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SHUTTLEWORTH, OF GREAT BOWDEN.
SHUTTLEWORTH, HENRY, esq. of Market Harborough and Great Bowden, Lei
cestershire, of Easton Hall and Cotton House, both in the
Henry-Charles, b. 16th March, 1823.
Lineage. The Shuttleworths are mentioned in the Digby, of which Sir KENELM DIGBY was so records of Lancashire as resident in that bright an ornament (for ample details of the county temp. RICHARD II. and at a very Digbys refer to p. 464). By the heiress of early period became seated at Gawthorp, Bletsoe, who died in 1786, Mr. Shuttleworth by the marriage of Henry Shuttleworth had issue, with Agnes, daughter and heir of William 1. Henry, of Great Bowden, b. 10th de Hacking. The Gawthorp family was February, 1755 ; m. Miss Anne Ashethe parent stock whence diverged the many ton; and died leaving surviving issue branches of the name seated in the counties one son and one daughter, viz. of Lancaster, Derby, York, Durham, and
CHARLES,* of the Grange, Great Leicester. For fuller particulars of the
Bowden, m. Miss Gomm, and Shuttleworths of Gawthorp, refer to vol. iii.
died in 1838, leaving issue. p. 518; and to Nichols' Leicestershire, vol.
Anne, m. to John Gregson, esq. of ii. p. 474, for details of the Shuttleworths of
East Dulwich. Great Bowden.
Jl. Charles, d. s.p. HENRY SHUTTLEWORTH, esq. of Ribble ii. Bletsoe, d. s. p. in April, 1817. ton, in Lancashire, and afterwards of Glent iv. NATHANIEL, of whom presently. worth, Lincolnshire, only son of Edmond v. George, 6. 10th June, 1763, who m. Shuttleworth, esq. and descended from a
Mary, daughter of Nathaniel Hale, scion of the Gawthorp family, was nomi esq. of Alderley, in Gloucestershire, nated high sheriff of the county of Leicester a lineal descendant of Sir Matthew in 1755. He m. 22nd January, 1753, CA Hale, the famous lawyer, and left at THERINE, only child and heiress of Charles
his decease an ouly child, Bletsoe, esq. of Easton Hall, Northampton
ELIZA, m. 15th May, 1821, to Henry shire, by Catherine, his wife, daughter of
Shuttleworth, esq. of Market Simon Digby, esq. of Digby House, North
Harborough, Easton Hall, and Luffenham, a branch of the great family of
* From the Northampton Herald County Newspaper. benevolence, and so enthusiastic in all his under
takings, that he overcame difficulties which to “ It is with the sincerest regret that we an other people would have been insurmountable. nounce the death of Charles Shuttleworth, esq. He was a good husband, an affectionate father, a of the Grange, Great Bowden, Leicestershire, kind master, a liberal landlord, a staunch and unwho expired on Monday evening last, at his house compromising friend; he had some of the bluntin London, after a very short illness. His loss ness, and all the hospitality of the good old English will be severely felt in the parish of Great Bow country squire, and he dies regretted by all who den, in the welfare of which he much interested ever knew him. He had nearly completed the himself. He was a man estimable in all the rela- establishment of a national school in Great Bowtions of life, possessing much active charity and den.”
vi. John, d. s.p.
Market Harborough, and of Easton Hall, vii. Joseph, d. s.p.
and Cotton House. vil. Frederick, d. s. p. in January, 1823.
Arms—Arg. three shuttles sa, stringed ix. Cornelius, who m. Elizabeth, only and headed or.
daughter of William Smith, esq. and Crest-A hand in armour az. bolding a
Estates — Market Harborough, Great Charlotte-Hannah, d. unm. in July, Bowden, Leicestershire ; Cotton House 1823.
Manor and Royalty, Woodford, Ringstead, J. Catherine, d. in 1822.
Sutton, Weston, and Little Bowden, NorII. Dorothy-Hill, d. in 1832.
thamptonshire, and the Priory, WoodchesMr. Shuttleworth d. in October, 1800. His ter, Gloucestershire. fourth son,
Residence-Market Harborough. NATHANIEL SHUTTLEWORTH, esq. b. 10th
Seats-Easton Hall, and Cotton House, February, 1762, possessed considerable pro
and the Priory, Wood
Northamptonsbire, perty in Market Harborough, and Great chester, Gloucestershire. Bowden, Leicestershire, and was proprietor of the family estates of Cotton House, with lands in Ringstead, Woodford, Sutton, Wes- most highly respected for his integrity and general
* “ Nathaniel Shuttleworth, esq. a gentleman ton, and Little Bowden, Northamptonshire. urbanity, died 10th August, 1833. His remains He married Elizabeth, daughter of William were interred in the family vault in Great Bowden Wartnaby, esq. and dying 10th August, Church, attended by his surviving relatives and 1833,* left an only child, his successor, the many of the neighbouring gentry and clergy." present HENRY SHUTTLEWORTH, esq. of
ROKEBY, OF ARTHINGWORTH.
