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Thomas de Grey, Esq., sold this lordship and advowson to his younger brother, William de Grey, Esq., a lawyer of eminence, who was Solicitor General to Queen Anne, und was reappointed to the same office by King George I.; constituted Attorney-General, in 1766; and elevated to the Bench, in 1771, as Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, when he received the honour of Knighthood.

Sir William resigned his judicial office in 1780, and was advanced to the peerage the same year, by the title of Baron Walsingham, of Walsingham, in Norfolk. He was succeeded, in 1781, by his only surviving son, Thomas, 2nd Baron, who for twenty years filled the office of Chairman of the Committees of the House of Lords; and was, upon his retirement, in 1814, granted a pension of 2000 per annum, for life. His Lordship was also Comptroller of the First Fruits and Tenths.

He died in 1818, and was succeeded by his eldest son, George de Grey, 3rd Baron; who married, in 1804, Matilda, eldest daughter of Paul Cobb Methuen, Esq., of Corsham, but had no issue. His Lordship having been unfortunately burnt to death, together with lady Walsiugham, at his house in Harley Street, 26th April, 1831, the honours of the family devolved upon his brother, the Rev. Thos. de Grey, who died in 1839, when Thomas, his eldest son, succeeded.

ARMS. barry of six, argent and azure: on a chief of the first, three annulets, gules.

In Copdock lived a family of popish recusants, of the name of Foster; the estate was worth about 200 per annum: which was sold to Sir Thomas Bedingfield, of Darsham, Knt. Henry Foster, of Copdock, Esq., compounded for his estate, in regard of his recusancy, for 200 6s. 8d.

Mr. Tillotson mentions, in his "Church Notes," that in the church was a monument for "John Copdocke, Esq., and Richard Docket, Esq." who died, 1457; and Joane that "had been wife to either of them ."

The Rev. Humphrey Summer, D.D., rector of this parish, with Washbrook, died March 23, 1814, at Cambridge. He was, in 1797, elected Provost of King's College, in that University; and was son of a former Provost. Dr. Summer proceeded, A.B. in 1767, A.M. 1770, and S.T.P. in 1783. He served the office of Vice-Chancellor in the years 1798 and 1802.

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

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