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A picture for Robert Hyde in Laws

Another 'son' of Dinton was Robert Hyde, in reality the son of of the then Bishop of Salisbury. In 1674 he married 'Ye Lady Downe', daughter of the Third and last Earl of that creation.(cf.The Hyde Parker Memorial in the Parish Church.) She was one of the three heiresses to her father's considerable estates. Her sisters Beta and Frances married Earl Lindsay, and Lord Keeper North respectively. Through the latter marriage arose the famed Prime Minister.

The Guilford / North family lived on at Wroxton until the 1930's. They were never its owners but ever the tenants of Trinity College Oxford, for the Abbey was an Endowment of the College, by its Founder, the first Earl of Downe's elder Brother. Provision was made that the family had right of successive tenancy, and tradition had it, a right of under-graduate access to the College. The last member of the Founder's family there was sent down in the 1960's.

The Norths left the property in the 1930's, it was requisitioned during the war, then tenanted by a Lady Pearson prior to the College selling the house to the American Farleigh Dickinson University, as its UK Campus.

contact : John B. Pope
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