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and his heirs; such issue failing, thence to William, the youngest brother of Sir Francis and Charles. In default of heirs male of the body of William, thence to Philip Lovell (uncle of Sir Francis); thence to George, eldest son of Philip. In default of issue of George, to Thomas second son of Philip—with remainder to the right heirs of Thomas Lovell, Knight, aforesaid.

Being so seised, the aforesaid Thomas Lovell, Knight, died 24th September, 4 Jaines I. [1606], and the aforesaid ffrancis Lovell died 5th November, 22 James I. (1624), at London, without male issue: whereupon, Charles entered into possession. On 25th March, 13 Charles I. [1638], died William, the brother, at London, also without male issue. Philip and George, his son, also died in the lifetime of Charles Lovell. But George Lovell left a son, John Lovell, Esquire, now aged 29, who, on the death of Charles (16th January, 16 Charles I., 1641), as son and heir of the said George Lovell, entered upon the aforesaid manors, messuages, lands, tenements, etc.

The aforesaid Jury also say that Alice, Lady Grymes, wife of George Grymes, Knight, Elizabeth Yaxley, wife of Charles Yaxley, Esquire, daughters of the said Charles Lovell, and Thomas Gawdy, gent., son and heir of Frances Gawdy, deceased, also daughter of the said Charles Lovell, are the next co-heirs of the aforesaid Charles Lovell; all of whom at his death were over age.

We find Post Mortem Inquisitions on Philip Lovell of West Dereham, taken at Watton, 23rd September, 15 James I., 1617 (he died 29th January last past) (Chan. Inq. P.M, series ii., vol. ccclx. (6)]; and on George Lovell, his son (aged 30 at his father's death), taken at Harlston, 3rd October, 3 Charles I. [Chan. Inq. P.M., series ii., vol. cdxxxiii. (24)]. The Jury say the latter died at West Dereham, on 11th April, 3 Charles I. (1627]; and that John Lovell, gent., is his son and next heir aged "16 years, seven months, and six days.

From John we get to Gregory, who makes his will [44 Coker] 15th August, 1693, as “Gregory Lovell of East Harlyng in the Countie of Norfolk, Esquire.” He directs that his body be “decently interred in the Church of West Dearham (sic) in the County aforesaid, in the Isle before the seate or pew belonging to my house there under a Gravestone of black Marble of about three hundred pounds price which I desire may be layd over me." To Thomas Hobart, his kinsman, all his messuages, lands, tenements, etc., in West Dearham for life; remainder to his kinsman, John Buckworth of the City of London, Esquire, and his heirs for ever. £500 in trust to provide for the preaching of a sermon by some learned Minister yearely on St Thomas's Day, Lady Day, and Midsummer Day, at the rate of “fforty shillings for every sermon.” The residue of the Interest to be distributed among the “poore People of the said Towne on the said daies." He leaves to Henry Oxburgh of Emneth, Esquire, £300; to Howard Oxburgh, his brother, £200; to Sir Thomas Graham of Anstwicke, Co. York, my kinsman, £200; to the Lady Scudamore, to Sarah and Elizabeth Birch, the 3 sisters of the same Sir Thomas Graham, £100 each; to Thomas Troyse of East Harling, £20; to Robert Woodcock of the same Towne, £20; to John Baron of East Harling, £20; and many other legacies and bequests. “As to the suits that are now depending in Chancery betwixt myself and Mr John Lovell of Rowdham, and his sonne, it is my desire and will that my executors hereafter named doe follow prosecute and defend the same as effectually as possibly they can till the same shall be determined by law. And I do allow them £500 for their particular trouble, care, and charge in the managing, prosecuting and defending the same.

Item:-I give and bequeath to Catherine Caton, my maidservant, the sume of one Thousand pounds of lawfull money of England. Item :- I give, devise, and bequeath unto Catherine Caton, my maidservant, and to her heires for ever All my landes and tenementes whatsoever in Harling aforesaid and in Garboldisham in the said County, both free and copyhold as well those which I myselfe purchased as alsoe those which descended to me from Charles Lovell, my brother deceased.”

