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Notes for Francis BARNHAM/Elizabeth LENNARD


About 1630 Sir Francis Barnham wrote thus of his own marriage and that of his sister Alice: That yeare of his shrivalty [1598, when Sir Martin was made High Sheriff of Kent] was acompanied with many good fortunes considerable in his life, for hee then maried his eldest daughter to the eldest sonne of his auntiente and worthey freind, Mr Robert Honywood, which match in regard of the quality of
his sonne in lawe, and his fayre hopes of very good estate, was full of comforte and reputation, and shortly after he maried me to the daughter of Mr Samson Lennard and the Lady Dacre, in which match, his goodnesse to me wards, sought rather to give me a wife that might bringe mee a noble alliance, and promise the happinesse of a good wife (as beinge borne of a mother that abounded as much in worth and vertue as in honor) then to enriche himselfe, or his other children by so greate a portion as it is probable he might have had in divers places, if that had beene his cheifest ayme in my mariage.

Sevenoaks, where Francis and Elizabeth were married, is a town in the Sevenoaks district of Kent, in Southeast England. It is situated 21.5 miles (34.6 km) southeast of Charing Cross in London. At Riverhead lies the source of the River Darent. The town's name is derived from the Saxon word "Seouenaca", the name given to a small chapel near seven oak trees in Knole Park around 800 A.D. Sevenoaks was not mentioned in the Domesday Book, although neighbouring Otford was. A market was established here in the 13th century. In 1456 Archbishop Bourchier of Canterbury purchased Knole estate and built the house there. In the Middle Ages two hospitals were provided there by religious orders, for the care of the old or sick, especially those going on pilgrimage.
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