West window, north yle, this coate, old: Description of drawing
South windowes, south yle: Description of drawing
The Earle of Berks is lord of this towne.
August 8, 1644.
The Humble Peticion of your Majesties Old Horse, (a)
That whereas they have had the honour long to serve your Majestie under the command of the Lord Wilmott, of whose just loyall intentions they conceive they have had some demonstracion, but now to their great amazement and almost to distraction find him fallen to your Majesties displeasure and sus-
a. This and the two following documents are alluded to, and commented upon, by Clarendon; and one sentence of this somewhat mutinous petition is quoted. The editor is not aware that they have, hitherto, been printed at length.
pition. (a) And, although they intend not to arogate unto themselves a liberty of searching into your Majesties designes of disputing your commands, yet they most humbly beg your pardon if they beleive it a right they owe themselves and your Majesties service to request they may receive some present light of this buisines from your Majestie, that they may not have reason to suspect themselves partakers of his crymes, having ben by youur Majesties order executors of his commands. And wee hope for such a satisfaction from your Majesties justice in this particular as may encourage your Peticioners to goe on with the same zeale to your service as they have hitherto exspressed in the hazard of their lives and fortunes, and in their prayers for your prosperity which shall ever be continued by
Your Majesties most humble, &c.
Our Answere to the Officers of our Old Horse.
Wee have considered your Peticion and received it as a thing very well becoming you to expresse to us a sence of the misfortune of a person who hath so long commanded you, as the Lord Wilmott hath done, in so eminent a charge as that of Leiftenant-General of our Horse, Sithence wee assure you that the occasion wee had to sett so great a marke of our displeasure upon one so highly trusted and favoured by us, is an affliction to ourselfe not inferior to the greatest which his best freind can conceive by the effects of it. And wee shall expect that you will be so kind to us in your beleife either of our justice, or prudent care at least of our owne interest, as to be confident that at a season when the cheerfulnes and unanimity in our service (wherwith all of you have hitherto so eminently obliged your King,) is so much more necessary then it hath bin almost at any time, wee should not have done an act that might hazard the discontenting many had wee not bin forced to it by the assurance that it was absolutely necessarie to the preservation of us all. And though in such cases, wherein a Crowne lyeth at the stake uppon the decision of a battaile, a small suspition is grownd enough for Princes to remove any person but doubted from such a trust, whereby he had power so easily to destroy all, yet so desirous are wee to give full satisfaction unto you whose meritt of us hath bin such that we must ever profes no king did ever owe more to gentlemen and officers, that wee have thought fitt to annexe hereunto a declaracion of the causes of the Lord Willmot's removal from our trust, being onely sorry for this, that we are urged by your desires to publishe more then perhaps we ever intended to the unfaithfulnes and ingratitude of a person whome
a see before, p. 49.
we had not onely trusted so long and so far, but also so highly and so many severall wayes obliged, that it is a great improvement of greife and trouble to us, that, when it shall please God by your meanes to restore us to our rights, wee can scarce ever hope for power to doe is proportionablie to the rest of you. given at our court a Boconnock, Cornwall.
That the Lord Wilmott hath endeavoured principally these three moneths last past to possesse the officers of his Majesties army with a disvalew and contempte of his Majesties person; and secondly with prejudice against the sincerity of his Majesties intentions for the good of his people; and thirdly an endeavour as far as in him lay to draw men to revolt from their allegiance, and particularly hath used discourses and persuasions to this effect, and to persons of charge, power, and creditt in the army.
1. That the King (he saw) would putt all the power into his nephewes hands.
2. That rather then suffer it they should (for his part he would) make him submitt to the Parliament.
And others to this effect:-
1. That the King was afraid of Peace.
2. That he was not a man ever to goe thorough with these businesses.
3. That there was no way but one, which was, to sett up the Prince, who had no share in the causes of these troubles.
4. That he (the Pr.) should declare against those about his father, wherin all honest men would stick to him and so putt an end to all.
