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Memorial to James Bertie, 1st Earl of Abingdon

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Memorial to James Bertie, 1st Earl of Abingdon

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Date
1767
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Portrait

James Bertie was born 10 May 1653, the eldest son of Montague Bertie, 2nd Earl of Lindsey, and his second wife Bridget Wray, suo jure Baroness Norris of Rycote. He succeeded to the Norris barony upon his mother's death in March 1657. He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire by Charles II in March 1674. He retained the office for much of the remainder of the seventeenth century. The dominant Tory force in Oxfordshire, he firmly supported the Crown's efforts to supress Whig influence in the county. In recognition of his loyal service, he was created Earl of Abingdon by Charles on 23 November 1682. The Earl of Abingdon died in May 1699 and was buried in the Rycote Chapel vault. This memorial was installed in the Chapel in 1767 (Sherwood & Pevsner, Oxfordshire, p. 748).

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Previously the name had been spelled any number of ways but from the Restoration onwards it was pretty well standardised as 'Norreys'. It is spelled that way in the letters patent creating the Earldom of Abingdon in 1682. Since then, the eldest sons of the earls of Abingdon have all been called 'Norreys' and hardly ever 'Norris'.

Norreys 13/11/2013

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