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Biography of William Godolphin 1st Baronet Godolphin 1640-1710

1678 Popish Plot


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Around 1640 William Godolphin 1st Baronet Godolphin 1640-1710 was born to [his father] Francis Godolphin 1605-1667 (34) and [his mother] Dorothy Berkeley.

On 15 Jun 1645 [his father] Francis Godolphin 1605-1667 (39) and [his mother] Dorothy Berkeley were married (he was her half second-cousin once-removed).

On 29 Apr 1661 William Godolphin 1st Baronet Godolphin 1640-1710 (21) was created 1st Baronet Godolphin.

In 1665 William Godolphin 1st Baronet Godolphin 1640-1710 (25) was elected MP Helston.

On 22 Mar 1667 [his father] Francis Godolphin 1605-1667 (61) died.

On 16 May 1675 [his brother] Sidney Godolphin 1st Earl Godolphin 1645-1712 (29) and Margaret Blagge Maid of Honour 1652-1678 (22) were married.

John Evelyn's Diary 1678 September. 3d September 1678. I went to London, to dine with Mrs. Godolphin (26), and found her in labor; she was brought to bed of a son, who was baptized in the chamber, by the name of Francis, the susceptors being Sir William Godolphin (38) (head of the family), Mr. John Hervey (62), Treasurer to the Queen, and Mrs. Boscawen, sister to Sir William (38) and the [his brother] father (33).

John Evelyn's Diary 1678 September. 17th September 1678. She was, accordingly, carried to Godolphin, in Cornwall, in a hearse with six horses, attended by two coaches of as many, with about thirty of her relations and servants. There accompanied the hearse her husband's brother, Sir William (38), two more of his brothers, and three sisters; her [his brother] husband (33) was so overcome with grief, that he was wholly unfit to travel so long a journey, till he was more composed. I went as far as Hounslow with a sad heart; but was obliged to return upon some indispensable affairs. The corpse was ordered to be taken out of the hearse every night, and decently placed in the house, with tapers about it, and her servants attending, to Cornwall; and then was honorably interred in the parish church of Godolphin. This funeral cost not much less than £1,000.
With Mr. Godolphin (33), I looked over and sorted his lady's papers, most of which consisted of Prayers, Meditations, Sermon-notes, Discourses, and Collections on several religious subjects, and many of her own happy composing, and so pertinently digested, as if she had been all her life a student in divinity. We found a diary of her solemn resolutions, tending to practical virtue, with letters from select friends, all put into exact method. It astonished us to see what she had read and written, her youth considered.

Popish Plot

John Evelyn's Diary 1678 November. 15th November, 1678. The Queen's (39) birthday. I never saw the Court more brave, nor the nation in more apprehension and consternation. Coleman (42) and one Staly had now been tried, condemned, and executed. On this, Oates grew so presumptuous as to accuse the Queen (39) of intending to poison the King (48); which certainly that pious and virtuous lady abhorred the thoughts of, and Oates's circumstances made it utterly unlikely in my opinion. He probably thought to gratify some who would have been glad his Majesty (48) should have married a fruitful lady; but the King (48) was too kind a husband to let any of these make impression on him. However, divers of the Popish peers were sent to the Tower of London, accused by Oates; and all the Roman Catholic lords were by a new Act forever excluded the Parliament; which was a mighty blow. the King (48)'s, Queen's, and Duke's servants, were banished, and a test to be taken by everybody who pretended to enjoy any office of public trust, and who would not be suspected of Popery. I went with Sir William Godolphin (38), a member of the Commons' House, to the Bishop of Ely (Dr. Peter Gunning (64)), to be resolved whether masses were idolatry, as the text expressed it, which was so worded, that several good Protestants scrupled, and Sir William, though a learned man and excellent divine himself, had some doubts about it. The Bishop's opinion was that he might take it, though he wished it had been otherwise worded in the text..

Before 1687 Pieter Borsseler Painter 1634-1687. Portrait of Catherine of Braganza Queen Consort England 1638-1705.

