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Pakington 1: Pakington of Aylesbury Ailesbury, Pakington of Chaddesley Corbet, Pakington of Hampton Lovett, Pakington of Westwood
Pa16. Robert Pakington a temp Henry IV who r. 1399-1413
Pa16. John Pakington
Pa15. John Pakington
m Elizabeth Washbourne dau of Thomas Washbourne of Stanford
Pa14 Sir John Pakington of Hampton Lovett and Westwood d 1560, judge Pleas 1509 Chirographer an official, now obsolete Court Common , Lent Reader 1520, Treas Inner Temple 1529, Serjeant-at-law 1532, Justice N Wales 1535 and S Wales 1542, granted all the manors formerly belonging to Westwood Monastery, Worcs by 1560 held 31.1 Dau of Rolle.1 Sir.1
BEB1841 reports that one authority identified Sir John's wife as Anne, daughter of Henry Dacres, Sheriff of London. However, that was noted in a note and BEB1841 otherwise agrees with BP1934 that his wife was ...
m Anne Rolle m 22.08.1563, widow of Tychbourne
Pa13-1. Ursula Pakington
m Sir John Scudamore
Pa13 Bridget Pakington
m Sir John Lyttleton of Frankley d 15.02.1589-90
Pa14-2. Robert Pakington of London d 1537
m Catherine Baldwin dau of Sir John Baldwin, lord chief justice, by Agnes Dormer
a. Sir Thomas Pakington, Sheriff of Worcestershire d 02.06.1571
m Dorothy Kitson dau of Sir Thomas Kitson of Hengrave
1 Sir John Pakington of Westwood Park b c1549, d 18.01.1625
m 01.11.1598 Dorothy Smith dau of Humphry Smith of Cheapside
A Sir John Pakington of Hampton Lovett, 1st Bart of Aylesbury or Ailesbury or Ailsbury b c1600, dvp 10.1624
m Frances Ferrers dau of Sir John Ferrers of Tamworth
i Sir John Pakington, 2nd Bart of Aylesbury and Westwood bur 03.01.1680
m Dorothy Coventry bur 13.05.1679, dau of Thomas Coventry, 1st Lord
a Sir John Pakington, 3rd Bart of Aylesbury and Westwood d 03.1688
m 17.12.1668 Margaret Keyt dau of Sir John Keyt, 1st Bart of Ebrington
1 Sir John Pakington, 4th Bart b 16.03.1671, d 13.08.1727
m1 28.08.1691 Frances Parker dau of Sir Herny Parker, Bart of Honington
A Margaret Pakington
m _ Dowdeswell
B Frances Pakington d 23.04.1751
m Thomas Charles Tracy, 5th Viscount b 27.07.1690, d 04.06.1756
C+ other issue d young - John, Thomas, Dorothy
m2 26.08.1700 Hester Perrott dau/heir of Sir Herbert Perrott of Haroldston
F Sir Herbert Perrott Pakington, 5th Bart d 24.09.1748
m 06.1721 Elizabeth Conyers d 07.1758, dau of John Conyers of Walthamstow
i Sir John Pakington, 6th Bart dsp 30.11.1762
m 1761 Mary Bray d 23.02.1812, dau of Henry Bray of Bromyard
ii Sir Herbert Perrott Pakington, 7th Bart d 02.05.1795
m 1759 Elizabeth Hawkins d 06.1783, dau of Caesar Hawkins
a Sir John Pakington, 8th Bart b 1760, dsp 06.01.1830
b Elizabeth Ann Pakington d 05.1813
m William Russell of Powick
1 William Russell d young
2 Sir John Somerset Russell, later Pakington, 1st Lord Hampton b 20.02.1799, d 09.04.1880, Secretary of State had issue
m1 14.08.1822 Mary Slaney d 06.01.1843, dau of Moreton Aglionby Slaney of Shifna
m2 04.06.1844 Augusta Murray d 23.02.1848, dau of George Murray, Bishop of Rochester
m3. 05.06.1851, sp Augusta Anne De Crespigny b c1800, d 08.02.1892, dau of T.C.Champion De Crespigny
3 Elizabeth Ann Pakington
m 01.12.1825 Ferdinand Hanbury Williams of Coldbrook Park
c+ other issue - Thomas dsp, Dorothy d unm, Anne, Louisa d unm
iii+ other issue - Hester, Cecilia
b Elizabeth Pakington
m Anthony Eyre of Rampton bpt 17.09.1634, d 1671
c daughter
m William Godfrey of Lincolnshire
ii Elizabeth Pakington
m1 Sir Henry Washington of Packington b 1615, d 09.03.1662-3
m2 Samuel Sandys of Ombersley d 1685
B Anne Pakington bur 12.11.1667
m1 09.02.1618 Sir Humphrey Ferrers of Tamworth d 1633
m2 Philip Stanhope, 1st Earl of Chesterfield d 12.09.1656
C Mary Pakington
m 1620 Sir Robert Brooke or Broke of Nacton b 1603, d 1639
2 Mary Pakington
m Sir Walter Long of Wraxall and Draycot
3 Catherine Pakington
m1 John Davis of Wiltshire
m2 Sir Jasper Moore
m3. Sir _ Mompesson of Teddington
4 Margaret Pakington
m Thomas Litchfield
b. John Pakington
c. Elizabeth Pakington
m1 John Lane
m2 Sir Richard Mallory alderman of London
d. Anne Pakington
m Richard Cupper of Glympton
e. Margaret Pakington
m1 Benedict Lee of Burston
m2 Sir Thomas Scot of Yorkshire
Pa14-3. Humphrey Pakington of London and Chadesley or Chaddesley Corbet
m Elizabeth Harding
a. John Pakington of Harvington
m Elizabeth Newport
1 Humphrey Pakington of Chaddesley Corbet
m Abigail Sacheverell
A Mary Pakington
m Sir John Yate, Bart
B Anne Pakington
m Sir Henry Audley
Pa14-4 Austin Pakington

