THE MANUSCRIPTS OF THE EARL OF RADNOR, AT LONGFORD CASTLE, SALISBURY.
I. A fine folio volume, entitled "Registrum Hungerfordianum," containing copies of deeds, etc. relating to the Hungerfords and their
possessions from the reign of John to that of Edward IV. The documents transcribed are arranged according to the places to which they
refer, in the following order:—
Marston, Highworth, and Over and Nether Stratton, co. Wilts.
Cricklade, Bramshaw, &c. co. Wilts.
Britford, co. Wilts.
Trevego, co. Cornwall.
Winterbourne Stoke, co. Wilts.
St. Martin's in the Fields, and Charing Cross, co. Middlesex.
Mildenhall, co. Wilts.
Rushall, co. Wilts.
Chippenham, co. Wilts.
Heytesbury and Chippenham charities.
Upton Scudamore, Warminster and Rowleigh, alias Wittenham, cos.
Wilts and Somerset.
Hungerford, Sandon and Charlton, cos. Berks and Wilts.
Britford, co. Wilts.
Heytesbury, co. Wilts.
Teffont Evias and Dalewood.
Wellow manor and hundred, co. Somerset.
Farleigh Mountford, co. Somerset.
Penheal, co. Cornwall.
Kilmersdon, co. Somerset.
Little Cheverell, co. Wilts.
Selwood forest, co. Somerset.
Farleigh Sloo and Buttesford, co Somerset.
Farleigh Castle chantry, co. Somerset. (Translations of the
documents relating to this chantry are given in Jackson's
"Guide to Farley Hungerford.")
II. Fragment of a smaller Hungerford Chartulary of the fifteenth
III. A collection of original deeds and other documents of the
fifteenth and sixteenth centuries relating to the Hungerford family,
many of which have very fine seals appended. Among them are the
1416, August 28.—The 'Holigost' on the Seine. Licence granted
by John, Duke of Bedford, Earl of Richmond and Kendal, and Constable
of England, of his own motion and against their desire, to Walter
Hungerford, knight, and John Skillyng, esquire, to depart from his
company and go home for the recovery of their healths.
French. Fragment of seal.
1433, April 1.—Farley Hungerford. Letters of Walter, Lord
Hungerford of Heytesbury and of Homet, appointing his son Sir
Robert Hungerford, knight, Sir John Stourton, knight, and four
others "to entrete, appoynte, and finally conclude with John of Vendosme, knyght, vidasme of Charters, oure prisonere, and with his
frenddes and servaunts for the finance, rauncon, and deliverance of oure
Signature and fragment of seal.
1449, July 24.—Omnibus Christi fidelibus ad quos presens scriptum
pervenerit, Walterus Hungerford, miles, dominus de Hungerford de
Heytesbury et de Homet, Robertus Hungerford, miles, filius et heres
apparens ejusdem Walteri, ac Robertus Hungerford, dominus de Molyns,
filius et heres apparens predicti Roberti filii predicti Walteri, salutem in
Domino. Noveritis nos manumisisse, remisisse, relaxasse et per presentes
liberasse Willelmum Smelyn, nativum nostrum pertinentem ad manerium
nostrum de Heytesbury in comitatu Wilts, cum tota sequela sua imposterum sive in futuro procreanda cum totis bonis facultatibus et catallis
suis, et ipsum Willelmum per presentes liberum fecisse, et ab omni jugo
et servitute naevitatis, villenagii sive bondagii plenius liberasse per presentes, ita quod nec nos nec heredes nostri nec aliquis alius per nos sive
nomine nostro in predictum Willelmum aliquid juris, clamei, tituli,
actionis sive demandi racione premissorum habere, exigere, clamare, vel
vendicare poterimus, set per presentes de ipso Willelmo imperpetuum
sumus exclusi. In cujus rei testimonium sigilla nostra apposuimus.
Datum in castro de Farley Hungerford, vicesimo quarto die mensis Julii
anno regni regis Henrici sexti post conquestum Anglie vicesimo septimo."