ROKEBY, LANGHAM, esq. of Arthingworth House, in Northamptonshire, b. 6th March, 1784, lieutenant-colonel of the militia, a magistrate for the counties of Northampton and Leicester, and a deputy lieutenant of the former.
Colonel Rokeby succeeded his father 16th December, 1826.
serving with what extreme accuracy of observation and felicity of expression the bard has described the passage through the glen :
A stern and lone, yet lovely road,
As e'er the foot of minstrel trode ; or view 'Egliston's grey ruins,' or 'Rokeby's turrets high, without feeling that the charm of poetry is thrown over them.”
The poet has touched upon the historical interest which belongs to Rokeby and Mortham, and has given what professes to be a pedigree of their ancient lords, but it was no part of his plan to enter critically into their history. We shall endeavour to do so more minutely, and present the reader with more definite information on the antiquity, the
character, and eminent services of the family “A celebrity has recently been given (we who held for many centuries this now classic quote the learned historian of Yorkshire, the spot. Rev. Joseph Hunter,) to the romantic beau At the period of the Conquest, all the terties of . Rokeby,' by Sir Walter Scott. Few ritory abutting on the Tees, at their northern persons visit the neighbourhood without ob- border, was granted to Alan, Earl of Bre
tagne, and formed his English Earldom of riff of Yorkshire, and became (12 and 13 Richmond. These broad lands were par- | EDWARD III.) governor of the castles of tioned among the junior members of his fa- Berwick, Edinburgh, and Stirling. In 1346, mily and his followers, and in the distribu- he-pre-eminently distinguished himself at tion, Rokeby became part of the possessions the battle of Nevile's Cross, and was one of of the Fitz Alans, a northern baronial house, the few magnates present at that engagewhose chief seat was at Bedale. But their ment to whom the letter of thanks was adinterest at Rokehy was scarcely more than dressed, of which a copy is to be found in nominal, for beneath them was a subinfeu- the Federa. In 1349, he went to Ireland as dation, in favour of a family which, residing lord justice, and beld that appointment until on the lands of Rokeby, was usually de- 1355, when Maurice Fitz Thomas Earl of scribed as “De Rokeby,” and eventually Desmond, succeeded him. The administraassumed that name as a personal appella- tion of Sir Thomas Rokeby, in Ireland, is tive.
famous for the attempt he made to abolish Tradition asserts that the family had been the custom of coigne and livery, a species of seated on these lands in Saxon times, but it arbitrary purveyance for the persons in aufirst appeared prominent in public affairs in thority there, and a tradition has been handed the person of Thomas de ROKEBY, whose down attested by Hollinshead, that being rise in royal favour is circumstantially re once censured for using wooden dishes and lated by Froissart. “In the 1st year of the cups, as not benefitting his degree, Sir Thoreign of Edward III.” says the old Chro- mas replied, that he would rather drink out nicler, " the Scots, under the command of of such cups and pay gold and silver, than the Earl of Moray and Sir James Douglas, drink out of gold and silver and make ravaged the country as far as Newcastle. wooden payments. In the latter transacEdward was in those parts with a more tions of his life, Sir Thomas appears with powerful army, and an engagement was ex- the addition, “ the Uncle,” to his name; and pected and wished for, when the Scotch another Sir Thomas Rokeby occurs, styled army suddenly disappeared, and no infor- “ the Nephew." He seems to have particimation could be gained respecting the route pated in the triumph of Neville's Cross, and they had taken. The young king caused to have accompanied the elder Rokeby to it to be proclaimed throughout the host, that Ireland. A third Sir Thomas Rokeby was whoever should bring certain intelligence high sheriff of Yorkshire, 8th Henry IV, where the Scotch army were, should have and during the year of his shrievalty, the one hundred pounds a year in land, and be Earl of Northumberland made his last atmade a knight by the king himself: imme- tempt to dethrone King Henry, Sir Thomas diately fifteen or sixteen knights and esquires collecting the posse comitatus, met the earl passed the river with much danger, ascended at Bramham Moore, and a conflict ensued, the mountains, and then separated, each in which Northumberland, and the Lord taking different routes. On the fourth day, Bardolph were slain. The next Rokebys, Rokeby, who was one of them, gave the distinguished in state affairs were William king an exact information where the Scotch ROKEBY, lord chancellor of Ireland and army lay.” “ This,” continues Hunter, “is Archbishop of Dublin, who died in 1521, and not a legendary story invented by some fa- Sir Richard Rokeby, his younger brother, mily annalist or doating chronicler of public comptroller to Cardinal Wolsey. The archaffairs, the veracity of the narrative being bishop was interred in a sepulchral chapel here supported by the most authentic records built by himself at Sandal Parva, in Yorkof the realm; and it is a gratifying fact that shire, and his tomb still remains. While we are so often enabled to prove circum- this eminent churchman was running the stances in our old Chronicles, (which on a race of high preferment, the eldest branch first view have an air of romance and fable,) of the family remained quietly on the hereby fiscal documents, where least of all any- ditary patrimony of Rokehy and Mortham. thing imaginatory is to be found. In the Pa- In the reign of HENRY VII. the head of the tent Rolls, 1 EDWARD III. m. 7, is a grant to house was another Thomas de Rokeby of £100 to be taken an SIR THOMAS ROKEBY, who had three sons; nually from the Exchequer 'till £100 lands the two younger were the ancestors, of fashall be provided for him, in which the ser milies of the name resident at Marske and vice is described nearly as it is related by Staningford. The eldest son, Froissart, and in the same rolls, 5 EDWARD Ralph ROKEBY, esq. of Mortham, who III. m. 7. is a grant to him in fee of the manor succeeded to the paternal inheritance, was of Paulinesgray, in Kent, with lands in the living in the reigns of Henry VII. and North which had lately belonged to Michael HENRY VIII. The era of the s.
