JOHN JAMES PERCEVAL, earl of Egmont, viscount Perceval of Kanturk, baron Perceval of Burton, and a baronet of the kingdom of Ireland, baron Lovel and Holland of Enmore in the county of Somerset, lord paramount of the signory, cantred and barony of Duhallow, and of the territories of Poble O'Callaghan and Poble O'Keeffe in the county of Cork in the kingdom of Ireland.
This nobleman was born 23 January 1738, and having embraced the profession of the army, served under prince Ferdinand of Brunswic in the year 1762. He was elected in that year to represent the borough of Bridgwater in the county of Somerset, and succeeded to the title upon the death of his father 4 December 1770.
The earl of Egmont married 4 June 1765 Isabella, granddaughter of Charles second duke of Bolton; by which lady he had issue John, lord viscount Perceval, born 13 August 1767.
The family of Perceval is said to be descended from Robert, younger son of Eudes duke of Bretagne, and was indiscriminately stiled d'Yvery and Perceval. They early migrated into the duchy of Normandy, where they possessed the castle of Yvery and the hereditary office of chief butler.
Two of this family, Robert and Roger, came over to England with William the conqueror. Roger obtained from that prince the barony of Yvery in the county of Oxford; and Roger, his son, was a person of great riches, hereditary chief butler to the king of England, and one of the principal partisans of Robert duke of Normandy upon the death of king William the first. Robert, the contemporary of the elder Roger, also came over to England with William the conqueror, but afterwards returned to his former settlement in the duchy of Normandy, where he made a considerable figure. Ascelon, his son, from the atrocious inhumanity of his conduct, obtained the surname of Lupus, from which circumstance his posterity afterwards assumed the surname of Lupus or Lovel.
William, his son, appears to have passed a considerable part of his time in England, and was the founder of the castle of Carey at Castle Carey in the county of Somerset. He was a strenuous partizan of the empress Maud in the reign of king Stephen, and endured two sieges in the fortress he had erected. He married Auberie, daughter of Robert de Bellomont earl of Mellent and Leicester, and great grand daughter of Henry the first king of France; by which lady he had issue,
William, third son of William and Auberie, had issue William, who had summons to parliament among the barons in the reign of king John, and whose posterity bore the title of lord Lovel of Tichmarch in the county of Northampton. John,, second. lord Lovel, his son, had issue,
John, eighth lord Lovel, grandson of John fifth lord Lovel, was engaged in the wars of king Edward the third. for the crown of France, and of king Richard the second in the kingdom of Ireland. He took part with the rebellious barons against this latter prince, but afterwards became reconciled to the king, and was admitted into his favour. He married Mary, grand- daughter and heiress of Robert Holland lord Holland, elder brother of Thomas earl of Kent, in whose right he succeeded to the title of Holland. William, tenth lord Lovel, his grandson, married Alice, daughter and heiress of John Deincourt lord Deincourt, in whose right he succeeded to the titles of baron Deincourt of Blankley in the county of Lincoln, baron Grey of Rutherfield in the county of Oxford, and baron Fitzalan of Bedal in the county of York. By this lady he had issue,
John, eleventh lord Lovel, adhered to the party of the house of Lancaster in the civil wars, and died 9 January 1464. Francis, twelfth lord Lovel, his son, was by king Edward the fourth 4 January 1483 created viscount Lovel. He was second in command under Richard duke of Gloucester afterwards king Richard the third, in his expedition into Scotland, and was the particular favourite and counsellor of that monarch. By king Richard he was constituted lord chamberlain of the houshold and chief butler of England. He fled to the continent after the battle of Bosworth; and returning in the affair of Lambert Simnel, was probably killed at the battle of Stoke 6 June 1487. His estate was confiscated by king Henry the seventh.
William, second son of William tenth lord Lovel, married Eleanor, daughter and heiress of Robert Morley lord Morley, in whose right he succeeded to the titles of Morley, Marshal, Hengham and Rhie, and to the office of hereditary marshal of the kingdom of Ireland. He had issue,
Richard, younger son of William and Auberie, assumed the original name of Perceval, and lost a leg in the expedition of king Richard the first to the Holy Land, in which he had a considerable command. Richard, his son, had issue,
Ralph, grandson of Ralph, engaged with Henry Stafford duke of Buckingham in the cause of king Richard the third, and was killed at the battle of Bosworth 22 August 1485. Richard, fourth in descent from this Ralph, was employed by queen Elizabeth to decypher the intercepted dispatches of the king of Spain at the period of the famous Armada; and, being from that time distinguished by government, obtained the paramount lordship of the signory, cantred and barony of Duhallow, and of the territories of Poble O'Callaghan and Poble O'Keeffe in the kingdom of Ireland. Sir Philip, his son, was one of the most considerable persons in that kingdom, and suffered greatly by the confusion of the civil wars of king Charles the first. He was appointed 23 March 1642 commissary general of the army of Ireland, and was one of the king's commissioners at the treaty of Oxford in the year 1644. By Pym and Hollis he was brought over to the party of the parliament, but soon after became obnoxious to the faction of the independents, and died 10 November 1647.