Around 1663 Peter Lely Painter 1618-1680 (44). Portrait of Eleanor Needham Baroness Byron 1627-1664 (36) depicted as Saint Catherine of Alexandria in a guise probably intended to flatter Charles II's Queen, Catherine of Braganza (24). Accordingly she carries the martyr's palm branch and leans upon a wheel. The sitter looks to two Putti in the upper left, one of whom holds a wreath of bay leaves above her head. She is wearing a copper-red dress with a richly decorated blue mantle about her arms.

Around 1665 Peter Lely Painter 1618-1680 (46). Portrait of Catherine of Braganza Queen Consort England 1638-1705 (26).

Around 1670 Jacob Huysmans Painter 1633-1696 (37). Portrait of Catherine of Braganza Queen Consort England 1638-1705 (31).

Before 1696 Jacob Huysmans Painter 1633-1696. Portrait of Catherine of Braganza Queen Consort England 1638-1705.

Before 1696 Jacob Huysmans Painter 1633-1696. Portrait of Catherine of Braganza Queen Consort England 1638-1705.

John Evelyn's Diary 1679 July. 1st July 1679. I dined at Sir William Godolphin's (39), and with that learned gentleman went to take the air in Hyde Park, where was a glorious cortège.

On 31 Aug 1684 [his brother] Sidney Godolphin 1st Earl Godolphin 1645-1712 (39) was created 1st Baron Godolphin (1C 1684).

John Evelyn's Diary 1684 October. 22 Oct 1684. I went with Sr William Godolphin (44) to see the Rhinoceros, or Unicorn, being the first that I suppose was ever brought into England. She belong'd to some East India merchants, and was sold (as I remember) for above £2000.
At the same time I went to see a Crocodile, brought from some of the West India islands, resembling the Egyptian Crocodile.

John Evelyn's Diary 1685 June. 04 Jun 1685. Came to visite and take leave of me Sr Gab. Sylvius, now going Envoy extraordinary into Denmark, with his Secretary and Chaplaine, a Frenchman, who related the miserable persecution of the Protestants in France; not above 10 Churches left them, and those also threaten'd to be demolish'd; they were commanded to christen their children within 24 houres after birth, or else a Popish Priest was to be call'd, and then yc infant brought up in Popery. In some places they were 30 leagues from any minister or opportunity of worship. "This persecution had displeas'd the most industrious part of ye nation, and dispers'd those into Swisse, Burgundy, Holland, Germany, Denmark, England, and the Plantations". There were with Sr Gabriel, his lady, Sr Wm Godolphin (45) and sisters, and my [his brother] Lord Godolphin's (39) little son, my charge. I brought them to the water side where Sir Gabriel embark'd, and the rest return'd to London.

John Evelyn's Diary 1688 July. 03 Jul 1688. I went with Dr. Godolphin (39) and his brother Sir William (48) to St. Alban's, to see a library he would have bought of the widow of Dr. Cartwright [NOTE. Assume Cartwright a typo for Carter], late Archdeacon of St. Alban's, a very good collection of books, especially in divinity; he was to give £300 for them. Having seen the GREAT CHURCH, now newly repaired by a public contribution, we returned home.

John Evelyn's Diary 1693 June. 11 Jun 1693. I dined at Sir William Godolphin's (53); and, after evening prayer, visited the Duchess of Grafton (38).

On Dec 1706 [his brother] Sidney Godolphin 1st Earl Godolphin 1645-1712 (61) was created 1st Earl Godolphin, 1st Viscount Rialton.

On 27 Aug 1710 William Godolphin 1st Baronet Godolphin 1640-1710 (70) died.

