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Descendant's report for William Lambarde, son of John Lambarde and Juliana Lambarde [Horne]

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William Lambarde, an eminent lawyer and antiquary, the eldest son of John Lambarde, Alderman of London, by Juliana his wife, daughter of William Horne or Herne, of London, was born Oct. 10, 1536. Nothing is recorded concerning the early part of his education, until he entered upon the study of the law, and was admitted into the society of Lincolns Inn, 15th August 1556. Here he studied under Laurence Nowell (brother to the celebrated dean of St. Paul's), a man famous for his knowledge of antiquities and of the Saxon tongue. Lambarde profited much by his instructions, considering an acquaintance with the customs and jurisprudence of the Saxon times as very useful in his profession. The first fruits of his studies appeared in 1560 in a collection and translation of the Saxon Laws republished afterwards, with Bede's " Ecclesiastical History," in 1644, by Abraham Wheelock, who commends highly the elegance of Lambarde's interpretation.

In 1570 he appears to have resided at Westcombe, near Greenwich, of the manor of which he was possessed, and devoted a great share of his labours to the service of the county of Kent, but without giving up his profession of the law, or his connection with Lincolns Inn, of which society be was admitted a bencher in 1578. He had finished his Perambulation of Kent in 1570, which after being inspected by archbishop Parker, and the lord treasurer Burleigh, was published in 1576. From a letter of his to his friend Thomas Wotton, Esq., it appears that his design and researches extended much farther, and that he had already collected materials for a general account of Great Britain, of which this was but the specimen, and that he was prevented from proceeding in his plan by discovering that Camden was engaged in one similar. His materials, however, were published from the original manuscript in 1730 under the title of Dictionarium Angliae Topographicum et Historicum to which was prefixed a very fine likeness of him, engraved by Vertue. Camden, in praising his Perambulation, and acknowledging his obligations to it, calls the author 'eminent for learning and piety;' by the latter quality alluding probably to his founding an hospital for the poor at East-Greenwich, in Kent, said to have been the first founded by a protestant. The queen (Elizabeth) granted her letters patent, for the foundation of this hospital in 1574; and it was finished, and the poor admitted into it in October, 1576. It was to be called The college of the poor of Queen Elizabeth. An account of its endowment and present state' may be seen in Lysson's Environs.

In 1579 Lambarde was appointed a justice of peace for the county of Kent, an office which he not only performed with great diligence and integrity, but endeavoured to explain and illustrate for the benefit of other magistrates, in his SEirenarcha, or the Office of the Justices of Peace, in four books, 1581, reprinted eleven times, the last in 1619. Sir William Blackstone, in his Commentaries, recommends this work to the perusal of students. He published also, The Duties of Constables, 1582, and reprinted six times. His character and writings had now recommended him to the notice of some of the greatest and most powerful people of the realm. In 1589 he had a deputation from the lord treasurer for the composition for alienations for fines, an office erected in the 18th year of Queen Elizabeth. In 1592 he was appointed a master in chancery by Sir John Puckering, lord keeper; and in 1507 was appointed keeper of the rolls and house of the rolls, in Chancery-lane, by Sir Thomas Egerton, lord keeper. At length, in 1600, he was personally noticed by the queen, who received him very graciously, and appointed him keeper of the records in the Tower. In consequence of this appointment, he had another interview with her another work, entitled Archeion, or a Discourse upon the high courts of justice in England. It was not published until 1635, some years after his death, by his grandson, Thomas Lambarde. Of this work there are two editions of the same date, but Mr. Bridgman gives the preference to that with a preface signed T. L. which he thinks the most correct. Mr. Lambarde died 19 August 1601, at his house of Westcombe, and was buried in the parish church of Greenwich. A monument was placed over him, which, upon the rebuilding of that church, was removed to the parish church of Sevenoaks, in Kent, where is now the seat and burying-place of the family. He was thrice married, but left issue only by his second wife.

He left many manuscripts and was an accurate antiquary, and in all respects a man of learning and distinction.


See also A Perambulation of Kent conteining the Description, Hystorie, and Customes of that Shire.
Generation No. 1
  1. William Lambarde was the son of John Lambarde and Juliana Lambarde [Horne]. He was born 18th Oct 1536 at St Nicholas Acons, London; died 19th Aug 1601 at Westcombe; buried after 19th Aug 1601 at St Alphege, Greenwich, Kent
  He married (1) Jane Multon on 11th Sep 1570. She was born 1553, daughter of George Multon of Ightham; died 21st Sep 1573
  He married (2) Syvestra Dallison on 28th Oct 1583. She was born 1554, widow of William Dallison; died 1st Sep 1587. They had the following children:
2 iMulton who was born 1584; died 1634
3 iiMargaret who was born 1586; died 30th Jun 1611
  iiiFane who was born 16th Aug 1587 at Greenwich, Kent
  ivGore who was born 16th Aug 1587 at Greenwich, Kent
  He married (3) Margaret Reader on 13th Apr 1592. She was born 1544, widow of John Meryam and Richard Reder
   
