7 Annotations

First Reading

Mary  •  Link

The Bernards were an influential family in Huntingdon and Brampton, according to the Companion. Sir Robert (1601-1666) was Recorder of Huntingdon in 1660. Had sat for the borough in the Short Parliament (1640).

Wim van der Meij  •  Link

Warrington has this on him: "Sir Robert Bernard, sergeant-at-law, of Huntingdon, cr. bart., 1662, and ob. 1666. His second wife, here mentioned, was Elizabeth, relict of George Lord Digby, ob. January 1662."

Clement  •  Link

L&M Companion continues Mary's earlier non-spoiler post:
"...was recorder of Huntingdon until Sandwich had him removed and himself appointed in 1662."

His son, Sir John, was a friend of Pepys later, though something of a political adversary to Montague. See Phil's link above.

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

In the North Ile of Abington Church near Northampton.

To the Memory of Sir Robt. Bernard Knt. & Bart. Serjeant at Law, Son of Francis Bernard Esq; who was 2d Son of Francis Bernard Esq; Lord of this Mannor. He was twice very happy; first, in the marriage of Elisabeth Tallakerne, daughter of Sr. John Tallakerne, by whom he had many Sons & daughters. & after her decease, he was very happy a Second time in the marriage of Elisabeth Digby, Relict of Robert Ld Digby, who was a good Mother though she had no Children. But he was most happy in that not weary at all of this Life he was willing to depart to a better in the 66th. year of his Age. A. D. 1666. His Body lies interred near this Monument, which was due to so good a Father from his Eldest Son & Heir Sr. John Bernard Kt.
---Monumenta Anglicana. John Le Neve, 1718.

Sasha Clarkson  •  Link

The "outing" of Sir Robert Bernard as Recorder of Huntingdon in 1662/63 was very much about jostling for local power. In the days of few electors and no secret ballots, the Recorder was in a very good position to influence an election.

The entries for 1660 and 1661 tell of rivalry between the Montagus and Capulets, I mean Bernards for possession of the seats in Parliament, with the Bernards initially having the upper hand in the borough of Huntingdon, and the Montagus in the county of Huntingdonshire. The History Of Parliament links below give more details about the area, the rivalries, and Cromwell's continuing legacy there.



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