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Higham Parish

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Higham, or Heihham

The lordship of Higham was granted by Maud de Munchensi, in the time of Henry III., to the Priory of the Holy Trinity, in Ipswich. In the 9th of King Edward I., John de Reymes was owner of this lordship; and it afterwards became the property of Michael de la Pole, who, being constituted Chancellor to King Richard II., obtained from him a special charter to hold a court leet in his lordship of this parish.

The family appears to have descended from Roger de Reymes (or Reynes), who came into England with William I., or the Conqueror, and had the honour and barony of Reynes, consisting of ten knights' fees, in Essex, conferred on him. A branch of this house were seated at Overstrand (or Oxstrand), in Norfolk, for many generations.

ARMS. Reymes: sable; a chevron between three lions rampant, argent.

From this place, it is supposed, the family of Higham did first take their name; they had considerable property in different parts of the county, and Sir Clement Heigham was Speaker of the House of Commons in the time of Philip and Mary.

County of Suffolk

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

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