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Hemington Church, Leicestershire.

17 August till the 5th of September, the baking, or washing them in vinegar number of the dead was 8252, and of and drying them afterwards, was not the plague and spotted fever 7145. deemed sufficiently safe. The next resolution partly agreed to Thus, after four months absence, all by the captains, owners, and people things being prepared within doors, on-board, ieas to put to sea, and sail

, they returned to their habitation sound if need were, to Ireland, where they and in health; their measures for premight be furnished with provisions, paration and preservation being such and ride in safety. The principal mera as may be justly recommended as an chant assured them that he would example to others. sland by them and assist then, if they would agree to stand by one another;


July 6. and that as they were seven sail, all of HE small village of Heinington is good force, the people wherever they came might be compelled to furnish ton, in the angle of the county of Leithem with provisions for their money; čester South of the Trent, near to or they might go on shore and dwell at Donington Castle, and ten miles large, as they found convenient, till North-east from Ashby-de-la-Zouch. this terrible judgment should be orer- The population of the “ parish" of past. After all, the women being afraid Hemington in 1801, was, Males 171, of the sea at that time of the year, and Females 166, total 337 ; consisting of though much time was lost in debate, 73 families, inhabiting 71 houses. In the proposal was never fully agreed upon. 1811 the “ township of Hemington

Three dismal weeks, had now been contained Males 197, Females 187, worn out in these consultations and total 384 ; families 89, inhabiting 78 vasteady resolutions, the poor ladies houses; and in 1881, Males 222, Fe. being afraid to stay, and afraid to go males 199, total 421 ; families 91, inaway. At length, on the 29th of Sep- babiting 81 houses. tember, Michaelmas day, they were The families of de Quency, Cropsurprised early in the morning to hear hull, Beaumont, Verdon, Langton, the headmost ship fire five guns. Look- and Devereux, held at various times ing out, they found she had spread her property here, as did the Abbey of St. ancient and pendants, and all looked Mary de Pratis at Leicester. The fawith a face of joy. They then began mily of Harpur subsequently became to call to one another with their speak- possessed of the manor. ing-trumpets, when they discovered a Near the Church are the remains of boat coming off to give them an ac- an old mansion, with a very thick count of things; in fact the number of wall about it. burials was decreased near 2000. Guns Of the Church, a venerable frag. were now fired, and the people in the ment, little remains. (See Plate II.) ships drank to each other. Boats now The whole of the nave is demolished's began to pass and repass as usual to three beautiful arches only remaining and from London; but none of these to shew what it once was. The pilwonld they suffer to come on-board, Jars, which support them are plain and nor any of their own people 10 ga on low ; from which the arches spring to shore, and in this cautious manner a considerable height. The tower is they lived out the whole of November, tolerably preserved, and has over it a at which time the burials in London small spire. Thechancel still remains. amounted to no more than 428, most The two windows on the South side of the parishes being entirely clear of of it are divided into two compartthe plagae. Accordingly they weighed ments; their mullions a trefoil, and from Long Reach, and came to an an- over that a quatrefoil. The roof is chor Dear Limehouse. This was fol- lofty, and the East window was rather lowed by mulual visits and congratu- large. The desecration of the Church lations.

appears to have taken place some cenWhile they continued here the mer- turies ago. Mr. Wyrley, who visited it chant's family sent some of their serve about 1590, says, it is a fair Church, ants to town, to open and air the but the glass all ruined, and the Church house, make fires in the rooms, air and not in use to the end it was builded. warm the beds and dry the linen. Never- We suffer propter neglectum Domus theless, the hangings were taken down Dei.” The whole is now a picturesque and all burnt, except the tapestry; as ruin.

L. S. Gent. Mag. July, 1825.


quarters size.


