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THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK. by any means deficient in that moral cour. Nov. 5. At Bishopthorpe palace, aged age and firmness which his important po90, the Right Hon. and Most Rev. Ed- sition in the Church occasionally demanded. ward Harcourt, D.C.L., Lord Archbishop The deceased prelate was not inattentive of York, Primate of England, Lord High to his parliamentary duties, and even when Almoner to her Majesty ; a Privy Coun- his age had gone greatly beyond fourscore cillor ; Visitor of Queen's college, Ox- years

he was to be seen as frequently in ford; Governor of the Charter House and the House of Peers as any other of the of King's College, London, &c. &c. lords spiritual. Though he occasionally

This truly venerable prelate was born raised his voice to vindicate the interests at Sudbury hall, Derbyshire, on the 10th of religion or support the rights of his Oct. 1757, and was the youngest son of order, he practised that abstinence from George first Lord Vernon, by his third mere political contention which best bewife Martha, sister of Simon first Earl came his sacred calling, and, having lived Harcourt. He was educated at Westmin. under five successive monarchs, he now ster School, from whence he removed to descends into the tomb, not only with the Christ church, Oxford, where the degree reputation of a blameless life, but the still of B.C.L. was conferred upon him April higher fame of benevolence and simplicity 27, 1786, and that of D.C.L. on the 4th of character."Times. of the following month. He had pre- The following passage is from the viously been instituted to the family “ Northern Tour" of the late Dr. Dibdin, living of Sudbury in Derbyshire ; been who visited Bishopthorpe in 1836 :appointed a Prebendary of Gloucester, and “Wboever is acquainted with the prea Canon of Christ church in 1785.

sent tenant of Bishopthorpe palace, needs In 1791 he was consecrated Bishop of pot my testimony to the hearty suavity of Carlisle, and in 1807 he was translated to his manners and the generous hospitality the see of York, on the death of Arch- of his disposition. Every neighbouring bishop Markham. We believe he had gentleman, clerical or laical, has constant far outstripped any former bishop of the evidence of these virtues-for virtues they church of England in his long occupancy are, and of no mean calibre, in their way : of the episcopal office; and he had also and, although his Grace may not, like his considerably exceeded every former arch- predecessor Bowett, cause the spigots and bishop of York in his tenure of the archi. faucets of eighty tuns of claret to be drawn episcopal see.*

in a year, yet at his table you shall see “Without using the language of pane. abundance without profusion, and variety gyric, it may be said that the deceased pre- without vulgarity. Going and returning late bore his high dignities with meekness, I was thrice (twice with my daughter) an exercised the large powers with which the invited guest to his table ; and more genelaw invested him with as much usefulness rous fare and more enlivening and conand justice as might fairly be expected genial discourse could not have been parfrom a man of moderate learning and taken of. His Grace now lives in the average intellect, and dispensed the great

bosom of his family, as an affectionate patronage with which a long episcopal life father and their best earthly friend. Totally furnished him in a manner which, if it divested of all frigidity and hauteur, he calls for no very extraordinary applause, mixes in the most frank and gentlemanly ought certainly to escape from any kind manner possible with his company; and if a of censure beyond that which attaches to second visit were paid him by our gracious a little more nepotism tban in modern and well-beloved Queen, with her illustimes is sanctioned by the practice of men trious mother, he would still be an attenin high places. It was universally felt that tive host to the humblest individual at he was kind and affectionate to his family table. His Grace has been thirty years at connections, and that, on the whole, he

the head of this archiepiscopal table; and was a "good easy man ;" yet it would be

an octogenarian of nobler aspect and of unjust to his memory to say that, with all

firmer tread you shall not see on this side the quietude of his administration, he was the Tweed."

* The only archbishops of York for thirty years or longer are, 1. Thomas, from 1070 to 1100 ; 2. Walter de Grey from 1216 to 1255 ; and 3. 'William Markham from 1776 to 1-07. The only other archbishops for more than twenty-five years, 1. Roger, from 1154 to 1181; and 2. John Kempe from 1426 to 1451" (afterwards archbishop of Canterbury to 1454).