5. That the said Lord Wilmott hath without his Majesties knowledge sent secret messages of dangerous nature unto the Earle of Essex, particularly, 1.
It being resolved by his Majestie that a privat message should be sent to the Earle of Essex from a person of honour, to whome the said Earle professeth respect, inviteing him to send two persons of most trust with him to meet and confer with the said person of honour and another of whome the said Earle was beleived to have a good opinion; and the instructions to the messenger, one who had a free excesse to the Earle of Essex. being punctually drawne at a private counsell, (at which the Lord Wilmott was present,) with precise directions that the messenger should know no more of the buisines, or deliver any thing concerning the publique but what was sett downe by unanimous consent of that counsell and attested by the Secretary of State; the said Lord Wilmott notwithstanding desired the said messenger to commend him kindly to the Earle of Essex, and to tell him from him that he had a many good freinds
in the army. 3. That he should lay hold of this opportunity; and, 4. that then they should shew themselves; and, 5. that the courtiers should not have power to hinder or to carry it as they had done, or words to this effecte.
By which secret message from him, being leiftenant-generall of the rebells' army, he did not onely forfeit his duty and allegiance, but hath, by giveing the Earle of Essex such assurances, (though most false of a partie in his Majesties army and of such division betwixt that and the Court,) bene probably the cause of that insolent returne which the said Earle hath made unto his Majesties most gracious lettre, which he vouchsafed to write him with his owne hand to invite him to peace, and so frustrated the great hopes which his majestie had raysed to himselfe, by such a letter, of saving a further effusion of bloud and procureing a happy accomodacion, whereof, had there bene the least hopes left, his Majestie hath declared that he would have connived at these of W.' yea, at greater crymes.
AN ANSWERE TO A DECLRATION AND CHARGE AGAINST THE LORD VISCOUNT WILMOTT.
I doubt not but my actions, and the losse of what I have in his Majesties service, might satisfie the world of my integrity and respect to his Majesties person an ddignity, if I should onely insist on that ; but, since my accusers intedns to prove the contrary by the averment of persons of charge, power, and credit in the army, I am confident 'tis a right I wwe my owne innocence and a cimility to men of theeri quality, wholly and absolutely to refer myselfe to the justice and integrity of their testimonies, without oudeavouring to assure the world from myself of my owne innocencie, though I dowbt not, whensoever it shall please the King to call me to publique trial (which I am promised will be speedily), I shall be able to make that appeare with as much clearnes to the whoe world, as I now find in the private satisfaction f my owne conscience. but, since some persons have interestede themselves in my justificatiocion, I conceive myselfe obliged to satisfy their desires in this generall accoumpt. For the present, Must in the first place rejoyce with them that the malice it selfe of my accusors can suggest nothing of practice agianst me. The height of my pretended offences (were they confessed by me or proved by them) reacheth noe farther then words, though of such nature as are as desagreable to my loyalty and duty, as they were alwayes distant either from my intentions or expressions. Till my adversaries find out a way to make good as well as to accuse, I must require from the justice of all persons (since my here in all paoints fully contradicted these pretended accusacions) a suspension of judgment, and desire they would not put the forged suggestions of mine enemyes in equall ballance to the endeavors of my whole life, and often hazard of it, which, if his
Majestie had thought fitt, he might have found would have bene still continued in as full and faithfull a degree in his Majesties service as ever. The truth is, my affections have always enclyned to peace, but (I take God to witness) such a one as might have agreed with the honour of the King and the happiness of the countrey. And though my intentions are not to recriminate, yet, in order to mine owne justification and aquitement, I must take leave to say, I doe more than feare that it agreeth not with the inclination of some persons so fully as I could wish, which I take to be the principall cause of my present condicion. But I have onely undertaken to cleare myselfe; may each man's particular faults light on his owne head! Whosoever shall abstract the substance from the copiousnes and subtill aggravacoins of language, I am confident will find, whatever dresse they may be able to putt upon it, the groundworke of their accusacions to bee cleerly nothing but a too violent expressing mine inclinacion unto Peace. Whether I have ever sought further then my allegiance and duty to his Majestie allowed of, or my obligation to my country might exact from me, I must refer to my publique answere. In the meane time, I desire and doubt not that all good men will be satisfied with this profession and protestacion:-
That I never had a private treaty, nor ever spoke anything to the prejudice of the publique cause. That if there could be a meane found out to reconcele the just interest of the King and Kingdome, such as might become an honest and well effected man to appeare in, I am sure I should be very forward to engage all myne assistance, and shall thinke it an action I may very well justifie to God, my King, and all honest men; In which resolucion I meane to live and dye.
