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10 Bas. Feelding, arm. . Newnham Park. Arg. on a fess Az. three fusils O.
11 Sim. Ardern, arm.
G. three cross croslets fitché; a chief O. 12 Fr. Willoughby, arm. Middleton.
O. on two bars G. three water-bougets Arg. 13 He. Cumpton, mil. . . Cumpton.
S. a lion passant O. inter three helmets Arg.
Arms, ut prius.
14 Ful. Grevile, mil.
S. a border and cross engrailed O. thereon five pellets.
Az. a fess engrailed betwixt three women's heads couped O.
18 [AMP.] Hum. Ferrers, arm. 19 Will. Catesby, mil.
Arg. two lions passant S.
20 Tho. Lucy, mil.
G. crusulée O. three pikes [or lucies] hauriant Arg. 21 Ed. Boughton, arm. ut prius.
22 Geo. Digby, arm.
Az. a flower-de-luce Arg.
23 Tho. Leigh, arm.
G. a cross engrailed Arg.; on the first quarter a lozenge
27 An. Shuckburgh, arm.. Shugbury.
38 Rob. Burgoyn, arm.
G. a chevron O. between three talbots on chief embattled
39 Cle. Fisher, arm.
Arg. a chevron Vairy between three lions rampant G.
40 Sam. Marowe, arm.
41 Tho. Hoult, arm.
42 Tho. Lucy, mil.
43 Rob. Burdett
Az. two bars O. on each three martlets G.
44 Will. Peyto, arm.
Barry of six pieces Arg. and G. per pale indented and counterchanged.
Erm. on a bend Az. 4 Ed. Boughton, arm. 5 Will. Combe, arm. 6 And. Archer, arm.
Az. three arrows O.
7 Will. Somervile, mil.
Arg. on a fess between three annulets G. as many leopards' heads of the first.
G. on a chevron Arg. three bars gemelles S.
11 Joh. Reppington, arm.
12 Joh. Ferrers, mil.
Arg. a chevron G. between three trefoils Vert.
4 Geo. Devereux, arm.
7 Will. Boughton, arm.
arming [or clipping] Arg.
G. three swords in fess, the points erect proper.
Erm, on a chief S. a talbot passant Arg,
10 Rich. Murden, arm.
Arg. on a chevron betwixt three boars' heads S. couped G. 16 Edw. Ferrars.
G. seven mascles conjunct, viz. three, and one, O.; a canton Erm.
Spatia hæc mihi bella dederunt.
22 Rich. Lucy, arm.
27. AN. SHUGBURGH, Arm.-Though the records belonging to this family have been embezzled, so that the links of their successions cannot be chained in a continued pedigree from their original; yet is their surname right ancient in the place of their name and habitation, giving for their arms the stones astroites (in heraldry reduced to mullets, which they most resemble) found within their manor.
2. RICHARD VERNEY, Mil.-In his sheriffalty the powdertraitors met at Dunchurch, at their appointed hunting match; when, suspecting their plot discovered, they entered on such
designs as their despair dictated unto them, scattering of scandals, breaking of houses, stealing of horses, &c. But such the care of this Sir Richard to keep the peace of this county, that he hunted the hunters out of this into the next shire of Worcester.
16. FRANCIS LEIGH, Mil.-He was created Baron of Duns- more, and afterwards earl of Chichester, by king Charles the First. His eldest daughter and heir was married to Thomas earl of Southampton, his younger to George Villiers viscount Grandison.
2. SIMON ARCHER, Mil.-This worthy knight is a lover of antiquity, and of the lovers thereof. I should be much disheartened at his great age, which promiseth to us no hope of his long continuance here, were I not comforted with the consideration of his worthy son, the heir as well of his studious
ness as estate.
12. THOMAS LEIGH, Mil.-King Charles the First, at Oxford, created him, for his fidelity in dangerous times, Baron of Stoneleigh in this county; and he is happy in his son Sir Thomas Leigh, who undoubtedly will dignify the honour which descendeth unto him.
THE BATTLE ON OCTOBER 3, 1642.
As for the fatal fight at Edgehill (called Keinton field, from the next market town thereunto), the actings therein are variously related; and I confess myself not to have received any particular intelligence thereof. I will therefore crave leave to transcribe what followeth out of a short but worthy work of my honoured friend, confident of the authentical truth thereof :†
"The fight was very terrible for the time, no fewer than five thousand men slain upon the place; the prologue to a greater slaughter, if the dark night had not put an end unto that dispute.
"Each part pretended to the victory; but it went clearly on the king's side, who, though he lost his general, yet he kept the field, and possessed himself of the dead bodies; and not so only, but he made his way open into London, and in his way forced Banbury castle, in the very sight, as it were, of the earl of Essex, who, with his flying army, made all the haste he could towards the City, (that he might be there before the king), to secure the parliament. More certain signs there could not be of an absolute victory.
"In the battle of Taro, between the confederates of Italy and Charles the Eighth of France, it happened so that the confederates
He was born in 1581; and created a baronet in 1624.—ED. + Dr. Heylin, in the History and Reign of King Charles.
kept the field, possessed themselves of the camp, baggage, and artillery, which the French, in their breaking through, had left behind them. Hereupon a dispute was raised, to whom the honour of that day did of right belong; which all knowing and impartial men 'gave unto the French: for though they lost the field, their camp, artillery, and baggage, yet they obtained what they fought for, which was the opening of their way to France, and which their confederates did intend to deprive them of. Which resolution in that case may be a ruling case to this; the king having not only kept the field, possessed himself of the dead bodies, pillaged the carriages of the enemy, but forcibly opened his way towards London, which the enemy endeavoured to hinder, and finally entered triumphantly into Oxford, with no fewer than an hundred and twenty colours taken in the fight."
Thus far my friend. Let me add, that what Sallust observeth of the conspirators with Catiline, "that where they stood in the fight whilst living, they covered the same place with their corpse when dead," was as true of the loyal gentry of Lincolnshire, with the earl of Linsey their countryman. Know also only that the oversoon and over-far pursuit of a flying party, with pillaging of the carriages (by some who prefer the snatching of wealth before the securing of victory), hath often been the cause why the conquest hath slipped out of their fingers, who had it in their hands; and had not some such miscarriage happened here, the royalists had totally (in all probability) routed their enemies.
I cannot but congratulate the happiness of this county, in having master William Dugdale [now Norroy], my worthy friend, a native thereof; whose illustrations are so great a work, no young man could be so bold to begin, or old man hope to finish it, whilst one of middle age fitted the performance:-a wellchosen county for such a subject, because lying in the centre of the land, whose lustre diffuseth the light, and darteth beams to the circumference of the kingdom. It were a wild wish, that all the shires in England were described to an equal degree of perfection, as which will be accomplished when each star is as big and bright as the sun. However, one may desire them done quoad speciem, though not quoad gradum, in imitation of Warwickshire. Yet is this hopeless to come to pass, till men's pains may meet with proportionable encouragement; and then the poet's prediction will be true:
Sint Mæcenates, non desint, Flacce, Marones;
"Let not Mæcenases be scant,
And Maroes we shall never want;
For, Flaccus, then thy Country-field
Shall unto thee a Virgil yield."