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32                         HISTORY OF EAST GRINSTEAD.
and a niece of his father's second wife. His nuncupa­tive will was proved in 1589, and contains the following:
That for his bodye, his disease excepted, he was as sounde as any man in Englande, and concerning his landes and goodes, if he had ten 1000 pounds I would put my brother Walter in trust withall, unto whom all things shall goe if my daughter fail.
The Walter named was his elder brother, knighted in 1591, and the builder of the magnificent mansion at Slaugham, of which only ruins now remain.
Drew Pickesse came of a family which, for a brief period, occupied Brambletye.
1588, Oct. 21st. Francis Alford and Thomas Frere. 1592-3. Reade Stafford, of Bradford, Berks, and John Shurley, of Isfield, Sussex.
The latter was the son of Sir John Shurley and died October 24th, 1611.
1597, Sept. 11th. George Ryvers and Richard Baker. 1601, Sept. 25th. Henry Compton and George Rivei's.
Henry Compton, of Brambletye, was afterwards knighted. He built the house which now stands in ruins. He was a son of Sir Henry, afterwards Baron, Compton, of Compton Wynyates, Warwick, an ancestor of the present Marquess of Northampton. He married, firstly, Cecille, daughter of Robert, Earl of Dorset, and, secondly, Mrs. Mary Paston, a daughter of Sir George Browne. The name is derived from the lordship of Compton, near Warwick, of which place its founders were lords previous to the Conquest. Sir Henry, for many years, held the post of Ranger of Ashdown Forest and he was apparently a very easy-going official, for there are several instances on record, in Parliamentary reports, of his allowing people to erect houses on the Forest and enclose portions of it " contrary to the laws in force" and exempting the tenants from all rents or service for the same.
1603-4, Feb. 8th. Sir Henry Compton and Sir John Swynerton.
This was the first Parliament of James I. It sat until 1610. From then until 1614 there was no sitting; then " The Addled Parliament" met, but did no business.
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