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HISTORY 



OF THB 



MARTIN FAMILY 



BY 

STAPLETON MARTIN, M.A., 

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CHRIST'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, 
Barbistbb-at-Law. 



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Tell ye your children of it, and let yonr children tell their children, 
and their children another generation. — Jobl i. 3. 

''Out of monumentB, names, words, proverbs, and eridences, 
fragments of stories, passages of books, and the like, we do save and 
recover somewhat from the deluge of time.'' — Lard Baem, 



Dedicated 



TO 



MY WIFE 
AND CHILDREN; 



The Fms, 
Norton, 

Worcester. 



November^ 1908. 



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MARTIN FAMILY. 



TN early times the name of Martin was well-known 

at Leicester. Samuel Martin, of Leicester (City), 

had a son, the £ev. Samuel Martin, born in 1674, 

Foster's 

who matriculated from Lincoln College, Oxford, ^^^^^^ 
17th November, 1692, when aged 18, taking his B.A. 
degree in 1696. He married in Loughborough Parish 
Church, in Leicestershire, on 20th August, 1700, 
Mrs. Elizabeth Crumpton, and had a son, the 
Eev. Samuel Martin, baptized in Loughborough 
Parish Church on 5th Sept. 1701, who matriculated 
from Lincoln College, Oxford, when aged 17. He ^<^8 
was admitted B.A. from Lincohi College on 13th ^K^^"*"' 
October, 1722, and became M.A. in 1725, and was^etha^so?, 

' ' ' 1866. 

elected a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, on 19th 
April, 1723. Taking his M.A. degree on 10th July, ^f^j^ 
1725, he vacated his Fellowship on 26th March, 1731, ^^- ^'^^' 
by resignation, having been instituted to the living 
of Newton Eegis, Warwickshire, on 7th April, 1730. 
He was Master of Appleby School, Leicester, from 



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1725 to 1739, when he resigned, and the trustees 
thereupon were anxious to appoint Samuel Johnson, 
who was just rising into fame through his celebrated 
satire, London^ to the mastership ; but there was a 
diflSculty owing to his not being M.A. Macaulay, in 
his life of Johnson, says that : ** Pope exerted himself 
"Notes md to obtalu au academical degree and the mastership 

QnerieB," 

^Fei)ruaiy, of a grammar school for the poor young poet." 
12th September, Johusou did uot obtain the appointment. In 1746 

1908. p.204. -. ,-«--. . . , , -rk P 

Samuel Martm was mstituted to the Bectory of 
Gotham, Notts, on 17th September, 1746, and he 
resigned the living of Newton Eegis in 1747, and so 
remarkable was the resignation of a benefice in the 
days when pluralities abounded, that the fact is 
referred to in his monumental inscription. 

On 14th October, 1741, Samuel Martin, of Gotham, 
married in Newton Begis Church by license, Anne 
Hunter, daughter of the Eev. John Hunter (who was 
in 1704 appointed to be Headmaster of Lichfield 
Grammar School), by his first wife. Miss Norton, 
daughter of Edward Norton, of Warwick, and sister 
of the Eev. Thomas Norton, of Warwick. 

In 1766 he published a book entitled, ** A disser- 
tation of the nature and efiects and consequences of 
the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost." It is a 
piece of carefully considered and conscientious work 
wherein the arguments advanced are expressed in 
terms of scrupulous exactness by a thoroughly well- 
trained, balanced and educated mind. 



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By an Indenture dated 22nd July 1772, certain 
hereditaments situate in Lenton, Kadford and Bash- 
ford, in the County of Nottingham, were settled to 
the use of Samuel Martin, of Gotham, for his life, 
with remainder to his sons in tail. 

Samuel Martin, of Gotham, died on Christmas 
Day, 1775. The following is an extract from the 
Nottingham Journal for Saturday, 30th December, 
1775 :— 

^^ Last Monday morning died, after a long Illness, at 
'^ Gotham, near this Town, in the 76th year of his age, the 
^'Eev. and learned Mr. Samuel Martin, Rector of that 
'^ (dace ; which valuable Rectory he had enjoyed about thirty 
'^ years. He was buried at Gotham.'' 

There is a tablet in Gotham Church, Notts, to his 
memory, as under : — 

Samuelis Martin, A.M. 

Collegii Orielis — ^in Academia Oxonienssi Quondam Socii 

Florentissimse ScholsB de Appleby in agro Leiceste, Magister 

simul celeberrimus. 

Qui mortem obiit natalibus Ohristi 1775 Aetat 75 

HujuR Ecclesiae per annos 29 Rector Assiduus 

Olim Rector ecclesise de Newton Regis in argo Yarvicansi, 

Sed alterius emolumento modico satis superque contentus, 

PublicsB providus utilitatis ac privatse non indecore prof usus, 

Alteram (credite posteri !) lubens resignavit. 

Agnoscas, Lector, viri eximiam pietatem, 

Et mores apprimb spectatos, 

Et in literis, cum sacris, tum humanioribus, 

Hand mediocrem progressum ; 



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At in h^ unidl laude prorsus haerens, 

Flro oerte habens, 

Quod quanto erat in terrennis opibus 

Aceumilandis modestior, 

Tanto splendidiorem in Ooslis 

Ohristi Oratiii, 
Notes on the 
OimcheB of Sorfcietur ooronam. 

Xv0ttlll£ll8illl~ 

$?g^2^ Underneath the tablet are the Coat of Arms argent 

^% three talbots passant in pale sable. 

He made his Will dated 20th September, 1770, and 
thereby {inter alia) gave all those his messuages, 
closes, lands, tenements and hereditaments situate, 
lying and being in or near the Town of Birmingham, 
in ye County of Warwick, to the use of his 
beloved wife, Anne Martin, during her life, and after 
her decease to the uses of a settlement made on the 
marriage of his son, Samuel Martin (hereinafter 
referred to as Prebendary Martin), and he gave all 
those his lands and closes and his house with the 
outhouses, bams, orchards and garden, and all that 
close thereto adjoining in the town and liberty of 
Woodhouse and the County of Leicester, with all 
common privileges and appurtenances thereto 
belonging to the use of his said wife during 
her life and after her decease, to the said 
Prebendary Martin to hold to him and his heirs 
for ever, and all those his lands and closes within 
the liberty of Newton Eegis, in the County of 
Warwick, with all their privileges, commons and 
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his close in the liberty of Stowe, near Lichfield, in 
the County of Stafford, formerly inclosed or taken 
out of Gayfield, he gave to his said wife during 
her life, and after her decease to his the said 
Testator's son, Thomas Martin, to hold to him and 
his heirs for ever. As to his the said Testator's half 
share in sundry lands and tenements, situate, lying 
and being in the liberty of Elmhirst, and the Grange 
in the said liberty in the County of Stafford, and held 
as tenant in common with his brother-in-law, the 
Eev. Mr. Seward, by two leases for three lives under 
the Eev. Theophilus Buckridge, Master of St. John's 
Hospital, in the City of Lichfield, aforesaid, the said 
Testator gave his said half share to the use of his said 
wife during her life, and after her decease to 
the use of his daughter, Anne Martin, and her heirs to 
have and enjoy all that his right and property in the 
said half share of the said leases for and during the 
whole term of the same, and the said Testator gave 
to his said daughter, Anne Martin, the sum of £1,000, 
and after the discharge of the same to his said 
daughter he gave the whole residue and remainder 
to his said wife, whom he appointed sole Executrix 
of his Will. 

The Will was proved in the Consistory 
Court of York on the 24th day of June, 1776, 
by the said Anne Martin, widow, the relict of 
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TSfrJS. One of Anne Martin's sisters, Elizabeth Hunter, 

6^^&y, married the before-mentioned Thomas Seward when 

1908, irom 

^^^Tv^% he was Eector of Eyam, Derbyshire. He afterwards 
itartin's. became aPrebendary of Lichfield and of Salisbury {see 
D.N.B.), and was the father of Anna Seward, the well- 
known authoress. {8ee D.N.B., and see " A. Swan and 
Her FrieAds," by E. V.Lucas. Methuen&Oo. 1907.) 
The six volumes of her letters published in 1811, 
together with her poetical works, accompanied with 
some part of her early literary correspondence and a 
biographical memoir which were edited in three 
volumes by Sir Walter Scott, throw much light on 
the Martin's. For instance, a letter. Literary Corres- 
pondence cxxx., 23rd June, 1764, was written from 
Gotham when she was visiting her " excellent uncle 
and Aunt Martin," as she styled them. She writes : 
''Pious tranquillity broods over the kind and 
hospitable mansion, and the balms of sympathy and 
the cordials of devotion are here poured into our 
torn hearts." This allusion is to the death of Sarah 
Seward, a sister of Anna Seward's, who had just died 
at the age of nineteen, on the eve of her marriage, of 
whom she writes in the same letter : " My cousin. 
Miss Martin, is of my sister's age, and was deservedly 
beloved by her above all her other companions, next 
to myself and Honora. She grieved for our loss and 
her own with passionate tenderness." 

In another letter, Literary Correspondence cxcv., 
written from Gotham in September, 1767, she writes 



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of the only daughter of Samuel Martin, of Gotham : 
" My fair cousin, Miss Martin, is really very near 
being very handsome. Here she is most completely 
buried through the dreary months. You used to 
admire her eyes, which promise tenderness as lavishly 
as your own, and to praise the sunny tint of her 
nut-brown and shining tresses. Her understanding 
is considerably above the common level ; but native 
diflSdence, and enthusiastic partiality for her friends, 
make her opinions, her taste and judgment, chameleon- 
like, take all their tints from the sentiments of her 
favourites, and she is uneasy if her very night -ribbon 
is not tied like theirs. 

'* On their head, no toy, 
But is her pattern, her affection ; their 
Unthought-of habits of attire, she follows 
For her most serious decking.'' 

Dear girl ! heavily, with her, must drag the cold and 
darkened months ! No sister, no companion out of 
the parental character ! She tells us that she always 
weeps for joy at the sight of the first daisy, and 
welcomes and talks to, and hails the little blessed 
harbinger of brighter days, her days of liberty as 
well as of light." 

Many other of the printed letters refer to the 
Martin family. More particularly one dated 15th 
July,1796,Letter xvi., written from Lichfield, wherein 
Anna Seward writes of the " Loss of a dear friend, 
and the nearest relation I possessed — ^for he was my 



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first cousin — Mr. Martin (a son of Samuel Martin, of 
Gotham), one of the most eminent of the merchants 
engaged in the hosiery manufacture of Nottingham. 
Intimately known to me from our mutual infancy, 
there breathed not a man for whom I felt greater 
esteem, or who more entirely merited the high repu- 
tation he bore He was one that never thought 

his purse his own if his friend needed it, I have not 
found more truth and daylight in any human bosom 
with an understanding which would have done credit 
to any profession. I could tell you acts of bene- 
ficence of his that w^re more than generous — they 
were noble. Solicitously, tender and ardent in his 
affections, there was a corresponding quickness in his 
resentments ; but the violence was momentary — the 
least show of kindness could instantly appease him." 