It was formerly remarked that the two p. 178) his Grace relinquished the names archbishops (himself and Dr. Manners- of Venables-Vernon, and took that of Sutton) were the two tallest members of Harcourt only, by royal sign manual, in the episcopal bench. His portrait, by Jan. 1831. Hoppner, was engraved in 1804 by C. The Archbishop married, on the 5th Turner in a large folio size. Another pic- Feb. 1784, Lady Anne Leveson-Gower, ture, by J. Jackson, R.A. which is in the third daughter of Granville first Marquess possession of the Earl of Carlisle, is en- of Stafford, and by her ladyship, who died graved also in a large size by H. Meyer. on the 16th Nov. 1832, he had issue

The only publications of the Archbishop eleven sons and three daughters, the whole of York were such as he was expected to of whom (with one exception) survive publish, namely, a Sermon preached be- him, viz. 1. George Granville Vernonfore the House of Lords, Jan. 30, 1794 ; Harcourt, esq. M.P. for Oxfordshire, who a Sermon before the Society for the Pro- married first, in 1815, Lady Elizabeth pagation of the Gospel of Foreign Parts, Bingham, eldest daughter of Richard se1799; and a Sermon preached at the Co- cond Earl of Lucan, by whom he had one ronation of George the Fourth, 1821. child, the Right Hon. Elizabeth-Lavinia

The Archbishop preached a valedictory Lady Norreys (wife of the heir-apparent sermon in the pulpit of York minster on of the Earl of Abingdon), who has a nuthe 13th Nov. 1838. He continued how. merous family ; and secondly, on the 30th ever to enjoy good health, and so recently September last, Frances Countess dowager as the 12th of Oct. last, on receiving at Waldegrave, daughter of Mr. Braham; Bishopsthorpe a deputation of the Diocesan 2. Edward - Harcourt, who died in 1806, Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in his 20th year ; 3. the Rev. Leveson in Foreign Parts, presenting him with Vernon-Harcourt, Chancellor of York, an address of respect and affection for his and Rector of Stokesley, (formerly Archadvanced years and distinguished charac- deacon of Cleveland,) and author of ter, he immediately replied in the follow- ** The Doctrine of the Deluge," who ing words :-" It is a great gratification married in 1815 the Hon. Caroline Mary and comfort to me to receive this kind ex- Peachey, only surviving daughter of pression of feeling on the part of the meet- John second Lord Selsey, but has no ing which assembled yesterday. Those issue ; 4. the Rev. William Vernon-Har. meetings I always attended and presided court, Canon of York, and Rector of over when I was able, and I have never Bolton Percy, Yorkshire, who married in ceased to feelthewarmest interestin the pro- 1829 Matilda Mary, daughter of Lieut.ceedings of the society. I am very thankful Colonel William Gooch, and has issue ; for the good wishes expressed for my health. 5. Capt. Frederick Edward Vernon-HarI am at the close of a life unusually ex- court, R.N., who married Marcia, daughter tended, and blessed with health, strength, of the late Vice-Adm. John Richard Delap kind friends, and an affectionate family, Tollemache, and cousin to the Earls of every comfort this world can afford ; and Dysart and Aldborough, and has issue ; I should be very ungrateful if I did not, as 6. Henry Vernon-Harcourt, esq. who marit is my duty to do, assist every exertion ried in 1835 Lady Frances Harley, fourth for the extension of the Gospel of our daughter of the Earl of Oxford and Mor. blessed Saviour." His Grace conversed timer; 7. Granville Vernon-Harcourt, esq. with great animation and kindness with Chancellor of the province of York, who each gentleman in succession. In the married first in 1814 Frances-Julia, daughcourse of his remarks he assured the com- ter of the late Anthony Hardolph Eyre, pany he was in perfect health, with the esq. of Grove Park, Notts; and secondly exception of not having so free a use of in 1845 Pyne-Jessy, widow of John Henry his hands and lower limbs. “In other re- Cotterell, esq. and daughter of Lieut.spects," he said “ I am as well as when I Gen. the Hon. Henry Otway Trevor, and was 25."