John, his son, is said to have been principally instrumental in inducing Richard Cromwell to resign the protectorate, and was created a baronet by king Charles the second 9 September 1661, with a provision that the eldest son or grandson shall be entitled to that dignity after the age of twenty-one years, during the life of his father or grandfather. Sir John, fifth baronet, third in descent from sir John first baronet, was created by king George the first 21 April 1715 baron Perceval of Burton of the kingdom of Ireland, and 25 September 1722 viscount Perceval of Kanturk of that kingdom. By king George the second he was constituted 9 June 1732 president of the province of Georgia in North America, and created 6 November 1733 earl of Egmont in the kingdom of Ireland. He married Catherine, daughter and heiress of sir Philip Parker of Erwarton in the county of Suffolk baronet, the last male representative of the Parkers barons Morley, Marshal, Hengham and Rhie; by which lady, who died 22 August 1749, he had issue,
and the earl of Egmont, her father, 1 May 1748.
John, second earl of Egmont, was created by king George the third baron Lovel and Holland of Enmore, and constituted 10 September 1763 first lord commissioner of the admiralty, which office he resigned in September 1766. He married first Catherine, daughter of James fifth earl of Salisbury; by which lady, who died 16 August 1752, he had issue,
The earl of Egmont married secondly Catherine, grand-daughter of George fourth earl of Northampton; by which lady, who was created 19 May 1770 baroness Arden of Lohart Castle in the kingdom of Ireland, and died 11 June 1784, he had issue,
JOSEPH DAMER, baron Milton of Milton Abbey; and baron Milton of Shrone Hill in the kingdom of Ireland.
This nobleman was born 12 March 1718, and elected 1741 to represent the boroughs of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis in the county of Dorset, 1747 to represent the borough of Bramber in the county of Sussex, and 1754 to represent the borough of Dorchester in the, county of Dorset. By king George the second he was created 30 May 1753 baron Milton of Shrone Hill in the county of Tipperary of the kingdom of Ireland, and by king George the third baron Milton of Milton Abbey of the kingdom of Great Britain.
Lord Milton married 27 July 1742 Caroline, daughter of Lionel first duke of Dorset; by which lady, who died 24 March 1775, he has issue,
The family of Damer or D'Amorie is in the list of those persons who came over to England with William the conqueror. Gilbert D'Amorie, in the reign of king Edward the first, had issue,
John Damer, eighth in descent from Richard, had issue,
Joseph, son of George, inherited the estates of his uncle, and married Mary, daughter of John Churchil of Henbury in the county of Dorset esquire; by which lady, who died -- ---- ----, he had issue,
GEORGE VENABLES VERNON, baron of Kinderton; a vice president of the Welch Charity.
This nobleman was born 9 May 1735, and elected 1774 to represent the county of Glamorgan. He succeeded to the title upon the death of his father 2 August 1780.
Lord Vernon married first 16 July 1757 Louisa Barberina, daughter and heiress of Bussy Mansel lord Mansel; by which lady, who died -- ---- ----, he has issue
He married secondly 25 May 1786 Georgiana, daughter of William Fauquier esquire; by which lady he has issue
The family of Vernon is descended from Richard de Vernon, who came over to England with William the conqueror, and was created by Hugh Lupus, lord paramount of the county palatine of Chester, in the year 1086 baron of Shipbroke in that county. Richard, fifth lord Shipbroke, fifth in descent from Richard, had issue,
Richard, sixth in descent from William,, was elected speaker of the honourable house of commons in the year 1426; and William, his son, was constituted lord high constable of England for life, being the last person to whom that office was permanently granted. He died 30 June 1467. Henry, his grandson, was governor and treasurer to Arthur prince of Wales, son of king Henry the seventh. Humphrey, his son, had issue,
Henry, fifth in descent from Thomas, married Anne, granddaughter and heiress of Peter Venables lord Kinderton.