Paintings, &c.' at Hampton Court, Herefordshire. [July, * Mr. URBAN,

July 5. field, and this is approved by the He VOUR Correspondent J. A. (part i. ralds upon perusal of the evidence of

p. 309) having communicated Humphrey Coningsby of Nend-Sollers, some valuable information relative to who is líneally descended from the Earl Coningsby's Topographical Col- said Johın.' The Tower of London je lections, allow me to offer the follow- in the distance, to which the Earl was ing description of the Paintings, Pore committed for some offence he gave in traits, &c. at Hampton Court in Heren Parliament. Vertue's large engraving fordshire, the ancient seat of the Co- is from this painting. ningsby family, being the result of a Sir Thomas Coningsby, Founder visit there a few years back *.

of the Red Coat Hospital in the City Henry, Baron_Abergavenny, great of Hereford (ob. 1625), great-grandgrandfather to Earl Coningsby (ob. father to Earl Coningsby; with his 1642), in the attitude of rising from favourite dwarf Crickett, and Dog; his seat.

whole length. Lady Mary Sackville, daughter of The same Sir Thomas, at the age the Earl of Dorset (ob. 1608), wife to of 21, in 1572. Henry, Lord Abergavenny. Three Phillipa, wife of Sir Thomas, a

Fitzwilliam: by her father, and a SidThe late Earl Coningsby, great- ney by her mother's side, 1578. grandfather of the present Earl of Essex Another portrait of Sir Thomas, (oh. 1929), and his two daughters, and an excellent piece of moral and Margaret (ob. ....) and Frances (ob. religious advice addressed to his son 1781), whole lengths, painted by Sir Fitzwilliam Coningsby, when the latter Godfrey Kneller in the year 1722. was chosen a member of the House of The Earl is depicted in a sitting pos- Commons (lately written fair, framed, ture, resting his right arm on the Holy and glazed). Dated 2012 Dec. 1620. Bible, grasping in his hand a roll, on An undoubted original on wood, which is inscribed, Magna Charta... of Henry the Fourth, who built Hampgth of Henry the Third. This is my ton Court, which is said to have been birthright purchased with the blood of completed with the spoils from Aginmy ancestor,' bearing a strong testi- court. This portrait has been often mony to the violence of his opinions. described and engraved. A very accụ. On the tablet against which the Earl. rate copy of it on pannol was made leans, is represented the arms, quar- some years ago by Mr. Harris, printer, terly of 12, with the supporters, and Leominster: motto · Tacla Libertas.' 'Underneath The Duchess of Cleveland (ob. is the following: “This first Coatt 709), by Sir Peter Lely. was in this manner borne by John A View of Coningsby Castle in Lord Coningsby Baron of Coningsby, Lincolnshire, forfeited to the Crown in in Lincolnshire, who was slain in the King John's reign; having been it Baron's Warrs in the Reign of King the family 300 years, which Castle and Johnt, the which Town and Castle of Barony had descended to them from. Coningsby being then confiscated, is the Saxons, as by auncient recorde now in the possessiou of the Lord Shef- dothe appeare'S ** The dates are for the most part supplied from a pedigree of the family, compiled from the Records in the College of Arms, bearing date 121h April, 1823.

t Quarterly, 1 and 4 Argent, two lions passant Gules; 2 and 3 Gules, three conies sejant Argent; Coningsby. John Baron Coningsby bore his arms thus, giving some other coat a superiority or preference to his own identical bearing. The first quartering answers to the name of Lygon, a powerful family in Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The supposition that it may be the Lygon coat, is partly corroborated by a fragment in No. 2141 of the Harleian MSS. where these arms are rudely sketched on the back of a Lygon pedigree, not containing any descent of Coningsby. All the pedigrees of the family that are extant commence only with this John, Baron Coningsby; it therefore remains in doubt how this coat accrued to him. ** There is certainly an error in this statement; for John Baron Coningsby (superst: an. 1200) was slain' at the battle of Chesterfield in Derbyshire; in 1266 (50 Hen. III.) * Coningsby; or, as in Domesday, Cuningsbei, from whence this family derived their name, is a considerable village on the banks of the river Bane, about eight miles from Horncastle. The manor, which was once possessed by the Marmions of Wintringham (to whom the Coningsbys were in some degree of affinity), bas for many years belonged to the Heathcote family, and is now the property of Sir Gilbert Heathcote of Normanton, co. Rutland, bart.


