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SIR HENRY Wotton (whose life I now intend to write) was born in the year of our Redemption, 1568, in Bocton-Hall (commonly called Bocton, or Bougton-Place, or Palace) in the parish of Bocton Malherbe, in the fruitful county of Kent; Bocton-Hall being an ancient and goodly structure, beautifying and being beautified by the parish-church of Bocton Malherbe adjoining unto it, and both seated within a fair park of the Wottons, on the brow of such a hill as gives the advantage of a large prospect, and of equal pleasure to all beholders.

But this house and church are not remarkable for any thing so much as for that the memorable family of the Wottons have so long inhabited the one, and now lie buried in the other, as appears

by their many monuments in that church; the
Wottons being a family that hath brought forth
divers persons eminent for wisdom and valor,
whose heroic acts and noble employments, both
in England and in foreign parts, have adorned
themselves and this nation, which they have
served abroad faithfully in the discharge of their
great trust, and prudently in their negociations
with several princes; and also served at home
with much honor and justice, in their wise man-
aging a great part of the public affairs thereof in
the various times both of war and peace.
But lest I should be thought by any, that may
incline either to deny or doubt this truth, not to
have observed moderation in the commendation
of this family; and also for that I believe the
merits and memory of such persons ought to be
thankfully recorded, I shall offer to the consider-
ation of every reader, out of the testimony of their
pedigree and our chronicles, a part, and but a
part, of that just commendation which might be
from thence enlarged, and shall then leave the
indifferent reader to judge whether my error be
an excess or defect of commendation.
Sir Robert Wotton, of Bocton Malherbe, knight,
was born about the year of Christ, 1460. He,
living in the reign of king Edward the Fourth,
was by him trusted to be Lieutenant of Guisnes,
to be Knight Porter and Comptroller of Calais,
where he died, and lies honorably buried.

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Sir Edward Wotton, of Bocton Malherbe, knight (son and heir of the said Sir Robert), was born in the year of Christ, 1489, in the reign of king Henry the Seventh. He was made Treasurer of Calais, and of the Privy Council, to king Henry the Eighth, who offered him to be Lord Chancellor of England. “But,” saith Hollinshed, in his Chronicle, “out of a virtuous modesty he refused it.” Thomas Wotton, of Bocton Malherbe, Esquire, son and heir of the said Sir Edward, and the father of our Sir Henry that occasions this relation, was born in the year of Christ, 1521. He was a gentleman excellently educated, and studious in all the liberal arts; in the knowledge whereof he attained unto a great perfection; who, though he had (besides those abilities, a very noble and plentiful estate, and the ancient interest of his predecessors) many invitations from queen Elizabeth to change his country recreations and retirement for a court, offering him a knighthood (she was then with him at his Bocton-hall), and that to be but as an earnest of some more honorable and more profitable employment under her; yet he humbly refused both, being a man of great modesty, of a most plain and single heart, of an ancient freedom and integrity of mind: a commendation which Sir Henry Wotton took occasion often to remember with great gladness, and

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