Near Newmarket, Cambridgeshire.—Baroness North.
Kirtling Tower was built about the time of Henry the Sixth. It stood on the site of an old Saxon castle, and tradition says that it was the last castle in which King Harold slept on his way from the north to meet the invasion of William of Normandy.
Princess Elizabeth, afterwards Queen, was a state prisoner at Kirtling, under the charge of Edward, first Lord North.
The Tower is all that now remains of the old hall, which was pulled down in 1801–2, by George, third Earl of Guilford and ninth Baron North.
Nearly all the pictures of the North family were then removed to Wroxton Abbey, near Banbury, another seat of the family.
A brief sketch of the descent of this family is all that my limited space allows me to give.
Edward North, born about the year 1496, was brought up to the profession of the law, and in the 22nd. of Henry the Eighth became one of the king’s Sergeants-at-Law. Hewasafterwardsknighted,andbecameM.P.forCambridgeshire. Hewas sworn of the Privy Council under Edward the Sixth, and was re-elected for the county. At the decease of that monarch he appears to have espoused the cause of Lady Jane Grey, but made his peace with Queen Mary, was again sworn of the Privy Council, and in the first year of her reign was summoned to Parliament as Baron North of Kirtling. Next to him was
Sir Eoger North, Knight-banneret, second Baron, whose son,
Dudley North, third Baron, was grandfather of
Dudley North, K.B., fourth Baron. His eldest son was
Charles North, fifth Baron North, created Lord Grey, of Rolleston, in the county of Stafford, 25th. Charles the Second. His son,
William North, sixth Baron North and second Lord Grey, was a military officer, wounded at the battle of Blenheim. He died without issue, when the Barony of Grey ceased, but that of North devolved on his cousin,
Francis North, third Baron Guilford, (son of Francis North, second Baron, and grandson of Francis North, first Baron, son of tiie fourth Lord North,) created Earl of Guilford, April 8th., 1752. His elder son,
Frederick North, K.G., second Earl of Guilford and eighth Baron North, was succeeded by his eldest son,
George Augustus North, who married, first, September 30th., 1785, the Honourable Maria Frances Mary Hobart, daughter of George, third Earl of Buckinghamshire, and by her had one daughter, Maria North, married to John, second Marquis of Bute, who died in September, 1841. He married, secondly, Susan, daughter of Thomas Coutts, Esq., the eminent banker, and had two daughters.
Lady Susan North, and
Lady Georgiana North, who died August 25th., 1835.
At his Lordship’s death, April 20th., 1802, the Barony fell into abeyance between these three ladies, and so continued until the death of the eldest and youngest, when it rested in the elder daughter of the second marriage, who then became
Baroness North. Her ladyship married, November 18th., 1835, Colonel John Sydney Doyle, who assumed the name of North in 1838, and was elected M.P. for Oxfordshire in 1852, 1857, and 1865. Their son,
William Henry John North, born October 5th., 1836, of Kirtling, in the county of Cambridge, Captain in the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Yeomanry Cavalry, married, January 12th., 1858, Frederica, daughter of Richard Howe Cockerell, Esq., Commander R.N., and had with other issue,
William Frederick John North, born October 13th., 1860.
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