North of the Sands

Westmorland Church Notes - Curwen


Curwen Kirkby Lonsdale

(In. S. tablet, between 2 columns). Foelici memoriæ Elizabethæ Carvs, filiae et haeredis Thomae Carvs, Nicholai Cvrwen Eqvitis Avrati vxoris, matris svæ optime meritæ maerens filia Maria Hence. Widrington nvpta hoc saxum posvit. Hie reqviescit ab ano Dni. 1611 aetatis svae 51, donec postrema Ivx refvlgeat. Arms. ("These arms over the mon. to Eliz. Carus in K. L. ch. If ye 3d is C. it is not the arms generally given. to them " see infra. Hill Memory of SS. II. 328 citing Machell " 41y, 1 & 4. fret & chief (for Curwen, i.e. ar. fretty gu. chief az.); 2 & 3 az. lion rampant ar. gutté de sang (? shd. be billetté as per Coll. Arms, E. died N. Grafton's Lanc. 2nd cat. 83) impaling 41y 1 (? & 4, a blank) az. on chevron ar. 3 mullets gu. (for Carus, the 10 cinquefoils ar 6 in chief, and 4 in base omitted)† 2. ar. 3 bars gu. canton of last (for Preston, i.e. 2 bars and on on canton a cinquefoil or); 3 ar, ram sa. horned or, on chief of 2nd (3) garbs of 3rd. † See Flower's Lancashire Visitation CoIl. Arms died 3 p. 47; I. C. B. 2. 2nd cal. 3, i.e. copy of St. George's 1613 Westmorland Visitation & C. 37. 100 b. Dugdale's 1664 Lanc. Visit. for Carus arms and pedigrees. The latter gives the above Curwen-Carus match, and notes to the line of Thomas Carus' brother Christopher, the Carus arms (not, as above, minus the 10 cinquefoils, but) minus the 4 mullets on the chevron. Mr. W. Jackson notes the billette lion as sometimes lozengy.

Curwen Lowther

(In. S. Transept, altar tomb, thereon recumbent alabaster figure in armourand ruff. Pedigree and M .I). I. John Lowther of Lowther in ye Covetye of Westmerland Knight (married) Lucye his wife daughter . of Sr. Christopher Curwin Knight (& had issue). II. Hughe Lowther Esqvire maried Dorathye daughter ofHenry Ld. Clifford, they had issve. III. Margaret maried to Joh Richmond of Highet Esqr. hath issve. Anne married to Tho: Wibergh of Clifto. Esquire,they have issve. Francis married to Sr. Henrye Goodyer of Powlswoorth Knight, they have issve. Gerard Lowther Esqvier Apprentice of y Lawe,Barberre, married to Tho: Carleton of Carleton, Esqu. Theyhave issve. Richard Lowther Knight, married and had issve, by Frances theda. of John Middleton of Middleton Esq. IV. Anne marrid to Alexander Fetherston of Fetherst. Esqvire, They have issve. Francis married to Tho:Cliborne of Cliborne Esq: and hath issve. Gerard Lowther Esq: one of ye Jvstices of ye Comon Pleas in Ireland. S. Christoph. Lowther Knt. marriedElinor Musgrave and hath issve. Hvgh Lowther Capitayne in ye voyage ofPortvgale A.Dni. 15 . . Lancelott Lowther Esqvire Sollicitor general toQueene Anne. William Lowther married Elinor Welberye and by her hath issve. Sr. Rich: Lowther Knig: svcceeded Hen: Lod. Scroope in ye Office of Lo:Warden of ye West Marches, & was thrice a commissionor in ye greate Affayresbetweene England & Scotland all in ye time of Qveene Elizabeth & after hehad seene his children to ye 4th degree, geven them vertvovs education &meanes to live, advanced his brothers & sisters out of his owne patrimony,governed his familye & kept plentifvll hospitallitye for 57 yeares together,he ended his life ye 27th of Jan : Ao. Dni. 1607 Ætas. Suæ 77 uttring at hislast breth these verses followinge. (Below is a brass Plate but no trace ofletters having ever been engraved upon it. Bp. Nicolson gives the 1st word"Quod," adding, "the rest worn out of the black marble," about 18 lines?The pedigree of 4 descents as above, is in tabular form. Over it are theArms of Lowther quartering Quaile, Stapleton, Lucy, Strickland, Warcop, the3 martlets volant, & Lancaster.