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“ Henry Percy, the son of Sir Henry Percy, “ flayne at Shrewesbury, and of ELIZABETH, the “ daughter of the Erle of Marche, after the death of “ his Father and Grauntsyre, was exiled into Scot. “ land * in the time of king Henry the Fourth : but “ in the time of king Henry the Fifth, by the labour " of JOHANNE the countes of Weftmerland, (whose “ Daughter ALLANOR he had wedded in coming into “ England,) he recovered the King's grace, and the “ countye of Northumberland, so was the second Erle «c of Northumberland.
" And of this Alianor his wife, he begate IX “ Sonnes, and III Daughters, whose names be Jo
HANNE, that is buried at Whytbye : THOMAS, lord
Egremont: KATHARYNE Gray of Rythyn : Sir « RÄFFE PERCY : William PERCY, a Byshopp : “ RICHARD PERCY: John, that dyed WITHOUT “ Issue : [another John, called by Vincent Jo
hannes Percy senior de Warkworth':] GEORGE “ Percy, Clerk : Henry that dyed WITHOUT Issue:
.:" [besides the eldest son and successor here omitted, because he comes in below, viz.]
« HENRY Percy, the third Erle of Northumberland.
Vid. Harl. MSS. No 692. (26.) in the British Museum.
* i. c. remained an Exile in Scotland during the Reign of king Henry IV. In Scotia exulavit tempore Henrici Regis quarti. Lat. MS. penes Duc. Noreh.
† See his Great Baronag. No. 20. in the Heralds Office.
T will perhaps gratify the curious Reader to be in,
formed, that from a word or two formerly legible over one of the Chapel Doors, it is believed that the Text there inscribed was that Latin verse of the Pfalmift, * which is in our Translation,
MY TEARS HAVE BEEN MY MEAT
DAY AND NIGHT.
It is also certain, that the memory of the first Hermit was held in such regard and veneration by the Percy Family ; that they afterwards maintained a Chantry Priest, to reside in the Hermitage, and celebrate Mass in the Chapel : Whose allowance, uncommonly liberal and munificent, was continued down to the Diffolution of the Monasteries ; and then the whole Salary, toge ther with the Hermitage and all its dependencies, rever ted back to the Family, having never been endowed i mortmain. On this account we have no Record, whic fixes the date of the Foundation, or gives any particula account of the first Hermit;, but the following Instru inent will shew the liberal Exhibition afforded to h Successors. It is the Patent granted to the last Herr in 1532, and is copied from an ancient MS. book Grants, &c. of the VIth Earl of Northumberland, Henry the VIIIths time t.
SIR GEORGE LANCASTRE PATENT 0:
XX MERKS BY YERE.
" Henry Erle of Northumberland, &c. Kno youe that I the said Erle, in confideration of the d gent and thankfull service, that my wellbeloved Ch
* Psal. xlii. 3.' + Claffed, F. I. No. 1. pes Duc. Northumb.
“ len fir George Lancastre hath don unto me the said “ Erle, and allo for the goode and vertus disposition that “ I do perceive in him : And for that he shall have in “ his daily recommendation and praiers the good estate 66 of all suche noble Blode and other Personages, as be “ now levynge; And the Soules of such noble Blode "'as be departed to the mercy of God owte of this pre: “ fent lyve, Whos Names are conteyned and wrettyn " in a Table upon perchment figned with thande of me " the said Erle, and delivered to the cultodie and keap
ynge of the said fir George Lancastre : And further, " that he shall kepe and saye his devyn service in cele« bratyng and doynge Maffe of Requiem every weke " accordinge as it is written and let furth in thc saide “ Table : Have geven and graunted, and by these " presentes do gyve and graurte unto the said fir
George, myn Armytage belded in a Rock of stone " within my Parke of WARKWORTH in the County of « Northumberland in the honour of the blessed Try. “ nete, With a yerly Stipende of twenty Merks by yer
*, from the feest-of seint Michell tharchaungell " last past afore the date herof yerly duryng the natu" rall lyve of the said fir George: Ann also I the said " Erle have geven and graunted, and by these Presents “ do gyve and graunte unto the said fir George Lan“ caftre, the occupation of one lit!e Gresground of myn “ called Cony-garth nygh adjoynynge the said Harmy"tage, only to his only use and proufit wynter and sumer “ durynge the said terme ; The Garden and Ortegarde
belongyng the said Armytage; The Gate † and • Pasture of Twelf Kye and a Bull, with their Calves “ suking; And two Horses goying and beyng within on my said Parke of Warkworth wynter and somer ; “ One Draught of Fisfhe every Sondaie in the yere to
* This would be equal to £.100 per annum now. See the Cronicon Pretiofum.
