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THE THIRD BOOK.
We have now beheld this ancient Family in its highest pitch of Wealth and Honour: We have follow'd it from its first Rise in one of the HereGreatest and bravest Men of his Age, to its faileur in another who was no less eminent: P°f
nor any less engaged in the Affairs of the Times Wakein which he lived. We have seen it grow, and encrease, by the Accession of the Riches of several noble Familys which by Marriage, emptied their possessions into it: And we have seen it expire, at last, by the same Means: both its Honour and Estate being carried off by an Heiress, into another Family, and having those who remain'd of our Name, in a very moderate, but for that very Reason, a more
safe, and durable Estate. We come now to view it in its Declension; and to See by what Means the Succession of it has been continued on to this very day.
When Baldwin the 4th. Lord Wake of that Name dyed, He left behind him two Sons: John the Father of Thomas Lord Wake and Margaret his Sister: and Hugh from whome waL. we are now to derive the Continuance of our Family.
To this Hugh his Father gave for his Portion the Lordship of Blyseworth, in the County of Northampton: and both the Family and Estate have, eversiuce, been drawn down, in a continued Succession of the male Line, from that time, to Sr. William Wake now living; and enjoyed that very Estate, which the Lord Baldwin gave to his Son.
What became of this Hugh, or what he did, I cannot say: All I find of Him, besides what I have already observed, is, that he was with King Edward the 1st. in his second War. A0. Regn: 34. As he was also with his Son, King Edward the 2d. in the 4th. Year of his Reign.
To this Hugh succeeded his eldest Son Sr. sr.
Thomas Wake. Besides the Mannor of Blyse- wake. worth, given to his Father, by Baldwyn Lord Wake. I find this Sr. Thomas possess'd of some other parts of the 'Estate belonging to this Family, in Depynge, in the County of Lincoln: But how he came possess'd of Them I cannot say. From thenceforth I find but little to observe with reference to those who" Succeeded in this Line. and therefore shall content myself barely to note the Succession of Them.
daugher of Wm Catesby.
7 Baron: T. I. p. 542.
It was about the latter End of King Henry the sixth time, when these two Brothers Roger and William came especially to be taken notice of. The Elder of them Roger, was among those who stuck to King Richard the 3d. against Henry of Richmond afterwards King Henry the seventh. For this he was attainted by Act of Parliament and sentenc'd to forfeit his Honour and Estate, Yet this latter was again restored to Him, and so descended to his Family.
As for William, the younger Brother, he was first Servant to the famous John Duke of Bedford; and Surveyor to King Henry the sixth: And being made Knight at the holy Grave, was buried in the Church of Allhollows in the Town of Hertford.