Glimpses Of Our Ancestors In Sussex - online book

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166               Glimpses of Our Ancestors.
Bowyers, the Culpeppers, the Fords, the Morleys (a different branch from that of Colonel Herbert Morley, of Glynde), the Sackvilles, the Howards, the Ashburnhams, the Carylls, and the Campions.
As early as 1642 Sussex had sent up a petition praying " for a thorough reform of religion." The middle-classes of the countyŚnow coming to the frontŚwere decidedly with the Parliament; Rushworth remarking of Sussex, as of other counties in the south and east of England, that, though many of the chief gentry were for the King, " Yet the freeholders and yeomen being generally on the other side, as oft as they (the chief gentry) attempted to show themselves, they were crushed, and their endeavours defeated." For "chief gentry" we might, perhaps, more correctly read " nobility" in the above quotation.* The majority of the gentry, as also the great body of yeomanry and townsmen, were with the Parliament. Many, doubtless, like the Pelhams, the Gratwicks, and the Eversfields, fell off from the popular cause as it partook more of a Republican character. But others, like Col. Herbert Morley, Sir John Trevor (who married Hampden's daughter), Herbert Springett, Sir Gregory Norton, Anthony Stapley, and Sir John Fagg, adhered to it to the last, and it is in the ranks of these men that we must look for those who sat on the High Court of Justice, and, still more, who signed the death-warrant of Charles the First.
Perhaps the most prominent and active man on the Parliamentary side in Sussex was Col. Herbert Morley, of Glynde, and Member for Lewes and the county of Sussex. Of a good family and large possessions, he was one of the first to accept a Commission from the Parliament and to raise a regiment in Sussex; he aided Waller in the capture of Arundel and Chichester, and maintained the military supremacy both of the Parliament and of the Commonwealth in Sussex up to the era of the Restoration. Twice he was
» In the first Royal array there were only two Sussex names: Col. Ashburnham and Capt. Ford.
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