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Lewis Latham

Also Known As: "Seargent-Falconer to Charles I"
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Birthplace: Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Elveston, Bedfordshire, England, (Present UK)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Latham, Jr. and Mary Latham
Husband of Elizabeth Latham; Elizabeth Latham; Elizabeth Winifred Latham and Winifred Downes
Father of Helen Wickenden; Frances Clarke; Ann Latham; Oliver Latham; John Latham and 10 others
Brother of Simon Latham; Ursula Carter (Latham); William Latham; Elizabeth Latham and N.N. Latham

Occupation: Falconer to Prince Henry in 1612, Sergeant Falconer to King Charles I., Sergeant Falconer to King Charles I of England, Sargeant Falconer to King Charles I of England, Falconer to King Charles I, Gentleman, Falconer, master Falconer
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About Lewis Latham, Falconer for King Charles I

       (13)  Lewis Latham, born 1584 in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, died 15 May 1655 in Elveston, Bedfordshire, England; married 1608 in Kempstone, Bedfordshire, England, Elizabeth, born about 1590 in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, died 1620 in Elstow, Bedfordshire.
       Little is known of the early life of Lewis Latham but it is known that he was a gentleman and trained in the art of falconry. He was falconer to Richard Berrick and under-falconer to Charles, Prince of Wales, who on ascending the throne as King Charles I, retained his falconers, and in 1627 promoted Lewis to sergeant-falconer. Latham doubtless remained in office until his death in 1655. Evidence of his service in such a capacity is provided in extracts from the Calendars of State Paper, one of which says:  "1625, Jul. 15. Warrant to pay to Andrew Pitcairn, Master of the Hawks, to the use of Lewis Latham, Eustace Norton, and the rest of the under falconers, the stipend formerly allowed them when the King was Prince of Wales." (Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, 1625-6, 544.)
       His will, dated 6 May 1653, proved at London 1 September 1655, and registered in the prerogative court at Canterbury, mentions his sons Henry and John and daughters Ann Seager, Francis Clarke, Catharine Garrett, Elizabeth Bibble and Ellen Sherringham.
       Records show that Lewis had at least two brothers, William and Simon (or Symon.) The latter was also a falconer and one record says that "his work is the only authority cited on the subject in the Encyclopaedia Britannica." Three editions of his work (1615, 1633 and 1652) are in the British Museum. The title page on one reads "Lathams Falconry, or the Falconers Lure and Cure in two books."

Children:

   Henry
   John
   Ann; married Mr. Seager.
   Frances, born 15 February 1609 in Kempston, Bedfordshire, England, married first Lord Weston; married second on 27 August 1629 in London, England, William Dungan, a perfumer, born about 1606 in St. Martin in the Field Parish, London, England, died after 13 September 1636 in London, son of Thomas Dungan and his wife Mary; married third about 1637 in England, Jeremiah Clarke, died November 1651; married fourth about 1655, William Vaughan.  Frances and William Dungan were parents of:
       Barbara Dungan; married about 1644, probably in Rhode Island, James Barker, Dep. Governor of Rhode Island, born 1617 in Essex Co., England, died about 1702, probably in Newport, Rhode Island.  Parents of:
           Mary Barker, born about 1650, died 19 September 1723; married 16 April 1677 Israel Arnold, born 30 October 1649 in Pawtuxet, Rhode Island, died 15 September 1716 in Warwick, Rhode Island.
   Catharine; married Mr. Garrett.
   Elizabeth, baptized 25 September 1617; married Mr. Bibble.
   Ellen; married Mr. Sherringham.

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from http://genforum.com/latham/messages/752.html :

Source: Ancestry of Thirty Three Rhode Islanders 1889, John Osborne Austin

Lewis Latham. Falconer to King Charles I.

