Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 15, 1691-1696. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, 11 Decembris.
Sir Richard Verney's Claim to the Barony of Broke:
His Petition to the King:
"That Sir Robert Willughby Knight of the Garter, Your Petitioner's Ancestor, whose Heir he is, was summoned to Parliament, by the Title of Lord Broke, A° 7 Hen. VII, as a Baron, the Writ being directed Rob'to Willughby de Broke Chevalier; and, being also summoned to other ensuing Parliaments in the said King's Reign, died seised of the said Title and Dignity to him and his Heirs; to whom succeeded Sir Robert Willughby Knight, his Son and Heir; who, being likewise summoned to Parliament by the Title of Lord Broke, Temp. Hen. VIII, sat accordingly, and died also seised of the said Title and Dignity to him and his Heirs, as of Fee and of Right; whereupon the said Barony of Broke descended to Elizabeth Lady Grevile, Grandchild and at length sole Heir to the said Sir Robert Willughby Knight, the Second Lord Broke, and came afterwards to her Grandson and Heir Sir Foulk Grevile Knight, who, though he was created Lord Brook of Beauchamp's Court by King James the First, to him and to the Heirs Male of his Body, yet was he truly and rightfully entitled to the said forementioned Barony of Broke in Fee to him and his Heirs; and, dying without Issue, the said Barony of Broke in Fee descended to Margaret Lady Verney, his Sister and sole Heir, married to Sir Richard Verney Knight, Grandfather of Your Petitioner; whose Descendants had long since claimed the same, had not the long Intervals of Parliament Temp. Car. 1mi, and the Minority of the Three last Heirs of the Verneys, prevented them: But Your Petitioner, being now rightful Heir to the said Marg't Lady Verney his Grandmother, and consequently to the forementioned Title and Dignity of Lord Broke in Fee;
"Does humbly pray Your Majesty, That the said Title and Dignity of Lord Broke, so descended to Your Petitioner as aforesaid, may be revived in him; and that he may thereupon have Your Majesty's gracious Writ of Summons, to sit in Parliament accordingly.
"We are graciously pleased to refer this Petition to the House of Peers, to take the Petitioner's Claim and Title into their Consideration, and to do and determine thereupon what shall be found just and right.
Counsel to be heard on the Claim, and Heralds to attend.
Upon reading the humble Petition of Sir Richard Verney Knight, Cousin and next Heir to Sir Robert Willughby Knight, Lord Broke, (presented to the King's most Excellent Majesty); and His Majesty's Reference thereupon to this House:
It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That this House will hear Counsel and the Heralds, at the Bar, for the Petitioner, as also Counsel for any other Persons who shall think themselves therein concerned, on Thursday the Twentieth Day of this Instant December, at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon.
Hodie 2a vice lecta est Billa, intituled, "An Act for the vesting certain Lands and Tenements, the Estate of George Gilbert Peirce, of The Midle Temple, London, Esquire, in Trustees, for the raising Monies for the Payment of his Debts."
Wilful Perjury, to make Felony, Bill.
Waymans & al. Nat. Bill.
Dominus Custos Magni Sigilli declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque ad et in diem Mercurii, videlicet, duodecimum diem instantis Decembris, hora undecima Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.