has issue by the former lady ; 8. Capt. He visited York and inspected the re- Octavius Henry Cyril Vernon-Harcourt, pairs of the Chapter-house on Monday the R.N., who married in 1838 Anne-Holwell, ist Nov, only four days before his death. widow of William Danby, of Swinton Park, On Wednesday morning he was taken se- Yorkshire, esq. and second daughter of riously ill, and he died on the evening of William Gater, esq. ; 9. Anne; 10. the Friday. His body was conveyed to the Rev. Charles Vernon-Harcourt, a Prebenvault of the Harcourt family at Stanton dary of Carlisle, Rector of Rothbury, Harcourt, co. Oxford.

Northumberland, and of Headon, Notts, After the death of his cousin Field. who is unmarried ; 11. Colonel Francis Marshal William third and last Earl Har. Vernon-Harcourt, Equerry to H.R.H. the court, G.C.B. (whose will will be found Duchess of Kent, who married in 1837 noticed in our Magazire for August 1830, Lady Catharine Julia Jenkipson, eldest

daughter of the Earl of Liverpool; 12. chief of the Macleans, a General in the
Egerton Vernon-Harcourt, esq. Registrar army, and Colonel of the 15th Foot.
of York ; 13. Louisa-Augusta, married in He was the younger son of Donald
1825 to Sir John Vanden Bempde John- Maclean, esq. by his second wife, Mar.
stone, Bart. M.P. for Yorkshire ; and 14. garet, daughter of James Wall, esq. of
Georgiana, married in 1845 to Lieut.-Col. Clonea Castle, co. Waterford, and piece
George Alexander Malcolm, C.B.

to Mr. Wall, some time Secretary to the

King of Spain. His elder brother, Sir Rev. Sir WM. Nigel GRESLEY, BART. Hector Maclean, succeeded to the repre

Vov.3. At Nether Seale Hall, Leices. sentation of the family, and the attendant tershire, in his 42nd year, the Rev. Sir baronetcy, on the deatb of a distant couWilliam Nigel Gresley, Baronet, Rector sin in 1783, and died in 1818. of Seale.

Sir Fitzroy obtained his commission as Sir Nigel was born March 25, 1806. Ensign in the 29th Regt. 24th Sept. 1787, In 1825 he entered the university of Ox- and in 1788 was promoted to a Lieuteford, as an undergraduate at Christ church, nancy in the same regiment, then under and proceeded to the degree of B.A. in the command of the Earl of Harrington. 1829. In the following year he was in- In 1793 he received a company in the 60th, stituted by the Bishop of Lincoln to the and was with his regiment at the capture rectory of Seale, vacant by the death of

of the island of Tobago, and in the attack his father, the Rev. William Gresley. on Martinique. In Sept. 1794 he was Upon the demise of his cousin, the late promoted to a majority in the 110th regi. Sir Roger, Sir Nigel succeeded to the ba. ment, and in 1795 to a Lieutenant-Coronetcy of Gresley, one of the most an. lonelcy in the 82d. In 1803 be obtained cient in the kingdom, it having been con- the brevet rank of Colonel, and was ferred upon his ancestor, George Gresley, appointed to the command of the Bataof Drakelowe, Derbyshire, esq. by King vian troops, who were received into the James the First, June 29, 1611.

