Tales of Our Great Families (Volume 1)

9780217878692: Tales of Our Great Families (Volume 1)

This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1877. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... IF HORACE WALPOLE was allowed to manufacture such a word as "DoubleDuchessed" as an epithet to the fair Miss Gunning, who married successively the Dukes of Hamilton and Argyll, I suppose that I may be pardoned if I take a similar liberty and ask my readers to pardon me for giving them a brief account of the "Double-Marquissed" House of Cecil. It is not often that two members of the same family are created Earls in a single day, and that their respective male descendants attain a still higher step in the peerage after a lapse of nearly two centuries. Yet such is the history of the Cecils, now Earls and Marquises of Exeter and of Salisbury. And first it may strike my readers as strange that, though the name of Cecil is no older than the reign of Queen Mary, yet the ancestors of this two-fold marquisate were a very ancient stock; for did not Robert Sisilt assist Robert Fitz-Hamon in the conquest of Glamorganshire and Gower Land, under William Rufus? And did he not receive, in recompense for his services, the fair manor oi Alterennes, in the County of Hereford? And was not his son and heir Sir James Sisilt, of Beaufort, in the County of Glamorgan? and did he not fall at the siege of Wallingford, "having then on him a vesture with his arms and ensigns in needlework, as they afterwards appeared on the tomb of his descendant, Gerard, in the Abbey of Dore,"--the same which were formally assigned by the King to his lineal descendant, Sir John Sisilt, and the same which are now borne by the Marquises of Exeter and of Salisbury, viz., "Barry of ten, arg. and az. over all six escutcheons, three, two, and one, sa., each charged with a lion rampant of the first"--the latter, adds Sir Bernard Burke, "with a crescent for difference f I pass over some seven or eight genera...

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