Munday, 1° Octobris. The King left Chard and kepte the roade; dyned at the Lord Paulet's, and went that night to South Porret [Perrott], the first parish in dorsetshire, leaving Crewkerne two myles short of it, a little on the left hand.
Hinton St. George Church, com. Somerset.
East window, chancel: Description of drawing
South window, chancel: Description of drawing
South yle church these: Description of drawing
West window, south yle church: Description of drawing
North window, north chappel, old: Description of drawing
a. For the quarterings of Poulet see Fun. Cert. I. 31, f. 23, Coll, Arm.
Betweene the body of the church and the north yle stands an altar tombe; upon that lyes the statue of a knight in compleate armour, neare the fashion of the Black prince. A lyon at his feet.
Under his head lyes a helmet with this creast: Description of drawing
The inscription was written rownd about on the verge in black letters, some words remayning.
Upon shields at the sest end, one and two, south side, are painted these coates, worne off: Description of drawing
In the north chappell lyes a blew flat stone with five shields, all gone, as also the brasse letters, which were in old caracters round about: Description of drawing
Against and within the north wall, north chappel, lyes the statues of a knight in compleate armour and a lady; this acheivement carved over them, and two playne coates of the Poulets at the side: Description of drawing
This is cutt in these letters over the statues.
Another joyning to the former, of playne white stone, the statues of a man and woman, he in compleate armour. The same atchevement and the same fashion. These two on the side: Description of drawing
Between the chancel and this yle another monument, more costly, arched over, of white stone too, the statue of a knight, armes, and a ruffe, and gathered breeches, and a lady by him; these two coates often carved: Description of drawing
The statues of four sons: (a) Description of drawing
This inscription also north side:
Hic jacet Antonius Poulet, Miles, et Dux Insulae Jersey, qui ob. 22 July, 1600.
This coate also carved on the north side over the statue of him: Description of drawing
a. Collins gives only two sons.
This coate next side to the chancel over her picture: Description of drawing
The statues of 5 daughters:
Elizabeth filia, Anna 2, Margeria 3, Susanna 4, Margarita 5. (a)
Round a grey flat stone in black letters, chancel: Description of drawing
A small neate monument against the east wall, south yle, chancel, the pictures of a man and five sons in brasse, a woman and five daughters; theire names written over their heads. Colors and the inscription in alablaster. This coate and Latine verses: Description of drawing
This is now the seate of the Lord Poulet.
Munday. The King lay this night at Mr. Gibbs his howse, the manor of South Barret [Perrott], com. Dorset. The troope that night 6 myles off, at Overshott [Evershott].
These coates are old in the hall window, where the King lay at Mr. Gibbs: Description of drawing
Tuesday, 2° October. Most of this day was spent at the generall rendesvous on Newton-Downe, neare where the king lay, being
a. Collins gives only two daughters.
Mayden Newton. The troops at Kingcome [Kencombe], &c. This day Prince Rupert came to his majestie from Bristoll.
Wednesday. The King, &c. marched to Sherborne, and lay at Sherborne Lodge, the brave seate of the Earle of Bristoll.
The troope at [Lewston] the faire seate of Mrs. Fitz-James: her son with the rebells [Sir John Fitz-James, ob. 1670]. In the dyning-roome wyndowes these, newly sett up: Description of drawing (a)
In the south low windowes of the chancel yle: Description of drawing
2 window: Description of drawing
a. Eight other shields of arms as then existing "in Mr. Lewston's house" are given Harl. MS. 1427, fol. 43b.