Signed "Hungerford" and "R. H. le Molyns."—Fragments of three
1527, March 22.—Agreement between Sir William Sandys, knight,
Lord Sandys, Lord Chamberlain, and Walter Hungerford esquire, son
and heir of Edward Hungerford knight, late deceased, for a marriage
between the latter and Alice, one of the daughters of the former, before
the feast of the Ascension. Walter Hungerford undertakes to settle
manors and lands to the yearly value of 100l. Lord Sandys undertakes
to pay 600 marks, viz. 400 at the day of marriage, and 200 at Michaelmas
following. He also undertakes to find meat and drink for such as shall
happen to be at the marriage. He further undertakes to "gyve to the
saide Water for the daye of the saide maryage one gowne of crymson
velwet and one other gowne of blacke velwet, one jacket of blacke
velwet and one other jacket of blacke satten, one dublet of crymson
satten and one other dublet of blacke satten," and to give to his
daughter for the day of the said marriage "one gowne of crymson
velwet and one other gowne of blacke velwet, one kirtyll of crymson
sattyn and one other of blacke satten, and all other ornaments as to
the hed of the said Alice for the said daye of mariage shall appertayne."
IV. Rentals, bailiffs' accounts, and ancient deeds, relating to places
mostly near Folkestone, co. Kent:—
Ackhanger, Ackridge, Alkham, Broadmead, Bourne, Buckland,
Cheriton, Clynton, Comb, Cliff, Capel [le Ferne], Dommert, Elham,
Folkestone, Flaggs, Halton, Hawkinge, Hougham, Houghton, Hythe,
Hopton, Ingles, Luddenham, Moorhall, Norton, Newington, Romney
marsh, Sandgate, Swingfield, Terlingham, Walton, Wolverton.
V. Court Rolls:—
Folkestone hundred, Terlingham, Walton, Wolverton, Halton, Ackhanger, Newington, Belhouse, Dommert.
VI.—A volume containing original letters:—
[1536 ?] Nov. 4.—Thomas Crumwell to Lord Hungerford of Haytesbery. "Thiese shalbe to advertise the same that I ha[ve] resceyved
your lettres with the deposicions and confessions of certayne persones
and a boke wherin was writen amonges other thynges certayne prophecies,
accordyng to your lettres. And for your good procedynges in that
behalfe ye have assuredly deserved of the Kynges Highnes right harty
and condigne thankes. And wher ye have commetted Richard Sole and
Richard Spicer to prison ye have done very well therin, requyryng you
they may remayne ther in saff and sure custodie and kepyng untill suche
tyme as ye shalbe further advertised of the Kynges pleasure in that
behalfe." Wyndesore, 4 Nov. Signed.
[1537 ?]—Thomas Crumwell to Lord Hungerford of Haytesbury.—"Wher as before this tyme upon your advertisement of the
mysdemeanour of Sir Thomas Beese, clerke, vicar of Southstoke in the
county of Somerset, I required you to commyt him to warde to the next
gaole. And forasmoche as the said vicar hathe sufficient sureties
bounde for hym that he shalbe furthecommyng to answer to soche
thynges as shalbe layd agaynst hym on the Kynges behalfe, I require
you, calling unto you somme other discrete persone, beyng one of the
Kynges Justices of the Peax to exammyne the truthe of the matier
whiche is layde agaynst the sayd vicar with the circumstaunces therof
by all the ways and meanes ye convenyently may; and to advertise
me therof when ye shall have oportunyte therto. Requiryng you
farther upon the receipt herof to cause the sayd vicar to be put at his
libertie and to be delivered out of prison."—Stebenhithe, 6 July.
[1537,] October 12, Hampton Court.—The Queen (Jane Seymour)
to Lord Hungerford.—"By the Queene. Right trustie and welbiloved
we grete youe well. And forasmuche as by the inestimable goodnes
and grace of Almighty God we be delivred and brought in child bed of
a prince conceyved in moost laufull matrimoney betwene my lord the
Kynges Majesty and us, doubting not but that, for the love and affection
which ye beare unto us and to the commyn wealth of this hole realme,
the knoweledge thereof shuld be joyous and glad tydinges unto youe,
we have thought good to certifie youe of the same, to thintent ye might
not only rendre unto God condigne thankes and praise for soo gret a
benifite but also continually pray for the long contynuaunce and preservacion of the same here in this lief, to the honour of God, joye and
pleasyr of my lord the King and us and the universall weale, quiet and
tranquillitye of this hole realme. Yevyn undir our Signet, at my Lordes
manour of Hamptoncourte the xij day of Octobre."
[1536–40, probably 1538,] April 7, St. James.—Thomas Crumwell
to Lord Hungerford.—"Thies shalbe to advertise you that havyng
receved your lettres of the 27th of Marche, I declared the same unto
the Kinges Highnes who takes the same very thankefully and in good
parte. Willing and desiring you further to examyne aswell the same
William Yrishe as all others that were present att the speking of the
wordes by you in your sayd lettres mencioned. Upon what grounde or
occasion, to what intent and effect, what moved hym therunto, what
tyme and place and under what manerand affect he spake those wordes,
with as moche diligence and maturitie as ye maye. And that doon to
certifie me of your said examinacion with spede, wherupon ye shalbe
further adcertayned of the Kinges Highnes pleasure howe the said
person shalbe further ordered in that behalf, praying you in the meane
tyme to see the same kept in sure warde accordingly.—Signed.
