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11. Mary, m. to John Fitzherbert, of Somersall, in the county of Derby. The Somersall Fitzherberts were the elder branch of the family which has long resided at Tissington, but became extinct by the death of Richard Fitzherbert, of Somersall, in 1803. Somersall Hall, the old seat of the family, time out of mind, was purchased by Alleyn Fitzherbert, Lord St. Helens, descended from the Tissington branch, who was created a baron in 1801.

iii. Alice, m. to William Harpur, of Bilson, in the county of Derby, son to Sir Henry Harpur, bart. of Calke. In the year 1808 the Harpurs, of Calke Abbey, took the name of Crewe, by the king's sign manual, in consequence of their descent from Lord Crewe. iv. Isabel, died young. His second wife, who died without issue, was Dorothy, daughter of Francis Saunders, of Shankton, in Northamptonshire. He d. in 1641, and is interred with one of his two wives in the chancel of Kirkby * church. He was s. by his eldest son,

Rich ARD Coke, esq. of Trusley, who m. Catherine, daughter of Robert Charlton, of Whitton, in Shropshire, and lord of Powys Land, sister to Sir Job Charlton, speaker of the house of commons. Richard Coke was one of the eight whose names are found on the list of persons in Derbyshire who were “fit and qualified” to be made knights of the Royal Oak in 1660. . In the same list was also returned the value of the respective estates of those people who were deemed

• They are buried with two of their children,

Isabella and Henry, on the south side of the chan

cel, just below the steps of the altar. The inscription is nearly effaced on the slabs which are placed over their graves, but there is a singular memorandum made at the beginning of the first register kept in the parish, (the first entry in which is “Maria, filia Gulielmi Coke, A.D. 1628),” it is a drawing of the monumental stones, with the inscriptions which were placed over William Coke and Maud his wife. They run as follows: “Here lieth the body of William Coke, esq., son and heir of Francis Coke, of Trusley, in the county of Derby, knight, who married Maud, eldest daughter of Hen. Beresford, of Alsop, &c. by whom he had issue four sons and four daughters. He being of the age of forty-seven years, March 27, Anno Dom. 1641. Lived godly and died comfortably.” The other: “Here lieth interred the body of Maud Coke, wife of William Coke, of Kerkby Hall, in the county of Nottingham, esq., daughter and co-heir of Henry Beresford, of Alsop in Le dale, in the county of Derby, who lived religiously and died 16th March, 1628, aged thirtyworthy of having such a mark of distinction conferred upon them. This honorary reward to be bestowed upon the loyal and firm adherents of royalty in its darkest days was never carried into effect; the advisers of CHARLEs II., prudently considering that such a step would only have a tendency to keep alive those dissensions and party feuds which every true patriot would wish to consign to oblivion. Richard died 12th March, 1664, leaving eight daughters and one son, 1. Robert, his heir. 1. Anne, m. to Paul Ballidon, of Derby, whose daughter, Catherine, was m. to William Coke, of Trusley, of whom presently. 11. Susanna, m. to Edward Wilmot, of Spondon, in the county of Derby, barrister-at-law, son of Edward Wilmot, D.D. and had issue, 1. Robert Wilmot, who rebuilt the family seat at Chaddesden. 2. Edward Wilmot, m. to Catherine - Cassandra - Isabella Coke, of whom presently. 3. Richard Wilmot, m. to Henrietta, daughter of William Cavendish, of Doveridge, in the county of Derby. III. Emma, died unm. iv. Elizabeth, m. to John Ward, rector of Mickleover, near Derby. v. Catherine, died unm. vi. Isabel. vii. Frances, died young. viii. Matilda, m. to Thomas Bull, and d. in 1719.


The son and successor, Robert Coke, esq. of Trusley, m. Elizabeth, daughter of Anthony Samwell, fourth son of Sir William Samwell, bart. Of the county of Northampton, auditor to Queen Elizabeth, and descendant of the very ancient family originally seated at Restormel Castle, in Cornwall. Robert Coke's name appears at the head of the grand jury address for the county of Derby in 1682 to CHARLEs II., expressive of their detestation of the association which had been formed to set aside the succession to the crown from the Duke of York. Robert d. 22nd January, 1713, aged sixty-seven, leaving issue, 1. William, his heir. 11. , barrister-at-law, purveyor of wheat and groom of the closet to CHARLEs II. was married three times. 111. Francis, died in v. p. 1 v. Thomas, B.D. rector of Trusley, m. Sarah, daughter and heir of William Willet, of Derby, and had one son, Thomas, barrister-at-law, who m. Matilda, daughter and heir of Thomas Goodwin, of Derby. He d. 15th November, 1776, and is

