Waller family (Kent)

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Edmund Waller (the politician-poet), by David Loggon, 1685, National Portrait Gallery.

The Waller family was a Kentish family, of Groombridge Place, that migrated to Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire in the fouteenth or sixteenth century, and then to Gloucestershire, and, for a generation, North Yorkshire.[1]

Several members carried the name Edmund Waller. These Edmund Wallers are listed here father to son or grandson, or uncle to nephew:

  • Edmund, (1652-dsp Bristol 1699/1700), MP for Amersham 1689-98,[2] educuted Christ Church, Oxford and Middle Temple, bencher 1696. Became a Quaker. Married (1686) Abigail Tylney;
Edmund Waller VI or VII (1828-98), JP, DL
  • Edmund, (?1725-88), 'took to the bottle', MP for Chipping Wycombe 1747–1754 and late 1757–1761. Master, St. Katherine’s Hospital 1747-88,[3] educated St. Mary Hall, Oxford, and Lincoln's Inn. Married (1755) Martha (d. 8.8.1788), daughter of Rowland Philipps of Orlandon, Pembroke;[4]
  • Edmund, (1757–1810), lord of the manor of Farmington, left £5,000 stock to provide an income for life for his housekeeper Anna Joynes, and then to benefit the poor of Beaconsfield (Bucks.), Upper Turkdean, and Farmington in bread, clothing, and blankets;[5]
  • Edmund, (1828-98), JP, DL, High Sheriff Gloucestershire 1876, once of Little Hall Barn, Bucks, and of Farmington Lodge, near Northleach and Kirkby Fleetham, North Riding of Yorkshire (the unentailed later sold 1889). Married (1858) Lucy Georgiana Elwes (died 1878), and then (1880) Emily Mary Young (dsp 1923), she was a great-granddaughter of Sir William Young, 2nd Baronet.

Descendants of Edmund Waller (1606-1687)[edit]

Waller's first wife Anne Banks died in childbirth leaving a surviving daughter Elizabeth[6] or Anne (1634-), wife to William Dormer, Dormer the splendid, (died 1683), son of Sir Robert Dormer, Kt. (d.1649), of Ascot Park, Ascott, Stadhampton, Oxfordshire.

Carte de visite of Harry Edmund Waller, JP, DL (1804-69) of Farmington and Kirkby Fleetham.

He married secondly in 1644[7] Mary Bracey (d.1677), (or Bressy, Bresse or Breaux),[8] of Thame or possibly of somewhere in France, and went over to Calais, afterwards taking up his residence at Rouen. By Mary Breux he had several children. His descendant Rachel Waller, daughter of Edmund Waller VI or VII, considering the Breux family's connections with Barbadoes wrote in 1939 that: this probably gave rise to the assumption that she was not of pure European blood. In support of this theory, we may compare the portrait of the poet with those of his descendants. In these latter, the long face and aquiline lineaments of the poet have given way to round blunt features and curly black hair.[9] The children included:

  • Benjamin, somewhat lacking in his father's wit, he was sent to Jersey, a colony in the West Indies;[10]
  • Edmund II or III (1652-dsp Bristol1699/1700), MP for Amersham 1689-98,[11] educ. Christ Church, Oxford, Middle Temple bencher 1696. Became a Quaker. Married (1686) Abigail (d. 1689), daughter of Francis Tylney of Rotherwick, Hants, sister of Frederick Tylney (?1653-1725), MP;
  • William, a merchant of London;
  • Dr. Stephen Waller (1654-1706[12]), of Hall Barn, a doctor of law, a famous civilian,[13] and Commissioner for the Union. His widow, Judith, daughter of Sir Thomas Vernon, MP, Kt., of Farnham, married, as his second wife, John Aislabie, MP, DL (1670-1742).
Carte de visite photo of Edmund Waller VI or VII (1828-98), of Farmington and Kirkby Fleetham, JP, DL. Eldest brother of Mrs Drysdale.
Miss Emily Waller (1835-1919), albumen print, 27 June 1862, aka Mrs Edward William Boudier.
Elizabeth Waller (1840-1892), daughter of Harry Edmund Waller, and wife to Colonel Robert Carstairs Drysdale, RA, JP.
  • Edmund Waller IV or V (?1725-88), 'took to the bottle', MP for Chipping Wycombe 1747-1754 and late 1757-1761. Master, St. Katherine’s Hospital 1747-88,[17] educated St. Mary Hall, Oxford, and Lincoln's Inn. Married (1755) Martha (d. 8.8.1788), daughter of Rowland Philipps of Orlandon, Pembroke;[18]
  • Anne, married (1738), Sir Miles Stapylton, 4th Bart., MP for Yorkshire, 1734-1750, of Myton, (d.1752), their daughter Anne, d.s.p.
  • Rev. Harry Waller (1760-1824), succeeded his brother Edmund in 1810, retired to Boulogne in 1821 (to avoid debt). Married (15.5.1797) Mary/Maria, sister of Rev. John Dolphin (c1775-11.3.1831), curate at Farmington, c1799;[19]
  • Harry Edmund Waller, JP, DL (13.4.1804-69), sold Hall Barn 1832, inherited Kirkby Fleetham, North Yorkshire and Clint, south of Ripon, from his second-cousin-once-removed Miss Sophia Elizabeth Lawrence (1761–1845) of Studley Royal, in 1845 (she left the bulk of these Aislabie derived estates to her third cousins, the Robinson family). This Waller is said to have won the Ascot Gold Cup of 1852. Married (15.6.1826) Caroline-Elizabeth (d. 1.12.1840) daughter of John Larking, of Clare Hall, Lewisham, Kent. He was nominated High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, November 1833;[20]
  • Edmund Waller VI or VII (1828-98), JP, DL, High Sheriff Gloucestershire 1876, once of Little Hall Barn, and of Farmington, near Northleach and Kirby Fleetham (the unentailed later sold 1889). Married (1858) Lucy (died 1878), daughter of Henry Elwes of Colesbourne, a grandfather of Henry John Elwes.
  • Rachel Waller (1868-1954), only child, married (1889) Cecil Fane De Salis (1857-1948) of Dawley Court, Middlesex;
  • Major-General William-Noel Waller, Royal Artillery, (25.12.1831-1909).[21] Married Mary Elizabeth Heygate, and secondly Charlotte Lycester Templer.
  • Harry Noel Waller, (India, 19.8.1859-17.1.1944, 306 West End Avenue, New York, aged 84).[22]
  • Margaret, the eldest, born Rouen;
  • Mary who married Dr. Peter Birch, Doctor of Divinity, Prebendary and Sub Dean of Westminster Abbey. Died 2 July 1710 aged 65 years;[24]
  • Dorothy, a dwarf, sent to the North; Dorothy lived in Morley, near Leeds. She died in 1771 and left her house to the Reverend Timothy Alred, of St Mary's In The Wood. She had a romantic attachment to him. She is buried in the churchyard there. She is reputed to have been carried from her home on Banks Hill to St Mary's in a sedan chair. Her former home is said to be the oldest house in Morley, and has a plaque above the door indicating her residency and her date of passing.
  • Eliza, with her brother Edmund, an executor of her father.[25]