Blomefield, who, we may be sure, knew the facts, tells us that Gregory Lovell did all he could to ruin the estate and, when in advanced years, married his servant in order to keep his half-brother, John, out of it during her life. We have it from the Rev. B. H. Grigson that a son was born of this union and that local tradition states that the mother and infant were drowned in the moat which surrounded Harling Old Hall. That is to say, they were pushed off a plank bridge crossing the moat by some unknown hand. Naturally it was believed that the murder was mitted at the instigation of John Lovell the half-brother, but there appears to be no foundation for the suspicion. The mother, surely Catherine Caton, and her child still haunt the spot.

John Lovell succeeded to the property, but finding it so impoverished, he persuaded his son, John Lovell of New Buckenham, to join him in the sale of it, and thus the connection of the family with Harling was severed.

In the Suffolk Green Books, No. xiii., we find that “John Lovell, son of John Lovell of East Harling, Co. Norfolk, Esquire,” was educated at King Edward VI. Free Grammar School, Bury St. Edmund's. He is in the School list for 1656, and the College Book [Caius Coll.] says that he was admitted in 1660, aged 16; having been four years at Bury under Stevens, and two years at [Little) Saxham under Tillett. In 1707 he sold his estate at Harling.




We are indebted to the Rev. B. H. Grigson for the following condensed account of the funeral of Sir Thomas Lovell, K.G., the original of which is preserved in the Herald's College :

Decease 25th May, 1524, at Enfield. After certain space of decease the body was leaded and taken into the Chapel there, and masses and dirges said and sung for eleven days. On 6th June it was taken to his Parish Church with procession, banners, helm and crest, on a chariot drawn by five horses with black trappings. The car covered with black, and a white satin cross thereon, a pall embroidered with his arms. Four gentlemen bore the banners of the Trinity, Our Lady, St. George, and St. Thomas. Lord Ros was chief mourner, and all the officers of the house and servants attended. Divine Service was performed by Lord John Malyn, Abbot of Waltham. The body was left in the church all night and the procession returned to the house. Next day at 7 a.m. Mass was said, and the cortége set out for London, through Enfield, Tottenham, Edmonton, and Hackney. At Edmonton it was met by the Bishop of London and many noblemen and gentlemen; sixty long torches borne by poor men proceeded through the highway by Shoreditch Church to the "gates of his place at Holywell,” where stood gentlemen of the Inns of Court and several Guilds, and the Lord Mayor and



Aldermen of London. At the door every man alighted from his horse, the corpse was taken out of the car and incensed. The Abbot of Waltham, the Prior of St. Mary Spittle, the Suffragan Bishop of London, were present in their mitres and robes, and, after the incensing, proceeded through the body of the church and the nuns' choir, and so into the great choir, where the remains were set under a herse of an elaborate description, with a dome, figures of the crest and badge and the words “Dieu soit loué.” All the Clerks of London were present, and solemnly sang the dirges and the “ De profundis.” And that ended they departed, the mourners with all other went home to the said place of Haliwell, the body resting within the church for the night, and being watched; and during the said dirge there was drinking in all the cloisters, the nuns' hall and parlors of the said place, and everywhere else in the said place for as many as would come-which done, every man went home for that night. Next day at 7 a.m. Masses were resumed. “Masse fynyschid the Abbott (of Waltham) with them of the quyer came and buried the body in his chappell, under a tomb of white marbell, which both hit and the chappell were fonded by hym, and it standeth on the southe syde of the quyre of the said Church." Offerings were made, a sermon preached, and every man went to dinner; and thus ended the ceremonies.

II. The reason why Thomas Lovell, son and heir of Sir Francis Lovell of East Harling, did not marry "the Lady Elizabeth Plantagenet," second daughter of [Arthur Plantagenet] Lord Lisle, is, I think, to be found in this letter:

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