Sources: BP1934 Hampton, BEB1841 Pakington of Ailsbury

P A K I N G T O N, of Ailibury. 179

come, to wear his hat in his presence, and his successors, and
not to be uncovered on any occasion or cause whatsoever,
against his will and good liking, and excused him from every
kind of office or incumbrance. The many other honours con-
ferred on this Gentleman are too numerous here to be repeated.
At the time of his death, anno 2 Eliz. he was seized of thirty-
one manors, and of other lands that he had purchased of
seventy several persons, as appears from a large book con-
cerning his estate, now among the evidences of the family, at
West wood.

His Lady was, Anne, widow of Tychbourne, and of

the family of Rolle, who dying the 22d of August, 1563, was
buried in the earl: end of the chancel of St. Buttolph's, Alders-
gate-street, London.

The great estate this Sir John Pakington left, was divided
between his daughters, and his two younger brothers, Robert,
and Humphrey. Ursula, his eldest daughter, married Sir John
Scudamore, Knt. of whom descended the late Lord Viscount
Scudamore, whose daughter and sole heir was the Duchess of
Beaufort ; and Bridget, married Sir John Lyttelton, of Frank-
ley, in Worcestershire, Knt. ancestor to Sir Thomas Lyttel-
ton, Bart.

Humphry Pakington, youngest brother of Sir John, was a
Merchant of London ; and left an only son, John, who was
of Harvington, in Worcestershire j which line expired in two
daughters, great heiresses ; one of them married Sir John
Yate, Bart, the other, Sir Henry Audley, Knt.

Robert Pakington, the next brother of Sir John beforemen-
tioned, was one of the Members of Parliament for the city of
London, temp. Henry VIII. and barbarously murdered in the
street, 1537, as he was going to church, for he then opposed
the Papists, and was hot by them, and by his last will a/id
testament, bearing date the 25th of Novemb. 1535, the pro-
bat whereof is on the 24th of April, 1537, it appears, that
he forsook the superstitious errors of the church of Rome, in
those times, when many suffered on account of their religion ;
the murderer was never discovered, but by his own confeision,
made when he came to the gallows, at Banbury, to be hanged
for felony.

He had issue by Catharine, one of the coheirs of Sir John
Baldwin, Knt. Lord Chief Justice of the Common-Pleas, and

his wife, daughter of William Dormer, of Wycombe,

in Bucks, Esq; by this match came the manor of Ailsbury,
in Bucks, with other considerable lands an only son, Thomas,
and three daughters, viz. Elizabeth, wife of John Lane, Esq;
and afterwards of Sir Richard Mallory, Knt. Alderman of

N 2 London j

j So P A K I N G T O N, of Ailsbury.

