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The sheriffs of these two counties, before king Edward the Second, are in the Records so involved, complicated, perplexed, that it is a hard task to untangle them, and assign which sheriffs did severally, which jointly, belong unto them. Had the like difficulty presented itself in other united shires, I suspect it would have deterred me from ever meddling with their Catalogue. Nor will we warrant that we have done all right in so dare a subject, but submit our best endeavours to the censure and correction of the more judicious.
KING HENRY II.
7. Sussex, Hilarius Episcopus Chichester.-The king had just cause to confide in his loyalty, and commit the shire to his care: for, although I behold him as a Frenchman by birth, yet great always was his loyalty to the king, whereof afterwards he gave a signal testimony; for, whereas all other bishops assembled at the council of Clarendon only assented to the king's propositions with this limitation, salvo ordine suo, this Hilary absolutely and simply subscribed the same. The time of his consecration, as also of his death, is very uncertain.
EDWARD THE THIRD. 1. ANDREAS SAcvil.—The family of the Sacvils is as ancient as any in England, taking their name from Sacvil (some will have it Sicca Villa) a town, and their possession, in Normandy. Before this time, me meet with many eminent persons of their name and ancestry.
1. Sir Robert Sacvil, Knight, younger son of Herbrann de
Sacvil, was fixed in England, and gave the manor of Wickham, in Suffolk, to the abbey of St. John de Baptist in Colchester, about the reign of William Rufus.*
2. Sir John de Sacvil, his son, is by Matthew Paris † ranked amongst those persons of prime quality, who in the reign of king John were assistants to the five-and-twenty peers appointed to see the liberties of Charta Magna performed.
3. Richard de Sacvil, (as I have cause to believe, his son) was one of such quality, that I find Hubertus de Anesty to hold two fields in Anesty and little Hormeed I of the Honor of Richard Sacvil. Now the word Honor (since appropriated to princes' palaces) was in that age attributed to none but the patrimony of principal barons.
4. Sir Jordan Sacvil, grand-child to the former, was taken prisoner at the battle of Evesham, in the age of king Henry the Third, for siding with the barons against him.
5. Andrew, his son and heir, being under age at his father's death, and the king's ward, was imprisoned in the castle of Dover, anno the third of Edward the First; and afterwards, by the special command of the said king, did marry Ermyntude, an (I conceive a Spanish) honourable lady of the household of queen Elianor, whereby he gained the king's favour, and the greater part of his (formerly forfeited) inheritance.
I behold this Andrew Sacvil the sheriff, as his son, ancestor to the truly honourable Richard, now earl, of Dorset.
Place. 1 Will. Percy.
0. a lion rampant Az. 2 Edw. Fitz-Herbert.
G. three lions rampant 0. 3 Joh. de Hadresham. 4 Nich. Sleyfeld. 5 Will. Percy.
ut prius. 6 Will. Weston.
Erm, on a chief Az. five bezants. 7 Will. Waleys. 8 Robertus Nutborne. 9 Richardus Hurst. 10 Thomæ Hardin. 11 Idem. 12 Edw. de St. Johan.
Arg. on a chief G. two mullets 0. 13 Rob. Atte-Mulle. 14 Rob. de Echingham. * Ordericus Vitalis, in his Norman Stor. | Page 262, anno 1260. | Both in Hertfordshire. $ Sir Hugh Spelman's Glossary, verbo Honor.
Placa. 15 Nicholaus Carew
Beddington, Surrey. O. three lions passant-gardant S. armed and langued G. 16 Thomæ Jardin. 17 Nicholaus Slyfeld. 18 Edw. St. John
ut prius. 19 Joh. Ashburnham. Ashburnham, Sussex.
G. a fess betwixt six mullets Arg. 20 Willielmus Fienes.
Az, three lions rampant O. 21 Johannes Salerne. 22 Willielmus Fienes.
HENRY IV. 1 Radu. Codington. 2 Nicholaus Carew
ut prius. Johannes Pelham Laughton,
Az. three peli cans Arg. 3 Joh. Ashburnham ut prius. 4 Robert. Atte-Mulle. 5 Idem. 6 Phil. St. Olere. 7 Thomæ Sackvile.
Quarterly, O. and G.; a bend vairy. 8 Thomæ Clipsham. 9 Willielmus Verd. 10 Tho. Ashburnham ut prius. 11 Joh. Warne Campie. 12 Joh. Waterton.
Arg. a chevron between griffins-passant S. 10 Th. Lewkenor, mil. ut prius. 11 Johan. Anderne. 12 Richardus Waller.
S. three wall-nut leaves O. betwixt two bendlets Arg. 13 Rog. Fiennes, mil..
ut prius. 14 Rich. Dalingrugg. 15 Johan. Fereby. 16 Thomæ Uvedal
ut prius. 17 James Fiennes
ut prius. 18 Rog. Lewkenor
ut prius. 19 Nicholaus Carew
ut prius. 20 Walt. Strickland. 21 Joh. Stanley.
Arg. on a bend Az. three bucks' heads cabossed O. 22 Joh. Baskett, arm.
Az. a chevron Erm. betwixt three leopards' heads 0. 23 Nich. Carew
ut prius. 24 Nich. Husey. 25 Will. Belknape. 26 Robertus Radmill. 27 Nich. Carew
ut prius. 28 Joh. Pennycoke. 29 Johan. Lewkenor
ut prius. 30 Thomæ Yard. 31 Rich. Fienes, mil. ut prius. 32 33 Joh. Knotesford
ut prius. 34 Tho. Cobham, mil.
G. on a chevron O. three estoiles S. 35 Nicholaus Husee
ut prius. 36 Tho. Basset, 37 Thomæ Tresham.
Per saltire S. and O. six trefoils of the last. 38 Rob. Fienes, arm. . . ut prius.
EDWARD IV. 1 Nich. Gainsford
Crohurst. Arg. a chevron G. betwixt three greyhounds currant S. 2 Walt. Denis. 3 Idem. 4 Tho. Goring, arm.
Arg. a chevron between three annulets G.
KENT. Az. a fretty Arg. ; a chief O. 12 Joh. Gainsford
ut prius. 13 Nich. Gainsford
ut prius. 14 Tho. Lewkenor, arm. ut prius. 15 Tho. Echingham. 16 Joh. Wode, Ser. arm. 17 Henr. Roos, mil. 18 Will. Weston
ut prius. 19 Tho. Combs, arm. 20 Joh. Elringhton. 21 Tho. Fienes
ut prius. 22 Joh. Apseley, arm.
Barry of six. Arg. and G.; a canton Erm.
HENRY VII. 1 Nich. Gainsford . ut prius. 2 Tho. Combes, arm. 3 Will. Merston. 4 Rob. Morley.
S. three leopards O. fleury Ar. ! 5 Joh. Apseley, arm. ut prius. 6 Rich. Lewkenor, arm. ut prius. 7 Edw. Dawtree, arm.
Az. five fusils in fess Arg. 8 Joh. Leigh, arm.
Stockwel. G. a cross engrailed within a border Arg. 9 Joh. Coke, arm. 10 Joh. Apseley, arm.
ut prius. 11 Ric. Lewkenor, arm. ut prius. 12 Matth. Brown, arm. Beachworth.
S. three lions passant gardant inter two bends gemeros Arg. 13 Rich. Sackvile, arm. ut prius. 14 Joh. Coke, arm. 15 Tho. Ashburnham ut prius. 16 Joh. Gainsford, arm. ut prius.