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thing.” To me he was Quentin faces, won a half - sovereign Durward, Waverley, with a dash from my stepfather, who was of Leicester and Prince Ferdi- smoking on the lawn when nand. He certainly was quite the band invaded his solitude, as handsome and distinguished by assuring his honour that as any of these decorative heroes. she was " the mother of fourHis father, an amiable, high- teen children, with their bedmannered old lord, sometimes clothes on her back.” When treated us to fireworks; and she flung the sparkling piece then his sisters, prouder than into Arthur's hat, he shouted ever Cinderella's could have 6 Gold !” and a frantic cheer been, would come out and smile went up from the band. We down benevolently upon us all, rushed off in a joyous body with the air of court-ladies dis- next day to Killiney Hill, and tributing prizes at a village had a feast of lemonade and festival. Arthur himself was

oranges, and toffee and cake. a very simple boy, extremely The red-haired chief paid the flattered by my mute adoration, bill with a flourish, and if there which he encouraged by all sorts was any change he kept it. of little airs and manœuvres. Each parent took his turn

It was the red-headed leader in providing the company with who invented the most delight- an official feast. The old lord ful entertainment in the world. monopolised the fireworks. My He formed us into a band of stepfather instituted races. A beggars. He played a banjo wealthy barrister, our neighand sang nigger songs, and bour, inveigled a circus for our Arthur, in shirt-sleeves, with delectation; and seven delighta rakish cap rowdily posed on ful old maids, who lived in a his aristocratic golden head, kind of castle of their own, went round with hat to outdid all the fathers royally gather coin. We went from by a regatta of our own.

Ail house to house, an excited troop the boatmen of Dalkey were of young rascals, sang and hired, and each boat ran up danced and begged and shouted a sail. Mighty powers! what in each garden until the grown a day that was. Were ever up people appeared and flung youngsters so gratified, so exa sixpence, sometimes even a cited, so conscious of being a shilling, into Arthur's hat. The little community apart, with old lord occasionally rose to the sea and the land for its half-a-crown. The parents en entertainment ? joyed the fun as much as we

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an amiable did, and never pretended

never pretended to old judge, who offered us the recognise us.

freedom of his big orchard, , What tales invented! where the apples grew in quanWhat lies

told ! One tities, and we climbed the trees pretty little girl, with brown like squirrels, and devoured ringlets round the rosiest of fruit without fear or restraint.

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LONDON, 2nd January 1899. Edward, my father William, and MY DEAR BLACKWOOD,—You my uncle John, afterwards Sir have done me the honour of in- John. My father died in 1844, viting me to contribute a paper when I was six years old ; and to the thousandth number of my uncles, whom I seldom saw,

Maga,' and have suggested were elderly men when I was that I should take for its sub- still a child. But, a few years ject a letter which I showed you ago, a lady living in Lincolnone evening when you were din- shire most kindly sent me ing with me in London, written packet of papers and letters by my uncle from the battlefield that had come into her possesof Salamanca, describing some sion, some of which are more of the incidents in the battle, than a century old, and which and telling how my father re enable me to give you some ceived his wounds there. You information as to the last three also suggest that I should give or four generations of my from other sources re- family, in case you think any marks about the soldier element portion of it of sufficient inin my family. I would not for terest for publication. the world be absent

I may mention that there Maga's' thousandth number; were formerly two main and I send you a copy of the branches of the Brackenbury letter from Salamanca, with a family, in the counties of Durfew remarks about my family, ham and Lincolnshire respecany portion of which you are tively.1 Surtees, the learned welcome to publish in any form author of the History and that may seem best in your Antiquities of the County Palaeyes.

tine of Durham,' expresses the The youngest son of a young- opinion that the Brackenburys est son, I have, of course, not of Lincolnshire are the original inherited any family papers. stock, and shows, by an exThe letter from Salamanca was tract from the will of Richard given to me by my mother Brackenbury, gentleman - usher shortly before her death in 1870. to Queen Elizabeth, that the It has a remarkable interest two branches at that date to me, for it contains the hand- acknowledged their kinship. writing of three brothers-my The Durham branch became uncle Edward, afterwards Sir extinct in 1869, on the death

