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1 Lamb, Reg. Bouchier, f. 124 b.

? Wiatt's term commenced March ist, 19th Henry VII. (1504); it was for ninety-six years. (Chapter-book St. Paul's : Shirburne Dean.)

3 A painting of Sir Francis Walsingham, sold by H. D. Pochin, Esq., on his leaving Barn Elms, was secured by the Club.

laymen, for in 1467 (temp. Edward IV.) Sir John Saye and others were lessees of this Manor, which they held with the advowson, and presented to the living in that year, and again in 1471 and 1477. Both the Manor and advowson had been transferred, in or before 1480, to Thomas Thwayte,' Chancellor of the Exchequer, and of the Duchy of Lancaster. In 1504 (19th year of Henry VII.) a lease was granted to Henry Wiatt, Esq.,' who appears to have been afterwards knighted, for in 1513 and 1524 (temp. Henry VIII.), Sir Henry Wiatt, Knight, presented to the living as patron and grantee of the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's. The Wiatts had a long lease, which by assignment passed through several hands. Sir Andrew Judd was in possession in 1555; Thomas Smythe in 1573; James Althain in 1577; and in 1579, Richard Martin, Alderman of London ; in 1579 he sold his interest to Queen Elizabeth, who bought it for Sir Francis Walsingham and his heirs for ever, as a reward for good services done to the Crown. Sir Francis entertained the Queen in 1585, 1588, and 1589. On the last of these visits, Lord Talbot, who was appointed to attend the Queen at Barn Elms, wrote to his father, the Earl of Shrewsbury, May 26th, 1589

“This day Her Majestie goeth to Barn Elms, where she is “purposed to tarry all day to-morrow, being Tuesday, and 1 Lady Walsingham was Ursula, daughter of Henry St. Barbe, of Somersetshire, and widow of Sir Richard Worsley. Her two only sons were blown up with gunpowder soon"after her marriage with Sir Francis Walsingham. ("Baronetage," 1741, vol. i. page 191).

Gerard mentions planting a Phillyrea ferrata in the garden of Barn Elms, belonging to the Right Hon. the Earl of Essex.

Wednesday to return to Whitehall agayne. I am appointed
“among the rest to attend her Majestie to Barn Elms. I pray
“God my diligent attendance here may procure me a gracious

answer to my suit at her return, for while she is ther nothing
"may be moved but matter of delyghte, and to content her,

"which is the only cause of her going thither." Walsingham died poor at his house in Seething Lane in 1590, in such wretched circumstances that his friends were obliged to bury him privately in the dead of night, in confirmation of which alleged fact no certificate of his funeral has been discovered at the Heralds' Office, which would have been the case had he been buried with the customary honours. His widow' resided at Barn Elms till her death, twelve years later, 19th June, 1602, and was buried privately on the following night near her husband's remains in St. Paul's Cathedral. The Manor passed to their daughter, who, as Lysons remarks, had the singular good fortune of being wife to three of the most accomplished men of the age-Sir Philip Sidney, the Earl of Essex (the unfortunate favourite of Queen Elizabeth), and the Earl of Clanricard; but only her second husband, the Earl of Essex? is known to have made Barn Elms his residence. The following entries, subtracted from books relating to that stormy period, will suffice to show the style of company entertained by the Earl in their sequestered mansion

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· P. 394 : “Vehementum et austere acerbum.”

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