[1538,] September 21, Penshurst.—Thomas Crumwell to Lord
Hungerford.—"By your lettres of the 16th of this present delivered
unto me by this berer your servaunt, I perceyve the cancred malice of
Richard Henly agenst the Kinges supreme auctorite for the usurped
power of the grete ydole of Rome I commende moche your good
diligence and vigilancy in your proceding used in that behalf, Requiring
you that at the next commyng in that countrey of the Justices of
Assise ye cause him to be indicted and further processe to be made
agenst hym, so that he may be, to the terrible exemple of like presumptuouse and trayterouse persons, punished according to his demerites
as the lawe right and justice do require. As touching [the] proctor of
the Charthuse whereof ye be stuarde, my mynde was never by my
lettres nor otherwise expressed that he shuld contynewe there onles
he be of such fidilite to the house in the good administracon of his
office and of such honest conversacon both towardes them and other as
apperteyneth. And in cas he be so or if he hath beu otherwise and
woll ernestly emende, I wold be glad he myght contynewe there
according to myn intercession bifore made for hym. If he be not so
honestly disposed, I woll in nowise support hym but rather wold be sory
that he shuld hynder the house or contynewe therein to the slaunder of
the countrey. Concerning your mater betwene my lord of Huntingdon
and you, I shalbe content at all tymes to employe meself ernestly to
bring you togeder, and to be a meane that both your titles may be
shewed and loked upon, and so to assaye to my power that the right
title maye prevaile and you to remayne good freendes at the last. At
his next cummyng hither, I woll be in hande with hym for the same in
such wise that I trust ye shal have your right conserved as to right and
conscience shal apparteyne and as ye shal have cause to be contented."
[1538 ?] November 11. London.—Thomas Crumwell to Lord
Hungerford. "Whereas by your lettres of the vjth of this present
sent unto me by this berer, your servaunt, I do perceave that nowe
lately you have committed to prison a prest called Sir Richard Henry
for certain traiterouse and sediciouse wordes spoken by him, as more at
large appeareth by a bill of articles sent unto me with your saied
lettres; Thiese shalbe to signifie unto you the Kinges Highnes
pleasour is that the sayd prest do still remayn in warde untill the
commyng downe of the Judges in Eyre who shall at the next Assise
there to be holden by speciall commission here and examyne the saied
articles and so determyne the same as justice shall require in that
bihalf. And as concerninge the matier in variaunce betwixt you and
my lorde of Huntington, you shall undrestand that oone of the arbitrators elected and chosen to here and examyne the same is departed
this worlde, yet nevertheles I doubte not but that I with the rest of
the saied arbitratours shall at laysour and tyme convenient take such
ordre and directions therin as shall be to your good satisfaction."
[1539,] July. Oatlands.—Thomas Crumwell to Lord Hungerford of
Haytesbery. "Havyng receyved your letters wherin ye write of the
mysdemeanor of one Sir Nicholas Balam prest, late monk of Henton,
wherin myne advise shalbe that ye shall commyt him to the gaole till
the commyng of the Justices of Assise into those parties and to declare
the matier unto theym with the circumstaunces therof to thentent the[y]
may order that [m]at[ter] according to their discrecions and as n
with the Kin[ges] law[e]s equite and justice I ha[ve per]used your
be deposicions taken agaynst [Hen]ry Champ[ernon ? t]o
be delivered to Mr. Chauncel[lor] of the Aug[ment]acions, bicause the
mater apper[tei]neth to tha[t cour]t, to thentent he may procede t[herin]
as the ca[se sh]all require. Furthermore I h[ave] writen u[nto M]aister
Arundell if any injury hathe byn done unto you, to see you satisfied for
the same as [a]mite and conscience shall require, [and] I doubt [not he]
will do therin accordyngly. [And to]uching your [req]uest for
purchas of the manor of He[nton] and other [land]es of the same I
shalbe glad to fu[rther] you therin when the tyme shall serve."
