Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Lots of Berkeley/Berckley/ Barkley/Barclay et al:This Geo: was the younger son of George 1 : George II. Nineteenth Lord, and first Earl of Berkeley. 1658 to 1698. (year of birth?)succeeded his father, the elder son, Charles, having been drowned on his passage to France, in 1641. He was created Viscount Dursley and Earl of Berkeley in 1679. From John Evelyn (14th jan 1656): I dined with Mr Barckley son to my Lord Berckley of Ber: castle:(Index as George B) Berkeley Castle ( SP: wrote? Barkly ) Earle 1st earl 9th of Barkly Castledined John Evelyn; my Lord Berkeley of Berkeley castle (p393 sept 58) then in of (May 26 59) Lord Geo: BerkeleyBack in 1643:The rebels of Gloucester came in an insolent manner to his Majesties Garrison in Berkeley Castlenear Berkley Towne 12 miles from Gloster May 23, 1643 Lord Berkely (the papa) wanted his castle back(Berkly Castle or was it Barkly Castle) http://www.infosources.co.uk/berkl/civilw.htmHe had many Cousins that changed History: i.e. Berkley of Stratton split New Jersey between himself and Carteret , upsetting the the Swedish colony and others. Berkeley, John, 1st Baron Berkeley of Strattonhttp://www.bartleby.com/65/be/BerkeleyJ.htmlA source http://www.rotwang.co.uk/Family.html
Bishop George Berkeley, the philosopherSince George Berkeley was also the name of the famous idealist philosopher (and bishop), I did a little research to see how he fit into this family. The best clue I could find was the following bit from the 1911 Encyclopedia (first sentence of a very long entry): BERKELEY, GEORGE (1685
BERKELEY, GEORGE (1685—1753),U.C. Berkerly was named after George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne, who, during a visit to America in 1729, spoke of educating and converting to Christianity the "aboriginal Americans." from :http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/calhistory/brief-hi...
George Berkeley, 1st Earl of Berkeley (1628-1698)
was born circa 1627.2 He was the son of George Berkeley, 8th Lord Berkeley and Elizabeth Stanhope.1 He was baptised on 23 April 1627 in St. James's, Clerkenwell, London, England.3 He married Elizabeth Massingberd, daughter of John Massingberd and Cecilia Pettit, on 11 August 1646 in Morden, Surrey, England.2 He died on 14 October 1698.2 He was buried in Cranford, Middlesex, England.2 His will (dated 21 September 1698) was probated on 19 December 1698.2 George Berkeley, 1st Earl of Berkeley was educated in Christ Church, Oxford University, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.1 He succeeded to the title of 9th Lord Berkeley [E., 1421] on 10 August 1658, by writ.1 He held the office of Custos Rotulorum of Gloucestershire between 1660 and 1689.1 He was a member of the Committee of the East India Company between 1660 and 1697.1 He was invested as a Fellow, Royal Society (F.R.S.) on 20 May 1663 one of the original members.1 He was Governor of the Levant Company between 1673 and 1696.2 He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) on 17 July 1678.2 He was created 1st Earl of Berkeley, co. Gloucester [England] on 11 September 1679.2 He was created 1st Viscount Dursley, co. Gloucester [England] on 11 September 1679.2 He held the office of Master of Trinity House in 1681/82.4 He held the office of Custos Rotulorum of Surrey between 1689 and 1698.2 He donated the valuable library of Sir Robert Coke (husband of his aunt Theophila) to Sion College, London.2 He was a member of the Committee of the East India Company from 1698 to 1699.1 Pepys writes that he "will say openly that he hath fought more set fields than any man in England hath done."2 Brydges writes that he was "a man of strict virtue and piety, of considerable literature, and author of a religious tract."2 He has an extensive biographical entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.5http://www.thepeerage.com/p2796.htm
Link to the full text of the old DNB entry:-http://www.thepeerage.com/e302.htm
George Berkeley (9th Baron Berkeley)
George, earl of Berkeley, descended in a direct line from Robert Fitzharding, who was of the royal house of Denmark. He, with his nephew, Charles Berkeley, had the principal management of the duke ot York's family, and was one of the privy-council in this and the two following reigns. He bestowed upon Sion College a very valuable library, which was collected by sir Robert Coke. He was author of a little book, valuable for its merit as well as its rarity, entitled, "Historical Applications, and occasional Meditations upon several Subjects, written by a person of Honour," 1670. In this book are several striking instances of the testimony which some men of eminence have borne to the importance of religious life, and the consolation to be received from it, especially at the 'approach of death'. Ob. 1698.---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.
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