1893 text

Roger Pepys, son of Talbot Pepys of Impington, a barrister of the Middle Temple, M.P. for Cambridge, 1661-78, and Recorder of that town, 1660-88. He married, for the third time, Parnell, daughter and heiress of John Duke, of Workingham, co. Suffolk, and this was the wedding for which the posy ring was required.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

6 Annotations

First Reading

David Quidnunc  •  Link

Two descriptions of his character:

"a good-humoured barrister"
-- Claire Tomalin's Pepys biography, p. 97

"CHARACTER: simple and well-meaning . . . honest"
--Robert Latham (cataloging some of Pepys's diary entries about Roger), Vol. 11 (Index volume), "The Diary of Samuel Pepys" (1995) p. 220.

David Quidnunc  •  Link

Roger Pepys's family

(with their ages as of 1 January 1660)

Talbot Pepys of Impington,76 (b. 1583)
Beatrice Castell

Thomas, MD of Impington

Roger himself: 42 (1617-88)

Talbot, 22 (1647-81)
Barbara, 15 (1644-89) "Bab"
Betty, 8 (1651-1716)

-- information from Pepys family tree in Claire Tomalin's Pepys biography, xii-xiii; and Robert Latham's Vol. 11 (index volume), The Diary of Samuel Pepys.

CGS  •  Link

The house of C spelt his name Pepis.

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

After the Great Fire, Roger has to find new lodgings, and for a while I speculated that the family "camped" at his chambers at the Middle Temple. FINALLY Pepys tells us where they moved, and it was to a very good part of town:

Sunday 7 March 1669 (Lord’s day).
"... and with our coach out to Suffolk Street, to see my cozen Pepys, but neither the old nor young at home."

The old = Roger and Esther Conyers Dickenson Pepys; the younger = Babs, Betty and Talbot, Roger’s children by his second wife.

Suffolk Street -- The Earl of Suffolk is rated as living there in 1666–82, and the Earls of Thanet and Carlisle were there in the 1680s. Most of the earlier residents could be classed among the lesser gentry, ambassadors, doctors and the like. In January, 1667–68, Pepys notes Charles II had furnished a house for Moll Davis, the actress, "in Suffolk Street most richly, which is a most infinite shame."
One of Moll's neighbors, Sir John Coventry, shared Pepys' opinion and expressed it too openly in Parliament, with the result that in December, 1670, he was "set upon in Suffolk Street as he was going to his lodging with several persons on horse-back and on foot" and his nose was slit.

Such nice people!

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