British service on the surrender of the Sir Nigel married, in 1831, Georgina. Dutch West India colonies. In the exApne, daughter of the late George Reid, pedition for the capture of Surinam, under esq. and grand-daughter of the late Sir General Sir Charles Green, he commanded Charles Oakeley, Bart., Governor of Ma. the advanced corps of the army, composed dras, by whom he has left a numerous of the flank companies. In 1805 he was family to deplore his loss. His eldest son, appoiuted Brigadier-General, and served now Sir Thomas, who succeeds to the title with General Boyer at the capture of the and estates, is in his sixteenth year. The Danish Islands of St. Thomas and St. mortal remains of Sir Nigel were buried John, the government of which was conin the church-yard at Nether Seale, where ferred upon him by his Majesty's comseveral generations of his ancestors rest. mission in 1808. In this government

The family of Gresley, of which Sir (except for a brief period, during which Nigel was the representative, is of great

he was with Gen. Sir George Beck with antiquity, tracing their descent from the

at the taking of Guadaloupe, for which he Dukes of Normandy, to whom they were

received a medal,) he continued until the the hereditary standard-bearers.

At the

peace in 1815, when the islands were retime of the Conquest, Nigel, son of Roger stored to the crown of Denmark. de Toeny, with bis brothers Robert, after

During his administration of the affairs wards Lord Stafford, and Ralph, ancestor of those islands, so much did his imparof the Cliffords, accompanied Duke Wil.

tial conduct, mild sway, and the kindness liam to England, and was rewarded for

of his disposition endear him to all classes bis services by grants of numerous lord.

of the inhabitants, that he took his deparships in the counties of Derby, Leicester, ture amidst sincere and universal regret. and Stafford. His son, Sir William, fixed While the higher classes esteemed and his residence at Castle Gresley, in Derby. revered bim for his indefatigable zeal to sbire, and founded there the priory of St. improve their condition and promote their Mary and St. George. About three cen- happiness, the humble portion of the turies afterwards they removed to Drake. community, especially the coloured popu. lowe in the same lordship, which has since lation, had by his retirement to regret the continued to be the family seat. It is loss of a benefactor, to whose humane now occupied by Lady Sophia Des Voux, care and philanthropic policy they owed widow of the late Sir Roger Gresley. blessings to which, until then, they were

strangers. These sentiments were not Sir Fitzroy MACLEAN, BART. felt in silence only, but were loudly ex. July 5. lo Cadogan-place, Sir Fitzroy pressed on their kind governor bidding Jeffreys Grafton Maclean, the 8th Bas his farewell to the grateful inhabitants of ronet of Morvern, co. Argyll (1632), the Saint Thomas and St. John's.

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During the period of Sir Fitzroy Mac. Sir Eyre Coote, in the expedition to Hol. lean's government he received the respec- land, landing troops, and was afterwards tive promotions of Major-General (July employed on shore with them, under Sir 1810,) and Lieutenant-General (4th June, Ralph Abercromby. In a fishing-boat he 1814). In June 1815 he returned to was at the cutting out the Lynx sloop of Europe, after passing, with very little in war, from under the batteries of Delfzyi, in terval, a period of twenty-eight years on the river Emms, and at the cutting out of active service in the hot and unhealthy many small vessels ; at the destruction of climate of the West Indies.

the batteries in Sheryminocoog, on the coast Sir Fitzroy succeeded to the title of of Holland ; in the expedition to Ferrol ; Baronet on the death of his brother Sir and shortly after was cast away in the Hector Maclean, unmarried, Nov. 2, Stag, in Vigo Bay. He was employed on 1818. On the 28th July, 1823, he was shore at Cosir, in the Red Sea, digging appointed to the Colonelcy of the 84th wells for and assisting to transport Sir Foot ; and in Jan. 1837, he received the David Baird's army across the Desert, exrank of General in the army. On the posed to a sun which, under canvass, cre30th Dec. 1840, he was removed to the ated a heat of 120 degrees, his party having Colonelcy of the 45th regiment.