Paintings, &c. at Hamplon Court, Herefordshire. 19 Fire large old paintings of Hamp- mother to Lady Coningsby (ob. 1691), ton Court.

Earl Copingsby in his park, with The Battle of Aghrim in Ireland, Greyhounds, and view of his mansion fought when Earl Goningsby was Lord in the distance, Kneller. Justice of Ireland.

Sir Charles Porter, joint Commis. An original portrait of Henry VII. sioner with Earl Coningsby-in Ireland,

Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV. during 16go, and the two following and wife of Henry VII.

years. Copy from Kneller. Henry IV. of France.

Sir William Robinson, knt. Deputy Queen Elizabeth.

to Earl Coningsby when Vice Treas Lady Jane Grey

surer of Ireland. By Kneller. Sir William Fitzwilliam, Lord Mr. Lowndes, Secretary of the Deputy of Ireland, Preceptor to Mary Treasury. Queen of Scots, and father to Phillips Thomas Williams, a pleasant Fool, wife of Sir Thos. Coningsby (ob. 1599). belonging to his Lordship, who died

Anne (dau. of Sir William, and an. 1687. sister to Sir Henry Sidney, knt.), wise Elizabeth Norbury, cousin-german to Sir William Fitzwilliam, repre- to Earl Coningsby. sented with her right hand on a scull, Mrs. Harford, cousin ; by her covered with an inscription in very father. small characters, probably some moral Sir Charles Hanbury Williams, reflections ; her left caressing a fa- K. B. (ob. 1759); half length. vourite cat. A scull, said to be the Frances Countess of Essex, mooriginal of the painted one, is preserved ther to the present Earl, daughter of and exhibited, and also what is called Sir Charles H. Williams and Lady the helmet of Henry the Fourth, foun: Frances Coningsby (ob. 1759); haif der of the seat, but from the style of its length. ornaments, evidently of the later period In a passage window are three coats of James L. The helmet is of po- of arms of the Coningsby's in stained, lished steel, iplayed with gold orna. glass, dated 1614, 1013, 1614, marked ments.

T. R. Barbara, daughter of Ferdinando In the Library is shewn a bloody Gorges, of Eye, co. Hereford, esq. first handkerchief, which Collins in his wife of Lord Couingsby, from whom Peerage thus notices : he was divorced. (Of the Gorges, there “ Thomas Coningsby, esq. (afterwards are some very curious particulars in created Earl) being at the battle of the Lord Coningsby's Case of the Five Boyne in Ireland, was so dear his Majesty Hundreds, &c.; folio.)

King William the Third, that when the Sir Thomas Southwell, bart. (ob. bullet rising aslant on the King's right 1720) who married Meliora, eldest shoulder took out a piece of his coat, and daughter of Earl Coningsby by his first

tore the skin and flesh, Mr. Coningsby imwife; half length.

mediately had the presence of mind to clap Meliora, Lady Southwell (ob.

his handkerchief on the place.” 1735-6); half-length.

Visitors are likewise shewn a handA small coloured figure of Thomas some fowling-piece, which Earl CoConingsby, esq. son of Earl C. by his ningsby, caused to be made from the first wife, modelled in his lifetime by blades of swords taken from the Rebels his own order, and preserved in a case at the same battle; on the barrel of This Thomas is reported to have been which the following is inscribed : deficient in his intellects. His Lord

In seventeen hundred and twenty one ship had six children by his first Lady: I in the Tower became a Gun; Lady Frances Jones, daughter and

Earl Coningsby, a prisoner there, co-heiress of Richard, Earl of Ranelagh, Bespoke and took me to his care, and second wife to Earl Coningsby (ob. And fit I am for Loyal Lords, 1714-15); whole length.

Made of the blades of rebels' swords; The same lady, by Kneller, at Fit for the noble Earl whose crime the age of 21.

Was speaking Truth in South-sea time. Richard Earl of Cork, great-grand

Traitors, beware, when I'm enlarged, father to both Lord and Lady Coningsby

When he or I shall be discharg'd (ob. 1643).

