The Lives of Twelve Eminent Judges of the Last and of the Present Century
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1846 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. THE LIFE OF LORD REDESDALE. The ancestry of this excellent lawyer may be traced further back in the annals of Northumberland than even to Sir John de Mitford, at the time of the Conquest. There was an old writing produced at a trial at Durham, by which one of the Mitfords, in the time of Edward the Confessor, did assure his wife's jointure out of lands in Mitford. From a pedigree furnished by the late lord to the Rev. J. Hodgson, it appears that Sir John de Mitford, knight, a descendant of this warrior, was a person of very considerable note in his time, and frequently returned to parliament as representative of the Commons in the reigns of Edward the Third, Richard the Second, and Henry the Fourth. His name occurs in forty different writs and commissions, empowering him to act in matters of a civil or diplomatic nature between England and Scotland. When Henry the Fourth, A. D. 1400, required several prelates, earls, barons, knights, and esquires, from different northern counties, to attend him and his council, on the morrow of the Assumption; the persons summoned for Northumberland were Monsieur Henry de Percy, John Mitford, and four others. In 1396, Sir John Scrope granted to this knight the keeping of his castle, under the style of Lord of Mitford; and by another instrument, for his good council and advice, gave him 100 shillings a year out of the lands for his life. From him in direct descent was Robert Mitford, who represented the neighbouring borough of Morpeth in the Convention Parliament, and for his services there received from Charles the Second a grant of the site of the castle of Mitford, which then belonged to the Crown, and which, together with the other Mitford estates, is still in the possession of Captain Mitford, R. N., the rep...
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