no tents. He assisted the master of the He was twice married ; first, in 1794, Franchise in surveying the Sea of Suez, to Mrs. Bishop, widow of Jobn Bishop, and in the same year commanded the esq. of Barbados, and only childof Charles barge of the Romney, which, with the Kidd, esq. of the ancient family of Wood. launch of that ship, saved the whole of hill and Cragie, co. Fife, and had issue the 80th Regiment and the crew of a by her, who died Sept. 13, 1832, several country ship, in a gale of wind. He was children, all of whom died in childhood appointed Lieutenant of the Reynard in except two sons : viz. 1. Sir Charles 1814, and as first Lieutenaut of that ship Fitzroy Maclean, who has succeeded to (the Captain having died) received the the Baronetcy; and 2. Donald Maclean, thanks of the merchants of Jamaica for esq. barrister-at-law, and late M.P. for saving two valuable ships, by sending the Oxford, who married in 1827, Harriet, boats to attack a notorious privateer, on daughter of General Frederick Maitland, which occasion the second Lieutenant was and cousin to the Earl of Lauderdale. killed, and seventeen men were killed and Sir Fitzroy married secondly, Sept. 17, wounded. He removed to the Hornet for 1838, Frances, widow of Henry Campion, a passage home, and in Nov. 1804, was esq. of Malling Deanery, Sussex, and appointed to the Circe, in the West Indaughter of the Rev. H. Watkins.

She dies. When Lieutenant of this ship he died June 12, 1843.

was sent with important despatches to The present Baronet was born in 1798, Lisbon, in a captured privateer schooner, and married, in 1831, Emily-Eleanor, La Fama, and then off Cadiz, to Sir John daughter of the Hon. and Rev. Jacob Orde ; returning to the West Indies, he Marsham, D.D., Canon of Windsor, and was captured by a schooner of superior cousin to the Earl of Romney; and by force, having 18 guns and 140 men, that lady, who died in 1831, he has issue whilst La Fama had only 4 guns and one son, Fitzroy Donald, and four daugh- 20 men. He was carried into Guada. ters.

loupe, and thrown into the common gaol,

where he remained for some time. On REAR-ADM. SHIRREFF.

rejoining the Circe he was employed conNov. 30. At bis official residence at stantly, for twelve months, cruising in a Portsmouth, aged 62, William Henry Shir- boat and a small tender of 20 tons, to in. reff, esq. Rear-Admiral of the Blue, and tercept the trade from Porto Rico to St. Superintendent of Portsmouth Dockyard. Thomas's.

He was son of General Shirreff. He In March, 1806, he was promoted to entered the royal navy, as a volunteer of the rank of Commander, and on the 21st the first class, on board La Juste, on the of April was appointed to command the 1st Jan. 1796, and, having been discharged Lily. He was four years in the West In. from that ship during the mutiny, served dies, where he was at the capture of the successively in the Princess Royal, Nep- Danish islands and the city of San Do. tune, Circe, Stag, Romney, Magnificent, mingo. He commanded the seamen and and Reynard, up to March, 1804, when marines at the capture of Desiada, the he was made a Lieutenant. He thus plan for which he had submitted to Sir served seven years and a half as volunteer A. Cochrane, the commander-in-chief. and midshipman, during which time he Subsequently he was several times enwas blockading Brest, L'Orient, and the gaged with the batteries of Guadaloupe Texel; was at the blowing up of the sluices when in chase of vessels, &c. at Ostend, under Sir Home Popham and He was posted into the Garland, 29, on

the Jamaica station, Nov. 15, 1809, and to assist the British Minister at Madrid in
was appointed to the Barossa, Oct. 25, the foundation of a commercial treaty.
1812 ; he was then employed on the coast He was Captain Superintendent of Dept-
of North America, and in the Chesapeake ford from April, 1838, to August, 1841 ;
had the honour of hoisting Sir George and of Chatham from that time to Nov.
Cockburn's Hag in the attack on Crany 1846, when he obtained his flag-rank. He
Islands. Previously, in company with the was appointed to Portsmouth dockyard on
Juno and Narcissus, lie was engaged with the 30th of September last.
15 gun boats from Norfolk. He was in His remains were honoured with a public
the attack on Hampton, and was sent up funeral on the 8th Dec. and were interred
the Potomac to destroy the United States in the Military Garrison Chapel, Ports-
frigate Little John Adams, which vessel, mouth. In the procession appeared a bri-
however, escaped, owing to the difficul. gade of guns,furnished by the Royal Marine
ties encountered in the navigation of the Artillery, a brigade of the Royal Marines,
river. They were seven times ashore on her Majesty's 520 Regiment, the civil offi-
the Kettle Bottoms. Captain Shirreff cers of the Dockyard,