[1540.] Feb. 9. London.—Thomas Crumwell to Lord Huugerford
of Haytesburye. "Thies be for asmoche as the Kinges Majestie hathe ben
enformed that certaine lycences, foundacions and other wrytynges belongyng unto the late priory of Charterhous Henton and graunted by
Thomas Horton, clothier, and other hathe ben ymbeysled and conveyd
away by certaine persons. The Kinges Majesties pleasure is that ye,
calling Dame Mary Horton wydow, Thomas Horton, William Byrde
clerke, Richard Davis, and Sir William Furber clerke, before you shall
examyne theim and every of theym by vertue of an othe to be
admynestred to theym by you of and uppon the premysses with the circumstaunces therof by all the wayes and meanes ye can or may
excogitate and devise. And to advertise me of that ye shall fynd and
knowe therin with all convenyent spede, to thentent I may cause suche
order and direction to be had and taken in that behalf as the case shall
requyre. Faile ye not thus to do as the Kinges trust and expectacion
ys in you."—Signed.
April 9.—The Earl of Hertford to Lord Hungerford.
I am informed that you pretend a title to a chantry in Chippenham
of which you are trying to procure a surrender by the incumbent. The
patronage of it belongs to me and you have no interest therein as I
will prove save by an advowson the circumstances of which I leave till
our meeting. If you persist and wade further in the matter, I doubt
not you shall take the fall.
From my house near London.
1615. October 31. Whitehall.—The Lords of the Council to the
Mayors of Ports, Rear Admirals, Searchers, &c.
Pass to permit Edward Hungerford Esq. to travel with two men
beyond the seas for three years for his better experience and knowledge
in the languages provided he repair not to Rome without his Majesty's
1638, Nov. 9.—The Lords of the Council to the high sheriff of
Wilts. His majesty having sent his writ to the high sheriffs of Wilts
and Gloucestershire and to the mayors and head officers of the corporate
towns within the same counties, to provide one ship of 350 tons besides
tonnage, to be furnished with 140 men, tackle, munition, victual and
other necessaries to be set forth for the safeguard of the seas at
the charge of the said counties and corporate towns; and having
commanded them to assess the contributions to the same within fifty days
of date of receipt, the sheriff is required to order the business according
to the following instructions which are to be communicated to the
mayors and head officers of the corporate towns of Wilts.
1. The sheriff to be only of the quorum, but in case of unequal or
unfair rating carried by a plurality of votes the sheriff to have power
to balance that inequality, so as not to be overruled by the major votes
to the prejudice of the county which is the greater body. The sheriff
withal not using this power to the favour of the county against the
towns or of one town against another.
2. That you meet with the sheriff and head officers of Gloucestershire
to assess the two counties respectively. And for your information we
find that one ship manned and furnished as above will be 4,200l.
whereof we think Wilts should bear 2,200l. and Gloucestershire 2,000l.
And in the county of Wilts we consider New Sarum should bear 90l.
the borough and town of Marlborough 25l. the borough of Devizes
£18 the borough of Chippenham 12l. and the borough of Welton 2l.
and the rest of the county the residue of the 2,200l.
These rates we wish observed rather than have any difference of
opinion among you which would retard the service. But if for greater
equality and from more local knowledge, the major part of you agree to
a different rating and the sheriff assent, we are content you rating shall
3. Having agreed on the assessment, you should subdivide the same
and make the particular assessments in such sort as other common
payments upon the county or corporate towns are most usually
subdivided and assessed, viz. the sheriff to divide the whole charge on
the county into hundreds, lathes or other divisions, and those into
parishes and towns, and the towns and parishes must be rated by the
houses and lands lying within each parish or towns, as is accustomed in
other common payments payable by them respectively.
And whereas his majesty takes notice that in former assessments,
notwithstanding the express order from our letters to ease the poor,
there have been assessed towards this service poor cottagers and others
who have nothing to live on but their daily work, which can only have
been done to raise clamour and of prejudice against this service, his
Majesty's command is that no persons be assessed unless they be known
to have estates and money or goods or other means of livelihood than
daily labour. When you find such poor men taxed you are to take it
off. Further, rich men occupying little or no land and who as an
ordinary land scot, would pay little or nothing, are to be rated according
to their worth and ability. Such rating to be used for the easing of the
poor or of such as are overcharged with children or debts. The like
course to be in the corporate towns. And herein you are to have more
than ordinary care and regard whereby to prevent complaints of
inequality in the assessments, wherewith we were much troubled last
4. For more easy and better proceeding herein, the sheriff, after
having rated the several hundreds lathes and divisions of the county,
is to send forth warrants to the constables, requiring them to call unto
them some of the most discreet and sufficient men of every parish town
or tithing, so as to assess the hundred most equally, certifying the same
to you with all speed, which assessment you, the sheriff, are to sign if you
approve thereof. If for inequality you alter the assessment, you are to
sign it, keeping a true copy, and order the speedy levying of the same
by the constables of hundreds, petty constables, and others usually so
If any one returned to you are refusing or neglecting payment, you
are to execute the writ upon them, causing distress to be taken of them
and to be sold for payment of their assessments, rendering back the
overplus. The mayors and head officers to do the like for the
corporate towns, observing the usual distributions by wards parishes
In the said assessment both sheriff and mayors are to express particularly how much every clergyman is rated for his mere ecclesiastical
possessions and what for his temporal and personal estate.