buried * in All Saints' church, Derby. He left issue, 1. Daniel Parker, fellow of All Souls, Oxford, barristerat-law, representative of the borough of Derby in Parliament from the year 1774 to 1780, and of Nottingham for a period of thirty-five years. He died in 1825,t and his sisters dying also s. p. his property devolved upon the heirs at law, D'Ewes Coke, the present owner of Brookhill, and Susanna, daughter of FrancisBallidon Wilmot, of Spondon, and wife of John Coke, of Debdale, county of Nottingham. 1. Emma-Matilda, m. Colonel Heathcote, and d. s. p. 2. Dorothy, m. to Thomas Hatrell, d. s. p. 3. Sarah, m. to Henry Hatrell, d. s. p. v. John, doctor in physic, d. 18th No

* The following inscription is to be seen in the church of All Saints', Derby, which is in the immediate vicinity of the college, the residence of the late Daniel-Parker Coke: “In a vault near this pillar are deposited the remains of Thomas Coke, esq. and Matilda his wife. He departed this life on the 15th November, 1776, aged seventysix. She on the 1st of Aug. 1777, aged seventyone. They lived together man and wife more than forty years, (in times not abounding with such instances), in perfect harmony and affection, and in the evening of their days, when this world could afford nothing to them but what is inseparably the lot of humanity in so advanced a period, infirmities, they followed each other to a better and more perfect state, where they will receive the reward of their virtues. Out of filial gratitude and from sincere respect, this monument was erected to their memory by their only son, Daniel-Parker Coke, esq.”

He was buried in All Saints' church, where a white marble monument, bearing the following inscription, is erected:—

“Sacred to the memory of Daniel-Parker Coke, barrister-at-law, and for thirty-five years representative in Parliament for the town of Nottingham; in discharge of which trust his devoted attention to the interests of his trust, was no less conspicuous than was, in the whole of his political and private life, the most disinterested independence and thoughtlessness of self. In the unpaid and voluntary duties of the magistracy, sedulous and constant in attendance, high-minded, and in its true and just sense liberal, and by his mild and engaging manners endeared to all. In a state of protracted and hopeless infirmity, he sunk at last regretted by all, closing an active and useful life on the 6th day of December, in the year of our Lord 1825, aged eighty.”

vember, 1720, s. p. having m. Elizabeth, daughter of Colonel Richard Fowler, of Harnage Grange, in the county of Salop. vi. Gilbert, died young. v11. Richard, m. Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Robie, of Donnington, in the county of Leicester, and had issue, 1. Richard, m. Anne, daughter of Thomas Walker, of Dalbury, in the county of Derby. 2. Robert, died young. 3. John, emigrated to Virginia, and married there. In 1832 a member of this family was one of the representatives of that state in the house of assembly at Washington, and has issue. 4. Edward. 5. Thomas, m. Anne, daughter of John Harrison, of Derby.

1. Frances. 2. Elizabeth, m. to — Grosvenor. 3. Catherine, 4. Dorothy, 5. Mary, 6. Isabel,

The eldest son, William Coke, esq. of Trusley, m. Catharine, daughter of Paul Ballidon, esq. of Derby, by whom he acquired a moiety of the manor of Stanley, in Derbyshire, (now in the possession of Sir Hugh Bateman, bart.), and dying the 20th of January, 1718, at the age of thirty-nine, without male issue, the elder branch of the family became extinct. Of his daughters,

1. CAtheriNE-CAssandr A-IsAbellA, was m. to her cousin Edward Wilmot, of Spondon, barrister-at-law, second son of Edward Wilmot. Her husband, who thus became inheritor of the patrimonial estate of the Trusley branch of the Cokes, was descended from one of the most ancient families in the land. Speed, in his succession of Saxon Monarchs, mentions a nobleman of that name so early as the reign of Ethelred (A.D. 1008). At the time of the conquest the family was settled at Sutton-upon-Soar, in the county of Nottingham, and removed to Derbyshire in the reign of HENRY VIII.; part of the family residing at Spondon, and part at Chaddesden, in the immediate vicinity of the former place. The present Sir Robert Wilmot, of Chaddesden, whose grandfather, Edward, was created a baronet in 32 George II. is lineally descended from Edward Wilmot who m. Susanna Coke, of Trusley, on 30th May, 1667. Edward Wilmot dying the 1st January, 1748, was buried in

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Trusley church, and was s. by his son and heir, Francis Ballidon Wilmot, who m. Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Wilmot, of Derby, by Henrietta, daughter of William Cavendish, and left issue one son and one daughter, viz. Francis, rector of Trusley and Pinxton, who dying 21st April, 1818, unmarried, the Trusley and Spondon properties devolved upon his only sister and heir. Susanna, m. to John Coke, of Debdale, county of Nottingham, of whom presently. II. FRANces.