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1 The connection of the family with the county of Kent was short-lived. King Richard III. gave to Sir Robert Brackenbury, the Lieutenant of the Tower, a cadet of the Durbam branch, the lands of Earl Rivers and other lands in Kent, and made him Governor of Tonbridge Castle. Sir Robert fell at Bosworth; he was posthumously attainted with the late king in the first year of Henry VII., and his Kent estates became confiscated to the Crown.

of the late Miss Hannah Brack- A letter to him from his uncle enbury, who by her will founded John, while speaking of his the Brakenburyl scholarships indiscreet action in marrying at Balliol College, Oxford. It at his age, and regretting that is to the Lincolnshire branch the lady brings him but a small that I belong

fortune, is couched in very kind My great-great-grandfather, terms. The writer says: “I Carr Brackenbury, was Receiver- cannot turn my back on you General for the county of Lin- for one youthful indiscretion, colnshire. He married first a and as a proof hereof, I heredaughter of Joseph Gace of Pan- with send you a small remitton and Harwicke; secondly, a tance to the value of £20." He daughter of Sir John Tyrwhitt also commends to my grandof Stainfield, Bart. He died in father's perusal and serious con1741, having had thirteen chil- sideration “the following lesson, dren by his two wives.

well worthy the attention of all My great-grandfather, Carr young married couples—viz., to Brackenbury of Harwicke and please and be pleased, to bear Panton, married a Miss Booth and forbear, to wink and forof Ashby Puerorum and As- give." wardby. She had £1500 a-year In 1780 his mother, who, and £40,000.2 His rent - roll after my great - grandfather's for the year ending Michaelmas death, had married again, died ; 1788 is in my possession. It and Aswardby came to my includes property at Donning- grandfather. It may interest ton, Raithby, Halton Holegate, Lincolnshire landowners of the Lusby, and Aswardby, of the present day to know that in net yearly value of £1536, after that year the average gross deducting taxes and tithes. At rental of this property was his death in 1763 he left the under 13s. an acre, and the net bulk of his property to his rental, after deducting tithes, eldest son Robert Carr, but under 11s. Skendleby to his son Edward. My grandfather soon left the It is with his descendants that army, and settled down at Asour close connection with the wardby : he joined the Royal military, naval, and consular Third Regiment of Militia in services of the Crown

the county of Lincoln, of which, mences.

in February 1805, he became My grandfather, Richard, lieutenant-colonel. His was born in 1758. In 1776 mission, signed by the Duke of he entered the 70th Regiment Ancaster and Kesteven, Lord of Foot. In 1777, when only Lieutenant of the County and eighteen years of age, he mar- City of Lincoln, lies before me, ried a daughter of Admiral bearing that 30s. stamp which, George Gunn of Edinburgh. until comparatively recent date,

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1 The Durham branch always spelt the name thus.

2 See Brackenbury of Lincolnshire, in Foster's “The Royal Lineage of our Noble and Gentle Families. Hatchards, 1887.

officers of the army had to been a writer in the Honourable pay upon every step of pro- East India Company's service, motion.

and was one of the executors My grandfather had ten chil- to John Gunn, Ensign of Foot dren. Two of the daughters and Quartermaster of Cavalry, married into the Brackenbury whose will, dated at Cuddalore family, and one of them became in the East Indies in 1774, lies the mother of the late George before me. I have two letters Brackenbury, C.M.G., formerly from him to my uncle, one of H.M. Consul at Lisbon ; Henry which is so quaint as to be Brackenbury, first of the 61st worth reproducing in full :Regiment, afterwards major in

