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It will be observed from the above table, that the older branch of the Manners family runs out in George the seventh Earl, so that the Haddon family are the regular descent; and were, before they succeeded to the title and estate, the fifteenth and sixteenth generations. John, Marquis of Granby, son of John, third Duke, died before his father, and was the twenty-first generation. It appears, also, from the table, that in a period of seven hundred years, are twenty-two generations, which, upon an average, gives thirty-two years nearly, from father to son.
The present Duke has had eleven children by his late Duchess, seven of whom survive.
The eldest, Lady Caroline Isabella, was born 25th May, 1800; died Dec., 1804. 2, Lady Elizabeth Frederica, born 10th Dec., 1802; married 7th March, 1822, Andrew Robert Drummond, Esq., a member of the Strathallan family. 3, Lady Emmeline Charlotte Elizabeth, born 2nd May, 1806; married 17th Feb., 1831, the Hon. Charles Stuart Wortley, second son of Lord Wharncliffe. 4, George John Henry, Marquis of Granby, born 26th June; died 4th August, 1807. 5, Lady Katherine Isabella, born 4th Feb., 1809; married 1st Dec., 1830, Frederick William, Earl Jermyn, eldest son of the Marquis of Bristol. 6, Lady Adeliza Gertrude
Elizabeth, born 29th Dec., 1810. 7, George John Frederick, Marquis of Granby, born 20th August, 1813; died 15th June, 1814. 8, Charles Cecil John, Marquis of Granby, born 16th May, 1815, M. P. for Stamford. 9. Lord Adolphus Edward, born 10th Nov., 1817; died 6th Feb., 1818. 10, Lord John James Robert, born 13th Dec., 1818. 11, Lord George John, born 22nd June, 1820.
ROBERT DE TODENI TO WILLIAM DE ALBINI IV.
Belvoir.-In some of the most ancient charters of the priory, it is thus spelt. But the "various readings" in similar documents, in Leland, Camden, &c., are more numerous than it might be thought possible, a word of such simple meaning is susceptible of: Bevar, Bever, Belvar, Belver, Belveer, Belvere, Belveir, Beauver, Beuver, Beauvoir, Beauvoire, Bellevoir, Belvidere, Belvedier, Bellovide, Bellovidere, Bellovero, Belloviso. The last monk of the priory calls himself in a declaration dated Nov. 20, 1538, Richard Bevyr. However spelt, the same signification is expressed by Leland, in his "pulchrum visu"; and by Camden when he derives it "a bello prospectu"; Anglice,-a beautiful prospect. Peck in his MSS. dated 1727, (quoted by Nichols,) justifies the appellation, by giving a list of the places in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, and Nottinghamshire, which may be seen from Belvoir :-in Leicestershire, twenty-three places; of which, Breedon on the Hill, is the most distant, or about twenty-six miles as the crow flies:-in Lincolnshire, fifty-seven places; of which, Burton near Lincoln, is the most distant; viz. twenty-six miles in a straight direction; the cathedral at Lincoln is, as it may be supposed, a conspicuous object from Belvoir :-in Nottinghamshire, ninetythree places; of which, Mansfield and North Clifton, are the most distant, the former about twenty-eight miles. "But the
grand prospect of all," says Nichols, "is that which the Duke of Rutland sees from hence, viz. twenty-two manors of his own paternal inheritance; Belvoir, Croxton, Bescaby, Saltby, Sproxton, Waltham, Eaton, Braunston, Knipton, Harby, Howes, Plungar, Barkston, Redmile, Bottesford, Normanton, Easthorpe, Long Clawson, Harston, Scalford, and Muston, in the county of Leicester; Woolsthorpe and Eagle, in the county of Lincoln; and Granby and Sutton, in the county of Nottingham. The Duke has also in this neighbourhood, the patronage of almost as many churches, and a landed property of more than £20,000 a year." Belvoir, the Margidunum of Antoninus. Nichols does not allow this. Dr. Stukeley (Itin. vol. 1, p. 106) supposes that Margidunum is in the immediate neighbourhood of Over and Nether Broughton, and Willoughby. This also Nichols disputes. Valeant quantum. I have not the presumption to attempt a decision of the controversy, in other terms than those stated in the text.
There is another vexata quæstio among the learned, respecting the county in which the Castle is situated. Burton and the authors of Magna Britannia expressly declare for Lincolnshire. Wright, in his Antiquities of Rutland, fixes the locality in Leicestershire. The mode of proof of the latter author is approved of by Nichols; viz. "that the assessments both for the land and window-tax, are at present regularly levied in the county of Leicester; and brought in to the commissioners who act for the hundred of Framland." Camden, in his map and description of Lincolnshire, (Britannia) places it in that county. His words are these: "In the west part of Kesteven, and the very confines of this shire and Leicestershire, standeth Belvoir or Beauvoir Castle, so called of the fair prospect." Sidney Hall, (British Atlas, 1833,) draws the boundary line of the two counties, through the park at Belvoir, in such a manner, that the Castle is left in the county of Leicester: and he mentions it in his text among the noblemen's seats in that county. I prefer, in the text of this work, adopting an expression which leaves each person to decide for himself:-"situated on the junction of two counties"; or as Leland three hundred years ago expressed it; "Bever Castle of Leicestre surety standith in Lincolnshire, j
in the vale of Belver."
The hill of Belvoir, for the most part, a natural elevation. Leland's assertion, that, "the Castle of Bellevoire is on the very