*< He carried anger as the flint bears fire, 
That much inf oroed shows an hasty spark, 
And straight is cold again." 

The letter goes on to state how apoplexy seized him 
immediately after he had made an eloquent speech in 
the County Hall, at Nottingham, in favour of the 
necessitous poor that hard winter. He is described 
as " the best of husbands." She adds : " Though my 
beloved cousin was too generous, and lived with too 
much elegant hospitality to be very wealthy, yet I 
have reason to believe his wife, fifteen (thii» is a 
mistake for ten) years younger than himself, and her 
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Avoiding ostentatious expense she may render com- 
petence plenty." 

Samuel Martin, of Gotham, had issue three ^^^^® 
children, viz: Samuel Martin (hereinafter referred SJ^ifj""' 
to as Prebendary Martin), he was baptized at Newton g^jj^^ng 
Eegis Church, 25th July, 1743 ; Anne Martin, who ^' '''^^^' 
was baptized at Newton Eegis, 6th January, 1744 ; ^^^ 
and Thomas Martin, who was baptized at Gotham, 3i8tJiiiy,i784. 
3rd April, 1749. 

Mrs. Anne Martin, the widow of Samuel Martin, 
of Gotham, died in Nottingham in July, 1784, and 
was buried at Gotham. Her will is dated 4th 
November, 1782, and was proved 5th July, 1785. 

Anna Seward, in a letter dated 7th November, 
1784 {see her Letters, Vol. I., p. 12), writes thus : 
" Other agreeable excursions varied my late summer 
days. Part of them, however, were tinged with the 
gloom of regret by the death of my dear Aunt Martin, 
whose striking likeness to my yet dearer mother, 
whom I lost in the year 1780, increased the affection 
which her virtues and long experienced kindness had 
inspired. Now, on thia wide earth, no resemblance 
remains to me of that loved form which gave me 
birth, and which was of such acknowledged beauty, 
even in waning age." 

Anna Seward begins her Will thus : " I, Anne, or 
as I kave generally written myself, Anna Seward, &c." 
It must be all but certain that she was named after 



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OoUinson's 
mitoiyof 
SomeiHetabiie. 
Vol. L, 64. 



11th Jnty, 1795. 



her aunt, Anne Martin, the wife of Samuel Martin, of 
Gotham. 

The said Thomas Martin married Jane Michell, a 
Somersetshire lady, whose father lived near Taunton. 
Thomas Martin died 7th July, 1795, and was buried 
in Sneinton Churchyard, near Nottingham, *' attended 
by a very respectable retinue of his friends and 
acquaintances.'' 

In Sneinton Churchyard, removed not more than 
some half-dozen paces from the chancel wall, may be 
seen a tall stone tomb, surmounted by an urn, and 
standing within a large strongly-palisaded paved 
square. This tomb bears inscribed tablets on both 
sides and on both ends. The unhackneyed character 
of the principal inscription, as follows, is the only 
feature specially noteworthy to the passer-by : — 

Rbadeb! 
If thy Integrity ezdtes unhesitating Trust : 
If thou fulfillest with Honour and Affection 

the Duties of an Husband : 
With solicitous Eondness those of a Parent : 
With self forgetting Zeal those of a Friend : 
With the most liberal Bounty those of Hospitality : 

and 
With the most melting Compassion those of Charity : 
Then tho' the mortal Part of 

Thomas Martin 

Rests beneath this Marble : 

Yet his Spirit lives in thy Bosom. 

Died at Nottingham, July 7th, 1795. 

Aged 46 Years. 



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The opposite side of the tomb remembers Jane, 
widow of the above Thomas Martin, who died at 
Bath, 28th October, 1838, aged 79 ; also Jane, their 
daughter, wife of John Adams, serjeant-at-law, who 
died at Hampstead on 19th June, 1825, aged 34, and 
was buried in St. Sepulchre's Church, London. One 
end of the tomb commemorates an infant son 
(Thomas), of Thomas and Jane Martin, who died 
1st May, 1793 ; while the opposite end commemorates 
George Dove, who died 8th October, 1813 (a mistake 
for 1812), at the age of 36. He was a nephew of 
Thomas Martin. 

As shown on the tombstone, Thomas, son of 
Thomas Martin and Jane Martin the elder, died an 
infant on 1st May, 1793. Anna Martin (the daughter 
of Thomas Martin and Jane Martin the elder) was 
born in 1794. She died unmarried in February, 
1867, at Bath, and was buried there. 

The sisters of the writer of this book, now alive 
(1908), say that they recollect her very well, and 
Colonel Sir Eobert T. White-Thomson, Kt., K.C.B., 
of Exbourne, Devon, in letters to the writer of this 
book, gives information about her with extracts from 
his mother's diary. 

It is shown by a letter of Anna Seward, dated 
19th September, 1804, Letter axxiv., written from 
Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, when on a visit to 



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dated 22nd 
Jannaij, 1908, 
from burial 
cerdfioateof 
burials 
belonging to 
the Pariah of 
Walcot 



Mrs. Jane Martin, that the latter, after livmg at Bath, 
purchased a property at Winterboume, " where she 
had several social neighbours of our rank of life." 
She goes at length in her letter to describe the very 
ancient house which was once, she concluded, " the 
residence of squiral opulence," with 

^* Dim windows that exclude the light, 
And passages which lead to nothing." 

She also writes that "the little smart widow 
moving in the fashionable circles at Bath," is become 
a " notable farmeress." 

On 28th October, 1838, Mrs. Jane Martin died 
at Bath, and was buried at St. Saviour's Church, 
in the Parish of Walcot, near Bath, aged 79. 
It was as to the expected birth of Jane Martin 
that Anna Seward, in one of her letters dated 
27th October, 1790, Letter xiii., written to Mrs. Jane 
Martin, refers : " I congratulate you upon the effects 
of your tansy tea, and hope it will continue its 
Lucinian powers. Perhaps you are not enough an 
heathen to understand the epithet — to know that 
Lucina is the goddess of child-bearing, whose protec- 
tion it was usual to invoke in the days of Paganism. 
.... Adieu, dear Mrs. M., may you have a little 
longer health, succeeded by a comparatively little 
portion of pain, and 'crowned with a little living 
creature, who shall a great deal more than a little, 
recompense everything ! " 



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Jane Martin, the daughter, married in January, 
1817, at Queen Square Chapel, Bath, John Adams 
(as his second wife). He was a J. P., Chairman 
of the Middlesex Magistrates (1836), and 
Serjeant at-law, and he died 10th January, 1856, 
aged 69, and had issue one child only, by Jane 
Martin, viz. : The Rev. Henry Cadwallader Adams, 
Vicar of Old Shoreham, who was born in 1817, and 
who married in July, 1852, Esther Pell, daughter of 
the Rev. R. Edmonds. They both died in 1899, 
leaving four sons and one daughter. For an account 
of the Adams' family set Boase's Modern English 
Biography under Serjeant Adams, and in D.N.B. 
under William Adams, and under Woollcombe- 
Adams, of Ansty Hall, for the full pedigree see 
Burke's Landed Gentry. Jane Adams, nk Martin, 
died at Hampstead, 19th June. 1825, aged 34, and 
was buried at St. Sepulchre's Church, Holbom, 
London, as shown on the aforesaid tombstone at 
Sneinton. 

Anne Martin, the daughter of Samuel Martin, of 
Gotham, was baptized at Gotham, 6th January, 1774. 
She married at Gotham, 1st November, 1774, George 
Dove, M.D., who lived in the Parish of St. Mary, 
Nottingham, although he appears to have originally 
come from the County of Durham. In 1775, 1776 
and 1777, three successive George Dove's, bom of 
these parents, were baptized at St. Mary's Church. 
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their burial being duly recorded. The third George 
was the one buried at Sneinton, as we have seen 

Register of 

Sjtriesinst from the tombstone there. There was another son, 

Mary a Untiroh, ' 

Md^fS^m Thomas Dove. George Dove, the doctor, died in 

JowTMiX for 4tih, 

November, 1780. March, 1780, at Lisbon, having "embarked a few 
weeks ago for the capital, in hopes of recovering 
strength from a long indisposition. He resided in this 
town some time, and as a physician gained great 
reputation." (Extract from the Nottingham Journal^ 
18th March, 1780.) ffis Will, dated 26th December, 

1779, was proved at York, 9th September, 1780. 
Mrs. Ann Dove died in November, 1780, and was 
buried at St. Mary's, Nottingham. There is a. brass 
on the floor of St. Mary's Church, Nottingham, 
recording her death and that of her two infants. 

Mrs. Ann Dove (inter alia) by her Will dated 
the 20th of July, 1780, devised and bequeathed 
all and singular her messuages, closes, lands, 
tenements and hereditaments, and parts and 
shares of the same, situate, lying and being in the 
town of Nottingham and in the liberty of Elmhirst, 
and the Grange in the said liberty in the County of 
Stafford, and in the County Palatine of Durham or 
elsewhere freehold, copyhold or leasehold, and all her 
personal estate upon trust for the benefit of her 
" two sons and only children," George and Thomas 
Dove. The Will was proved at York, 6th December, 

1780. George Dove, the son, died 8th October, 
1812, aged 36. His Will dated 30th September, 



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1812, was proved at York 3rd June, 1813, which 
states that his brother Thomas was dead. It appears 
clear from their Wills that they both died bachelors. 

Thomas Martin made his Will dated 16th 
February, 1788, which is a very lengthy document, 
and {inter alia) bequeathed £50 to " Mrs. Ann Bliss, 
wife of the Rev. Mr, Bliss (increased to £100 by his 
first codicil), and sister to the testator's wife, and he 
devised certain lands and hereditaments at Sheffield, 
in the County of York, and at Newton Eegis, in the 
County of Warwick, or elsewhere in the Kingdom of 
Great Britain, to his Trustees upon trust for sale for 
the benefit of his widow and his children. By a 
codicil dated 20th April, 1792, he devised his 
messuages and hereditaments in the town of Notting- 
ham, which he had purchased since he made his 
Will, on the same trusts as those devised thereby in 
his Will, and he made a short second codicil in his 
own handwriting dated 6th May, 1795. The Will 
and two codicils were proved at York on 9th October, 
1 795, by his widow. 

