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was second son of Sir William Kingsmill, of CONTENTS.-No. 86. NOTES :—Sir Robert Howard, 141--Early Latin-English- Sidmanton, Hants, and his will, dated Basque Dictionary, 143–Punctuation in MSS. and Printed 16 March, 1662, may be seen at the WinBooks, 144-Sir John Fastolf-Prorogation of Parliamento chester Probate Registry. Another of his 145 – Prime Ministers and Newspapers - The Siege of Belgrade,' 146—Inscriptions at Figueira da Foz-George daughters, Dorothy, was married in 1639 to Bucbanan, 147.
John Fanshawe, Esq., of Parsloes, Essex, QUERIES :- Thomus à Becket-Napoleon and Byron, 147– H. Sanderson, Clockmaker-George III.'s Cleverness
although Burke's Landed Gentry' wrongly Severance as a Proper Name-Sophony-Public Meeting makes this lady " Catherine, daughter of Sir ** Newlands," Chalfont St. Peter-w.Congreve-West- William Kingsmill, of Sidmanton.' Sir
. on the Civil War, 148-De Gourbillon Elizabeth Milton-For- Richard of Malshanger, indeed, seeins to have rester of Garden-Countess of Huntingdon at Highgate- been ignored by the genealogists, but he was
a notable Hampshire worthy, and evidently Æsop's Fables'-Jane Wenham - David Colville, 149– Robertson of struan 'The Star and Garter"-Slipper, in sympathy with the Parliament, as we find Surname-Doctrinali Alani'-T. Dudley, 150.
him marrying couples in 1656, as a justice. REPLIES :-Joseph Anstice, 160 — • La Belle Assemblée':
Mies Cubitt- Kniaz," 152—Nicholas Klimius–Ballad : After his marriage Sir Robert Howard resided
births of Court of Canterbury Will Registere American Place the following children of Sir Robert and his names—'Chevy Chase,' 155–Luther's Commentary on the Galatians' England," "English": their Pronuncia- wife Ann: (1) Robert Howard, bapt. Feb., tion-Mélisande : Ettarre-Basil Montagu's Mss.--Yacht- 1645/6; (2) William Howard, bapt. 4 April, ing, 156-Doherty. Winchester Commoner-HemmingStevens-Romanuft and Stuart Pedigree-Arcbiepiscopa! 1647; (3) Dorothie Howard, bapt. 6 July, Cross and · Becker' -Wby has England no Noblesse ? 157 1649, and buried 26 Dec., 1649; (4) Thomas -Southwold Oburch Caldwell Family-Lord Chester: Howard, bapt. 26 Feb., 1650/1 ; (5) Dorothy field-“The Pilgrim of Eternity
Walpole's Letters - Don Quixote,' 1695-6-Authors Wanted, 158. Howard, bapt. 20 Jan., 1653/4; (6) Ellesabeth NOTES ON BOOKS:- Matthews's Cardiff Records'
Hooard (sic), bapt. and buried 17 Aug., 1656. *Hakluytus Posthumus'-"The Muses' Library son's Works– Poets and Poetry of the Nineteenth cen- The fourth child, Thomas, was the one who tury '-'Grimm's Popular Stories ' -- Lambs' Tales from eventually succeeded to his father's estates Shakespeare'_' Household of Sir Thomas More.'
of Asbstead and Castle Rising. He is usually Booksellers' Catalogues.
described as son of Sir Robert, by Lady Notes.
Honour O'Brien. There was yet another
daughter, Mary Howard, born (Gillow's 'Dict. SIR ROBERT HOWARD, THE DRAMATIST, of Eng. Catholics') 28 Dec., 1653, but whose AND HIS FAMILY.
birth is not entered at Church Oakley. She The life and matrimonial relations of Sir fled from the amorous advances of Charles II., Robert Howard, K.B., wit, dramatist, soldier, says her biographer, Alban Butler, was disand politician (son of the first Earl of Berk: inherited by Sir Robert, entered the Order of shire, and brother-in-law of Dryden), have Poor Clares, and died abbess of the convent long puzzled the genealogists. The Dic- at Rouen, 21 March, 1735. I have not been tionary of National Biography, blunders able to find any record of the death of Ann, hopelessly in dealing with Sir Robert's four Lady Howard, née Kingsmill. She must have wives, and even such a careful writer as been Sir Robert's first wife, as he was only Paget, who had access to the private MSS. of nineteen when he married' her. the Berkshire Howards, is entirely wrong dead, one supposes, before 1666, when we find when he represents Sir Robert as leaving Sir Robert remarried to the Lady Honour children by his second wife, Lady Honour O'Brien, fifth daughter and co-heir of Henry, O'Brien. Thanks to recent researches, the fifth Earl of Thomond. This lady was widow present writer is now able to unravel the of a Wiltshire baronet, Sir Francis Englefield, tangle for the first time, and place the wives who had died in May, 1665, leaving absolutely and children of “ Sir Positive Atall (as to his wife the valuable estate of Wootton Shadwell styled him) in their proper order, Bassett, with the adjacent manor house of besides explaining many hitherto puzzling Vasherne (about which inquiry was made facts in the life of that remarkable man. recently in N. &Q;'). Sir Robert evidently Sir Robert was knighted for gallantry at married Lady Honour for her money alone, Newbury 19 January, 1645/6. Thirteen days and in October, 1666, we already find him later (1 February, 1645/6) he was married at paying attentions to the actress Mrs. Uphill Church Oakley, near Basingstoke, as the (vide Evelyn's Diary'). In September, 1667 parish registers show, to “Mrs. Ann Kings-("State Papers, Dom., Chas. II.'), Lady Honour mill, second daughter of Sir Richard Kings-petitioned the king for
“an Act of Parliament to provide for her out of ever, in 1695, when Sir Robert, now seventy, her own estate, and confirm to her the house and married Annabella Dives, daughter of John goods she brought, and a yearly maintenance. In spite of proposals of mediation offered her by her Dives, and
sister of a hanger-on of the Court, husband, she dares not trust him; although she Sir Lewis Dives. This lady, who had been a brought him 2,0001. a year, besides personalty, he maid of honour to Mary II., survived him, first left her with a few goods, in a house in Lin. and was remarried at Stepney to the Rev. coln's Inn Fields, to support herself on 61, a week; Edmund Martyn. Sir Robert's
will is dated and then took that away, to compel
her to lie at his 26 May, 1697, and was proved 7 September, mercy; which she dares not do, her jointure being mortgaged, she cannot prosecute for relief in ordi 1698. He disinherits all his children, save nary courts."