London ; Anne, wife of Richard Cupper, of Glympton, in
Oxfordshire, Esq; and Margaret of Benedict Lee, of Burston,
in Bucks, and afterwards, of Thomas Scot, of the county of
York, Esqrs,

Thomas, son and heir to the said Robert, was in ward to
the Lord Privy-Seal, in 37 Henry VIII. when Catharine, his
mother, then twenty-three years of age, was found one of the
coheirs to Sir John Baldwin, who died the 22d of December,
the same year; he received the honour of knighthood from
Queen Mary, and on the death of his uncle, Sir John, suc-
ceeded to a great estate. He was Sheriff of the county of
Worcester, in 3 Elizabeth, and dying the 2d of June, at Bath-
Place, in Holborn, 12 Eliz. 157 1, was conveyed to Ailsbury,
in great pomp, the officers of the college of arms attending
his corps and bured in the parish-church there. His Lady,
who survived him, was daughter of Sir Thomas Kitsan, of
Hengrave, in Suffolk, Knt. and afterwards marrying Thomas
Tasmagh, Esq; died in the 'fixty-fifth year of her age, 1775.
This Sir Thomas had five sons, of which, only John, the
eldest, survived his father ; and three daughters ; Mary, mar-
ried to Sir Walter Long, of Draycot, in Wilts, Knt. Catha-
rine, to John Davis, of the same county, Esq; secondly, to

Sir Jasper Moor ; and laitly, to Sir Mompeslbn, of Ted-

dington, in Wilts, Knts. and Margaret, to Thomas Litch-
field, Esq; Gentleman of the Privy-Chamber to Queen Eliza-

This Sir John Pakington, who was bred at Christ Church,
in Oxford, under the tuition of Dr. Lewis, dean of Gloucester,
became a great favourite of Queen Elizabeth's, and one of her
Privy Council. She first took notice of him in her progress to
Worcester, when she invited him to attend her court, where he
lived, at his own expence, in great splendor and reputation,
with an equipage not inferior to some of her greatest officers,
though he had no other honour beiides that of Knight of the
Bath, which was conferred on him in the life-time of his father.

He was remarkable for his feature and comely personage, and,
by his ability in all manly excrcises, had distinguished himself"
to that degree, that he was generally called by the name of
Lusty Pakington : of which, among many inilances, it may
not be amifs to mention this one ; he entered into articles to
iwtm against three noble Courtiers, for 3000I. from the bridge
at Wesftminster, to the bridge at Greenwich ; but the Queen,
by her special command, prevented the putting it in execution.

It could not be otherwise imagined, but that by this expen-
sive life, great debts must be contracted, which, in time, would
brinig him into diffculty, Of this he was so sensible, that


P A K I N G T O N, of Ailsbury. J 81

he took a sudden and wise resolution of retiring into the coun-
try, and, as he laid himself, would feed on bread and verjuice ,
till he had made up his extravagancies. The Queen soon had no-
tice of it, and therefore, taking into confederation these his ill
circumstances, which the zeal for her service had brought him
into, gave him a grant of a Gentleman's estate, in Suffolk,
of eight or nine hundred pounds per ann. besides goods and
chattels, which had escheated to the crown : but Sir John,
after he had been in the country to take possession, found too
great a tenderness in his nature, notwithstanding the bad con-
dition of his affairs to behold the miseries of that distressed fa-
mily, without a due regard and companion for them \ and the
melancholy spectacle of the sorrowful Lady and her children,
i'o effectually wrought upon him, that, with the greatest gene-
rosity, he repaired immediately to court, and humbly beseech-
ed her Majefty to excuse him from enriching himfelf by the
calamities of that Gentleman, who fell by a combination of
his enemies, and would not leave the Queen till he had ob-
tained his request.

Soon after, he left the court, but before he parted from the
town, he took care to satisfy all his creditors j and then, with
great reputation and honour, he began his journey into the
country, being handsomely attended with servants and tenants,
to the number of sixty, well mounted and accoutred, who
came purposely out of the country to pay him this comple-
ment, and waited at the court-gates, while he was taking leave
of the Queen.

After his settlement in the country, her Majesty was not
unmindful of him, for she, to repair his fortune, granted him,
for sixty years in the twenty-fifth year of her reign several
lordships, manors, and lands, that were come to the crown
by forfeiture, &c. in seventeen different counties ; also, when
the Earl of Pembroke was made Lord-President of the marches
of Wales, and Lord Lieutenant of the adjacent counties, he
was put in the same patent, Lieutenant of Worcestershire, and
upon the vacancy of the office of Custos Rotulorum.* that was
likewise conferred upon him : she also made him Bow-bearer
of Malverne-chace, one of the best in England,, which he held
till he had finisned his noble park at Kampton-Lovet, and
then, that chace being at too great a distance from his dwelling,
he obtained her Majefty's leave to dispose of it.

