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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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by Brad Storey


between Edmund Waller and Sir William Waller's families, but remarked that the genealogy had not been worked out so far as he was aware. The statement was based upon traditon.

Bryan Waller was often the occupant of the pulpit of the Parish Church of Lancaster and that of St. John's Chapel." He was a versatile man, and could compose either a hymn or an epilogue. It is a fact that he wrote an epilogue in 1817, for the "Burton Theatre," for this parish had a theatre at this period. The epilogue was composed to "The Mountaineers," and it is said "was twice spoken by Miss Mackerall at the Theatre, Burton-in-Kendall." Very caustic indeed are the lines found among the miscellaneous manuscripts of Mr. Waller, entitled "Reviewers." They are strong reminders of certain parts of Lord Byron's "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers."

Among those with whom Mr. Waller was very intimate both before and after he became Vicar of Burton, may be named Dr. Lingard, the historian, and for many years head of the Hornby Catholic Mission. Mr. John Fenton Cawthorne many years member of parliament for Lancaster and Mr. John Dent, also member for Lancaster (1796-1807). He appears also to have been acquainted with the illustrious Duke of Wellington.

Mr. Waller married a Miss Jane Clark, a lady belonging to his own district.

Sheet III. Pedigree of the Lancaster and Westmorland Branch of the Storeys, shows the Storey-Waller alliance through the Addisons.

It would be interesting to learn whether the Rev. Bryan Waller was descended from the same family as that of the poet, Edmund Waller. A sister of John Hampden who had married Robert Waller of Agmondesham, in the county of Buckingham. became the mother of Edmund Waller. Edmund was born in 1605, and inherited a large fortune by the death of his father while he was still young. His mother sent him to Eton and to Cambridge, and he was member for Agmondesham when only a youth of seventeen in the last parliament of James I. In the earlier years of Charles I. Edmund Waller, who when in the country was living at Beaconsfield, shone at Court and married a lady of great fortune. She added to his wealth and died. Then as a widower of five and twenty, he sang of the beauty of the Lady Dorothy Sidney, who afterwards became the Countess of Sunderland. She is celebrated as Waller's Sacharissa. Waller married a lady named Breese and had thirteen children. Both he and Lady Sunderland, his Sacharissa, lived to be very old and were friends in old age. Once the ancient dame asked Mr. Waller "when he would write to her such pretty verses again?" to which the poet replied "Oh, Madame, when your ladyship is as young again." Casseli's Library of English Literature contains much matter concerning Edmund Waller.

There was also Sir William Waller, an English parliamentary general who served in the armies of the protestant league against the Emperor. Upon returning to England he entered Parliament, and during the Civil War became a parliamentary officer. He signalized himself at the capture of Portsmouth in 1642, but was thrice defeated by the Royalists in the following year. He was victorious at Cheriton Down near Winchester in 1644. A few months later he was beaten by the Royalists in Oxfordshire, and his repeated reverses led to his being suspended in the command in 1645. In 1660 he was appointed one of the Council of State, and in the Convention Parliament he represented Middlesex. He was the author of "Divine Meditations upon Several Occasions," and a "Vindication of his Conduct." He was born in Kent in 1597 and died at Asterley Park in the year, 1668. The turn of affairs which brought the Independents into power was far from agreeable to Sir William. Waller is a common name in the Aldingham Church Registers.

A William Waller was Mayor of Lancaster in 1659.