3 window: Description of drawing
These in the south windowes aloft, south side, chancel: Description of drawing
3 window: Description of drawing
North side windows aloft, chancel, these:
1 window: Description of drawing
2 window: Description of drawing
3 window: Description of drawing
South window: south yle, west end: Description of drawing
These following are in the south window, aloft, in the body of the church, older then the former:
1 window next the east end: Description of drawing
2 window: Description of drawing
3 window: Description of drawing
4 window: Description of drawing
West window: Description of drawing
North windowes aloft, body of the church, older than the last: 1 window beginning west end: Description of drawing
2 window: Description of drawing
3 window, all old: Description of drawing
4 window: Description of drawing
5 window: Description of drawing
These are carved in stone and held by angels, north side quier: Description of drawing
North side of the crosse yle standes a monument arched, and the statues of two knights in armor: Description of drawing
Upon the wall yet remaines divers yrons whereon pennons were. Another old escocheon still remaynes: Description of drawing
In the south yle of the church stnds a faire arched monument, a man an woman, sans inscription, called Fitz-James his yle:
For Leueson of Leueson, where Mrs. fitz-james lives.
Another small one there:
Description of drawing
In the south wall of this chappel lyes an ancient marble statue of a man.
Upon a frame: Description of drawing
A flat stone in the middle of the crosst yle:
These dead bones shall live.
No other inscription. Description of drawing
Divers flat stones with inscriptions round about cutt in them; few or none of note; all new.
At the east end is an addicion of building, wheron, on the south wall, these following are carved in stone: Description of drawing
Neare the east end of this church stands a schoole-howse built by King Edward 6th.
Behind this, large, on the north side stand the remnants of an antient abbey.
In Sherborne Lodge dyning roome this: Description of drawing
This is carved in stone upon part of the building of the abbey:
"Abbey Arms of Sherborne."
Neare this stands the hall and part of the building of a priory also. And when these were ruyned, the coates which adorned them were removed into the church which stands there now, ante.
In the towne is a faire almeshowse of free stone, built (sayth the old schoolmaster) by Morton, Bishop of Canterbury.
King Edward 4. gave the priory of Sherborne to Queen's College in Oxon. Vide Tab. Universitatis Oxon.
This coate is often in Sherborne Lodge, with many quarterings: Description of drawing
This also in the dyning roome windowes, Grenvil, Dawbney [a mistake for Dinham], and divers others, coates of gentlement of this county, as Fitzjames, Horsey, Seymour: Description of drawing
Tuesday, 8th October. The King marched from Sherborne and lay that night at Stawbridge [Stalbridge], the faire howse of the Earle of Corke, formerly belonging to Awdley Lord Castlehaven. The north yle of this church is full of old coates. Wee returned to our quarters.
In the parish of Foake [folke] an old seate belonging to the family of Fantleroy; in the howse is many old matches in the windowes: Description of drawing
Wednesday, October 9. foake Church is newly built; stetit 400l. no ant. [sc. antiquities] in it.
Stourton Coundle Church, com. Dorset.
A castle neare this church called Stourton Castle.
East window south yle, old: Description of drawing
A monument of alablaster of a woman in the chancel, the body cutt out, old.
South window: Description of drawing
North window, church: Description of drawing
An old monument within the north wall of the chancel, arched; these two coates carved and painted at top:
"Gone" Description of drawing
From thence to Sturmister Newton, where on the south side of the river stands an old castle, called Sturmister [Stourminster] Newton Castle, the ancient seate of the family of Sturmy. (a) Description of drawing
Stourton is not far distant, the seate of the Baron Stourton and the head of the river Stour, from whence the family beares six wells or fountaynes.
About a myle north-west of Sturmister Newton stands Marnehill [Marnhull], a faire place belonging formerly to the Lord Howard, Baron of Nott. (b); now Williams, goldsmyth [of] London, owes it.
a. This is an error. b. An error; Viscount Howard of bindon, co. Dorset.