He was in her favour even to the last of her days. He was
constantly the first named in all communions of importance,
and was the principal director in the government of his county,
none being thought more worthy of an intire confidence, by
the Queen and her Council, than himfelf. And as he took all

N 3 imagin-

182 P A K I N G T O N, of Ailsbury.

imaginable care to answer their expectation, by his diligence
and fidelity, fo he was not wanting to convince his country,
that their interest. was always at his heart.

By his affability and obliging behaviour, he acquired the good
opinion of his equals and inferiors ; and by his courage and re-
solution, on all proper occasions, he had rendered himself awful,
even to those who were above him : a memorable proof of
which, he gave his country, when he executed the office of
Sheriff; for the Lord Chief- Baron Periam, having committed
a Gentleman at the Assizes, Sir John, fitting in his Sheriff's
feat, called to him to stay, telling the Judge, he would answer
for his forth-coming ; neither could he be dissuaded, by all the
menaces he received from the bench, from adhering to this re-
solution, boldly alledging, in his defence, that the Gentleman
Was his prisoner, and he, as Sheriff, was accountable for him.
This brave reply, very much increased the esteem his country
had for him, and gained a general applause throughout the king-

His prudence and conduct did not only extricate him out of
those difficulties, in which his Court-life had involved him, but,
in a short time, put so much money into his pocket that he
was enabled to become, what he intended to be, a great builder.

He bought at one time, so much timber of the Earl of
Leicester, out of the foreft of Wire, which borders upon
Worcestershire and Shropshire that the very marking them,
at 4d. per tree, one with .mother, amounted to 48L. This,
Mr. Tomkins, Prebendary of Worcester, a Gentleman of
good credit, who personally knew this Knight, and has left
MS. memoirs of his life, now in the family from which this
account is chiefly collected, affirms to have received from Sir
John's own mouth, who, he assures us, was a person of too
much honour to allow himself the lead: liberty in his discourse,
which was not confident with the strictest truth. Many of
those trees he buried under ground, thinking thereby to keep
out the fresh springs that broke in upon his brine-pits; but
that undertaking did not answer his expectation, and the ex-
pence which his falt-pits and costly buildings had obliged him
to, hindered him from making an addition to his eftate by pur-
chafe, which as my author writes would undoubtedly have
extended to a good part of the lhire wherein he lived, had he
thought fit to have employed his money to that purpose.

He did not seek after marriage till he had paid all his debts,
and cleared his estate ; and then he was so happy as to meet
with a beautiful young widow, in London, and a great fortune,
being the daughter of Mr. Humphry Smith, of Cheapside,
Queen Elizabeth's Silk- man, of an ancient family, yet flourish-

* n &>

PA KING TON, of Ailsbury. 183

ing, in Leicestershire. She had been before married to Bene-
dict Barnham, Esq; one of the Aldermen of London, who left
her a very rich widow ; and that consideration, together with
her youth and beauty, made it impossible for her to escape the
addresses, even of the greateft persons about the court : but
Sir John was the only happy man who knew how to gain her,
being recommended by his worthy friend, Mr. William Sea-
bright, Town-Clerk of London. This Lady had, by her first
hufband the Alderman four daughters, which were very
young when they lost their father, and therefore needed a faith-
ful friend to manage and improve their fortunes ; in which
trust, Sir John acquitted himself so honourably, that they had
10,000 L each for their portion, when they came to marry ; an
immense sum in thofe days. One of thefe ladies was wedded to
my Lord Audley ; another, to Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Vis-
count St. Albans ; a third, to Sir William Soames ; and the
fourth, to Sir William Constable. When he had done this
service to his daughters-in-law, he took care to do a piece of
juftice to himfelf, which, indeed, was also a great argument of
his wifdom, by getting his accounts parTed in Chancery, and
obtaining an effectual discharge there, which could not be other-
wise esteemed, than as a public testimony of his honesty and

The defign of this work obliging me to brevity, I cannot
therefore transcribe all the memorable passages of his life, which
Mr. Tomkins has recorded to his honour : but it appears that
he had a spirit truly great and noble, which discovered itself
upon every proper occasion ; for, as his ends and designs were
always generous, and such as became a man of honour, fo he
fcorned to compafs them by bafe and unworthy means ; he had
a regard to his reputation in every thing that he did, which
had this inseparable effedt, that the whole scene of his life was
nothing else but a continued series of bright and laudable ac-