Generation No. 2
  2. Sir Multon Lambarde was the son of William Lambarde and Syvestra Lambard [Dallison]. He was born 1584; died 1634
  He married Jane Ann Lowe on 23rd Dec 1613 at St. Peter-Le-Poer, London. She was born 1594, daughter of Sir Thomas Lowe; christened 16th Mar 1594 at St. Peter-Le-Poer, London; died 1674. They had the following children:
  iAnn who was born 13th Oct 1614 at Greenwich, Kent; died 16th Feb 1633
4 iiThomas who was born 26th Nov 1615 at Greenwich, Kent; died 1st Nov 1675
  iiiJane who was born 2nd Jul 1617 at Greenwich, Kent; died 5th Apr 1692
  ivMary who was born 30th Sep 1618 at Greenwich, Kent; christened 5th Oct 1618 St. Peter-Le-Poer, London
   
  3. Margaret Godfrey [Lambarde] was the daughter of William Lambarde and Syvestra Lambard [Dallison]. She was born 1586; died 30th Jun 1611
  She married Thomas Godfrey on c 1620. He was born 1585; died 1664
   
Generation No. 3
  4. Thomas Lambard was the son of Sir Multon Lambarde and Jane Ann Lambarde [Lowe]. He was born 26th Nov 1615 at Greenwich, Kent; died 1st Nov 1675
  He married Isabella Garrard on c 1638. She was born c 1620, daughter of Sir John Garrard, of Hertfordshire. They had the following children:
  iJeane who was born 10th Aug 1640 at Greenwich, Kent; died 26th Oct 1662
  iiThomas who was born 15th May 1642 at Greenwich, Kent; died 23rd Dec 1674
  iiiIsabella who was born 1st Jul 1643 at Greenwich, Kent; died 18th Feb 1645
5 ivWilliam who was born 13th Jan 1644 at Greenwich, Kent; died 2nd Aug 1711
6 vIsabella who was born 4th Oct 1646 at Greenwich, Kent
  viJohn who was born 27th Oct 1648 at Greenwich, Kent; died 18th Apr 1660
  viiElizabeth who was born 28th Dec 1649 at Greenwich, Kent; died 24th Feb 1658
  viiiMulton who was born 11th Jan 1650 at Greenwich, Kent; died 18th Sep 1677
  ixCharles who was born 18th Jun 1652 at Greenwich, Kent; died 26th Jun 1652
7 xMary who was born 23rd Sep 1654 at Greenwich, Kent; christened 29th Sep 1654 Greenwich, Kent
   
Generation No. 4
  5. William Lambard was the son of Thomas Lambard and Isabella Lambard [Garrard]. He was born 13th Jan 1644 at Greenwich, Kent; died 2nd Aug 1711
  He married Magdalen Humphries on 2nd Apr 1670 at Farnborough, Kent. She was born c 1645, daughter of William Humphries, of Merioneth. They had the following children:
8 iThomas who was born 12th Jan 1671 at Westcomb, Greenwich, Kent; died 19th Dec 1745
  iiWilliam who was born 19th Dec 1673 at Westcomb, Greenwich, Kent; died 16th Jun 1679
  iiiJohn who was born 27th Dec 1674 at Westcomb, Greenwich, Kent; died 6th Feb 1675
9 ivMulton who was born 15th Feb 1675 at Westcomb, Greenwich, Kent; died 13th Feb 1758
  vWilliam who was born 5th Jul 1680 at Westcomb, Greenwich, Kent; died 20th Apr 1681
   
  6. Isabella Paynter [Lambard] was the daughter of Thomas Lambard and Isabella Lambard [Garrard]. She was born 4th Oct 1646 at Greenwich, Kent
  She married Allington Paynter on 17th Nov 1674 at Greenwich, Kent. He was born c 1645
   
  7. Mary Hatton [Lambard] was the daughter of Thomas Lambard and Isabella Lambard [Garrard]. She was born 23rd Sep 1654 at Greenwich, Kent; christened 29th Sep 1654 at Greenwich, Kent
  She married Thomas Hatton on c 1675. He was born c 1650
   
Generation No. 5
  8. Thomas Lambard was the son of William Lambard and Magdalen Lambard [Humphries]. He was born 12th Jan 1671 at Westcomb, Greenwich, Kent; died 19th Dec 1745
  He married Mary Beale on 24th Dec 1694 at All Hallowes, Kent. She was born c 1670. They had the following children:
  iMary who was born 14th Oct 1695 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 18th Jul 1754
  iiJane who was born 12th Oct 1697 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 19th Mar 1698
  iiiEllen who was born 16th Jun 1699 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 7th Jun 1700
  ivWilliam who was born 21st May 1701 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 12th Jun 1717
10 vThomas who was born 18th Jan 1704 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 16th Jan 1770
  viBeale who was born 7th Jun 1706 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 14th Dec 1748
  viiJane who was born 1718 at Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 11th Aug 1718 St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent; died 9th Feb 1718
   