This ancestor of so many Rhode Island families was descended from a junior branch of the Lathams of Lancaster County, and he bore the same coat of arms as that family. The senior branch had ended with Isabel, daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Latham, of Latham. He died in 1385 and his daughter Isabel married Sir John Stanley, Kt., from whom were the Stanleys, Earls of Derby. The estates thus passed into another name, and were long held by the Stanley family. Latham House was defended with much heroism, and successfully, by the Countess of Derby, in 1644; her forces numbered three hundred men, while the Parliamentary army, under Sir Thomas Fairfax, besieged her with two thousand soldiers. After three months of siege the redoubtable countess was relieved by the forces of Prince Rupert. This old house or castle had a moat twenty-four feet wide and six feet deep, with an outer barrier of palisades and the outer walls had nine towers with six pieces of artillery to each. The year after its successful defence it was taken by General Egerton with four thousand men at his command, but only when the ammunition was wholly expended. The present Latham House was built about 1750 by the celebrated architect Leoni, and is situated in the middle of a large park, its dimensions being one hundred and fifty-six feet by seventy-five feet, and the architecture of the Grecian style. The present proprietor is the Earl of Lathom (created 1880) great grandson of Richard Wilbraham, who married Mary Bootle, daughter and sole heir of Robert Bootle of Latham House. The Knowsley estate (which also passed into the Stanley family with the marriage of Isabella Latham to Sir John Stanley) is now the seat of Lord Derby. At Knowsley Park may be seen many interesting family portraits, including one of James, the seventh earl, husband of the heroic countess. (Much of the foregoing is from Sir Bernard Burke's publication)

For many generations the Lathams exerted a powerful influence in the county of Lancaster; and to all descendants of Lewis Latham, the manor which bears his name, and where his ancestors lived for so long a period, must ever be cherished with interest as great as the place where he actually abode.

"Lewis Latham of Elstow, County Bedford, Gent.," is the designation often found applied to the subject of this sketch. Elstow, where he was buried, and where doubtless he lived most of his life (save when his avocation took him to London), is situated two miles from Bedford, in the county of that name. Here the celebrated John Bunyan was born in 1628.

The office of Falconer, in the reign of Charles I, was one of importance and distinction. The Master Falconer was Sir Patrick Home, who had thirty-three other gentlemen associated with him as Falconers, one of whom was Lewis Latham. The latter also served under Andrew Pitcairn. The following persons hold the office of Master Falconer at the dates indicated: Sir Thomas Monson, 1615, Sir Patrick Home, 1618, Sir Allen Apsley, 1669, Earl of Burford (afterward Duke of St. Albans), 1682.

Lewis Latham, in carrying out the duties of his office, was stationed near London, or at any of the places where the king might desire his attendance. It is impossible to rightly appreciate the office or the man occupying it without some general idea of falconry, which was an art requiring careful and patient study. Strangely enough the only English authority cited in the article on Hawking (or Falconry) in the British Encyclopedia, is one written by Simon Latham, who must have been a relative, and doubtless a near one, of Lewis Latham. The latter was hold his officer under the King when the work was published. There are three editions in the British Museum of the work alluded to (1618, 1633 and 1652) and the title page of one of these books is curiously illustrative of the purposes of this work. The title is as follows: "Lathams Falconry, or the Falconers Lure and Cure, in two Books. The first containing the ordering and training up of all Hawkes in general; especially the Haggard Faulcon Gentle. The second teaching approved medicines for the cure of all diseases in them. Gathered by long practice and experience and published for the delight of noble mindes, and instruction of Faulconers in thing pertaining to this princely arty. By Symon Latham, Gent." One the title page of the first edition there is a wood cut of the Haggard Faulcon, and a representation of different instruments used in the art, also the motto "In opem me copia facit" on same page. The dedication is to "Sir Thomas Munson, Baronet, Master of his Majesties Armory and Master of the Hawkes to his Highness."

The records furnish new but scanty items touching the life of Lewis Latham, but these few are interesting.

1625, Jul. 15. Warrant to pay to Andrew Pitcairn, Master of the Hawks, to the use of Lewis Latham, Eustace Norton, and the rest of the under falconers, the stipend formerly allowed them when the King was Prince of Wales.

1627, Aug 18. Warrant from Secretary Conway to Attorney General Heath, to prepare grants of the place of Sergeant of the Hawks, to Lewis Latham, with L65 per annum, and of the place he had of Falconer to Richard Berrick.

1655, May 15. "Lewys Latham, Gent. deceased ye 15th day of May." (The parish register of Elstow only commmences with 1641).

1653, May 6. Will - proved at London, 1655. Sep. 1. (Registered to the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1316 Aylett) Exx wife Winifred. Witnesses Robert Farnell, Jane Farnell, Susanna Farnell. "In the name of God, amen. The sixth day of May in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred fifty and three, I, Lewis Latham, of Elstow, in the county of Bedford, gentleman, being of perfect health and memory, do make and ordain this may last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say: First and especially I bequeath my soul into the hands of Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and Redeemer, with full and certain assurance of the free pardon and remission of all my sins in and by and through the merits death and passion of Jesus Christ may Saviour and Redeemer." "To my 2 sons Henry Latham and John Latham 12d apiece, if they demand it. To my daughters Ann Seager, Frances Clarke, Katherine Garrett and Elizabeth Bibble 12 d apiece if they come to demand it. To Ellen Sherringham, my daughter, 12d, if she come to demand it." To Winifred Dewiles he gives a bedstead with appurtenances thereto belonging, and "all the rest of my goods, chattels and cattles whatsoever I give and bequeath to Winnifred my loving wife."

