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CHAP. the monastery of Glascon; together with some other V.

things granted to the said Sir John Cheke and Mary his Anno 1556. wife, and Peter Osborn.


Cheke made to consort with Papists.

What happened to Cheke after his recantation. Troubled.

Repents. Dies. BUT all these temporal accessions could not heal the wounds he had given his mind by his apostasy or hypocrisy; which so excessively dejected him, that within less than a year after it ended his life, as we shall be told by and by. But the Papists now outwardly made much of their convert; had him frequently in their companies, at their tables, to eat with them; and on their benches, when the pretended heretics were summoned before them, and examined; to shew him openly, no doubt, as an example to them, what a leading and learned man had forsaken their party; and for him to exhort them to do as he had done. Which were but so many fresh stings to him.

The Protestants extenuated as much as they could his dismal fall, making it not so foul as was at first represented. An Englishman in exile, sojourning at Strasburg, (and seems to be Grindal,) wrote to Peter Martyr, then at Zurich, March 15 anno 1556, informing him, that Cheke had given significations of his repentance and sorrow for his fall. Which gave such satisfaction to that reverend Father, that he wrote back to his friend that gave him this intelligence, that it was very acceptable to hear what he

had wrote concerning Cheke, because Cheke had now deInt. P. Mar- clared, “ that his faith was rather bent, than broke and tyr. Epist.

quite extinguished, however reports might be carried of “ him.” But Martyr added, that he thought it almost past belief, that he should persevere while he tarried in England; and subjoined his earnest prayer, “ that God, “ the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, would so by his “ Spirit repair his shipwreck, that, with as little loss as

Cheke repents.

p. 784. col. 2. edit.



“ might be, he might at last arrive at the haven of salva- Sect. “ tion.” And God heard his prayer: for it was not long after that Cheke made his exit.

Anno 1557. And pining away with the shame and regret of what he Dies. had done, he died Sept. 13, 1557, aged 43, at his friend Mr. Peter Osborn's house, in Wood-street, London; and was buried in St. Alban's church there, in the north chapel of the quire, Sept. 16. On whose grave were engraven these verses, made by his learned acquaintance, Dr. Walter MSS. D. H.

S. George Haddon; which I shall here set down, as I have them

Kt. Garter. transcribed from the monumental stone, taken by Charles Lancaster, herald, anno 1611, rather than as they are varied in Cheke's life, composed by H. Holland, and from him by Dr. Gerard Langbain. On the stone, on the right side of the inscription, is engraven the coat of arms of him and his wife; being three crescents, and a crescent in the midst for distinction. The woman's coat, a salteir vaire, with a martlet in the nombril point, between five martlets. The epitaph as follows: Doctrinæ lumen Checus vitæque magister,

Aurea naturæ fabrica, morte jacet.
Non erat e multis unus, sed præstitit unus

Omnibus et patriæ flos erat ille suæ.
Gemma Britanna fuit, tam magnum nulla tulerunt

Tempora thesaurum, tempora nulla ferent.
Where one may observe, that neither his religion, his fall,
nor his repentance, are in the least touched, those times
not suffering it.

To which I will add the verses that Sir Thomas Chaloner, a gentleman and excellent scholar that lived in those times, in his miscellanies made of him :

Epitaphium D. Joannis Checi. Tu nunc exuvias liquisti corporis hujus,

CHEKE, Deo vivens, lux nova juncto polo. Fulsisti inter nos lumen radiantius ; et nunc Astra tuo exortu languidiora micant.



His person.


Anno 1557.
His circumstances at his death.

His arms.
His lady. Her fortune. Mac Williams her second

husband. Some account of him. Her death. Dies in HE left Henry, his son and heir, but in bad circumdebt.

stances, dying a thousand marks and more in debt. He left behind him, in land, to the value of three hundred marks a year; his wife being joint purchaser with him for

two hundred marks thereof, and Peter Osborn (at whose Peter Os- house he died) for the third. But that true friend of Sir kindness. John, though he had an estate in that land for the term of

his life, and might have taken all the profits thereof to his own use, was contented to forbear it, of very kindness to the Lady Cheke his widow, and to Henry Cheke and his brothers: as in divers other respects he had shewn himself kind to that family, and discharged Sir John's debts, and maintained Henry at school during his minority, and fully answered such debts as his father owed him; and, when he came to full age, he released him the commodities arising of the land, and suffered him to receive them to his

own use during his life. His arms Sir John's paternal coat of arms was argent, three cresand crest.

cents gules. There be two crests shewn in the Heralds' Office for his crest. The one is a leopard seiant, with a collar and chain : the other a crescent of the colour of the crescents in the coat, with a cross patee fitche placed within the horns of it, of the same: which was that he commonly bore; and seems to have relinquished the other for this. Which very aptly denoted (as it were by some prophetic spirit in him or the herald) that great cross and affliction that befell him for the sake of Christ.