This night the Prince Maurice's army lay at Sturmister Newton, the King's regiment of horse-guards at Dorison [Durweston].
His Majestie returned to Stawbridge, his old quarters.
Lord Generall broke his sholder. This day the King's horse-guard regiment lay at D. [Durweston].
Thursday, 10th October. This day the rendesvous was upon Corison downe.
The court was at Mr. Rogers his howse in Braynston [Bryanstone].
Blandford Church, com. Dorset.
Against the south wall of the chancel yle staqnds a small marble monument, altar and old arch, in which is the picture [a brass] of a woman; this inscription and these coates in brasse: Description of drawing
This over her picture. this under her:
This tombe was woollye finished at the private cost and charges of George Goring of Ovingdene in the county of Sussex, brother to the said Dame Ann Delalynde, the VI. day of October, 1564.
Betweene the pillars of the south yle of the chancel stands a playne altar tombe of marble; on the top is the picture of a man in armor
a. Hutchins notices these inscriptions as having been copied by Symonds, but does not give the arms.
or our moderne fashion, and a woman; picture of sixteen sons and four daughters.
This coate inlayed in brasse, west end: Description of drawing
Here lyeth buried Sir John Rogers of Braynston, Knight, Steward of this towne of Blandford, who married Katrine, the daughter of Sir Richard Weston, Knight, and had by her sixteen sons and four daughters, which Sir John Rogers died the 22nd day of July at Beket in Berkshire, (a) at the bowse of my lady Essex, and from thence brought tothis towne of B. and buried under this T. 16 of Aug. 1565.
Both sides are hidden with seates.
Betweene the pillars of the chancel and the north yle stands another playne altar tombe, whereon is this inscription inlayed in brasse, and this coate only, west end: Description of drawing
This coate is also in the north window.
A flat stone in the north yle, the pictures of a man and woman, four sons, nine daughters; this coate remayneing, the inscription gone.
This coate [i.e. the preceding] and this are both painted on the partition of the chamber: Description of drawing
Aloft upon the south wall, south yle, chancel, is a faire monument of alablaster, well done, the statue of a man in armour kneeling, his head-piece and gauntlet lying by him, he praying. Description of drawing
a. Misprinted by Hutchins "at Bed... in Bedfordshire," vol. i.p.135
Here lyeth Lewes Argenton, Esq., who tooke to wife mary the widow and sometyme wife of Robert Thornhull of Thornhull, Esq., daughter to Robert Williams of Heringston, Esq., sister to Sir John Williams of H., Knight, who died 27 June, 1611, etat. 72.
The south yle of the chancel is fairly windscotted about, and a doore in the middle into a valt. No seates in it. The windowes are lately adorned with the matches of Rogers, done in painted colours.
East window, 1629. Description of drawing
Rogers hath a faire howse called Braynston, a parish neare the towne.
Durweston Church, a myle and halfe westward of Blandford.
This coate, old, in the south wall, chancel: Description of drawing
This quartering, old, west window, belfray: Description of drawing
North window this: Description of drawing
These are cutt in old text letters over the doore entring into the chruch, south side:
Hic jacet sub tumulo Dowmõ Will's humatus: Rector erat ville Durweston, Okfordie natus. Script' anno d'ni Mill'o cccclix.
Sir richard Grenvil hanged the high constable and then asked the Prince.
Sir Robert Cooke [Coke] of Ebsham owes this manor of Dorison, and hath the guift of the parsonage.
Measure of the bushell in this county at Blandford is twenty-four quarts to the bushell, six quarts the peck.
Friday, 11th October. Sir Bernard Astley with 3000 foot went to Portland against Weymouth, 18 myles from Blandford.
Also Sir Richard Grenvil with his 500 men retooke Saltash from the Plymouthians, killed 200 of 500; they all refused quarter; the rest (as he sent word to the King) he would hang. (a)
Two troopes came from Waller and told he was but 1,500, and 6 myles beyond Salisbury, toward Amesbury; were enterteyned by Lord Bernard, and quartered, and the next night ran away agen.
