Near Droitwich, Worcestershire.—Lord Hampton.
This place was anciently a house of Benedictines.
It has at various times afforded a retreat for men of learning. Dr. Hammond, Bishop Morley, Bishop Fell, Bishop Gunning, and others, always met here with hospitable entertainment.
The well-known book, “The Whole Duty of Man,” which has been translated into Latin, French, and Welsh, is supposed to have been written by Dorothy, Lady Pakington, wife of Sir John Pakington, the second Baronet.
The place is thus desciribed by Dean Hickes:—&rlquo;Ibi porticus, atria, propylsea, horti, ambulacra clausa et subsidialia, recta, et sinuosa, omnia studiis commoda; ibi, luci, sylvaa, nemora, prata, saltus, planities, pascua; et nihil non quod animum pene a Uteris abhorrentem ad legendum audiendumque, et quovis modo discendum, componere et conciliare potest.”
William Russell, Esq., of Powick, in the county of Worcester, married Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Sir Herbert Perrott Pakington, Bart, of Westwood Park, and at the death, without issue, January 6th., 1830, of his son, Sir John Pakington, Bart., D.C.L., she became joint heiress with her sisters of his estates. Their son,
John Somerset Russell, Esq., born February 20th., 1799, assumed the name of Pakington, and was himself created a Baronet in 1846. He also became P.C. and G.C.B. He married, first, August 14th., 1822, Mary, only child of Moreton Aglionby Slaney, Esq., of Shifnal, and had by her, who died January 6th., 1843, a son,
John Slaney Pakington, Esq., born July 13th., 1826, married, July 4th., 1849, Lady Diana Boyle, daughter of George, fourth Earl of Glasgow. He married, secondly, Augusta, daughter of the Right Reverend George Murray, D.D., Bishop of Rochester, and by her, who died February 23rd., 1818, had, with a daughter, Edith, deceased April 7th., 1845, a son,
Herbert Perrott Murray Pakington, born February 12th., 1848, married, August 23rd., 1877, Evelyn, daughter of Sir George Baker, Bart. He married, thirdly, June 5th., 1851, Augusta Anne, daughter of T. C. De Crespigny, Esq., and widow of Colonel Davies, M.P., of Elmley Park, Worcestershire. Sir John Pakington was M.P. for Droitwich from 1837 to 1874, and Chairman of the Worcestershire Quarter Sessions from 1834 to 1868. In March, 1852, he was sworn of the Privy Council, and appointed Secretary of State for the Colonies. In March, 1858, he became First Lord of the Admiralty, and was appointed Secretary of State for War in 1867. He was created a Baronet in July, 1846, made C.C.B., June 30th., 1859, and also became a First Civil Service Commissioner. He was raised to the Peerage, March 6th., 1874, as
Baron Hampton, of Hampton Lovett, and of Westwood, in the county of Worcester.
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