1662, May 9. His widow, called "wife of Latham, the Kings Sergeant Falconer," petitioned for arrears of her husbands wages. Her patron, Sir Lewis Dyve (the royalist and defender of Sherborne Castle) desired a warrant for her, for L30 or L40, from the late privy seal. A patron was required to be well acquainted with and of the same county as the petitioner, and Sir Lew Dyve was seated at Bromham in Bedfordshire, not far from Elstow.

1662, May 13. Warrant to pay Mrs Latham, widow the late Kings falconer, l40 out of the privy seal dormant of L10,000. The portrait of Lewis Latham, fortunately preserved through the care of many generations of descendants, bears an inscription to the effect that it is "The effigy of the Honourable Lewis Latham, Faulconer to his Majesty King Charles I, who died at age of one hundred years." He had not perhaps attained such an extreme old age, though the portrait itself shows him aged."

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from http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~legends/latham.html :

"Lewis Latham, born 1584 in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, died 15 May 1655 in Elveston, Bedfordshire, England; married 1608 in Kempstone, Bedfordshire, England, Elizabeth, born about 1590 in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, died 1620 in Elstow, Bedfordshire.

       Little is known of the early life of Lewis Latham but it is known that he was a gentleman and trained in the art of falconry. He was falconer to Richard Berrick and under-falconer to Charles, Prince of Wales, who on ascending the throne as King Charles I, retained his falconers, and in 1627 promoted Lewis to sergeant-falconer. Latham doubtless remained in office until his death in 1655. Evidence of his service in such a capacity is provided in extracts from the Calendars of State Paper, one of which says:  "1625, Jul. 15. Warrant to pay to Andrew Pitcairn, Master of the Hawks, to the use of Lewis Latham, Eustace Norton, and the rest of the under falconers, the stipend formerly allowed them when the King was Prince of Wales." (Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, 1625-6, 544.)
       His will, dated 6 May 1653, proved at London 1 September 1655, and registered in the prerogative court at Canterbury, mentions his sons Henry and John and daughters Ann Seager, Francis Clarke, Catharine Garrett, Elizabeth Bibble and Ellen Sherringham.
       Records show that Lewis had at least two brothers, William and Simon (or Symon.) The latter was also a falconer and one record says that "his work is the only authority cited on the subject in the Encyclopaedia Britannica." Three editions of his work (1615, 1633 and 1652) are in the British Museum. The title page on one reads "Lathams Falconry, or the Falconers Lure and Cure in two books."

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A member of the King's Household, Falconer to Prince Henry in 1612, and later was Sergeant Falconer to King Charles I (of England).

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Little is known of the early life of Lewis Latham but it is known that he was a gentleman and trained in the art of falconry. He was falconer to Richard Berrick and under-falconer to Charles, Prince of Wales, who on ascending the throne as King Charles I, retained his falconers, and in 1627 promoted Lewis to sergeant-falconer. Latham doubtless remained in office until his death in 1655. Evidence of his service in such a capacity is provided in extracts from the Calendars of State Paper, one of which says: "1625, Jul. 15. Warrant to pay to Andrew Pitcairn, Master of the Hawks, to the use of Lewis Latham, Eustace Norton, and the rest of the under falconers, the stipend formerly allowed them when the King was Prince of Wales." (Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, 1625-6, 544.)

His will, dated 6 May 1653, proved at London 1 September 1655, and registered in the prerogative court at Canterbury, mentions his sons Henry and John and daughters Ann Seager, Francis Clarke, Catharine Garrett, Elizabeth Bibble and Ellen Sherringham.