It is not to be denied, but his sense of injuries was some-
what too nice, and which is a frailty the manliest tempers arc
often subject. to he knew not how to bear a neglect from his
superiors with that submission which was usually expedted.
This was sufficiently evident from the following fiory : Upon
the death of the Earl of Pembroke, King James appointed the
Lord Zouch, his successbr in the Presidentship of the Marches
of Wales, &c. which Lord, as soon as he had obtained his
commission, sent his letters of deputation, to the Gentlemen
of Worcestershire, and among the rest, to Sir John Pakington,
to be one of the Lieutenants of that county ; but Sir John,
finding that the Lord Zouch did not shew him the respect as

N 4 his

j84 P A K I N G T ON, of Ailsbury.

his predecessor did, for he had the honour to be particularly
named a Lieutenant, in the same patent the Earl of Pembroke
had refused to take the letter of deputation from the messen-
ger, telling him, That he had an ejiate as -well as his majler, and
did not mean to venture it in mujfertng the King's subjects^ with no
better a warrant than that which was only signed by his Lord's hand.
And though, on all other occasions, his bounty and generosity
extended to the meanest, yet, on this, he never asked the mes-
senger to eat or drink : but nothing could be a greater proof
of the haughtiness of his stomach, than his behaviour in re-
lation to his fifh-pond.

As he had been at great expences in building his house very
sumptuously, so he was desirous that every thing about it should
be as noble, therefore, he caused a large pool, or canal, of
122 acres, to be made in his new park of Westwood, and
brought a brook, or river, to run into it, cut through a con-
siderable extent of ground : but the misfortune was, this great
design could not be eirected without making the highways part
of the pond; which, indeed, the country very willingly con-
sented to, Sir John, having taken care to provide a more con-
venient road for them. However, it appeared soon after, that
this grant was defective in point of law, which one of his
neighbours observing, and thinking either to mortify Sir John,
or ingratiate himself with him, got an order from the Exche-
quer to destroy his pool, and restore the highway as it was be-
fore ; yet at the time of Serving the order, Signified, that it
was not his intention to give him any molefication, but, if he
pleased, his pond might continue, without the least apprehen-
sion of disturbance from him. But Sir John, scorning to hold
any thing of courtesy from such a neighbour, and that he might
know how little he valued him, went immediately to the pool,
caused the flood-gates to be torn up, and the banks to be thrown
down, whereby the water went out with such rapidity, that
Surpriz'd the neighbourhood, dispersed great quantities of fish
about the country, and the river of Severn, at Worcester,
was discoloured for a week. Soon after, this matter was finally
determined to Sir John's Satisfaction, by referrees of the Siril
quality in the county, viz. Gervaie, Bifhop of Worcester,
John Talbot, of Grafton, Efq; and Mr. Sheldon, of Beoly;
he repaired his pool again, and left it in the condition in which
it has continued ever since.

He was a Gentleman that knew how to value his time ; and
as he had the happiness of a good memory, he took care to
improve it with observations in history and physick, which
were parts of learning; he most delighted in; and for that pur-


P A K I N G T O N, of Ailsbury. 1 85

pofe, he was provided with one to read to him, in those sciences,
at his leisure hours.

This appetite after knowledge, naturally inclined him to
love the conversation of learned men, which he often consult-
ed in difficulties, and by that means, daily informed and per-
fected his judgment.

In the choice of his friends, he did not forget the Clergy ;
with the moft eminent of which body, the neighbourhood of
the city of Worcefter gave him an opportunity of settling a
lasting correfpondence, which was evident from the frequent
visits made him by the Bishop, the Dean, and Prebendaries of
that church. Thefe vifits were far from being barely formal
and ceremonious ; for, upon such occasions, he would usually
lament to them the ill condition of the church, the dangers
that threatned it, as well from the Puritans as the Papists, and
the subject of their discourse often was, how to provide reme-
dies against thofe evils j for the interest of the established church
was his grand concern ; to this he was resolved to sacrifice
every thing that was dear to him, and he scorned to enjoy the
friendship of the greatest man living, upon terms that were not
to her advantage.

It was one great part of his happiness, that there was a set
Gentlemen in his neighbourhood, worthy of his acquaintance
and familiarity : with these he lived in a very friendly and hos-
pitable manner, and he was never better pleased than when he
had some of their company at his table. His ordinary house-
keeping was fuch as became a Gentleman of a plentiful for-
tune ; and in his entertainments, he loved to hew he valued
his friends more than his money, for they were generally very
cofHy and noble.