The whole assessment is to be certified to the council within one
month of its being made.
5. Concerning the assessment of the clergy, his Majesty is resolved to
maintain their privileges as under his progenitors, but as it has not been
sufficiently shown to us what privileges have been aforetime allowed
them in payments of this nature, for the present you are to assess them like
the rest of his majesty's subjects but with due respect to their persons
and calling, not suffering any inequalities or pressure to be put upon
them. If any clergyman find himself justly grieved, upon complaint to
his diocesan or Chancellor you with some of them shall hear the
complaint, and relieve him if there be cause. If the complaint
is altogether frivolous and causeless, the diocesan to punish the
6. Any constables bailiffs or other officers refusing or neglecting
their duties to be bound over to answer their neglect at the board, and
in case they decline to give such good bond you are to commit them until
they give bond or perform their duties; you taking special care in
the meantime of the due leyying as required of you, and by such
instruments as in the default of the constables and ordinary officers you
7. You are to frequently call for an accompt from the constables, officers
and others, and in case of refractory or dilatory persons you are
presently without delay or respect to proceed roundly with them
according to his majesty's writ, and not defer meddling with them to
the last or until others have paid, as was done by some sheriffs in
former years, whereby all the burden and trouble was cast upon the
end of the year and those that were refractory gained time above the
Lastly you are to accomplish this service with speed, that the money
may be timely paid in and the fleet furnished by the date expressed
in the writ. For assure yourself that whatsoever you shall leave
unlevied during your shrievalty will not be cast on your successor, as in
former years some sheriffs expected and therefore retarded the service.
Such arrears to be levied by yourself after the end of your year by
warrant from your successor, or such other covenant as shall be found
All moneys collected to be paid by you from time to time at London
to the Treasurer of the Navy for the time being.
You shall also from time to time call on the mayors and chief
magistrates of the corporations to pay similarly to the treasurer or to
you to be included in your payments.—Seventeen signatures.
1638, November 30. Whitehall.—The Lords of the Council to the
present High Sheriff of Wilts and the High Sheriff for 1637.
Upon a review of the accounts for ship money levied on the writs for
1637, in spite of our exhortations, we find an arrear of 205l. 8s. By his
Majesty's special command, we require from the sheriff of last year upon
pain of severe proceeding to be had against you to pay to Sir William
Russell Kt, Treasurer of the Navy, what you have collected and not paid
in and to assess and levy the residue by distress or otherwise as by the
said writ of 1637. For which purpose we require and authorise you
the present High Sheriff to give warrant to your predecessor for that
purpose, or to such meet persons as he shall present to you to be
employed by him in that service from whom only his Majesty doth
expect an accompt for his own year. Said arrears to be collected and
paid in by the beginning of Candlemas term. In case of default, you
are to attend this board on the second Friday of Candlemas term, to
give an account why the same is not levied and paid in.
1639, April 30. Whitehall.—The Lords of the Council to the High
Sheriff of Wilts. On consideration of the slow coming in of ship
money this year and of the proceedings of sheriffs in former years, we
find it a great error that they laid the work upon the constables, and
further delayed to levy distress on the refractory till late in the year,
when it was most troublesome to levy.
To prevent this in you, we refer you to the instructions formerly
received from this board. If any constable prove negligent, you shall
perform the service in your own person or by competent deputy, and be
careful not to defer executing his Majesty's writ on the refractory.
Negligent constables shall be punished upon complaint from you.
Lastly you are to pay what money you levy to the Treasurer of the
Navy once every fortnight.
1639, December 1. Whitehall.—The Lords of the Council to the
High Sheriff of Wilts. By his Majesty's writ, you are to provide one
ship of 560 tons besides tonnage to be furnished with men tackle
munition victual and necessaries, assessing the county and corporate
towns for the same by the advice of the mayors and officers.