200 seamen and officommanded the seamen and marines at cers from her Majesty's ship Excellent, the the capture of the Kent Islands, and for flag-ship of the deceased, a number of half. his services on that occasion received tes.

pay officers of the Royal Navy, and the timonials from Sir George Cockburn and full-pay officers from the ships in com. Sir J. B. Warren.

mission. The Commanders-in-chief of the He was in the West Indies until nearly Army and Navy followed, with their staff ; the close of the war in 1814, and from his and, lastly, the Mayor of the borough of entry into the navy in 1796 to that period Portsmouth, with the town clerk, and the his services were continuous, and mostly Deputy Judge Advocate of the Fleet. The in tropical climates.

chief mourners were Mr. Gray, the Admi. After commanding the Thisbe and Iris ral's nephew, Capt. Yates of the Blenin the Thames, Capt. Shirreff was in Sept. heim, Mr. Hervey bis secretary, and Mr. 1818, appointed to the Andromache, and Jones his flag- Lieutenant. The palle whilst commanding this ship he, at his bearers were :

:-Capt. Sir E. Parry, R.N., own risk, freighted a barge, and sent his Lieut. -Col. Gordon, R.M., Major-Gen. master to examine and survey the land re- Jones, R.M., Lieut.-Gen. Sir D. Ximeported to be seen south of Cape Horn. nes, K.H., Captain the Right Hon. Lord This land, since named South Shetland, A. Fitzclarence, G.C.H., Capt. P. P. was then first visited, and its importance Wallis, R.N., Capt. P. Douglas, R.N., since then bas been fully acknowledged. Rear-Adm. Purvis, C.B. On the procesCaptain Shirreff was employed nearly four sion leaving the dockyard, minute guns years as senior officer in the Pacific, where were fired from H.M.S. Excellent, and his exertions in forwarding the interests continued until sunset. A round of 33 of British commerce under circumstances

gups, by a park of artillery, concluded the of great difficulty were publicly acknow.

solemo ceremony. ledged by Commodore Bowles and Sir Rear-Adm. Shirreff married, June 29, Thomas Hardy, and by various British 1810, Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the merchants. In this service he sacrificed Hon. David Murray, brother to the 7th the opportunity of convoying several valua- Lord Elibank. ble freights. He returned home from the South American station, Aug. 31, 1821. Lieut.-Col. GEORGE HIBBERT, C.B.

In Jan. 1829, he was appointel to com- Nov. 12. At the house of his friend mard the Warspite, but was invalided from John Taylor, esq. St. George's-place, Hyde her in 1830.

Park Corner, aged 57, Lieut.-Col. George He was seven years and a half Captain Hibbert, C.B., late Commanding her Maof the port of Gibraltar, during which time jesty's 40th Regiment. he was frequently employed on naval mat. He entered that regiment as Ensigo, by ters, and kept an observatory at his own purchase, Feb. 25, 1:13; was promoted expense for the purpose of giving the time

to a Lieutenancy, June 14, 1815, on a to men-of-war surveying vessels, and the vacancy occasioned on the field of Watertraders generally. It was owing to this loo, in which he was engaged ; purchased gallant officer's recommendation, that the

a company, March 6, 1823; and a maColonial Secretary was induced to grant jority, Nov. 13, 1835. He became Lieut.the erection of a lighthouse on Europa Colonel in 184 . Point--an object of the utmost importance His death was announced to the regi. to the safety of all vessels going through ment in the following terms :-" Galway, the Straits. During the time he was Cap- Nov. 14, 1847.-Lieut.. Colonel Stopford, tain of the port at Gibraltar he was sent by with deep sorrow, has to announce to the Lord Palmerston, the Foreign Secretary, regiment the death of their late respected

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