Transcription © Copyright E.C. ("Paddy") Apling July 2011 (from digital copy provided by the authors).
© T. E. & M. Miller 2011
The family retained a minor presence in Norfolk through the descendants of Francis Southwell the brother of Richard the Privy Counsellor and Robert the Master of the Rolls. Francis's eldest son Myles lived at Long Stratton, Norfolk; and Myles's son, Francis, may have been a Recorder of Norwich. However, they never reached the levels of prominence of the major branch of the family.
In an age when it was common for men to have several wives, Myles's sister Mary managed to have four prominent husbands, Sir Thomas Sidney, Sir Nicholas George, Sir Conyers Clifford, Governor of Connaught and Privy Councillor of Ireland, and Sir Anthopy St. Ledger, Master of the Rolls for Ireland. Dame Mary died on 19th December, 1630, after giving birth to her eighth child and is buried in St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin where she has an elaborate memorial. Sir Anthony St. Ledger, outlived Mary and although he had provided Mary with an elaborate memorial in Dublin, when it came to his own death he asked to be buried beside his previous wife in London.
The Southwells of Woodrising, although never part of the uppermost echelon of the social hierarchy of England, played a major role in the administration of Tudor England. Throughout these turbulent religious times, in spite of being a family largely of Catholic beliefs, they were highly successful even under the Protestant monarchs and during times of persecution of those of the Catholic faith. Their success seems to have stemmed from skills in the legal profession and at least one member of the family held a prominent position under each of the Tudor Kings and Queens.
© Transcription Copyright E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, July 2011.