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Gentleman's Magazine 1848 part 2 p.32
the only person who has written upon Brougham Hall as an ancient residence. In the "Baronial Halls," published by Chapman and Hall, from drawings by J. D. Harding, George Cattermole, and others, there is a lengthened account of the place accompanied by prints; also in Fisher's Northern Counties, &c. and in other similar works.
It would occupy too much of your valuale space to follow your correspondents through all their assertions; though I have no doubt, if it were necessary, that I could substantiate every material fact I have stated.
If the writers re-read my letter, they will find that the fiction, as they term it, of St. Wilfred's Well I myself disapprove of, and object to in the very article in which they say it is first heard of, but which more extensive reading would have shown them was ascribed in S. C. Hall's "Baronial Halls."
How facetious they grow about the armour, and then boldly say it all came from Wardour Street; and yet in a will dated 1565, Henry Brougham leaves his arms and armour, &c. ("hearst thou, Mars!") to his son and heir Thomas (with Brougham) as heirlooms. How do your daring correspondents know that the armour came from Wardour Street?
Their rampant assertion, to use their own words, about the Crusader's grave and the prick-spur, &c. I leave in the hands of Mr. Albert Way and the other gentlemen connected with the Journal of the Archaeological Institute, in which work what they term "the most puerile creation ever set up," was first given to the public.
The genealogical part of the question appears also to be regarded as equally spurious with the hall, notwithstanding Mr. Justice Wightman's remarks at the trial which took place at Appleby assizes in August 1843 to the contrary. At this trial every feature of consequence which I have mentioned in the descent was proved before a special jury by the production of deeds and records, and the observation of the judge was, "that he never had in his experience seen a pedigree carried back so far, and with such clear proof." As to the manor, in the Rolls Chapel is preserved a roll headed "Le Bownder de Burgham," which ends thus: "And so thys ambulacyon was viewyd and merkett in the preserved in the Chapter House, Westminster, in the book endorsed Inquisitions post Mortem in 9, 10, and 11 Elizabeth, taken after the death of Henry Brougham, who died 6th Dec. 11th Eliz. the jurors find that he died seised of various lands, &c.; and, amongst others, "quod predictus Henricus Brougham fuit seisitus in Domenico suo et de feodo de et in manerio de Brougham, et la demeyne lands de manerio predicto," &c. and that he held this manor of the sheriff of Westmoreland (i.e. of the King) by knight's service. The father of this Henry is found to have died 18th Nov. 6th Edw. VI. and that he was the King's tenant by knight's service. This record is also in the Chapter House, Court of Wards and Liveries, 1st Mary to 1st Eliz.
In an Act of Parliament passed in the year 1776 for inclosing Brougham Moor, Henry Brougham is described as lord of the manor of Brougham, and in that character the principal allotment is made to him. If he had not been lord of the manor his claim would have been opposed before the commissioners. This Henry was Lord Brougham's grandfather, and died in Dec. 1782. Burn in his History of Westmoreland, p.391, says that the third part of the manor was held "by cornage," and, notwithstanding the sneers at the "old cow-horn," I should like to hear your correspondents' disproval of the antiquity of this tenure.
The fact of the family having been seated at Brougham from the Hep-
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