The charge of a ship of that burden so manned and furnished will be
7000l. We conceive that New Sarum may well bear 192l. the borough
and town of Marlborough 60l. the borough of Devizes 50l. the borough
of Chippenham 30l. the borough of Wilton 5l. The residue to be assessed
upon the rest of the county.
As you shall herein perform your duty with diligence you shall not
only receive favour and thanks from his Majesty but an allowance of
6d. in the pound at the end of your performance of this service.
[A long paper of instructions to the sheriff and verbatim with that of
9 Nov. 1638, with the above noted variations.]
1639–40, January 12.—The Lords of the Council to the High Sheriff
of Wilts. Sheriffs are to use all possible diligence in the speedy levying of
ship money, in accordance with the writs issued in November last, more
than ordinary diligence to hasten his fleet to sea being desirable this
year. All money received to be paid to the Treasurer of the Navy by
the 20 [? Febru]ary next. An account of the sheriff's proceedings in
the matter to be given to the Council at the same time.
1639, February 21. Whitehall.—The Lords of the Council to the
High Sheriff of Wilts for 1638. There is an arrear of shipmoney
charged upon the county during the year of your shrievalty, for the
levying and bringing in of which you have been several times called
on by letters of this board, yet we find your negligence therein is still
the same. If all arrears of your shrievalty are not levied and paid
in by the end of the first week of next term, it is already resolved and
declared by the board, and directions are accordingly given to the
attorney, to proceed against you by information in the Star Chamber.
1639–40, March 5. Whitehall.—The Lords of the Council to the
High Sheriff of Wilts. Complaining of neglect of the previous commands of January 12. Require sheriff either to provide a vessel as
prescribed by the writ by the first of April next or otherwise by the
same time to levy and pay in to the Treasurer of the Navy the whole
sum required in that behalf. Failing this, it is resolved and ordered by
the board, his Majesty being present in Council, that a round and
exemplary proceeding shall be had against you according to your
1640, May 11. Whitehall.—The Lords of the Council to the High
Sheriff of Wilts. You have been frequently importuned to levy and
pay in ship money. His Majesty's occasions for defence of the kingdom
are more rather than less pressing. These frequent admonitions add
weight to your default and contempt. If you pay not in at least one
half of the money due from the county by the last of this month, and
the other half by the 24th of June next, you must expect to feel a
1640. June 6. Whitehall.—The Lords of the Council to the
High Sheriff of Wilts. We have desired the Lord Chamberlain of
the Household and the Lord Lieutenant of the County of Wilts to
impart some particulars to you concerning his Majesty's service. By
his Majesty's express command, you are not to fail to meet his Lordship
at Marlborough on Tuesday night next June 9th, where you shall
understand more particularly the cause hereof.
Postscript.—You are also to take especial care that the High
Constables of the several Hundreds attend the Lord Lieutenant at
Marlborough with all speed for his further directions.
Endorsed.—"Hast, hast, post hast. Post at peril. For his Majesty's
[With notes of postage thus]—Charing Cross 1 o'clock p.m. Basingstoke 2 in the afternoon. Andover past 6 in the afternoon.
1640, May 27. Whitehall.—The King to the High Sheriff of Wilts.
By the writ of 1639, you had to provide from Wiltshire a ship of
560 tons, or the equivalent charge thereof 7000l. by the first of April
last which you have hitherto neglected. You are at once to levy the
said 7000l. or so much of it as is unpaid and deliver it to the Treasurer
of the Navy in accordance with instructions of 11 May and this upon
peril of incurring the uttermost of such forfeitures and punishments as
by the laws may be inflicted upon you for so high contempt and
1640, October 21.—The Lords of the Council to the High Sheriff of
Wilts. On a review of the ship money accounts for Wilts, we find much
more money has been levied than you have paid in to the Treasurer of
the Navy on the writ of 1639. You are forthwith to pay in the same
and further to recover from the collectors all sums in hand returning
to us the names of such collectors as refuse to pay to you or otherwise
attending this board yourself to answer your neglect at your peril.
