Diary of John Rous: Incumbent of Santon Downham, Suffolk, from 1625 to 1642

Diary of John Rous: Incumbent of Santon Downham, Suffolk, from 1625 to 1642

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Diary of John Rous: Incumbent of Santon Downham, Suffolk, from 1625 to 1642

Diary of John Rous: Incumbent of Santon Downham, Suffolk, from 1625 to 1642

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The writer of the following diary was member of a family settled in Suffolk from the time of Edward III., when Peter le Rous is named as owner of the manor of Dennington. The sixth in descent from him, Sir William Rous, was father of Sir Anthony, who purchased Henham Hall, still the family seat, and died in 1547. His son Thomas was alike the ancestor of the diarist and of the Earl of Stradbrooke, the present representative of the elder branch of the family. The following pedigree is compiled from one preserved in the archives of the Earl of Stradbrooke, to whom I am indebted for its communication, collated with another in the Heralds' College, and augmented by additional information from Davy's Suffolk Collections in the British Museum, and from the parish registers of Weeting and Downham in Norfolk, and of Hessett in Suffolk, the residences of that branch of the house to which the diarist belongs:

Peter le Rous, of Dennington, temp. Edw. III.=.........

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