The Eev. Samuel Martm, eldest son of Samuel 1^^^?"*° 

OoIlOffB, 

Martin, of Gotham (hereinafter referred to as Pre- g°^ggf«e. 
bendary Martin), was baptized at Newton Eegis 
Church, 25th July, 1743. He was examined and 
approved by Mr. Beresford, and admitted a pensioner 
10th June, 1760, of St. John's College, Cambridge. 
His tutor was Dr. Powell. He became a Fellow of 
St. John's in 1766, being a curate at Enderby, 



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Co. Leicester. From 1767 till his death he was 
Eector of the oldest church in Nottingham, viz. : 
St. Peter's, and was installed to the Prebendary of 
Scamblesby in Lincoln Cathedral on 13th October, 
aJSSTsist 1775. He was also appointed Eector of Tollerton, 

September, 1782. * * 

Notts., 1st June, 1782. 

&eas to 
the other 

Sdir w^ght, H® married Elizabeth, eldest daughter and co- 
IjBj^eU' heiress of John Smith, of Nottingham, by Elizabeth, 
daughter of Langford Nevill, by licence, at St. Peter's 
Church, on 27th February, 1769. She died and was 
buried at St. Peter's Church, 1st September, 1779. 
He was buried there on 19th September, 1782. 

The Nottingham Journal for 28th August, 1779, 
records this death : " Yesterday morning, of the lady 
of the Rev. Mr. Martin, Eector of St. Peter's, in this 
town, and one of the Prebends of Lincoln. The 
character of a Christian wife, and parent, she 
discharged with piety, love, and maternal fondness. 
Her deportment through life was truly respectable, 
and her behaviour remarkably affable. Such pleasing 
endearments as these must certainly stamp a deep 
impression on the hearts of her surviving relations 
and friends, for the loss of so amiable a woman ; nor 
will the poor less sensibly feel for her dissolution, 
when they even consider how often their wants and 
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The Nottingham Journal for 14th September, 
1782, states that: "On Thursday, the Rev. Mr. 
Martin, of this town, in company with two other 
gentlemen, partook of the diversion of angling, a 
little distance from Stoke Bardolph, in the neighbour- 
hood ; the evening advancing when Phoebus ceased 
to shine, they agreed to return to Nottingham, and 
kept together till they reached the above village, 
where the Divine stopt to converse with an inhabi- 
tant for a few minutes ; his friends riding forward, 
he, in attempting to overtake them, was unfortunately 
thrown off his horse, by turning too near the corner 
of a house, and pitching upon his head, ruptured a 
blood vessel, and expired within an hour. He was 
attended by his servant, but such was the injury he 
received from the fall that his presence afforded him 
no relief. The mother of the deceased gentleman is 
inconsolable, and a tender offspring, young in years, 
are materially affected by the shocking event, having 
lost a father, an instructor, a patron, and a friend. 
The above gentleman was universally respected by 
his parishioners, some of whom (on hearing the 
melancholy tale) let fall their tributary tears. He 
was a Prebend of Lincoln, Masterof Arts of St. John's 
College, Cambridge, Eector of St. Peter's, in this 
town, and of Tollerton, in this county. In the year 
1767 he was inducted to the former living, and within 
these few months to the latter. He was a gentleman 
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critic in the Greek and Hebrew languages." The 
same newspaper, oae week later, tells that: 
"On Thursday last, 12th September, 1782, the 
remains of the Eev. Mr. Martin were deposited in 
St. Peter's Church." 

Prebendary Martin made his Will dated 5th June, 
1782, and thereby {inter alia) devised certain heredita- 
ments in or near Birmingham to his brother Thomas 
and the Eev. William Inge, of The Close, Lichfield, in 
trust for his eldest son, Samuel Martin, of Warsop, in 
fee simple. He devised certain hereditaments at 
Basford, Badford and Lenton, Notts., to his other 
sons successively, and certain hereditaments in the 
Low Pavement in the town of Nottingham to his other 
sons successively, and he devised " my messuage or 
tenements and land situate and being at Woodhouse, 
in the County of Leicester, of which I am entitled to 
the reversion in fee expectant on the death of my 
mother, unto my son, John Martin, and his heirs." 
There was a gift, in each case of his named sons dying 
under 21, to the other sons in a similar way. He 
gave, in case of failure of his own issue, an estate at 
WUford, Co. Notts., to the right heirs of his late dear 
wife. He bequeathed his personalty to his sons 
equally. The Will was proved at York on 27th 
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In St. Peter's Church there are the monuments to 
Prebendary Martin and to his wife : — 

In Sepulchro sub hac Area ooncamerato 

Quod sibi guisque Dormitorium esse voluit 

Heu ! jam oonditur Puerperii Doloribus exhausta 

Elizabetha Samuelis Martin fidissuna Conjuz 

Johannis Smith Armig. filia natu maxima 

Mors tamen rapaz baud inermen^ invasit 

Sed Pietate ae Fide Obristinum munitam 

Quale erat Ingenium 
Quanta probitas Mansuetudo Benevolentia 
Tesiantur Amicorum Desideria superstitum 

Amplissimiss potiora Elegis 

Oalend Septemb aj>. 1779. 

A TrcmdciHon qfthe above is : — 

In the vault under this spot, which she desired should be 
the resting-place of herself and her family, now lies, alas 
Elizabeth, the faithful wife of Samuel Martin, and eldest daughter 
of John Smith, Esq. 

Insatiable death snatched her, not unprepared, but armed 
with piety and Christian Faith. 

To her natural qualities, her uprightness, gentleness and 
benevolence, the regret of her surviving friends bears witness 
more powerful than many Elegies. 

1st September, ▲.d. 1779. 

In memoriam Samuelis Martin, artium magistri, prius 
collegii Sancti Joannis, Cantab, socii, hujus ecclesisB, tamquam 
Tollerton comitatu Notts., rectoris, ecdesisB cathedralis Lincoln- 
iensis prsebendarii, qui ex casu de equo suo mortuus est, cum 
uxorem suam Elizabetham tres annos superstitaverat. 

nat. MDOCXLIII. ob. MDCOLXXXII. 



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" Notes on St. 
Maiy'B Pariah 
Register, 
Nottingham," 
by John T. 
Cfodfrey, 1901. 
pp. 63 and 64. 



Rngby Sdiool 
Register. 



Admissions 
to St. John's 
OoUege, 
Oambiidge. 



A Trcmalation of ike ahove U : — 

In memory of Samuel Martin, Master of Arts, formerly 

Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, Kector of this church, 

and also of Tollerton, Notts., a Prebendary of Lincoln Cathedral, 

who died from a fall from his horse, having survived his wife 

Elizabeth three years. 

B. 1743. D. 1782. 

Prebendary Martin had issue four sons. Samuel 
Martin, of Warsop, who was baptized 3rd April, 
1770, at St. Mary's Church, Nottingham; John 
Martin, baptized at St. Peter's 28th December, 1772 ; 
Edward Martin, baptized at St. Peter's 13th May, 

1774, and buried there 15th September, 1786; and 
Thomas Martin, baptized at St. Peter's 15th October, 

1775, and buried there 24th December, 1783. John 
Martin was alive in 1812, but the date of his death 
cannot be ascertained. 

Samuel Martin, of Warsop, was educated at 
Eugby under Dr. James, and for the last two years 
at Glasgow. He was admitted 9th June, 1788, at 
St. John's College, Cambridge (tutor, Mr. Whitmore), 
when he was aged 18, and was admitted a Fellow 
Commoner 12th November, 1790. He was curate of 
Warsop, Notts , for six years, and in 1806 he was 
presented by Mr. Gaily Knight to the living which he 
held for 53 years till his death. The following is an 
extract from " Warsop Parish Registers, with Notes 
and Illustrations," by the Eev. E. J. King. 1884 : — 

'^ Samuel Martin had the spiritual oversight of the parish 
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curate in charge for some six years during Francis Hume's 
incumbency, and afterwards as rector for fifty-three years. He 
seems to have been a man of most extreme liberality, and was 
much beloved by his parishioners. Francis, his second son' 
bought and presented the church clock to the parish in 1844.'' 

Samuel Martin, of Warsop, was a keen sportsman 
as a fisherman and with the gun. Late in life he 
kept a shooting pony but he never hunted. He and 
his wife were very kind and hospitable, and they are 
remembered with affection, even in the year 1907, as 
a letter from the present Eector of Warsop informed 
the writer of this book. There was always a good 
table kept up at Warsop but very little drinking. 
The rector hated smoking and not one of his six 
sons ever smoked. Henry Gally-Knight, of Langold, 
Yorkshire {see D.N.B. as to his son) was a Ufe-long 
friend of his, whose wife was Selina, daughter of 
William Fitz-Herbert, of Tissington Co., Derby M.P., 
the father of the 1st Baronet Fitz-Herbert, of Tissing- 
ton. Her brother was created Lord St. Helens in 1791 
and died unmarried in 1839, when the title became 
extinct. 

The Gally-Knights paid an annual visit to Warsop 
Eectory; they entered the village preceded by an 
outrider and all the village folk turned out to see the 
show. 

Samuel Martin, of Warsop, was reputed to be 
richer than he really was, and a good story is told of 
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subscribe to some local charity, pleaded poverty and 
suggested that his interviewer should go to the 
rectory, saying, '* Mr. Martin has the money ! " His 
wife had great tact, and on a stranger coming to dine 
at the rectory she would adroitly draw hi m aside and 
request he should not oppose her husband if the 
subject of politics should be touched on, as he could 
not bear opposition ; he was a violent Tory. Mrs. 
Martin, of Warsop, who was born in 1776, was 
married before sh§ was 20. She had three sisters : 




w 
S^dS^tiy b^* Osmaston Manor, and who died in 1873 ; 

^^ctoasttm.- Frances Beresford and Judith Beresford, neither of 
whom ever married. Their father was Francis 
Beresford, of Ashbourne and Osmaston, by Fanny, 
only daughter and heiress of Benjamin Beynolds, and 
Francis Beresford's father was John Beresford, of 
Bentley and Ashbourne (he was buried at Beresford 
in 1755) and married Frances, daughter of John 
Fitz-Herbert, of Somersall Herbert. She was buried 
at Beresford in 1765 {see Glover's History of Derby- 
shire, vol 2, p. 46, which sets out the pedigree from 
John de Beresford, Lord of Beresford, 1087, down to 
these sisters' births). They were co-heiresses of 
large properties in Derbyshire (which included 
Osmaston and Butterly Hall) and Cheshire, which 
were sold under a trust of sale contained in an 
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Samuel Martin, of Warsop, and Selina, his wife, of 
the one part, and Marcus Martin and John Martin 
of the other part. Mr. Wright bought up the 
interest of his wife's sisters in these estates, 
and obtained thereby the mines and minerals which 
turned out when worked by the Butterly Company 
(a private concern) to be so immensely valuable. 