1640, June 6. Whitehall.—The Earl of Pembroke to John Duke
of Lake, Esq. High Sheriff of Wilts. You are to attend me at Marlborough on Tuesday next the 9th instant at the latest as I myself
intend to be at Runsbney on Monday. You are there to receive and
put in execution such directions as I shall give you for the composing
of the present disorders which have arisen in Wilts on the levying of
the soldiers and the raising of coal and conduct moneys for this
1644, October 17. The King to the Mayor and Aldermen of Salisbury.—"Whereas wee are thus farre advanced with our Army, having
by God's great providence and assistance freed the Westerne parts of
this our kingdome from the tyranny and oppression of the Rebells and
left our good people therein in a peaceable condition, whereby wee have
received evident testimonyes of their good affection and inclination to
the advancement of our service by their free and voluntary contributions and loanes of money, which in proportion wee doe expect from
you. And therefore wee doe hereby will and require you forthwith to
assemble togeather and by assesse or any other wayes to rayse and
provide within this Citty upon the inhabitants thereof the full somme
of five hundred pounds, and to pay the same without delay tomorrow
morning by sixe of the clocke unto our trusty and welbeloved servant
John Ashburnham esq. our Treasurer at warr for the necessary use and
supply of our Army. Herein wee are well assured you will bee so
active as that wee may not fayle of the somme required, it being very
little in proportion to what wee have received from other places of equal
ability with this. So Wee bid you farewell, this 17th October 1644."
Signed by Edward Walker, and by Charles I.
1673–4, February 19, Lakham. J. Montagu to Edward Hungerford
at Hungerford house in the Strand. I desired of my cousin Johnson an
account of Sir Samuel Morland's pump and described to him mine,
which is thus: a pipe or barrel as in other pumps in which a spindle is
placed having a screw about it at the bottom. The quick turning of
this screw brings up the water with ease. I drew the invention simply
for use on my own estate. As to the public concern in the matter and
in the grant of privilege which it appears parliament is like to grant
Sir Samuel, you can judge better than I.
1673–4, February 21, Lakham. J. Montagu to Giles Hungerford.
I answered your last the same morning. As to Sir Samuel
Morland's engine, I am not his rival. I desire only to have undisturbed use of my own lands for the benefit of my estate of that way of
raising water which I have thought of and have a model of by me. I
wrote to this effect to my cousin Johnson fearing Sir Samuel's method
and mine might be alike, though I have not the least hint of what kind
his invention is. As to the public concern you say there is an intention
of excluding all other devices of the sort of Sir Samuel's. There will
need a short act of parliament for this as no engine can be made which
has not in it something of another. If you speak only of the principal
fact of the invention the claim is reasonable. That device I have
chanced upon may be as advantageous as his. It has its whole power
in the force of a whirling or vertigenous motion, a principle which could
be applied to many machines even for flying. I chanced upon it by considering of the nature of a screw and as to raising water by it had a
hint from an ordinary experiment of turning water swiftly round in a
glass, and by the observation of waterspouts. I neither know nor envy
Sir Samuel Morland and write only to show you that parliament should
be wary in things of this nature. It is a question whether it were
better to pay projectors a sum down for inventions, as I am told they
do in Holland rather than grant them sole use.
My wife and my mother send their services to you.
VII.—A History of Longford written by Mr. Pellatt, domestic
chaplain to Lord Coleraine about 1670. Most of the materials are
derived from printed sources, but the following extract seems to deserve
Mem.—Lord Gorges sold Longford to Lord Coleraine.—However
the said Lord Coleraine was content to sit down a great loser both by
the dealing before mentioned, and by the unhappy times which
immediately succeeded the era of his Longford purchase, for, after the
disbursement of 18000l. besides continual expenses for the trimming
up of his lordship's new bargain, according to the kind opinion he had
of it, his Lordship enjoyed it little above four years, by reason his
Majesty thought fit to make a horse garrison thereof, and according to
his Majesty's order it was given up by his Lordship in April 1644.
His Lordship having too great a family of young children (to abide
with them amongst soldiers) and too much of his other estate under
sequestration, because he remained in the King's quarters, was now
thrust upon such a dilemma as to find it equally difficult to him both to
stay at his beloved seat or to go from it, though there were nothing but
trenches, rude soldiers, ruins and dangers left about it. However
he affected the place so much and had already ventured so far concerning it, as that his Lordship was resolved not to go farther from his
darling then like the damsel in the wilderness from hers, but keep
within sight of it as long as was possible to view it not quite ruined, or
to hope that it might be preserved though by a miracle of providence.
