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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Thursday, 31 January 2008
by Brad Storey


There are other entries, and such Christian names as Henry, Anthony and Edith.

Stories or Storeys have likewise been settled at Ketton, in Rutlandshire, a Robert Story being entered as having married one Margeria Caldecote, on the 30th May, 1599. (Miscellanea Genealogies, et Heraldica.)

In the pedigree of the Anne family of North Aston, taken from the Harl. MS., 1412, a George Storye is mentioned as of Warwick, and a daughter "Ursulay" married to one Richard Anne, third son of William Anne.

The Clerke pedigree (Clerkes of Yorkshire) reveals the marriage of George Story (Northumberland Stories) to Elenor Clerke - and in the Rotherford pedigree "Katherine, wyff to Robert Story, of Hethpoole," appears. The Stories are volumes in various bindings; the sun never sets over them, and evidently has never set over them for centuries.

The Storeys of Rothbury - the Catholic Storeys - who dwelt at Trewhit and Flotterton many generations, claim kinship with Dr. Storey or Story, D.C.L., First Regius, Professor of Civil Law at Oxford, circa 1546-1553.

This notable man was born about 1510. (Some authorities say 1504.) He was the son of Nicholas Story and Joan his wife, and was probably a member of the family of Storey or Story settled in Northumberland and Durham. (v. Surtee's Durham, I., 233.)

Other branches were settled in London. (C.f. Visitation of London, Harl. Society.)

Dr. Storey was a student of Hinxey Hall, Oxford, in 1529. He graduated B.C.L. in 1531, and seven years later became Principal of Broadgates Hall, in the University of Oxford-afterwards Pembroke College-and a doctor of divinity. In due course he became member of Parliament for Hindon, in the county of Wilts., and was a member of the Parliament which met in the November of 1547. Dr. Storey or Story is an entirely distinct personage from Sir John Story, Knight of the Order of St. John; likewise from the Captain Story killed at Boulogne in 1546. (State Papers, X., 4.) In the reign of Elizabeth the doctor was returned as member for Downton, in the same county as Hindon, 17th January, 1558-9. He had a sword-bearer in attendance on him, and was a man of remarkable determination and indomitable zeal. He was a vigorous opponent of what is known as the Reformed Religion, and some daring designs have been attributed to him. He is said to have planned the destruction of Queen Elizabeth, and is credited with having had a young gentleman killed owing to his jealousy of him. It is stated that "the sword pierced both sides of the young man, yet did not injure his entrails." The name of the young man is given as N. Brierton. Many persons were subjected to persecution by Dr. Storey, and so demonstrative had he become against Non-Catholics that he had to flee from London. One account says that being in danger of arrest for high treason he fled, but was apprehended by a person named Ayleworth in the highway as he was riding in a conveyance in the west country before a mail in a frieze coat disguised as a servant. He was sent to prison in the first year of Elizabeth, 1558, but broke from