been only seriatim traced down to Sir David Bruce, of Clackmanan, who succeeded in 1405, under the article of Bruce, of Kennet, in the second volume, (p. 485, et seq.) it may be proper to observe, that the same Sir David, Laird or Baron of Clackmanan, was succeeded by John Bruce, of Clackmanan, his son, who was the father of Sir David Bruce of Clackmanan, which last had issue, Sir David Bruce, of Clackmanan, from whom the direct male representation and descent was continuous, and came to centre in Sir Henry Bruce, of Clackmanan, proprietor of the Barony of Clackmanan in the year 1669. This SiR HENRY BRUCE, of Clackmanan, m. first, Mary, daughter of Sir Alexander Shane, of Sauchie; secondly, Lady Ann Ramsay, daughter to the Earl of Dalhousie, Countess Dowager of Dundee, and by the former had three sons, 1. DAvid, his successor, who m. Lady Margaret Mackenzie, daughter of George, Earl of Cromarty, but died without progeny.
II. CAPTAIN John, who m. Ann, daughter of Mr. Archibald Roberton, of Bedley, by whom he had no sons, but an only daughter, Margaret, who m. John Forbes, esq. of Newhall, and left issue.
III. HeNRY, of whom we are about to treat.
The third son,
HENRY BRUCE, of Clackmanan, married Jean, daughter of Alexander Bruce, of Kinnaird, and died at the age of eighty, in 1741, being described in the Scots Magazine, and obituaries of the day, as “Representative of the family of Bruce.” By that lady he had issue,
Alexander, who predeceased him unmarried. HENRY, his successor.
JANET, who married William Bruce, of Newton, afterwards of Cowden, of whom and her descendants in the sequel.
The son and successor,
HeNRY BRUce, of Clackmanan, the heir by the death of Alexander, his elder brother, m. Catherine, daughter of Alexander Bruce, of Newton, and sister of William Bruce, of Cowden, his brother-in-law, by which lady, who survived him, he had no issue who came to maturity. There is the following intimation of his death in the Scots Magazine for the year 1772:—“Died 8th July, 1772, at Clackmanan Castle, Henry Bruce, of Clackmanan, esq. aged 72, descended of John de Bruce, 3rd son of Robert, Lord of Annandale, who was competitor for the crown of Scotland with John Baliol. He was heir of Sir Robert Bruce, of Clackmanan, who in 1359 obtained a charter from King Robert Bruce, in which he is designated the king's beloved and faithful cousin, and from whom all the other families of the name of Bruce in Scotland are descended.”
By his death without issue, his representation undoubtedly on the descendants of
JANET BRUCE, his only sister. This lady by her husband, William Bruce, of New
ton,” alluded to, (who sold that property, and acquired Cowden, by which he and his heirs were afterwards designated, and who was, also in another capacity, brother-inlaw of the last Henry Bruce, of Clackmanan, who married his sister,) she had issue, HENRY, captain in the East India Company’s service, who d. unm. WILLIAM, captain in the Bengal artillery, who continued the line. Jean, d. unm. Sarah, d. unm. The only surviving son, CAPTAIN WILLIAM BRUCE succeeded to the estate of Cowden, m. Margaret, eldest daughter of Dr. Robert Oliver, (by Margaret, second daughter of William Russel, esq. late of Kingseat and Slipperfield, in Tweedale,) and dying 22nd January, 1807, left issue by this lady, MARGARET, his successor, proprietrix of Cowden, and sole heir and representative of HENRY BRUCE, the last of Clackmanan, and of HENRY BRUCE, of Clackmanan, his father.t
Arms—BRUCE of CLACKMANAN were, or a saltier and chief gules.
Crest—A hand in armour, proper, (including the upper part of the elbow) issuing out of a cloud, grasping a sceptre, ensigned on the point with a closed crown or.
Supporters—The DExter, the lion of England; the SINISTER, the royal unicorn of Scotland.
The above were the heraldic ensigns of Henry Bruce, last of Clackmanan, granduncle of Miss Bruce. They were also carried by David Bruce, of Clackmanan, in 1686, who added the motto, “Non deest generoso Pectori virtus;” above the crest, and both constantly carried the supporters and the crest.
Arms—Of BRUCE of Newto N or CowDEN. Or, a saltier gules, and chief embattled of the second. Crest—An eagle's head couped proper. Motto—Spes mea supernè. Estate—In Perthshire. Seat—Cowden House.
