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unsuccessful. Application was then made to Mr Henry Martin, of Brighton, by Mr Thomas Ellman, of Bedingham' and Mr "Withers, of Ringmer (steward to Sir James Langham, of Glyndbourne), for premises belonging to him that were suitable for its requirements at Ashton Green in the same parish, and within a quarter of a mile of the former kennels: he concurred in the view that it was very desirable that the hounds should be brought nearer Brighton, and at once entered into a preliminary agreement in furtherance of the object sought. This property formerly belonged to Mr Henry Martin, a farmer and miller (great grandfather of the above),—a man of some note in his time and ex­cessively found of hunting with the pack of harriers that existed at that period in the neighbourhood,—and whose ancestor, of the same name, it is supposed, left this parish, or the adjacent one of Isfield or Bipe, with Colonel Morley,* of Glynde, and Sir William Springett (already spoken of) to join the Parliamentarians to oppose King Charles I. and the Royalists. To show the respect this person was held in, Sir Ferdinando Poole, of Lewes (a renowned sportsman and breeder of horses, whose stables were in this parish), stood sponsor to his youngest son, who was named after him, also made him a present of a hunter on the occasion.
This Sussex worthy is made the subject of a tale, called "My Grandfather's Hat," in an interesting work by
* Colonel Herbert Morley, soldier and politician, was elected M.P. for Lewes in 1641, and the year after he undertook to raise men and gun­powder for its defence against the Royalists, and at the siege of Chichester held a prominent command. After the dissolution of the long Parliament he was elected for Eye; but excused himself from serving, " from an intolerable fit of gout." After Cromwell's death he was returned both for Lewes and Sussex ; he elected to sit for the county. On the restoration of Charles II. he escaped the severer punishment of the regicides by the pay­ment of £1000, and by his not Laving signed the death warrant of Charles I., although he was present at the trial and condemnation of that monarch. He died at Glynde, in 1667, in the fifty-second year of his age, and was buried there amongst his numerous ancestors.—M. A. Lower's "Worthies of Sussex.'1
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