Monday, 13 October 2008

Hynde Cotton

Sir John Hynde Cotton, Bart.

F 6996

Arms: Cotton

William Stephens sculp. (see, John Blatchy, William Stephens - a prolific Cambridge engraver, in «The Bookplate Journal,» New Series, Vol. 3, nº 1, March 2005, the Bookplate Society).

According to Frank’s, it is probably the bookplate of Sir John Hynde Cotton, of Madingley Hall, 4th Bart (d.1795), an MP for the county of Cambridge twice.

The son of Sir John Hynde Cotton of Madingley Hall, 3rd Bart (b 1686 - 1752), an MP for the town and county of Cambridge, and his first wife Lettice Crowley (d 08.1718) dau of Sir Ambrose Crowley of Greenwich, Sheriff of London.

Sir John married Anne Parsons (d 1769), dau of Humphrey Parson of Reigate, Lord Mayor of London and Sarah, 3rd dau of Sir Ambrose Crowley).

His son Admiral Sir Charles Cotton, 5th Bart, was to be involved in the Peninsular War In 1808 commanding HMS Hibernia at the head of a naval squadron assisting Lord Arthur Wellesley in the expulsion of the French from Portugal and in the surrender of a Russian squadron in the Tagus.

Madlingley Hall was rented by Queen Victoria in 1860’s as a residence for the Prince of Wales while he was studying in Cambridge and after having been sold by the Cotton family, belongs since 1948 to the University of Cambridge (see,

Sources: Church of Landwade the burial place of the Cotton family (in Charles Harold Evelyn White, The East Anglian: Or, Notes and Queries on Subjects Connected with the Counties of Suffolk, Cambridge, Essex and Norfolk, S. Tymms, 1864

Catalogue of British & American Book-plates (ex Libris) Collected by the Late Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks..., Ellis, 1906

Thursday, 2 October 2008

John, Lord Fleming

John Fleming, 11th Lord Fleming and 6th Earl of Wigtown (c1674 -1744)

He was the son of Lord William Fleming, 5th Earl of Wigtown (d.1681) and Henrietta Seton, dau of Charles Seton, 2nd Earl of Dunfermline.
Lord John Fleming married 1stly., (1698) Margaret Lindsay, dau of Colin Lindsay, 3rd Earl of Balcarres; and 2ndly. Mary Keith (d 1721), dau of William Keith, 9th Earl Marischal, by whom he had a daughter Lady Clementina Fleming.
His grandfather, John, 3rd Earl, (s. in 1650) was a Royalist and fought for Montrose and both his uncle John, 4th Earl, and his father William, 5th Earl, maintained their family’s ancestral loyalties.
Lord Fleming and his brother Charles who would succeed him as 7th Earl, supported the Jacobites in 1715.
After the latter’s death without sons he was succeeded in the Fleming estates, but not in the title, by his niece Lady Clementina Fleming (1719 - 1799) who married Charles Elphinstone, 10th Lord (1711 - 1781).
F. 10748 – Early Armorial
Arms: Fleming of Biggar quartering Fraser of Oliver Castle

On the controversial claim to the title which became dormant after the death without issue of Charles, the 7th Earl in 1747 see, William Anderson, Genealogy and Surnames: With Some Heraldic and Biographical Notices ..., Ritchie, 1865, p. 89

James Hustler

James Hustler, of Acklam, High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1736

(in Cleveland in the North Riding of the County of Yorke, Esq. 1730)

He was he son of Sir William Hustler (1658 – 1730) and Dame Anne Wentworth. His great grandfather and namesake was a cloth merchant of Bridlington who purchased the Acklam Grange in 1637, from Sir Matthew Boynton.

He married Elizabeth, dau and coheiress of James Booth, Esq. And d.s.p.

F. 15.820 - Early Armorial (the plate of Sir William Hustler dated 1702, altered)

Arms (as granted to his father in 1727): Argent, on a fess, az., between two martletts, sa., three fleur-de-lis, or.