+ i. e. Going : from the verb, Ta Gae.
s be drawen forenenst * the said Armytage, called The “ Trynete Draught ; And Twenty Lods of Fyrewode “ to be taken of my Wodds called Shilbotell Wode, “ duryng the faid term. The said Stipend of xx Merks “ by yer to be taken and perceived + yerly of the rent “ and ferme of my Fiffhyng of Warkworth, by thands “ of the Fermour or Fermours of the same for the tyme " beynge yerly at the times ther used and accustomed “ by evyn Portions. In wytnes " whereof to thes my Letters Allowe id recompence “ Patentes I the said Erle herof yerly x" I. « have set the Seale of mya Richerd Ryche. 66 Armes : Yeven undre my “ Signet at my Cartell of Warkworth, the third daye 6 of December, in the xxiiith Yer of the Reigne of « our Sovereyn Lord kyng Henry the eight.”
the Diffolution of the Monasteries, the above Patent was produced before the Court of Augmentation in Michaelmas-Term, 20 Oct. A. 29. Hen. VIII. when the same was allowed by the Chancellor and Counfel of the said Court, and all the profits confirmed to the incumbent fir George Lancaster ; Excepting that in compensation for the annual Stipend of Twenty Marks, he was to receive a Stipend of Ten Marks, and to have a free Chapel called The Rood Chapel, and the Hospital of St. Leonard, within the Barony of Wigdon, in the County of Cumberland.
After the perusal of the above Patent it will perhaps be needless to caution the Reader against a Miftake, fome have fallen into; of confounding this Hermitage NEAR Warkworth, with a Chantry founded within
* Or fore-anenft: i. e. oppofite. + Sic MS. # So the MS. The above Sir Richard Rych was Chancellor of the Augmentation at the Suppression of the Monafteries.
the town itself, by Nicholas de Farnham, bishop of Durham, in the reign of Henry III. who appropria. ted the Church of Brankeston for the maintenance there of two Benedi&tinc Monks from Durham *. That small monastic foundation is indeed called a CELL by bishop Tanner t : but he must be very ignorant, who supposes that by the word Cell is necessarily to be un. derstood a Hermitage ; whereas it was commonly ap. plied to any small conventual establishment, which was dependant on another.
As for the Chapel belonging to this endowment of bi. fhop Farnham, it is mentioned as in ruins in several old Surveys of queen Elizabeth's time; and its scite, not far from Warkworth Church, is still remembered. But that there was never more than one Priest maintained, at one and the same time, within the HERMITAGE, is plainly proved (if any further proof be wanting) by the following Extract from a Survey of Warkworth, made in the Year 1567, viz.
“ Ther is in the Parke (fc. of Warkworth) also one « Howse hewyn within one Cragge, which is called
the Harmitage Chapel : In the same ther haith bene
one Preast keaped which did such godlye services as " that tyme was used and celebrated. The Mansion “ Howse (fc. the small building adjoining to the Cragg)
ys nowe in decaye : The Closes that apperteined to " the said Chantrie ys occupied to his Lordship's use."
Ang. Sacr. p. 738.
+ Not. Mon. 396. By George Clarkson, M8. penes Duc. North.