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1893 text

Of Bonnington and Sandwich, Gentleman of the Privy-Chamber to Charles I. He defended Donnington Castle, Berkshire, for the King against Jeremiah Horton, 1644, and received an augmentation to his arms in consequence.

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

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Sir John Boys was governor of Donnington Castle near Newbury through the first Civil War, withstanding sieges and great deprivation.

In August 1648, Sir John Boys (1607-1664) made a fruitless attempt to raise the Siege of Deal Castle.

A resolution was put in the House of Commons, at the same time, to banish Sir John Boys as one of the 7 Royalists who had been in arms against Parliament since 1 January, 1648, which was rejected.

In 1659, Boys was a prisoner in Dover Castle for petitioning for a free Parliament. He was released on 23 February, 1660.

After the Restoration, Boys apparently received the office of Receiver of Customs at Dover from Charles II.

Sir John Boys died at his house at Bonnington, Kent, on 8 October 1664 and was buried in the parish church of Goodnestone-next-Wingham, Kent. The inscription describes his achievements in the wars.

By his first wife, Lucy, Sir John Boys had 5 daughters.
He had no children by his second marriage to Lady Elizabeth Fotherby Finch, widow of Sir Nathaniel Finch, Sergeant-at-Law, and daughter of Sir John Fotherby of Barham, Kent.

Edited from Leslie Stephen's 'Dictionary of National Biography' (1885)

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