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Westmorland Church Notes - Nicholls


Nicholls Kendal

(In. W. In I664, N .aisle,Dugdale). Arms, I. sa. 3 pheons ar.,crescent or (for difference). (Dugdale, Norroy, Westmorland Visit: 1664, Coll. Arms C., 39, 2nd cal. lob, notes also), II. the above arms impaling ar. bend between 3 mullets sa. (Pell). III. The same impaling gu. on a fess between 3 fusils or, as many escallops of the field, the whole within border engrailed of 2nd, charged with torteaux. (Heming). To the most Religiovs and Renowned Memory of Sr Avgvstine Nicholls Kt. late of Faxton in Northamptonsheire (herre bvried) who was second son(ne) of Thomas Nicholls of the same Covntye Esqr. He was student of Lawes in the Middle Temple, London; became Reader there in (ye) (the, Dugdale), last yeare of Qveene Elizabeth, of whom he receaved his Writ(t) of Serjeant att the Lawe the Michaellmas Terme immediatly followinge: Afterwards Serjeant to Prince Henry of famovs memory & the (ye, Dugdale) Qveene his mother, Tht:n one of his Maties. Jvstices of his Court of Common Pleas, & keeper of the Great Seale to the most illvstriovs & mighty Prince Charles; who, having labovred in ye Highe & painfvll calling of a most Reverende & jvst Jvdge for the space of fovr(e) yeares, felu vnder the heavy burden of it (heere att Kendall) sitting(e) then Jus- tice of Assize; & comminge to give Judgment upon others by his comfortable & Christian departvre receaved (wee assvredlye beleeve) his jvdgmt : with mercye in the yeare of our Lord 1616 the 3 day of August in the 14th yeare of the Raigne of Ovr Sovereigne Lord Kinge James, & the 57th yeare of his age. (At top). One of the Cardinal Vertves in his name The Fovre to fewe to comprehend his fame. (Right). Which now are bvt his shadowes weake svpporters, More then must be his svbstance trye reporters. (Left). Vertves his proper and pecvliar tombe, Ovtlastinge marble living till dayes dome.* * This distich, of a mutilated inscription, repaired in 1770 and restored so far as it could be in 1815. is now ( 1888) almost illegible. See for further details as to the fate of this monument and its subject, Mr. Nicholson's Annals of Kendal, pp. 64- 6; Letters in Kendal Mercury, 16 Ap., 1801 ; and Hill Memory of SS.11. 63. His reading of the inscription is supplemented by the duplicate Memory of I. at Faxton. The Parish Register gives the burial date as 3 August , the next entry being the 8th, and the immediate previous ones 2nd and 8th. The last word but two i.e. " yeares " has been altered to " Geeres." (Foot). Weake mvse that wovldst disciphere ovtsuch joyes That now are endlesse by fast fadinge toyes. He whom no bribes covld blind, noe terrovr turne ; Noe f'avovr fawne ; no covrse compell from right ; Whome place did nev'r pvffe vpp; nor beavtye bvrne ; Plenty exceed; nor poore oppressewith mighte, Did speake, thinke, find this topp of honovr hye Seal'd in this vrne ; he in his Yeares to dye.