Arms of Waller[edit]

  • Shield: On a mount, vert, a walnut tree, proper, on a sinister side an escrutcheon, pendant, charged with arms of France, with a label of three points, argent.
  • Crest: Sable, three walnut leaves, or, between two bendlets, argent.
  • Motto: Hic fructus virtutis; Azincourt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WALLER, Edmund I (1606-87), of Hall Barn, Beaconsfield, Bucks. and St. James's Street, Westminster. | History of Parliament Online". historyofparliamentonline.org. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  2. ^ The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690–1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
  3. ^ a b The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715–1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
  4. ^ The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754–1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
  5. ^ 'The charity became active on Anna's death in 1835, by which time the costs of a suit brought by her against Edmund's trustees had reduced the principal to £3,692 stock. In 1887 the principal was divided into three, with £1,231 assigned to each place, under separate trustees. Farmington was receiving £36 a year as its share of the proceeds in 1889. About 1970 the income, £29 a year, was being distributed in coal. (From VCH 'Parishes: Farmington', A History of the County of Gloucester: volume 9: Bradley hundred. The Northleach area of the Cotswolds (2001), pp. 69-81. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66463 Date accessed: 31 May 2014).
  6. ^ The Family of Dormer in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, Oxoniensia, vol. 11-12 (1946-7), pp. 90–101, by Michael Maclagan
  7. ^ O.D.N.B.
  8. ^ Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons, By Edmund Waller, with An Account of the life and writings of Edmund Waller, printed for Jacob Tonson, in the Strand, 1722
  9. ^ Notes on Past Days, by Cecil and Rachel De Salis, Henley-on-Thames, 1939, page 5
  10. ^ Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons, By Edmund Waller, with An Account of the life and writings of Edmund Waller, printed for Jacob Tonson, in the Strand, 1722
  11. ^ The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
  12. ^ O.D.N.B.
  13. ^ Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons, By Edmund Waller, with An Account of the life and writings of Edmund Waller, printed for Jacob Tonson, in the Strand, 1722
  14. ^ The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
  15. ^ The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
  16. ^ From VCH, A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 9, Bradley Hundred. The Northleach Area of the Cotswolds, Victoria County History, London, 2001: After Sir William's death in 1721 both manors were sold to Edmund Waller of Beaconsfield (Bucks.), and after Edmund's death in 1771 Hazleton descended with his Farmington estate in the Waller family until 1900.
  17. ^ The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
  18. ^ The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
  19. ^ children or associates of various John Dolphins, (who died circa 1756, c. 1770, and 1782), of Shenstone, Staffs, and of Eyford, Gloucestershire, armigerous; Rev. John Dolphin was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, matriculated 3/6/1791 aged 16; BA 1795, MA 1799, prebend of York 1813, Rector of Pebmarsh and Colne Wake, Essex 1823 to death in 1831. Maria Dolphin was aunt of John Dolphin (cricketer).
  20. ^ Announced in the London Gazette, November 1833, but not chosen until Josiah Gist's dearth in office when Waller was appointed as declared in the London Gazette of 26 March 1834, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/19140/page/559
  21. ^ Burke's Landed Gentry, 1863, volume 2.
  22. ^ http://www.holmesacourt.org/hac/4/9927.htm%20
  23. ^ The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
  24. ^ http://www.westminster-abbey.org/our-history/people/peter-birch
  25. ^ Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons, By Edmund Waller, with An Account of the life and writings of Edmund Waller, printed for Jacob Tonson, in the Strand, 1722