  9. Sir Multon Lambard was the son of William Lambard and Magdalen Lambard [Humphries]. He was born 15th Feb 1675 at Westcomb, Greenwich, Kent; died 13th Feb 1758
  He married Jane Fowler on 25th Sep 1718 at Charterhouse Chapel, Finsbury, London. She was born c 1695, daughter of Edward Fowler, of Ash
   
Generation No. 6
  10. Thomas Lambard was the son of Thomas Lambard and Mary Lambard [Beale]. He was born 18th Jan 1704 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 16th Jan 1770
  He married Grace Parson on 28th Mar 1747. She was born c 1715, daughter of Sir William Parsons, of Nottingham. They had the following children:
  iThomas who was born 13th Dec 1748 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 23rd Feb 1749
  iiGrace who was born 12th May 1750 at Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 12th May 1750 St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent; died 1st Oct 1824
11 iiiJane who was born 13th Dec 1754 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 14th Feb 1836
12 ivMulton who was born 29th Jul 1757 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 19th Mar 1836; buried 29th Mar 1836
13 vThomas who was born 29th Oct 1758 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 19th Apr 1811
14 viAnne who was born 4th Oct 1759 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 29th Aug 1826
   
Generation No. 7
  11. Jane Randolph [Lambard] was the daughter of Thomas Lambard and Grace Lambard [Parson]. She was born 13th Dec 1754 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 14th Feb 1836
  She married Reverend John Randolph on 13th Sep 1785. He was born c 1750
   
  12. Multon Lambard was the son of Thomas Lambard and Grace Lambard [Parson]. He was born 29th Jul 1757 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 19th Mar 1836; buried 29th Mar 1836
  He married Aurean Otway on 22nd Sep 1789. She was born c 1760, daughter of Francis Otway, of Ashgrove. They had the following children:
  iSophia who was born 13th Aug 1790 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  iiJane who was born 13th Aug 1790 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  iiiFrances who was born 12th Jul 1791 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 24th Dec 1824
  ivBridget Aurea who was born 16th Oct 1792 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 1st Jun 1826
  vJuliana who was born 9th Mar 1794 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 1st Jun 1826
  viJane who was born 18th Apr 1795 at Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 29th Apr 1795 St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent
15 viiWilliam who was born 18th Nov 1796 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  viiiThomas who was born 4th Jan 1798 at Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 11th Jan 1798 St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent
  ixMulton who was born 4th Jan 1800 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 13th Feb 1869
  xMary who was born 17th Nov 1801 at Sevenoaks, Kent
   
  13. Thomas Lambard was the son of Thomas Lambard and Grace Lambard [Parson]. He was born 29th Oct 1758 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 19th Apr 1811
  He married Sophia Otway on 3rd Jun 1783. She was born c 1760, daughter of Francis Otway, of Ashgrove
   
  14. Anne Austen [Lambard] was the daughter of Thomas Lambard and Grace Lambard [Parson]. She was born 4th Oct 1759 at Sevenoaks, Kent; died 29th Aug 1826
  She married Revd. Sackville Austen on 18th Jan 1785 at St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent. He was the son of Francis Austen and Jane Austen [Chadwick]. He was born 1759 at Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 10th Jul 1759 at St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent; died 3rd Jan 1786
   
Generation No. 8
  15. William Lambard was the son of Multon Lambard and Aurean Lambard [Otway]. He was born 18th Nov 1796 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  He married Harriet Elizabeth Nasmith on 1st Oct 1818 at St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent. She was born c 1800. They had the following children:
  iEleanor who was born 23rd Sep 1819 at Sevenoaks, Kent
16 iiMulton who was born 31st Oct 1821 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  iiiJohn who was born 28th Feb 1823 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  ivWilliam who was born 1st Dec 1824 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  vThomas who was born 22nd May 1826 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  viCharles who was born 1827 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  viiJuliana who was born 20th Dec 1828 at Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 25th Mar 1829 St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent
  viiiFrancis who was born 24th Apr 1830 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  ixJane who was born 4th Jan 1832 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  xCharles James who was born 1833 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  xiHarriet who was born 27th Mar 1835 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  xiiThomas Murry who was born 1836 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  xiiiHenry who was born 1840 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  xivJane Ansea who was born 1841 at Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 16th May 1841 St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent
   
Generation No. 9
  16. Multon Lambarde was the son of William Lambard and Harriet Elizabeth Lambard [Nasmith]. He was born 31st Oct 1821 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  He married Teresa ..... on c 1846. She was born 1826 at Brasted, Kent. They had the following children:
  iTeresa who was born 1856 at Brussells, Belgium
  iiGrace who was born 1857 at Coblentz, Germany
  iiiMaud Eleanor who was born 1859 at Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 12th Oct 1859 St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent
  ivHarriet Beatrice Auren who was born 1861 at Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 2nd Oct 1861 St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent
  vEthel Julia who was born 1863 at Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 4th Mar 1863 St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent
  viWilliam who was born 1865 at Sevenoaks, Kent
  viiGwendoline who was born 1868 at Sevenoaks, Kent
   

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