Biography of Henry de Vic 1599-1671

Around 1599 Henry de Vic was born.

Evelyn's Diary. 08 Oct 1641. At near eleven o'clock, I repaired to his Majesty's (age 40) agent. Sir Henry De Vic (age 42), who very courteously received me, and accommodated me with a coach and six horses, which carried me from Brussels [Map] to Ghent [Map], where it was to meet my Lord of Arundel (age 56), Earl Marshal of England, who had requested me when I was at Antwerp [Map] to send it for him, if I went not thither myself.

Evelyn's Diary. 09 Aug 1661. Sir Kenelm Digby (age 58) presented every one of us his "Discourse of the Vegetation of Plants"; and Mr. Henshaw (age 43), his "History of Saltpeter and Gunpowder". I assisted him to procure his place of French Secretary to the King (age 31), which he purchased of Sir Henry De Vic (age 62).

In 1662 Henry de Vic (age 63) was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.

In Dec 1666 [his son-in-law] John Freschville 1st Baron Frescheville (age 58) and [his daughter] Anna Charlotte De Vic were married.

Evelyn's Diary. 23 Apr 1667. In the morning, his Majesty (age 36) went to chapel with the Knights of the Garter, all in their habits and robes, ushered by the heralds; after the first service, they went in procession, the youngest first, the Sovereign last, with the Prelate of the Order and Dean, who had about his neck the book of the Statutes of the Order; and then the Chancellor of the Order (old Sir Henry de Vic (age 68)), who wore the purse about his neck; then the Heralds and Garter King-at-Arms, Clarencieux, Black Rod. But before the Prelate and Dean of Windsor went the gentlemen of the chapel and choristers, singing as they marched; behind them two doctors of music in damask robes; this procession was about the courts at Whitehall [Map]. Then, returning to their stalls and seats in the chapel, placed under each knight's coat-armor and titles, the second service began. Then, the King (age 36) offered at the altar, an anthem was sung; then, the rest of the Knights offered, and lastly proceeded to the banqueting-house [Map] to a great feast. The King (age 36) sat on an elevated throne at the upper end at a table alone; the Knights at a table on the right hand, reaching all the length of the room; over against them a cupboard of rich gilded plate; at the lower end, the music; on the balusters above, wind music, trumpets, and kettle-drums. the King (age 36) was served by the lords and pensioners who brought up the dishes. About the middle of the dinner, the Knights drank the King's (age 36) health, then the King (age 36), theirs, when the trumpets and music played and sounded, the guns going off at the Tower [Map]. At the Banquet, came in the Queen (age 28), and stood by the King's (age 36) left hand, but did not sit. Then was the banqueting-stuff flung about the room profusely. In truth, the crowd was so great, that though I stayed all the supper the day before, I now stayed no longer than this sport began, for fear of disorder. The cheer was extraordinary, each Knight having forty dishes to his mess, piled up five or six high; the room hung with the richest tapestry.

Before 20 Nov 1671 Henry de Vic (age 72) and Margaret Carteret were married.

On 20 Nov 1671 Henry de Vic (age 72) died. He was buried in Westminster Abbey [Map].

[his daughter] Anna Charlotte De Vic was born to Henry de Vic.