The second daughter and co-heir, FRANces Coke, m. in 1720, D'Ewes Coke, esq. of Suckley, son of Heigham Coke, descended from the Bishop of Hereford. (See p. 273.) She died, leaving issue three sons. He m. secondly, Catherine, daughter of Frances Hurt, of Alderwashey, in the county of Derby, by whom he had two sons and three daughters. By his first marriage, 1. D'Ewes, died in vità patris. 11. Balidon, d.s. p. 111. GeoRGE, of whom presently. By the second, 1. Charles, died in the West Indies. 11. D'Ewes, m. Deborah, daughter of — Stokes, of Birmingham, in the county of Warwick. He was sometime resident in Newfoundland, where he filled an official situation, and was shipwrecked off that coast, but his life was preserved. He subsequently settled at Poole, in Dorsetshire, and d. s. p. 111. Jane, m. and had issue. 1 v. Catherine, v. Bridget,

D'Ewes dying in 1751, was s. by his son, George Coke, esq. for some time an officer of dragoons, who m. Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. Seth Ellis, of Brampton, in the county of Derby, and d. 17th November, 1759, leaving one son, The Rev. D'Ewes Coke, rector of Pinxton and South Normanton, in the county of Derby, a botanist of some celebrity in his native county, where he added greatly to the list of discoveries of indigenous plants. He m. Hannah, daughter and heiress of George Heywood, of Brimington, in the county of Derby, and had issue, 1. D'Ewes, his heir. 11. William (Sir), one of the judges in the supreme court in the island of Ceylon, d. at Trincomallee 1st September, 1818, aged forty-two. iii. John, high sheriff for the county of

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Nottingham in 1830, and magistrate and deputy-lieutenant for the same, m. Susanna, only daughter and heiress of Francis-Ballidon Wilmot, of Spondon and Trusley. By this marriage the latter property again came into the possession of the Coke family. He has had one son, John, who d. 24th August, 1828, aged twenty. 1. Hannah, m. to Rev. Ellis Williams, rector of Pinxton, d. in 1833, s. p. The Rev. D'Ewes Coke dying at Bath 12th April, 1811, was succeeded by his eldest son, D'Ewes Coke, esq. the present proprietor of Brookhill.

Arms—Gules, three crescents, and a canton Or.

It is generally supposed that the crescents and the sun were adopted by the family at the time of the crusades to Palestine, when Richard introduced the custom of wearing coats of arms and of having them engraved upon seals. His own broad seal, when he embarked for the Holy Land, contained two crescents (the Turkish ensign), and they seem not to have been uncommon emblems, as we read of another prince (according to Speed) who going against the Turks adopted a crescent, with this motto: “Plenior redibo,” (“I will return more full.”) Richard I. after his return from captivity, ordered a new broad seal to be engraved, bearing a full moon, which Speed thinks was done emblematically. The adoption also of one of the heavenly bodies as a crest strengthens the probability of the coat of arms originating with the family in the manner described, and that they took arms from the badges of Richard—the moon and stars— which were emblazoned upon all his standards, and are cut upon his great seals,

Głuarterings—Owens. Odingsell. Kirkby. Sacheverell. Beresford. Snitterton. Hopwell. Crest—The sun in splendor, or. Motto—Non aliunde pendere. Estates—Brookhill was granted by JAMEs I. to Middleton, and by him to Thomas Lindley, of Skegby, who sold it to the Re

wells, in whose hands it continued till it was sold by them to Sir Eardley Wilmot, and by him to the Lillymans, and by them devised to the present owner's ancestor. The manor of Pinxton is supposed to have been the Snodeswic, which was given by Wulfric Spott, as an appendage to Morton, to Burton Abbey; and the Esnotrewic of the Domesday survey, which was held by Drogo under William Peverel. It has for several centuries passed with one of the moieties of South Normanton, and is the property of D'Ewes Coke, esq. who is also patron of the rectory. There is a very ancient register of the parish in the family; it commences in 1540, sometime before registers were established by law. The manor of Trusley (Toxenai), now the property of John Coke, esq. in right of his wife, was held by one Hugh under Henry de Ferrars, when the survey of Domesday was taken. Oliver de Odingsells purchased it of Ralph de Beaufey in the reign of HENRY III. The co-heiresses of this family

