In the 9th of King Edward I., this was the lordship and inheritance of Sir
William de Kerdeston; and subsequently the estate of Bartholomew, Lord
Bergherst, who, in the 23rd of King Edw. III., obtained a grant of free warren
in the same, to himself, and Cecily his wife.
This parish gave name to a family that were seated here, and so continued till
the middle of the seventeenth century; when two members of the same raised
themselves to great eminence in their respective professions, as mentioned by
Kirby; namely., Sir Thomas Glemham, who defended Carlisle for King Charles I.,
and his brother, Henry Glemham, D.D., afterwards Bishop of St. Asaph; both great
sufferers in the Royal cause. Sir Thomas died in Holland, in 1649; Dr. Henry, in
1669. Both were interred in this parish church.
The earliest member of this family noticed is Sir John Glemham, of this parish,
Knt., who married Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress of John Bacon, of
Baconsthorp, in Norfolk, Esq. He died in the 29th of King Henry VIII.
Christopher, their son and heir, succeeded, and married Margery, daughter of Sir
Richard Wentworth, of Nettlestead, in this county. He died the 4th of King Edw.
VI., leaving Thomas, his son and heir, a minor, aged 16 years. This Thomas
married Amy, daughter of Sir Henry Parker.
Sir Henry Glemham appears to have succeeded, and was probably son of the above
Thomas Glemham, and Amy his wife. He married Anne, daughter of Thomas Sackville,
Earl of Dorset, by whom he had Sir Thomas, and Dr. Henry Glemham, Bishop of St.
Sir Thomas left a son Thomas, who married Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Sir John
Knevet, of Ashwell-Thorp, in Norfolk, K.B., by Mary his wife, daughter of Sir
Thomas Bedingfield, of Darsham, in 'this county, Knt., who (Mr. Kirby says) died
seized of this estate. They had an only child, Thomas, who survived his parents,
and was Captain of a company of Dragoons, under Brigadier Pepper, in Spain, in
the service of Queen Anne. He died, unmarried, about 1711, at Valladolid; where
he was buried.
In him the family failed of male issue; this estate had, however, some years
previous to his decease, passed to the North family, by purchase. The first
possessor of this lordship being Sir Dudley North, Knt., third son of Dudley,
the fourth Lord North, of Kirtling, in Cambridgeshire, by Anne, the daughter and
co-heir of Sir Charles Montague, Knt.
He was born in London, in 1641, and pursued for many years the highly honorable
occupation of an English merchant. He resided for a long time in Turkey, where
he realized a considerable fortune, and was treasurer to the Levant Company
there. On his return to his native country, he became memorable for his city
contests, and in 1682, was elected one of the Sheriffs of London; and was
afterwards appointed a Commissioner of the Customs, and subsequently, a
Commissioner of the Treasury.
Sir Dudley deceased in 1691. By Anne his wife, daughter of Sir Robert Cann, of
the city of Bristol, Bart., and the relict of Sir Robert Gunning, of Cold
Ashton, near that city, he had issue two sons, namely, Dudley and Roger.
Dudley North, Esq., the eldest son, was born in 1684, and re-presented the
borough of Orford in 1722. Pie married Catherine, the daughter and co-heir of
Elihu Yale, Esq., a native American, who went out as an adventurer to the East
Indies, and obtained the Presidency of Madras. By this lady he had several
children, who died in their infancy; and one son, Dudley, and two daughters,
Anne and Mary, who survived him. He died in 1729.
Dudley North, Esq., was born in 1706; and in 1730, married Lady Barbara, the
only daughter of Thomas Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, by his second wife. She died,
without issue, in 1755; her husband, in 1 764; and bequeathed, by his last will,
after his legacies and donations to charitable uses, which were very
considerable, were discharged, the remainder of his fortune, real and personal,
to his two sisters, Anne and Mary. The former married to the Hon. Nicholas
Herbert, youngest son of Thomas, Earl of Pembroke; the latter to Charles Long,
of Saxmundham, in this county, Esq.
Mr. Herbert inherited this estate. He represented Newport and Wilton in many
Parliaments, and was a member for the latter place at the time of his death,
which took place in 1775. He was also Secretary of the Island of Jamaica. He had
issue one son, Elihu, who died in his infancy; and two daughters, namely, Ann,
who died unmarried, in 1751, and Barbara, who married Edward Stratford, the
second Earl of Aldborough, by whom she had no issue.
The Countess deceased in 1785: her mother survived till 1789, and bequeathed
this estate to her nephew, Dudley Long, requesting him to take and use the
surname and arms of North.1
All the foregoing members of the house of North are interred in the family vault
of this parish church, in the chancel of which remains inscriptions to their
1. See Saxmundham
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