All that I can describe of his person is from a picture of described.

him yet remaining at Pyrgo, in the long gallery there: where he is represented with a round cap on his head, and a letter and other papers in his right hand, as Clerk of the Council, or principal Secretary. A book lying upon

His person


the table before him, signifying either his own learning, or SECT. his place and charge of instructing 'the King. A full comely countenance, somewhat red; with a yellow large beard, Anno 1557. covering his upper lip, and hanging below his chin, somewhat forked. A visage portending wisdom and careful



His lady (who no question suffered deeply with him) Lady Cheke yet lived to see better days, and enjoyed a long life. For gain to Mac she married again to Henry Mac Williams, of Irish extract, Esquire, a gentleman of the Court, and of considerable quality. But a match that proved unhappy for the children she had by Sir John Cheke; her estate (which was considerable) going to her second husband, and the children by him. Her fortune brought to this gentleman was, in western The estate

she brought lands, by year, 1321. 3s. 4d. The fines and casualties to him. thereof was worth the first year 3001.; the yearly casualties afterwards were, communibus annis, 661. 13s. 4d. She had in plate 1000 marks, in jewels 800 marks; gowns, five; kirtles, nineteen; partlets, sleeves, and other linen, to the value of above 3001.; household stuff that cost above 4001. For her service of her Majesty she had a lease in Wales, which, first and last, was worth 10001.; she had moreover in sheep 3601. she had Barnardiston, a ward, worth 500 marks; more, two leases for the provision of her house, that, to be sold, were worth 2001. Such a fortune was she to her second husband, and such an injury her. second marriage did to her children by the former husband, leaving them in the mean time very bare and needy. This Henry Mac Williams was a person of valour and This Mac

Williams a chivalry, being one of those that were chosen by the Earl of Leicester, in a great exercise of tilts and tournaments, valry. anno 1565, before Queen Elizabeth, (wherein he met with a remarkable accident,) at the marriage of Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick, with a daughter of Francis Russel, Earl of Bedford, solemnized before the said Queen, at her palace at Westminster, Sunday, 11th of November, the Ex Officio

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CHAP. year above-said. For the greater magnificency, on the

said Sunday, and two days after, were holden justs, tourAnno 1557. neys, and barriers, at Westminster, by four gentlemen

challengers against all comers, viz. Sir Henry Knoles, son and heir to Sir Francis Knoles, Vice-Chamberlain ; Thomas Leighton, Christopher Hatton, and Robert Colshill.

Robert, Earl of Leicester, being chief defendant, with twenty-two other noblemen and gentlemen in his company; namely, Henry L. Herbert, son and heir to William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke; Arthur L. Grey, of Wilton ; Walter Winsor, Henry Norrys, and, among the rest, Henry Mac Williams. The third day, being Tuesday, Henry Mac Williams ran with Henry Knoles at the tourney, who overthrew both Mac Williams and his horse. Whereupon the said horse and armour became a due droit to the officers at arms; who, according to their right, and according to the judgment of the Lord Judge there present, seized upon the same. But being put in question, whether it were a droit to them, the Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal, called before him the Kings of Arms and Heralds, willing them to bring to him, and shew him such precedents as they had for their right therein : which they did accordingly. Upon the sight of which precedents, the said Duke awarded unto the said officers, in consideration of the premises, the sum of 201. Which sum, for redemption of the said horse and armour, was paid to the said company by the Earl of Leicester; and so discharged the said Mac Williams.

This Mac Williams, by the Lady Cheke, had Henry dren by Mac Wil Mac Williams, (who died without issue,) and five daugh

ters; viz. Margaret, wife of John L. Stanhope; Susan, wife of Edward Sandeys, Esq. married again to Goddard Pemberton, Knight, and after to Thomas Ireland, Knight; Ambrosia, wife to William Kingswel, Knight; Cassandra, wife of George Cotton, Knight; Cicilia, wife to Thomas Ridgeway, Knight, Treasurer of Ireland. In short, this gentleman, Mr. Mac Williams, was a Justice of Peace in

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