brought it in moieties to Richard Piper and

Thomas Coke: the former's moiety passed to the Vernons, and was purchased of the Manners family in 1569 by Richard Coke for 520l. and a douceur of 10l. to Mr. Manners. The manor-house, the ancient seat of the Cokes, was taken down by Edward WilIn Ot. The College, in the parish of All Saints, Derby, which had been the habitation of the canons, passed into lay hands after the Reformation. It was some time in the possession of the Allestrey family, who sold it to the Goodwins. It came by marriage from the latter to Daniel-Parker Coke, and at his death, with his other landed property, to the heirs at law, D'Ewes Coke and Susanna, wife of John Coke. Debdale, purchased by John Coke, esq. Spondon, by marriage with the Wilmots. Brimington and Totley by marriage with the Heywoods. The old mansion-house at Brimington was the property and residence

of Colonel Gill, one of Cromwell's officers

during the civil war.

Lower Moor, in Herefordshire, by descent from George Coke, Bishop of Hereford, who purchased the estate of the Earl of Worcester.

Seats—Brookhill Hall, Debdale, and Lower Moor.


D1GKINS-SCRASE, CHARLES, esq. of Brighthelmstone, in Sussex, b. 15th September, 1794; m. 18th February, 1829, Lady Frances-Elizabeth Compton, daughter of Charles, first Marquess of Northampton, and has issue,

CHARLEs-SPENcer, b. 5th February, 1830.
Compton-Aboyne, b. 8th May, 1831.

This gentleman deputy-lieutenant for the county of Sussex

William-Drummond, b. 29th May, 1832.
succeeded his father 11th October, 1833, and is a magistrate and


The family of Scrase, originally of Danish extraction, held lands in Sussex before and at the period of the Norman conquest, as appears by the general survey. From Nicholas Scras, who, in the 10 Edward I. was vicecomes or sheriff, an office at that time of great trust and power, descended Richard Scrase, of Hambleton, in Sussex, styled “Valettus ad coronam Domini Regis Edwardi Quarti.” This Richard was buried in the chancel of Preston, as appears by a brass plate on his tomb, which records the period of his death to have been in the year 1499, and was s. by his son, Richard Scrase, of Bletchington, in Sussex, who d. in 1519, and was buried at Preston, leaving a son, Edward Scrase, of Bletchington, who d. in 1579, and was likewise interred at Preston. His son, Richa RD Scrase, of Bletchington, was father of Tuppi N. Scrase, esq. of Bletchington, who obtained, in the year 1616, from Sir William Segar, garter king of arms, a grant of a crest to his arms, by a patent which sets forth that “Tuppin Scras, of Bletchington, in the county of Sussex, beareth for his coate armour, az. a dolphine arg. the fyns gu. and tayle gold between three escallops of the same, and was the sonne and heire of

sonne of Richard, whoe was the sonne and heire of Richard Scras, of Hanbleton, in the county aforesaid, and styled Valettus ad coronam Domini Regis Edwardi Quarti, and sealed with a dolphine, as by certein his deeds and evidences appeareth.” He m. Susan, daughter and co-heir of Hayes, of Hurstmonceux, and had issue, Rich ARD, his heir. William, of Steyning, in Sussex, whose only daughter and heiress, Elizabeth, m. Nathaniel Tredcroft, esq. of Horsham, in the same county, and died 22nd August, 1718, left issue, Edward Tredcroft, b. 30th November, 1711; m. Mary, only daughter and heir of Henry Michel, esq. of Horsham, and had Nathaniel Tredcroft, b. in 1747; d. in 1825, leaving issue. Edward - William Tredcroft, LL.B. rector of Pulborough, Sussex, d. unm. 1822. Mary Tredcroft. Phoebe-Philips Tredcroft, m. to Pet. Du Cane, esq. Charlotte Tredcroft, m. to Peter, Lord King. Nathaniel Tredcroft, d. in 1773. William-Philips Tredcroft, b. in 1718. Mary Tredcroft, m. to the Rev. Theobald Michel, of Horsham, and had a dau. MaryCatherine, m. to Bysshe Shelley, esq. Susan, m., to Edward Blacker, esq. of Portslade. Mary, m. to Richard Randes, esq. of Hartfield, in Sussex. Dorothy. Edith, m. to George Bedford, esq. The son and heir, Richard Scrase, esq. of Bletchington, married and had four sons,

Richard, that was the sonne of Edward, the

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