Hereupon my Lord of Coleraine, with his great little family, got into an
unspeakable small house at Burtford (then rented by his steward) and
there they attended the fate of Longford, not without daily fears and
dangers in respect of their own persons and people as of that place, for
there were such continual quartering of soldiers, sometimes of one side
and sometimes of the other, such frequent alarms and violences from
both parties, that the hazards and troubles of those times were as
monstrous as they are now unexpressible, and, thanks be to God, are
not known amongst us. After the Lord of Coleraine had stayed as
much to his prejudice as inconvenience (in so strait a place out of his
own house yet to near it) (and out of zeal to his Majesty's service)
endured the barbarous usage of the Governor, who kept most of his
household stuff and the stock on the ground from his Lordship, which
was all that my Lord had then left in the country wherewith to provide
for his family. There was no tempting patience further then the next
degree which his Lordship arrived at, and that was first to see his
brewhouse and all that great and handsome range of out offices set on
fire purposely, though happily saved from the flames and not quite
ruined by them, next the curious pigeon house, and fair stables quite
pulled down or unnecessarily burnt, upon a mere spiteful intent to
dismantle the comeliness as well as strengths of the place, and then the
leaden pipes and cisterns that conveyed the water from the pump house
taken all away together with the building, the stone bridges to the
house broken and the timber felled and everything so altered, as to
make it another Samnium to be inquired after in the midst of itself.
In the mean time, as the place was new modelling so it continued,
expensive and costly now not more to his Lordship's peculiar revenue,
then to all the neighbourhood while the garrison found the country
work, that the country might be made to pay it contribution, the house
was turned into a den of thieves, and his Lordship had no heart to look
after it any longer, but getting leave of the King to go out of the west
then the chief seat of the war his Lordship arrived with great difficulty
at Totteridge in Hertfordshire, and with small hope that Longford
should escape an utter ruin.
But it pleased God after the fatal battle at Naseby, that Oliver
Cromwell in his triumphal passage, having taken in Basinghouse and
Winchester Castle (marching towards the Devizes), thought fit to
summon in Longford (fn. 1) by the way, and Longford not only escaped his
fury, but was likely to have given a deserved bloody death to that too
prosperous and sanguine tyrant. For while he with some few officers
were viewing where they might best storm or batter the house, a shot
from thence killed the very next man to Cromwell (being a captain
lieutenant), and had done worthier execution had it took him off too, but
Nemesis followed this Attila this flagellum Dei), with more leaden heels
and reserved him for greater mischiefs. As perhaps his escaping so
strangely before this place made the place likewise escape so strangely
from destruction, since he left no marks of his flaming appearance
behind him, only smoked out the nests of hornets which were hived
within the walls, and had rather gulled their own party, then helped it
by their company. For all this it fared with poor Longford no otherwise
then with that Dæmoniack. who after it had been exorcised was quickly
repossessed by viler devils then formerly haunted it, for instead of
soldiers of fortune, and some honest cavaliers, there were put in by
order of Parliament a knavish committee of clowns of neither fortune
nor understanding, who first pillaged the house of whatsoever the former
guests had left, or could be torn from doors, or walls, or windows, and
then moved the Parliament that the house should be slighted for being
a dangerous place.
It is true it never deserved ruin, more then for not tumbling down
upon such villains, but since its lares were unwillingly deflowered by
these ravishers, it was no more guilty then a virgin that is abused
after her lodging is broken into, and so escaped according to her merits
for (by a special proviso put in by a good neighbour and friend) it was
excepted out of the number of those houses that were to be dismantled
and pulled down for fear of future wars and garrisons.
After this (its greatest escape), it was cleared from the pretensions of
some of the Lord Gorges' kinsmen, by the just payment of 2,000l.
sterling to them from the present Right Honourable Richard, Lord
Gorges, who worthily deserves an eulogy for doing that honour to his
name and parent, as to pay moneys out of his own means rather then
his Lord father should appear unjust.
As the storms of civil dissension broke away, and our days cleared up
by degrees, my Lord Coleraine, having weathered so many difficult points
both as to law and conscience as had greatly impoverished his estate
(not only by the loss of great sums of money and chargeable law suits,
but by his absence from his chief rents, his actual delinquency and
sequestration, his being plundered both at Longford and Totteridge, and
afterwards highly taxed and decimated for not taking covenants and
engagements. After this, I say, his Lordship's desire and delight
returned again for Longford, which for some years before he looked not
to see again, but in rubbish, and then, like Nehemiah, he was impatient
till he had begun a repair.
Revisiting this house (circa anno 1650) to see what his egregious
tenants on both sides (agreed to prejudice him) had left behind, his
Lordship was saluted with nothing but filthiness and desolation, except
it were an infinite swarm of fleas, that pitched upon his white boot-hose,
there was no other living creature left for him, who was forced to leave
behind him (when he went out of the house) a gallant dairy of Dutch
cows, a great flock of wethers, yards full of poultry, and barns stored
with provisions, yet was he nobly satisfied, that (being his master and
all true subjects had suffered so deeply) his condition was no worse,
though I have often heard him say that he had lost 40,000l. sterling by
the troublesome times, and had all his delights impared not less then