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: