Memorials of the Holles Family, 1493-1656

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CAP. 17

(p. 176) Having drawne up Frescheville's pedigree according to the truth of the premisses I would willingly (before I close what I have to say of my grandmother) give a short account of hir mother's family ( Clifton of Clifton in Nottinghamshire) because through yt is derived upon me my best and highest extractions. 1

This family of Clifton tooke their sirname from a village about two miles distant from Nottingham; wch in its Saxon etimology signifies a village scituate upon a rocky or shelving ground as Mr Dugdale in his Antiquities of Warwickshire rightly observes.a And upon a prominent hill is this seated (yet in a fertile soyle) at the foot of wch the river Trent runneth. Here Sr Gervas Clifton hath a noble house, from web ascending by many steps we rest upon the toppe in a fayre bowling greene, wch yieldes a most pleasant prospect overlooking the Trent, the town of Nottingham, the vale of Belvoyre and part of the Forrest of Shirwood.

They derive themselves from one Aluaredus de Clifton a Knight yt they say lived in the time of William Peverell, the Conqueror's bastard. 2 And for the proofe of this Aluaredus (and three other of his lineall posterity) they show an authority amongst the collections of Mr Seintlow Kniveton cited (as he sayes there) out of an olde manuscript: wch citation I shall first set downe in the very wordes, and then make some observation upon it.

'Ex Antiquo Manuseripto.b

'Memorandum quod quidam Aluaredus Clifton, miles, dnūs manerii Wilford, cum pertinentiis in dominico suo ut de feodo fuit gardianus castelli Nottingh. tempore Willī Peverell. Post cujus mortem quidam Robertus Clifton miles, filius et heres praedicti Aluaredi dnūs manerii praedicti fuit gardianus castelli praedicti. Et post ejus mortem quidam Gervasius Clifton miles, filius et heres praedicti Roberti fuit dnūs manerii praedicti et gardianus castelli Nottingh. Et post obitum suum quidam alius Gervasius Clifton miles, filius et heres praedicti Gervasii et dnūs maner. praedicti fuit custos castelli praedicti totis diebus vitae suae. Idem Gervasius fecit unum wardam castelli

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a
Ant. of Warw., pag. 6b.
b
Ex collect. St Loi Kniveton.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • To My Sonne Frescheville Holles. 2
  • Cap. 1 8
  • Cap. 2 15
  • Cap. 3 25
  • Cap. 4 30
  • Cap. 5 33
  • Cap. 6 37
  • Cap. 7 48
  • Cap. 8 61
  • Cap. 9 69
  • Cap. 10 73
  • Cap. 11 83
  • Cap. 12 88
  • Cap. 14 116
  • Cap. 15 129
  • Cap. 16 145
  • Cap. 17 165
  • Cap. 18 184
  • Cap. 19 193
  • Cap. 20 205
  • Cap. 21 227
  • Cap. 22 235
  • Notes 237
  • Index 267
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