Family Trees

Paternal Family Tree: Godolphin

Maternal Family Tree: Anne Fitzwilliam 1504-1588

Royal Descent

Kings Wessex: Great x 23 Grand Son of Æthelwulf King Wessex -858

Kings Gwynedd: Great x 15 Grand Son of Owain "Great" King Gwynedd 1100-1170

Kings Seisyllwg: Great x 20 Grand Son of Hywel "Dda aka Good" King Seisyllwg, King Deheubarth 880-950

Kings Powys: Great x 16 Grand Son of Maredudd ap Bleddyn King Powys 1047-1132

Kings England: Great x 8 Grand Son of King Edward III England

Kings Scotland: Great x 14 Grand Son of William "Lion" I King Scotland 1143-1214

Kings Franks: Great x 14 Grand Son of Louis VII King Franks 1120-1180

Kings France: Great x 10 Grand Son of Philip "Fair" IV King France 1268-1314

Royal Descendants

Ancestry

Father: Francis Godolphin 1605-1667

GrandFather: William Godolphin 1567-1613

Great GrandFather: Francis Godolphin 1540-1608

Great x 2 GrandFather: Thomas Godolphin

Great x 3 GrandFather: William Godolphin 1486-1570

Great x 4 GrandFather: John Godolphin

Great GrandMother: Margaret Killigrew 1548-1598

Great x 2 GrandFather: John Killigrew 1502-1567

Mother: Dorothy Berkeley 7 x Great Granddaughter of King Edward III England

GrandFather: Henry Berkeley of Bruton 1579-1667 11 x Great Grandson of John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great GrandFather: Henry Berkeley -1601 10 x Great Grandson of John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 2 GrandFather: Maurice Berkeley Standard Bearer 1506-1581 9 x Great Grandson of John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 3 GrandFather: Richard Berkeley of Stoke Gifford 1470-1514 8 x Great Grandson of John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 4 GrandFather: William Berkeley 1433- 7 x Great Grandson of John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 4 GrandMother: Anne Stafford 1441-1502

Great x 3 GrandMother: Elizabeth Coningsby 1480-1546

Great x 4 GrandFather: Humphrey Coningsby 1458-1535

Great x 2 GrandMother: Catherine Blount 1518-1559 9 x Great Granddaughter of John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 3 GrandFather: William Blount 4th Baron Mountjoy 1478-1534 8 x Great Grandson of John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 4 GrandFather: John Blount 3rd Baron Mountjoy 1450-1485 11 x Great Grandson of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Great x 4 GrandMother: Lora Berkeley Countess Ormonde 7 x Great Granddaughter of John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 3 GrandMother: Alice Keble Baroness Mountjoy

Great x 4 GrandFather: Henry Keble

GrandMother: Elizabeth Neville 1610-1657 6 x Great Granddaughter of King Edward III England

Great GrandFather: Henry Neville 1564-1615 5 x Great Grandson of King Edward III England

Great x 2 GrandFather: Henry Neville 1520-1593 4 x Great Grandson of King Edward III England

Great x 3 GrandFather: Edward Neville 1471-1538 3 x Great Grandson of King Edward III England

Great x 4 GrandFather: George Neville 4th Baron Bergavenny 1440-1492 2 x Great Grandson of King Edward III England

Great x 4 GrandMother: Margaret Fenne Baroness Bergavenny

Great x 3 GrandMother: Eleanor Windsor Baroness Scrope Masham 12 x Great Granddaughter of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Great x 4 GrandFather: Andrew Windsor 1st Baron Windsor 1467-1543

Great x 4 GrandMother: Elizabeth Blount Baroness Windsor 11 x Great Granddaughter of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Great x 2 GrandMother: Elizabeth Gresham -1573

Great x 3 GrandFather: Richard Gresham Lord Mayor 1485-1549

Great x 4 GrandFather: John Gresham

Great x 3 GrandMother: Audrey Lynne -1522

Great x 4 GrandFather: William Lynne

Great GrandMother: Anne Killigrew -1632

Great x 2 GrandFather: Henry Killigrew 1528-1603

Great x 3 GrandFather: John Killigrew 1502-1567

Great x 2 GrandMother: Katherine Cooke

Great x 3 GrandFather: Anthony Cooke 1504-1576

Great x 4 GrandFather: John Cooke -1515

Great x 3 GrandMother: Anne Fitzwilliam 1504-1588

Great x 4 GrandFather: William Fitzwilliam Sheriff of London 1460-1534