Sir Hugh Cholmley's Memoirs

York Minster Library: Add. 343

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His first wife dyeing he married to his second Katherine the lady Katherine daughter to Henry first Earl of Cumberland & widdow to Iohn ⸢Lord⸣ Scroope of Bolton he had first by her a daughter cauled Katherine & then some differences ariseing betweene them they parted bedds & did not cohabit as man & wife for diuers yeares till comeing to a gentlemans house where there was strate of lodgeing or did not take takeing notice of ye difference they were fitted but one chamber for them booth where lodgeing together it pleased god the lady that night conceyued with child which proued a sonne & was named Henry & after this they liued kindly together Upon an expedetion in to Scotland this Sir Richard did by his will in caise his owne ⸢issue⸣ should faile bequeathed his land to his cosen Cholmeley of Chessheire out of whose family he was discended;

Francis Cholmley his eldest sonne married Mrs. Ioane Boulmer Roger & Richard married two of ye daughters of Dall bastard daughters of Dallariuers by to whom they he gaue his lands (being of good vallew) they he disinherited ⸢from⸣ his legitimate sonne. (blank) was married to Strangewayes Esq then lord of Sneton & other lands of great vallew. blank marryed to Ralph Salven of Nebiggen esquire, then Lo owner of all Egton Lordshippe & much other land (blank) married to (blank) Sir (blank) Beckwith knight. Henry His sonne Henry ye only sonne by his second wife married ye Margaret ye daughter of Sir William Babthorpe knight. Katherine should haue bene married to ye Lord Lumley ye treaty ‸⸢beeing⸣ soe farre aduanced that Sir Richard Cholmeley <.> paid him 1000 l. part of ye portion, & ye day prefixed for marrige she fel<..> down on her knees & beseached her father yat she might rather be carried to her graue then married to yat Lord whome she could neuer loue, to which he answeared rather than marry thee against thy likeing I will loose my money, & there upon y<.> match was broken ye true cause of which was that she was then was in loue with one Dutton a gentleman but young<..> brother who at ye tyme was a seruant to Sir Richard & taught his daughter to play & sing which may bee a good monetion to posterety to be cautious how they interteyne persons of that pro<.>ession & quallety, or if they doe not to suffer their daughters to haue much familiarety or to bee at any tyme alone with them. for <..> my owne tyme I haue heard of diuers young woemen of quallety haue suffered in their reputation & had some such or worse mischa<...> by those who tought to sing & dance./ this Katherine afterward<.> married this Dutton which Sir Richard in some sort conniued at when it was too late to preuent...


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  • Endnote

    The Cholmley branch of the Cholmley/Cholmeley family was resident at Whitby Abbey.

    John Scrope, eighth Baron Scrope of Bolton, married Lady Catherine Clifford around 1530. Following his death in 1549, Catherine married Sir Richard Cholmley (c 1516–83). Their first child, Henry, was born around 1556 and was the grandfather of Sir Hugh. Richard died in 1583, Catherine around 1598. The date range given for the events in Sir Hugh's early life are surmised from these established dates (CP, vol 11, pp 547–8; Cholmley, Memoirs and Memorials, p 29).

  • Document Description

    Record title: Sir Hugh Cholmley's Memoirs
    Repository: York Minster Library
    Shelfmark: Add. 343
    Repository location: York

    Sir Hugh Cholmley (1600–1657), first Baronet Cholmley, was born at Thornton-on-the-Hill, North Riding, the son of Sir Richard Cholmley (1580–1631) and his first wife Susanna (1578–1611), daughter of John Legard of Ganton. He was educated at Beverley Free School and Jesus College, Cambridge. In 1624 he was elected one of the MPs for Scarborough and was re-elected in 1625 and 1626. He was knighted in 1626. During the following eleven years, when Charles I ruled without Parliament, Cholmley became one of the leaders of resistance among the Yorkshire gentry. He organised a number of petitions and protests, and in 1639 he refused to pay ship money. As a result, he was dismissed from his posts and was called before the Council of State; the king reportedly told him that if he interfered again he would hang him. In April 1640 Cholmley was again elected MP for Scarborough in the Short Parliament. He was re-elected for Scarborough for the Long Parliament in November 1640 and was created a baronet in 1641, but was prevented from sitting in 1643. His memoirs are – as per the title-page of the posthumous first published edition of 1787 – 'Addressed to his Two Sons, in which He gives some Account of his FAMILY, and the distresses they underwent in the CIVIL WARS; and how far he himself was engaged in them' (Jack Binns, 'Cholmley, Sir Hugh, first baronet (1600–1657),' ODNB, accessed 31 July 2021; HPO, 'Cholmley, Hugh (1600–1657),' accessed 31 December 2020; Cholmley, Memoirs and Memorials, 14–29; Cholmley, Memoirs, title-page). Cholmley's principal estate at Whitby included the remains of the Abbey, where he built a substantial residence. A plan of the estate and its grounds c 1700 is in Cholmley, Memoirs and Memorials, pp 8–9.

    1656; English; paper; i + 35 + xxxix; 302mm x 190mm (original pages); modern pencil foliation 1–34; mounted on archival paper and bound in brown gold-tooled leather, 'MEMOIRS | OF | HUGH | CHOLMLEY | 1600' on spine.

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