John Otway 1620-1693


Born: 1620 Beckside Hall
Died: 15 Oct 1693
Father:Roger Otway
Mother:Anne Mayer
Spouse:Mary Biggs
Married: 1649 Fareham, Southampton
Children:John Otway, Charles Otway, Anne Otway, Mary Otway, Margaret Otway, Elizabeth Otway, Margaret Otway, Catherine Otway, Braithwaite Otway
Education:St. John's College, Cambridge 1635
Occupation:Vice Chancellor Of Duchy Of Lancaster
Buried: 17 Oct 1693 Sedburgh
Other Partners:Elizabeth Braithwaite
Updated: 02 Feb 1999

Notes

John was born at Beckside Hall. He was admitted fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge on 3/6/1636, aged 16. He was among the first of those ejected by the Earl of Manchester and, after his removal, became one of the readers in Gray's Inn. He was instrumental in bringing over two regiments to the Royal cause, one commanded by Colonel Redman, who married one of his sisters, the other commanded by Colonel Cloberry, who married his wife's sister. On the return of Charles II, John was knighted, made a member of the King's Counsel (shown as a Privy Counsellor in 1686-87), Vice Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Chancellor of the County Palatine of Durham. Signed the Visitation Entry of Yorkshire in 1665, aged 47. Knighted in the same year.

He first married Mary, daughter of Robert Biggs of Winchester by whom he had John, Charles, Anne and Mary. His second marriage was to Elizabeth, only daughter of John Braithwaite of Sedburgh by whom he had Braithwaite, Elizabeth, Margaret and Catherine. His will is held in Somerset House. There are memorials in Sedburgh Church. John acquired Ingmire Hall.

His will :

In the name of God Amen I Sir. John Otway of Ingmire Hall in the County of York Knight do make this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made first and principally I bequeath my soul to Almighty God trusting in the merits of our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ And for my temporal Estate I dispose of in manner following First I give to my wife all the tithes I hold by tithes from Trinity College in Cambridge of the respective rectories of Sedburgh in the County of York and Kendall in the County of Westmoreland during her life towards the payment and discharge of two hundred and fifty pounds being debts contracted by my son Charles to several persons and likewsie towards the discharge of such debts legacies and Annuities mentioned in a Schedule hereunto annexed and after the death of my wife I give the said rectories to my son Charles and the whole and the sole benefit of renewing the same he paying those Annuities as aforesaid And I give unto my son Charles all my lands in Sedburgh in the County of York and Middleton in the County of Westmoreland and to the male issue of his body remainder to the issue female and the heirs of such issue whether male or female respectively. And if he die without issue remainder to my son Braithwaite and his issue whether male or female of his body and the heirs of such issue remainder to my own right heirs and I give unto my son Charles and his heirs for ever the several and respective Manors of Dent and Garsdale in the said County of York and for all the messuages lands and tenants I have by wife at Brinham in Yorkshire and Ambleside in Westmoreland and Hawkside in Lancashire and all other lands I had by her or in her right whether the same be freehold or customary I freely give unto her during her life and after my wife’s decease to descend and come to my son Braithwaite and for my respective Manors of Over-Kellet and Capernway in the County of Lancaster I give the same to my son Braithwaite and also I give to my son Braithwaite the lands called Low Wray in the parish of Hawkside in the County of Lancaster which I lately purchased of Miles Atkinson and Dorothy his wife and I give to my son Braithwaite Otway the Chamber in Gray’s Inn he now lives in to be disposed of at his will and pleasure and for all the most of my personal Estate consisting of household goods, plate money leases for years and other goods and chattels I give the same to my dearly beloved wife to be my sole executrix in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of October Anno Domini 1693 John Otway

Published and declared to be my last Will and Testament in the presence of Henry Dickinson, Robert Middleton and John Cragg

A Schedule of my debts and such legacies as I design to give at present with liberty to add more as I shall have time and opportunity dated this seventh day of October Anno Domini 1693

Owing to the Lord Bishop of Ossory in the Kingdom of Ireland the full and just sum of £600. Further I give to my sister Anne Ward the sum of £5 yearly during her natural life. Further I give to John Cragg £5 yearly during his natural life. Further I give to Ellinor Winter £4 yearly during her natural life. All which said sums I do likewise order to be paid out of the profit of the rectories of Kendall in Westmoreland and Sedburgh in Yorkshire. Further I give to the poor of the parish of Sedburgh the sum of £20 to be distributed within 3 months after my decease and to the poor of Middleton in the County of Westmoreland £10 to be distributed in the like manner John Otway

Published and declared to be my last Will and Testament in the presence of Henry Dickinson, Robert Middleton and John Cragg

For more information see the book called "The Owners of Ingmire" - Appendix S

Some information from the College of Heralds, Dublin (GO MS 176 Pages 215-223)

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