George Venables, the issue of this marriage, was created by king George the third baron Vernon of Kinderton. He married first Mary, daughter of Thomas sixth lord Howard of Effingham; by which lady he had issue,
FRANCIS REYNOLDS MORTON, baron Ducie of Tortworth; a captain in his majesty's navy.
This nobleman was born 28 March 1739, and succeeded to the title upon the death of his brother 11 September 1785.
Lord Ducie married 10 October 1714 (sic: probably should be 1764 - CH 2003) Mary, daughter of Thomas Purvis of Shepton Mallet in the county of Somerset; by which lady he has issue,
The lords Ducie are maternally descended from ----- Ducie, who came over to England as an auxiliary to queen Isabella, consort to king Edward the second. Robert Ducie was created a baronet by king Charles the first 28 November 1629. He was elected 1631 lord mayor of London, and at the commencement of the civil wars lost eighty thousand pounds, which he had advanced to the king. He had issue,
Matthew, the issue of this marriage, was created by king George the first 9 June 1720 baron Ducie of Morton in the county of Stafford, and had issue,
Matthew, second lord Ducie, was created by king George the third baron Ducie of Tortworth, with remainder to Thomas and Francis Reynolds, his grandsons. Upon his death 27 December 1770 the title of baron Ducie of Morton became extinct, and that of baron Ducie of Tortworth descended to his grandchildren, who have since assumed the surname of Morton.
HENRY DIGBY, baron Digby of Sherborne; and baron Digby of Geaffiil of the kingdom of Ireland; lord lieutenant and custos rotulorum of the county of Dorset.
This nobleman was born -- --- ---, and succeeded to the Irish honours upon the death of his brother 30 November 1757. He was created by king George the third baron Digby of Sherborne, and constituted 7 June 1771 lord lieutenant and custos rotulorum of the county of Dorset, and of the town and county of Poole.
Lord Digby married first 4 September 1763 Elizabeth, granddaughter of Basil fourth earl of Denbigh; which lady dying 19 January 1765, he married secondly 10 November 1770 Mary, daughter and heiress of John Knowler of the city of Canterbury esquire; by which lady he bas issue,
The family of Digby has been traced back to the reign of king Henry the second. Their original name was Tilton, which they changed in the year 1256 for that of Digby. Everard Digby, in the reign of king Edward the fourth, was killed, together with his three brothers, fighting for the house of Lancaster at the battle of Towton 29 March 1461. His seven sons fought for king Henry the seventh at the battle of Bosworth 22 August 1485. Sir Everard, fourth in descent from Everard deft son of Everard, was one of the conspirators in the gunpowder plot, and was executed for his share in that transaction 30 January 1606. He had issue,
George, third in descent from Simon, second of the seven sons of Everard, had issue,
George, second earl of Bristol, was a nobleman of great abilities, and made a considerable figure in the reign of king Charles the first under the title of lord Digby. He was one of the committee of the house of commons appointed to prepare articles of impeachment against the earl of Strafford, but afterwards opposed the bill of attainder 21 April 1641. He was expelled the house of commons 10 June following, and was one of the principal advisers in the impeachment of lord Kimbolton and the five commoners by king Charles the first. He succeeded, upon the death of the celebrated Lucius Carey lord viscount Falkland in the year 1643, to the office of principal secretary of state. He was constituted in the year 1645 commander in chief of the northern army, and was defeated in the action of Sherburne in the county of York in the following year. He afterwards passed into Ireland, and recommended the imprisonment of the earl of Glamorgan for his transactions with the Irish Catholics; and, being proscribed by the parliament, passed into the Imperial service during the usurpation of Cromwel. In the year 1663 he entered a charge of high treason against the earl of Clarendon lord high chancellor, which was unanimously rejected by the house of lords. He died 20 March 1676, having issue,
Robert, elder brother of John first earl of Bristol, married Lettice, baroness Offaley of the kingdom of Ireland, granddaughter of Gerald eleventh earl of Kildare of that kingdom; by which lady, who is distinguished for her heroical defence of the castle of Geashil against the Irish Catholics in the year 1642, he had issue,
William, fifth lord Digby, grandson of Robert first lord Digby, was attainted by the Irish parliament under king James the second in the year 1689. He had issue,
Lord Digby died 29 November 1752.
Edward, second son, married Charlotte, sister of Stephen first earl of Ilchester; by which lady, who died -- November 1778, he had issue,
Dean Digby died 19 September 1788.
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