Samuel Martin, of Warsop, had a great dread lest 
his sons should incur debts, and his idea of obviating 
that was to give them generous allowances, which he 
accordingly did, 

Mrs. Martin, of Warsop, died in 1847, and the 
Eector died at the rectory on 4th April, 1869. A "Gentleman's 
tablet in the church records : — i^T^ti. 

pp. 545-6. 

'^ In the churchyard, 6 feet from the centre of the east chancel 
window, lie interred the remains of Samuel Martin, rector of 
this parish for a period of fifty-three years. He died on the 
4th of April, 1859, aged 89. Also of his wife, Selina Martin, 
died 2nd day of June, 1847, aged 71 years. 

'' Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, for they rest 
from their labours.'' 

Samuel Martin, of Warsop, by his Will dated 
22nd July, 1857, after reciting that "having already 
by deed or gift provided in part for all my sons," 
devised all his real estates to such uses as his son, 
Francis Martin, should at any time by deed or will 
appoint, and in default of appointment unto the said 
Francis Martin and the heirs of his body, and in 
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Other sons, Samuel Martin, Marcus Martin, John 
Martin, William Martin, and Edward Martin, and 
their heirs, in equal shares as tenants in common. 

The Will, with two codicils, was proved on 
12th April, 1859. 

The Eev. Samuel Martin was the eldest son of 
Samuel Martin, of Warsop. He was bom at 
Cromwell, Notts., on 27th November, 1796, and was 
baptized there, and he was educated at Eugby School 
and St. John's College, Cambridge, and took his M.A. 
degree, and was ordained and became curate in 
London to his Uncle Beresford, who was Eector of 
(the family living) Hoby, Co. Leicester, and he was 
also Eector of Alstonfield, Derbyshire, and of St. 
Andrew's, Holbom, London. 

However, a parson's life was not to his taste, and 
he went to Tasmania, where he turned over by sheep 
farming the large sum of money given to him by his 
father, in a way which in these days would be 
impossible, making a large fortune. He married a 
Miss Exton, and died on 26th October, 1860. (Eugby 
School Eegister. "Gentleman's Magazine," 1861, 
Part I. Admission Eegister, St. John's College, 
Cambridge). He had issue five sons and three 
daughters. His son, Francis Martin,^ lives at Wrox- 
ham, near Norwich, and is a bachelor (1908). 

Edward Martin, the youngest son of Samuel 
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1810, and baptized there. He entered the army, and 
was a captain in the 24th Madras Native Infantry. 
He married a Miss Anne Frances Dumas, and he also 
went to Tasmania sheep farming ; but not receiving 
the large capital his eldest brother had been given 
by his father, was not nearly so successful as his 
brother. He died in Tasmania in 189^, leaving five 
sons and one daughter. C f^^^J 

William Martin was the fifth son of Samuel 
Martin, of Warsop. He was bom at Warsop 
23rd December, 1808, and baptized there. He was 
educated at Eugby and entered the army, and 
became a major in the 52nd Bengal Native Infantry. 
He married Jane, daughter of Colonel Paton. On the 
death of his mother he left the army and resided with 
his father at Warsop until the death of the latter. 

It was when so residing there with his family that 
the Kev. James Atlay, afterwards Bishop of Hereford, 
came to be the curate at Warsop, and met the 
major's daughter, Frances Turner, and afterwards 
married her, when she was about eighteen years of 
age. 

On his father's death the major lived in Leamington 
until the death of his wife, who died and was buried 
at Leamington, when he went to reside with his 
unmarried daughter, Jane Martin, in Cleveland 
Square, Hyde Park, London. His brothers could not 
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there. After a few years the Masterman and Agra 
Bank failed — a bank considered by all " Indians " as 
safe as the London and Westminster Bank is now 
considered. It then appeared that he had invested all 
his family money in the former bank. His truly kind 
and generous brother Francis then immediately gave 
him something like J610,000, with the interest on 
which, with some little more he possessed and his 
pension, he lived with his daughter in Brompton 
Crescent, South Kensington, till his death there. 
His daughter was very devoted to her father, but she 
grieved him greatly by joining the Church of Home. 

The major was agood chess player, and used to play 
with the champion players. He amused himself (and 
others) over an interest in prophetical religious 
matters, and wrote pamphlets on the subject, amongst 
others '' The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares in 
its Prophetical Bearing," "Thoughts on ''Post- 
MiUennialism," and " The Two Promises." 

By his father's Will the major was bequeathed 
all the furniture* and chattels in Warsop 
Eectory, and under that bequest passed the lovely 
portraits by Hoppner of his mother and her two 
sisters — Prances and Judith Beresford — and the 
portrait of their mother, Mrs. Beresford. By his 
Will he left them aU to his daughter, Jane Martin, 
who exhibited the Hoppner portraits at Burlington 
House in 1893 at the Winter exhibition. She 
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Martin, and he exhibited the portrait of Judith 
Beresford in the Franco-British Exhibition of 1908. 
The major died and is buried in Brompton Cemetery. 
He had issue four children : (1) William Eeid Martin, 
a major-general, Indian Staff Corps, who married 
Agnes Kebekah, daughter of Sir William Fitz- 
Herbert, Bart., and died in 1892 without issue, and 
was buried at Tissington, Derbyshire. He played in 
the Eugby Eleven. 

(2) Marcus Trevelyan Martin was born in 1842, 
he was L.L.M., Barrister-at-law of Lincoln's Inn 
(called to the Bar 27th January, 1868), educated 
at Eugby and Trinity College, Cambridge, and 
married in 1892, Lucy Eleanor, daughter of Henry 
Lewis Itaphael, of 31, Portland Place, London, and 
he died 5th June, 1908, and was buried at Highgate 
Cemetery, leaving issue two daughters only (grave- 
stone 37,207, square 78). He played in the Eugby 
Eleven and in the Cambridge University Eleven, and 
he was J.P., Co. London. His Will is dated 25th 
January, 1899. He gave the aforesaid family portraits 
to his wife for her life, then two of them to one of his 
two daughters, and two of them to the other of his two 
daughters as he had no son. It was proved with a 
codicil on 8th July, 1908. 

(3) Frances Turner Martin, married Dr. James 
Atlay, Bishop of Hereford, and has had numerous 
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Martin, of Warsop, was born at Warsop on 15th 
February, 1802, and baptized there. He was educated 
at Eugby School, and in 1820 commenced residence 
at Trinity College, Cambridge, obtaining a Trinity 
Scholarship, and was senior Bell Scholar the following 
year. He took his degree in 1824, when he was 
seventh Wrangler ; but that he was a distinguished 
classical, as well as mathematical, scholar is proved 
by the fact of his having in the previous year obtained 
the Craven Scholarship. 

He never married. In the " Life of Edward White 
Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury," published in 1900, 
there is an account of Francis Martin, by the Arch- 
bishop's son, who states that on the Archbishop's return 
to Cambridge, after his father's death, " as he entered 
the Great Court, looking and feeling very desolate, 
Mr. Martin, the Bursar, whom he only slightly knew, 
met him and asked him to come to his rooms. From 
that time dated a warm friendship between the two. 
Mr. Martin, a childless man of an intensely affec- 
tionate nature, became devotedly attached to my 
father, and treated him for years as a favourite son. 
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brothers and sisters, to the expenses of whose 
education he largely contributed, and to whom he 
eventually left a large proportion of his fortune.'^ 
(This is a mistake on the part of the writer, for what 
he did for the family was done in his lifetime. He 
merely gave the Archbishop by his Will, a silver 
bread-basket and a picture and small pecuniary 
legacy). The son goes on to say : " I can well 
remember Mr. Martin, a clean-shaven, clear-skinned 
old gentleman, very precisely dressed, with high 
collars scraping his parchment-like cheeks, large 
grey eyes, and a fierce gruff manner, which was to a 
child ineffably disconcerting." . . . . " My eldest 
brother was named after him." (This brother, Martin 
Bens6n,died under age, in 1878, at Winchester School.) 
The son writes : " It was understood that he was really 
the dominant influence in the college (Trinity) for 
many years. Whewell, the master, was probably 
unconscious of this, and would certainly have denied 
it ; but it was undoubtedly true." " Mr. Martin, by 
timely advances, set all my father's affairs on a 
business footing, and from that time adversity never 
came near him in the guise of poverty." He was a 
good Conservative, both in national and university 
politics. 

He examined four times for the Mathematical 
Tripos, and for many years he took part in the 
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For thirty years Francis Martin was Bursar of 
Trinity, and was Vice-Master when Professor Sedg- 
wick retired in 1862 from that office. In the 
"Professor's Life," by Messrs. Clark and Hughes 
(1890), there is a good story told. There was a 
Seniority Meeting at Trinity, and a vote was carried 
whether lady candidates should be subjected to 
examination under the local examinations syndicate. 
In Hall that day the following conversation took 
place between Mr, Martin and Sedgwick : — 

M. : "I never could have believed that the 
University would have sunk so low as this." 

S. : " No, indeed ! Nasty forward minxes, I call 
em! 

Francis Martin was a great friend of Christopher 
Wordsworth, Bishop of Lincoln, and was godfather 
to his son, the present Bishop of Salisbury \^see the 
"Life of Christopher Wordsworth," by Canon 
Overton, 1888). 

At the time of Whewell's election to the Master- 
ship of Trinity, there were various rumours afloat. 
Dr. Worsley wrote to Archdeacon Hare (" The Life 
of William Whewell," by Mrs. Stair Douglas, p. 228) : 
" And as to Martin, who is a most sterling person, he 
laughed after his joyous and hearty fashion, over the 
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In the " Letters of Queen Victoria, 1837-1861," 
Vol. I., p. 437 (John Murray, 1907), in a letter from 
Sir Eobert Peel to Queen Victoria, dated 16th October, 
1841, the writer, after acquainting her that the Master 
of Trinity College, Cambridge, had formally signified 
hiswishto retire from theduties of that important trust, 
writes thus : " Sir Eobert Peel has reason to believe 
that it would be advantageous that the selection of a 
successor to Dr. Wordsworth should be made from 
Trinity College, who are or have been Fellows of the 
College. Of these the most eminent in respect to the 
qualifications required in the office of Master, and to 
academical distinction, are : — 

Professor Whewell. 

The Eev. Mr. Martin, Bursar of the College. 

The Eev. Dr. Wordsworth, Head Master of 
Harrow School, and son of the present 
Master of Trinity. 

The Professor was elected to be the Master, 

Francis Martin was a member of the Oxford and 
Cambridge Club in Pall Mall. He died in his rooms 
at Trinity, 20th May, 1868. He was buried in the 
cemetery at Cambridge. The grave is well cared for 
up to 1908. The procession in the Great Court of 
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Head Porter. 

Undertaker. Assistant. 

Minister : Eev. H. J, Hotham. 

Fall-Beabers. Fall-Bearers. 