After he had finished his {lately structure at Weftwood, a
verv delisrhtful habitation, in the midft of a wood, from whence
it took its name he invited the Earl of Northampton, Lord
President, and his Lady, to a houfe- warming ; and as his Lord-
fhip was an honourable and jovial companion, a train of above
an hundred Knights and Gentlemen accompanied him, who
ifaid there fome time, and, at their going away, acknow-
ledged they had pfrc-t with fo kind a reception, that they did not
know whether they had possessed the place, or the place them : the.
delightful situation of his habitation was what they had never
before feen, the house standing in the middle of a wood, that
is cut into twelve lars;e ridings, and at a good distance, one
ring-riding through all of them, and the whole encompassed with.
a park of six or seven miles, at the father end whereof, facing-
the house, is a pool, or canal, of 122 acres, which gives a.


1S6 P A K I N G T ON, of Ailabury.

noble Iuftre, the trees gracing the water, and the water the

His moat magnificent entertainment was that which he gave
King James, and his Queen, with the greateat train that
ever accompanied them at Ailfbury, when his Majefty hon-
oured him with a visit, after his arrival from Scotland, and be-
fore his coronation ; upon this occafion he set no bounds to
his expence, thinking it a disparagement to be out-done by
any fellow-subject, when such an opportunity offered ; and the
King and the whole court acknowledged, they never met with
a more noble reception.

At length, this great man having lived to see his children's
children, departed this life, at his house at Westwood, in the
seventy-seventh year of his age, and was interred near his fa-
ther, at Ailsbury, on the 1 8th of January, 1625. A year be-
fore his death, he was feized with a fit of the gout, which
diftemper, at laft, put an end to his life; otherwife, he was
very happy in a ftrong and excellent constitution of body,
which had never met with any ihock, till about the year be-
fore Queen Elizabeth died, and then fhe did him the honour
to order her own Phyficians to attend him, designing to have
taken him again to court, which her death prevented.

His Lady survived him, and so noted for her riches, that
it was difficult for her long to escape the snares laid for her
by the Court, to engage her in another marriage. She had, first,
the Lord Kilmurry, who lived about two years ; then she mar-
ried Thomas, Earl of Kelly, one of King James's favourites.

By Sir John Pakington she had one son, John, and two
daughters ; Mary, the youngest, was wife of Sir Robert Brook,
of Naclon, in Suffolk, Knt. and Anne, the eldest, married
Sir Humphry Ferrers, of Tamworth, Knt. and surviving him,
was afterwards the second wife of Philip, Stanhope Earl of

John Pakington, Esq; the only son of Sir John Pakington,
Knt. beforementioned, had the estate at Ailsbury, settled on
him by his father, soon after his marriage, though he con-
tracted it without the old Gentleman's consent who likewise
procured him to be created a Baronet, when he was but twenty
years of age, by letters patents bearing date the 22d of June,
1620. He refuted at Ailsbury, in Bucks, for which town he
was elected in the Parliament, 21 Jac. I. was peculiarly
cifceemed, and dying generally lamented, in the twenty-fourth
year of his age, was buried with his ancestors, at Ailsbury,
the 29th ot October, in the year 1624, leaving issue by the
Lady Frances, his wife, daughter to Sir John Ferrers, of Tam-
worth, Knt. John, his only son, and a daughter, married first


P A K I N G T O N, of Ailsbury. 187

to Colonel Washington ; and secondly, to Samuel Sandys, of
Ombersley, in Worcestershire, Esq; The Lady Frances, their
mother, was, by a second marriage, the wife of that noted
General, Alexander Lefley, Earl of Leven.

Sir John Pakington, Bart, only son and heir of the last Sir
John, succeeded in the title and estate, and resided at West-
wood, after his grandfather's decease, who left him, in his mi-
nority, at the age of four years, four months, and six days,
under the guardianship of Thomas, Lord Coventry, Keeper
of the Great Seal of England, by whose vigilant care of his
education, both by travel, and other advantages, he became
an accomplished Gentleman, and gained the love and esteem of
all who knew him.

