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18 Joh. Apseley, arm.
19 Rad. Shirley, arm.
Paly of eight O. and Az. a canton Erm.
20 Rich. Sackvile, arm.
21 Godr. Oxenbrig, arm.
G. a lion rampant queué forché Arg. within a border V. charged an entoire of eight escalops O.
22 Will. Ashburnham
23 Tho. Morton, arm.
Quarterly G. and Erm.; in the first and fourth a goat's head erased Arg.
1 Joh. Leigh, arm. 2 Edw. Lewknor, arm. 3 Rog. Lewknor, mil. 4 God. Oxenbrigg, mil. 5 Rich. Shirley, arm. 6 Roger. Copley, arm. 7 Joh. Leigh, mil. 8 Will. Ashburnham 9 Joh. Gainsford, mil. 10 Rich. Carewe, arm. 11 God. Oxenbrigg, mil. 12 Joh. Scott, arm.
Arg. three Katharine wheels S. within a border engrailed G.
13 Edw. Bray, mil.
Arg. a chevron between three eagles' legs erased S.
Arg. a fess dancetté S.
17 Rich. Shirley, arm. 18 Joh. Dawtree, mil. 19 Joh. Sackvill, arm.
20 Rich. Belingham.
Arg. three hunters' horns stringed S.
O. two bars G. on each three trefoils Ar.; in chief a greyhound currant S. collared of the first.
PHIL. REX et MARI. REG.
1 Tho. Saunders, mil. . .
S. a chevron between three bulls' heads Arg.
2 John Covert, arm.
Gyronné of four, Az,
5 Joh. Ashburnham 6 Will. More, arm.
1 Tho. Palmer, mil.
2 Joh. Colepeper, arm.
and Arg. a saltire G.
Arg. a bend engrailed G.
3 Joh. Stidolf, arm.
Arg. O. a chief S. two wolves' heads erased O.
4 Hen. Goring, arm. 5 Will. Gresham.
6 Rich. Covert, arm.
(This year the two counties were divided.)
SHERIFFS OF SURREY ALONE.
9 Franc. Carew, arm... ut prius.
(This year the two counties were again united under one Sheriff.)
13 Joh. Pelham, arm. 14 Tho. Palmer, mil. 15 Fran. Shirley, arm. 16 Joh. Rede, arm. et Rich. Polsted.
17 Hen. Pelham, arm. 18 Will. Gresham, arm. 19 Tho. Shirley, mil. 20 Georg. Goring, arm. 21 Will. Moore, mil. 22 Will. Morley, arm. 23 Edw. Slifeld, arm. 24 Tho. Brown, mil. 25 Walt. Covert, arm. 26 Tho. Bishop, arm.
Arg. on a bend cotised 27 Rich. Bostock, arm.
G. three bezants.
as many martlets in chief S.
S. a fess humet Arg.
34 Walt. Covert, mil.
ut prius. ut prius.
S. beaked and membered Az.; a
1 Rob. Linsey, arm.
S. three gauntlets within a border O.
7 Thom. Hunt, mil.
8 Joh. Lountesford.
Az. a chevron betwixt three boars O. coupé G.
9 Edw. Bellingham,
10 Will. Wignall, arm.
Az. on a chevron O. betwixt three ostridges three mullets G.
11 Edw. Goring, arm.
12 Joh. Willdigos, mil.
14 Joh. Shirley, mil.
1 Edr. Alford, arm.
lions rampant in chief S.
G. six pears, three, two, and one; and a chief O.
2 Tho. Bowyer, arm.
O. a bend Vairy betwixt two cotises G.
3 Edw. Jourden, arm.
S. an eagle displayed betwixt two bendlets Ar. a canton
Az. a fess indented O. between three eagles Arg.
6 Will. Walter, mil.
When I look upon these two counties, it puts me in mind of the epigram in the poet :
Nec cum te possum vivere, nec sine te. "Neither with thee can I well,
Nor without thee can I dwell."
For these two shires of Surrey and Sussex generally had distinct sheriffs until the reign of king Edward the Second, when they were united under one. Then again divided in the ninth of queen Elizabeth; united in the thirteenth; divided again in the twelfth of king Charles, and so remain at this day. But how long this condition will continue is to me unknown; seeing, neither conjunctim nor divisim, they seem very well satisfied.
SHERIFFS OF THIS COUNTY ALONE.
12 Antho. Vincent, mil. . Stock Daberon. Az. three quartrefoils Arg.
19. JOHN ASHBURNHAM.-My poor and plain pen is willing, though unable, to add any lustre to this family of stupendous antiquity. The chief of this name was high sheriff of Sussex and Surrey, anno 1066, when William duke of Normandy invaded England, to whom king Harold wrote to assemble the posse comitatuum, to make effectual resistance against that foreigner. The original hereof, an honourable heir-loom (worth as much as the owners thereof would value it at) was lately in the possession of this family; a family wherein the eminency hath equalled the antiquity thereof, having been barons of England in the reign of king Henry the Third.
The last Sir John Ashburnham, of Ashburnham, married Elizabeth Beaumont, daughter of Sir Thomas Beaumont (afterwards by especial grace created Viscountess Crawmount in Scotland); and bare unto him two sons; John, of the bedchamber to king Charles the First and Second; and William,