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Shotley Parish

British Isles Genealogy | County of Suffolk

Scoteleia, or Sceueleia

The very ancient family of Visdelieu, became early seated in this parish, and continued here about seven generations.

William de Visdelieu, in 1300, married Rose, sister and heir of Elizabeth de Shotisbroke; by whom he left an only son, Sir Thomas Visdelieu, Knt., who left two daughters, co-heiresses, between whom his large estate became divisible.

This lordship descended to Margaret, the eldest daughter; who married Thomas Mossells, Esq., and they, having no male issue, it descended to their youngest daughter, Joan; who married John Felton,1 Esq., and he inherited the property in her right.

John Felton was sometimes, for his eminence as a merchant, termed "John de Chapman." His son, Robert Felton, Esq., married Margery, sister and heiress of Sir Thomas Sampson, of Playford, in this county, Knt.; and acquired that lordship, with several other manors and estates in that neighbourhood, by this marriage.

Robert Felton, who died in 1506, by his will, desired "that his body be buried in the chancel of the church of Shotley, as near to his grandfather as can conveniently be, and that a stone be laid over him, like that of his grandfather's."

This estate became the inheritance of the Right Hon. John Hervey, first Earl of Bristol, by his marriage with Elizabeth, only daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Felton, of Playford, in this county, Bart., Comptroller of the Household, and Privy Councillor to Queen Anne. It still continues in that noble house, Frederick William, Marquess of Bristol, being the present lord and patron.

William Talmach, rector of this parish, in 1538, and also of Easton, Wickhambrook, and Helmingham, all in this county, was appointed, by letters patent from the Bishop of Norwich, in 1527, Commissary of Suffolk Archdeaconry, and Official of Sudbury Archdeaconry.

George Raymond, M.A., rector here, and minister of St. Lawrence and St. Nicholas, in Ipswich, was, in 1713, appointed to the same offices. He was interred in St. Nicholas churchyard, in 1725.

The Rev. John Pretyman, D.D., was also rector of Shotley, Precentor and Archdeacon of Lincoln, Prebendary of Norwich, and also of Biggleswade, in Bedfordshire. Dr. Pretyman was a native of Bury St. Edmund's; only brother of Sir George Pretyman Tomline, Bart., Bishop of Winchester, prelate of the most noble Order of the Garter. He died at Lincoln, June 5th, 1817.

The present rector of Shotley, is the Rev. Samuel Forster, D.D., formerly head master of the grammar school, Norwich.

ARMS. Visdelieu: argent; three wolves' heads erased, gules (probably in allusion to their name Wolf's Face) . Felton: gules; two lions passant, ermine, crowned, or.

CHARITIES. An estate devised for six poor inhabitants of this parish, by Andrew Barfoot, in 1591, containing about five acres: yearly rent, 6 6s.; winch is distributed annually among poor widows, and other poor persons. A sacrament fund of 10, the interest applied to the purpose of the gift.

1. Mr. Rokewode says, "the pedigrees of Felton will generally be found incorrect." In the descent of Sir Thomas Felton, we have followed Mr. Blomefield's authority, which differs materially from that of Mr. Kirby.

County of Suffolk

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

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