Name: Endymion Porter
Birth: 1587 in Aston-sub-Edge Manor House, Glos 1
Death: AUG 1649 in London
Note: From burial date
Burial: 20 AUG 1649 St. Martin?s in the Fields, London 2
Residence: Allfarthing, Wandsworth, & Aston Subedge, Glos
EMPL: Groom Of The Bedchamber To Charles 1
Occupation: Groom Of The Bedchamber To Charles I.
PCTS: One of Van Dyke?s finest pictures shows Endymion and his wife? Portrait by Van Dyke showing the artist with Endymion
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Change Date: 22 OCT 2009
Founder of the Cotswold Olympicks, with Robert Dover.
The games were a magnificent spectacle with competitors summoned to the hillside by the sound of a hunting horn and there they took part in all sorts of sports. Horse racing and coursing were very popular and there were other events to test skill and strength such as jumping, wrestling, shin-kicking, sword play and throwing the sledge hammer and bar. Music and dancing, also had their place and there were contests for pipe playing, singing and country dancing. Chess was also played in tents.
Celebrated courtier and one of the handsomest men of his time. One of Van Dyke?s finest pictures shows Endymion and his wife.
Poet and patron. No published writing survives, if it existed at all, but Endymion Porter was recognized as one of the influential figures in the cultural world of his day. He was known and respected by D'Avenant, Donne and Herrick, and would have been made a member of the proposed Royal Society. Some work has survived, a commemoration for D'Avenant, an epitaph for Donne, and several manuscript poems and letters to his wife. Although politically influential under the reign of Charles I (he was part of the Buckingham faction), during the Interregnum Porter and his Catholic wife were exiled and lived abroad in poverty.
He was painted by Van Dyck, and Jonson, Herrick, D'Avenant, and Dekker, among others, celebrated him in verse. He sat in the Long Parliament but was expelled, lived abroad in poverty, and compounded with the Parliament for a small fine in 1649.
Robert Dover (1582-1652), presided over the Cotswold Games on horseback, dressed ceremonially in clothes, with a hat, feather and ruff, which originally belonged to James I and which were acquired for him by Endymion Porter, Groom of the Royal Bedchamber, whose home was at nearby Aston Subedge.
JTL, Researching the PORTER family in Aston Subedge and Mickleton at least by 1513 through 1649 with death of Endymion PORTER in London.
?I have an outline back to Robert Porter, born between 1350-1400, mostly developed from books I've discovered re: Endymion - the best from 1890ish. There is also a monograph by Olive Swann Porter done in Georgia about 1920, but she provides no cites. I think it was either done by a professional English genealogist or it, too, relies on the earlier book.? Njfabian@aol.com
Born at Mickleton Manor House, Glos.
Died abankrupt. His will can not be found.
In 1624 Allfarthing was included in a grant to Charles Prince of Wales, (fn. 123) probably with the intention that it should afterwards be given to Endymion Porter, a gentleman of his bedchamber, who had been for years in the Duke of Buckingham's service, and had attended the prince on his journey into Spain. (fn. 124) It was settled by the king at his son's request on certain trustees, (fn. 125) who were in nominal possession in 1626, when the reversion of John Bowyer's lease was granted to Endymion Porter for thirty-one years from 1646. (fn. 126) Two years later the trustees settled the manor itself on Endymion, (fn. 127) at whose petition Charles I shortly afterwards granted the reversion and remainder to his younger son Thomas Porter. (fn. 128) Endymion, who derived considerable revenues from the manor before the outbreak of the war, (fn. 129) was stigmatized by the Long Parliament in 1642 as a person 'of evil fame and disaffected to the public peace and prosperity of the Kingdom.' He was expelled from the Parliament, in which he sat as member for Droitwich, and excepted from an offer to receive the king's supporters on their submission. (fn. 130) He was with the king at Oxford and elsewhere, but had left the country before January 1648, when his wife was in town to negotiate for his composition with the Long Parliament. (fn. 131) Before the close of the year he was allowed to return for the same purpose, (fn. 132) and Evelyn records his meeting with him a few months after. (fn. 133) He died in 1649. He had suffered great pecuniary losses for his delinquency, and the manor of Allfarthing was heavily mortgaged and in 1652 was sold. (fn. 134)
It seems to have been afterwards recovered by his son and heir George, (fn. 135) and in 1663 the annual rent due to the Crown from it was granted to the Earl of Sandwich. (fn. 136) From George Porter, who died in 1683, (fn. 137) Allfarthing descended through his son and heir another George to his grandson John, lord in 1723, (fn. 138) when a settlement of it was made on his marriage with Catherine Sutton. (fn. 139) He was succeeded by his only son and heir a second John Porter in or before 1764, in which year the manor was chargeable with an annual payment of £400 to his widow and the gross sum of £5,000 for his five daughters. (fn. 140) The daughters' portions had been paid before 1771, and a fresh settlement of Allfarthing was then made on the younger John's marriage with Mary eldest daughter of Cosmo Nevill. (fn. 141) After his death without issue the manor seems to have come to Pierce, son of his sister Eleanor by her husband Pierce Walsh, who took the name of Porter. (fn. 142) He was succeeded in 1809 by his son Pierce Walsh Porter, who sold the manor in 1811 to Mr. White, who sold in 1816 to Earl Spencer.
Miniature by John Hoskins in the Met (image on web)
Portrait sold at Sotheby?s in Jul 2009/
Portrait by Daniel Mytens in NPG (image on Wikipedia)
Portrait by William Dobson, with boy (on file)
Engraving in Portraits of Characters Illustrious in British History, by Samuel Cooper.
Father: Edmund Porter b: ABT 1544
Mother: Angela Porter b: ABT 1564 in Wentworth, Surrey
Olive Boteler b: 1597 in Of Brantfield, Hertfordshire
- George Porter b: 1620 in Woodhall, Hertfordshire
- Thomas Porter
- Type: Book
Periodical: Lives of the Lords Strangford
Author: E Barrington de Fontblanque
Page: Place, 1586
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Life & Letters of Endymion Porter
Author: Dorothea Townshend
Publication: T Fisher Unwin