Kev, Dr. Lightfoot. Eev, W. J. Beamont. 

Eev. W G. aark. g Eev. H. A. Munro. 

Eev. E. M. Cope. Q Eev. Dr. Jeremie. 

Eev. the Master of St. Eev. the Master of 

John's. Sidney. 

Mourners : 

Dr. Paget. C. Lestourgeon, Esq. 

Eev. the Master of Trinity College. 

Fellows and friends. 

Graduates of the College. 

Undergraduates of the College. 

College Servants. 

The first part of the Burial Service was chorally 
rendered in the College Chapel, the Eev. H. J. 
Hotham, Senior Dean, officiating. After the conclu- 
sion of this part of the service, the procession moved 
in the same order as before to the entrance gateway, 
where the body was placed in the hearse, and eight 
mourning coaches attended, which were occupied as 
follows : — 

1st Coach. — Marcus Martin, Esq., John Martin, Esq., 
Major Martin, M. l*. Martin, Esq. 

2nd Coach. — Stapleton Martin, Esq., Eev. S. Banks, 
Eev. J. Bacon, Lieut. F. Bacon. 



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3rd Coach. — Dr. Paget, C. Lestourgeon, Esq., Dr. 

Benson, Bev. H. J. Hotham. 
4th Coach. — ^Four pall-bearers. 
5th Coach. — ^Four pall-bearers. 
6th Coach. — ^Kev. W. Airy, Eev. the Master of St. 

Peter's, Professor Selwyn, Eev. the Master of 

Sidney. 
7th Coach. — ^Professor Challis, Eev. J. Hailstone, 

Dr. Kennedy, Professor Jarrett. 
8th Coach.— 

The private carriages of Dr. Paget, the Master of 
Sidney, and the Eev. W. B. Pike, also followed. 

At the cemetery the concluding portion of the 
Burial Service was read by Benson, Archbishop of 
Canterbury, then the Eev. E. W. Benson, D.D., Head 
Master of Wellington College, and formerly Fellow 
of Trinity. Most of the shops and houses along the 
route of the procession from the college to the 
cemetery were partially closed. 

Allusion was made to the deceased by the Eev. 
W. G. Clark, Public Orator, in his sermon in the 
College Chapel on Sunday morning, which he 
concluded as follows : " I must not conclude without 
saying a few words on the loss we have recently 
sustained in the death of the Eev. Francis Martin, 
Senior Fellow and late Vice-Master. It will be 
mentioned with due honour in our Commemoration 
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one who has devoted his life to the service of the 
college as well deserves a place in our memory and 
the title of ** Benefactor " as those who have left us 
money or lands. He held for many years one of the 
most important offices of the college, that of Bursar, 
and he discharged his duties not only with admirable 
zeal and sagacity, but with a high-minded liberality, 
such as befitted the noble purposes for which the 
college was founded and endowed. For the last few 
years failing health had compelled him to withdraw 
from active life, and too often kept him a prisoner in 
his rooms, so that few of my younger hearers probably 
knew him even by sight ; but the senior members of 
our body, who were so long his friends and colleagues, 
will bear me out when I say that there never lived a 
man more truthful, more straightforward, more 
unselfish. He showed great decision in forming his 
opinions, and frankness as well as skill in maintaining 
them ; but when the opposite opinion prevailed he 
cheerfully acquiesced in the result, and never bore 
any grudge against his opponents. He was incapable 
of any artifice. He never did anything by stealth, 
except works of charity, and these were often as 
munificent as they were secret. He was a man of 
sincere piety, happy in that no shadow of doubt ever 
disturbed the serenity of his faith. He bore the 
sufferings of his last illness with uncomplaining 
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was his life, both in word and deed, that we cannot 
hesitate to class him among those of whom Christ has 
said, " Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall 
see God." The "Dead March" was played before 
the Anthem at the evening service. 

(Copied from the Cambridge Chronicle of 
May 30th, 1868). 

A very excellent portrait of him hangs in the 
Smaller Combination Eoom of his beloved Trinity, 
and the following tablet was erected in the corridor 
of Trinity : — 

IN PIAM MEMORIAM 
VIRI rVSTI HONBSTI MBBRALIS 

FBANGISGI MARTIN 

HVJVS COLLBGH SOCH SENIORIS 

THESAVRABH DENIQVB VICE MAGISTRI 

OBHT MDCCCLXVm 

ANNO ABTATIS 8VAE LXVI. 

A Translation of which is : 

In Pious Memory 

of Francis Martin, a just, honest 

and liberal man; a senior fellow 

of this College, Bursar, at last 

Vice-Master. 

D. 1868. Aged 66. 

Francis Martin made his Will dated 16th June, 

1866, and thereby {inter alia) gave small legacies 

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to his brother, Marcus Martin, the portrait of Charles 
Cotton, by Lely, and the landscape over his fireplace 
by Hoppner, and he gave the option to Trinity 
College of purchasing for the original small sum 
he had paid for it — the field he bought in the parish 
of St. Giles (this offer was accepted and was valuable 
property, as it had been covered with houses) he 
also gave various annuities to old Warsop people and 
he devised all his " freehold estate " situate at or near 
Birmingham unto and to the use of Frances Turner 
Atlay, her heirs and assigns. He gave pecuniary 
legacies to his nephews and nieces in England, and 
the rest of his real and personal estate he directed to 
be sold for the benefit of the children of his brother 
William equally. 

The Will was proved on 9th June, 1868. 

Marcus Martin, the third son of Samuel Martin, 
of Warsop, was bom on 19th April, 1803, at War- 
sop, and baptized there on 3rd June, 1803. His 
godmother was Mrs. Gally-Knight. He was educated 
at Southwell and obtained there a book prize when 
11 years old, and afterwards he went to Kugby 
School, where he was captain of the Eleven. He was 
called to the Bar at the Middle Temple on 21st May, 
1830. He was married — by the Eev. ^ , Matthews, 
Rector of Greenwich, at St. George's Church, Blooms- 
bury, on 24th March, 1831, to Harriett Mary, only 
child of John Stapleton, of Calcutta, by Eliza Esther 
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Bar, for which he read in the chambers of Mr. 
Tyrrell and Mr. Duval. He kept up his cricket 
when at the Bar and belonged to the Blackheath 
Club, where he met a Mr. Harrison, who was a 
member of the firm of Harrison, Beale and Harrison, 
of Bedford Eow, who had a large business as convey- 
ancing solicitors. One day very soon after his setting 
up to practice Mr. Harrison walked into his 
chambers with a bundle of law papers for him to 
attend to ; this led to more work being sent, and 
from that day the business ramified quickly. He 
always traced his success at the Bar to his meeting 
this solicitor in the cricket-field. His pupil room was 
much sought after and for years he usually had four 
pupils, amongst the most famous of them were the Kt. 
Hon. Sir Ford North, P.O., formerly a Justice of the 
High Court, Chancery Division; the Et. Hon. Sir 
Bichard Garth, formerly Chief Justice of Bengal ; Sir 
Lewis Morris, the poet ; the Et. Hon. Eobert William 
Hanbury, President of the Board of Agriculture ; and 
Mr. Droop, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. 
He acted as conveyancing counsel to many of the 
Eoman Catholic nobility, including the Duke of Nor- 
folk, Lord Howard of Glossop, Lord Stafford and 
Lord Petre, as also for the Eoyal Exchange Assur- 
ance and Union Insurance Companies. He enjoyed 
perfect health, never having had a doctor except for 
boils, attributed to his frugal living. He eat very 
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consisted of bread and cheese, which he carried to 
his chambers in his pocket, and a glass of cold water. 
About the year 1845 he experienced that change of 
life which is by some persons called ** conversion," 
and thereafter gave all his spare time to religion. 
He left the Church of England and joined the Baptist 
Communion, as did afterwards in 1848 his life-long 
friend the Hon. and Kev. Baptist Noel, a brother of 
the Earl of Gainsborough, who was a most popular 
preacher and much run after as such. This accounts 
for the fact that his son Stapleton Martin was not 
baptized as an infant and not until he went to Cam- 
bridge, when he was baptized at St. Simon's Church, 
Chelsea. However, the wife and children of Marcus 
Martin never left the Church of England, though his 
wife sometimes accompanied him to hear Baptist 
Noel preach in his chapel in Bedford Eow. 

In those days it cost something to join a despised 
Dissenting sect, and some of his friends gave him the 
cold shoulder. He Martin and Noel families became 
very intimate for many years. Marcus Martin cared 
nothing at all for politics, and a political dissenter 
was an abomination to him. He lived for many 
years at 40, Bedford Place^ Eussell Square, until he 
moved to 9, Montague Place, close by, where he and 
his wife both died. The house is now pulled down, 
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The following stories seem worth preserving : — 

When visiting one winter in his district, Marcus 
Martin was expostulating on the evils of drink with 
some poor man who, after listening, said, " Ah I I 
know that you like your glass I " " Why, what do 
you mean ? " said Marcus Martin. The man tapped 
his nose and said, *' I can tell by that." The fact 
was, he had a bad circulation, and in cold weather 
his extremities, hands, nose, etc., turned rather a 
blue-red colour. He was a teetotaller certainly 
before he was 40 years of age, finding that 
example only influenced people who drank. He 
knew his Peerage fer better than most people. 
At a dinner party at his own house there was a lull 
in the conversation and he heard at the far end of the 
table the name of " Lord Dundreary " mentioned. 
" What is that ? " he said, " Lord Dundreary, why 
there is no such name in the Peerage 1 " At the 
time all London was talking of Sothem in the 
character of an imaginary Lord Dundreary ; but 
Marcus Martin had left * the world,' and had not 
heard of the play. Before he left *the world' 
however, he was very fond of the theatre, and indeed 
so fond that when the comedian Charles Mathews 
(the elder) died, in 1835, he attended his sale and 
bought a beautiful alabaster ornament of the " Three 
Graces." He also bought an *' Ottoman " which had 
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Marcus Martin at his own table at a dinner 
party, after some loud talk over one of the 
Ecclesiastical Commissioners' Acts of Parliament by 
his son-in-law, quietly said, " Well, I think that 
I am entitled to have an opinion for / drew the 
Act my self f " He was for many years senior 
conveyancing Counsel to the Commissioners. One 
sunmier Marcus Martin took a house at Grasmere 
and went away fix>m there for a night or two with his 
sons to see Lake of Buttermere, putting up at the 
then primitive Inn. When leaving, the landlady 
brought in the bill. He looked it over and said with 
astonishment, " My good woman, what does this 
mean ? How can you ever make a living by such 
charges ? " They were ridiculously small — ^then he 
paid the bill and added about double to the charges 
made in it. This is a good instance of his generosity ! 

