Archive:The Life and Acts of John Whitgift
The Life and Acts of John Whitgift, D.D., The Third and Last Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, By John Strype, Clarendon Press: 1821.
To conclude, as Archbishop Parker had made a great figure in this church for fifteen or sixteen years, and was a person of great integrity, worth, and learning, a very solemn funeral was celebrated for him the 6th of June. Whereat his officers and menial servants made the greatest number; whereby we may judge of the great house which he kept. I transcribe it out of the authentic paper; superscribed thus by the Lord Treasurer's own hand, The burial of Archibishop Parker.
The Life of Matthew, The Order of the Funeral,
Gentleman Mourners in gowns.
...The next to that is Parker, and the arms impaled is paly of six pieces, or, and sable, which I suppose might pertain to Matthew Parker (or Richard Parker) and his wife. The last is the coat of Diggs (which is gules, a cross argent, charged with five eagles displayed sable) and Parker: that is, Mr. Thomas Diggs and Mrs. Margaret Parker, who lived here at Bekesborn with their father: as also did Mrs. Rachel Cox, the sister of Mrs. Parker, and daughter to Bishop Cox; as appears by a list of oblations given at the communion in the year 1587. After the year 1590, he seems to have left Bekesborn; and then lived sometimes in Doctors Commons, and sometimes at Lambeth.
Bekesborn House was conveyed by John Parker, and John Whitney, to Alexander Hamon, by indenture, May the 7th, 36 Eliz. anno 1594, for 335 pounds and May the 8th ensuing 30 pounds more, to be paid at the chamber of the said John Parker, at Doctors Commons.
The manor of Bekesborn that had been granted by John, Archibishop of Canterbury, to Matthew Parker, soon after came into other hands, as hath been shewed before.
...After the death of his brother Matthew, the manor of Daumson or Daunsington in Bexly, in the county of Kent, (which he gave by will to his wife for twenty-one years, and after that time to be disposed of by the Archbishop his father,) dying without issue surviving, came to John his brother. For the said Archbishop, by virtue of his son Matthew's will, have the said Daunson to the said John his heir, in cawse the child his said wife went with came no tto the age of one and twenty. This deed was dated the 20th of March, anno 1574. The 23rd of June, anno Eliz. 18, 1576, the said John Parker did grant unto Frances Parker, his brother Matthew's widow, an annuity of 44 pounds to be yearly issuing out of the said manor of Daunsington, and out his manor of Boughton: in consideration, that she had surrendered the said manor of Daunsington (whereof she was then possessed for term of her life) to him, to remain without incumbrance. Of this manor John Parker, and his wife Joan, afterwards acknowledged a fine, according to covenant, with John Whitney, the 8th of February, anno Eliz. 20.
To the same John Parker came also Lambeth House, formerly belonging to Thomas Duke of Norfolk, (in which capital mess or dwelling-house he and his ancestors were accustomed to lie,) with other houses and lands thereunto appertaining.
NOTE: The above John Whitney was the son of Eustace and ----- (Vaughan) Whitney, q.v.
Transcribed by Adrian Benjamin Burke, Esq.