He was elected one of the Knights for Worcestershire, in
15 Car. I. and when the rebellion broke out, was a Member
in Parliament for the town of Ailsbury ; and having, on all
occasions, given proofs, both of his fidelity to the crown, and
and the rights of the subject, was entrusted by the King, in
the year 1642, on the Houfes passing an ordinance for settling
the militia in such hands as they could confide in with a com-
mission for arraying men for his service, in Worcestershire, to
which his Majesty appointed none, in the several counties, but
persons of the first quality, and unexceptionable to the public,
having charged the ordinance beforementioned, to be against

Sir John Pakington endeavouring, with all his power, to
execute this commission, was taken prisoner, and committed to
the Tower, fined five thousand pounds, had his estate sequestred,
and, for his loyalty and services in the King's cause, his house
in Buckinghamshire, one of the best of that county levelled
with the ground, and such great wastes committed in his woods,
that the loss could never be computed. The estimate of his
sufferings is in some measure demonstrated, by a particular ac-
count kept by his excellent lady, which makes it amount to

His zeal to the Royal Family never swerved ; for notwith-
standing he had suffered so much for his loyalty, he had the
courage to go in, with a troop of horse, to King Charles II. at
the battle of Worcester, and was taken prisoner there, yet was
so entirely beloved in his own country, that when the rebels
tried him for his life, by Commissioners appointed for that pur-
pose, upon an indictment of his raising and heading a troop
at the battle of Worcester they could not procure one witness
to fwear against him, by which means he was acquitted, and
set at liberty, but was afterwards fined 7670L. and forced, for
the laid fine, to convey the market-house, the tolls, court-leet,


1 88 P A K ING T O N, of Ailsbury.

and certain grounds called Heydon-hill, parcel of his estate at
Ailsbury to Scot, who was one of the King's Judges and
other trustees, for the use of the town, which they kept till
after the reiteration, when, by a special Act of Parliament, the
said conveyances were made void.

His Lady was one of the daughters of the aforesaid Thomas,,
Lord Coventry, Keeper of the Great Seal of England, the molt
accomplished perfon of her sex for learning, and the brighteft
example of her age for wisdom and piety. Her letters, and
other discourses still remaining in the family, and the hands of
her friends, are an admirable proof of her excellent genius and
vaft capacity ; and as me has the reputation of being thought
the author of The Whole Duty of Man , so none that knew her
well, and were competent judges of her abilities, could in the
least doubt of her being equal to such an undertaking, though
her modesfty would not suffer her to claim the honour of it ;
but as the manuscript under her own hand now remains with
the family, there is hardly room to doubt it.

By her great virtues and eminent attainments in knowledge,,
she acquired the eiteem of all our learned Divines, particularly
Dr. Hammond, Bifhop Morley, Bishop Fell, Bishop Pearson^
Bishop Henchman, and Bishop Gunning, who were ever ready
to confefs they were always edified by her conversation, and
instructed by her writings.

Sir John Pakington, Bart, son and heir to the last Sir John,
was, in his perfon, very comely and graceful, and no less con-
siderable for the good qualities and perfections of his mind : his
apprehension was quick, and his judgment naturally solid ;
which being well improved, and cultivated by a learned educa-
tion, diftinguifhed him early among his neighbours, and re-
commended him more particularly to the efteem of the Bishop,
and Clergy, of thcdiocefe of Worcefter. Nothing would have
been too hard for his abilities, had he thought the difficulteft
parts of learning worth his conquering ; but delighting chiefly,
in a retired life, he was contented to be known but to a few,,
and being superior to nioft he conversed with, in wit and good
fenfe, he had the kfs ambition to attain to an eminency, by
any extraordinary acquisitions in knowledge. His death was
generally lamented throughout Worcestershire, and as a testi-
mony of their affection to the father, they chose his son, Sir
John Pakington, their Knight for the county, when he was
fefiwee nineteen years of age. He served in Parliament, in the

ans of Kim; Charles II. and King James II. as one of the
Knights for Worcestershire, and was flcady to the establish-

ment in church and date, as his answers, in writing, to the
three queries proposed to him by the Lord Carrington, Lord


P A K-I N G T O N, of Ailsbury. 189

Lieutenant of the county of Worcester, in those trying times
of the late King James, sufficiently {hew.

This Sir John was buried at Hampton-Lovet, the sSth of
March, 1688; ami having married Margaret, daughter, of Sir
John Keyt, "of Ebrington, in Glouceftershire, Bart. -left iiTue
his only fon and heir, Sir John Pakington, Bart.

