General history: Knights of the Royal Oak

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The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 1. Originally published by W Bristow, Canterbury, 1797.

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Knights of the Royal Oak

KING CHARLES II. at his restoration, intended to institute an order of knighthood, as a reward to those who had adhered faithfully to him in his distresses. They were to be called, Knights of the Royal Oak, and were to bear a silver medal with a device of the king in the oak, pendant to a ribbon, about their necks. But it was thought proper to lay it aside, least it might open those wounds afresh which, at that time were thought most prudent to be healed. The names of the intended knights in Kent, with the value of their estates, were as follows:

£ s. d.
Edward Badbye of Hawley, esq. 1000 0 0
Edward Roper, esq. 2000 0 0
William Roper, esq. 600 0 0
Sir Richard Sandys of Norbourn, knt. 1000 0 0
William Dyke of Rolvenden, esq. 1000 0 0
Thomas English, esq. 700 0 0
Stephen Lennard, esq. of West Wickham 1000 0 0
Roger Twysden, second son of Sir Roger Twysden of East Peckham, bart 1000 0 0
John Clinkerd, esq. of Sutton Valence, esq. 600 0 0
Humphry Hide, junior, esq. of Sundridge 600 0 0
William Kenwricke, esq. 600 0 0
Sir Thomas Leigh of East Wickham, knt. 1500 0 0
Sir William Delaune of Sharsted, knt. 2500 0 0