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For the North IYales Gazette.


For the North IYales Gazette. -instruct »f the f ife of the fam&w RdNVLPH, Zt I t?f C'Iiesier,. Ramilpb (Blondeville) the third of that name, and the sixth Ear! of Chester, tommen* ced his Earldont in 1180, is said to have been very learned, and to have written a book oh the L,ws of Ftiglahd. He was so jealous of any innovation, t, that he stood singly to oppose the Pope's decree to pay tenths, which he would not suffer to he collected in ivisdonii niotis. He was distinguished as being one of the bravest, and most fa mo HS warriors of his time. He attached himself to the interests of i king Henry ill. in his minority, and debated Lewis the French king's son, and the Iviri n-- who assisted him, at the great battle Qf LilLo- coln, compelling him to quit the realm, lie WUII also very successful in his wars abroad; and exhibite.d many instances of great per<»«x nal valonr, both in Enpt. and Syria, again4; the SaracenR, ,and in t;del; a!R() in Brítanyi Anjoy, and Sormandy against the irench^ p Piers Plowman, in his makes olle ok his characters say I can not par iifie mi Pater Nosier, as the prcet if syngesb, But I can ttpacs of Roljjn Hoode, and Ibndof Erl of Chester." ii hii return to his Earldom <of Chester, he 'Hsilt ( li-irtiv and Beesion castles, and founded Hie Abbey of I)e la Cross. He also founded Ihechapelof little St. John, without, the north- gate in Chester, and endowed it with Sand? and great privilsges. for three chaplains, and thirteen pour widows, to pray for ful in -Christ. He also built the hospital in 'Spittal Boughton, Chester, for the leprous and sick, to be relieved, and priests to pray for th em. Bolh these chapels were ruinated during the sicfe of Chester. In one ofItis voyages, in his return from "the Holy Land. it fell out, that one night a great and terrible tempest arose. The Earl liet-ng asleep, the mariners laboured soe hard and sore that they were iipeiiteisidot,I, i)f fioloit of life, and being soe weary. gave it ail ewer, and came to the JSarl, and awoke him, Selling- him what d&%er they were in, ano vristiwl tiitn to prepare, for they were oute of hc^e. r Whereupon he arrwe, and came oute and did so encourage them; enquiring what titre of night it was, and whether midnight was past, and they told him the houre of midnight was at,hand: 'He then desiretl them to labour till the houre was past, and all wóutd be well, saying, God will not sller such a person as me to perish, who adventured to relieve his children. And at that hoiire his motJke of Chester would he at their midnight niattins and prayers, and he should n<ot after that I hotire perish." This did soe encourage them, that they revived, and fell again to litbour.- The storm Ceased, and he returned again safe to the king, who received him with great joy and embraced him."—HOLMES'S MSS. He shewed his love of Juslice in punishing Hubert, Chief Justice of England for his op- pression, The number and splendour of his retinue, and cxpences of his house wcrcexces- sive. The old Shire Hall iu the castle of Chester (lately taken down) was the place where the Saris were used to entertain their numerous attendants; and their antient Par- liament House was close adjoining. He mar- ried three wives, first Constance, daughter of the Duke of Britany and Richmond, secondly Clemence daugh-t-er of Lord Ferrers, Earl of Derby, thirdly Margaret daughter of Hum- phry Bohun, Earl of Bedford and Essex, died without issue, at Wallingford, in Berkshire, 1232, and was buried in the Chapter House in St, Werburgli's, Cathedral. Chester; his bowels were buried at Wallingford; having been Earl fifty-one years; in the reigns of king Henry H.Iticbard I. king John, and Henry ill.



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