For this my first and true report The Viscountess Ranelagh, daugha : l'ray use me well at Hampton Court. ter of Richard Earl of Cork, and grand- A description of the seat I think



Paintings, &c. at Hampton Court, Herefordshire. (July, unnecessary, as it has already been fre- Earl Coningsby, 1709 ; whole quently described; but was induced to length. Kneller. send you the above lines in consequence Laurence Hyde, Earl of Rochester, of their having been erroneously copied cousin-german to Earl Coningsby, by in some Topographical Works. his mother; three quarter length.

The singular speech, so profuse in Anne Sidney, Lady Fitzwilliam. oaths and ungentlemanlike expressions, Lady Margaret Cecil, daughter to mentioned by your correspondent J. A. the Earl of Salisbury, second wife to is preserved in Cole's MSS. (Brit. Mus. Earl Ranelagh (said to have been the vol. xli.); and another curious affair handsomest woman in England, of her respecting a Coningsby, preserved in a time); whole length. letter in vol. xxi. of the same collection, Elizabeth Countess of Ranelagh, A CONSTANT SUBSCRIBER. daughter to Lord Willoughby, and

mother lo Lady Coningsby. In addition to the List here con- Richard Earl of Ranelagh, father cluded, we annex an account of some to the second wife of Earl Coningsby. paintings which may have escaped our Lady Margaret Cecil; half lengih. Constant Reader's observations, but Lady Coningsby, and Lady Cawere preserved in the curious mansion therine Jones, twin daughters of Richof Hampton Court, as appears from a ard Earl of Ranelagh by his first wife; list taken by Mr. F. Harris of Leo- whole length; with a black boy minster, about twenty-five years ago, kneeling and presenting a basket of with wbich we have been favoured by Aowers. our correspondent J.A. As the Hamp- Lady Margaret Coningsby, eldest ton Court estate in Herefordshire has daughier of Earl Coningsby, 1750; passed by purchase from the present half length. Ramsay: Earl of Essex (George Capel Co- Lady Frances Coningsby, youngest ningsby) to Richard Arkwright, esq. daughier of Earl Conings by: great changes may have taken place in Lady Coningshy, first wife of Earl the disposal of the pictures, and the Coningsby. notice of the following paintings is Duke of Marlborough, ætat. 60 ; therefore given, as they were originally three quarters length. Kueller. placed there, noi as they may be now. General Gwinkle, Earl of Ath

Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of lone, commanding in Ireland when Charles I. Vandyke.

Earl Coningsby was there; three quarThe Earl of Essex. Lawrence. ter length. The Countess of Essex. Lawrence. Two daughters of Earl Coningsby,

Major Basset, father of the present by his first wife. Countess of Essex.

Lady Elizabeth Felton, wife of The Countess of Kildare, eldest Sir Thomas lielton, daughter to the daughter to the Earl of Ranelagh, and Earl of Suffolk. Roeller. sister to the Lüdy Coniugsby.

James II. Edward IV.

Richard Talbot, Lord Tyrcoonel. William III. 1700 ; three quarter An Old Man, æt. 87, 1704. length. Kneller.

Henry IV. on horseback; a very William III. ; whole length. Knel- large picture. ler.

Old Paintings of Wolf and Poultry Queen Mary, wife of William III. - Peacock and Fowls - Fruit and Kneller.

Flowers-Bear Hunting-Wolf HuntFitzwilliam Coningsby, grandfather ing-Old unknown Family Portraits, to Earl Coningsby.

originals - and several copies in Cecilia Neville, daughter to Henry crayons, &c. Lord Abergavenny, by Lady Mary Sackville, wife to Fitzwilliam Conings- As we consider accurate accounts of by; whole length.

old family Pictures, connected with Lady Lisburne, second wife of noble houses, interesting matter for Lord Lisburne, brother to Earl Co- our pages of record, we should be glad ningsby's mother; three quarter length. to receive a list of the curious pictures Kneller.

for many years preserved in the ancient Sir Arthur Loftus, grandfather to sea tof the Scudamores, at Home Lacy, Earl Coningsby by his mother's side; Herefordshire, now in the possession of three quarter length.

very distant branches of the family.

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