Crest: A Talbot, sejant, arg., gorged with a collar, az., thereon three fleur-de-lis, or.

According to the Frank's Catalogue Sir James Hustler had another bookplate (F. 15821) with the same inscription but in Jacobean style.


Burke’s Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland ..., Harrison, 1858, p. 606;

John Walker Ord, History and Antiquities of Cleveland: Comprising the Wapentake of East and West Langbargh, North Riding, County York, Simpkin and Marshall, 1846, pp. 528-529;

Walter Hamilton, Dated Book-plates (Ex Libris) with a Treatise on Their Origin and Development: With a Treatise on Their Origin and Development, A. & C. Black, 1895

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Sir Thomas Hanmer, 4th Baronet

Sir Thomas Hanmer, 4th Baronet (1677 - 1746), an MP and Speaker of the House of Commons from 1714-15.

Sir Thomas was the son of William Hanmer and Peregrina North, dau of Sir Henry North, 1st Bart of Mildenhall.
His grand-father was Sir Thomas Hanmer, 2nd Bart of Hanmer (d 1678) also a Royalist who had to live in exile in the Continent during the Civil War and Cromwell’s rule and later became an eminent horticulturist and writer. The latter’s elder son Major General Sir John Hanmer, like many of the English gentry, followed William of Orange and was Colonel of a Regiment that fought for King William III at the Battle of Boyne.
He married 1stly., 1698, Lady Isabella Bennet (1668 - 1722), countess of Arlington, dau. of Henry Bennet, KG (1618 – 1685), 1st earl of Arlington and widow of Henry, earl of Euston and 1st. duke of Grafton, the illegitimate son of Charles II; and 2ndly. Elizabeth Folkes, dau of Thomas Folkes of Barton (who later eloped with Sir Thomas’s cousin, Thomas Harvey (1699-1775), son of the 1st earl of Bristol).
Unlike his father-in-law Lord Arlington, who had been a prominent Royalist, courtier and statesman at the court of Charles II, Sir Thomas was distinguished himself as an Hanoverian Tory.

Sir Thomas succeeded his cousin Major General Sir John Hanmer, 3rd Bart of Hanmer, who died in 1701. Sit Thomas was an MP for the co. of Flint on the accession of Queen Anne and later in later in 1707 for the co. of Suffolk.
His sister Susanna Hanmer (d. 1744) was married to Sir Henry Bunbury, 3rd Bart of Stanney Hall, (d. 1732-3). Their second son Sir William Bunbury, 5th Bart (d. 1764) was to inherit Milden Hall in the co. of Suffolk. Lieut. General Sir Henry Edward Bunbury, 7th Bart (1778-1860), the latter’s grandson, who succeeded to the family title on the death of his paternal uncle, published in 1838 the correspondence of Sir Thomas Hanmer.
The Hanmer estates, on Sir Thomas death, were secured by his kinsman Thomas Hanmer of Fenns and his heirs.
He is known for promoting an illustrated edition of Shakespeare Works, in 6 volumes published at Oxford, in 1744. The illustrations were made by Francis Hayman and Hubert Gravelot and engraved by Gravelot.

F. 13622 - Early Armorial dated 1707
Arms: 16 quarters, 1st. and 16th: Argent, two lions passant, guardant, az. (Hanmer) with Bennet on an escutcheon.
Crest: On a chapeau, az., turned up, ermine, a lion guardant, sejant, argent.
Seats: Hanmer Hall and Bettisfield Park co. Flint

Short biography at
Bibliography: Sir Henry Bunbury, Bart. (ed.), The Correspondence of Sir Thomas Hanmer, Bart., Speaker of the House of Commons: With a Memoir of His Life. To which are Added, Other Relicks of a Gentleman's Family, E. Moxon, 1838
Debrett’s The baronetage of England. revised, corrected and continued by G.W. Collen, London, 1840