jargon" of and Andrew de Harcle, forfeited in release the Felon Sow of Rokeby, which may be of his £100_annuity from the Exchequer. seen in the notes to the poem of Rokeby, Sir Thomas Rokeby subsequently held com refers to the time of this Ralph, and the mands against the Scots, was twice high she- Mrs. Rokeby mentioned in it, is supposed
d. s. p.
who d. s.p.
to be his wife, Margaret, eldest daughter
1. Grace, m. to George Mackand co-heir of Robert Danby, esq. of Yaf
worth, esq. of Empringbam, and forth, and also cousin and co-heir of Sir Richard Conyers, knt. By this lady he had
2. Frances, m. to the Rev. John issue,
Latham. THOMAS, his heir.
3. Jane, m. to Robert Byard, gent. John, D.C.L. a learned divine and civi.
4. Mary, m. to William Puleston, lian.
esq. Richard, a soldier under Lord Scroop,
5. Margery, m. to William Headof Bolton, whose standard he is said
ley. to have borne at Flodden. He m.
The eldest son, a daughter of Ellerker, of Risby, and Thomas ROKEBY, esq. of Morthamn is dehad a son Thomas, a military officer, scribed by Ralph Rokeby, the historian of
the family, as a plain man as might be, Ralph, of Skiers, an eminent lawyer, whose words came always from bis heart
made serjeant-at-law 6 EDWARD VI. without faining, a trusty friend, a forHe m. Dorothy, daughter of Thomas ward gentleman in the field, and a great Danby, esq. and had issue,
housekeeper, whereby he reigned so in the 1. William, of Skiers, in York- heart and good will of his countrymen, that
shire, in the commission of the his son and heir, Christopher Rokeby, being peace, m. Mary, daughter and assaulted at a quarterly race by Christopher heir of John Rokeby, esq. of Neville, (brother to the mighty Earl of Kirk Sandal, and had issue, Westmoreland,) whom the earl had sent Thomas, whose only daughter thither with two men to kill him, was both
and heir Grace, n. Conyers, defended and guarded from the violence of Lord Darcy and Earl of adversaries, and was able so to bave reboundHoldernesse.
ed the blows given him by them, that should William, a soldier in the have spilt the best blood in their bodies, of French wars.
his part had been willing, for then, vot a Ralph, who left two daughters, gentleman in the field but cried a Rokeby :'
Mabel, wife of Colonel Ga- but the good old Thomas, being then in the briel Savile; and Priscilla, commission of the peace, commanded and
of Captain Musgrave. entreated peace, (as he said,) it grieves me Robert, slain in France. to see him bleed that bleeds, yet keep the Dorothy,
to William peace.” Thomas Rokehy, m. a daughter of Rokeby, esq. of Hotham. Robert Constable, of Cliff, in Yorkshire, 2. Ralph, who left behind him a and had, with a daughter m. to Wycliff, of MS. history of the ancient fa- Wycliffe, four sons, mily of which he was a member. 1. CHRISTOPHER, of Mortham, who m. He m. first, Douglas, daughter Margaret, daughter of Sir Roger of William Ferne, esq. of Don
Lascellas, of Brackenburgh, and had, caster, by whom he had no child, with daughters, two
The and secondly, Joan, daughter of younger, Roger, d. s. p. the elder, John Portington, esg. of Port
John, of Mortham, appears by the ington, by whom he had a daugh
visitation of Yorkshire, 1584, to ter,
have been then in prison in the ẢNN, m. to Sir John Hotham,
Fleet, “religionis causâ." He of Scarborough.
