Memorials of the Holles Family, 1493-1656

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CAP. 21

I am now arrived at my owne threshold where it were best for me to sit downe and rest, especially having so troublesome a story of my owne to relate, my life (for the most part) being nothing els but a varied scene of infelicity. Yet, since I am in the bundle and one of the branches (though the lowest and crookedest of all the rest) I shall take the liberty by God's permission to do my selfe so much of the right I have done others as to set downe truly and plainly the most considerable passages of my life, and so much of my character as may deliver my faultes and errours, leaving the better part (if to any part that is good I have any title) to some other pen wch perhaps may have more charity for me than I (wch know my selfe so well) can have for my selfe.

I was borne at Gt Grimesby in the county of Lincolne in yt house wch was once a cloyster of the Friars Minorites 1 upon the 9th day of March ao4to K. James 16062 according to the English account. The 13th day of the same moneth I was baptised there in the church of St James (my two grandfathers being Godfathers and my grandmother Kingston Godmother) and named after my grandfather Holles, Gervas.a It may happily be scarce worth the while to remember the etimology wch Verstigan 3 gives us of this name of Gervasb who tells us yt if it be Dutch it sounds the same wth Gerfast, wch is all sure, all constant; but if yt St Gervas was a Greeke (as was his fellow martir Protasius) that then it might be wrested from Gerasius-- honorarius. 4

Whilst yet an infant I lost my mother; after whose death my grandfather Kingston desired me from my father, and wth all the tendernes yt might be tooke care of my education whilst he lived. Untill I went to the Gramar Schole (wch I did about sixe yeares of age) I had no other tutor but my good grandmother who had taught me to read English perfectly. At the Gramar Schole (wch was the Free Schole of Grimesby) I was first under the care of Mr

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a
Registr. Ecclīae de Grimesby.
b
Verstigan.

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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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