* The Bruces of Airth, of whom Captain Bruce, of Cowden, father of the lady in question, was descended in the male line, were the oldest cadets of Clackmanan, being sprung from the latter more than four centuries ago. They were affluent and of great distinction both in Scotland and foreign countries, and spread into various respectable branches. SIR ALEXANDER BRUCE, of Airth, their representative after the middle of the sixteenth century, m. Janet, daughter of Alexander, Lord Livingstone, ancestor of the Earls of Linlithgow and Calender, by whom he had WILLIAM Bruce,' younger of Airth, who predeceased his father, but left issue by Jean, daughter of John, Lord Fleming, ancestor of the Earls of Wigton, three sons, 1. John, of Airth, who m. Margaret, daughter of Robert, Lord Elphinstone, whose male line is extinct, but of whom Robert Bruce Dundas, esq. of Blair Castle, is the heir of line. 11. WILLIAM (Sir), of Stenhouse, created in 1629, baronet of Nova Scotia, with remainder to him and his heirs male general, of whom the knightly house of Stenhouse, now the heirs male of the ancient family of Airth. III. PATRICK. The third son, PATRick BRUCE, of Newton, who acquired the estate which lay in the barony of Bothkenner,
Stirlingshire, in 1627, upon the resignation of Dame Jean Fleming, Lady Airth, his mother, left 1ssue, WILLIAM BRUCE, of Newton, who succeeded in 1655, father of ALEXANDER BRUCE, of Newton, the father of WILLIAM BRUCE, of Newton, (who sold Newton, and acquired Cowden,) formerly referred to, the husband of JANET BRUCE, only sister of Henry Bruce, of Clackmanan. This last William Bruce, of Newton, as already mentioned, had a sister Catherine, married to Henry Bruce, of Clackmanan. # It clearly follows, therefore, from the above deduction, that Miss Bruce, of Cowden, is preferable heir of line of Clackmanan to the Bruces of Kennet, who are sprung (in the female line) from Thomas Bruce, of Kennet, younger brother of Sir David Bruce, of Clackmanan, who succeeded in 1405, and (in the male line) from a younger son of Sir Robert Bruce, of Clackmanan, in 1506; whereas this lady traces her descent directly from the male representative of Clackmanan, in 1741, lineally descended of that very Sir David, independent of being heir of Henry Bruce, last of Clackmanan, son and heir of the former. It is especially incumbent to notice this circumstance, as the Bruces of Kennet, owing to some error or misconception, are represented” “as heir male, and of line to Sir Robert de Bruys, of Clackmanan, who died in 1405,” the father of the previous Sir David, which is obviously incorrect.
| Sir Alexander had also a younger son, Mr. Robert Bruce, of Kinnaird, tutor to his two nephews, Sir William Bruce, of Stenhouse, and Patrick Bruce, of Newton, in their pupillarity. His male issue have failed, but his heir of line was James Bruce, esq. of Kinnaird, the celebrated traveller and explorer of the Nile, who was a male descendant of a branch of the family of Hay, in the north.
* In the article of Bruce, of Kennet, referred to, second volume of the present work, p. 485.
FORBES, OF CULLODEN.
FORBES, DUNCAN-GEORGE, esq. of Culloden House, in the shire of Inverness,
b. in London, 17th June, 1781, m. 29th March, 1818, Sarah, only daughter of the late Rev. Joseph Walker, of Lancaster, Ash, and Satley, in the county of Durham, by Eliza, his wife, daughter of Edward Boys, esq. of St. Albans, and had by her, who died at Culloden House, 18th January, 1838, aged forty-three, deeply lamented, three sons,
ARTHUR, b. at Douglas, Isle of Man, 25th January, 1819.
Duncan, b. at Hedge Grove, Keswick, Cumberland, 7th
Joseph-William Forbes, b. at Ryefield Lodge, Ross-shire,
Mr. Forbes, who succeeded his father, 26th May, 1803, is a magistrate and a deputy lieutenant for the counties of Inverness and Nairn, and was formerly colonel of the Culloden volunteers. He is also patron of the parish of Urquhart, in Ross-shire, and a director of the Royal Academies of Inverness and Tain.
The founder of this distinguished family Was
DUNCAN For BEs, (the great-grandfather of the Lord President Forbes,) a member of parliament and provost of Inverness. He was descended from the family of Lord Forbes, through that of Tolquhoun, and by the mother's side, from that of Keith, Earl Marischall, (as a narrative in the hand-writing of the President's father informs us). He purchased the barony of Culloden from the Laird of Mackintosh in 1626. During the civil commotions which disturbed the kingdom in the reign of CHARLEs I. and after the death of that prince, he seems to have adhered to the presbyterian party, and to have aided all the measures in which the Marquis of Argyll participated, and from his situation as chief magistrate of an important town, his assistance must have been of much consequence. Duncan had two brothers, John, whose son Malcolm became Marquis of Montilly, in France; and PATRICK, (commonly called Black Patrick, bailie of Inverurie,) from whom descended the family of Forbes, of Foveran. Duncan Forbes died 14th October, 1654, aged eightytWO.
“Thy memorie will ever recent bee
For thy remains give honour to this place, And thy true vertue honours all thy race.”"
By his marriage with Janet, eldest daughter of James Forbes, of Corsinday, a family also descended from that of Lord Forbes, Duncan had three sons and two daughters, I. Joh N, who succeeded him. * II. James (Capt.), wholived in Caithness, and married in 1643, Agnes Monro, daughter to Mr. George, of Pitlundie, (styled in the marriage contract, “ Minister of Godis Word at the Kirk of Rosemarkie,) elder brother to Sir Alexander Monro, of Bearcrofts, and by her had several children. - ** 111. Duncan (Capt.), who lived in Assynt, married in 1653, Isobell, loghter of Patrick Ruthven, of Dundee. 1. Elizabeth, married to William Baillie, of Duncan, Inverness-shire. II. Anna, married first, (contract 'o' 1641,) to Evan Macpherson, of Cltiny; and secondly, (marriage contract dated 1652,) to Alexander Mackintosh, of Connedge, said to be an ancestor of the late Sir James Mackintosh, of the Cullachy family. The eldest son, . . . . . . , , , John, FoRBEs, the second of Culloden, married (contract, dated 1643,) Anna, eldest
* From the Epitaph on Duncan and his wife.