Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Mountnessing: Endymion Cannynge

Received   21 July 2012

Dear Andrew,

I am a parishioner of the church of St Peter, Brooke, Rutland & we recently researched & set up a children’s trail of questions & answers around the church sponsored by the local branch of NADFAS. One of the questions was about a gravestone on the floor of the chancel engraved with the name of Endymion Cannynge who was captain of the horse for Charles I & then steward for Juliana Viscountess Campden of Brooke & I am wondering if you could tell me if you know of any Cannynge/Canning family connections at Mountnessing, Essex?

Endymion died at Brooke 7th Dec 1683  & in his will, made May 1681, he left  ‘ to the poor of the parish of ?Mon.....end  also ?Montyssing in the county of Essex where I was born & baptised fifty pounds.’ Looking for similar names in Essex I came across your site & the village name of Mountnessing & in The People’s History of Essex it said ‘the poor have the rent of a field of six acres purchased by E Canning in 1681.’ Could this be the same man & Mountnessing where he was born?

Maybe other names in his will would be familiar to you .... sister Frances ?Wisson/Wilson & her son Thomas, sister Clutterbuck & her two sons William & Thomas Cannynge, a brother in law who is the Bishop of Gloucester & cousin William Bartholomew?

I am hoping to put together a short history of Endymion Cannynge for the church & hope you can shed some light on his beginnings.

Many thanks
Ann Grimmer

Replied   22 July 2012

Dear Ann

Thank you for your enquiry, which I will post on in due course.

The ancient derivation of Mountnessing, is “Mountney” (a family) and “ing” (meadow or land). The link between Canning and Mountnessing is therefore very strong.  Unfortunately Parish Registers begin in 1653, perhaps a little late, but these are worth looking at on the Essex Ancestors website run by the Essex Record Office if you have not done so.  The Essex Record Office might have the Wills of the families you refer to.   Locally there is a short history book called ‘Another Miller’s Tale’ by a Geoff Austin (?). I do not own a copy so whether or not your target families are included I couldn’t say.

Posting this note on the blog might receive a message from a distant (and living!) relative.

Do let me know how you get on please.

Best wishes


Replied  22 July 2012

Bishops of Gloucester

1661 – William Nicholson
1672 – John Pritchet
1681 – Robert Frampton
1691 – Edward Fowler
1714 – Richard Willis
1721 – Joseph Wilcocks


Received   22 July 2012

Dear Andrew,

Many thanks for your prompt reply with information & the Bishops of Gloucester which has enabled me to discover that it was Robert Frampton who was married to Mary Canning 10 May 1666 (Family at St Paul, Covent Garden, London. Wikipedia referred to her as Mary Canning of Warwickshire & the will refers to places in Warks, Glous & Worcs but sadly they are mostly unreadable. I have found lots of Cannings in Warks, London & Bristol but none that I can say are the correct family as yet.

I will keep digging & keep my eye on the blog. I will let you know of any developments,

Thank you once again 
Ann Grimmer

Received 4 August 2012

Dear Andrew,

Attached is the will of Endymion Cannynge which, with the help of a contact of the Chipping Campden historical society is now complete. I thought you may like a copy as Mountnessing is mentioned. Perhaps you will know something of the Alexander Prescott that he leaves to look after the money for Mountnessing?

The Chipping Campden people believe the Canning family came from Ilmington/Foxcote, Glous & Endimion a son of Richard Canning of Foxcote.

Perhaps his mother was from Essex, hence that is why he was born there & not Gloucestershire as others in the family were?

Regards Ann Grimmer

Replied  4 August 2012

Dear Ken & Ann

Many thanks for the copy of the Will.  You may be interested to know that the Prescott family, mentioned, held Thoby Priory.  The attached is a link to 'Suckling's Memorials and Antiquities of Essex (1846)':

I will forward this e mail to someone I know who has been concerned recently about the dereliction of this historic site. He may be able to add to the story.



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