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Hundred of Samford

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The Hundred of Samford
In Domesday Book "Sanfort"

This Hundred is separated by the Stour from Essex, on the South; on the West, it abuts upon the Hundreds of Babergh and Cosford; on the East, it is bounded by the Liberty of Ipswich, and the River Orwell; and on the North, by Bosmere and Claydon.

In the Fifth of King Edward IV., the fee of this Hundred was in Sir Robert Willoughby, Knt., who died seized thereof; when it descended to Sir Robert, his son and heir, whose descendants inherited the same, until their failure in male issue, when Catherine, the heir general of that house, brought it to the Suffolk Family, in the 20th of King Henry VIII., by her marriage with Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. She remarried Richard Bertie, and by him had a son, named Peregrine, who, in his mother's right, was summoned to Parliament as Lord Willoughby, of Eresby; and was father of Robert, the first Earl of Lindsey, ancestor to the Duke of Ancaster.

The present representative of this illustrious family is the Right Hon. Lord Willoughby de Eresby, Lord Great Chamberlain of England, &c. do.: Ms mother, wife of the late Lord Gwydir, and daughter of Peregrine, 3rd Duke of Ancaster, having succeeded to the ancient Barony of Willoughby de Eresby, on the demise of her brother, 4th Duke, without issue, in the year 1779. Lord Willoughby is elder brother to the Hon. Lindsey Burrell, of Stoke Park, near Ipswich.

The fee of this Hundred is now in the Crown, and the government in the Sheriff of the County, and his appointed officers.

It contains the following Parishes:


County of Suffolk

Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page

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