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I should now go on to the next heir of this Line, John Lord Wake; but before I proceed to Him, I must here take Notice of an Account that has been given, by a late 2Antiquary, of our Family, So very different from my present Relation; that tis impossible for one of us not to be mistaken. His Line runs thus.
2 Burton deser: of Leister-sh p. 27.
From whence this Gentleman took this Pedi- fs'^dw' gree he has not told us, nor unless he glean'd it from some M.S.S. papers of Leland, of which he was long possess'd, can I guess in what Author he found it. . But whencesoever he took it, certain it is he is both very false and very defective in it.
It is true, in the four first descents, we agree as to the Names, but we agree in nothing else. The three Baldwins he makes to live to the 48th. of King Henry 3d. and tis possible they might have done so; but then according to his own Computation, the second Baldwin, must have outlived his Father sixty eight years, the Third, him thirty nine; which considering the Age he must needs have been when his Father dyed, is no less extraordinary.
In the following descents, Hugh the 2d. and Baldwin the 4th. are wholly omitted. And whereas he gives to Thomas Lord Wake, a Son, named John; the Truth is, that John was elder Brother to Thomas, and dyed young: and Margaret their Sister had several Children, but especially Joan her Daughter, who ought by no means to have been overlook'd by Him.
an Account this Gentleman, with all his helps has given of this Family; I proceed now to my Lord next Heir, John Lord Wake Son of Baldwin the 4th. of whom I last spake.
He was about 13 years old, when his Father dyed, And in the 18th. of K. Edward the first, doing Homage, had Livery of his Lands. Four Years after which, he was ssummon'd to attend the King at a great Counsel, and the month following went with him into Gascoigne, to help him to recover his Estates there. How long he continued abroad, whether he return'd with the King the same Year, upon the accommodation which the ftrench King pretended to make with Edward; Or whether upon the Discovery of that trick, and the brisk Resolution of the Parliament thereupon, he tarried still there, I cannot tell; That he was summoned to the three Parliaments, held the next Year upon this Occasion, the Writs still extant do evidently shew. And when about 4 Years after, the War with Scotland broke out, He accompanied the King thither, as he had before done into France; and the Year following, was one of the Commissioners appointed, together KEdw. with the Arch-Bishop of York to take Care of Fortifying the Castles of Scotland. and for the guarding of the Marshes.
3 Dugdal: Summ: Fag: 6.
In the 28h. of the same King, he again went with his Master to the War of Scotland whither most of the Nobility, in like manner, attended hiin: And the same Year he dyed, leaving his Widow, and two Sons behind Him.
Whom he marryed I am yet to seek: only I find her in an Ancient Charter, called by the Name of *Joan ; and that in right of her he held the Wapentake of Skarndale, in the County of Derby.
Among the Summons to Parliament about this time, I meet with one Ralph Wake, among those who were "summoned to meet the King, with their Horses and Arms at New-Castle, and to attend Him with their Service in the Scotch Wars. who this Ralph was, or whether it be not a Mistake for John, who was constantly summoned before and after, I am not able to determine: But sure I am it is the only place in
4 Mss. Doilsworth Vol: ii. l'ol. 11. 5 Dugdal: Summ: Pag: IS.
K.Edw. which either John is omitted or any Ralph is mentioned.
Tho".5 When John Lord Wake dyed' he ,eft a Son *£r? and heir, of the same Name. But he lived but
a little while, and so both the Estate and Honour fell to his second Son, Thomas Lord Wake. He was at this time, but very young: nor have I any thing to say of him before the K.Edw. nth. of King Edward the 2d. When he was first summon'd by the King to his Parliament at Lincoln, and which after two prorogations, did at last, the same year, meet there.
But tho this were the first time that I find any mention made of our Thomas Lord Wake in public affairs of the Kingdom; yet some years before I meet with an other of this Family, Hugh Wake, a younger Brother of John and Uncle to Thomas of whom I am now speaking. In the 13th. Year of King Edward the first, a famous Statute had been made in a Parliament at Winchester for the better keeping of the Peace, and for the Suppressing of Robberys, Murders, Felonys, and the like Disorders. It seems the King found it necessary, about this time, to publish an Order for putting of this Statute in due Execution. Accordingly Letters