3 Apr 2003, 12:23 a.m. - Warren Keith Wright

Among Montagu’s numerous relatives were a family of Northamptonshire landowners named Pickering. Sir Gilbert (1613-38), faithful to Cromwell, married Elizabeth Sandwich; one of their dozen offspring, Betty, was the wife of Pepys’s significant rival John Creed. Gilbert’s younger brother Edward (Ned; 1618-98) first worked for the 2nd Lord Mountagu of Boughton, then served a short while in the Queen’s Household. From that vantage he distributed a good deal of court gossip (about Sandwich’s extramarital affairs and other didoes) before he was shamed and fired. Dorothy Weld (“Doll. Wilde” in the Diary), first his mistress, then his wife (d. 1707), must have held some affection for him; but dislike of him spread far beyond Pepys, and he was regarded as a greedy holier-than-thou type.

20 May 2003, 2:38 a.m. - Paul Brewster

Sir Gilbert's actual dates were 1613-1668 (not 1638 as above)

4 Oct 2005, 11:09 a.m. - Pedro

Pickering, Edward. From L&M-- "Sir Gilbert's younger brother Edward (Ned) was attached to the service of the 2nd Lord Montagu of Boughton and like him obtained a place in the Queen's Household, from which he was soon dismissed in disgrace. He appears to have been disliked by almost everyone, not only Pepys. Roger North wrote him down as a sanctimonious 'money-hunter' and has a story of his altering a will to his own benefit."

18 Feb 2006, 11:07 p.m. - Terry Foreman

Uncle of John Pickering http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/676/

16 May 2013, 4:58 p.m. - Bill

For a family tree of Edward Pickering: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Edward_Pickering_%282%29

8 Apr 2015, 1:12 a.m. - Bill

Edward and his brother Gilbert were cousins to the poet and playwright John Dryden. Their mother was the sister of Dryden's father.

30 Jul 2016, 8:12 a.m. - San Diego Sarah

"Among Montagu’s numerous relatives were a family of Northamptonshire landowners named Pickering. Sir Gilbert (1613-38), faithful to Cromwell, married Elizabeth Sandwich; one of their dozen offspring, Betty, was the wife of Pepys’s significant rival John Creed." Warren Keith Wright has made an easy mistake here: Admiral Sir Edward Montagu, Earl of Sandwich's sister, Elizabeth Montagu, married Sir Gilbert Pickering.

12 Jun 2021, 6:10 p.m. - Terry Foreman

Pardon of Sir Gilbert Pickering, 1660 (MSS 109) Gilbert Pickering (1613-1668) was a member of Parliament for the county of Northampton. When Charles raised his standard at Nottingham on August 22, 1642, Pickering abandoned the king for the parliamentary cause. He was appointed to the parliamentary committee and, in 1648, was appointed one of the judges in the trial of Charles I. Pickering remained the representative for Northampton through the Interregnum (1648-1660) and was appointed lord chamberlain to Oliver Cromwell, the Protector, in 1657. His public career ended with the restoration of the Stuarts in 1660. His brother-in-law, Edward Montagu, earl of Sandwich, influenced Pickering's removal from the list of Cromwellian supporters who would be punished by the Act of Indemnity and Oblivion (1660) and helped obtain his pardon from Charles II. Pickering was barred from holding public office for the remainer of his life. He died on October 21, 1668. http://pitts.emory.edu/collections/digitalcollections/mss109.cfm