Sunday, 13. His Majestie went to church at Blanford.
Branston [Bryanston] Church, stands neare Mr. Rogers his howse; few inhabitants besides the howsehold.
In the east window, chancel, these, pretty old: Description of drawing
a. See Clarendon, who likewise admits the atrocities committed at divers times by this man, especially in Ireland.
Against the north wall stands an altar arched monument of blew marble, nothing remaynes to tell what it was.
Against the south wall, church, the like,, and under the arch in the walle is inlayed in brasse the picture of a woman; these coates; divers Latine verses, dated Martij, 1566. Description of drawing
Munday, October 14, 1644. This day his Majestie marched before the foot on foot.
Prince Maurice his army marched another way.
His Majestie left Brainston, and with his whole army marched that night over the downes to Cranborne, and lay in a faire stone howse of the Eale of Salisburies.
La Sauce Poignante
A ffrying pan over a quick fire; putt into it mutton chopps or beefe, or, &c. Compound the liquor of old sharpe beere; and some water, but more beere then water, a quantity of vinegar (wyne), a bunch tyed of parsley, tyme, rosemary, leman, orenge, 3 or 4 onyons, nutmeg, cloves, or other spice, store of salt. Or in a pipkin.
Cranborne Church, com. Dorset.
Against the north wall a larger monument, divers spaces for inscriptions, but bland; this impaled, besides divers quarterings: Description of drawing
For Edward Hooper's first wife, who was Serjeant More's daughter: he was the serjeant's clerke. No gentleman. (a)
a. The pedigree of this family with their arms, and going back three generations anterior to this individual, is in 1 C. 22, f. 34. Coll. Arm.- but vide postea. He was a "rebel"!
This Edward Hooper, now living a rebel, no command, 7000l. per annum.
South window church, these four, old: Description of drawing
This in the chancel east window: Description of drawing
Nothing els worthy note, onely a monument of marble against the south wall [in] chancel for hewes, Ar. [armiger], sans A. [arms.]
Lord Bernard lay this night at Knolton, at Mr. Hastings his howse called Woodlands, an antient seate with a large parke, brother to the old Earle of Huntingdon [uncle to the then Earl].
A myle from Cranborne is St. Giles parish, where Sir Anthony Astley (Ashley) Cooper baronet, that maried Lord Keeper Coventryes daugher, hath a faire brick howse. In this parish also a fair brick almshouse, built by Sir [Anthony] Astley. Ten almes men. This carved on the front: [viz. a cinquefoil ermine, the coat of Astley].
Tuesday 15 October. The whole army marched to Salisbury, com. Wiltes. wett, cold, and wyndy.
Dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
The Lady chappel, being the east end beyond the quier, as at Exeter.
In the south window, not very old, supported by a greyhound, this in forme of a banner: Description of drawing
His picture, with these on his coate, is in the next window.
Betweene the pillars of the north side of this chappel, upon an altar tombe, lyes the statue of a man in compleate chayned armour, a coat of blew painted with six golden lyons; his right hand lyes upon his right thigh, upon his left a large and long shield, the lyons embossing:
Sir Wiliam Longspee, second son to Henry II. by Rosamond; Earl of Sarum.
Next behind him lyes the like altar tombe, upon the top the statue of a man in compleate armour like the Black Prince; upon his breast is painted: Description of drawing
Under his head lyes a helme, and an eagle forth of it. These are carved and coloured on the north side: Description of drawing
In the middle of this chappel lyes a blew stone rising four ynches from the ground, the east end narower than the west; this lately written: Anno M.XC.IX. For Bishop Osmond, first builder of this church.
Right over against the monuments of Longspee and Mountague stands an altar tombe of marble; on each side are three open holes in resemblance of six wells, for the Lord Stourton, who was executed (hanged) in this citty for killing the two Hurgalls, knights. (a) Sans inscription.
On the north side of this chappel is a faire chappel called Hun-