Thomas (now Teller of the Exchequer), for These and subsequent proceedings (such as whom he had already abundantly provided, the disinheriting of all his children save the and leaves his remaining goods to his widow. favourite, Thomas) shed an unenviable light He died 3 September, 1698, and was buried on the character of Sir Robert. He was now five days later in Westminster Abbey, at the a rich man, having received a number of entrance of St. John the Baptist's Chapel. important offices and fat sinecures after the I hope at some future time to deal with Restoratiou. Among his other posts was the descendants of this typically selfish and that of Auditor of the Exchequer, which he cynical courtier. . The general impression continued to hold almost to his death. An seems to be that his male descendants failed episode, however, which occurred in August, with his grandson, Thomas, son of Thomas 1661, tends to show that in the beginning, at Howard of Ashstead. However, there has least, he was not persona grata at Court, for lately come to light much evidence to the he was then sent to the Tower, with his contrary. Certainly the eldest son of Sir brothers James and Philip, and Sir Robert Robert, Robert Howard, Jun.(who is omitted Killigrew. Can any reader explain this im- by all the authorities, such as Paget's prisonmeut, which followed so soon after the *Ashstead, Causton's 'Howard Papers, H. Order of the Bath and a Privy Councillorship Howard's Memorials, Burke's
Peerage, had been conferred upon Howard ? Sir &c., but whose birth I have established Robert, after years of persistent neglect, above), lived to matriculate at St. Edmund's finally succeeded in getting rid of his second Coll., Oxford, as son and heir of Sir Robt. wife's landed estates altogether. In the Howard of Fabyans, Hants, aged 17,” on Verney MSS. ('Hist. MSS. Com. Seventh 25 November, 1663; and in 1666 (his father Report") is a letter, dated 26 April, 1676, from having meanwhile married the widowed John Verney, in which it is stated that “Sir owner of Vasherne) was entered at the Inner Robert Howard has sold Wootton Bassett, in Temple as “ Robert Howard esquire of VasWiltshire, to Mr. Lau. Hyde for 36,0001., of herne, Wilts.” On 15 March, 1665/6, a licence which his lady (who consents to the sale) is to to marry, at St. Mary Somerset's, was issued have eight.” Poor Lady Honour did not long to “Robert Howard gent. of St. Giles-insurvive. On 19 September, 1676. Lady the-Fields, bachelor, about 22, and Susanne Chaworth writes to Lord Roos ('Rutland Oliver, of the same, widow, about 26.” The Correspondence,' vol. ii. p. 29) that "Lady age of this Robert Howard corresponds very Honour Howard is dead." The couple had nearly with that of Robert, eldest son of no children.
Sir Robert, and there are other important Howard now began to sue for the hand of evidences (which I am not yet at liberty to his mistress, Mrs. Uphill, in legitimate publish) tending to show that the two were marriage. À work (A Seasonable Argu- identical. The registers of St. Giles, and ment......for a new Parliament') published in St. Botolphs, Bishopgate Street, record the 1677, says of him, "Many other places and baptisms of several children of Robert and boons he had ; but his whore, Uphill, spends Susanna Howard. It is probable that the all, and now refuses to marry him.” Marry younger Robert was cast off by his father, him she did, nevertheless, being his third as his sister, Mary, Abbess of the Poor Clares wife. In 1680 Howard bought the estates of at Rouen, had been. A tradition exists that Ashstead, in Surrey, and Castle Rising, in he fell in a skirmish at Marshfield, GloucesterNorfolk, from his cousin, the Duke of shire, in 1689, while on his way to Ireland Norfolk, and these properties he made over to join the army of James II. The proof during his lifetime to his third son, Thomas, of existing, malo descendants of Sir Robert to the exclusion of his other children. I have Howard, K.B., would, of course, seriously not been able to find any record of the death affect tho succession to the earldoms of of Mrs. Uphill, who was the original of Shad. Suffolk and Berkshire. GERALD. BRENAN. well's “Lådy Vaine." She was dead, how- Willesden,