m. a daughter of the ancient fa3. George, who m. first, Joan, se
mily of Thweng, and was succond daughter and co-heir of
ceeded by his son, who bore the Henry Rokeby, esq. of Kirk
favourite family name of Sandall, and secondly, Elizabeth
Thomas, and was knighted. Ferne, widow of Anthony Roth
Of his descendants little wood, by both of whom be bad
more than their names are issue.
recorded. It would, other4. John, who m. Margery, daugh
wise have been gratifying to ter of Thomas Westby, esq. of
have known something of Ranfield, and had, with two
the personal habits and acdaughters, Margaret and Faith,
tions of those in whose time one son,
the chief line of the ancient Thomas, who m. Mrs. Smith,
family of Rokeby fell to deof Beverley, and was father
cay, and especially of Sir of Sir Thomas Rokeby, knt.
Thomas Rokeby himself, Marshall de Campin
whose necessities must have France.
been great, (it may be pre
sumed) when he disposed of male issue, became extinct in 1706,
of Catherine Hall, Cambridge, and sold to the father of the pre
afterwards of Gray's Inn, who became sent proprietor, John B. S. one of the judges of the Court of MORRITT, esq.
King's Bench. To this gentleman, 11. Ralph, master of St. Katherine's who died s. p. there is a sumptuous and one of the masters of re
monument in the chapel of Archquests to Queen ELIZABETU.
bishop Rokeby, at Sandal.
IV. Joseph, who left, (beside two daugh-
ters, the elder Elizabeth m. to John The third son,
Buxton, esq. and the younger to Thomas ROKEBY, esq. is thus described Richard Wyndlow, esq. of York,) an by Ralph Rokeby, the historian of the family
only son, to whom we have already referred. “Tho
Joseph, of New Building and Sanmas Rokeby I will mention with reverence,
dal in Yorkshire, in whom vested for he beareth about him continually an arre
the representation of the family and ensign of valour and honourable service
from 1706 to 1741, in which year done to his country; for being at Norram
he died s.p. Chase, lieutenant to his brother, Christopher, V. BENJAMIN, of whose line we have to he had a spear broken in his face : after, in
treat. the chase, he dismounted himself to mount Thomas Rokeby, of Barnby, was slain at his captain, who had his horse slain under Dunbar in 1650. His fifth son, him, where exposing himself to all danger BENJAMIN ROKEBY, esq. married Rebecca, for his brother's deliverance, he was taken only daughter and heir of Thomas Langham, prisoner when others fled." Thomas Roke- esq. of Arthingworth, in Northamptonshire, by m. Katherine Leigh, and had issue, by whom he acquired that estate, and had WILLIAM, his heir.
an only son, Ralph.
LANGHAM ROKEBY, esq. of Arthingworth, Elizabeth, m. to Richard Vincent, of who m. Catherine, daughter of Major MorFrisby.
gan, and was s. by his son, Susan, m. to William Cartwright, of Thomas ROKEBY, esq. of Arthingworth, Normandy.
who m. in 1745, Elizabeth, only daughter The elder son,
and heir of Col. John Scott, of Galashiels, WILLIAM ROKEBY, esq. of Hotham, in N. B. and had issue, Yorkshire, aged twenty-eight in 1584, m. LANGHAM, his heir. Dorothy, daughter of William Rokeby, esq. Elizabeth, deceased. of Skiers, and had four sons and one daugh Catherine, m. to Joseph Jekyll, esq. of
Bath. 1. William, of Skiers, created a BARO
} both deceased. is EXTINCT. (See Burke's History Mr. Rokehy died 8th September, 1796, aged of the Extinct and Dormant Baron- seventy-five, (his widow survived until 1815,) etcies.)
and was s. by his only son, 11. Alexander, who m. Susan, daughter The Rev. LANGHAM Rokeby, of Arthing
of Gervase Bosville, esq.of Edlington, worth, who m. in September, 1780, Mariaand had issue,
Isabella, only daughter of Somerset Davies,
lege Cambridge, aged about se- ber, 1810, had issue,
LANGHAM, his heir,
Henry-Ralph, in holy orders, rector of iv. Philip, who m. Jane, daughter of Arthingworth, b. in April, 1788, m.
Willam Godfrey, esq. and had issue. first, Caroline, daughter of the Rev. 1. Mary, m. to Christopher Legard, G. Boulton, rector of Oxendon, and esq. of Anlaby.
secondly, Harriet, daughter of Joseph The third son,
Walley, esq. By the former he has Thomas ROKEBY, esq. of Barnby, m. Eli issue, zabeth, sister of Sir William Bury, knt. of
Henry-Ralph, b. 2nd June, 1831. Grantham, Lincolnshire, and had with six
Isabella-Caroline. daughters, five sons, namely,
Anna-Maria. 1. WILLIAM, of Ackworth Park, whose Anna-Maria-Isabella, d. March, 1818.