Records show that Lewis had at least two brothers, William and Simon (or Symon.) The latter was also a falconer and one record says that "his work is the only authority cited on the subject in the Encyclopaedia Britannica." Three editions of his work (1615, 1633 and 1652) are in the British Museum. The title page on one reads "Lathams Falconry, or the Falconers Lure and Cure in two books." -------------------- http://books.google.com/books?id=ofcsAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA589&lpg=PA589&dq=jeremiah+clarke,+ann+audley&source=bl&ots=0zvX0l2uzN&sig=_oigp87jxAV4dZsMGlQ_OqXSQls&hl=en&sa=X&ei=W8y5U5mwCpH6oAT_joGYDw&ved=0CB8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=jeremiah%20clarke%2C%20ann%20audley&f=false --------------------

Lewis LATHAM Birth: 1584 Elstow, Bedfordshire, England Death: 15 May 1655 Elveston, Bedford, England Burial: 15 May 1655 Marriage: 1608 Kempstone, Bedford, England Father: John Junior LATHAM Mother: User Submitted Individual Information Elizabeth Birth: Abt 1590 Elstow, Bedfordshire, England Death: 1620 Elstow, Bedfordshire, England Burial: 14 Sep 1620 Elstow, Bedfordshire, England Father: Mother: Individual Information Children Marriage 1 Oliver LATHAM Birth: 4 Jun 1607 Cardington, Bedfordshire, England Death:


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Individual Information 2 John LATHAM Birth: 1608 Elston, Bedford, Eng. Death:


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Individual Information 3 Ann LATHAM Birth: 19 Jun 1608 Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England Death:


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Individual Information 4 Frances LATHAM Birth: 15 Feb 1609 Kempston, Bedfordshire, England Death: Sep 1677 Newport, Nwprt, Rhode Island WESTON Marr:


Individual Information 5 John LATHAM Birth: 1610/11 of Elveston, Bedford, England Death: Martha FERNOLD Marr:


Individual Information 6 Ann LATHAM Birth: Abt 1611 Death:


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Individual Information 7 Henry LATHAM Birth: 1612 of Elveston, Bedford, England Death: UNKNOWN Marr:


Individual Information 8 Maria LATHAM Birth: of Elveston, Bedford, England Death: 1612 Elveston, Bedford, England


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Individual Information 9 Henry [Twin] LATHAM Chr: Abt 1612 Elveston, Bedford, England Death:


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Individual Information 10 John LATHAM Birth: Abt 1614 Death:


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Individual Information 11 Mary LATHAM Chr: 9 Sep 1614 Elstow, Bedfordshire, England Death: 3 Dec 1614


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Individual Information 12 Katherine LATHAM Birth: 1615 of Elveston, Bedford, England Death: John FORWARD Marr:


Individual Information 13 Katherine LATHAM Chr: Abt 1615 Elveston, Bedford, England Death:


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Individual Information 14 Elizabeth LATHAM Birth: 25 Sep 1617 of Elveston, Bedford, England Death: BIBBIE Marr:


Individual Information 15 Sara LATHAM Chr: 11 Oct 1618 Elstow, Bedfordshire, England Death:


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Individual Information 16 Sarah LATHAM Birth: of Elveston, Bedford, England Death:


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Individual Information 17 Ann LATHAM Birth: of Elveston, Bedford, England Death: Mr SEAGER Marr:


Individual Information 18 Helen LATHAM Chr: 1619 Elstow, Bedfordshire, England Death:


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Individual Information 19 Ellen LATHAM Birth: 1619 of Elveston, Bedford, England Death: SHERRINGHAM Marr:


Individual Information 20 Helen LATHAM Birth: 1619 Elstow, Bedfordshire, England Death: William WICKENDEN Marr:


Individual Information 21 Helene Ellen LATHAM Chr: 1619/20 Elston, Bedford, Eng. Death:


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Individual Information 22 Ellen LATHAM Chr: Abt 1619 Elveston, Bedford, England Death:


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Individual Information 23 Ann LATHAM Birth: Abt 1621 Elston, Bedford, Eng. Death:


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Individual Information 24 John LATHAM Birth: Abt 1622/23 Elston, Bedford, Eng. Death:


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Individual Information 25 Winifred LATHAM Birth: Abt 1624 Elston, Bedford, Eng. Death:


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Lewis Latham, Falconer for King Charles I's Timeline

1584
1584
Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, (Present UK)
1607
June 4, 1607
Age 23
Cardington, Bedfordshire, England
1608
June 19, 1608
Age 24
Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England
1608
Age 24
of Elveston, Bedford, England
1608
Age 24
Kempston, Bedfordshire, England, (Present UK)
1609
February 15, 1609
Age 25
Kempston, Bedfordshire, England
1611
1611
Age 27
1612
November 1612
Age 28
of, Elveston, Bedford, England
1612
Age 28
Kempston, Bedford, England
1614
1614
Age 30
Of, Elveston, Bedford, England