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EARLS OF SOUTHAMPTON.
later : " great talk of the good end that my Lord Treasurer made, and is said to die with the cleanest hands that any Lord Treasurer did."
He married three times. His first wife was " La belle et vertueuse Huguenotte" Rachel, eldest daughter of Daniel de Massue, Seigneur de Ruvigny. By her he had two sons and a daughter, who died young. Two daughters survived him : Elizabeth, wife of Edward Noel, first Lord Gainsborough, and Rachel, who married secondly William, Lord Russell, above mentioned. By his second wife, Elizabeth, eldest daughter and heiress of Francis Leigh, Lord Dunsmore (afterwards Earl of Chichester), Southampton had only one daughter, who survived and married first Josceline Percy, Earl of Northumberland, and secondly Ralph Montagu, Duke of Montagu. On his death without male heirs the Earldom of Southampton became extinct, but was re-created in 1670.
Much of the Earl's landed property in London and Hampshire passed on Southampton's death to his eldest daughter Elizabeth and her husband, Edward Noel, first Earl of Gainsborough. On their only son dying without issue, the Titchfield estate passed to two grand-daughters, co-heiresses : Elizabeth, wife of William Bentinck, first Duke of Portland, and Rachel, wife of the first Duke of Beaufort. Titchfield became the property of the Duchess of Portland, whose husband assumed the title of Marquis of Titchfield, still borne by the heir of Welbeck.
Place House and the Titchfield property were sold by the third Duke of Portland at the end of the eighteenth century to the family of Delmd. and have since by marriage with co-heiresses passed to other names.
Southampton's second daughter, Rachel, wife of William, Lord Russell, and mother of Wriotheslev Russell, second Duke of Bedford, inherited the greater part of the London property, the Bloomsbury estate falling to her, and it is now possessed by the Duke of Bedford. The Holborn property and estate at Beaulieu fell to Elizabeth, Duchess of Montagu, Southampton's daughter by his second wife. A portrait of Southampton by Lely, the property of the Duke of Bedford, is shown on the screen, and another by Yandyck is in the possession of the Marquis of Exeter.
It is impossible to do more than summarise the eventful lives cf the persons we have attempted to describe. Of the first two who bore the title of Earl of Southampton, self aggrandisement was the result, if not the object, of their labours in the service of King Henry ; they must both be credited with much tact to have maintained their heads in such perilous times. The plotting career of Henry, the second Earl, and his short life were unattended with any important results. Henry, the third Earl, commands our admiration. From earliest to latest manhood throughout the
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