“BROMPTON, near LONDON, the 2nd Queen's Regiment, and

10th December 1798. now of her Majesty's Body “Many thanks, my dear sir, for guard; and Joseph, who, when your game. It comes at a fortunate an ensign in the 32nd Regi- Huntly are to eat a mutton-chop

hour, when the Prince and Lord ment, was killed at Chinhut, with me at Brompton. They cannot outside Lucknow, in the Mutiny guess what Brackenbury Macpherson of 1857. Of four sons who at

could send it, but I will tell them. tained the age of manhood,

“I hope you continue to enjoy

your health, and are well amused John, the eldest, Edward, and with your public duty. And pray, William, my father, entered remember, that if you do not lead, to the army. Robert entered the a certain degree, a sober and religious navy. He appears to have life, the spirit of your worthy Grandbeen sent home from St Helena, Heaven.-Yours truly,

father will not be at rest, even in in a dying condition, on board

“ John MACPHERSON. the merchant ship “Cuffnells,” “ Lieut. John Mn. BRACKENBURY, where he died on 16th July

Maidstone Barracks." 1803. I have the letter from Is it not too delightful—the the mate of the ship announcing advice from the man with whom the death to my grandfather, the future George IV. was going and a kind letter written in to eat a mutton-chop? And August by Lord Buckingham- that limitation as to sobriety shire, condoling with my grand- and religion, “to a certain defather on the loss, and saying gree”! One wonders if his he need not think of returning anticipations of the evening to the regiment before the 1st before him compelled him to of September.

insert that saving clause. The brothers John Macpher The other letter is curious son, Edward, and William are only for one passage.

It was the three whose handwriting rumoured that the regiment was appears on the Salamanca letter. ordered to America, and my John entered the 25th Light uncle evidently did not wish to Dragoons, and appears to have be sent with it; so the wily been quartered first at Win- Macpherson, while advising him chester, and then at Maidstone. to act with his brother officers I gather that he was named as if he wished to have health after his godfather, John Mac- and leave from his family to pherson. This gentleman had embark with them, says: “In

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the meantime I hint to yourself whenever one is at a loss, it is agreeonly, that if your father can able to take refuge in a house which

is literally a palace covered with picengage to get a certain number

tures, where the daughters are all of recruits for the regiment, pretty and sing boleros.” 1 you are to be left on the recruiting service." That is how My uncle had always been they did jobs a hundred years led to consider himself the heir

to his uncle Robert's property, ago.

My uncle, like his father, did but the latter, late in life, marnot stay long in the army. He, ried a young woman, and when too, married young, and early the will was read everything began to become the father of a was left to her for her life, and large family. I am told that at the reversion only to my uncle. this time he obtained an ap- At her death the property had pointment for three years to deteriorated; the reversion had, superintend arrangements for I expect, been mortgaged to saving the lives of shipwrecked pretty nearly its full value, and sailors on the Lancashire coast. the property had to be sold. I gather that this must have In 1845 he

made been in connection with the life- knight of the Hanoverian saving rockets invented by Sir Guelphic order.? He died in William Congreve, from the 1847, leaving, besides daughfact that was through the ters, three sons, all now dead : influence of Sir William Con- Robert, rector of Brocklesby, greve and Mr Macpherson that domestic chaplain to Lord Yarhe was appointed Consul at borough, and private chaplain Cadiz in 1823. This was

to the Duke of Cleveland ; of the consulates whose holders John Macpherson, who were not permitted to trade. ceeded him as Consul at Cadiz;

Lord Beaconsfield thus de- and William, who, after a short scribes him in a letter to his spell of service in the navy, father dated Cadiz, July 14, entered the consular service, 1830:

and died when Consul at Vigo.

The first two left no issue; the * The English Consul here main- last was the father of Reartains a very elegant establishnient,

Admiral John W. Brackenand has a very accomplished and amusing family. He prides himself bury, C.B., C.M.G., now second on making all English of distinction in command of the Channel dine with him every day. Fortun- Squadron, and Colonel Maule C. ately his cook is ill, for being French Brackenbury, C.S.I., R.E., now and a very good one, I should have sunk under it. Buť Mrs Bracken- manager of the North-Western bury receives every evening, and Railway of India.

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1 Home Letters written by the late Earl of Beaconsfield in 1830 and 1831. London : John Murray. 1885.

2 He had a particular objection to his name being misspelt or mispronounced

“Blackenbury,” which it frequently is, and is credited with having said to his friend Admiral Rous, who was a constant sinner in this respect, “ Rous, I warn you that if you take that liberty with my name again, I sball take the game liberty with yours.”

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