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Chattisham Parish

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Daniel, second son of William Meadows, of Witnesham, and Agnes, his wife, became seated in this parish in the early part of the 17th century: he was a direct lineal descendant from the very ancient family of Meadowe, who possessed lands in Witnesham, in the time of King Henry II., and was ancestor of the Earls Manvers.

Mr. Meadows was born at Rushmere, in 1577; and purchased of Sir Robert Hitcham, Knt., in 1630, the lordship of Witnesham. He died Sept. 7, 1651, and was buried in the nave of this parish church, where a Latin inscription remains to his memory.

By Elizabeth, his wife, he had issue six sons and one daughter; of whom, Sir Philip Meadows, the 5th son, was baptized at Chattisham, Jan. 4, 1625. He was educated at Cambridge, and became Latin Secretary to the Lord Protector, Knight Marshal of the Palace, and Knight of the order of the Elephant, of Denmark. In 1656, he was sent Ambassador to the King of Portugal, and afterwards to the courts of Denmark and Sweden. He married, in 1661, Constance, second daughter and co-heir of Francis Lucy, of Westminster, Esq.; and was succeeded by his only son

Sir Philip Meadows, who was also Knight Marshal of the King's Palace: he married Dorothy, sister of Hugh Boscawen, 1st Viscount Falmouth. Their third son, Philip Meadows, Esq., deputy-ranger of Richmond Park, married, in 1734, Frances, the only daughter of William Pierrepont, Viscount Newark; only son of Evelyn, 1st Duke of Kingston.

Charles Meadows, their second son and heir, on the decease of Elizabeth, Duchess dowager of Kingston, in 1788, succeeded to the estates of his uncle, William, 2nd Duke of Kingston; and took the surname and arms of Pierrepont only, by sign manuel. In 1796, Mr. Pierrepont was elevated to the peerage, by the titles of Baron Pierrepont and Viscount Newark; and, in 1806, was advanced to the dignity of Earl Manvers.

ARMS: argent; semee of mullets, gules; a lion rampant, sable.

CHARITIES. The Rev. Thomas Warren, in 1797, gave by will, 200, on trust; to apply the interest in educating poor children, at the charity school at Hintlesham, whose parents should be resident in the parish of Chattisham, being members of the church of England, in the principles of the Christian religion, and teaching them to read and write. This legacy having been invested in the 3 per cent, reduced annuities, the dividends are paid to the master of the Hintlesham school, for teaching four or five poor children of Chattisham in the manner directed by the will.

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Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page

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