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Downton Hall.

Near Ludlow, Shropshire.—Boughton, Baronet.

Downton Hall was formerly held by the family of Hall, from whom it was brought by an heiress into the possession of that of the present owner, as shewn below. It is beautifully situated at a height of about a hundred feet above the valley of the river Teme.

The dining-room is circular, and nearly thirty feet in diameter. The other rooms are large and elegant, and contain some valuable paintings by the old masters.

Edward Boughton, Esq., who died in the first year of the reign of Edward the Sixth, married Elizabeth, daughter and coheiress of William Willington, of Barcheston, in Warwickshire, and was father of

William Boughton, Esq., who died 38th., Elizabeth. His wife was Jane, sister of Thomas Coningsby, and their son,

Edward Boughton, Esq., by Elizabeth his wife, daughter and heiress of Edward Catesby, was father of

William Boughton, Esq., of Lawford, who was created a Baronet, August 4th., 1641. He married Abigail, eldest daughter and coheiress of Henry Baker, Esq., and was succeeded at his decease by his elder son,

Sir Edward Boughton, who married twice, but having no children, was followed by his brother,

Sir William Boughton, who married Mary, daughter of Hastings Ingram, Esq., of Woolford, Warwickshire, and dying, August 12th., 1683, left, with three daughters, an only son,

Sir William Boughton, M.P. for Warwickshire in the reign of Queen Anne. By his first wife Mary, daughter of Mr. Alderman Ramsey, of London, he left a son, Edward Boughton, his successor, and by his second wife Catherine, daughter of Sir Charles Shuckburgh, Bart., he left at his decease, July 22nd., 1716,

Shuckburgh Boughton, Esq., who married Mary, elder daughter of Algernon Greville, Esq., and left

Edward Boughton (eighth Baronet).

Charles William Boughton (ninth Baronet). The eldest son,

Sir Edward Boughton, Bart., married Grace, eldest daughter of Sir John Shuck- burgh, Bart., and was succeeded in February, 1731–2, by his only child,

Sir Edward Boughton, Bart. This gentleman, by his wife Anna Maria, daughter of — Beauchamp, an heiress, had a son, who succeeded him in 1772, as

Sir Theodosius Edward Allesley Boughton, Bart., at whose death, August 21st., 1 780, the title and estates went to the above-named

Sir Edward Boughton, Bart., who died unmarried in 1794, when his brother succeeded him, namely,

Sir Charles William Boughton-Rouse, Bart., of Lawford Hall, who had taken that name, and been created a Baronet, July 28th., 1791. He then resumed his paternal surname of Boughton. He had married, in 1782, Catherine, only daughter of William Pearce Hall, Esq., of Downton Hall, by whom he left issue, with two daughters, a son, who, at his death, February 26th., 1821, succeeded him as

Sir William Edward Rouse-Boughton, Bart., of Downton Hall, Shropshire, and Lawford Hall, Warwickshire, born September 14th., 1788, married, March 24th., 1824, to Charlotte, youngest daughter of Thomas Andrew Knight, Esq., by whom he had, with several other children—he died August 23rd., 1852—

Sir Charles Henry Rouse-Boughton, Bart., of Downton Hall and Lawford Hall, born January 16th., 1825. He married, August 23rd., 1852, Mary Caroline, second daughter of John Michael Severne, Esq., of Thenford, Northamptonshire, and Wallop Hall, Shropshire, their eldest son being

William St. Andrew Rouse-Boughton, born September 23rd., 1853, married, October 1st., 1878, to Eleanor Frances Hotham, eldest daughter of the Rev. Frederick Harry Hotham, R.D., Rector of Rushbury, Shropshire.

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