Marcus Martin's great Rugby School friend was 
Sir Hugh Williams of Bodelwyddan, Wales, 3rd 
Baronet. They both read for the law, and both were 
members of the Middle Temple, and dined together 
there every night in the Hall in term time. They 
seldom met in later life, for Sir Hugh rarely visited 
London for one thing, and lived a mere country gentle- 
man's life. When, however, in the year 1864, Marcus 
Martin, his wife and five daughters accompanied by 
their butler and ladies' maid put up in hotel near 
Bodelwyddan when travelling in Wales, Sir Hugh 
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into his house. He kept a harper, and after dinner 
he played to the house-party. Marcus Martin for 
several years after, often expressed a doubt whether 
the harper expected a * tip ' or not, for he had not given 
one ; but the matter seemed to bother him for a long 
while afterwards. His generosity was simply un- 
bounded to his family, his Chapel, and to Societies. 
He was a bom " giver." He hardly spent a penny on 
himself except on his dress, which always looked new, 
as also did his hat and other personal attire. He 
was just six feet high, and very thin and wiry. 
For many years he rarely missed conducting a large 
Bible class every Monday evening. 

His great firiend, besides Baptist Noel, was Mr. 
George Morris of the Indian Civil Service. 

Marcus Martin printed for private circulation a 
volume of poems, entitled " Short pieces in Rhyme, 
chiefly Religious Charades, Translations into Latin/' 
He was very fond of botany and Church architecture. 
He read Virgil and Horace until quite the end of his 
life. He died suddenly, on 17th August, 1885, 
and alone, for his family were at Folkestone for the 
Summer, and his son was in Scotland shooting on a 
friend's moor. 

Several hundred people attended the ftineral at 
St. George's Church, Bloomsbury, and at the grave- 
side at Kensal Green, Archdeacon Long read the 
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was preached in John Street Chapel, Bedford Row, 
by the Rev. W. Norris, from the text, " Thou shalt 
come to thy grave in a full age, like a shock of corn 
Cometh in his season." Job v. 26. The following is 
an extract : — 

" Certain great societies found in him a munificent contri- 
butor ; and this Church had in him a pillar, graceful and yet 
strong, retiring and yet prominent, standing for many years yet 
sharing the burdens to the last.'' 

He made his Will dated 29th December, 1879, 
which (with two Codicils) was proved 14th Sep- 
tember, 1885. A tablet was erected in that Chapel 
to his memory without the &mily being consulted in 
any way over it. It runs thus : — 

" In Memory of Marcus Martin (Barrister-at-Law), for 36 
years a member of this Church. 

" During 27 years of whidi he discharged the duties of the 
Office of Deacon with zeal and fidelity. 

" A hallowed fragrance pervades his memory by reason of 
his holy life. 

'* His labours in the Lord were abundant, he will be long 
remembered as the faithful and efficient conductor of a large 
Bible class ; as a constant and liberal helper of the poor ; an ever 
welcome visitor at the abode of sorrow and home of affliction ; a 
sincere friend, a wise counsellor and a most generous supporter of 
various societies that had for their object, the extension of the 
Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. He entered into rest 
August 17, 1885. Aged 82 years. He being dead yet speaketh. 
Heb. XI. 4." 

His Biography is given the Memoirs o£ Convey- 
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in "The Freeman " newspaper for 11th September, 
1885. 

John Martin the fourth son of Samuel Martin of 
Warsop, he was bom at Warsop on 10th October, 
1806, and baptized there. He was educated at 
Rugby, and lived with his brother Marcus Martin 
after the latter married, until his death, his mother 
having requested the wife of Marcus Martin to allow 
him to do so. He adopted the law as a profession 
and attended to his professional duties with the 
utmost regularity. He hardly ever went away for 
a holiday, and used laughingly to say that he 
could not understand why other people did. But 
although he discharged faithfully and ably the 
professional work which from family connection or 
other cause fell in his way, his time was too exclu- 
sively occupied in voluntary work for the good of 
others to render a successful business career possible. 
Mr. Martin never married, and the possession of 
considerable private means to a certain extent 
relieved him from the necessity of devoting himself 
thoroughly to his profession. 

He connected himself with the National schools in 
Baldwin Gardens, Gray's Inn Lane. This institution 
he in a great measure maintained in later years out of 
his own private resources, and through his untiring 
energy and perseverance, he succeeded in bringing 
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daily, and he held there a Sunday afternoon class of 
senior scholars and others, and also a Monday evening 
class of young men who had left school. During all 
that period he did not miss his Sunday or Monday 
classes on more than three or four occasions, never 
being absent for any purposes of pleasure or recreation. 

The roll of his pupils, living and dead, who, 
moulded by his teaching, influence, and examplei^ 
regarded him ever after with almost filial aflfection 
and respect, may be counted by hundreds. His " old 
boys,'' as he loved to call them, are scattered all over 
the world, but there is scarcely one of them who 
could not tell of kindnesses and aflfectionate sympathy 
renewed again and again since school-boy days. 
Many of his scholars are now clergymen and lawyers 
and schoolmasters and persons occupying various 
positions of influence and trust. A yearly gathering 
of old pupils was held for many years, and gave him 
great pleasure. It was only discontinued when 
illness having confined him to the so&, he became, 
perforce, in some measure a recluse, though even then 
he was easily accessible, and always glad to see old 
friends, and as ready as ever to help with counsel or 
money, or in any other way, as the occasion required. 

Education and especially the education of teachers, 
remained through life the work in which he took 
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and while it lasted, its mainstay. He was also an 
active member, and latterly the Chairman, of the 
Committee of the Home and Colonial School 
Society. But he was by no means so absorbed 
in education that he could not interest himself in 
other work. Almost from the commencement of the 
Church Pastoral Aid Society he was one of the most 
regular attendants at the morning meetings of the 
Committee. For many years he was the Chairman of 
the Committee of the Colonial and Continental Church 
Society. He was also a staunch supporter of the 
London City Mission. These and many other 
religious and charitable institutions were aided by his 
pecuniary contributions to the full extent of his 
ability. Besides his Uberal support of these public 
institutions, his private benefactions were overflowing, 
and his gratuitous assistance as a lawyer to those who 
were needy, was most cheerfiiUy and kindly rendered* 
Besides all this, his advice and counsel were much 
sought and prized by multitudes of friends, not only 
in legal matters, but still more in ecclesiastical and 
social difficulties, when a clear head and a sound 
judgment were needed. 

For many years he was a member of the Council 
of the Church Association. He allowed his name to 
be used as the promoter m the celebrated suit of 
Martin v. Mackonochie started, it should be mentioned, 
rather to settle points of Church law which were 
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the law against any particular individual. It was not 
until Mr. Mackonochie's practices had been decisively 
condemned that he discovered that the Privy Council, 
to which he had appealed and before which he had 
been heard, was too Erastian a tribunal to be obeyed, 
and the era of high-handed contempt of the law, as 
declared by the Courts, was inaugurated. Mr. Martin 
would never consent to the imprisonment of Mr. 
Mackonochie, who was finally deprived for persistent 
contumacy. Mr. Martin took, however, but little 
part in the latter episodes of the Mackonochie litiga- 
tion, and for some years before his death had withdrawn 
from the Council of the Church Association. 

He gave all his income to the cause of God, either 
in directly furthering the spread of the Gospel, or in 
promoting in some way the welfare of his fellow 
creatures. The principle upon which he acted was 
to spend for the above purposes all the profits of his 
business as a lawyer, the capital as well as the income 
of all legacies and property derived fi'om any source 
except fi*om his parents, and all the income of the 
property derived fi'om his parents, leaving the capital 
only of such property to be disposed of among his 
relations and a few personal fidends after his death. 
He entertained a very strong feeling against the 
practice of accumulating money, except for the due 
and moderate provision of a family. The Church of 
England Training College at Cheltenham, which was 
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memoration on the 4th and 5th June, 1897. In the 
published book on the Memorial Commemoration 
which was presented to the Students past and present 
attending the Re-union, we read : — "The Metropolitan 
College at Highbury, founded on the same principles 
as our own, had resolved to close, but its friends and 
supporters nobly determined to put forth their 
strength so that one College at least should be main- 
tained in its integrity, and the religious principles so 
dear to the promoters of both, should be preserved. 
It was owing to the wisdom, zeal, and untiring efforts 
of Mr. John Martin, the Hon. Secretary of the High- 
bury College, that this magnificent work, generously 
contemplated, was so effectually carried out, and it is 
to his instrumentality and deep interest in the work, 
which continued so long as his life lasted, that our 

College is so deeply indebted Those who 

have seen the result of such generosity in the admirable 
and most suitable building, St. Mary's Hall, opposite 
St. Matthew's Church, and their Students who have 
enjoyed its comforts and partaken of its benefits, are 
not likely to forget the name of one who, through his 
persevering and unselfish devotion, carried out so 
grand an enterprise, though he had to resign his own 
work that he might strengthen a kindred work in the 
hands of another." He died 16th May, 1885, and 
was buried at Kensal Green. The first part of the 
funeral service was conducted at St. George's, Blooms- 
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Rector (afterwards Bishop of Melbourne), and 
Archdeacon Long, in the presence of a large concourse 
of friends and others who sought thus to render 
honour to his memory. The mourners were his 
brothers, Mr. Marcus Martin and Major William 
Martin, Mrs. Long, and the Misses Martin, Mr. 
Stapleton Martin, Mr. Fitzherbert Wright, Mr. Wm. 
Beresford, Mr. Vivian Long, the Bishop of Hereford, 
Mr. Beresford Atlay, the Rev. R. W. Dibdin, the Rev, 
Canon Nisbet, the Rev. Thomas Turner, the Rev. 
J. A. Bailey and others. 

Amongst those present in addition to the mourners, 
were Bishop Alford, Major-General E. Davidson, Lay 
Secretary of the Church Pastoral Aid Society, the 
Rev. Dr. L. B. White, representing the Religious 
Tract Society, the Rev. D. L. McAnally, representing 
the Colonial and Continental Church Society, the 
Principal of the Home and Colonial School Society, 
the Editor of the "Record," Mr. Osmaston, Jun., 
Mr. G. H. Sawtell, Mr. R. W. Dibdin, Mr. Charles 
Dibdin, Mr. Lewis T. Dibdin (now Sir L. T. Dibdin, 
Dean of the Court of Arches), Mr. Harry C. Nisbet, 
Mr. John R. Bourne, Mr. Grane, and many others. 

