Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Sir Edward Hales Bookplate


Sir Edward HALES, 5th Baronet of Woodchurch (c. 1730 – 1802)

F 13257 - Jacobean Armorial

Arms - Gules, 3 arrows, 2 and 1, the points downward, or, barbed and fledged, argent.
Crest- On a wreath, a dexter arm, endowed in armor proper, garnished, or, and bound about with a riband, gules, holding an arrow, as in the arms.

The grandson of Sir John Hales, of Hackington, 4th Bart of Woodchurch (d 1744), and of Helen Bealing, daughter of Sir Richard Bealing, later Arundel, of Ireland, secretary to Dowager Queen Henrietta Maria.
The Hales, baronets of Woodchurch have an interesting story. The 1st Baronet - Sir Edward Hales, (b. c.1576 – 1654) was a Member of Parliament and among those who fought Charles I.
However, his successor and grandson Sir Edward Hales, 2nd Bart (b. c.1626, d. c.1660) was a Royalist and keen supporter of King Charles I, being involved in the attempt of freeing the King when the latter was imprisoned by Robert Hammond, at Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight. He married Anne Wotton, dau. of Thomas Wotton, 2nd Lord of Marley and died in France after the Restoration.
The 2nd bart was succeeded by his eldest son, the most famous of the Halles - Sir Edward Hales, of Hackington, 3rd Bart, born in 1645 and died in 1695, exiled in France, the great-grandfather of his namesake the 5th Baronet.
Sir Edward, converted to
Roman Catholicism and rose to high offices under James II, with whom he was much in favour. He was P.C., Lord of the Admiralty, Deputy Governor of Cinque Ports and Lieutenant-Governor of the Tower of London. After the 1688 Revolution he was imprisoned at the Tower and after his release fled to France joining the exiled King James II, at St. Germain. There, James II created him Baron Hales of Emley, Viscount Tunstall, and Earl of Tenterden (see, http://www.jacobite.ca/documents/1686godden.htm).

The 3rd baronet and Earl of Tenterden was married to Lady Frances Windisbank (d.1693/4), dau of Col Francis Windibank, by whom he had two sons: Edward, the eldest, killed at the Battle of Boyne fighting the forces of William of Orange and the above mentioned Sir John Hales, 4th Bart.
Sir Edward Halles, 5th Baronet, succeeded his grandfather in 1744, and married 1stly. Barbara Mabella Webb (d 1770), dau of John Webb, younger of Oldstock.
According to known sources he lived at Hales Place, near Canterbury, which had been bought by his great-grandfather (see,
http://www.rc.net/southwark/canterbury/history.html).
The title became extinct after the death of his son Sir Edward Hales, of Hales' Place, 6th Bart of Woodchurch (dsp 15.03.1829) married to Lucy Darell, dau of Henry Darell, of Colehill.
Sources:
Debrett's Baronetage of England containing an account of all Existing English Baronets 1828 Coat of Arms and Lineage;
Stirnet data base; and
Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882, pages 61-84, Brief Notes On The Hales Family. By the Rev R. Cox Hales

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