Which Sir John, was a strenuous solicitor of the rights and
liberties of his country, and in the year 1702, made that re-
markable complaint to the Houfe of Commons, against William,
Lord Bishop of Worcester, and Mr. Lloyd, his son, for inter-
fering in the election for the county of Worcester, and sending
letters to the Clergy and Freeholders, threatning them, if they
voted for him, &c. and afperfing his behaviour in Parliament;
when the house of Commons, after hearing the evidence, and
mature consideration,

* Resolved, Nemine iontradicevtc^

* That Sir John Pakington has, by evidence, fully made

* out the charge which he exhibited against the Lord Bishop

* of Worcester. '

1 Resolved, Ne?mne contradice?ite y

* That Sir John Pakington has, by evidence, fully made

* out the charge against Mr. Lloyd, the said Lord Bishop's
< son.'

' Resolved,

* That it appears to this house, that the proceedings of Wil-
liam, Lord Bishop of Worcester, his son, and his agents, in
c order to the hindering of the election of a Member for the

* county of Worcester, has been malicious, unchristian, and

* arbitrary, in high violation of the liberties and privileges of
c the Commons of England.'

* Refolved,

c That an humble addrefs be prefented to her Majefty, that
4 fhe will Jje gracioufly pleafed to remove William, Lord

* Bifhop of Worcester, from being Lord-Almoner to her

6 Ordered,

c That Mr. Attorney-General do prafecute Mr. Lloyd,
' the Lord Bifhop of Worcefter's fon, for his faid offence,

* after his privilege, as a member of the lower house of convo-
cation, is out.'

* Veneris, 20 die Novembris, 1702.

* Mr. Comptroller reported to the houfe, That their Resolu-
tion and Address to her Majesty, for the removing William,
Lord Bishop of Worcester, from being Lord-Almoner to her
Majesty, had been presented to her Majesty, and that her Ma-
jesty was pleased to give this most gracious answer :

* I am

i 9 o P A K I N G T O N, of Ailsbury.

4 lam very sorry that there is occasion for this address,

* against the Bishop of Worcester; I shall order and direct,
4 that he shall no longer continue to supply the place of Almoner, but I will put another in his room, to perform that

Sir John, was constantly elected one of the Knights for
Worcestershire, in every Parliament, from his first being chosen,
at nineteen years of age, except one, when he voluntarily de-
clined it to his death, notwithstanding the powerful opposi-
tion which was generally made against him ; and was sworn
Recorder for the city of Worcester, in the room of the Earl
of Plymouth, who deceased, Feb. 21, 1725-6.

His firft Lady was Frances, eldest daughter of Sir Henry
Parker, of Hunnington, in Warwickshire, Bart, by whom he
had two sons, John who died at Oxford, in the nineteenth
year of his age, 17 12, and Thomas, who died on his travels,
at Rome, 1724, unmarried; alfo three daughters, Margaret,
Frances, married to Thomas-Charles, Lord Vifcount Tracy,
of the kingdom of Ireland, and Dorothy, which laft, died in
her infancy.

Sir John had, for his fecond Lady, Hefter, daughter and
sole heir of Sir Herbert Perrot, of Haroldstone, in the county
of Pembroke, Knt. who died, 1715; by whom he had one
son, Sir Herbert-Perrot, his successor, and dying, August 13,
1727, was interred at Hampton Lovet, with his ancestors.

Sir Herbert-Perrot Pakington fucceeded his father, not only
in the title and estate, but his seat in Parliament, and was
elected one of the Knights of the Shire for the county of
Worcester. He married Elizabeth, daughter of John Conyers,
of Walthamstow, in Essex, Esq; by whom he had two sons, John,
and Perrot, and two daughters, Hester and Cecilia. Sir Her-
bert Perrot dying the 24th of Sept. 1748, at Leyden, in Hol-
land, was buried in the College-church there, the 30th of the
same month, in the forty-seventh year of his age, and was
fucceeded in title and eftate by his eldeft son,

Sir John Pakington, Bart, who in 1761, married Mifs Mary,
daughter of Mr. Henry Bray, of Bromyard, in Herefordshire,
Gent, and dying without issue the 30th of Nov. 1762, in the
fortieth year of his age, was succeeded in title and eftate by
his only surviving brother,

Sir Herbert-Perrot Pakington, the prefent Bart, who, in
1759, married Mrs. Elizabeth Wylde, widow of Mr. Herbert
Wylde, of Ludlow, in Shropshire, Gent, by whom he hath
issue, two sons, and two daughters, viz. John, Elizabeth,
Dorothy Ann, and Herbert Perrot, all in their minority.


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