The Committee of the Home and Colonial School 
Society paid the following tribute to Mr. Martin's 
memory : — 

" While this Report is passing through the press, the death 
of Mr. John Martin, for many years Chairman of the Society's 
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which his name will ever be remembered by his colleagues. 
Himself a generous benefactor, and widely influential among 
Christian givers, he was on two or three occasions the instrument 
of most opportune aid to a cause which has had to deplore the 
removal of most of its early supporters, while his wise and clear 
counsels averted many a difficulty of administration in the 
College. His long experience and pre-eminent success rendered 
him an unquestionable authority in the supervision of the work 
of training and in practical teaching ; while the soundness and 
consistency of his principles commended themselves on all 
occasions to his fellow-workers, and inspired unlimited confidence 
among the friends of Protestant Christian education. After 
nearly five years of seclusion and suffering, following fifty of 
untiring labor, he has been called to his rest in his seventy-ninth 
year, and he has left us the treasure of an almost unique example 
and the inspiration of an honoured name.'' 

The following Resolution was passed by the 
General Committee of the Church Pastoral Aid 
Society : — 

''The Committee hear of the death of John Martin, Esq., 
their old and valued friend, with sad but mingled feeling; 
grieved at the loss they have sustained, and yet glad that he is 
relieved from the afiliction which had for years past deprived 
them of his presence at their meetings. From 1839 to 1880 
(when he became a Yioe-President) Mr. Martin' sat on the 
Committee Hi the Society, and was a constant attendant at the 
meetings of the Sub-Committee. His profound attachment to 
Evangelical truth, the sagacity and penetration of his judgment, 
and the wisdom of his counsels, are held in lively remembrance 
by those who served with him on the Committee. ^ The Com- 
mittee are glad to know that he retained to the laat his warm 
interest in the Church Pastoral Aid Society. They desire that 
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mittee at the funeral, and that letters of condolence he sent to 
the family expressing the Committee's sympathy with them in 
the bereavement they have sustained." 

The aforesaid Memoir is chiefly taken from the 
Record Newspaper for 22nd May, 1885, and his life 
is recorded in Boase's Modem English Biography. 
A window was erected to his memory in St. Peter's 
Church, Safiron Hill, where he attended for many 
years. His chief friend from Rugby days was, Francis 
Wright of Osmaston till the latter's death in 
1873. He was about six feet high and had most 
beautifiil hands, his hair was very thick and looked 
like a wig, as it had no parting at all. Truth 
compels the writer of this book to state that although 
he spent nothing on himself personally, his liberality 
was expended on persons who, and institutions which 
had no claim upon him at all, and that those with 
whom he had lived all his life, and made a home 
for him rarely received any gifts from him, and none 
of any account. Most people consider that " Charity 
should begin at home." His Will is dated 22nd 
September, 1884, he begins it by giving certain 
legacies to certain charities (although in his lifetime 
he incesssantly protested against testators not giving 
in their lifetime all they desired to give to charities), 
he remembered various friends and relations and left 
his real estate to Stapleton Martin and the residue of 
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The Will was proved in June, 1885. 

Mrs. Marcus Martin we have seen was the only ^ 
child of John Stapleton by Eliza Esther Le Gallais, ^ 
whose marriage settlement is dated the 14 and 15 
May, 1800, and contained inter alia a settlement of a 
messuage and hereditaments in Calcutta for the 
ultimate benefit of the children or child ^ of this 

marriage. John Stapleton died in 180©^by a fall ^ 

from his horse. He held a legal appointment there, e^^:>-^^^t^ 
and was known as "the poor man's friend." Within io. o cJJ^- 
a short time of his death, his widow married Roger ^^^^ ^^ 
Shine and died in 1854, being buried at KensalGh*een ^ ' 
( number of tombstone is 10,242^ ).* Some ;Si?^^ru'^ 

to 1908 

trouble arose by the wish of some of the Irish 
Stapleton cousins to be appointed her Guardian in 
order that Miss Stapleton should live in Ireland with 
them. It ended in her Uncle, Captain Thomas 
Larkins, of The Honourable East India Company'^ 
service, being appointed her sole Guardian, and she 
lived with and was brought up by him at Blackheath, 
but she was educated for some time in Paris. The 
story of the brave exploits of the Captain in his ship 
the " Warren Hastings " c^ told in James's Naval 
History, Vol. 3. p. 248, Vol. 4. p. 239-243, and also 
in the book he himself published in 1807 which is in 
the library of the writer of this book. 

Miss Stapleton must have been very beautiful as a 
girl, for she retained beauty to the last. She was 
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vivacious, utterly unselfish, and never known to be out 
of temper. She never said an unkind word against 
anyone, but had a great horror of Romanists and cats. 
She gave way in nearly everything to her husband's 
wishes ; but sometimes asserted herself quietly, and 
at the meetings of the ** Female Education in the 
East " sometimes gave forth her * views/ 

"Gentleness" was her characteristic. She 
enjoyed music, and played the piano in early days. 
She was an absolutely devoted and most deeply 
beloved mother. When living at Blackheath, she 
always attended with the Larkins's the Military Balls 
at Woolwich, and it is certain she received much 
attention and admiration. Her marriage settlement 
is dated 21st March, 1831, the original trustees being 
John Pascal Larkins the elder, Francis Martin, John 
Martin and John Pascal Larkins, the younger. 

Mrs. Marcus Martin died 27th August, 1888, and 
was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, the service was 
taken by Archdeacon Long. 

There were issue Eight children of the marriage 
(1) of Marcus Martin and his wife. Selina Martin, born 
7th August, 1833, baptized at Warsop and who died 
unmarried, 17th December, 1902, at 187, Gloucester 
Terrace, Hyde Park, London, and was buried at 
Kensal Green Cemetery, the service being taken by 
the Bishop of Melbourne and Archdeacon Long, 
Her godparents were Mrs. M. Leigh, Miss Susan 
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She knew Latin ; drew and painted well from 
nature, understood botany and architecture, and thus 
was a good companion in the summer time to her 
fether over collecting wild flowers and in visiting 
various old Churches. She worked hard in Parish 
matters, and was very correct and accurate in keeping 
accounts and entries. Her Will is dated 28th 
December, 1894, and was proved on 16th January, 
1903. 

(2) Eliza Martin, bom May 12th, 1835, baptized at 
St. Pancras Church, London, and died unmarried, 
7th October, 1902, at Gloucester Terrace aforesaid, 
and was buried at Kensal Green, the service being 
taken by the Bishop of Melbourne and Archdeacon 
Long. Her godparents were Mrs. John Larkins, 
Miss Moorhouse, and her uncle Francis Martin. Her 
Will is dated 29th June, 1899, and was proved on 
5th December, 1902. 

She was very vivacious and a good talker and 
great letter writer. She was to some extent musical, 
playing and singing. She worked for the blind, 
having learnt to copy books which the blind could 
read. 

(3) Harriett Susannah Martin, bom 7th April, 1837, 
baptized at St. Andrew's Church, Holbom. Her 
godparents were Miss Judith Beresford, Mrs. Jane 
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(4) Susan Martin, bom 20th Febraary, 1839, baptized 
at St. Peter's Church, Saffron Hill, London. Her 
god-parents were her cousins, Miss Charlotte Wright, 
Miss Mary Laura Larkins, and The Rev. Robert W. 
Dibdin. She married 26th July, 1864, at St. George's 
Church, Bloomsbury, The Rev. Robert Long, Fellow 
of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, who became 
Archdeacon of Auckland and Rector of Bishop 
Wearmouth, and who died 24th November. 1907, 
being buried in Bishop Wearmouth Cemetery, and 
having a public funeral. They had issue Eight 
children, viz. : — 

(1) Edith Marion, born 10th May, 1865, and 
died 28th April, 1870, being buried in 
Brompton Cemetery. 

(2) Edward Vivian Long, bom 21st January? 

1867, educated at Charterhouse School. 

(3) Harriett Evelyn, bom 7th July, 1868. 

(4) Arthur Marcus, bom 12th October, 1869, 
educated at Haileybury College, and died 
1st March, 1902, at Raijun, Central India, he 
was in the Woods and Forests Government 
Department. 

(5) Emily Susan, bom 3rd March, 1871. 

(6) Gertrade May, bom 12th May, 1872. 

(7) Hilda Mary, bom 16th May, 1874. 

(8) Mabel Dorothy, born 18th August, 1875. 
Archdeacon Long made his Will dated 19th July, 

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1903), was proved at Durham on 17th December, 
1907. 

(5) Mary Anne Martin, Born 12th October, 1840, 
baptized at St. Peter's Church, Saffron Hill. Her 
god-parents were, Mrs. Bernard, Mrs. Tonna and 
The Rev. Prebendary Gilbert Beresford. 

(^6) Marcus Martin, Junior, bom 25th June, 1842, 
baptized at St. George's Church, Bloomsbury, he was 
called to the Bar 1866, at Lincoln's Inn, and died a 
bachelor 4th May, 1869, and was buried at Kensal 
Green Cemetery. His god-parents were, his Uncle 
John Martin, Captain A. E. Cotton, and Mrs. Fell, the 
wife of The Rev. John Edwin Fell. He was an 
excellent mimic and very fond of cricket and billiards, 
and he could sing. 

(7) Samuel Edward Martin, born February 9th, 1844, 
died one year old, and was buried at Kensal Green 
Cemetery, April 26th, 184^ He was said to have 
been a most beautiful infent. 

(8) (John) Stapleton Martin^ born March 15th^ 18 . : 
he gives the following particulars of himself because 
on his death and that of the survivor of his three now 
(1908) living sisters, no one in this world will be able 
to give any exact information about him, and his wife 
and children, he expects, may like to have the following 
particulars preserved for family use : — 

He was educated at a school at Wimbledon, then 
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to Rugby or Harrow. Then he went to a tutor at 
East Cowes in the Isle o£ Wight whose name was 
The Rev. Thomas Ford Fenn, and there it was he 
made great friends with Coleman Battie Rashleigh, 
who on his fether's death came into the Baronetcy : 
then he went to Tunbridge Wells with The Rev. 
W. C. Sawyer, who was afterwards made the first 
Bishop of Grafton and Armadale, in Australia. 

Then he went to a Tutor's, The Rev. H. A. Goodwin, 
at Westhall near Halesworth, Suffolk, where he made 
friends with The Rev. John Andrewes Reeve, late 
Rector of Lambeth, now (1908) of St. Augustine's 
College, Canterbury, Edward Frewen, of Brickwall, 
Northiam, Sussex, late M.F.H., and Henry Vincent 
Stanton, Canon of Ely, and then he went to Christ's 
College, Cambridge 

When at Cowes he played for the town club, and 
when at Westhall he was Captain of the club there, 
and when at Tunbridge Wells he often played for the 
town and was Captain of the " Cambridge House " 
eleven, and he was an original member of the 
Committee of the " Blue Mantles," and when that 
well-known club was founded he played a great deal 
for them. He was a member later on of the 
" Harrow Blues " and of the " Incogniti " Clubs, 
and played for both of them for several years, and 
also for the Eastbourne Club, year after year. 

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John Lilly white's ** Cricketer's Companion " for 1872, 
his name is to be found under " Grentlemen of England " 
where he is described as " A good bat with patient 
defence." In " Bat v. Ball " by Lester his average 
of 35.2 in First Class Cricket is given, and in 
" M.C C. Cricket Scores and Biographies," Vol. XEL., 
1871-1873, his biography is shortly given on p. 73. 

At Cambridge he became Captain of his College 
eleven ; then as now (1908) only those who have 
come from a large public school had and have any 
chance of playing in the University eleven, so it was 
a lifelong joy to Stapleton Martin to have played for 
the M.C.C. V, the University at Fenner's Ground and 
to have made 51 not out and 17 not out on May 18th, 
19th, 20th, 1870. 

At Cambridge his chief friends were John Andrewes 
Reeve, Henry Vincent Stanton ^ Gerald Stanley 
Davies, Walter Long Boreham (both from Charter- 
house) Oscar Tottie (from Harrow) and John Arthur 
Williams (from Eton) of Bridehead, Dorchester, and 
the Hon. John D. Fitz-Gerald, K.C., Su- Alfred 
Scott Gatty, Gturter King-at-Arms, and The Rt. Hon. 
Sir John Wingfield Bonser, P.C, and Canon Mason 
of Canterbury (from Repton), and Canon Christopher 
Wordsworth (from Winchester). 

He took his " B.A." degree in 1872 (his " M. A." 
he never took till after his marriage). He was called 
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He practised as a conveyancer for many years at 
2, New Square, Lincoln's Inn, at which address his 
father had practised for over forty years. 

He played a great deal of rackets and (real) 
tennis at Cambridge and billiards, and he won two 
years the (College Hurdle Races. At Cambridge he 
rode (but never hunted) a good deal with his friend 
Gerald Stanley Davies and Sir Henry Sutton (now a 
Judge of High Court, King's Bench Division). They 
were the only three riding men in the College. 
After leaving Cambridge he always lived in his 
father's house, and hunted from London with the 
Hertfordshire hounds, keeping his horse or horses (as 
it might be) at the Livery Stables at Harpenden, 
Herts, and it was when hunting there that he met 
his friend Crisp Berney Brown with whom he has 
had such a pleasant friendship up to this time (1908). 
On his fether's death, Stapleton Martin went into 
residential Chambers in George Street, Portman 
Square, where he resided for ten years till he married. 
Every summer during August and September he 
hunted with the Devon and Somerset Staghounds on 
Exmoor from Minehead where he was well-known, 
and where he made many friends. It was there he 
met his wife, Helen Gertrude Busfeild who was the 
second daughter of Walker Busfeild of Charlton, 
Somerset, J.P., and of Mrs. Hooper, of Stanhawes 
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Infantry the 68th (see Burke's Landed Gentry under 
Ferrand and Busfeild), He was married to her on 
8th January, 1895, at St. Paul's Church, Knights- 
bridge, London. 

The service was fully choral, and the church was 
handsomely decorated. The before mentioned John 
Andrewes Reeve officiated. The bride was given 
away by her cousin, Mr. Ferrand, of St. Ives, York- 
shire. The best man was the before mentioned Crisp 
Bemey Brown. There were seven bridesmaids, the 
bride's sister, Miss Lucy Mabel Busfeild, and Miss 
Sykes, Miss Dorothy Busfeild, Miss Victoria Busfeild 
(daughters of Colonel Busfeild), Miss Muriel Hippisley, 
Mis« Dorothy Fitze and Miss Violet Hooper (the bride's 
/^t^ister). They were charmingly attired in pale 
yellow silk cr^pon, trimmed with white and silk gold 
pessementerie. They also wore brown and yellow velvet 
picture-hats, ornamented with brown ostrich feathers. 
The bridegroom's presents were platted gold bracelets 
with diamond crescent, and bouquets of yellow chry- 
santhemums and autumn foliage, tied with streamers. 
There was only one page. Master Cecil Hawkins, who 
was picturesquely attired in a white satin costume of 
the Charles T. period. The bride wore a wedding gown 
of rich, white brocaded satin, trimmed with Honiton 
lace and orange blossoms. Her fine lace veil covered 
a tiara of real orange blossoms, fiistened with a massive 
diamond star. Her other ornament was a magnificent 
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carried a neat bridal bouquet of rare exotics. The re- 
ception, given by her mother, at the South Kensington 
Hotel was largely attended. Among those present 
were Mr. R. N. Hooper, the Misses Martin (sisters 
of Stapleton Martin), Colonel and Mrs. Busfeild, 
Mr. and Mrs. E. Woodman, Mrs. Naish, Miss Busfeild 
(aunt), Greneral and Mrs. Lloyd, The Hon. and 

The Hon. Mrs. Charles Holmes a Court (the bride's 
sister), Mr. and Mrs. Fiennes Barrett- Lennard, The 
Right Hon. Sir J. W. Bon^«, P.C, Lady Wilde and 
Miss Wilde, Colonel and Mrs. Robert Williams, M.P., 
Mr. and Mrs. Aden Beresford, Canon Stanton, Mr. 
and Mrs. Harald . Tottie;, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Home, 
Archdeacon and Mrs. Long, The Hon. and The 
Hon. J. D. Fitzgerald, ^ C, Captain and Mrs. 

Sutton Kirkpatrick, and the Misses Hilda and Dorothy 
Long, nieces of Stapleton Martin. 

The hymn (chosen by Stapleton Martin) was 
sung, which was as under : — 

Oh blest the house whatever befall ; 
Where Jesus Christ is all in all ; 
Yea, if He were not dwelling there, 
How poor and dark and void it were. 

Oh blest that house where faith ye find, 
And all within have set their mind 
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Blest such a house, it prospers well, 
In peace and joy the parents dwell ; 
And in their children's lot is shown 
How richly God can bless His own. 

Then here will I and mine to-day, 

A solemn covenant make and say, 

" Though all the world forsake Thy word, 

I and my house will serve the Lord," Amen. 

(This hjnnn Stapleton Martin most earnestly hopes 
(1908) will be sung at the respective weddings of his 
children.) 

For six months Stapleton Martin and his wife 
lived at 22, Westboume Street, Hyde Park, then 
they went to Spelsbury, near Chipping Norton, 
Oxfordshire (hunting with the Heythorp hounds), 
and from there to The Firs, Norton, Worcester. 

Helen Beresford Martin, the eldest daughter of 
Stapleton Martin, and his wife, was bom at 52, 
Seymour Street, Portman Square, London, on 28th 
December, 1902 (St. Innocent's Day). The doctors 
present were Dr. Clement Godson of 82, Brook Street, 
and Dr, Dyce Brown, of 29, Seymour Street. The 
baptism was at St. George's Chapel, Albemarle Street, 
which was pulled down in 1905. The service was 
fully choral and about 150 people were present. The 
ceremony was performed by the before-mentioned 
John Andrewes Reeve. Stapleton Martin and his wife 
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Kenilworth (in the diocese of Worcestershire). An 
inscription on it, tells the story. Greorge Fletcher- 
Fletcher Tremlow, of Pitmaston, near Worcester, 
D.L., was the God&ther, and the aforesaid Lucy Mabel 
Busfeild and Miss Sykes were the Godmothers. The 
birth was announced in " The Times," " Morning 
Post," "Standard," and "Court Journal." Dr. 
Crowe, of Worcester, vaccinated Helen Beresford 
Martin. The nurse at her birth was Mrs. Groves. 

Marian Gertrude Martin the younger daughter of 
Stapleton Martin and his wife was bom at 187, 
Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park, London, on 6th 
August, 1907. The doctors present were the before- 
mentioned Dr. Clement Godson and Dr. L. M. Earle, 
of Gloucester Terrace aforesaid. 

The baptism was at Holy Trinity Church, 
Paddington. The service was not choral and very 
few persons were invited as everyone nearly was out 
of town. The ceremony was performed by the 
before-mentioned Gerald Stanley Davies. Sir Colman 
Battie Rashleigh, Bart., was the Godfather, and 
Mrs. Borton, wife of Captain Borton {nie Saurin), 
and Miss Maude Kelly were the Godmothers. 

Sir Coleman Battie Rashleigh died 28th October, 
1907, having presented his Goddaughter with a silver 
cup. The birth was announced in the " Times," the 
"Morning Post," the "Standard," and the "Daily 
Mail.^* Dr. Mabyn Read vaccinated Marian Gertrude 
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In Baily's Magazine for January, 1898, will be 
found a biography and photograph of Mrs. Stapleton 
Martin. 

On 22nd May, 1908, Stapleton Martin and his 
wife were summoned to a Court at Buckingham Palace, 
both o£ course having been in former years presented, 
Stapleton Martin by General Sir Luther Vaughau, 
G.C.B., and his wife by Mrs Robert Williams, 
wife of the before mentioned Colonel Robert Williams, 
M.P. Mrs. Stapleton Martin at this Court had an 
" exquisite gown of silver- spangled net over pale 
eau de nil chiflTon, trimmed on the bodice with 
mauve and silver embroidery, and finished off with a 
spray of carnations. The brocade train was in perfect 
harmony, having pale mauve and pink Wisteria trails, 
emeralds and diamond ornaments and a bouquet of 
carnations completed tiie costume." Mrs. Stapleton 
Martin presented at this Court Mrs. Ormiston nee 
Fitz-Adam, of B^ ./ey Court, near Windsor. 

In 1903, Stapleton Martin published " Izaak 
Walton and His Friends " (Chapman and Hall) and 
for the last ten years or so he became a contributor to 
'* Notes and Queries," during which time he contri- 
buted letters etc., in " The Spectator," " The 
Guardian," " The London Morning Post," and the 
"Birmingham Morning Post" and the Worcester 
newspapers, and in other newspapers, besides 
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In 1901 he erected and alone manages and 
maintains a Working Man's Reading Room at Norton, 
which has been a great success. He has never smoked 
in his life, and for forty years he has been a 
teetotaller, and for the last three years has never 
eaten butcher's meat and has never felt stronger or 
better in health than now (1908). His religious 
views have always remained the same. He is an out 
and out Protestant, and though he usually calls 
himself a Church of England man he would prefer 
being called " not a proper Church of England man," 
as the Non-juror used to be called. He follows the 
teaching of Frederick Robertson of Brighton, George 
Dawson of Birmingham, and Dean Vaughan of the 
Temple Church. He cares not a fig for Politics, 
though generally voting on the Liberal side. His 
London Clubs are (1908) the Oxford and Cambridge 
Club in Pall Mall, and the " United University 
Club," in Pall Mall East. Up to his marriage he also 
belonged to the " Oriental Club," in Hanover Square. 
He is also a life member of the M.C.C. 

The number of the family grave in Kensal Green 
is 5,426, square 36. The grave is well cared for up 
to 1908. 



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